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First to Findiana

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Hidden : 07/23/2018
3 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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First to Findiana



The cache is not at the posted coordinates.  Solve the following puzzle to learn the true cache location.


Another in the series of photo-based crossword puzzles.  See also Photocross PDX in Portland Metro and Photocross SLC in Salt Lake City.


This geocache has two companions:  The Flummoxing of Findiana and Findiana's Revenge.  All three are located in Gearhart, Oregon.  They are similar puzzles but have been divided into manageable pieces (thus providing the opportunity for three times the number of finds!)  (And, um, Favorite Points).


Rather than words for clues, these crosswords use photographs.  Each photo is intended to bring a (made up) word to mind.  Each word answer is made by combing two words that are suggested by the photo.  For example, the photo above would be:  "Find" + "Indiana" = "Findiana".


The rules for the new words:


  • Combine two words to make one

  • Parts of the two words must overlap, such as "Peanut" + "Nutrition" = "Peanutrition"

  • The new word must contain both words in their entirety

  • At least one letter (and usually more) must overlap:  "Frog" + "Grow" = "Frogrow"

  • All but one letter of overlap is okay:  "Kite" + "Item" = "Kitem" or "Spud" + "Puddle" = "Spuddle"

  • One word fully within another is not okay:  "Ill" within "Hill"

  • Altered spellings, although very tempting, are not used:  "Zombie" + "Bee" = "Zombee"

  • A photo of a smashed Sasquatch, suggesting "Sasquashed", would be great, but breaks the rule!

Combining two words to make a catchy third word is common in product naming, such as Travelocity and Endust, both of which would meet the rules for the puzzle.  Americone, however, does not since "America" is not correctly spelled.


The ideas and photos are (mostly) original and reflect my low experience level with photo editing.  That means you should expect some groan-inducers!  Taking the photos put me in some bizarre situations, to say the least!  I might have ended up in a padded cell had anyone observed the taking of 1 Down!


You can solve the puzzle online by clicking the following applet link:


First to Findiana Puzzle Solver


No registration is required.

No personal information is required.

The applet is supplied by a well-known and respected publisher and is widely used in education.


The photo-based clues include "?" links.  Click on the link to view the photo.  The photos are also included in the cache listing below - for most, click the images for enlarged views. 


Some of these should be easy, but others are "mind-readers".  Thus, I included a "Check" button in the applet.  Clicking "Check" will show you which letters are incorrect.  That invites a trial-and-error solution approach, BUT...each use of the button contributes to the slow degradation of the underlying fabric of the universe and could eventually pose a significant threat to reality as we know it.  Collaborating with friends would be a much better approach!


No stereotyping or endorsements of any kind are intended by the photos.


Notes on the solver applet:


  • Click the clue you wish to enter an answer for.  Then type in your answer.

  • To change direction of typing, press the right- or down-arrow keys.

  • The clues contain "?" links.  Click these to view the image needed to solve the clue.

  • Click "Revert" to clear your entries and start over.

  • Click "Save" to save your progress so far.  A URL is displayed at the top of the page.  I never found it necessary to note or save it.  Your work should appear automatically when the puzzle is reloaded.

  • If you prefer to solve the puzzle on paper, click the "PDF" link in the lower right corner of the puzzle page.  On the displayed PDF, move your cursor to the bottom and click on the revealed printer icon.  I was able to get a larger-sized puzzle printout by changing Custom Scale to 120%.

  • If you get stuck, as a last resort, click "Check".  Any incorrect letters in the puzzle are indicated.

  • When you enter the last letter, and the grid is completely filled, and all letters are correct, the cache coordinates will appear.  If you need to display the solution again, click "Save".

  • If one or more letters of a filled grid are incorrect, nothing will happen.  Review your work and if necessary, click "Check".

If you need any help, find anything unclear or have any suggestions, please contact me.  Not from the area?  See the Additional Hints for a clue for 7 Across.


Verify your solution here.


Enjoy the puzzles and the cache outing!


----- The Gallery of Groans ----


3 Across

4 Across

6 Across

7 Across


9 Across

10 Across

11 Across

1 Down


2 Down


5 Down

8 Down

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

7 Npebff: A 45 29.145 J 122 48.637
Pnpur: Pebbx bs ynetr qbhoyr-gehax fcehpr

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



18 Logged Visits

Found it 17     Publish Listing 1     

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