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How to solve Mystery Caches (also known as Puzzle Caches)

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first_imgGeocaching ToolboxMy Geocaching ProfileThere are many more! Do an online search for “geocaching puzzle solving tools”. Use a PC or laptop rather than your phone. There are some puzzles you cannot solve with a phone alone.Google and other search engines are your friend.Attend geocaching events and ask more experienced geocachers for help. Geocachers enjoy helping other geocachers.Geocachers helping geocachers solve Mystery/Puzzle CachesSome basic tricks to start filling your bag: Highlighted text. Some Mystery/Puzzle Caches use white font on the page that can only be seen when highlighted. Run your computer mouse along the entire cache page including text and images. If your cursor changes from an arrow to a pointed finger, you’ll know you passed over a hidden link.*Source code. Many times clues are hidden in the coding for a cache page. Depending on your browser, view the source code for that cache page. To find possible clues, choose a word/phrase from the description and use the Ctrl+F function. This will point you to the areas where a message may be hiding. Keep calm and go Puzzle (Mystery) CachingThis article was written by Geocaching superstar and Geocaching HQ employee, Cathy (Prying Pandora). Do you look at Mystery Caches, also known as Puzzle Caches, and have no idea where to start? You’re not the only one. Many geocachers feel overwhelmed by Mystery/Puzzle Caches, but they’re not as scary as they appear. You just need to begin collecting your own “puzzling bag of tricks” to help you solve them.What should you keep in your puzzling bag of tricks? Think of the “tricks” as what you learn from each puzzle you solve. Many puzzles use the same ideas, so if you solve one, you can often pull that same trick out again and solve another similar puzzle. The more tricks you put in your bag, the easier Mystery/Puzzle Caches will be to solve. You will never stop finding new tricks to put in your bag, no matter how long you’ve been solving puzzles.This Mystery/Puzzle makes you literally put together a puzzle (GC3K2AZ)Some helpful tips to get started:Start with Mystery/Puzzle Caches with low difficulty ratings.Solve puzzles based on something you’re familiar with. For example, if you know a lot about history, you might be able to solve a history puzzle more easily than a complicated math puzzle.Find a partner who is good at things you struggle with. Together, you can fill in each other’s gaps.Analytical/methodical + creative/artistic = wide range of puzzle types.Each can see and work through things the other can’t. Now that you are armed with some basic tricks, go forth, and happy puzzling!Congratulations! You found the hidden white text! You’re on your way!Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img Other languages. Some Mystery/Puzzle caches want you to “decode” other languages. Pasting the text into an online translator and converting it to your language often does the trick.Binary numbers and other bases. Use an online reference such as Purple Math that may help you with these types of mathematical stumpers. Local latitude and longitude. For example, Seattle, Washington, is at 47° North and 122° West. If you solve puzzles in Seattle and something you try makes a 47 or 122, keep going and it will likely give you the rest of the coordinates.This blog about Mystery/Puzzle Caches may also have hidden white text…Here are some online resources which may give you more tricks to try:   SharePrint RelatedDon’t Miss Out on Pi Day! Top Tips for Mystery CachesMarch 4, 2015In “Geocaching Info”Top Tips for Puzzle CachesAugust 12, 2014In “Learn”3 tips for finding Mystery CachesApril 10, 2018In “News”last_img read more

Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA Games

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first_imgLIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Reyland Capellan competes in the men’s floor exercise event of the gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur. Capelan scored 13.950 points to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Reyland Yuson Capellan snagged the men’s artistic gymnastics floor exercise gold medal Tuesday in the Southeast Asian Games at MITEC Hall 6 here.Capellan totalled 13.950 points to retain the crown after winning the same event in the 2015 Singapore edition.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Baseball fans flock to minor league stadiums to see eclipse SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malaysia’s Zul Bahrin Sin Mat Asri took silver with 13.750, while Thailand’s Tikumporn Surintornta settled for bronze with 13.600.The other Filipino in the event, 18-year-old first-timer John Matthew Vergara was eighth place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was the country’s fourth gold medal, and first for the day although more are expected in athletics later.Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA Games2.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

