1980 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Found by the Schnagl family in Como Park after 5 clues.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, February 3, 1980
Found on:Tuesday, February 5, 1980
Finders:
NameHometown
Neil Schnagl
Diane Schnagl
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$2,500
Awarded Prize:$2,500
Location:
General Location:Como Park
Exact Location:Near the Schiller Statue
Concealer:Covered in plaster, made to look like a stone
Clues
Published on Sunday, February 3, 1980
The loot is out. It's placed with care.
It could be here - It could be there.
Follow the clues and do your best,
Just find the medallion, we'll do the rest.
Explanation:
This simply indicates the medallion is hidden.
 
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Published on Monday, February 4, 1980
There's a couple of tall ones
Standing side by side
They've got a secret between them.
Cause they've got something to hide.
Explanation:
The "tall ones" refer to a pole and a tree.
 
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Published on Monday, February 4, 1980
Paddle wheels and picnics
And a place to eat a treat.
They're important to the area.
Here's a clue that can't be beat
Explanation:
During the summer, people-propelled paddle boats are rented at Como, a great picnic place.
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 5, 1980
There are trees around and autos abound
And a tribute from days of yore.
We hope this helps your hunting
Cause we just can't tell you more.
Explanation:
Trees are near the site and there's heavy traffic on nearby Lexington Parkway. "Tribute from days of yore" refers to a statue of German Poet Johann Christof Schiller that stands directly across from the hiding place.
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 5, 1980
Strings hit aces
In the summertime
There's help for you
In this little rhyme.
Explanation:
The strings refer to the tennis courts nearby.
 
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Growls and cheers
Do you remember that sound?
Follow this clue
Don't Fool Around
Explanation:
"Growls" refer to the animals in the Como Zoo and "cheers" refer to the hitters at nearby Como athletic fields.
 
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A well known barber
Who deals in song.
This simple clue
Should help you along.
Explanation:
The well known barber is one-time barber Perry Como - thus Como Park.
 
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Think of a name of a well-known ship
That carried World War planes.
Near here is the site you're looking for
And the one who finds it gains
Explanation:
The ship refers to the U.S.S. Lexington and the street of that name near the site.
 
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A frozen face is near the place,
We hope this isn't too tough.
The money you'll win by finding the spot,
Will buy you lots of stuff.
Explanation:
The frozen face again refers to the Schiller statue.
 
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Close to some streets named
Estabrook and Nason.
You'll find the prize
If you'll just hasten.
Explanation:
This takes you to the right section of the park.
 
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It's an egg-shaped stone
That's made of plaster.
If you look inside
You'll find what you're after
Explanation:
The medallion was placed inside a stone made of plaster.
 
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Beside a Como road tween pole and a tree,
Is the place where you ought to be.
Across from the Schiller statue lies the stone
With the treasure you see.
Explanation:
This tells the park, the location, across from the Schiller statue, between a pole and a tree and the "stone" that contains the medallion.
 
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