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Lostby7
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:24 am Reply with quote Back to top

I want to start getting some of the puzzles in the Appleton area off of my to-do list. I'm not looking for coords or a bus tour, just help in identifying the easy solves in the area.

Mainly Iím interested in those located in the southwest portion of the city and surrounding area. What Iím looking for are easy-solve puzzles...nothing that takes more than 15 minutes on the computer. Also acceptable are easy, on-location puzzles. I suck at higher math so those are definitely out...the word "algebra" still makes me giggle because there is a garment mentioned in the word....maybe that's why I was unable to concentrate on the subject matter back in school....but I digress.

Could someone point me to a bookmark of these easy puzzles or does someone have a list of these they could send to me....or perhaps just suggest some. I donít want to publicly out the easy solves though so if possible, if you can help me out PM me the information.

I am in the area quite often and generally have about 4 to 6 hours to spend caching so the more listings you could send me the better.

Thanks in advance.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:21 am Reply with quote Back to top

My WSQ 900 series..........
 
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Lostby7
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:38 am Reply with quote Back to top

marc_54140 wrote:
My WSQ 900 series..........

I love those and have done quite a many of them...I still owe you a pic for one or two of them in fact. I believe one is a horse and rider... I guess that is one place I could look...maybe run a PQ for those...still need some more though....

and on that note is there a way to run a bookmark query and exclude the finds you have already made? Keeping in mind I don't use GSAK. I'm guessing there is not a way to do this and if not then the bookmark has little value.
 
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benny7210
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:21 am Reply with quote Back to top

Check out my bookmark.

"Puzzles - On the Spot Solutions? "

http://www.geocaching.com/bookmarks/view.aspx?guid=08a5302b-6142-4768-b2c7-42e85c6c7dcd

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Lostby7
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:32 am Reply with quote Back to top

benny7210 wrote:
Check out my bookmark.

"Puzzles - On the Spot Solutions? "

http://www.geocaching.com/bookmarks/view.aspx?guid=08a5302b-6142-4768-b2c7-42e85c6c7dcd
Thanks...
My hope is that on my next visit up I can knock out a few dozen caches...with only puzzles on the menu. I appreciate the help.
 
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marc_54140
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:36 am Reply with quote Back to top

Name a center spot Cache, around which you are thinking you will be caching.
 
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Lostby7
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:42 am Reply with quote Back to top

marc_54140 wrote:
Name a center spot Cache, around which you are thinking you will be caching.

GC1M6JW
Basically the foot bridge across the water is Ground Zero (Menasha) for my desired hunts....though clearly the bulk of puzzles are north of that (Appleton)...which is OK as well. I'm looking at a radius of about 10 to 15 miles.
 
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gotta run
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:43 pm Reply with quote Back to top

15 miles is a pretty big radius! Let me recommend a few within a few miles of your starting point.

Ok, with that as your starting point, I would highly recommend doing the "Laughing Waters" series: http://www.geocaching.com/bookmarks/view.aspx?guid=de298e27-d7af-4adf-8262-0c8bf9b9288e . Given your appreciation of EarthCaches, there is a lot of content to these puzzles that might appeal to you. The one with the additional logging request is a neat concept, although the fountain itself may be covered at this point in time.

Many of the other puzzles in the immediate vicinity are site solves: GC13HT3, GC1F7T2, and GC1660Q, GC1DR0D, GC1GJ3B, GC15F6F
which are not difficult solves, but may require more time in the field than you want to allot.

So, focusing then on puzzles you can desk-solve beforehand, you might want to take a look at some of -cheeto-'s video game puzzles, which we have not done yet. Also, GC15WQB.

Now, we need to go out about 3 miles to find more desk-solves that fit the bill. GC1M7BE is a hoot (with the D rating a bit high IMO) and GC1PF8A is a quick solve, both with an AL-request.

Check out GC1Y71E and it's counterparts; at least the first two should be findable and you might get the third depending on how much melting there is.

Going in generally the same direction (i.e., into Appleton rather than west), and focusing on desk solves, you could do GC1DZVM, GC15QCR, GC1A97Y, GC1XFWV. Somewhat more difficult solves could involve GC1P6R3, GC1NRHP, GC11E42, and GC1NRG8.

That takes you from your starting point to about 4 miles northeast and is far more than our team could do in the 4 hours you're targeting, but it's a few options for you.
 
