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I just read the article and it sounded ever so much like a difficult puzzle cache (thanks only to the yearbook part - the rest should have been easier).

 

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/01/ff_hideandseek/

 

Of course, these buried caches all violated Groundspeak guidelines :ph34r:

 

Thanks for posting this. Very good article. It gives me some ideas on maybe breaking some more puzzles in my area.

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Some of the codes were way too hard for a puzzle cache, namely the book codes.

 

 

I recently solved a puzzle that used a book code. It was a really difficult puzzle, but the book codes were not the hard part -- you had to decrypt something else, and the result was a set of numbers. Once you recognized that you were looking at a book code, the rest was pretty easy. The CO used books that were available online in public-domain pdf files, so the puzzle could be solved from one's desk.

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Some of the codes were way too hard for a puzzle cache, namely the book codes.

I recently solved a puzzle that used a book code. It was a really difficult puzzle, but the book codes were not the hard part -- you had to decrypt something else, and the result was a set of numbers. Once you recognized that you were looking at a book code, the rest was pretty easy. The CO used books that were available online in public-domain pdf files, so the puzzle could be solved from one's desk.

If you don't know what book is being used, it's hopeless. Groundspeak might have to add a sixth star to the difficulty rating for caches like that.

 

Even if the book is known, it can still stump the best cryptologists, as the article shows. Of course, it's possible to "dumb down" the code to make it easier to solve.

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I just read the article and it sounded ever so much like a difficult puzzle cache (thanks only to the yearbook part - the rest should have been easier).

 

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/01/ff_hideandseek/

 

Of course, these buried caches all violated Groundspeak guidelines :tongue:

 

Thanks for sharing. For those interested in creating puzzle caches, there is an excellent website for creating some basic ciphers. http://www.purplehell.com/

 

Of course there are puzzle caches out there that just make you scratch your head when you see it, like my most recent FTF (GC23BZJ). This is the most difficult puzzle cache that I have solved to-date. And this was after I had cracked Wonderland which inspired me to create this cache - http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...4f-7e18c3e4ffa5

 

Always remember when creating a puzzle cache, sometimes the most obvious thing is the best choice, as people will usually assume the worst.

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