Caving by Numbers The Solution

The complete solution to the Pelobates 69 puzzle is as follows:-

1985

First Year At Godre Pentre

1

1964

Founding Year Of Croydon Caving Club

1

16

Bunks In Godre Pentre

1

69

This Edition Of Pelobates

1

1.5(£)

Members Hut Fee Per Night At Godre Pentre

2

6

Digs at Ogof Cul

3

3

Executive Posts On Croydon Caving Club Committee

4

 

 

 

8

Sumps In Little Neath River Cave

1

15

Entrances To Porth-Y-Ogof

1

5

Pitches In Pwll Dyffn

1

1994

Discovery Of Ogof Draenan

2

1912

First Year Of Exploration At Dan-Yr-Ogof

3

308(m)

Depth Of Deepest Cave In Great Britain

3

1984

First (major) Extension Of Ogof-Y-Daren Cilau

4

 

 

 

5

Pitches In Rhino Rift

1

25

Sumps In Wookey Hole

2

365(ft)

Depth Of Gaping Ghyll Main Shaft

3

800(ft)

Deepest Through Trip In Derbyshire

4

 

 

 

1112(m)

Depth Of The Gouffre Berger

1

40.2(acres)

Area Of Sarawak Chamber

2

260(ft)

Heighest Cave Entrance In Europe (Bournillion,Vercors)

4

 

 

 

10

Standard Electron Ladder Rung Spacing

1

1.2

Voltage Of One NiCad Cell

2

32 (ft)

Maximum Height Of Syphon

3

5

Minimum Normal Grade Of Cave Survey

4

15

Species Of Bats In Great Britain

5

Results:-

Entrants(s):

Points

Correct Solutions

Chris Grimmett

56

23 1st

Graham Christian

52

21 2nd

Steve and Helen Wray

51

22 3rd

Martin Hatton

49

22

Eric Downer

40

21

Simon and Dinah Blanchflower

38

18

Sources

(1) Caves of South Wales Tim Stratford
(2) Mendip Underground Jarrett/Irwin
(3) Caves Tony Waltham
(4) Descent 126 Ambit Publications
(5) Giant Caves Of Borneo Meredith/Wooldridge/Lyon
(5) Cave Life Phil Chapman
(6) Surveying Caves Bryan Ellis

In marking the entries I have given reduced scores to partial solutions. As it turns out, the "rock-breakers" weren't required though perhaps give a certain insight into the motivations of the entrants:-

Chris Grimmett joined "because I wanted to descend to previously unthought of depths". Well Chris I guess you've probably achieved this with honours - and tried hard to drag the rest of the Club down with you. Steve Wray joined "because I'm a complete moron who didn't know any better". Well Steve, you have stuck with us so I guess it suits you. Martin Hatton "because of the sun, sand, sea, sex and speleology". Presumably Martin has an aversion to these and wanted to avoid them! Simon and Dinah joined because "they were young and foolish and didn't know any better". Perhaps it was them who recruited Steve Wray! Graham Christian simply joined "because I would not have to pay them so much money" (hut fees). Finally Eric Downer joined "because my therapist said I would look normal by comparison".

If the above motivations truly represent a typical cross-section, then perhaps the 1996 committee might wish to consider the image the club portrays. Anyway thanks to all those who took the time and trouble to enter. Prizes will be despatched in due course.

Author: 
Chris Fry