This year’s medallion was hidden in Dr. Glen Dey Park, which was named Grove Park until 2011. The medallion was stuck to the top of a drainage hole in a wall next to a playground.
Here are each day’s clues and what they meant.
This clue was a reminder to stay within Sedgwick County. “Bloom” refers to the image of a sunflower, which was above the drainage hole.
In 2011, the medallion was hidden on the south side of Wichita; in 2012 in was in southwest Wichita. “Follow the arc” meant to continue that path. Matthew Henson and Robert Peary were best known for their expedition to the North Pole.
This clue told hunters the medallion was in a park. The key to the clue was “start at the front.” Put together, the first word of each line becomes 4,347. There are 4,347 acres of park in Wichita.
“Snooty” is another way of saying “stuck up.” The medallion was stuck to the top of the hole. Brewster Higley wrote the poem "My Western Home," which became the lyrics to “Home on the Range.” The first line is: “Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam.” There are two buffaloes in the area where the medallion was hidden – one in the wall’s mural and one that’s part of the playground equipment.
This clue provided the general boundaries of the park: Hillside, 27th Street and Chisholm Creek. Every day, Sisyphus had to push a boulder up the side of a hill. “Zealous pilgrimage” is part of Shakespeare’s 27th sonnet. Chisholm Creek is named for Jesse Chisholm, best known for the Chisholm Trail.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. For this clue, however, you only needed old and new. Putting names to old (Plan A) and new (Plan B) gives you Grove Park and Dr. Glen Dey Park. A “scrub” is another name for a grove. “A new day” was pointed to Dey Park.
The concrete path that leads to the park’s playground includes information about the animals that lived in Kansas when the state was covered by an ocean. “The pieces to fit” points you to the wall, which is covered with a mosaic.
The first two lines refer to the name of the mosaic, “Legacy of Kansas,” which was designed with the help of students from three elementary, or “primary,” schools. “Draining” and “whole” pointed to the drain hole in which the medallion was hidden.