The Great Twin Cities Treasure Hunt — BONUS CLUES EXPLAINED
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SPECIAL BONUS CLUE
  • The special bonus clue depicts this hunt's "Rocinante" MacGuffin inside its camouflage bag, in situ at the hiding spot (before being covered with leaves). Coincidentally, a quirk of the printing process makes the letters "SP" seem to appear in the camouflage pattern on the bag; this was intentionally accentuated in the bonus clue photograph as a hint to hunters they limit their search to Saint Paul.

BONUS CLUE #1
  • "a forest green" is meant to suggest Woodlawn Avenue, which terminates at East River Parkway just south of the second tube's hiding spot, "overlooking a gorgeous dale" at Mississippi River Gorge Scenic Overlook.
  • "Take a hike or ride your bike; you (are) already on the right trail!" is meant to suggest searching for the second tube somewhere along the same bike/pedestrian trail as the first tube.
  • "Southward, follow it down to the hollow" is meant to suggest following the trail south to Mississippi River Gorge Scenic Overlook—just across the street from Sunny Hollow Montessori School.
  • "Search along the might stream of righteousness and justice" is meant to suggest the Herbert Ferber sculpture that adorns the west exterior wall of the Temple of Aaron, visible from across the street at Mississippi River Gorge Scenic Overlook; the work includes a verse from the Bible (Amos 5:24)—"Let justice well up like water and righteousness as a mighty stream."
  • "Make hay while the sun still shines" is meant to suggest searching for the second tube near a plaque that reads: "In memory of Laura Wegner Hay—1996. Forever in our hearts."
  • "keep north of the bridge and locks" is meant to suggest searching for the second tube north of the Ford Dam and Ford Parkway bridge (and the recently-dubbed "Highland Bridge" development at the old Ford plant site).
  • "Minnesota Rocks!" is meant to suggest searching near one of the stone carvings commissioned by Public Art Saint Paul as part of their 2006 initiative of that name—specifically the piece titled "Sentinels" by Juergen Zaun, located at Mississippi River Gorge Scenic Overlook.
  • "concealed at the root of a tree" narrows the location of the second tube to the area near the bottom of one of a handful of trees near the bike/pedestrian trail, the Zaun and Ferber sculptures, and the Hay plaque—in particular, one with a sizable crevice at its base, close to the parking lot.

BONUS CLUE #2
  • "Stick to this side of the river while maintaining a downstream tack" is meant to suggest to hunters not to cross the Ford Parkway bridge, while continuing southward along East River Parkway to search for the third tube.
  • "Search for a circle above the creek, just off (the) beaten track" is meant to suggest searching for the third tube in a small circle of grass and weeds in a paved overlook area above Hidden Falls, just off the East River Parkway bike/pedestrian trail.
  • "To find your place, once more embrace our local arts and culture" and "near another stony sculpture" are meant to suggest searching for the third tube near another "Minnesota Rocks!" carving—in this case "Family Hug," by Salah Hammad.
  • "My next clue's Hidden in the grass" is meant to suggest searching a small circle of grass and weeds at the Hidden Falls overlook.

BONUS CLUE #3
  • "For site number four on the overlook tour, continue heading south" is meant to suggest searching for the fourth tube at Two Rivers Overlook, at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers.
  • "(spot) the old abutment of an arch that crossed the mouth" is meant to further suggest Two Rivers Overlook, which is architecturally comprised largely of a bridge abutment from the demolished Fort Snelling Bridge.
  • "Just off the Great Road" is meant to suggest searching for the fourth tube along the "Great River Road" National Scenic Byway.
  • "there lies" is meant to suggest the fourth tube is hidden on the ground, in the small notch of a large, cut stone.
  • "Wrist over" anagrams to "Two Rivers;" "just give it a twist" is meant as a hint at rearranging some of the words preceding the phrase.

BONUS CLUE #4
  • "Take a stroll to a secret knoll on a quest for the ring of truth" is meant to suggest searching for the fifth tube near the top of a small hill, near the edge of a fire ring.
  • "It waits for (you), obscured from view" is meant to suggest that the fifth tube is hidden from view, and that moving a small piece of wood will be required to uncover it.
  • "at the mystical fountain of youth. / With a Latin name for the goddess of same" is meant to suggest searching near Circus Juventas.
  • "Concordia Salus!" is the motto of the city of Montréal; this is meant to suggest searching just south of Montreal Avenue, in Highland Park.
  • "Your search is bound for lofty ground; away from the river! Vamoose!" is meant to suggest searching at Highland Park—the first Goose Chase location not situated along the Mississippi River.

