badgerfellow wrote:TenPoundHammer wrote:Still unanswered:That said, I see no way to narrow it down [whether the North or South island of New Zealand is larger]. Looking at it on the map, both North and South look equally large to me. And looking at their actual square mileage, it's by no means a slam dunk. Especially since the smaller of the two has more population.
If you're looking for a shortcut regarding this fact, there isn't one. It appears you've already looked up everything you would want on this topic, which is a good start. Not sure what more you really want. Maybe learn what cities are on what island? Which one is the capital? That should be your next step.
Both Wellington (capital) and Auckland (largest) are on the North Island, which is the smaller of the two.
Any sort of logical way to approach this backfires. Surely, the more populous of the two would also be larger in size, right? Wrong. The one with both the capital and the largest city on it? Wrong. The one that has 3 of the 4 New Zealand cities I can actually name (Christchurch and Whangerei being the other two)? Wrong.
Usually in the top box, there's a way to puzzle it out if you don't know it outright. I did try to puzzle it out, but any sort of logical path leads me in the completely wrong direction.
Is there a way to puzzle this out, or is it just something you have to know cold? What am I missing that's supposed to get you to the right response? Top box clues are supposed to have an obvious tell that makes them gettable, and no matter which way I approach this, I don't see it.