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Friday, July 20, 2018

All Over the Map - 7/20/18

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  Back when I had a lengthy queue of puzzles all ready to post two or three weeks in advance, I tried to line up the hardest ones for Fridays.  Lately, though, I'm lucky to keep a day or two ahead of myself and it seems that the Friday difficulty levels are:

All Over The Map

Tomorrow we'll ...


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Anti-knight - 7/19/18

Today's puzzle takes us to China, for a sudoku variant I fist encountered in this Ohio puzzle.  I had been part of the epic group solve and logged the cache back before I featured it about a month ago, but it's taken me ever since to get through the whole thing from start to finish on my own.  I feel like I've graduated from sudoku boot camp.  What a work out.  The instructions for this puzzle lose a little in translation, but a succinct explanation of this variant is that all squares at a chess knight move from each other must hold different numbers:

2#I love Sudoku-S2

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You - 7/18/18

Today we travel to Georgia for another puzzle that landed in my in-box this past weekend:

Can't Take My Eyes Off of You II

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Titles - 7/17/18

Today's California puzzle is one that dropped into my in-box over the weekend.  I love getting suggestions from fellow puzzlers (hint, hint). I'm always looking for things that will grab people's interest and provide some fun.  Suggestions can be timely, quirky, interesting, educational, or unique in some other way, and of any difficulty level.  And you know I always love ones with catchy:

Titles

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, July 16, 2018

Delta Dawn - 7/16/18

Let's kick of the day with a California puzzle I tested pre-publication last week.  Apologies in advance for any earworms introduced by:

Delta Dawn

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, July 15, 2018

War Games - 7/15/18

This California puzzle introduced me to some war games I'd never heard of before.  One, two, three, four, I declare a:

Pythagorean Theorem War

Tomorrow we'll be in California for another day.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Russian Hidden Creatures - 7/14/18

Today we travel to Rhode Island for a timely puzzle involving some:

Russian Hidden Creatures

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, July 13, 2018

LZW - 7/13/18

The other day I happened across this California puzzle by a CO whose work I have enjoyed before, and since I was worn out from three days of non-stop cleaning, I took advantage of a quiet Sunday afternoon to puzzle through:

LZW

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Hidden Creatures - 7/12/18

Today's puzzle takes us to New Jersey.  Even though I haven't done much caching lately, I've managed to score the first six in this summer's geocaching.com summer promotion.  I always try to participate on some level, although I think I've enjoyed the ones that encourage you to find different types of caches more than the ones that encourage a high volume or a streak.  I don't foresee a lot of caching in the next couple of weeks, so I doubt I'll get all of the:

Hidden Creatures Features

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Bananas - 7/11/18

Today's California puzzle feels like a good one for today ... lots going on and it's difficult to keep from going:

Bananas!!!!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Number Theory - 7/10/18

Today's Washington state puzzle is all about the numbers!  I hope you'll take a shot at this interesting exercise in:

Number Theory: A Math Puzzle That Uses No Math

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, July 9, 2018

Are you ready for some futbol? - 7/9/18

I hardly ever watch soccer, but every four years I can rustle up some interest in the world cup.  Today's cache takes us to California:

Are you ready for some (world) football?

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Big A's Cache - 7/8/18

Today we travel to Pennsylvania for:

Big A's Cache

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Astria Porta - 7/7/18

Today we travel to the UK for a puzzle involving:

Astria Porta

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, July 6, 2018

Blank - 7/6/18

Today's puzzle finds us in central New York. Our bathroom remodel finally started today, so there was lots of banging and pounding going on, with much more to come. Not the best puzzling conditions, for sure. It's hard to concentrate, and how can I sort anything out if my mind is a:

Blank????

Tomorrow we'll  ...

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Logos - 7/5/18

Today's puzzle from Spain is one that I worked on with friends recently.  Since I do most of my puzzling alone, it's always fun to participate in a group effort.  Try your luck with these:

Logos

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July! - 7/4/18

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  Here in the U.S. it's Independence Day, so a lot of folks will be flying and waving:

Old Glory

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Banned! - 7/3/18

This California puzzle had me grinning:

BANNED Technique! Catapult 4.0

Tomorrow we'll celebrate Independence day in California.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Heatwave - 7/2/18

When I started looking for a puzzle to post today, they were predicting that we'd be in the midst of  a period of excessive heat unseen around here since 2011.  It didn't take too long for me to come across this puzzle from Memphis, TN.  And since I went to college there way back in the day, I can tell you that they do indeed know a thing or two about a:

Heatwave

Tomorrow we'll ... 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Knights Who ... - 7/1/18

Today we travel to Canada's Ontario province.  What can I say, I had to laugh at:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Welcome Back - 6/30/18

Today you can travel along with me as I return to New Jersey for a full weekend of activities coordinated by my friend captainmath:

Welcome to Tri-State Treasures!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, June 29, 2018

Piltdown Man - 6/29/18

I've started working through a difficult but very engrossing multi-layered effort by the CO of today's Illinois cache, but I think I should get further before sharing it with you.  In the meantime see if you can solve the mystery of the:

Piltdown Man

Tomorrow we'll be in New Jersey ...

Thursday, June 28, 2018

A Year Ago Today - 6/28/18

I don't know where the time goes ... it was exactly a year ago this week that I made my first trip to Paris since my teen years, and was able to go caching with a friend who happened to be there at the same time.  In memory of those fun days, I'm featuring a puzzle we found along the way:

Centre Culturel de Chine à Paris

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Strange ... - 6/27/18

Today we travel to Colorado for a puzzle about a:

Strange Encounter

Tomorrow we'll be in France.

I'm really interested in explorinig some new locations and new CO's for puzzles for the blog.  If you've ever thought of passing something along to me, please do so!  Your suggestions are always greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Caching and Camping - 6/26/18

Schools are finally out around here, so it's definitely summer time.  What better time for a visit to Maryland for some:

Caching and Camping with Wally

Tomorrow we'll ... 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Stumblefind! - 6/25/18

I actually stumbled across this California puzzle while searching for something to share with you tomorrow, and it turned out to be very appropriate.  While caching in Ohio recently, I had the opportunity to try to pay a visit to a puzzle cache that was shared with me about a year ago.  It was a really unique one, and hadn't been found (or DNF'd) in about 3 years previously.  Although it required a little bit of a drive to get there, my companions for the day VPPlayer and CounselorTroi were game to give it a shot.  When we arrived at the location I told them generally where I thought it was going to be, and made a bee-line for the specific spot I was sure I remembered being mentioned in the hint.  Before I could get there, they had a cache in hand from a very similar, but different spot, and they had opened it up and remarked how it had just been found recently by three or four different people on different days. It didn't appear to be a throw-down container, as there was an old, kind of yucky log down in the bottom of it.  We figured they must just not have logged the find yet.

I will admit that it felt pretty anti-climactic, but I couldn't argue with what they had found ... however, something didn't sit right with me, and after I got home I did a little investigating and realized we had actually stumbled upon a completely different cache!  I'm still kicking myself for not checking the original spot where I wanted to look, and am hoping they'll go back and check for me sometime soon. The cache I had wanted to find was old enough that I wouldn't be at all surprised if somehow the later one had managed to sneak by the reviewer and be ok'd for placement so close to the original one.  In the mean time, so as not to give anything away, I did not log that

Stumblefind!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Nozy, Nozy - 6/24/18

Today's California puzzle made me grin.  I think we can all relate to having a:

Nozy Nabor

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Easy Haiku - 6/23/18

Today finds us in Ohio for an:


I'm sure this is the first puzzle I've ever solved while standing in the CO's kitchen, just moments before going out to find it.

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Sudoku Symphony - 6/22/18

As promised, I'm sharing with you today the massive Ohio puzzle that was the focus of the final Miami Valley Caching Conundrum event that I attended (and actually wrote a post while attending) last week.  We were afforded the luxury of seeing all but the last piece of the puzzle all at once, so we could divide, collaborate, and conquer together over the course of a (long) evening.  As presented on the cache page, though, this puzzle is going to be a marathon, not a sprint.  I'd actually like to try to get through the whole thing myself, since I didn't have the chance to try all of the ones at the event.  You'll have to complete each of the 48 puzzles (which include 12 different varieties, 4 difficulty levels each) in sequence in order to have what you need to solve the: 

Sudoku Symphony


Tomorrow we'll remain in Ohio for one more day.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Skinfusionz Cache - 6/21/18

Today's puzzle is by the CO of one that I found during my recent visit to Ohio.  It had been recommended to me quite a while back but I'd never gotten around to it.  Try your luck with:

Skinfusionz Cache #3.1 - WCA

Tomorrow we'll be in Ohio for another day.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Coyote Convention - 6/20/18

Over the weekend the CO of today's California cache came up in conversation, when my friend mentioned hoping to go out and do his "Puzzle Highway" of caches at some point.  I've solved a lot of those puzzles, but by no means all.  Today's example is a little different than many of them, which require decryption of various ciphers.  This one involves a:

Coyote Convention!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Welcome - 6/19/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Arkansas for a surprising bit of Muppet-lore that I'd never seen before:

Welcome to My Nightmare

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, June 18, 2018

It's a Small World - 6/18/18

I am happy to share with you another puzzle I found during this weekend's spur-of-the-moment trip to Ohio.  It's been so fun getting to know those folks, and I had just as much fun during this trip as the:

Previous One

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, June 17, 2018

It's Father's Day Daddy-O - 6/17/18

I really need to stop trying to set up the posts right before I go to sleep.  I make too many mistakes that way.  My apologies for this week's goof-ups.

I chose this New Jersey puzzle just for today because:

O, it's father's day, daddy

Tomorrow we'll be in Ohio.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

A blast from the past - 6/16/18

Today's puzzle take us to Texas.  Look!:

Ze Plane! Ze Plane!

Sorry this one is so late ... I tried to post it just before midnight and goofed it up.

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, June 15, 2018

Nefarious Nonogram - 6/15/18

Well, this is a first.  I'm actually writing this post while attending a monthly puzzling event in the Dayton, Ohio area.  I've talked about coming to one of these events for the last several years, but never had the chance to attend.  When I heard yesterday that this was to be the very last one, it didn't take too much thought to decide on an impromptu road trip.  So after driving 550 miles today, it's now almost midnight and I've spent just under 6 hours with a very determined group of puzzlers working on a group solve of a huge puzzle that's set to publish tomorrow (I'll post the link next week).  I contributed as much as I could until my brain hit the wall.  I'm hoping to stay awake long enough to participate in the group FTF here shortly. 

A little bonus to making the trip was the opportunity to make the FTF on this puzzle, which nagged me for months.  I haven't even had time to write a proper log yet for:

Nefarious Nonogram

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Three Words More - 6/14/18

Today we find ourselves in California checking out a couple of recent puzzles.  If you've tried out the "Between Before and After" series then how about:

Three Words More and

Three Words More II

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Singapore - 6/12/18

Since a lot of eyes are focused on Singapre right now, I thought we could do the same with this puzzle about:

Containers

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, June 11, 2018

Mathmagical Monday - 6/11/18

I heard recently from my friend Captain Math that he had some puzzling fun planned for his mathematical friends at their annual meeting in Kansas City, and was pleased to see that he'd gotten it all up and running over the weekend.  We can only do the first part remotely, but if I ever get back there I'm going to have to do the entire:

Mathmagical Tour of Kansas City

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Triple Crown - 6/9/18

Since the horse racing world turns its eyes on New York today, I figured we could do the same with a puzzle in honor of the run for:

