# How about a real puzzle cointest?

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Ok, here's the deal. I don't post a lot in these forums, but I do lurk, a lot. There have been a lot of cointests over the last few days that have ended within minutes of them being started. A lot of the puzzles require that you a) be really good at guessing random numbers or b ) spend a lot of time here in the forums. Here's a chance for you to stop and think a little bit. You know that if you win, it will be worth it.

Here's the puzzle:

To the winner, I will send all 4 editions of my Delicious Cache coin: the trackable version, the Gold LE, the Glow LE, and the Glitter LE. The Glow and Gold LEs have been cache only, so some of the Michigan cachers have seen them (I know LadyBee4T has at least seen all 4 versions!). My pictures haven't turned out well, so I haven't posted pics yet, but they are nice looking coins.

Here's the rules:

1- Send me an email with the answer through the site. Don't post it here and don't send me a private message (I don't always see those).

2- Don't send me an email with guesses. I'll provide a crosscheck for you to know if you have the right answer.

3- Guessing is ok, as long as its not in my inbox.

4- Working together to solve it is ok.

Here's the crosscheck:

The answer is a single word. Take the values of the letters (e.g. A=1, B=2, C=3, etc) and add them up. If the answer is more than 1 digit, add up each digit. Continue until you have a single digit. If your answer is correct, that digit is 9.

For example: If I thought the answer to the puzzle was GEOCOIN, I'd get the numbers 7,5,15,3,15,9,14. The sum is 68, which isn't a single digit. 6+8=14, still not a single digit. 1+4=5, single digit, but not 9, so I know that's not the answer. Sure you could brute force it, but that would be a lot of time wasted.

Have fun, and I'll go back to lurking.

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Edited by moscow32

Yep I have seen them and they are all very cool looking coins!

Email DID !!!

15 minutes, way longer

Nope to all answers to this point.

It's not going to be that easy. I promise.

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Edited by moscow32

Nope to all answers to this point.

It's not going to be that easy. I promise.

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Well then I am sure my guess is wrong, but email sent.

I do not get it

email send

I do not get it

It's a puzzle. It's worth 4 geocoins. That makes it a challenging puzzle.

So much for my going back to lurk mode.

I do not get it

It's a puzzle. It's worth 4 geocoins. That makes it a challenging puzzle.

So much for my going back to lurk mode.

There is no such thing as lurking for you now !! Once this puzzleis finished we plan to tar and feather you so you stand out like a sore thumb.

email again .

I do not get it

What part don't you get?

I do not get it

It's a puzzle. It's worth 4 geocoins. That makes it a challenging puzzle.

So much for my going back to lurk mode.

There is no such thing as lurking for you now !! Once this puzzleis finished we plan to tar and feather you so you stand out like a sore thumb.

Well, at least i have something to look forward to!

Got what he mean and did found it .

So it has 26 letters in this word?

Well since we can work together, lets start the dialogue!!!

1. I first attempted to guess at what the picture was. I am thinking that would be to easy.
2. The wording appears to be the word Moscow over and over in some sortof cryptograph format. I was thinking that I would be able to replace letters like hte cryptographs in the newspapers, however they are all five letter words.
3. I thought that perhaps the puzzle has to be some sort of long winded question, with the answer obviousely being the one word.

Any other thoughts?

So it has 26 letters in this word?

No that is not what it means, you have to add the numerical value of the word. The word once added will equal nine.

Well since we can work together, lets start the dialogue!!!

1. I first attempted to guess at what the picture was. I am thinking that would be to easy.
2. The wording appears to be the word Moscow over and over in some sortof cryptograph format. I was thinking that I would be able to replace letters like hte cryptographs in the newspapers, however they are all five letter words.
3. I thought that perhaps the puzzle has to be some sort of long winded question, with the answer obviousely being the one word.

Any other thoughts?

I was thinking like your #1, but I like #3 .....

Dennis

There is a six letter cipher, just like the five letter one you speak of. You can decipher the question using it, and then send him the answer. check your email.

