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Mystery Cache

Maryland Marathon

A cache by cemckay and evilwombat Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 2/20/2007
In Maryland, United States
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Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Walking tour of some notable locations on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park. Final cache placed with permission of land manager.

The listed coordinates are NOT for the final cache, but are the coordinates of a possible place to park. Parking is free after 4pm on weekdays and all day on weekends, otherwise you should park at a meter. The final cache is located just off campus, but within walking distance. The total expected walking distance for the day is about 1.6 miles.

This cache consists of six intermediate stages and a final location. Each intermediate stage will give you a digit in the coordinates of the final cache, which is a traditional-style Lock-n-Lock container with some excellent prizes for the first few lucky people to find it.

The partial coordinates of the final cache are:
N 38 59.ABC
W 76 56.DEF

The six intermediate locations will take you on a walking tour of the University of Maryland campus, taking you to several interesting locations. Each correct answer to the questions below will give you the value of a digit A-F in the final coordinates.

Point A: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
N 38 59.454
W 76 57.008
Completed in 2001, this building hosts many concerts and plays each year, and is home to the Schools of Music, Band, Dance, and Theatre. The Performing Arts Library is a favorite study place for many students.

The coordinates will take you to the main entrance. Look through the main glass doors. Which one of the following do you see?
  Gildenhorn Recital Hall (A = 0)
  Applause Cafe (A = 1)
  Dekelboum Concert Hall (A = 3)
  Laboratory Theatre (A = 4)
  Department of Theatre (A = 5)

Point B: Cole Field House
N 38 59.240
W 76 56.806
Home to the Terrapins basketball teams from 1955 until 2002, which was the year the men's team won the National Championship. Also known for hosting the 1966 National Championship with Texas Western defeating favorite Kentucky. Named after Judge William P. Cole Jr., who was chairman of the university's Board of Regents from 1944 to 1956.

There are relief sculptures on the front of Cole Field House. One is an emblem with the Maryland seal, the others represent 4 different sports. Which sport is NOT listed?
  Basketball (B = 1)
  Swimming (B = 2)
  Wrestling (B = 3)
  Boxing (B = 4)
  Gymnastics (B = 5)

Point C: McKeldin Library
N 38 59.159
W 76 56.673
The coordinates will lead you to a very special member of the University. It is not uncommon to see students offering him gifts during the week of final exams, believing this will bring them luck. Be sure to rub his nose before you leave, as it will help you in your searches :).

Read the information plaque at the given coordinates. Several names are given on the plaque. Whose name is listed first?
  Aristide B. Cianfarani (C = 1)
  Howard W. Cutler (C = 3)
  George F. Gorham (C = 5)
  Ralph L. Sabine (C = 7)

Point D: The Mall
N 38 59.159
W 76 56.554
Originally this was the largest academic mall in the country. Many students can be seen here playing or studying on warm summer days. The mall is also a popular meeting place for various student events.

Look at the plaque at the given coordinates. How many minutes correspond to February 1st?
   +22 Minutes (D = 0)
   +16 Minutes (D = 1)
   +19 Minutes (D = 2)
   -5 Minutes (D = 3)
   -3 Minutes (D = 4)

Point E: Hornbake Library
N 38 59.282
W 76 56.510
This is one of seven libraries on campus. It houses a number of historical manuscripts and documents, as well as the non-print media collection of the University. Inside, you can also see the Katherine Anne Porter Room, named after the distinguished writer who did a lot of her work there.

Look at the information plaque at the given coordinates. What subject did R. Lee Hornbake teach from 1947-1979?
  Economics (E = 0)
  Industrial Education (E = 1)
  Physics (E = 2)
  Comparative Literature (E = 3)
  History (E = 4)
  Agricultural Engineering (E = 5)
  Library Studies (E = 6)
  English (E = 7)
  Aerospace Engineering (E = 8)
  Journalism (E = 9)

Point F: Glenn L Martin Engineering Building
N 38 59.320
W 76 56.301
This building was named after the founder of a company which is now a part of Lockheed Martin. At the listed coordinates, you will find a symbol of a prominent engineering society. Inductees are required to perform various tasks, such as constructing a replica of this symbol and taking it to their professors to sign. Maryland's chapter of this society has been considered one of the best in the nation for many years.

Which society does this symbol represent?
  Eta Kappa Nu (F = 1)
  Sigma Gamma Tau (F = 3)
  Tau Beta Pi (F = 5)
  Lambda Lambda Lambda (F = 7)
  Pi Sigma Tau (F = 8)

Now that you have visited all the locations, put together the final coordinates and go find the final cache!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[sum of unknown digits] vf svsgrra
[hiding place] snyyra gerr

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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