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A Wokingham Pub Quiz Mystery Cache

Hidden : 10/24/2011
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Geocache Description:

A quiz about pubs in Wokingham. The published coordinates have no relevance to the final location.

30 Dec 2020. Made a few minor adjustments to the questions and answers then updated the calculations.

There’s usually space for a short stop on the street near the cache. If you know the area around the town centre or are prepared to do a bit of research you can find free parking along with limited time parking and plenty of pay car parks. There are plenty of on street parking options but please read the relevant road signs, don’t park on pavements or block access.

The Cache
The cache is a click lock beaker with a log book and room for small Travel Bugs. Find the answers to the questions and apply the calculations to reveal the cache location. The cache is part way down a quiet residential street, the local Neighbourhood Watch have given their blessing but you still might be stopped and asked what you're up to!

The Questions

This is a quiz about pubs in Wokingham but to make it more interesting it's actually themed on 1901. You will need to do some research. It’s multi-choice for the answers, the correct choice will assign a number to letters A through to H, these will then be used to calculate the coordinates of the cache.

Question A
400 yards from the Ye Olde Leathern Bottel on Barkham Road was, in 1901, another pub (1870-1911) called:

The Barkham Bottle (A=0)
The Old Glass Bottle (A=1)
The Old Leathern Bottel (A=2)
The New Leathern Bottle (A=3)

Question B
The Station Tap is a large pub by the station which was a hotel built when the railway came to town. Then it was called:
The Molly Millar Hotel (B=4)
The Wellington Hotel (B=5)
The Railway Hotel (B=6)
The Station Hotel (B=7)

Question C
Round the back of the establishment at Question B was a separate establishment called:

The Railway Inn (C=8)
The Station Inn (C=9)
The Spinal Tap (C=0)
The Railway Tap (C=1)

Question D
Where Easthampstead Road meets Peach Street there was a pub in 1901 called:

The Peach Inn (D=2)
The Easthampstead Inn (D=3)
The Star Inn (D=4)
The Décor Inn (D=5)

Question E
The Queen's Head pub still flourishes on The Terrace, but in 1901 there was a rival pub just 5 doors away called:

The Terrace (E=6)
The King's Head (E=7)
The Anchor (E=8)
The Shute (E=9)

Question F
The Emmbrook Inn was originally a tied house owned by Simonds Brewery. Until recently known as:

The Emmbrook Arms (F=0)
The Thatched Cottage (F=1)
The Forest Inn (F=2)
The Simonds Arms (F=3)

Question G
The Wokingham Brewery was once set back off Denmark Street. It had its own pub on Broad Street called:

The Brewers (G=4)
The Shades (G=5)
The Broad (G=6)
The Wokingham (G=7)

Question H
What is the origin of the name of The Three Frogs on the London Road?

French cuisine (H=8)
Links to the Army (H=9)
Inconclusive (H=0)
A badly painted sign (H=1)

The Calculations

Now calculate the following to reveal the cache location at:

N51 ab.cde W000 fg.hij

a = E-B
b = E-D
c = D+F
d = G+C
e = A+D
f = G-F
g = E-H
h = D+G
i = G+H
j = H+H

Check Sum
The 10 required digits in the coordinates = 50

To log this cache online you need to first find the cache and enter your mark in the log book. If you have any difficulty with the cache please message me and I will assist. In your message it would help if you could provide photos but please don’t include any spoilers in your log.

Many thanks to childwall43 for placing this cache on 24 Oct 2011. FTF was The White Family on 28 Oct 2011. The cache was adopted by Papakas Pack on 14 Dec 2020.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Guvax bhgfvqr gur obk!

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)