10 February 1983
||John Forster, accountant, and his wife Sue, housewife and
freelance translator, from Warwickshire
||You get your first number on one of three Hs south of a cathedral.
And the second after changing vehicles to go under three bridges to a bridge
which was in Korea in 1951. 1
||Blackfriars heliport (one); then HMS Belfast – ship’s bridge
||The next number is the number of rectangular sundials on the
wall of Flamstead House, west of the Meridian. And the fourth is where the captain
sat when he dined in state beneath Thornhill’s self-portrait.
||Greenwich – number of sundials on Flamsteed House (three);
then Royal Naval College, on chair at head of dining table in Great Hall (four)
||Ringing Ferreira’s bell on a ship that made good time between
Australia and England gets the last number. 3, 4
||Cutty Sark, Greenwich – on ship’s bell (eight)
||Somewhere under the poop rail is the number you need.
||Cutty Sark, Greenwich – under water bucket beneath poop rail
||The contestants won the treasure and the bonus prize, a bottle
of champagne, with 1 minute 28 seconds to spare.
||Three large letters ‘H’ are painted on the landing pad of
Blackfriars heliport, which is on a jetty on the River Thames south of St Paul’s
Cathedral. Annie and the crew ride in a motor launch from the heliport to HMS
Belfast, which is moored on the Thames near Tower Bridge and which saw action
in the Korean War in the early 1950s. One of the ship’s staff gives Annie impossibly
long directions to the bridge.
||‘Flamsteed’ was spelt ‘Flamstead’ in the clue, which may have
lost the contestants some time. As Keith overflies Flamsteed House, which is
next to the Old Royal Observatory, Annie counts the sundials. Keith then lands
on a small wooden jetty, leaving Annie to take to the Thames in a rowing dinghy
while the crew watch. She gets into difficulty (!) and Kenneth stops the clock
and announces a commercial break.
||Annie runs from the Naval College to the nearby Cutty Sark,
once named ‘Ferreira’. The contestants win the £1000 top prize with 7 minutes
to spare and decide to try for the bonus prize.
||This hunt was unique in that all clues were numbers that made
up the combination to a treasure chest holding the prize. All were on discs
apart from the Flamsteed House sundials. Although there were only three clues
plus the bonus clue, clues 1 and 2 were both in two parts.
Information © David Hodges, 2003, with corrections by Martin Underwood, 2010
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