The 2017 Great Pumpkin Pin Search

Sponsor: Clearpath IT Solutions
Prize:  $300 for the Pumpkin Pin

Clues Released:  August 18, August 25, September 1, September 8

The kickoff to the Morton Pumpkin Festival is the Great Pumpkin Pin Search. This treasure hunt for the official Festival Pin marks the countdown to the Opening Ceremony. This long-standing tradition that generations of Mortonites look forward to each year reminds everyone that the Festival is just around the corner.



Clues will be released on the following Fridays at 5:00 pm:  August 18, August 25, September 1, and September 8. The clues will be posted here on our website, on our Facebook page, and on the door of the Morton Chamber of Commerce office.

The searcher who finds the Pumpkin Pin will win $300 in Chamber Checks, be photographed for the Pumpkin Festival Facebook Page, and will be introduced on the Gold's Gym Entertainment Stage!

The pin will be hidden in non-dangerous locations on public rather than private property.  The pin could be anywhere, indoors or outdoors, in the vicinity of Morton. Individuals of all ages are encouraged to seek the pin.  

Once the Pumpkin Pin is found, an announcement will be posted at the Chamber office, on the website, and on Facebook.  Until then, contestants are encouraged to maintain their searches vigorously and not be swayed by others who claim he or she or someone else has already found the Pumpkin Pin. Anyone who finds a pin must bring it to the Chamber office to claim the prize and congratulations for a job well done. 

 

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Pin found on September 9, 2016

The pin was found on the ground under leaves near the end of the fencing running along the dog enclosure at Oakwood Park, going left from the Do Not Block Gate sign. 

Clue Solver

Once again, searchers had enough information in the teaser clue especially combined with the first clue to begin to doggedly search for and locate the pin.

TEASER CLUE

PUMPKIN EATERS ROLLIN ON (“PERRO” IS DOG IN SPANISH AS INDICATED LATER)

PIN YOUR HOPES ON LEARNING SOME GERMAN

IN A FEW WEEKS, YOU MAY BE ON YOUR KNEES (PIN WAS ON GROUND LEVEL)

OR SEARCHING BUSHES SHRUBS OR TREES (MANY IN OAKWOOD PARK)

ZIP ALONG UNCHARTED PLACES (“ZAUN” IS FENCE IN GERMAN)

CLUES SHOULD NOT PUT FROWNS ON



HINWEIS NUMMER 1:

THE PIN CONTEST STARTS; THE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL CAN BEGIN

THIS TIME AROUND THE THEME IS DAS PUMPKIN!

KNOWING DEUTSCH MAY HELP SOME THIS YEAR

BUF IF YOU FOLLOW OUR PATH, THE CLUES WILL BE CLEAR (CLEAR PATH TO OAKWOOD UP MAIN FROM CLEAR PATH SOLUTIONS ADAMS AND MAIN)

SEARCH ALL YOU CAN, FIRST AND LAST, HIGH AND LOW (HIGHLAND INTERSECTS NORTH MAIN NORTH OF 74; FIRST FAMILY CREDIT USED TO BE UP THAT WAY; PIN ON GROUND LOW)

LEANING LEFT OR RIGHT, YOU’LL WANNA GO SLOW (LEINE = LEASH IN ENGLISH; CURVE IN ROAD BY OAKWOOD PARK)

 IT MAY BE VERSTECKT (“HIDDEN”; IT WAS NOT IN OPEN BUT UNDER LEAVES) IN EINER SCHULE ODER IN EINEM PARK

MAP OUT MORTON’S TERRAIN AND PLACE YOUR MARK

 BUT STAY OFF PRIVATGRUNDSTÜCKE

OUR PUBLIC LAND’S A VERITABLE CORNUCOPIA

 A FAMOUS DOLL MAY POINT THE WAY (“KEN” AS IN BARBIE)

WORTHWHILE INFORMATION ON THE FIRST CLUES DAY (KEN WORTH TRUCKS LARGE HIGH SIGN UP NORTH MORTON AVENUE)

 AN UNLUCKY NUMBER MAY FREAK YOU OUT (INTERNET SAYS THERE ARE 13 RULES FOR DOG PARK)

CALM YOUR NERVES WITH SOME PUMPKIN-FLAVORED SAUERKRAUT

 FORTY-FOUR IS A NUMBER ON MANY TRIPS (404 IS NUMBER ON SIGN ON RR TRACK RIGHT OFF NORTH MAIN HEADING TO PARK)

HAVE NO IDEAS? THAT’S AN ECLIPSE (HAVEN AS IN OAK HAVEN RIGHT BY PARK)

 PRINCE ZU SAYN-WITGGENSTEIN IS THIRTY PAST TWENTY-FIVE PLUS THREE (REAL NAME ALEXANDER AS IN STREET BY PARK AND PLAINTIFF IN NEW ILLINOIS APPELLATE COURT CASE DECIDING THAT MUNICIPALITIES CAN CLOSE PARKS AT 11 PM LIKE OAKWOOD; CLOSEST ADDRESS TO PARK ENTRANCE IS 25330)

COULD SOUTH BE EAST OF A LONELY TREE? (WEEPING WILLOW ALONE IN MIDDLE OF OAKWOOD PARK; THE 25330 ADDRESS IS EAST OF PARK)

 ALL THESE NUMBERS MAY CAUSE AWFUL CONFUSION

BUT THINK THEM THROUGH AND THEY’LL LEAD TO CONCLUSION

 WHEN HANS SAID “SCHIESS DEN FENSTER” HE MEANT SHOOT THE GLASS

GO PAST THE LOCATION WHERE THEY ONCE PUMPED GAS (GO PAST OLD CONVENIENCE STORE NORTH MORTON AVENUE)

OLD VINCE’S LOCATION NO LONGER SERVES GRUB (MY COUSIN VINNY MOVIE)

RAIN OR SHINE, KEEP ON SEARCHIN’ FOR THE FESTIVAL’S HUB (ACTOR RAYNOR SCHEINE WAS EYEWITNESS CROSS EXAMINED BY GAMBINI ABOUT LEAVES OBSTRUCTING VIEW)

 CRAFTS WILL BE SOLD WHERE A CHURCH ONCE STOOD

AND SHOPPERS WILL BE CLOSER TO GUT FOOD

EVERY DAY LIFE IN THE GERMAN BOOK TRADE (CHRISTIAN BAND SONG TIES TO TECHNICAL PUBLICATIONS CHRIST-CENTERED UP NORTH; RECENT BOOK TRADE AWARD WINNER WAS NAMED WOLF AS IN WOLF CROSSING SUBDIVISION)

THESE CAN BE HEARD WITHOUT A HEARING AID (TRAIN WHISTLE OR HORN)

 ZIG AND ZAG ACROSS THE TOWN (“ZUG” IS TRAIN IN GERMAN)

A SLIGHT CHANGE CAN TURN THINGS AROUND

 JA OR NEIN MIGHT BE THE KEY

FOR A GOOD START: A STREET NAMED LEE (YOU WOULD LEAVE THE SOUTH TO GO NORTH)

DON’T BE DISCOURAGED IF THIS WAS TOO TOUGH (BE OPTIMISTIC AS IN OPTIMIST CLUB RIGHT BY OAKWOOD)

NEXT WEEK’S CLUES MIGHT PROVIDE ENOUGH! (EACH OF THE FOUR SETS HAD 17 COUPLETS AND OAKWOOD PARK IS 17 ACRES)

 

HINWEIS NUMMER 2: 

GUTEN WILLEN TO ALL YOU MORTONITES

LAGERUNG LOCATIONS MIGHT BE IN YOUR SIGHTS

TWO THOUSAND SEVENTEEN WOW THAT’S HARD TO FIGURE (AGAIN 17 ACRES FOR OAKWOOD PARK SIZE)

JUST LIKE WHO WILL BE THE PUMPKIN PIN WINNER

 THE PIN IS NOT OFTEN ON THE PARADE ROUTE

PERHAPS IT’S TIME TO GET YOUR MAP OUT

 DON’T SCRATCH IF YOU ITCH; IT WILL CAUSE DELAY (POISON OAK FOR OAKWOOD)

SPRECHEN SIE DEUTSCH? THEN THE CHAMBER WILL PAY

 RUN THROUGH ALL MOTEL CHAINS THAT YOU CAN LIST (RED ROOF INNS = RED ROOFS ON OAKWOOD PARK SHELTERS)

A PONCHO MAY BE NEEDED TO WARD OFF THE MIST (PONCHO VILLA AS IN VILLAS OF HOLLYBROOK ON WAY TO PARK)

 CHOOSE WITH CARE BETWEEN GROB AND KLEIN (CHOOSE BETWEEN SMALL OAKWOOD PARK AND LARGE NORTHWOOD PARK)

AND A NORDEN, SUD, OSTEN, OR OTHER SIGN (WHICH WOOD PARK NORTH SOUTH EAST OR WEST)

SOME LOCATIONS THIS YEAR HAVE A BRAND-NEW GYM

WILL YOUR CHANCES THERE BE GOOD OR GRIM?

LET BALLOONS FLY ALL OVER MORTON, BUSTER (LETTIE BROWN SCHOOL NORTH PART OF MORTON)

AND AVOID THE SPRAY WHEN YOU SEE A CROP DUSTER (STAY AWAY FROM SOUTH AND EAST PARTS OF MORTON WHERE MORE LILKELY TO SEE CROP DUSTING PLANES)

 HAPPY JAWS CHEWIN PUMPKIN WILL GIVE YOU DIRECTION (RICHARD KIEL PLAYED JAWS IN 007 MOVIES AND WAS IN HAPPY GILMORE; KIEL IS VERY NORTH PART OF GERMANY)

A NEW HILL WILL FORCE STUDENTS TO A COURSE CORRECTION (WELCOME TO NEW SCHOOL LEADER)

 CHARLEMANGE WENT PAST OTHERS TILL TWO CENTURIES MORE (WAS FROM FRANKFURT AS IN HOT DOG; OTTO I CAME LATER AS IN OTTO BAUM)

REFORMATION BEGAN WITH LUTHER’S THESES NAILED TO THE DOOR (WAS IN 1517 FOR 17 ACRES AGAIN)

 WE’LL HAVE BRATS ALONGSIDE PUMPKIN CORNBREAD AND BAKED BEANS

ENJOY THE WHOLE FARE, BY ALL MEANS

 KEEP COMPOSED IF YOU HAVE A FEVER (BACH IS CREEK IN GERMAN; ACKERMAN CREEK ENDS IN OAKWOOD PARK; LAGERFEVER IS GERMAN FOR CAMPFIRE LIKE IN OAKWOOD)

THIS METAL CAN KEEP YOU FROM GOD’S ACRE

 DON’T DIE FLOATING LONG ON THE TOWN’S EDGE (DIE FLOTTE IS FLEET IN GERMAN AS IN FARM N FLEET)

ALL THESE MULTIPLE RHYMES CAN PUT YOU ON A LEDGE (TIES INTO WEDGE FOR GOLF AS IN FRISBEE GOLF)

  IF YOU NAB THE PIN, YOU’LL SURELY HOWL (WOLF CROSSING AGAIN)

