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Friday, September 22, 2017

It's a hit! - 9/22/17

Today's featured puzzle is from Australia, and:

It's a hit!

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pirate Booty - 9/20/17

Somehow I always manage to hear about "Talk Like a Pirate Day" on the actual day, rather than the day before, so once again I missed the opportunity to share a thematic puzzle yesterday.  That means I'm a day late, but you can still enjoy today's Massachusetts puzzle and the:


Tomorrow we'll be in Oregon.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ehrengedächtnis - 9/19/17

Today's North Carolina puzzle landed in my in-box recently.   See how you do with:

Ehrengedächtnis

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Cloudy - 9/17/17

Today we travel to California for a puzzle with some:

Cloudy Coordinates

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Cryptic Crocus - 9/16/17

Today's puzzle from Italy was another that I found when asking myself if I could find a puzzle with a particular theme: the crocus.  Before moving into this house 12 years ago, I only knew the crocus as one of the first-blooming flowers of spring.  When I saw some blooming outside our front door in mid-September, I had to laugh and shake my head at what I thought were some very confused little blossoms.  Now I have to laugh and shake my head at myself ... every year when these little guys pop up, they surprise me again.  You'd think at some point I would remember and start to watch for them when the days start getting shorter, the nights and mornings take on a chill, and the leaves begin turning to their autumn reds and golds.  But I saw one this morning, and it had caught me off guard again:

Il Crocus criptico

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, September 15, 2017

δίσκος - 9/15/17

Today's puzzle from Finland landed in my in-box a while back and I enjoyed sorting it out.  Try your luck with:

δίσκος

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Puzzle Me This - 9/13/17

Another day, another puzzle.  Today we travel to Connecticut and:

Puzzle Me This

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Rest of the Story - 9/12/17

I think I was traveling this summer when the story of a Canadian geocacher attacked by a grizzly bear was in the news, but someone sent me a puzzle cache by the cacher in question which tells the story in full:

Grizzly Free Zone

Note:  Click here to see where it all started, and here for an epilogue.  It's great to see how well he's doing and how much support he has received from the geocaching community.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Capdude's 1000th - 9/11/17

I love it when cachers honor each others' milestones with puzzles, such as this one from California:

Capdude's 1000th

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Droughtlander no more! - 9/10/17

Today's puzzle takes us to New Zealand, and I chose it in honor of tonight's season premiere of "Outlander."  I only got interested in the books and TV show about a year and a half ago, but I've become a big fan.  I think I was confusing them with the "Highlander" films for a long time, so I'm glad I finally figured out the distinction.  My first exposure was actually about the first 45 minutes of the Season 2 premiere ... that was enough to get me hooked wanting to know more of:

A Sassenach Story

Tomorrow we'll ...



Saturday, September 9, 2017

Too Much Cable TV - 9/9/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Georgia, and is yet another example of a cache I found simply by wondering, "I wonder if there's a puzzle cache about ---."  I've found that my under the breath mutterings and out loud exclamations have definitely been affected over the last few years by the amount of cable TV I've been watching. I'm starting to worry about bursting out with the wrong words at the wrong time, so I've been seriously considering breaking out:

The Cursing Jar

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, September 8, 2017

He's Back ... - 9/8/17

Over the years the San Francisco Bay area has been treated to periodic collaborative "ACTIVITIES" created by the mysterious Venona.  After several years of silence, he has now risen like a:


This link will help you understand the collaborative nature of the ACTIVITIES.  I wasn't able to participate in any of these in real time the last time around, so I'm enjoying them so far ... looking forward to the next one.

Tomorrow we'll ...


