Grandpa was busy finishing up his travel itinerary.

"Where are you going Grandpa?" I asked

"Many places! I want to visit places that are charming, historical--"

"Wow" My reaction

"exciting, sunny, special--" he continued.

"Ok, ok. Where are you going?"

Flashing a list of places in his hand, he said, " Figure it out yourself"

" I am starting my trip from Africa late summer, not before.

My next stop : Red Cross, Int. Atomic Energy Agency, UNICEF

Then to the land of beautiful mausoleums!" He finally stopped.

" And then?" I asked looking at his list.

"You figure that out son. I will end it on Thanksgiving"

" And son, yes there is a method to my travel plan!" He muttered.

I was looking at his list. Is there a method to his madness?

What places is he visiting? Why?

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    $\begingroup$ Are the nonstandard spellings (Canbera, Khatmandu, Stockhom) deliberate? $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Feb 26, 2019 at 21:48
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    $\begingroup$ No they are not. Grandpa's spelling, handwritten. $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Feb 26, 2019 at 22:02
  • $\begingroup$ Gareth. Grandpa corrected it and said thanks $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Feb 26, 2019 at 22:07
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    $\begingroup$ Tegicigalpa and Gabarone are still there $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Feb 26, 2019 at 22:09

1 Answer 1


He is visiting

Nairobi, Kenya; Oslo, Norway; New Delhi, India; Athens, Greece; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; and Ankara, Turkey.

Explanations for clued places:

Kenya is in Africa. Oslo is where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded, which the three listed organizations all have won. India is known for mausoleums, including the Taj Mahal. The last stop in Turkey references the popular Thanksgiving bird.

Method of travel:

The places form a knight's path, and the initials of the countries spell KNIGHT. KNIGHT

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    $\begingroup$ This answer seems to line up with the hint that Grandpa gave - rot13(jvgu gur vavgvnyf bs "punezvat, uvfgbevpny...rkpvgvat, fhaal, fcrpvny" fcryyvat PURFF) $\endgroup$
    – Elpharya
    Feb 26, 2019 at 22:54
  • $\begingroup$ @noedne. Why not start in Botswana? Cant you spell BISHOP also? $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Feb 26, 2019 at 23:11
  • $\begingroup$ @DEEM My best guess is that it has something to do with the fact that Kenya is partially in the Northern Hemisphere and Botswana is in the Southern Hemisphere. This doesn't seem to work, however, as the two countries still have similar summer months. $\endgroup$
    – noedne
    Feb 26, 2019 at 23:28
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    $\begingroup$ You have nicely figured out everything else. There is a clue in the puzzle that rejects Botswana $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Feb 26, 2019 at 23:49
  • $\begingroup$ Isn't the "Thanksgiving" clue the reason to reject BISHOP? There would be no reason to end on Panama that's related to Thanksgiving $\endgroup$
    – ferret
    Feb 27, 2019 at 20:23

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