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MK Schooldays: Geography

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Hidden : 12/13/2010
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

This is the Geography examination from the "MK Schooldays" series of caches by MKGees.

The series is based very loosely around GCSE examinations.


The puzzle icon is shown at one of Milton Keynes' educational establishments, in this case Ousedale School in Newport Pagnell.

However, the cache is not at this location. Please do not attempt to park or search there. It isn't there.

As with all of this series, we are available for mentoring and support by email on request.


GCSEs were introduced into secondary schools in England in 1986 to replace the previous GCE "O" Levels and CSEs. They are available in a bewildering array of different subjects in a number of distinct categories. Geography sits in the Humanities category.

Passing this examination will reveal Bonus Code F for MK Schooldays: Graduation Day.


Examination Question - Time Limit 1 Week

Oh ! Who's kidding ? Geography was always one of my favorite subjects at school, and I just haven't got the heart to set you an examination for this one, so instead I will just tell you a little story and hope that the headmaster doesn't notice.

My story begins many years ago when I was 18. I had just passed my driving test and the world was my oyster. Actually I passed it when I was 17 years and 9 months, but who's counting ? And yes, before you ask, I passed it in a car, with a petrol engine, not a steam one. I'm not that old, thanks very much. The cheek of it !

Sorry, got distracted there, back to the plot....

As I was saying, I decided to spend a week experiencing driving in a way I previously could only dream about. The wide open spaces, the high speeds, no one for company but myself. OK, nowadays you can't drive anywhere in Britain with being in a jam, but back in the day...

As I was still young, I stayed in Britain. At the tender age of 17 years and 9 months there were still plenty of places I had never been to, and more still that I had not been to on my own.

What better way to celebrate this new found freedom than a


......ROAD TRIP......ROAD TRIP......ROAD TRIP......


Just a shame I didn't have a best friend, girlfriend, or orang-utan to come with me, but I was young and shy.

So "where did you go to ?" I hear you asking, "where, where, where ?"

Hold your horses will you ! Can't you see I'm trying to drag it out a bit here ?

Oh, OK then ! I'll tell you. After all, you've stayed with me this long, so I feel like I owe you something.

Being from the North, I decided to start with a trip down south. I liked it there. I didn't know which side to go so I tried both - first I went to Exeter and then to Folkstone.

That was a good start I thought, but how could I better it ? I know, how about a trip to The Principality ? Sounds good.

So off I went again, and this time I got as far as Swansea, and then detoured via Taunton on the way home.

Not bad, but how about Scotland ? It was a long way, but I eventually made it to Stirling before heading south again and going to Canterbury. Wow, that was a long way, more than enough to warrant a long snooze. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz....

So I set off again with renewed vigour. The sun was up, the sky was blue, and as it was the 80's so Steve Wright was playing Go West! on the radio. Where to go, though ?

Swindon was a reasonable start, closely followed by Tamworth. Finally I made one little trip 'Oop 't North to Huddersfield, and then that was my lot.

So, lots of roads, lots of miles, and lots of dodgy toilets on the way. But can you figure out where I finished ?

If you can, you will find a 450ml clip lock box covered in black duck tape. It contains a small log book and pencil/pen. Please, as ever, take care to replace the cache as you found it.

As you will most likely solve this at home before venturing out, the final cache is placed where the calculated coordinates appear to be on GoogleMaps. This may be a few feet from where your GPS thinks it is.

We hope you enjoy your studies and that you get the grades you need.


Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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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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