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Mar 31, 2011

Pickup Lines II: Electric Boogaloo

By: xmts (maintained by mokelly) Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

"Some girl with psychic powers, She said `T-Bone, what`s your sign?` I blink and answer `Neon!` I thought I`d blow her mind." - Tom "T-Bone" Stankus ("Existential Blues") I somehow missed the original [url=http://coord.info/GC1ZVR3]Pickup Lines[/url], but I've been working on my "nearest puzzles to home" list again and noticed this revival. I solved the puzzle quickly since it's a variation of a basic technique I've seen elsewhere. This morning I dropped by to sear ch for the cache. Wow... very nice! There were others around, so I started out by checking the usual spots visually while savoring my coffee and enjoying the beautiful morning. Then I noticed something interesting at GZ, but I kept looking until I had the place to myself and could examine what I had noticed more carefully. It turned out to be the very nicely camouflaged cache. The log was a bit damp, but I was able to let it dry in the sun. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Mar 30, 2011

Jesus Man Cache

By: kalaniboys Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

I stopped to search for this one because I happened to be nearby, and was pleasantly surprised. Except for the traffic sounds, this is actually a nice spot to enjoy a sunny morning. And it was a beautiful morning to reflect upon the cache description. T [url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBNBTC]Scuba Jack[/url] TB, goodlife pathtag, and scented candle (please don't leave scented products in caches); L LED flashlight and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token; SL. TFTC. RIP "Jesus Man"

Sans Gold

By: baldmonk Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

I was in the area, and this one showed up as the nearest cache, so I dropped by to search for it. As advertised, it was easy and quick, thanks to the excellent coordinates and familiar technique. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 26, 2011

Rossi-Rico Parkway 3

By: robtheduck Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I was out for a walk with my brother and his wife this evening (enjoying the break in the rain), and I noticed this cache nearby. Fortunately, I spotted it quickly, so they didn't have to wait very long. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

Mar 22, 2011

Baseball Dream Team

By: The Ninja Duck Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

I first looked at this puzzle more than a year ago. Even though I'm not much of a baseball fan, I could easily appreciate the significance of the men chosen for the "Dream Team". Unfortunately, that didn't give me coordinates. More recently, I discovered a resource that I had been unable to find before. It was a very educational resource, and the rest of the puzzle started making sense. I quickly obtained coordinates, and Certitude agreed with me.

This afternoon, I found myself in the area and decided to drop by to sea rch for the cache. Unfortunately, the location was rather busy at the time, and I wasn't aware of the nature of the hide. But the muggles were almost done, and while I waited, I was able to read the cache description and the recent logs more carefully. I was also able to do a visual inspection of GZ . When the muggles left, I had the place to myself, but I still came up empty. If I'm right about the nature of the hide, then I don't know when I'll be back with the necessary "special tool". Thanks for the fun and educational puzzle though.

Mar 20, 2011

Looking Joint Probabilities

By: GraffnTrix Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

3TF! Like the others, I recognized the reference, tried a few things, tried a few other things, and then realized I was staring at coordinates. Wow... Even with the zero hack, the construction of this puzzle is impressive. [8D] This afternoon, I decided to drop by to search for the cache, and had the place all to myself. It's a good thing no one else was around, because it took me a while to find this micro-cache. Hmm... I thought I had checked that location when I first arrived at GZ. [:I] I didn't realize this type of container was available in such a small size. There was no stash note, so I left a weatherproof one. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. Thanks for a beautiful puzzle, and TFTC!

Mar 19, 2011

What A State

By: The Rat Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I never heard this very punny song when I was a kid, but I did discover it as a volunteer youth leader at church, when I was looking for songs to lead at campfires. Unfortunately, the kids don't seem to enjoy it nearly as much as I do. [:(] Anyway, the crossword puzzle was fun, and in some cases, educational. Unfortunately, I forgot The Rat's advice and tried to copy-paste the coordinates: click... oops. So I transcribed the solution, refreshed the page, and started over. Unfortunately, I made a small error in my transcription. The e rror seemed obvious once I noticed it, but it sure took me a while to notice it.

After donating blood this morning, I drove by to search for the cache. I found it quickly, then took it to my vehicle so the rain wouldn't get the contents wet while I signed the log. TN, L my [url=http://nirad.sigitem .com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. Thanks for a fun puzzle, and TFTC!

Mar 17, 2011

You're Andre!

By: kablooey's 2010 Puzzle Challenge Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

Looking in the right spot makes all the difference in the world. I returned this morning to redeem my DNF, armed with a correct reading of the bonus hint. I found a number of interesting (but unfruitful) hide locations before expanding my search radius a bit. Then I spotted the key object mentioned in the bonus hint, and soon after that I found the cache. Without the bonus hint, this is truly an evil hide. Even with the bonus hint, it's still a challenging hide. My [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this cache would not fit through the container opening, so I'll keep it moving. I dried out the log as well as I could, but it was still damp when I returned the cache to it's hiding spot. TNLNSL. Thanks for an interesting puzzle that pushed me out of my areas of expertise in multiple ways, and TFTC!

Mar 16, 2011

Programming Challenge Puzzle Series: Level 1

By: mokelly Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

I've seen this type of online puzzle before, but this particular one is new to me. It looks like a fun one, so I'll have to finish it (and in the process, solve the owner's other puzzles in this series). This morning, I decided to drop by to search for the cache and spotted it quickly thanks to the excellent coordinates. T digitalfish #11836, L digitalfish #11830 and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig tokens, SL. Thanks for introducing me to a fun online puzzle, and TFTC!

You're Andre!

By: kablooey's 2010 Puzzle Challenge Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

This was an educational puzzle. Even after I had identified most of the photos, it still took me a while to correctly identify the theme of the puzzle. Even after I had identified the theme of the puzzle, it still took me a while to correctly identify the last photo (and for that, I needed a big hint from Certitude). This morning, I dropped by to search for the cache, but came up empty. I see now that I misread the bonus hint, which had me searching the wrong area. I'll be back...

Mar 11, 2011

Puzzix: Puzzles For Everybody! #1: Multiple Images

By: GraffnTrix Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

I solved Puzzle #1, and dropped by this afternoon to search for the cache. I have to agree with the other comments that this deserves more than 1.5 stars for difficulty, for both the puzzle and the hide. I had the place to myself when I started exploring GZ, but shortly thereafter the place got a little busy. I expanded my search radius significantly, wondering whether I had made a mistake with some of the digits, but eventually came back to GZ. This time, I spotted it immediately, right where I had looked before. I hate it when that happens. I retrieved it easily, signed the log, and replaced it. I'll keep my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token for this nano-cache moving. TNLNSL, TFTC!

Mar 3, 2011

Tree Tunnel

By: thelibbeys Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

This was at the top of my "nearest to church" list, so I dropped by to search for it this morning. If you don't mind the traffic sounds, this is a really nice spot to sit and enjoy a beautiful morning. I found the cache quickly, thanks to the excellent coordinates and a container that seems closer to a "regular" size cache than a "small" size cache. There was no stash note, so I left a weatherproof one. T digitalfish #11830, L digitalfish #11761 and my [url=http://nirad.sigitem.com/]trackable[/url] sig token, SL. TFTC!

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