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Puzzle Gauntlet 3.5: Cracking the Code Mystery Cache

Hidden : 04/12/2013
Difficulty:
3.5 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.

3.5: Cracking the Code
After you determine what must be done, the real work begins. You must apply the chosen solving method, sometimes involving hours of grinding as you struggle to do the math or crack the code. But as you solve more puzzles and learn more methods, this work becomes easier and takes less time. After all, practice makes (better, as nobody's) perfect.

So now you're thinking this isn't so hard after all. Well, good for you. Now things are gonna get serious. You're gonna have to put forth some real effort here, maybe even doing a bit of research. If you're afraid of doing a little work, maybe this gauntlet isn't really for you. You should just stick to the guardrail micros and LPCs. All true puzzleheads may continue by clicking below...

(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 Code
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
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)