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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.