Your target is a small lock & lock container covered with camouflage tape. It is hidden in a wooded area, so I'm flagging this cache with poisonous plants and ticks (although I personally didn't encounter either while placing this cache). There are thorns -- so wear pants!
This cache is placed in honor of my dearly departed Scamp. Feel free to watch a memorial video I made for her when she died.
Scamp was a trickster, so this cache is a little tricky. First you must solve the sudoku puzzle. When that's complete you must use the completed puzzle to determine the target coordinates.
Here is the puzzle:
The target coordinates are:
N 4A 15.BCD
W 87 53.XYZ
To get the missing numbers, you must look up the values given below… Here's an example to start solving the puzzle.
We can easily guess that the letter A is the number 2 (because it would be very cruel to place the starting coordinates for this cache at any other longitude)… Here's how the puzzle may be solved to determine that A = 2…
Do you see how the Sudoku puzzle's top most row starts with a 1 and ends with a 5? And how the middle column starts with a 2 and ends with a 5? Well, I could say:
A = 15x25
This would mean that A is the value at the intersection of a row or column that begins or ends with a 1 and a 5, and another row or column that begins or ends with a 2 or a 5…
I could also write this clue as:
A = 51x52
A = 25x51
In all of these cases, there is only one row or column that begins and ends with each pair of digits.
You then look at the value at the intersection of the row and the column… …in this case, the value where the two lines cross is 2 -- so A = 2!
Now you have to solve B, C, D, X, Y, and Z to begin your hunt!
B = 57x32
C = 15x93
D = 45x13
X = 26x23
Y = 18x86
Z = 31x39