A blustery autumnal wind was making the leaves dance along the pavement as the Carpenter family marched towards the final part of their Treasure Trail. Two hours had raced by as the family of four had explored the old city and now only 3 clues remained unsolved.
It was getting dark and the family were keen to get to their final location, fuelled by the excitement of solving the mystery and the promise of a roast dinner by the fire at the very appealing pub they had passed a few minutes earlier.
“It should be just up here on the right”, said Mr Carpenter as he checked the directions in the Trail. Sure enough, a few paces on, a set of large wrought iron gates with the word ‘Necroplis’ forged across their top came into view.
“What’s a necropolis?” asked Ben, the youngest member of the Carpenter family.
“A necropolis is a large ancient cemetery with elaborate tomb monuments”, replied Mrs Carpenter.
“So it means this must be the dead centre of town then”, said Mr Carpenter, looking for but receiving no laughs.
“Well I’m not going in there!” cried Sasha, the elder of the Carpenter’s children. “Especially not today. Are you serious? Halloween, dark and cemetery are 3 things that do not mix well!”
“Oh come on - it’s just three clues, and we will be a lot quicker finding them if all four of us are searching”, urged Mr Carpenter. “There will be no dessert if you don’t”, he mischievously added.
Sasha stared at the gates, up at the darkening sky and then finally through into the cemetery beyond. She knew how much the Trails meant to the rest of her family and Ben was pretty amazing at finding the answers. She turned and said “Come on then, let’s get this done - I reckon we’ve got 20 minutes before it gets too dark to see”.
She promptly opened one of the gates and walked in, the creak and squeal of the hinges setting her teeth on edge. Once through, the first thing that struck her was how cold she suddenly felt...
The four gathered in the small open area just beyond the gate. Mr Carpenter read out the first clue and they all looked around, unsure in which direction they should head to start searching.
It was Ben who said “Why don’t we ask that workman to help us?” They all looked in the direction that Ben was pointing and sure enough there was an old man with a hammer and chisel doing some work on one of the graves.
“Good idea”, said Mr Carpenter as they walked across to the gentleman and explained their predicament regarding the shortness of time.
“Oh yes”, the man said, “I have seen lots of people doing these Trails and can quickly show you where each answer can be found. But I'm not going to tell you the answers, you'll have to solve them yourself”.
The man led them down a path to their right and a short while later stopped and said “the answer to clue 1 can be found around here”. (click the green button below to see the clue and the surrounding area so that you can solve it yourself). It took Ben less than two minutes to find it...
Test test 13th October 2016