Monday, August 10, 2009

Mystery/Puzzle Caches

I stayed up into the wee hours of the night Friday night working on solutions to puzzle caches. Yeah, that is what I do with my Friday nights. So sue me, I'm obsessed.

Actually, it was around 3 am, not like I would be out doing much at that hour anyway! I usually ignore puzzle caches, but there have been quite a few popping up around the area.

What is a Puzzle/Mystery Cache?
The "catch-all" of cache types, this form of cache can involve complicated puzzles you will first need to solve to determine the coordinates. Due to the increasing creativity of geocaching this becomes the staging ground for new and unique challenges.

Some of these puzzle caches in my area are even kid friendly! And yeah, those are the only ones I've been able to solve and find! Though I am working on a toughy 3.5 right now. So far I know what cipher to use - Its just a matter of using it right....

What is your take on mystery/puzzle caches? Do you like them, avoid them, or don't mind them?

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  1. When I click on the nearest caches to my home coordinated that "I haven't Found", I get almost a full screen of Question Marks....
    I avoid them like the plaque. But I love puzzles. I just don't find the time to solve them. There is actually an event cache here locally where you can get together with other cachers to try to solve the puzzles together before heading out. Maybe I should actually attend that event?

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  3. Ottawa has SO MANY puzzle/mystery caches. I've stayed up solvings puzzles on more nights than I'll admit to in print. :)

  4. I don't mind the puzzle caches that require you to do something at the cache site, like count certain objects, etc, since that just forces you to see more of a park, museum, or whatever. I don't really care for the puzzle caches that are simply a puzzle that you do at home prior to going caching.

  5. I enjoy trying to solve the puzzle caches that few people seem to be able to solve. The one that sticks out in my mind is one near Oakland, IL titled "It's not in the tree" GCKMYA. That one kept me up many a nights, and to finally solve and find it gave me such a high. What really made this one difficult is that everyone is so tight-lipped as to how to solve it. Unfortunately, there aren't too many others here in central IL.

  6. i HATE puzzle caches!! but to finish the fizzy matrix i had to do a lot (ok i ended up begging for help more often then not). LOL. they frustrate me to no end. monthes on end. argh.