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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Start Somewhere ... or Somewhere Else - 7/22/17

Today we travel to Arizona for a pair of puzzles.  You can:

Start Somewhere, or if you prefer, you can:

Start Somewhere Else

Tomorrow we'll visit Andorra.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Gilles Garnier - 7/21/17

You might assume from the title of today's puzzle that we're still visiting puzzles in France, but you'd be mistaken.  Minnesota is the home for:

Gilles Garnier

Tomorrow we'll be in Arizona.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Extrasensory Deception - 7/20/17

Today's Maryland puzzle, which was passed along to me recently, is an exercise in:

Extrasensory Deception

Tomorrow we'll be in Minnesota.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tour(s) de France - 7/19/17

Since the Tour de France is wrapping up this weekend, I thought it might be a good time for this puzzle out of Tours, France:

Un Tour de Gares en Gare de Tours

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bored at work? - 7/18/17

One of the things that surprised me the most when I started this blog was how many more pageviews it gets during the week than on the weekends.  I guess a lot of folks do a little puzzle solving during their down-time at work and are more likely to spend their weekends out caching.  The alternate title for today's Michigan puzzle suggests that perhaps some people think about writing puzzles during working hours as well.  I guess wherever and whenever it happens, I would be grateful for:

Several Strokes of Genius

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, July 17, 2017

Fidget This - 7/17/17

I haven't seen one in action, so I can't attest to why the new "fidget" spinners are so popular, but I agree with one of the folks who logged today's North Carolina puzzle ... they can't be that much more fun than a:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Valar Morgulis - 7/16/17

I've been holding on to this puzzle from Spain for a while:

Valar Morgulis

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Another Flippin' Puzzle - 7/15/17

I love the alliteration of the of the "Puzzle Popping Potluck Party" event for which today's New Zealand puzzle was created.  If they had held it this weekend I guess it could have been a "Pirate Puzzle Popping Potluck Party."  I'm not sure what all of this "Mary Hyde" stuff will amount to, but I guess I'll give it a shot since I've enjoyed most of the previous summer souvenir projects.  Good luck to all of those who participate!  And here's today's:

PPPP: Flippin' Puzzle! (Canterbury)

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, July 14, 2017

Bastille Day -7/14/17

Today we celebrate the French holiday of Bastille Day with:

L'Etoile Mystérieuse

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Serendipity - 7/13/17

Sometimes it feels like a puzzle comes along at just the right time.  Today's California puzzle is one that I had bookmarked a while back, but I had never gotten around to solving it and I managed to forget about it entirely.  It was only while investigating potential targets for an upcoming trip to the Bay area that I stumbled across it again.  Now that was certainly a case of good timing, but the really remarkable thing is that it was just two weeks ago that I was caching with the CO in:

La Ville-Lumière

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Beep Beep! - 7/12/17

I'm always impressed with geo-art that is actually artistic.  (My own efforts have simply involved intersections of straight lines.)  Today's Ohio puzzle, which landed in my in-box recently, is the start of a geo-art series in the shape of Wile E. Coyote's nemesis.

Have some fun:

Chasing the Road Runner 001

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Far North - 7/11/17

I thought I'd follow up on yesterday's "farthest east" find with my new "farthest north," from the U.K.  Hope it comes in:

Loud and Clear

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, July 10, 2017

Far East - 7/10/17

Today's puzzle from France is part of a series spun-off from the well known "Puzzle Solving 101" series in south Florida.  Since I had made the finds on that original series back in January of 2013, it was fun to find a couple of these caches that pay tribute to it.  Try your luck with the cache that now represents my easternmost find:

Puzzle Solving 101 - Leçon 1: Stratégie

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Appalacachin - 7/9/17

Having grown up in the area nestled between the Smoky and Blue Ridge portions of the Appalachain mountains, the title of today's Colorado puzzle caught my eye as a fun play on words.  (You may note that we pronounce the "la" like in "lad," although plenty of people I've met here say it with a long "a" like in "lake."  Here's what a blog I came across had to say on the subject:  "If you are from the Southern Appalachians then you, without a doubt, say Appa-LATCH-uh. If you say Appa-LAY-shuh you are not only identifying the mountain range but you are also announcing to all that you are not from there.")  However you say it, enjoy some:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Roadside Rest - 7/8/17

Today's New York puzzle sounds like a nice place to take a:

Roadside Rest

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, July 7, 2017

Segmented - 7/7/17

Today's puzzle from the UK will have you sorting out:


Tomorrow we'll be in New York.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Aphid Snout - 7/6/17

Today we travel to California for an:

Aphid Snout

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tonghui Canal - 7/5/17

Today's puzzle takes us to China and a little history lesson about the:

Tonghui Canal

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

Beware of Bridge - 7/3/17

Today's New York puzzle, which was suggested to me a while back, refers specifically to dangers in winter, but I know that bicyclists can have trouble even in rain due to the steel decks of:

Dangerous Bridges

Tomorrow we'll be in China.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

φ - 7/2/17

Today's Pennsylvania puzzle is:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, July 1, 2017

They Call Him - 7/1/17

Most of the Minnesota puzzles I feature are from the Twin Cities area, but not today's.  This one is about a Rochester, MN, puzzler,:

They Call Him "Salsman"

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, June 30, 2017

Quagmire - 6/30/17

I'm planning another trip to the San Francisco Bay area later this summer, and have been spending a little time working on adding to my pile of solved puzzles.  Today's example is one that I know I started working on several times in the past without gaining any traction.  I finally figured out the best way to approach things to work myself through this particular quagmire:

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! Ooohhh!!!!!!!!! - 6/29/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Minnesota, where I'm betting you'll be saying:

Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! Ooohhh!!!!!!!!!

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I asked - you answered: 6/28/17

I asked, and I've really appreciated those of you who have answered by sending me some fun and unique puzzles you have enjoyed.  Please keep them coming!  Today's Ohio puzzle is one of the ones I received recently:

Skinfusionz Cache #2.8 - The Plot Thickens

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Yakaenda aliyeingia wanalima? - 6/27/17

Today's puzzle from China, which landed in my inbox recently, poses the question:

Yakaenda aliyeingia wanalima?

Tomorrow we'll be in Ohio.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Hot of the Presses - 6/26/17

Today's puzzle is one that I tested pre-publication recently and really enjoyed.  It will take you to California, where you can find:

The Home of Onyx Eye Fur

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Droning on ... - 6/24/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Nevada.  I've been seeing all kinds of articles about Amazon.com testing out a drone delivery system, and just the other day I read where inmates have been arranging for folks to use drones to drop contraband into the prisons.  It seems that these days:

Packages Do Fly

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, June 23, 2017

Undecimal - 6/23/17

I solved today's California puzzle a while back and have been saving it for a Friday, since I found it to be an interesting challenge, although the CO only has it rated it at 3 stars of difficulty. Rating a puzzle's difficulty is certainly a tricky proposition, as how difficult it is to solve depends on any number of factors relating to the types of things you know about, the types of skills you're adept at, and the types of tools you have available.  Try your luck with:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Navajo Code Talking - 6/22/17

Today's puzzle was passed along to me a while back.  I think it's pretty darn cool that even in Australia folks are learning about:

