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    Quote Originally Posted by erexere View Post
    I had a new idea on the harpsichord and silently playing line. Still trying to work out the kinks.

    Suppose the casque location is to be found in relation to the boot of a statue. Would it be helpful to insert a hint in the verse about a FOOTMAN, a liveried servant whose duties include admitting visitors and waiting at table?

    I think this is an especially nice fit given the last line of verse goes "the treasure waits," being a possible hint at waiting a table or "taking orders."

    If the hint for a footman exists in the way I think it does then its executed in a very quirky manner: implication in the form of a clue about a chambermaid. I think "from woman," means "maiden" and "with harpsichord," as meaning "chamber" (chamber music). The next line is equally strange: "silently playing" as "vacuuming". I wonder if the back-and-forth motion of vacuuming is considered "playing", similar to the motion of some ball sports as the teams play up and down court or field. I like this conne tion most because one of the first vacuums was known as the "goblin", a totally cool built-in reference for Fair Folk, and the most popular brand name and synonymous with the act of vacuuming: hoovering, or the Hoover. The connection here is again with the FOOT, as in hooves, a slight tweak to hoover, and a bit of a backpedal for me in my attempt to be free from wordplay, homograms and such. Is it conceivable to think this puzzle implicates footman by feeding us a clue for a chambermaid?

    I feel like I've landed on the right end result for Milwaukee, that is the madness in the verse has coaxed me to that point. I still dont understand the culvert and bridge reference. Is that a plain reference or possibly something more tricky?
    I think there is wordplay on Preiss' part but maybe not that much. E, you definately make me think differently and are always taking new perspectives. With that "perspective should not be lost"...
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    Glad I'm giving you things to think about!

    I really do like the FOOTMAN derivation from CHAMBERMAID. I found another enticing hint for some fancy footwork,

    A letter from the country = an envelope from Germany
    A proud tall fifth = a ballet dancer in fifth position (heels meet toes)

    Envelope and fifth position are both ballet terms. Balls + Letters = Ballet-ers.
    Purple Amethyst = Plum Jewel = Jewel of the Sugar Plum Fairy aka Nutcracker

    I think the casque is in the position of a foot, Tadeuz Kosciuszko's boot. I think the Fair Folk have envisioned this military leader as the "Nutcracker" and entrusted the jewel to a spot below his boot.

    I found a fine link to using a compass on a map in a method where the compass as a divider walks across the map based on a set unit of distance. I find it fun and interesting that a nutcracker tool doesn't look much unlike a compass:

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    I'm not really holding out for a reference to the big letter G logo of the Green Bay Packers as a candidate for the "you'll see a letter from the country" and some connection to other prominent citizens of Milwaukee like Alexander Mitchell, such as Plankington and Layton, who were involved in a growing their meat packing business. There's a big disconnect there since the Packers weren't based in Milwaukee and were founded by funds from different owners of a meat packing company in Delware.

    Moving on to a different approach, I've thought about applying other considerations to the juggler in the image. She juggles 2 normal looking juggling balls, but then there's a collection of other objects mixed in. We might want to take the view that she is using magic/illusion to transform the balls into objects. Maybe that's a way to perceive her as performing tricks. Actually, jugging in general seems like a good reference to tricks. That perspective would go along with my analysis of the verse that it has something to do with playing cards. The games of bridge or whist involve "taking tricks".

    Another thought, perhaps she's COLLECTING objects. That's actually a simple idea. She starts with two red balls and then collects objects of interest. This would support my theory that "cast in copper" and "first young birch" might connect to the US Coinage Act of 1792 when the first "birch pennies" were made. I really like this application for "first young birch", which I believe doubles as a need to find an actual birch tree. (fyi, an earlier pre-birch penny was developed five years prior by Benjamin Franklin, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugio_Cent , it was kind of cool, featuring a sundial and the phrase "mind your business".) Along with the connection to collecting coins, I thought the line "you'll see a letter from the country" could be a reference to stamp collecting. The US Postal Act was also passed in 1792 and I began cross referencing various statues/monuments in Milwaukee for being featured on a US Stamp. The one that I found most suitable to my theories so far is the 5-cent Thaddeus Kosciuszko stamp which was initiated by the Wisconsin Legislature and created in 1933.

    So forget football, I think this puzzle has something to do with coin and stamp collecting. I like the way the birch penny and a 5-cent stamp correlate to the idea of finding one birch tree, passing three, and seeing a proud tall fifth.

    Edit: note to catherwood, I apologize for many posts in the past where I've inserted images and since you've asked that we use clickable links whenever possible, I have done a poor job respecting your request.
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    From three who lived there

    Theres a shared point where two streets meet at the edge of a park, each is named for a historic Milwaukee figure.

    W. Kilbourn Ave intersects with N. Plankington Ave at the southern edge of Pere Marquette Park.
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    I found another place where 3 names meet, Layton and Pierce at Mitchell Park.
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