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1. Calexico is a border city located between the U.S. state of California and a Mexican state that also contains "California" in its name. Which of these words, which can translate to "down" or "lower" in Spanish, completes the name of the state _______ California, and is where the cities of Mexicali and Tijuana are?
2. The province of Gansu is popular with tourists, whether they are interested in enjoying the desert, visiting Buddhist temples, or exploring stone caves. Even though a large part of the area's population is impoverished, the growing tourism and manufacturing sectors have slowly helped the situation improve.
In which of these Asian countries, where you might find yourself enjoying a plate of chow mein, is Gansu (a combination of the names Ganzhou and Suzhou) located?
3. In some cases, new cities can be born when two villages or towns merge. This happened in Ohio, United States in 1950. Since the borders between the villages of Fairfield and Osborn were preventing either one from developing, they decided to merge into a single city, with which of these names?
4. The Republic of Vanuatu is a relatively young nation. Though its history dates back to more than 3,000 years ago, the islands did not gain independence until 1980. Vanuatu encompasses several islands, which are grouped into provinces. One of these provinces, up north, is the Torba province.
The name "Torba" comes from the combination of two islands: the Torres Islands, and another group of islands. Which word, which may remind you of the places people go to withdraw money from, accounts for the "ba" part of Torba's name?
5. Sometimes, geographic portmanteaus go further than only mixing two names! An example is the Canadian town of Brockton, which was officially born in 1999 after the towns of Brant, Greenock, and Walkerton were merged into a single entity. In which of these Canadian provinces, home of sports teams like the Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, and Raptors, is Brockton located?
6. The municipality of Sandton in South Africa is one example of a geographic portmanteau. The name combines two suburbs, Sandown and Bryanston, into just one. In which of these cities, known as "The City of Gold", would you be if you were in Sandton?
7. During World War II, the United States and Canada made a joint decision to connect their territories through an ambitious project: a highway over 1,000 miles long. The ALCAN Highway connects Canada with which of the following snowy American states, the 49th to be admitted into the Union?
8. The region of Texoma gets its name from a mixture of the two southern U.S. states of Texas and Oklahoma. It is commonly associated with a body of water in the area with the same name, which was artificially built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Which of the following bodies of water is being alluded to? (think "Superior", "Tahoe", or "Titicaca")
9. Almost at the end of the 19th century, two towns in the state of Kansas, United States, amalgamated to create the small city of Grenola. It is a combination of Green Field ("Gre") and which other town that accounts for the "nola" part of the name and is also a type of vegetable oil?
10. There are many cities and towns around the world with portmanteau names, but it is much harder to find a country with a name that combines two words. Nevertheless, there are a few.
The nation of Tanzania was born in 1964 after which of the following countries, formed by islands of an eponymous archipelago, merged with the sovereign state of Tanganyika?
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