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Geography Generator Puzzle #3

Rearrange the letters in the grid on the left to make one significant 9-letter world location.
In addition to this - drawing only from these 9 letters - solve each geographical answer from the clues given.
Each grid letter may be used only once within an individual answer
The previous quiz in this series can be found here (Quiz #2)
Last updated: August 25, 2015
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9-Letter Location
MINNESOTA
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Answer
New England state
Maine
Paulo or Tomé, e.g.
São
Muscat is its capital
Oman
Table-topped hill
Mesa
Blarney feature
Stone
____ Blanc, France
Mont
Synonym of country
Nation
Isle in the Irish sea
Man
Castle water barrier
Moat
Baltic state
Estonia
Hint
Answer
New York square
Times
Hitler's Eagle's ____
Nest
Thailand, formerly
Siam
Coal or gold source
Mine
Red or Dead, e.g.
Sea
English boys' college town
Eton
Biggest city on the Loire
Nantes
U.S. state capital Des ______
Moines
_____-Dixon line
Mason
Que. and Man. neighbour
Ont.
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level 69
May 3, 2015
I kept thinking of the phrase, "I'd rather be dead than red." Guess my mind was on politics, not bodies of water!
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level 77
May 23, 2015
You weren't the only one.
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level 70
Aug 3, 2015
I live (and have been in) both. Knew the answer before I finished reading the clue.
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level 72
Nov 1, 2016
You live both? What does that mean?
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level 56
May 23, 2015
Eton is not a prep school. It's a Public secondary school. Prep(aratory) schools are for kids under 13.
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level 39
May 23, 2015
Yes, Eton is a college for boys aged 13-18. Fees can be over £30,000 a year but some are given grants towards this. There are many optional charges costing hundreds of pounds for extra tuition.
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level 61
May 23, 2015
Thanks for the clarification: I confused it with the US usage, strangely. I've submitted a change.
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level 78
May 23, 2015
Are you sure Omenistan isn't a significant world location?! ;) I love these quizzes!
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level 64
May 26, 2015
Is it located right next to Monestain? LOL
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level 44
May 23, 2015
One of the few 9-letter words I've gotten! Helps that I live in Minnesota :)
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level 73
May 23, 2015
Eton is in the UK a 'public' school (i.e. 'independent' not state school) for 13-18 year olds. It is not a 'prep' school which takes children up to 13.
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level 67
May 26, 2015
The "Ont." question is very bad. Both the answer and the definition are obscure. You should do better! :P
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level 61
May 26, 2015
The clue is not bad, it's just a little cryptic. It's perfectly clear for the people who get it; sorry you weren't one of them!
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level ∞
May 26, 2015
The clue is great, in my opinion.
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level 52
Oct 10, 2018
no problem here either.. and i am an Aussie
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level 77
Aug 16, 2015
It's not bad, but it's nasty. I first wondered what it could be in the Philippines...
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level 57
Mar 1, 2016
Haha!
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level 77
Apr 4, 2016
I was desperately trying to find an abbreviation for Staten Island that would work (STA, STI, SI) since it's one of the five boroughs along with Que - Queens and Man - Manhattan. Needed to head a few miles north.
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level 38
May 7, 2018
Right! - Strange abbreviations. I thought it was new way of shortening Queens and Manhattan (boroughs in NYC). Never thought of Canada.
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level 71
Nov 15, 2015
'Significant world location'. Let's see. New York, Tokyo, Beijing, Delhi, Moscow, Shanghai, Rio, LA, London, Paris, Casablanca, Istanbul, Rome, San Francisco, Toronto, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Mexico City, Havana, Tehran, Kingston, Lima, Sydney, Melbourne, Jakarta, Madrid, Lake Victoria, Mount Everest, Niagara Falls, Angkor Wat, etc. ad infinitum, but you use this description for Minnesota! Just as well I have a sense of humour.
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level 75
Jan 18, 2016
Yeah, that made me laugh too.
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level 52
Oct 10, 2018
i guess he chooses a 9-letter place and works backwards....
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level 68
Dec 15, 2018
That actually threw me off - having read that description, I was searching for anything globally significant, from an important religious site to a capital city.
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level 62
May 29, 2019
Seam should be allowed for coal or gold source I think. It's arguably the better answer, given that gold and coal seams are actual sources that mines exploit.
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