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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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### Puzzle Solving 101

Eric Peterson – [email protected]

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

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

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

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

• Strategy

• Tactics

• Trivia Challenges

• Wordplay

• Mathematics

• Logic Problems

• Cryptography

• Steganography

• Lateral Thinking

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

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

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?

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?

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

Red Herring – Hidden message in Morse Code!

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

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

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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

Series Geocaches

GCYXZ1–GCYXZ9, GCYXN0

_________________

ePeterso2, PS101 Series Creator

Puzzle Solving 101 Finalist

Puzzle Solving 101 Finalist

Puzzle Solving 101 Finalist

lorriebirdAND antimony13

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.

• 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

• 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

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

• “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