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Earl's Gone Missing

A cache by Clown Shoes
Hidden : 1/25/2006
In Iowa, United States
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

EXTRA EXTRA - Candidate for Mayor missing in sleepy Midwest town!!!

**** DO NOT GO TO THE ABOVE LISTED COORDINATES ****

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**** EARL (Earl's A Real Loser) has tried to ****

**** dupe us with fake info - the above ****

**** coordinates are not where you should be. ****

Oh this is truly a sad day for us at EARL (Earl's A Real Leader). A great man - Earl - has gone missing and we really have no idea where he might be. What we do know is that the coordinates that EARL (Earl's A Real Loser) has provided are wrong. All you will find there is an old school and a barn.

OK - so if we look back at where Earl has been recently, we know that he has left us some clues. A few letters have been left at each of the "Where's Earl" caches. Maybe these letters are a scramble of some sort. Our best cryptographers here at EARL (Earl's A Real Leader) have been working night and day trying to decipher the clues. I have wondered for a long time why we employed cryptographers, but it seems like a good idea now.

The cryptographers are telling me some stuff that I can't make any sense out of...

Take the letters from the clues, descramble them into a word. The word you are looking for is the last person to see Earl. Apparently, Earl and this person had some sort of unplanned meeting and Earl has not been seen since. So who is it???

Take this word and write it down. Now this is where it gets really confusing. Since they won't tell me the descrambled letters due to the ongoing investigation - or even what the letters are, they have assigned the letters symbols. That makes it much easier.

Here are the symbols that represent the letters - descrambled - for the last person that saw Earl as far as we know...

! @ # $ % ^ &

Now, put these symbols under the descrambled name in the order shown above. Under that, write the number value of the letter placed at each of the seven positions (a=1, b=2, c=3, ... z=26). Use this for the following equation to find Earl's true meeting place.

N 41 ($-@) (#-@) . (!-%) (%+^-&) (!-&)

W 090 ($-#) (!-@) . (!-@-^) ($-%+^) (!-%)

You can check your answers for this puzzle on Geochecker.com.

CONGRATS TO posse1 ON FTF!!!!!!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Qba'g trg fghzcrq...svaq RNEY

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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Last Updated: on 10/2/2013 2:47:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time (9:47 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum