silver key from Merlin's bag. Go to the End of the Causeway and GIVE HAIR
TO KNIGHT (+1Q), GIVE FLEECE TO KNIGHT (+1Q); he says you can cross. Pass
him, UNLOCK DOOR WITH SILVER KEY (+1Q). Inside is a woman on a bier. You
will have to wait till the last day to free her (from a hint in the
packaging you must use a hawthorn flower and that blooms on Christmas Day)
so go back outside, wait until night, and sleep.
WAIT till the hawthorn bud flowers. Go back to the woman and TOUCH WOMAN
WITH HAWTHORN; she wakes. She is Nimue and leaves you a gauntlet. She says
you must challenge Lot and fight him on the Field of Honour. If you keep
your wits about you, you'll defeat him and then you must call her name.
Then will Excalibur be yours (+10C, +2Q). GET GAUNTLET (+1Q). For some
extra points, go to the Shallows, change into an eel and go and eat the
tasty minnow in the river (+1W, +1E).
Go to the Castle. The Guard sees the gauntlet and lets you pass. Enter the
Hall and CHALLENGE LOT WITH GAUNTLET; they take all your possessions except
your sword and take you to the Field of Honour. FIGHT LOT WITH SWORD and
during the fight, SHOW BRACELET TO LOT; you drop it, he goes to pick it up.
FIGHT LOT WITH SWORD again and you have your sword against his throat (+7W,
+7E, +4Q). SPARE LOT; he swears loyalty (+10C). CALL NIMUE; the waters of
the lake part revealing a path (+1E, +1Q). S, GET SWORD; you pull it free!!
NB If your chivalry/wisdom aren't high enough, you won't be able to pull
the sword free. Final score, 110C, 103W, 101E, 100Q.