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Chester's Bone'us Mystery Cache

This cache has been archived.

Sir Chester: Well I'm afraid that it's time for this one to go. Many thanks to all those that made it to the end, we hope that you enjoyed the Quest as much as we did setting it [:)].

We'll pick up the box soon, but it will likely be there for a week or two, so you may have a chance still to bag this one. Will add a note once removed.

Hidden : 05/20/2004
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Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

NOTE: The cache IS NOT located at the above coordinates!

These coordinates are for a suitable parking spot.

Chester has created this cache as a reward for those cachers who have completed his Chester's Oxford Parks Quest (COPQ) series. It is not located in a park or in Oxford but in the small and pretty Oxfordshire village where he first met the clan. He stared at us with his big brown eyes and made a big fuss of us all, how could we not take him home with us? You will find that this multi-cache will take you on a reasonable walkieeees of about 4 miles over reasonably easy terrain, although you will have to negotiate a stile or two, and it would probably not be suitable for buggies.

We hope you enjoyed the series of eighteen caches, and the Bone'us cache, Do please post some picies for Chester, especially if you have one of his canine friends with you.

This cache is made up of a series of micro caches and a puzzle which will eventually lead you to the final cache, a well stocked ammo box. You will find suitable parking at numerous locations around and on the large village green.
An OS map of the area would be particularly useful.

The start point is a micro located not too far from the parking spot. To find it you will need the letters found on the lids of the COPQ caches (use the table below to record them). Each letter represents a number in the start location below, i.e. if you found the letter T at COPQ 1 then T=1.

If you have lost, forgotten to pick up or letters were missing please do send Chester an email and he will email them back to you.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Start location  -  N51  40.((N*S)-J-Z+C) (Y-(N*X)) (K+D-L)   W001  07.(A-W+B) (R+C-I) (D+(E/F)-H)

The co-ordinates you found at the mill will lead you to the next micro through the village down School Lane and past Barkers Cottage, very apt.

The next set of co-ordinates will lead you along a footpath to the Church. This path is apparently on the flood plain and can be quite wet after prolonged rain so wear suitable footwear. Joan's mum has the answer to the next location. A place to live perhaps abcdef, convert the letters to numbers in the time honoured fashion, adding any double digits together until you have a single digit i.e.  M (13) would be 1+3=4.

N51 41.(a-e)(d+f)(e+f+c)  W001 07.(c+d)(a+f)(a*e)

From the church use the co-ordinates to take you to the place where the clan adopted me. Here you will find a big sign on the gate with two telephone numbers, using the second number 01865 ABCDEB work out the co-ordinates for the next location.

N51  40.(B-D) (E+1) B   W001  06.B C (A-D)

These co-ordinates will take you to the last micro. You can get there by following the road SE, but it can be rather busy and fast so I would recommend that you use the more pleasant footpath leading from the village green.

You should now have the co-ordinates for the final cache. From here head South along the footpath until you come to a junction where you will need to turn right and head off in a Westerly direction. The cache is located in an area of dense tree cover, which may cause problems with your GPSr, so I have include a particularly descriptive Additional Hint along with a spoiler photo for its location.

When first placed Chester stocked this cache with things that he thinks his friends might like, and has asked that cachers please stick to this doggy theme when making exchanges. He has included an FTF certificate, "Chester's Oxford Parks Quest" completion certificates (please do take one), and the following:

  • Cache Cam - Please take a photo and leave in the cache.

  • Squeaky Bone

  • Squeaky Boot

  • Dulux Badge

  • Tennis Ball

  • Dogs Sports Ball

  • Dalmatian Beanie

  • Pongo Air Freshener

  • Mini Book - Jimmy & Bob

  • Book - Ruff's Bone

  • Book - Barney and the picnic

  • Dog Stickers

  • Rottweiler Puppy

  • Postman Pat Pencil Topper

  • Cat

  • Smurf Dog - Puppy

  • Dalmatian Phone Case

  • Dalmatian pencil Case

  • Scooby-Doo Koosh Ball

  • Animal Hospital German Shepherd

You can check your answer for the start point of this puzzle on

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As my employer has decided that it would be a good idea to move the whole organisation to Bristol, the Phillimore's (Mad H@ter and Muddy Legs) will be moving on to pastures new and some fresh caches. Unfortunately this will mean that it will become difficult for us to maintain our Oxfordshire caches, so we will therefore be gradually archiving the majority of them. We shall start our program of collecting the caches and archiving them in the new year, but as we have one or two caches out there this will not be a five minute program! If you would particularly like to find this cache before it is archived please get in touch and we will try and hold off archiving it.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)