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"What Mighty Contests..." (bonus cache)

A cache by colincorgi Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 10/06/2015
Difficulty:
4.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

This is the bonus cache for the "Games" series of puzzles. Please see the bookmark list for the other puzzles in the series. As usual, there's nothing to see at the posted coords.


When I was younger, we had in our games cupboard a set of Trivial Pursuit, the old hefty version in a deep blue box. And on the side of the box, a quote from Alexander Pope's "The Rape of the Lock": "What mighty contests rise from trivial things..." As you might have discerned, we love games (geocaching being one of the best among them!), and we decided to put out this puzzle series as a tribute to those do as well, and who see the beauty and excitement of the contests that can arise from them. Indeed, anyone who has played any of the four games featured in this series at all seriously has probably marvelled at the complexity of the battles that can emerge out of sets of relatively simple rules. 

We hope you've enjoyed solving the puzzles as much as we did creating them, and we've placed one final cache as a bonus if you've managed to solve all of them. To get the coordinates of this bonus cache, first calculate the following:

1) The GZ for The Quest For the Holy Grail is just north of a condominium with an apt-sounding name. Let the total number of letters in the name of that condo be C

2) WP1 and GZ of Bridge in the Menagerie are both in a neighborhood with a thematically relevant name (the QR code in the cache brings you to a page with that information too). Let the total number of letters in that name be B

3) The cache for A Game of Skill, A Game of Chance is hidden outside an appropriate place for the puzzle's theme. Let the total number of letters in the organization that owns that place be W

4) And finally, the cache for Picking Up the Pieces is hidden near to a sign with the name of the building the cache is hidden in. Let the total number of letters of the building name be X

WP1, in DD.ddddd format, is: N 01.[(2*B*C*W*X)+2691]; E 103.[(5*B*C*W*X)+4445]. You are looking for a sign with 4 colored panels.

You can check your answer for WP1 here:

Once you have found the sign, add up all the numbers on it, and let this be S

From WP1, the cache is [(5*S) +2] meters away at an absolute bearing of 103 degrees.

A final note: it may not impossible to guess the location of the cache without solving all of the other puzzles in the series. However, to honor the difficulty rating, we are considering this a mini-challenge cache: it's a requirement that you log all the other four finds before you can log this one. 

Thanks for playing!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

3-4

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)



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