The “Z100 Great Pumpkin” is back for it’s 55th year of haunting Western Montana! Listen for clues to the location of the Great Pumpkin. Thanks to our sponsors who make the “55th Annual Z100 Great Pumpkin” search possible! Magic Touch Car Wash, Missoula Maze, The Montana Club, Sol Skin Studio, Pepsi, Spirit Halloween, and Aspen Sound Clues start Monday “Rocktober” 22nd on Z100 Missoula’s Only Classic Rock!
We’ve got a winner:
Congratulations to Denise Janes!
The Great Pumkin Prize List:
Magic Touch Car Wash – 10 Free Washes (Value: $100)
Missoula Maze – Family 4-pack
The Montana Club – $50 Gift Card
Sol Skin Studio – $100 Gift Card
Pepsi Cola of Missoula – 19 piece “Table Top Bar” (Value:$299)
Spirit Halloween – $50 Gift Certificate
Aspen Sound – Kenwood CD Receiver w/USB Interface (Value $85)
Clues and Explanations:
10/22 – GENERIC
MOUNTAINS AND FORESTS ABOUND FOR YOUR EYE
I’M SOMEWHERE UNDER THIS GREAT BIG SKY
*The Great Pumpkin is always in the Big Sky region.
YOU WON’T NEED A ROCKET OR A SPACE FORCE
YOU’LL FIND THAT I’M DOWN TO EARTH, OF COURSE
* The Great Pumpkin is always on this planet.
GRACE, SHOCK, HORROR, AND DISMAY
I’M ALWAYS IN ONE OF THESE FIFTY STATES OF GREY
* The Great Pumpkin is always in the United States, because not everyone has a passport.
10/23 – MONTANA
IF YOU WANT TO SEE MY GRINNING FACE
YOU’LL FIND IT IN THE LAST BEST PLACE
*One of Montana’s many nicknames is The Last Best Place.
THE NUMBER OF SEASONS IN ANY OL’ YEAR,
THE DAYS THAT DON’T END IN Y, AND A SMALL PACK OF BEER
*There are 4 seasons; all days end in Y, so 0; and a small pack of beer is a sixer = 406 = Montana’s area code.
TO ACQUIRE ME IS TO REAP A BOUNTY OF PLEASURE
TO FIND ME IS TO SEEK IN A STATE OF TREASURE
*One of Montana’s many nicknames is The Treasure State.
10/24 – MISSOULA
THE FIRST LADY OF THE HOUSE, THE FIRST BASE OF TWIN PEAKS
THREE RIVERS RUN THROUGH IT, THIS PLACE WHERE YOU’LL SEEK
*References to Jeannette Rankin, the first female member of the US House of Representatives and a Missoula native, and filmmaker David Lynch, creator of “Twin Peaks” who was born in Missoula.
*Norman Mclean’s “A River Runs Through It and Other Stories” and the subsequent film adaptation are set in Missoula.
IF SECURING MY SPOILS IS TO BE YOUR FATE
YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT I’M LURKING INSIDE THE GATES
*The various passes that lead into Missoula are called “gates” – that’s how Hellgate, Northgate, Southgate, etc., got their names.
PERUSING THE ZOO SHOULD BE RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY
FIND ME WITHIN THE HUB OF FIVE VALLEYS
*References to Missoula’s nicknames as “The Zoo” and “The Hub of Five Valleys.”
10/25 – WHERE I’M NOT, Pt 1
DON’T’ BE AFRAID TO BRING ALONG A FRIEND
YOUR SEARCH WILL NOT MEET WITH A GRIZZLY END
*The Great Pumpkin is not located on university property.
HUNTING IS ALWAYS A FAVORITE FALL SPORT
I AM NOT SAFELY ENSCONCED WITHIN SOME FORT
**The Great Pumpkin is not located at Fort Missoula.
IN SPITE OF THE TREMENDOUS POWER I WIELD
I DO NOT NEST AMONG THE BIRDS OF THE FIELD
*The Great Pumpkin is not located at Allegiance Field at Ogren Park, Home of the Osprey.
10/26 – WHERE I’M NOT, Pt 2
MY DARKNESS FEEDS ON YOUR FRUSTRATION
YOU WILL NOT SKATE BY THE CURRENT LOCATION
*The Great Pumpkin is not located at Current Aquatics Center or the adjacent skate park.
IF YOU WANT TO STAY HOT ON MY TRAIL
STAY OFF THE PATHS THAT ONCE RODE THE RAILS
*The Great Pumpkin is not located on any part of the trail system, most of which used to be railroad tracks.
FLOATERS AND PADDLERS KNOW WHAT’S SUP
MAKING A SPLASH WON’T MAKE FOR GOOD LUCK
*The Great Pumpkin is not in, on, or adjacent to any body of water.
10/27 – TIGHTENING MY GRIP
A SPACE COWBOY, A SENATOR, A WEE FRENCH GIRL
ALL MAKE THEIR HOME WELL EAST OF MY WORLD
*The space cowboy from the Steve Miller songs is named Maurice. Mike Mansfield was a long-time US Senator from Missoula. Madeline is the main character of a series of books and other media set at a boarding school in Paris.
*The streets bearing these names are all significantly east of the location.
AS YOU’RE MULLAN YOUR PLAN TO MOUNT YOUR QUEST
HEAD TOWARD THE SOUTH BUT DON’T BE TOO ERNEST
*The Great Pumpkin is located south of Mullan Road and Mount Avenue, but north of Ernest Avenue.
I CAN ASSURE YOU I’M WEDGED IN WELL
FROM WHERE WILSON’S BANK CASHES IN WITH MEL
*President Woodrow Wilson created the Federal Reserve, and Mel Brooks is one of the comedic icons of the 20th Century.
*Reserve Street effectively ends [“cashes out”] at Brooks Street, intersecting at an angle and creating a wedge; this is considerably southwest of the location.
10/28 – CLOSING IN
YOU’LL RUN OUT OF NUMBERS HUNTING MY HEAD
SINKING EVEN DEEPER THAN YOUR ONE LAST THREAD
*The Great Pumpkin is not located on along any of the numbered streets in Missoula.
*The Great Pumpkin is located south [“deeper”] of Strand Ave [“last thread”].
ANDY AND LINDY, A HERO, A FAT CAT
CHIEFLY IN MY VIEW AS I WATCH THE SUN SET
*References to four presidents [Commanders-in-Chief]: Andrew and Lyndon Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant [Ulysses is the Latin name of the hero in “The Odyssey”], and James A. Garfield [Garfield is also the name of the fat, lasagna-loving, cartoon cat].
*Johnson, Grant, and Garfield are all streets to the west [“as I watch the sun set”] of the location.
- MAGNUM’S BOSS, MISS CLARA’S WINGS
AND DEAR AUNTIE M IN THE MORNING GLEAM
*The estate manager and the boss of Tom Selleck’s character on “Magnum, P.I.” was named Higgins, and actress Clara Bow was in the first-ever Best Picture, “Wings.”
*Auntie M [a reference to Auntie Em in “The Wizard of Oz”] is the M.
*The morning gleam is sunrise, so Higgins Ave, Bow St, and the M are all to the east of the location.
10/29 – A FEW BLOCKS AWAY
THE ONE TRUE GOAT WHO WEARS ELEVEN RINGS
RUNS BY A REPORTER WHO USED TO BE KINGED
*GOAT is a common acronym for Greatest Of All Time, and Bill Russell won 11 NBA titles with the Boston Celtics, more than any other player in any of the major professional sports.
*Superman’s alter ego of Clark Kent worked as a reporter at the Daily Planet, and Kent Street used to be named England Street.
*Russell and Kent intersect near the location.
ABOVE THE OLD LOSER SOON TO BE A ROYAL CHILD
WOLVES ROAM A PLACE WHERE THE STARS ONCE TURNED WILD
*Beck is a singer who had a huge hit called “Loser” in the 90s. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex [Prince Harry and Meghan Markle] just announced they are expecting their first child. Sussex Avenue was originally called Beck Avenue, and the location is north of [“above’] it.
*The NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, the former Minnesota North Stars of the NHL, and the current NHL Minnesota Wild all play in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Minneapolis Street is the old name of Garfield Street.
*The location is north [and east, via an earlier clue] of the intersection of Garfield and Sussex.
MY PRESENCE IS LOOMING, YOU’VE PRACTICALLY FELT IT
IF GOPHER’S CAPTAIN WERE SEARCHING, HE WOULD’VE CELT IT
*Gopher and Captain Stubing were characters on “The Love Boat,” where the latter was played by actor Gavin MacLeod. With various spellings, McLeod is a name of Celtic heritage. McLeod Park is near the location.
10/30 – OUR BLOCK
NEAR THE END OF OL’ MICHIGAN, BUT NO “HAIL TO THE VICTORS”
IF YOU DON’T STOKER FIRE, IT’LL MINA YOU’LL MISS HER
*”Hail to the Victors” is the fight song for the University of Michigan, and Michigan Street is the old name for Washburn Street.
*Mina Harker is a significant character in “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, and North Avenue used to be called Harker Street.
*The location is near the intersection of North and Washburn.
OREGON TRAIL WILL FINALLY END WITH A WINNER
NOT QUITE THE GOLD MEDAL WORN BY THE FIRST JENNER
*Oregon Trail was an early computer game in many schools – which no one ever seemed to win – and Oregon Street is the original name of Catlin Street.
*Long before the Kardashians and identifying as Caitlyn, Bruce Jenner won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
*Catlin Street ends at North Avenue, near the location.
ONE CAN ALMOST FEEL THE ENERGY NEAR
CHEERS TO THE LA-Z ONE WHO FINDS ME HERE
*North Western Energy is next door to the location.
*Cheers and La-Z Boy are two brands sold at Conlin’s Furniture.