New Zealand – Christchurch
12 July 2003
||Sarah Bradshaw, nursing administrator from Ipswich, and her
brother-in-law Colin Dudgeon, radio station marketer from London.
||In Islington’s PO area, join Charon’s duty to a honey drink.
Take the omnibus for Lycaon’s Kingdom and rub a magic lantern.
||Ferrymead Park – on projector in Arcadia Picture Theatre
||Surrounded by goat’s wool, a vision of Ell contains Notornis
mantelli. Seek a piece of g1 or b8 then look down his gorget.
||Sign of Takahe, Cashmere – on a suit of armour
||On route 73, Twiggy’s alter ego has the AF of NAAFI. A North
or South state had a state visitor – is Tom Collins there now?
||Air Force World, Hornby – in a cocktail shaker in the bar
of a Dakota plane
||At Milton’s alma mater, Cantab’s first-listed hall, men like
Tom Brown and William Webb Ellis are something of a catch.
||Christ’s College, Hagley Park – on a rugby ball
||Avon’s calling so, from the museum keeper’s lodge, take a
punt to a Caribbean state and search Mary’s squabs inside.
||Antigua boat shed, Avon River – under the cushions of the
||The contestants won the treasure with 15 seconds to spare
||As usual, the cameraman was Guy Littlemore and the sound recordist
was Simon Burles, but the helicopter was flown by local pilot Nigel (instead
of Keith Thompson).
||Suzi flies to the Mount Pleasant district (Mount Pleasant
is the mail sorting office in Islington, London) near the start point and lands
at Ferrymead Historic Park (Charon was a ferryman in Greek Mythology; mead is
a drink made from honey). She boards a trolley-bus (take the Omnibus), rides
to the Arcadia Cinema (in mythology, Lycaon was king of Arcadia) and finds the
clue in the projector (magic lantern).
||In the Cashmere district (cashmere is made from goat’s wool),
Suzi looks for the Sign of Takahe (takahe = notornis mantelli, a flightless
new Zealand bird thought to have been extinct but later rediscovered), one of
a number of rest houses for travellers along the Summit Road built by local
philanthropist Harry Ell (a vision of Ell). Inside, on the first floor, she
finds a suit of armour (chessboard squares g1 and b8 are occupied by two knights
at the start of a game). The clue is inside the gorget (the piece of armour
protecting the throat).
||The contestants tell Suzi to fly along Route 73 to the Air
Force World museum (NAAFI = Navy, Army & Air Force Institute) at Hornby (Twiggy’s
real name is Lesley Hornby). One of the aircraft on display in the main hangar
is the DC3 Dakota (North or South state: North Dakota and South Dakota are US
states) used by Queen Elizabeth II (a state visitor) during her first tour of
New Zealand soon after her coronation in 1953. Suzi boards the aircraft and
finds the clue in a cocktail shaker (Tom Collins is a type of cocktail).
||Poet John Milton attended Christ’s College Cambridge (Milton’s
alma mater, Cantab’s first-listed hall), so Sarah and Colin tell Suzi to fly
to Christ’s College school, and to look for a game of rugby (Tom Brown was the
principal character in “Tom Brown’s Schooldays”, set in Rugby School, and William
Webb Ellis famously picked up the ball during a soccer match at Rugby School,
supposedly creating the game of rugby). Suzi spots the rugby game from the air,
lands at the school, runs to the rugby pitch and takes up position in a line-out.
The ball – with the clue written on it – is thrown and the players lift her
up so that she can catch it (something of a catch).
||Suzi runs to the nearby River Avon (Avon’s calling) where
a punt is waiting near the Curator’s House (curator = museum keeper). With time
running out, she is punted along the river to the Antigua Boat Yard (take a
punt to a Caribbean State). She runs inside and finds the treasure under one
of the cushions in the punt “Mary” (Mary’s squabs).
Information © David Hodges, 2003
Page design © Martin Underwood,
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