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Found it colincactus found BOOKWORM

Saturday, May 7, 2016London, United Kingdom

{*FTF*} at 10:20am

I've been solving a few of these geodude1963 puzzles over the past month - they are all a long way from home and I hadn't collected any of them so far. I noticed this new one on Tuesday and was intrigued that it hadn't yet been found (it just had the note from Quizman1950). That spurred me on and I printed it out with the intention of solving it on the train journey home from work.

I was confident that all I had to do was identify all of the books (I'd guessed what the numbers meant) and then what comes next would be obvious. Well half an hour later I'd reached Guildford and I had the first few sets decoded. For the rest of the journey I just stared and stared at them. I was convinced that I knew what to do but nothing I tried seemed to work. Hmm...my puzzle solving abilities had taken a knock - it was obviously harder than I thought.

I got home, had something to eat, and after a short spell of relaxation decided to make a second attempt at it. I completed a few more sets and tried doing exactly what I'd been doing before. Usually that's a stupid thing to do when solving puzzles (if it didn't work before why should it now). But this time after ten minutes something just jumped out at me. I looked at another one and ping the same thing happened there.

I raced through doing the others. No ten minutes of intense thinking for these: by the end I was getting so good at it that I knew what the answers were going to be even before I'd fully decoded them. It had probably taken me two hours to finish it off. I put my "Phew" note on the cache page to show that I had solved it.

As the week went on I kept glancing at the cache page - still nobody had found it (I admit I had considered travelling to Croydon on Wednesday evening but wiser counsel prevailed). I decided to solve as many Croydon puzzles as I could, and pick them up today.

I arrived in Croydon just after ten and after a few abortive attempts found a parking place reasonably close by. It took a minute or so for the GPSr to settle down, but once it had there was really only one place that fitted the hint. I was really pleased to see that I was first to find (I don't get many of them these days).

#2651 TFTC (+fave point)

infoA Mystery Cache is the “catch-all” of cache types, this form of cache can involve complicated puzzles you will first need to solve to determine the coordinates. The only commonality of this cache type is that the coordinates listed are not of the actual cache location but a general reference point, such as a nearby parking location. Due to the increasing creativity of geocaching this becomes the staging ground for new and unique challenges.
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