About seven days ago, we had an idea for a new puzzle cache. We gave the idea some thought over the next two or four days and decided that we would go out to look for a place to hide the cache.
Rambling through the forest looking for a suitable hidey hole, we were talking about some of the puzzle caches we have found in our more than three years caching. There have been such a wide variety of puzzles, ranging from nice easy ones to puzzles that have taken us weeks to solve.
It seemed to us that it would be a nice idea to place our new cache as a tribute to all these caches and their owners. We have done a number of puzzle caches, some easy, some very hard and as we were walking we wondered how many we had actually found so far.
Now, at the time of placing this cache we've found 237 caches that are classified as Unknown (Mystery) caches. The Unknown category does not just include puzzles. It also includes final caches of series, bonus caches and caches that could be classified as multi rather than mystery. As with this cache, a puzzle cache is one where we have to solve some sort of puzzle at home before setting off to look for the cache. Of these, we have found only 129. We have also solved a further 21 but not actually visited the caches yet and we have a further 60 unsolved puzzles within our usual caching area.
Googling is one place to start when solving a puzzle cache, especially where some fact finding is involved. It doesn’t always help though. Sometimes, mathematical knowledge or decoding encrypted text may be required.
Another group of puzzle caches is that which uses other well known puzzle types, such as Sudoku, logic puzzles, crosswords, word searches etc. We have done a number of caches that fall into this category as well.
Recently, we have had more time for caching than we had when we first started. This has meant more caches have been found, but also that we have spent a lot of time solving, or attempting to solve, other people's puzzle caches.
Owners of puzzle caches have challenged us with a wide variety of problems. We have enjoyed solving many of these. Sadly though, there are many that we have still failed to solve despite spending many hours on them. We will continue to return to them and keep trying as it has often happened that we have looked again at a cache we were previously unable to solve and had that "Eureka" moment.
So here is a tribute cache to thank you all for the many caches you have placed for us to find. Have fun! We hope you enjoy it as much as we’ve enjoyed the many puzzle caches we have found so far.
And finally, the cache is not at the published location which, for good reason, is in the middle of the 4th green at the Berkshire Golf Club. Do not attempt to go to this location, unless you're a member of the golf club hoping for a hole in one, or at least a birdie and two albatrosses.
The solution to the puzzle will give you six digits. Arrange these in ascending sequence and label them A-F.
The cache is then at N51°23.ECF W000°43.ABD.
You can check your answer to the puzzle at geochecker.com or at geocheck.org.