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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PATSY's music - 9/30/14

Will this puzzle give you "Sweet Dreams" or drive you "Crazy" and have you out "Walkin' After Midnight"? Today's California puzzle calls to mind a country music legend who left us much too soon. At least we'll "Always" have:

PATSY's music

Tomorrow we'll be in California another day.

Monday, September 29, 2014

How do you like THEM apples? - 9/29/14

When my children were in nursery school a big part of their fall curriculum revolved around apples.  They drew, painted, and cut out construction paper apples, and read stories and sang songs about apples.  Someone brought in a press and they made their own cider, and they peeled/cored/sliced apples (using a really cool gizmo where you turned the crank and the machine did all the work) and made their own applesauce.  A highlight of the semester was an annual trip to the Cornell apple orchard and store.

Growing up in the south, I didn't know much about growing apples and assumed they were all pretty much the same.  One trip to the orchard store sure changed my mind.  Immediately upon entering the store, I was confronted with 6 or 8 baskets of apples of different kinds, which we were encouraged to taste.  Additional information was provided about which apples were the best for snacking, baking in pies, or making cider or sauce.  The variety of colors (both inside and out), textures, and tastes was truly staggering.

So, when I saw today's California puzzle, I knew I wanted to share it with you and ask:

How do you like THEM apples?

Tomorrow we'll be in California another day.

P.S.  Since this is already a long post I'll add another short note.  I went to the movies yesterday (I only go a couple of times a year) and saw a movie based on a series of books that I really like.  On the way to the theater it occurred to me that it's not at all unusual for geocachers to go for  A Walk Among the Tombstones.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bird Spotting - 9/28/14

I thought today's kid-friendly Washington State puzzle would be a nice follow-up to yesterday's puzzle.  Hope you enjoy a little more time:

Bird Spotting

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ornithological - 9/27/14

I had fun working on this one over lunch with my friend whose husband works here.  You have to be all kinds of logical to do geocaching puzzles, and for today's Oregon puzzle you'll need to be "Ornithological":

Walgvogel - An Ornithological Puzzle

Tomorrow we'll be in Washington state.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Everybody Wants Some!! - 9/26/14

Today's puzzle finds us in Texas, where the CO claims:

Everybody Wants Some!!

Tomorrow we'll be in Oregon.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Highbrow Neanderthal - 9/25/14

Lots of times I am drawn to look at a puzzle because it has a clever or interesting title.  Today's Oregon puzzle has the intriguing name of:

Highbrow Neanderthal

Tomorrow we'll be in Texas.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dirty Dancing??? - 9/24/14

Today's Oregon puzzle had me grinning.  Have you ever seen this kind of:

Dirty Dancing???

Tomorrow we'll be in Oregon another day.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Who encrypted this?! 9/23/14

Today's puzzle from Belgium landed in my inbox recently along with a note, the jist of which was: "This one poses the question we've all asked at one time or another in regards to a tough puzzle:"

Who encrypted this?!

Tomorrow we'll be in Oregon.

Monday, September 22, 2014

When Will I See You Again? - 9/22/14

Today's cleverly done California puzzle (love the final location!) had me learning a lot about a subject I was unfamiliar with.  When I saw the title my mind went straight to this tune but on closer inspection it reads:

When Can I See You Again?

Tomorrow we'll be in Belgium.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dumb Ways To Die - 9/21/14

Today's Oregon puzzle has the unexpected theme of:

Dumb Ways To Die

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bureaucracy - 9/20/14

Today's Minnesota puzzle landed in my inbox recently, and I knew everyone could relate to its story.  Whether we're dealing with the IRS, the health care system, or the DMV, we all have to learn to cope with:


Tomorrow we'll be in Oregon.

Friday, September 19, 2014

It all comes out in the wash - 9/19/14

Today's California puzzle was one I had to keep coming back to over and over before finally seeing the light.  Some puzzles are like that ... just like dealing with a tough stain in the laundry, you run it through over and over again and if you're lucky, then eventually:

It all comes out in the wash

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

An Ode to Wierd Al - 9/18/14

Today's Wisconsin puzzle celebrates an entertainer who's had quite a renaissance lately.  Enjoy:

An ode to Weird Al

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Abbott and Costello - 9/17/14

Today's puzzle from New Jersey features a clever routine by the well-known duo that I had not seen before. You may know who's on first, but wait 'til you see what happens when:

ABBOTT AND COSTELLO visit Liberty State Park!

Tomorrow we'll be in Wisconsin.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Not Another Music Puzzle - 9/16/14

Today I have a pair of Minnesota puzzles for you.  I hope they don't  leave you complaining:

Not Another Music Puzzle


Not Yet Another Music Puzzle

Tomorrow we'll be in New Jersey.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Poker King - 9/15/14

Today's puzzle landed in my inbox recently, and I was tickled because it represents a new destination for the blog:  Macau.  Known as the "Monte Carlo of the Orient," gambling has been legal there since 1850.  You might need to brush up your skills if you plan go there and take on the:

Poker King

Tomorrow we'll be in Minnesota.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Unpublished - 9/14/14

Today's Texas puzzle has you pondering the question of how you're supposed to find something if:

The Cache Is Unpublished

Tomorrow we'll be in Macau.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Devil Made Me Do It - 9/13/14

As far as today's California puzzle, all I can say is:

The Devil Made Me Do It

Tomorrow we'll be in Texas.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rusty Bucket of Bolts - 9/12/14

Last week I featured a sci-fi puzzle so I thought it would be fun to tackle another one today.  For today's New Jersey puzzle you'll need to interact with a:

Rusty Bucket of Bolts

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Recipe for Disaster - 9/11/14

The day of caching described in today's Maryland puzzle sounds like a:

Recipe for Disaster

Tomorrow we'll be in New Jersey.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nina and the Line King - 9/10/14

Today's central New York puzzle references a story I was not familiar with:

Nina and the Line King

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Magic Orbs - 9/9/14

Today's Missouri puzzle is:

Picture This - Magic Orbs

Tomorrow we'll be in New York.

(Sorry to those who saw this one publish prematurely.)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Now, That's a Challenge! - 9/8/14

When I first started caching I realized right away that I would never be able to complete the D/T grid or clear all the caches within a certain radius of my home coordinates, simply because I am not up to the demands of the high terrain caches.  So, there are a lot of caches out there that I will never find.  I first heard about the challenge featured in today's New Hampshire cache over dinner with a cacher who recently completed it (Congratulations childofatom!). With some hard work and careful planning, I bet there are others of you out there who some day might be able to meet the requirements for the:

Unknown Fizzy Challenge

To help you out, here's an example of one of the trickier grid spots to fill:

Lily's Secret Code Geocache

Tomorrow we'll be in Missouri.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Fibonacci Challenge - 9/7/14

Today's Pennsylvania challenge is one I was tickled to be able to log recently.  I like the mathematical twist and had fun exploring some cache types I don't usually go for in order to qualify.  Based on a cache in Nebraska by ksmvav we have the CaptainMath version of:

The Fibonacci Challenge

Tomorrow we'll be in New Hampshire.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Bionicles - 9/6/14

Today's Ohio puzzle reminds me of back when my son "A" had a whole box full of:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, September 5, 2014

Purgatory - 9/5/14

 Today's puzzle finds us back in California.  The feeling of solving a tough puzzle is heavenly, but before getting the answer we often have to spend a lot of time in:


P.S.  I was talking to The Rat and happened to mention I'd been stuck on this one for quite a while (which, given the title, seemed in theme).  He mentioned that very few people are able to solve it without additional hints, and agreed that I could share that with you as well.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

"He's dead, Jim" - 9/4/14

If you've been following the blog for long you'll know that I'm a big Star Trek fan, so any puzzle that quotes from the series is right up my alley.  It seems that the fabric world has jumped on the sci-fi bandwagon over the last year, because I was able to purchase fabric with both Star Trek and Star Wars themes.   I was musing about what I wanted to do with the fabrics ... either use the different themes in separate projects or co-mingle them, and my husband (who to this point has never had any opinion about any of my sewing projects ... ever) firmly stated:  "Sounds like two different quilts to me."  I guess mixing the two universes is a major no-no.  :) Anyway, when today's Texas puzzle landed in my in-box recently I knew I'd have to pass it along to you.  Set your phasers on stun, and remember, if you want to live long and prosper:

Resistance ... is futile.

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Cinco Tres - 9/3/14

Today's New Jersey puzzle is another in a series that was recommended to me earlier this summer. 


Tomorrow we'll be in Texas.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Happy or Sad? - 9/2/14

I wonder if today's California puzzle (and it's excellently in-theme location) will leave you:

Happy or Sad

Tomorrow we'll be in New Jersey.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day - 9/1/14

Today's Delaware puzzle seemed perfect to wish you all an enjoyable:

Labor Day

Tomorrow we'll be in California.