Navajo Code Talking

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Keeping it Brief - 6/21/17

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  To those of you who've told me that you appreciate my random musings along with the puzzles, thank you. I know sometimes they can get a bit long, and  undoubtedly there are others who prefer I'd get right to the point.  If you're one of those folks, you're in luck today.  I don't even have:

A Short Story

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cheering Viper - 6/20/17

I thought today's Wisconsin puzzle, which was passed along to me recently, might be a good follow-up to yesterday's, since it also includes a bit of a Star Wars reference ... with a little twist:

Cheering Viper

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Monday, June 19, 2017

Have You Seen Darth Vader? - 6/19/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Indiana.  I was driving down the road the other day, a bit distracted with things on my mind, when all of the sudden I realized that Darth Vader was in the back of the pickup truck stopped at the light in front of me.   It took me a moment or to for my brain to realize what I was actually seeing.  Not a sticker, or a magnet ... a life-sized Darth Vader in full mask, cape, and all the works standing in the back of the truck up against the cab.  I'm pretty sure it wasn't a real person, just a decorative piece added to the truck.   The truck was turning at the light and I momentarily considered following it in hopes of getting a picture, but quickly decided that would be a little too stalkerish.  I sure got a good laugh out of the experience and will certainly keep my eyes open in case I come across him again. Maybe he's on the lookout for Princess Leia's Stolen Death Star Plans, but I'd never heard anything about them being in Ithaca.  Meanwhile, keep on the lookout in your town and ask your friends:

Have You Seen Star Wars?

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day! - 6/18/17

It's pretty ironic that in choosing a puzzle for Father's Day I ended up right back near the Minnesota neighborhoods I was caching in a couple of weeks ago.   Finding holiday themed puzzles that I haven't featured before can be tricky, so I sometimes need to widen my searches a bit.  I started looking for things about "founding fathers" and found this puzzle, which turned out to be a perfect fit for me, personally, due to my own father's interest in presidential history.  He is a voracious consumer of presidential biographies, and even made up a game with a presidential theme many years ago.  So you can see why I'm happy to feature, in honor of my own father and all the other great dads out there, the:

Father of His Country Game

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Bond Age - 6/17/17

I was flipping channels the other night and came across one of the James Bond flicks, which reminded me that I had heard of the passing of Roger Moore last month.  While Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan are probably my favorite Bonds, there were some great installments in the 1970's during Roger Moore's:

Bond Age

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Self-referential - 6/16/17

Today's cache is one I was pleased to have been able to ink the log on last week.  I hope you don't mind the self-reference ... it seemed appropriate here:

FYI: Self-Referential Cache is Self-Referential

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Heat Wave! - 6/15/17

Today's Ohio puzzle, which was passed along to me this week, reminds us that since summer is here, we'd better be prepared for a:

Thermometers Conundrum - Heat Wave!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Flag Day - 6/14/17

Today's New York puzzle popped up a while back and I knew it would be a good one to feature today:

The Star Spangled Banner NYS Style

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Got it! - 6/13/17

Today's Minnesota puzzle was passed along to me recently by someone who enjoyed it and thought I would too:

I Got Your Number

If anyone else has any puzzles they've thought about sending along but haven't done so, I'm hoping you'll go ahead and send them to me through geocaching.com; your suggestions really do help me keep things going.

Tomorrow we'll celebrate Flag Day in New York.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Major Bob Rojam - 6/12/17

Today's Minnesota puzzle (whose CO I was pleased to meet while attending an event there recently) taught me something new about a subject I had thought I was pretty familiar with:

Major Bob Rojam

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Elephant Show - 6/11/17

I recently had an excellent visit to Minnesota, and was lucky to be able to attend a geocaching lunch event while I was there.  It was fun meeting all the nice folks there, including the CO of:

Tomorrow we'll be in Minnesota for another day.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Blood Types - 6/10/17

Today's Colorado puzzle reminded me of my high school AP Biology experiment in which I did an experiment on all the members of my family.  The results led us to an interesting exploration of recessive traits in:

Blood Types

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, June 9, 2017

GeoQuest Chapters 3 & 4 - 6/9/17

Today we pick up where we left off yesteday in Ohio.  If you missed my introduction to this series in yesterday's post, please go back and check it out.  Today we continue with:

Quest for Peseverance - GeoQuest, Chapter 3 &  Fishing Buddy - GeoQuest, Chapter 4

Tomorow we'll ...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

GeoQuest Chapters 1 & 2 - 6/8/17

I am just old enough and just geeky enough to have some experience playing text-based adventure games, aka "Interactive Fiction."  The four Ohio puzzle caches I'm featuring today and tomorow are all based on the same game, that I had great fun playing. More than once I hollered out to my husband (who spent a lot more time with this type of game than I did) "How do you think I should try to .....??"  My son asked what in the world I was doing ... "You mean ... it's just words?"  ... and it was fun explaining the roots of the computer games he enjoys so much.   Have fun with:

Zany Squirrel - GeoQuest, Chapter 1  &   Xtreme Arts - GeoQuest, Chapter 2

*Note that the in-game "help" website can be found here.  Within that site is a link that explains the basics of how these games work.

Tomorow we'll continue the series.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Five-O - 6/7/17

Today's New York puzzle was chosen in honor of a special day at our house ... someone is hitting the big:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Can you Sujiken? - 6/6/17

Today's Massachusetts puzzle is part of a series I featured back in July of 2011.  If you like this puzzle type, the CO has a variety of different versions in difficulty levels ranging from "1: Easy" to "5:  Gimme a Break!!" placed in locations including New Zealand and Japan as well as Massachusetts.   I chose:

Can You Sujiken? (3: Challenging)

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, June 5, 2017

Five to Free - 6/5/17

Today's puzzle takes us to California where we've got:

Five to Free

Tomorrow we'll be ...

Sunday, June 4, 2017

X Marks the Spot - 6/4/17

I'll admit that there's one part of today's fun Minneosta word puzzle that eluded me (I'm not sue if it requires local knowledge or if I just don't recognize it), but since I was left with only two possible solutions it was easy to figure out which one was correct.  See if you can figue out where:

Tomorow we'll ...  

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Shape Shifter - 6/3/17

I like today's Colorado puzzle since it was designed for the CO's 4th grade class, and he was able to combine schoolwork and caching in a fun way.   What a great way to answer that age old question, "When am I ever going to use this stuff?"  I'm sure I'll be revisiting this CO's caches very soon.  For today we have:

Tomorow we'll ...

Friday, June 2, 2017

Gödel, Escher, Bach (Redux) - 6/2/17

Now, I know what you're thinking ... wasn't there a post with this title just last week?  You're right.  There was.  But I came across this one and enjoyed it a lot too, so I figured why not have:

Gödel, Escher, Bach (Redux)

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Parking Persecution - 6/1/17

Today's puzzle from Canada's Alberta province is by a puzzler whose zany misadventures have been featured here before.  In this installment we hear all about:

Jbeck2's Parking Persecution *

(*Note:  The geochecker hasn't been replaced since evince went away, but if you get the right answer you should feel quite confident of it.)