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Lostby7
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:50 pm Reply with quote Back to top

gotta run wrote:
15 miles is a pretty big radius! Let me recommend a few within a few miles of your starting point.

Thanks for all those...Like I said, I do get up fairly often so time really isn't a huge issue...If I'm able to find enough doable puzzles I might dedicate a full day to the task rather than a few hours (which is my normal practice when visiting the area).

I appreciate everyone's help in weeding out some friendlier puzzles. I will start looking at all the suggestions made thus far by everyone.

Thanks!
 
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-cheeto-
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:09 pm Reply with quote Back to top

cheeto's "guide" to the easier puzzles in my neck of the woods. The solve method's below are not really a "spoiler" but if they are it's probably my cache to "spoil" wink

To those other owners in this list, if you want me to remove your cache from this list for any reason just let me know.

Hope this helps!

Neenah:
GC15F6F - Historic Neenah - Whiting Boathouse - On the spot solve.
GC1GJ3B - Historic Neenah - Old Council Tree - On the spot solve.
GC1V9VF - Retro Videogames - Atari: Level 3 - Very straight forward research puzzle.
GC1DR0D - Where did my Youth Go? - straight forward field solve.
GC19VPJ - Matt's Math Cache - I know you said no math, but this is my son's cache and it's 5 - 6th grade math.

Menasha:
GC1DJHJ - Laughing Waters | On a Runabout Town - This is a pretty simple research puzzle.
GC1DH69 - Laughing Waters | Time for the Waterworks - On the spot "plaque" type solve.
GC1DZVM - Chronicles | Honor a Hmong Many - straight forward research puzzle.

Appleton:
GC1N24X - I Saw the Sign - Calumet St. - "field solve" wink
GC13G8T - Seldom|Puzzled - Crack the code.
GC1JZ1A - Pareidolia Smile Head East - straight forward research
GC1V1JD - Retro Videogames - NES: Level 1-1 - one of the easier Nintendo research puzzles.
GC13KCA - Richmond Rockets - straight forward research, 1 resource linked to on page + 1 field solve question near ground zero

Near downtown Appleton:
GC1B245 - What a load of Garbage? - straight forward research. Your resources are linked in the description.
GC1693Q - Pace Yourself, Man! - Field solve - think letterbox
GC1822E - Pace Yourself, Again! - picks up where previous left off
GC192FJ - Pace Yourself, With A Little Class! - part 3
GC15QC3 - Flags of Our Fathers | Land, Sea & Sky - field solve
GC16VBC - Sweetest Hide - Straight forward research, source is linked to on cache page.
GCZWPE - Real Gone | Make It Rain - straight forward research. Source linked to from cache page.
 
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Lostby7
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:12 pm Reply with quote Back to top

OK...OK. Uncle!
Thanks for the help everyone....Now I'll go through the lists and start looking em over and planning a route....or more likely routes.

Razz
 
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-cheeto-
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:16 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Lostby7 wrote:
OK...OK. Uncle!
Thanks for the help everyone....Now I'll go through the lists and start looking em over and planning a route....or more likely routes.

Razz


I was typing my list while GR was typing his wink

I figured this might help others in addition to your request. I kept my list to the "easy". Some of the puzzles gotta run lists aren't as easy as my threshold of easy.

By easy, I stuck to the one's that you really don't have to have a lightbulb solve moment. Just find the info and get the coords.
 
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Team Deejay
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:08 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hey, now that you have all the puzzles solved, will you take me along? Twisted Evil
 
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Lostby7
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:16 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Team Deejay wrote:
Hey, now that you have all the puzzles solved, will you take me along? Twisted Evil
I have a bit of work to do to get to that point...at the moment I'm gathering and sorting information. The first list will include Benny's on site solves, Marc's 900 series WSQs and bits and pieces of the other information I received from Cheeto and Gotta Run... Step two is to organize the easy desk solves....the whole process will take quite a while I imagine. Unless I devote a whole day to the actual seeking of these (which is unlikely) I will be stealing away from the inlaws for a few hours pre-sunup (not the WSQs of course) to about 9ish am on some Sat and Sunday...hopefully before the snow all disappears (or we get more of it)...so in short, I'll likely have to do these solo.
 
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gotta run
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:36 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Team Deejay wrote:
Hey, now that you have all the puzzles solved, will you take me along? Twisted Evil


Just use your magical reviewer powers....poof! Coordinates!
 
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