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The WBs: I was considering re-deployment or transferring ownership on the detectives, as circumstances are unfortunately preventing the maintenance I should be providing. Archiving is the best option, based on the tone of the DNF logs and dwindling interest in caches in the "unknown" category that are not challenge caches. Thanks for playing!


Great Detectives: Charlie Chan

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Hidden : 10/5/2012
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Geocache Description:

The cache, which is a small-to-medium lock and lock, is close enough to the Riverfront Trail to be a BIBB (Best If By Bike). Solve the puzzle to find the final location. You can't park at the posted coordinates; I just thought it would be an interesting spot on the map. There are some parking options pretty close by.

FTF and 2TF prizes: a DVD-R with tons of Charlie Chan stuff (all 6 e-books, several films, radio shows, comic book pdfs) and a standard DVD of “Charlie Chan in Egypt,” one of the best Chan films. You'll also find a micro seedling to take and use to make a new cache. You don't have to name it "Number One Son," but that's who it represents.

Charlie Chan was created by Earl Derr Biggers and was featured in six novels from 1925-1932. The Chinese detective was based on a real-life Honolulu police detective. Eventually 47 movies were made with the Charlie Chan character, many featuring the contributions of his “Number One Son.” Charlie Chan has also been the subject of radio programs, television adaptations, comic books and games. There were even imitation knock-offs created after Biggers’ death, such as the Japanese secret agent Mr. Moto and the Boris Karloff film series about Mr. Wong.

Chan was created to combat the “yellow peril” stereotypes of such characters as Fu Manchu, but Chan has proved to be controversial nonetheless. Despite being the smartest person in the room, his amiable (some would say subservient) personality (emphasized more in the films than in the books) and use of aphorisms is considered by some to be a negative stereotype. In most of the films, Chan is portrayed by a non-Asian actor, and that adds to the controversy.

Some examples of Charlie Chan’s aphorisms from the films:
Admitting failure like drinking bitter tea.  (Charlie Chan in Egypt)
Ancient proverb say. "Never bait trap with wolf to catch wolf." (Shadows Over Chinatown)
Ancient proverb say, "One small wind can raise much dust." (Dark Alibi)
Confucius say, "No man is poor who have worthy son." (Charlie Chan at the Race Track)
Confucius say, "Sleep only escape from yesterday." (Shadows Over Chinatown)
Every maybe has a wife called Maybe-Not. (Charlie Chan Carries On)
Honorable father once say, "Politeness golden key that open many doors." (Charlie Chan at the Opera)
Only very foolish mouse make nest in cat's ear. (Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum)
Opinion like tea leaf in hot water - both need time for brewing. (Charlie Chan in Honolulu)
One grain of luck sometimes worth more than whole rice field of wisdom. (Charlie Chan at the Circus)

To find the final cache coordinates, it’s time to do some armchair traveling using your virtual map of choice. (Remember that you may need to zoom in or out, or use the little man to walk around a bit.) All of the locations share the alliterative double "ch" of our detective, so those are given, but that doesn't mean that all the Cs and Hs are given. Green cells contain punctuation and should not be filled by you. In the case of “d” and “l” you may find it amusing to also look around the whole neighborhood. Clues (in ROT-13 form) are provided should you need hints.

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For more information on puzzle caches by The WBs, use the "Related Web Page" link above. Since you can't copy and paste from the grid graphic, you can also find .loc, .gpx and .kmz files of all the above locations there, which can be opened in Google Earth or GSAK or other programs to make solving much quicker. Also there are spreadsheet and webpage versions, all capable of copy and pasting, and a printer-friendly pdf of the two solving grids.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Pbashpvhf fnl, "Zncf bs Tbbtyr zhpu zber vasbezngvir guna ngynf bs Enaq ZpAnyyl."

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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