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Friday, April 20, 2018

Artificial Intelligence - 4/20/18

Brought to you by guest puzzle-picker Ol'Fogie:


Technology amazes me. I remember when I was a kid watching The Jetsons and wondering just when we would have flying cars and robot maids. So far things haven’t quitegotten to that point, but hovercraft and Roombas make me think we are on the cusp. And I am awestruck at all of the things that exist now that I couldn’t imagine 30, 20 or even 10 years ago (hang on, gotta catch a video call on my wrist while I watch a movie through my Google glasses). OK, I’m back; where was I? Oh yeah… I have even gotten very used to having Alexa control things in my house and become comfortable (lazy) letting her just handle stuff for me. Which brings me to today’s puzzle. Most of you have probably come across something similar, but I have found that each one of this type is a bit different and this one in Virginia is active and not nearly as impossible as some others. But to solve it, you will have to...



Tomorrow we'll explore ancient Spain.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Latitudes, Longitudes and Rotations - 4/19/18

Brought to you by guest puzzle-picker Ol'Fogie:


As cachers we spend a lot of time dealing with latitudes and longitudes. But we seldom, if ever, stop to think about our home planet in terms of rotations and poles and axes. Well, today’s puzzle from Tennessee is designed to get you pondering more about this big ball of confusion. So, grab a drink, pull up the cache page, put on your thinking cap and try to solve it...


Tomorrow we'll explore artificial intelligence in Virginia.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Color Guard - 4/18/18

Brought to you by guest puzzle-picker Ol'Fogie:

After attending Geowoodstock last year, I was roaming around the area scoring smilies with yomegranate and jacktn when we met up with a group of cachers from Florida. We all sat around the gazebo where we had found a hide and talked about our likes and dislikes and discovered that one in their group, dcutright, was also an avid mystery seeker. She had been working on one near her homebase involving flags but the solution was eluding her and she asked us to take a look. Now, jacktn is way into geography and flags; so we hunkered down until we got the green light on the checker, our small contribution to bringing the world together even if it was only caching worlds. Thus, I encourage you to think globally as you work on...


Tomorrow we'll be in Tennessee to get edumacated about Earth.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

There’s no place like 127.0.0.1 - 4/17/18

Brought to you by guest puzzle-picker Ol'Fogie:

According to Wikipedia, the word geek, “typically connotes an expert or enthusiast or a person obsessed with a hobby or intellectual pursuit.” Hmmm, sounds a lot like puzzles cachers, don’t
ya think? Yesterday I mentioned my geomate, yomegranate. Now, yom is also a puzzle enthusiast and, while we usually work together on other people’s caches,things can get testy when it is one of our own. We don’t give nudgessingularly; any hint one of us would give to the other is shared on the cachepage for all to see. So, sometimes it is difficult to not get annoyed at the CO when they are sitting beside you on the sofa just smiling at your frustration. (In all fairness, I have caused her such grief as well.) Yom was smirking largely on this one as she knows how much of a geek I can be, and here she challenged me to...

Master Your Geekdom!

Tomorrow we'll raise the flags in Florida.

Monday, April 16, 2018

When in Rome - 4/16/18

Greetings! My name is Ol'Fogie and I am from Knoxville, TN. I LOVE puzzles in general and I LOVE caching, so mystery caches are truly a passion for me. The first thing I do every morning is check out the Geocaching Puzzle of the Day and explore the wonderful ideas and imaginations of other players out there in this big beautimous world. So, when Jennifer asked me to fill in for a couple of weeks while she took a much-deserved break, I was ecstatic!

Anyway, here is today’s offering…

When in Rome - 4/16/18



If you ever have the opportunity to attend Going Caching, I strongly encourage you to do so. It is definitely my favorite mega event, particularly when it is held in Rome, GA. The caching community of Rome is loaded with puzzlers and they take it very seriously. I have done many of the mysteries there on multiple visits and still have a plethora to ponder when I return again. One of my favorites from Rome is today’s offering. My geomate, yomegranate, and I spent quite a while working on this one before we came up with just the right tweaking of our theory to score the green light on the checker. So, check out the story of three brothers...



Tomorrow we'll get geeky in Tennessee.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sliding Around - 4/15/18

Today's puzzle takes us to California for a little game I hope you won't find too taxing (you do have your taxes done, right? ... just two more days to go!).  I've never been too good at this kind of game, but I did work it out eventually.  Too bad a high score here isn't really the goal:

Yams Arcade: Numbers

Enjoy the next two weeks of posts brought to you by my special guest Ol'Fogie!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

A Pleasant Picnic - 4/14/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Texas.  Spring is finally starting to think about arriving in upstate New York.  Perhaps before long we'll be able to have a:

Pleasant Picnic

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, April 13, 2018

Announcements - 4/13/18

I have several announcements to pass along today, so I'll get right to it.

I received notice a couple days ago that the next installment of the Cliff Knowles mystery series by The Rat is hot off the presses and ready for us in either kindle or paperback form.  You can read a summary of the plot and indulge in the kindle version here for less than the price of a Grande Caffe Latte.

