Welcome to the hunt!

The hunt will take you from south to north along Monmouth Street in Newport, KY. 

Each block has its own puzzle. The goal of each puzzle is to get a letter/number combination, which will help you crack the code to solve the final question. 

After each puzzle, there is a photo challenge. The photos challenges are optional, but earn you extra raffle entries. Details are below. 

Ready? Let's hunt!

Clue location: 

A Tribute to Newport Mural

Painted on the south wall of Combined Lock Service

1023 Monmouth St.

This ArtWorks mural celebrates the rich history, culture and geography of the City of Newport. Prominent Newport citizens are featured amongst a lush display of flora and fauna native to the area. 

Letter clue: 

What is the first initial of the artist painting the angel? (Need a hint?)

Number clue:

Study the mural closely to determine how many figures (human and animal) are facing to the right. (Need a hint?)

Now select the correct letter/number combo from the choices in the box below.

Make note of your answer to use in the Code Key for the final puzzle.

In case you missed it, Photo Challenge #1 is here.

 

Letter Clue location: 

Tessori Vintage Decor, Art & Antiques

Window display

925 Monmouth St.

Tessori's selection of ___________

Letter clue: 

Looking at Tessori's window display, ........

Number Clue location: 

Dresser Up

Window display

911 Monmouth St.

Dresser Up and its sister store, The Turn, are a great source for  ___________

Number clue:

Looking at the south window display, you'll see a dresser with items displayed in and around it. __________

Now select the correct letter/number combo from the choices in the box below.

 

Make note of your answer to use in the Code Key for the final puzzle.

In case you missed it, Photo Challenge #2 is here.

Number Clue location: 

Carabello Coffee

Mural in front room, visible from Monmouth St.

107 E. 9th St. (corner of 9th & Monmouth)

The logo for Carabello Coffee is a tandem bike because their mission is to provide "coffee and compassion in tandem." 

They roast their coffee right here in Newport and serve it up just the way you like it. For a truly interactive, intimate coffee experience, stop in at their Analog Coffee Bar and explore something new about coffee.

Number clue: 

Study the mural in Carabello's ____ room. If you don't want to go inside, you can see the mural through the windows on Monmouth and 9th Streets or you can click here for a photo. This mural is all about coffee. How many times is coffee represented, both written and in images (including coffee beans and cups of coffee)?

Letter Clue location: 

Monmouth Street Antique Gallery

Window display

832 Monmouth St.

Monmouth Street Antique Gallery calls itself a "pickers paradise with treasures around every corner." Their 14,000 sft mall has more than 35 vendors with TONS of cool and unusual finds.

Letter clue:

Looking at the south window display, you'll see a dresser with items displayed in and around it. __________

Now select the correct letter/number combo from the choices in the box below.

Make note of your answer to use in the Code Key for the final puzzle.

In case you missed it, Photo Challenge #3 is here.

 

Number Clue location: 

Dixie Chili

733 Monmouth St.

This Dixie Chili restaurant was Northern Kentucky's first chili parlor! The founder, "Papa Nick," developed the secret recipe that his sons still serve today.

Number clue: 

_______

Letter Clue location: 

Pepper Pod Restaurant

703 Monmouth St.

The Pepper Pod is famous in Northern Kentucky for "family-style food for family budgets."

Letter clue:

Study the building to determine what they serve all day? Use the first letter for this puzzle.

Now select the correct letter/number combo from the choices in the box below.

Make note of your answer to use in the Code Key for the final puzzle.

In case you missed it, Photo Challenge #4 is here.

 

Number Clue location: 

Urban Chick Boutique

634 Monmouth St.

Urban Chick is a great place to shop for women's fashion, jewelry, accessories and gifts. There is also a salon in the back section of the store and the Newport Inn is right above (and behind the red door just to the north)!

Number clue: 

_______

Letter Clue location: 

Ivy Gate Boutique

625 Monmouth St.

Ivy Gate is a fun place to shop! They offer hand-painted furniture, home decor (new and vintage) and women's fashion items, as well.

