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# Figuring out this puzzle

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I have been trying for a few days now to figure out this puzzle to this cache, and I was wondering if anyone could give me guidance, not the answer?!

SBo'go'hLM

LIL'SE'Zhu

I have been trying for a few days now to figure out this puzzle to this cache, and I was wondering if anyone could give me guidance, not the answer?!

SBo'go'hLM

LIL'SE'Zhu

Guidance: go back and read the cache page. Repeat as necessary.

I have been trying for a few days now to figure out this puzzle to this cache, and I was wondering if anyone could give me guidance, not the answer?!

SBo'go'hLM

LIL'SE'Zhu

Literally all you need to do is follow the hint.

Edited by JAT2010

According to section 4 of the geocaching.com terms of use, "You agree not to: [...] (m) Publish, on any Groundspeak owned web property, the solutions, hints, spoilers, or any hidden coordinates for any geocache without consent from the cache owner." However, here are some general puzzle tips (based in part on a puzzle-solving class event presented by The Rat a while ago):

Identify the theme. Check the cache title, the hint, the HTML source, the graphics (including names/URLs), any links (including URLs), whatever is at the posted coordinates, etc. If you can figure out the theme, then you should look for numbering systems that are associated with that theme (zip codes, athletes’ jersey numbers, episode numbers, product codes, etc.).

Around here, coordinates will have 15 digits, and will look like "N 37° xx.xxx W 122° xx.xxx". So when I'm solving a nearby puzzle, I look for a group of 15 things, and then I look for ways to get the digits 37xxxxx122xxxxx from them. In general, I look for ways to get the number 37 (or the digits 3 and 7) from something near the beginning of the puzzle, and the number 122 (or the digits 1, 2, and 2) from something near the middle of the puzzle. (Of course, you'll need to adjust this for the coordinates near you.)

Other useful resources include:

Puzzle Solving 101 Series (bookmark list)

Puzzle Shortcuts Series (bookmark list)

Solving Puzzle Caches (online article)

How Do I Solve All These \$@! Puzzle Caches? (tutorial-style puzzle cache)

Puzzle FUNdamentals (archived event cache) and the Puzzle FUNdamentals resources on the GeocacheAlaska! education page

The GBA's Puzzle Cache FAQ (for puzzle designers, but useful for understanding how puzzle caches work)

If you’re interested in extremely challenging puzzles, then consider the online discussions of Venona’s ACTIVITIES in the GBA forums. The puzzles for this annual event are very challenging, intended to be solved by multiple people working together online. (You'll need to register on the GBA site to view these forum threads.)

Overview: Venona's 2011 ACTIVITIES

Overview: Venona's 2012 ACTIVITIES

Solved the puzzle whilst reading your post. Its not that hard, all I need to know now is the GC-Code.

Solved the puzzle whilst reading your post. Its not that hard, all I need to know now is the GC-Code.

I've solved that part!

Solved the puzzle whilst reading your post. Its not that hard, all I need to know now is the GC-Code.

I've solved that part!

Chuckles here also

The puzzle is rated a 3 difficulty

Probably closer to a 2, especially with hint

Learning how to use Google, probably a quarter star

Thanks for all the help with this puzzle question. I am moving the topic to the How do I...? forum where it can get more attention and a better fit of a topic.

Mark Case

Education Forum Moderator

That was fun... time to solving coordinates AND the GC about 45 seconds including reading the post and OP profile.

Good luck to OP on achieving stated career path!

Often thought that would have been interesting, but too late to go that route now.

Doug 7rxc

"It pays to keep an open mind, just not so open your brains fall out!"

What a great puzzle idea. I have not seen one like this before in my area. Very clever. The hint does give it all away.

What a great puzzle idea. I have not seen one like this before in my area. Very clever. The hint does give it all away.

Agreed. And the cache title. Very cute idea! Might not work for all possible coords, though.

What a great puzzle idea. I have not seen one like this before in my area. Very clever. The hint does give it all away.

Agreed. And the cache title. Very cute idea! Might not work for all possible coords, though.

Funny, I didn't even read the cache title. I disagree on it not working for all coords though

obBLgShEZI M3Su

To the OP. I find some puzzles fun and some frustrating. I am not usually very good at solving these puzzles (I guess I have lived a very sheltered life out in the middle of nowhere. ) Saying all of that, I have read the Puzzle 101, etc and have solved basic puzzles and then progressed to some a little more difficult. The more I solve, the easier some get (there are still many that I don't have a clue on how to solve, YET! ) Solve the ones you can and save the others for later. Google can be your friend in solving puzzles sometimes. Other times like was mentioned in a earlier post, it can just be deductive reasoning by knowing what the approximate values of the coordinates need to be and looking for clues.

Puzzles are for fun and the enjoyment for those who like a challenge.

Good Luck

By the way, I solved this one too, but I had to go to the cache page and read the hint. Ha!

Nope, still don't understand this puzzle and I have read every possible article out there.

I'm stupid, sorry guys. I found it today!

..... I found it today!

Congrats on your find. Some puzzles I get right away. Some I never get. And some I look over and over till all of a sudden the light comes on. Just solve the ones you can and don't be so hard on yourself.

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