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10. How Do I Solve These #@&% Puzzles? Hidden Info

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Hidden : 02/01/2015
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Geocache Description:

The cache is not at the posted coordinates. This is the tenth in a series to help people get a start at solving puzzle caches. I tried to make these easy to understand, but if you have any questions about them, please ask.

Hidden Info

This cache talks about two techniques that can be used on a cache page to hide a puzzle, its hints, or even the solution itself.

White font

Words on the cache page can be written in different colors. If they are written in white they will blend into the page background and seem invisible. There are two easy ways to check for white writing:
(1) Press CTRL-A (hold down the CTRL key and press the A key) to highlight the entire page.
(2) Use your computer mouse to hightlight sections of the page by holding down the left button while dragging the cursor over the part you want to highlight.

You can try both techniques in the box below:

Well done! You found part of the north coordinates: N 45 29. The rest of the north
coordinate numbers are in the sentence below:

White font can be used to add numbers or words anywhere in the cache description, often7between3sentences   or8words.

Source Code

To me, looking at a cache page's source code is like looking under a car's hood. You can see the nuts and bolts of the page's HTML (HyperText Markup Language). HTML is a collection of text and codes used to control the appearance of information on a web page. A cache owner can hide things in the source code that won't appear on the cache page.

If you use a PC, an easy way to look at the source code is to press CTRL-U (that is, hold down the CTRL key and press the U key.) Another way is to right-click on the page and choose from the menu that pops up. Different browsers have different menus.

Here's how to do it with Safari on an iMac (Thank you, wearn3!):

Here's a website that shows other ways to check the source code using different computers and different browsers (I found it by doing an internet search for "how find source code"): How to Read Your Website Source Code and Why It’s Important

Now, on a geocache page, you need to find the UserSuppliedContent. You can do this by opening a Find box on the page (press the F3 function key [thank you, trailtrekn!], or CTRL-F), and typing in users. (You don't need to type in all the letters of usersuppliedcontent, and you don't need to worry about capitalization.)

Now you try it. Search this cache page's source code to see what additional info you might find hidden therein.

As I said, this is one of a series of "How Do I Solve..." caches. They are spread out in different neighborhoods. It might help to solve them in order, but you don't need to. I tried to make these easy to understand, but if you have any questions about them, please ask.

Here are all the caches in the series. They are also posted in a "How Do I Solve These #@&%$ Puzzle Caches?!!" bookmark list.

This series of #@&%$ Puzzles contains the following caches:

Cache Techniques
1. GC5HFTZ - How Do I Solve These #@&% Puzzles?!! Intro Intro. Puzzles can be fun. No - really!
2. GC5EQV9 - How Do I Solve These #@&% Puzzles?!! Start Easy Where do you start? Start with easy puzzles!
3. GC5HJ70 - How Do I Solve These #@&% Puzzles?!! Start at End How do you start? Start with the end in mind.
4. GC7AEJA - How Do I Solve These #@&% Puzzles?!! Coord Formats Different coordinate formats
5. GC5DQ9M - How Do I Solve These #@&% Puzzles?!! Patterns Look for patterns, and anything that's awkward, unusual, or out of place.
6. GC78KAK - How Do I Solve These #@&% Puzzles?!! Subst Ciphers Solving substitution ciphers.
7. GC7AM55 - How Do I Solve These #@&% Puzzles?!! Old Codes Other codes and ciphers. (Oldies are goodies.)
8. GC7AF6Y - How Do I Solve These #@&% Puzzles?!! Number Bases Different number systems and bases.
9. GC5J529 - How Do I Solve These #@&% Puzzles?!! Web Searches Search the internet for information and images.
10. GC5J53Y - How Do I Solve These #@&% Puzzles?!! Hidden Info Two ways to hide info on a cache page - White Font and Source Code.
11. GC5JGNC - How Do I Solve These #@&% Puzzles?!! Pictures Five ways to hide information in images.
12. GC5HYEF - How Do I Solve These #@&% Puzzles? Cache Page Tips There are many ways to hide hints, and even the puzzle itself, in places other than the cache description.
13. GC7F6PH - How Do I Solve These #@&% Puzzles?!! Map Tricks Tips on using maps and coordinate checkers when solving puzzles.
14. GC5JA76 - How Do I Solve These #@&% Puzzles?!! Use Tools Start building your puzzle-solving tool kit.
15. GC5J5PP - How Do I Solve These #@&% Puzzles?! Still Stumped? If you've tried all these tips and tricks, and you're still stumped, here are a few more things you can try.
16. GC5J52X - These #@&% Puzzles - Graduation Bonus Cache Congratulations! You've done it! Here's your bonus graduation cache!

Important Note: Be sure to get the bonus numbers from each cache in this series. You will need those to get the coordinates for the These #@&% Puzzles - Graduation Bonus Cache .

Once you've become an enthusiastic fan of puzzles and are ready to place your own, I recommend you first take a look at these tips from Geocachers of the Bay Area: Advice For Making A Good Puzzle and respected Florida cacher ePeterso2: Geocache Puzzle Construction Tips

Have fun solving puzzle caches! And remember ...

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[Puzzle] Obgu grpuavdhrf ner hfrq gb uvqr gur fbyhgvba.

[Cache] Arne genvy; Ybj va ubyr; FGVPX-l

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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