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Can you pick the 3-letter words which appear in US state names?
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The object is to click only the words which appear somewhere in the name of a US state. Ex: "tuck" would be correct (Kentucky) but "luck" would not. Not all eligible words were used.
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What's in a Name? (US States) Quiz
Created May 24, 2012 in
Featured Oct 30, 2012
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May 24th, 2012 at 16:20 GMT
That was fun. Have you done one on State capitals yet?
May 24th, 2012 at 16:47 GMT
Thanks. I actually have drafts for a state capital version and European country version. I'm just waiting to see if there are comments or suggestions. I originally thought 5 minutes was way too much time but maybe it's ok. Looks like only one person has gotten them all so far.
May 24th, 2012 at 17:12 GMT
Love the Car 54 reference. Love these games. My only suggestion is to check the box that sort the answers alphabetically. I looked in vain for wASHington and sOUTh.
May 24th, 2012 at 17:18 GMT
Excellent game! I played it several times until I was able to get them all. I liked that they were in a different order each time. This and the fact that not all the words in states were in the list made the strategy "Is this word in a state name?" rather than "List all the words in state names".
May 24th, 2012 at 21:13 GMT
May 26th, 2012 at 13:33 GMT
Like this! Haven't managed it yet!
May 27th, 2012 at 14:47 GMT
This is one of the most unique and immmensely challenging quizzes I have ever done on Sporcle. Excellent job!
May 27th, 2012 at 22:45 GMT
So happy to see the new quiz format sparking creativity!
May 29th, 2012 at 02:47 GMT
How about 'sot' for MinneSOTa, 'ska' for AlaSKA, 'pen' for PA, etc.? Fun quiz.
May 29th, 2012 at 05:42 GMT
Thanks for the feedback. There are actually tons of scrabble-legal words not included here but I think the game would become tedious to use many more. As far as alphabetizing, I agree w/ the last part of Cheetah's comment above. (I changed it to alphabetical for a day and the ratings dropped.)
May 31st, 2012 at 20:54 GMT
Enjoyed the quiz very much. :) I like the uniqueness of not having *every* three letter word listed. As mentioned by Cheetah0131, this and the different order do make it more of a challenge and cause you to think the opposite of how you normally would, having to look at each word and see if it sounds familiar as being in a state name, rather than making words from states. Although I think there is time enough to use that as a strategy too towards the end, especially with the longer state names.
Jun 16th, 2012 at 03:30 GMT
Great quiz. I feel bad for anyone who missed 'new'.
Game published: Oct 30th, 2012 at 16:14 GMT
Oct 30th, 2012 at 17:41 GMT
Fun quiz. I missed "low" though, because it looks a lot like "Iow" as in the first three letters of "Iowa." Obviously, the fact that all answers are lower case should clarify that, but I didn't think of that while trying to answer as quickly as possible. Maybe consider replacing/removing that one?
Oct 30th, 2012 at 18:38 GMT
"Iow" isn't a word.
Oct 30th, 2012 at 20:00 GMT
I missed four - Strangely, all four were found in New England states.
Oct 30th, 2012 at 20:38 GMT
I missed nine - Strangely, all nine were found in The United States.
Oct 31st, 2012 at 02:45 GMT
This was a very fun game. But I was left with 8 I could not get...and still do not know what states they came from. I wonder if there is a way after the game is over to find this out?
Oct 31st, 2012 at 02:55 GMT
@AKappy: are you insinuating this quiz is too US centric? jk
Oct 31st, 2012 at 04:54 GMT
@ktappe: You beat me to it! I was wondering that too. A lot of the ones I got, I guessed, and I don't know what states they were- and let's face it, I'm too lazy to go through each one and then go through each state and look for it. Is there any sort of key?
Oct 31st, 2012 at 07:00 GMT
One of few state quizzes where singing "50 Nifty United States" in my head didn't help!
Oct 31st, 2012 at 07:58 GMT
There are at least two other 3-letter words that can be found in the 50 state names. I haven't looked too hard, but did find 'bra' and 'sot'. Yes, bra is short for brassiere, but it's part of the common lexicon. And sot isn't exactly a common word, but it's not archaic.
Oct 31st, 2012 at 11:59 GMT
Much trickier than it first appears! Good work.
Oct 31st, 2012 at 16:18 GMT
@rcedison, the quiz notes mention "not all eligible words were used."
Nov 1st, 2012 at 06:39 GMT
In the middle of a college campus last year I overheard a crazy religious lady ranting about how Wisconsin was going to hell and everyone should have seen it coming because, as she put it, "Why do you think they call it WisconSIN?!"
Nov 4th, 2012 at 12:01 GMT
She must have been delAWARE of the imminent apocalypse
Nov 5th, 2012 at 21:52 GMT
Felt so proud of myself for having six left with no misses and 20 seconds left. So I just guessed at the rest, based on what just sounded right: miss, miss, miss, miss, miss, miss.
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