The TRIple Crown

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, June 8, 2018

Don't Be Evil, Again - 6/8/18

Today's clever California puzzle landed in my inbox recently.  Have some fun with it, and once again:

Don't Be Evil 4

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Long Division - 6/6/18

Today we travel to Ohio for a little exercise in:

Long Division

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Going in Circles - 6/5/18

Today's creative New Jersey puzzle may have you going in circles:

Grove Park in 360 Degrees

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, June 4, 2018

Poor Pumba - 6/4/18

Today's puzzle is part of a South African series that I am interested in investigating more thoroughly.  This one caught my eye (no pun intended) because of the title:

GEO-EYE: P2 - Pumba, the overweight guide dog

Tomorrow we'll ...


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Patent Pending - 6/3/18

Today's Minnesota puzzle is so new it's still:

Patent Pending

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, June 2, 2018

28 and Counting - 6/2/18

Today's puzzle finds us in California.  Today's the day - although since I've had to be out of town for a couple of weeks I haven't put much thought into:

Anniversary Gifts

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, June 1, 2018

Let's Play Two! - 6/1/18

I've been spending some time with my Dad for the last 10 days or so, and we've been watching a lot of baseball - more than I've watched in years.  We even watched a double-header on Monday. Today's related pair of puzzles from Ohio will take you out to the ballgame:

Here's the Windup.....

...and the Pitch!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Nicey Dicey - 5/31/18

Today we travel to the U.K. for a puzzle that's:

Nicey Dicey 🎲🎲🎲

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Conan - 5/30/18

Sometimes I see a title and it just makes me laugh.  That was the case with this Texas puzzle.  I'm just sorry there wasn't an O'Brien connection to:

Conan the Librarian

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

3 By 3 - 5/29/18

Today we visit an Ohio cache which employs a puzzle technique you've probably seen used before, but perhaps not in this way.  I think it's an interesting variation on a:

3 x 3 Puzzle Cache

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day - 5/28/18

I didn't have to look too far for today's thematic puzzle, since it's located in New York only a couple of hours away from me.  I'm not sure why I hadn't solved it before now, but I'm glad I came across it just in time to share it with you as a:

Memorial Day Puzzle

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, May 27, 2018

M*A*S*H Up - 5/27/18

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  I happened to catch several episodes of a M*A*S*H marathon a few weeks ago, following the death of David Ogden Stiers.  It's hard to believe that more time has passed since those shows were made in the 1970's and 1980's than had elapsed between then and the time that inspired them in the early 1950's.  My dad, who was in the army in Korea after the end of the war, was always fond of pointing out that the TV series lasted quite a bit longer than the "conflict" itself.  Of course, without a peace treaty in place it still officially continues today.  We can only hope that perhaps some resolution may be forthcoming, and the whole process won't:

M*A*S*H Up

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, May 26, 2018

GeoWoodstock - 5/26/18

I had hoped to be able to put in an appearance at GeoWoodstock but unfortunately it didn't work out.  But we can still visit Cincinatti, OH for this inagural North American giga-event via today's featured puzzle:

1) "G" is for Giga/Geowoodstock Geo-art

Tomorrow we'll ...

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Can you ... 5/25/18

I was talking with a friend recently about how I'd just about run out of the classic "Dastardly Manhattan" puzzles to solve, when she reminded me of one that I hadn't thought about in a long time. See if you can:

See the Trees for the Forest

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Something Old, Something New - 5/24/18

When I saw the title of today's California puzzle, I thought it would be similar to some I've seen before ... well, it was.  But it wasn't.  I love things like that.  :)   Try your luck with this little:

Word Cloud

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Another puzzle? - 5/23/18

Today finds us in Illinois.  Looking for another puzzle cache, are you?  Well, be sure and:

Ask Nicely

Tomorrow we'll ...


