GeekDad Puzzle of the Week – State of the States

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states_450x300As the 113th US Congress recently started, there has been a lot of conversation around each of the States’ Representatives, Senators, and the States themselves. This week’s puzzle is a cypher of sorts that describes my favorite state. Each letter of the answer is encoded by the sum of the ordinal rank of two States, across some 16 different continuum.


States Alphabetically StateFlag_Alabama.svg+StateFlag_Wyoming.svg

Alabama (the first State flag) is the 1st state, alphabetically.
Wyoming (the second State flag) is the 50th state, alphabetically.
1 + 50 = 51, so the “letter” of the solution that this example could represent is encoded as 51.

For your chance at this week’s fabulous prize, a $50 ThinkGeek Gift Certificate (courtesy of ThinkGeek), send the description of my favorite state by end of week to GeekDad Central.

States by Total Area StateFlag_Montana.svg+StateFlag_New_Jersey.svg
States by ASCII Sum (All Caps w/Spaces) StateFlag_Pennsylvania.svg+StateFlag_Maine.svg
States Alphabetically by Capital City StateFlag_Nevada.svg+StateFlag_Hawaii.svg
States by 2013 Population StateFlag_Massachusetts.svg+StateFlag_West_Virginia.svg
States by Age of Older Senator StateFlag_Idaho.svg+StateFlag_Missouri.svg
States by date of Statehood StateFlag_Vermont.svg+StateFlag_Oregon.svg
States Alphabetically by Abbrevation StateFlag_Louisiana.svg+StateFlag_Maryland.svg
States by House-Max District # Rep Name StateFlag_Virginia.svg+StateFlag_Florida.svg
States by % Water StateFlag_Wisconsin.svg+StateFlag_Georgia.svg
States by Population per House Seat (2010) StateFlag_Arkansas.svg+StateFlag_Alabama.svg
States by ASCII Sum All Caps w/Spaces StateFlag_Connecticut.svg+StateFlag_New_York.svg
States Alphabetically StateFlag_Maine.svg+StateFlag_North_Dakota.svg
States by Name of Younger Senator StateFlag_Oklahoma.svg+StateFlag_New_Hampshire.svg
States by Land Area StateFlag_Iowa.svg+StateFlag_Kansas.svg
States by House-01 District Rep Name StateFlag_Wyoming.svg+StateFlag_Arkansas.svg
States Reverse Alphabetically StateFlag_South_Dakota.svg+StateFlag_Iowa.svg

Good luck, and use any and all resources at your disposal.

NOTE: I am leaving the comments ON for this post, please post if there are any obvious errors. Please don’t post any answers in the comments, but let me know if the puzzle is “broken,” so that I can fix it.

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2 thoughts on “GeekDad Puzzle of the Week – State of the States

  1. A few clarifications are needed:
    – When ranking states for a number value, is the highest value ranked first or last. For example, states ranked by ASCII sum — does the #1 ranking go to the highest or the lowest value? Same question for areas, populations, etc. My assumption the #1 ranking goes to the *highest* values. Please confirm this assumption or add clarification to the clues.
    – When names are sorted (senators or representatives), do we assume sorting by last name or first name?
    – By population per house seat (2010) — is it the population in 2010, the number of house seats in 2010, or both.

  2. I’ve tried various combinations of assumptions. I’ve got 16 “codes” now, but don’t see how this is encoded. Any hints?

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