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SirPoonga
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:09 am    Post subject: Hints Reply with quote

How many of you decode the hints using the website?

I haven't. Since I go with a friend (always for safety reasons) we usually look for about 15-20 minutes. Then if we still can't find it one of my friends has been designated the ROT13 master. He's getting good at decoding ROT13. I bet soon he'd be able to read hints with out decoding them Wink He knows when he sees the word 'the'. We haven't used too many of them yet.
Either way, after we found a cache we will decode the hint, some of them are creative and fun to read.
But the last ones we decoded were blatent give-aways. IT'S A HINT! Not a give-away. Sigh. Just getting that off my chest.

Personally, I like the creative hints. They dont; completely give-away the cache, but they narrow the search. Ones that says something like "Please say no to this" and the cache is hidden in a crack.

So, what do you think about hints?
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Kitch
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i know i can read a lot of them quite fast.....

tree, water, bark, and ground are easy to read after seeing them sooo many times....

thats why I try to be a little more creative with a clue...
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RJ
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends on what kind of geocaching day I have planned. Sometimes I use the website to decode all of them. Others I just decode the really long hints, like a paragraph of hints.

If I'm going out to just find 2 or 3, then I might not even bring the printout with.

Sometimes when travelling way out of the cities or far across town, I bring the hints to help ensure I don't get skunked (doesn't matter sometimes though).

Everyone's different and has different motives. Those are mine.
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 2:05 pm    Post subject: hints... Reply with quote

I typically carry my ipaq with me while caching (especially on long caching days). It has an auto decoder which is nice. Just click on "Show Hints" and there it is Smile

I typically don't need the hints unless it is some fantastic hide. I try to avoid doing "fantastic hides" if I am just going for the numbers... You can't exactly hit 30 caches in a day if you spend 20 minutes looking for each cache.

Silent Bob
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Kitch
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use spinner and plucker....alrdy decoded....
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rickrich
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If we have a cache sheet printed, such as for a puzzle cache (because you need something to take notes on for those anyway), then the kids will decode them on the traill if needed. The kids like doing the decoding.

If we don't have the cache sheet printed, then we decode them off the web pages on the laptop in the car before we set off, to prevent getting skunked.

Yes, its true that my primary trail GPS is also a PDA. Nevertheless, I cannot be bothered to download waypoints into it, let alone cache pages. Our challenge is to remember the decoded hint until we need it Smile Sometimes, my memory fails (such as Ole' Fishin Hole), and the price is a return trip.

Hey, its my bed, and I like sleeping in it. Smile

-Rick
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Moe the Sleaze
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rickrich wrote:
Hey, its my bed, and I like sleeping in it.


Then why are you out finding caches at 1:30 am every night? Razz
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rickrich
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moe the Sleaze wrote:
Then why are you out finding caches at 1:30 am every night? Razz


$ moon
The Moon is Waning Crescent (2% of Full)

Probably not tonight. Smile

-Rick
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towlebooth
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always decode the hints for King Boreas caches.
Laughing
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

towlebooth wrote:
I always decode the hints for King Boreas caches.
Laughing

LOL!!!! Smile

Silent Bob
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