Modern Greek is much altered from the ancient Greek I learned at school. Two of the vowels and most of the diphthongs, distinct in Homeric times, are now all pronounced EE. Yet modern Greeks have no simple way of writing D or B. Ken Dodd's surname translated into Greek and transliterated back into English comes out as NTONTNT, while Hagbourne becomes HAGMPORN.
Anyhow, it was a great success. I've already been booked to devise a millennium version. Roll on weddings and bar mitzvahs. And the recipe? A scenic route with landmarks at which to site cryptic clues for the adults and activities for the kids.
If the adult puzzle is completable without solving all the clues, everyone has the satisfaction of finishing and there's the incentive to compare notes over the missing clues. In this case each clue contributed a letter to the target phrase: TREASURE HUNT, making the whole thing as satisfyingly circular as the route.
Points to ponder
1 These words have been translated into Greek and transliterated back into English. All you have to do is identify them.
c) PHRAGK NTOMPSON
2 Solve these clues from a Treasure Hunt:
a) Might he live in a house with a KEHO in it? (5)
b) Which institution is an anagram of:
i) HOLY TENT ALTERATION (3,8,7)
ii) TUNE HURT EARS (8,4)
3 How many squares and rectangles are to be found in Garabaggio's "Wimbledon from Memory"? (see Fig 1)
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