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March Badness

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Hidden : 03/16/2015
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

The cache is not at the posted coordinates, you must solve the puzzle below to find the cache.

It is that time of year, when 64 65 68 of the best teams come together in a display of College Basketball greatness.  But not every team can be victorious; obviously, only one can make that claim.  Every year, however, several teams attempt to find solace in their loss by staking a flimsy claim to being second best.  In 2017, North Carolina won it all, but who's to say Arkansas wasn't the second best team? They lost to North Carolina as did the runner-up Gonzaga.

One team, however, has the least claim on second best, what we're calling The Worst of the Tournament. This team, Mount Saint Mary's for instance in 2017, lost to the team that lost to the team that lost to the team that ... lost to the eventual champions North Carolina. Can you find the Worst of the Tournament for the following years?

 2000   2012   2003   1997   1999 
 1967   1959   1989   1951   1996 


N37 --.--- W122 --.---


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Congratulations to thanman2 for FTF and tzutzanu for FTS!

[Update 9/19/17: puzzle simplified and dropped down the D rating]

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[puzzle] Jvxvcrqvn
[hide] nccebcevngr ryringvba

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)