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Cascade Bay

Wishing Fountain

by Ian Tullis, Corin Anderson

In keeping with the Hunt's theme, each of the four minipuzzles has something to do with pennies or with 1/100 divisions of other currencies.

The coins can be divided into four sets, each of which is used in one mini.

Minipuzzle 1: In For A Penny, In For A Pound

This minipuzzle uses the UK decimal penny coin, plus the UK pound coin. The pound coin has had some bigrams written on it. It helps to notice that the penny features a piece of the shield on the pound coin. The 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 pence coins (not included in the coin pile) similarly represent other parts of the shield:
[UK coins laid out to show shield]

To get the answer, read the bigrams corresponding to the places on the pound coin covered by the 1, 2, 5..., 50p coins in order. You get PB RI OA VL EL RY. The first letters spell PROVER and the last spell BIALLY, for the answer PROVERBIALLY, which fits with the minipuzzle title. There are four unused bigrams on the pound coin in places not covered by coins (to prevent anagramming) that, combined, say IGNORE THIS.

Minipuzzle 2: O Captain, My Captain!

This minipuzzle uses the many face-up ("heads") Lincoln pennies.

The Whitman references and the idea of "containing" refer to the blue Whitman coin folders for Lincoln Cents, parts 1 and 2, which have product numbers 9004 and 9030. (Some older versions of these exist, with very minor differences; use the newest ones.) Imagine putting the pennies from the coin pile into those folders, and this forms bitmaps of the letters H, O, N, E, S, T (as in HONEST Abe).

H (9004 pg. 1): 10-S, 12, 12-D, 13-S, 14, 14-D, 14-S, 15, 15-D, 15-S, 17, 17-D, 18-S
O (9004 pg. 2): 19-D, 19-S, 20, 20-S, 23, 23-S, 25, 25-D, 26-S, 27, 28-D, 29, 29-D, 29-S
N (9004 pg. 3): 30-D, 31-S, 32, 32-D, 34, 34-D, 35-D, 36, 36-D, 37-D, 37-S, 38, 39-D
E (9030 pg. 1): 41, 41-D, 41-S, 42, 42-D, 42-S, 44-D, 44-S, 45, 45-D, 46, 47-S, 48, 48-D, 48-S, 49
S (9030 pg. 2): 51-D, 51-S, 52, 52-S, 54, 54-S, 55, 57, 57-D, 58-D, 60-D, 61-D, 62, 62-D
T (9030 pg. 3): 63-D, 64, 64-D, 65, 66, 68-D, 70, 71-S, 73-D

Minipuzzle 3: If You've Seen Them Once, You've Seen Them A Hundred Times

This minipuzzle uses the remaining foreign coins.

The main aha here is that the symbols represent Penny Park's seven Loonie Toonie mascots. A further aha (which many teams will have already had before encountering this puzzle) is that each mascot's name is the name of a 1/100 denomination of a currency.

The coin pile includes (sometimes multiple copies of) coins that turn out to be the 100x versions of the mascots' names. Use the total values as indexes into these coins' names, and the icons as an ordering. (E.g., for two 1 WON coins, 2x1=index 2 into WON, extracting O.)

King (Jeon) two South Korean 1 WON coins O
Flapper (Centime) a Comoros 1 FRANC coin F
Astronaut (Luma) three Armenian 1 DRAM coins A
Wizard (Dirham) five Libyan 1 DINAR coins* R
Queen (Paisa) an Indian 5 RUPEE coin E
Wolf (Kobo) two Nigerian 2 NAIRA coins, and one 1 NAIRA A
Clown (Kopek) two Russian 2 RUBLE coins L

*Used because the 5 dinar is a little hard to ID
This is to make it clear that the index of 5 is too large to go into Kobo

The arrows suggest that you want 1/100 of a (Brazilian) real, which is a CENTAVO.

Minipuzzle 4: The Other Side

This minipuzzle uses the US pennies with their reverses ("tails") showing.

Each of these images has had one of the letters edited out. Putting them in the right chronological order and reading the missing letters spells COUNTERPART.

C: chain reverse (1793)
O: wreath reverse (1793, but comes after chain)
U: later draped bust reverse (but before 1856-7 large cents)
N: Flying Eagle cent
T: 1859 Indian head cent (has a different reverse)
E: later Indian head cent
R: wheat back with VDB (which must be from 1909, and thus before steel)
P: steel (1943)
A: memorial
R: Lincoln commemorative (2009)
T: shield

Putting it Together

The answers to the minis, in the order presented, are PROVERBIALLY HONEST CENTAVO COUNTERPART, referring to the saying "An honest centavo is worth more than a stolen peso". The answer is therefore STOLEN PESO.