Friday puzzle: states

Today’s puzzle is a word puzzle: find a pair of US states whose letters can be mixed together and re-arranged to make a different pair of US states.

Last week’s puzzle was the cucumbers drying in the sun. There were 200 pounds of cucumbers originally and they were 99% water. That means that there was 198 pounds of water and 2 pounds of real cucumber stuff.

After sitting in the sun all day they were down to 98% water. The 2 pounds of real cucumber stuff was unaffected by this so that means that there were 98 pounds of water too. So the total weight was 100 pounds (half the amount started with). It’s counter-intuitive that going from 99% water to 98% water is actually a loss of over half the water.

Answer next week

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