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Political geography, man-made routes of travel, and our innate tendency to fit locations to a mental grid can all add up to fairly misleading perceptions of the relative positions of places. Can you correctly guess which, out of the following pairs of North American towns, is farther west?

This quiz starts off easy but gets harder as it goes. Until the final round, states are provided only when necessary to distinguish between towns of equal renown with the same name. (In other words, assume the city listed is the one of national prominence: for example, "Cleveland" would refer to Cleveland, OH rather than Cleveland, TN.)

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