If you haven't noticed it yet, geocaching.com's puzzle-checker has been upgraded to a single box entry format.  I know that's something a lot of folks will appreciate.

Starting on Monday I'm going to be temporarily turning over the reins to a guest puzzle-picker from Tennessee, Ol'FogieHe and I started corresponding last fall after I read a log he wrote in which he discussed going to make a FTF on a puzzle cache I had blogged about here.  As I usually do, I let him know that I'd love it if he'd pass along any puzzles that he thought other people would enjoy.  When he volunteered to guest-post for me sometime I thought that sounded great, as I really enjoyed the submissions by previous guests fastflyer and SilentP42.  Things have gotten very busy for me lately so I checked in to see if he were still interested, and he replied that he'd be willing to work up two full weeks of submissions.  I am looking forward to a little break and since I've been queuing up his submissions I know you're in for some fun.

Oh, and I guess you're expecting a puzzle for today.  Let's see.  Here's one that features an early story by the aforementioned author, The Rat.  This one's not a mystery, but a story of:

Love

Tomorrow we'll ...



Thursday, April 12, 2018

Can't ... Stop ... 4/12/18

Even though I have more Ohio puzzle caches ready than I will ever be able to find during my time there, I can't seem to stop looking at more of them.  And if I hadn't looked at this nice little piece of geoart I never would have known that the Wright brothers were originally from Dayton.  And now you know too.  So here's one little piece from near the beginning of the series:

B-Dayton Flyer

Tomorrow we'll ...


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Captain of Her Heart - 4/11/18

Here's another cache I spotted while working on puzzles in central Ohio.  I don't think I'll spoil anything by saying that it references neither the "Captain" nor the "Her" I was thinking of:

The Captain of Her Heart

Tomorrow we'll ...


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Alphabetography - 4/10/18

If you thought I was a little late still talking about Planetary Pursuits yesterday you might be interesting to know that the deadline has been extended until next weekend which may actually give me the chance to make my way to the fnish line.  Today finds us in Ohio once again, for a puzzle with a bit of:


Tomorrow we'll ...


Monday, April 9, 2018

Planetary Caching - 4/9/18

So how are you doing with your planetary pursuits?  Today we travel to Ohio for a pair of "PlanetaryCaching" puzzles in a series I first featured way back in 2014.  I returned to it recently while planning my upcoming puzzle run there.  You can start with the original, if you like, and then try your luck with:


and


Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Down the Garden Path - 4/8/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Ohio.  After years of puzzling there remotely I'll finally be able to cache there soon and am really looking forward to it.  Not only will I be able to log some finds on some great puzzles, but I hope to meet up (and maybe even cache) with some of the folks whose work I've enjoyed for so long.  Here's hoping nobody leads me:

Down the Garden Path

Tomorrow, another Ohio puzzle.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Music to your ears - 4/7/18

I apologize for the delayed post ... I just got distracted and thought I had gotten everything in order.  Musical tastes may vary, but I have no doubt that today's Virginia puzzle will have you saying:

Now That's What I Call Music!

Tomorrow we'll head to Ohio.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018

We have a decision! - 4/5/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Colorado.  We've been anxiously awaiting our daughter's decision about where to go to grad school for her Ph.D. in Chemistry and were excited to learn yesterday that she's made her choice. We're super-duper proud of all she has accomplished and know she's headed for great things.  I'm very pleased to post today's puzzle:


A little Chemistry humor ...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Hot off the Presses - 4/4/18

Here's a brand new California puzzle that just appeared last night while I was searching for something to share with you today.  The format is basically the same as one I posted about 10 days ago, but this one is a much larger:

Repository

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A train leaves ... - 4/3/18

Remember those famous math problems that start out "If a train leaves ..." ? Well, if you find yourseslf in the situation posed in today's puzzle from Norway, you had better have been paying attention:

A bridge almost too far

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, April 2, 2018

Planetary Pursuits - 4/2/18

There was certainly a lot going on this weekend, with the confluence of Easter, Passover, April Fool's Day, and a lot of geocachers making "Planetary Pursuits."  It always surprises me how many of us (myself included) are motivated by the challenges and virtual souvenirs that geocaching.com comes up with.  I've made it to Uranus, but don't expect to get any farther.  We did have a small meet and greet here in town and it was fun seeing some folks I hadn't seen in quite a while.  Today's puzzle was created to coordinate with the event, but the timing didn't quite work out.  Here's a chance for you to engage in a:

PLANETary Pursuit Puzzle

Tomorrow we'll ...


