Nacremancer was published in the October 2003 newsletter and was written by Mike Smith. The hunt is based around Ordnance Survey Landranger sheet 128: Derby and Burton upon Trent. Edition D1 Copyright 2002.
The hunt offered a genuine cultured pearl to the first finder and a clue to a further hunt to the first and all subsequent finders. This hunt is one of four English regional Pearl Hunts.
Each regional hunt works independently but every club member who solves a regional hunt may visit the location and dig up a clue to the master hunt: The Gold Pearl Hunt - which offers a gold pearl buried somewhere in mainland Britain. Each of the four regional locations hides a different clue.
On St Valentine's Day 2004, less than four months from publication, the usual suspects, Deborah Hatton, Paul Harkin and Martin Dennett met somewhere in the region above and dug up their third pearl in the regional series. After noting their third clue for the Master Hunt, the trio graciously returned the cultured pearl to the container for the next solver to take home.
Milly Dudley and friends also cracked this hunt and claimed the pearl left by Deborah, and co on the afternoon of Saturday 17 April 2004.
Subsequent solvers will still be able to visit the location. Members who could not visit the location but who otherwise solved the hunt could submit a written grid reference to claim the relevant Master hunt clue.
Club members can follow online discussions on this hunt on the club bulletin board.
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