BONUS CLUE #5
  • "Hello old (friend)," "full belt," and "a sign of a sign" are meant to suggest a billboard—at the intersection of West 7th Street and Jefferson Avenue—commemorating the 2017 re-lighting of the Grain Belt Beer sign in Minneapolis, with the tagline "Hello old friend."
  • "along the lucky line" is meant to suggest searching for the sixth tube on West 7th Street.
  • "Pull a three-sixty" is meant to suggest the address of the tiny "Prehistoric Pit" parklet located at 360 Oneida Street (and the intersection of West 7th and Jefferson).
  • "bottle" is meant to suggest the large, promotional Clutch Brewing Company bottle located just across the street from the hiding spot (and immediately adjacent to the aforementioned Grain Belt Sign sign). Additionally, it's meant as a reference to the sixth tube itself.
  • "This Goose Chase Classic just went Triassic—How do you get to Pangaea? / Now there's a true mystery of our prehistory" is meant to suggest searching for the sixth tube atop one of the "geologic formations" (for lack of a better term) at the tiny Prehistoric Pit parklet at West 7th and Jefferson. "Triassic" could additionally be taken to suggest searching a triangular area (such as Prehistoric Pit).
  • "no idea" anagrams to "Oneida"—one of the three streets along which Prehistoric Pit is situated.

BONUS CLUE #6
  • This clue recounts the story of the "Rusalka"—a mythical figure of Slavic folklore, and subject of a famous Antonín Dvořák opera. It is meant to suggest searching for the seventh tube near the base of a birch tree behind the "Czech/Slovak Memorial Gate" at North High Bridge Park. The "Gate" sculpture includes a figurative representation of Dvořák's aria "Ode to the Moon," from Rusalka. As goes the legend, Rusalki linger in birch and willow trees, luring unwary men into lakes and streams with their beautiful song—then drag them into the depths, never to be seen or heard from again.

BONUS CLUE #7
  • The first letters of each line in this clue—"P," "O," "P," and "S"—are meant to suggest searching for the eighth tube in privately owned public space—specifically West Travelers Plaza.
  • "the yard of Democracy's Bard—a poetic kind of fella" and "The calming (thought) of all" are meant to suggest searching a location related in some way to Walt Whitman—the legendary American poet known as "The Bard of Democracy"—and his poem "The Calming Thought Of All." At West Travelers Plaza, on the west end of Downtown Saint Paul, a sculpture of a giant braille book is "opened" to the poem (which is also inscribed on the back for sighted non-giants). "On a bumpy ride" is meant to reinforce the braille nature of the book represented in the sculpture.
  • "On a bumpy ride to a rocky slide" and "Plaza gravel" are meant to suggest a small, rock landscaping feature that serves as a buffer between a stairwell and the building at West Travelers Plaza; the eighth tube was located near the bottom of the "rockslide," and accessible from the sidewalk.
  • "beneath a red umbrella" is meant to suggest searching for the eighth tube under the giant, iconic, red-umbrella "Travelers" logo, on the west side of the corporation's Saint Paul headquarters.
  • "travel" is meant to suggest searching near Travelers Insurance, at West Travelers Plaza.
  • "be our guest" is meant to suggest searching just across the street from a sign advertising the Ordway's upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast that prominently features the words "Be our guest!"

BONUS CLUE #8
  • "The next hiding place is an urban oasis—a downtown chill-out station" is meant to suggest staying in downtown Saint Paul to search for the ninth tube, at Mears Park—which is referred to as an "urban oasis" on both Google Maps and the "Friends of Mears Park" website.
  • "Find the spot along an edge; a small notch (marks) the location. / Search rocks in rows" is meant to suggest searching for the ninth tube along the eastern edge of Mears Park, in a notch along the top of a stone wall.
  • "near concrete prose on sidewalk stationery; / 'Dear heart, Let go; It's too heavy—It was never yours to carry.'" is meant to suggest—by quoting the work in its entirety—a poem by Lidiya Girma embossed in the sidewalk concrete adjacent to the ninth tube's hiding spot.