IF IT’S SOMEONE ELSE, YOU’LL IMMATURELY SCOWL

 DON’T SAY TO THE FINDER I AM IN AWE OF YOU (IN AWE OF YOU IS NEW SONG BY HOLLYN; HOLLYBROOK AGAIN; CREEK; HOLLY OLDEN ON PARK BOARD)

GREAT SHAME; WE WON’T HAVE PUMPKIN STRUDEL (GREAT PUMPKIN CHARLIE BROWN AND SNOOPY)

DRUM ROLL: REAL KUHL PHIL AND NESTLE AS WELL (GERMAN BAND DRUMMER TRE COOL BORN IN FRANKFURT AS WAS NESTLE)

DAS POLIZEI, FEUERWEHR, WASSERAMT OR SCHELLE? (POLICE, FIRE, WATER DEPARTMENTS OR BELL?)

 SHARE THE SEARCHING WITH A GOOD FRIEND (DOG OWNERS, WHO’S YOUR BEST FRIEND?)

NOW TWO CLUE SETS MAY HELP YOU IN THE END

 

HINWEIS NUMMER 3

 

PUMPKINS COINCIDE WITH FOOBALL SEASON (MISSING T REFERS TO DRIVE INTO OAKWOOD PARKING MAKING T INTERSECTION WITH LONG DOG PARK FENCING)

THREE CLUE SETS NOW PLUS EARLY AUGUST; WE WEREN’T TEASIN’ (SEE ABOVE WHAT YOU ALREADY HAD TO WORK WITH)

 

STOP BEFORE YOU REACH MEXICO’S GULF (DON’T GO PAST SOTH SHORE ON MORTON AVENUE HEADING NORTH)

BUT PASS AN OLD RIVER UNTIL YOU FIND YOURSELF (WABASH PLACE OF BUSINESS ON WAY UP NORTH)

 

ARNOLD’S AUSTRIAN BUT HAS A GERMAN SURNAME (EGG PART IS GERMAN FOR RIDGE DOWN FROM PARK TO RAILROAD TRACKS)

IF YOU CAN’T FIND THE PIN, NO ONE ELSE IS TO BLAME  

 

ROLLING STONES AND GRAND FUNK GAVE US THIS SONG (GIMME SHELTER FOR MANY SHELTERS AT OAKWOOD PARK)

BETTER GET SWINGING BEFORE THE PIN IS GONE (SWINGS IN PARK AND SWINGING FOR THE FENCES)

 

PUMPKIN ITEMS ARE OH SO YUMMY

BUT THEY REALLY CAN EXPAND YOUR TUMMY (POOCH)

 

A DUKER MAY NEED TO BE CROSSED (CULVERT IN OAKWOOD ON WAY TO FENCE)

ONE FALSCH KURVE AND YOU’LL BE LOST (NORTH MAIN CURVES AT OAKWOOD PARK)

 

JUST GO IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION OF THE RIVER FLOW (JUSTIN OF RIO LINDO CALIFORNIA WON FRISBEE GOLF WHICH FLOATS THROUGH THE AIR)

THEN THE PIN WILL BE ALL YOURS TO SHOW

 

THE SOUTHERN PART OF MORTON MAY BRING YOU A TEAR

YOUR BROTHERS CAN THROW A STONE ACROSS GREAT LAKES NO FEAR

 

MAN, I WISH THE D/J PRODUCER FROM GERMANY WAS STILL SELLING HIS WARES (DARNOC SPELLED BACKWARDS IS CONRAD FROM OLD PEPPERMILL RESTAURANT)

YES, WE CHOSE THIS PIN LOCATION FROM MANY LAIRS

 

YOU MAY GET A SAMPLE FROM THE MAIN STAGE

WOULD OUR VOLUNTEERS STILL BE IF THEY CLAIMED A WAGE?

 

GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE COOKIES COMPETING WITH PUMPKIN ONES? (COERS FAMILY MAKES THEM; COERS ON PARK BOARD)

NO MATTER HOW ONE SPELLS IT, YOU CAN HAVE RICH SONS

 

DAS EIS (ICE CREAM) AT THE DENKMAL (MEMORIAL) IN A SEAT

OLD KEGELBAHN (BOWLING ALLEY) RIGHT DOWN THE STREET

 

UND SCHEINEKOTELETT (PORK CHOP) AND KURBIS PIE

GOOGLE GERMAN POTTERS AND YOU’LLL KNOW WHY

 

ILLINOIS HAD MORE RINKENBERGERS IN 1920 THAN ANY OTHER STATE

BILLING COSTS ARE IDENTICAL CLOSED OR OPEN DATE (SHAUN BILL ON PARK BOARD)

 

FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR YOUR COMPACT DISC

BUT WONDER IF THE POOL AREA IS WORTH THE RISK

 

JUMP IN YOUR FAHRZEUG (VEHICLE) FAST AS YOU CAN

SCHRANKE COULD BE PASSED IF THEY HADN’T MOVED MAN

 

FABRICATE A PLAN WITH PUMPKINS IN MIND (PARKER FABRICATION ON WAY TO PARK)

HOPE THESE THIRD CLUES HAVEN’T LEFT YOU IN A BIND

 

 

 

HINWEIS NUMMER 4

 

SCOOP UP THESE LAST PUMPKIN CLUES, UND DENKEN (DOG OWNERS DO SOME SCOOPING)

PICKING THE WRONG WOOD WON’T GET YOU BANKIN (WHICH PARK WITH “WOOD” AT END OF NAME?)