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Waiting Game - 9/6/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Canada's province of British Columbia.  I suspect anyone who's been following the blog for long has picked up on the fact that I'm a huge fan of Game of Thrones.  Now that season 7 of the TV show is complete (my verdict:  good, but not great - and why so rushed??) and we have no idea when the next book will be released, we're reduced to playing:

The Waiting Game

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Fridge - 9/5/17

Today's puzzle takes us to New Zealand, and I solved it while waiting at home for a plumber and a delivery.  Recently I finally conceded that it was time to get a new refrigerator, but if we were getting one I wanted to go ahead and get the plumbing done so we could have ice and water through the door.  Simple things like that amuse me a great deal, so I expect I'm really going to enjoy:

The Fridge (Wellington)

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor/Labour - 9/4/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Canada.  Today marks Labor/Labour Day in the U.S. and Canada and the unofficial end of summer.  The days are getting shorter, a few early leaves are already starting to turn, and I'll feel weird wearing white shoes any more.  I was worried I was going to have to recycle a puzzle I had posted previously in honor of the day, but then I remembered to try searching for it under the British spelling.  No matter how you spell it:

Let's Celebrate - Labour Day

Tomorrow we'll be in New Zealand.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

"Bye Bye" from fastflyer - 9/3/17

Today we have (for now) the last of the southern California puzzles chosen for us this week by fastflyer.  I really appreciate all his great suggestions, and hope other folks may be inspired to help me highlight their regions by sending me a week's worth of puzzles they have enjoyed.  Here's what he had to say about this one:

"Once again I am featuring a puzzle cache by more of my Southern California geocaching friends - cindy&randy. Be prepared to turn up the heat in order to cook up the solution to this:"

American Pie

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, September 2, 2017

What's Cooking? - 9/2/17

We're almost to the end of our week of southern California puzzles chosen by fastflyer.  Here's what he had to say today:
"Today's puzzle comes from puzzle master CLRL, who has created many fine geocaching puzzles, generally is the area of Palos Verdes, CA. It's always nice to learn something new when solving a puzzle and I certainly did when a sat down to a delicious serving of:"

Hash Browns

Editor's note:  I came across this CO's puzzles years ago and I think this is the 4th one of them that's been featured here.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Dragonfly Scroll - 9/1/17

It's the Friday edition for Geocaching Puzzle of the Day, which often means something nice and juicy for you to dig your teeth into. Guest puzzle-picker fastflyer has definitely come through for us.  Here is what he writes about today's puzzle:

"Can You Crack the Secret?
"Today's selection was created by snapplez. He was among the earliest pioneers in this game and only created a few geocachers, designating each as "a snappelz geocaching adventure". But his geocaches are a very clear case of quality over quantity, and are among the finest creations that the game has to offer. This puzzle is easily the most difficult one in this week's series but, if you dare to, prepare yourself to try and penetrate through the layers of:"

the dragonfly scroll

Editor's note ... I have to put a disclaimer on this one as I haven't had time to go through it yet.  I've enjoyed all of fastflyer's other suggestions, though, so I'm confident this one will not disappoint.

Tomorrow, another of his suggestions.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Picture Perfect - 8/31/17

Here's what fastflyer has to say about the puzzle he's chosen for us today:

"A puzzle cache by Southern California geocacher Cairngorm is today's feature. His puzzles tend to be unusual and, over the years, I've found many to be maddeningly difficult to crack. But it's always quite a pleasure to finally wrestle them into submission. We're very blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate in this region so, in your mind's eye, please conjure up some palm trees swaying in a gentle breeze under a blue sky, as you look out over the ocean and:"

The Finest View of PCH

Tomorrow, another of his picks.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Puzzling Shoot 'Em Up - 8/30/17

Today we have another fine southern California puzzle chosen for us by fastflyer. Here's what he had to say about it: "When I first stumbled upon today's selection, it was yet another moment when I marveled at the unlimited creativity of the human mind in crafting unexpected novelty. I would guess that most of you haven't seen a puzzle cache like this before, so I encourage you to tackle this gem by Lounging at Walden. Who should take up this challenge? Well, the great thing is that:"

Any Gun Can Play
Editor's note: The cache above has been archived, but the original puzzle is used (and there's a working geochecker) in this version: Any Gun Can Play (Redux)

Tomorrow we'll have another from our guest.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