BONUS CLUE #9
  • "mettle" is meant to suggest searching near six large, milled steel educational displays at the entrance to Bruce Vento Nature Santuary—behind one of which was hidden the tenth tube.
  • "Pass beneath five bridges on your way to claim (my) vial" is meant to suggest hunters head to Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary—passing under the Highway 52 bridge, a pair of railroad bridges, a pedestrian bridge, and the Kellogg Avenue/Third Street bridge along the way.
  • "It's a musical migration: head down the great white way; / Show loyalty to royalty—with an affirmative display" is meant to suggest the likeliest route from Mears Park to the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, including stretches on Broadway Street, Prince Street, and "Positively" Fourth Street (ironically named in honor of the heart-shattering Bob Dylan song).
  • "musical migration" and "affirmative display" are also meant to suggest searching for the tenth tube behind the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary educational display referencing native and migratory birds.

BONUS CLUE #10
  • "High up on the bluff—the climb's a bit rough—lies another treasured stead" is meant to suggest searching for the eleventh tube in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood, in Indian Mounds Park (which overlooks the Vento Sanctuary).
  • "Make your sweeps northeast of the heaps; do not awaken the dead!" is meant to suggest to hunters searching in Indian Mounds Park not to hunt near the Dakota people's sacred burial mounds, and narrow the search area to that bounded by Mounds Boulevard, Earl Street, and Thorn Street.
  • "Aim your ramble at the hill with the bramble—(an) arboreal location" is meant to suggest searching around the hilltop grove near the intersection of Mounds Boulevard and Thorn Street.
  • "Feel with your glove for a cranny above the stony sinuation" is meant to suggest searching for the eleventh tube in a depression atop a large, curved, stone retaining wall that runs alongside Mounds Boulevard.

BONUS CLUE #11
  • "follow the arrows to the winding narrows of a peaceful, wooded trail" is meant to suggest searching for the twelfth tube along the Fish Hatchery Trail, just east of the Pig's Eye Park archery range, where both "frogs and logs" are a common sight.
  • "big cats and dogs" and "lets out his roar" are meant to suggest the Fish Hatchery trail's only real amenity in Pig's Eye Park: a bench with a plaque reading: "In memory of Dr. Thomas D. Lyons (1927-2005)—Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He walked his dogs here daily."
  • "the size of the place amazes" is meant to suggest searching for the twelfth tube in Pig's Eye Park—the largest in the city.
  • "boar" is meant to reinforce searching in Pig's Eye Park.
  • "what in blazes?" is meant to suggest departing Indian Mounds Park via Burns Avenue (before doubling back on Warner Road to search for the twelfth tube at Pig's Eye Park).

BONUS CLUE #12
  • The first letters of each line in this clue—"B," "C," "R," and "P"—are meant to suggest searching for the thirteenth and final tube in Battle Creek Regional Park (which is also the location of this hunt's jewel).
  • "there's a final place—and it's right before your eyes" is meant to suggest searching for the final tube in a traffic circle shaped like the goose's speech bubble from the lower-right corner of each of the thirteen Goose Chase clues; this "tiny plot by the western lot" is also referenced on the first piece of a map, enclosed with the twelfth clue.
  • "Ride off, on your horse, to the final course—then follow the poles to the (X); / Prophets forbode an apocalypse road as the last of your Goose Chase treks" is meant to suggest the final stretch of the Great Twin Cities Treasure Hunt, along an old, abandoned stretch of Point Douglas Road on the west side of Battle Creek Regional Park. The missing words from the 13 goose chase clues (and provided by the 12 clues of the primary hunt) were engraved on aluminum tags nailed to utility poles running alongside the old highway.

BONUS CLUE #13
  • The final line—of both the primary hunt and Goose Chase—is "But if you thought an X marks the spot, you are sadly mistaken my friend!" These words were found in scrambled order throughout the primary hunt, as well as nailed to utility poles along the old stretch of Point Douglas Road that served as the hunt's immediate search area, and the final path to the jewel.
  • "north of the creek" and "a fight to the end" are meant to suggest taking the North Run Trail to old Point Douglas, and following the old section of road north to its end; the second piece of the map from the twelfth tube was enclosed, showing the search area and "apocalypse road" referenced in Bonus Clue #12.

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