Just send me one coin as a birthday gift if you get it

TMA

33-m

22-o

34-c

25-s

13-w

i found four word that total 9

Any other thoughts?

I think that I'm no good at puzzles!!!

here are some wrong answers that have been submitted:

Metamorphosis

moscow

sphinx moth

Monarch

pneumoencephalographically <--- my favorite guess so far

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

and several extracts from the puzzle itself.

I love the fish coin!

I love the fish coin!

I still have some for trading, so if after the cointest you still want/need one... let me know.

I love the fish coin!

I still have some for trading, so if after the cointest you still want/need one... let me know.

Ok Is anyone close

I think I'm going to read Harry Potter for a clue!

Found it ... one word

it reminds me of this puzzle cache GC10XjV that i havent figured out yet

Just to be clear: You will absolutely know the answer once you have it. There will be no doubt about it.

If this were a cache, i would probably rate it at least a 4 star difficulty.

Damenace gets bonus points for attempting to start some community discussion. Anyone care to join him?

Damenace gets bonus points for attempting to start some community discussion. Anyone care to join him?

I would love to. I just don't have anything to contribute.

equidistant letter sequences?

Sure ....Damenace what to do ... join ya ?

Damenace gets bonus points for attempting to start some community discussion. Anyone care to join him?

I would love to. I just don't have anything to contribute.

same here except i bet it has to do with his forums icon coincidence it is something with a bug and so is this background

I think I'm going to read Harry Potter for a clue!

That is not a bad idea moscow made a harry potter series

NO look again it the picture show the clue

observations:

there are 5 letters in each group

there are 5 rows

there are 5 columns

there are 5 different letters

no group repeats itself

exceptions:

the last group "ccs" - perhaps this is the key to the puzzle, or is irrelivant and there to confuse us

Just to be clear: You will absolutely know the answer once you have it. There will be no doubt about it.

If this were a cache, i would probably rate it at least a 4 star difficulty.

Damenace gets bonus points for attempting to start some community discussion. Anyone care to join him?

I thought I absolutely knew it but he said no

I'm having a blast trying to figureit out.

Thanks for the challenge. MAkes finding out the answer (that I know someone else will get) that muchmore interesting.

Brain Candy.

observations:

there are 5 letters in each group

there are 5 rows

there are 5 columns

there are 5 different letters

no group repeats itself

exceptions:

the last group "ccs" - perhaps this is the key to the puzzle, or is irrelivant and there to confuse us

Out of the 25 combanations none spell "Moscow." I think that is the trick.

its not an image map

"www" and "com" appear - is there a website hidden somewhere?

no 5 letter group contains all 5 letters, only 4 of the 5 letters at the most

Edited by ByrnedFish
observations:

there are 5 letters in each group

there are 5 rows

there are 5 columns

there are 5 different letters

no group repeats itself

exceptions:

the last group "ccs" - perhaps this is the key to the puzzle, or is irrelivant and there to confuse us

Out of the 25 combanations none spell "Moscow." I think that is the trick.

but moscow has 6 letters, so of course it cant be spelled?

Cool, puzzle. And yes Moscow is 6 letters long, but only has 5 unique letters. Perhaps I should go dig out the e-mails from our trade, where I asked you about your name!

nevermind.

edit because I confused a trade.

Edited by moscow32

And for the record I already viewed the source of the picture and I am sorry to report that Photobucket couldn't help.

Cool, puzzle. And yes Moscow is 6 letters long, but only has 5 unique letters. Perhaps I should go dig out the e-mails from our trade, where I asked you about your name!

You've got one of the LE Glitters from that trade, right? What did you think?

The glitter is my personal favorite!

i looked through his profile and couldnt find anything that would help. he has not made any puzzle caches that look like this, and has not found any puzzle caches that look like this.

i think ive seen this puzzle before, but cant come up with where, and if i did im sure i neglected to solve it

and if you really enjoy this puzzle, i have to plug www.draculasriddle.co.uk, which is an 82 level riddle that is awesome!!

i am assuming this puzzle could be made with any 5 letters. i am also assuming that the background picture is a hint

Just wanted to say: Two hours! It's almost a record.

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