It's Only a Game - 8/29/17

This is what our guest-puzzle picker fastflyer had to say about today's featured puzzle: "Today's selection is by another good friend of mine in Southern California. She burst onto the local geocaching scene very recently, but has taken up the game with gusto, both in hunting and placing geocaches. To date, she has only created a single puzzle cache, but it had the quality of one by a seasoned pro. So please enjoy today's puzzle, while keeping in mind:" "It's only a game"

Tomorrow, we'll see what he has for us next.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Let's Kick off the Week with a Bang - 8/28/17

It's been a while since I featured a whole week of puzzles chosen by a guest puzzle-picker (it was back in January of 2013, with SilentP42). Today I'm very excited to kick off a week of puzzles chosen for you by fastflyer, from Southern California.

Here's what he has to say about today's California puzzle:

"Please don't think I'm (overly) biased by today's selection by qbee37, who is a good friend of mine. Well, okay, maybe a little. But the number of favorite points will attest to the quality of today's selection. And just for fun, you may want to check the posted coordinates on a map before sitting down to today's episode of:"
The Big Bang Theory

Tomorrow, another from fastflyer.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Silent Ben - 8/27/17

Today's puzzle is located in France (which turns out to be a little ironic).  I came across an article the other day which said that after August 21, 2017, the iconic "bongs" of London's Big Ben will be silent for the next four years, except on special occasions.  I hope the necessary repairs to its tower will allow it to keep going for a long time.  Three cheers for:

[GN16] 18 - Big Ben

Tomorrow we'll kick off a week of puzzles chosen by a guest puzzle-picker from California.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Yo! - 8/26/17

The title of today's recent Rhode Island puzzle caught my eye last night.  I can't say it was calling my name, exactly, but it was calling:

Yo Adrian

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, August 25, 2017

Virtual Rewards - 8/25/17

Today's puzzle takes us to England.  In case you missed it, the geocaching world was abuzz yesterday with the news of the upcoming limited release of some new virtual caches.  You can read all about this big news here.   I'm excited to report that I've learned that several of the puzzlers featured regularly here have received this huge honor, and I can't wait to see if there are others.  I sometimes can't fathom the decisions made by the Groundspeak powers that be, but this is one I am strongly in favor of.  What a great way to honor some hard-working CO's, and give the rest of us a little treat to indulge in some extra chances for:

Virtual Caching

Link Fixed ... sorry about that!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Runaway Runways - 8/24/17

I was intrigued by an article I came across the other day about airport runway numbers being changed in Las Vegas and Seattle due to shifts in the earth's magnetic field. Although I knew that the earth's magnetic north pole isn't found right at the top of its rotational axis, and that it shifts over time, I hadn't really thought about how those changes could affect navigation. If you're interested in how all this relates to runways, today's California puzzle will provide some education:

Runways Of The World Unite!!!

And just because I think it's cool, check out this satellite view of a "cemetery" in Tuscon, AZ.  Zoom out and look up to the northwest for even more of it.

Tomorrow we'll ...


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

My Life - 8/23/17

When I came across today's New Jersey puzzle, I knew I'd have to feature it, because the title made me laugh.  I'm starting back to work for the fall today, and have been feeling a bit rushed ... but at least I'm not yet looking at:

My Life as a Natural Disaster

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Getting Cozy - 8/22/17

I had heard not long before my recent trip to California that The Rat had a new book in the works, and I'm pleased to be able to share with you that it's now available.  It just came out over the weekend and I'm looking forward to reading the final version.  I had a sneak peek at an earlier draft and I enjoyed it a lot; I'm hoping it turns out to be the first in a new series. There aren't any characters who are geocachers, but puzzlers and puzzling do figure prominently in The Cyptic Crossword Caper: A cozy mystery:

The Cryptic Crossword Caper: A cozy mystery by [Atkinson, Russell]


If you're unfamiliar with the term "cozy mystery," I'd define it as one in which the main character is not a professional investigator/member of law enforcement, and that doesn't feature a lot of gore or graphic violence. The link above will take you to the e-book version (which launched at $2.99) and there is also a paperback version (note that the e-book has for printable versions of the puzzles). There is a teaser for the book on the Amazon page, but you might prefer to just jump in without that preview (if you read it you won't know "who done it" but you will know who the victim turns out to be).

