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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Absolutely Fabulous - 12/31/13

With today's California puzzle I take the opportunity to wish you a New Year's Eve that is absolutely:


Tomorrow we'll celebrate New Year's Day in Nebraska.

Monday, December 30, 2013

More Numb3ers - 12/30/13

For one of our last puzzles of 2013, I thought I'd share this California one with the number thirteen in the title.  I like the fun way the CO allows remote solvers to confirm their solves on:

Numb3ers: "Thirteen"

Tomorrow we'll celebrate New Year's Eve in California.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Black Box - 12/29/13

Today's California puzzle calls to mind a classic science lab experiment:

The Black Box

Tomorrow we'll be in California another day.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Don't Blink - 12/28/13

If you want to solve today's California puzzle:

Don't Blink

Tomorrow we'll hang around in California another day.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Word for Word - 12/27/13

Today's California puzzle is one that appeared in my in-box recently.  Be sure to take it:

Word for Word

Tomorrow we'll be in California another day.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Boxes for Boxing Day - 12/26/13

Today's puzzle takes us to Finland, where you'll get to practice a skill I am notoriously bad at.  Unfortunately this skill comes up frequently in sewing, and I have been known to cut and/or sew pieces together in every possible wrong way.  I never realize I have goofed up until after I have it put together and it turns out wrong!  Have some fun with:

Boxes - Spatial Visualization

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Day - 12/25/13

Today's California puzzle seemed the perfect one to wish you a very Merry:

Christmas Day

This puzzle originally published early, so if you've seen it before, this is the one that you missed (which is also appropriate for today0:

Noel Enigma

Tomorrow we'll head to Finland.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Star Light Christmas Puzzle - 12/24/13

Today's Idaho puzzle is just right for the season.  Our Christmas Eve puzzle is:

Star Light Christmas Puzzle

Tomorrow we'll visit California for Christmas.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Just Bluffing - 12/23/13

A couple of months ago I featured a  puzzle with a dogs playing poker theme.  When I came across today's Florida puzzle, I knew it would be a good follow-up to that one.  I love the version of the classic painting in this puzzle:

Just Bluffing

Tomorrow we'll be spend Christmas Eve in Idaho.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Kama Sutra Cipher - 12/22/13

This log from today's Australian puzzle sold me on sharing it with you today: 
"Kamasutra and Geocache  ...   Two words you would never expect to be used in the same sentence."  This one was definitely a new cipher for me:

Cipher Mlecchita-Vikalpa

Tomorrow we'll be in Florida.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Yum, Chocolate Banana - 12/21/13

Today's puzzle caught my eye with its yummy name, and after I checked it out I thought it would be fun to share the first puzzle cache published in the country of Macedonia:

Chocolate Banana

Tomorrow we'll head to Australia.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Check Back Later - 12/20/13

Today's puzzle from France is a pretty tricky one.  You have to be there at the right time, and then you'll have to be fast.  If you get there at the wrong time you'll have to:

Revenez plus tard

Tomorrow we'll pay a visit to Macedonia.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Rear Window - 12/19/13

Earlier this year I had the chance to visit the virtual cache "It's a Wonderful Life," and I expect many people are enjoying that movie for the umpteenth time this year.  Jimmy Stewart has always been one of my favorite actors ... I think I first saw him on TV in "No Highway in the Sky," playing a scientist convinced that an airplane's tail was going to fall off.  Today's Pennsylvania puzzle features another of his classic movies:

Rear Window

Tomorrow we'll be in France.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Merry Xmas on Christmas Island - 12/18/13

If you've been following this blog for very long you'll know that I happen to love holiday-themed puzzles.  As such, it shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that I was tickled to come across a puzzle located on Christmas Island entitled:

A Merry Xmas

P.S.  If you don't remember exactly where Christmas Island is, click on the map on the cache page and zoom out.  It was quite a surprise to me to see that geocaching.com reports its location as being 10,219.1 miles north from my home location in New York(!)  I guess that's one way to think about it. 

Tomorrow we'll be in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Hallelujah! - 12/17/13

I enjoyed writing holiday-themed puzzles in 2011 and 2012 for our monthly puzzle series, and even though we didn't keep up the puzzle of the month this year, I thought it would be fun to continue this part of the tradition, perhaps prompting central New York puzzlers to say:

Hallelujah! It's Another Holiday Music Puzzle!

Tomorrow we'll pay a visit to Christmas Island.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Fruitcake Recipe - 12/16/13

Just in case you should find yourself in need of one, today's Texas puzzle provides you with a:

Holiday Fruitcake Recipe

Tomorrow we'll be in upstate New York.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Tag! You're It! - 12/15/13

Today's California puzzle brings back memories of a childhood game I was never very interested in playing:

Tag! You're It!

Tomorrow we'll be in Texas.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Remember - 12/14/13

Today's California puzzle is a difficult one to get through, but not for the usual reasons.  It was written as a tribute in the aftermath of an unspeakable tragedy and asks us to:

remember the children

Tomorrow we'll have another California puzzle.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sally's Song and Dance - 12/13/13

Today's puzzle takes us to New York's Long Island where you might need some fancy footwork to follow:

Sally's Song and Dance

Tomorrow we'll take note of a somber anniversary with a puzzle in California.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Rush Hour - 12/12/13

For today's Ohio puzzle you'll have a little fun with:

Rush Hour

Tomorrow we'll be in New York's Long Island.

I recently had an inquiry about following the blog by e-mail, so I investigated and added a gadget to the page for that purpose.  I have no idea how well this feature works, but figured it was worth giving it a try.  Every so often you'll see one publish prematurely, but I hope to keep those to a minimum. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Winds - 12/11/13

Today's puzzle takes us to Greece, and the Tower of the:


Tomorrow we'll be in Ohio.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Santa's 2nd and 4th - 12/10/13

When I saw that the California puzzle I featured yesterday had actually become a series I couldn't resist sharing:

Santa's Second and Santa's Fourth

Tomorrow we'll be in Greece.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Santa's Fifth - 12/9/13

My experience with today's California puzzle echoes the finder who wrote:  "When I saw the title, I wasn't sure whether the reference was to a musical composition, e.g. The Fifth of Beethoven, an extreme weight loss program, or Santa has been hitting the Holiday Cheer a trifle early."  See what you can make of:

Santa's Fifth*  Link fixed.  Sorry!

Tomorrow we'll hang around in California another day.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

X-Lacks - 12/8/13

Today's Minnesota puzzle has the surprising name of:


Tomorrow we'll be back in California.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

O Christmas Tree - 12/7/13

Today we pay a visit to Canada's Ontario province where there is a geo-art Christmas tree full of Christmas puzzles.  I chose this particular one because I remember Christmas caroling with my mother's French students and singing the song in the title of:

Christmas Tree: Vive le Vent:

Tomorrow we'll be in Minnesota.

Friday, December 6, 2013

A Square in China - 12/6/13

Today we pay our first virtual visit to China.  At the time I looked into it, there were only 14 puzzle caches in the whole country, so I guess it wasn't too surprising I hadn't featured one so far.  The puzzle is:

A magic square ?

Tomorrow we'll pay a visit to a geo-art Christmas tree in Canada's Ontario province.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Noel Enigma - 12/5/13

Christmas is coming, so I thought a good puzzle for today would be this one, from Colorado:

Noel Enigma

*Note:  This puzzle had the wrong link, so I've updated it.  The other one was a perfectly nice puzzle, (I'm planning to feature it later in the month) but it's not the one I'd meant to share for today.

Tomorrow we'll make our first virtual visit to China.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Case of the Missing Cache - 12/4/13

Today's California puzzle asks whether you can solve:

The Case of the Missing Cache

Tomorrow we'll be in California another day.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

On the first what? - 12/3/13

I'm a sucker for holiday puzzles, so I was quite intrigued by this one from California entitled:

On the first "day-ta" of Christmas

Tomorrow we'll be in California another day.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Miriam and Christoper - 12/2/13

Today's California puzzle, created way back in early 2004, is:

Miriam and Christopher Moss

Tomorrow we'll be in California another day.

It's December and that means we're nearing the end of another full year of Puzzles of the Day.  I've enjoyed hearing from a few new readers lately, and am planning to continue in 2014 for as long as it remains fun, and doesn't start to feel like work.  I'm considering doing a "best of" puzzle once a week, going back to a previously featured puzzle that I really liked.  I'd also like to have a "viewer's choice" once a week, featuring a puzzle submitted by a reader.  Those submissions are really appreciated, so I'm hoping that in 2014 every regular reader would be willing to submit at least one fun puzzle they have created or enjoyed.  You can send it by commenting on any puzzle (I screen comments before they publish) or by contacting me (teamajk) through geocaching.com.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

You Might Be a Geocacher - 12/1/13

Today's California puzzle confirmed it for me (#2 especially!) ... test yourself with:

You Might Be A Geocacher If ...

Tomorrow we'll hang around in California another day.