Zyx the Alien – Part 4, Decoy
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This is the fourth cache in a series of caches starring . . . Zyx the alien.
Since the last two were tricky, Zyx went looking for an easier cache to find.
If you missed the explanation about Zyx and PlanetaryCaching from Part 1 , here it is again.
Zyx is an alien. He has: a really cool flying saucer, a wild sense of adventure, a mischievous sense of humor, a PPS receiver, and a love of the sport of PlanetaryCaching.
PlanetaryCaching resembles geocaching in many ways, except that it can cover a wide range of locations and it uses Z-Beacons instead of ordinary cache containers. A Z-Beacon is capable of sending controlled signals to Zyx’s PPS (Planetary Positioning System) receiver. When Zyx flies close enough to a hidden Z-Beacon, his receiver picks up a signal and displays a message. Sometimes the message says, It’s here, but sometimes it just gives a hint or partial information.
In this cache, and all the caches in this series, you will fly Zyx to virtual locations, and you will be shown the reading on his PPS receiver.
How do you control a flying saucer? Good question. Actually, it is quite easy. You just enter a coordinate (latitude and longitude) into the FSCP, Flying Saucer Control Panel (also known as a geochecker), and the saucer will immediately take you and Zyx to that location. It can be anywhere on the planet. Once there, the PPS will display the message from the Z-Beacon. Of course, if there is no Z-Beacon in range, it will just tell you to try again.
Now for the puzzle…
This fourth PlanetaryCache in the series is an easier one. It is called, Decoy. Here is the listing…
Zip! Zap! I am a decoy Z-Beacon. The hide is not found here. And yet it is found. A decoy I may be, but useless I am not. I have taken control of your autopilot. I control your craft. Where will I take you?
Here is the Flying Saucer Control Panel:
This is a puzzle cache. It is not at the listed location. The hidden container (Z-Beacon) is similar to the one in Part 1. This cache placed with permission of the City of Worthington Park Manager. PLEASE NO NIGHT CACHING ON THIS ONE.
The FIRST TO FIND on this cache was made jointly by VPPLAYER, the Mrs., and counselortroi.
Some of the ideas in this series were inspired by VPPLAYER’s excellent Missed DiRectiθn series in Dayton.
The complete Zyx series of puzzle caches is:
The ZYX GRAND TOUR HALL OF FAME awaits any cacher who logs all eight finds PLUS the Bonus options on Zyx #3 and #5. The members are: VPPLAYER (first), TommyGator, kaleidodad, samleelong21, Fat Chuck, 4 boys explore, ...
Chmmyr: Ab gur chmmyr vfa’g oebxra.