I had hoped to find one of the author's excellent crossword puzzle caches to feature today, but I didn't spot an active one that I hadn't used (he often posts key parts of the solutions on his archived puzzles).  I know he's still writing crosswords, so perhaps we'll see one of those in a geocache puzzle soon??  For now I'll make do with sharing this puzzle, which I found appropriate:

Word Police Quiz

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse of 2017- 8/21/17

 Excitement has been building across the U.S. for today's total solar eclipse.  Although here in central New York we're over 500 miles from anywhere where it reaches totalilty, I was surprised to see on this cool website that we will reach over 70% of it, which is a lot more than I had expected.  I'll probably try making a pinhole camera to see if I can make it work.  I'm looking forward to the next eclipse (in 2024) when we'll be much closer to totality.

Back in 1989 I spent the summer working at the High Altitude Observatory, which is part of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO.  I don't remember all of the details of the project, but it involved studying images of previous eclipses stored on glass plates.  The images had been taken with special filters to allow better viewing of the solar corona, which varies quite a lot from eclipse to eclipse.  Since I'm a huge packrat I saved some prints, which I dug out the other night.  Here's one of my favorites, which was taken in India in 1980 (photo credit HAO and Rhodes College):


There will be prime viewing at the site of today's featured puzzle from Illinois, and no matter where you are located, you can take experience:


Tomorrow we'll be in California




Sunday, August 20, 2017

Annual Art Puzzle - 8/20/17

I've had fun this week looking back through the last several year's worth of kablooey puzzle caches. There is a lot to remember, from the puzzles themselves to my own process of solving (or not solving) them.  Sometimes there are also some cleverly incorporated current events which are also fun to look back on.  Try your luck with:

Annual Art Puzzle (KPC2013)

Tomorrow we'll have an eclipse-related puzzle.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Scouting Reports - 8/19/17

I'm pretty sure today's California kablooey puzzle is the first one I was able to get the coveted FTS.  It's hard to believe that was over 6 years ago now.  Good luck with the:

Scouting Reports

Tomorrow, one final kablooey puzzle (for now).

Friday, August 18, 2017

First To Find Race - 8/18/17

Today's featured kablooey puzzle is one of the trickiest stand-alone puzzles he has written, and is one that stumped me mightily when it came out.  It's quite amazing how it all comes together in the:


We'll feature a couple of his simpler puzzles over the weekend, and have an eclipse-related puzzle for Monday.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Redshirts - 8/17/17

I've had fun looking back through the kablooey puzzles for ones to share with you this week.  This one is a classic example.  It makes you wonder how he ever came up with the idea to do this, and marvel at the amount of work it probably took to pull it off.  Enjoy:

Redshirts

Tomorrow we'll visit another by kablooey.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bucket List - 8/16/17

Today's California kablooey puzzle is a particularly memorable one for me.  While the appearance of the puzzles in this series is almost always on the first of the month, occasionally the cache page publishes early, with a note that the puzzle itself will appear at a certain time - often midnight on the first.  That translates to 3:00 a.m. in my time zone, so those are tough for me (of course, when they publish at 6:00 a.m. Pacific I get an advantage, so it probably works out in the long run).  If I don't have to work the next day I have been known to stay up until 3:00 a.m., or set an alarm so I can get up and take a look at the puzzle.  I know I looked at this one during the wee hours, but went to sleep without solving it.  Now, if you're like me, you sometimes find yourself dreaming about working on puzzles, and your subconscious occasionally keeps working on something long after the rest of you has tired of it.  More than once I have woken up with a new idea that I want to try, but I don't usually know where it came from.  In this case, I clearly remember figuring out a critical component of this puzzle in a dream:

Bucket List (KPC2012)

Tomorrow we'll visit another from the KPC series.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Double Word Score - 8/15/17

Some of my favorite kablooey puzzles are the ones involving wordplay, such as this one from his 2010 Challenge.  These yearly challenges started in 2008, and are comprised of puzzles that appear on or about the first of every month (which is now known as "kablooey day" at my house).  Those who choose to give their geonames in the certitude checker play for points (and bragging rights) based on how quickly they are able to solve the puzzle. Hints for each puzzle are posted on the 15th of the month in which they appeared, so for the full experience you'll want to make a good effort at cracking it before taking a peek at any hints.  See if you can achieve a:

Double Word Score

Tomorrow, more from kablooey.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Breaking Away - 8/14/17

I realized recently that a well-known San Francisco Bay area puzzler's caches are a bit under-represented here on my blog.  Mostly that's because he's so well-known that I expect a lot of you already have already done most of his puzzles.  But it occurred to me that there may be some folks who are not as familiar with his work, and for those of you who are, it's possible that you might enjoy revisiting some of them.   It's possible you'll even come across one or two you haven't solved.  That was the case for me, when I went and checked out his earliest puzzle cache, published all the way back in 2002:

Breaking Away

We'll spend this whole next week in California visiting kablooey's caches.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Periodic Fable - 8/13/17

Today's amusing Colorado puzzle involves a:

Periodic Fable

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Photograph of London - 8/12/17

Today's puzzle from Georgia was suggested to me recently, and I enjoyed taking a bit closer look at the photograph of London it contains.  I passed through there myself this summer, but the only recognizable photograph I took was this one, out the window of a train:


You'll note I had nowhere near the resolution of the photo in the puzzle:


Friday, August 11, 2017

Let's Play Two! - 8/11/17

Today we travel to California.  If you'll forgive me for paraphrasing the great Chicago Cub Ernie Banks, it's a great day for a puzzle;  let's play two!:

Crossword Cipher and  Crossword Cipher #2

Tomorrow we'll ...


Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Quadrilateral Quandary - 8/10/17

Today's California puzzle is a:

Quadrilateral Quandary

Tomorrow we'll be in California for another day.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

TRI hard - 8/9/17

Today's puzzle takes us to Tennessee, right near my old hometown.  We're well into August now and that means the fall semester is right around the corner.  I've had a great summer but it's gone by so fast! If anybody would like to take a turn as guest puzzle-picker for a week (or even for a day or two) please let me know.  I've not been able to work ahead finding puzzles for these blog posts like I wish I could have, so keeping things going may get a little tricky as the fall progresses.  But you can rest assured I'll:

TRI hard

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017

Blocked Out - 8/7/17

Today's California puzzle, which was passed along to me recently, appeals to the quilter in me.  See if you can solve the mystery without being:

Blocked Out

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Franklin - 8/6/17

Today's Texas puzzle just made me say, "Awwww ..." :)  The featured fellow was very well-known at our house and it brought back some fond memories when I came across:

Ian's Franklin the Turtle cache

Tomorrow we'll ...





Saturday, August 5, 2017

Squares - 8/5/17

Today we head to Canada's Ontario province for a puzzle involving:

Squares

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, August 4, 2017

Words Search - 8/4/17

Today's California puzzle provides us a glimpse into the world of big-league puzzling, as it first appeared as part of the 2016 MIT Puzzle Hunt.  I encourage anyone who is interested in seeing what is possible at this level to take a look at:

Words Search

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Never Ending Possibilities - 8/3/17

Today's puzzle is for a cache which I found during my recent trip to California.  The title speaks to me because it sums up what I like most about puzzle caching ... it doesn't gets old because there are:

never.ending.possibilities

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Duh? - 8/2/17

I've appreciated the puzzle suggestions folks have been sending me this summer.  Today's from California is one of them.  I can always use more though, so if you've been thinking about sending one (or more) my way, don't be shy.  In the mean time, don't you hate it when a puzzle makes you slap your forehead and say:

Duh?

