Clue 1 Explanation

I’m going to be honest here.  There’s not a lot in clue 1. Yes, that’s a common first-day strategy but I had an ulterior motive.  To get people out looking on the first day focus on the 19 horseshoes lying around town first.  I realize there was confusion around what the clues were referring to.  To which shoe(s).  It hopefully became apparent that the 19 “mini” shoes were at the places prior horseshoes were hidden. There have been 24 hunts in 23 years (2 in 2011). 

What you do see in this first clue is something “new”. Yes, the first line tells you that something new is up.  That is, we’re going to Dundas for the first time.  What’s also important is the set up of the Nicolaus Gustafson story. I’ve wanted to give him some “ink” over the years and now was the time.  There’s been some press on him lately and I wanted to honor the local family still in the area.

Clue 2 Explanation

I’m establishing the story of Nicolaus Gustafson (there are many different spellings out there).  A recent Northfield Now magazine (Summer 2020) includes an article by Nicolaus’s ancestors, still in the area. Millersburg (where he lived) and Dundas are closely connected in the raid history as some of the robbers stayed the night prior to Sept 7th in Millersburg (At the Cushman Hotel) and then met up with the rest of the group in Dundas along the Cannon river before proceeding into Northfield.  

Now, “Historic places”.  Of course, you think of the Scriver building.  There’s also the Mill remains in Dundas.  But, in this case, the historic places are a tip-off that I’ve hidden the 19 other shoes in the prior locations of former HH locations.  

Crown is also a Pinnacle.  The peak.  Or “crown” of a mountain.  Pinnacle park is the main hiding spot.  Pinnacle Park in Dundas, in the Bridgewater Heights development. This newer development uses “heights” related street names.  Summit, highland, knoll, pinnacle. It is on some of the highest grounds in the area, which isn’t really high at all (relatively speaking).

The fact that the Dundas Dukes mascot wears a crown was a coincidence.  I knew what the logo looked like but I honestly didn’t intend for that logo to be mis-direction.  I did intend to use the dual meaning of a number of words to Memorial Park in Dundas where the Dukes play.  I felt that the whole area would seem too obvious for a hunting spot.  Many people were out there,  and I get it. I can see why they were.  Many hunters pointed out other relative meanings in my clues to that ballpark. I’m always surprised at how creative and wise people are in their clue research.  

Clue 3 Explanation

Tested out my wordsmithing. Polyonmous perfectly describes Millersburg Blvd, the road that runs between Dundas and Millersburg. CR 1, West Avenue, Millersburg blvd, Dodd road. I had to use 2 words to rhyme with that and “Oddly” worked well which was also a red herring and yet another homage to Oddfellows (where a small shoe was). Both Nicolaus and some of the gang took this road that fateful day. I really wanted to force people to dig into the Gustafson story. Especially since some of the gang stayed in the Cushman hotel in Millersburg the night before, close to the Gustafson home.

Kin is a synonym for “Sister”.  I was going for “sister city”.  Or linking Nfld and Dundas as twin cities.

** Note “reigns” was my error.  I learned it should have been “reins” but neither were directly relevant. Sorry if anyone spent too much time on that.

Clue 4 Explanation

I’m not giving a whole lot on day 4 because the specific area of interest is very small. I can’t be too forthcoming early or it will be searched over in a few minutes. 

I reveal just 3 identifiers here.  “Top” which is another synonym for “Pinnacle”.  And the Bridgewater Heights development being high up.  And I mention “span” which is for the “Bridge” in bridgewater.  I realize this is still vague and can be interpreted in many ways.  The idea IS to get out with friends and family and explore our great community.  Plus, the weather is awesome this time of the year.  I also mention “epic” which might confirm DUNDAS because of “Epic Enterprises” over on railway street. This will lead folks to the original Dundas.  Many don’t realize Bridgewater heights is even in Dundas. See the most recent city boundary map located on the Dundas website.

Clue 5 Explanation

New life is a new park in a newer development.  East Dundas. Rounding is roundabout.  Bridge is Bridgewater Heights. Ridge is synonym for “Knoll”, the cul de sac next door.

“Add sun” is an anagram of “dundas”

Clue 6 Explanation

That’s one heck of a final clue.  I had to hold back a lot of that because Pinnacle park is very small and there are only so many parks in Dundas.  Using any strong references to nearby streets would easily give it away. 

Heck, I even made a Google map review of this park a year ago and mentioned it would be a good place to hide a horseshoe. I didn’t expect anyone to pick up on this but 1 person did.  You know who you are.  Good job!

Line by line.

  • His life flashed before his eyes…
  • Regrets about going round-and-round with things  ( The Round-about on CR 1)  
  • Wanting to reach the very top in his new land (THE Pinnacle just off Highland)
  • But it was all water under the bridge  (Bridgewater)
  • Life was no picnic  (Right behind 1 of the 2 tables in the woods.  Well, 8 paces back)
  • But he stepped into the thick of it (It’s in the woods)
  • And had reached new heights  (Highland. Bridgewater Heights)
  • He was one with himself  (County Road 1)
  • And like that, Nicolaus was gone