LOOK: Kobe’s in-game used Air Jordan 3s sell for $30k

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first_imgThe AIR JORDAN RETRO III WHITE KOBE PEs.  Image from eBay ad.Much like every player worth his salt, Kobe Bryant has his own signature line of shoes named after him.“The Black Mamba” donned this vast collection from Nike for most of his 20-year career, but on one rare occasion he wore a customized pair of Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan 3s.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games The nifty pair, which featured the Laker colors of purple and gold as secondary shades, was recently auctioned off on eBay for a staggering $30,400 (over P1.5 million).The AIR JORDAN RETRO III WHITE KOBE PEs / Image from eBay adAccording to shoe connoisseur Darren Griffin of Nice Kicks, the shoes are labeled as the “Home White” colorway, and were exclusively released for Bryant in the 2002-03 NBA regular season while he was in between shoe deals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe size 14 shoes were worn by Bryant twice, during games against the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs, Griffin confirmed.The AIR JORDAN RETRO III WHITE KOBE PEs / Image from eBay adMeanwhile, Bryant is currently enjoying the perks of retirement after walking away from the game last season. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The shoe’s recent popularity online could provide a bigger demand from sneaker enthusiasts, but Nike and the Air Jordan Brand have yet to announce if they’ll be reviving the rare colorway anytime soon.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:#MambaThick: Kobe posts ‘dad-bod’ pic, deletes it soon afterADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Players, coaches turn into fans after Gilas’ big win over China View commentslast_img read more

