Exeter Trail Mail
Welcome to your next Trail Mail challenge! We're taking a spooky trip to Exeter for Halloween, with three sneaky clues to solve before you're bewitched.
This is the third instalment of the 2023 Trail Mail Challenge. For information on the prizes, the leaderboard and past puzzles, visit the main page here.
Add together all the letters in the names of the first three women and remove that total from the year they died. What does that equal?
Only one of these four-letter words can’t be seen on the plaque: ITCH, CUTE, RAFT, LICE, LAND, BEEN, TREE, WARD, CELL. Which is it?
Line 1 = 2
Line 2 = 3
Line 3 = 7
Line 4 = ?
Submit your answers
Think you've solved them? Submit your answers for the chance to join the leaderboard and maybe even win a prize!
Please use a codename that is unique to you and does not contain personal information (like your email address or full name), as this will be displayed on the leaderboard. Head to the main page for more information on the leaderboard and prizes.
There are six points up for grabs - one point for correctly solving the Easy Peasy clue, two for the Mind Twister and three for the Brain Buster. Make sure you enter your answers in the correct boxes, or they won't be counted.
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🔦 Spotlight location: Exeter
Exeter, a cathedral city and county town of Devon, completely mixes the past and present with every step. There's the impressive medieval cathedral and Roman wall, plus stunning Tudor buildings that sit right next to modern new builds.
The lively high street is packed full of shops, cafes, restaurants and event spaces, as well as museums, galleries and attractions. Plus with a scenic riverside running through the city, and Dartmoor and the seaside just a short drive away, there really is something for everyone in this super city.
On the Exeter detective mystery Trail, you'll patrol from the quay and riverside up to the city centre, passing the cathedral and pretty gardens as you try to reveal whodunnit.
Fab facts and twisting tales
The city has a chilling past. Exeter was the host of the Devon Assizes, a periodical court (originally biannually, later quarterly) used for trying the county's criminals for centuries up until 1971. One of its sinister tasks was convicting people of witchcraft in the 16th and 17th centuries. The city was officially the last place to execute a witch in England and may have even been the first, too, when Maud Park and Alice Mead were found guilty of witchcraft in 1566. But this is disputed, as Agnes Waterhouse in Chelmsford was condemned in the same year.
More than 20 local men and women were accused of witchcraft between 1558 and 1660. The plaque in today's puzzle honours the last four 'witches' executed in Exeter - Temperance Lloyd, Susannah Edwards and Mary Trembles, who were hanged at the nearby Heavitree Gallows in 1682, and Alice Molland, who was sentenced to death at the Exeter Assizes in 1685. You can see this plaque in the ruins of the Rougemont Castle gatehouse, just a few steps off the main high street.
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