When Grandpa called, he sounded very unhappy.

"I am supposed to be in Paris but here I am stuck in a storm!", he grumbled.

"I am in the middle of nowhere. At the end of the line, front of the lobby, standing for hours. Trying to get a room for the night!"

"What city are you in Grandpa?" I asked

Then the cell connection died.

What city was Grandpa in? Why?

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    $\begingroup$ Grandpa needs to learn to be a bit less cryptic if he expects a timely rescue. Time and a place, gramps... $\endgroup$ May 19 at 15:07

I think Grandpa might be stuck in:

Helsinki, Finland.

The wording of the puzzle suggests that Grandpa is stranded at an intermediate airport whilst attempting to travel to Paris as a result of bad weather ('stuck in a storm... trying to get a room for the night...'), but some of his words here have an additional hidden significance:

If we take:

- the middle of NOWHERE,
- the end of LINE, and
- the front of LOBBY

...these 3 letters spell HEL, which is the standard 3-letter IATA code for Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.

Here's hoping that Grandpa's cell is a:

Nokia - as then at least he's in the right country to find a compatible charger easily!

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    $\begingroup$ Another superb solve @Stiv. Well at least took you a few minutes this time. Not seconds like you normally do. $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    May 18 at 14:15
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    $\begingroup$ Annoyingly had this but thought "Standing for hours" signified another "h" and was trying to make something like Helhoek work. Will teach me to overthink things, well done. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    May 18 at 14:22
  • $\begingroup$ @hexomino Thanks. I went through a very similar train of thought, trying to spell out the whole word. It was only when I thought to interpret what I had in the context of the puzzle's setting that I realised what I had might actually be sufficient... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    May 18 at 14:26
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    $\begingroup$ He's in Hohhot (HET) if he's at "the front of the lobby". +1 for your answer, -1 for the question. $\endgroup$
    – msh210
    May 18 at 14:59
  • $\begingroup$ Got the TLA immediately but didn't spot how to interpret it. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – Stilez
    May 21 at 16:32

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