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Egg Hunt - 4/1/18

Today's cache takes us to Florida for a little:

Easter Egg Hunt

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Something for Eternity - 3/31/18

I was able to do a nice little puzzle run up to Syracuse yesterday and collected 10 quickie "planetary pursuits" puzzles, an Easter-themed cache where I saw a cotton-tailed rabbit within 50 feet of stage one's plastic egg field puzzle, and 3 regular puzzles, one of which I'm sharing with you today.  As expected, we got quite muddy, but kept the car from being totally messed up by putting down newspapers on the floor-mats just like my friend tiki tour used to do.  Even with a little bit of snow on the ground up there I managed to bring home a tick.  I hate, hate, hate ticks but hadn't even thought to spray for them yet.  I should know better.  Have some fun with:

Something for Eternity

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, March 30, 2018

Where, oh where ... - 3/30/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Texas, where I'm betting it's actually springtime by now.  Here in upstate New York the season immediately following winter is called "Mud."  I'm planning to get out and do my first puzzle run of the year today, and am betting I'll come home covered in it.  I'm hoping my geosenses will wake up after their long winter's nap and I won't be muttering things like:

Where did Ralph hide the doggone cache?

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Dash in, Dash out - 3/29/18

Today's cache finds us just up the road from me here in central New York.  I've had a super busy couple of days so I'll keep this brief and just:

Dash in, dash out!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Puzzling with Friends - 3/28/18

Today we travel to a puzzle in California that was a joint creation by two of the cachers I puzzled with all last week during a tough online puzzle hunt.  It was a great way to spend my spring break, although I feel like my brain now needs its own vacation.  Enjoy this one:

re: Curse of the Atomic Alchemist

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

A man walks into a bar ... - 3/27/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Minnesota.  If you haven't puzzled in this particular neck of the woods before, then you might not be familiar with their encoding method.  But that won't really matter as long as you just follow the directions.  Stop me if you've heard this one:

A Man Walks into a Bar

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, March 26, 2018

Fried Red Eye - 3/26/18

I've spent a great deal of time over the last week working on an online puzzle hunt with some fellow geocachers.  It has been so much fun but also really frustrating at times.  These types of things are so far over my head that I get very out of my depth ... but I figure that's the only way to learn and improve.  But I certainly can't say that my time off has been very restful.  I've been staying up way too late and am mentally drained.  Today's Missouri puzzle provides a good desription of me by the time this is all done:

Fried Red Eye

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, March 25, 2018

So Little Time - 3/25/18

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  I apologize for the late posting.  Even though I have had a lot of time on my hands this week (it's my Spring break), I have had no trouble filling it and really question where the time goes.  I could certainly use more ... so many projects, so many puzzles:

So Many Books, So Little Time

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, March 24, 2018

More Between Before and After - 3/24/18

Last month I posted the first in this fun series from California.  It's up to 7 puzzles now, and the locals are getting in on the act by sending in suggestions for more and more possibilites.  You can pick up where you left off here:

Between Before and After, II

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Friday, March 23, 2018

Doctrinal Lab Ink - 3/23/18

Today's visually interesting Arkansas puzzle dropped in my inbox this week.  Check out this:

Doctrinal Lab Ink

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Good Advice - 3/22/18

Today's California puzzle offers some good advice.  You've heard the saying:

Don't Put The Cart Before The Hoss --Right?

Tomorrow we'll ..

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring is in the air! - 3/21/18

Well you wouldn't know it to look out my window, but Spring has now officially arrived.  Now if someone will just inform Mother Nature, I'll be happy.  Enjoy today's Massachusetts puzzle:

RASH #8: Spring is in the Air

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wordplay - 3/20/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Georgia for a puzzle movie-theme puzzle involving a New York Times Crossword.  I chose it so I could promote a documentary movie I saw recently about the New York Times Crossword puzzle and those who create and solve them.  It's called "Wordplay" and it's been out for a while (2006, I believe) but I hadn't heard of it until recently.  While I can't say I'm a crossword specialist, I really enjoyed the movie and I think most puzzlers will too ... there's a nice little aha moment along the way.  I'll relate more of my recent crossword adventures in another post soon.  In the meantime, please have some fun with:

61* – Movie Theme Puzzle Cache

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, March 19, 2018

A Little Math Limerick - 3/19/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Canada's province of Ontario, where we'll kick off our post-St. Patrick's Day week with:

A Little Math Limerick

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Nothing to See Here - 3/18/18

Today's puzzle from Ireland is the first of a series I spent some time working on a while back.  I want to go back and work my way to the end.  As you go along some of them are pretty sneaky because there's:

01 Nothing To See Here

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day! - 3/17/18

Wishing you the luck of the Irish today with this Florida puzzle:

It's Your Lucky Day!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, March 16, 2018

In Honor of Stephen - 3/16/18

I didn't have to look too far in my search for a puzzle to honor the memory of Stephen Hawking, who passed away on Wednesday.  It has been noted that the date of Hawking's death coincided with Einstein's birthday (March 14), and that the date of his own birth (1/8/42) coincided with the 300th anniversary of Galileo's death. Today's cental New York puzzle was created back in 2011 to say:

Happy Birthday, Stephen

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Happy Birthday Dad! - 3/15/18

Today's puzzle is in honor of my Dad's 85th birthday. He's the one who taught me everything I know about the theme of today's Minnesota puzzle:

15-2, 15-4, and a pair is 6

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Happy Pi Day! - 3/14/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Tennessee.  I couldn't let that geekiest of days go by without wishing you a:

Happy Pi Day 2016!

