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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

To the Teachers - 9/30/20

Today's recent Maryland puzzle really struck a chord with me, because it was written in honor of a favorite teacher.  My parents were both teachers, and my father was an Education professor in charge of teacher training for many years.  I hope you'll think of your own favorite teachers while perusing this puzzle written:

To Rus 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

One Word - 9/29/20

Today's puzzle takes us to California.  This was the last in a series of short puzzles that you might enjoy trying if you have luck with this entry:

One Word #26  

(Here is a bookmark to all of them.)

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Take Me Out To The Ballgame

I spent a while this evening poking around looking at Minnesota puzzles, and came across several I want to go back and spend a little more time with before sharing them with you here.  I have to say that this one made me laugh, and I think it's a fun way to celebrate our Minnesota Twins winning the Central Division and getting to keep playing past the regular season.  I'm glad they're providing a few more chances to (virtually):

Take Me Out To The Ballgame

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Saturday, September 26, 2020

AAArrrggggghhhhhh - 9/26/20

 Today's cache takes us to North Carolina.  "Talk like a pirate day" was exactly 1 week ago, so today's cache is only a little late.  It seems like I am never on time for that one:


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Friday, September 25, 2020

Save those coords! - 9/25/20

 Today's puzzle takes us to Minnesota.  After you're finished with it, be sure to:

Save Those Coords!

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Have a ... ball? - 9/24/20

 Today's well-favorited puzzle from Washington state invites you to have a:

Truncated Icosahedron

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Wait! What did he just say?!?! - 9/23/20

Today's puzzle takes us to South Carolina.  The NFL football season is now well under way, and even though our team is off to a rotten start, it's good to see them back in action ... some things are the same, but a lot is definitely very different.  I hope you'll have fun with this little puzzle from a simpler, mask-free era:

Wait! What did he just say?!?! 

(If you enjoyed it, you might also like the sequel, which I featured back in 2015: Ummmm...Come again?!)

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A Geocacher's Breakfast - 9/22/20

Today's cache takes us to New Jersey.  We've recently been having a lot more breakfasts for dinner at our house.  Last night's repast was bacon and eggs and banana pancakes with real maple syrup and a dollop of whipped cream on top. Yum.  What would you like for:

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Fool's Gold - 9/21/20

 Today's Ohio puzzle is another one I had fun testing recently.  Hope you won't be taken in by:

Fool's Gold

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Strawberry Fields Forever - 9/20/20

Today's cache takes us to Arizona.  I am not much of a drinker, but one of my favorite treats at the beach is a frozen strawberry daiquiri.  There were no beaches for me this summer, but a few weeks ago when the grocery store was selling packages of strawberries on a buy 2 get 3 free sale it occurred to me that we should try making some ourselves.  We pulled out the 30 year old blender and I found a recipe that used the coconut rum  we had on hand (we usually mix it with pineapple juice).  Yum, yum!  After adding a little dollop of whipped cream on top I almost felt like I was on vacation. That's why today I'm appreciating:

Strawberry Fields Forever 

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

RIP RBG - 9/19/20

 She was "notorious" to both the left and the right.  Today's New Hampshire puzzle is shared in memory of:

WIH-Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Third Time's a Charm - 9/18/20

Today's California puzzle is another that I tested pre-publication.  I liked it because it taught me something interesting that I'd never seen before, and I was able to work through it without being tempted to ask my husband to write a computer program.  Since I was working by hand I made a mistake or two, but the:

Third Time's a Charm

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Airport Codes - 9/17/20

Today's puzzle takes us to Colorado. Can you sort out these:

Airport Codes?

