I was listening to my playlist on shuffle recently and, immersed in my music, track by track, I was taken away on my very own magical mystery tour. The eleventh song didn't quite fit the pattern of the first ten, but it did seem to be an invitation...
An invitation to hide a cache. So I did:
N 51° MAGICAL W 000° MYSTERY
where MAGICAL = (40 * sum of degrees of latitude + 676) / 1000
and MYSTERY = (40 * sum of degrees of longitude - 290) / 1000
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Roll up, roll up for the magical mystery tour! Step right this way:
Had the titular Beatles track been part of this particular mystery tour, it too would have taken me away: to South America! (For the purposes of the puzzle, S23° W64° would have given sufficient accuracy).
Congratulations on the FTF to colincactus.
Puzzle solving hint #5 (more)
Much like my first puzzle solving hint about reverse image searches, I realise that not everbody is aware of the tools that allow you to identify musical snippets.
- When you're trying to identify short bursts of tunes that run into one another, then either you need to be quick with a play/pause button, or you need to split the file into its parts. Audacity is a great piece of freeware that works on both PCs and Macs.
- There are probably ways to play and identify a tune at the same time on a single device, but in my experience your best bet is to play the music on one device (PC, Mac, phone, etc.) and use Shazam or SoundHound on another to identify it. Both of these apps run on Apple iOS, Android and Windows smartphones.
- The longer the burst, the more likely they are to be successful. And with SoundHound you can even sing along!