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I Was Just a Lyin'

Rumors are spreading all over my town...but it's just stones and sticks. So, Phil Abbott solved the New Year puzzle and he's now well on his way to creating modernist cocktails. Little does he know he has now unleashed the ultima...haha, I jest...or do I lie?

So take me back to the paradise city...or in this case, Milwaukee, the cream city. Differently the same. But back to me lying 'bout lions...On a proud tall fifth. It’s funny how a little television and poor attention to detail can derail an entire puzzle. Let’s break this line down:

  • Proud - Pride by definition is a group of lions forming a social unit. However, many believe proud refers to a single lion in this puzzle.

  • Tall - Some argue lions are tall or a lion that is above you can be considered tall. I'm not so sure. An alternative to lions are bridges. Most bridges are tall.

  • Fifth - I’m unsure if fifth gets overlooked, people agree with James Renner‘s Leo explanation, or we are stuck counting lions. They are okay interpretation and I won’t even attempt to argue them. It is also important to understand there are five major footbridges in Lake Park.

So, how does this help? Tall lion or tall bridge? Leo or the fifth bridge? And then we come to proud. It’s a slam dunk for lion, right? I don’t believe so. A pride requires a minimum of two lions. Now you are all probably well aware of what I am about to propose but have you really stepped back and thought about it? At the south end of Lake Park is a tall bridge. This bridge has a total of four lions; one at each corner. Check that proud and tall box. Lastly, if traveling from north to south through Lake Park, the south Lions Bridge is the fifth of the fifth major footbridges in the park.

Byron wasn’t trying to get you to figure out which of the eight lions to dig at. He was describing the southern Lions Bridge. It’s proud(has a pride of lions), tall, and probably most importantly to help differentiate from it’s twin...the fifth when travelling north to south. Onto southern foot. What is the foot of a bridge? One may be led to believe underneath the bridge at the abutments. Not exactly. The foot of the bridge refers to either of the two entrances. Only one south entrance on the southern Lions Bridge, which leaves us with two logical dig options. One is obviously more southern in orientation than the other. I'll let you figure that final piece out by utilizing the favorite Secret tool...

Get your snow blower , pic axe, and go to town! Till next time... Ain't got no time to waste, time to hate...Really ain't no time to make the time go away...

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Feb 26, 2021

in the context of lions, "southern foot" always made me think "south paw", which gets me to "left". if you're already heading/facing south then left=east. I'd go for the one on the east side

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