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Scamp Remembered Mystery Cache

This cache has been archived.

ILReviewer: Since I haven't heard from the owner I'm reluctantly archiving this cache. If the owner wishes to reactivate this cache in the next couple of months, please e-mail me at and I'll unarchive it as soon as I can.

Hidden : 07/28/2012
3.5 out of 5
3 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Scamp was a trickster, so this cache is NOT at the posted coordinates.  I am placing this camouflaged lock & lock in memory of my pet cat Scamp who died in 2011.  Solving the Sudoku puzzle is required to determine the location of this cache. Bring pants for the cache -- there are thorns!

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:


Scamp Sudoku


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



Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Lbh pna rznvy zr sbe Fhqbxh uvagf, ohg V guvax gung cneg vf cerggl fgenvtug sbejneq. Nf sbe gur pnpur vgfrys, gur ybpx naq ybpx vf uvqqra haqrearngu n angheny cvyr bs fgvpxf. (Irefhf gur haangheny cvyr bs fgvpxf V bsgra frr uvqvat n pnpur.)

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)