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Play Hangman with the Washington Metro

At TransportationCampDC yesterday, MV Jantzen showed off another amusing Metro-themed game he created: Metro Hangman.

What station is this?

Just like the traditional game, you see with a set of words with blanks where the letters go, and can type letters to guess them. Pick a letter that's in the phrase, and it appears everywhere it's used; pick one that's not 5 times, and you lose.

With 86 stations, an even more fun way to play this game is to try to guess the answer without guessing any letters at all. There are a few combinations that satisfy more than one station (like _ _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _ _ or _ _ _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _ _ _), but most only work for a single station, including the one in the image above. Can you figure out the station it represents without trying any letters or looking at a map?

Jantzen gave this game the same brown background often used on the Metro, and when you get a word right, you see diagonal arrows like those on the faregates. The Hangman game also has (differently-colored) other word sets, including Broadway shows and Paris Métro stations, both of which are a little harder to guess without trying any letters unless you are a real expert in those domains.

David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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Are these the old names or the new names?

Might need a new version in a few months :)
Also, ... spoiler... nah I won't spoil.

by Tysons Engineer on Jan 22, 2012 10:43 am • linkreport

For folks who want to try the pictured puzzle, you can play it directly via (undocumented feature!). The easiest puzzle to solve is probably

I got the names from Wikipedia; I think they're the official current names. Leave a note at if I need to update a name (and link to a confirmation source). If you recall the Metro Distortion Map (, hitting the \ button switched between the official names and my own shorter preferences.

Hangman has another undocumented feature that lets you play custom puzzles, like , so you can try you own versions.

by M.V. Jantzen on Jan 22, 2012 1:21 pm • linkreport

Not surprisingly, the puzzle for U Street is pretty easy to get a "perfect"on.

by MM on Jan 22, 2012 3:37 pm • linkreport

Grosvenor-Strathmore. Dang, Strathmore doesn't fit.

by B.O. on Jan 22, 2012 4:00 pm • linkreport


by kik on Jan 22, 2012 4:28 pm • linkreport

@M.V. Jantzen

. . .so you can try you own versions.

Did just that, added the Silver line stations to list.

by Sand Box John on Jan 23, 2012 7:48 am • linkreport

Fantastic time suck! Almost missed New York etc etc, but got 10 out of 10 before taking a break.

by Tom A. on Jan 23, 2012 10:07 am • linkreport


by tom veil on Jan 23, 2012 1:05 pm • linkreport

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