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Jigsaw Sudoku - 5/31/17

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  Some of the most popular puzzle types are jigsaw puzzles and sudoku puzzles.  So why not a puzzle that combines both?  For an even bigger challenge (at least for me) the CO could have made us put together the pieces ourselves in this:

Jigsaw Sudoku

Tomorrow we'll be in Canada.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Strange Diet - 5/30/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Colorado.  Now, I know there are some pretty bizarre diets out there, but no matter how successful it claimed to be I don't think I would ever try a:

Diet of Worms

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day - 5/29/17

It's the unofficial start of summer, so we head to Indiana for a:

Memorial Day Puzzle

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Calling all Junior Sleuths - 5/28/17

Today's Australian puzzle is part of  a "Geocache Puzzle series for Junior Sleuths."  I know I first got interested in mysteries and puzzles as a kid, and this puzzle could be a fun one to try out with any junior sleuths in your life:

The Black Hand Gang - The Treasure in Breezy Lake

Tomorrow we'll observe Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Which Quincy? - 5/27/17

The title of today's Maryland puzzle caught my eye, and I speculated about the theme before checking it out.  Would the "Quincy" in question be Jack Klugman's  intrepid medical examiner, Jason's loveable iguana, or something else?  Find out for yourself in:

Let Her Free Quincy

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, May 26, 2017

Gödel, Escher, Bach - 5/26/17

I know that I first looked at today's Maryland puzzle several years ago, but  I can't remember if I stumbled across it due to my interest in all things Escher, or whether someone recommended it to me.  I would be willing to bet it was a recommendation, as I thoroughly enjoyed sorting it out earlier this week.  I may even have to get myself a copy of:

Gödel, Escher, Bach

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

In Tribute to DNA - 5/25/17

Today's puzzle, which takes us to Paris, seemed like the perfect one for a day on which a lot of people are celebrating DNA:

La réponse de la vie

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Minnesota Bound - 5/24/17

I'll be making a quick visit to the Twin Cities soon, and have been having a blast going back through all the puzzles I've done there and creating a list of potential targets I'd like to attempt to find.  The list is way longer than I'll have time for, but spotted an event that's taking place so if I'm lucky I might even be able to meet a CO or two while I'm there.  In the process of revisiting those great puzzles I came across several that I had been meaning to go back to, but had forgotten about, including this one:

Free Checking

Tomorrow we'll be in France.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sudokube - 5/23/17

When I saw today's puzzle I knew I'd want to feature it.  Not only have I never featured a puzzle from Indonesia before, but I liked the puzzle set up as well.  If I had done one like it before, it's been a long time.  Sharpen your pencils and have some fun with:

IvoRen in Lovina

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cold Case - 5/22/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Virginia, where maybe you can help solve this:

FBI Cold Case

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Can You Follow Directions? - 5/21/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Delaware.  I've read several articles recently that indicate that the use of GPS's is actually hurting our sense of direction and lessening our ability to navigate anywhere without them.  What do you think?  Obviously geocachers rely on our GPS's a lot:

Tomorrow we'll be in Virginia.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

"Learning to Love Puzzle Caches" - 5/20/17

Today's New Zealand puzzle is from a series called "Learning to Love Puzzle Caches."  What a great title, and there's a nifty graphic to go with it.  Have some fun with:

LTL Puzzle Caches: In the light... (Waikato)

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, May 19, 2017

Around About - 5/19/17

Today's Minnesota puzzle is one that was recommended to me a while back and I never got around to featuring it.  It's:

Around About the Country

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Just say Moo - 5/18/17

After a long day yesterday it was great fun to see this puzzle from Great-Britain that had landed in my in-box.  If you've been following this blog for a while, you'll remember that I have a soft spot in my heart for cows. My Christmas present a couple years back was a not-quite life-sized stuffed one.
While I have other cow-related things (including a pair of slippers with cow-heads on them and a clock given me by a professor who's a dairy specialist in Cornell's Ag school) that giant stuffed one is definitely my:

P.S. be sure you have the sound turned up.  Moo.

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"Sum"thing different - 5/17/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Pennsylvania.  I've said it before, but I continue to be amazed by all the variations on this puzzle type that I come across.  If you're like me then this will be:

Sumoku No. 1

If you missed yesterday's puzzle do to the incorrect link, here is the correct one.

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pizza Party - 5/16/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Texas.  When both my kids are home it's a pretty good bet we'll be ordering pizza at some point.  It's one of the few take-out things we do, since we can all get ours just the way we like it.  Over the years each of us has had different requirements regarding sauce/no sauce/BBQ sauce, some meat/lots of meat/no meat, cheese-stuffed/cheese/extra cheese/no cheese, etc.  Since we can order online I often just pull up the last order and go from there.  My daughter was home recently and agreed to repeat her previous order of no cheese, pinapple & green peppers with BBQ sauce, except this time she didn't want any green peppers, and she didn't want the BBQ sauce.  I dutifully placed the order and returned home with a pizza that was just pineapple on a bare crust.  It turns out when you delete the BBQ sauce option you have to manually add back in the tomato sauce option ... which had never even crossed my mind.  It's a good thing they were on sale for half-price ... I ordered another one so we could commence with the:

Pizza Party  (link fixed!)

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, May 15, 2017

Vapor Trail - 5/15/17

Since we finished off the last work week with a puzzle that faded to black, I thought perhaps this California puzzle might be a nice companion to start off this week.  It ends in a:

Vapor Trail

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day - 5/14/17

Today we have a Delaware puzzle chosen in honor of all of those who mother us:

Happy Mother's Day

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Celestial - 5/13/17

Today we travel to Australia for a puzzle that is rather:


Tomorrow we'll celebrate Mothers' Day

Friday, May 12, 2017

Fade to Black - 5/12/17

Today's California puzzle is one I enjoyed working on as a tester for the CO.  Since its publication almost coincided with my last day of classes this week, I thought it would be a perfect one to share with you today.  After all, since all I have left is giving exams and getting grades turned in, this academic year is about ready to:

Fade to Black

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Thursday, May 11, 2017

What lies beneath - 5/11/17

Today we travel to Oklahoma, where you'll have to discover:

What Lies Beneath

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

2048 - 5/10/17

Today's puzzle from the UK landed in my inbox recently, and I thought it might be a good one to share with you.  See what you can do with:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Su|do|ku - 5/9/17

Today's California puzzle provides an interesting twist on a familiar theme:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, May 8, 2017

Dogs of the World - 5/8/17

I'm always looking for recommendations, and this one I received recently really made me grin.  I even have an in-theme jigsaw puzzle my kids gave me a while back:

Have some fun with today's puzzle from France:

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Too many notes? - 5/7/17

Today's puzzle takes us to California and was chosen in honor of a performance I'm participating in today.  We'll be doing Mozart's last complete mass, Mass in C major, K. 337 "Solemnis."  While I can't agree with Emperor Joseph's complaint that there are "too many notes," I do wish that there were slightly fewer high "G"s in my own part.  See if you can solve the mystery of:

Mozart's Missing Chords

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Seis de Mayo - 5/6/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Canada's Ontario province.  I heard from someone yesterday who was surprised that I hadn't featured a puzzle with a Cinco de Mayo theme, as I have several times in the past.  Since I always aim to please here at GPOTD, I decided not to wait a whole year before rectifying that.  Even though it's a day late:

Let's Celebrate - Cinco de Mayo

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Broken Ear - 5/5/17

Today we travel to France for a puzzle I first looked at years ago.  It's part of a series based on the "Tintin" comic books.  This one's title translates as "The Broken Ear":

L'Oreille Cassée

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Far, Far, Away 5/4/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Australia.  I was recently talking with a colleague who was bemoaning the fact that some of her students had told her they skipped class one day last month due to it being 4/20.  Upon my blank stare she explained the meaning and I told her that my thing was more:

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Baseball is Back - 5/3/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Michigan.  Sometime when I wasn't looking baseball season started up again.  The teams play so many games that things can change a lot from the beginning of the season to the end.  Teams that start out hot can trail badly by the all-star break, and a player who starts off with a bang could get in a slump and quickly find himself back in:

The Reserves (AKA Riding the pine)

Tomorrow we'll be in Australia.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Think Global - 5/2/17

For today's puzzle we travel to New Zealand, but you won't have time to get comfortable there.  This puzzle (which inspired me to add a bonus puzzle cache to my recent "Game of Thrones" series) will have you going back and forth across the globe.  Have some fun with:

FMZ250 - A Global Puzzle II (Auckland)

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, May 1, 2017

Revenge of the Nerds - 5/1/17

I was looking at a puzzle on the other side of the word from today's California puzzle when I saw a note which referenced it.  I took a look and was hooked:

Revenge of the Nerds

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Neat Trick - 4/30/17

Sometimes you see something, and think, "Well, that's a neat trick.  It probably required a lot more thought to create than to solve.  Perhaps therein lie the seeds of another puzzle?"  At any rate, that was the feeling I had with today's Minnesota puzzle:

Filius Bonacci

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Control Freak - 4/29/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Texas.  Trying to make plans that involve people who are not planners has me going bonkers lately.  But I'm doing my best to take a Zen approach to the whole thing, lest I be considered a:

Control Freak

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Friday, April 28, 2017

What's next? - 4/28/17

I know that many of you are familiar with the "what's next" style of puzzle featured in today's puzzle from France.  This one was recommended to me recently, and I found it interesting how much more challenging it was to do one in another language.  Try your luck with:

Et apres?

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Wacky Driving - 4/27/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Japan.  I'm not one to honk my horn at other cars lightly, but the other day I had two different occasions where people came close enough to hitting me that they earned a blast of the horn as a warning that I was there.  What is it with people?  Maybe there's something about springtime that leads to:

Tomorrow we'll be in France.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Anzac + 1 - 4/26/17

Yesterday I learned about Anzac day, which according to wikipedia is "a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders 'who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served'. Observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day was originally to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I."  Today's Massachusetts puzzle was published just yesterday in honor of the holiday:

Who Can It Be Now?

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Rock Star - 4/2517

Today's puzzle takes us to Minnesota.  With the number of shows like "The Voice," and "American Idol," I guess there are a lot of people who would say:

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Monday, April 24, 2017

Where does the time go? - 4/24/17

I am constantly finding myself amazed at how fast time passes.  For those of us on the college calendar, summer will be here in just a few short weeks.  Today's puzzle from France is part of a series that explores the mysteries of time:

#6 Les mystères du temps

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Kudos! - 4/23/17

One of the main reasons for me to start this blog was as a way to thank all of the great puzzle-making CO's out there.  I love that it provided a vehicle for a cacher from Canada's Prince Edward Island to do the same thing with the series from which this cache is taken:

#6 Kudos!

Tomorrow we'll be in France.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Juego de Tronos - 4/22/17

It looks like even in Spain they are fans of the big guy:


Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tetriminos - 4/21/17

Today's puzzle in Thailand was one I found quite fun, despite my poor spatial relations skills.  Try your luck with:


Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dönerstag Thursday - 4/20/17

I looked high and low for a puzzle to post in honor of last week's "Dönerstag" event, but wasn't able to find one in advance.  I've seen several pop up since then so I'm posting one of them here today.  I wasn't able to even find much about the holiday by googling ... whether it was because I didn't use the umlaut, whether I spelled it with the extra "n" (which just means "Thursday") or if I just missed something because I wasn't being referred to sites in German, I don't know.   I'm curious how much of a thing this really is in Germany.

I finally went back and read the geocaching announcement and (feel free to skip ahead if you already know this) it turns out the holiday is a play on the similarity between the German word for "kebob" and the beginning of the word "Thursday" so it's something like "kebob-Thursday."  I can't think of a good English equivalent at the moment but am familiar with the concept.  When I stayed with a family in France for a couple weeks as a high-schooler the dad had a funny habit of  trying to cover up a certain swear word by turning it into "Wednesday."  At any rate, this Ohio puzzle doesn't really talk about Dönerstag besides in the title, but I like to think of it as a "sudo-kubob."  Try your luck with:

Dönerstag Sudoku Conundrum #2

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hard Boiled - 4/19/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Australia, and gives me the opportunity to relate another recent misadventure in the kitchen.  I got so engrossed in the puzzle I was working on that not only did I ignore the timer on the pan of eggs I had on the stove, but I completely forgot about putting them there in the first place.  I had noticed some funny noises but assumed it was either the dog with a bone or a squirrel (or something) outside.  By the time I went to investigate the water had completely boiled off and my eggs were something beyond:

Hard Boiled

Tomorrow we'll be in Ohio.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

So random - 4/18/17

Sometimes I see something online that makes me think, "That is so random."  For instance, this photo I saw recently:

Now I'm sure there's some perfectly logical reason for Patrick Stewart to be knitting ... in Santa Claus pajamas ... (maybe a movie role?) but sometimes the things you see really defy any possible explanation.  For example, some of the subjects of today's California puzzle:

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Monday, April 17, 2017

Some Like it Hot ... 4/17/17

I undertook today's Pennsylvania puzzle as an educational project after an experience I had recently.  I've taken to chopping up sweet peppers to add to our salads since they add a little crunch and some nice color.  One small red, yellow, or orange pepper does quite nicely for just the two of us.  We had used up all the peppers I had on hand except for one kind of skinny red one and I questioned whether it was looking a little limp.  I asked my husband what he thought and he said he wasn't sure, but wasn't that a hot pepper anyway?  As I assured him I had only purchased sweet peppers, I took a slice off the end and popped it in my mouth to test its crunch.  Oh boy ... was I wrong about it being a sweet pepper.  Yikes! I'm sure that as these things go it wasn't *that* hot (my husband said that since I wasn't even sweating I must be OK), but since my taste runs to the very bland I was not a happy camper.  I'll be much more careful when picking my peppers from now on.  I'll never understand how:

Some Like It HOT!!!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Here Comes the Easter Puzzy! - 4/16/17

Today we head up to Canada's Ontario province for a little Easter fun:

62CC - Here Comes the Easter Puzzy!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Inlaid Pianos - 4/15/17

Today's Minnesota puzzle was created in celebration of the CO's 500th hide:

Inlaid Pianos (500)

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, April 14, 2017

Tax Time - 4/14/17

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  It's that time of year where all of us in the U.S. have to be finished up sorting out our income taxes.  If you haven't gotten yours figured out yet, you might have considered working with a:

Tax Pro

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Battleship - 4/13/17

Today's California puzzle is one that was recommended to me a while back.  Try your luck with this:


Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

National Parks Week - 4/12/17

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  Next week in the U.S. is National Parks Week, and admission will be free to all the parks on both the weekends of 4/15-4/16 and 4/22-4/23.  It would be a great time to go out and visit a:

National Treasure

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Bicycle! Bicycle! Bicycle! - 4/11/17

We're finally getting a taste of spring around here and a lot of folks are echoing the sentiments of the CO of today's California puzzle:

I want to Ride My Bicycle...

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Monday, April 10, 2017

Consecuduko - 4/10/17

Today's puzzle takes us to California and a fun little brainteaser in the form of a:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Word Association - 4/9/17

Today we travel to California for a little game of:

What Three Words Association

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

A little help from my friends - 4/7/17

Today's puzzle from France is a little different ... it requires the collaborative efforts of up to 20 people on the same day.  Perhaps we can solve it together?  If you'd like to work together, before you play the game drop me a message and I'll coordinate our efforts on:

Mystery Game #6 : Memory 🃏

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Follow the Directions - 4/6/17

Today's Michigan puzzle is a little exercise in logic involving:

Arrows - II

Tomorrow we'll be in France.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

North American English - 4/5/17

Today's California puzzle might be easier if you're familiar with:

North American English

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

52 Card Pickup - 4/4/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Iowa, where we'll need play a game of:

52 Card Pickup

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, April 3, 2017

Save it - 4/3/17

Today's Florida puzzle was one the CO suggested for a rainy day.  So I suppose if you've got plans today, you might want to:

Save it...

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Escape Hatch - 4/2/17

A little virtual maze today for you, from Michigan.  Try to navigate the:

Labyrinth of Logic: Escape Hatch!

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Fools Day - 4/1/17

Today we travel to the United Kingdom.  What could be better for today than a puzzle involving:

A foolish act?

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Friday, March 31, 2017

Snow Day Fun - 3/31/17

A couple weeks ago I unexpectedly had two days off of work due to the big snowstorm that came through.  As a kid a "snow day" meant a chance to play outside sledding and making a snowman.  Now it just means shoveling.  But at least I had plenty of time on my hands to test out this puzzle that landed in my inbox that afternoon.  Try your luck with these:

Compound Words (My Little Briones #4)

Tomorrow we'll celebrate April Fool's Day.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

We Three Kings - 3/30/17

Having shared two Kings from Michigan with you already this week, I figured I'd might as well go for a third:

ASCII Art: Foresight

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Suicide King - 3/29/17

Did you ever notice that the King of Hearts looks like he's sticking his sword in his head?  I expect that's why the CO of today's Michigan puzzle named this puzzle:

ASCII Art Kings: Self-Destruction

Tomorrow, one more King.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

King Me! - 3/28/17

When I stumbled across this series of puzzles in Michigan I remembered looking at them years ago.  Let's start with:

ASCII Art Kings: Victory

Tomorrow, another in the series.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Triangular Treasure -3/27/17

I was poking around looking at puzzles in Florida recently when I saw a familiar CO's name and a little puzzle about:

Triagular Treasure

Tomorrow, we'll ...

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Just Your Friendly Neighborhood Puzzle Cache - 3/26/17

Today we travel to Australia.  Do you know folks who complain about geocaching puzzles being too hard?  ... that they never know where to begin?  If so, please take a moment to introduce them to:

The friendly puzzle cache

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Newman Zone - 3/24/17

I've had great fun over the last week or so doing an online puzzle hunt with some fellow geocache puzzlers.  I know we were all inspired with lots of new things we could use in creating our own puzzles  While my brain recovers a bit I'm relaxing my usual "tough Friday" puzzle standards and offering a fun little alternative in the form of the Illinois version of a California puzzle I featured way back in 2013.  If you're expecting something about Seinfeld or salad dressing you're going to be surprised when you check out the:

Newman Zone


Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Monkey See, Monkey Do? - 3/23/17

A little something from Rhode Island today ...


Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A "Cap"ital Cache - 3/22/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Maryland.  I'm on my spring break this week (not that you'd know it looking out the window at the remnants of what "Stella" left behind last week) but I don't have any big travel plans. After all, I can stay right at home and visit:

The Bottlecap Capital of the World

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fighting the Trees - 3/21/17

Sorry this post is appearing a bit late ... today I have a New York puzzle that was passed along to me by a couple different fellow cachers.  I wonder which side will win when:

Trees Go to War

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, March 20, 2017

Quiet Remorse - 3/20/17

I was recently asked why I hadn't shared more of today's California CO's puzzles.  All I could offer was some:

Quiet Remorse

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Card bored? - 3/19/17

Today we travel to Michigan for the first puzzle of a series I would like to explore further.  Try your luck with:

Cardboard or Card Bored? #1 Far Away Places

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Smithish - 3/18/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Minnesota.  I know people who are Danish, English, and Finnish.  I could eat catfish, horseradish or even licorice if I found myself feeling peckish.  It's really quite freakish ... I'd better finish with all this gibberish.  Today's puzzle is:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day! - 3/17/17

It seems like everyone is going green for St. Patrick's Day today.   Even Krispy Kreme is getting into the act:

I looked high and low for a suitable puzzle - not too hard, not too ... soft(?) ... you get the idea.  I even poked around a few puzzles in Ireland (more on that next week).  I eventually chose this one in California, after coming to the conclusion that:

It's Not Easy Being Green

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hi! My name is Joe ... - 3/16/17

Today's California puzzle reminded me of an old camp song.  After singing it I knew one thing for sure about where I wanted to work some day:

Not the Button Factory!

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Fast Cash? - 3/15/17

Today we travel to Germany for some:

swift money

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy Pi Day! - 3/14/17

Today we travel to Pennsylvania, and the home of the the longest continuously running Pi Day geocaching event series in the world, now in its 8th year.  Can you think of a better way to spend Pi Day than with CaptainMath and:

A Slice of Cherry Pi?

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Monday, March 13, 2017

Poems #3 - 3/13/17

With St. Patrick's Day falling at the end of the week, I thought today's little poem from California might be appropriate:

Poems: Awful Limericks

P.S.  With a quick search I also found limerick-based puzzles written in German and Czech, but figured this is one case where we'd definitely expect to lose something in translation.  ;)

Tomorrow, a puzzle for Pi Day.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Poems #2 - 3/12/17

Today another California puzzle from the Poems series:

Poems: Waiting Lament

Tomorrow, the final entry in the series.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Poems #1 - 3/11/17

Today's California puzzle landed in my inbox recently, and is part of a series I thought you might enjoy:

Poems: Unique Ode

Another in the series tomorrow.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Pretty please? - 3/10/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Austria.  This one might find you thinking - That sounds good:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A long trip, or just around the corner? - 3/9/17

Today's puzzle finds us in California.  I hope in the process of working on it you won't be:

Driven Nuts

Tomorrow we'll be in Austria.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Time to Pay the Piper - 3/8/17

As the old saying goes, if you want to dance, you've got to pay the piper.  The CO of today's recent California puzzle certainly found this out.  He enjoyed the dance:

And on the 13th day, the invoice arrived

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The next big best-seller? - 3/7/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Utah.  I don't know about you, but I'd be interested in reading a book entitled:

The Fibonacci Code

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Beale Street Blues Boy - 3/6/17

I missed today's California puzzle when it published, but was glad I came across it the other day.  It explains the origin of B.B. King's nickname.  I once shared the stage with the legendary jazzman back in Memphis ... well, OK, not like that.  But he was present to receive an honorary degree at my college graduation.  I spent four years there in Memphis but that was my closest brush with any of the famous:

Blues Boys

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Sunday, March 5, 2017

500 What? - 3/5/17

Last weekend saw the running of the Daytona 500, the first race of the Nascar season and the annual competition for the Winston, Nextel, Sprint,  Monster Energy Cup.  I don't really follow the sport, but since I grew up at the sight of a popular track in Bristol, TN, I have had a lot of exposure to it.  It's interesting how much variation there is from track to track, and race to race. The major race there every spring is called the "Food City 500." The track in Bristol is only a little over a half a mile around.  To complete 500 miles there you'd have to go around something like 938 times, so the "500" means "500 laps."   How many laps do you think there are in the Daytona 500?  Today's Florida puzzle asks the same question:

Daytona Beach, FL: Sunshine State Geoart #18

Tomorrow we'll be in California.


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Geocaching Reality Show? - 3/4/17

This new Rhode Island puzzle caught my eye because it sounded like part of a new geocaching reality show ... the goal is:

Don't Get Eliminated!

Tomorrow we'll be in Florida.

In an unrelated news flash ... a little bird rodent tells me that "The Rat" is giving away free kindle downloads of one of his Cliff Knowles books this weekend.  If you're interested, just click on the link for details how to get your Fatal Dose.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Many Hands ... 3/3/17

They say that good things come in threes, so since it's "3/3" (no matter how you like to write your months and days) I have a trifecta of puzzles for you today, from California, Oregon, and Spain.
They (whoever "they" are) also say that many hands make light work.  Such can certainly be the case in geocaching.  Whether it's creating or solving puzzles, or placing or finding caches, things can go much faster (and be much more fun) when working with friends.  Earlier this year I worked on a puzzle that involved collaboration.  I'm glad I didn't feature it here right away, because now I can share with you the rest of the story.  It turns out that the original puzzle inspired a couple of other cachers to create their own versions.  The CO was not only happy to share the idea, but even helped one of them with the implementation.  Now that's:

Collaboration       Team Effort        Colaboracion

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Smoke Signals - 3/2/17

Today's puzzle takes us to California and a puzzle sent out using:

Smoke Signals

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cachbefound - 3/1/17

I love it when CO's find clever ways to honor other cachers with their puzzles.  Since puzzles by both the CO and the honoree of today's puzzle have been featured here regularly (and I had the pleasure of meeting both of them on my 2015 visit to California) I knew I'd have to share with you this puzzle in honor of:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

D'oh! - 2/28/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Canada's Alberta province.  Everybody makes mistakes now and then ... fortunately it's not usually in front of millions of people.  It was a shame that the Academy Awards had such a huge mix-up the other night just as things were:

Drawing to a close

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Bless you! - 2/27/17

I was thinking recently that I hadn't done a nice little pencil and paper puzzle in quite a while.  Not long after that I happened to come across this example in Ohio:

Zehnergitter Conundrum (gesundheit)

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Venus de Milford - 2/25/17

I'm planning to be back down to the Tri-State (NY-NJ-PA) area for another of my friend Captain Math's big geocaching seminars today.  I am curious how much snow there will be down there. Two years ago I went down for the event a day early and we ended up getting walloped with snow overnight.  The event was postponed, so I had to go home and come back two weeks later.  Before my first trip to the area, three years ago, I had solved all kinds of puzzle caches in preparation for my visit, but I only found a couple of them.  I tried lots of others but it basically turned into a tour of the area's finest puzzle caches covered in 18 inches of snow.   This was my first stop:

Venus de Milo

Tomorrow we'll be in Georgia.

Friday, February 24, 2017

How insulting! - 2/24/17

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  A while back I came across a Shakespeare insult generator (I can't remember if it was a flip-style book or a set of magnets ... there are also several of them online) but until that point I hadn't realized how creative the Bard was in his put-downs.  One of the ones that was generated for me was: "Thou rancorous milk-livered pigeon-egg!"  I wonder what he would have had to say about these:

Primitive Babes

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Blue Ribbon Puzzle - 2/23/17

Today we go back to Minnesota for another one I received as a recommendation:

Save My Place

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Case Study - 2/22/17

I attended a meeting the other day at which part of the discussion involved a math course focusing on different applications in business like calculating a break-even point, figuring out how much product to order and how to price it most effectively.  Then I met up for lunch with a fellow cacher who, in a rather remarkable coincidence pointed me to this New York puzzle:

Case Study: Mittman's Geocoins

Tomorrow we'll be back in Minnesota.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

#FlakeNews - 2/21/17

Today we travel to Rhode Island.  It's been all over the headlines lately:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, February 20, 2017

Presidents Day - 2/20/17

Today we travel to Massachusetts for a puzzle that's just perfect for:

Presidents Day

Tomorrow we'll be in Rhode Island.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Out & About - 2/19/17

We're having a very typical winter here in upstate New York ... frequent snow showers interspersed with occasional larger storms.  Fluctuating temperatures make it possible for us to get rain, sleet, ice, and snow all in the same day, which is not particularly enjoyable.  Add in a little wind and things can get downright nasty.  I suppose after last winter's unusual warmth there are snowboarders, skiers, and snowmobilers that are very happy.  As for myself, I'm looking forward to spring when I will feel more like getting:

Out & About

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Hit the Slots - 2/18/17

You may remember me mentioning that I have been known to enjoy a little low-stakes gambling now and then.  With today's New Jersey puzzle you can participate in a little no-stakes gambling at the:

Riverfront Casino Cache

Tomorrow we'll be in New York.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Superior Donuts - 2/17/17

I happened to catch the first few minutes of a new TV show recently, as it appeared at the end of my DVR'd episode of The Big Bang Theory.  The name of the show was Superior Donuts, and in the brief bit I saw, Judd Hirsch and Katey Sagal were featured.  My first thoughts were, "Why is Leonard's dad running a donut shop, and Penny's mom now a Chicago cop?" (Side note:  You can tell that it's Chicago by the checkerboard pattern on the hat ... is it just me, or are there an awful lot of shows set in Chicago these days?) Apparently it's more than a coincidence that the actors are appearing together again so soon after recently guest-starring on TBBT ... from what I can tell Judd encouraged Katey to take this new role while they were working together on that show.  It's always interesting knowing a little bit of the behind-the scenes story.

