Difficulty 4.5 for Puzzle Caches -- what does it mean?

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Is there some (official) definition of what "4.5" difficulty stars mean? When taking the definitions of 4 stars:

"Difficult. A real challenge for the experienced cache hunter - may require special skills or knowledge, or in-depth preparation to find. May require multiple days / trips to complete."

and for 5 stars:

"Extreme. A serious mental or physical challenge. Requires specialized knowledge, skills, or equipment to find cache."

primarily the question for *mandatory* special skills for 4.5 stars is unclear to me. Especially in case of Puzzles, can/should a cache get 4.5 (or even 5) stars, if it does not require specialized knowledge, but much (probably monotonic) work? Just for example: Calculating the mean coordinates of all caches from GC0000 to GC9999 (no worry, I'm not planning to create such a crazy cache

Thanks,

Marc -- cregal.

The difficulty rating is very subjective, even moreso than the terrain rating in my opinion, and ESPECIALLY with puzzle caches. It's hard to judge how hard a puzzle would be to the average person.

***may require special skills or knowledge***

That leaves me out.

It means it is harder than 4 and not as hard as a 5.

I love stating the obvious.

It could mean that it's a very difficult puzzle. Or it could be a difficult hide in conjucction with a puzzle. I'm not a puzzle hound, but one 4.5 that I did took me a couple of years (off and on) of looking at the puzzle to finally get it.

Over here in the UK it tends to mean as difficult as it can be - without needing specialist equipment (which would automatically make it a 5)

I'm working on a cache with a difficulty of 4.5. I have to do math, yuk pooey- I had enough of that in school. Anyway there are three questions I have to solve. They go from easy to hard. I think I have the answers to the first two. I just need the answer to the hardest one. I need to figure the volume of a parallelepiped- Vectors? -Advanced calculus -Matrices . I decided to do like a lot of other people did and get someone smarter to do the math for me.

Anyway that is an example of a 4.5 difficulty.

For me it probably means "ignore"

Over here in the UK it tends to mean as difficult as it can be - without needing specialist equipment (which would automatically make it a 5)

I think that would be the terrain.

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