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ITTY BITTY MYSTERY SOLVED

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A lot of you got blisters, and some of you called in desperation to try to wheedle the answers out of us, and some of you probably called us names. But, all in all, we hope our Itty Bitty Salt Lake City contest was a fun way to start the summer.

Congratulations to the 159 of you who entered and to the 117 of you who got all the answers right - which meant many hours on foot, sleuthing through the streets of Salt Lake City looking for the fragments of 24 buildings, signs and landmarks we pictured in the paper four weeks ago.Those of you who procrastinated had the most trouble. Some time near the end of the contest, our clue No. 15 - a sign that had appeared at the old Will's Auto - was removed from 242 S. 200 West and moved to a new location outside our contest boundaries. We apologize for any additional blisters this wild goose chase gave you. After learning of the sign's disappearance we removed clue No. 15 from the contest, but not before some of you sent in answers such as "Grrrrrrr."

Because there were 117 correct entries we put them all in a box and drew three winners:

Grand prize - a big night for two on the town, including lodging at the Salt Lake Marriott, dinner at Baci's, an evening at the Utah Symphony and a $25 gift certificate from Crossroads Plaza - goes to Kristen Perez of Bountiful. Perez says that her mother, sister and children helped find the itty bitty things.

Second prize - a $125 gift certificate from Crossroads Plaza - goes to Greg and Colleen Nadauld of Murray. Third prize - a $100 gift certificate from the ZCMI Center - goes to Gerald Weinheimer of South Jordan.

"I haven't been downtown much in over 30 years," says Weinheimer. He and his wife made up for this lapse by spending 16 hours looking for the clues. "I was amazed and impressed with the many changes" downtown, he says.

Itty Bitty Salt Lake City is co-sponsored by the Downtown Alliance, which encourages Utahns like the Weinheimers to come downtown more often.

Many of you noted that this year's Itty Bitty Salt Lake City was harder than the one we ran two years ago. You also requested that we make Itty Bitty Salt Lake City an annual event. So look for another contest next spring. In the meantime, here are this year's correct answers:

1. Question mark sign on the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, at 200 South and West Temple.

2. Canopy over the entrance to the Doubletree Hotel, 215 W. South Temple.

3. Cactus in the window of Cafe Pierpont, 122 W. Pierpont Ave.

4. "JV" portion of sign in window of The Judge Cafe, 8 Broadway.

5. Window of historic log cabin, located between the LDS Museum of Church History and Art, and the Family History Library, on West Temple, between North Temple and South Temple.

6. Sign above old Restaurant and Store Equipment Co., 300 South, between West Temple and 200 West.

7. Child's drawing on "Wildlife Wall," Gallivan Utah Center.

8. "48" on the New York Building, 48 W. Market St. (formerly Post Office Place).

9. Section of mural on east side of Artspace, corner of 300 West and Pierpont Ave.

10. Mask logo of Phantom Gallery (two locations: 55 Exchange Place and Main Street, between 200 and 300 South).

11. "00" on street sign, northwest corner of 200 E. and 200 South.

12. Section of lion's head, Red Lion Hotel, 200 South and West Temple.

13. Hand and bow, Indian on Brigham Young Monument, South Temple and Main Street.

14. Bear cub statue, Triad Center.

15. Elusive Abarth&C. sign, formerly at Will's Auto, 242 S. 200 West.

16. Column on Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 300 South, 300 West.

17. Surety Life Building (also Broadway Center and several other names), 300 South and State, reflecting One Utah Center.

18. Canopy over entrance to Mervyn's, Crossroads Plaza, Main Street entrance.

19. Chinese writing and ivy, Chinese Cultural Center, 328 S. West Temple.

20. MCMLXXVI (1976) on Maurice Abravanel Hall (Symphony Hall), West Temple and South Temple.

21. Sailboat, on Chart House restaurant sign, Triad Center.

22. Espresso sign, window of Dolores Chase Fine Arts Gallery, 260 S. 200 West. (Other locations had the same sign, but not the same window detail).

23. Gold lion, at entrance to English-Pullman Tailors, 220 S. Main.

24. Section of Olympic bid sign, 147 S. State.