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Puzzle Gauntlet 4.0: Exploring the Possibilities Mystery Cache

Hidden : 04/12/2013
Difficulty:
4 out of 5
Terrain:
3 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.

4.0: Exploring the Possibilities
On occasion, you may know how to solve a puzzle but something changes partway through and you have to stop and reevaluate. It may be a sign that your method is faulty or there has been a miscalculation. Maybe you must explore all the possibilities and select a new solving method, one which may or may not be related to the first method.

So you're a real puzzlehead, eh? We'll see. You won't be getting much help at this difficulty. Sometimes, it's just a lot of trail and error. And sometimes it's too much of a headache to figure out. Which shall it be for you?

(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)