Almanac clue

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An almanac clue is a type of clue used in geography questions that focuses on a trivial piece of geographic information, such as the exact length of a border, the exact latitude and longitude of a country, or the average temperature at a location. Writers are discouraged from using almanac clues in questions due to their focus on a relatively insignificant piece of information (like the precise length of a river) that mostly rewards rote memorization of facts from almanacs rather than more in-depth understanding of various geographic features and concepts.