Still stumped by how the clues in this year’s Great Easter Egg Hunt pointed the way to the correct location? Here are the meanings:
1. Eighty more came, but here I stayed, at home in the 40th one made. — This simply meant that the egg was hidden in Floyd County, which was the 40th of Kentucky’s 120 counties created by the General Assembly.
2. I must worry about scratches and dents, as I’m vulnerable to the elements. — Being “vulnerable to the elements” simply means that the egg was hidden outside.
3. A successful hunter will have fanned, a concave realm in a convex land. — This is a reference to how the general area around the hiding place appears on the map. The surrounding area juts out (concave) in the middle of a larger area that curves inward (convex).
4. Beneath my feet, the stream and tracks wend; Above my head, three fingers skyward bend. — Below the hiding place was a creek and some railroad tracks. The egg was hidden in the middle of three branches of a tree.
5. Waiting to be found is hard on the feet, especially since I do not have a seat. — The egg didn’t have a seat, because it wasn’t in the county seat. Therefore, it was not in Prestonsburg.
6. When traveling to the place where I hide, the way is narrow but the spot is wide. — The hiding spot was beside a wide turnoff along the narrow Route 7.
7. Finding me is a simple test, just drive south in the south and face the west. — The hiding place was in the southern end of the county. To get there, most would drive south on Route 7, where it was hidden on the western side of the highway.
8. Spring pastels bloom and bring all the smiles, but I remain covered in last fall’s styles. — The “spring pastels” are blooming on trees everywhere, but the egg was buried under leaves from last autumn.
9. Choosing one candidate is hard to do. Ever since February I’ve been stuck on 2. — The egg was hidden in magisterial District 2.
10. A mile is short, a mile is long, a mile from the line won’t lead you wrong. — The egg was hidden exactly one mile from the Knott County line.
11. The path you take is a crucial thing. You’ll find along the road of the king. — Route 7 is also known as the “‘King’ Kelly Coleman Highway.”
12. Royalty aside, this isn’t Camelot. On one side, it’s Muddy. On the other, it’s Knott. — Getting back on Route 7 from the hiding place, heading in one direction would lead past Muddy Branch Road, while the other would lead to Knott County. Therefore, the egg was between the two.