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Illini Puzzle - 3) Blind Man in Memorial Stadium Mystery Cache

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Hidden : 04/28/2011
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Congratulations! FTF goes to pcflet01!

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"Anything you think you can do, you can do." - Ray Eliot

The cache is not at the posted coordinates. The posted coordinates are the 50-yard line of the stadium. You are probably not allowed to be there unless 1) You are a football player, or 2) You are in some special event, such as Illinois Marathon (see above picture for the 50-yard line finish line).

This is a two-stage puzzle cache. You need to solve the puzzle below to find the intermediate stage, which is also a puzzle. Both stages should be within walking distance from the posted coordinates.

Fieldwork-related info: 1) there are some times when searching for this cache is not allowed. Whenever there are any major events occurring in the Stadium, including (but not limited to) football games, you would not be able to access the area in both stages. Other than that, both stages should be accessible at all times. 2) Bring your own pen for this classical micro cache. 3) Meter parking is available nearby. See the waypoint below for suggested parking. 4) The final is not inside the stadium. I am not that mean to make you watch a football game to find a cache.

For more history about the Memorial Stadium, you may check here or Wikipedia.

Stage 1:

Stage 2 (Do not look at this part until you have solved stage 1):

A checksum for the final location is available. If the final location is N 40 AB.CDE W 88 FG.HIJ, then A+B+C+D+E+F+G+H+I+J=23.

I am pleased to announce that this cache has been selected to be the:

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[puzzle:] Yrggref sbe gur oyvaq zna va Tenqr 2. Znxr fher lbh xabj gur "yrggref" sbe punatvat gb hccre pnfr naq gb ahzoref, nf jryy nf chapghngvbaf naq pbzzba jbeqf yvxr "gur" naq "gurer".

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)