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Found it BaSHful found ?????? - 500 Unknowns Challenge

Tuesday, November 19, 2013Southern England, United Kingdom

FTF at 08:21

Out and about with my good mate WhiteFriar on a beautifully sunny day (mostly) but the coldest since last Winter and, at times, with a wind that cut right through you! With 20 20 hindsight I should definitely have dressed a little warmer. However, a moderately successful day with 16 found and just the one DNF. A very mixed day with a schedule that included Earthcaches, a wherigo, a virtual, challenge caches, puzzles, Church Micros (though only two) and finished with a night cache (the only remaining one in the area that we have not done).

Well, the plan for today was all sorted out and then this popped up, perhaps a mile off the planned route. The qualification was not a problem, twice over in my case and WhiteFriar has plenty but there's a puzzle to solve and my record with this CO is dismal - one solved and that only with help. Nothing for it but to get stuck in.

The little fellow at the top I recognised, though what, if any, relevance escaped me. An intensive burst of effort gave me information for all of A to F but no connection. And there it rested for a little while. And then I noticed something about three of them and then four and after a tiny bit more searching the fifth. The sixth remained a mystery in one sense but with five determined you know what it must be. All very good but I still needed numbers from what I had.

I resumed after dinner with about an hour and a half left, so no pressure then! Several blind avenues later it occurred to me there was a particular Google that I should try. It paid immediate dividends and the first page I looked at I knew I had the answer. A very elegant puzzle. The numbers were now obvious and a very short time later GeoCheck was saying "NO"!! Huh!! Ah, typing problem. Try again - "YES"!!!!

Conveniently, this would fit in naturally as the first cache of the day (before going on to do TonyDev's Halloween Challenge) so it was still moderately early when we parked up to start the walk to GZ where the cache was quickly located. Now while the FTF was hoped for, it seemed much more likely that one of the other solvers would have got there before us, so it was both a surprise and a great pleasure to find a blank log sheet. Now that is a really great way to start a caching day!!

BaSHful.

Log sheet

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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