Painting #1: One Of Six To Eight

BORDER PHRASE: “I am as cold as earth, and as old as earth, and in the earth am I, one of six to eight.”




HIDDEN HARE: In the central hill

CLUES & COMMENTS: “One of six to eight” is one of the biggest clues in the book, indicating Catherine of Aragon, the first of six wives of King Henry VIII, near whose monument the jewel was hidden. “In the earth am I” confirms that the treasure is, in fact, buried in the ground somewhere, and not inside a building, vehicle, or other man-made structure.


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Ash October 18, 2016 at 12:14 am

Hi! I have not participated in the Masquerade hunt, but I have read that the solution involved drawing lines from the left eye to longest left “finger” and left eye to longest left “toe” through to the border letters, as well as the same treatment for the right side…My question is this- how can the Master Riddle word here be Catherine’s, when it would appear with what eyes are showing on the 3 mice, only 6 letters could be obtained? do the lines go back through the toe-eye- to a border letter on both sides? or is there another animal here? or if only one eye is showing do they use that for the opposite hand/foot? or do they continue the line even when they reach a letter?? Just wondering how they arrived at the answer- and hoping knowing the methodology might help in another hunt : ) Thank you!


Lee Jackson April 15, 2017 at 10:31 am

(Reading this sometime after your post date). The Hare here actually has four limbs for four letters but at first glance, you only see one. This is a classic ‘look but look again’ Kit Williams trick


Julian February 27, 2017 at 12:32 am

Hi Ash, great to know I’m not the only one still interested. I was probably about 10-12 years old when my parents took us for a weekend camping in Wales because Dad thought he’d almost solved it. Close enough to go for a look anyway! Turns out Wales was nowhere near! A while ago I did work through the solution, the clues and the answers, to ‘solve’ it, and it does work, and it does make sense. Re-read everything and I’m sure you’ll get there too. Don’t expect it to help with other hunts though! – A good hunt won’t copy other ideas (apart from ‘hidden treasure’ obviously), and a bad hunt will be found before it’s even published, or suspiciously soon afterwards (‘Piper of Dreams’).


Annie March 6, 2017 at 11:02 pm

The hidden rabbit indicates the remaining 4 letters.


Stephen March 12, 2017 at 1:16 am

Hi Ash. Don’t forget the hare. You can see his eyes, and all four paws. But you have to look carefully for the pars – keep an eye out for the claws, they will draw your eye in the end. You may not see them in the picture on this page as it is a bit small – check the book of you have it, or look for them on Google.


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