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Monday, January 31, 2022

Happy (belated) National Puzzle Day! - 1/31/22

Today we travel to Utah.  I was just talking to someone last week about National Puzzle Day coming up on 1/29, and then I forgot to mention it here. So I hope you'll allow me to wish you a rather belated Happy:

National Puzzle Day 2021

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Saturday, January 29, 2022

What to do? - 1/29/22

So far I've only had to be out in one nasty snowstorm this winter, but it's been COLD, so the snow we have gotten is sticking around.  It sounds like the East coast (at least the "coastal" East coast) is in for quite a bit of snow this weekend, so someone sent me this Long Island (NY) puzzle as an appropriate one to share with you today:

What to do when there's snow... Puzzle!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, January 28, 2022

How to Create A Puzzle Cache - 1/28/22

 I can't recall how this one came to my attention, but let's travel to California for a lesson in:

How to Create A Puzzle Cache

(The checker link on the page won't work ... but this one will.

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Mikey Unequivocally Likes It - 1/27/22

Today finds us in California.  I have a puzzle that is similar to this one (but not identical) and know that it takes some thought to put this kind together.  I always appreciate puzzles that are at least as difficult to create as to solve.  As for this one:

Mikey Unequivocally Likes It 

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Birds of a Feather - 1/26/22

Today's Arkansas puzzle dropped into my inbox on Monday, and I knew it would be a nice one to share with you.  Have some fun with these:

Birds of a Feather

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Paradise - 1/25/22

Today we travel to Minnesota for a puzzle in honor of Meat Loaf:

Paradise

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, January 24, 2022

Weird Al #1 - 1/24/22

Today's puzzle takes us to Denmark.  One of the delightful little Easter eggs in the MIT mystery hunt this year was a short video featuring Weird Al Yankovic (spoiler alert ... the video does reveal a puzzle answer).  One of the writing team, puzzle maker Eric Berlin (whom I've mentioned here before) had collaborated with him on a New York Times crossword puzzle (4/4/2018) and got him to participate.  People's reactions were so fun to watch: "Is that ... really ... HIM??" šŸ˜®  Have some fun with:

Weird Al #1

Tomorrow we'll ...

 

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Wordle? - 1/23/22

Have you caught the Wordle bug?  I've been waiting to see if any new geocaching puzzles might publish with that theme.  My efforts to find one last week led me to a 2012 series in Spain. You'll see at that time there was a different meaning for:

WORDLE XII 

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Friday, January 21, 2022

Glassworks - 1/21/22

Today's puzzle was hot off the presses this morning, and I was tickled to be able to rush out and get the FTF, despite the cold weather we're having right now.  I haven't cached much during COVID and I think my last FTF might have been during the summer of 2019. Try your luck with:

Glassworks 

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Bird of the Year - 1/20/22

 Let's travel up to Canada's province of British Columbia and check out the:

Bird of the Year

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

"Simple" Substitutions - 1/19/22

Today's recent puzzle from Singapore was passed along to me and I knew it would be a good one to share with you.  Can you sort out these:

"Simple" Substitutions?

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Ode to Nebraska - 1/18/22

 Today we travel to a puzzle that landed in my in-box last week.  It's an:

Ode to Nebraska

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, January 17, 2022

Officially Fried - 1/17/22

Well, the big Mystery Hunt is in the books for the year, and it was a lot of fun.  Although we were far short of winning, my (very large) team did complete the hunt, just in the nick of time before HQ closed! 


As a result, my brain is officially fried.  So, let's head to Missouri for a puzzle along those lines:


 P.S.  This puzzle does not use certitude, but if you've been having trouble with certitude links lately, you could try this fix ... add in the complete GC code where I have #####:  https://certi-tude.appspot.com/certitude?wp=GC#####  I hope it will be repaired soon, and will keep you posted if I hear any news to pass along.

Tomorrow we'll be in Nebraska.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

All Thumbs - 1/16/22

 Today's Illinois puzzle is for those of us that are:

All Thumbs

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Palindrome Cache - 1/15/22

If all goes as planned, by the time this post publishes I should be fully involved in this year's MIT puzzle hunt* which is being conducted fully remotely again this year.  I chose today's Iowa puzzle in honor of last year's winning team, which is in charge of writing this year's hunt:

Palindrome Cache 

Tomorrow we'll ...

