#1681 found @ 14:05
When your nearest unfound cache is a McWomble puzzle, it sits there on your map in all its blue questionmarkiness taunting you. Having wiped some more of these off the map and turned them into smileys recently, I thought it was about time I had another look at Reprise.
When I first completed the other three back in September, I'd looked at this and kept hitting the same brick wall right at the start. So I'd left it be. But a few days ago I thought I'd have another stab.
Rather than trying to solve the anagram (which wasn't getting me anywhere), I decided that I would come at the problem from the other direction and, what do you know, a likely idea fell out.
After tedious but easy decyphering of phase 1, finally, I was left with Mr Crow's interesting but apparently unconnected words. I emailed McWomble with my conjectures over the next stage and he realised I was barking up the wrong blind alley and kindly gave me another hint (which he has now updated on the cache page).
Eventually, this lead to another few ideas, one of which got me a little further to more apparently unrelated things - but then another penny dropped. More crunching, and I had something which was about 80% right - and McWomble confirmed I was heading in the right direction.
I went back to my notes and realised I couldn't read my own handwriting! Argh. Once that little handicap was overcome, out popped some likely numbers - YAY!
Headed off to Hylands this afternoon after a maintenance visit to another cache. Blundered about for some time while the GPS bounced about for a bit. Eventually it settled and I looked some more. In the end, I stumbled across the cache almost by accident - it certainly wasn't where it should have been, but the pesky little blighter was at last in hand!
Have emailed McWomble and let him know it needs maintenance.
Phew. So good to have this last Time Warp crossed off the to-do list. But it probably just means James will release some new ones to torture us once more.
Thanks for the torment!