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Mystery Cache

Eureka #15: What's New?

A cache by JWCOREY Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 2/13/2011
In Massachusetts, United States
Difficulty:
3.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:



This is a mystery cache. The listed coordinates are NOT for the final cache. You must solve the puzzle below to determine the final coordinates. You need to make some keen observations outside your normal frame of reference to decipher the coordinates. The cache is hidden within 2 miles of the listed coordinates. The best parking is north of the cache, but there is other parking. In heavy snow, you may have to park on a side street a little west of the trailhead.


This Eureka puzzle consists of a list of five sentences. Each sentence contains multiple hidden elements. Each element is a proper English word, no abbreviations are used. The elements of each sentence form an obvious pattern and connection to a common subtheme. The subtheme of each sentence is different and the number of unique elements hidden in each sentence is identified by the italicized number used in that sentence. All the hidden elements and subthemes relate to a cohesive and broader overall theme.


  1. “Tonight’s program will be a dramatic, seven round boxing milestone,” announced the overweight car attendant in a grainy voice.
  2. “Oh, my!” Henry swatted five revolting termites in the damp wood by the electric panel.
  3. At a quarter past seven, I'll slip into the bar, relax with some literature, bounce up the volume of the stereo, and have a cordial.
  4. This time, by early in the weeklong effort, nightly headquarters inspections by Second brigade cadets found eight minute issues like gum on the floor.
  5. Many ardent rodeo families dressed in chaps became terribly annoyed when the eight-foot clown smiled at length to the sparse crowd.


To log this cache, you need to complete 4 parts:


  • The easy part: Solve the Eureka puzzle and determine all 35 hidden elements.
  • The fun part: Alphabetize these elements and determine A through G as defined below to decode the coordinates.
  • The tricky part: Determine a hidden number encoded in the five sentences of the puzzle.
  • The challenging part: When you log your find electronically, make a reference in some obscure way to an author or a subject represented by one of the hieroglyphics on the cache container.


The cache container is adorned with 11 sets of “hieroglyphics” that represent subjects relevant to the overall theme. Several of these have a distinct author. Be creative when you log your find so as not to give away too much of the theme, but obvious enough for someone who has solved the puzzle and seen the cache container to identify your reference. Each successive logger should attempt to add one new reference so that over time the successive logs cover all the hieroglyphics and authors. Bring a camera or notepad when you go out in the field. You may have to do some research after you get home before you can make a log that meets this challenge. If you decide not to meet this final challenge, just say so in your log.

A = The only number that can be formed out of the letters of the 17th alphabetically ordered element.
B = The only number that can be formed out of the letters of the 20th (or 21st) alphabetically ordered element.
C = The sum of the two different numbers that can be formed out of the letters of the 29th alphabetically ordered element.
D = The largest number that can be formed out of the combined letters of the 31st and 33rd elements.
E = The number of elements that can be formed from the letters: "DRFEYNMAN".
F = the alphabetical order of the one element that when spelled backward could also have been used as an element of this puzzle.
G = The hidden number encoded in the sentences.

North: 42
C + F - E
(D * F) + (A + B + C + D) + (G * G)
West: 071
A + C + D
(G * G) + E - D

The answer to the question: "What’s new?" is one of the adornments on the cache and is explained in the cache logbook.

You can check your answers for this puzzle on Geochecker.com.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Chmmyr: Gur fhogurzr bs rnpu fragrapr vf "uvqqra va cynva fvtug" jvguva rnpu fragrapr.
Pnpur: Vg znl or dhvgr n culfvpny grfg sbe fbzr.

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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Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:54:51 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:54 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

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