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I am fairly new to Geocaching although I have had an account for a long time so please forgive me. When I click on a mystery cache and you have to solve a puzzle but there isn't a puzzle on the page but a link to certitude or something else to validate the puzzle solution does that mean there's a puzzle at the listed coordinates? I'm a little confused. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

 

Examples:

GC8MP51

GC8H18Y

GC3C9Z5

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No, for each of these three examples, you need to solve the puzzle by studying the cache page and finding out the coordinates to visit in order to find the container and sign the logbook.

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1 minute ago, Keystone said:

No, for each of these three examples, you need to solve the puzzle by studying the cache page and finding out the coordinates to visit in order to find the container and sign the logbook.

Exactly. For many geocaching puzzles, most of the work is finding the puzzle and figuring out what to do with it to get coordinates. Here are some general puzzle tips (based in part on a puzzle-solving class event presented by The Rat a while ago) that I've posted before:


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:


 

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On 5/19/2020 at 2:49 PM, catiiiii said:

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

 

For puzzle caches, I'd give the same advice to someone just starting to find traditional caches.  Start off with the easy ones to get the hang of it.  D1.
When I first spied puzzle caches in my area, I had no idea what to do, but solving the easier ones starts to get you the hang of it and before long you'll be able to start tackling those harder ones.

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I'd love to find some D1 puzzles but I've never seen any below D2 and I struggle with them.

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27 minutes ago, colleda said:

I'd love to find some D1 puzzles but I've never seen any below D2 and I struggle with them.

 

A quick search brings up 34 D1 puzzles in New South Wales including the new one GC8MJ4V by our mutual friend MM, which I managed to both solve and find on my first attempt!

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8 minutes ago, barefootjeff said:

 

A quick search brings up 34 D1 puzzles in New South Wales including the new one GC8MJ4V by our mutual friend MM, which I managed to both solve and find on my first attempt!

Thanks for that one Jeff. Solved it after getting the extra "Hint" .

As I have a crook back ATM I will have to wait until I've recovered enough to go climbing. T5 too. Cool.

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