 

DON’T BE PESSIMISTIC THAT THREE CLUE SETS FAILED YOU (OPIMIST CLUB AGAIN)

YEARLY VOLUNTEERS, EATS, RACE; EACH IS NEW (“VEREIN” MEANS OPTIMISTIC)

 

HAD WE NOT GOT INVOLVED, THERE MIGHT BE FEW OF THESE (IF FRANCE LOST WW2 THERE WOULD NOT BE MANY SUZANNES –SUSIE’S HOT DOGS)

CAN’T WAIT FOR THE PUMPKIN ICE CREAM TO FREEZE

 

MOST GERMANS DO LOVE THEIR MRS. MERKEL

SHE’S AFRAID, THOUGH NOT OF HER INNER CIRCLE (INTERNET SAYS SHE’S AFRAID OF DOGS)

 

RONNIE DID TELL THEM TO TEAR IT DOWN (WALL LIKE IN FENCE)

APPLYING, HIS WORDS, WHAT PART OF TOWN?

 

DON’T BE LIKE LAMBS GOING TO SLAUGHTER (SHEPHERD AS IN GERMAN SHEPHERD)

MANY SOUTH GERMANS’ LAST NAME IS SCHLOTTER

 

THIS BUSINESS PULLED OUT OF GERMANY IN 2006 (WAL-MART)

CUBS WEREN’T LOUSY ENOUGH TO GET THE BEST PICK (MISSED GETTING JOE MAUER = WALL)

 

A SCI FI WRITER CAN REALLY THRILL YOU (FORREST ACKERMAN WAS ONE AND APPEARED IN MJ’S THRILLER VIDEO)

OPEN USED TWICE. HOW?  IF YOU ONLY KNEW (NO OPEN FIRES OR OPENING FIRE (NO GUNS) IN OAKWOOD PARK)

 

EATING KASE IS NOT AGAINST THE LAWS (KASE IS CHEESE; MIKE KRAFT PARK DISTRICT ATTORNEY)

THERE’S MORE THAN ONE AREA WITH BIG AND SMALL PAWS (DOGS)

 

EVEN DETEKTIV SHERLOCK WOULD SCRATCH HIS HEAD

WHEN HE SAW THE CONFLICT HE JUST READ (OAKWOOD SIGN LEADING TO DOG PARK SAYS “NO DOGS”)

 

LAST YEAR IF YOU ADDED ONE MORE LETTER (PIN WAS AT BASEBALL FIELD; ADD L TO BATTER = BLATTER GERMAN FOR LEAVES)

HORESHOES WILL MAKE YOU FEEL MUCH BETTER (HORESHOE PARK PIN YEAR WAS YEAR OF TRIPLE RYHMES FOR SETTER AS IN DOG)

 

KNOWING WHICH EISENBAHN (RAILROAD) YOU SHOULD CROSS

IS AS IMPORTANT AS DECIDING TO HOLD OR TOSS (HOLD DOG LEASH OR TOSS FRISBEE)

 

COLORADO HAS ONLY ONE; THIS LOCATION A LOT (BOULDERS IN OAKWOOD ENTRY)

SPINNING METER ON A POLE LEADS TO THE SPOT (ELECTRIC METER ON PLOE AS ONE ENTERS OAKWOOD PARK)

 

THE FOUR FINAL CLUES!! HOPE YOU WON’T BE LATE

BUT CERTAINLY, DO NOT BLOCK THE GATE (SIGN RIGHT BY FENCE)

 

LOOK FOR ONE OR MORE HUNDS MACH SCNELL

STAY ON THE CORRECT SIDE SO YOU WON’T YELL (DON’T GET BIT STAY OUTSIDE OF DOG ENCLOSURE)

 

OUR TEASER CLUE SHOULD HAVE LED YOU THERE

PERRO AMIGOS AND LONG ZAUN BEWARE (DOGS AND FENCE)

 

THEY LOVE TO ROAM AND NOT BE IN A CAGE

NOW YOU’LL BE APPLAUDED ON THE MAIN STAGE

 

OUR PUMPKIN FESTIVAL THIS YEAR IS FIFTY YEARS OLD   (Festival is a fair as in “fair ball”)

PIN SEARCHERS NEED MORE SMARTS THAN FOR A TOMATO OR MARIGOLD (Tomato rough shape of baseball)

THE COLONEL’S FAVORITE IS COOKED GOLDEN BROWN (Chicken is a “foul”)

EXTRA ANNIVERSARY PINS WILL DOT MORTON ALL OVER TOWN (Some pins by ball fields)

WITH SO MANY EXTRA PINS, JUST GRAB TWO; DO NOT HOARD  (Two teams for baseball; three is out and inning over)  

EVERY MORTON PRIMARY SCHOOL CLASS HAS A BLACKBOARD (you would “score” one of other pins – score plus board –scoreboard)

FOR MOST OF YOUR TRIP A HALF DOLLAR WILL DO (Fifty Cent’s real name is Jackson – road for most to Westwood)

STAY OFF PRIVATE PROPERTY AND THE PIN YOU MIGHT WOO 

YEARS AGO YOU WERE TO FIND THE UNOPENED LANE (pin in 2009 was in part of or near Westwood by maintenance garage)

A FEW LATER IT WAS ON TO THE PLACE THEY TREAT RAIN (Rain together with “out” below is baseball reference)

ANOTHER YEAR YOU WERE TOLD TO GO STRAIGHT FOR THE RILL (Pin in 2011 was in Northwoods Park – add wood to West from next clue)

FOLLOWED BY BIKING OUT WEST UP A HILL  (again West from 2012; hill = pitching mound; out in baseball)

REMEMBER LAST YEAR’S SPOT UNDER RED WHITE AND BLUE (Flags at baseball fields)

