I am grateful to "nottheactor" for his cache Nonocache (Bucks) [GC20TC6] and I hope he will not mind me using a lot of his presentation from that site. We were staying in Wendover shortly after starting on geo-caching and found a high incidence of puzzle caches there. I have only just got around to trying some out and found nonograms to be a satisfying introduction to the genre. Since there is nothing comparable in this area it seemed like a good place to start as my first puzzle.
The cache is a magnetic nano which will require a measure of digital dexterity and stealth to retrieve. No special tools are required. Take your own pen/pencil. INITIALS AND DATE ONLY PLEASE.
Nonograms, also known as Hanjie, Paint by Numbers, or Griddlers, are picture logic puzzles in which cells in a grid have to be colored or left blank according to numbers given at the side of the grid to reveal a hidden picture. In this puzzle type, the numbers measure how many unbroken lines of filled-in squares there are in any given row or column. For example, a clue of "4 8 3" would mean there are sets of four, eight, and three filled squares, in that order, with at least one blank square between successive groups.
The puzzle used for this cache is a fairly simple one, so it should be a good introduction to those previously unfamiliar with them.
How to solve Nonograms
You have a grid of squares, which must be either filled in or marked with a " . " (indicating a square known to be empty). The numbers listed beside each row (and above each column) of the grid tell you how many neighbouring squares in that row/column are to be filled in as "solids". So, for example a row/column numbered "5.3" means there are 5 adjacent solid squares followed by at least one blank square, followed by 3 consecutive solids. The ordering of the clue numbers is always correct, but you are not told how many blank squares there are before, between or after the solids - this is what you have to puzzle out.
For more tips on how to solve Nonograms try here.
If this picture is not clear enough please get a clearer one here.
You can check your answers for this puzzle on Geochecker.com.