Tomorrow we'll be in Minnesota.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Don't Mind Me - 3/13/18

Today we travel to California for a bit of poetry in the form of:

matterings of mind

Tomorrow we'll celebrate Pi Day in Tennessee.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Lincoln Day -3/12/18

Today we travel to a puzzle in Virginia.  I'm about a month behind with this post, but in belated honor of Abraham Lincoln's birthday I thought it might be fun to feature a cheeky little puzzle in which he plays a role:

These Guys are Alright, Alright, ALL RIGHT!

Tomorrow we'll ...


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Spring Forward Into Spring? - 3/11/18

For those of us in (most of) the U.S. today is the day that we "spring forward" into Daylight Saving Time.  I have never been a particularly early bird, so while I do miss that extra hour of sleep, having longer days in the evenings is definitely my preference.  Even without relying on our timepieces, it's undeniable that the days are getting longer and that Spring must not be too far away. Maple sugaring season is in full swing and I've even seen a couple of brave green sprouts poking their heads out of the ground.  The little frogs they call "spring peepers" will be out and peeping before long.  With today's puzzle from Utah, you can create your own:

Kaeru

Tomorrow we'll be in Virginia.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Dropping the Mic - 3/10/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Minnesota, where some folks must know a thing or two about:

Dropping the Mic

Tomorrow we'll ...


Friday, March 9, 2018

Via Veneto - 3/9/18

Today's puzzle from Italy landed in my inbox the other day, and I had to look up its region of "Veneto" on the map.  Try your luck with:

(SpanaT) Enigmistica Caorle

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, March 8, 2018

One Fine Pine in the Midwest - 3/8/18

Not long ago I had some feedback that someone would like to see more puzzles from the Midwest.  I think today's Iowa puzzle fits that category quite nicely.  It's kind of interesting to think about what exactly the "Midwest" is anyway ... I received a notice about a regional meeting referred to as a "Midwest Institute" that was going to be in Denver.  Denver?  I don't know many people that would call Colorado the Midwest.  But I digress ... enjoy today's puzzle, which is:

One Fine Pine

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Mr. Rogers, It's You I Like - 3/7/18

On February 19th 1968, just a few months before I made my own debut into the world, the classic children's television show "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" first aired.  I grew up watching his show, and even after I had really out-grown it, I remember turning it on once in a while during a rough day just to hear someone say "I like you, just the way you are."  A 50th anniversary special premiered last night, and I'm pleased to be able to feature today's Pennsylvania puzzle about a fun tribute right in the neighborhood of his Pittsburgh television studio:

Dinomite #2: Won't you be my dino?  (You'll note that the related web page is broken, but should still be able to find what you need).

Tomorrow we'll be in Iowa.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Play it By Ear - 3/6/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Colorado.  I can't say I have perfect pitch, but I do have a pretty good ear for music.  I've always found the connection between music and physics to be pretty cool, and wish I knew more about music theory.  Here's your chance to get a little introduction to the field:

♫ The Music Cache ♫ - Ear Training!

Tomorrow we'll be in ...


Monday, March 5, 2018

Thing One or Thing Two? - 3/5/18

Today's puzzle from Arkansas landed in my inbox last Friday, which was the 114th birthday of Dr. Seuss.  I'm happy to be able to share it with you as a belated tribute in memory of the man who has helped generations of us learn to read:

To Sit or Not. Not to Sit or To.

Tomorrow we'll ...


Sunday, March 4, 2018

And the Winner Is ... - 3/4/18

I used to go to the movies all the time, but over the years with the rise of many more options for watching at home (along with the rising price of the tickets) I've found myself venturing out only rarely.  So I wasn't really surprised when I realized that it was Oscar time and I hadn't seen any of the movies.  I was surprised, though, that I'd never even heard of at least half of the Best Picture nominees.  I'll probably tune in for at least some of the ceremony tonight ... even if I'm not informed enough to make my own picks, it's fun to see what people are wearing and whether things will go off without a hitch (that was some "hitch" last year).  Maybe I'll even spot a movie I'd like to see.  With today's California puzzle I give you the opportunity to do a little homework for:


Tomorrow we'll be in Arkansas.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Some Days ... - 3/3/18

Well, I've goofed up two days in a row now, with a late post followed by a link to nowhere.  Here's hoping that I can get today's Tennessee puzzle posted without any issues.  Judging by its title I must not be the only one with occasional "post"ing difficulties:

Some Days U Get the Mail Some Days the Mail Gets U 

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, March 2, 2018

Hit the Bricks - 3/2/18

Today's California puzzle is an interesting little exercise in arranging:

Bricks

Link has been repaired ... sorry about that!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Winter is (still) here - 3/1/18

Today's puzzle will keep us right here in central New York.  I apologize for the late posting - I seem to have conked out last night before I took care of this item on my to-do-list.  Fortunately I have today off due to a "mid-winter" break in the form of a nice long weekend.  Mother nature is doing her best to cooperate - my daily weather forecast e-mail is showing a snow forecast of 9 inches for tomorrow.  You can guess how I feel about that.  It should be a good day to do some quilting and puzzling - my favorite tasks when:

Winter Is Here! - 2016

Tomorrow we'll be in California (and it's already in the queue!)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Hide and Go Cache - 2/28/18

What better idea for some winter fun than a "Hide and Go Cache" event, like they have up in Canada's British Columbia province.  This wasn't one of the 286(!) official caches for the event , but it's got some pretty:

Magic Numbers

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Chinese Takout - 2/27/18

Today's puzzle from Oklahoma landed in my inbox this past weekend.  Fortunately I am well versed in:

Chinese Takeout

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, February 26, 2018

Columbus Bound? - 2/26/18

It looks like I finally make it to Columbus later this spring.  That area was one of the first out-of-town areas I explored, and I have a huge pile of caches I'd like to find.  Somehow I expect I'll find myself working on even more, though, before I get there.  I'm warning you in advance that for some reason certitude isn't updating for either correct or incorrect answers, but I promise you that:

I Saw the Signposts

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Between Before and After - 2/25/18

Today's fun California puzzle is the first of a series of three caches (so far) along the same theme:

Between Before and After

Tomorrow we'll be in Ohio.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

C'est ici - 2/24/18

Today's puzzle from California brought back some fun memories for me.  But I won't spoil anything by talking about it; I'll just point you to it:

C'est ici

Tomorrow we'll ...


Friday, February 23, 2018

Stranger and Stranger - 2/23/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Arkansas.  I think the only thing stranger than having the temperature up in the 60's here the last 2 days was that it was snowing today.  Talk about:

Stranger Things

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wordsearch - 2/22/18

Today we travel to California for a very clever:

Wordsearch

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Texas Tetris Troubles - 2/21/18

Today we head to Texas for a little exercise in logic called:

Tetris Troubles

Tomorrow we'll ...

Catching Up with Friends - 2/20/18

Within the last week I've had the opportunity to catch up with two of my caching friends that I don't get to see very often.  I attended this event with my friend momd (if you click on the link you'll see why it was one I was willing to drive an hour to attend), and drove our mutual friend spooko13 all over Ithaca so he could pick up a bunch of puzzle caches since the last time he'd driven the 2 hours down from Rochester.  In honor of my friends, today I'm featuring a central New York puzzle created by one of them for the other:

Hey, look! Something shiny for momd!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, February 19, 2018

Presidential Pups - 2/19/18

This Presidents' Day we travel to New Hampshire for a puzzle involving:

Presidential Pups

Tomorrow we'll be in New York.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Downside Up in Korea - 2/18/18

One thing you can count on at the Olympics is that your expectations are often turned upside down.  If you missed the look on the Czech snowboarder's face when she won the Super-G skiing race, it was priceless. I didn't type that wrong.  She's a world-champion snowboarder who also just happens to compete on the world-cup level in skiing, and she won the race against the top alpine specialists ... on borrowed skis.  NBC was so sure all the medal contenders had come down the mountain that they had declared an Austrian the winner and cut away to figure skating.

I have to stop here and give a shout-out to the men's Norwegian curling team's pants, which have their own facebook page (I can't make this stuff up).  I'm not sure how I missed them 4 years ago, but when I noticed what they were wearing on Friday and told my daughter to google it, we couldn't believe the variety of results.  Apparently the team members each brought 12 different pairs with them (a different one for each potential match).

I'm looking forward to the final week of competition and seeing what will come next. Here's your own chance to visit South Korea:

Llama Art - Downside Up

Tomorrow we'll ...






Saturday, February 17, 2018

Are you an expert? - 2/17/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Switzerland.  My choice was inspired by my Olympic viewing over the last couple of nights.  If I wasn't before, by now I ought to be quite the:

Eislauf-Experte / Skating expert

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, February 16, 2018

Down on the Farm - 2/16/18

Today seems like the perfect day to visit Colorado for a puzzle that's:

Down on the Farm

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Czech this out - 2/15/18

Today we head to the Czech Republic for a well-favorited puzzle that you could work on with the junior cachers in your life.  I can't swear to it, but I expect that the title translates to "Find the Differences":

Hledejte rozdily...

Tomorrow we'll ...


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day - 2/14/18

I always enjoy scouting out themed holiday puzzles, since it can be quite entertaining to see what people have put out there.  For example, this one from Canada's Alberta province suggests going caching together as:

A Cheap Valentine's Gift

I'm not so sure I want to know the story behind this California one:

Thirteen Rotten Eggs For My Valentine

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Winter Fun and Games - 2/13/18

If you've been following this blog for long, you'll know that I'm not a huge fan of winter.  We haven't had any really huge storms this year here in central NY, but it seems the small ones just keep coming and coming.  I've already had one "snow day" from work and hope we don't lose any more days or it's going to get hard to shoe-horn in everything we need to cover.  Today I'm featuring one of my own puzzles, which I put out about 4 years ago around this time:

Winter Fun and Games

Tomorrow we'll celebrate Valentine's Day.

