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Starman: The many faces of David Bowie

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Hidden : 04/10/2018
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Geocache Description:

A Reverse Wherigo, with a twist. You need to do some online research, as well as visit the given co-ords, before you can use a Reverse Wherigo 'box' to locate an item which will get you to the final cache, by using the 'box' again. So, a Wherigo with elements of a Puzzle and a Multi, I suppose... You'll need, as a minimum, a pen, a GPS unit or Smartphone with suitable App capable of running this Wherigo Cartridge, and a good GPS satellite lock. Step out from under the arches! The 'box' will guide you to an item and on to the physical cache, which isn't hidden on or close to the sculpture at the given co-ords...

To be extra-clear, the cache is not at the given co-ords, which is where you'll find 'Earthy Messenger' - the world's first public statue of David Bowie. You will need to visit to gather info though.

The physical intermediate stage and cache location aka GZ or the Final are in a public places with 24 hour access. There is no need to bushwack, climb, trespass or go anywhere dangerous to locate them. If you think you need to be in the sea/middle of the road/top of a tower block at any point, you've made a serious error. There's no need to swim/play chicken/emulate King Kong to get to this cache.

How to find the container: You are the owner of a "Reverse-Cache-Box", which will tell you the distance to the intermediate stage and then the final cache, but not their direction.

You can start your search once you've looked-up some info online and visited the given co-ords to begin your quest. You will need a Smartphone or GPS device which is capable of playing a Wherigo. Others in the UK include this one in London and one at Ashridge, Herts.

The Cartridge from -Waldmeister- is available to download here. His The Reverse Cache is the original cache.

IMPORTANT: If you've previously downloaded the cartridge for an earlier Reverse Wherigo, please make sure you download the latest version before you attempt this one. The earlier versions of the cartridge won't work!

To find this Wherigo cache, it is your task to use the Reverse Wherigo cartridge (download it in advance by clicking the link above) which will only give information about your distance to locations, not their directions. Try to use your Reverse Cache box as few times as possible and record the number of uses in your log, if you like. All the instructions and information you need to complete this cartridge is contained within it. It can be played in English or German.

To start you will have to research a little online. Which date in January 1947 was David Robert Jones, aka David Bowie, aka The Thin White Duke, aka Ziggy Stardust, the famed musician, singer, songwriter, poet, Goblin King, actor, designer, style icon, music producer and south London lad, born? Answer A.

How high in the Israeli singles chart did Starman reach? Answer B

Next, visit the icon's location (double meaning) and gather info from the rock and/or pop legend. There's a number on a spaceship near the ground. It's C.

You'll find a number to the left of all but a couple of Bowies: F24E 5219D2 01

Now, count the many faces (and bodies) of David Bowie. It's not easy, so here's some help. He's 1973's Ziggy Stardust and 2002's Heathen period Davids. He's all the faces, figures and the silhouette on the records. He's soluting, laughing and blind. He's smoking, bald, and has Big Hair. He's in profile, a pair of Ziggies, floating in space, dead in space, a face on a screen (but not the girl looking at him), he's a falling silhouette (heading to Earth, no doubt), but he's not a big spider. He's singing too (literally - on the hour from 9am to 9pm, a Bowie track is played, just after the clocktower has chimed) - But just how many David Bowies are there? I counted GH and hope you do too!

Lastly, take the highest single figure time from the remains of the clock (so NOT 12) and deduct that from the number of Visible Buttons on Heathen Bowie. You get J. Now convert the letters into numbers and type these codes into your player:




Take the codes with you on your quest, you might need it if there is a problem with your Wherigo player. The cartridge itself has proven very stable in use elsewhere though...

At this new location you'll find a helpful object. Now take some letters, turn them into new numbers, and enter them into the Reverse Wherigo Box as a fresh set of codes, based on the info below. This will direct you to the Final by giving a distance, but not a bearing again:




Good luck!

When you reach the final, you will be given some statistics. Please copy an image of it or write the details into your log if you like. This element is optional! Additionally, you will get a personal password which you can enter into the Codegenerator if you select "create" instead of "play" at the start of the cartridge. Save this if you want to, so you can build your own reverse cache where ever you want in the world (Just tell -Waldmeister- about your plans!).

Please do not write any hints in your log about how and where you found the cache or intermediate stage, or post photos that might give the locations away. Thank you.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[Intimidate stage:] Ghpxrq njnl. Gbc bs jnyy. Oruvaq gerr.
[Final:] Frperg tneqra oruvaq lbh. Va pbeare. Gval ovg fbhgu?

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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