10 March 1983
||Carole Becker and husband Paul, respectively PA and wine bar
manager from London
||Harbour near commercial district
||Look for two 9.5 inch guns on Blakang Mati, now re-christened
Tranquility, and about a kilometre away you’ll see some grounded aircraft. In
the one that dropped leaflets on Singapore you will find your clue with a wartime
flying helmet. 1
||Sentosa – in WW2 flying helmet in Dakota
||Mad Ridley’s activities are suitably commemorated beside a
lake with a little island. You’ll eventually understand why we left a pair of
gloves in a tree for you, but you will have to cadge a lift to the nearest gate.
||Singapore Botanic Gardens – pair of gloves in rubber tree
||In gardens with a white Discobulos and two Sumo wrestlers
are kangaroos and tigers. You must go through the Grotto of the Eight Immortals
and up to Trengganu’s Turtle to find a clue under his chin.
||Tiger Balm Gardens – on statue of turtle by Grotto of Eight
||From the Pagoda in the style of the Ling Ku Temple, turn right
after “stepping on stones in search of beauty” and soon you will see some orchids
on the rocky wall beyond the pool. But you must go and get them to win the prize.
||The contestants ran out of time on the way to clue 5 and only
||The cameraman was Jean-Yves Lemener (instead of Graham Berry),
the video engineer was Bruno Delattre (instead of Frank Meyburgh) and the military
helicopter was flown by Captain Chan (instead of Keith Thompson). There was
a second crewman in the helicopter, but he was not identified.
||The island of Blakang Mati was re-named Sentosa, meaning Tranquility.
Annie spots the four historic aircraft from the air, lands and asks a patrolman
which of them dropped leaflets on Singapore during WW2. He directs her towards
a Gloster Meteor, but Kenneth suggests trying “the biggest one”, the Dakota.
Annie first tries to enter via the nosewheel hatch but then finds the proper
door. With a push from Bruno she climbs inside and finds the clue on a helmet
in the cockpit.
||H N Ridley, known as ‘Mad Ridley’, took rubber tree seeds
from Kew Gardens to Malaysia in 1877, and is commemorated in Singapore Botanic
Gardens. The helicopter lands on open ground a short way from the park, and
Annie and the crew hitch a lift on a pickup truck to the entrance. Once inside,
the contestants tell her that she should look for a tree but don’t tell her
which one. She eventually finds a pair of rubber gloves hanging in the tree
next to the plaque commemorating Ridley.
||The helicopter lands beside the road next to the entrance
to Tiger Balm Gardens. Once inside, Annie gets lost but eventually finds the
clue on a huge statue of a turtle.
||Although they send Annie in the right direction, Carole and
Paul realise that they are running out of time. “Could you borrow a rocket,
Annie?” suggests Carole.
Information © David Hodges, 2003, with corrections by Martin Underwood, 2010
Page design © Martin Underwood,
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