Dakota County Bounty — CLUE EXPLAINED
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CLUE #1
  • The first letters of each line in this clue—"S," "T," "A," "R," "W," "A," "R," "S"—spell out "STAR WARS," referencing the bounty's theme. The other Star Wars-themed references in this clue were "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away," "silly sideman," "mystic guide," "cunning protégé," "a ship to fly," "plan to defeat a dark clan," "battle for the sky," "the Force," "An icon perfidious," "evil insidious," "the heroes' campaign,"  and "Be with you, May the Fourth."
  • "silly sideman" anagrams to "Simley Island"—the bounty's hiding place—and is meant to suggest a C-3PO mini-figure hidden with one of the five tokens.
  • "mystic guide" is meant to suggest a Yoda mini-figure hidden with one of the five tokens.
  • "cunning protégé" is meant to suggest a Luke Skywalker mini-figure hidden with one of the five tokens.
  • "marooned" is meant to suggest the island nature of the hiding place where bounty was hidden.
  • The combination of "clan" and "battle" could be taken to suggest Cahill Road, which runs along the Western edge of Simley Island Park ("Cahill" is an Irish clan name meaning "valor in battle"). [Hat tip to DCB winner Ed Brodie, who pointed out this astonishing coincidence; seems like there's always at least one connection hidden even to CW!].
  • "Which zone, of course, you'll need the Force to help you ascertain" is meant to suggest hunters use their treasure hunting skills to unlock an anagram within the clue—specifically, "silly sideman" (which anagrams to "Simley Island").
  • "An icon perfidious" is meant to suggest a Darth Vader mini-figure hidden with one of the five tokens.
  • "Evil insidious" is meant to suggest a Darth Sidious mini-figure hidden with one of the five tokens.
  • "heights" is meant to suggest Inver Grove Heights
  • "set your sights on the arches to the north" is meant to suggest the golden arches of a McDonald's restaurant, visible from Simley Island to the north.
  • "Scan the shore to make a score" is meant to suggest the five tokens' proximity to the shoreline of a water feature—namely Simley Lake.
Winners:
Matthew Koskie, Hastings (Luke Skywalker)
Ed Brodie, Maplewood (Darth Vader)
Brad TeGantvoort, Inver Grove Heights (Yoda)
Jana Armstead, Inver Grove Heights (C-3PO)
Steven Sanftner, Saint Paul (The Emperor)
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