Benchmark Quiz Answers

Moffat’s O.S. Benchmarks

(Flush Bracket)ANSWERS

  1. The railway is long gone but this isn’t that “hidden”. BM 0478
  2. From one park to the other the river takes you along the straightest route. You will find this plate on the bridge whose “new” name isn’t very appropriate. BM 0475
  3. You used to learn so much here, but now it’s just a bit flat, although luxurious. BM 0476
  4. You can still post a letter near here, but give your eyes a chance to find this one. BM 0477
  5. Off to the city by an old road or straight on for Selkirk, the decision is yours if you look behind the sign. BM 0387
Flush Bracket Answers
Clue 5. Holmend. On the junction with Old Carlisle Road and the A708, behind the mini roundabout sign ground level NT 0914 0502Clue 4 .
Old Moffat Post Office Now outside the opticians, right Hand side low down to the right of the post box. NT 0847 0534
Clue 2.
Moffat New Bridge South parapet, south face, where the footpath meets the parapet. Across the road from Hope Johnstone Park NT 0794 0573
Clue 1.
On the A701 Beattock Road, on the old railway bridge near the house Hidden Corner NT 0836 0402
Clue 3 .
Old Moffat Academy on the South west corner of the building on the south facing wall. NT 0837 0563
Below are the photos to put this in context.
CLUE 1: On the A701 near the house called Hidden Corner
Clue 1: Close up of the flush bracket. The wall has since been painted white
Clue 2: Moffat New Bridge
Clue 2: Moffat “New” Bridge. Close up
CLUE 3: The Old Moffat Academy.
CLUE 4: The Old Post Office
CLUE 5: Holmend.

Post your results in the comments box to see how many of you have found them! Let’s start a campaign to protect them.

And this is where the fundamental benchmark is. I’ve used someone else’s photo as it was all overgrown when we visited.

It didn’t look like that when we went to visit.

Moffat Cut Mark Quiz Answers

Clue 1: Moffat Can, previously a council depot, and once a free church.
Clue 1: This is an unusually large cut mark on the old Moffat Can building, currently being renovated.
Clue 2: St Andrew’s Chuch
Clue 2: on the south east end of the Church
Clue 3: On the parapet of the bridge over Birnock Water on the A708
Clue 3: Was this cut mark abused? That is a non standard second horizontal line
Clue 4: The two cottages at Holmeld proudly display this cut mark
Clue 5: It took us two attempts to find this one, but it helps if the light is on it.
Clue 6: We originally thought this was at the Hydro Garages. When you know where to look it really stands out.
Clue 6: We also learnt that this gatepost was once the edge of a set of stairs that took visitors on a short cut back to the Hydro Hotel, there is little evidence of that now and renovations are being done at the house on the right.

There are plenty more benchmarks on the old maps in Moffat. I wonder now you’ve found these how many others you can find.

Please be considerate to homeowners, who don’t want people walking all over their homes or looking in at their windows looking for benchmarks

July 2020

Laser 1

I’ve been spending a lot of time working on ESCAPE ROOMS so decided if it could be brought online in these difficult times. I’ve made the tasks into a group of posts with the clue to one post being the password to the next.

To complete the ESCAPE ROOM you need to have the correct answers to the following:

  1. In which town/city/village/ scenic place am I being held?
  2. What is the exact place within the above? 
  3. Who has captured me?
  4. What is the contact details of the person who is holding me?

So here goes……….

File- Titled “The Case of the LASER”

On the table is a large handbag, it appears to have a lot of combination locks on the bag. There is a file and a locked folder.

In the Unlocked Part of the Bag

In the bag is a lanyard (see below) with an ID work badge, a mirror and a James Herbert Book- The Fog.

A compact mirror is in the bag
This is in the bag, the only part not locked up.

There is a bookmark in the book that says “the first clue is in the title of the book”.

To solve the first clue write the 3 word phrase (all lower case) for what I need to do to unlock the rest of the clues. This three word phrase is the password to the next post LASER 2. NB, All passwords are lower case or numbers unless stated.


Need a Hint? Click on the number of the post you are on to give you a hint, or a great big mallet to get you on to the next post.

LASER 1What can you fog that is in the bag?

LASER 2I can’t make it any clearer! Just type in the number to get the password



LASER 5Check out 16.6 in the National 5 Compendium,

LASER 63.0 × 108 ms-1, Energy decreases, 1.44 × 1011m, 2m, 0.36 ms-1

LASER 7 v=f λ, where v =3.0 × 108 ms-1 f = 395× 10-9 m, Remember your answer is in GHz, so you just need a 3 digit number no decimals

LASER 82015 m, Z=ENERGY,Y =LONGITUDINAL, X= PERIOD, (6/0.24)×2+1


LASER 10 λ=d/N, λ=20/4 , A=4/2, ☒=x

LASER 11 snowflake = T, Hand=I, Sun = R, so find what T.I.R. means with relation to optics.

LASER 120 not correct for X-rays, 1=in wrong boxes, 2=retina not a detector for IR, 3= radio not a source but a detector of radio, 4=CORRECT, 5= not correct for gamma, 6=CORRECT, 7=CORRECT, 8=Sun lamp not a detector of UV but a source, 9=CORRECT, now that’s enough of a clue, you can put those in the correct order or use trial and error, there aren’t that many combinations!

LASER 13 Can you really not find it? Look on page 17.

LASER 14 These are the contacts whose name begins with a part of the EM Spectrum.
0141 9496 0829 Georgina
+44 131 9496 0058 Mr Gilmour Shankey
+44 1632 960108 Iain Rennie
029 9496 0929 Moorings
028 9018 0155 Muddle MP
0141 9496 0600 Rebekah & Thomas (Radio and TV)
01224-822566 the eX! (poetic licence)
0131 9496 0243 Una Vine
0116 9496 0396 Vanora

LASER 15Well the UV torch wont work if the switch isn’t closed!

LASER 16Question 4 answers a and b had 2 waves, but c and d there are 2.5 waves in the distance. (a) λ=6m, A=1m.(b) λ=10 m, A=3 m .(c) λ=2 m, A=0.75 m .(d) λ=12 m, A=2.8 m

LASER 17 Its a building full of sick people! I hope I don’t end up here when I eventually get covid-19

LASER 18Come off it, I’ve given you 17 clues, if you need a clue for this last one you don’t deserve to get into this last post. Check out LASER 14 hint, and just try them all! Start with a capital letter!