The pin was located in Horseshoe Park in the area of the sign, beneath two bricks on the top back portion of that area. There were two ways to locate the pin. One was to realize from the first three sets of clues that you were clearly being sent to Birchwood Park, then to the high school and finally to Southwood Park. From many clues, the shape of the teaser clue, the three rhyming lines this year, and a hidden directive, you were told to triangulate. By this, you were being sent to Horseshoe Park. Or you were given many direct clues throughout to get you to Horseshoe Park. Some of the clues are listed below.
From the teaser: clinging and clanging of metal stakes in horseshoes. Bell = high school. West meant Birchwood. Cowboys = football = JFL = Southwood.
First clue to Birchwood: Various clues to police, softball, pickleball, last year’s pin location, Detroit, water tower, welcome sign, WOULD, Robert Birch’s gang, birchwood drums.
Clues to triangulate: number of clues new format, TRY AND … GET … PUMPKIN through LATE in next clue = triangulate
Direct clues to Horseshoe Park: grasping, saddle, hat, GAZE = gazebo, Old Restmor area, Illinois
Second Clue to high school: deciphering, outfigured, brain, train down Jefferson, Dr. Hall, track, football field, Bertha Frank, bus barn, educated, homecoming
Clues to triangulate: Scarecrow famous for triangle calculation in Wizard of Oz, three Arnold clues from Terminator 2
Direct Clues to Horseshoe Park: Horseshoe used as a talisman of luck in book True Legends by Edward Flight, Charles Bronson was Harmonica and Blue Buffalo but Bronson was location of first meeting of national horseshoe thrower’s association in 1910, grass spikes right by pin, LEAN =leaner, Eastwood do you feel lucky = horseshoe luck, Old Hickory = Jackson and FRANKLY= Frank Jackson started national horseshoe thrower’s association, CLOSER -- close only counts in horseshoes, grasping, crashing sound
Third Clue to Southwood Park: Not North, Mississippi ending, Idlewood, electric wires, south clues to Florida, Louisiana where Hank Jr. born, Texas , high tops for football
Clues to triangulate: all three needed, references back to previous two location areas
Direct clues to Horseshoe Park: cowboy, wrangler sitting down at gazebo or bench to take off boot, chamber on Jefferson, train again
Fourth clue – the full explanation for the previous three clues and teaser brought the winner to the location.