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Is there a forum here on how to get started in solving cache puzzles or multi-caches?

It seems like it would be overwhelming.

Thanks!

16 minutes ago, JhonnyCache said:

Is there a forum here on how to get started in solving cache puzzles or multi-caches?

It seems like it would be overwhelming.

Thanks!

search for a post by @niraD that should answer your question. (Or maybe he will be by and post it himself.)

5 minutes ago, K13 said:

search for a post by @niraD that should answer your question. (Or maybe he will be by and post it himself.)

Ask and it shall be given unto you...

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.)

If you ask the cache owner for a hint, then be sure to mention the approaches you have tried so far, and the results those approaches have yielded. It can also be helpful to work together with others who are trying to solve the same puzzle. Geocaching events are a good place to meet other geocachers; ask around to see if anyone else is trying to solve the same puzzle(s) as you.

Other useful resources include:

30 minutes ago, JhonnyCache said:

Is there a forum here on how to get started in solving cache puzzles or multi-caches?

It seems like it would be overwhelming.

Thanks!

There are some really easy puzzle caches near the Traditional caches you've found. They look like good first puzzles!

Thank you all! I will check these out.

Thanks!

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