Walked: 1.0 miles
Grinning Buddha is renowned locally for posing some fiendish puzzles. Recursion was just another, which popped onto my map in mid-March. I looked at the cache page soon after it was first published and didn’t have a clue. It’s been sitting there, taunting me, ever since.
Friends assured me I could solve it. I kept looking at it and it kept looking back. Then out of the blue a few days ago, unbidden, the
co-ordinates came from an unexpected source. But I vowed not to go and look for it until the tricksy monkey was off my back and I had solved it myself!
Trying to avoid some work yesterday, I had another look at it. I scribbled a few things in my notebook and got a plausible formula. I messaged the CO who kindly confirmed that I had the right thing I needed to solve the problem. He also mentioned that Win7’s calculator in Scientific mode was up to the job of crunching the numbers. Ah! I had upgraded to Win10 just yesterday, would it still be so?
More scribbling, rationalising and plugging numbers into the formula followed. Then an undexpected thing happened – aha, that simplifies things a bit! And yes, Win10’s calculator was just as happy to deal with numbers as long as your arm. Eventually the penny dropped and out popped a rather satisfying figure, which made the checker happy and conveniently agreed with my previous info.
So today it was time to go and look for it. No hint, but I guess that’s not a problem. Once I was at GZ, the GPS was suggesting somewhere else close by, but a thing struck me as being a little incongruous. On further investigation, it did indeed reveal something which appeared to be rather recursive. Hurrah! I won’t post a spoiler pic, so that everyone else can have as much fun trying to solve it!
Another day done for the geostreak 🙂