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Today’s puzzle was submitted by IndependentTraveler.com reader Caprice Kutz! Here’s her description of how it works:

Within each sentence is hidden the name of a U.S. state capital. After you figure out No. 1, the second answer will be the capital of another state that is near the one in the prior answer.

In the example below, the answer is the city of Reno (not a capital).

Example: We aRE NO longer living there.

Ready to give it a try? Find the U.S. state capitals hidden in the following six sentences, and post your answers in the comments below. You have until Monday, April 7, at 11:59 p.m. ET to post your response. We’ll keep all comments private until then. On Tuesday morning we’ll reveal the answers and choose one winner at random to receive an IndependentTraveler.com travel mug. Note: Although all are welcome to play, we can only ship prizes to the Continental U.S.

Editor’s Note: This contest has ended. The winner is Betty, who correctly identified all six cities. (See the answers in the puzzle below.) Betty has won an IndependentTraveler.com travel mug. Congratulations! Stay tuned for more chances to win.

1. Beers, ale, malt — all are found in breweries. (Answer: Salem)

2. The Lena sisters were looking forward to their trip to Ireland. (Answer: Helena)

3. The young couple took a walk on the pier, regardless of the fact that it was closed. (Answer: Pierre)

4. President Lincoln gladly signed the Emancipation Proclamation. (Answer: Lincoln)

5. Because the monkey had hidden very well, the zoo visitors did not get to see him that day. (Answer: Denver)

6. Santa fell down the chimney and broke his leg. (Answer: Santa Fe)

–written by Caprice Kutz

10 Responses to “Friday Puzzle: Find the State Capitals”

  1. Steve Grey says:

    1. Salem
    2. Helena
    3. Pierre
    4. Lincoln (not so hidden)
    5. Denver
    6. Santa Fe

  2. deb crosby says:

    1. Salem
    2. Helena
    3. Pierre
    4. Lincoln
    5. Denver
    6. Santa Fe

  3. Betty says:

    1. Beers, ale, malt — all are found in breweries. =Salem
    2. The Lena sisters were looking forward to their trip to Ireland.= Helena
    3. The young couple took a walk on the pier, regardless of the fact that it was closed. =Pierre
    4. President Lincoln gladly signed the Emancipation Proclamation. = Lincoln
    5. Because the monkey had hidden very well, the zoo visitors did not get to see him that day.=Denver
    6. Santa fell down the chimney and broke his leg. = Santa Fe

  4. ACruiseGuy says:

    Salem,Helena,Pierre,Lincoln (seems too easy), Denver, Sante Fe

  5. Diana Davies says:

    1 Salem
    2 Helena
    3 Pierre
    4 Lincoln
    5 Denver
    6 Santa Fe

  6. Dorinda says:

    1. Salem
    2. Helena
    3. Pierre
    4. Lincoln
    5. Denver
    6. Santa Fe

  7. Diane JG says:

    1. Salem, Oregon
    2. Helena, Montana
    3. Pierre, South Dakota
    4. Lincoln, Nebraska
    5. Denver, Colorado
    6. Santa Fe, New Mexico

  8. dave wise says:

    #1 Salem
    #2 Helena
    #3 Pierre
    #4 Lincoln
    #5 Denver

  9. Barbie says:

    1. Salem,, Oregon
    2. Helena, Montana
    3. Pierre, North Dakota
    4. Lincoln, Nebraska
    5. Denver, Colorado
    6. Santa Fe, New Mexico

  10. Jamey says:

    1. Salem, Oregon
    2. Helena, Montana
    3. Pierre, South Dakota
    4. Lincoln, Nebraska
    5. Denver, Colorado
    6. Santa Fe, New Mexico
    :)

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