Well I solved the puzzle part surprisingly quickly, but then it all started going wrong. I thought I could get the FTF en route to my parent's house for a Mothers Day visit. I wrote after the DNF that perhaps time pressure was a factor in that (my wife kept getting out of the car and tapping her watch). However I'm sure I still wouldn't have found it without that, so well done to the FTFers who got it the following morning.
When I got home I found that =AndyR had also found it that day. He had emailed me to offer his services as my phone-a-friend if I needed it, but said that he was sure that I'd find it easily next time. Little did he know that I'd already had a quick look that evening after retrieving my car from its MOT but again hadn't found it.
This morning I was in the area again after picking up two of Bashful's challenge caches. We didn't have a phone with us so we wouldn't have been able to PAF AndyR. But I remembered his moral support - so we decided to give it another go anyway. This time we found it (well Bobcat did) "in the first place I looked".
#1247 TFTC (+fave)