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"A Must Read For All! I became familiar with the puzzles in this book through Geocaching. The puzzles presented on the website were challenging and addicting."
Tyler Fruneaux

 

"Useful and entertaining book on the English language. This is a different genre for the author Walker Royce whose other book in on the economics of iterative software development. This new book, published quite recently, covers a pretty wide range of topics about English and its use in a variety of contexts.

Part of the book is interesting and amusing when it deals with puns, synonyms, oxymorons, and unusual words and curious word combinations. But the book also has a more serious theme. It has a great deal to say about the most effective methods of presenting ideas in words for technical writers, for marketing teams, and for effective group communication.

In a sense this book resembles Pirsig's famous book on Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. In other words the surface of the book is entertaining, but there are deeper messages that make the book important. A number of companies might find Walker's book very useful for training employees in the essence of effective business communication.

For those who enjoy using English well, Walker's book would be a good companion to H.L Mencken's book on The American Language."
Thomas Capers Jones

 

"Eurkea! is a Gem. This is an eclectic book, both more fun and more insightful than any English book I ever encountered in high school, college, or since. I worked with the author for five years at IBM and the book mirrors the man: He has wide-ranging interests, deep knowledge built on first-hand experience, the ability to make the complex simple, rock-solid professional integrity, and a playful sense of fun.

The first three chapters are about English, ranging from its power, to its illogical elements, to guidelines for writing and speaking better. He keeps them lively through puzzles and humor. I loved, for example, his list of 120 synonyms for "drunk" and the section on impotent adverbs had me laughing. Although I enjoyed and learned from the first three chapters, it's the next four chapters that make this book so valuable. Chapters 4-7 pass along the author's hard-won wisdom about how to communicate with others in both professional and personal situations. I wish that I had read these chapters early in my adult and professional life. I'll certainly encourage my young adult children to read them now.

If you're interested in words, puzzles, or being a better communicator -- and who isn't -- this is a great book for you!"
Lee R. Nackman

Geocaching

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Geocaching is a worldwide, electronic treasure hunt game using a GPS receiver. For a complete introduction, Go to geocaching.com and enter your address. Then when the list of local geocaches comes up, select Map this location. You may be surprised how many geocaches are hidden in your local community. Geocaching is a wonderful activity for connecting mental exercise with physical exercise and a love of the outdoors. Constructing a puzzle and designing a geocache around the puzzle’s theme provides a creative challenge for a cache owner, and healthy entertainment for your local community. It is all free. People engage in this because they love solving puzzles, searching for “hidden treasures” and sharing their experience.


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This page includes several pictures of some of our geocaches to give you some idea of the natural hiding places where geocaches can be concealed. You want a geocache to be invisible to normal passersby (called muggles in the geocache community), but findable by someone who is explicitly looking for it within the accuracy provided by a GPS receiver, roughly 10-20 feet.


Many of the puzzles in Eureka! were adapted to mystery geocaches in 2010. The feedback from the local community has been amazing and inspired us to publish 50 geocaches in our first year.

 

Here is a link to our mystery geocaches:

 

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Puzzle #20 in Eureka (A hefty monolog poem) is one of the local community favorites and one of the themes that we had the most fun with. This geocache has five intermediate waypoints (called a multi-cache) that are well-aligned with the theme of the puzzle solution. One of the interim stages is a water spigot protruding from a tree and captured in one of the photos on this page. We won’t give away the theme, but the next stage’s coordinates are contained on a small card hidden inside that spigot.

 

 

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The final cache was a hollowed out log lodged inconspicuously between two branches of a tree near a wooden bridge (known as a boardwalk). By placing the container about 5 feet above the ground, this cache can be found in the winter when there may be a few feet of snow on the ground. Hopefully, this brief description and the photos on this page entice you into taking a look at geocaching.


If you are ever in the Metro-west area of Boston (near the intersection of MA Route 2 and I-495), we encourage you to enjoy a few of these caching experiences.

 


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