# Puzzle Solving 101

AI and Robotics

Nov 21, 2013 (4 years and 5 months ago)

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Puzzle Solving 101

Eric Peterson

The sport where
YOU are the search
engine”

“I use multi
-
billion
-
dollar military
satellites to find
Tupperware in the
woods.”

Geocaching

Geocaching

is a real
-
world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS
-
enabled devices.

Lag Pins

1.
Solve the
sudoku

puzzle

2.
Copy the numbers in the
colored squares in the
grid to the corresponding
squares at the bottom of
the page

3.
The result is the
coordinates of the
location of the
geocache

What is a Puzzle Cache?

A
geocache

with a puzzle you have to solve for the coordinates

His question which
triggered the genesis of
Puzzle Solving 101:

“Where
the heck
do you
start?”

OB Jets

aka “The Guy Who Doesn’t Like Puzzle Caches”

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 101 Series of
Geocaches

Puzzle
-
Solving Topics

1.
Strategy

2.
Tactics

3.
Trivia Challenges

4.
Wordplay

5.
Mathematics

6.
Logic Problems

7.
Cryptography

8.
Steganography

9.
Lateral Thinking

Draw four
straight lines,
without lifting
which cross all
of the dots

Lateral Thinking Problem

Draw four
straight lines,
without lifting
which cross all
of the dots

Lateral Thinking Problem

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,

19
86

\$23

Acqua

del
Piatto

Merlot (Sonoma), 2003

\$80

Starboard, Batch 11 (Napa), 2001

\$17

Nobel (Stockholm), 1968

\$26

Mocha Java

\$42

Yukon Gold, 2004

\$5

Conch

Republic Chardonnay, 1982

\$38

English Breakfast
Chenin

Blank, 2007

\$17

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 26
o

5.258’
W 80
o

16.948’

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,

19
86

\$23

Acqua

del
Piatto

Merlot (Sonoma), 2003

\$80

Starboard, Batch 11 (Napa), 2001

\$17

Nobel (Stockholm), 1968

\$26

Mocha Java

\$42

Yukon Gold, 2004

\$5

Conch

Republic Chardonnay, 1982

\$38

English Breakfast
Chenin

Blank, 2007

\$17

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

Red Herring

Hidden message in Morse Code!

S

O

R

R

Y

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 26 35.320 W 80 05.706

2

6

3

5

3

2

0

8

0

0

5

7

0

6

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
-

_________________

ePeterso2, PS101 Series Creator

Series Geocaches

GCYXZ1

GCYXZ9, GCYXN0

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

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 Cac
he
-
A
-
Maniacs

podcast

5/20/2011

PS101 is named
Geocaching

Puzzle of the Day

PS101 Goes Viral

WINSLMA

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

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

Remote Solver Travel Bug

Israel

Bulgaria

Scotland

Britain

Japan

Australia

The Puzzle Solving Education Network

Copies of PS101 and caches inspired by PS101 around the world

Okinawa,

Japan

Dorking, UK

Bratislavský

kraj
,
Slovakia

PS101

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

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

“There is only one word for this series,

BRILLANT!”

FL Pirate

lorriebird

The Wench

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