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2015 Eagle Medallion Hunt clues explained

This year’s medallion was next to these trees at Emery Park.
This year’s medallion was next to these trees at Emery Park. Eagle staff

This year’s medallion was hidden underneath a Copenhagen dipping tobacco lid that was on the ground next to some trees at Emery Park. The trees were near the Emery R/C Raceway. The medallion was found Monday morning by Chris Whitted, who won an outdoor patio set valued at $2,400 from Williams Ace Hardware in Andover.

Here are each day’s clues and what they meant.

DAY ONE

Just like Riverfest, our hunt’s back around.

We provide the clues, though some may confound.

This year’s big prize comes from Williams Ace.

Follow the rules, don’t dig or deface.

Aside from a reminder to follow the rules, the main point of this clue was “back around,” a reference to the looping nature of the nearby racetracks.

DAY TWO

Here’s the latest clue, it’s built upon a platter.

A foundation of sorts for space that does matter.

Admittedly at this point there isn’t much.

Considering a bill, you’ll want to go Dutch.

The rules say the medallion is in Sedgwick County; this clue narrowed that area to within Wichita’s city limits. William “Dutch Bill” Greiffenstein was one of the founders of Wichita and was one of the two men who platted the, quite small at the time, city.

DAY THREE

As Kansans we love wide open spaces.

Together we own many of these places.

In your drive to discover just the right spot,

Ask yourself this: what do you do in a lot?

Here, we were pointing out that the medallion was in a park. When you “drive,” you would park “in a lot.”

DAY FOUR

Welcome, hunters, to your periodic clue.

Today we have bad math: Add seven and two.

A hardened mermaid’s home, another way a great dane.

However, this is the capper: it’s all in the name.

This one was all about the Copenhagen lid. Adding “seven and two” can result in 72. Number 72 on the “periodic” table of elements is hafnium, which is named after the Latin name for Copenhagen. The city is home to a famed statue of the Little Mermaid, and “a great dane” was indicating Denmark. “Capper” was a reference to the lid.

DAY FIVE

General smarts are needed for this to be solved.

It’s not hidden on Douglas, yet here is involved.

The name is close, we aren’t telling you wrong.

The icing on this? It’s a big summer song.

Here, we were letting you know it was along MacArthur Road. The first three lines point to Gen. Douglas MacArthur. The last line points to “MacArthur Park,” which Donna Summer took to No. 1 in 1978. One of the song’s lyrics includes “all the sweet green icing flowing down.”

The medallion was found after this clue was published. Here are the remaining, previously unpublished, clues and what they meant.

DAY SIX

From his plane view, Descartes had this to say:

Go forth, all you hunters, get on your way.

A big area to search, there is quite a lot.

If you’re in the wrong place, you could see a spot.

On a Cartesian plane, the fourth quadrant is the southeast one. Emery Park is in southeast Wichita. The two parks along MacArthur are Emery and Chapin, which features the city’s first dog park. The last line, which evoked “Run, Spot, Run,” told you that Chapin was not the correct park.

DAY SEVEN

To get to the place, you don’t need a boat.

While at the same time, it’s nearly remote.

When you’re near, an initial cola makes sense.

But ensure you are staying outside the fence.

While Emery has a lake, the first line says you don’t need to cross it. “Remote” and “initial cola” are references to the R/C – remote control here but RC Cola in the clue – Raceway. A fence surrounds the raceway, but the medallion was “outside” of it.

DAY EIGHT

Grumpy, Happy and Sleepy. Sneezy, Dopey and Doc.

Use the gaze of the missing as you start off the walk.

It’s not very far, the entrenched reason for this quest.

So file this away, you’ll nail it ahead of the rest.

The missing dwarf is Bashful, indicating to look down. “The walk” refers to a path next to the raceway and the trees, and “entrenched” points to the Copenhagen lid being on the dirt. “Nail” and “file” were a nail-file-based final clue to Emery Park.

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