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California Classification Questions

Updated: Nov 8, 2021

Everything on here is related to The Golden State and created by me.


(73, 133, 241, 261) (Orange County Toll Roads)


(22, 52, 54, 56, 60, 74, 76, 78, 91, 118, 134). (Major east-west state highways in SoCal)

52, 54, 56, 76, and 78 are in San Diego County. 22 connects Long Beach with the 5 and Orange. 60 connects Downtown LA with Riverside and the Desert. 74 connects San Juan Capistrano with Lake Elsinore and continues into Hemet and the mountains. 118 connects the San Fernando Valley with Simi Valley and goes west towards Ventura.


(55, 57, 71, 125). (North-South state highways in SoCal)

55, starts in Newport Beach, and 57, starts in Santa Ana, both connect to the 91 west to LA or east to Riverside


(Santa Fe Depot, Old Town, Solana Beach, Oceanside, San Juan Capistrano, Irvine, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Fullerton, Union Station). (Amtrak Pacific Surfliner stations from San Diego to LA)


(Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach)

(The Beach Cities accessible by Highway 1)


(Imperial Beach, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Del Mar, Cardiff, Encinitas, Leucadia, Carlsbad, Oceanside). (San Diego County Beach communities)


(Torrey Pines, Cowell's Mountain, Lake Hodges, San Elijo Lagoon, Batiquitos Lagoon, Lake Miramar, Lake Murray, Blue Sky Ecological Reserve/Potato Chip Rock)

(Well-trafficked hiking trails in the San Diego Area)


(Museum of Us (formerly known as Museum of Man), Getty Center, SDMA, LACMA, SFMOMA, Exploratorium)

(Famous museums)


(SFO Airport, Millbrae, Richmond, Fremont, Pittsburg/Bay Point, Dublin/Pleasanton)

(BART terminuses)


(Embarcadero, Union Square, The Mission, The Castro, Chinatown, The Fillmore, Haight-Ashbury, Lombard St)

(Neighborhoods of San Francisco)


(Torrance, Pasadena, Arcadia, Glendale, Burbank, Santa Clarita)

(Major LA suburbs)


(Northridge, Van Nuys, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, Mission Hills, Porter Ranch) (Neighborhoods in LA's San Fernando Valley)


(Seaport Village, The Marina, Old Town, The Gaslamp Quarter, Hillcrest, North Park) (San Diego landmarks and neighborhoods)


(Fort Mason (SF), Palo Alto, Benicia, College Prep Oakland, Sacramento). (Locations of the largest book sales in Northern California)

Fort Mason is the largest one by far and occurs annually in September. In most of these book sales, books are $3-$5 each but on the last day, they're either $1 each or fill a whole bag of books for $5. One of The Essential IQ Workout puzzles came from the namesake book I found in the Sacramento book sale.


(San Jose, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Mountain View) (Major Silicon Valley cities)


(Fremont, Hayward, Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, Hercules, Pinole, Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon, Concord, Walnut Creek) (East Bay cities)


(Mill Valley, Sausalito, San Rafael, Novato, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Vallejo, Benicia). (North Bay cities)


(Berkeley, Fremont, Dublin, Concord, Citrus Heights) (Half Price Books locations)

One of the IQ odd-one-out puzzles came from a book I found in Citrus Heights and the Berkeley and Dublin locations have many puzzles/brain game books.


(Mission Viejo, Lake Elsinore, Brea, Ontario). (Bargain Book World locations) Note: The Ontario one closed as of 9/11.


(Laguna Hills, Hemet, Moreno Valley, Buena Park). Dollar BookFair locations that existed up till the pandemic. Moreno Valley is the only one left. The Buena Park Dollar BookFair

became the Bargain Book World in Ontario. The only other dollar bookstore is the $1 Plus Bookstore in Orange, which is one of my favorites. Laguna Hills and Orange had the best puzzle and brain games books; some of the IQ puzzles came from a book I found in Orange.


(Humble Heart, Bargain Hunters, CRC, Rancho Coastal Humane Thrift Store, UCP Thrift stores, Valley Thrift Store, Father Joe's Villages, Amvets, DAV). (Thrift stores in San Diego County)


(Chula Vista, Spring Valley, El Cajon, Oceanside) (DAV Thrift Store locations)

Some of the Mind-Bending word puzzles were from a Will Shortz book I bought at the Oceanside location.


(Murrieta, Riverside, Fountain Valley, Yorba Linda, La Mirada, Redwood City, San Jose, Dublin, Vacaville) (Savers thrift store locations)


(San Diego, Costa Mesa, Westminster, Lakewood, Torrance (Del Amo), Gardena). (BookOff locations)

The BookOffs in San Diego and Lakewood have large reference sections. Lakewood has the most collectible items, many of which are Japanese imports.


(The Last Bookstore, Book Soup, $10 or Less Bookstore, Bookmonster) (Bookstores in the Greater LA Area)

The Last Bookstore is in Downtown LA, $10 or Less Bookstore is in the San Fernando Valley, and Bookmonster is in Santa Monica by the beach. Book Soup is an independent bookstore in Hollywood.


(Bakersfield, Fresno, Merced, Tracy, Stockton, Sacramento, Redding)

(Major Central Valley cities)




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