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The Mango Droid

A cache by barefootjeff Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 02/16/2018
Difficulty:
4 out of 5
Terrain:
3.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:


The listed coordinates are not the droid you're looking for, or any other droid for that matter. Move along, move along towards the trackhead waypoint (T0) on the Mullet Creek Firetrail.

The holographic image of Supreme Leader Snout flickered into focus. "Darth Daft, we've extracted the secret message hidden in the clone warriors' DNA, which, my spies tell me, will lead us to the mango droid's cave."

"The mango droid?"

"Yes, Artoo Eetoo. That droid contains the map to Skye Lukewarmer, the Jedi mistress who's been seducing so many of our Sith younglings to the pale side."

"Her very name sends a shiver up my, um, never mind."

"I'm transmitting the DNA sequence to you now. Use the resources at your disposal to find her, Daft, or die trying."

The hologram vanished, replaced by three lines of letters.

G A T C A A G G G C T T
A T C C C T T A G C C C
T T T A G G T G T C A C

Daft turned to his science minion. "What do these letters mean?"

"They're the nucleobases: thymine, adenine, cytosine and guanine. Each symbol in a DNA sequence is one of those four. But how do we decode them?"

Daft's eyes lit up, blinding him. Extinguishing the light, he rummaged through his chest of booty, pulling out a book entitled Rebel Secret Codes and Recipes (illustrated third edition). He flicked through the pages before settling on a diagram. "This is it, I'm sure."

Daft scratched his head. "So each of the molecules is a binary pair, that's simple enough once we figure out which one is which. Then it looks like we have three symbols corresponding to those three lines of code; the second and third are clearly latitude and longitude, but what do you make of the first?"

"Perhaps it's the primer, a guide to interpreting the other two. It should be as easy as ..."

"Don't tell me; I need to figure it out for myself."

Supreme Leader Snout congratulates stormtrooper crash2079, the first to locate the mango droid and Jedi mistress without succumbing to the pale side.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[Puzzle] Senpgvbany ovanel [WP1] Ubarlpbzo ba yrsg [GZ] Uvqrbhg jvgu ivrjvat cbegny.

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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