GC7RCX5 Henry’s Obsession IV - Conkers!
Henry Turns Over a New Leaf
Henry has left behind his Light Switches, his mountains of A4 pads, his joy over his elimination of repetion. He even, briefly, had to give up living indoors, after the housing association refused to rebuild his last flat.
During this short period poor Henry’s ‘home’ was a tent in the woods. Although this was hard to begin with it did have the compensation of allowing him to discover the new passion of his life.
It started when he met four other men - Dave, Bill, Fred and Geoff - who were in the woods collecting conkers. Being somewhat starved of human company he fell to chatting with them and was surprised to leran they were conker enthusiasts. He was further amazed to discover there were many games to be played with conkers - ‘Pass the Conker’ and ‘Conker Crawl’, ‘Conker Bat’ and ‘Squirrells’ amongst others.
As he talked with Dave, Bill, Fred and Geoff and wondered at their animation as they spoke of these simple growths he felt drawn in and his new passion was born!
Pretty soon, even after Henry had managed to find a new flat, every weekend was spent with these four young men either collecting conkers or playing the various games with them. Henry learned the secrets of hardening them and heard of the tricks and underhand methods that some conker cheats got up to!
One weekend, with the regional conker championships looming the five of them decided to make a weekend of gathering and preparing conkers for the Trials. They would need a lot of them if they were to stand a chance of being victorious.
On the Saturday they headed off into the woods to collect conkers. It took all day but, just as the sun was setting, they dragged their weary bodies back to Henry’s flat, carrying a great sack between them - the fruit of their labours. Leaving the sack of conkers on the kitchen table, they all staggered off to bed, worn out from their unaccustomed exertions.
In the early hours of the morning, Henry awoke. His dream of himself winning the Gold Cup at the tournament still fresh in his mind. He just had to get that cup!
After tossing and turning for another half hour, Henry rose silently and went downstairs to the kitchen. He couldn’t help himself. He knew it was wrong, but…
Tipping out the sack and dividing the conkers into five equal piles he found he had one conker left over. Putting that one to the side, he swept one pile into a biscuit tin and scooped the other four piles back into the sack. Quietly slipping out of the back door, he went to hide the biscuit tin in the garden. The lonely extra conker he reluctantly threw into the bushes.
Slipping back into bed, he appeased his troubled conscience with the thought that he had only taken his fair share and all would be well in the morning.
Unbeknownst to Henry, a little while later Dave awoke from his dreams and, following the same thought process as Henry, slipped downstairs, divided the conkers into five lots and secretted his portion away. The one extra conker that he had left over found its way into the bushes where Henry’s extra conker had gone before.
Throughout the rest of the night, each in turn, Bill, Fred and Geoff all repeated the same actions, dividing the conkers into five, disposing of the one remaining conker and taking one fifth for themselves.
Morning came at last. Gathered round the sadly depleted sack each of the five looked guiltily at each other. None of them wanted to admit to what they had done, so they divided the remaining conkers into five - a perfect division this time - and each took one fifth of the remaining conkers and went to prepare themselves for the tournament.
Alas, glory and renown were not to be theirs. Albert, a strapping 6-foot blacksmith from the bottom end of town swept the board at the championships, gathering up all the awards AND the coveted Golden Cup. Conkers lost their appeal for a sadly disappointed Henry and he never did return to collect his biscuit tin.
All you need to do to find Henry’s hidden tin is work out what is the smallest number of conkers they collected. Call this ABCDE (pad with leading zeros if your answer doesn’t have enough digits)
The tin can then be found at:
There is no need to visit the published coordinates, it is just a conveniently situated conker tree! Nothing there will help you with this cache, but it may spark an obsession as all-consuming as Henry’s!!
You can see all of the caches in this series at the Henry’s Obsessions List Page
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