Back again to give you the answer to the puzzle. After my last post about this, I sat down with pen and paper, well actually an Excel workbook and the drawing tool, to try to figure out how this answer was discovered.
So, once again, here’s the gravestone:
Here’s the hint:
Start in the top left-hand corner, count over 7 letters, then down 7 letters. Read down, then around in a zig-zagging counter clockwise spiral that expands out from the center.
Here’s a portion of the grid that I worked out, with the starting block marked in RED:
From this point, start down then right then up. Okay has that got you started?
Take your time – if you want – to see if you can get anywhere.
Okay, here’s the answer:
And here’s the grid marked to show you how they got that answer:
Start with the yellow block and follow the arrows around. Sometimes the zig-zag pattern was set aside, and then he had to skip to get the pattern going again. It was interesting!
So, confession time again. I got along a fair way, but got confused at the dates and ages (because I didn’t know what they were) so had to peak, and found that some of the letters/numbers I had copied incorrectly, and I and 1 were indistinguishable on the engraving.
But, there it is! Problem solved! If only all of life’s problems could be solved as easily as working out a grid!
Happy answers! Blessings, Peg