Contest 6: Most-Flavored Nation
As you venture out trick-or-treating tonight, you may notice that some of your goodies look a little odd. Don't be alarmed: Geographic entities have been secretly collaborating to create treats that look very much like the real thing -- but are somehow slightly off. Your job is to consider the geographic partners below and figure out what Halloween treat they are peddling.
Example: A prominent city in central Sri Lanka teams with a rural western Oklahoma town to make . . . Kandy (Sri Lanka) Corn (Oklahoma).
Winners will be drawn from respondents who send in the correct answers to all three of the following:
1. A bay on Ascension Island is smuggling raw material from a town not far from Vermont's seat of government and making . . .
2. One of the Tonga Islands is secretly shipping its goods down a creek in west central Illinois to create . . .
3. A small town on the eastern outskirts of Havana conspires with another near-coastal town on the eastern shore of Greece to offer . . .
Deadline for entries is Friday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. Send entries by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org; 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 4: MErger nation
In Contest 4, we invited you to create new nations by combining parts of the names of existing countries, and to describe the synergistic energy that would result. We have forwarded the concept of Merger Nation to the United Nations, where it is being scanned by mailroom security. Meanwhile, the, um, winners:
* Seventh runner-up: CHILE and DJIBOUTI merge to form CHILEBOUTI, a lovely place to visit as long as you don't sit down. (Richard D. Krueger, Springfield)
* Sixth runner-up: GREENLAND and JAMAICA become GREENAICA. Enjoy the comic antics of displaced tropical city dwellers trying to build an igloo or milk an elk. (Steve Fahey, Kensington)
* Fifth runner-up: ZAMBIA and ESTONIA become ZAMBONIA, home of those ice-skating-rink machines. (Andrew Wells, Washington)
* Fourth runner-up: POLAND unites with SRI LANKA to form POLANKA, a refuge for washed-up '50s pop singers. (Steve Fahey, Kensington)
* Third runner-up: YUGOSLAVIA and PORTUGAL merge to become YUGOGAL, a war-torn country where feminists are alive and well. (Kendra Hershey of Vienna)
* Second runner-up: MADAGASCAR and LIBYA become MADLIBYA, the [SUPERLATIVE] country in [NOUN] .
(Andrew Wells, Washington)
* First runner-up: COSTA RICA and GRENADA merge to become COSTA NADA,a country where life is cheap. (Kendra Hershey, Vienna)
* And the winning nation, whose creator receives the Travel section mug, suitable for ceremonial toasts worldwide:
MICRONESIA and MOROCCO merge to become MICRONCO, a country ruled by Bill Gates and Ron Popeil, who provide employment opportunities through the manufacture of special products aimed at the American consumer. Limited time only, the Pentium III Veg-O-Matic and Pocket Fisherman 4.0, not available in stores! (Mary Eatinger, Vienna)
Next week: Winner from Contest 5, Identity Crisis