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msteffel: Looks like the Vikings have moved their Head Quarters and forgot to take their trophy case!

I tried to pick up the cache, but being me, of course, I couldn't find it. I'll be back later to pick it up when there is a little less snow (doesn't sound like that's going to be any time soon though).

This looks to be an interesting year for football!

Thanks to all who made the find and shared their stories. As always, Go Pack Go! :)

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Vikes Trophy Case at Bryant Lake

A cache by C. Gerbschmidt Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 4/1/2010
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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*** Not at the Posted Coordinates ***

Please do not go into this place of business at the posted coordinates, they will have NO idea what you are talking about. In fact, you may hurt their feelings if you go in and ask about it so please don't. This cache is outside, you know, where REAL football is meant to be played!

Ok, before the puzzle starts, I needed to share the following: Not being from Minnesota originally it took me a while to figure out what my first cache should be about. Puzzle caches aren't everyone's favorite, but I figured if I did one on something the locals like and made it not too difficult - more people would go for it (and I wouldn't get in as much trouble for putting it in a park). So in talking with some locals over the years, they always seem to be talking about Vikings. Depending on the week it was good or bad, but they always seemed to be talking about them. One thing I did learn being here was that HCMC (Hennepin County Medical Center), which is across the street from the Metrodome, is (and has been for decades) #1 in the world for treating lower leg injuries because all of the Vikings fans they treat who are constantly jumping on and off the bandwagon.

On a more serious note. This cache is a tribute to the Vikings/Packers rivalry. It's all for good natured fun and ribbing, so (while not a requirement) I'd love to hear any family friendly Packer/Vi-queen jokes, stories, bets gone awry in the log (& feel free email me the non-family friendly ones! ;). I've 'enjoyed' the Dairyland Diaries, Gerbschmidt, etc from you misguided Helgas, I just wanted to give something back. Who knows maybe at the end of this year I'll have to find a mini-Bud Grant trophy to put in it... errr, wait, the Superbowl trophy isn't called that is it ;). But just remember even if you do win the whole thing this year, I don't think Favre has 12 more years in him to get you more Superbowl/World Championships than the Pack. The idea for this cache came to me when SI picked the Vikings to win the Superbowl at the start of the 2008 season - finally getting around to placing it now.

Anyway, on to the puzzle (while I've rated this puzzle 1.5 stars that's for your average cacher - for your typical Vikings fans it will be much tougher! ;) ):

NORTH

This is the jersey # of a ?former? Viking QB who, when he retired from a different team on March 4, 2008, the local radio sports radio station here in Minneapolis played "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead", but two years later you can get to their stations website by going to k(players last name).com


The number of Superbowls won by the Packers [note: recently updated]
Degrees

Add the jersy numbers of the former Packer players listed that have/are spending time in the Packers Old Age Home (a.k.a. Winter [of our discontent] Park):
 +  +  - 2
[Brett Favre + Ryan Longwell + Darren Sharper (sadly Sharper has passed on and is now a Saint) - 2] (though I'm sure it's just a matter of time till Mason Crosby is added to the list).
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In case the adding thing was too hard (how many men belong in the huddle?)... just put these these players jersey numbers next to each other
 
Tarvaris Jackson
Jarred Allen

WEST

The number of Superbowls and World Championships won by the Vikings
The number of World Championships (don't include super bowls) won by the Packers
The number of Superbowls won by the Packers minus 1 [note: recently updated!]


Degrees

(11 + add the season years of all the Packers Superbowls and World Championships) [i.e. even though Superbowl XLV was won in 2011, it's season year is 2010]) / 1000 1929+1930+1931+1936+1939+1944+1961+1962+1965+1966+1967+1996+2010

If after solving this cache you find it is placed in a park [little hint, did you read the title?], please make sure to follow their hours and know that you wont need to bushwack as caches need to be within 25 feet of the trail

Initial contents: ;)


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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

chmmyr: uvtuyvtug grkg vs lbh qba'g jnag gb ybbx hc nyy bs gur punzcvbafuvc/Fhcreobjy lrnef
uvqr: ybbx jurer NC chg gur onyy va 2009 (ba gur tebhaq) ;)

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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