Editor's note: An earlier version of this story had a wrong word in the second line of Day 7's clue.
This year’s medallion was under a pine cone at the base of an elm tree growing along a ditch next to the Redbud Trail. The tree is near a Y-shaped exit from the trail to 10th and Yale.
The medallion was found early Thursday.
Here are each day’s clues and what they meant.
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Howdy, hunters, the latest quest has begun.
Check out the rules and be involved in the fun.
From the clues the location surmise.
Figure it out and win a grand prize.
The primary clue in this one is be involved. That phrase is engraved into a pillar at the Redbud’s trailhead at Ninth and Hillside.
Skip the friendship, and the harvest’s no good.
Oak isn’t right, you know that’s just some wood.
What’s the prospect of winning? It’s not here, I’d say.
Kermit’s lament is right, so go the other way.
This clue told hunters the medallion wasn’t in a park. Friendship, Harvest, Oak and Prospect are all Wichita parks. The other way from Kermit’s lament, “It’s not easy being green,” meant it wasn’t a green space either.
One killed Dickinson, the other was killed by Burr
Put them side by side, their legacies as it were
Capture the thought and occasionally repeat
It’s impressionistic; at the same time concrete
The first line is about Andrew Jackson and Alexander Hamilton. Among their legacies are the $20 and $10 bills, respectively. Put them side by side and you have 2010. That date is stamped – an impression – several times in the concrete portion of the trail near the hiding spot.
We’re now partway through our little ludus.
As some would notice, this one’s a Judas.
One final hint, a colorful add.
As Lou would ask, “who’s on first, comrade?”
This clue was all about the Redbud Trail. A redbud tree is also known as a Judas tree. The last two lines are about the Bud Abbott and Lou Costello comedy routine. Colorful and comrade pointed to Lou calling Bud “red,” a slang term for a Communist.
It takes a village to raise a crowd.
Gesturing wide and singing out loud.
It’s symbolism we mean, if a yen does appear.
Does X mark the spot? No, but it’s near.
Here it was all about the Y shape of the path where it exits at 10th and Yale. The first two lines hint at the Village People song “YMCA,” in which many people who sing it spell out the letters with their arms, the Y being one where people gesture wide. The symbol for Japanese yen is Y. X is next to Y in the alphabet. X is also the Roman numeral for 10, pointing to 10th Street.
Partially known as a yearn in the heart.
Silence descends. Well, at least if you’re smart.
For Mephistopheles it comes to a head.
In Goethe’s epic ode to bargains and dread.
The medallion was placed under a pine cone at the base of the tree. A synonym for yearn is pine. The second line alludes to the Cone of Silence on the TV show “Get Smart.” The last two lines are about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Faust.” In the play about the dangers of making a deal with the devil, Mephistopheles says: “Anon a taller one I catch. ... A thyrsus-staff alone I snatch, that for a head doth pine-cone wear.”
A traditional wedding, the deal almost sealed.
Read between the lines, and the clue is revealed.
Closer to cryptic but not a big mystery.
If you’re on the right path, you can make history.
A traditional wedding ends with “you may kiss the bride.” Right before that is “in sickness and in health” and “till death us do part.” The portion of the trail where the medallion was hidden is between Wesley Medical Center (sickness and health) and Maple Grove Cemetery (death). Closer to cryptic meant it was nearer to the cemetery. Make history in the last line is another phrase on one of the pillars at the trailhead.
By gully this is crazy, but it’s loco no more.
We’ve told you two sides. The third sounds like four.
Where a prestigious school meets leaping lords.
At its base be on the lookout for future boards.
Gully refers to the ditch that runs next to the tree. Loco no more refers to the fact that the trail used to be a railroad. Sounds like four hinted at fore, a term used in golf. The MacDonald Golf Course is north of the hiding spot. A prestigious school pointed to Yale Street. Leaping lords references 10 lords a-leaping, meaning 10th Street. The medallion was at the base of a tree, which could be cut up into boards.