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2 (1 hyphen)Boundary separating the free states from the slave states, from the names of the surveyors.
1 (hyphen)Person who took part in the 1849 California gold rush or someone favoring the use of the 49th parallel in the boundary dispute with Great Britain.
1Scandal, from the Washington complex housing the Democratic national committee, burglarized in June 1972.
1Empty, insincere talk, after Buncombe County, whose congressman, Felix Walker, before a vote on the Missouri Compromise, insisted on giving a speech for Buncombe.
1Poor, white, rural Southerner, usually considered to be bigoted and intolerant.
1Torrent or flood, from the name of the falls on the New York and Canadian border.
2Any sneak or unexpected attack, from Japan's surprise attack on December 7, 1941.
1Poor migrant farm worker, especially one from Oklahoma and other areas of the Great Plains because of drought during the Great Depression.
1Cheapskate or petty person or one who gambles overly cautiously, possibly from the nickname California Gold Rushers used for settlers from Pike County, MO, who were thought worthless and lazy.
2Run-down section of town, from a 19th-century unpaved logging road from the Seattle area to Oregon.
2Obsession with staying near the seat of power, from the idea that once a politician gets to Washington, he'll do anything to keep the trappings of office.
2 (or 3)Skeptical, needing proof, from Congressman Vandiver's 1899 speech: 'I'm ___ ___, you've got to show me.'
4 (or 5)Ordinary citizens have a difficult time overcoming government bureaucracy from the name of a building which houses the offices of a municipal government.
1Louisiana native descended from Acadian French exiles from Nova Scotia, from a corruption of 'Acadian.'
1Puritanical person, especially one who advocates rigorous morality, possibly from the US colonial period when Connecticut became known as The Blue Law State because of its blue laws restricting commerce and recreation.
2Mail railroad route or a socially prominent person, from a fashionable residential district west of Philadelphia, along the railroad line to Paoli.
2Lawyer clever using legal technicalities, from a New England saying that 3 lawyers in this Pennsylvanian city were a match for the devil and from Andrew Hamilton's brilliant defense of John Zenger in 1735.
1Farmer, from a derogatory term used for those who broke up the sods of the virgin buffalo grass in the plains.
1Mexican immigrant, becaise many swam the Rio Grande for work in the US.
3Very short period of time, for the speed it takes to decide something in Manhattan.
2Sound of contempt, also called a raspberry, sticking out the tongue and expelling air, from the name of a New York borough where the expression originated.
3 (or 4)To be acceptable to average Americans, from this town in Illinois thought to represent Middle American values.
3Continuous watch or censorship of the arts, from the 24-hr guarding of medieval towns and the name of Anthony Comstock's Boston Society of 1876.
1Small, rather insignificant town, from the name of such towns in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
2Rich agricultural region in SE California and NE Baja California reclaimed from the Colorado desert, named after the company which developed it.
1Prospector or pioneer, from the leaven used for the fermented bread that was the staple of old-time prospectors in Alaska, Canada, and western US.
2Heavy rainstorm, from downpours resulting in an onrush of water through deep ditches in TX and OK.
2Nouveau riche, used disparagingly by the elite to refer to those who became wealthy in the fish industry and moved to the Back Bay area of Boston.
2Area known for its rich soil, from the black soil across the South from South Carolina to Louisiana.
4 (or 5)To betray or be disloyal, from the slaveowner's practice of selling uncooperative slaves into harsh servitude on plantations of the lower Mississippi.
1Small gift given with a purchase, from New Orleans store owners who gave gifts to regular customers.
1 (or 2)Isolated rocky mass or mountain rising above the plain, from a mountain in New Hampshire.
6Loss of hometown roots, coined by Oregon Senator Neuberger and William Safire about politicians who can't return to small town life in Idaho after experiencing the lifestyle of the capital.

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