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Puzzle Solving 101. Eric Peterson – [email protected] Geocaching. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. “ The sport where YOU are the search engine” “I use multi-billion-dollar military navigation satellites to find Tupperware in the woods.”.

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Geocaching
Geocaching

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.

“The sport where YOU are the search engine”

“I use multi-billion-dollar military navigation satellites to find Tupperware in the woods.”

  • Lag Pins


What is a puzzle cache
What is a Puzzle Cache?

A geocache with a puzzle you have to solve for the coordinates

Solve the sudoku puzzle

Copy the numbers in the colored squares in the grid to the corresponding squares at the bottom of the page

The result is the coordinates of the location of the geocache


Ob jets
OB Jets

aka “The Guy Who Doesn’t Like Puzzle Caches”

His question which triggered the genesis of Puzzle Solving 101:

“Where the heck do you start?”


Puzzle solving 101 series of geocaches
Puzzle Solving 101 Series of Geocaches

Located throughout Broward County, Florida

Each cache in the series teaches a different puzzle-solving lesson

The lessons encompass all of the major types of puzzles used in geocaches


Puzzle solving topics
Puzzle-Solving Topics

  • Strategy

  • Tactics

  • Trivia Challenges

  • Wordplay

  • Mathematics

  • Logic Problems

  • Cryptography

  • Steganography

  • Lateral Thinking


Lateral thinking problem
Lateral Thinking Problem

  • Draw four straight lines, without lifting your pencil, which cross all of the dots


Lateral thinking problem1
Lateral Thinking Problem

  • Draw four straight lines, without lifting your pencil, which cross all of the dots


Puzzle solving 101 1 strategy
Puzzle Solving 101 #1 – Strategy

Exercise 1: No Wining

Oliver and Mae are hosting a picnic for their friends. Oliver prefers wines from as far north as possible, while Mae likes wines that come from the westernmost vineyards.

Oliver and Mae each chose a red, white, and sparkling wine to bring to the picnic. Based upon their choices, can you determine where the picnic will be held?


Puzzle solving 101 1 strategy1
Puzzle Solving 101 #1 – Strategy

Exercise 1: No Wining N 26o 5.258’ W 80o 16.948’

Oliver and Mae are hosting a picnic for their friends. Oliver prefers wines from as far north as possible, while Mae likes wines that come from the westernmost vineyards.

Oliver and Mae each chose a red, white, and sparkling wine to bring to the picnic. Based upon their choices, can you determine where the picnic will be held?



A real world example1
A Real-World Example

See how the red/white pattern differs from the other lanes?


A real world example2
A Real-World Example

Red Herring – Hidden message in Morse Code!

Y

R

R

O

S


A real world example3
A Real-World Example

There’s a hint in this image to the solution of the puzzle …


The puzzle should match the location
The Puzzle Should Match the Location

Pool Balls = Billiard Balls = N 26 35.320 W 80 05.706

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Your ps101 diploma
Your PS101 Diploma

This Certificate certifiably certifies that

_______________________________

has completed the requirements of the

Puzzle Solving 101 Series

and thus having shown proficiency,

determination, and outright insanity

is hereby awarded the title of

Puzzle-Headed Weenie

Series Geocaches

GCYXZ1–GCYXZ9, GCYXN0

_________________

ePeterso2, PS101 Series Creator


Skiplondon
skiplondon

Puzzle Solving 101 Finalist


Lorriebird
lorriebird

Puzzle Solving 101 Finalist


Antimony13
antimony13

Puzzle Solving 101 Finalist


First to find the ps101 final exam
First-to-Find the PS101 Final Exam

lorriebirdAND antimony13


First to get onto the dean s list
First to Get onto the Dean’s List

skiplondon

DEAN’S LIST RULES:

1st RULE: You do not talk about DEAN’S LIST.

2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about DEAN’S LIST.


Ps101 goes viral
PS101 Goes Viral

  • 4/17/2009

    • WINSLMA creates a copy of PS101 in Charlotte NC

  • 5/20/2009

    • PS101 Mentioned on the Podcacher Podcast

  • 2/20/2010

    • Interviewed on the Cache-A-Maniacs podcast

  • 5/20/2011

    • PS101 is named Geocaching Puzzle of the Day

  • WINSLMA


Remote solver travel bug
Remote Solver Travel Bug

  • Canada

  • Israel

  • Bulgaria

  • Scotland

  • Britain

  • Japan

  • Australia

  • A Travel Bug is a trackableitem

  • Solve the 9 PS101 puzzles plus the first 6 puzzles of the Final Exam

  • Compute and enter the confirmation code

  • Receive the tracking code that allows you to log a find on the Remote Solver Travel Bug

  • Florida

  • New Hampsire

  • New York

  • Michigan

  • Texas

  • Ohio

  • Kentucky

  • Wisconsin

  • North Carolina

  • California

  • Idaho

  • Oregon

  • Washington


The puzzle solving education network
The Puzzle Solving Education Network

Copies of PS101 and caches inspired by PS101 around the world

Dorking, UK

Bratislavskýkraj, Slovakia

Victoria, BC

Redmond, WA

Bend, OR

Red Bluff, CA

Fresno, CA

  • San Diego, CA

    Lansing, MI

    Kingston, ON

    Charlotte, NC

    Toledo, OH

    Princeton, NJ

    Middleton, NS

Okinawa, Japan

PS101


Feedback
Feedback

  • “I have learned SO much from doing them. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

  • “Thanks for everything you went through to make this wonderful experience for all of us involved. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.”

  • “Wow, that was quite a series!! I only wish we had started it sooner. ”

  • “There is only one word for this series, BRILLANT!”

  • FL Piratelorriebird The Wench


For more information
For More Information

Blog – puzzlehead.org

Email – [email protected]

PS101 – puzzlehead.org/ps101or coord.info/GCYXN0



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