Dakota County Bounty — CLUE EXPLAINED
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CLUE #1
  • "Mount your steed—a Celtic breed—and gallop" is meant to suggest taking an Irish horse breed—in this case a Connemara Pony—to the search area: Carroll's Woods Park in Rosemount. The site of one of the park's several entry paths, Connemara Trail runs just north of the park.
  • "through the glade" is meant to suggest searching near the park's natural trail, which connects a series of small clearings, interspersed throughout the forest.
  • "sole technician" is meant to suggest Cobbler Avenue—the location of another entry path—situated immediately to the west of the park.
  • "hot and spicy" is meant to suggest Chili Avenue—the site of a third pathway that enters Carroll's Woods near the park's southeastern corner.
  • "rugged and icy" and "on pathway mucky" are meant to suggest the state of Carroll's Woods' natural dirt trail—which at the time of hiding was still covered in ice and snow, and quite saturated.
  • "traipsing hill and knoll" is meant to suggest the varied and rolling terrain of Carroll's Woods.
  • "shamrock lucky" is meant to suggest Clover Lane, which connects Cobbler Avenue to Connemara Trail at the northwest corner of Carroll's Woods, and forms a fourth entrance to the park. It could also be taken to suggest Rosemount itself, which uses a shamrock as its municipal symbol—found on the nearby water tower at Connemara Trail and Clover Lane, as well as on signage throughout the city (including in Carroll's Woods).
  • "down the rabbit hole" is a reference to an important plot point in the seminal 1885 novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and the title of its first chapter. The classic work was penned by famed English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson—better known by his nom de plume: Lewis Carroll. This is in turn meant to suggest hunters search the Rosemount woods that bear his name.
  • "Naturally claimed, wild and untamed" is meant to suggest Carroll's Woods' natural setting—brimming with vegetation and wildlife.
  • "what I tell you thrice is true" is a reference to "Fit the First" of Lewis Carroll's epic nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark (An Agony in Eight Fits), and is meant to reinforce searching in Carroll's Woods.
  • "Sneak through the park" is meant to reinforce searching in a Dakota County municipal park, and could be taken to suggest entering Carroll's Woods through nearby Schwarz Pond Park.
  • "stalk your snark" is another, more overt reference to The Hunting of the Snark, and is meant to suggest searching Carroll's Woods for a mythical—or at the very least extinct—species.
  • "Timber! That's your cue" is meant to reinforce Carroll's Woods (where many trees had recently been felled), and to suggest searching for tokens near—and in some cases in—the bases of trees.
  • "Mesozoic?" is meant to suggest the miniature dinosaur figures—Dimetrodon, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Ankylosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus—hidden with each token in a small, circular tin.
  • "To be heroic [...] just deal the fatal blow; / Make your stand with sword in hand, and slay the manxome foe" contains references to Lewis Carroll's 1871 Through The Looking Glass poem "Jabberwocky;" this is in turn meant to suggest searching Carroll's Woods.
Winners:
Josh, Amy, and Ben Ellingson (with Penny!), Apple Valley — Triceratops
Ed Brodie, Maplewood — Dimetrodon
Matt Littlefield — Tyrannosaurus
Ben Fischer, Saint Paul — Stegosaurus

The final token—and the Ankylosaurus—can be found somewhere within the red circle on the map below:

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