This year’s medallion was hidden in Air Capital Memorial Park, which for years displayed a decommissioned B-47. The medallion was taped to a piece of broken granite countertop, which was turned upside down and placed next to a slab of concrete near some abandoned railroad tracks at the south edge of the park.
Here are each day’s clues and what they meant.
The hunt has begun, seekers are filled with glee.
Whoever finds the disk wins a new Kizashi.
Don’t dig or destroy, public only for these thrills.
At this festival of river you don’t want gills.
This clue was a reminder that the medallion was on public property. “Gills” was a reference to a ravine. There’s a ravine in the park and the medallion was not in it.
The rules say the disk is in Sedgwick County.
We’ll shrink that down as you search for the bounty.
Think narrower limits to come out on top.
Skip metal detectors, you don’t need a prop.
This clue pointed to the medallion being within Wichita city limits. The medallion is plastic, so a metal detector wouldn’t help. “Prop” was a reference to the B-47 that was once there, a jet, not a prop plane.
Last year it was south, twas hidden in a tree.
To win this year from those directions do flee.
We’re being straight with you. Well, one little swerve.
So go hit the road but don’t take that curve.
Air Capital Memorial Park is northwest of the South Arkansas River Greenway, the 2011 medallion location, so it was north, but at an angle. The last line was a reference to the road that goes past the location, which curves east at the edge of the park.
Odysseus and Diomedes had a traitor to purge.
Look for their tool; skip the murderous urge.
Sesame Street’s things have their own song.
Pick this one up to follow along.
In mythology, Odysseus and Diomedes thought Palamedes was a traitor and they stoned him to death. The third line was a reference to the Sesame Street song “One of These Things,” which is about one item being different than the rest — the other rocks in the area weren’t granite. You had to pick up the piece of granite to find the medallion.
Elvis put his foot down, a warning while chic.
A material thing, in this hide and seek.
We’ll give you the skinny, pelt you with clues.
Don’t get too close or surely you will lose.
The first portion is a reference to Elvis’ “Blue Suede Shoes,” the material of which was suede. That, “hide,” “skinny” and “pelt” pointed to the Cowskin Creek, which cuts across the west end of the park. The medallion was closer to the east end of the park.
This one is short.
Not giving you a ride.
We’re getting specific:
The location’s untied.
“Short” was hint toward short-line railroads and “not giving you a ride” meant trains didn’t go along the area anymore. “Untied” also meant abandoned track, with the additional meaning that actual rails and the railroad ties from which they were removed were next to the hiding spot.
A useless precaution, a secondary phrase.
As Mom likes to say: be sure to look both ways.
Before seven is gone, this one now is benign.
Famous brothers did claim it from victory’s sign.
The street that runs next to the location is Seville. The first line is in reference to “The Barber of Seville,” the full name of which is “The Barber of Seville or The Useless Precaution.” The second line told you it was a street.
“Before seven” can also be read as “B-47,” the bomber that used to be in the park. It was decommissioned, so it is “benign.” While at the park it was mounted atop a concrete “V.” This plane is now at McConnell Air Force Base, named after the McConnell brothers.
You’re after the quarry, the piece is still sought.
For a concrete clue, you’ve found the right spot.
After broomcorn it became our city’s big claim
Make tracks to the back to discover your fame.
The first line pointed to the granite, which comes from a quarry. There was only a piece of it. The second line pointed to the slab of concrete the medallion was next to. In the early 20th century, city leaders promoted Wichita as the Broomcorn Capital of the World; now it’s the Air Capital of the World. The abandoned railroad tracks are in the back half of the park.