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Thanks to everyone who turned up, hope you all had a great day out. Well done to everyone who submitted an entry in to the Treasure Hunt.

The Prizes for the Treasure Hunt were bought from the profit of items sold at the TreeFest and Fringe Sunday, a total of £45:

1st Prize - Topeak Alien RX-E Multi Tool, worth £27.99, excellent for on the road repairs, a lightweight version of the Topeak Alien.
2nd Prize - Buff Headwear/Scarf worth £10.99 with cyclists’ print, excellent for stopping the cold from going down your neck
3rd Prize - Bike Scotland Book One, worth £5.99, describes 40 cycle routes, on and off-road, in Central Scotland, easily reached by train.

Points were allocated as follows:

5 points for totally correct answer

3 points for partial (except for multipart answers, see below)

1 extra point for showing working (even if you got the answer wrong!!!).

Total number of points on offer 62.

The first one was easy, 1962 was the year that Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd, of Perth gave the Bell Tower to the citizens of the City of Edinburgh.

Leith is a port on the Firth of Forth. Distance on the blue cycle sign is 7 (kilometres). Distance on the NCN sculpture sign is 4 ¼ (miles) The difference required is 2 ¾. 5 points for the correct answer, plus 1 for showing working, 6 points.

How did Pet Marjorie (lived 1803 to 1811) wander through Brae Park? “in rural filicity festivity and pleasure”. (5 points for exact phrase, including the spelling mistake, 4 points if you said “in rural felicity festivity an pleasure” 3 points for just rural felicity 1 point for felicity.

The Years in question are the years when major repairs occurred on Cramond Bridge. If you rub paper with a pencil over the indecipherable year, you can still make it out. The years are: (5 points for all correct, or 1 point for each correct year)

1619, 1687, 1761, 1776 and 1854

Captains on the Kirkliston War Memorial were: (5 marks for all three correctly named as below, 4 points for missing initials or the M.C., otherwise 1 point for each one written down)

Charles G. Bentley

Sydney E. Brook M.C.

Thomas W. Hutchison

Year on Newliston Arms, on both sides of the doorway: 1865 5points

The wooden sign nearest the Give Way sign says “Public Path to Winchburgh” 5 point

Text on the Yellow Warning Sign, 5 points for recording the following, 3 points if you missed a bit out, warns:

              “Anglers Beware”

              “Overhead electrical power lines”

Distance to Falkirk Wheel is given, on a canal sign, as 17 ½ (miles) 5points

The next was a brainteaser, and was based on adding the values from milestones that were broken up by the position of the last two clues. The values increment the further we move away from Edinburgh. Usually, these increment every ½ a mile, except for one at 19 3/8 miles. The distance to Edinburgh is shown on the Edinburgh (eastern) side of the milestone. The answers are:

19 ½, 19 3/8 and 20 ½

The total is 59 3/8.

5 points for exact total as above plus 1 point for showing working. If you got the value wrong, you got one point for each correct milestones you recorded, plus 1 point for showing your working.

The rubbing had you all rubbing the wrong bench. No one got the pencil rubbing correct!!!!! However, I have given 3 points for a brass rubbing of the metal seat to the east of Philipstoun if it showed the rose, 2 marks otherwise and 1 point (I did say bring a pencil!!!) for trying a pen rubbing and a few letters visible. Of course lovers carve their initials in to wood (unless they happen to carry around portable mini etching equipment!!) so the answer is on a wooden bench. I have put the photo on the website.

Lastly, you take young children to the park. The Park Bistro is a farm conversion, the telephone number of which is: 01506 846666, 5 points for the exact number only.

The tiebreaker did not operate in the prize positions. The distance I recorded in researching the Treasure Hunt was: 72.85km or 45.27 miles.

The scores are only shown for the first three, otherwise scores hidden to protect the dim (a joke!!!):


Name

Score

Miles Guess

Miles Actual

Difference

Time Arrived

Chris Pearson

54

43

45.27

-2.27

13:05

Mike Lewis

51

47.23

45.27

1.96

13:05

Sara Davies

50

54.5

45.27

9.23

13:30

Alec Mann

 

57

45.27

11.73

13:18

Don Whybrow

 

30

45.27

-15.27

13:05

Gillian Law

 

64.7

45.27

19.43

12:55

Mark Symonds

 

49

45.27

3.73

13:05

Adrian McHale

 

39

45.27

-6.27

13:15

Euan Robertson

 

51

45.27

5.73

13:05

Sara Ferrington

 

46.3

45.27

1.03

13:05

Colin Hattersley

 

29

45.27

-16.27

13:05

Well done to everybody!!

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