2013 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt
Well this hunt looks like it will go down in history as "The hunt for Red Herring", or "The hunt for the Cheekiest Gopher". Most hunters spent the first week of this year's hunt anticipating a reprise of the Crosby hunt of 2005, as Bing Crosby songs featured prominently in the early clues. Despite the cluewriter's warnings that the hunt would be filled with bluffs and red herrings, we collectively failed to heed that advice when the barrage of songs came at us. Occam's Razor, folks. Occam's Razor. Come the weekend, however, talk of equal rights moved hunters to Harriet Island. Not to be outdone by the Como hunt of 2003, the clue writer gave us yet another twist on Sunday night, dividing hunters between the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary and Trail on the East Side in and below Swede Hollow and the Bruce Vento Overlook and Walk on the West Side off of Cherokee Park. In the end, the west siders reigned as the medallion, freshly cast for this year and for the first time since the days of the treasure chests, not round, was found after 11 clues in Cherokee Park by Lynn Olson-Tuma, ironically a resident of the East Side. Lynn managed to find the medallion despite the clue writer's compass apparently not working properly while hiding the medallion and writing the clues. Apparently north is the new east.
As part of the searching process, Lynn and Scot chipped off one corner of the medallion. On May 14, the Pioneer Press confirmed on the Treasure Hunt Facebook Page that Roger Quick found the missing piece of the medallion. Roger started to search for the missing piece the day after Lynn and Scot found the medallion in January. He found it about 8 feet north of where the medallion was easily hidden.
This hunt may also go down in history as "The War of the Wiki" as creative hunters waged war with wikipedia's editors, spreading rumors that Bing Crosby was involved with many musical ventures or that certain songs were first performed by others, in an attempt to lead other hunters astray. Three cheers for subterfuge! Unlike last year, where there tended to be a pattern to the way the clues were scrambled, this year's scrambled clues really came off a dartboard. Which is ok for those of us who analyze every single word in the clue anyway.