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.
A fresh hunt’s in bloom, today’s the first clue.
Turn in the medallion and win a new Subaru.
Time to explore. A note before you begin:
Don’t break the rules, boundary stay within.
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 11 and 12 south then southwest.
Follow the arc to compete in this quest.
Can’t figure it out? No need to get teary.
Just follow the lead of Henson and Peary.
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.
For narrowing it down, we offer this bit.
Three days in the hunt, and no one has hit.
For putting it together, start at the front.
Seven’s the last piece, it’s a part of this stunt.
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.
You could call it snooty, the medallion this time.
But the lowdown is this: It’s stuck on a rhyme.
From its surroundings, it shares what it knows.
It’s living the first line of Brewster Higley’s prose.
“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.
Sisyphus so inclined, would say it wasn’t as hard.
Meeting a zealous pilgrimage, as writ by the Bard.
Consider both sides. And another one yet:
A big trailblazer, but here is all wet.
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.
Brides need four things, but for you only two.
You won’t have to return or have a sad hue.
Put names to these things. Scrub Plan A.
Go with Plan B, for it’s a new day.
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.
If you’re on the path to solving this mystery,
First you must travel through our Kansas history.
Take a look around, inspiration will hit.
It all comes together, the pieces do fit.
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.
Three schools of thought, a legacy they left.
A primary process, the parts coalesced.
The hunt has been draining, this one is too.
There, we just gave the whole thing to you.
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.