Much to the committee’s humble pleasure the conditions were found acceptable, after settling a minor point of clarification. This was to the effect that supplying a packet of crisps (in lieu of a packet of crisp notes) was not a satisfactory alternative to completion of the Three Tasks. And so authorisation was given for the first candidates to offer themselves for examination.

At this juncture Our Chairman revealed once more the strength and character of His Leadership. Ever willing to experience the privations of his fortunate subjects, He insisted on submitting Himself to the Tasks in person. Naturally this caused some alarm amongst said loyal subjects, as the risks to His Personage becoming damaged in some way were judged small but nonetheless unthinkable. If anything happened He would be almost irreplaceable – we would just have to get someone else to be chairman.