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Welcome back Treasure Hunters! The first four winners of TH7 have been contacted and we’ll be updating the Winner’s Page soon. Congratulations to our Chapter 1 winners, the first and fourth graders of Wisestar School! They will be receiving a $1,000 Walmart gift card to stock up on supplies for their school. With only a few more weeks until the final Phase I deadline, let’s jump right in and look at a clue from Chapter 6, Peru:

7. A ferroequinologist’s dream can be found in the Peruvian Andes! Built to service lead and zinc mines, the highest standard-gauge railway reaches the Anticona mountain pass from the west via the Galera Tunnel and emerges here: TAINT STOIC OIL

As we near the end of Treasure Hunt 7, the chapters and clues are getting trickier! To help us solve the clues, we are provided with a little help…those odd word combinations at the end of each clue actually contain all the letters you need for your answer. Let’s look at this clue in sections, getting additional hints to unscramble TAINT STOIC OIL and find the answer:

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** A ferroequinologist is a train enthusiast and a standard-gauge rail line is 4 feet, 8 ½ inches wide

** It took forty years for a multinational workforce to complete the railway which includes 61 bridges and 65 tunnels

** Our answer is located a headache-inducing 15,600 feet above sea level and is the last stop on the Pacific side of the railway

** If you plan to visit this locale via train, book your trip early…there are only about a dozen passenger runs per year

I hope you found this clue as fascinating as I did! While I was conducting my own research, I came across a great website, http://www.incasdelperu.org, that I thought was a wonderful source for this clue in particular. When you solve this clue and enter your answer, the numbered letters will automatically transfer into the “Anagram Quote” on the left.

All Phase I participants (classrooms and youth groups) have until April 19th to unlock the treasures of Chapters 5, 6, and/or 7 to be eligible for the final Phase I prizes. Please remind students that they can also register and play on their own (with parent/guardian permission) and be eligible for the Phase II (individual) prize drawing in September. Good Luck!

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