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45-Step Puzzle Cache (KPC2009)

A cache by kablooey Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 11/01/2009
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1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

The cache is NOT at the posted coordinates, but IS located within two miles. Solve the 45-step puzzle to obtain the cache coordinates.

It is sort of a tradition around these parts to hide a 45-part cache; so here's mine.

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Special notes about the 2009 Puzzle Challenge: To be considered for Fastest Solver points, you must verify your solution with certitude. Because certitude may not properly account for joint solutions, please email me team member names in the case of team solutions to ensure proper point accounting. All "point" scoring is arbitrary anyway, subject to change, at the discretion of the cache owner, and mostly meaningless (unless you really want to be awarded a certain bottle of wine at the December event). The real challenge is just to see whether you can solve all of these caches by the end of the year. To maintain fairness, hints should not be offered by the cache owner or other solvers until the fifteenth of the month.
2009 Puzzle Challenge Solvers
2009 Puzzle Challenge Finders
2009 Puzzle Challenge Event

Special notes about this month's puzzle: The URL-changing puzzle has been around for many years and is somewhat famous for being one of the first uniquely browser-based puzzles on the internet. Many of the steps will be easy. Some may seem to be very difficult. However, I have faith that somebody will manage to find a way to the end before I release hints on the 15th. Somebody always does. Have fun!

Other similar caches that I know about:
AlfaBet Soup by jdevor + sarah
Number, Number by Etoa Nrish

Other 45-stage caches
Assume Nothing #7: WoW's 45th Birthday Micro-Multi by workerofwood
Rogue Ramblers' 45-Step Birthday Cache by Rogue Ramblers

First Ten Submitted Solutions
01 Nov 9:03pm
The North Star
03 Nov 2:21pm
The Rat
03 Nov 5:53pm
Moe311 04 Nov 9:06am
04 Nov 6:32pm
rorts 05 Nov 8:07pm
hot_turkey 14 Nov 9:58am
payakoi 15 Nov 10:46am
candcfamily 15 Nov 5:47pm
InTheRough 16 Nov 9:07pm
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First Ten Logged Finds
kindredlaugh 01 Nov 10:05pm
UncleTom 01 Nov 10:09pm
The North Star 03 Nov 3:32pm
Dotish 03 Nov 5:00pm
xmts 03 Nov 5:33pm
The Rat 03 Nov 8:15pm
Gitonyerhorse 04 Nov 7:04pm
bamsch 05 Nov 12:50pm
cachbefound 05 Nov 12:59pm
jimbexleyspeed 07 Nov 2:57pm

You can validate your puzzle solution with certitude.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[Hints added after November 14th] Punatr gur HEY gb svaq gur arkg pyhr. Lbh jvyy arrq gb ivfvg nyy 45 cntrf gb trg gur ahzoref gb qrgrezvar gur pbbeqvangrf. N uvag vf uvqqra ba rnpu cntr va pnfr lbh trg fghpx.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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