Knight Center director finds time for games

Games coverIn a puzzling shift from his usual academic and journalism writing, Knight Center director Eric Freedman has published two short puzzles in Games magazine.
The two entries appear in the August issue’s “Wild Cards” section.
Can you solve these excerpts?
1: In the national Interest
Some countries are named for a local characteristic such as the Netherlands — literally a place of low-lying lands.
However, the following “countries” take their names from common English words.
Example: The land of bosses would be “Domination.” With enough “rumination,” can you identify these?

  • Land of zombies
  • Land of soda drinkers
  • Land of hydropower

2: Tough calls
What do these local phone numbers have in common?

  • 623-4766
  • 564-6766
  • 536-6339

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Answers coming, so last chance to give it a real try before peeking.
1. In the national interest:

  • Land of zombies- Reincarnation
  • Land of soda drinkers – Carbonation
  • Land of hydropower – Damnation

2. Tough Calls
What do these local phone numbers have in common? Letters on the keypad spell the names of presidents.

  • 623-4766 Madison
  • 564-6766 Johnson
  • 536-6339 Kennedy

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