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Mystery Cache

A Crossed Stick

A cache by The Rat Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 4/10/2008
In California, United States
4.5 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

The cache is not at the posted coordinates but is within 2 miles. The cache is accessible from the trail without encountering poison oak, but there is some very nearby so take care. Limited to daylight hours.

This puzzle is a
cryptic acrostic of the type made popular in The Saturday Review by Doris Nash Wortman, Barry Tunick and Thomas Middleton, among others. If you've never done one, I suggest you read up on them before trying this one. They look harder than they are. Each of the 22 clues is a little puzzle of its own with the concomitant hair-pulling and eventual "Aha" moment. For those used to crosswords, note that the right edge of the grid does not signify the end of a word. The black squares mark all the empty spaces. When you solve the message in the grid you will have the information needed to find the cache. I have no idea how difficult this will be for most of you, so I am rating it a 4.5 to start, but I may modify that after I see how things go. For my ESL friends, my apologies, as I think this one may be especially hard for you, but I thought that about K3 Gang and PhilippeGPS, for whom English was his 3rd language, was the FTF.

The cache been moved due to partial demolition of the original site. The new location is about 30 feet to the northwest. Add .004 to both the north and west minutes that are given in the puzzle solution. The site description in the puzzle solution is only partially accurate. To assist in finding I have scratched the wood and cut a small notch just above the cache location. Be sure to cover the cache well when replacing.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[The cache moved. Please note the red paragraph in bold right before the grid.] Arkg gb cbfg orgjrra gjb obneqf.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



40 Logged Visits

Found it 21     Didn't find it 3     Write note 8     Temporarily Disable Listing 1     Enable Listing 1     Publish Listing 1     Owner Maintenance 3     Post Reviewer Note 2     

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Last Updated: on 6/29/2015 10:10:37 PM Pacific Daylight Time (5:10 AM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum