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Puzzle Gauntlet 2.5: Extracting the Elements Mystery Cache

Hidden : 04/12/2013
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   other (other)

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Geocache Description:

puz·zle (pzl) n.
1. Something, such as a game, toy, or problem, that requires ingenuity and often persistence in solving or assembling.
2. Something that baffles or confuses.
3. The condition of being perplexed; bewilderment.

gaunt·let also gant·let (gôntlt, gänt-) n.
1. A protective glove worn with medieval armor.
2. A protective glove with a flared cuff, used in manual labor, in certain sports, and for driving.
3. A challenge: throw down the gauntlet; take up the gauntlet.
4. A dress glove cuffed above the wrist.

2.5: Extracting the Elements
Make something out of nothing, create gold from lead. In puzzle solving, you have to take the information you've gathered and extract certain elements from it to determine the solving method. This method is the one you will use to obtain an answer from the data. Many times, there is nothing more than a subtle detail given as a hint to the process.

Now it's gonna get a bit trickier. The method isn't so obvious and you'll have to find your own hints. Can you do a bit of puzzle alchemy and come up with the golden answer? You've already come this far, so why don't you keep working at it? It's another fun find for the hike too.

(Note: Before starting, you must solve the prerequisite puzzles first, beginning with PG 1.0: Certitudity.)





Puzzle Gauntlet
1.0: Certitudity
1.5: Piecing It Together
2.0: Falling Into Place
2.5: Extracting the Elements
3.0: Checking Resources
3.5: Cracking the Codes
4.0: Exploring the Possibilities
4.5: Drawing Conclusions
5.0: The Grand Finale!

A very special thank you to all of those who helped in the creation and testing of this series, especially teamajk and mmammel, without whose help this would not have been possible.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)