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    Default Verse #4 - Cleveland

    SOLVED - Cleveland, Cleveland Cultural Garden
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    Discoverer: Egbert


    Beneath two countries
    As the road curves
    In a rectangular plot
    Beneath the tenth stone
    From right to left
    Beneath the ninth row from the top
    Of the wall including small bricks
    Seven steps up you can hop
    From the bottom level
    Socrates, Pindar, Apelles
    Free speech, couplet, birch
    To find casque's destination
    Seek the columns
    For the search.

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    I'm compelled to amend my original thought on this first line. "Beneath two countries", just three words assumes a very specific answer in that the only place in the world to historically contain by enclave status two and only two countries is Italy, 1) Vatican City and 2) the Republic of San Marino. Italy is the ground "beneath" these two independent countries. This isn't to say San Marino is equal in status to The Vatican but for these purposes they are both countries having only Italy surrounding them.
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    As for my previous post, I'm no longer that focused on the two countries being a reference to Italy as a narrowing method for Greece. I think the principal idea in this choice of words is strictly a reference to something with two sides and in the case of the Grecian garden of Cleveland, the monolithic wall.

    The most intriguing perspective on how to narrow this puzzle down is the 1881 tomb marker in the image, which invites us to find someone reasonably famous to have died in 1881. 20th President, James Garfield (1831-1881). It was known that he referred to his wife, his sweetheart, affectionately as "Crete" (shortend from Lucretia). Garfield's tomb is near and southwest to the Grecian Gardens in Cleveland, OH. Image 4 depicts a stone that fits the description of an aquamarine. The Litany of the Jewels describes the Nymphs of Hellas as the caretakers of the aquamarine: [they] cherish sweet, aquamarine, spring-water clear. These clues lock in the notion that the aquamarine is the Greek themed jewel. Crete, being a major island of Greece, is a really good confirmation that the place of Garfield's entombment is a place near which the Nymphs of Hellas might consider hiding their jewel.
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    I think a vital part of each solution involves the Litany of the Jewels. Cleveland finders Brian and Andy we both confounded by the unexpected reversal of right with left, as it made the final step in determining casque position about counting bricks while facing the front side of the wall. It seemed unnatural since the dig happened on the rear side. I think the best conclusion is to apply the LotJ reference to aquamarine as a way of imagining the wall is see-through or "spring-water clear". Then the casque position would agree with the verse 100%.
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