# Merlin Mystery Solution: Part 12

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This is Part 12 of my solution to The Merlin Mystery by Jonathan Gunson and Marten Coombe.

Previously, the full list of 75 solution objects were found and put in their correct order. These objects actually represent a set of instructions for casting The Alchemist’s Spell.

Gunson’s justification for using objects to symbolically represent the spell was to make the puzzle independent of language.

## Interpreting the Objects

The table below contains a relatively plain English description of the intended meanings of the 75 objects. I have added extra linking words and explanations where necessary.

I cannot easily explain how the correct interpretation of the objects is reached. I have merely set out the answer, as confirmed in the official solution, as coherently as I can.

 Object # Object Interpretation 1 Full moon When the moon is full. 2 \ -STOP- 3 Pointing hand Pointing 4 8 pointed star with gold at top North is a 5 III in blue letters 3 6 Ballet dancer’s foot foot 7 Bowl of salt salt 8 Circle circle that 9 Red ball orbiting large blue ball goes round 10 Wooden log a wooden 11 5-pointed white star 5 pointed star (pentacle) made from 12 Framed painting of Quercus robur (Oak) a piece of Oak placed horizontally (based on the angle of the frame) 13 Framed painting of Fraxinus excelsior (Ash) a piece of Ash angled ~60 degrees from low left to high right 14 Framed painting of Sorbus acuparia (Rowan) a piece of Rowan angled ~30 degrees from low left to high right 15 Framed painting of Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn) a piece of Hawthorn angled ~60 degrees from high left to low right 16 Framed painting of Ulmus procera (Elm) and a piece of Elm angled ~30 degrees from high left to low right. 17 \ -STOP- 18 Salt shaker and bowl of salt (Around) the salt 19 Circle circle 20 Owl clock going clockwise from 1 o’clock 21 Book of runes are the runes (the rune book on P8,S41 confirms which runes the numbers refer to) 22 III in gold letters 3 (Ansuz) 23 Book with XX on cover 20 (Laguz) 24 Gold goblet with XVII on side 17 (Berkana) 25 XI in gold letters 11 (Jera) 26 5 of clubs 5 (Kano) 27 Piece of paper with IV written on it 4 (Raido) 28 Ace of hearts 1 (Uruz) 29 XVIII in gold letters 18 (Ehwaz) 30 2 of spades 2 (Thurisaz) 31 VIII in gold letters 8 (Hagalaz) 32 XXIII in gold letters 23 (Dagaz) 33 XXIV in gold letters and 24 (Fehu). 34 \ -STOP- 35 8-pointed star with gold at top In the Northern 36 Triangular piece of stone triangle (of the pentacle) 37 Book of runes is rune 38 Book with XIX on cover 19 (Mannaz). 39 \ -STOP- 40 Left handprint on tablet In the left 41 Triangle triangle (of the pentacle) 42 Flames is a burning 43 Gold (Au) bar golden 44 Candle candle. 45 Right handprint on tablet In the right 46 Triangle triangle (of the pentacle) 47 Flames is a burning 48 Silver (Ag) bar silver 49 Candle candle. 50 \ -STOP- 51 5-pointed white star The pentacle’s 52 Silver heart heart 53 Bowl of burning coals contains a bowl of coals 54 Flames burning 55 Framed painting of Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) rosemary. 56 \ -STOP- 57 Town crier Say out loud the names of the 58 12 scratches on stone tablet 12 59 Book of runes runes 60 Owl clock going round clockwise from 1 o’clock. 61 Town crier Say out loud the name of the 62 Silver rune (looks like 2 triangular flags tip-to-tip on tall poles and is called “Mannaz”) 19th rune (Mannaz). 63 \ -STOP- 64 Silver (Ag) bar The silver 65 Candle candle 66 Candle snuffer is snuffed out. 67 Gold (Au) bar The gold 68 Candle candle 69 Candle snuffer is snuffed out. 70 Town crier Say out loud the name of the symbol that looks like 71 Circle a circle 72 Red ball orbiting a large blue ball going round 73 Book of runes rune 74 XIV in gold letters 14 (Algiz) 75 Rotating knives plaque turned upside down.

Peace

The “spell” is made up of objects 1 to 56, which set out an arrangement of pieces of wood, runes and candles under a full moon.

The “method of casting” starts at object 57 where various words (names of the runes) are spoken, the candles snuffed out and the name of a final symbol is spoken.

This final symbol is made up of two parts. The first part is a circle, the second part an Algiz rune, which looks like a 3-pronged Y. The rune is turned upside down. This combined symbol looks like the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament logo, now commonly known as the “peace” symbol.

To completely solve the puzzle, the spell and the method of casting were supposed to be drawn on a single piece of paper. My attempt at doing this is in the next and final part of the solution.