Monday, February 12, 2018

MMmmonday! - 2/12/18

While they're not inexhaustible, the CO of today's Oregon puzzle certainly has a lot of them, and of a wide variety.  I noticed a pattern of featuring them on Mondays or Tuesdays lately, so I figured I'd keep the trend going with:

Not Nori But Nuri, Kare

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Curling - 2/11/18

I don't expect you'll have any trouble figuring out what I was watching while I prepared today's posting, which takes us to Finland:


Tomorrow we'll be in Oregon.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Camel Maths - 2/10/18

Today's puzzle has us paying a visit to the United Arab Emirates.  I didn't remember if I'd featured any puzzles there before, but it turns out there have been three of them over the years.  I chose this one in honor of my daughter, who is into her last semester of college majoring in Chemistry and Math, and has always had a particular fondness for camels (the quilt I made for her dorm room wall is below).  How perfect, then, is a puzzle called:

Camel Maths


Tomorrow we'll ..




Friday, February 9, 2018

Poor John - 2/9/18

I love the poster in today's Pennsylvania puzzle, broadly proclaiming that "John is not really dull ...".  You have to feel sorry for the kid:

Poor John

Tomorrow we'll be in the United Arab Emirates. 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Victoria's Acrostics - 2/8/18

Not long ago I wrapped up binge-watching season 2 of "The Crown," and decided to follow it up with Masterpiece Theater's "Victoria." (OK, I know they dropped the "Theater" a while back, that's just how I always remember it.)  I didn't know very much about the queen, and have been reading up on her a bit as I watch the show.  With today's puzzle from Northwest England, you get the chance to solve a puzzle that's attributed to the queen herself:

Queen Victoria's Acrostics

Tomorrow we'll be in Pennsylvania.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Groundhog Day ... again? - 2/7/18

I spotted a Groundhog Day puzzle that popped up in England last week, which wasn't too surprising.  But then I saw another one.  And another one.  And another one. Are you sensing a theme here?  I had to investigate, and ended up deciding to share this one with you today.  But if you're interested, you can find a bunch more recent ones by the same CO, all entitled:

Groundhog Day

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A Round of Applause - 2/6/18

Today's cache takes us to Minnesota, site of a rather exciting Super Bowl game the other day.  I can't say I was exactly happy to see the Eagles win, but I expect there are a lot of folks like me who upon seeing the Patriots lose wanted to:

Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Monday, February 5, 2018

Slash or Backslash? - 2/5/18

Today we return to Oregon for another interesting logic puzzle of a type I'd not tried before.  Try your luck with:

/\

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Not So Super Bowl - 2/4/18

Well, it was fun while it lasted ...  although the festivities are in Minneapolis, this Iowa puzzle is about the only chance you'll get today to see our favorite team, the:

Minnesota Vikings

Tomorrow we'll be in Oregon.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Soon, no swims - 2/3/18

Tonight we'll be celebrating the final home swim meet of our daughter's college swimming career. I know she's going to miss the camaraderie of the team, but probably won't miss the early morning workouts.  She'll probably be glad to say:

"NOW NO SWIMS ON MON"

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, February 2, 2018

Groundhog Day - 2/2/18

It's Groundhog Day again, and today's puzzle takes us to California.  I'm hoping the little furry guy predicts an early spring, but I won't hold my breath.  At least our days are finally getting noticeably longer.  I was coming home from work at 5:30 the other day, and could still:

See the Light

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Dammit, (again) Jim! - 2/1/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Washington state.  Way back in  in a blog post  in 2012, I mentioned this t-shirt.
It has long been a mainstay of my husband's wardrobe, so much so that for Christmas this year he received a 3rd iteration (#2 being rather faded and about ready for the rag bag).  In honor of the man on the receiving end of these oft-quoted zingers:


Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Once in a blue moon - 1/31/18

I've been saving today's Colorado puzzle for a while, and I'm glad I did.  Today there will be supermoon, a blue moon, and a lunar eclipse, a trifecta that's even rarer than:

Once in a blue moon.

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Let's play two! - 1/30/18

I have a pair of game-based puzzles from Oregon for you today. I've had fun playing these and found myself laughing out loud at my efforts ... I'll tell you up front that I've only been able to beat one of them, but I'm going to keep trying.  You'll need to:

Stay Calm and Balanced

if you want to:

Knock 'em Off!

Tomorrow we'll be in Colorado.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Who would have thought ... - 1/29/18

I recently stumbled across today's archived puzzle from Canada's province of Prince Edward Island.  In addition to being an interesting little exercise in decryption, it made me stop and think.   Whatever your political leanings, you'll have to agree that a lot has changed since the publication of this cache:

Chump Towers

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Happy Australia Day - 1/28/17

I'm a little late with this thematic puzzle, but since geocachers all over the world are marking the holiday with events all weekend long I figured you'd allow me the chance to visit Australia for a puzzle wishing everyone a belated:

Happy Australia Day!

and while we're at it, here's another, from Canada's Ontario province:

It's OUT BACK, mate

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Back to Schoool - 1/27/18

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  You couldn't prove it by the weather, but I'm back at school for the "spring" semester.  My students seem to just keep getting younger and younger ... I don't stop to consider that actually:


Tomorrow we'll ...


