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 AlphabeticallyStateFlag_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 AreaStateFlag_Montana.svg+StateFlag_New_Jersey.svg
States by ASCII Sum (All Caps w/Spaces)StateFlag_Pennsylvania.svg+StateFlag_Maine.svg
States Alphabetically by Capital CityStateFlag_Nevada.svg+StateFlag_Hawaii.svg
States by 2013 PopulationStateFlag_Massachusetts.svg+StateFlag_West_Virginia.svg
States by Age of Older SenatorStateFlag_Idaho.svg+StateFlag_Missouri.svg
States by date of StatehoodStateFlag_Vermont.svg+StateFlag_Oregon.svg
States Alphabetically by AbbrevationStateFlag_Louisiana.svg+StateFlag_Maryland.svg
States by House-Max District # Rep NameStateFlag_Virginia.svg+StateFlag_Florida.svg
States by % WaterStateFlag_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/SpacesStateFlag_Connecticut.svg+StateFlag_New_York.svg
States AlphabeticallyStateFlag_Maine.svg+StateFlag_North_Dakota.svg
States by Name of Younger SenatorStateFlag_Oklahoma.svg+StateFlag_New_Hampshire.svg
States by Land AreaStateFlag_Iowa.svg+StateFlag_Kansas.svg
States by House-01 District Rep NameStateFlag_Wyoming.svg+StateFlag_Arkansas.svg
States Reverse AlphabeticallyStateFlag_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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