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Tip of the Day 10/29:Puzzle caches —substitutions

Find It Friday is taking a turn for the puzzling the next few weeks. We’ve heard from a lot of cachers that they don’t even try puzzle caches because they just don’t know where to start. We’re here to help,as always! We found a great resource on the Geocaching NSW site and Darren Osborne has agreed to let us share it with you.

There are many ways to convert numbers and text into something that looks unintelligible.

Below are some examples. To crack the substitution code,look for repetitions and patterns.

Examples:

Actual coordinates: S 33° 46.975 E 151° 02.996

Morse Code
……–…–   ….- -…. .-.-.- —-. –……..   . .—- ….. .—-   —–..—.-.-.- —-. —-. -….

Roman numerals
XXXIII XLVI CMLXXV CLI II XMVI

ASCII Codes in Decimal / Base 10
83;51;51;167;32;52;54;46;57;55;53;32;69;49;53;49;167;32;48;50;46;57;57;

Binary / Base 2
00100000 01010011 00100000 00110011 00110011 00100000 00110100 00110110 00101110 00111001 00110111 00110101 00100000 01000101 00100000 00110001 00110101 00110001 00100000 00110000 00110010 00101110 00111001 00111001 00110110

Octal / Base 8
14611037 71472024

Hexadecimal / Base 16
33121F E67414

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Thanks so much to Darren Osborne of Geocaching NSW for these helpful hints about puzzle caches!

If you’ve got a tip on how you start to solve puzzle caches,please share it by commenting on this post.


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