We’re stumped and we need your help. We’re offering a season ticket with camping to a clever clogs that can help us unravel the mysteries of The Tree of Forgotten Dreams.
The Tree is trying to remind us of all those dark and strange things we let drift when we’re awake. It wants us to be whole, to know ourselves again. But when it tries to communicate the messages all get distorted, our conscious minds are hiding us from ourselves. What we end up with are baffling puzzles and each Monday we are posting them on our Facebook page to enlist your help.
Two weeks ago, on Monday Nov 23, we posted the first puzzle to our Facebook page of a video of a tree – the same image is in the Woodford Folk Festival programme on page 74.
It’s a tricky puzzle to find the clues, but once you look closely at the tree, you can see some text leaning up against the trunk of the tree and a carving of the letters ‘C+L’ in a love heart. It can help to see it on a large screen rather than squinting at your mobile. The two letters in the heart are the key to a cipher (in puzzle land, a plus sign is the same as an equals sign). Use the key C+L to decode the text in the tree – you’ll find it’s a web address. On that web page there’s another puzzle to solve and a vital hint that will help you when it comes to the final challenge.
The second puzzle, on Monday Oct 30, featured a strange video of letters appearing and disappearing. A little jumble (or, unjumble) of the anagram unlocks a text adventure, which takes the idea of puzzle adventure quite literally. Also featured was a web address to submit your answer once you have cracked the first code.
The third puzzle seems a little simpler at first glance: a series of images of the Woodford Folk Festival 2017/18 poster, each one a little different. One can only wonder where they will take you – can you join the dots?
Future puzzles – it’s a race to the finish line
There will be another puzzle next week before a fifth and final puzzle. Each clue is separate, but you’ll need to have solved all the previous puzzles if you hope to be the first to solve the final conundrum and take out the prize of a Season Ticket to this year’s festival.
The fastest to solve this will be the winner, which will be announced on the Woodford Folk Festival Facebook page.
Continue the search for puzzles throughout this year’s festival
Once the 2017/18 Woodford Folk Festival begins the adventure continues. Each day puzzles will be hidden throughout the festival. As you solve them you’ll unravel a story, a memory, a dream. Each night, two ravens will return to the Tree of Forgotten Dreams to tell the stories remembered and the stories forgotten. With each puzzle solved and each memory returned to the tree, another part of its song will begin to play. As the tree is remembered it comes to life.