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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It begins at ... - 5/31/11

I've had two readers recommend that I check out a series of puzzles featuring 13 (so far) of the 20 gates to New York City's Central Park.  I don't get to the "Big Apple" often, but now I know what I'll be doing the next time I'm there.  Why not start with this one:

It Begins At The Scholars' Gate

Tomorrow we'll leave New York and head back to the land "down under."

Monday, May 30, 2011

General Order No. 11 - 5/30/11

Today's puzzle out of Rochester, New York is part of an extended series involving puzzle and non-puzzle caches.  It looks like a lot of fun.  Jump in here with:

AYTE #13: General Order No. 11

Tomorrow we'll wrap up our tour of the state with a New York beauty.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

And the Winner is ... 5/29/11

Today's puzzle from the Rochester, NY area was meant to be part of a contest between cachers in two cities ... one puzzle each in Rochester and Syracuse.  Unfortunately at that time there weren't too many puzzlers in the Syracuse area to take part.  So, in this case:

Rochester Wins!

Tomorrow we'll check out another Rochester area puzzle.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

I have no idea! - 5/28/11

Today's featured puzzle is from the Albany, NY, area.   I hope you won't be saying:

I have no idea!

Tomorrow, we'll continue our look at puzzles from the Empire state.

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Alpha Hotel - 5/27/11

Today's Minnesota puzzle is truly a gem.  Enjoy your stay at the:

The Alpha Hotel

Tomorrow start a new round of New York puzzles.

Bonus Blog #21 - 5/27/11

If you've ever tried to convince another cacher to become a puzzle solver, one of the complaints is that they often don't even know where to begin solving a puzzle.  Today's featured website, submitted by a reader, has a nice introduction to puzzle solving, with some examples of lots of different types of puzzles.  Take a look at:

Parmtro's Geocaching Pages: Solving Puzzles

Next week, a similar site.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cyclic - 5/26/11

If you ever plan on hunting puzzle caches in New Brunswick, Canada, the odds are good that you'll be seeking one of by the cache owners featured today, as a significant portion of the puzzles in that province are theirs (my unscientific estimate puts it at over 20%).  While they have a series of "Micro Logic" puzzles with over 90 entries that you would probably also enjoy, I decided to feature this one (be sure to check out the license plate in the background image!):


Tomorrow we'll head to a puzzle in the Gopher state.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hat Trick - 5/25/11

I never understood why 3 goals in hockey is called a "hat trick," but today's Canadian puzzle maker offers us the "Puzzle Master's Hat Trick" of three geocaching puzzles in Prince Edward Island.  I started with:


Tomorrow we'll wrap up this little Canadian tour with a puzzle from New Brunswick.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Like Me - 5/24/11

Today's puzzle is from an Alberta, Canada, puzzle maker we have visited before.  To solve this one you'll have to think:

Like Me

This puzzle was suggested by a reader.  If you have one you've solved (or created) that you'd like to recommend, remember you can e-mail it to me through geocaching.com.  I cache as part of teamajk.

Tomorrow we'll head over to another province of Canada, Prince Edward Island.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Summyramids - 5/23/11

"Successo!"  -- That's what you'll see on the geochecker when you solve this puzzle from Italy:


Tomorrow we'll head back to Canada's Alberta province.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Act Fast - 5/22/11

Today's puzzle brings us back to Texas.  You'll have to:

Act Fast

Tomorrow we'll try our first puzzle from Italy.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

P.O.W. - 5/21/11

Today is Armed Forces Day in the United States, and I thought this Louisiana cache might be an appropriate way to commemorate that. 


Tomorrow we'll head for another puzzle in the Lone Star state.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Puzzle Solving 101 - 5/20/11

This puzzle series from Florida has been used to fulfill (as of now) 18 different puzzle caches around the world.  Maybe one of them is near you, and you can log an actual smiley.  Even if you can only do the solving, and not the finding, the CO has a way to "log" your accomplishment via a virtual travel bug.  How cool is that?  Work up to the final exam by starting here:

Puzzle Solving 101 - Lesson 1: Strategy

Tomorrow a puzzle cache in honor of Armed Forces Day.

Bonus Blog #20 - 5/20/11

Information including statistics, maps, and flags of all the countries of the world can be found on this website:

CIA World Fact Book

Next week: General geocaching puzzle solving tips.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cipher City - 5/19/11

We're back in Ohio today for another puzzle from a cache owner whose diverse puzzles I have enjoyed.  Today's is called:

Cipher City (Revised)

Tomorrow we'll head to the Sunshine state for the starting puzzle in a fun and educational series.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

We've Come A Long Way - 5/18/11

It's amazing to realize how far we have come from the early days of computers.  One Minnesota cache owner has a series of puzzles focusing on "old computers" and how we told them what to do.  Start with:

Old Computer Code 1

Tomorrow we'll be back in the Buckeye state.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Insane Toad? - 5/17/11

Today's Georgia puzzle cache had me asking, how can you tell if a toad is insane?

Insane Toad Grammar Code

Tomorrow we'll check out a different kind of code in Minnesota.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Astahcikow - 5/16/11

Today's puzzle is from Canada's Manitoba province.   You might learn something new with:


Tomorrow we'll check out an "insane" puzzle from Georgia.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Watch your language! - 5/15/11

Do you think the title of this puzzle cache from Finland reads the same in Finnish as it does in English?   Watch your language while you work on:


Tomorrow we'll head for Canada's Manitoba province.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Name that Tune (part 2) - 5/14/11

Today you get another shot at "name that tune" with this puzzle from New York:

Sight Reading

Tomorrow we'll check out a non-musical puzzle in Finland.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Name that Tune - 5/13/11

Today's featured puzzle from Arkansas makes all the hours I spent watching TV growing up time well spent.  Some of these were actually before my time, but I had a lot of fun working on the puzzle.  Try your luck with these:

Theme Songs

Tomorrow we'll try another round of  "name that tune" in a different style.

Bonus Blog #19 - 5/13/11

Need help with sports teams, players' names, numbers, etc?  This site could be of help:

Sports Database

Next week, one more useful database.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Excuse me? (part 2) - 5/12/11

Here's another one that you'll have to do some work to even read the title.  From western New York state:

']['|-|3 1337 +|3 4|\|[) 630(0][|\| |-|0-|-3|_

Tomorrow we'll check out a tuneful puzzle from Arkansas and have another "bonus" blog.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Excuse me? -- 5/11/11

Today's puzzle from Canada's Ontario province may have you scratching your head from the get go ... take a look at:

4.2""4 "-'2 !"*9'!233-24

Tomorrow we'll check out a puzzle from western New York state.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Not Another .... - 5/10/11

Today's puzzle is our first one from Idaho ... and it's:

Not Another Phoney Puzzle Cache

Tomorrow we'll head back north of the border.

Monday, May 9, 2011

"A-von" - 5/9/11

Today we extend our visit to Ohio with a puzzle that brought back memories of "A-von" (sung to the doorbell tune):

Avon Calling

Tomorrow we'll head to another state ending with "O".

Sunday, May 8, 2011

T9? - 5/8/11

Today's puzzle brings us back to Ohio.  I've heard of K9, but until this puzzle I was unfamiliar with:


Tomorrow we'll check out another clever Ohio puzzle.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Beetle Bailey - 5/7/11

We'll finish up our round of comic-strip themed puzzles with today's entry from California:

Beetle Bailey

Tomorrow we'll check out a puzzle in Ohio that taught me something new.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Garfield - 5/6/11

Today's puzzle from the Czech Republic is a little different than most of the puzzles I've featured from other countries, in that an English translation has not been provided.  I'm betting you'll be up to the challenge and you can even "czech" your answer. (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)  Following up on the theme we started yesterday, see what you know about today's comic strip character:


Tomorrow we'll head back to California for one final comic-strip themed puzzle.

Bonus Blog #18 - 5/6/11

Sometimes you need to know something about movies or television shows in order to solve a puzzle.  This source could be a great help:

The Internet Movie Database

Next week another helpful database.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Peep! - 5/5/11

Today's puzzle from Central New York features a pair of beloved comic strip characters.  Another theme in the making?  Tune in tomorrow and find out.  For today, take a look at:

Peep Peep

Tomorrow we'll work on a puzzle in the Czech Republic and have another "bonus" blog.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Guess! - 5/4/11

Today's featured puzzle is from Illinois.  If you can't figure it out, you could always just:


A little bird tells me that tomorrow's puzzle is another one from central New York.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Zoned Out - 5/3/11

Zoned Out

Tomorrow we'll be kept guessing over a puzzle in Illinois. 

Monday, May 2, 2011

I see no ships -- 5/2/11

Today's featured puzzle is from Colorado, and since there's no ocean there, I'm not surprised that:

I see no ships

Tomorrow we'll see if we're in the zone enough to solve an Ohio puzzle.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Day - 5/1/11

A puzzle from France in honor of May Day.

Mayday !!!...Mayday !!!

Tomorrow we'll check out a puzzle from Colorado.