Mystery Cache

Watermark level 03 (Brockwell Park)

A cache by ===sgb Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 8/31/2011
In London, United Kingdom
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Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

One of a series. Level 03 is a medium puzzle with a magnetic nano cache hide. The photo below, of Brockwell Park pond, was taken from the given coordinates, the cache is not there.

This is a bmp and is not the same image as the one in the gallery.

One of a series (Watermark level xx) in which it gets steadily harder to solve the puzzle, though there is a common theme to them all. The size and difficulty of the cache hide varies throughout the series. There is also a passphrase in each puzzle which will be some help with the next puzzle in the series. It is strongly recommended that you solve the previous level before tackling this one.

The commentary is encoded in a similar fashion to ROT13, but instead of moving on (encoding) or back (decoding) 13 places, the move on (encode) or move back (decode) is defined by repeated copies of the passphrase - A=1 position, Z=26 positions.

EG if the passphrase is "C'a d", then use "CADCADCADCAD..." or 3,1,4,3,1,4,3,1,4... to shift the text. So "watermark" is encoded as w+3=z, a+1=b, t+4=x, e+3=h, r+1=s, m+4=q, a+3=d, r+1=s, k+4=o which is "zbxhsqdso". There is an online decoder available now.

ua bfcv xqs jzjsragh ixpmqp, cvmb wm mrynppta bh wsb kwx-uosmw lo ftt ffuoj. fw hlrg wixb laxdrk giyqnfw. hco'tq ejhq il wybjovwrn kbqhe kuf aboyt dldfwnzz.

The photo is of the pond in Brockwell park. This cache is only a standard magnetic nano. If you feel it is too much work to solve for "just a nano", then don't do this one. First To Find went to MrAardvark.

Good hunting. You may also be interested in my other caches.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Chmmyr/Puzzle: frr gur pbzzragnel nobir. Pnpur/Cache: 7sg hc ynzccbfg oruvaq cnexvat erthyngvbaf abgvpr

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



  • Comparison of BMP and JPGIt occurred to me that extra hints might be obtained from the differences between the BMP and the JPG. This pretty picture is an XOR of the two with the brightness increased by 20% and distorted by saving as a jpg. Doesn't seem to help. ===sgb
  • Watermark level 03This file is a JPG and has no watermark in it.

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