1986 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Found in Highland Park at about 3:30 p.m. on a Friday afternoon by South Minneapolis boys, Peter Schow and Steve Gronoli, with the aid of a metal detector.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, January 26, 1986
Found on:Friday, January 31, 1986
Finders:
NameHometown
Peter SchowMinneapolis
Steve GronoliMinneapolis
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$3,000
Awarded Prize:$1,000
Location:
General Location:Highland Park
Exact Location:Near the old Highland Park swimming pool
Concealer:Inside a pipe cap
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 26, 1986
If you're searching for the regal bounty,
We suggest you start with Ramsey County;
And we're telling you now, just to be nice,
That it's not in a park with a palace of ice.
Explanation:
Establishes search is limited to Ramsey County and eliminated Phalen Park.
 
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Published on Monday, January 27, 1986
We'll surely admit
That it hides in a park,
But other than that,
You're still in the dark.
Explanation:
Confirms medallion is hidden in a park.
 
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Published on Monday, January 27, 1986
Think of a cap
That you'll never wear.
It's made of steel
And already there.
Explanation:
The "cap made of steel" refers to a 2-inch pipe cap familiar to plumbers. When screwed together with a plug, it makes an ideal place in which to hide the 1-1/2 inch medallion.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 28, 1986
Having fun
And picnics, too.
This little hint
Can surely help you.
Explanation:
Refers to nearby picnic tables.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 28, 1986
People travel
Through the air,
Without an engine
To keep them there.
Explanation:
A walkway that crosses Montreal Avenue is visible from the treasure site.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 29, 1986
If you've pined away
For news of the treasure,
Here are some words
To ponder with pleasure.
Explanation:
Large pine trees are nearby.
Our Thoughts:
Another "hold your horses" clue if I ever saw one.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 29, 1986
Kids by the hundreds
Followed this guy,
And this can help
If you'll really try.
Explanation:
Refers to the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Hamline Avenue is located nearby.
 
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Published on Thursday, January 30, 1986
When the snow is gone
And you want a low score,
You're near plenty of places
Where you can call "Fore!"
Explanation:
The Highland Park golf course is west of the treasure site.
 
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Published on Thursday, January 30, 1986
Come on laddies,
And lassies, too;
Have yourselves a fling.
Use your heads
And you'll get close
To the treasure of the king.
Explanation:
Refers to Scotland and the Highland Fling, a folk dance of that country.
 
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Published on Friday, January 31, 1986
Think of a guy
Whose nickname is Tony.
You're getting real close,
And that's no baloney.
Explanation:
Refers to nearby Antonio Drive.
 
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Published on Friday, January 31, 1986
Not too far away
From the treasure you seek,
There's a Canadian word
Your interest to pique.
Explanation:
Refers to nearby Montreal Avenue.
 
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It's filled in now,
But it use to be
A fun-filled place
Where swimsuits you'd see.

Highland Park
Is where it's at —
Near the deserted pool
And that is that.
Explanation:
The unpublished final clue marks the spot.
Our Thoughts:
It's not exactly an "X" on the spot, but the hunt never got to this clue, so we'll never know how it stood up as the last clue of the lot.
 
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