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PoCo Persnicketty Peripatetic Puzzler

Hidden : 07/20/2010
3 out of 5
1 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Cram some knowledge into your tiny brain and exercise your arithmetic skills while learning about PoCo’s history. It should take less than an hour. All the locations are in downtown PoCo, so you can walk or bike to collect the information which will lead you to the cache. The cache is 15 cm x 30 cm x 10 cm so bring trades. GZ inaccessible due to COVID19.

Important Information: This cache is inside a public building and access is restricted. It’s usually closed Sundays and holidays. Normally it is accessible between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm. If you find you cannot get to the cache once you have solved all the clues, you can always go back another time.

Your starting point is N49 15.905, W122 46.913 but this is not the cache location. Follow the Continuum marker plaques along the river, and write down the answers to the following questions, which are not in any particular order. Read the plaques carefully, because if you miss an answer you might have to go back.

1. How many marker plaques are there in the continuum?
2. In 2016 what percentage of PoCo’s population was not born in Canada?
3. What was the population in 1901?
4. What year was PoCo “born”?
5. When did Simon Fraser and his crew explore this area of the Fraser Valley?
6. When did Terry Fox begin his Marathon of Hope?
7. When was the first Coquitlam dam begun?
8. What year was the fire that started in the firehall?

Add the 8 answers together. Cross out and ignore the first digit. Then, using only the last three digits, subtract 5 from the middle one. The result is the minutes (to three decimal places) of the cache’s latitude.

Now backtrack a bit and head over to N49 15.744, W122 46.862. Write down the answer to the question, “What is the first digit of the two-digit number which represents the total number of names on the marker?"

Next, scoot over a block to N49 15.806, W122 46.807. Subtract the third digit of the engine number from the second digit and write down the answer.

Now make your way to N49 15.740, W122 46.779 and find out what year the first church was built. Subtract the first digit from the second and write down the answer. Tack 03 onto the end and you have the full longitude.

The five numbers you have written down form the minutes of the cache longitude (to three decimal places). The degrees are the same as your starting point and all the other points. Now you can walk to the cache location, which will take about 15 seconds.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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