A Millennium of Labor
You will need to find a good parking spot (legal, and either free [unlikely] or with a meter that gives you more than an hour of time -- when we ran the full course, it took us 1 hr and 15 min) – the U of I is pretty intense about checking parking and passing out tickets. We suggest you put money for 2 hours in your meter. You’ll need a pencil and a print out of this cache web page to complete the cache. It might be handy, also, to have a compass with you so you know which way is north, south, etc. Near the second waypoint (inside) and the fifth waypoint (inside, downstairs) you can find places to go to the restroom and procure a drink or a snack during normal operating hours, should you need such amenities.
If you are from out of town and enjoy history and architecture, you might want to bring your camera along, and allow some extra time to explore around – especially at the two recommended sites below.
It is best to go during the daytime on a weekday, as an area you need to access may be closed on weekends and at night. When we were there, the posted hours were: 8:30am-10pm M-Th; 8:30am-5pm F; 1-5pm Sat; 1-10pm Sun. Also, it would be difficult to see what you need to see at night (and a flashlight would attract too much attention). You will need the information you collect at each location when you get to a future location, so be sure to write down all the answers.
All of the waypoints are of the format:
N 40 degrees 06._ _ _ minutes
W 088 degrees 13. _ _ _ minutes
Therefore, you will only be given (in the clues) the last three digits each for north latitude and west longitude coordinates as you go along.
Go to the coordinates indicated on the web page. There is an obvious interesting feature here. We like this spot, which depicts a mythological story. In that story, there is a great female huntress, Artemis (=Diana). Artemis is usually accompanied by nymphs of the woodlands and streams. These nymphs are often the target of rape by the gods. Depicted before you is, apparently, an attempted rape of Artemis herself. Artemis, also known as the virgin goddess, is known for punishing rapists and men who otherwise offend her. What a strange theme to have depicted at a university! Consult your mythology books (or do a web search) for more details of the fascinating classical (Greek and Latin) myth.
How many hogs are there? A
How many cloven hooved men? (hint: horses are not cloven hooved) B
Number of bows (as in bow and arrow, a symbol of Artemis)? C
Number of benches encircling the feature? D
Number of unicorns? E
Number of chariots? F
If you have answered the above correctly, A+B+C+D+E+F=23
The last three numbers for the latitude and longitude of the next (second) waypoint are:
North: C (A-E) (D+B)
West: (D+E) F D
Go up the stairs located to your south. Open the doors, and proceed up the next (main) steps. Continuing south, enter a room with a high ceiling. High up in a great circle are a series of names and dates – you can ask the person behind the counter to turn on the lights to illuminate them if they seem to be in deep shadows (the lights are on a timer). Each of these names is associated with the date that precedes it. Below, we are interest only in the last digit of the dates associated with these names:
Now look down lower, there are a series of named medallion portraits above arches all the way around the room. These portraits honor great American statesmen, scholars, and soldiers.
How many characters are there in the name associated with the portrait between Irving and Lincoln? E
How many portraits are on the West wall? F
If you have answered the above correctly, A+B+C+D+E+F=20
The numbers for the next (third) waypoint are:
North: E F D
West: A B C
The names with associated dates up high in a circle are part of a chronological series. If you like puzzles (just for your own amusement, not needed to complete the cache), you might try to determine the next four names and dates in the series.
Before you go on to the next waypoint, you might want to enjoy exploring around other places in this structure. We found the workmanship details throughout the structure to be amazing and occasionally bizarre!
Look upwards and to the east. You’ll see some large text there. These words reflect the thinking at the time the structure was built and the University’s origins as a land grant institution. We wonder how many students really read this...
How many letters are there in the first word of the sentence to the south? A
How many times does this word get used in the two sentences (total, for the northern and the southern sentences together)? B
What is the square root of the number of words in the sentence to the south? C
How many letters are there in the last word (before the name of the person to which the sentence is attributed) of the sentence to the north? D
The sixth word of the sentence to the north sounds like what number? E
The number of letters in the second word of the sentence to the north, when divided by 3 yields what number? F
If you have answered the above correctly, A+B+C+D+E+F=21
The numbers for the next (fourth) waypoint are:
North: A C B
West: D F E
Look to the West of where you stand, there is a building with names and other ornamentations high up on the outside walls. Above the main entrance are five lines of text for the viewer to contemplate.
In which line is the word “pitch’d” found? A
How many letters are there in the sixth word of the first line? B
How many letters are there in the fourth word of the fourth line? C
How many times does the letter “y” occur in the five lines of text? D
High on the wall of the north side of the building is a well known name. How many consonants are in this name? E
In the same font and size (as for the answer E) are the names of some similarly important historical figures [idnoring name of building, that person isn’t “similarly important”] on the east side of the building (where you first were looking). How many names are there? F
If you have answered the above correctly, A+B+C+D+E+F=23
The numbers for the next (fifth) waypoint are:
North: A B E
West: C D F
If this building is open and you aren’t in a hurry to proceed to the fifth waypoint, we encourage you to go inside the building and look around – be sure to look both upstairs and downstairs.
Look west from this location. You will find some text to read. The man quoted here was the 4th university president. Most university presidents are administrators, but this guy was unusual in that he was also a true intellectual. Among other things, an honors program at the university is named after him.
How many letters are in the first word of this quotation? X
Walk around so that you are looking to the south from the north to read. How many words starting with the letter “e” are there in this quotation? Y
From the first waypoint, how many unicorns were there? Z
What was the answer to the second question at the third waypoint? Q
From the second waypoint, what was the answer associated with “Taft”? R
From the fourth waypoint, what is E minus F? S
If you have answered the above correctly, Q+R+S+X+Y+Z=12
The numbers for the next (sixth and final) waypoint are:
North: Q Y R
West: X Z S
Sixth (final) Waypoint:
There is a group of similar-looking animals, heading in a particular direction. They will soon encounter some vegetation in which you can see an insect. The cache is directly at the base of that vegetation, as close as you can get to the door and still be under the vegetation. The container is an army green waterproof match case. The hide is easy, check the obvious (given the above hint) place – we aren’t trying to trick you (you’ve played enough games by this point!). You don’t have to stomp through any plantings, just reach in to the right spot.
Please be subtle looking for this cache – you’ll look a bit odd hunting for it. Take it over to a nearby bench to sign the log book. No room for putting anything in this cache, so leave your trinkets at home. Be sure no one is watching when you return it.
We enjoyed the linkage between this sixth waypoint and the first waypoint – repeated use of certain thematic elements in the design as expressed in different time periods. Hope you have fun with our first multicache!
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