2011 Allison Wonderland Mock Hunt

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Allison Wonderland's 2011 Mock Hunt treasure was found by Clue Master after 10 clues on Harriet Island. As a registered hunter, he claimed a $300 prize. This year's hunt started at the annual Cooler Crew Rehash Bash with the reading of the first clue, followed by a second clue released later in the day.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, February 6, 2011
Found on:Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Finders:
NameHometown
Clue MasterInver Grove Heights
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$300
Awarded Prize:$300
Location:
General Location:Harriet Island Park
Exact Location:Tossed from the levee, near a triangular grove of trees and the boat-shaped playground
Concealer:Nothing
Clues
Published on Sunday, February 6, 2011
It seems the PP had trouble you see
With many cries of things that went afoul
Were attacks baseless? You might think tasteless,
Some considered throwing in the towel.

With a hunt cut short plans had to abort
The poor kiddies just did not understand
But no need to fear, a new hunt is here
The Mock Hunt by Allison Wonderland

Let's be obvious, not so devious,
And say plainly it's in a St. Paul park.
Buried in the snow, you might want to know
At least ten paces to the closest mark
Explanation:
In the first stanza, the word "tasteless" suggests Harriet Island as the Taste of Minnesota will no longer be there. The word "towel" also suggests a park with water and Harriet Island's original purpose as a public bath. The word "kiddies" in the second stanza hints at the medallion being buried near the playground. The third stanza tells you it's a park in St. Paul, that it's buried in the snow, and that it's in an open area with at least 10 paces to the nearest marker. One might also conclude that is on the "plain" (level) part of the park.
 
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Published on Sunday, February 6, 2011
If this hunt's taxing, maybe relaxing
Would be nice off in a warm floral home
But like the big fall where once they played ball
You will not be able to spot a dome.
Explanation:
"Taxing" suggests a levy, or in this case levee and Harriet Island has a prominent one. "Floral Home" is the title of a book written by Harriet Bishop for whom the island was named after. The dome of the Cathedral is visible from the park, except for at the hiding spot where it is eclipsed by a tower on the river.
 
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Published on Monday, February 7, 2011
Hunters get surly when hunts end early
Leaving them hardly time to sit and eat.
Yet a reminder, a two time finder,
Well you'll see that he has no time for cold feet
Explanation:
This refers to the nearby picnic grounds where people sit and eat. The two time finder in this case is Kirk Condie which hints at the Farwell, Ozmun, Kirk, and Co. building visible from Harriet Island, a building which is in the background of Kirk's interview in "No Time for Cold Feet".
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Prove you're not knaves where towers by graves
Loom ominously on the horizon
Don't focus on wealth, take care of your health
An ill body can cause you to wizen
Explanation:
The two towers that help make up Target Stage on Harriet Island were designed by Michael Graves, yet are off in the distance. Taking care of your health refers to Harriet Island's original purpose of serving to promote public health.
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 9, 2011
If treasure you seek, make your move oblique
You can no longer go to the castle
To show expertise stay close to the trees
And finding the coin will seem quite facile.
Explanation:
To make an oblique move is to move diagonally like a bishop in chess which would suggest Harriet Bishop for whom the park is named. "Castle" is also a chess term, but also refers to the fact that there was once an ice castle on Harriet Island. This clue also tells you the medallion is hidden near some trees.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 10, 2011
Digging in the cold or panning for gold
Is a hard way to come by quick riches.
Pick up a guitar, become a rock star
Soon you'll be surrounded by ... ladies.
Explanation:
To pan for gold is to prospect and Prospect Park overlooks Harriet Island. Being a rock star suggests Target Stage which is located at Harriet Island. There are also various ladies around like the pictures of Harriet Bishop, the Betsy Northrup ship, etc.
 
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Published on Friday, February 11, 2011
A great house of law is not made from straw
Yet the pulse of a building can be stilled
Its stones not eschewed, their purpose renewed
For here yet is land on which to rebuild.
Scrambled Clue:
With some derring-do and a fearless crew
You could find treasure out on the open sea
But you�ll come up short if too close to port
So go starboard and stick around for tea.
Explanation:
This refers to the old St. Paul City Hall/Ramsey Courthouse building which was torn down in the 30's. The stones from the building were then recycled and used to build the Wiggington Pavilion on Harriet which is not far from the treasure. "Here yet is land" also is a loose homophone for Harriet Island
 
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Published on Saturday, February 12, 2011
With some derring-do and a fearless crew
You could find treasure out on the open sea
But you'll come up short if too close to port
So go starboard and stick around for tea.
Explanation:
"Fearless crew" is a phrase used in the theme to "Gilligan's Island" to again suggest an island as well as the boats in the park. Also, the playground in the park is in the shape of a boat. The treasure is on the starboard side and also not far from a sign for County Rd. 40 (for tea).
 
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Published on Sunday, February 13, 2011
So where do you go with all of this snow?
You might be driving in circles by now.
Best look for a boat, one that does not float
And steer away from its snow covered bow
Explanation:
"Driving in circles" refers to the driveway loop by the pavilion. The boat in question refers to the playground again which is shaped like a boat, but buried under the snow.
 
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Published on Monday, February 14, 2011
On a snowy night, by a street lamp's light
From up on high we bid the coin adieu.
There will be no hints for we left no prints
You see, that night, the medallion, it flew.
Explanation:
This clue just refers to how we hid the medallion, stressing that it was buried under virgin snow, but probably not too deep. It also indicates that it is within throwing distance of the levee.
 
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On Island Harriet we did bury it
Near trees in a triangular array.
Adding to your plight the coin's white in white
From where the man in black just walked away.

Stay off of the hill and don't take a spill
On flat land is where this hunt will be through
It's twelve steps or so to where the trees grow
If all else fails then try the bird's eye view.
Explanation:
This confirms that it is at Harriet Island and buried near three trees in a triangular formation. It also suggests that the coin is "naked" and you'll be looking for something white in the snow. The "man in black" is the figure on the nearby pedestrian crossing sign who is walking the opposite direction from the hiding spot. It then goes on to say it's not on the hillside and about a dozen paces from the nearest tree. The bird's eye view refers to a satellite image of the park which clearly reveals the boat shape of the playground.
 
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The thing's too well hid so here's what we did
We walked the levee till the dome was out of view
Lining up two trees, set it on a breeze
Twelve paces short and a bit left it flew.
Explanation:
This basically explains where to find it by explaining how we hid it.
 
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