Friday, January 26, 2018

Miss Leeding - 1/26/18

Today's Arizona puzzle could be considered a little:

Miss Leeding

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Ready, Set! - 1/25/18

I spotted another new puzzle in Oregon that I enjoyed, since I have good memories of playing the game it is based on with my family:

Ready, SET!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Chenzira and the Buzzard - 1/24/18

Today's Arkansas puzzle landed in my inbox a while back.  If you've been thinking about sending a puzzle my way (either your own or someone else's that you've enjoyed), I hope that you will.  It's always a treat to see what will turn up.  Have some fun with:

Chenzira and the Buzzard

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Pick a Cache, any Cache! - 1/23/18

Today's two-part puzzle from the U.K. includes what sounds like a fun and challenging field component.  I only have a little experience with the required skill, but have never used anything more sophisticated than a bobby pin (I taught my college room-mates how to get into our bathroom when our suite mates would forget and leave the door locked on our side).  Here's your chance to:

Pick a Cache! 

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, January 22, 2018

ABC - 1/22/18

Today, from Oregon, we have a nice little exercise in logic to kick off the week.  Don't worry ... it's:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, January 21, 2018

20% - 1/21/18

Today we travel to Rhode Island.  Since this puzzle has a difficulty rating of just 1.5, I'd say your odds of solving it should be better than:

20%

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Great Minds ... - 1/20/18

Today's Arkansas puzzle landed in my inbox a while back, and it made me laugh because I almost put out a cache of my own using the same feature.  It was just such a cold and nasty day that day that I shelved it and didn't go back.  We've definitely had a good taste of winter here ... the other day I absentmindedly found myself whispering "Ohhh ... brrrr..." and then I cracked up, realizing who I sounded like.  If you need a hint, you can catch his wanna-be-evil grandson in:

The Last Jedi

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, January 19, 2018

Toy Blocks - 1/19/18

For today's Washington puzzle you might want to get our your:

Toy Blocks

Tomorrow we'll be in Arkansas.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tangled Web - 1/18/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Colorado.  You can hardly look at the news these days without seeing somebody else tied up in their own:

Tangled Web

and a little something extra for your enjoyment:  The Puzzle Cache Owner - A Geocaching Text Story

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Minneapolis Miracle - 1/17/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Minneapolis, Minnesota.  If you're not into sports, you probably don't understand how much we fans are affected by the ups and downs that our beloved teams experience.  Players get traded, coaches get fired, but year after year we fans suit up in our team colors and cheer our hearts out.  There we were on Sunday, all decked out (including the dog) and almost unable to watch as it looked like the season was coming to an abrupt end after a promising start to the game.  We had muted the TV so we didn't have to listen to the announcers recounting all the other heartbreaking last-second losses our team has had over the years (and that we have never forgotten). Then, with 10 seconds left in the game ... it happened ... and we went completely bonkers.  So now, along with every other Vikings fan, we truly know the answer to the question:

Do You Belive in Miracles?



Tomorrow we'll be in Colorado.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Within Barking Range - 1/16/18

Today's Oregon puzzle is posted in honor of my neighbor's dog, and her enthusiasm for playing with our cockapoo.  Since she has a fenced in yard, she is often outside and lets us know when she sees us that she'd like us to come over.  It's really great having her:

Within Barking Range

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, January 15, 2018

Guess What I'm Thinking - 1/15/18

Usually saying a puzzle is a "guess what I'm thinking" puzzle is a harsh criticism ... but with today's Rhode Island puzzle, it's just the name of the game.  As with so many things, the this particular theme was something I'd never heard of before spotting it in a geocaching puzzle, and I had fun checking it out.  If you like this one, the CO has a whole series of puzzles where you get to:

Be Akinator

Tomorrow we'll be in Oregon.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Olympic Rings - 1/14/18

We've had several big doses of winter already this year, so it looks to be a long one in upstate NY.  I don't find much to like about the season, once Christmas is past, but at least this year I can look forward to the Olympics, which will officially open on PyeongChang on 2/9.  I've always been a bit of an Olympics-TV-junkie, although the sports these days are a far cry from the ones I remember watching growing up.  I'm not sure how long I've had today's puzzle from Canada's province of Quebec in the "to be solved" pile, but I don't think it's been sitting there ever since:

RIO 2016.

