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Re: Another box planted ON TOP of mine?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #937358 by Essex Explorers
Nov 2, 2016 2:22pm
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So I can't even determine if this interloping box's clues would show that it was meant to be hidden in our spot, or if it was originally elsewhere.

Egypt on the Ipswich. It actually looks like Boston B's series predates your plant by several months, it was an honest mistake . . . .by you (March '09 vs July '09) You both have a good eye for locations it seems.

If they're hidden well these things can happen.
Re: Another box planted ON TOP of mine?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #937369 by Essex Explorers
Nov 2, 2016 2:35pm
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You might not have seen the series listed as there are restrictions on it. Perhaps you have not met the "plants" minimum for the series.

I reviewed the Egypt clues and they reference your box

BONUS - WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Essex Explorers is in the same spot. This is a VERY busy area (this is the third placing of WONDER) so please be stealthy.

They have not logged in for a while but they seem to welcome your box as well as including in their note that their box went missing two times. That might be your answer to why the spot was empty at the time of your planting. I say coexist since they had no problem with the double booking!
Re: Okay to replace someone else's stamp?
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #937400 by FloridaFour
Nov 3, 2016 7:22am
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I actually am one who believes if the owners are not active, the series should be retired.

I understand that this particular series builds a skeleton, however, why would the whole series require retirement if there are 6 other viable letterboxes to be had? There are plenty of great letterbox series out there that have been nicked up by a missing box (or two). More importantly, reading the comments by the boxers show those who have done this series really seemed to have enjoyed themselves regardless of a missing piece. Some even describe individual boxes that were "missing" for them that subsequent boxers later found. I assumed that you didn't mean all letterboxes by retired boxers on principle should be pulled.
Re: Thoughts on planting...
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #937580 by PiggyJaunt
Nov 8, 2016 6:15am
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Perhaps you stumbled on the secret real reason for VA replacing so many guardrails - the weight of so many letterboxes and geocaches warped the old guardrails.

But I'm pretty sure they're not dusting for fingerprints or staking out the guardrails.
Re: Ciphers
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #937881 by Angel Winks
Nov 13, 2016 11:02am
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1) Ceasar shift, Atbash, Cryptogram.

2) got to love Bacon Cipher. You can literally make anything say anything without even looking like there is anything there!
Re: Ciphers
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #937899 by Oberon_Kenobi
Nov 13, 2016 1:11pm
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Yup, a little paraphrasing by me. I love the Knowledge is Powe assembly photo that didn't have enough people to form the "R" at the end.
Re: Ciphers
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #937912 by Three FLAmigo's
Nov 13, 2016 3:50pm
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Re: What to make of this?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #938072 by Trekkie Gal
Nov 16, 2016 2:02pm
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I went ahead and changed the status of the two boxes to retired so they won't continue to show up in searches.

Sometimes finding the clues is part of the mystery, though probably not in this case.
Re: Let's talk about what makes a good clue - opinions please!
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #939493 by Kirbert
Dec 24, 2016 10:03pm
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Hey, I hid a box under a corner of a 10-ton boulder -- and the boulder disappeared!

I also hid a box near an old steam locomotive that had been on static display forever, there were no RR tracks within miles any more, and the steam locomotive disappeared!

Sounds like it's time for a David Copperfield tribute box!
Looking under the tree . . . .
Board: Mysterious Capers and Sneaky Stuff
Dec 25, 2016 6:36am
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. . . . to see if Julenissen left a little gift
Re: Mystery
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #939916 by Always On Call
Jan 2, 2017 1:12pm
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It is still a mystery to me as to how you find a mystery box.

Are having trouble with solving the clues, finding the clues, or finding the box itself?

Going to your home state letterbox page I see only two mystery boxes listed on AQ and a couple of additional mystery boxes listed on letterboxing.org as well as a never found Mapsurfer treasurebox from 1999BRQ #5: Black Rock Desert ( That one would be a feather in anyone's cap but a tough box to cut one's teeth on) So unfortunately there doesn't seem to be many mystery boxes in your area right now. If you start planting a few mystery boxes of your own perhaps others will enjoy them add follow suit.
Re: Reddit's Interested in Letterboxing.
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #940050 by wassamatta u
Jan 4, 2017 11:20am
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I dunno. There was that one time McDonalds ran their Letterboxing promotion a few years back.

But McDonald's Geocaching promo was a much larger success judging by all the Happy Meal trinkets found in my geotrashed letterboxes.
Re: I suck at mystery boxes
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #940088 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 4, 2017 8:30pm
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Here are Eevil boxes not found. The Eevil Widget says that there are 8 left, but when I run the query it only shows 7. Perhaps I don't qualify to see one of them.

Nevertheless, these are ones that no letterboxer (except Eevil and his minions) has yet figured out how to solve.

Don't forget the legendary mystery master and the Mapsurfer Treasureboxes! There are a number of letterboxes in that catalog almost old enough to vote and they're still waiting for a first finder.
Re: Who is Planting in Winter?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #940224 by Rocklun
Jan 7, 2017 6:19pm
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Once, my daughter and I poured some Mountain Dew in the snow nearby to give a plausible reason for someone going off-trail. :^)

Hmmm, based on hiking behind you, I'm just gonna go ahead and assume you forgot to also mention that you drop a Baby Ruth candy bar while you were at it for good measure!

;)
Re: Who is Planting in Winter?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #940247 by Trailhead Tessie
Jan 7, 2017 8:51pm
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Hmmm, based on hiking behind you, I'm just gonna go ahead and assume you forgot to also mention that you drop a Baby Ruth candy bar while you were at it for good measure!

