Mystery Cache

The Gold Bug

A cache by Zartimus Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 7/13/2003
In Ontario, Canada
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Decrypt the scroll to find the missing half of the treasure map. Put the two halves of the map together and find the cache!

The Gold Bug

Note: The cache is not located at the posted co-ordinates.

Captain Kidd was said to have buried a treasure of great value near here. A small creek off the Ottawa river large enough to accommodate a longboat was all that was needed, as long ago, he headed inland and stole ashore to make camp and bury his treasure. To make sure he could find his booty again he left a macabre marker (Boris was the unfortunate soul's name). He then made a set of coded instructions on a scroll along with a treasure map which he ripped in half. One half of the map he kept for safe-keeping and the other he rolled in a map-case and hid in a small tree near where he had camped inland for the night. Both halves of the map were needed to find the treasure, but only after the code on the scroll had been deciphered.

The treasure was never found and Captain William Kidd was hanged for piracy on May 23, 1701 (but not easily. The first rope put around this neck broke so he had to be strung up a second time). At the turn of the century, one half of the map turned up hidden in the secret compartment of an old chest belonging to Kidd (the 'Hardy Chest') which was believed to have accompanied him on all of his voyages. The scroll containing the cipher was discovered only recently and appears below in it's complete form.

Decipher the writings of this scroll to find the map-case with Kidd's left-half of the treasure map. You can print the other right-half of the map found on the cache page so you can put them together when the time comes. You can note the new information on your map and leave Kidd's map in it's case for the next seeker. The scroll also tells you the means of discovering the treasure itself which involves finding Boris's necktie. But beware. Boris crossed the captain long ago, and ended up well... dead.

 

UPDATE 2016-10-05 Kidd's map has said to have been found and has shown up at a local Auction house for sale. You can view a digitized copy here. There is no need to decrypt the code while it is on display for a time!

 

 HAS SBAA SM LMPSB GMPSY GCVA - SWM RAVAL - ZAPM GMTP SWM JMLHCSTDA UY WARS RAVAL GCVA - SBPAA GMTP - RAVAL GMTP RAVAL JQSCSTDA. DMWL SBA HPAQS BCJJ QLD CLSM SBA WMMDR CL Q WCSBAPAD SPAA YA WCJJ GCLD SBA BQJG MG SBA KQN YMT RAAI. NJQEA SBA SWM BQJVAR MG SBA KQN SMHASBAP QLD SPQVAJ DMWL SBA MVAPHPMWL SPQCJ UY SBA EPAAI SM SBA RNMS KQPIAD 'R'. BAPA ML SBA JCKU MG QL MJD SPAA TRAD SM RCS SBA RITJJ MG UMPCR (Q LM HMMD PQS WBM WCJJ SPMTUJA KA LM KMPA). RSAN CLSM SBA SPAA WBAPA CS RNJCSR QLD QS AYAUQJJ JAVAJ YA RBQJJ RAA Q EMNNAP KQPIAP QDMPLAD WCSB SWM LTKUAPR. MLA RBQJJ UA SBA LTKUAP MG NQEAR SM SBA SPAQRTPA. SBA MSBAP RBQJJ UA SBA DAHPAAR SPTA CL WBCEB YA RBQJJ BAQD. C'JJ JAQVA CS SM YA SM GCHTPA MTS WBCEB UA WBCEB. CG C UA DAQD QLD UTPCAD TLDAP SBA HPMTLD QR YMT PAQD SBCR, SBAL RAAI SBA SPAQRTPA. CG CS UA MSBAPWCRA, YA RSQLDR Q HMMD EBQLEA 'M ALDCL' TN JCIA MJA' UMPCR WBAL C UTPCAR KA LAXS UMMSY..

WFJJFQK IFDD...

 

The Gold Bug by Edgar Allen Poe was my first introduction to cryptography and mono alphabetic substitution when I read it as a kid (a long time ago). It was pretty heady for me at the time but an 'after school' TV special tweaked my interest and it was not soon after that I had my nose in an old dusty copy that had been sitting un-touched in the library. It was written in 1843 so be prepared for some non-politically correct subject matter, kinda like Mark Twain - but it is still a classic.

Also, the first version of the cache had the cacher actually procurring the gold bug, and dropping it through the skull's right eye socket on a string, but this proved to be impractical (grin), so it has been simplified somewhat...

The posted coordinates are for the area where Kidd made his camp near the great hill (you can park here). You may wish to wear long pants as there are many a berry bush nearby. There is not a lot of bushwhacking but the trail becomes quite overgrown in the summer. The bugs can also be bad if you don't come prepared with insect repellent Good Luck!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)






Nf va gur fubeg fgbel 'Gur Tbyq Oht' ol Rqtne Nyyra Cbr, gur fpebyy vf rapbqrq hfvat n zbab nycunorgvp fhofgvghgvba pvcure. N xrljbeq vf arrqrq gb qrpvcure vg.

Xvqq zvtug unir hfrq gur svefg cneg bs gur anzr bs bar bs gur zrepunag fuvcf ur unq cyhaqrerq va 1698 nf n xrljbeq.

Guvf Xrljbeq Pvcure jrofvgr znl uryc va fbyivat gur pvcure.
uggc://jjj.zngu.grzcyr.rqh/~eranhyg/pelcgbybtl/xrljbeq.ugzy

Bar cnpr vf rdhny gb bar zrgre.

Pncgnva Xvqq cersref Tnezva TCF havgf jura ohelvat uvf obbgl...


Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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