What did Kit have to say after the jewel was found?

Most often he expressed relief that the whole ordeal was over, and as you’ll see in the following FAQ entries, a certain amount of regret and sorrow. However, when the Sunday Times printed the solution, Kit wrote the following introduction (supplied to the site by James McLaughlin):

THE QUEST FOR THE GOLDEN HARE THAT MADE MY WORLD TURN CRAZY
If I was to spend two years on the 16 paintings for Masquerade I wanted them to mean something. I recalled how, as a child, I had come across ‘treasure hunts’ in which the puzzles were not exciting nor the treasure worth finding. So I decided to make a real treasure, of gold, bury it in the ground and paint real puzzles to lead people to it. The key was to be Catherine of Aragon’s cross at Ampthill, near Bedford, casting a shadow like the pointer of a sundial: near it is an inscribed stone that bears the words ‘The earth is full of thy riches…’
When the book was published the world went crazy. People seized on all the clues I had put in the paintings and lots I hadn’t. Some found their gardens invaded because of a chance resemblance to those in the paintings; others mounted bizarre night expeditions in distant parks; one man came from Switzerland and ended up on a cliff-face in Cornwall; and muddy people with spades kept turning up at my door. None of them found the secret. Even the man who finally unearthed my golden hare had not fully solved the riddle. So for all those who tried in vain, the full solution is provided this week in the paperback Masquerade, exclusively previewed in THE SUNDAY TIMES today.
Kit Williams

There are a few more comments by Kit about the solution in another Sunday Times article, which contains a biographical profile of kit and is therefore located on the About Kit page.

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