A man wakes up and goes along to get drunk. He talks foolishly, but works hard and gets paid, but passes the money on to a dependent. Every evening he comes home. As he grows old, he is lonely and dreams about different times.

The man lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. One day, he decides to walk due east, stopping at a city, then directly southwest, stopping at another city.

What city does he end up in?


For walking, assume he walks straight-line distances ignoring features that might make it technically impassible, i.e. bodies of water, etc

  • $\begingroup$ Hmm. Some sort of board game? $\endgroup$ – user1618143 Aug 25 '15 at 20:09
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    $\begingroup$ No, I think I remember this one, it might be a song or book. $\endgroup$ – Kingrames Aug 25 '15 at 20:17
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    $\begingroup$ Not sure the stated answer really works: 3.bp.blogspot.com/-QbUB3MO2fTg/U34S7PC8lmI/AAAAAAAAAwA/… $\endgroup$ – A E Aug 25 '15 at 21:02
  • $\begingroup$ @A E - it's not a direct line, because he changes direction after 500 miles. See: i.imgur.com/ZSOkEZD.png, each leg is just a tad over 500mi $\endgroup$ – Anne Aug 25 '15 at 21:35

I'd say it's based on:

the song by the Proclaimers, who walked 500 miles and then walked 500 more. (Havering = talking foolishly, headline proclaims, drunk, work hard, give away money etc.)

Going east 500 miles and then south west 500 miles lands you in London, I'd say...

  • $\begingroup$ Nicely done! This is correct $\endgroup$ – Anne Aug 25 '15 at 20:45
  • $\begingroup$ I wasn't sure what the city between the two was. But I guess it needs a bit of license given the other restrictions. Nice puzzle! $\endgroup$ – Dr Xorile Aug 25 '15 at 20:48
  • $\begingroup$ I was going for the city of Horsens, in Denmark - less well-known, but 500 mi directly due east of Edinburgh, and I wanted to start in Edinburgh as a clue (that's where the band is from) $\endgroup$ – Anne Aug 25 '15 at 21:00
  • $\begingroup$ Also kudos to @Kingrames, who first had the song idea... $\endgroup$ – Dr Xorile Aug 25 '15 at 21:02
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    $\begingroup$ I claim Victory! $\endgroup$ – Kingrames Aug 25 '15 at 21:26

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