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, January 13, 2018

TV Graveyard - 1/13/18

Today's puzzle is from upstate New York.  I am just old enough to remember the gigantic TV's that used to operate with long glass vacuum tubes. Whenever the TV wasn't working properly, we called the repairman (named "Junior") to come out and work on it.  I was always fascinated by the gigantic case of different tubes that he brought along, and he was able to keep those TV's running for years and years.  Today it seems like when a TV malfunctions it is immediately consigned to the:

TV Graveyard

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, January 12, 2018

Plinko! - 1/12/18

Today's cache takes us to Tennessee.  Way, way back in the day I was a big fan of "The Price is Right."  I don't know if I actually saw the debut of "Plinko" (which was just a few days over 35 years ago) but if it happened to be a snow day from school, then it's a pretty good bet that I did.  I know I thought it looked like a fun game, and the cash prize seemed a lot more appealing than a new living room suite.  Try your luck with:

Plinko

Tomorrow we'll ...

P.S. Here's one last plug for my readership survey. I really appreciate all the responses so far.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Perfect Match - 1/11/18

Today we travel to Oregon for a puzzle that includes "An Ode to the World's Finest Geocache Container":

A Perfect Match

Tomorrow we'll be in Tennessee.

P.S. If you've been tuning in all week, you can ignore the following:  Responses to my readership survey are still coming in.  Thanks to those who have participated so far.  If you haven't yet, you still can.  Also, you might like to check out the new location-based POTD cache bookmarks.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Mystery Machine - 1/10/18

If you ignore the raindrops on the window you can see the "mystery machine" I spotted while out caching today with my niece and nephews.  What an awesome puzzle cache-mobile that would be!


Here's a puzzle from Utah for you about:


Tomorrow we'll ...

P.S. Responses to my readership survey are still coming in.  Thanks to those who have participated so far.  If you haven't yet, you still can. 

P.P.S.  Check out the new location-based cache bookmarks!






Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Well - 1/9/18

Today's puzzle finds us in Washington state.  I've featured several of this CO's puzzles in the past, so it shouldn't be surprising that I'm going back to that:

Well

Thanks to those who've already taken my short readership survey! If you missed it yesterday or weren't able to take the time then, I'm providing the link again. It should only take a minute or two to answer the questions, and you'll help me get a better idea of the blog's readership and your feelings about some ideas for possible updates that I've been considering.

I've already spotted a great suggestion in the comments for the survey, which was to have a way for the Geocaching Puzzles of the Day to be searchable by location.  The best solution I could come up with was a series of location-based bookmarks you can check out here (there is also a link on the right hand side of the main blog page).  Let me know if you find these useful.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Iron Horse 1/8/18

Today's Australian puzzle landed in my in-box before Christmas, but I had set it aside until I had a little more time to explore:

The Iron Horse

I hope you'll click here to be directed to a short survey.  It should only take a minute or two to answer the questions, and you'll help me get a better idea of the blog's readership and your feelings about some ideas for possible updates that I've been considering.  

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Primal Scream - 1/7/18

Today's puzzle takes us to the U.K.  I headed south from NY at the end of last week just in time to escape the really nasty cold weather that has struck (the wind chill was -33 degrees on Friday afternoon).  I'm enjoying a visit to my old hometown in Tennessee, where it's at least warmer, if not actually warm.  Every time I come this direction I take a look at a particular puzzle that I've been trying to sort out for over 7 years now.  Why, oh why can't I just leave it alone??  I have 3 pages of notes that I've saved since 2010 and I keep going back to them over and over again, but this one just defies all my efforts.  It's enough to make me want to let out a:

Primal Scream

Tomorrow we'll be in Australia.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

On the 12th day of Christmas - 1/6/18

Today we travel to Colorado, where on the 12th day of Christmas I'm giving you:

Twelve Shades of Gray

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, January 5, 2018

Three Colors - 1/5/18

Today we travel to California for a fun little game with:

Three Colors

Tomorrow we'll be in Colorado.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Dinner for One - 1/4/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Arizona.  I'm obviously a little late with this post featuring a German New Year's Eve tradition, but didn't want to wait another 361 days before inviting you to:

Dinner for One

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Resolutions - 1/3/18

Well, here we are in January again, and that means tying up loose ends from last year and getting the new year off to a good start.  For me, that means making sure the 2017 Geocaching Puzzle of the Day bookmark is up to date (I had gotten *way* behind on that, but it's all shipshape now) and getting started on a new one for 2018.  I've been working on adding to the list of puzzles I'm preparing to share with you, checking in with some of the ones on my "go back and try this" list, and thinking about any ways I might change things up here in year 8 of GPOTD. (That's 2,559 days so far, for anyone who's counting).

One thing I want to do soon is put together a little survey to get a sense of how folks are using this blog, and if there's anything more or different you'd like to see.  Watch for that next week.

I haven't figured out all of my resolutions for the new year - but as far as caching goes, I'm hoping I'll be able to cache in some new states and I'm looking forward to some caching milestones (which will naturally involve getting out and finding some good puzzle caches).  I'm also hoping to start placing another series of puzzle caches, but haven't figured out exactly what I want to do.

I want to thank you for taking the time to be here, and I hope you'll enjoy today's Rhode Island puzzle featuring:

Dog New Year Resolutions

Tomorrow we'll be in Arizona.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! - 1/1/18

With today's California puzzle I wish you all the best for:

A Good Year

Tomorrow we'll be in England.