By popular insurrection, this week Extreme Travel Trivia debuts in its glamorous, new, one week/one contest format. Meaning: No need to accumulate clues over four maddening weeks! Meaning: Nearly instant gratification for a new winner every week! Meaning: Just about anybody can play! We can hear the deafening roars of approval from past and potential ETT fans from here.

Each week's contest should explain itself. Some contests will test your geographical knowledge or cartographic skills, others your creativity, still others your mettle as a traveler. All winners will be rewarded with the inexplicably coveted, preposterously oversize Travel mug, useful as a latte cup, soup tureen or chamberpot. God speed and good luck.

Contest 1:

Closing the Vowel Gap

Among the world's many crises, one has been most shamefully ignored: the inequitable distribution of vowels in the global village. Your task this week is to shift vowels from a nation that is richly endowed (we've chosen Australia for you) to one that is desperately needy (and we've chosen Ukraine). Choose one Australian city or map feature with an abundance of vowels and one Ukranian city or map feature with a dearth of vowels. Airlift the vowels into the needy word by combining the two words' letters, anagram style, and using them to create a slogan or phrase that is somehow appropriate for the strange enterprise.


Town with surplus vowels: EUABALONG, Australia

Town in need of vowels: ZHYTOMYR, Ukraine


Deadline for entries is Friday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. Send entries by e-mail (; put the words "Extreme Travel Trivia" in the subject field), fax (202-334-1069) or U.S. mail (Extreme Travel Trivia, Washington Post Travel section, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071). Winners, who are chosen on the basis of humor and originality, receive a Travel section mug. One entry per person per contest. Employees of The Washington Post are ineligible to win prizes. Entries become property of The Washington Post, which may edit, publish, distribute and republish the information in any form, including paper and electronic media.