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Mystery Cache

Campus Cache

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Hidden : 10/17/2004
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In order to find this cache you must pass final exams in 5 classes and visit 2 area campuses. You will be rewarded with “Campus” themed trade items. After the first part, which you will need to solve from a computer, all of the information needed to complete the coursework can be found on the course. If you leave home with the answer to the first part, you should not have to return home or bring any internet access with you. A calculator may be helpful but not necessary.

1st Period - Geography:

UPDATE: Since Sprint merged with Nextel, they have taken down the signs with the answers to the history section. Until I get time to create another puzzle for this piece of the mystery, I'll give you the answers to the history section. You can skip Geography, solve history before leaving the house and have the cooridnates for ART class:







Interstate 80 is the 2nd longest US National Highway at 2899.5 miles and crosses through 11 states from New Jersey to California.

I attended college in 2 of the states that I-80 passes through. The last 6 letters of my log in are the name of a collection or loose confederation of tribes or one geographically segmented tribe – opinions differ on the interconnectedness of these tribes. The confederation was made up mainly of the Kaskakia, Peoria, Cahokia, Tamaroa and Michigamea tribes. The current day name of the state is based on what the French explorers called the collection of these people. You are looking for the state that is home to the University where the athletic teams play under the nickname found in my log-in name.

The 2nd college I attended uses the nickname “Anteaters”. The Anteater was voted to be the mascot after suggestions were solicited from the student body in 1965. The Anteater edged out the Golden Bison, Roadrunner and Unicorn. You are looking for the state that is home to the school with Anteaters as their athletic mascot.

If you were to travel on I-80 between these 2 states, how many states would you drive through, including both the beginning and ending states.

Final Exam:The coordinates to the first campus visit are:

N 38 AB.93E
W 094 FG.HIJ

Where A = the number of letters in the name of the 2nd state I attended college divided by 2.
B = the number of letters in the name of the 1st state I attended college divided by 2.
E = the number of states you pass through on I-80 between the 2 states (including both beginning and ending states).
F = the number of times the letter “O” appears in the tribe names mention above.
G = F times F
H = the first digit in the total mileage of Interstate 80.
I = G
J = the number of letters in the name of the 1st state I attended college

2nd Period - History

The coordinates from Geography should put you roughly near an intersection on a campus in the area. You will not have to leave your car for this class. Please be mindful of pedestrians as they have the right of way at all times. Travel counterclockwise around the campus loop (starting toward the North). The road makes a continuous loop and returns you to the starting point for this class where you can exit.

On the parking garage signs, you will see names of 6 famous Americans associated in some way with the area (Kansas/ Missouri / Kansas City). Make sure to write down each of the names that you see. Spelling counts.

Final Exam:

Coordinates to Your next Class are:
N 38 54.ABC
W 094 38.XYZ

Where A = the number of letters in the longest last name minus 1.
B = the number of names of the 6 that are past US presidents.
C = the number of letters in the shorter last name of the 2 US presidents names.
X = of the names that are not US presidents, what is the average number of letters in their names.
Y and Z are both equal to the number of letters in the persons last name that ends in “e”.

3rd Period – Art

Coordinates from the last class should lead you to a 10 foot tall sculpture. Find the name of the artist. Using this numbering scheme, answer the questions below.

1 2 3
First Name

4 5 6 7 8
Last Name

Coordinates to your next class which on another nearby campus – different one than your first visit:

W 094 U9.XYZ

Where P = find the letter in position 2 of the artist’s name. How far down in the alphabet is this letter (A=1, B=2, C=3, etc.)
Q is the same as P
R = the number of times the letter “R” occurs in the artists name – both first and last.
S = the position of the last occurrence of “E”
T = the position of the last occurrence of the letter “M”
U = the number of letters in his first name.
X = the position of the first occurrence of the letter “M”
Y = The number of times the letter “S” occurs in his name.
Z = The sum of all of the positions where M appears in the artist’s name.

4th Period – Engineering. – Don’t worry, it’s more like simple math.

This should lead you to an aluminum sculpture. There is a plaque below the sculpture that describes the dimensions of it. If this were a solid block of aluminum, how much would it weigh.

The density of Aluminum is 168.55 lbs per cubic foot.The weight in lbs should be an even number that is 5 digits long.

Coordinates to your next class:
N 38 54.ABC
W 094 38.DEF

Where A = the sum of the 1st two digits of your answer
B = the first digit
C = the 3rd digit minus the 4th digit
D = the fifth digit of you answer
E = the 2nd digit
F = the first digit minus the 4 th digit

5th Period – Biology

You should now be standing in front of 12 plaster casts of animal footprints. The common and Latin names are provided at the site – no prework is necessary.

If Anas platyrhyncos is in position 1, Castor Canadenis is position 6. Odocoileus virginianus is in position 7 and Ardea herodias is in position 12.

The final cache:
W 094 FG.HIJ

A = position of Melagris
B = Procyon lotor
C = Meleagris
D = didelphis
E = Odocoileus virginianus
F = vulpes vulpes
G = Marmota monax
H = didelphis
I = Anas platyrhynchas
J = Marmota monax


From the animal prints, head West on the trail and follow your GPSr to the final coordinates. You will pass very close to the cache from the concrete path. In fact, it may be good to look across the creek where your GPS is pointing but DO NOT CROSS. This will give you a very good clue of what you will be looking for on the other side. You will need to pass up crossing the creek and continue west until you find a bridge. Cross there and double back to the final coordinates. The “double back” side of the creek is sometime heavily grown over (waist high grass, low hanging vines, etc.)

Original contents included a Texas Longhorns bottle opener, Kansas State playing cards, an Illinois Travel bug, and other miscellaneous gear from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma State. Please try to keep with the theme or at least write in the log book what your favorite college team is.I don’t want to give away what the container is (let’s just say you’ll know it is mine).

It is bright orange and blue so please hide it very well. There are signs of “civilization” passing through here at times and if it is not hidden in the same manner as it is found it could easily be muggled. Due to the high visibility colors, I have had to drape the cache under a black cloth – that is all I can tell you.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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3eq Crevbq - U gvzrf J gvzrf Qrcgu gvzrf Qrafvgl
Svany Pnpur - yvgrenyyl "va" n gerr.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

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