Hey, I'll do whatever it takes to protect a box from muggles! ;^)

It's a letterboxer's Duty.

Yes, yes it is a letterboxer's doody
Re: Which comes first the box or the clue!
Board: Mysterious Capers and Sneaky Stuff
Reply to: #940476 by Inknigma
Jan 12, 2017 2:24pm
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I enjoy scouting locations ahead of time which usually provides richer detail and better theme fits that hopefully add to the experience of the finder. This also allows you to add more pieces of the clue that can only be unraveled on site after they have figured out the starting point. This can extend the mystery all the way to the hiding spot.

On the other hand, creating the majority of the clue, beyond the just the starting point, from Google research is challenging, fun, and something to do in the winter months up around here. Having multiple layers of Google info tucked into the clue can increase the mystery level and some boxers enjoy solving out the clues online before heading out to find a box. Then when you go to plant the box on you initial visit to the site, you've added the suspense for yourself of trying to fit the last step together with the rest of the mystery.
Re: What is the longest gap in finds of a box that u have found?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #940688 by THE RED CYCLONE
Jan 17, 2017 12:27am
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We found an old Tom Cooch (The Orient Express) box planted July '99 in NY that was 11 years between visits. It had plenty of early finders until the landscape changed significantly. It took a few extra hours of searching once we were in the vicinity. Best kind of finds!
Re: What is the longest gap in finds of a box that u have found?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #940785 by Sir Braemoor
Jan 18, 2017 3:23pm
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An in-person exchange of old lost clues would seem very consistent with my romantic vision of how early American letterboxing operated. Framing a get together around a charitable cause would be a win-win. I would sign up and help out with something like that.

As far as distributing the clues, I don't see a problem sharing any clue that was originally posted online by the planter/owner. They can be found by the industrious. The event might also satisfy those original clue owner's whose preferences were to have their clues hand-passed between like-minded boxers.
Finding/having old clues, even when there is no longer a box attached to them, is always a rush. They are like little letterboxing historical documents.
Re: Winter letterboxing
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #941422 by The Merry Pranksters
Feb 2, 2017 8:48am
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and perhaps a wee bit o' schnapps! ;o)

don't you mean an ein klitzekleines Bisschen of shnapps?
Re: Southford Falls in Oxford CT
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #941561 by Bungalow Boxer
Feb 6, 2017 10:46am
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Hi I found your message in the plastic container in the stone wall behind a rock close to rt 67! How long has it been there? Did anyone else ever find it? Thanks

More info please. We have no idea what you're talking about.

Thx

Appears to be a friendly noxer trying to make contact regarding a box they came across in Oxford, CT. Perhaps one of the experienced CT boxers could give this person some guidance.
Re: Southford Falls in Oxford CT
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #941580 by MissMoon
Feb 6, 2017 1:44pm
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scroll up.

Scrollin', scrollin' scrollin'!
Re: 2017 AQ March Madness Bracket Game
Board: Sports Emporium
Reply to: #942729 by Sir Braemoor
Mar 7, 2017 8:51am
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b) a clue from my 1998-1999 shoebox from Southern New England

How about d) A 5 minute frenzy in the shoebox itself!

I'm in again!
Re: March 14th weather in the Northeast
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #943374 by Sheba
Mar 23, 2017 11:20am
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Oh you can chose them (and a nice perch) out of the live tank for your dinner in Chinatown in Boston!

Now I'm hungry
Re: March 14th weather in the Northeast
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #943383 by ADK oinkers
Mar 23, 2017 2:59pm
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How long can this thread really go?

This thread does have a tinge of ADD running through it
Re: 2017 AQ March Madness Bracket Game
Board: Sports Emporium
Reply to: #943546 by Sir Braemoor
Mar 27, 2017 8:48am
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The Nova loss cascaded through my bracket coupled with the Xavier wrecking ball took myself (and a lot of others) out. Still could finish tied for second which would be a big comeback from 12th at one point.

Btw, the Warren Buffett Challenge winner got through the first 29 games this year for a $100,000 payday. He was 31-1 after the first round vs a field of 96,000 Berkshire Hathaway employees. Top prize for a perfect bracket is a cool million a year for life.
Re: 2017 AQ March Madness Bracket Game
Board: Sports Emporium
Reply to: #943556 by FORAYCH
Mar 27, 2017 11:42am
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Something like 657 brackets out of 18.8 million total brackets through ESPNs site got the Final Four right...Very difficult odds of doing well enough to get a million a year for life!!

So you're saying my retirement plan is a bit risky?
Re: Upcoming Event in New England
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #943782 by Green Tortuga
Apr 1, 2017 9:32am
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I'm totally all in! =)

I think you just might be totally all out at this one
Re: Upcoming Event in New England
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #943753 by SantaClaus
Apr 1, 2017 9:37am
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Just very relieved Santa that you decided to not hold this event right after Christmas, though there could still be swimming in May

;)
Re: Upcoming New England Event
Board: Event News and Planning
Reply to: #943763 by Rocklun
Apr 1, 2017 9:48am
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Weiners?

Is there something interesting we're going to find out at the event Mary?
Re: Library Letterboxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #944018 by Kirbert
Apr 4, 2017 10:13am
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I thought a noxer was someone who knows but doesn't participate (non) boxer.

And then there is the dreaded Obnoxer, your non boxing kid who stands in the woods with her arms tightly folded asking every minute "are you done yet?"