2010 Allison Wonderland Mock Hunt

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Found by Treasure Chest (and Pedro the Chihuahua) shortly after the final clue in Como Park near the frog pond, correctly meshing "count to 21" with "step up" and counting upwards from the bottom of the steps leading to the pergola above the frog pond. Being Registered, Chesty took home the $205 prize.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Friday, March 12, 2010
Found on:Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Finders:
NameHometown
Treasure ChestApple Valley
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$205
Awarded Prize:$205
Location:
General Location:Como Park
Exact Location:In a crevasse in the stonework on the southern staircase leading up to the waterfalls above the frog pond
Concealer:A black felt pouch
Clues
Published on Friday, March 12, 2010
Embark if you dare, and don't quickly scare
Oh, in this hunt you'll have something to fear
Essential to the prize are some unblinking eyes
Teeter not if your resolve is sincere

This is but clue one and when it is done
You may choose to smack your head and gasp "Duh"
Though snow may be gone the hunt will go on
And you will still have to search huhhuhhuh
Explanation:
The theme of the hunt is fear which is of course a reference to a common Treasure Hunting malady- Comophobia. Also, the first syllable of each line (Em, Oh, Ess, Tee) represents a homonym for M-O-S-T, another reference to Como which has played host to the Winter Carnival Medallion more than any other park. The "unblinking eyes" is a reference to a statue, in this case the frog of the frog pond as the treasure is hidden within the frog's line of sight. The second part of the hunt refers to a video of the hiding of the medallion that was uploaded to YouTube under the title of "huhhuhhuh".
 
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Published on Saturday, March 13, 2010
Should you turn back? No, just one way to go
Your map will help you to see your way through.
Yes this truth is stark, go look in a park.
But don't stray too far from the patch of blue
Explanation:
The "one way" refers to the one way street Nason Pl. on the back side of the search area. "See your way through" is a reference to the glass of the Conservatory nearby. The patch of blue is the frog pond which does indeed show as blue on many maps of the park.
 
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Published on Sunday, March 14, 2010
Round and round you go, who is in the know?
Another creature besides the rabbit.
Before you head out maybe think about
Adding a cyber bit to your habit
Explanation:
The "Round and round" refers to the nearby carousel. The other creature in the know is again a reference to the frog statue in the frog pond. The reference to "cyber" is again encouraging you to think about searching for the video online.
 
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Published on Monday, March 15, 2010
Looking for a fright? It's quiet at night
Trees loom large on the edge of open space
If treasure you seek, you may want to peek
On grounds where you can search more than one place
Explanation:
This clue describes the landscape a bit with its open areas and tall trees. It also makes reference to Aida Place and Nason Place, two of the streets around the search area.
 
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Published on Tuesday, March 16, 2010
You're all still alive at clue number five
Though names of the dead are found all around.
It won't be a breeze if weak in the knees
Back to the start might be advice profound
Explanation:
The names of the dead refers to the many memorials in the immediate area. Having trouble if weak in the knees is an allusion to the fact the treasure was hidden on a flight of steps. Going back to the start alludes to the idea that novice treasure hunters always start at the Frog Pond.
 
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Published on Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Ghosts of the past from the elite caste
Of triumphant hunters linger nearby
But that exact spot, the treasure is not,
Yet to cross the road is to go awry
Explanation:
In 1980 the treasure was found in the same search area, though down by the Schiller statue.
 
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Published on Thursday, March 18, 2010
On a summer day, you'll hear music play
But for now only the wind whistles by
People on the go moving to and fro
Not far is a place to stay high and dry
Explanation:
The music you might hear would come from the nearby carousel. There are also many people walking by there in the summer or any time the park is busy. The place that is high and dry refers to the area at the top of the steps above the Frog Pond where the pergola is.
 
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Published on Friday, March 19, 2010
Hear hungry grumbles as Neptune tumbles
He looks to be tipsie, blind and confused
You'll see his crown looking up, not down
Nearby you'll find the treasure is reclused.
Explanation:
The hungry grumbles would come from the zoo area which is not too far away. "Neptune tumbling" is implying a waterfall as Neptune is the god of the sea. "Tipsie" is spelled incorrectly. If you take that spelling and remove the I's (blind) and rearrange the rest (confused) the resulting letters spell "step" which is where the treasure was hidden. The "crown" is a reference to the pergola which looks rather crown-like.
 
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Published on Saturday, March 20, 2010
With waters opaque, this park has a lake
But you'd be best off to search somewhere dry
Though poetic prose is written in rows
Columns will tell where the treasure is nigh
Explanation:
This clue narrows down the search to a park with a lake, though the treasure was not on the lake. It also is meant to suggest the Frog Pond as it is a place that is currently dry, having been drained for the winter. The columns in question are the pillars holding up the pergola.
 
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Published on Sunday, March 21, 2010
If the mire and muck just make you think "Yuck"
Then I fear the truth is sure to displease
If big juicy flies make you appetize
You will surely find the treasure with ease.
Explanation:
This elaborates on the fact that the treasure is hidden with some dirt. The juicy flies should lead one unmistakably to the Frog Pond area.
 
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Published on Monday, March 22, 2010
To get this hunt done count to twenty one
You'd best not worry about staying clean
Twixt Heaven and hell, it's so hard to tell
Perhaps it's better to stay in between
Explanation:
If Heaven is up and Hell is down, this clue is telling you the treasure is somewhere in between, which is to say it�s partway up the steps. If you were to count 21 posts in the railing, the treasure would lie right below it in a crevice covered with dirt.
 
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Published on Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Let us not pretend for this hunt must end
Your Comophobia must now be faced
Hurry up and jog to land near the frog
You'll have to step up to have this hunt aced

To bring in the dough add up as you go
Use a left hand to count and keep steady
Don't throw out your back searching every crack
Just ones that haven't been probed already

If that is not enough, call up our bluff
Searching YouTube will give you the right clip
Huhhuhhuh we say, it shows you the way
Capturing Jake's medallion hiding trip
Explanation:
This clue tells you it is definitely Como Park in the area of the frog Pond. "Step up" refers to climbing the steps from the pond to the landing that overlooks the pond. Counting up is reference to the previous clue that says you must count to 21. Keeping yourself steady alludes to the railing on your left when climbing as the posts of the railing are what you are counting. Directly beneath the 21st post in the railing on the left hand side of the step is a crevice in the steps within which the treasure was hidden, covered with a bit of dirt. The last part of the clue gives more detail on how to find the video of the hiding on YouTube which might also help guide one to the right spot.
 
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