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chiptheduck: Four cache containers have now gone missing. It seems someone is building a collection of click and locks, so there is no point in my placing another.

The puzzle was always the interesting part of this cache so I'll maybe resurrect it elsewhere. The hide was fairly straightforward.

Thanks to ampyarg for alerting me to the latest muggling, prompting me to visit and confirm a missing cache yesterday.


Rat Run - Atalho

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Hidden : 11/20/2011
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Size: Size: small (small)

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The cache is not at the coordinates above which are for parking. It is a short walk away.

A cache não está nás coordenadas acima de que estão para estacionamento. A cache fica uma curta distãncia a pé.


Firstly my thanks to my good friend Judith for the translation into Portuguese reproduced below as my skills in the language need a good deal of development.

The cache is next to an atalho - in English a "shortcut" but more often called a Rat Run, because rats tend to take the shortest route. At least it used to be an atalho but recent road improvements might make this a very quiet road in future.

However, your first task is to complete the crossnumber below. OK, so what else do you call a crossword where all the answers are numbers? Then substitute the numbers in the boxes marked A to F into the formula to arrive at the coordinates for this cache.

2. 9 across squared 1. 8 down minus 100
4. Minutes in an hour 2. A round number
5. 1 down reversed 3. The first two digits of 4 down
7. 1 down multiplied by three 4. 2 across squared
9. 12 across squared 6. Half of 4 down minus 11111
10. Cube root of 8 down 8. 4 across plus 3 down
11. 5 across followed by 2 across 16. A Portuguese flag has ?? castles & shields
12. Square root of 9 across 17. Degrees in a right angle
13. Year of the English-Portuguese Alliance - 13?? 19. ?? de Abril 1974
14. The Lisboa earthquake was in 17??
15. 4 across plus one
17. Vasco da Gama sailed from Lisboa for India in 14??
18. Electrical voltage in Portugal

There is only one solution to the puzzle and, despite what you may think, there is sufficient information to solve it (you can email me if you need help).

Insert the numbers in the squares marked A to F into the formula below to arrive at the coordinates for the cache.

N37° 06.AB(C-B) W008° 42.(D-A-C)(E-A-B)(F+A)

The cache is a small clip and lock with a logbook and room for small swaps and trackables. Hopefully you will enjoy my first Portuguese cache.


Em primeiro lugar os meus agradecimentos á minha boa amiga Judith para a tradução para o Português como minhas habilidades na língua precisa de uma boa dose de desenvolvimento.

A cache está ao lado dum atalho, mais frequentamente chamado uma corrida de rato, “a Rat Run”, porque os ratos tendem a tomar a rota mais curta. Ao menos, era um atalho, mas melhorias recentes de estrada talvez façam esta um estrada muito calma.

Todavia, a sua primeira tarifa é completer o “número cruzeiro” em cima. OK, o que mais fâ-lo chamar umas palavras-cruzeiras onde todas as respostas são números? Então, substituam os números nas caixas marcada A - F na fórmula para chegar aos coordenadas para esta cache.

2. 9 horizontal quadrado 1. 8 vertical menos 100
4. Minutos numa hora 2. Um número redondo
5. Um vertical revertido 3. Os dois primeiros dígitos do 4 vertical
7. 1 vertical multiplicado por três 4. 2 horizontal quadrado
9. 12 horizontal quadrado 6. Metade do 4 vertical menos 11111
10. Raiz cúbica de 8 vertical 8. 4 horizontal + 3 vertical
11. 5 horizontal seguido por 2 horizontal 16. Uma bandeira portuguesa tem ?? castelos e escudos
12. Raiz quadrado do 9 horizontal 17 Graus num angelo reto
13. O ano da Aliança inglês-português - 13?? 19. ?? de Abril 1974
14. O terramoto de Lisboa aconteceu no ano 17??
15. 4 horizontal + um
17. Vasco da Gama partou de barca desde Lisboa para Ìndia em 14??
18. A voltagem eléctrica em Portugal

Há só uma solução ao quebra-cabeças e, apesar do que você pode pensar, há informação suficiente para resolvê-lo. (Pode me enviar um e-mail se precisar de ajuda.)

Ponha os números nos quadrados A – F na fórmula abaixo para chegar aos coordendadas pela cache.

N37° 06.AB(C-B) W008° 42.(D-A-C)(E-A-B)(F+A)

A cache é um clipe e uma fechadora pequeno com um documentação e espaço por trocas coisas rastreáveis. Espero que você goste do meu primeiro cache português.

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Chmmyr: Lbh qba'g nyjnlf unir gb fgneg ng gur ortvaavat!
Pnpur: Ol gur jnyy.
Dhroen-pnorçnf: Arz frzcer grz dhr pbzrpne ab vaípvb.
Pnpur: Nb ynqb qn cnerqr.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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