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"Hi Pat, I just got the itinerary you sent over. Are you actually drinking at work?"

"Nolo contendre. But what's the problem?"

"It doesn't make any sense. I mean, one of the lines is repeated, and there are seven separate destinations. I don't even know where some of these places are!"

"What do you mean? There's only one destination."

"Nuevo Laredo! Diego Garcia! Vicksburg! How do you think I can afford all that?"

"You didn't think you were GOING to any of those places, did you? Call me when you figure it out."


Pat is so infuriating! This is the itinerary Pat sent me:

  • River rafting in Nuevo Laredo
  • Clothes shopping in Diego Garcia
  • Music festival in Vicksburg
  • Sport driving in Milan
  • Bird watching at the seashore by Corpus Christi
  • Bird watching at the seashore by Corpus Christi
  • Observe parliament in Freetown
  • Dancing in Buenos Aires

Can you help me figure out where Pat wants to send me this time?

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I think I got it!

The answer is:

Budapest

And here's why:

It's all to do with the military alphabet. Letter by letter:

B: Nuevo Laredo is on the (in Spanish) Rio Bravo

U: Diego Garcia is a military base, so Uniform

D: Riverfest in Vicksburg is in the Mississippi Delta

A: The car company Alfa (Alpha) Romeo is in Milan

P: Padre (Papa) Island National Seashore is in Corpus Christi

E: Echo Park is a birding hotspot in Corpus Christi (Edit to amend that actually it's because this is Echoed from the previous letter.)

S: Freetown is in Sierra Leone

T: The main dance in Buenos Aires is Tango!

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  • $\begingroup$ Awesome job! Right in almost every detail. There is an easier explanation for the sixth letter, though... $\endgroup$ – Jeremy Dover Jul 9 at 18:08
  • $\begingroup$ OH, hah, is it because rot13(gur ercrngrq vgrz vf na rpub)?? $\endgroup$ – kristinalustig Jul 9 at 18:14
  • $\begingroup$ Yep! That is correct :-) $\endgroup$ – Jeremy Dover Jul 9 at 18:15
  • $\begingroup$ Nice Kristin!!! $\endgroup$ – MrSethward Jul 10 at 7:21

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