A locked room, 60 minutes, and an engagement ring - Did this man pull off the perfect wedding proposal?
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Organising the perfect wedding proposal can take months of meticulous planning.
But for one man, it was race against the clock to get down on one knee – and only if his girlfriend could figure out the clues within 60 minutes.
Craig Grime, 34, an accountant, first met his girlfriend Sarah Huke, 35, a beauty therapist, on an online dating site two and a half years ago.
The couple now live together in Brundall, between Acle and Norwich, and Mr Grimes, who is originally from Lowestoft, still remembers the moment they met in person.
'We had our first date on November 15 in 2015,' he said.
'We talked for ages and our date ended up being about four hours long.'
After three months together, they decided to put their relationship to the test by doing a puzzle room challenge in Norwich. And with four more under their belt since then, Mr Grime was determined to make the sixth one a room to remember.
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'I had to buy the ring and then I was liaising with the team from Puzzlescape in Dereham to make sure it was plausible; making sure we could get out and get the ring and for me to be able to get down on one knee. Thankfully it was all able to be incorporated into the room.'
Miss Huke, who is originally from Martham, near Great Yarmouth, said it was difficult to describe how she felt when it happened.
'I took me a minute or two to work out what was going on,' she said.
'He was doing something else on the floor while I was working out another clue. He took the box out of my hand, presented me with a ring, and proposed.
'I laughed at first and then I burst into tears.'
Miss Huke said she had 'absolutely no idea' what had been planned but was quick to answer with a resounding 'yes'.
The proposal was the final clue, and on completion the room was opened and the couple were congratulated by the team at Puzzlescape, based on Church Street, and presented with a card and Champagne.
They completed the room with five minutes and 22 seconds to spare.
The couple hoped to get married next year but have yet to set a date. Miss Huke hinted that they may have a nod to puzzle rooms at their wedding.
Norfolk's most unusual wedding proposals:
- The EDP and Norwich Evening News' ice rink was the setting for the most romantic moment in Danielle Spurgeon's life, as partner Shane Clarke, 26, asked for her hand in marriage in December 2015.
- A love struck man, who only identified as Paul, took advantage of the British Heart Foundation's promotion called 'Love Note'. Customers in Great Yarmouth paid to put a message on heart-shaped notes in its shop window. It read: 'Sue, will you marry me? Paul x.'
- Leon Culley recruited a flash mob to propose to his girlfriend Clodagh Clancy in Lowestoft in March this year.
- A Norwich man hid his proposal in a cryptic crossword . Edward Fraser proposed to Rachael Herman using the cryptic crossword in the EDP last month.
- Last year's Cromer carnival parade was a dream come true in more ways than one for senior attendant Victoria Craske. Not only did she realise her ambition of riding on the royal float, her long-term partner Cameron Allen also arranged for the procession to be stopped mid-journey so he could jump aboard and propose.