Contest 9: Africa Overland
Many people refer to Africa as if it were a single entity, rather than an enormously varied continent with 47 separate nations, not to mention several island states. To remedy that perception, we are sending you on an overland expedition, in which we challenge you to visit every country on continental Africa -- but only once, and without retracing your steps. In other words, you need to trace a single path through the African continent in such a way that: you pass through each nation only once; don't move backward; and do not lift your pen from the map. To carry out this assignment properly, there are only two countries from which you can start or finish your journey. Name these two countries. And don't bother sending us the map showing the path. If you can name the beginning and ending countries, you've got it.
Results from Contest 7: geonymnastics
In Contest 7, we challenged you to invent a geonym -- a place name that can be turned into a noun, verb or adjective. Frankly, your answers burkittsvilled us. In the old days, people were simply shanghaied -- now they're wacoed, belfasted or jonestowned. The runners-up, who receive orlandicious lucite globe paperweights:
"After a night of cancuning, the frat house needed some serious cleaning up." -- David Wraussman, McLean
"Can't get financing? You can chappaqua the home of your dreams overnight with us!" -- Diann and Mike Nickelsburg, Virginia Beach
"I give up. That man has a gobi for a heart." -- Tom Witte, Gaithersburg
"The morning after Suzanne had 15 beers, she felt so pisa." -- Erika Pierce, Charlottesville
And congratulations to Jonathan Paul of Garrett Park, Md., who receives a bransonous Travel section mug for his winning geonym:
"When he bent over to tie his shoe, he czechoslovakia'd his trousers."
Deadline for Contest 9 entries is Friday, Nov. 26, 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.