For Sister Margaret Hoffman, the ninth time proved charming. The English teacher at St. Charles Preparatory School is the 2014 "early bird" champion of Joe's Mildly Entertaining Easter Egg Hunt.

For Sister Margaret Hoffman, the ninth time proved charming.

The English teacher at St. Charles Preparatory School (pictured with her fifth-period class) is the 2014 “early bird” champion of Joe’s Mildly Entertaining Easter Egg Hunt.

The Roman Catholic nun has solved the contest riddles annually since Dispatch Columnist Joe Blundo introduced the hunt in 2006.

“I’m thrilled I finally won,” she said.

Thirty-eight percent of the 237 participants correctly located all 10 of the “virtually hidden” eggs.


Sturdy stand of rock-hard grain —

Frost-proof, and it needs no rain —

Recalls the days of farm and field

Before McMansions cut crop yield.

This morning’s egg falls into line

Amid the husky 109.


Field of Corn (With Osage Oranges), 4995 Rings Rd., is an artwork that recalls the farm fields once surrounding Dublin. It consists of 109 large concrete ears standing in rows.


Columbus has a corporate team

That makes the holey morsels steam.

From a blue HQ, it dares:

“Fill a bag with our small squares.”

That place is today’s egg zone.

Be sure to bring simethicone.


From its headquarters at 555 W. Goodale St., White Castle (“Buy ’em by the ‘Sack’??”) directs the operations of restaurants famous for small steamed hamburgers — each with five holes. Simethicone is the active ingredient in medications that combat stomach gas.


Where people once slid cards en masse,

Fields gave way to verdant grass,

Pizza, pops, revolving horses,

Cinema and group-sweat courses.

The egg was there at last report,

Held in an Italian court.


The boccie court is one of the attractions of grassy Columbus Commons, which also has a pizza stand, Picnic With the Pops concerts, a carousel, movie nights and exercise classes. Columbus City Center, a mall anchored by Marshall Field’s, once stood there.


Near giant vowels and consonant,

A fair New Hampshire gave consent

For us to hide this morning’s treasure

Beneath her — an instinctive measure.

Her yellow house holds other eggs

And Himalayans with springy legs.


The yellow Rabbit/Poultry Pavilion, near the OHIO gate at the Ohio Expo Center, is full of many breeds during the state fair — including New Hampshire chickens and Himalayan rabbits.


A seamy object in his hand,

He makes a monumental stand

Where a dash of ketchup serves

To please the masses between curves.

Thanks to him, we root, root, root.

We bronzed the egg to match his suit.


A statue of Harold Cooper, who was instrumental in the development of minor league baseball in Columbus, stands at Huntington Park, home of the Columbus Clippers. Racers in hot-dog costumes (representing ketchup, mustard and relish) entertain fans between innings.


When friendly faces don’t appear,

You lose your balance (and your cheer)

In this place of movie gilt —

The house that Article 15 built.

Your precious disks can slip away

Where we hid the egg today.


Hollywood Casino Columbus, 200 Georgesville Rd., is where card players hope to increase their chips by drawing jacks, queens and kings. It was made possible by a voter-approved amendment ensconced in Article 15 of the Ohio Constitution.


To find the egg, just lift your eyes

To where the Gothic spires rise

And beckon to a higher power

In the shadow of an insurance tower.

A blue-clad warrior helped design it.

The egg is there; we pray you’ll find it.


St. Joseph Cathedral, 212 E. Broad St., is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus and stands near the Midland insurance skyscraper Downtown. Civil War Gen. William Rosecrans, brother of Bishop Sylvester Rosecrans, helped design the church.


Today you’ll find egg-hunt success

At a Euro-tinged address,

Where Marie, a farmer’s daughter,

Sold land cheap to her alma mater

For a fertile-minded outing

To keep the seeds of knowledge sprouting.


The Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London is home to the annual Farm Science Review. Caren sold the land to Ohio State University, where she studied, for a fraction of its value so the review could take place there.


A chapel built upon a hill

In 1838 is still

Standing amid newer walls.

You lie there when the reaper calls.

It was once a railroad station

And this morning’s egg location.


Within the walls of Southwick-Good & Fortkamp Funeral Chapel, 3100 N. High St., is the Clinton Chapel, an 1838 structure and a stop on the Underground Railroad for escaped slaves.


Here the clock no longer ticks;

Nor do brothers hand out sticks.

But the evidence remains:

Just look upon the windowpanes.

Make today’s egg apprehension

Where the name suggests ascension.


The Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus, 161 N. High St., has stained-glass windows that still read Bott Bros. Billiards, the original business housed there. Later, it became the Clock, a restaurant that also still has its name on an Elevator window.