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The Big Red Puzzle (And Travel-Bug Transporter)

A cache by Hockeyhick and Cache-n-Kerry Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 12/14/2008
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Size: Size: large (large)

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Geocache Description:

Another cache brought to you by a member of the

(Travelbugs and Geocoins are Welcome here!)

This cache is dedicated to all of the Geocachers whose problem solving skills...are nowhere to be found.

Many geocachers flat out refuse to look for puzzle caches.

Some are too hard to solve.

Some require more effort than they are worth.

Even still, some folks just don’t think "outside the box" enough to try to solve them.

Are you one of those people who swears that you'll never do puzzle caches again? Have you ever stared hopelessly at a puzzle page, and gotten that gut-wrenching feeling just like in those dreams where you're back in high school and haven't studied for that algebra exam? Have you ever been frustrated at a cache owner for not returning your email request for coordinate verification or a hint? Have you ever given up the search at a potential cache site not knowing whether the container is gone, or your coordinates are incorrect?

If so, this one is all for YOU!

After many long hours of thoughtless thoughts and wandering wanders trying to find a way to include the totally clueless in another aspect of Geocaching, We believe that we have finally created the perfect Puzzle Cache, one that can be solved by literally anyone! We decided to enlist in the help of our kids to help lower the intellectual bar, and create a puzzle cache that anyone can be proud to say, "I SOLVED IT!"
It is a riddle wrapped in an enigma surrounding a mystery grilled to perfection and served with a side of what-cha-ma-call-its!
Don't let this cache scare you. Here's a puzzle that requires no hard math, no calculus, and no engineering degree. There are no tricky intermediate stages. You shouldn't need to visit a library, or crack a chemistry book. You don't even need to know braille, spanish, greek, or pig latin. and you don't even have to know how to convert from hexadecimal to binary to klingon. You can solve it in the woods, in your car, while waiting in the Dr’s. office, or in the comfort of your own home, taking as much time as needed. It doesn’t matter how long you take.

Only you will know how brilliant ( or really, REALLY dense) you are!

Ready to start?

There are actually three ways to solve this puzzle.

The cache is located at:

North: AB° CD.EFG


One way is to ask any random child to help you figure out the answers.

Solve A through O by taking the following quiz:

A = How many letters are in the name 'Bob'?

B = (True or False) Pi is a mathematical constant, and its first nine digits are 3.14159265.

If this is true, let B = 4.

If this is false, let B = 243,850,194.

C = President Lincolns face is on a penny, and also on a “__” dollar bill. (Not a 1, 2, 10, 20, 50, or 100)

D = A chicken laid half-a-dozen eggs. How many yolks were there?

E = A bicycle (without training wheels) has how many wheels? (NOTE: if you ride a unicycle, double your answer. If you ride a tricycle, subtract one from your answer).

F = How many eyeballs do you have on your feet?

G = When you roll a pair of dice, and on one die you have a 3 and on the other die, you have a 4, what is your total score?

H = If you have $10.00 to spend at the dollar store for geocaching swag, and you buy 10 items, how much money do you have left? (NOTE: pretend it's an ideal world. There is no tax and each item costs exactly one dollar).

I = If a spider has eight legs, how many legs does his pants have?

J = (Multiple choice) What color is a red apple?

Dog = eleventy-four

BBQ = 3.14159265

Red = 2

Courderoy = -8

K = If nothing from nothing leaves nothing, how much is left?

L = 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1= ?

M = If you lost one of your pinky fingers in a tragic micro accident, how many total fingernails do you have left to get dirty? (assuming, of course, that you have two hands…)

N = What number rhymes with wait, mate, and slate, and when added to 10 equals eighteen?

O = Spell ‘evif’ backwards.


If all of that was just too darned confusing, here's another way:
Look at the pictures below.This is the area where the cache is located. Your mission is to study the photos for the clues, identify the area, (Highway 29 entering Spartanburg from Interstate 85, but before you cross I-26) and locate the most obvious container (big red fire truck). Somewhere, hidden inside the right rear corner is a large steel container filled with treasures untold.

It should take the average person under 60 seconds to solve this part of the puzzle.

And an UPDATED photo with the new container!

Finally, if all else has failed you, or if you think that the letters on a compass (N, S. E, and W) stand for “No-where, Somewhere, Elsewhere, and Wherever”, we won’t leave you out!

For the third way to solve this puzzle, just scroll back up to the top of this page, look at the listed coordinates, and go there.
We believe that if you do this, you will have just as good of a chance as anyone else at finding this cache!

If that is even too hard for you to do, this should be straightforward enough. We've made it easy for you. To figure out the final coordinates, all you have to do is study the text below and see if you can deduce the final location from it.

N 34° 56.207

W 082° 00.985

Got it? If you're having trouble, you can check your answers at the following link:

Be sure to mention if you had any problems solving this cache. Also, let us know if there weren't enough clues...etc.
Feel free to post any and all hints, spoiler pictures or other helpful info of ground zero and the cache container to help the next oblivious geocacher.

This puzzle cache is active and out there right now.

It is waiting for you to find it.

It keeps showing up in your searches and mocks you.

You know you want to solve it and log it.

What is stopping you?

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Bu, jr nyzbfg sbetbg...lbh nyfb unir gb bcra gur qbbe hfr gur pbqr *18*-*20*-*34* naq gura bcra gur zrgny obk!

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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