AND THE ONE BEFORE THAT AT A PARK NAMED HORSESHOE (another game and reference to a park) 

YOU COULD ALWAYS SEE ONE OF THESE WHEN YOU LOOK (can see water tower from spot of pin)

EXCEPT WHEN THE PIN WAS BEHIND A GEOGRAPHY BOOK   

MAINLY YOU’LL START WITH ARTISTS TO FIND THE PLUM (art festival at Plum and Main for beginning of search was conducted by “chalk” artists)

OLD SEASONING SUGGESTION: HOPE A BUM’S NOT GLUM (Old Bleacher Bums from 1969 Cubs season may be happy with 2016 World Series)

FOR JEFF’S WAY OVER 50, A NEW PLACE TO CALL HOME  (Jeff is Jeff Gordon; Gordon Honegger of MCB; also Jeff Boss of MCB)  

MISUNDERSTANDING OF CLUES WILL FORCE YOU TO ROAM (Force from Star Wars James Earl Jones to tie into second clue set)

DO REFRAIN FROM DIGGING UNTIL YOU ARE RED (Red from Shawshank Redemption, who played catch when they were first getting to know one another)

OR MAYBE SEARCH A TENT AREA WHERE YOU’LL BE FED (outdoor pavilion like a tent area at Westwood Park by t-ball field)

YOUR SEARCH WILL TERMINATE DURING PUMPKIN CANNING TIME (Arnold was in movie “Twins” a pro baseball team)

MORE HELPFUL CLUES NEXT WEEK, BUT STILL IN RHYME

 

 

 

SECOND CLUE

THIS WEEKS CLUES WILL BE MORE MERCIFUL (Hawk Harrelson White Sox announcer always says “MERCY”)

PUMPKIN GROWER GANYARD DOES NOT USE A BULL (Bull Durham baseball movie)

 

VADER’S VOICE CARRIED WAY PAST HIS DEATH (James Earl Jones post-Vader was co-star in Field of Dreams baseball movie)

DON’T EVER STOP RUNNING TO CATCH YOUR BREATH (running in baseball games)

 

A MISPELLED STREET NAME COULD TELL YOU THE WRONG PLACE (Golf course in Streator IL involves Eastwood – opposite of Westwood)

ONE WITH NO NAME COULD PUT A FROWN ON YOUR FACE (Clint of course but kids’ baseball uniforms have numbers not their names)

 

THE NEW CASEY’S WAS BORN JUST IN TIME FOR ROAD WORK (Casey at the Bat poem; Casey daughter of Nick Cage in ConAir –batting cage; Nick then ties to Golden Bear Nicklaus for Frisbee golf connection; road work tore up road in front of Westwood park just in time for pin search)

YOU’LL NEVER KNOW AT WHICH SCHOOL OR PARK THE PIN’LL LURK (most schools and parks have ball fields)

 

BUYING PUMPKINS FROM A CASHIER, YOU MAY SOMETIMES WAIT (cashier line at the bank)

CAESAR AND HUMANS FOUGHT ON THE GOLDEN GATE (Monkey from Planet of Apes re-make; Davey Jones was a Monkee – tie-back to James Earl Jones; many bridges at frisbee golf course)

 

SOME OF OUR CLUES MIGHT CAUSE YOU MUCH PAIN

LOOK DOWN ON MORTON FROM A CROP-DUSTING PLANE (Golden farm fields seen from above west of town; Pilot in airplane movie was “Striker”)

 

AT FORT KNOX THEY HAVE MANY HIDDEN GOLD BARS (James Bond saves the day in Goldfinger—saving bonds available at banks)

CLYDESDALES WILL AGAIN BE KIDDIE PARADE STARS (baseball stars)

 

MORTON EXPERTS DO INQUIRE DAWN TO DUSK ONLY (The first letters for each word are the letters at the New Frisbee golf course on sign at Westwood)

PIN SEARCHERS, JOIN FORCES! YOU WILL NOT BE LONELY

 

FORD LOST ALL HIS GOLD IN SIERRA MADRE (Out west again)

MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MISS PUMPKIN PANCAKE DAY (swing and miss)

 

GOLD IS 79 (AU) ON THE PERIODIC TABLE (More Auric Goldfinger; bank has interest-rate tables; number 79 is White Sox first baseman))

GOLDEN AGE MOVIE BOSSES WERE BOGEY AND GABLE (Bogey in Frisbee golf; Jeff Boss again and roof lines on “homes” can be gables)

 

BETWEEN EDWARD JONES AND PIZZA RANCH COULD IT LIE? (Huge sign at Westwood ball fields list sponsors.  First is Edward Jones.  Last is Pizza Ranch)

THE PRIZE PUMPKIN’S GOLD NOT ORANGE LIKE IN PIE

 

FIFTY IS HALF WAY FROM ONE TO A HUNDRED (Bears Great Mike “Single”tary wore 50)

YOU’LL BE FORTUNATE ON STAGE IF YOUR NAME IS READ (“Fortunate Son” sung by Fogarty who also sang “Centerfield”)  

 

 

 

THIRD CLUE

YOU’LL NEED TO READ THESE NEXT CLUES VERY CAREFULLY

WITH CLOSE ATTENTION, THEY WILL BE LESS THORNY (Torn up back entrance to Thornridge right by way to pin at Westwood)

AS IN PAST YEARS, YOU’LL NEED TO BE SHERLOCK (sure lock up of Bank; Sherlock name of Arizona baseball coach)

THEN YOUR PIN-FINDING SKILLS NO ONE WILL KNOCK (knock like base hit)

