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There are 32 images in and around the centre of Cardiff and all within 1 km of the reference location. At the location of each image, the answer to a clue can be found. Each answer is a number. The location of the cache is derived from all of the numbers. The cache is a small round plastic container in a camo bag, hidden within 1½ km of the given location.
We regard shopping as an unfortunate necessity and are mystified that others seem to enjoy it. Do these people notice anything other than shop windows? Well here is a test to find out. The images are all of features of significant size so, as the saying goes, cannot be missed - provided, of course, that you are in the right place.
While those who know Cardiff will recognise many images immediately, they may still be surprised by a few. Strangers to Cardiff should not be deterred. A little advanced research and a well-planned, observant two hour stroll should find most features easily and the friendly local inhabitants will surely help you with the rest. It would be interesting to know how the staff in the tourist information office fare, if anyone utilises this resource!
Cardiff is the capital of Wales, a vibrant city that blends old and new into one of the best centres in the UK. Tackling this pictorial puzzle will provide a good introduction to some of its delights.
One final aid to location: you do not need to cross the east-west mainline railway or the River Taff. All image locations, except one, are wheelchair accessible: the clue at the exception should still be answerable from a wheelchair. As it will not be possible for all with restricted mobility to reach the cache location, an email giving its correct co-ordinates will be accepted as a find.
The following clues relate to the image with the same reference. Where the answer is the number of letters in a name, the name will be one word so, for example, if the picture is in Station Road, the word you want is station and the number of letters is 7.
CP01 A1 is the number of letters in the name of the short street in which this tavern stands.
CP02 Two of these guard the entrance to a public building in this road: the number of letters in the road name is A2.
CP03 This is one of how many funded by The Royal Bank of Scotland? The answer is A3.
CP04 Which avenue is this entrance in? A4 is the number of letters in its name.
CP05 The date on this entrance is A5.
CP06 Which street is Nye pointing at? The number of letters in the street name is A6.
CP07 High Street what is under this ornate façade? A7 is the number of letters in the answer.
CP08 This "Friend of Freedom" is often a convenient perch for pigeons or seagulls! A8 is the number of letters in his surname.
CP09 This memorial is at the centre of which park? A9 is the number of letters in the answer.
CP10 What place is paired with Ladysmith on this memorial? A10 is the number of letters in the answer.
CP11 This can be seen on Ty ……. . A11 is the number of letters in the missing name.
CP12 There are many animals on this wall, but this is the only pair: what park is behind the wall? A12 is the number of letters in the answer.
CP13 This "new" building is is a …… . A13 is the number of letters in the answer.
CP14 It has been recorded for posterity that the lord in this the picture "fell in Loos" - a doubly unfortunate fate! A14 is the number of letters in his third christian name (this is how it appears on the inscription, although it is the first part of a double-barrelled surname).
CP15 In which street is this coy religious building? A15 is the number of letters in the answer.
CP16 Which arcade entrance is immediately to the left of this building? A16 is the number of letters in the answer.
CP17 People now walk where barges once passed under this highway: A17 is the number of letters in the road name.
CP18 A18 is the number of letters in the name of the saint to whom this building is dedicated.
CP19 The date on the wrought iron gates of the main entrance to this building is A19.
CP20 This plaque commemorates a big event on the 2nd January – but what year? A20 is the answer.
CP21 This building was commonly known by its three initial letters and the clue was: if the first letter is "3" and the third is "1", A21 is the middle one. But why are people so keen to “re-brand” things these days? It now advertises itself as … well a 10-letter word and a 5-letter word. Now the first letter of the second word is “1” and its third letter is “5”: A21 is now the eighth letter of the first word. (Sorry that this clue is so complicated, but we needed to get back to the same answer and we believe that the new name may only be temporary!)
CP22 A22 is the date on this entrance.
CP23 This reflective view is taken in which arcade? A23 is the number of letters in the answer.
CP24 There are lots of these, but what English word is missing from this one? A24 is the number of letters in the answer.
CP25 This is one of how many? A25 is the answer.
CP26 You need to stand where this picture was taken from, then look the opposite way and up to see a heavenly body. A26 is the number of letters in the name of this body.
CP27 This pass is being made in a saintly way. A27 is the number of letters in the saint's name.
CP28 Better known as the professional inspiration behind the Cardiff Castle that we see today, this was sometimes known as his house (but it was built for the chief engineer to the Bute Docks). A28 is the number of letters in this architect's surname.
CP29 Who holds court here? A29 is the number of letters in the answer.
CP30 Outside which house can these hands hauling on a rope be found? [plaque giving answer has been removed, but the street sign should be enough of a clue!] A30 is the number of letters in the answer.
CP31 A31 is the number of the building which this lady stands outside.
CP32 This entrance to a centre is approached along an avenue of trees. A32 is the number of words in the name of the centre (not counting the word 'centre' in either English or Welsh). You'll need to get close to it!
The cache is located at N51 nn.nnn W003 ww.www.
The following calculations will provide the minutes.
a = A21 x A32
b = a + A1 + A7 + A8 + A13 + A15 + A16 + A18 + A23 + A24 + A25 + A29 + A30 + A31
c = b - A2
d = c x A11 x A17 x A26
e = d - A5
nn.nnn = e divided by A3
p = A12 + A27
q = p x A9 x A14
r = q - A6
s = r x A4 x A10
t = s - (A19 + A22 + A28)
ww.www = t divided by A20
BEWARE - because of the way in which the numbers are combined, a small error in one answer can make an enormous difference to the latitude or longitude derived. If you want reassurance before searching for the cache, please email us.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum