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Wordplay Wednesday 12 March

Postby SMWinnie » Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:27 pm

Ken wrote:Wordplay Wednesday! There are four U.S. states whose names rhyme with the name of a world nation. As a hint: two of the states also rhyme with each other, so there are really only three “rhyme sounds” to come up with.

Can you name all three rhymes? Ground rules:

Rhymes must be exact, according to the first listed pronunciation in Merriam-Webster’s Geographical Dictionary.
Rhymes must go back to the first stressed syllable. “Tennessee” doesn’t rhyme with “Haiti,” because it’s “HAY-tee,” not “hay-TEE.” “Wisconsin” doesn’t rhyme with “Benin”; an exact rhyme for “Wisconsin” would have to end in “-onsin.”
Normal brief English country names. “France” with a short ‘a’, not “La Fraaance” or “French Republic.”


I presume New Mexico is disqualified for triviality and Georgia is disqualified as it is properly pronounced JAW-juh.

I've got
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Eliza's elocution lesson
to start.
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday 12 March

Postby Bill » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:03 pm

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Pennsylvania
should be one of them.
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday 12 March

Postby Neel Mehta » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:30 pm

Let's finish the set.

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Dr. Henry Jones, Jr. meets Rev. Jim Jones.


That's one state and the country. For the second rhyming state, I submit... myself.
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday 12 March

Postby Ken Jennings » Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:15 am

Interestingly, Merriam-Webster lists ghee-YAH-nah as the preferred pronunciation, so Indiana (and Montana!) don't qualify.
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday 12 March

Postby Neel Mehta » Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:23 am

Ken Jennings wrote:Interestingly, Merriam-Webster lists ghee-YAH-nah as the preferred pronunciation, so Indiana (and Montana!) don't qualify.


Oh well. Serves me right for getting involved with the special hell of pronunciation and rhyming. (I was thinking of Indiana and Louisiana.)

That just leaves Alaska, Nebraska, and Madagasca (the R left and joined the Afro Circus).
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday 12 March

Postby bwouns » Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:41 pm

I am assuming that the "first stressed syllable" rule only applies to the second word of two word states. Therefore I submit:

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North/South Carolina and China
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday 12 March

Postby Ken Jennings » Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:39 pm

Correct! Nice work, everybody, pack it in. We'll start again early tomorrow.
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