MORTON HAS ONE PLACE HIGHER THAN THE REST (Pitching mound higher and Clock Tower highest)

SPEND GOLD COINS AT A CRAFTY EXPANSION OF PUMPKIN FEST

TWO GOLDEN GLOVES HERE MAY WELL BE NEEDED (With Golf (Frisbee) at Westwood you need “golf” and baseball gloves)

ONE IS AND THE OTHER ISN’T VERY WELL WEEDED (baseball field well weeded, not so for tree and weeds at Frisbee course)

WHEN IS A CIRCLE KIND OF LIKE A SQUARE?  (Circle has 360 degrees.  Baseball has 360 feet “home” back to “home” plate)

IN POKER, YOU DO WANT MORE THAN A PAIR (double-play reference)

GILDED CLUES MIGHT LEAVE YOU CONFUSED

NOT SNARING THE PIN WILL LEAVE YOUR EGO BRUISED (snare a line drive)

DON’T CHOKE ON THE PRICE OF WARM GOLDEN RETRIEVERS (Little girl was choking on hot dog in Field of Dreams)

IF A MONKEY FINDS THE GOLDEN PUMPKIN, YOU’LL BE BELIEVERS (Monkee I’m a Believer song tie to James Earl Jones again)

GARTH WAS A KEY COMPONENT OF THIS SPHERE (Wayne’s World – Wayne Menold of MCB)

WILL THIS GOLDEN YEAR BRING HIM JOY NOT A TEAR? (Long time suffering CUBS fan Cliff of MCB)

THESE CLUES MIGHT ALL SEEM LIKE RANDOM TASKS (James Bond through Austin Powers)

BUT YOU’LL ALL UNDERSTAND WHEN HE UNMASKS (Costner’s deceased father was catcher who appears at end of Field of Dreams)

SOME PANTS ARE REAL SHORT AND SOME GO TO THE ANKLE (some major league ballplayers have old fashioned pants to below knee; most to ankle)

WHATEVER YOU WEAR YOU WILL NEED TO CRANKLE (bend, twist at ground site of pin)

YOU MIGHT FIND THE GOLD PIN IN DAY OR NIGHT LIGHT (Ball fields lit at night)

YOUR HOUSE FROM THERE COULD BE WAY OUT OF SIGHT (Your “Home” again)

CHECK ALL THREE CLUE SETS AS YOU PROCEED THIS WEEK (Together this pair said “check-swing”; plus reference to combining clues as some of same themes appear in them as noted)

THE SWING SETS AT SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN WORTH A PEEK

 

FOURTH CLUE

LIKE NUGGETS OF GOLD, THESE CLUES DID PROVIDE 

THE GLIMMER OF RIGHT WHERE THE PIN DOES RESIDE (Pin mostly covered, just a glimmer showing)

 

THE FIFTY SPECIAL PINS MIGHT HAVE GIVEN KEY CLUES  

AT LEAST SOME GET FREE PIES OR SOME FOOD TO CHOOSE

 

EVEN BORING TIMES ARE NOT BEYOND MEASURE (refers to score)

BANKING THE GOLDEN PIN WILL BRING YOU MUCH PLEASURE (Bank)

 

THE PIN IS CERTAINLY IN A NEW LOCATION  

MANY SCOOP FOR GOLD IN THIS VOCATION (Scooping up groundballs)

 

DON’T BASE YOUR CHANCES ON PREVIOUS YEARS    (Baseball)

OR LET OTHERS’ CLAIMS CAUSE YOU GREAT FEARS

 

ALTHOUGH THEY ARE USED HERE, THEY REALLY AREN’T GOLDEN (Gloves)

CATCH PINS NOT CHILDREN UNLIKE HOLDEN (Catch(er) in the Rye)

 

THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES STRUCK GOLD THAT WAS BLACK  (California is out west)

“HEADS UP!” WHEN YOU ALL HEAR A WOODEN CRACK (look up to MCB clock tower; crack of baseball bat)

 

IT DOESN’T EXPLODE EVEN AFTER A WIN,    (exploding scoreboard) 

BUT DON’T SLOW DOWN IN YOUR SEARCH FOR THE PIN

 

BRUCE WAS CONFOUNDED IN THE SIXTH SENSE (Six inning games for youngsters; Bruce Huber in MCB commercials on radio)

PICKING’S CRUCIAL BETWEEN WHICH FIELD OF THE FENCE (Left, right or center field)

 

GO THE DISTANCE IN MORTON AND EASE YOUR PAIN   (Field of Dreams quotes)

ASK AN USHER FOR HELP WHO WORKS FOR FRAIN (Baseball ushers)

 

NORMAL BANKING HOURS ARE NINE TO FIVE  (Bank and nine innings)

A WINNER IN THE BOTTOM MAY COME FROM A DIVE (dive into “home” plate)

 

NO NEED FOR A PERSON TO MANUALLY CHANGE NUMBERS (Old Scoreboard at Wrigley Field)

IF SOMEONE CONNECTS AFTER CHANGING LUMBERS  (Obvious baseball clue to “Home” run)   

 

WHEN MOWED GRASS MEETS UP WITH THICKENED TREES (MCB Scoreboard outside right field fence at Westwood is right by a grove; have to kneel to get pin off the ground)

IN A RIGHT KIND OF FIELD GET ON YOUR KNEES   (right field)

 

FDR WASN’T A FRIEND OF U.S. GOLD   (Franklin on money at Bank)

AFTER ALL THESE CLUES, YOU’VE NOW REACHED THE THRESHOLD

 

 

Clue #4 2017

HINWEIS NUMMER 4

 

SCOOP UP THESE LAST PUMPKIN CLUES, UND DENKEN

PICKING THE WRONG WOOD WON’T GET YOU BANKIN

 

DON’T BE PESSIMISTIC THAT THREE CLUE SETS FAILED YOU

YEARLY VOLUNTEERS, EATS, RACE; EACH IS NEW

 

HAD WE NOT GOT INVOLVED, THERE MIGHT BE FEW OF THESE

CAN’T WAIT FOR THE PUMPKIN ICE CREAM TO FREEZE

 

MOST GERMANS DO LOVE THEIR MRS. MERKEL

SHE’S AFRAID, THOUGH NOT OF HER INNER CIRCLE

 

RONNIE DID TELL THEM TO TEAR IT DOWN

APPLYING, HIS WORDS, WHAT PART OF TOWN?

