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Letterboxing – the lowtech alternative to Geocaching

Posted by freeschool on January 17, 2008

Another hobby for the new year:  Letterboxing, the low-tech alternative to geocaching.

Letterboxing is an outdoor hobby that combines elements of orienteering, art and puzzle solving. Letterboxers hide small, weatherproof boxes in publicly-accessible places (like parks) and distribute clues to finding the box in printed catalogs, on one of several web sites, or by word of mouth. Individual letterboxes usually contain a logbook and a rubber stamp. Finders make an imprint of the letterbox’s stamp on their personal logbook, and leave an impression of their personal stamp on the letterbox’s logbook — as proof of having found the box.

Some links to get started:


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Extended Rebus Puzzle

Posted by freeschool on January 11, 2008

You and your kids may be familiar with Rebus Puzzles (aka Frame Games or Word Picture Puzzles), which are word puzzles that use pictures or words to represent words or parts of words.

A common example would be:



…. which translates to “head over heels.”

Additional examples of Rebus puzzles:

Anyhow, I always liked these but found them to be a bit tricky sometimes.  Today I ran across this extended version:


The answer to this puzzle is here.
via Futility Closet 

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