Letter clue:

What is the main color used in their current window display? Use the first letter for this puzzle.

Now select the correct letter/number combo from the choices in the box below.

Make note of your answer to use in the Code Key for the final puzzle.

In case you missed it, Photo Challenge #5 is here.

Letter and Number Clue location: 

Legacy Kitchens

500 Monmouth St.

This award-winning kitchen and bath specialist designs your spaces around you. They listen to find out what you want and how you use your rooms. Then they create a space that is not only beautiful, it's functional in exactly the way you need it to be.

Letter clue: 

_______

Number clue:

_____

Now select the correct letter/number combo from the choices in the box below.

Make note of your answer to use in the Code Key for the final puzzle.

In case you missed it, Photo Challenge #6 is here.

 
 

Letter and Number Clue location: 

World Peace Bell Center

425 York St. (corner of Monmouth & York)

Across the parking lot at the corner of Monmouth and York Streets is the World Peace Bell Center. The bell is the largest free-swinging one in the world. You can hear it ring every day at noon. Explore the collection of monuments and art at the center to solve this puzzle and the final puzzle.

Number clue: 

_______

Letter clue:

What do they serve all day? Use the first letter for this puzzle.

Now select the correct letter/number combo from the choices in the box below.

Make note of your answer to use in the Code Key for the final puzzle. Then scroll down to crack the code!

 
 

Final Puzzle Clue location: 

World Peace Bell Center

425 York St. (corner of Monmouth & York)

You'll stay right here for this puzzle. Just follow the directions below and you'll ace this whole hunt!

Code Key: 

Now is the time for you to use all those letter-number combinations you've been collecting (in order).

 

1. Study the Code Key below to figure out the final question you need to answer.

2. Once you decode the question, determine the answer to it.

3. Text the answer (all lowercase) to 205-576-1864. In a few seconds, you should get a reply. If you got it right, follow the link you are given to submit your entry form. If you got it wrong, you can try again!

4. If you enjoyed this hunt, please consider donating to support our River Cities events and arts-related activities. 

5. One more thing before you can start decoding: we have an optional bonus puzzle for you that will earn you an additional raffle entry. Click here if and when you're ready to do it.

 

Donations

If you'd like to support NKY Public Arts Network initiatives like this one, please consider a donation. It's tax deductible and VERY appreciated! 

Bonus Puzzle Clue location: 

Newport History Museum murals

215 E. Southgate St. (near 4th St. & Saratoga, about 1 block away from the World Peace Bell)

For more than 80 years, this building housed the Southgate Street School, Campbell County's only school for African-Americans. It was in use until desegregation in 1955. The museum has gathered and preserved many of the artifacts from the school and from the city's history. The murals on the Southgate Street wall of Steinhauser, Inc. were painted by NKU student Madeline Filimonov and installed in 2019. 

This puzzle will give you three letter-number combos to use with the Code Key to decode the message. You will submit your solution to this puzzle on the raffle entry form (the link for which you received when you submitted your correct solution to the Final Puzzle). 

Firefighter mural (1st mural on the left): 

If you have trouble seeing the murals, try taking a photo of each and enlarging it on your phone.

Letter clue:

Answer this question and use the letter of the correct answer:

In the mural, what kind of business was The Satellite's?

A. movie theater

B. restaurant

C. "gentlemen's club"

 

Number clue:

What is the last digit of the year the fire fighters had a horse-drawn engine?

Schoolhouse mural (2nd mural from the left)

Letter clue:

What capital letter is hidden behind the teacher's head?

Number clue:

How many students are standing in front of the teacher?

Flood mural (3rd mural from the left)

Letter clue:

What is the first letter of the animal pictured in the 1907 flood?

Number clue:

What is the third digit of the year where a man is shown rowing a boat?

Now use these 3 letter-number combos with the Code Key to complete the sentence below. You will submit your solution to this puzzle on the raffle entry form (the link for which you received when you submitted your correct solution to the Final Puzzle).

If you figure this out, you are a ________!

Thank you for playing!!!

 
 

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