What should I do if I think a Remote Challenge clue is missing?

If you can’t find the Remote Challenge clue, then chances are that you’re looking at the wrong benchmark. Remember you’re looking for a log entry posted on National Puzzle Day (Jan 29) 2012 by a user who expresses affection for the Geodyssey Remote Challenge in his or her profile. See the Starting Line for details.

It is possible (but highly unlikely) that Groundspeak has made a change to its benchmark database that broke this puzzle. If you are absolutely certain you’re looking at the correct benchmark page and you absolutely cannot find the linked word in the log entry for 1/29/2012, please let me know.

What should I do if I can’t find the benchmark online?

It’s possible you’ve made a typo in the search box (I did that a bunch while constructing these puzzles). Read the section of the Starting Line on benchmarks and how to locate them again.

If you’re confident you’re looking in the right place, check your puzzle solution. More likely than not, your solution is wrong. For some puzzles, it’s possible to be off by a letter or two. For other puzzles, you may be looking for completely the wrong thing.

If you absolutely know you’ve got the right answer and you absolutely know you’re searching for it properly and you absolutely cannot find a benchmark in the database with the proper designation located in Broward County, Florida, then it is possible (but unlikely) that the Groundspeak database may be broken. In that case, please let me know and I will verify it for you.

What is a benchmark?

A benchmark is a point on the surface of the earth whose position (both location and elevation) is known with a high degree of accuracy. That point is marked in some way, often with a durable metal disk made specifically for that purpose. Each benchmark has a name called its designation, which is usually stamped on the disk. Sometimes the year the benchmark was created or replaced is also stamped on the disk.

More information about benchmarks is available on the Starting Line as well as from the National Geoditic Survey and Groundspeak.