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Post What City? A Geography Quiz
Created by John Eipper on 10/30/18 10:14 AM

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What City? A Geography Quiz (John Eipper, USA, 10/30/18 10:14 am)

Gary Moore sends this geography riddle.  I have a very strong after-lunch hunch, but I'll wait to see what other WAISers say.

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  • And the City Is... (Mendo Henriques, Portugal 10/31/18 3:27 AM)
    John and Gary:

    The answer to the riddle is Istanbul, of course. The well may contain more than water:


    JE comments: Congratulations, Mendo! Other correct answers (together with bragging rights) go to WAISers Ed Jajko and Pat Mears.  (I assume Istanbul is the correct answer--can you confirm, Gary?)  Yesterday I tried to telegraph the answer with my "after-lunch hunch."  What I failed to mention was the menu:  Turkey sandwich.

    Here's the photo again.  Can Khashoggi really be in that well?  And who can identify the skyscrapers in the background?


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    • Istanbul, Indeed (from Gary Moore) (John Eipper, USA 11/01/18 4:03 AM)

      Gary Moore writes:

      Yup, the photo posted on October 30th is from Google Street View's interesting stroll
      around the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

      Will next year's version
      allow a peek down the well? But the Turkish cops want a look
      first. If one squad of the hit team went to the woods outside
      the city, but another squad took advantage of the well,
      Istanbul begins to look like a Halloween scavenger hunt.

      JE comments:  I'm still not clear--was Khashoggi smuggled out in pieces in diplomatic pouches, or did he go down the well?  

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    • Istanbul Skyscrapers (from Gary Moore) (John Eipper, USA 11/04/18 3:25 PM)

      Gary Moore writes:

      To reply to John E's counter-question
      on the Quiz: The two skyscrapers that can be seen from the Saudi consulate
      in Istanbul, as in Google Street View for the quiz, are the Akbank Towers.

      One of them, at 39 stories, was once the lordly height champion of the region,
      but as the photo suggests, that height has long since been surpassed by competitors.

      JE comments:  Let's run the photo one more time.  While preparing this post I got distracted by a lengthy exploration of Turkish skyscrapers.  (Why did the United States give up on them?  To me they convey optimism.) 

      Who knew about the Diamond of Istanbul, which at 63 floors is supposed to be the tallest in Istanbul?  It was scheduled to open in 2015, but Wikipedia tells us that construction has been suspended.  Can anyone tell us why?  Shades of North Korea's Ryugyong Hotel?

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