New Mexico Lingo - It's A Thing. How Many Words Do You Know?

Really think you know ALL of this New Mexico trivia?

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 Dec 18, 2018
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Question: 1/20Pick Your Answer!

New Mexico loves their chile! You can get red chile, green chile, or:
Yellow chile!
Brown chile!
Christmas! Red and green.

Question: 2/20Pick Your Answer!

And no, chile doesn't mean the country in South America. In New Mexico, it means:
The best peppers in the country!
The brown meat and beans stew!
Being too cold

Question: 3/20Pick Your Answer!

In fact, New Mexicans love chiles so much that we even use them as decorations called ristras. They are:
Green chiles that are pickled in nice jars for display
Dried green chiles that you wear around your neck
A bunch of dried red chiles meant to be hung up

Question: 4/20Pick Your Answer!

Spend Christmas with folks from New Mexico and if you're lucky, they will bake:
Brownies! With chipotle and cream cheese.
Bizcochitos! Butter cookies flavored with cinnamon and anise.
Cupcakes! Usually cinnamon and vanilla!

Question: 5/20Pick Your Answer!

Which New Mexico city's nickname is "Duke City"?
Roswell, of course
Santa Fe, of course
Albuquerque, of course

Question: 6/20Pick Your Answer!

Man, Albuquerque is a pain to spell, isn't it? That's why New Mexicans conveniently shorten it to:

Question: 7/20Pick Your Answer!

The birthplace of the atomic bomb, believe it or not, is right here in New Mexico. It was developed at:
Albuquerque State Laboratories
The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
Area 51

Question: 8/20Pick Your Answer!

A popular New Mexico Christmas decoration is tea light candles held in sand inside a paper bag. This is called:
El Sol

Question: 9/20Pick Your Answer!

Which famous, funny actor was born in Albuquerque?
Paul Rudd
George Clooney
Neil Patrick Harris

Question: 10/20Pick Your Answer!

What was rumored to have crashed in Roswell?
An enemy fighter jet
An alien space craft
A rocket ship

Question: 11/20Pick Your Answer!

Which hit television show was filmed in Albuquerque?
Game of Thrones
True Blood
Breaking Bad

Question: 12/20Pick Your Answer!

Are those hundreds of hot air balloons in the sky? Actually, yes! It must be the:
International Balloon Fiesta
Hot Air Balloon Festival
World Balloon Party

Question: 13/20Pick Your Answer!

What will you find at the White Sands National Monument?
A white sand beach
White sand dunes that are actually salt crystals
Sprawling white sand dunes that are actually gypsum crystals

Question: 14/20Pick Your Answer!

Countless songs have been sung about the beauty and spirit of this New Mexico city. Which city is it?
Las Cruces
Santa Fe

Question: 15/20Pick Your Answer!

Sure, you can walk around outside barefoot, but don't be surprised when you get a _________ stuck in your foot! We warned you!
Cactus needle

Question: 16/20Pick Your Answer!

Lots of native architecture in New Mexico is made out of what?

Question: 17/20Pick Your Answer!

What ingredient perfectly takes your sopaipillas from savory to sweet?

Question: 18/20Pick Your Answer!

What plant would you find a prickly pear on?
A bush
A tree
A cactus

Question: 19/20Pick Your Answer!

Tourists are always trying to buy ________ from local jewelry stores and artisans.
Mother of pearl

Question: 20/20Pick your answer!

No matter where you may go or be, you'll always have so much pride in your heart for the:
Land of Sun
Land of Enchantment
Land of Promise | Quiz Facts

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