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Found it Calligmathy found Metamagical Themas #3 - Another Carton

Tuesday, January 24, 2012South East England, United Kingdom

I met archaos at a caching event when this cache had been set but not yet found. On realising that I recognised the title "Metamagical Themas" I decided I was in with a chance of being FTF. No such luck. I picked up the subtle hint in the title and progressed a long way towards the solution, but fell at the final hurdle or two. Now I've found the cache (after months of brain-wracking) I realise how close I'd come with my first approach.

Two things helped me to reach the final solution. One was a discovery about co-ordinates and notation which I hadn't known before. But the final enlightenment was achieved when I explained to someone how the answer I had wasn't anywhere near the right place. It was only as I specified what the solution ought to look like (roughly) that I realised how to turn my wrong answer into the right answer. At which point I gave myself a heft metaphorical kick for not having tried that before.

We chose a gloriously sunny winter day to head South and pick up this cache (plus several others nearby). Great cache and in retrospect a logical and obvious solution.

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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