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How to solve Puzzle or Mystery geocaches

Google Earth

Google Earth - a great geocaching tool

Make Google Earth your friend

The best advice that I can give on how to find a Puzzle or Mystery geocache is to make Google Earth (GE) your friend.

Download it here.

Once you have worked out possible solutions, or partial solutions to puzzles, plug the co-ordinates into GE.  The location will give you a good indication of whether you are correct or not.  For example if the co-ordinates are in someone's backyard, or in the middle of the water or somewhere else unlikely, then you're probably not correct. Eliminating possibilities in this way will save a lot of driving.  I have solved many mystery caches in this way even when I couldn't work out the total solution.  You can often work out enough of the puzzle to get you there.

Often you only have to work out a few of the last digits to be able to solve it.

This doesn't always work, but it sure helps in a lot of cases.

Mystery Geocache Tutorial Video

Here is one of the best tutorial videos on solving Puzzle or Mystery geocaches that I have seen.  It's by Zytheran based in Adelaide, Australia who is famous (infamous?) for his puzzle caches. He gives you a lot of tips of narrowing down your focus.

Do you have any tips that you can share on how to find these types of geocaches.

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  1. If you have incomplete coordinates (missing some digits) like N 48° 0?.364 E 017° 0?.321, you can use this tool: http://geofp.herokuapp.com/


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