First, a bit of history:
- Around the turn of the 19th century, during the reign of King George III, the recipe for Altoids was perfected by Smith & Company, a London confectionary firm. Altoids were then promoted for over a century as a "stomach calmative".
- The exact origin of the name is unclear, but it seems that confections were given names employing the "-oids" suffix to imply their medicinal benefit. Smith & Company also marketed several other remedies with "-oids" in their names, such as Benoids "for delicate throats and chests", Zenoids for "an easy digestion", Cyphoids to "defend your throat", and Notoids "antiseptic voice and throat pastilles". In actuality the suffix -oid means "resembling or having the appearance of", so I decided to have some fun with that in the hints.
- Altoids are made in Bridgend, Wales and were first introduced into the U.S. in 1918.
- For over 100 years, Altoids were packaged in small rectangular cardboard cartons that were approximately the same size as today's recognizable tins. The tins were introduced in the 1920s to help protect the mints and to stay neatly closed in pockets and handbags.
And now, on with the hunt!
The main cache is located at N AL° TO.IDS, W MIN° TS.TIN and the coordinates shown represent the location of the first stage. You will collect the necessary coordinate information by visiting six caches, adding a new piece of the puzzle at each cache while providing coordinates for the next one in the sequence. Keep an eye out for muggles, as they may be present at every location!
A L T O I D S
N ___ ___° ___ ___. ___ ___ ___
M I N T S T I N
W ___ ___ ___° ___ ___. ___ ___ ___
Since Altoids were originally about health the various locations will follow that theme. The journey progresses in the order the various flavors were released (most current to original), further increasing your enjoymint!