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)