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Bob & Brenda - Reno: This series has run its course. Thanks to all the people worldwide who have followed this series and completed the caches even though they may never visit Las Vegas. Although this final cache was in a remote location and wasn't muggled as much as the others in the series, without having the 8 previous caches to lead up to this one, there was no sense keeping this one as well. We'll probably redo this entire series, but place the caches in locations where they're less likely to be stolen.


Solving Puzzles IX - Final Exam

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Hidden : 05/26/2013
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Congratulations to boo2931 for the FTF!

This is the ninth in a series of caches that we hope will help cachers learn some of the tricks to solving puzzle caches. Although experienced puzzle solvers can jump in at any point in the series, each successive lesson is meant to build on concepts that were demonstrated in the previous caches. The first cache in the series contains some background information on puzzle caches as well as a link to the tools we use when solving puzzle caches.

This series is not meant to be an "end all" on how to solve every puzzle cache that exists. It is only a starting point on what to look for when you see a puzzle cache. If you go through this series, you should be able to solve most puzzle caches that have a difficult of 3 stars or less. If we gave away all our secrets, then we wouldn't have anything to do but put out lamp post caches.

This series of caches contains the following caches

Cache Techniques
GC4AFC5 Hidden Information
GC4AJ0W Lists
GC4ANJW Codes & Ciphers (Basic)
GC4ANKB Codes & Ciphers (Advanced)
GC4AZHP Images & Steganography
GC4AZHW Wordplay
GC4B2YM Mathematics
GC4B2YP Logic
GC4B2ZK Final Exam


Alert: There are downloadable files in our toolbox and printable copies (PDF) of the puzzles for the caches in this series. These files are not required to solve the puzzles, although they may be useful to you for both this cache series and other puzzle caches you solve. As the cache owner, I represent that these files are safe to download although they have not been checked by Groundspeak or by the reviewer for possible malicious content. Download these files at your own risk.


You want to play the hide and seek game already? Wait until you finish the test.

This is your final exam. You will need to use what you learned in the previous lessons.

Although it is not necessary to complete the test in the order presented, answers to some questions will be required to solve subsequent problems.

Good luck and good hunting!

1. All in the Family
Downloadable PDF

Final Exam Part 1


Mountain Lake
Every summer we like to get away from Las Vegas and head up to Jackson, Wyoming for a bit of relaxation on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park along with a bit of hiking in Yellowstone National Park.

Although Jackson Lake is great for fishing for cutthroat trout, it really isn't that much fun for swimming because the water temperature rarely gets above 60° even in the middle of summer.

The campground that we stay in is situated on the eastern shore of Jackson Lake and provides stunning views of the Teton Range.

Mountain Stream in Yellowstone NP


Final Exam Part 3

Final Exam Part 3

4. After that nonsense, we'll make the minutes of longitude easier with a simple math problem:

((132 * 2 + 129 / 3 - 1 + 42) * 1.5 - 200 - 3 * 11 ) / 19 + 1

5. OK. Maybe that one was too easy. Let's try this one next:

(Flag - Flag + Flag)2
- (
Flag - Flag)3
- (
flag * flag / flag)

6. Final question. Should we do a logic puzzle? That's the only thing that we haven't covered in the final exam. Since we can't think of anything else, we'll just leave you a few quotes to think about on your way to the cache.

Why, this, Volumnius:
The ghost of Caesar hath appear'd to me
Two several times by night; at Sardis once,
And, this last night, here in Philippi fields:
I know my hour is come.

Four days will quickly steep themselves in night;
Four nights will quickly dream away the time;
And then the moon, like to a silver bow
New-bent in heaven, shall behold the night
Of our solemnities.

Not where he eats, but where he is eaten: a certain
convocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Your
worm is your only emperor for diet: we fat all
creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for
maggots: your fat king and your lean beggar is but
variable service, two dishes, but to one table:
that's the end.

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