A Geography Puzzle

For you puzzle fans, here’s a geography challenge of sorts from Puzzlemaster Will Shortz on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday:

The word “marten,” as in the animal, consists of the beginning letters of “Mississippi,” “Arkansas,” “Texas,” and “New Mexico”; you can actually drive from Mississippi to Arkansas to Texas to New Mexico in that order. What is the longest common English word you can spell by taking the beginning letters of consecutive states in order as you travel through them? Puzzlemaster Will Shortz’s answer has eight letters, but maybe you can top that.

If you want to submit an answer and perhaps win a chance to play the on-air puzzle, you can submit your answer online. The deadline for this puzzle is Thursday, February 23, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.

Get out that U.S. map and start spelling!

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