Me.... I didn't do so well ! That's all I am going to say.
98% and 2 miles error - and only because I missed dropping Nebraska into the great wide open on the first move. I agree it would be much more difficult if you had to drop each state without any visible border, and significantly easier if you only had to identify each state (i.e. all the borders are visible to begin with)
I'm not even going to attempt this, lest I shame myself to death.
86% and 51 miles.... I guess I'll have to turn in my blue ribbon I won for geography in the 6th grade....
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Even if I am correct, I would still advise you to follow your heart. This whole Cartographers Guild thing, it seems to me, is more about passion and skill and learning new techniques than it is about definitions and rules.
I had a pretty easy set (only Nevada did not connect to the border or an existing state) and still only managed 94%, 27 miles. One shout not mix up Arkansas and Arizona, even as an old European...