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That ^*$%"£>! (& AAND?) Challenge Cache Mystery Cache

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Simply Paul: Sorry folks. No sign of this when I went looking for it. I've decided not to replace it, so off it goes. Thanks to everyone who came looking for it.


Hidden : 08/21/2013
3.5 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

There are lots of Cache Number and/or Initial Letter-based (Alpha-Numeric rather than AAND; Aluminium Alpha-Numeric Disc) Challenge caches out there. However, this is a Challenge cache with a difference; it's near the given co-ords and easily found, but you may only log it online if you've found and logged on THREE* caches or caching events, the name of which starts with anything BUT a number or letter. For example, : , * & % ( @ ~ ! \ ' or #. Easy enough?

Where: 'Near' the given co-ords. The ones at the top of the page are for parking. While it would be possible to get closer to the cache by car, it would also be less considerate. To locate the cache itself, take a Black AAND (formerly known as a Puzzle Token or PuzTok for short) and go to N51° 4H.EFE W000° 5B.CFE for a QEF. Simple!

If you don't have access to a Black AAND or know one's codes, you will need to solve the following puzzle:

N51° 4#.^%^ W000° 5!.&%^.

# is one billionth of the number of names of God in the title of a 1953 science fiction short story.
^ is a film title with a number, starring Brad Pitt, not released in 1987, not involving simians or penguins, not co-starring George Clooney, and not being filmed in 2013 or spelt Too.
% is the first word of the name of a popular Northern Irish indie rock band from Bangor and Donaghadee, County Down, formed in 2007.
! is the repeated word in the name of a monthly football magazine published by Haymarket.
& is what Elton calls 9am in Rocket Man.

How: You may only log this cache online if/once you have logged three* other caches (or caching events of any loggable type), the names of which MUST start with a non-alpha-numeric symbol. That is anything other that 0-9 and A-Z. Thanks to the FTF log (well done Team Hippo!) I should clarify: three* of the same symbol - eg # - is fine, but they should be from different series, as his were. If you can find three different symbols - as with the STF (well done Bash&Dodge!) - that would be even better, but it's not necessary to log this cache. However, please link to or give the GC code of the caches/events in question and give the dates you Found or Attended them in your Found log for this Challenge cache. This IS an approved Logging Requirement and I may have to delete Found logs which don't include this information. Thank you.

Why: Because I think @&%$£&"! caches need more recognition than they get!

Who: Anyone who cares to find it - and has already found and logged (on at least three* caches or caching events (or a mixture of both) whose names don't start with 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or A, B, C, D... well, you get the idea. If you don't, please email me through my profile and I'll try make it simpler for you. Or get an adult to help :)

More info: Caches Found and Events Attended and logged before the publication of this Challenege cache are included. It's also possible to physically find this cache, and then wait to log it online until after you've found three* caches/events which don't have names which start with a number or a letter, if you wish. When logging online, include the date this Challenge cache was physically found - and the log in it thus dated - with your Found log, but be sure to include in your log that there was a delay between physical and online logging, if there was. I hope that makes sense!

Good luck with my first (of many?) Challenge cache. Come find it!

* I reserve the right to archive this cache after Groundspeak's minimum of three months and replace it, raising or lowering the number of caches/events with non-alpha-numeric-beginning names required to log a possible replacement Challenge cache, depending on how easy - or not - this one appears to be with the current number. I'm starting it at three as that seems about right. I've found (and own) several caches which would apply.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[Symbolic hint] Fdhner Ebbg Nebhaq.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)