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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.