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Tip of the Day 12/10:Puzzle caches —brute force

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.

The final method is to search for the geocache without solving the puzzle –known as brute force. Look at a map of the area to identify any logical hiding places within a reasonable distance of the starting coordinates. Read through the logs and closely examine any photos.

Try searching the internet for the GC code and title for clues. If the description includes what looks like phrases or poetry,search for it on the web –it may provide clues to the author or some other pieces of information.

Whatever technique you use,if you find the cache through this method DO NOT mention it in your log. Some puzzle cache owners may feel cheated and decide to delete your log. It may also encourage other future hiders to follow the same path. Remember,the purpose of the puzzle is for people to solve it,not cheat.

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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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