I'll give you an easy one:
If you're at Durango-La Plata County Airport, you're at what city's major airport?
Some of you probably said Ignacio or Oxford, or maybe even Falfa, but those aren't quite correct. Most of you probably got it. The best answer, of course, is Durango.
Now try this one:
But look here at what we've done. Where are our manners? That was quite the abrupt introduction, was it not?
We here at GeoQuiz headquarters on the 48th floor of our downtown monolith sometimes forget there are people out there who are not familiar with our little bi-weekly test of geographic and travel knowledge.
What we do is outwardly simple, yet oh so complicated behind the scenes. It boils down to this: We ask questions. Today there are 10. You must answer them.
Now we get to the nitty gritty: You, dear reader, are wondering what is in this for you. Must you continually ask this question? Is it not enough to have a healthy thirst for knowledge, and just call it good? No? All right then, we're officially right now doubling the pot from two weeks ago. No, we're quadrupling it!
Now that everybody's in a lather, let's get on with the quiz. We name an airport, maybe give you an extra clue or two, and you name the major (usually) international city. (Answers on Page 11C.)
1. Kangerlussuaq. It was the site of an American air base until 1992. It's located on a really, really big island, and frequently the northern lights are seen here. Name the island.
2. Orly. It's a European country's busiest airport for domestic flights, and once was this city's busiest airport before construction of a second airport.
3. Pierre Elliott Trudeau. The majority of this city's inhabitants speak French. It was the site of the 1976 Summer Olympics.
4. Dulles. This airport is located 26 miles from the downtown of its country's capital city. Dulles International Airport was named for the late Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and was formally dedicated on Nov. 17, 1962.
5. Gatwick. It's this city's second-largest airport, yet last year was the world's 28th-busiest in passenger count.
6. Domodedovo. It is the busiest of this city's three major airports, ahead of Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo.
7. Hartsfield. According to the Airports Council International, this is the world's busiest airport, by far.
8. Jomo Kenyatta. A close look at the last name should help.
9. O'Hare. This was the world's second-busiest airport in 2008, but dropped to fourth during the first five months of this year.
10. Narita. The airport's mascot is a strange, goggle-wearing, anime-looking thing named "Kutan."