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Pot of Gold - 9/16/20

I know I'm not alone in that sometimes I enjoy investigating "field" puzzles to see if I might be able to solve them remotely. I can guarantee that the CO of this New York puzzle won't be disappointed if you're able to locate the:

Pot of Gold

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Rhymes with Curling - 9/15/20

 Today's puzzle takes us to California.  I tested an earlier version of this puzzle, and by the time it published several weeks later it had evolved enough that I didn't even recognize it until after I'd gotten in pretty deep.  Try your luck with:

Rhymes with Curling

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Climb those steps! - 9/14/20

I had a good time this summer finally starting to put out a series of puzzles loosely based on a Nancy Drew theme.  I've been perusing all of the titles of the books and figuring out how I could work them into puzzle caches.  So far I'm about half way through and I have ideas for a few more to come.  One of the titles was "The Mystery of the 99 Steps" which presented the perfect opportunity, if I could manage to pull it off.  It took a lot of planning, but I've been pleased with the results.  But the puzzle I'm point you to today (which I haven't shared here before) is the original California one that inspired it.  I still have my old composition-style notebook with all of my work written down for Kablooey's:

45-Step Puzzle Cache (KPC2009)

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Are you ready for some football? - 9/13/20

Today's puzzle takes us to Canada's province of British Columbia. We're just about ready for the launch of our team's football season tomorrow.  The ceremonial Viking horn has been dusted off and given a test blow, and everyone's Viking garb has been located except for the dog's.  He's currently wearing his Twins shirt, so that may have to suffice.  How about you,:

Are you ready for some football?

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Are you obsessed? - 9/12/20

 Today's Arizona puzzle made me chuckle. Will you recognize yourself?:


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Friday, September 11, 2020

Irrational Treasure - 9/11/20

 Today's North Carolina puzzle is an older one, but not one I've featured here before.  I reached way back into the vault for this:

Irrational Treasure 

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

A pair of "plates" - 9/10/20

Two related series of caches in Australia were brought to my attention recently.  The "F" plate series is meant to be training ground for the harder "P" plate series.  I've been meaning to go back and look at more of both series, but this is the one that was specifically recomended to me:

P-Plate F: The puzzle  

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Run T-Rex, Run! - 9/9/20

Today's puzzle takes us to Oklahoma. I know I've seen this little guy before, but had no idea there was more to him. Fortunately my son was able to help when I suggested:

Let's Play A Game: Run T-Rex, Run! 

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

A Harder Puzzle Cache - 9/8/20

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend.  As I have for the last several years, I spent a good portion of it working on puzzles in Mark Halpin's Labor Day Extravaganza with some friends.  It was very challenging, but a ton of fun.  Today's puzzle takes us to Australia, where the CO was visiting.  While there he placed both an easier and:

A Harder Puzzle Cache 

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, September 7, 2020

Happy Labor Day! - 9/7/20

Today's Colorado puzzle is one I shared way back in 2011 as my very first:

Labor Day Cache 

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Two Letter Words - 9/6/20

 Today we travel to Indiana for a puzzle based on:

Two Letter Words

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Saturday, September 5, 2020

It's Relative - 9/5/20

Today's puzzle is from New York, but the location falls in a bit of a gray area as to whether you'd call it "upstate" or "downstate."  To me, it's "down," but to those in NYC, it's probably "up."  I guess it's all relative, just like the puzzle itself.  Is it:

A HARD Puzzle (or an easy one)?

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Friday, September 4, 2020

Field Puzzle? - 9/4/20

Today's question takes us to New York City and will have you asking yourself, when is a field puzzle not a:

Field Puzzle?

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

R 150 G 75 B 0 - 9/3/20

Today's North Carolina puzzle is one I've had in the solved pile for a while, but haven't shared here before.  It feels appropriate to share right now because lately I've definitely been taking advantage of:

R 150 G 75 B 0

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The Taste of New Jersey - 9/2/20

It's one of those age old questions ... what's your generic word to refer to any carbonated drink:  pop, soda, or coke?  I grew up well into "coke" territory, but married a "pop" guy, and now live in a "soda" state.  Today's New Jersey puzzle discusses a couple of local beverages and encourages you to:

Buy Nary Pop!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Going Downhill? - 9/1/20

As I worked on today's California puzzle the other day, it occurred to me what a strange language we have, where a single phrase can have two pretty much completely opposite meanings.  I know in the past I've referred to a situation as "all downhill from here," meaning that we had gotten through the hardest part.  But on the other hand, if things are "headed downhill" then they're definitely not good.  Just think about that the next time someone says:

It's all Downhill from Here!

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