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CHALLENGE 83

Given a list of 17 US States: What is the relationship between these States? (HINT - Not solely a geographic puzzle) ............ None of the other 33 US States has this connection.
The order of the States is also a clue:
Answer in 'Comments' section below:
If not solved, hint given 3rd February 2022
Quiz by Malbaby
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Last updated: January 28, 2022
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Hint
 
Nebraska
please
Alabama
enter
Arkansas
answer
California
in
South Carolina
comments
Minnesota
section
Colorado
below
Georgia
there
Missouri
is
Indiana
only
Louisiana
one
North Dakota
winner
Pennsylvania
per
Montana
challenge
New Hampshire
so
Florida
keep
Maryland
trying
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Level 31
Feb 1, 2022
These are the 17 US States whose abbreviations are also chemical element symbols. They appear in the order of the periodic table of elements (except the last one): Nebraska - NE - Neon (10); Alabama - AL - Aluminium (13); Arkansas - AR - Argon (18); California - CA - Calcium (20); South Carolina - SC - Scandium (21); Minnesota - MN - Manganese (25); Colorado - CO - Cobalt (27); Georgia - GA - Gallium (31); Missouri - MO - Molybdenum (42); Indiana - IN - Indium (49); Louisiana - LA - Lanthanum (57); North Dakota - ND - Neodymium (60); Pennsylvania - PA - Protactinium (91); Montana - MT - Meitnerium (109); New Hampshire - NH - Nihonium (113); Florida - FL - Flerovium (114); Maryland - MD - Mendelevium (101)
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Level 71
Feb 1, 2022
Congratulations 'Wortplan'....... well explained answer. (please excuse typo for Maryland) your 'Honorary Gold Medal' is on the way! congrats again.
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Level 31
Feb 2, 2022
Thank you very much!