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TV Cream’s Puzzle Trail: Catch-up

TV Cream is in the middle of its biggest competition yet: a puzzle trail set in Television Centre to find a mysterious valuable object.

Each day a new clue will be posted on the site that reveals the grid reference of a square in which the treasure is not hidden.

As the days go by you’ll be able to cross off squares on our special map until there are just two left – at which point the final clue will be revealed, and you’ll be in with a chance of winning a slew of prizes, including a complete set of TV Cream tie-in books.

Rather than offer up a brand new Puzzle Trail clue today, instead we’re pausing for breath and recapping all that we’ve learned so far, so you can check to see you’ve crossed off all the right squares.

On day 1 we met Howard Stableford, who revealed the treasure was not in the square that contained the fire escape.

On day 2 Simon Bates told us the treasure was not in the square that shared its grid reference with the name of a single by the Pet Shop Boys.

Des Lynam provided us with the clue on day 3, disclosing that the treasure was not in the square whose grid reference shares its name with a prestigious sporting event that used to be on the BBC, was televised for a few years by ITV, but is now back on the Beeb.

On day 4 Little and Large explained the treasure was not in the square just to the left of the ornate sculpture in the middle of Television Centre’s circular courtyard.

An entry from the diary of Kenneth Williams supplied us with the clue on day 5, revealing that the treasure was not in the square just to the left of the stairwell by the doors at the far end of the first floor of TV Centre.

On day 6 we learned that the treasure was not to be found in the square that shares its grid reference with the first half of the postcode belonging to the London borough of the Big Breakfast house.

Day 7 presented us with the most complex clue so far. The treasure was not in the square that shared a grid reference with the episode in the second series of A Bit of Fry and Laurie that featured a guest appearance from Paul Eddington. For example, if it appeared in the first show of the second series (which it didn’t), the square we’d cross off the map would be A2 (A= first episode, 2 = second series).

The clue for day 8 was rather more straightforward: the treasure was not in the square that had a clock in it.

On day 9 we discovered the treasure was not in the square whose grid reference could be found by taking the first letter of the surname of Bruce Forsyth’s female assistant during his return stint on the Generation Game, and coupling that with the number of times Brucie has left ITV to work for the BBC.

To get the grid reference for day 10‘s square, we had to take the first letter of the only show Lenny Henry has done that has an exclamation mark in the title, and add that to the number of the Style Council album for which Lenny contributed spoken word vocals.

Finally, on day 11 the clue took the form of a sound clip. The name of the band performing the song in question was also the grid reference we had to cross off the map.

It’s not too late to start playing along. You can download and print off your own TV Cream Puzzle Trail map, either as a jpg or pdf. And keep visiting the site every day for more clues.

Happy puzzling!

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