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Sudoku - 8/1/17

Today's Arizona puzzle was passed along to me last week while I was in California.  I've featured a lot of twists on the original sudoku puzzle over the last few years, but I'm not sure I've ever seen one that contained so many variations all in the same puzzle.  Try your luck with:

The Developer

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, July 31, 2017

Go West! - 7/31/17

Today's puzzle takes us to California, quite a bit north and west of the area I was able to pay a visit to last week.  I still have a lot of logs to write, but it was fantastic being able to pay visits to so many great puzzle caches I have enjoyed over the years.  The opportunity to meet up with many of their CO's was icing on the cake.  What a great community of puzzlers in the San Francisco Bay area!  I felt right at home and really appreciate how welcoming they were.  :)  In honor of all my Bay area friends I bring you:

Go West, young man - a puzzle cache

Tomorrow we'll ...

 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Cache Cow Week, Sunday - 7/30/17

I hope you've enjoyed spending this last week in England with the entertaining series of cow puzzles.  I figured the best one to wrap up would be with the last in the series (so far):

#37 Icelandic

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Cache Cow Week, Saturday - 7/29/17

We're nearing the end of our week of featured puzzles in the United Kingdom cow series, but I couldn't finish up without sharing:


Tomorrow, our last from the series.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Cache Cow Week, Friday - 7/28/17

I generally feature the toughest puzzles on Fridays, but I chose today's entry from the United Kingdom's cow series mostly because the cow it talks about is just so darn clever.  Watch for yourself as she solves the puzzle of how to open that gate:

#2 Limousin

Tomorrow, the series continues.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Cache Cow Week, Thursday - 7/27/17

Today's entry in the United Kingdom's cow series gave me a big grin:

#31 Irish Moiled

Tomorrow, the series continues.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cache Cow Week, Wednesday - 7/26/17

Today we have another in the U.K. cow series.  I wonder if the "How now, brown" cow was one of these:

#20 Brown Swiss 

Tomorrow ...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cache Cow Week, Tuesday - 7/25/17

Today we return to the United Kingdom.  Here's a cow fact for you:  The state of Texas has declared their Longhorn to be the official "Texas State Large Mammal."  I don't think you'll have any trouble differentiating their version from this one:

#32 English Longhorn

Tomorrow, more from the U.K.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Cache Cow Week, Monday - 7/24/17

A couple of months ago I featured a fun cow-related puzzle from the United Kingdom that had dropped into my inbox.  It was the first in a series, but I didn't take the time to check out any of the others until recently.  I loved what I found:  37 entertaining puzzles that form a geo-art cow:


I haven't solved all of them yet, but I found enough to keep us occupied throughout the upcoming week.  Along with the puzzles you'll find a wealth of information about many, many different breeds of cows, and "cow facts" that could themselves make quite an entertaining puzzle.  Let's kick things off with:


Tomorrow, another in the series.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

It's Not Samantha's Mother - 7/23/17

If you're not geographically inclined, you might mistake the name of the country that is the home of today's puzzle for Samantha's mother on Bewitched, or even the setting of "The Empire Strikes Back."  But the red-haired, caftaned witch was "Endora," the Ewoks' moon was "Endor," and the country we're visiting today is Andorra.  When I checked the other day, the entire country had 22 puzzle caches, and 15 of them were in the series that starts with:

1# Tristaina

Tomorrow we'll kick off a week of puzzles in England.

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:

Kaleidocycle

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:

Appalacachin

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:

536M3N7S

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:

φ

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:

Undecimal

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:

Five-O

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:

Celestial

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:

2048

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:

Su|do|ku

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:

Hodor

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:

Tetriminos

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:

Battleship

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:

Consecuduko

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

Qt8Plff015SWy9FJ2W5J7OwXeZPG4VPl

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:

Smithish

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:

CAN I HAZ ONE?

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:

Cachbefound

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.