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Just Add Water Mystery Cache

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Geocache Description:

This is a word puzzle in which you have to unscramble letters to answer the clues. Then, perform simple mathematical expressions on the answers to come up with the digits for the coordinates. It is somewhat similar to our other word puzzle cache, Get a Clue, Texas! Note: Cache is not at posted coordinates.

For a great caching experience, just add water!

The chemical composition of water, as most people know, is H2O or Hydrogen-Oxygen-Hydrogen. This is often depicted as H-O-H, since the two hydrogen atoms bond to the oxygen atom.

In this puzzle, you'll be given 10 anagrams and a clue to go with each anagram. Add the letters H, O, and H to each anagram then re-arrange the letters to come up with the answer to the clue. (It's easier than it sounds.)

For example, if the anagram is "My Woodlice Idol" and the clue is "2003 Harrison Ford film", add H, O, and H to the anagram then re-arrange to get "Hollywood Homicide". All the words in each answer start with H or O.

(Okay, we know. You're not really just adding water. You're adding water then stirring it around a little bit.)

Once you have the answer to the clue, the number of letters in the answer will help you get the numbers you need for the coordinates. In the "Expression" column, if you see "H1", that refers to the number of letters in the first H-word in the answer. O refers to the O-word in the answer (if there is one), and H2 refers to the second H-word.

So for the above example, if you were given the expression "H1 - H2 = ", you would substitute 9 for H1 (Hollywood is 9 letters) and 8 for H2 (Homicide is 8 letters) to get the digit 1.

Finally, after you've gotten all the answers and solved the digits, read the numbers down to get the coordinates. The N29 and W98 are assumed. The coordinates for the cache are N29 AB.CDE, W98 VW.XYZ.

All answers are common phrases or names of well-known individuals or characters. Make sure you check your spelling because it matters!

There is a small FTF prize! Just add water to it for even more fun! *** Congrats to 1st Sgt for getting the squirt gun FTF prize. Just don't rely on it in the line of duty! ***

Answers A through E as well as V and W are two-word phrases. The first word starts with HO, the second with H.

Answers X, Y, and Z are three-word phrases. The first and third words start with H, the second with O.

Remember, the coordinates for the cache are N29 AB.CDE, W98 VW.XYZ.

"Solving a puzzle makes you a better person." - Will Shortz

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Nzbat ebpxf gb gur yrsg. Haqre fznyy bireunat, va qveg. Qvq lbh ybfr n pbagnpg yraf?

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)