The Twelve Mile Circle has been hammered by people searching for the answer to a specific trivia question. I’ve seen dozens of search engine queries and I’ve received several email messages from people desperate to know the answer. I can’t help them because I don’t know the exact question. I’m betting that one of you knows the question and the answer, and I’m hoping you can post a comment.
Here was one email message:
I was listening to public radio this morning and heard part of a trivia question… Car leaves city (in state A), drives north, crosses state border to State B, returns to city, drives south, crosses border into state B, same thing apparently in four directions….sort of a city/state within a state…somewhere in U.S
And here is another message:
What city in the USA is located in an area where it is surrounded by another single state, so that you can go north, south, east, and west and come to that state line in all four cases?
I’ve also gotten every variation imaginable through search engine queries that I’ve recorded in my weblogs, too.
My cardinal rule of trivia questions is always to guess "somewhere in Alaska" or "Vatican City." Neither seems to apply here. Alaska is an exclave that borders no other state and Vatican City, well, isn’t part of the United States. Neither are San Marino or Lesotho which would also be good choices if international situations were valid solutions to the puzzle.
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Not having actually heard the radio broadcast myself, my best guess is that the answer might me Carter Lake, Iowa (which I’ve profiled before). That assumes the question actually involves driving a car. One cannot leave Carter Lake by automobile without entering Nebraska. Does a population of 3,200 quality it as a "city" though?