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Interesting Puzzle Caches?


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After talking with a friend of mine about hiding caches, the idea of an encrypted multi-cache came up.

 

This would be something more challenging and difficult than a simple substitution cipher, like the rot13 used here, or your newspapers daily cryptograms.

 

But he's of the opinion that with anything more difficult simple substitutions, people won't bother. I don't know. A sample can be given.

 

Another idea I have is to have a two-part cache, where the second container would be locked with a combo padlock, and the first container would provide coordinates and the combo.

 

"Wan't" and "differen't" are not words.

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binthair is the king of puzzle caches, as far as I am concerned. Unfortunately, I don't live in the area, but twice I have taken to solving one as best as I can using a map, and emailing him to see if I'm close.

 

In particular, check out http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.asp?ID=20187. Also, see http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.asp?ID=16651 for an example of an excypted cache clue.

 

His cache list is at http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest_cache.asp?u=binthair. Well worth checking out.

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Our Perfectly Perplexing Puzzles is high difficulty and moderate terrain, but it's a relatively interesting puzzle cache. Another local puzzle cache with a unique twist is Earthling Vector Perelandra.

We're working on another puzzle cache, and shooting for a 4 or 5 difficulty with a 1 terrain. If you're far enough from northeast Indiana and you email me for details on either of our caches, I might be willing to share our ideas.

 

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Here are a couple of one’s I’ve enjoyed. I do think that puzzle caches normally get fewer visitors than a traditional cache, but that’s true of caches with increased terrain difficulty also. Really good puzzles have ways of creating their own buzz and drawing seekers from far away lands (or at least the next state over). icon_biggrin.gif

 

The Contact Cache

Elegia

Let Us Pass Over the River...

 

http://home.earthlink.net/~whidbeywalk/

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Here are a couple of one’s I’ve enjoyed. I do think that puzzle caches normally get fewer visitors than a traditional cache, but that’s true of caches with increased terrain difficulty also. Really good puzzles have ways of creating their own buzz and drawing seekers from far away lands (or at least the next state over). icon_biggrin.gif

 

The Contact Cache

Elegia

Let Us Pass Over the River...

 

http://home.earthlink.net/~whidbeywalk/

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The ELEGIA cache mentioned in the post above was plundered quickly after it started unfortunately and the CONTACT CACHE is out of service, but they are good examples of excellent puzzles. As for puzzle caches, just take a look at anything Fractal places, they're all great!

 

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I have a cache in the works for September called "Everything Old is New Again" and it's literally a puzzle cache. I have two identical copies of one of those do-it-yourself blank jigsaw puzzles with a "treasure map" on it.

When I place it, I will break up the puzzle and leave one or two pieces in many established caches within a two-county area.

Since it's probably not practical for one person to gather all the pieces, people will need to join up in teams and/or share information with each other to get to the final location. For new cachers, it will be a chance to see some caches they haven't done and meet some of the old timers in the area. For the old timers, they'll have an excuse to go back and re-visit caches they've already done.

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We just completed the First Contact cache. At the first waypoint was an encrypted message; once we figured it out, we knew where to go next. The type of message was related to the theme of the cache. Figuring out what sort of message it is and how to decrypt it is part of the challenge, so I can't get too specific - but I really liked the idea of having a theme and working your puzzles into the theme. It made for a memorable cache.

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