A Geographically Odditity!

May 17, 2010

RAY: Today's puzzle is about a geographical oddity. This was sent in by Norm Loveless.

Imagine you're at home in a city somewhere in the United States. You decide to travel along each of the four compass directions, north, south, east, and west. Day 1, you travel due north and you eventually cross a state line. Let's call this state X. You return home.

The next day you decide to travel due south. Again you come to the border of your home state and its neighbor. It is also state X. You return home amazed.

Day 3, you elect to proceed due east and you are shocked to find out that the first state you reach is, again, state X! On the fourth day you travel due west and soon are stupefied to find a sign saying, 'Welcome to State X'!

There is only one city in the United States whereby traveling along the four compass points, north, south, east and west, the first state you reach is identical no matter which direction you choose. Name the city and the state.
RAY: Here's the answer. The state is New York State. And the city is Stamford, Connecticut.

TOM: So no matter where you go you hit New York State.

RAY: Exactly. If you leave Stamford, Connecticut, and you go north, you actually hit New York State because there's a little bit of New York State that sticks out into Connecticut. And if you go west from Stamford, you clearly hit New York State. If you go south you'll hit Long Island. And if you go east you'll hit the far east end of Long Island.

TOM: All of which is New York State!

RAY: Do we have a winner?

TOM: We certainly do. Our winner this week is Kathy Foley from Broomfield, Colorado, and for having her answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Kathy's going to get a $26 gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at cartalk.com, with which she can get a copy of our latest music collection, Stairway to Heapdom.

RAY: Congratulations, Kathy.

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