9 March 1989
||Maggie Kear, music promotions director, and work colleague
Jon Fielder, musician; both from Balcombe, West Sussex
|Hint to the Treasure
||Pull your finger out
||Oubas Hill, near Ulverston
||Pass the Cavendish cars en route for the Austin brothers’
prior place, square up with the Morris connection, and seek Horatio’s hat.
||Cartmel – in ‘Horatio hat’ worn by folk dancer
||Gravitate towards an uphill apple-watcher where aniseed has
blazed a sporting trail, and sort out Captain Johns’s hero. 2
||Newton Fell – with owner of dog ‘Biggles’ at end of dogs’
||Find the Wilde owner of a fan below an opening for the Number
One scout, and join a champion on the crest of a wave. 3
||Lake Windermere – with water skier
||Where the Garden of England meets the Sahara, find a level
crossing with carriages but no track. Drive after the Queen’s Guide, who must
look to his laurels. 5
||Kent Sands – Annabel rides in a horse-drawn carriage across
the sands to retrieve the buried clue
||Beyond booming bitterns to a hall where a buzzard from Beds
would feel at home. Find what the master made for the missus – and it’s all
sewn up. 6
||Leighton Hall – thimble in workbox in drawing room
||The contestants won the treasure with 1 minute 2 seconds to
||The helicopter flies past Holker Hall (owned by the Cavendish
family) towards Cartmel Priory (the Austin brothers’ prior place). From the
air, Annabel spots some Morris dancers in Cartmel Square (square up with the
Morris connection). She lands, joins in with the dance, and is given the clue
by the dancer dressed as Horatio Nelson. It is in his hat (seek Horatio’s hat).
||Maggie and Jon tell Annabel to fly to Newton Fell (gravitate
towards an uphill apple-watcher), where she sees a dog race in progress (where
aniseed has blazed a sporting trail). After landing she locates Margaret, the
owner of dog no 278, ‘Biggles’ (sort out Capt John’s hero), who has the clue.
[During the commercial break, Annabel changes into a wetsuit].
||Annabel flies towards Lake Windermere (Oscar Wilde wrote ‘Lady
Windermere’s Fan’). Near Great Tower Plantation, an area on the lake’s eastern
shore owned by the Scouts, she sees water-ski champion Brett Hodgkins in action
on the water. The helicopter briefly lands on a jetty to deposit Annabel, then
takes off as she dons water-skis. Frankie commentates while she tries to water-ski.
She falls in, but Brett arrives with the clue.
||During the re-positioning, Annabel changes back into her skyrunner
||Keith flies over the expanse of sands around the Kent estuary
(where the Garden of England meets the Sahara) and Annabel eventually sees two
horse-drawn carriages crossing (a level crossing with carriages but no track).
The helicopter lands, Annabel and the crew board the second carriage, which
drives them to a laurel bush planted in the sand. The guide from the first carriage
helps Annabel dig the clue from beside the bush. [In the past, laurel bushes
were used to mark the safe route across the quicksand; hence ‘look to his laurels’].
||Beyond the RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss (beyond booming bitterns)
lies Leighton Hall (Leighton Buzzard = buzzard from Beds). Annabel enters the
drawing room and finds a woman sewing. The treasure, a thimble (pull your finger
out) is nearby.
Information © David Hodges, 2003, with corrections by Martin Underwood, 2010
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