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Perfect Tommy: Visited today and the first stage is indeed locked up tight. Judging from the logs, the gardens have been closed to the public for a while. I am archiving but will republish the final stage as a traditional. Thanks to all Greek scholars that visited.


It's Greek To Me

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Hidden : 7/7/2008
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Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Two virtual stages lead to a final physical cache on the grounds of Untermyer Park in Yonkers, NY.

Break out the Bulfinch's, time to dust off that Edith Hamilton book from high school or at least rent a movie, because you will need some nodding knowledge of Greek mythology to navigate to the final cache.

You will find mythic beasts in the Greek Gardens in Untermyer Park. Start at the header coordinates and then head to the nearby second set of coordinates listed below and test your knowledge of mythology. If you answer the two questions correctly, you will have the solution to determine the coordinates for the final stage.

First Stage:

N 40 58.019 W 073 53.179 (Header coordinates)

You should be standing on a mosaic. What mythical monster is looking up at you?

(a) Cyclops (add .033 to West coordinate)
(b) Cerebrus (add .066 to West coordinate)
(c) Gorgon (add .099 to West coordinate)
(d) Scylla (subtract .033 from West coordinate)
(e) Minotaur (subtract .066 from West coordinate)
(f) None of the above (subtract .099 from West coordinate)

Second Stage:

N 40 58.043 W 073 53.150

You should be standing between two pillars. What mythical beast sits atop the pillars?

(a) Harpy (add .033 to North coordinate)
(b) Pegasus (add .066 to North coordinate)
(c) Sphinx (add .099 to North coordinate)
(d) Gryphon (subtract .033 from North coordinate)
(e) Chimaera (subtract .066 from North coordinate)
(f) None of the above (subtract .099 from North coordinate)

If you are experiencing a feeling of dread when considering the "None of the above" multiple choice option, don't worry - you are only having a flashback to the SATs.

Final Stage:

Now, add your answers to, or subtract your answers from (as the case may be), the following coordinates:

N 40 57.977 W 073 53.218

The cache is a small, camo'ed Lock 'N Lock container. Park at N 40 57.920 W 073 53.166. No dogs allowed. The park is closed from sunset to 8 AM.

The final stage has all the markings of a teen hangout so it is not recommended that you attempt this cache at night - the gardens where the first two stages are found will be closed anyhow. Parents be forewarned that there are some puerile scribblings at the final cache location (not surprising since the place attracts the juvenile delinquent crowd). You may not want to be placed in a position where you will be asked to explain to impressionable children the crude renderings of parts of the anatomy attempted by the local graffiti artists. That said, the final location is still a unique and overlooked location in beautiful downtown Yonkers.

PLEASE rehide the cache as you found it, if not better. Feel free to liberally apply tree bark, leaf litter, and pine needles to the hiding spot and to camouflage any social trail to the cache. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[Puzzle] V'z abg gung pehry, abar bs gur nobir vf abg gur evtug nafjre.
[Puzzle] Gur pnpur gvgyr vf "Vg'f Terrx Gb Zr", abg "Vg'f Rtlcgvna Gb Zr".
[Cache]Va gur fghzc, pbirerq ol onex.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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