I also have a behind-the-scenes story for today's California puzzle.  Recently I had an e-mail exchange with the CO and I happened to mention a particular puzzle type I was thinking of featuring soon.  It turned out he'd been thinking about putting together one with that theme for about five years, but hadn't gotten around to doing it.  Over the course of the next few days we talked back and forth about his design and the implementation, and he came up with some quite superior:

Chocolate Chip Doughnuts

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sapphire Jubilee - 2/16/17

Ten days ago marked the 65th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's ascension to the throne. That's quite a milestone, so it seemed fitting to share this London puzzle that created in her honor:


P.S.  To get a sense of how long 65 years really is, just consider the following image

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Going in Circles - 2/15/17

I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes from finally sorting out a puzzle that you had thought you understood at first, and then realized that you actually hadn't.  I got that feeling the other day with today's California puzzle.  If I had a different linguistic background I might say I was "dead chuffed" to find myself capable of some:

Rotational Reasoning*

*Hey!  We're in the GC7's now!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love is in the Air - 2/14/17

It's Valentine's Day again, and in response to my request someone suggested a perfectly themed California puzzle to share with you today.  I guess I'm lucky that some people want to fill the world with silly:

Love Songs ♡

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, February 13, 2017

Multiple Intelligences - 2/13/17

Recently I was part of a training exercise focusing on the idea of multiple intelligences.  I found it interesting to explore the ways that I process information, and I couldn't help thinking about how it might apply to how I approach the different geocaching puzzles I look at. If you're unfamiliar with the concept, you can read more about it here. In today's puzzle from Denmark, we are encouraged to use our logical-mathematical, visual-spatial, and bodily-kinesthetic intellegences:


Tomorrow we'll celebrate Valentine's Day.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Spike! - 2/12/17

Today's Minnesota puzzle relates the historical story of the:

Golden Spike

Tomorrow we'll be in Denmark.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Mantorville - 2/11/17

Today's Minnesota puzzle assures me I'll have something to do:

When In Mantorville...

Tomorrow we'll wrap up our week in Minnesota.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Carbon County - 2/10/17

Today finds us back in Minnesota, where I learned that there are four places in the US that share the name of:

Carbon County: MT, PA, UT, WY

Tomorrow: another Minnesota puzzle.

News flash:  There's been a lot of buzz in the puzzle world over the last day or two about the website that hosts the "evince" geochecker being down.  If you have puzzles that use this checker you may want to consider updating to a new checker ... this one may not be back.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Mrs. White - 2/9/17

Today's Minnesota puzzle is a little game of:

GEO-CLUE: What Does Mrs. White Know?

Tomorrow, another Minnesota puzzle.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Shredded - 2/8/17

Today we continue our week in Minnesota.  Shredding is one of those chores that I tend to let pile up on me.  Instead of doing things one at a time I always end up with a whole bunch at once.  Then I try to do too many pages at once, for too long a time and I end up either jamming the machine or causing it to overheat, leading to more delays.  And have you noticed is much more volume the shredded material takes up than the originals?  For today's puzzle you'll need to sort out a description that's been:

Tomorrow, another day in Minnesota. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Word Crimes - 2/7/17

Today's Minnesota puzzle requires investigating some:

Word Crimes

Tomorrow, another day in Minnesota.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Pinball Wizard - 2/6/17

I recently got a nice batch of suggestions for puzzles in Minnesota outside of the usual area we visit around the Twin Cities.  I'll be sharing several of those with you over the next few days.   First up, a little game of:

Geo-Pinball v.2

Tomorrow we'll have another from Minnesota.

Valentine's Day is next week ... if anyone has any suggestions for a themed puzzle to post in honor of the occasion, please send them along to me!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Super Bowl Sunday - 2/5/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Pennsylvania.  It's that time of year again ... for a few hours today many of us will be a:

Super Bowl Couch Potato

Tomorrow we'll be in Minnesota.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Loving the Emojis - 2/4/17

I mentioned recently that I've been using more emojis of late, and it seems like I'm not alone in that. My neighbor commented the other day that she's started sending messages completely composed of emojis.  I tried that myself yesterday, closing out a conversation with my husband with a text consisting of this:

To which he replied "My emojis are insufficient to respond."  I got a good laugh out of that. :)  Today's puzzle takes us to Rhode Island, where there are a whole bunch of emoji-based puzzles.  Why not try your hand at:


Tomorrow we'll be in Pennsylvania.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Cold War Cache - 2/3/17

Today we pay a visit to a puzzle from London that was recommended to me recently.  It features an interesting glimpse of some history that really wasn't that long ago:

Cold War Cache - Protect and Survive

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Groundhog Day - 2/2/17

Will the groundhog see his shadow today?  It's hard to believe it's already Groundhog day again.  I honor of the occasion I thought it might be fun to feature this puzzle from Utah, where:

Everyday is a HOLIDAY!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Piet in the Park - 2/1/17

 I've long believed that there's an art to creating an enjoyable geocaching puzzle, and today's Norwegian puzzle is a fine example of that.  For your viewing pleasure:

Piet in the Park - tomahg #66

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Who could turn the world on with her smile? - 1/31/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Minnesota, where she will always be remembered.  M is for Mary and:

If you're in the neighborhood, don't miss the virtual cache:  

Tomorrow we'll be in Utah.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Golden - 1/30/17

Today we head back to Canada's Alberta province for another puzzle that found its way to me recently.  Once you figure out the theme you'll be:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, January 29, 2017

You Never Know ... - 1/29/17

Today's puzzle takes us back to Canada's Alberta province.  What's the most interesting thing you've found while geocaching?  While I did find a Swedish passport during a CITO once, the most interesting thing I've seen while caching is probably this:

That's one of the fun things about caching:

Tomorrow we'll be in Alberta for another day.

P.S.  Happy National Puzzle Day!  :)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017

Babel - 1/27/17

Today's puzzle from Canada's Alberta province is one that was sent along to me last weekend, and I think it's a great one to share with you.  See what you can make out of all this:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Begging for it - 1/26/17

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  I recently had conversations with a couple of cachers whose google searches while puzzling accidentally took them into the seamier side of the internet.  They found themselves wanting to wash their brains out with soap and scrub their eyeballs.  Today's puzzle shouldn't get you in any such trouble, even though the title is:

Begging for it

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Another Great Detective - 1/25/17

Today finds us back in Nebraska with another great female detective:

Great Detectives: Kinsey Milhone

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A Great Detective - 1/24/17

It will come as no surprise to long-time readers that I enjoy a good mystery in book form as well as in a geocaching puzzle.  My first experience with mysteries was the Nancy Drew books, and when I started caching I felt just like her.  Just look at some of the titles ... for example "The Message in the Hollow Oak" and "The Clue in the Crossword Cipher."  I got a jigsaw puzzle for Christmas that took me on quite a trip down memory lane remembering all of those books.

Today's Nebraska puzzle is one from a series that looks like a lot of fun:

Great Detectives: Nancy Drew

Tomorrow we'll visit another in the series.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Clip Joint - 1/23/17

I'm posting today's California puzzle as an excuse to mention the recent publication of book #7 in the CO's Cliff Knowles mystery series, entitled A Will to Die.  I haven't read it yet, but am looking forward to it as soon as I can get over the fact that the cover gives me the willies (I know ... "don't judge a book" and all that.)

I like the way this cache's contents coordinate with the title, and the CO's description of the business at the posted coordinates had me chuckling. On the subject of haircuts, I should point out that if you ever make it to Ithaca, unless you're a dog you don't want to get your hair cut at the:

Clip Joint

Tomorrow, a visit to Nebraska and another great detective.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

It's not just a river in Egypt - 1/22/17

Today's puzzle marks the first time I've featured a puzzle in Egypt. Take a look and you might learn something interesting about:

#FC8 - The Nile

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

A Sexic Equation - 1/21/17

Not a sexist equation, nor a sexy equation (does such a thing exist?) but a "sexic" equation takes center stage in today's puzzle from England entitled:

The fundamental theorem of algebra

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, January 20, 2017

All Eyes on D.C. - 1/20/17

It's a big day today in Washington, D.C., so I figured we could mark the occasion by paying a visit to a puzzle cache there.  A virtual visit might be best kind right now ... from reading some cache pages it sounds like at least a few caches have been removed and disabled in advance of the weekend's activities.  I expect that this puzzle will be familiar to many (if not most) of you, but it's one that is fun to repeat.  I was amused by one of the logs that referenced my own version. While everyone else is focusing on the inauguration:

Congressional Aide Stickman is looking for a cache

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Cachers Love These - 1/19/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Hong Kong.  They're not the easiest things to hide, but there's nothing like finding a really nice big cache:

Check out those containers!

