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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 ...

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.