Clue #2

If orange is the zone, accompanied by cone

That’s not the pad you seek.

For our officials, please – (we’re on our knees)

Lazybones: ditch garden tools; use simpler technique.

 

A rainbow connection and bridging connexion

Cleanse the palette and lend assistance.

Come by the park, keep low, and hark! 

107 here; a semi-easy cacophony in the distance. 

Explanation:

The opening stanza informed hunters that the medallion wouldn’t be hidden in any construction zones. At the time of the medallion’s hiding, the park playground was nearing completion but hadn’t yet been opened to the public. Yet, we wanted to pull clues from the new material (see second stanza)! The final part of the clue begged hunters to please use their hands or maybe even a stick from a dead tree to poke around for treasure. Garden tools are unnecessary and most public lands in the city/township contain native plantings or beautiful gardens. We cannot continue this event if the optics of our event is people going through them with garden tools. The second stanza referred to equipment within the new playground. “Rainbow connection” referenced a colorful xylophone and the playground contains bridges connecting different sections of the equipment together. “Keep low” and “107” referred to the 107 parking spaces in the lower parking lot at Polar Lakes Park. A loading dock can be seen to the east of the parking lot containing many, many wooden pallets (“palette”). In the distance – to the east – is interstate 35E. You likely noticed the noise (“cacophony”) and a couple of those lanes belong to the EZ pass (“semi-easy”) program.

 

Clue #1

Our alarm is ringing so now we’ll be bringing

All devotees this brand new brainteaser.

As the moon does wane, brave all sorts of terrain

And you’ll emerge our next crowned Caesar.

 

Fauna, flora, and numbers pandora

All ready to perplex your mind.

So round up your battalion to hunt for medallion

Memories jumble; Year 43? Make it your time.

Explanation:

“All sorts of terrain” referred to the varying scene that is found at Polar Lakes. To the south, is wetland and as one walks north, the scene becomes more like a prairie grassland. “Crowned” and “Caesar” vaguely pointed to Interstate 35E, which according to Google Maps, is referred to as the Monarch Highway. The terms “battalion,” “jumble,” and “43” also referred to Interstate 35E as it is also dedicated to the 34th Infantry (Red Bull) Division. “Fauna, flora, and numbers” hinted at the puzzles to come, which would have hunters identifying plants, birds, and counting objects in the park.