Q: Think of a five-letter animal. Remove the middle letter, and two opposites remain. What animal is it?
I have two answers. One would be familiar to crossword solvers, the other (intended) answer is probably simple enough for an elementary school student.
Edit: Crosswords have made me familiar with quite a few 5-letter african animals (OKAPI, ELAND, NYALA…) and it was the last one that results in two cities (New York and Los Angeles) on opposite coasts. Not the intended answer, but I liked it nonetheless.
A: SWINE –> SW (southwest) and NE (northeast)