The Hoard has been found!
A genuine hoard of Roman coins, ready to be won, in a seemingly impenetrable puzzle, steeped in vagueness? How could this play out?
As it turns out, very quickly indeed. We launched the Hoard competition on 19th February in London, at 12pm, and very quickly got a whole range of players downloading the game rules (a requirement).
Just 55 hours later, an email landed in Engimailed's mailbox, with the correct answer and a brilliant explanation of how the puzzle had been solved.
To put you out of your misery, I have annotated Angus Walker's explanation of exactly how he solved it, with my notes attached.
Well, I figured out the nine pubs from the what3words of the beermats' solutions.
Then from your kickstarter clues
I found the google review for the Crown with the photo of the enigmailed card under the drink.
I spotted that 'Roger Robinson' had submitted one review for each pub, each of which started PI and had a word beginning with two capital letters in it.
I'm afraid I then brute-forced the what3words possibilities for locations in London using Excel - there are only 27x6 possibilities that contain any particular pub, and I found the first one on the 47th attempt. Once I'd done one the other two came pretty quickly: then.exchange.lance, remote.flute.soup and ports.herbs.carbon.Even with hindsight I'm not sure where that ordering came from, though.