Tomorrow we'll head to Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

It's 20/20 ... 1/18/17

Today's Australian puzzle provides a fun word-related challenge.  Getting started could prove a little tricky, but when you've gotten it completed you'll see that it's:

Obvious in hindsight

Tomorrow we'll be in Hong Kong.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Seeing red? - 1/17/17

Today's Texas puzzle was sent to me recently.  From the number of  wrong answers on the geochecker, I'd say it's had a lot of people seeing:


Tomorrow we'll be in Australia.

Monday, January 16, 2017

"I have a ..." - 1/16/17

I chose today's Luxembourg puzzle in commemoration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.  Although it's a U.S. holiday, all around the world people know about the man who said:

"I have a ..."

*Special note:  I'm pretty sure that one piece of information (which does not affect the solution) is incorrect, or at least out of date.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

12 Ducks - 1/14/17

I've been going back and looking for more puzzles by CO's whose work I remember enjoying in the past.   Today we travel to Utah for:

solvethepuzzlefindthecache 12 DUCKS

Tomorrow, another puzzle from this CO.

Friday, January 13, 2017

When in Rome ... 1/13/17

Today's Ohio puzzle was another one that landed in my inbox for testing over the holidays.  As tricky as it was for me to solve, I expect it was even trickier to set up. Perhaps I'll have a chance to find it some day:

When In Rome .... 

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Testing ... 1/12/17

Today's California puzzle is one that I tested over the holidays.  I enjoy the testing process, which can vary quite a bit from puzzle to puzzle.  Sometimes I just provide verification that the puzzle works the way the CO thinks it does and there are no mistakes or ambiguities.  Other times the process is more involved and the puzzle's final form looks quite different than it did to start with.   Today's puzzle came to me in just the form you see it here, although it was un-named at the time.  I had to grin when I saw that the CO ended up naming it the:


Tomorrow, another puzzle I tested recently.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

License Plate Game - 1/11/17

Today's California puzzle has been around for quite a while, but I hadn't come across it until I started looking for a puzzle with a license plate theme.  I recently special-ordered a license-plate t-shirt for my brother-in-law who has a personalized license plate, thinking it would be fun for him to have a t-shirt to match.   I don't actually have a geocaching license plate (I've seen them in the parking lot at geo-events and thought they were quite fun) but decided to get myself a shirt as well.

Hope you'll enjoy playing the:

EBGCC - License Plate Game

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

One Space or Two? - 1/10/17

Today's puzzle takes us to the Czech Republic.  I was reading recently that I'm apparently showing my age every time I type a sentence.  See, I just did it again.  "Back in the day" I was taught to always put two spaces after the period at the end of a sentence.  And I always do it.  Always.  Even when I'm texting.  Apparently in many circles this style of typing is considered hopelessly out of step.  I guess it's all relative ... I remember thinking it was pretty funny when my I noticed my Dad always typed a lower case "L" instead of a number "1" ... turns out the typewriter he learned on didn't have a number 1 key.  I hope you'll forgive me for continuing to use two spaces even if I now know "better."  I guess I have just grown accustomed to the extra:

Tomorrow we'll be in ...


Monday, January 9, 2017

Stick Em Up! - 1/9/17

Today's New York puzzle is a fun one that was recommended to me recently.  Try your luck with:

Stick Em Up GWIT

Tomorrow we'll be in the Czech Republic.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Throne and the Crown - 1/8/17

One of the gifts I received for Christmas was an elaborate 3D, multi-level jigsaw puzzle with a Game of Thrones theme.  Usually I end up doing my jigsaw puzzles alone, but fortunately the whole family pitched in on this one, or I don't know when I would have gotten it done.    It has some little pieces representing the more well-known buildings in the land, and a very tiny Iron Throne (doesn't everyone need their very own Iron Throne?)

Working the puzzle inspired me to go back and re-watch the most recent season of the show, and scour the internet for rumors of the next book's publication.  Lots of scuttlebutt that it's going to be soon (I hope so, but I'll believe it when I see it.)  A few days later I found myself binge watching the first season of another series I'm looking forward to continuing, "The Crown."  It got me thinking about some parallels between the stories ... themes of kingdoms and castles, of the dynamics of the ruling families, and of young women in powerful positions being manipulated by their advisers.  Admittedly, the 20th century story doesn't have the violence of the Game of Thrones, but you don't have to go back that far to:

Tomorrow we'll be in New York.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Gone but not forgotten - 1/7/17

A pair of puzzles in honor of two remarkable women who are gone, but will not be forgotten:

From Canada's Saskatchewan province:

Princess Leia - The Kessel run

and from South Dakota:

Musical Madness Puzzle - Singing in the Rain

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Epiphany - 1/6/17

Solving today's Massachusetts puzzle might require an:

Epiphany - Dogma Bums

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, January 5, 2017

An excellent gift - 1/5/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Tennessee, quite close to my old hometown.  I received an excellent gift from my daughter for Christmas:  a "Tile" locator tag.  It's a very smart little gadget that can help me locate either my phone or my keys.  Since I happen to lose track of both objects on a pretty regular basis (but generally only one at a time), she knew it would be perfect for me.  Not only would I not waste time looking for things but no one else would have to hear me complaining:

Where are my Car Keys?

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wordplay - 1/4/17

You may remember back before Christmas I mentioned that I'd seen a super puzzle magazine insert in the New York Times.  You can read more about the story behind it here.  Those who solved the hidden puzzle within the "Supermega" crossword puzzle were invited to submit their answers and from the correct submissions winners would be chosen at random receiving either a print-edition of the newspaper or a book of  NYT crossword puzzles.  The winners' names will be posted today, so I thought it might be a fine day to feature a puzzle involving a little:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A Happy Snowman - 1/3/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Michigan.  Over the holidays I received a stack of nice hand-drawn cards from my niece and nephews, one of whom chose a geocaching theme for the card:

The speech bubble reads, "It's around here somewhere ..."  and I'm betting his next words were: When I find that cache:

Tomorrow we'll be in New York.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Out with the Old, In with the New - 1/2/17

It's hard to believe that another new year has arrived.  I came down with a bad cold over the last few days, so the highlight of my New Year's activities was managing to get a new cache published, which I'll share with you today.  I look forward in 2017 to continuing to share fun and interesting puzzles from around the world, and to my regular communications with so many of you.  I believe that my 2016 Puzzle of the Day bookmark is now complete (if anyone spots one that I missed bookmarking, please let me know, and I'll take care of it), so we turn the page to a brand new year.

Out with the Old, In with the New! 

Tomorrow we'll ..

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year! - 1/1/17

Today we travel to Michigan, where I located something just perfect to wish you a:

Happy New Year!

Tomorrow we'll ...