"Der Saintly Stamper"
Gresham, Oregon

A letterbox series by Der Mad Stamper
Planted October 18, 2004

Some people say that Der Mad Stamper is an evil genius. Of course, he insists this is untrue... well, at least the "evil" part! He says he is turning over a new leaf, and becoming the very model of compassion and generosity.

In fact, he claims he's turning into such a goody-two-shoes that if he can just manage to follow three simple guidelines, he will be well on his way to Sainthood status! Can you believe it? If you're curious about the nature of Der Mad Stamper's saintly guidelines, just solve the clues below and find these three letterboxes.

Just how compassionate is the newly reformed Stamper? So much so that he's not even going to make you figure out the cipher to solve his clues! He's going to give you the answer key! All you have to do is identify eight simple terms. (Of course, if you're a glutton for punishment, feel free to skip down to the cryptogram at the bottom of the page and figure it out for yourself!)
 

To break the code, fill in the blanks by identifying the terms below.

 
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A B C D
 
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E F G
 
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H I J
 
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K L M N
 
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O P
 
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Q R S T
 
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U V
 
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W X Y Z
 
1. A short test or exam
2. Not many
3. Doctor of Philosophy
4. Wildcat with short tail and tufted ears
5. Television
6. Slang term for "athlete"
7. Abbreviation for "Mister"
8. Put your groceries in these

 

THE CLUES:

#1
PCZCO IRUF RE ZXCMOZ GCOI UCYIOL TMRKK ERV URMCTFV. MRVOI RE GIFVF XVOCZOZ SRMYVFYXOF, ZCO XMJ KRRT XO VRST ERV QCU. MFXVWL OVXCK KFXJZ CMOR GRRJZ XMJ JRGM OR SVFFT. ERKKRG HXZO YVRPF GIFVF IRUFKFZZ HFRHKF ZOXLFJ. QBZO WFERVF MFNO SFJXV RM VCYIO ECMJ EXCMO BHICKK HXOI. BZF CO OR ICJF WFICMJ SFJXV. WRN BMJFV VRST MFNO OR OVFF.

#2
SRMOCMBF RM UXCM OVXCK XKRMY SVFFT XMJ BH OR SCVSKF. OIFM, YR BH XMJ OBVM VCYIO. GXKT OIVRBYI OBMMFK XMJ OBVM KFEO. HVRSFFJ OR YVFFM WFMSI XMJ ZCO. VFUFUWFV OICZ WFMSI. ZCJFGXKT WFICMJ OR VCYIO. YFO BH XMJ ERKKRG CO OR ILJVXMO. SVRZZ KXGM XO OIVFF ECEOL JFYVFFZ OR ZFPFM ZOXCVZ. ERKKRG VRXJ JRGM BMOCK WFOGFFM OGR KXVYF SFJXVZ XO FJYF RE OVFF KCMF. ZOFH BH XMJ SKCUW BMJFV XVSI. WRN WFKRG OVFF WFICMJ URZZL WVCST.

#3
VFSXKK ZCOOCMY. GXKT FXZO RM ZCJFGXKT. SRMOCMBF HXZO UXH XMJ OCSTFOZ. OBVM OR HXZZ HVFZCJFMO XMJ ZURTFVZ. GIFM LRB ZFF MCMFOFFMOI KFOOFV RM VCYIO, OBVM KFEO. XO WCY YVFFM WRN, OBVM VCYIO. GXKT ZOVXCYIO HXZO ECFKJ, XKRMYZCJF WBCKJCMY, OR FJYF RE ZOVFFO. OBVM KFEO XMJ ERKKRG ZOVFFO JRGM OR YXOF MFXV OVXMZUCZZCRMZ. CE YXOF ZIBO, GXKT XVRBMJ. ERKKRG VRXJ RM ROIFV ZCJF OR MFNO YXOF. ZOXL VCYIO XMJ RBOZCJF. GXKT WL OGFMOL OGR ZFYUFMOZ. WRN WFKRG OVFF WFICMJ URZZL WVCST.

 

NOTE: Always take adequate precautions (such as prodding with a stick and/or wearing gloves) before reaching into dark crevasses and holes in the wild. Before you set out read the waiver of responsibility and disclaimer.