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USA CUP Medallion Hunt


Congrats to Patrick Tennison and Matiyas telahun on finding the 2021 Target usa cup medallion!

Target USA CUP Medallion Hunt!

The legendary USA CUP Medallion Hunt is back! Two clues will be posted each day. A medallion (pictured) has been hidden somewhere on the NSC campus. Find it first; win an Apple Watch!

Look below in red writing for a look into the meaning behind each clue and how it relates to this years hiding spot! The Medallion was hidden within the inside of the wheel well of the Big Blue Food Truck outside of the Sports Expo Center. 

Clue #1 - July 13, 2021

The grass green, ice is white, sky is blue
Welcome to Target USA CUP’s first medallion hunt clue.

We hope this hunt will be fun; not too tough
Our clues may have riddles and an occasional bluff.

The medallion’s hidden within the NSC property line;
Stay on the campus and you’ll do just fine.

You may also safely assume
The medallion’s not hidden in a bath or locker room.

Also, you won’t find it where you might get drowned;
It might be hidden out-of-sight but not underground.

This clue won’t help you find the medallion. It’s just to set some of the rules of the contest. We wanted to make sure medallion hunters stayed on the campus, stayed out of bathrooms, and didn’t go looking in any of our ponds – for obvious safety reasons.

Clue #2 - July 13th, 2021

The dorm or Sports Hall isn’t where it’ll be found
But any other NSC location would be a good place to look around.

The NSC offers soccer, the beautiful game,
But to ignore the NSC’s other sports would surely be a shame.

In years past we’ve hidden the prize in all corners of the site;
Both indoors and out, perhaps above the ground, but never at a dangerous height.

This clue won’t help you find the medallion. It’s just to set some of the rules of the contest. We wanted to make sure medallion hunters stayed on the campus, stayed out of bathrooms, and didn’t go looking in any of our ponds – for obvious safety reasons.

Clue #3 - July 14th, 2021

“L’Etoile du Nord” is Minnesota’s state motto
But for this quest that’s not the direction you’ll want to cast your eye.

And here’s a big hint on just the second day: you’ll find it outside in the fresh air
In a place where that could move, but not now, to change the medal’s lair.

This is the first clue that can really help you. The first half let’s you know not to look north, which in this case means the medallion is hidden on the south side of 105th Ave. NE. The second half of the clue let’s you know it’s not hidden inside a building. The final riddle is a big one, if you can figure out a place that moves, but not during the tournament. In this case that means a vehicle that stays parked during the tournament.

Clue #4 - July 14th, 2021

Here’s a pair of riddles that you can solve to give you a jump on the quest:
Think of the Grateful Dead song about life on the road all directions east, or west …

And the Broadway musical “Oliver” begins with this song,
Identify the topic of that tune to help you from going wrong.

Another big clue, that a bit of Googling can solve pretty easily. The first half refers to the iconic Grateful Dead song, “Truckin.” The opening song in Oliver is “Food, Glorious Food.” Put both clues together and you might figure out a food truck is key to solving the hunt.

Clue #5 - July 15, 2021

Unless you are colorblind this hint will help keep you true.
All colors matter, but for this medal hunt focus on blue.

And to help you from going haywire,
Think of a location where you might look to re-tire.

One of the food trucks on campus is all blue; in fact it’s named Big Blue. And the final clue tells you to look near a tire.

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