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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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.