Lucky Leprechaun LbNA # 7407
|Owner||Wisconsin Hiker |
|Placed Date||Mar 12 2004|
|Found By||Wormy Wanderers (Attempted) |
|Last Update||Aug 16 2014 |
Last checked/found: New box location as of 29-OCT-05. Same stamp and similar clues. (Box had been vandalized, so it was moved to what is hopefully a safer location.)
A leprechaun is one of a race of elves in Irish folklore who can reveal hidden treasure to those who catch them. This leprechaun is hiding in a letterbox and of course a stamp is the treasure. Since leprechauns are known to be mischievous, this one has created a Word Search puzzle that must be solved before you can continue the hunt. [Note: If the letters below aren't lined up, you can "select" the letters, then "copy" and then "paste" into a word processing program such as MS Word. Change the font to Courier if necessary and then the letters will be lined up.]
W R R Z I R E L A N D Y R D N
G O L C D V I M Y M K R N L L
D C B I C M M E M C I U H A A
I E U N E D N I U I A S C R G
J K S R I R H L Y H W Z T E C
T X I I A A W K C P F X X M E
G C G L E L R E S U U W P E L
K R B F D L R G D B L T O E T
C F E S T P A T R I C K T A I
R L N E E N D R Y B Z R O S C
Z V O L N U E P I P E Q G P B
Q H T V B B L E E K J Z O Z F
T N S L E N E L R F Z J L R H
H S I R I R F E R G U E D O W
R N L K P K C O R M A H S B X
BLARNEY GREENBEER PIPE
CELTIC IRELAND POTOGOLD
CLOVER IRISH PUB
DUBLIN LEPRECHAUN RAINBOW
ELF LIMERICK SHAMROCK
EMERALD LUCKY STONE
GREEN MIST STPATRICK
After solving the puzzle, note the following:
Number of horizontal words: ______ (A)
Number of vertical words: ________ (B)
Number of diagonal words: ________ (C)
You also must do a little research on some Irish activities in the Milwaukee area:
Year of first Irish Festival in Milwaukee:
Address of Festival headquarters:
Address of Irish Cultural & Heritage Center:
Now you’re ready to start! Park near Derry Hegarty's Pub, 5328 W. Bluemound Road. The search should take less than 1 hour. The terrain is mostly easy, although there is a bit of bushwhacking on hills at some points. If you want a multi-colored image, bring along green, orange and black markers.
The lucky leprechaun recently enjoyed a pint of Guinness at Derry Hegarty’s Pub. Upon exiting he noticed the shields surrounding the door and counted the number of crowns on the lower left shield: _________ (G)
He then headed east until he reached General Mitchell Boulevard and entered the park with the same name. The elaborate colorful sculpture caught his eye, so he scampered over and counted the number of yellow birds: _________ (H)
He was in a playful mood so he headed towards some other nearby structures. At a fork in the path he took a right and circled another large structure, passing a stone pillar and continuing southward. At the next fork he chose the left fork (to keep his balance). He came to a crossing and turned neither right nor left, but instead continued his southward trek until he reached a fence. He turned left at the fence and danced a merry jig along the way, crossed a bridge and then curved down and around. At this point he decided he wanted his clay pipe and should head home. He spotted the opening across the way near a yellow post and blue box. He quickly darted through the opening and continued to the end of the barrier on the left, making sure no pesky humans were watching. He guards his home and treasure carefully!
“Almost there!” he sighed, “I’m ready for a smoke and a nap!” He took ____ ((B*H)+G + last digit of E) paces on a bearing of _____ ((A*C)+F-D) degrees. He happily crawled into the split of the fallen tree for a well-deserved rest.
Slainte - You’ve found him! (This is my first hand carved stamp). Please tuck everything back in carefully to be sure he is safe from the elements and hidden from unruly visitors. Retrace your steps whichever way you choose and perhaps celebrate your adventures with a “wee drop” at the pub!
You’ll find the resident of this letterbox brought to life during the annual festival in August. Check the festival web site: www.irishfest.com for current dates and schedule. There are usually opportunities for free admittance early on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings.
Here’s an Irish toast for your future letterboxing adventures:
Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you.