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Found it colincactus found All About a Challenge # 1 : The Series

Thursday, May 30, 2013South East England, United Kingdom

When this challenge was published I checked through GSAK and found that I had four series with six or more finds. So I set to work trying to see how to finish off two more.

The X Marks the Spot series looked a possibility. I'd already found four of them and there were three more that I'd partially solved. However when I went to look for the first of them I couldn't find the cache.

I decided that I was making things too difficult for myself so looked for a non-puzzle series. I chose the Red Phone Box series: an easy set of caches that were within a few miles of home. They could be picked up as drive-bys on rainy winters evening I thought, but it didn't quite work out that way. All went well until I found the sixth one, and realised that they were all by theguestfamily - the nearest that wasn't was over fifty miles away in Kent.

Thus chastened I reverted to my original plan of doing puzzles. Many of the nearby series however are either all by the same owner or only have 4 or 5 caches, so are no use for this challenge. I bemoaned this fact with IceColdUK at one of the Surrey Meets and we decided to do something about it - the Surrey Arts series now has some new puzzles. Solving and collecting those meant that I now had my fifth series.

While doing all that I'd also found another of the X Marks the Spot series (that also hadn't been found for over a year). Then last weekend I found the sixth one to finish it all off.

I could've come to get this cache at that point but I wanted to leave it to be a landmark find. So we went to get it tonight as our 900th puzzle cache. It was an easy find. I've really enjoyed doing this challenge (my favourite of a really good set of challenges).

Here are my qualifying finds:

GC2GV81 Famous Berkshire Residents 1 AmayaTom 26-Nov-10
GC2JFP4 Famous Berkshire Residents 2 AmayaTom 24-Nov-10
GC2K46X Famous Berkshire Residents 3 Number six 28-Jun-11
GC2KG3H Famous Berkshire Residents 4 AmayaTom 29-Jun-11
GC2MFM3 Famous Berkshire Residents 6 Number six 16-Aug-11
GC30QE8 Famous Berkshire Residents 9 AmayaTom 26-Jul-11

GC114JX Surrey School Days 1 But what's his name? tjapukai 11-Oct-09
GC11VMP Surrey School Days 2 Start here Woking Wonders 31-May-09
GC1EJAY Surrey School Days 4 Best Efforts Woking Wonders 12-Apr-10
GC1ERQ8 Surrey School Days 5 Like Father Like Son Woking Wonders 4-Sep-10
GC1G21Q Surrey School Days 6 WW2 Remembers Woking Wonders 1-Jun-11
GC1HM0N Surrey School Days 7 Pippa's Girls Woking Wonders 26-Jun-12

GC1TG5F Church Micro 585 Guildford St. Nicolas Woking Wonders 11-Jun-09
GC24PWC Church Micro 1036 St Martha’s BaSHful 21-Mar-10
GC27Q8T Church Micro 1096 Seale – St Laurence Kitey 1-May-10
GC2DQYW Church Micro 1320 Compton - Watts Chapel Woking Wonders 5-Sep-10
GC2G5GV Church Micro 1422 (Mystery Location) iamafatturkey 10-Jan-12
GC34GNV Church Micro 2113 Winkfield Row Number six 26-Feb-12

GC2CD6A Cricket Pitch Micro 1 Chiddingfold Al 7365 31-Jul-10
GC2CEBE Cricket Pitch Micro 2 Dunsfold Al 7365 31-Jul-10
GC2C2X0 Cricket Pitch Micro 4 Busbridge Prosniper 31-Jul-10
GC2C2XA Cricket Pitch Micro 11 Hambledon Prosniper 31-Jul-10
GC2CB9C Cricket Pitch Micro 14 Wonersh Prosniper 1-Aug-10
GC2CV6X Cricket Pitch Micro 18 Tilford theguestfamily 6-Aug-10

GC1DR7G Surrey Arts 3 Woking Wonders 12-Sep-09
GC12ABB Surrey Arts 2 Woking Wonders 18-Jul-10
GC39QMB Surrey Arts 5 Fab4Leader 25-Feb-10
GC477M2 Surrey Arts 6 IceColdUK 15-Mar-13
GC48A3T Surrey Arts 8 =Andy R 7-Apr-13
GC1G2FE Surrey Arts 4 Woking Wonders 13-May-13

GCZTX6 X Marks The Spot IX Village’s Sharp Man? Brambler 13-Jun-09
GCW3YZ X Marks The Spot IV Migrant Genius? Nanny Ogg 27-Sep-09
GCZWCC X Marks the Spot XI Bouncing balls? tjapukai 20-Feb-10
GCT0FF X Marks The Spot purple pineapple 28-Mar-10
GCVC29 X Marks The Spot II Nanny’s Revenge Nanny Ogg 6-Apr-13
GC11PJP X Marks the Spot XII Pioneer and Designator Ian Too 25-May-13

#1379 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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