*If you're unfamiliar with this hunt, here is an article about the last in-person event back in 2020, which I attended in person.  This has nothing to do with geocaching, but I consider it the rough equivalent of the Olympics of puzzling ... except when you participate you can be right there working alongside some of the best puzzlers in the world. Even in my younger days my talents lay more in perseverance than in speed or innate ability, so I find the scope and pace of it rather overwhelming, but it is fun.  

Friday, January 14, 2022

RASH revisited - 1/14/22

Today's puzzle from California was passed along to me recently, and I have found this type to be a fun challenge, especially if you can get other folks to think about them with you. In the interest of full disclosure I'll admit that at the time of this writing I haven't completed it all yet, but I won't let that stop me from inviting you to to:

Count Trees with a RASH

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Sounds Like a Pattern - 1/12/22

Sometimes when people send me  puzzle suggestions I end up also looking at other works by the same CO.  That's how I came across today's Oklahoma puzzle which:

Sounds Like a Pattern 

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Where I get my kicks - 1/11/22

 Today's puzzle was passed along to me recently, and it's one I actually solved and found several years ago just up the road from me a bit.  Take a look at:

Where I get my kicks

Tomorrow we'll ...

P.S.  If anybody can find anything close to a Sidney Poitier-themed puzzle, please send it along, as I'd like to honor his passing with a post.  I've looked but I'm not completely happy with any of what I've found so far.  

Monday, January 10, 2022

Go Figure - 1/10/22

This nicely done Minnesota series was passed along to me a while back, but I held off on going through it until recently.  It all starts here:

Go Figure: 1

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Barred Owl - 1/9/22

Many thanks to those of you who sent me puzzle suggestions (including the one I'm sharing today). Keep them coming! Let's travel to Canada's province of British Columbia, and the puzzle of the:

Barred Owl

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Yo quiero puzzle - 1/8/22

Let's head up the road a bit from me for:

Yo Quiero

Tomorrow we'll ...

Friday, January 7, 2022

And you may say to yourself - 1/7/22

Sorry this post is so late in arriving ... I got distracted last night and didn't get it posted.  Back when I first started (11 years ago!) I tried to have at least a couple weeks of posts queued up and ready to go.  I wish I could get at least a few days ahead.  I may start setting up some posts ahead of time with reruns, with the idea of replacing them with new puzzles unless I run out of time (or forget).  I hope you'll make a new year's resolution to send me suggestions. They really do help, so the more the better! Let's travel to California and test your logic with:

OIAL 099: Am I wrong? And you may say to yourself

Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Chase is on the Case! - 1/5/22

Today we travel just up the road a bit from me here in New York, where:

Chase is on the Case!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Remembering John Madden - 1/4/22

Today's puzzle takes us to Minnesota. If you've followed this blog for long, you'll know that our family are big Minnesota Vikings fans.  During the other night's (terrible) game in Green Bay, there was a lot of footage shown in memory of John Madden, who passed away last week.  I wasn't following the game much during his coaching days, and never played the video game that bears his name, but I remember watching many, many games that he announced (including more than one featuring a multi-legged Thanksgiving turkey).  In one way or another, he participated in some of:

Football's Greatest Games*

*We saw a version of one of these plays (Madden was on the sidelines for the original) in the game the other night! And please don't mention one of the others ... we still call it "Day of Doom" around here.

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, January 3, 2022

Remembering Betty White - 1/3/22

Today's puzzle takes us to Canada's Ontario province. Like many others, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Betty White on New Year's Eve.  While I was very familiar with her roles as the "happy homemaker" and "golden girl," I had missed the one discussed in this puzzle:

B.B.III - Betty White

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Happy 2022! - 1/2/22

Today we travel to Japan for another brand new puzzle to wish you:

Happy New Year 2022

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Happy New Year! - 1/1/22

Let's kick off 2022 with a trip to the Netherlands for a brand new puzzle to wish you a:

Happy New Year!!!

Tomorrow we'll have another New Year puzzle.