Race-car lingo provides clues to capital

March 03, 2006|by LISA PREJEAN

"Gentlemen, start your engines!"

We heard that phrase used repeatedly in Daytona Beach, Fla., last month. My family had gone south for a few days over Presidents Day weekend, which also happened to be the Daytona 500 weekend.

We didn't attend the race. We left the condo to take in the movie "Eight Below," so my dad could watch the race in peace. He likes to watch a race up close and with instant replay. Diehard race fans will understand his relief when my brother suggested that we go to the movies. (Too many questions about the race-car driver who does flips or the flap about the rear window level of the feisty driver's car would be enough to send the most patient fan off the edge.)

For a family who tends to avoid movie theaters because we feel the content is for the most part inappropriate, we had an enjoyable time. "Eight Below" is a great family movie, one I felt comfortable watching with my children, ages 7 and 10.


When we arrived back at the condo, Dad was able to fill us in about the winner and the wrecks, including the one that halted Carl Edwards and his famous back-flip.

And it all began with the aforementioned phrase, "Gentlemen, start your engines!"

That's also how I started the clues for one of the Capitals of the Day in a contest I used to challenge my fifth-graders.

The other two clues for that capital were:

  • When picked as capital, I was home to only a few American Indian villages and settlers.

  • 1816

The Capital? Indianapolis, Ind., the home of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Indian clue was to indicate the origin of the city's name, and 1816 refers to the date Indiana was admitted to the Union.

In last week's column, I provided clues for 26 Capital of the Day answers with the promise that the other 24 would be given this week.

See how you do on these:

1. Opposite of girls + e.

My state is bordered by Canada and six states.

2. I followed Lexington.

I am south of Cincinnati.

3. I was named after an American Indian tribe.

I am north of Denver.

4. I share my name with the 16th president of the United States.

I am east of Cheyenne.

5. I am not Santa Claus, but we have similar names.

I am north of El Paso.

6. I am near Lake Champlain.

I am west of Augusta.

7. I share my name with the first modern explorer to discover the New World.

My state was No. 17.

8. French explorer Etienne Brule first saw me in 1615 as he traveled down the Susquehanna River.

About 100 years later, John Harris opened a trading post on my land.

9. My state grew quickly because wealthy settlers built large plantations.

I followed Charleston.

10. My state was part of the Oregon Territory.


11. I am a Frenchman's name.

I am on the Missouri River.

12. I'm the opposite of Jill's daughter.

I am south of Memphis.

13. I am the "Country Music Capital" of the world.

I am north of Birmingham.

14. My state was part of the "Southern Plantation."

I was named for Sir Walter Raleigh.

15. I was founded by wealthy Puritans.

Red Sox.

16. I am on the western bank of the Hudson River.

I beat out Kingston, Poughkeepsie and Broadway's home to become my state's capital.

17. I am near the Great Salt Lake.

I am north of Phoenix.

18. Mount St. Helens is north of me.

I am southwest of Portland.

19. My state was part of the Northwest Territory.

I am east of Lake Michigan.

20. I am north of Dallas.

My state was No. 46.

21. My founders recognized God's care and provision.

Roger Williams.

22. I am west of St. Louis.

I was named after Thomas Jefferson.

23. I am southwest of Dallas.

Mrs. Prejean's favorite capital (because it is her husband's first name).


1. Boise, Idaho

2. Frankfort, Ky.

3. Cheyenne, Wyo.

4. Lincoln, Neb.

5. Santa Fe, N.M.

6. Montpelier, Vt.

7. Columbus, Ohio

8. Harrisburg, Pa.

9. Columbia, S.C.

10. Helena, Mont.

11. Pierre, S.D.

12. Jackson, Miss.

13. Nashville, Tenn.

14. Raleigh, N.C.

15. Boston, Mass.

16. Albany, N.Y.

17. Salt Lake City, Utah

18. Salem, Ore.

19. Lansing, Mich.

20. Oklahoma City, Okla.

21. Providence, R.I.

22. Jefferson City, Mo.

23. Austin, Texas

Lisa Tedrick Prejean writes a weekly column for The Herald-Mail's Family page. Send e-mail to her at

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