Welcome to the Icons Of The World international series of puzzle geocaches. To solve this puzzle and find the local geocache, you will need information from this puzzle and seven others around the world. This geocache is not physically located at the published coordinates, but is within 2 miles of that location.
How to solve this puzzle?
Solving this puzzle is easy. All you need to do is collect a latitude and longitude number from each of the puzzle pages in the series and use them in the equations further down this page to reveal the final coordinates of this geocache.
To collect the latitude and longitude numbers, simply refresh the puzzle page until you score a milestone page view number like, 50, 100, 150, etc (the page view number is written at the bottom right of the photo on the board above).
Upon scoring a significant page view number, click on the icon picture to receive a latitude or longitude number for this country. Having scored a hit, you have 5 minutes to retrieve your reward, and you must retrieve it before continuing to play or it will be lost.
On very special page views - 250, 500, 750, etc - you will receive extra bonus numbers that will help you to solve the puzzle quicker. On some, you will receive both of the numbers for this country, and on others you will also receive numbers from two other countries, further saving you time and effort.
Puzzles in this series
Following is the list of all of the countries, and their corresponding puzzle caches, in this series. You will need to retrieve the latitude and longitude numbers from all of these in order to find your local geocache final:
New Zealand: Icons Of The World: New Zealand (Auckland)
United Kingdom: Icons Of The World: United Kingdom (Lancashire)
Australia: Icons Of The World: Australia (Adelaide)
United States: Icons Of The World: United States (Seattle)
Portugal: Icons Of The World: Portugal (Porto)
France: Icons Of The World: France (Paris)
Germany: Icons Of The World: Deutschland (München)
Canada: Icons Of The World: Canada (Montreal)
Equations to find this puzzle's final
Use the latitude numbers you retrieved from all of the puzzles along with the latitude equation below in order to find the latitude of this puzzle's final geocache.
Latitude: S 36° 5x.xxx'
x.xxx = + - + - - + - - 0.665
Use the longitude numbers you retrieved from all of the puzzles along with the longitude equation below in order to find the longitude of this puzzle's final geocache.
Longitude: E 174° 4y.yyy'
y.yyy = - + - + + - - + 0.400
Checksum: The eight digits (four x's and four y's) all added together equals 37.
The fine print
Please do not devalue the efforts of others who are in the process of solving, or have solved and found, this puzzle, and do not publicise, hand out, or trade the latitude and longitude numbers required to solve the puzzle. If your log contains spoiler information (we realise this sometimes happens by accident) it may be deleted by the cache owner but you will be very welcome to re-log without the spoiler information. Please make sure you use stealth to find the final cache, and re-hide the final cache well when you are finished. Bring your own pen just in case.
Above all, good luck, please have fun with these puzzles, and enjoy finding a bit more about these countries, morsels of trivia that you might not have already known! Of course as cache owners we would love to read about your experience in your find log and if you can't find the final, please log a DNF so that we can be alerted that there might be a problem with the final cache.
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