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Lucky Seven? - 5/22/18

Today's puzzle finds us in Tennessee again.  I've heard of the "Magnificent" ones, but until now I'd not come across:

The Desaturating Seven

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, May 21, 2018

Good as New - 5/21/18

Today's puzzle from Tennessee is brand new, despite being a:

Recycled Cache

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Out in the Country - 5/20/18

Driving back from PA by myself last weekend I didn't have any CD's in the car and didn't want to fool with my phone to bring up "Pandora," so I ended up flipping through the radio stations throughout the trip.  I caught a little bit of one of Casey Kasem's countdowns but in some spots about all I could find was country music.  I don't listen to it regularly, but I'll admit that some of the lyrics make me grin.  The one about "beer for my horses" is a fave.  The song behind today's Virginia puzzle (which looks to be near the beginning of a country music themed series) reminds me of those ads on TV for the "Farmers Only" dating site:

"She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" Kenny Chesney

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Spring has Sprung! - 5/19/18

Today's puzzle finds us in California.  Just about every year I've lived in upstate New York I've complained about the lack of a proper Spring.  It always seems late, short, and not that much to get excited about.  This year it came later than ever, but it's been a real humdinger.  Everything seemed to start blooming profusely all at once.  The colors are more vibrant than ever, and there's a scent of lilacs in the air. Of course all that pollen leaves the allergy sufferers like me with eyes and noses that are runny and:

Red

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, May 18, 2018

A purl of a puzzle - 5/18/18

Today we travel to Canada's Ontario province for a:

Purl of a puzzle

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Fish Burps - 5/17/18

I was working on something else for today but didn't quite get it sorted out, so let's travel to Colorado and check out:

Fish Burps

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Best in Show - 5/16/18

I came across this puzzle a while back, but had set it aside.  As a quilter myself I always enjoy seeing puzzles inspired by quilts, and today's from Oregon features one that won:

Best in Show

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

You Dirty Rat! - 5/15/18

The CO of yesterday's featured puzzle was very complimentary.  It sounds like today's Ohio CO has other ideas:

You Dirty Rat!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, May 14, 2018

"You are all the bomb!" - 5/14/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Illinois, and I love what the CO has to say about the "dynamite puzzle hiders and solvers in the area.  You are all the bomb!":

Stand Back

Tomorrow we'll ...  

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mother's Day - 5/13/18

Let's travel to Canada's Ontario province. Today's the day so:


Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Graduation Day - 5/12/18

Today's Maryland puzzle is posted in honor of our daughter's special day today.  We're super proud of her:

Magna Cum Laude, My Hat's Off to You!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, May 11, 2018

Alice in Wonderland - 5/11/18

Today's California puzzle is one that was recommended to me recently, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Get ready to jump down the rabbit hole with:

Alice in Wonderland

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Victory! - 5/10/18

Making it to the end of another semester always feels like quite a victory.  Hurrah!  :)  I'm celebrating the occasion with today's Ohio puzzle:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A Fairy Tale - 5/9/18

My apologies for the late post yesterday ... the blame rests soley with pilot error.  I had it all queued up well in advance but must have forgotten to push the right button to enable it.  I hate it when that happens. 

At any rate, today's puzzle takes us to California where you'll have to see if you can follow the breadcrumbs left by:

Hänsel und Gretel in Mountain View

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Puzzle Solving 101 - the Fun Continues - 5/8/18

Not long ago I heard that all of the caches except the Final in epeterso2's excellent Puzzle Solving 101 series in Florida were being archived.  If you've not done the series, the puzzles are still available and I highly recommend them.  But even if you have you have solved the puzzles remotely, there is some more fun awaiting you.  Previously, the clues for the Final Exam could only be obtained only by visiting the caches themselves.  Now they are all available online and you can collect the clues and solve the Final Exam puzzle yourself.  Check out all the details on the cache page.

