1991 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

 
Found by David and Doug Taylor at Langford Park. The medallion was hidden in a Hostess Sno-Ball. This was a one-shot deal for Langford, a small park tucked in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood more known for its summertime 4th of July celebration and volleyball tournament. This was the first year there wasn't an afternoon edition. Notice how long the first two clues are and the absence of a 12th clue.
Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Wednesday, January 23, 1991
Found on:Thursday, January 31, 1991
Finders:
NameHometown
David Taylor
Doug Taylor
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$4,000
Awarded Prize:$4,000
Location:
General Location:Langford Park
Exact Location:Near the intersection of Knapp Pl. and Knapp St.
Concealer:Inside a Hostess Sno-Ball
Clues
Published on Wednesday, January 23, 1991
The treasure will be found
In a saintly city,
Just find our medallion
You'll be sitting pretty.

There are places to rest
Or to sit for a bite,
And they're not far away
From the treasure site.
Explanation:
"In a saintly city" tells hunters that the medallion is hidden within the city limits of St. Paul. "Places to rest or sit for a bite" refers to park benches and picnic tables near the hiding location.
 
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Published on Thursday, January 24, 1991
Crystal clear clues
Make it child's play to win.
So don't put it off,
Now's the time to begin.

Kids make 'em and throw 'em
For wintertime fun.
There's a sweet reward waiting
If you find the right one!
Explanation:
"Child's play" is a reference to the park's playground equipment. "Kids make 'em and throw 'em" and "sweet reward" describe the Hostess brand Sno-Ball in which the medallion was hidden.
 
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Published on Friday, January 25, 1991
Lights of the '90s
and lights of the past,
'Til the next clue comes along
Make this one last.
Explanation:
Today's floodlights and old-fashioned lamp posts are described as "lights of the 1990s and lights of the past."
 
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Published on Saturday, January 26, 1991
There is a game you can win
With an accurate pitch.
This little clue
Can help you get rich.
Explanation:
The "game you can win with an accurate pitch" refers to either the horseshoe court or softball field, both of which can be found in the park.
 
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Published on Sunday, January 27, 1991
It's the gospel truth
If on the hunt you embark,
You could find the treasure
in a St. Paul park.
Explanation:
"The gospel truth" is reference to St. Anthony Park United Methodist Church, which overlooks the park.
 
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Published on Monday, January 28, 1991
Searching eyes will surely behold
A structure that appears to be square.
Just look around carefully, as you are told,
The medallion is not far from there.
Explanation:
The "structure that appears to be square" is a four-sided shell near the treasure site.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 29, 1991
A driving force of ol' St. Paul
Can help you win our game.
So keep on truckin' as you try
To come up with the name.
Explanation:
The "driving force of ol' St. Paul" and "truckin'" refer to the city's Ford Motor Co. truck plant – and "ford" is the last half of the park's name.
Our Thoughts:
A bit of a reach.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 30, 1991
Think if you will
Of ground at an angle.
And there you have it,
A clue to untangle.
Explanation:
The "ground at an angle" is Hillside Avenue, which overlooks the park.
 
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Published on Thursday, January 31, 1991
"Elementary, my dear Watson."
As Sherlock would say.
Just follow this clue
For the Pioneer Press pay.
Explanation:
"Elementary" refers to St. Anthony Park Elementary School, which borders the park.
 
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Phonetically speaking,
You might think of a snooze.
And when you find the treasure,
You'll really make the news.

One is a Perkins,
One is a Quinn.
Think of a first name,
It could help you to win.
Explanation:
"Phonetically speaking, you might think of a snooze" tells hunters to think of a nap, which is the phonetic spelling for Knapp Street, a street leading to the park. The first name of both "Perkins" and "Quinn" is Anthony, as in St. Anthony Park.
 
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Toward the northwest corner of Langford Park
Our treasure will be found.
Search the place, but do not harm
The truly precious ground.
Explanation:
This clue pinpoints the exact location of the medallion in Langford Park
Our Thoughts:
Also tells diggers to be careful. Unfortunately, diggers are sometimes, shall we say, overzealous. Clumps of sod are not exactly a rarity at late-stage dig sites.
 
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