The Dallas Cowboys Are Back To Their Old Selves — Overrated

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WEEK▲▼PICK▲▼WIN PROB.▲▼PICK▲▼WIN PROB.▲▼WINNER▲▼READERS’ NET PTS▲▼ The Dallas Cowboys were overrated going into Week 4Top 10 NFL teams by current Elo and their chances of making the playoffs 3BAL70BAL71JAX-4.3– 81557Seattle4852+4– 3SEA53SEA54TEN-3.5– 3DEN55DEN70BUF-20.6– Most of Dallas’s metrics are roughly the same as they were last season, with the major exception of the passing game (and some faulty special teams). Last year, in QB Dak Prescott’s first NFL season, he led the Cowboys to the sixth-most expected points added (EPA) through the air of any offense in football — a highly effective complement to Dallas’s second-ranked running game. But although the Cowboys still rank among the top five in rushing EPA, Prescott and the passing offense has fallen to 19th in the league in EPA. Prescott’s traditional numbers aren’t bad, but he’s all but stopped throwing the deep ball and the Dallas receivers are picking up very few yards after the catch. The result has been an aerial attack that struggles to move the chains, keeping the Cowboys from scoring as many points as they should.The bad news doesn’t stop there for Dallas. The Cowboys face a tough road if they hope to win the division, because even though the Giants are floundering, the rest of the NFC East has played better than we predicted in the preseason. And based on FiveThirtyEight’s Week 5 NFL Elo ratings, Dallas has the toughest remaining schedule of any team in its division; the Cowboys’ opponents have an average Elo rating of 1525, while the teams New York is facing average 1514, Washington’s opponents average 1499, and the rest of Philadelphia’s schedule averages 1496.The Cowboys and Eagles’ next five games could further increase the gap between those two teams — the Eagles currently have a one-game lead. Dallas’ next five opponents have an average Elo of 1549, and the Cowboys will face three of those teams on the road. Compare that with Philadelphia’s next five games — in which the Eagles’ opponents average an Elo of 1490 and only one game will be on the road — and the Cowboys’ playoff hopes could be essentially done by Week 10.FiveThirtyEight vs. the crowdWeeks 3 and 4 in our NFL prediction game — in which we invite you to pick football games and try to outsmart our Elo algorithm — were triumphant victories for machine over man. Over a combined 32 games, our Elo model beat you, the readers, by a whopping 146.2 points! You can blame the New York Jets for your two largest net losses. The Jets upset the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 — which both our model and the readers got wrong — and this weekend the Jets pulled out an overtime victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, which our Elo picked right and you readers got wrong. (Note: We don’t blame you for not picking the Jets.)Despite Elo correctly predicting the winners in only two more games than readers through Week 4, our model holds a lead of 181.7 net points. This is because our game rewards not just correct picks, but also how much confidence the model and our readers had in the outcome. For example, despite our bashing the Cowboys here, both Elo and the readers predicted Dallas would win at home over the Rams this past weekend. Though we both predicted incorrectly, the readers netted 5.5 points on that game because Elo had more confidence in Dallas winning (78 percent) than readers did (72 percent). 4MIN57MIN51DET+4.2– 4SEA69SEA79SEA+3.1– 4TB63TB61TB-4.5– 3PIT76PIT84CHI-14.1– ELOTEAMWEEK 4WEEK 5CHANGE 21646New England8270-12– 3CAR72CAR66NO+5.8– 4NYJ59JAX61NYJ-22.6– 3NE82NE89NE+0.6– 31627Atlanta8772-15– 4PHI60PHI60PHI-2.2– 41614Pittsburgh7386+13– We’re a quarter of the way through the NFL season, and Week 4 brought its fair share of surprises. The Buffalo Bills upset the Atlanta Falcons on the road, a last-second Carolina Panthers field goal delivered Tom Brady’s New England Patriots their second home loss of the year, and Andy Dalton was actually good.Through four weeks, very few teams are following the course predicted for them at the season’s outset. Many pundits thought a Los Angeles team would be sneaky dangerous this season — they just didn’t think it would be the Rams. Others assumed a New York team would start 0-4 — they just didn’t pick the Giants. But in a season marked by surprises, the most perplexing start may belong to the Dallas Cowboys.After Week 1, Dallas had every reason for optimism: The expected suspension of running back Ezekiel Elliott was delayed by the courts, and the team that was 13-3 last year was fresh off a dominating win over the New York Giants. Dallas’ Elo rating climbed, and many analysts (most of them in Texas) viewed the Cowboys as a surefire Super Bowl team. As it turned out, the Giants are terrible and Dallas would spend the next three weeks showing that it was not the same team it was last year — even with Elliott in uniform.“America’s Team” had an Elo advantage of 160 points heading into Sunday’s game with the Los Angeles Rams, meaning they were favorites to win the game by about six points.1Every 25 Elo points is equivalent to 1 point in an actual game. The Cowboys lost and fell to 2-2 and, in the process, saw their chances of making the playoffs drop to 40 percent — their lowest of the season — according to our 2017 NFL Predictions. For Dallas — which dropped to a tie for eighth2With the Seattle Seahawks in our power rankings — a 4-in-10 chance of making the playoffs with three-quarters of the season left to play may not sound all that bad. But compared with the rest of the teams in the top 10, the Cowboys are noticeably out of place. 4NO53NO55NO-0.4– 3ATL53ATL62ATL+5.3– 3MIA55MIA70NYJ-20.8– 3LAR53LAR61LAR+4.2– 51601Green Bay6468+4– 3GB75GB84GB+2.1– 3OAK51OAK65WSH-19.0– 4KC78KC79KC-2.3– 4GB82GB83GB-1.8– 61578Denver4760+13– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Weeks 3 and 4Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 3 and 4 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game 11687Kansas City91%93%+2– 4HOU55TEN52HOU-9.9– 4NE78NE83CAR-9.9– 3KC74KC76KC-1.7– FIVETHIRTYEIGHT PLAYOFF ODDS BEFORE … OUR PREDICTIONREADERS’ PREDICTION 4ATL77ATL80BUF-7.0– 4DAL78DAL72LAR+5.5– 4PIT55PIT60PIT+1.7– 4DEN63DEN57DEN-8.1– 71565Detroit4863+15– 3MIN57TB53MIN-12.1– 4ARI81ARI77ARI-4.2– 81557Dallas6140-21– 3IND76IND59IND-15.3– 3PHI66PHI68PHI-1.1– 101550Philadelphia5563+8– 3ARI55%DAL59%DAL+9.8– 4CIN60CIN59CIN-3.1– read more