This list of twelve US states is missing only one. Can you figure out which one and why?

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon

1 Answer 1


Is it

North Carolina

Since those 13 states

Contain the letter they begin with more than once

  • $\begingroup$ Got it in one. Still searching for that balance between way too easy and way too hard... $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 22:03
  • $\begingroup$ @DarrelHoffman maybe you shouldn't have given us 12, maybe 8 and let us get the other 5 $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 22:07
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    $\begingroup$ @JoeBeastlyGerbil: Possibly, though the more states you remove, the greater the chance that the remaining ones will have some other property in common that you didn't intend. Oh well. (My first instinct was to list countries with that property, but there's a lot more of them - and it's a dead giveaway that so many of them start with 'A'. Actually ALL of the A-countries work, just like all the A-states. Geographic names really like A's for some reason.) $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 22:13
  • $\begingroup$ Its a good puzzle, wasn't as obvious for me since i was overthinking it. i was looking at a map ;-). $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 27, 2016 at 9:36

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