Brain Game: OK MIND?

Today's Brain Game is an open-ended puzzle, so any answer you come up with - as long as it follows the guidelines - will be correct. Enjoy!

Here is a map showing the correct two-letter postal abbreviations for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Using this as a guide:

Your goal is to find the longest possible word in which
every pair of adjacent letters appears on the list.

As an example, the word "coal" would NOT count; while CO (Colorado) and AL (Alabama) appears on the list, OA does not. The word "mine" WOULD work, however, since you'd have MI (Michigan), IN (Indiana), and NE (Nebraska).

After a few minutes of doodling, I came up with the word "malarial," which connects Massachusetts (MA), Alabama (AL), Louisiana (LA), Arkansas (AR), Rhode Island (RI), Iowa (IA) and Alabama again (AL). Plenty of other words will work as well, of course. And be creative! Brand names, personal names, whatever. The point here is to exercise your brain and have fun. Make sure to include your best answer in the comments section of this post. We'd love to hear from you!

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead

Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]


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