2013 Allison Wonderland Mock Hunt

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The 2013 Allison Wonderland Mock Hunt will begin on Saturday March 2, 2013. Kickoff is at 5:30pm at Gabe's By the Park. Stay tuned for the clues!

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Saturday, March 2, 2013
Found on:Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Finders:
NameHometown
Brass MonkeyChaska
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$500
Awarded Prize:$500
Location:
General Location:Burns Avenue Park
Exact Location:Between a pair of trees in the NE section of the park
Concealer:A chunk of ice
Clues
Published on Saturday, March 2, 2013
In fair Wonderland the hunt is at hand
For all those who would heed the rabbit’s call.
In this twisted race, you’d best get first place
Before the other guys make it their haul.

If books are musty and maps are dusty
And your chair has a well-defined ass mark
Then let me be frank, you will come up blank,
Without an earnest try out in the park.
Explanation:
In addition to letting you know the hunt has started, this clue also tells you the name of the park the medallion is hidden in. It starts with the last line of the first stanza which uses the phrase "before the other guys". Looking at the second stanza, the names of five men are mentioned: Dusty, Mark, Frank, Will, and Earnest. But the clue says "before the other guys" and the key is to look at the word prior to each of these names: "are", "ass", "be", "you", and "an" which are homonyms for the letters R, S, B, U, and N respectively. These letters can be rearranged to spell BURNS. It would take some work to get this, but that investment would pay off.
 
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Published on Sunday, March 3, 2013
With Jake a quandary; air dirty laundry?
Did he ride fortune’s wave or just get wet?
Or forget old news and get to the clues?
Then look for one of a global quartet.
Explanation:
The first part of the clue refers to what the medallion is hidden in, namely an old dirty sock of Jake's that was frozen in ice. The global quartet refers to the Earth's four oceans (ride the wave, get wet) as Pacific St. is very near the north side of Burns Park.
 
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Published on Monday, March 4, 2013
Why, when out walking, are we oft talking
About our dreams to the powers above?
One may be single but two will tingle,
Yet ten is what you need to get past love.
Explanation:
The first line refers to the Y (why) shaped walking path in the park. The powers above refer to the power lines over the treasure's resting spot. "Love" is a term from tennis (ten is) as there is a tennis court in the park, but you'll need to walk past it
 
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Published on Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Near water serene a wave can be seen
The sweet current flows by gently on cue.
To the siren’s call you will surely fall
If you stare too long at the mermaid’s view.
Explanation:
The water serene is again a reference to Pacific Ave. The Pacific ocean was so named because of its serene waters. The wave that can be seen nearby, in the park, is a bicycle rack in the shape of a compressed sine wave which is visible from the hiding spot. The second line alludes to the song "Flow Gently Sweet Afton". Upper Afton Rd. meets Burns Ave. near the park, but more specifically, the words for that song were written by the poet Robert Burns. There is also an underwater scene (the mermaid's view) on a piece of playground equipment. However that scene is not visible from the hiding spot so you don't want to dig somewhere where you can view it.
 
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Published on Wednesday, March 6, 2013
If you take a bit to just stop and sit
There’s a tree that doesn’t look as it should
Not an evergreen like I’ve ever seen.
Maybe ponder some other type of wood.
Explanation:
There's a bench near the hiding spot. Also, near the hiding spot there's a group of trees. But if you look more carefully, you will see that one of the trees is not a tree at all, but rather a utility pole. The other type of wood to ponder is Hazlewood which is the name of a nearby street to the east.
 
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Published on Thursday, March 7, 2013
When mapping edges instead of hedges
We often use streets to mark a park’s grounds.
But in this year’s game, few such streets to name.
As this one has more irregular bounds.
Explanation:
This clue is just saying it is in a park where many of the park boundaries are not along streets. In fact the borders of the park vary from one map to another.
 
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Published on Friday, March 8, 2013
Consider largesse to make some progress
Tis the secret of wise men over fools.
To further hasten look to the mason
And the products of his primary tools.
Explanation:
Next to the park is a church (a place you might donate money) by the name of Progressive Baptist Church. The primary tools of a mason, or more specifically a Freemason (wise men with secrets), are the square and compass depicted on their logo. The square of course is used to make squares while the compass is used to make circles. The church next door has a bell tower with a prominent circle-in-a-square design.
 
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Published on Saturday, March 9, 2013
Begin at the top, but go on, don’t stop.
Just let yourself give in to gravity.
The red light’s fleeting where the trail’s heating
Near a place unfit for depravity.
Explanation:
Generally you would enter the park from Burns Ave. which is the high point of the park. Follow gravity and go down hill. At the treasure's resting place one may glimpse the red light of an exit sign through a narrow window. Too far to one side or the other and the sign can not be seen, hence it is fleeting. The place that is unfit for depravity again refers to the church as the treasure is on that side of the park.
 
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Published on Sunday, March 10, 2013
There’s room for a tot, though not a lot
So you may want to go play in the yard.
When you’re near the spot, go and take your shot
With no opposition it won’t be hard.
Explanation:
"Room for a tot," is a reference to the existence of a playground in the park. "Not a lot" tells you the park has no parking lot. "Playing in the yard" refers to the house in the corner of the park and the fact that its back yard is near to the treasure. "Taking your shot" refers to the nearby basketball court. Since the court has only one basket, that suggests there is no opposing team.
 
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Published on Monday, March 11, 2013
Were old clues confused, or poison infused?
This clue has an alexipharmic lean.
If you see it twice, to be more precise,
The one of scant distance is what I mean.
Explanation:
Many of the previous clues could fit Mounds nearly as well as Burns. The first line suggests that all may not be as it seems. The second line ends with "…mic lean" which is to suggest McLean, a street that runs into the park not far from the treasure's hiding spot. If one were to look on a map for McLean in that area, one may notice that there are two stretches of it, one running into Mounds and one into Burns. In this case you want the shorter of the two.
 
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Published on Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Dream lyrical hopes when you've run the slopes
With weary foot and picked the daises fine.
There a good will draught shall not go for naught
As you take a cup near the old lawn sign.

If the park's not hot, it's not where you thought.
I say perhaps you should have stopped and prayed.
You'll find the right spot north of a private lot
And there you will have it made in the shade.

If still lost you are, you can set the bar
By mapping a northern street to align.
Regarding how far, you should stay on par
With that which lies beyond the city line.
Explanation:
Many of the phrases from the first part of this clue come from later verses of the song "Auld Lang Syne" (old lawn sign). The words for this song were written by Robert Burns which by this time should lead one to Burns Park. The second stanza suggests you need to be in a park that's "hot", which is to say "Burns". It also alludes again to the church next door. The treasure is hidden on the north side of the lot that the house is sitting on, under some trees in the shade. In the third stanza, the northern street is Barclay, the only street to the north that runs into the park. That "which lies beyond the city line" is a reference to Suburban Ave. The treasure is pretty close to where those two streets would intersect in the park if extended.
 
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If a hunter learns the right park is Burns
Would they think it had all been a big tease?
Along the east side you won't be denied
If you dig out the ice between two trees.
Explanation:
This is just telling you more or less where the treasure lies.
 
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