1970 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Found in Battle Creek Park by a "Family team" of hunters on Saturday after 13 clues. The maximum prize increased to $3,000 this year, and the clue writer took an Irish-slant on things as all the clues are Limericks.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, February 1, 1970
Found on:Saturday, February 7, 1970
Finders:
NameHometown
Linda Hollanitsch
Mary Hollanitsch
Kris Rayment
Mary Anderson
Jerome Wandschneider
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$3,000
Awarded Prize:$3,000
Location:
General Location:Battle Creek Park
Exact Location:On the 50-yard line of the football field on Upper Afton Rd.
Concealer:A cast iron vise
Clues
Published on Sunday, February 1, 1970
Winter brings Carnival pleasure.
The County has hidden a treasure.
The search to begin,
With a laugh and a grin
And a spirit of fun in good measure.
Explanation:
The clue here is the word "county" in the second line, which is supposed to tell us that the medallion is hidden in Ramsey County.
Our Thoughts:
As opposed to being within St. Paul proper. This section of the park is in Maplewood.
 
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Published on Monday, February 2, 1970
There's a snowmobile we could call Merk.
On public property it safely will perk.
If we ride by the rules
All destruction it cools;
And we find much more pleasure than work.
Explanation:
This tells us that the medallion is hidden on public property, in a snowmobile area that is safe, with the Ramsey County Workhouse nearby.
 
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Published on Monday, February 2, 1970
With road signs and a hockey rink,
Many houses of red, green, and pink.
For the problem of pollution
There seems no quick solution;
Unless answers at school form a link.
Explanation:
This refers to the red warming house on Upper Afton Road near the Carver Elementary School.
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 3, 1970
Get down to the nitty gritty.
No feel of defeat or self pity.
Enough height and space,
Makes the view worth the pace.
Hurrah for our beautiful City.
Explanation:
In the third line use of "height and space" and the use of "view" in the fourth line, cluemakers are saying the site is on a high level and you can see the city's Loop from there.
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 3, 1970
There was a young sportsman named Kapp.
He was much more hero than sap.
In football he rates.
He skis and he skates.
On a merry-go-round takes his nap.
Explanation:
The Kapp, of course, is Joe Kapp, quarterback for the National Football League champion Minnesota Vikings, and this is supposed to tell you the medallion is hidden on a football field, with a ski slide, skating rink, and merry-go-round within view
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 4, 1970
There was a young chemist named Pane.
His laboratory had hundreds of the same.
He was greatly impressed,
When he often confessed
The place where he worked had wide fame.
Explanation:
This is where the cluemakers did some work. They counted the glass panes on the side of the 3M Co. building. The "wide fame" should have upped you about the company, Oh, there are 672 panes in the building.
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 4, 1970
A tricky old man called Chris Kringle
Can't prove he is married or single.
He may pull on his lap
Any doll he can trap.
His secrets would keep all a tingle.
Explanation:
The cluemakers are proud of this one. Take "may pull" from line three and "would" from line five and you come up with Maplewood. At least they do.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 5, 1970
A woman was lazy and fat.
She looked for some sun where she sat.
But if she moved slow
Found that when she did go
These same rays, they were warming her cat.
Explanation:
Surely the Sun Ray Shopping Center.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 5, 1970
A girl from the East was called fickle.
She was skinny like an icicle.
She appeared to be cold,
But her tactics were bold
She at times puckered up like a pickle.
Explanation:
All that stuff about a bold woman might be interesting, but is distracting at best, for the "East" in the first line, is meant to tell you the medallion is hidden on the East side of town, is the only helpful thing,
 
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Published on Friday, February 6, 1970
A song flows gently and sweet.
On a road with a swing of a beat.
Familiar old strains,
Soothing rock and roll pains,
When the higher and lower tones meet.
Explanation:
Remember that chestnut, "Flow Gently Sweet Afton"? The tune title is to tell you again that Afton Road is nearby, and the last line shows you that Upper and Lower Afton Roads are near the medallion.
 
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Published on Friday, February 6, 1970
There once was a knight and a lady.
Mack was his name and hers Sadie.
They would picnic in the park.
They would frolic in the dark;
Gossips say this romance was quite shady.
Explanation:
Again the sex angle is unimportant. The "knight" is a good hint that McKnight Road is nearby. Also in this clue are hints about the Ramsey County Picnic Grounds.
 
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Published on Saturday, February 7, 1970
Sir James was a man of sterling merit.
In battle he could hunt like a ferret.
Crossing river and creek,
Information did seek;
Could repeat his own code like a parrot
Explanation:
James and Sterling streets near the site are tipped off here, as is Battle Creek Park.
 
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Published on Saturday, February 7, 1970
A sports field at Sterling and James
With goal posts for all football games.
Between posts midway,
On fifty yard line stay.
There a vise holds and our treasure frames.
Explanation:
This clue does everything but put your finger on the coveted prize.
 
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