Games Online Contest #36

This contest closed on March 1, 2012. A new contest will appear soon.
Here was the original challenge:

5 First Prizes: A one-year subscription to GAMES

Mixed-Up Names

Each string of letters below was formed by combining all the letters in a pair of related proper names and then alphabetizing them. All the pairs of names are related in a similar way, and some of the names are more than one word long. Can you unscramble the letters and restore the original names?

1. AAAACCKKLLOTTTU
2. AAACDEHIMNNRS
3. AAADDGGGILLNOORRSTV
4. AABBBIMMMOUY
5. AABBEFHIIILOQRRSTUY
6. AABCEIILLNNNNOOPSSTTTU
7. AABDEEEGGIILNNNPRRRSSTTU
8. AADEEHIIKLLLLNOOPSSV
9. AAEIILPRSTTU
10. ACCEHHHIJKMMNOPRTUU
11. ACCGHHHIIIIMNNOOSTY
12. DEKOOOTY

The Solution

Each set of letters was formed by combining the former and current names of a city. The answers are as follows:

1. CALCUTTA, KOLKATA
2. MADRAS, CHENNAI
3. STALINGRAD, VOLGOGRAD
4. BOMBAY, MUMBAI
5. FROBISHER BAY, IQALUIT
6. CONSTANTINOPLE, ISTANBUL
7. LENINGRAD, SAINT PETERSBURG
8. LEOPOLDVILLE, KINSHASA
9. LUTETIA, PARIS
10. MAUCH CHUNK, JIM THORPE
11. SAIGON, HO CHI MINH CITY
12. EDO, TOKYO

 

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