"Wow, this is a very big country, our USA" Said Grandpa. He was looking at the USA map.

"Everyone knows that" My two cents.

"Did you know that California is twice as big as Nebraska?"

"Could be" I kind of agreed.

"And Florida is twice as big as Louisiana?" He muttered.

"Georgia is big too. It is as big as Arkansas and Alabama combined!"

"No. Really?" Now I got suspicious.

"Oh and Maryland is as big as 4 states combined. Big states too. One of them is North Dakota"

Now I knew he is in his crazy mode.

"And tell you what son. This state takes the cake!. It is big as Five states combined. Yes, FIVE!, exactly" said Grandpa.

Now I was curious. What was he talking about? Which state? What was his logic?

  • $\begingroup$ Is the mis-spelling of North Dakota intentional? $\endgroup$
    – F1Krazy
    Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 13:37
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    $\begingroup$ No problem. I find it's always good to check when you're dealing with puzzles. $\endgroup$
    – F1Krazy
    Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 13:39

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Your Grandpa thinks that

Pennsylvania is a big as Nebraska, Alabama, California, South Carolina and Colorado

As for the logic:

If you take the two letters of each state and get the corresponding atomic element, Grandpa is right !
- California -> Ca (20) = 2 x Nebraska -> Ne (10)
- Florida -> Fl (114) = 2 x Louisiana -> La (57)
- Georgia -> Ga (31) = Arkansas + Alabama -> Ar (18) + Al (13)
- Maryland -> Md (101) = North Dakota + Nebraska + Alabama + Arkansas -> Nd (60) + Ne (10) + Al (13) + Ar (18)

And for the big state :

Pennsylvania -> Pa (91) = Ne (10) + Al (13) + Ca (20) + Sc (21) + Co (27)

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    $\begingroup$ Good Job @Keehaul. Now since you are in that mode. Is there a state that is made up of SIX states? There is. $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 14:49
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    $\begingroup$ Montana is as big as Nebraska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, South Carolina and Colorado :) $\endgroup$
    – Keelhaul
    Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 15:05
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    $\begingroup$ I believe this is the absolute maximum without counting the same state twice. With repetitions, New Hampshire wins, as it is as big as ten times Nebraska, plus Alabama! $\endgroup$
    – Keelhaul
    Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 15:11

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