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Fairly Useless Cryptic Hints

A cache by IndyMagicMan and poppagoth Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 2/10/2007
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Geocache Description:

The Basics:

The cache is not hidden at the posted coordinates.
The 5 star difficulty for this mystery is with no hints... the more hints you use, the difficulty may go down.
The terrain is less than five stars, and for this cache, should be considered part of the mystery.

The Background:

IndyMagicMan's version of the story:

Once upon a time there was a kind, generous, humble wizard that bestowed upon the world a number of caches, many of which having excellent cryptic hints. Then along came a dark, evil, gothy vampire that accused the kind wizard of having Useless Cryptic Hints. The wise wizard tried to help the poor vampire by explaining to him that they were “thinking persons hints”. The dull vampire thought about it as best he could and replied, “Well, they’re Fairly Useless Cryptic Hints then”. The wizard pondered that and decided that if the vampire found the hints useless perhaps he just wasn't a thinking man.

poppagoth's version of the story:

As an intelligent creature, I have been continuously annoyed by the Wizard's insistence that his hints are, in fact, useful. Having discussed this topic with the many cachers I have personally met, it is obvious that his hints are only useful after the cache is actually found, and not a minute earlier. After pointing this out through my many logs on his nearly impossible caches, he still insisted that his hints are indeed useful. So, in an attempt to be diplomatic, I said, "Okay, they are Almost Absolutely Useless"... he found that unacceptable... "Ok" I said, "they are Mostly Useless, and Cryptic"... still unacceptable. In the end, it came down to one last attempt to be nice about it, and I said... “Well, they’re Fairly Useless Cryptic Hints then”. This was finally acceptable to him. After much consideration, I have finally determined that the Wizard's use of a bit too much 'magic' has warped his perception, and he is unable to tell a useful hint from a useless one... it also seems to have some effect on his ability to speak in the first person.

The Fallout:

For reasons that only make sense to the immortals, what started out as defensive posturing turned into "Hey, I can make a more useless hint than you". "Can not". "Can too". "Can not". "Can". "Can't". "Can too, and my dad is bigger than your dad"....

Needless to say, this bickering couldn't go on forever, (well, it could, but where is the fun in that) and when one of them said "Prove it", the gauntlet was thrown down, and this unholy alliance was formed to determine who is the King of Useless Cryptic Hints.

The Implementation:

Since both poppagoth's and IndyMagicMan's names are on this cache, all aspects of this cache had to live up to each of their personal standards. Working independent of each other, IndyMagicMan hid the physical cache and poppagoth created the puzzle. poppagoth checked on and approved of the cache hide, and finalized the puzzle for IndyMagicMan to review. With the hide and the puzzle now approved by both of them, and their personal boundaries intact, you now have the challenge you see before you.

The Rules:

#1. poppagoth and IndyMagicMan will alternate posting Fairly Useless Cryptic Hints, and these hints will be posted as Notes. When a new hint is published it will be clearly marked as such.
#2. All of the hints must in fact be useful, if only to the thinking person. Since IndyMagicMan and poppagoth have knowledge of the cache and puzzle, they will monitor each other for any inaccurate hints posted.
#3. Hints will be posted no more than 72 hours from the last hint. This rate will go until a total of 20 hints are posted.
#4. No edits will be made to this page, or logs deleted, without agreement from both poppagoth and IndyMagicMan. Exception: IMM will delete inappropriate logs immediately.


First and foremost, the First To Find on this cache gets to determine who is the King of the Useless Cryptic Hints! Please consider carefully who posted the hints that helped in solving the puzzle and finding the cache. Whoever posted the more obvious, more helpful hints should be the loser. Plus, you'll get a copy of 'Bad Dreams' signed by both poppagoth and IMM; the only one of its kind. Oh, yeah, you'll also receive both an IndyMagicMan geocoin, and a poppagoth geocoin (with certificate of authenticity).

If all of that isn't confusing enough for you, then try your hand at this little game...

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