 

DON’T BE LIKE LAMBS GOING TO SLAUGHTER

MANY SOUTH GERMANS’ LAST NAME IS SCHLOTTER

 

THIS BUSINESS PULLED OUT OF GERMANY IN 2006

CUBS WEREN’T LOUSY ENOUGH TO GET THE BEST PICK

 

A SCI FI WRITER CAN REALLY THRILL YOU

OPEN USED TWICE. HOW? IF YOU ONLY KNEW

 

EATING KASE IS NOT AGAINST THE LAWS

THERE’S MORE THAN ONE AREA WITH BIG AND SMALL PAWS

 

EVEN DETEKTIV SHERLOCK WOULD SCRATCH HIS HEAD

WHEN HE SAW THE CONFLICT HE JUST READ

 

LAST YEAR IF YOU ADDED ONE MORE LETTER

HORESHOES WILL MAKE YOU FEEL MUCH BETTER

 

KNOWING WHICH EISENBAHN YOU SHOULD CROSS

IS AS IMPORTANT AS DECIDING TO HOLD OR TOSS

 

COLORADO HAS ONLY ONE; THIS LOCATION A LOT

SPINNING METER ON A POLE LEADS TO THE SPOT

 

THE FOUR FINAL CLUES!! HOPE YOU WON’T BE LATE

BUT CERTAINLY, DO NOT BLOCK THE GATE

 

LOOK FOR ONE OR MORE HUNDS MACH SCNELL

STAY ON THE CORRECT SIDE SO YOU WON’T YELL

 

OUR TEASER CLUE SHOULD HAVE LED YOU THERE

PERRO AMIGOS AND LONG ZAUN BEWARE

 

THEY LOVE TO ROAM AND NOT BE IN A CAGE

NOW YOU’LL BE APPLAUDED ON THE MAIN STAGE

 

Clue #3 2017

HINWEIS NUMMER 3:

 

PUMPKINS COINCIDE WITH FOOBALL SEASON

THREE CLUE SETS NOW PLUS EARLY AUGUST; WE WEREN’T TEASIN’

 

STOP BEFORE YOU REACH MEXICO’S GULF

BUT PASS AN OLD RIVER UNTIL YOU FIND YOURSELF

 

ARNOLD’S AUSTRIAN BUT HAS A GERMAN SURNAME

IF YOU CAN’T FIND THE PIN, NO ONE ELSE IS TO BLAME  

 

ROLLING STONES AND GRAND FUNK GAVE US THIS SONG

BETTER GET SWINGING BEFORE THE PIN IS GONE

 

PUMPKIN ITEMS ARE OH SO YUMMY

BUT THEY REALLY CAN EXPAND YOUR TUMMY

 

A DUKER MAY NEED TO BE CROSSED

ONE FALSCH KURVE AND YOU’LL BE LOST

 

JUST GO IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION OF THE RIVER FLOW

THEN THE PIN WILL BE ALL YOURS TO SHOW

 

THE SOUTHERN PART OF MORTON MAY BRING YOU A TEAR

YOUR BROTHERS CAN THROW A STONE ACROSS GREAT LAKES NO FEAR

 

MAN, I WISH THE D/J PRODUCER FROM GERMANY WAS STILL SELLING HIS WARES

YES, WE CHOSE THIS PIN LOCATION FROM MANY LAIRS

 

YOU MAY GET A SAMPLE FROM THE MAIN STAGE

WOULD OUR VOLUNTEERS STILL BE IF THEY CLAIMED A WAGE?

 

GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE COOKIES COMPETING WITH PUMPKIN ONES?

NO MATTER HOW ONE SPELLS IT, YOU CAN HAVE RICH SONS

 

DAS EIS AT THE DENKMAL IN A SEAT

OLD KEGELBAHN RIGHT DOWN THE STREET

 

UND SCHEINEKOTELETT AND KURBIS PIE

GOOGLE GERMAN POTTERS AND YOU’LLL KNOW WHY

 

ILLINOIS HAD MORE RINKENBERGERS IN 1920 THAN ANY OTHER STATE

BILLING COSTS ARE IDENTICAL CLOSED OR OPEN DATE

 

FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR YOUR COMPACT DISC

BUT WONDER IF THE POOL AREA IS WORTH THE RISK

 

JUMP IN YOUR FAHRZEUG FAST AS YOU CAN

SCHRANKE COULD BE PASSED IF THEY HADN’T MOVED MAN

 

FABRICATE A PLAN WITH PUMPKINS IN MIND

HOPE THESE THIRD CLUES HAVEN’T LEFT YOU IN A BIND

 

Clue #2 2017

HINWEIS NUMMER 2:

 

GUTEN WILLEN TO ALL YOU MORTONITES

LAGERUNG LOCATIONS MIGHT BE IN YOUR SIGHTS

 

