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Alfa - in Elgin Alphabet Geo-art Mystery Cache

This cache has been archived.

Knagur Green: Due to no response from the CO after the request to maintain or replace the cache, I am archiving it to, stop it showing on the listings and/or to create place for the geocaching community.

The Geocache Maintenance guideline explains a CO's responsibility towards checking and maintaining the cache when problems are reported.

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If the CO feels that this cache has been archived in error please feel free to contact me within 30 days, via email or message via my profile ,quoting the GC number concerned

Thank you for understanding

Knagur Green
Groundspeak Volunteer Reviewer

Hidden : 12/29/2019
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

This cache forms part of the Elgin Alphabet Geo-art. 

Please note: This cache is NOT at the listed coordinates. It is a mystery cache, which means you have to answer the below question to determine where the final co-ordinates are. You can then use the coordinates next to the correct answer to “update coordinates” on the cache page. This will lead you to the final destination of the cache. Once you have found the cache and logged it, the smileys will appear to form the geo-art of the letter “A” on your map.

Question: What is the recognised word for the letter “A”?

Answer 1: If it is "Alfa“ then coordinates are S 34° 11.007' E 19° 5.038'

Answer 2: If it is “Apple” then coordinates are S 34° 22.756' E 19° 4.412'

If your answer gives coordinates that look wrong, then they probably are, as the caches are located along a road, and not in water!

The NATO phonetic alphabet is the most widely used radiotelephone spelling alphabet. It is officially the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet, and also commonly known as the ICAO phonetic alphabet. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) assigned code words acrophonically to the letters of the English alphabet, so that critical combinations of letters and numbers are most likely to be pronounced and understood by those who exchange voice messages by radio or telephone, regardless of language differences or the quality of the communication channel.

The 26 code words in the NATO phonetic alphabet are assigned to the 26 letters of the English alphabet in alphabetical order as follows:

Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliett, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, 

Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu.

Strict adherence to the prescribed spelling words - including the apparently misspelled "Alfa" and "Juliett" - is required in order to avoid the problems of confusion that the spelling alphabet is designed to overcome.


Final Note: The purpose of setting up this trail is for you to enjoy finding the caches and ending up with a complete Geo-art on your map. Therefore, if after searching for more than 10 minutes and you still can’t find the cache, you may replace it, so long as it matches the final coordinates and hint.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Penfu oneevre - Zntargvp

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)