Be sure to read through
all the clues before looking for the boxes so you know what is expected of you.
In 1647, the dreaded pirate Blonde Beard sailed his ship up the Menomonee River.
After weathering bad storms, he was blown onto shore. To keep his
treasurebox safe, he hid it somewhere near the river, and all he left behind was
a series of mathematical clues...
To find the location of the park for Blonde Beard's Treasurebox, use the first
four even numbers as the decoder to solve this matrix code
After determining the park, but BEFORE leaving your house, do an internet search
for the year that the land for the park was donated by the Walter Diehnelt
Record this date for late use: _________
Upon arriving at the location, make sure you park in the west parking lot
off of MacArthur Drive. After saluting the American flag, enter the park's
municipal code here _______
Facing this sign, head north to the octagonal beach. From the center of
the beach, solve the following equation to determine the bearing (y) at which
you will next walk:
Note: These are combinations
(i.e. the combination of 8 items taken 4 at a time.)
Heading in that direction, you will find Blond Beard's infamous vessel!
Climb to the top deck of the "ship". With your hands on the helm, take a
bearing of the last two digits of the year the park was founded: _______
Head on your new bearing. Along the way you will come to a rectangular "beach". Count the number of black masts surrounding this
"beach": B = _______
Stand at the western-most mast. Facing north, solve the following system
of equations by substitution and walk "Z" paces to a "pirate's picnic".
3m = 60 - 3z
2z + m = 90
From this location, find the distance between the points (2,39) and (5,93) using
the distance formula: ________ This will give you the approximate number
of paces you need to go. Heading southeast, walk that number of paces from
the pirate's picnic to the Menomonee "Harbor".
Upon arriving at the harbor, count the number of the planks of wood as you cross
over the harbor: P = _______. Count the number of trees to the immediate
port side of the harbor after you have crossed it: T = ________. Since the
planks are tricky, test your answer by finding the remainder of the following:
The remainder should be the same as P.
After verifying P, use the equation (P x B) + y = D to establish the bearing you will
: D=______. From the end of the harbor,
head roughly on a bearing of D degrees (not into the water) and walk S paces as indicated by solving the
following equation for S:
After walking S paces, what is to your starboard side? _________________
With your back to the object, take the first two digits of the ordinance number
minus the second two digits twice, then multiply the result by the final two digits.
That is the new bearing you should walk at.
When you come to the "Captain's Diamond" stand on his "plate". Then head
on the bearing found by finding the positive root of the following quadratic
Bearing = _______
Along the way, note the distant relative of Blonde Beard's for whom the "flag
mast" is dedicated to:
Continue on that bearing to the lavatories and use them if necessary.
Multiply the number of the letters of the two signs on the lavatory
entrances: L = ______.
Turn around and salute Blonde Beard's great great great great nephew, then
follow the path to the southwest and approach the shelter. What is the
Walk to the opposite side of the shelter. Around the back side of the
building, stand with your back up against the chimney. Walk straight ahead L x B
_______ paces. From there, head L more paces at the bearing found in the
There, under some sticks and leaves in the crook, you will find Blonde Beard's Treasurebox!
(Look up and note that this fellow would have been only a mere
sapling when Blond Beard his his treasurebox!)