# Eric Peterson – eric@puzzlehead.org Puzzle Solving 101 Eric Peterson – eric@puzzlehead.org.

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Puzzle Solving 101 Eric Peterson –

Geocaching “The sport where YOU are the search engine”
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? 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

“Where the heck do you start?”
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
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
Strategy Tactics Trivia Challenges Wordplay Mathematics Logic Problems Cryptography Steganography Lateral Thinking

Lateral Thinking Problem
Draw four straight lines, without lifting your pencil, which cross all of the dots

Lateral Thinking Problem
Draw four straight lines, without lifting your pencil, which cross all of the dots

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? Red Wines White Wines Sparkling Wines Hobart Muddy, 1986 \$23 Acqua del Piatto Merlot (Sonoma), 2003 \$80 Starboard, Batch 11 (Napa), 2001 \$17 Nobel (Stockholm), 1968 \$26 Mocha Java Zinfandel (Madag.), 2005 \$42 Yukon Gold, 2004 \$5 Conch Republic Chardonnay, 1982 \$38 English Breakfast Chenin Blank, 2007 Gewurtzraminer Crème (Bavaria), 1979 \$21 Samoan Sailor Sauvignon Blanc, 1991 \$16 Tortoise & Albatross (Galapagos), 1835 \$173 Stolichniya Shampanskoye (Murmansk) \$258 Don Ho Ukelele Brut (Hilo), 1966 \$948 Perth Pink, 1972 \$289 Spasmi Dolorosi del Rene Champagne (Argentina), 2003 \$3

Puzzle Solving 101 #1 – Strategy
Exercise 1: No Wining N 26o 5.258’ W 80o ’ 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? Red Wines White Wines Sparkling Wines Hobart Muddy, 1986 \$23 Acqua del Piatto Merlot (Sonoma), 2003 \$80 Starboard, Batch 11 (Napa), 2001 \$17 Nobel (Stockholm), 1968 \$26 Mocha Java Zinfandel (Madag.), 2005 \$42 Yukon Gold, 2004 \$5 Conch Republic Chardonnay, 1982 \$38 English Breakfast Chenin Blank, 2007 Gewurtzraminer Crème (Bavaria), 1979 \$21 Samoan Sailor Sauvignon Blanc, 1991 \$16 Tortoise & Albatross (Galapagos), 1835 \$173 Stolichniya Shampanskoye (Murmansk) \$258 Don Ho Ukelele Brut (Hilo), 1966 \$948 Perth Pink, 1972 \$289 Spasmi Dolorosi del Rene Champagne (Argentina), 2003 \$3

A Real-World Example

A Real-World Example See how the red/white pattern differs from the other lanes?

A Real-World Example Y R R O S
Red Herring – Hidden message in Morse Code! Y R R O S

A Real-World Example There’s a hint in this image to the solution of the puzzle …

The Puzzle Should Match the Location
Pool Balls = Billiard Balls = N W 5 3 2 6 2 6 7 8 3 5

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 Puzzle Solving 101 Finalist

lorriebird Puzzle Solving 101 Finalist

antimony13 Puzzle Solving 101 Finalist

First-to-Find the PS101 Final Exam
lorriebird AND antimony13

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 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
A Travel Bug is a trackable item 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 Canada Israel Bulgaria Scotland Britain Japan Australia

The Puzzle Solving Education Network
Copies of PS101 and caches inspired by PS101 around the world Dorking, UK Bratislavský kraj, 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

FL Pirate lorriebird The Wench
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 Pirate lorriebird The Wench