The Name of the Box

LOCATION:  Rhode Island

CHALLENGE:  2.5 stars

DATE/NUMBER:  17-May-2003/83

MAP: 

Sitting on a park bench
Eyeing little girls with bad intent -- Jethro Tull

This box is located at coordinates N 41 ab.cd, W 71 ef.gh under a rock next to a large, very distinct pointy rock, a bit off-trail. (coordinates specified in degrees and minutes, WGS 84). (a) thru (h) are each single digits, which are figured from the answers of a brief geography quiz.

A table with 8 colums, one column for each of (a) thru (h) as above, follows the quiz. The first row represents a question number in the quiz, the second row represents the letter number in the answer to that question (i.e., 5 means fifth letter of the answer (ignoring spaces)). Thus you will have a string of 8 letters mapping to (a) thru (h).

Following that table is another table. That simply maps the letter you just got from the previous table to a digit you can substitute into the coordinates. (e.g., if a's letter is Z, and Z maps to 9, substitute 9 for (a) in the coordinates (this example obviously being impossible, of course)).

  •   (1) The Garden State?
  •   (2) The Sunshine State?
  •   (3) The state colonized by humans via a land bridge at least 20,000 years ago?
  •   (4) The First State?
  •   (5) The borderless state?
  •   (6) The state containing the first European's landing point?
  •   (7) The state with the longest non-Pacific coastline?
  •   (8) The state with five borders that borders exactly four states?

a b c d e f g h
1 3 4 8 2 5 7 2
5 2 8 4 2 4 6 7

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
3 1 7 3 0 2 5 4 1 5 8 3 0 4 2 6 6 8 1 8 4 3 7 1 0 9
NOTE 1:  Off-trail walking is involved.

NOTE 2:  Be wary of snakes and other wildlife when reaching into dark places. No need to dig for this box. All bearings magnetic unless otherwise noted. A pace is a long stride counted on a footfall of either foot, i.e. two paces are counted each time the right foot hits the ground. Be aware of if or when there is game hunting in the area.

NOTE 3:  Please re-hide the thing well just as you found it.

DISCLAIMER & COPYRIGHT:  PERSONS USING THIS CLUE OR HUNTING THIS LETTERBOX DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK. Do not hunt this letterbox without reading and agreeing to the waiver first. Children, do not hunt this letterbox without the supervision of an adult who has read and agreed to the waiver. Possession of this clue does not imply rights of access to particular lands and route choices, or the safety thereof, including the location of the box itself. Always observe current local regulations, signs, property rights, and customs; you are responsible for your actions. Clue not indended to be taken literally or to suggest route choices; route choices (and the choice to proceed at all), are your choice.
This clue copyright © 2003, by Randy Hall. Permission to reproduce for personal use granted; all other rights reserved.

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