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Jan Reynolds’ Playing Cards

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Hidden : 01/06/2012
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Myths and legends are very plentiful on Dartmoor, and Jan Reynolds and his Playing Cards could be said to be more true than some of the others as one can see proof while driving from Moretonhampstead to Two Bridges on a fine day when the bracken doesn’t obscure the stone walls.
The last anyone saw of Jan Reynolds was when he and his horse were in the hands of the Devil climbing higher into the sky over Birch Tor Mine. As the horse ascended 4 playing cards fell from Jan’s pocket and fluttered down to earth. When the cards hit the ground they left 4 imprints which serve as a warning to all potential “soul sellers” and anyone who dared to play cards in church. These imprints are known as the ‘Aces’ or ‘Four Aces’ and were used as enclosures by the miners for growing food.

The above coords are NOT where the cache - to find the cache you need to find the answers as follows:

AB = On what date in October 1638 did an exceptionally violent storm occur in the Widecombe area?

C = How many people were reported to have been killed as a result of a huge thunderbolt hitting the church roof and sending masonry and debris flying down into the congregation?

DE = How many people were reported to have been injured?

FGHJ = Three of these enclosures appeared on the tithe map of which year?

Cache coords = N50 [A+B] 5 GA [G-H] W003 [D-F] [E+F] [A+B+E] [J-G] C


Parking is within a few feet of the cache coordinates but unfortunately the ‘Four Aces’ cannot be seen as they are well within an SSSI area and therefore no geocaches are permitted. They are however approximately 2 kms NE from the cache site.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Zvpeb onfr bs gerr, cnexvat arne pnpur ohg qba'g oybpx gur tngr.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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