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Clues explained: What did 3 clues reveal? Plenty -- if you were paying attention

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Woodbury resident Jennifer Wenshau dug out the 2013 Woodbury Days medallion after just three clues. Did she get lucky? Or was she spot on?

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Here are the clues and what they meant.

Day 1

Woodbury Days begins in but a week

Until then, there is treasure you may seek

So where does the medallion reside?

Begin thinking of areas

Where public spaces collide

Meaning: The reference to public places colliding is the key to this clue. The medallion was stashed almost exactly where Royal Oaks Elementary and Chippewa Park meet up.

Day 2

If you’re looking for direction

Consider last year’s election

East or west -- the location could be either

Instead, search grounds of Ward’s

And not what’s covered by Kieffer

Meaning: We thought we’d see how politically aware this year’s hunters were. Ward – Rep. JoAnn Ward, that is – represents House District 53A, which includes a chunk of western Woodbury. Rep. Andrea Kieffer represents the rest. That eliminated approximately three-quarters of the city from your hunting grounds.

Day 3

Our winner will be crowned

When the treasure is found

Coming up short?

Here’s where we hold court:

Scour the ground

If you want it to be found

Meaning: “Crowned” is the critical item buried in this clue, where “scour the ground” might appear to be the primary reveal. We were leading you to the area around Royal Oaks – specifically, Queens Drive. Later, we hoped “court” would lead hunters toward the tennis courts; the medallion wasn’t far from there.

Unreleased clues

Day 4

The weekend has passed without a find

We hope a local park was on your mind

Need more help on the way to the loot?

Follow the upcoming parade route

Meaning: This clue was just as literal as it appears. The Woodbury Days parade route takes you right past Chippewa Park. (For sticklers, the Woodbury High School homecoming parade – also technically “upcoming” – also traverses a similar route.)

Day 5

Regal trees are the key in this quest

Landmarks are important, too

And this one may be best:

Medallion is nearest to people

Who have a good view of a steeple

Meaning: Now we would have been getting to the point of helping those still lost. Regal trees? Royal Oaks. Of course. As for the steeple: it would have been obscured by the school at other possible hiding spots in Chippewa, but not for those bearing down on the tree.

Day 6

Chippewa Park may be tiny

But there are many spots good for hiding

If you’ve sought shelter from the skies

You’re almost on top of the prize

Meaning: You’re in the park, you’re close to the medallion, so we would have needed to get hungry hunters even closer. The arbor vitae was next to the covered pavilion shelter.

Day 7

Woodbury Days is nearly upon us

So it’s time to make this tidy

The medallion hides

Beneath an arbor vitae

Meaning: Self explanatory.

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Michael Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. His coverage includes local crime, legislative activity and prep sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
(651) 702-0973
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