Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Fifty-State Word Games

I made these puzzles during a family vacation when my kids were getting antsy and needed something to do. (It was my wife who got the ball rolling by proposing #5.)

For reference, I gave the kids an alphabetized list of state names. Puzzles 13-16 also call for a map. Supply copious hints as needed!

1. Which state name is last alphabetically?

2. Which state name ends in three vowels?

3. Which state names begin and end with the same letter? (4)

4. Which two state names end with the letters LAND?

5. Which state names have a double letter? (9)

6. True or False? Every letter of the alphabet is needed to write the names of the fifty states. 

7. Which state names could be spelled out very nicely in capital letters using toothpicks because none of the letters are curved? (2)

8. Which state name has the fewest syllables? 

9. Which one-word state name has the most syllables?

10. Do more state names end with a vowel or end with a consonant? (Take bets first!)

11. Do more state names begin with a vowel or begin with a consonant?

12. One day, the citizens of Florida and the citizens of Idaho noticed that the last part of "Florida" is the first part of "Idaho." So they voted to become one state, Floridaho! Can you think of any other states that could vote to unite because of matching first and last parts?

13. I once drove a car through three consecutive states all beginning with the same letter. What were the states?

14. If you want to leave this state by crossing the border into the state that immediately follows it in alphabetical order, you can do that - but only if you're on a boat. What state is it?

15. The only two states that have this letter in their name also happen to share a border. What letter is it?

16. Starting out from this state, I can drive due north or due east and enter a state that has no letters in common with the state where I started. In what state did I start? (2 possible answers)

UPDATE 5/1: Changed #16 to correct an error.

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