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HI, I want to try a mystery cache but I didn't find any further information at the site. I was then told to examine the listing for a hint - but I don't understand what I should do. Can anybody help me. It's about the "Da fällt das Wasser" Cache in Neustadt am Rübenberge, Germany. I only want to know what to do - do I have to go to the coordinates and then look there for something that tells me where to go in real or what do I have to do? Thanks for answering schuetti23

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Considering you have zero finds I would suggest starting with a difficulty 1 or 1.5 and not a difficulty 4. As for the mystery mentioned it sounds like you need to visit the site. Otherwise it's unethical for anyone here to give you hints. If any hints come from anyone they should come from the cache owner.

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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

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HI NiraD! This was exactly what I needed! I didn't want the hint solved, only how to know what "examine the listing" meant.

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HI, I want to try a mystery cache but I didn't find any further information at the site. I was then told to examine the listing for a hint - but I don't understand what I should do. Can anybody help me. It's about the "Da fällt das Wasser" Cache in Neustadt am Rübenberge, Germany. I only want to know what to do - do I have to go to the coordinates and then look there for something that tells me where to go in real or what do I have to do? Thanks for answering schuetti23

 

Don't give up. Around here that would be a 2* puzzle. Most puzzles can be solved without leaving the cache page.

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I don't see a problem with explaining how to examine a listing, explaining what to look for is another matter. The method of examining a listing may be different for each type of browser. In Firefox it is necessary to right click anywhere on the page, a pop-up menu will appear on which you should then select the "View page source" option. This then shows the underlying computer code which instructs a browser how to produce the page that you are looking at.

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I haven't been caching long and have yet to have time to do mystery caches, but it hasn't stopped me investigating or attempting to solve them. Clues can be hidden anywhere. Read the text carefully, decrypt the hint, look for extra photos, look for things that shouldn't be there and sometimes things are hidden in plain sight.

 

I agree with the other posters, maybe try easier caches for your first trip, it can be quite disheartening when you don't find your targets. Caches with a difficulty and terrain of less than 2 would be the best place to start.

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