Q: Starting in Montana, you can drive into South Dakota and then into Iowa. Those three states have the postal abbreviations MT, SD, and IA — whose letters can be rearranged to spell AMIDST. The challenge is to do this with four connected states to make an eight-letter word. That is, start in a certain state, drive to another, then another, and then another. Take the postal abbreviations of the four states you visit, mix the letters up, and use them to spell a common eight-letter word. Can you do this?
I’m using a list of states directly connected by physical roads/bridges. This leaves out states that might legally touch on a map (e.g. UT-NM, AZ-CO, MI-MN, NY-RI, etc.). But even still, I’m not convinced there is only one answer. I guess it comes down to your definition of “common”.
Edit: Unless there is some further restriction, I have at least 6 words that I consider common, 3 more if you allow an added S.
animator (IA-MO-AR-TN) condemns (SD-NE-CO-NM) diamonds (ND-SD-IA-MO) diocesan (SD-IA-NE-CO) dioramas (SD-IA-MO-AR) flagrant (AR-TN-GA-FL) nominate (NE-IA-MO-TN) ornament (AR-TN-MO-NE) ransomed (SD-NE-MO-AR)
Less common words:
contused (UT-CO-NE-SD) diaphone (IN-OH-PA-DE) eduction (ID-UT-CO-NE) galavant (GA-AL-TN-VA) magneton (NE-MO-TN-GA) mediants (MT-SD-NE-IA) moleskin (NE-KS-MO-IL) moralism (IL-MO-AR-MS) nomadism (SD-MN-IA-MO) nonmetal (NE-MO-TN-AL) saintdom (SD-IA-MO-TN) tangrams (MS-AR-TN-GA)
coenamor (CO-NE-MO-AR) domaines (SD-NE-IA-MO) makimono (NM-OK-MO-IA) martagon (MO-AR-TN-GA) matronal (MO-AR-TN-AL) monecian (CO-NE-IA-MN) takingly (IL-KY-TN-GA)
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