TWO THOUSAND SEVENTEEN WOW THAT’S HARD TO FIGURE

JUST LIKE WHO WILL BE THE PUMPKIN PIN WINNER

 

THE PIN IS NOT OFTEN ON THE PARADE ROUTE

PERHAPS IT’S TIME TO GET YOUR MAP OUT

 

DON’T SCRATCH IF YOU ITCH; IT WILL CAUSE DELAY

SPRECHEN SIE DEUTSCH? THEN THE CHAMBER WILL PAY

 

RUN THROUGH ALL MOTEL CHAINS THAT YOU CAN LIST

A PONCHO MAY BE NEEDED TO WARD OFF THE MIST

 

CHOOSE WITH CARE BETWEEN GROB AND KLEIN

AND A NORDEN, SUD, OSTEN, OR OTHER SIGN

 

SOME LOCATIONS THIS YEAR HAVE A BRAND-NEW GYM

WILL YOUR CHANCES THERE BE GOOD OR GRIM?

 

LET BALLOONS FLY ALL OVER MORTON, BUSTER

AND AVOID THE SPRAY WHEN YOU SEE A CROP DUSTER  

 

HAPPY JAWS CHEWIN PUMPKIN WILL GIVE YOU DIRECTION

A NEW HILL WILL FORCE STUDENTS TO A COURSE CORRECTION

 

CHARLEMANGE WENT PAST OTHERS TILL TWO CENTURIES MORE

REFORMATION BEGAN WITH LUTHER’S THESES NAILED TO THE DOOR

 

WE’LL HAVE BRATS ALONGSIDE PUMPKIN CORNBREAD AND BAKED BEANS

ENJOY THE WHOLE FARE, BY ALL MEANS

 

KEEP COMPOSED IF YOU HAVE A FEVER

THIS METAL CAN KEEP YOU FROM GOD’S ACRE

 

DON’T DIE FLOATING LONG ON THE TOWN’S EDGE

ALL THESE MULTIPLE RHYMES CAN PUT YOU ON A LEDGE

 

 IF YOU NAB THE PIN, YOU’LL SURELY HOWL

IF IT’S SOMEONE ELSE, YOU’LL IMMATURELY SCOWL

 

DON’T SAY TO THE FINDER I AM IN AWE YOU

GREAT SHAME; WE WON’T HAVE PUMPKIN STRUDEL

 

DRUM ROLL: REAL KUHL PHIL AND NESTLE AS WELL

DAS POLIZEI, FEUERWEHR, WASSERAMT OR SCHELLE?

 

SHARE THE SEARCHING WITH A GOOD FRIEND

NOW TWO CLUE SETS MAY HELP YOU IN THE END

Clue #1 2017

HINWEIS NUMMER 1:

THE PIN CONTEST STARTS; THE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL CAN BEGIN

THIS TIME AROUND THE THEME IS DAS PUMPKIN!

 

KNOWING DEUTSCH MAY HELP SOME THIS YEAR

BUF IF YOU FOLLOW OUR PATH, THE CLUES WILL BE CLEAR

 

SEARCH ALL YOU CAN, FIRST AND LAST, HIGH AND LOW

LEANING LEFT OR RIGHT, YOU’LL WANNA GO SLOW

 

IT MAY BE VERSTECKT IN EINER SCHULE ODER IN EINEM PARK

MAP OUT MORTON’S TERRAIN AND PLACE YOUR MARK

 

BUT STAY OFF PRIVATGRUNDSTÜCKE

OUR PUBLIC LAND’S A VERITABLE CORNUCOPIA

 

A FAMOUS DOLL MAY POINT THE WAY

WORTHWHILE INFORMATION ON THE FIRST CLUES DAY

 

AN UNLUCKY NUMBER MAY FREAK YOU OUT

CALM YOUR NERVES WITH SOME PUMPKIN-FLAVORED SAUERKRAUT

 

FORTY-FOUR IS A NUMBER ON MANY TRIPS

HAVE NO IDEAS? THAT’S AN ECLIPSE

 

PRINCE ZU SAYN-WITGGENSTEIN IS THIRTY PAST TWENTY-FIVE PLUS THREE

COULD SOUTH BE EAST OF A LONELY TREE?

 

ALL THESE NUMBERS MAY CAUSE AWFUL CONFUSION

BUT THINK THEM THROUGH AND THEY’LL LEAD TO CONCLUSION

 

WHEN HANS SAID “SCHIESS DEN FENSTER” HE MEANT SHOOT THE GLASS

GO PAST THE LOCATION WHERE THEY ONCE PUMPED GAS

 

OLD VINCE’S LOCATION NO LONGER SERVES GRUB

RAIN OR SHINE, KEEP ON SEARCHIN’ FOR THE FESTIVAL’S HUB

 

CRAFTS WILL BE SOLD WHERE A CHURCH ONCE STOOD

AND SHOPPERS WILL BE CLOSER TO GUT FOOD

 

EVERY DAY LIFE IN THE GERMAN BOOK TRADE

THESE CAN BE HEARD WITHOUT A HEARING AID

 

ZIG AND ZAG ACROSS THE TOWN

A SLIGHT CHANGE CAN TURN THINGS AROUND

   

JA OR NEIN MIGHT BE THE KEY

FOR A GOOD START: A STREET NAMED LEE

  

DON’T BE DISCOURAGED IF THIS WAS TOO TOUGH

NEXT WEEK’S CLUES MIGHT PROVIDE ENOUGH!

 

Teaser Clue 2017

Pumpkin eaters rollin on.  
Pin your hopes on learning some German.
In a few weeks, you may be on your knees.
Or searching bushes shrubs or trees.
Zip along uncharted places.
Clues should not put frowns on faces.