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Thread: Can you solve the Fruit Gums secret?

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    Default Can you solve the Fruit Gums secret?

    In July, August & September of 1982 Rowntree ran a competition to "solve the Fruit Gums secret" and win a time-share. You had to collect three posters that were given away in various publications (I got mine from the Eagle comic) and deduce an address from clues hidden in the pictures on all three.

    Anyone remember this? and can anyone work out what the address is? With a bit of luck, scans of the posters should be below.

    The competition requirements were for a full name (first name and surname), house number, street name, town, county and post code, all hidden in the pictures

    Royal Mail's PAF won't really help! I think the post code doesn't exist any longer

    Runners up won a Raleigh Grifter or Honey (!) and a Fruit Gums certificate. Anyone have one?


    EDIT.. Click thumb nails to enlarge on the forum.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Fruit_Gums_Secret_poster__1.jpg   Fruit_Gums_Secret_poster__2.jpg   Fruit_Gums_Secret_poster__3.jpg  

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    Default Re: Can you solve the Fruit Gums secret?

    Blimey Fearmint what a debut post. Plenty there for people to puzzle over.

    Did you win?
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    Default Re: Can you solve the Fruit Gums secret?

    No! I can't even work out any of the clues!

    Except the one they give away on the info on the back of posters 2 & 3.

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    I'm going to get in with the first number (in picture 1) and say its the number 7 in the shape of the birds ??

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    Default Re: Can you solve the Fruit Gums secret?

    Nice one Hug, also must have something to do with flying/aircraft too
    The only thing to look forward to is the past

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    Good call there huggie! I've been staring at these scans for an hour now!

    I can't help thinking there must be something to the letters obscured - or not obscured perhaps - by fingers on the Fruit Gums packets.

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    Default Re: Can you solve the Fruit Gums secret?

    In the first poster, bottom right square, the flowers to the left of the old geezer look like a 9 ??
    You know you're getting old when Dr. Who starts looking young!

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    yesssss I thought it was a 9 too, but was a bit to unsure to say

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    Default Re: Can you solve the Fruit Gums secret?

    I don't know what address we're supposed to be looking for, but the only one I can see is the one on packet at the bottom of the pic!
    You know you're getting old when Dr. Who starts looking young!

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    Default Re: Can you solve the Fruit Gums secret?

    Were the posters in any particular order, to associate an early part of the address with the first?

    You have the 4 ages of man, with a flight of seven birds in the shape of a seven, and nine flowers in the shape of a nine.
    I can make you a postcode out of that poster, probably several:
    7 B(alloon) B(iplane) 9 J(et) or C(oncorde) F (bottom right, there is one F for flower a different colour.

    The second is less helpful(?), but if you look closely the trees in the picture have a road between them. That's an avenue...
    Are those vine leaves?
    The clock is at twenty past one?

    The four seasons are in the third, with no other number clue that l've detected.

    No, largely stuck.
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