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I met a fellow puzzler from a certain country and town. When I asked where he was from, he replied

My prefix is anagram
My infix is anagram
My suffix is anagram

Where is he from?

Hint: When I asked him to clarify, he said

My prefix prefix is a horned animal
My prefix infix is an enlightened animal
My prefix suffix is a worn down animal

My suffix prefix is the worn down animal
My suffix infix is a slimy animal
My suffix suffix is the horned animal

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    $\begingroup$ Obviously, he is from anagramanagramanagram. :) $\endgroup$
    – Riley
    Apr 25, 2018 at 15:07
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    $\begingroup$ @Sensoray No I worded it appropriately and intentionally ambiguous. $\endgroup$
    – tyobrien
    Apr 25, 2018 at 15:37
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    $\begingroup$ Just to save anybody else the work, who thought they were being clever - there are no named locations on earth called "anagram" according to GeoNames. $\endgroup$
    – user41531
    Apr 25, 2018 at 16:03
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    $\begingroup$ How 'well known' is the town? What are the chances someone in another country has ever heard of this town? $\endgroup$
    – PL457
    Apr 25, 2018 at 16:04
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    $\begingroup$ To those who edited the title, the apostrophe was supposed to indicate that "anagram" is all over this place just... anagrammed. $\endgroup$
    – tyobrien
    Apr 25, 2018 at 22:23

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He is from

Ramanagaram.

My prefix is anagram
My infix is anagram
My suffix is anagram

Ramanag, managar, and nagaram are all anagrams of anagram.

My prefix prefix is a horned animal
My prefix infix is an enlightened animal
My prefix suffix is a worn down animal

A ram is a male sheep with horns, a man is enlightened, and a nag is an old horse.

My suffix prefix is the worn down animal
My suffix infix is a slimy animal
My suffix suffix is the horned animal

A nag (see above), a gar is a type of fish, and a ram (see above).

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  • $\begingroup$ You’ve got it! Did my hint that I previously added help a lot? If so I can put it back. $\endgroup$
    – tyobrien
    Apr 25, 2018 at 17:47
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, I did use the hint; it helps a lot in searching, which is necessary if you have never heard of the name. I will add an explanation to the hint if you add it back. $\endgroup$
    – noedne
    Apr 25, 2018 at 17:56
  • $\begingroup$ Sounds good. I added it :). It shouldn’t take much to explain them. $\endgroup$
    – tyobrien
    Apr 25, 2018 at 18:06
  • $\begingroup$ Why does the wikipedia page title not have the latter on the end, but every mention includes it? $\endgroup$
    – Tin Wizard
    Apr 25, 2018 at 18:52
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    $\begingroup$ @noedne great answer... curious that the wikipedia title isn't the same as the town name $\endgroup$
    – qwr
    Apr 26, 2018 at 15:43
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He is from

Walla Walla, WA

so

Prefix= Walla, Suffix= llaWA, Infix= lawal

which are anagrams of each other

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  • $\begingroup$ Awesome alternate answer! But not what I was thinking. $\endgroup$
    – tyobrien
    Apr 25, 2018 at 15:36
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Similar to @TwoBitOperation's answer, it could be:

Djibouti, Djibouti
Prefix=Djibouti, Suffix=Djibouti, Infix=outiDjib

A key distinction between the answers being:

Djibouti is a country, but Washington is a state

(edit)
Since that was the best I could come up with, one note about this puzzle:

The speaker says "My [prefix|suffix|infix] is anagram", not "My home" or anything else referencing a location.

Not sure whether that's noteworthy/intentional/helpful, but thought I'd mention it.

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  • $\begingroup$ Another great answer. But the actual solution is one word. $\endgroup$
    – tyobrien
    Apr 25, 2018 at 15:55
  • $\begingroup$ Huh. Until seeing your answer I assumed the "WA" was Western Australia. But it turns out the Australian Walla Walla is in NSW :) $\endgroup$ Apr 26, 2018 at 16:05
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Surely the answer is:

'Ili'ili (a village in American Samoa)

Because

'Ili is an anagram of the infixes li'i and i'il, which are also an anagram of the suffix 'ili

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  • $\begingroup$ Does it match any of the other clues? $\endgroup$
    – smci
    Apr 25, 2018 at 22:34
  • $\begingroup$ @smci The other clues were added after I posted this answer. $\endgroup$
    – Laurel
    Apr 25, 2018 at 22:38
  • $\begingroup$ Ah. But you can try to retcon ;-) $\endgroup$
    – smci
    Apr 25, 2018 at 22:39

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