Location : KIRBY HALL, Northamptonshire
Winner: Tim Button
main clues to the master riddle begin on page 63. The first
paragraph gives all the instructions to create a pentacle or
pentagram on the FIVE COUNTIES MAP of Middle England (not an OS
map). This could also feasibly be done on the relevant 1:50,000
but they would have to be cut very neatly and taped exactly together.
At the bottom of page 63, the old man begins:
here, there are a number of descriptions about a meeting of
trajectories, where two paths collide and so on. The old man then
knocks off Tallifer's hat which lands between his feet (like the
pentacle universal man image). This in particular, and the other
descriptions are all metaphors to suggest that a line is drawn
from the highest point of the pentacle (the Derbyshire County Key
Location), through the lowest point of the inverted inner
pentagon (the point between the Northamptonshire &
Lincolnshire County Key locations). This then meets a point where
it touches another straight line drawn between the two lowest
points of the pentacle. The whole thing looks roughly like an odd
pentacle, with an upside down T drawn on top, but at an angle.
The biggest clue to the Master Riddle is when the old man says:
the missing ingredient for power (the Tarot Pentacle missing from
the Byard's Leap
witch story, on page 37) is added to the charm of a sprite, then all will be revealed'.
'charm of a sprite' can be found on page 9. The woman
dancing is described on the following page as a 'sprite of
the dawn'. Her 'charm' is on a chain around her neck and is
a T at an angle. Overlay this on the pentacle and the sixth key
position can be located. It lands on a road by the entrance to KIRBY
HALL in Northamptonshire (Map 141 GR 926 922). There, by
a big old oak tree guarded the key at it's base.