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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Masquerade - 12/13/18

Let's head up to Canada's province of British Columbia for a:

Masquerade

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Poker Face - 12/12/18

I made a note that I liked this Swedish puzzle a while back but never did feature it so I'm pulling it out today.  See if you can beat a:

Royal Straight Flush i Macau (MMDO17)

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Another Classic Music Puzzle - 12/11/18

Let's travel to Wisconsin today for a puzzle that falls right in the middle of a brand new series:

Music Theory 3.0 - Another Classic Music Puzzle

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, December 10, 2018

Holiday Keyword - 12/10/18

Today we travel to California for a puzzle based on a:

KEYWORD - Holiday Edition  (Be sure to check out the street view of the nicely in-theme location!)

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Reindeer Riddle - 12/9/18

Today we travel to New Jersey for a little:

Reindeer Riddle

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Penguencoding - 12/8/18

Today's puzzle takes us to California. We woke up to more snow coming down again, so in keeping with a snowy theme it seems like a good day to feature a brand new series involving some:

Penguencoding 3.

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, December 7, 2018

Happy Holidays - 12/7/18

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  It was a busy day, but now I just have to give exams and get my grades in and I will have a nice break between semesters.  I've had my tree up for a few days, but haven't even got the lights on it yet, so I've got some catching up to do.  Now with work almost behind me I'm about ready to focus on having some:

Happy Holidays

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Turkey Huntin' - 12/6/18

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  On two separate occasions, in different locations recently I've had to hit the brakes to avoid a turkey crossing the road in front of me.  Now, I don't mean some idiot driver or a clueless pedestrian wearing earbuds and looking at their phone ... I mean actual wild turkeys.  Neither one of them seemed to be in much of a hurry, and I was thinking to myself, "What are these dumb turkeys doing, anyway?"  But they got the laugh on me yesterday ... while I was waiting for one to cross I looked to the left and saw that there were a whole flock of them right there in the woods by the edge of the road, and they were all clustered around a big red sign that said, "No Hunting."  So I guess they weren't so dumb after all; at least they were smart enough to go somewhere to avoid anybody that was:

Turkey Huntin'

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Santa's Pocket Calculator - 12/5/18

It's possible you saw this Swedish puzzle as a component of one that I featured last year, but since I haven't featured it directly, I'm going to go ahead and share it today.  I'm not sure how Santa does his calculations of naughty vs. nice, but I'm sure hoping he wasn't listening on Sunday afternoon when I was struggling to put up my Christmas lights on the front of the house (for that matter, I'm hoping the neighbors didn't hear all the swearing and cursing either).  Try your luck with:

Nötknäckarkalendern 2012-01 Tomtens miniräknare

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, December 3, 2018

Goof Balls - 12/4/18

Today's puzzle from Ireland is about a bunch of:

Goof Balls

Tomorrow we'll ...

Xmas Karma Cache Delux - 12/3/18

Today's puzzle takes us back to Sweden for one of the most creative puzzles I've had the pleasure of doing in a long time.  I am really excited that it was passed along to me by a reader.  If you've been on the fence about sending me one yourself, I hope you'll hop on down and send me a message right now.  And after you've done that, I'd recommend brewing up a nice hot beverage and diving in to:

Nötknäckarkalendern 2012-23 Xmas Karma Cache Delux

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Julkalender - 12/2/18

Sweden is home to a number of fun holiday-themed puzzles, including several based on counting the days leading up to Christmas.  I am fortunate to have a resident expert on this type of puzzle, so I knew just what to do with:

Härryda Julkalender 2017 #03 - Adventspyssel

Tomorrow we'll be in Sweden again.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

An Ode to December - 12/1/18

Well, here we are in December again.  Where does the time go??  I can't believe it's already here ... and that "A" is celebrating his 20th birthday, today.  No more teenagers in our house.  :)  In honor of the occasion I bring you, from California:

Phlsolo Legacy: Ode to December

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, November 30, 2018

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

If You Like to Talk to Tomatoes - 11/28/18

You'll enjoy today's Maryland puzzle:

If you Like to Talk to Tomatoes....

I'm on the lookout for holiday/winter themed puzzles.  If you've solved or written any fun ones that deserve a wider audience, please send them my way.  I've featured a whole bunch of them over the years, and it gets tougher finding more, but I know they're out there.  I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Monday, November 26, 2018

Poisoned Pen - 11/26/18

Today we head to Canada's Prince Edward Island for a puzzle by a CO who reads a lot of the same authors that I do.  But I doubt that any of them writes with a:

Poisoned "Pen"

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Who knew? - 11/25/18

I saw this new puzzle and it made me laugh.  Just imagine, finding this in New Jersey:

It's the Holy G.Rail!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, November 24, 2018

It Ain't Rocket Science - 11/24/18

If you're still recovering from a tryptophan-induced stupor, or you shopped 'til you dropped yesterday on Black Friday, today's California puzzle may be just the ticket:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, November 23, 2018

GC4TECH - 11/23/18

I love coming CO's who make fun use of an interesting GC code they randomly receive by incorporating it into the theme of their cache, as in today's puzzle from Canada's Ontario province.  I am generally pretty good with technology, I think, but I was really flummoxed earlier this week.  I was pointing the remote control at the TV and pushing the "off" button and couldn't figure out why it wasn't responding.  Finally I realized that what I was pointing at the TV was actually my cordless phone. D'oh!  It's a good thing I don't have too many more things that are:

Remote Controlled


Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving Gluttony - 11/22/18

Today we head to Michigan and a puzzle in celebration of:

Thanksgiving Gluttony

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

GIFF - 11/21/18

Today we head to California for a puzzle about the recently held:

GIFF 2018

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Sketchy Kind of Cache - 11/20/18

Have you ever been out caching and all of the sudden realize you're in an area that might be a little sketchy?  Today's puzzle will take you to California and a:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, November 19, 2018

Talking Turkey - 11/19/18

Today we travel to Australia for our puzzle.  I don't know what they're doing there this time of year, but this week in the U.S. we're all:

Talking Turkey

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Asimov's Legacy - 11/18/18

Today's puzzle takes us to the United Kingdom.  As the CO says, "Get ready to channel your inner geek" as you explore:

🤖 🤖 Asimov’s Legacy

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Snowflakes are Falling - 11/17/18

I'm not sure if I've ever had to be out shoveling snow before Thanksgiving.  The weather forecast was for 10 inches, and we got 9.5, so I'd say that was a pretty precise prediction.  Today's puzzle takes us to Massachusetts.  One thing I'll say for this weather ... there's no better time for puzzling than when:

The Snowflakes Are Falling

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, November 16, 2018

Vexing? - 11/16/18

Well, before the leaves have even all come down, we're getting smacked with winter here in upstate New York.  My commute yesterday morning was lake-effected and turned from 20 minutes to about 45.  Tonight we're supposed to get about 10 inches.  Yuck.  It makes me long for a warmer climate.  Phoenix sounds good.  My in-laws are headed there right now, so let's travel there ourselves for a puzzle that I hope you won't find too vexing:

jakob's Poor Attempt at Vexillology Part II

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Franglais - 11/15/18

Today's puzzle from France (in a blend of  languages the CO called "Franglais") landed in my inbox recently.  Have some fun with:

GRENOUILLES ET BICYCLETTES

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

No Problemo - 11/14/18

Today we're back in Southern California.  Looking for a new puzzle, are you?:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Should've Gone For The Head - 11/13/18

Today's California puzzle suggests that we:

Should've Gone For The Head

Tomorrow, we'll hang around in southern California for another day.

Monday, November 12, 2018

KEYWORD - 11/12/18

Today's puzzle finds us in northern California, where you'll be looking for a:

KEYWORD

Tomorrow we'll be in southern California.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

100 Years Later - 11/11/2018

It's Veterans Day, and I couldn't let the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I pass un-noticed, so today we travel to Michigan for a:

11/11/11 - Veterans Day Sudoku

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday Mornings

Today we have another post composed for us by guest puzzle-picker Ol'Fogie:

Saturday morning American broadcast TV was once animation's home field. Filling a cereal bowl with artificially colored sugar pebbles and staring at the tube was every kid's weekend plan. Not any more.

NBC ditched Saturday morning cartoons in 1992, CBS followed suit not long after, and ABC lost its animated weekend mornings in 2004. The CW, a lower-tier broadcast network, was the last holdout in a game that the Big 3 left long ago, but even it killed off Saturday cartoons in 2014.

Why? Cable, streaming, and the FCC. In the 1990s, the FCC began more strictly enforcing its rule requiring broadcast networks to provide a minimum of three hours of "educational" programming every week. Networks, afraid of messing with their prime-time slots, found it easiest to cram this required programming in the weekend morning slot. The actual educational content of this live-action programming is sometimes debatable, but it meets the letter of the law.

Fortunately, this Tennessee puzzle created by my geomate, yomegranate, invites us back to childhood on...


Tomorrow we'll...

Friday, November 9, 2018

Music for Adventurers - 11/9/18

Teamajk is off on a quick adventure to Tennessee, so standing in for her today (and bringing you a puzzle that's also in the Volunteer State) is Ol'Fogie who writes:

My geomate, yomegranate, is a very talented music afficianado, and that comes in quite handy when I’m working on a puzzle involving such themes. But, when SHE is the CO of a tough puzzle opus I have to rely on my own limited knowledge and that usually doesn’t get me very far. Fortunately, I was able to get together with some other brainiacs that have been featured in this very blog (Elorabug and PokerLuck), and the three of us managed to work it out. Admittedly, however, it took us quite a few hours before we could successfully sing the find for...


Tomorrow we'll...

Thursday, November 8, 2018

No Geocachers Were Harmed in the Making of this Puzzle - 11/8/18

This week's guest puzzle picker Ol'Fogie says:

Although I am the current CO of this cache, I can not take credit for its development. My good friend, Fugads, created this fun li’l puzzle. Sadly, he moved away, but his contributions to the mystery cache community in East Tennessee are still garnering blue ribbons for their innovation and uniqueness. So, let’s play a game of...


Tomorrow we'll...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

We're (Still) All Crazy Here - 11/7/18

Brought to you by guest puzzle picker Ol'Fogie:

There is a series in Tennessee called WACH (We’re All Crazy Here!). It features many conundrums to expose the local community to the variety of puzzles in the caching world. PokerLuck started the series and then handed over the reins to Elorabug. I picked this one from the series at random, but you should certainly check them all out as each one is unique. The code for the first one is GC74G46, but let’s jump in the middle at..,.


Tomorrow we'll be...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Family Crests - 11/6/18

Ol'Fogie is standing in for teamajk today, and he writes:

When I solved today’s Tennessee puzzle, it sent me down a Google rabbit hole exploring my own family history. There is apparently a ton of info on the interwebs for any surname you can think of, some of it conflicting. Thus, it makes me wonder how reliable any of the info is, especially when I found differing images for my family:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, November 5, 2018

Why are we here? - 11/5/18

Lately I've had so much going on that I feel like I'm burning the candle at both ends, and holding a lighter up to the middle.  Fortunately, fellow puzzler Ol'Fogie has agreed to pinch hit for me for a few days so I can snag a little break.  Here's the first of his posts, for a puzzle cache in North Carolina:

Why Are You Reading This Blog?

What compels us to read this blog every morning? What drives us to stare at cache descriptions for hours? What urge do we need fulfilled by days of frustration trying to find elusive solutions? For me, it’s because...


Tomorrow we'll be...

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Insulting? - 11/4/18

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  I'm at a conference relating to a specific math course I'm teaching, and one of our exercises had us very quickly decrypting something based on some mathy rules.  You can bet I was all over that.  The decryption read, "Descartes said, 'I think not,' and disappeared."  I had to google the joke*, but I thought that was a pretty good punch line.  So, all in all I was pretty busy today and what I've got for you is pretty much:

An Insult to All Puzzle Caches

Tomorrow we'll ...


*There are a lot of different versions of the joke, but this is the one I found first: "Descartes walks into a bar. The bartender walks up to him and says, “Would you care for a drink?”Descartes replied, “I think not.” and disappeared.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Google Art - 11/3/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Canada's province of British Columbia.  I had to spend my birthday at a conference, but at least I was there with friends.  While we enjoyed a piece of cake together, I wanted to know the name of the cocktail* they had ordered me and pulled out my phone to do a google search based on the ingredients.  And I said, "Hey, look, the google doodle has little birthday candles."  At which point I realized it must know when my birthday is, and it had adjusted accordingly.  Spooky.  Everyone else checked their phones and they all had a different, Day of the Dead themed:

Google Art

Tomorrow we'll ...

*It turned out to be a "Bay Breeze."  Pinapple juice, cranberry juice, and vodka.  Yum.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Fifty - 11/2/18

Today we travel to Canada's province of Newfoundland and Labrador for a puzzle in recognition of my big day:


Tomorrow we'll ...


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Bingo! - 11/1/18

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  I was trying to figure out what to post for today's puzzle, and then:

Bingo!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Treehouse of Horror - 10/31/18

Today's puzzle finds us in central New York, where it seems like the perfect day to pay a visit to a:

Treehouse of Horror

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Tea for ... more than Two - 10/30/18

Today's puzzle takes us to my neighbor to the north, Canada's Ontario province.  My own maternal grandmother was Canadian, and I recently mentioned that I'd come into possession of her teacup collection (photos of some are below).  Even more recently I've gotten the cabinet in which to display them, so now I'm all set in case any:

K4: Grannies Come to Tea



 

Tomorrow we'll celebrate Halloween with a central New York puzzle.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Somewhere! - 10/29/18

Today's puzzle takes us to a puzzle from a series in Oregon that I'm sure I'll look into more deeply.  I remember one day last summer I walked quickly past a clock on the wall (one I had walked past repeatedly, as it happens) and thought to myself, "That time doesn't look right. It's not 5:00."  As I walked about ten steps further, I realized two things:  It wasn't an actual clock ... and it was a bar that I'd just walked past.

I had my own "five o'clock somewhere" moment on Wednesday this week.  What a day!  But don't worry.  I limited myself to one Fuzzy Navel flavored wine cooler, and Thursday was much better.  Enjoy: 

CS: It's Five o'clock Somewhere!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, October 28, 2018

40 - 10/28/18

Today we visit a puzzle from Central New York.  The other day my students were discussing having a small Halloween party in class this coming week, and I mentioned that I might be amenable to a little celebration, since I had a birthday coming up as well and it was a big one, with a zero in it.  As class was ending, one of them kindly said to me, "Don't worry, 40 is the new 25, right?"  And I had to say, "Well, that may be, but ... it's 50."  So here's a puzzle in honor of at least one person thinking I can still pass for:

40

Tomorrow we'll be in Oregon.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Hindsight is 2020 - 10/27/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Canada's province of British Columbia.  Whatever your political leanings, I expect you can appreciate the clever word/number play on this bumper sticker that I saw on a car in front of me this week:



B10: Hindsight is 2020



Friday, October 26, 2018

Baking Bad - 10/26/18

Today's puzzle take us to the UK.  I mentioned yesterday that I'd been watching some Halloween baking shows.  I enjoy them, but they make me hungry.  I'm getting an urge to do some:

Baking Bad

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Stingy Jack - 10/25/18

With Halloween less than a week away I've found myself watching the Food Network's "Halloween Baking Championship" and "Halloween Wars," so I figured I'd serve up a puzzle with a Halloween-related theme for you today.  This one is from Canada's Alberta province.  I'll warn you that when he archived it the CO did give away the secret, so if you don't want a spoiler don't scroll down too far.  But if you do ... well, you'll know where to look for your treat.  Maybe you'll learn a new trick with:

Stingy Jack

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Lucky Day? - 10/24/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Rhode Island.  With the mega-millions lottery jackpot up to $1.6 billion, I couldn't resist putting in my $2 on a quick pick ticket just for the fun of it.  I know the odds are (ridiculously) long.  But they're 0 if you don't try, right?  Talking it over with my son led to an interesting conversation about the odds, and why someone wouldn't just buy up all of the combinations (assuming they had over 600 million dollars lying around to do so, and it was even possible to get all those tickets printed for you).  I bet someone could write a pretty interesting puzzle looking at the possible payouts, and the taxes(!) in such a scenario, depending on how many other people were lucky enough to have the winning combination.  At any rate, as I'm posting this I'm wondering if someone is going to wake up tomorrow as one:

Lucky Dog

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Crazy for Cats - 10/23/18

A previous logic puzzle in this series in France had us placing rabbits and trees in a grid.  Today, it's cats.  A whole lot of cats:

42 - Grilles Logiques : facile

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, October 22, 2018

Secret Agent Man - 10/22/18

Today's central New York puzzle will put you on the trail of:

Secret Agent Atwater Meadows

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Blue vs Red? - 10/21/18

There's a lot of talk about blue vs red these days, and it looks like baseball's World Series will be no different.  The Red Sox made it in on Thursday, but today we travel to California for a puzzle in celebration of last night's victory clinching a spot for:

Dodger Blue!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, October 20, 2018

A Blonde Moment - 10/20/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Canada's province of Quebec.  I think we all have the occasional "blonde moment," but I feel like maybe I've had more than my share lately.  Maybe I need one of these:

Clavier pour blondes 

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, October 19, 2018

Winter is Coming - 10/19/18

Today's puzzle takes us to New Zealand, where they're lucky enough to have winter behind them already. The fall colors have been a bit delayed here, but there's no doubt that winter is on its way.  There was actually a good deal of ice on my front and back windshields this morning that had to be scraped off before I could go to work.  Given the time, I will just sit and wait for the defrosters/windshield wipers/windshield washer fluid to do their thing, but I hadn't left enough time for that today.  I guess it's about time to get the garage cleaned out so we'll have some:

Frost Protection (Hawkes Bay)

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Czechia - 10/18/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Czechia (which, in case you haven't heard, is what we should have been calling the Czech Republic for a while now, but it took some time to catch on).  I heard on the way to work that this is National Pasta Month, and yesterday was actually National Pasta Day here in the U.S.  So in celebration of the occasion (and because it's one of my favorite food groups), I give you:

PASTA, PASTA... 

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Tanks! - 10/17/18

Today's Arizona puzzle was recommended to me recently and I found it a fun exercise.  I've got a birthday with a 0 in it coming up soon, and I've been feeling introspective. I keep finding myself looking back and wondering where the time has gone and thinking:

Tanks for the Memories

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Open Secrets - 10/16/18

When I've been lucky enough to visit the San Francisco Bay area, I've made it a point to venture a bit to the east to find some of the caches by today's featured CO.  Not only are the puzzles fun, but they are without a doubt some of the most amazingly clever hides I've ever seen.  If you're ever in the neighborhood you owe it to yourself to give them a shot.  I was tickled to see recently that after a seven year hiatus, some new ones have started appearing.  See if you can solve the mystery of the:

Open Secrets

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, October 15, 2018

Impress Me! - 10/15/18

How about kicking off your week with this puzzle from Colorado.  Come on:

Impress Me!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018

All is Vanity - 10/13/18

I spotted this picture in a video I watched the other day, and was intrigued.


Lest you think I'm a little early for Halloween, look a little closer.  The title of the picture is "All is Vanity," so I was inspired to find this Illinois puzzle to go with it:


Tomorrow we'll ...

P.S.  Halloween will be here before you know it, and then Thanksgiving and all the winter holidays will follow quickly right after that.  If you have holiday-themed puzzles you've written or solved that you think others would enjoy, please send them my way!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Family Matters - 10/12/18

Today's central NY puzzle is one that caught my eye recently, and I found the subject to be an interesting topic.  After all, it's very true that:

Family Matters

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The last thing ... - 10/11/18

I hate to admit it, but I'm definitely a caffeine addict.  Diet Mountain Dew is my usual delivery method, but I can definitely understand the sentiment behind today's Illinois puzzle:

The last thing you need is another cup of coffee

Tomorrow we'll be in New York.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Hobby? Or addiction? - 10/10/18

Today we travel to California where it appears the CO of this puzzle might have a geocaching:

Stats addi¢tion

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Don't Forget These! - 10/9/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Minnesota.  Sometimes a puzzle just nags at me ... I keep looking and think I have an idea but it heads absolutely nowhere.  So I put it aside and come back, often, repeatedly.  I find it hard to just let them go.  I wonder why it is that I:

Don't Forget These!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, October 8, 2018

Fall Break - 10/8/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Vermont. The semester is flying by, and we've made it to Columbus Day. That means it's time to:

Give Me A Break!

Tomorrow we'll be in Minnesota.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Money Talks - 10/7/18

I recently happened across this Ohio series (which makes a spiffy little geo-art), and am looking forward to checking out more.  Try your luck with:

2 - Money Talks - Vroom, Vroom

Tomorrow we'll be in  ...

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Apples! - 10/6/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Michigan.  One of the best things about upstate New York in the Fall is apple season. I've got a new little quilt up on the wall, and  I'll be making a trip to the Cornell Apple Store this weekend (the one run by the orchard, not the one that sells computers).  I'm looking forward to coming home with cider (which is excellent either hot or cold), crunching some crisp tasty apples, and baking some sort of brown-sugary sweet dessert to be topped with vanilla ice cream.  Yum.  The fall colors are really late this year, so what would we do if there were:

No Apples?


Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, October 5, 2018

Crouching Panda, Hidden Venona - 10/5/18

Today's puzzle (from a part of down-state New York where I've never cached) was a serendipitous discovery for me, as it allows me to talk about a couple of different things.  I was actually looking for a puzzle with a "panda" theme, so I could mention a non-geocaching puzzle magazine called "P&A" which I was introduced to recently.  I'm working on the current issue and finding it to be a fun (but quite challenging) exercise.  I love seeing what's out there in the wider puzzling world beyond geocaching.

The Russian angle to this puzzle was a fun surprise.  I recently watched a bunch of episodes of "The Americans" and it made me grin seeing them copying down rows and rows of numbers and using their one-time pads to decode them.  I have remarked in the past that I would have made a terrible, terrible Russian spy.  All the cursing and moaning as I frantically erased my mistakes and started the decode over and over would have surely alerted the neighbors that something was up.  The story of the actual Venona codebreakers has been in the news lately, and I just wore my official 2017 Order of Venona Member T-shirt while out puzzle caching the other day.  If you're unaware of the (San Francisco) Bay Area's Venona Activities, they are super fun to participate in during real-time, even long distance.  I'd love to see the "activities" resume.

Without further ado, I give you:

Crouching Panda, Hidden Venona

Tomorrow we'll ...



Thursday, October 4, 2018

Cheat Sheet - 10/4/18

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  Time is flying by and we're almost half way through the fall semester, which means it's time for a short "fall break."  To give myself the maximum grading time, I'm giving either a test or quiz in all my classes today.  I hope nobody tries to get away with using a:

Cheat Sheet

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Conkers - 10/3/18

Sorry about the delayed post ... I got distracted and didn't get it queued up.  Today we travel to the UK for a little puzzle about:

Henry's Obsession IV - It's Only a Game!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Something new - 10/2/18

I learned something new yesterday, and of course I wanted to share it with those of you who may not have seen it yet.  So let's travel to Texas for:

A new kind of code plus a cache!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, October 1, 2018

Accentuate the positves - 10/1/18

I can't believe it's October 1st already.  Where does the time go??  With today's puzzle we return to the series of logical puzzles in France that I've found very entertaining.  Despite the similarities there are always differences that provide an interesting mental workout.  This particular one will have you accentuating the positives ... and the negatives:

39 - Grilles Logiques : moyen

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, September 30, 2018

What am I doing? - 9/30/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Texas.  Over the years I have come to feel that puzzle solving can be like many other activities in that you can find yourself in streaks, both good and bad. Sometimes there is a period of a few days where I am just on fire, and the solves are dropping right and left.  The trick is to enjoy those times, and feel confident that you'll get back there when you're in the midst of a bad streak, you know, the times when you feel like:

I don't even know what I'm doing anymore...

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Where in the World? - 9/29/18

I've worked through some of this little Pennsylvania series recently, and this one taught me something new.  Can you figure out:

#4 - WHERE IN THE WORLD AM I??

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, September 28, 2018

Traveling with L - 9/28/18

This central New York puzzle cache is one I'm hoping to be able to grab today.  Over the years I've come to enjoy visiting locations vicariously through my geocaching friends, many of whom travel a lot more than I do.  Today we'll be:

Traveling with L

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Carolina On My Mind -9/27/18

Today's recent central New York puzzle is certainly an appropriate one to feature right now.  With flooding still continuing and the staggering amount of clean-up that will be required when the waters finally do recede, I've had definitely had both North & South:

Carolina on my Mind

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Who Said That? - 9/26/18

I recently came across this quote in a non-geocaching "word fall" puzzle (also known as "word drop, " "quotefall", etc.), which I thought was pretty deep:  "If Tetris has taught me anything, it's that errors pile up and accomplishments disappear."  When I looked into it, I wasn't able to find a definite attribution to a specific author.   For today's Australian puzzle, you'll have the chance to try a "word fall" of your own, and then figure out:

Who Said That? # 1

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Gryptics - 9/25/18

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  I recently came across a variety of crossword that I didn't remember seeing before, so I knew I'd have to do a post about:

Gryptics - a puzzle cache

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, September 24, 2018

Mice to Eat You! - 9/24/18

The title of today's Texas puzzle might make you think you're getting into some kind of horror movie, but actually it's just a spoonerism.  I happened across this theme while searching out "spoon" related puzzles, as I referred to over the weekend.  I found this one to be a fun twist (and a few turns, as you'll see):

Mice To Eat You, aka Wordplay Maze

Tomorrow we'll ...


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Mahlzeit - 9/23/18

Puzzling in languages other than your own can sometimes be difficult, but I was glad I tried out this one from Germany, which I came across in my searches on the theme of "spoons," which I was talking about yesterday.  This puzzle taught me something unexpected, which is always a real treat.  See what you can make of this:

Mahlzeit

Tomorrow we'll be in Texas.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Spoon Collecting - 9/22/18

I found this puzzle after searching a bit on the theme of spoons.  I'm sure I've never purchased a souvenir spoon of my own, but I recently brought home my mother's collection of them from some of her  travels many years ago.  With today's puzzle we can travel ourselves to the U.K. for some:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, September 21, 2018

Can't See the Rabbits for the Trees - 9/21/18

Today's French puzzle really had me going in circles before I managed to figure out what to do with all of those "rabbits."  I kept finding myself checking my work saying "rabbit, rabbit, rabbit ..." and it's nowhere near the first of the month yet.  I only learned about that superstition recently, but I'll have to try saying it first thing in the morning on October 1st and see if it brings me any good luck.
I hope you'll be able to figure out how to work it so you can't see the rabbits for the trees in:

27 - Grilles Logiques : facile

Tomorrow we'll be in ... 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Get Your Kicks - 9/20/18

The choice of today's California cache was prompted by recent events.  I'm not one to kick someone when they're down, so I won't mention any names here, but I couldn't help but have an LOL moment (literally) when reading a coach's reply to a reporter's question about the thought process behind releasing their field goal kicker: "Did you see the game?"  Ouch!  And in case you're wondering, yes, I saw the game.  I hope both the players released this week will find future success somewhere else, and if you happen to be a football fan, that (as long as your team isn't playing against mine) you always:

Get Your Kicks

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Salty Dog - 9/19/18

Today's puzzle finds us in Rhode Island.  Somehow I always seem to miss "Talk like a Pirate Day," so I was determined not to do that again this year. See what you can get out of this:

Salty Dog

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Ooo, Shiny! - 9/18/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Canada's Ontario province.  The name says it all:

Ooo, Shiny!

Tomorrow we'll be in Rhode Island.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Black Panther - 9/17/18

Today's puzzle was chosen in honor of the movie I finally got around to watching the other night.  The surprising thing to me was that the cache I tracked down is in Finland.  I guess last year folks in a lot of places around the world were all watching the:

Black Panther

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Head Cold - 9/16/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Massachusetts.  I have been struck with a nasty head cold this weekend, so it has not made for the most effective puzzling.  I am hoping that I bounce back quickly, because all I want to do right now is sit around and binge watch Netflix while drinking hot tea with lots of:

Sugar & Spice

Tomorrow we'll be in Finland.


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Dirty, Rotten Puzzle - 9/15/18

Today we head to Nevada for a puzzle from a series I first featured way back in 2012. This one is:

Puzzle Me This #04: Dirty, Rotten Puzzle!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, September 14, 2018

Atypical - 9/14/18

Today's California puzzle is another one that I looked at, played with a little bit, and then set aside for another day.  I found it quite an interesting mindbender.  Watch out ... it's:

Not your typical KenKen puzzle cache

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Eraser - 9/13/18

I spotted today's Virginia puzzle and it made me grin.  I had never heard of:

The Eraser who tried to rub out Batman

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Not just geeky ... - 9/12/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Massachusetts.  I'm sure that if my students don't think I'm geeky enough already, my choice of wording the other day sealed the deal.  During an exercise in map reading I talked about how the "prime meridian" was just  chosen arbitrarily as the "first" meridian, and I said, "You know, like the prime minister, or the prime directive."  Wonder what example I would have chosen:

Before the Prime Directive

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Day to Remember - 9/11/18

Today's puzzle takes us to New York City, where you'll have the chance to learn something about the:

World Trade Center 9/11 Survivor's Fountain

Tomorrow we'll be in Massachusetts

Monday, September 10, 2018

Animal Crackers - 9/10/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Minnesota.  You just never know when a memory is going to instantly transport you back to childhood.  I had that happen the other day, triggered by a dish of animal crackers put out on the table to help get us through a long meeting.  One taste and I was back to being about 3 years old, at the grocery store with my grandmother and receiving some of these as a treat.  I even remember the little string that was attached so you could carry the:

Cracker Box ♻️

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Are You Ready for Some Football? - 9/9/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Rhode Island.  The pre-season is over.  The players have been shuffled during the off-season, the slate has been wiped clean from last year, and everyone is ready for kickoff.  Will this finally be the year when it all comes together for our team?  It's always a big day at our house each year as we get ready to watch that first:

Football Game

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Cache Name Is Not a Hint - 9/9/18

Today's puzzle takes us to California, where I can assure you that the:

Cache Name Is Not A Hint

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, September 7, 2018

Snookered - 9/7/18

Today's highly recommended Massachusetts puzzle landed in my in-box a while back with a note from the sender that they "thought" it could be solved without writing a computer program.  Well, I made a real mess of it on my first few attempts, and then set it aside for a few weeks before giving it another shot.  I was really pleased when it all came together and I knew I hadn't been:

Snookered

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Keep Cool - 9/6/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Florida.  I think maybe the heat is getting to everyone around here, and people have been a little on edge. Everyone just needs to cool off.  So please, keep calm and:

Don't Cuss At Me For This One

Tomorrow we'll be in Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Arrows, with a twist - 9/5/18

I featured a couple of puzzles last week that involved some arrows.  Today's French puzzle (another in the engrossing series we've visited several times already) features arrows in a different kind of logic puzzle:

34 - Grilles Logiques : moyen

Tomorrow we'll ...


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Dog Days of Summer? - 9/4/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Rhode Island.  We're supposed to be past  the dog days of summer, but you wouldn't know it around here lately since it's been super hot and muggy.  Seems like a good time for a:

Canine Decoder

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, September 3, 2018

Happy Labor Day! - 9/3/18

Today's California puzzle was chosen just for today:

Labor Day 9652

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, September 2, 2018

A bunch of numbers - 9/2/18

Today's puzzle takes us to California, where all you've got to work with is:

A bunch of numbers

Tomorrow we'll celebrate Labor Day in California.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

What to do? - 9/1/18

Today's puzzle finds us in Florida.  Will you know:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, August 31, 2018

Three Signposts - 8/31/18

Today's puzzle takes us to California, where you'll be given:

Three Signposts

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Beat the Shark? - 8/30/18

How did I miss it when during 2017's Discovery Channel "Shark Week" they had Michael Phelps (sort of) racing a great white shark??  Today's Oregon puzzle which features a different sort of competition with a shark (I love the photo). Solving this one might make you feel like a:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Alphabet Soup - 8/29/18

Sorry for the slightly delayed post ... I knew I wanted to feature this puzzle from early in the French series we've been visiting, but got distracted.  I'll blame the heat ... it was a muggy scorcher.  Have fun with this bit of alphabet soup:

04 - Grilles Logiques : moyen

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Gateway to Adventure - 8/28/18

Today's central NY puzzle is hot off the presses.  I appreciate the title, since I'd certainly have to agree that geocaching has proved to be an unexpected:

Gateway to Adventure

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Monday, August 27, 2018

Guided - 8/27/18



Today's puzzle finds us in California.  Lest you think, after yesterday's post, that my idea of heirloom beverage containers is restricted to crystal and china, I'm happy to report that today's Diet Mountain Dew on ice was consumed out of a totally cool, brand new (but old) plastic TV Guide tumbler just like these:

What a blast from the past, and a fun memory of the time when knowing what was going to be on TV required being:


P.S.  Don't worry ... I don't save everything. I did manage to let go of the complete set of Long John Silver's Normal Rockwell mugs, despite their being in mint condition, and in their original boxes. ;)

Tomorrow we'll ...



Sunday, August 26, 2018

Bottle of Wine - 8/26/18

The title of today's post might lead you to believe I've been driven to drink ... which I have, but not the way it sounds.  I've come to realize that all the crystal and china I've long considered family heirlooms has essentially no market value in today's world.  My kids don't really seem to value it either, so what good is it doing sitting in the cupboards, or even worse, wrapped up in paper in the basement?  I'm determined to find something to drink out of all the beautiful teacups I collected from my childhood home recently.  I could use a different one every day for a month, probably.  Faced with a dishwasher full of dirty dishes today, I drank my afternoon Mountain Dew on ice in one of my crystal goblets instead of waiting for a special occasion to crack open a nice:

Bottle of Wine

Tomorrow we'll ...


Saturday, August 25, 2018

Close Shave - 8/25/18

Today's Texas puzzle taught me something new, which I always appreciate.  Even when it's a:

Close Shave

Tomorrow we'll be in Delaware

Friday, August 24, 2018

MIDI - 8/24/18

Here's a nice Massachusetts puzzle that dropped into my lap a while back.  Enjoy the:

MIDI

Tomorrow we'll ....

Thursday, August 23, 2018

A Geo-Riddle - 8/23/18

My first day back went well, and I was reminded that despite what it takes out of me sometimes I really do enjoy working with students.  I'm optimistic that this will be a good semester.  I really do enjoy the academic calendar, and how everything starts off all shiny and new every few months.  Today's California puzzle is the shiny new version of an older puzzle I hadn't tried:

Geo-riddle Redux

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Back to School - 8/22/18

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  When you think about me today you can picture the background photo in this puzzle, as I'll be heading:

Back to School

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Dotty - 8/21/18

Today we revisit a series in France that I featured recently.  If you're still seeing spots from yesterday's puzzle, this one may make you positively dotty:

33 - Grilles Logiques : facile

Tomorrow we'll be in California.


Monday, August 20, 2018

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Key Words - 8/19/18

As I said the other day, I've noticed a whole lot of key word puzzles popping up.  Here are two that made me grin:

From Germany, the:  Theft of the golden cookie

and from Rhode Island:  You Blockhead!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Overpacking List - 8/18/18

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  Happy International Geocaching Day!  I'm not sure if I'll get out and find a cache to earn the souvenir or not.  The weather isn't looking promising and I'm not sure I'll want to head out.  I had to ease back into work with some meetings the last couple of days and will be back full swing by the end of next week.  My summer wasn't very restful, so I may try to savor these last few days off.  I just returned on Sunday from visiting my childhood home, which will probably be going on the market soon.  Being a very sentimental sort, I came home with the car stuffed completely full of not so very important stuff which I couldn't bear to part with. I'll try to share some of the highlights with you over the next few weeks as I start trying to unpack it all.  Even with all my elaborate care I still managed to leave at least one box behind.  I guess I should have made an:

Overpacking List

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, August 17, 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Make it so - 8/16/18

I've seen a whole bunch of keyword puzzles popping up lately, but when I happened across this one in Canada's Ontario province I knew I'd have to share it with you.  If you've been following this blog for long, you will not be surprised to hear that I was grinning from ear to ear when I heard recently that Patrick Stewart will be reprising his role in a new Star Trek series.  I might just have to celebrate with a cup of:


Tomorrow we'll ...

   

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Ketchup Has What? - 8/15/18

Sorry for the delayed post. Perhaps you've spent the time working through yesterday's puzzle after I got the link corrected.  I was working on this puzzle from Canada's Nova Scotia province which caught my eye and got distracted without finishing things up.  That's just the way things are going these days, so bear with me.  There's a lot going on and:

Ketchup Has Destroyed My Delicious Chocolate Milk

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Ten Letter What? - 8/14/18

Today's California puzzle dropped into my mailbox a while back, and I found it a fun challenge.  Try your luck with:

Ten Letter What?   (Link fixed ... sorry about that!)

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, August 13, 2018

Warm Beer - 8/13/18

I thought I had shared this California puzzle a while back, but it looks like I didn't.  I'm not a big drinker, but when I do imbibe it's usually something fruity and sweet.  I'm not a big fan of the stuff when it's cold, but I'd never touch:

Warm Beer

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Heritage - 8/12/18

Today's Ohio puzzle is near the end of a Language-related series that was pointed out to me not long ago.  I'm looking forward to diving in deeper.  I chose this one because it was appropriate given my recent activities, which I'm sure I'll be telling you about sometime soon:

Language Series 34: My Family's Heritage

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Wide Open - 8/11/18

For today's Texas puzzle you'll need to:

Open Wide!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, August 10, 2018

Check in to this - 8/10/18

Here's a puzzle fresh from my in-box.  If you've been thinking about sending one my way, please do! TB hotels are some of my favorite caches, so if I ever get to Boston I hope I can check in to the:

Mystery TB Hotel at the Heights

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Philosophical Bear - 8/9/18

Today we travel to New Jersey for a visit with:

The Philosophical Bear (I am so loving that background photo!)

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Grilles Logiques - 8/8/18

I happened to come across this puzzle, which is part of a series of different types of logic puzzles in France.  I'm definitely planning to go back and try some of the other ones.  With the multiple stages I don't know if I'd necessarily call this one "facile," but I had fun working through it.  After all the sudoku I did earlier this summer, it took a few minutes to wrap my head around the different rules for:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

More Fun - 8/7/18

If you've been following long you'll know I'm a big Sheldon Cooper fan, so I was happy to dive into this puzzle which landed in my in box recently:

More Fun with Flags (PA Edition)

Tomorrow we'll be in France.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Quite a Party - 8/6/18

Today we head to Australia for a puzzle I had fun testing recently.  It's part of a much larger series, so maybe I'll have to check some of those out too.  Try your luck with:

UFO #95 - Crop Circle Done Within Seconds

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Cache Cow Week Revisited, Sunday - 8/5/18

We wrap up our visit to the U.K.'s Cache Cow series with a cow I don't think we'd be likely to find there:

#34 Ankole Watusi

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Cache Cow Week Revisited, Saturday - 8/4/18

After a fairly dry start to the summer, the last few weeks have been wet, wet wet.  I haven't resorted to wearing wellies yet, but if this weather persists I may have to think about getting some.  Today's puzzle happens to feature several nice options:

#30 Chillingham

Tomorrow we'll wrap up our week in the UK.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Cache Cow Week Revisited, Friday - 8/3/18

For our Friday entry in the Cache Cow Week we'll visit:

#27 Sussex

Tomorrow, another in the series.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Cache Cow Week Revisited, Wednesday - 8/1/18

Can you believe it's August 1st already??  Today's entry for Cache Cow week is:

#10 Jersey

Tomorrow we'll visit another entry in the series.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Cache Cow Revisited, Tuesday - 7/31/18

Today's UK Cache cow is:

#03 Guernsey

Tomorrow we'll visit another in the series.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Cache Cow Week Revisited, Monday - 7/30/18

About this time last year I featured a week's worth of puzzles from the United Kingdom from a fun series that forms a geo-art cow:


Along with the puzzles you'll find a wealth of information about many, many different breeds of cows, and "cow facts" that could themselves make quite an entertaining puzzle.  I thought it would be fun this week to return to some of the ones we haven't visited yet.  Let's kick things off with:


Tomorrow, another in the series.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Hole Numbers - 7/29/18

Today's puzzle takes us to Minnesota.  Last weekend I happened to catch the end of the British Open golf tournament (well, they call it just "The Open") and it's gotten me thinking about maybe writing a golf-themed puzzle involving:

Hole Numbers

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Hello American Pickers - 7/28/18

I recently saw on Facebook that one of my geocaching friends had paid a visit to LeClaire, Iowa and the Antique Archaeology store of TV's "American Pickers."  I have enjoyed this show for a long time and happen to have watched a lot of episodes recently.  I always find it fascinating what interesting stuff they find, and how much enjoyment they bring to the people they are working with.  I never fail to keep my eye open for their distinctive van when I'm out on the highway.  Who knows, maybe someday our paths will cross.  I'm guessing maybe the CO of today's North Carolina cache is also a fan:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, July 27, 2018

Thursday, July 26, 2018

What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us? - 7/26/18

My apologies to those of you who may have already seen this recent California puzzle.  I found it quite educational.  Have you ever asked yourself:

What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us?

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Here We Go Again - 7/25/18

Last night a friend and I went to see the "Mamma Mia" movie sequel.  It wasn't the movie I would have made, but there were some parts I enjoyed a lot, and if nothing else it gave me the excuse to rewatch the original. It's one of my favorite movies, if just for the sheer joy and silliness of it.    It's hard to believe 10 years have passed since it came out. I first heard of the play back in about 2000 when I received tickets to it as part of an overnight trip to Toronto that I won in a raffle.  My husband had grown up listening to his mom play ABBA, and he and I were both surprised how much we enjoyed the play.  Today's puzzle takes us to Washington State for:

N degrees of ABBA

P.S. You might have heard about one of the Mamma Mia challenges going around.  Geocachers have had their own for quite a while ... for example ABBA: The Challenge.  If I ever get to Saskatchewan, at least I know I qualify.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Encoded Location - 7/24/18

You'll have to solve today's California puzzle to determine the:

Encoded Location

Tomorrow we'll be in ...


Monday, July 23, 2018

Anyone for Tennis? - 7/23/18

Today's timely puzzle takes us to England, home of the recent Wimbledon tournament:

Anyone for Tennis?

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, July 22, 2018

November Alpha Tango Oscar - 7/22/18

Remember those Law and Order episodes they called "Ripped from the Headlines"?  That might apply to today's English puzzle:

November Alpha Tango Oscar

Tomorrow we'll be in England for another day.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Wow! - 7/21/18

Today's puzzle from England certainly has:

The Wow factor!

Tomorrow we'll be in England for another day.

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 ...