This is part 3 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end.
This puzzle is designed to mimic a ‘Multi Cache’ scavenger hunt, as commonly found in geocaching. This usually involves visiting one or more physical locations in order to extract some numerical information from the surroundings (e.g. on information boards in the vicinity, or by counting specific architectural features on buildings) which can then be used to calculate GPS coordinates where the final geocache container can be found. In this case, all stages (which have a focus on fossil-hunting in the UK) can instead be solved using the Internet (or even books!) and your puzzle-solving abilities, and the final answer is a 6-letter location with a fossil connection.
In an English town with a connection to the birthstone for the month in which the actor who played Captain Jack Sparrow was born, in the year that the country whose name literally means ‘Little European city famed for its canals’ gained independence from the country whose association football team won the ninth instalment of the women’s World Cup, a person who shared their first name and gender with a renowned gothic novelist (who died XL years later) discovered the first correctly identified skeleton of a particular Mesozoic Era reptile. What is the first numeric digit that appears in the postcode of the church where they are buried? This is ‘A’.
Fossilised [The Killers, 2006] from another of these reptiles were discovered [311, 1996] with the jaw and several [5 Seconds of Summer, 2019] of a plesiosaur in [ABBA, 1974] Bay in [Prince, 1982]. Collectively, the [Bastille ft. Rag’n’Bone Man and Skunk Anansie, 2014] are commonly referred to as the ‘##### sea [Caravan Palace, 2008]’. [Soft Cell, 1982] is the [Blondie, 1980] number of the [Post Malone, 2023] [Kendrick Lamar, 2017] represented by the [Cold War Kids, 2015] two [Monica, 2023] of #####? This is ‘B’.
Next, identify a coastal area famed for its fossils of ammonites, bivalves and marine reptiles, after which a stage in the late Jurassic era is named. Starting from the main car park area in this location, head in the direction of the nearest public conveniences. Pass them and continue following the path uphill until you reach a clifftop structure which bears the adopted surname of the man who built it. How many storeys does this structure have? This is ‘C’.
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FOOPT INRST FMORT EHORW ’DLOS ELNXY AELMP AAFFO ILMOY EFHRT DOOPS ABCEN AEENS AFSTT FIMNU EMOSU CHINW CHOST HIIST ADLNS ?AINN EGILN AHLNS AEGGU AEGMO ACFRS BBEHL CMOUW HLOUW DHIST ’DORW ELSTT BEERS HORTW ?HIST ‘’DIS .
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PUB (3) SORCERESS (5) AYE (4) THRUMS (6) YOU (4) TEAR (3) TONGUE? (6) FRYPAN (7) SUFFICIENT (6) DUNK (3) ANY (6) RESTAURANT (5) ACHING (4) HARVEST (4) FRINGED (5) PURCHASER (5) EXPLODED (4) HOWL (4) UPCOUNTRY (6) FINISHED (4) GRAB (6) THY (4) EVERYTHING (3) SIZZLE (4) FLOOR (5/6) MIAOWS (4) PERCEIVE (3) DELICIOUS! (3)
ULRICH (4) ALSO (3) YIDAKI (5) CONSUMES (4)
DISSERTATION (6) ECSTASY (1)
The final coordinates:
N (B-C)° (D-A).((E-F)*C*A+B)
W (A-C)° ((E+C)/A).(C*D-E+B*F)