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Really smug Australians...

A cache by Wiiliam Shipley Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 12/08/2010
Difficulty:
4 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

... are hard to find at the moment. [:)]

Recent events have begun to trigger early related memories.

The waypoint shown below is a key site in my personal cricket heritage. It is the location of what was my grandparents' house (until 1983), although my brother and I didn't often play in the back garden there because, as you can see on Google Earth, their garden was quite small.

However, I do have my first memories of watching club cricket which happened when we walked roughly northwards a few dozen yards from their house and crossed the busy A2 (aka Key Street) to the lovely ground (the Grove). In the early 1980s I played there myself, although I never covered myself in glory for that club, I must confess.

Until setting this puzzle I had a memory of me, as a 7-year old, watching Colin Cowdrey tear an Achilles tendon in 1969, while playing at the Grove in a friendly match. A quick bit of research on the web revealed in fact that it was a more competitive fixture, at nearby Mote Park.
(visit link)

I must have watched it on the TV. Still, he lost the England captaincy as a result, never to regain it; and Ray Illingworth (who replaced Cowdrey) led the victorious England tourists in Australia on the following tour in 1970-71.

A first definite memory of watching Test cricket on TV was from 27th August 1968 (I know because it was the day before my 7th birthday). I remember being at my grandparents for the day (it was the school holidays and Mum and Dad must have been at work). All day I was hoping that the final game in the series would get finished despite the awful weather in London. I've added some gallery photos on this page, which bring the memories flooding back.

I watched the game on my grandparents' small black and white TV and found the match so exhilarating (England won with 6 minutes to spare) that I have been hooked ever since.

Here's the scorecard for those who like that sort of thing: (visit link)

So now the wistful remembrances above have been made public, you might have some insight into the normally private workings of my mind and memory. Of course, much of the above is irrelevant to the puzzle at hand. Your task is to find that which is critical, and once you have done so you should have enough info to decode the following cipher text, although you'll probably need a spreadsheet and/or googling skills:

3952672 4961041 4690031 2424900 1303816 289890 4340418 2779845 3075134 3401124 945724 72699 98132 2241399 898952 2413357 778695 3590360 5044627 1395664 1876675 4554353 2202511 2051183 2908085 1621118 2241399 898952 405863 2434176 4913312 774578 3313671 3247132 4433765 118648 2316819 150833 1091771 4666611 945724 72699 98132 2241399 898952 2413357 3282906 3592852 2533044 4912546 4460704 4855217 3014874 4125769 144050 5001383 1435494 3822323 2434176 4913312 23803 2880801 2523226

Like London buses, and my memories, I prefer things that come in groups of 3; and I am very unimaginative about coding letters into numbers.

The cache had to be moved owing to big changes near the old GZ: the new GZ is now 0.100 further West and 0.044 further North.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Chmmyr: Nal pyhr vf orggre guna ab pyhr, evtug? Vg jnf unaql (sbe guvf chmmyr) gung zl tenaqcneragf yvirq va Xrag engure guna Fheerl, Unzcfuver be Fbzrefrg.

pnpur: ybj qbja arne nep

Decryption Key

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

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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