Challenge from a friend
- From: "Steve A." <zoningpermit@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2007 18:57:41 -0700
"Because I just spent too long looking at a map of the U.S., I give
you the following puzzle:
there are five states X in the 48 contiguous United States (that is,
excluding Alaska and Hawaii) with the following property: if X were to
secede from the United States, then the remaining 47 states would be
split into two (nonempty) parts which don't touch each other."
In other words, which states would cut off another piece of the U.S.
by seceding that is currently connected to the MAINLAND US. No
counting Staten Island, and no counting things like the NW Angle for
which one must go through Canada.
Here is my answer:
NY - cuts off New England
NH - cuts off Maine
NJ - cuts off two tiny pieces of Delaware
TN - cuts off the loop of KY inside the Mississippi River
MD - cuts off Virginia in the Delmarva, but one can get there via the
WI - cuts off the MI UP, but one can get there via I-75.
DE - cuts off Ocean City MD, but one can get there via MD 90 or US 50.
Anyone think of anything else?
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