Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Best Selling...Puzzle Cache?

It's Christmas Eve.  Dinner's cooking, people are wrapping gifts.  It's SNOWING down here in Dallas.  I've been busy the last few weeks as first semester ended at work, but I haven't stopped looking for interesting cache ideas.  Tonight, I bring you another easy puzzle like last time.  What's different is that this is a hands-on, multi-stage, puzzle cache. 

Here's the supply list:
  • Two cache containers
  • Logsheet
  • Permanent Marker
  • Rubik's Cube
That's right.  I said Rubik's Cube.  Some of you might be able to see where this is going already.  When getting supplies, make sure one of the cache containers is large enough to fit the Rubik's Cube.  Also, when you get the Rubik's Cube, it has to be solved first (brand new ones usually come solved in the package).  Everything else can be done in the field.

The first thing you are going to need to do is figure out where you want the FINAL cache to be at.  Do this however you want and get the coordinates for the location.  Place the final and let's go find a spot for the first stage.

Once you find a spot to place the first stage, let's get out the coordinates for the final, the marker, and the solved Rubik's Cube.  Pick two sides of the cube, any two sides.  Break up the coordinates into the Latitude and Longitude (N/S & E/W).  Now write one digit from the Latitude into each square of one of the sides, going from left to right, top to bottom.  Imagine the 3x3 grid as Lines 1, 2, & 3.  Here's an example of how to write it:

Line 1: N 1 2
Line 2: 3 4 .
Line 3: 5 6 7

There are just enough spots for the full coordinates.  Put the Longitude on another side, and drop the W or E if your degrees are three digits.  Most people will realize that is longitude anyway.

Now scramble up the Rubik's Cube THOROUGHLY.  Take a few minutes to really get it random.  Then, drop it into the cache container.  You might want to add a small note explaining that the finder has to solve the cube to figure out the coordinates for the final (unless they are good at solving a Rubik's Cube, most people will solve the coordinates by solving it one side at a time).  Now hide the container.

Easy to set up, relatively easy to solve.  And it's a fun one for kids too, if you kids like these kinds of toys.

And everyone have Merry Christmas.


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