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1. This little town in Florida's panhandle sounds like a training ground for prep cooks. If your idea of Standard Operating Procedure is dicing and mincing, you should visit ____.
2. This very affectionate seeming city is one of the more frequently mispronounced places in Florida. It is on the south side of the central Florida theme park aggregation and has been home to the biggest rodeo east of the Mississippi River since the 1940s. If you want to see the Silver Spurs Rodeo, you head for ____.
3. Idaho and Maine boast of their tubers, but Florida is no small potatoes either, annually producing roughly 175 thousand tons of America's favorite root vegetable. In the middle of northeast Florida's potato patch is a rural community with the perfect name. Have you ever been to ____?
4. It sounds like Willie likes beachcombing. Just south of bustling Daytona Beach, lies a little unincorporated village with one of Florida's best, if slightly wacky sounding, names.
5. Not everybody in Florida is into the beach scene. The rolling topography of the interior has its charms, too. As far as I know, Messrs. Cosell, Stern, and Mandel have never visited, but it looks like a namesake may have put down roots in ____.
6. Florida's Spanish heritage is often manifested in place names. The inherent musicality of the Spanish language often conceals names not so appealing in translation. What Atlantic Coast resort city is called "rodent's mouth" in Spanish?
7. Sometimes origins get muddled. The largest city in South Florida is an example. There are multiple versions of the origin and meaning of its name (admittedly of Native American origin), and at least three separate pronunciations of its name. What confusingly named city is the central jewel of Florida's Gold Coast?
8. Florida's state capital draws its name from the Apalachee people's term for "old fields". The final English spelling of the name was apparently selected by one Octavia Walton, daughter of one of Florida's territorial governors. Poor Ms. Octavia earned the unending ire of millions of schoolchildren who need to learn to spell it. How DO you spell it?
9. A city, a river, a bay and some pretty good oysters all share the same name of Native American origin. It sounds rather like a Native American soft drink. Would you care to take a guess at this name from the eastern part of the Florida Panhandle?
10. Florida has a great many places named "big water" in various Native American languages. So many in fact, that the name for Florida's biggest inland water had to be stolen from southern Georgia's Hitchiti people. Do you know what the Hitchiti called Florida's biggest lake?
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