1990 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Found by Christine Nelson, Paulette Arneson and Gayle Kermode in front of the torpedo monument at Como Park near Lake Como. It was wrapped in clay and grass. The three women were on their lunch hour from work – one was wearing a mink coat, another a full-length leather jacket. "I had the cheap coat, so I put the dirty clump in my pocket," Kermode said. "I figured for $4,000, I could wash my hands and get my coat cleaned."
Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, January 28, 1990
Found on:Thursday, February 1, 1990
Finders:
NameHometown
Christine Nelson
Paulette Arneson
Gayle Kermode
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$4,000
Awarded Prize:$4,000
Location:
General Location:Como Park
Exact Location:Pointed at by the torpedo monument
Concealer:In a clump of clay and grass
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 28, 1990
Think of a kingdom
With Boreas at the helm.
The treasure you seek
Is right in this realm.
Explanation:
Boreas' kingdom refers to the city of St. Paul.
 
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Published on Monday, January 29, 1990
There's many a place
For picnics or sport
And also a spot
For kids to cavort.
Explanation:
Como Park has picnic spots and a number of recreational activities. It also features carnival rides.
 
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Published on Monday, January 29, 1990
While the actual spot
we dare not reveal,
we can mention a place
For many a wheel.
Explanation:
The "place for many a wheel" refers to the parking lot adjacent to the treasure site.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 30, 1990
This is no time
To mow your grass;
But start looking for some
Whether you're laddie or lass.
Explanation:
This clue refers to the fact that the medallion is wrapped in grass.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 30, 1990
Not all fish
Are meant to be caught.
To solve this riddle,
Just give it some thought.
Explanation:
The "fish" in this clue refers to the Navy's nickname for a torpedo. Such a weapon is displayed near the treasure's hiding place.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 31, 1990
Consider a fairly decent amount
Of English legal tender.
The treasure you seek is not so far,
That's something to remember.
Explanation:
"A fairly decent amount of English legal tender" is the British pound. The dog pound borders Como Park.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 31, 1990
A lovely bloomin' sight
Every month of the year,
And while you can't see it
It's really quite near.
Explanation:
The "lovely bloomin' sight" is the Como Park Conservatory.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 1, 1990
An easy-goin' guy
Who used to cut hair;
Just think of his name,
It can help you get there.
Explanation:
The "easy goin' guy who used to cut hair" is Perry Como, who was once a barber.
 
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Water, water everywhere,
In more than one direction.
That's how it was last summer.
Now make your site selection.
Explanation:
"Water, water everywhere" refers to Lake Como, the Hamm's Waterfall, the large fountain, and a drinking fountain – all near the treasure site.
 
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Many a couple
Has stood near our site
While the camera clicked
To their heart's delight.
Explanation:
"Many a couple" has stood next to the Gates Ajar floral display for wedding pictures.
 
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Number 10 Downing Street
Is really not the place.
But simply giving it some thought
Can help you win the race.
Explanation:
"Number 10 Downing Street," the residence of Britain's Prime Minister, was home to Winston Churchill for many years. Churchill Street leads to the treasure site.
 
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A lethal torpedo
Points right to the spot.
Where the treasure is hidden
Near a Como parking lot.

It's all wrapped up
In grass and clay.
You'd better find it now,
'Cause today's your last day.
Explanation:
The final clue confirms the location of the treasure and the materials used to hide it.
 
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