Contest 5: Identity Crisis
Yes, it's that easy. Identify this country. Now go. (Tip: The map's orientation is not necessarily north.)
Deadline for entries is Friday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. Send entries by e-mail (email@example.com; 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 at random from among all correct entries, 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.
Results from Contest 3:
EXTREME TRAVEL O_____ICS*
[*Amateur athletic contest that will henceforth remain nameless,
on the advice of our lawyers]
In Contest 3, we invited Washington-area travelers to participate in our first Travel [Bleep1] competition -- to add up the number of country stamps on a single passport and send us the list, and we'd see who came out on top. We had no idea what the greatest number of countries would be, and envisioned judging that would involve all sorts of geographic hair-splitting along the lines of, Do Martinique and France count as one country or two? 1/4
Luckily, it didn't come to that: Most entrants hovered around the two-dozen mark, and no one even came close to our winners, Sherwin and Jacqueline Landfield of Arlington, a retired Foreign Service couple who visited 51 different countries (from Albania to Venezuela) between 1985 and '95, and have the souvenirs to prove it. We know this because when we stopped by their house last week to look at their passports, not that we didn't trust them or anything, we found a mini-Smithsonian crammed with Incan pottery, Haitian voodoo drums ("they have to be made by voodoo priests"), Australian kangaroo skins, Chinese beads, Ivory Coast tapestries, Bolivian paintings . . . There may have been a couple of shrunken heads in there, too, but we can't be sure. John G. Lodmell of Ashton, Md., was runner-up, with 31 countries. 1/4
1 It seems the U.S. Olympic Committee controls the use of the O word very closely (we learned via a letter sent to The Post's general counsel following our introduction of the Extreme Travel O -- -- -ics last week). This prevents us from using the O word to describe any type of competition, even a goofy and inconsequential one like ours that no one is going to believe is associated with that august if deeply troubled body.
Next week: Winners from Contest 4, Merger Nation