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This cache is part of Nicole's Graduation Cache Bash. I held an Event in Des Moines and brought these containers along to see if anyone was interested in placing them. gmsnrich took me up on my offer!
At the posted coordinates there is a cryptex that is sealed in a camouflaged 50 ml plastic centrifuge tube. In order to claim a find, you will need to open the cryptex and sign the log. The container is too small for a writing instrument so be sure to bring your own pen or pencil.
On the cryptex are 5 dials with 4 “cards” on each dial. In order to open the cryptex, you must align the dials so that the best poker hand is shown between the arrows. Make sure you line up the registration marks before you attempt to pull it apart.
If you need a refresher on the rules for 5 card poker then refer to the Related Web Page. For quick reference the hands go from highest to lowest in this order:
Four of a kind
Three of a kind
NOTE: In situations where not all cards are used for a hand, then use the highest ranking card on the extraneous dials. For example, if you determine the best hand is a 3 of a kind then set the remaining dials to the highest ranking “card” (with Ace as highest and 2 as the lowest).
In order to allow you to determine the opening sequence before arriving at the posted coordinates, a representation of the dials and cards for this cryptex are shown below:
I have set up a Certitude checker although you will need to understand how to enter the solution code. For each card, you must enter a single character rank (i.e. A for Ace, 2 = Two, T = 10, J = Jack, Q = Queen, K = King) followed by a single character suit using the following abbreviations: c=Club; d=Diamond; h=Heart; s=Spade. Note: Use "T" for the number "10". As an example: if you had a High Card hand consisting of the Ace of Clubs, the Jack of Diamonds, the 6 of Hearts, the 8 of Spades, and the 10 of Clubs then you would enter: Ac Jd 6h 8s Tc as the solution. You must enter the cards in the order as they would appear above. While I have shown the example solution with upper and lower case characters and spaces, Certitude will convert your answer to all upper case without any spaces.
You can validate your puzzle solution with certitude.
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Last Updated: on 9/2/2015 6:24:10 AM Pacific Daylight Time (1:24 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum