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This puzzle cache is located in one of the oldest and most beautiful cemeteries in Bedford. The cemetery itself is quite small, and not in current use. Dogs are welcome on a leash, and please be careful of the stones as several are over 200 years old. It should take about an hour to find all the clues, but you may want to spend longer just browsing through Bedford's founding families.
Park at the above coordinates, then fill in the blanks below and solve a simple math equation to find the cache coordinates.
This cemetery dates back to the 1700s, so many families used the same names generation after generation. We've tried to narrow our clues down to specific stones, but look carefully - some names might appear more than once. Use the date clues to help you. Where you see "wife of" or "his wife," this refers to the writing on that particular stone, not to any other clues you must find.
Find the following and fill in the blanks:
A. Aseanth, wife of
Died in the year 1 _ _ 5
B. Mr. Benjamin Buxton
Died in the year _ _ _ 3
C. Melvena E. Stevens
Died in the year _ _ _ 0
D. G. Henry Witherspoon
Died in the year _ _ 2 3
E. Clark G. Mudge
Drowned in the year 1 _ _ 6
F. Sarah Holbrook, his wife
Died in the year _ _ _ 4
G. Albert Jeness
Served with the 10th NH Volunteers in the Civil War from 1861 - 18 _ _
H. Abial Holbrook
Died in the year 1 _ _ 8
Now, using the numbers formed by the blanks for each clue, you have 8 numbers (ie, clue A has 2 blanks, thus forms a 2-digit number). Solve the following equations to find your cache coordinates:
A + B + C + D + 138 = _ _ _ (missing N coordinates)
E + F + G + H + 389 = _ _ _ (missing W coordinates)
N 42.56._ _ _
W 71.34._ _ _
The cache is a round tub container with a log book and several toys. Enjoy!
** Please be aware that grounds maintenance of this cemetery is not regular. In the summer the grass may be high, so wear appropriate clothing for ticks. **
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum