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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Magic - 10/31/15

Today we travel to Canada's Ontario province for a little:

Halloween Magic

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, October 30, 2015

Do You Remember? - 10/30/15

The main reason I started doing long-distance puzzle solving was to help me get better at solving puzzles I might actually have a chance to find some day.  Now that I've been doing it for a long time, the trick can be not only recognizing that I've seen something before, but remembering where I saw it so that I can go back and figure out how it worked.  Such was the case with today's New Zealand puzzle, which a fellow Ithacan and transplanted Kiwi was working on in preparation for a trip to last weekend's Mega event there:

D/T 4.5/3.0 (Canterbury) 

We'll explore more from that series next week.
Tomorrow we'll celebrate Halloween in Canada.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Horses' Naptime - 10/29/15

Earlier in the week we paid a visit to a puzzle that's part of a horse geoart.  Today's puzzle, which landed in my inbox recently, teaches us a little about:

Horses' Naptime

Tomorrow we'll be in New Zealand.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Happy Birthday! - 10/28/15

I wonder how many of you are aware of the birthday that is highlighted in today's Michigan puzzle:

Happy Birthday 5* Terrain!

Tomorrow we'll be in the Netherlands.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Geocacher Genome - 10/27/15

Today we travel back to Ohio for a puzzle which taught me something new quite a while back.  I was surprised when I realized I hadn't shared it here before. Try your luck with the:

Geocacher Genome Project

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, October 26, 2015

It's Game Time - 10/26/15

A friend of mine passed along today's New Zealand puzzle, and I thought it was a lot of fun.  While I was working on it I must have been making quite a racket because I heard from downstairs, "What ARE you doing up there?!"  Try your luck with:

Horses 101 #7 
(Be sure to check out the cool geoart horse)

Tomorrow we'll be back in Ohio.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Rock Bottom - 10/25/15

We're finishing up the end of our week with guest puzzle-picker VPPLAYER back in his home territory of Ohio.  Puzzle solving certainly has its ups and downs ... some days even the best of us can't put two and two together.  Fortunately, I've never felt that I've hit:

Rock Bottom

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Divide and Conquer - 10/24/15

Today we visit Indiana for another puzzle selected by guest puzzle-picker VPPLAYER.  Sometimes with puzzles (and many other things) the best approach is to:

Divide and Conquer

Tomorrow we'll be in Ohio.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Crash Cache - 10/23/15

Today's Nevada puzzle was chosen for us by VPPLAYER and since Las Vegas is near the top of my list of places I'd like to get to before long, perhaps I will be able to ink the log some day.  The hard drive crash is a dreaded occurrence of modern life.  I've been backing up our computers onto a mini hard drive for a long time and when I tried to access it recently, it seemed to be out of commission.  You mean I need to backup the backup?!  Rats. Test out your data recovery skills with the :

Crash Cache

Tomorrow we'll be in Indiana.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Primal Response - 10/22/15

Today's Ohio puzzle is another one passed along to us by VPPLAYER.  In looking at the logs, it seems to have generated some primal responses.  Have some fun with:

Primal Sequences

Tomorrow we'll be in Nevada.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Original Mad Man - 10/21/15

Today we're back in California for another puzzle recommended by VPPLAYER.  This one is from an Alice in Wonderland themed series of puzzles that I'd like to go back and explore more. I have fond memories of Alice from when I received the book as a prize back in elementary school in the mid-1970's.  See if you can sort out the puzzle of:

The Mad Hatter

P.S.  Happy Back to the Future Day!  Doc Brown could be considered quite a "mad" man himself.  

Tomorrow we'll be back in Ohio.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hexagons - 10/20/15

Today we have another puzzle chosen for us by VPPLAYER.  This one takes us to California.  As someone interested in geometric patterns and quilting, I've long been fascinated with all that you can do with:


Tomorrow we'll be in California for another day.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Time to Polka! - 10/19/15

I love it when folks pass along puzzles they have enjoyed, and receiving a whole week's worth is like getting a present wrapped up in a nice big bow:  I'm not exactly sure what will be in there, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to like it, and can't wait to unwrap it and find out. This week I'm being assisted by guest puzzle-picker VPPLAYER.  Let's kick things off with a puzzle near his home turf in Ohio.  Everybody ready?  It's:

Time to Polka!

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Bearly Here - 10/18/15

Today's New Zealand puzzle poses quite a conundrum.  It's pretty tough to solve a puzzle when it's:

Bearly Here (Canterbury)

Tomorrow we'll be in Ohio.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Konami Maze - 10/17/15

Today's puzzle was passed along by a fellow Ithacan who is a recent convert to the puzzling side of the game, and it takes us to Canada's Ontario province.  Although I've been known to get motion sickness even while watching a movie, I was pleased to be able to navigate the:

Konami Maze

Friday, October 16, 2015

Connor's Ca$he - 10/16/15

Today we're visiting a NY puzzle that tells you the story of:

Connor's Ca$he

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Source - 10/15/15

When I saw today's Idaho puzzle, I knew I'd want to share it on the blog (long-time readers with good memories may understand why).  As with so many puzzles out there, getting the solution is all about:

The Source

(sorry ... link fixed)

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Cardboard Cathedral - 10/14/15

I teach about earthquakes in my introductory Geology class, and they are a subject that I am very interested in.  Therefore I was very intrigued when my friend from New Zealand told me about this puzzle and the story of the:

Cardboard Cathedral

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Exam Nightmare - 10/13/15

Today's puzzle takes us back to Ohio.  The other night I went to my last "back to school night" open house as a parent.  Being back in the noisy, crowded halls of high school always makes me a little anxious.  I wonder how many of you are still plagued with dreams of impending academic disaster.  I've had them for years ... it's usually the end of the semester and there's a class I've forgotten to attend and I'm not going to graduate; once in a while I'm back in graduate school and have to defend my thesis again.  Now that I'm on the other side of the classroom I more commonly dream about being unprepared for the first day of class (I'm late, I can't find the classroom, I don't have my handouts, there aren't enough desks in the room, etc.), but I every so often I still have the occasional:

 Exam Nightmare

Tomorrow we'll be in New Zealand.

Monday, October 12, 2015

In 1492 ... - 10/12/15

Today's Wisconsin puzzle is posted in honor of today's Columbus Day holiday.  I had never heard any of the lines that came after:

Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue

Be sure to check out the clever final location on street view!

Tomorrow we'll be back in Ohio.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sublime - 10/11/15

I'd have to agree with the CO of today's Washington puzzle:

An Island Oasis Is Sublime

Tonight's live podcast link is www.cacheandrelease.com/live and the show is set to begin at 8:00 p.m. EDT (GMT -4).  If you're watching live feel free to enter the live chat and ask a question or just say Hi.  

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Cache-Tube - 10/10/15

Today we travel to the Netherlands for a little game of:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, October 9, 2015

God's Number - 10/9/15

Today we visit an Ohio puzzle about:

God's Number

Tomorrow we'll be in the Netherlands.

I've had some nice messages recently from several folks who first heard about the blog on the GeoGearheads podcast. Doing those shows was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to appearing on a different podcast this Sunday, 10/11, the "Cache and Release" show.  If you'd like to watch live the link is www.cacheandrelease.com/live and the show is set to begin at 8:00 p.m. EDT (GMT -4).  If you're watching live feel free to enter the live chat and ask a question or just say Hi.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Get Cracking! - 10/8/15

Today's puzzle is from the United Kingdom.  Click the link and:

Get Cracking

Tomorrow we'll be in Ohio.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Noise - 10/7/15

Today's puzzle takes us to Canada's Alberta province where they were making a little:

Noise - CCARW10

Tomorrow we'll be in ...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Δ Σ Δ - 10/6/15

A quick trip back to Ohio today so you can try your luck with:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, October 5, 2015

8 Seconds - 10/5/15

Let's kick off the week with a puzzle from California.  I've heard of "5 Seconds of Summer," but today's puzzle features a cassette tape labeled:

8 Seconds

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Drawn Code - 10/4/15

Today we travel to Oregon and the mystery of:

The Drawn Code

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Quilt Related? - 10/3/15

Today's puzzle is from Australia.  Every two years I participate in my quilters guild's big quilt show.  It opens today, so is it any wonder I wanted to feature a puzzle that is:

Quilt Related?

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Trading Post - 10/2/15

I'm still working my way through the nice list of puzzles I received from rosebud55112 a while back.  I appreciate a couple of other folks who have also sent me some recommendations lately.  I'd love to hear from you with recommendations of puzzles that deserve a wider audience.  When you check out today's Minnesota puzzle you'll see why it took me a little while to navigate my way to:

The Trading Post

Tomorrow we'll be in Australia.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Wasps - 10/1/15

Today's puzzle from Washington state reminds us that we should always be on the lookout for:

The Wasps

Tomorrow we'll be back in Minnesota.