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A Fine Pair # 1149 ~ Craigie.

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Hidden : 08/07/2018
1.5 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Number 1149 in a series of caches where a red telephone box is in close proximity to a post box.

The only rules are that they have to be able to be photographed together, be not more than 100’ apart and the phone boxes have to be red.

First, a little history of the church you will be visiting if you have a go at this easy mystery, all of which was shamelessly copy & pasted from Wikipedia:

Clunie is a small settlement in Perthshire, Scotland, 4 miles west of Blairgowrie. It lies on the western shore of the Loch of Clunie. Near the village are the foundations of what is believed to have been a castle used by Kenneth MacAlpin, the first king of Scotland, as a base for hunting in the nearby royal forest of Clunie. On a small island (formerly a crannog) in the loch stand the remains of Clunie Castle, a tower house of the Bishops of Dunkeld. The last pre-Reformation bishop, Robert Crichton, passed the property to his near relative, Robert Crichton, Lord Advocate of Scotland. His son James, the notable Scottish polymath better known as the Admirable Crichton, spent his childhood there. Within the grounds of the parish church, rebuilt in 1840, stands a mausoleum with a romanesque doorway thought to be from an earlier 12th- or 13th-century church that stood on the same site. The church is now linked with those at Kinclaven and Caputh. Clunie Primary School is now closed but the local hall survives with regular functions taking place. Clunie is the birthplace of John James Rickard Macleod, co-recipient of the 1923 Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Your Goal

Find the final coords and enter them into the geochecker. I have used a technique that I recently learned from Devious_Dwarferkev (Kevin Brennan) using geochecker sub checkers. I hope to place a few more in this style, but a bit more puzzling involved when I do.

What to do ...

1st, bring your own writing tool, logbook no signed then you no claim a find ...

You need to enter the provided "dummy" coords above into the geochecker and visit the graveyard at this location to research the answers to the easy 5 stage quiz you will be given ... Each stage will give you a new set of coords to re-enter into the geochecker to move onward. All the info needed is in this church's graveyard.

Once you complete a stage, enter your solution into the geochecker on the cache page to get the next easy stage. Keep doing that until you have the final coords for GZ. When you have the correct solution you will get the congratulatory message and at the bottom of the page a hint is given for the cache location. If you prefer NOT to see the hint, don't scroll down too far. If you are wrong, you'll need to try again!

It has been brought to my attention that if you don't have a smartphone, solving this puzzle will need a bit of to-ing and fro-ing. So, now that there has been a FTF for both caches, in order to try to help I will give you a BIG clue ... The sister multi-cache GC7VQ8Z uses the same gravestones but slightly different information, so if you do the multi, you have the info you need to solve the mystery cache, but neither cache can be solved without visiting the churchyard (or PAF.)

Don't forget that writing tool, logbook no signed then you no claim a find ...

I intend to make more mystery caches in this style, with some hard & some easy puzzles, but slowly revealing the final coords a bit at a time in stages so the further into the series you go the more puzzles you need to solve each time.

Experimental Subs - #01 ... An easy 5 stage puzzle to solve.
Experimental Subs - #02 ... Coming soon.
Experimental Subs - #03 ... Coming soon.
Experimental Subs - #04 ... Coming soon.
Experimental Subs - #05 ... Coming soon.

I would be very grateful for any feedback and your initial thoughts on this method.

Congratulations to Cheekymo for being FTF.

The Fine Pair series was originally started by wizardsmum but is now managed by mattd2k

If anybody would like to place 'A Fine Pair' of their own please do. I would just ask that you first visit to request a number to avoid any duplication

mattd2k also keeps a public Bookmark List of this series. Once your cache is published please contact him via to have yours added

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gur uvag vf va gur trbpurpxre.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)