1982 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

The hunt returned to Maplewood's Wakefield park. Roland and Roger Taylor, Ronald Juneau, and Mary Cloutier found the puck after the final 11th clue on Friday afternoon.

After severe damage following the 1971 hunt, Maplewood requested that the medallion not be placed there in the future. Once again, severe damage ensued, and the rumor is that someone from the Pioneer Press had to go to Maplewood city hall with a checkbook to cover the damages this time around. 

This hunt had the fewest number of clues ever written for a Winter Carnival hunt with 11. If a 12th clue was ever written, no record of it exists.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, January 31, 1982
Found on:Friday, February 5, 1982
Finders:
NameHometown
Roland Taylor
Roger Taylor
Ronald Juneau
Mary Cloutier
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$3,000
Awarded Prize:$3,000
Location:
General Location:Wakefield Park
Exact Location:Near the sledding hill on Prosperity Ave.
Concealer:Wrapped in a newspaper
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 31, 1982
Been wondering where
to have some fun?
Ramsey county
is the one.
Explanation:
The medallion was in Ramsey County.
 
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Published on Monday, February 1, 1982
If you start from the paper
The treasure's home base.
It should take you just minutes
To get to the place.
Explanation:
The medallion was 15 to 20 minutes from the Pioneer Press and Dispatch.
 
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Published on Monday, February 1, 1982
You may think some clues are classified
Senseless and don't mean a thing.
Just pick up the prize and be pacified.
You'll bring joy to Boreas your king.
Explanation:
The key word was "classified" because the medallion was wrapped in pieces of the classified section made into paper maché.
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 2, 1982
Some who play here
like to slide,
And we found the place
our treasure to hide.
Explanation:
This was a double clue, since there were baseball fields and hills for winter sliding in Wakefield Park.
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 2, 1982
It hardly seems appropriate
this time of the year,
But knowing this means
the treasure is near.
Explanation:
Summer Avenue, "hardly appropriate", leads to Wakefield.
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 3, 1982
Frozen water for figure 8's,
More of the same for the puck.
This little rhyme can help you
So get out and try your luck.
Explanation:
There are rinks for both figure skating and hockey in Wakefield.
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 3, 1982
There are tables and grills and more summer frills
And trees that weathered the storm.
Figure it out it means a lot.
And you'll be getting warm.
Explanation:
Tables, grills, and summer hills indicated a park, but "trees that weathered the storm" was the main clue. The medallion was close to a tree with branches broken by a storm and was visible from the street.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 4, 1982
Syrup from your pancakes
comes from these,
And the making of furniture
is part of their trees.
Explanation:
Syrup - maple. Furniture and part of trees - wood. Put them together and you have Maplewood.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 4, 1982
It's just around the corner,
The old saying goes
And it can happen to you
If you look in the snows.
Explanation:
Prosperity, as in Prosperity avenue, is what's just around the corner.
 
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Published on Friday, February 5, 1982
Lots of grass
that's not asleep.
Find the treasure
it's yours to keep.
Explanation:
"Lots of grass" refers to a field, and the opposite of asleep is awake, hence Wakefield, the name of the park.
 
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Published on Friday, February 5, 1982
A place to slide
Is a place to hide
Near injured tree and road
Lies the treasure lode.
Explanation:
"Slide" refers to the sliding hills close to the site and injured tree refers to the tree with the broken branch facing the road.
 
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