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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 ...