This series has a long history for me. I worked on these early in my puzzling career, and discovered the Remote Solver TB  back in May of 2011.  At that time I had never taken a vacation specifically for geocaching, and had no real hope of ever logging the final.  After taking an overnight up to Canada to find a tribute "mid-term" exam puzzle in October of 2012, I started wondering if I could get to Florida and log the real thing, which I did in January of 2013.  I was thrilled to receive my Puzzle-Headed Weenie diploma and graduation gift in the cache.

As I was re-reading the cache page and logs, I noticed mention of finders who'd made the Dean's List, and I didn't seem to be one of them.  Now, I always was a very competitive student, so I wasn't going to rest until I sorted out why I wasn't eligible.  And so, more than 5 years after the fact, the fun continued ... and I finally did make the list.

I've already featured the final puzzle here years ago, so I decided to feature another tribute puzzle, this one in North Carolina.  In order to solve it, I would either have to start over from the beginning, or find my notes from 7 years ago.  One thing I've always wished is that I were better organized in my solving process so I could easily go back and check things after a long time.  I tend to fill up notebooks and scrap sheets of paper without labels, dates, or any identifying information. But I am a bit of a pack rat and didn't think I would have thrown away something so important.  I am pleased to report that after only a few minutes of mucking around in a box in the garage I found the right legal pad with the very important information for:

ePeterso2's Puzzle Solving 101 Series

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, May 7, 2018

Viva Venezia! - 5/7/18

Whenever any of my geocaching friends with starts planning a trip somewhere new, I always encourage them to let me know if they run across any interesting puzzles, or if there are any they'd like to work on jointly.  It's great fun for me to travel vicariously with them, and then once in a great while I am actually able to claim the finds for the caches at some point in the future.  Today's puzzle from Venice, Italy, is one that my friend The North Star sent me a couple of weeks ago.  Since one of the geocaching highlights of 2017 for me was grabbing some puzzle caches with him in Paris when we both happened to be there at the same time, it was great fun to be able to participate in this trip at least remotely.  After he inked the log last week (and sent me some nice photos of gondolas and such) he encouraged me to use the puzzle as the POTD since I already had a story ready to go with it:

Ponte della Salute

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, May 6, 2018

There's gotta be a story ... - 5/6/18

As you've no doubt noticed, I love coming across puzzle caches with amusing or timely titles.  Today's example from Canada's Manitoba province is one I came across recently, and as the end of the semester always makes me feel a bit frazzled, it felt appropriate to share with you this weekend.  I'm sure there's gotta be a story behind:


Tomorrow we'll be in Italy.


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Cinco de Mayo - 5/5/18

I know some folks will be expecting a themed puzzle for today, so I'd hate to disappoint you.  I'll send you to Pennsylvania for a very happy:

Cinco de Mayo

Tomorrow we'll be in Canada's Manitoba province.

Friday, May 4, 2018

May the Fourth - 5/4/18

I know that folks in the San Francisco Bay area (and many other diehard puzzlers who follow this monthly series) will have seen this puzzle earlier this week, but I just have to share it since it has what's undoubtedly one of the best titles I've seen in a long time:

May the Horse Be with You (KPC2018)

Tomorrow  we'll ...


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Downtown Columbus - 5/3/18

One last (for now) puzzle from Ohio ... another one I wasn't able to get to make the find for, but enjoyed solving while at my hotel not far away.  I didn't really get to explore downtown very much, but did drive by a pretty cool virtual at a topiary garden where I would like to have spent some time. There's quite a lot going on there:

It's All In Downtown Columbus, Oh!

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Pinball Wizard - 5/2/18

Today's Ohio puzzle is one I solved during my trip, but wasn't able to make the find due to the poor weather conditions (over the course of the time I was there things went from 80 degrees and sunnt to overcast and damp to torrential downpours with wind, to large flakes of snow coming down.  It was really something).  If you're the age that I am, this puzzle will definitely bring back some memories:

Pinball Wizard


I also did the work the Maized & Cornfused field puzzle (see photo below) but wasn't able to get to that final location either.  I guess I'm just going to have to go back some time.


Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Back to Work! - 5/1/18

I hope you'll indulge me for sharing another photo from my long weekend of Ohio caching ... but if not, you can skip directly down to the puzzle from another "O" state, "Oregon."  This photo was from a little puzzlers' pizza party where I got to meet several of the people whose work I have enjoyed solving over the years (details are in my log for this cache.)

In the foreground is CounselorTroi, who I mentioned yesterday, but I neglected to say that I first met her in person here in Ithaca back in November of 2016 when she drove a couple hours out of the way to come through here just so we could have a quick lunch together.  I am fortunate that she loves to drive so much! She drove me around for two days out there, and got our little get-together organized. Geocachers really are the best.  :)  

I'm still working on getting my final logs written ... I posted quick cut-paste logs so as to be sure to earn my "Planetary Pursuits" souvenirs (it was nice of them to extend the deadline by a week!) but am going back and writing more detailed logs now.  I think I'm up to about 45 of the 59 caches I found, plus a few notes and DNF's for ones I wasn't able to log.  It's taken a severe toll on my puzzle-solving time, but I'm hoping pretty soon I'll be ready to:


Tomorrow we'll ...


Monday, April 30, 2018

A bit of stargazing - 4/30/18

Hello from Ithaca! Here I am back again after my two-week sabbatical.  I owe a HUGE thanks to Ol' Fogie for taking over for me so ably.  I am really in his debt for doing such a nice job getting things all set up for me to take a break, and I hope to be able to make some finds on his caches and some of the other Tennesee puzzles he presented us this summer.  Maybe I'll even have the chance to meet him in person, which would be great. 

I realized after the fact that there were two other past puzzle pickers I didn't acknowledge before my break:  rosebud55112, who I met and cached with last summer in Minnesota, and VPPlayer, who I had the pleasure of meeting and caching with a couple of weeks ago during an excellent caching adventure in the Columbus and Dayton, Ohio area.  Here I am with him and his good friend and fellow cacher CounselorTroi.  I'll have a lot more to report from my trip over the coming days, but I can tell you that I really enjoyed being able to meet so many people from that area's puzzling community.  What a great bunch of folks!



I've still got a few weeks to go before my schedule is going to calm down, but I'm going to keep up with things the best I can here.  Today I have for you a puzzle that's just up the road from me in central New York, but you'll think you're looking at the:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Life is like a box of crayons - 4/29/18


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

Well, this is my last day filling in for our resident puzzling guru, Jennifer. I hope she’s had a restful and fun couple of weeks and look forward to seeing stories from her break right here in the blog. Thanks to her for letting me fill in and thanks to all of you out there for allowing me into your mailboxes for a few days. Until next time, keep on puzzling.

Cache ya later!

Ol’Fogie

Now for today’s puzzle…  While on a recent caching adventure in Tennessee with yomegranate and jacktn, we were trying to score all the potential smilies near our hotel. There were several mysteries in the area and we solved all of them pretty quickly before bed… except one. I got up early the next morning and headed down to the breakfast area with my laptop and ran Google through its paces trying to determine the key. I have to admit that I never did figure out the significance of the information as presented, but another approach did lead me to the solution. I sent a message to the CO hoping to find out exactly to what he was alluding, but haven’t heard back yet. And, yeah, that is me laying on the ground peering into a drain in jacktn’s DNF log. Anyway, maybe you can determine the true meaning in this spectrum of...


Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Childhood Ickies - 4/28/18



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

Children today get a plethora of vaccinations to ward off and prevent many diseases. They get shots for polio, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella and many other frightful malodies. BUT, this item from Maryland points out one of the most prolific childhood plagues has yet to be addressed by the scientific community: COOTIES! That’s right, that germ or repellent quality transmitted by other obnoxious or slovenly children generally of the opposite sex. It reaches epidemic proportions in every school and every playground, yet we leave the children on their own to fend off this dreadful plight. As such, each child is forced to create their own...


Tomorrow we'll head back to Tennessee and do some coloring.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Oh, the Quandaries! - 4/27/18


Brought to you by guest puzzle-picker Ol'Fogie:
  
If you’re anything like me, you look at a difficult puzzle and proceed to spend MANY, MANY hours researching ideas, thinking, over-thinking, converting, encoding, decoding, studying and chasing rabbits down their holes.....often in the whole wrong direction. Today’s Tennessee selection was one of those for me and several of my geobuds when we formed a braintrust to work on this one as a team. But, it’s tough to beat the euphoria when you solve...


Tomorrow we'll head to Maryland to fight the dreaded childhood epidemic of cooties.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Bean Counting - 4/26/18


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

I bet all of you have taken a stab at one of those “guess how many beans are in the jar” contests. Well, here’s one from Virginia that has been turned into a cache! It’s a simple game; just submit a guess and you will be told if you are too high, too low, or correct. It really is that simple. Just find the correct number and you will get the coordinates. That's it... so simple... truly easy. Oh, did I mention that the number is between 0 and 2,147,483,647? Yeah, have fun with...


Tomorrow we'll revisit Tennessee for a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. My head already hurts.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Extra-terrestrial Cachers - 4/25/18


Brought to you by guest puzzle-picker Ol'Fogie:
  
One of the first mystery caches I attempted still remains one of my all-time favorites. The one that hooked me is in my homebase of Knoxville, TN, but I saw that it was based on two other puzzles from the American left coast in California. I spent weeks relentlessly scanning Google Earth trying to find spaceships and figure out the triangulation of the alien pod and thwart the impending attack! Now you can join the Interstellar Defense League and discover that…


And why…


Tomorrow we'll be in Virginia playing the bean jar game.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Letter Belts and Pulleys - 4/24/18


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

Today’s California puzzle is an awesome twist on the word search concept. No offense to anyone who likes word searches, but they just don’t move me. So, when I first glanced at this one I almost moved on until I saw that before you can even search for the words, you have to correctly align the given letters. OK, now it had my attention! Dozens of sheets of paper later, I finally cracked the...


Tomorrow we'll check out duel alien invasions in California and Tennessee.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Diagonal Thinking - 4/23/18


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

Today’s Tennessee puzzle is an interesting presentation based on an ancient form of chess known as shatranj. I appreciate those folks that are good at chess and can think many moves ahead. Myself? Well I am by no means a master. Actually, I’m really bad at it; I don’t have the patience for the game and tend to start chasing shiny objects, squirrels or even shiny squirrels in my mind. BUT, make it a puzzle cache and my attention stays focused on the...


Tomorrow we'll visit the left coast of America and try to crack open the word safe.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

We're All Crazy Here! - 4/22/18


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

This is one of a series of puzzle caches near my homebase in Tennessee that will produce some appropriate GeoArt. The series was started by PokerLuck, who then passed the torch to Elorabug who has continued on. The series, currently consisting of 49 caches, provides a variety of mysteries and coordinate obfuscating techniques. I encourage you to work your way through all of them as they may introduce you to a puzzle type you haven’t encountered before. We puzzlers are a different breed of cacher, foregoing 100 park and grabs to spend hours working on a singular mystery to gain one smilie. Just goes to show you that...


Tomorrow we'll be back in Tennessee for a game of ancient chess.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

What’s In a Name - 4/21/18

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

Today’s selection takes us to Spain. Calella is a seaside city on the Costa del
Maresme, 36 miles (58 km) northeast of Barcelona, in Catalonia, Spain. It is located on the coast between Sant Pol de Mar and Pineda de Mar. The mystery involved here is determining the Roman villa that was...


Tomorrow we'll get crazy in Tennessee.

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 ...