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Garden Sculptures

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Hidden : 5/7/2005
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

A pleasant walk in Princes Street Gardens. It should not take you longer than half an hour to complete the cache. Please note: While the gardens are usually open from dawn till dusk, they might be closed for special events e.g. during the Fringe Festival. The final hiding place is pretty obvious and retrieval should not attract muggle attention, but please be careful as the area can be very busy.

Well liked by locals and tourists, Princes Street Gardens at the foot of Edinburgh Castle forms a green oasis in the centre of town. The area was originally part of the castle defensive moat (called Nor' Loch), but when it turned in to a health hazard with people dumping their rubbish and other waste in it, the loch was drained in the 1750s to create the public gardens. In 1816 an Act of Parliament protected the site from commercial development and this is the reason we can still enjoy an unobstructed view to the castle from Princes Street.

But as interesting the history of the place is, this geocache is concerned with the artwork that can be found in the gardens today; more specifically the sculptures. To find the geocache you need to find the following 6 sculptures first and take the second word from the base of each statue (If there is more than one inscription, use the main one at the front). You can utilise the space below the picture to write the word down.

sculpture 1
sculpture 1
_ _ _ _ _ _
sculpture 2
sculpture 2
_ _ _ _ _ _ _
sculpture 3
sculpture 3
_ _ _ _ _ _
sculpture 4
sculpture 4
_ _ _ _ _
sculpture 5
sculpture 5
_ _ _ _ _ _
sculpture 6
sculpture 6
_ _ _ _

Once you have found them all, you can sit down on one of the many benches here and convert the letters into numbers using the following grid:

  a = 8 b = 9 c = 0 d = 2  
e = 4 f = 2 g = 7 h = 2 i = 6 j = 0
k = 0 l = 1 m = 6 n = 4 o = 5 p = 9
q = 4 r = 1 s = 5 t = 8 u = 1 v = 3
  w = 9 x = 3 y = 7 z = 3  

You will need to match up the numbers for the clues below. For example, if the word from the third sculpture was "geocache", and the clue is "first letter, sculpture 3", then look up "g" and the value is 7.

A = first letter, sculpture 2 = _ E = first letter, sculpture 1 = _
B = first letter, sculpture 6 = _ F = second letter, sculpture 4 = _
C = sixth letter, sculpture 5 = _ G = third letter, sculpture 1 = _
D = fifth letter, sculpture 3 = _ H = seventh letter, sculpture 2 = _

The cache (a 35mm film container) is hidden at N 55° 5A.BCD W 003° 1E.FGH.

You can check the coordinates on Geochecker.com.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

gnyy crbcyr unir na nqinagntr

Decryption Key

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

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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