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A puzzle cache is a particular type of unknown/mystery cache where the owner has not given the correct coordinates on the page, but instead, requires you to solve a problem before finding the cache. These problems can range from finding coordinates in an image to doing a math problem to solving an encryption.
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A '''puzzle cache''' is a [[Types of caches#Mystery or Puzzle Caches|mystery/puzzle cache]] that requires you to solve one or more puzzles.
  
Generally, puzzle caches follow two schemes of solving for coordinates. One is that the coordinates can be solved from the cache listing itself, without needing to be on-site to gather data. Sometimes this might require research into a particular field, such as looking up statistics or encoding tables.
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The mystery/puzzle cache type is a "catch-all" types for listings that don't meet the guidelines for other types.
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Therefore, many mystery caches have no real puzzle to solve.
  
The other scheme requires the cache hunter to visit a given location or set of locations in order to gather data required to solve the puzzle. Usually this differs from an offset cache in that a general area is given instead of a coordinate or set of coordinates. One good example would be walking along a designated trail and gathering information from along that trail.
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== Cache/Puzzle Location ==
  
Sometimes a hybrid of both schemes are used. Often this involves solving a puzzle beforehand, then going to the solved coordinates to gather data for a later stage.
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Some puzzle caches are hidden at the posted coordinates, but cannot be retrieved/opened without solving a puzzle.
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An example would be a locked container, where the puzzle solution is the lock combination.
  
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Some puzzle caches post the coordinates of a physical puzzle.
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Solving this puzzle gives you the location of the cache.
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Unlike [[offset cache]]s (which provide clear instructions),
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these puzzle caches do not tell you exactly where/how to obtain the final location.
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Many (if not most) puzzle caches present a puzzle in the cache description.
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Solving this puzzle gives you the location of the cache.
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The posted coordinates are often completely bogus,
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although they may provide the location of convenient parking,
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the location of a landmark related to the puzzle theme, etc.
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Some puzzle [[multi-cache]]s combine these approaches.
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For example, a puzzle in the cache description might provide the location of a physical puzzle,
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which would provide the location of the cache
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(or perhaps the location in the next of a series of physical puzzles).
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== Puzzle Types==
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Here are some common types of puzzles used in puzzle caches.
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=== Research ===
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These puzzles require you to research something related to the theme of the puzzle,
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usually to determine the numbers associated with information provided in the puzzle.
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These numbers provide the coordinates for the cache.
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For example, a puzzle themed after a popular TV show might list
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episode titles from the 4th season, the 7th season, etc.,
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yielding coordinates that start with N 47°.
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=== Instructions ===
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These puzzles require you to follow the provided instructions.
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They often present a logic, word, or similar puzzle,
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and tell you how to derive coordinates from the solution.
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The puzzle itself might be a well-known type (e.g., a ''Sudoku'' puzzle) or it might be something unique.
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=== Math ===
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These puzzles require you to solve a math problem.
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There are often multiple ways to solve the problem, some of which will be easier than others.
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=== Hidden Coordinates ===
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These puzzles require you to figure out how the coordinates are hidden before you can determine what they are.
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Sometimes the puzzle information is clearly identified, and you must figure out how to extract coordinates from it.
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Unlike research puzzles, these puzzles require you to figure out the theme of the cache,
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and how the provided information can be converted to coordinates.
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Other times, the puzzle itself may not be obvious.
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In a sense, before you can solve these puzzles, you must first find them.
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=== Cryptography ===
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These puzzles require you to decrypt encrypted information.
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Some will clearly identify the encryption algorithm and key,
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leaving you to decrypt the information as instructed.
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Others will leave it to you to determine the encryption algorithm, the key, or both,
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thus resembling hidden coordinates puzzles.
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== See Also ==
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* [http://www.geocaching.com/about/guidelines.aspx#mystery Mystery or Puzzle Caches] in the Geocaching.com listing guidelines
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* [http://www.thegba.net/resources/puzzle_faq.php Puzzle (Mystery) Cache FAQ] (GBA)
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQEJKWA14ik Puzzle Caching] (GoGeocaching channel on YouTube)

Latest revision as of 22:59, 18 November 2013

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A puzzle cache is a mystery/puzzle cache that requires you to solve one or more puzzles.

The mystery/puzzle cache type is a "catch-all" types for listings that don't meet the guidelines for other types. Therefore, many mystery caches have no real puzzle to solve.

[edit] Cache/Puzzle Location

Some puzzle caches are hidden at the posted coordinates, but cannot be retrieved/opened without solving a puzzle. An example would be a locked container, where the puzzle solution is the lock combination.

Some puzzle caches post the coordinates of a physical puzzle. Solving this puzzle gives you the location of the cache. Unlike offset caches (which provide clear instructions), these puzzle caches do not tell you exactly where/how to obtain the final location.

Many (if not most) puzzle caches present a puzzle in the cache description. Solving this puzzle gives you the location of the cache. The posted coordinates are often completely bogus, although they may provide the location of convenient parking, the location of a landmark related to the puzzle theme, etc.

Some puzzle multi-caches combine these approaches. For example, a puzzle in the cache description might provide the location of a physical puzzle, which would provide the location of the cache (or perhaps the location in the next of a series of physical puzzles).

[edit] Puzzle Types

Here are some common types of puzzles used in puzzle caches.

[edit] Research

These puzzles require you to research something related to the theme of the puzzle, usually to determine the numbers associated with information provided in the puzzle. These numbers provide the coordinates for the cache. For example, a puzzle themed after a popular TV show might list episode titles from the 4th season, the 7th season, etc., yielding coordinates that start with N 47°.

[edit] Instructions

These puzzles require you to follow the provided instructions. They often present a logic, word, or similar puzzle, and tell you how to derive coordinates from the solution. The puzzle itself might be a well-known type (e.g., a Sudoku puzzle) or it might be something unique.

[edit] Math

These puzzles require you to solve a math problem. There are often multiple ways to solve the problem, some of which will be easier than others.

[edit] Hidden Coordinates

These puzzles require you to figure out how the coordinates are hidden before you can determine what they are. Sometimes the puzzle information is clearly identified, and you must figure out how to extract coordinates from it. Unlike research puzzles, these puzzles require you to figure out the theme of the cache, and how the provided information can be converted to coordinates. Other times, the puzzle itself may not be obvious. In a sense, before you can solve these puzzles, you must first find them.

[edit] Cryptography

These puzzles require you to decrypt encrypted information. Some will clearly identify the encryption algorithm and key, leaving you to decrypt the information as instructed. Others will leave it to you to determine the encryption algorithm, the key, or both, thus resembling hidden coordinates puzzles.

[edit] See Also

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