There is a difference between tricky and misleading. IF the clue had been "look for the harp" then I could accept the ambiguity and look for several things (a harp, a lyre, harmonica, a harpoon). BUT, when a clue says "look for a harpsichord" I do believe that rules out the wordplay, because the clue is now more specific.
I will mention one more thing. There is a reason why it is called a harpsichord. It is basically a harp because the strings are plucked like a harp. They just happen to be plucked mechanically when you press the keys. A piano is totally different because the strings are hammered rather than plucked.
Post by xmarksdspot on Feb 21, 2020 16:50:57 GMT -5
This was my only other lead. It was an advertisement/publicity photo from Milwaukee in 1973. It could have still have been around in the early 80's. If anyone knows it was posted somewhere in Milwaukee, Let us know.
Just as an FYI, the Sky Glider at the Wisconsin State Fairground across town has 160 seats...no idea if they are the same dimensions, just giving you an idea. Along with that this park and some of those festivals were very new when The Secret was published. There would have been 1, maybe 2 Germanfest events prior to the book being published, honestly can't see Byron use something that new and not established as a clue.
Personally I've got it buried at or near the Wolcott statue in Lake Park based on the clues in the book. Until they replace or tear up those paver stones in front of the statue though there is no real way to prove/disprove this theory. Would ground penetrating radar read through the pavers? I've heard of people using GPR in Lake Park, just not sure if they used it in this particular spot. Heard the rear of the statue has been dug up like crazy, but its the front of the statue that I'm interested in.
Post by xmarksdspot on Feb 21, 2020 20:58:30 GMT -5
Hi Canuck, Yeah I wish someone close by could verify the seat count. I know it's around 90-100 but don't know exactly. Personally I thought the fact that Germanfest was new was the very reason Priess went there. It probably had lots of advertising at the time. He actually din't use it as a clue, I just made the connection because it's thought the puzzle represents German immigration.
Hey, we are trying to figure this out. Chase the dream!
Post by xmarksdspot on Feb 24, 2020 10:51:10 GMT -5
This turned out to be a long explanation of this solution. I will try to wrap it up here with this addition. We have already established that the arch over the entrance to Henry Maier Festival Park is the bridge from the clue"The foot of the culvert, Below the bridge". Now we are to walk 100 paces in a southeasterly direction over rock and soil. 100 paces should be approximately 250' for an average person. This path will bring you through an entrance to the playground in the park. You will have walked over concrete which is filled with a rock aggregate and then over soil in the playground. There is a small tree just inside the entrance. I do not know if this tree is a birch or if it was there in the early 80's. If this is the location of the first small birch, then you must keep west and pass three more (assuming he means 3 more birch trees?). There is a sidewalk near the small tree with trees along the west side of it. I can't tell from google maps if there are 3 or 4. As with most of these puzzles the last steps need to be made on site. If you can find the proud tall 5th (whether it's a tree or whatever, I believe the letter you will be looking for will be an "A". Wonderstone is a type of rock quarried in the American Southest. I think that Wonderstone's hearth is where it is formed. See attached photos.
i'll follow up tomorow, but let's start with the first clue. View the 3 stories of Mitchell. The Mitchell building in Milwaulkee has 5 stories, but from Henry Maier Park, if you can get a view of it, you'll only see the top three stories. As you walk the beating of the world, the Summerfest held at Henry Maier Park is known as the largest music festival in the world. Oh, if you wonder why this image doesn't have a clock, it doesn't need one. The symbol of the cicada is the clock, they emerge every June in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that's your clock/month. The flower is a rose, and the jewel is an alexandrite.
I need to make a correction on my statement above. I do not wish to mislead anyone. For some reason I had the idea that the month represented by the image matched the month that Preiss traveled to bury that particular casque. I now do not believe that to be the case. I believe he could have been in Milwaukee in June and the image still represent February. With that said, the jewel and flower for this image is and always has been Purple Amethyst and primrose. I ignorantly steered off course and I apologize. After all, Preiss tells us that in the book.
Now that's the greatest introduction. People have suggested the Oak Leaf Trail that was called 76 trail as grand 200 (1976 bicentennial). Her outline looks like a wild turkey. That and the fifth reference, was there a Kentucky Bourbon sign somewhere near?
Let me ponder the wild turkey comment. Nothing comes to mind immediately, unfortunately. As for signs, I doubt there was anything memorable or remarkable. Milwaukee was still very much a beer town then. But you've given me something to think about.