Geographic Groups of Two #3

Name the members of these geographical twosomes.
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Last updated: October 15, 2018
First submittedOctober 14, 2018
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Clue
Answer
Countries with territory in Patagonia
Argentina
Chile
U.S. National Parks starting with Y
Yellowstone
Yosemite
Palestinian territories
Gaza Strip
West Bank
Oldest universities in England
Oxford
Cambridge
Major cities of the
United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi
Dubai
Countries that gained independence
from Netherlands in the 1900s
Indonesia
Suriname
Asian capitals starting with P
Phnom Penh
Pyongyang
Empires whose capital was
Constantinople
Byzantine Empire
Ottoman Empire
U.S. state capitals that get less than 10
inches of rain per year
Phoenix
Carson City
Major branches of Islam
Shia
Sunni
Clue
Answer
Most populous U.S. cities
ending in "Ville"
Jacksonville
Nashville
Countries on the Bay of Biscay
France
Spain
European territories handed back
to China in the 1990s
Hong Kong
Macau
Largest Asian deserts
Arabian
Gobi
Brazilian megacities
São Paulo
Rio de Janeiro
Countries bordering only
India and China
Bhutan
Nepal
Official languages of Cyprus
Greek
Turkish
Largest lochs in Scotland
by volume
Loch Ness
Loch Lomond
Major cities of Alberta
Calgary
Edmonton
Longest rivers in Europe
Volga
Danube
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Level 81
Oct 14, 2018
Didn't Belgium technically gain independence from the Netherlands?
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Level 75
Oct 15, 2018
Nothing technical about it. Belgium was the first country I thought of and is definitely correct.
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Level ∞
Oct 15, 2018
Tweaked the clue.
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Level 70
Oct 14, 2018
Great quiz. Though the question on state capitals rain and those that end in "ville" (particularly the latter) are absolute bleeps, for us non Americans.
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Level 75
Oct 16, 2018
But as a 66-pointer, surely you've encountered these many times previously?
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Level 76
Oct 25, 2018
Nashville is famous as the capital of country music and gave its name to one of the most-acclaimed movies of the 1970s. As a European, I was aware of both facts long before taking quizzes on Jetpunk. Jacksonville is trickier but not obscure. It's a city of 900 000 people (would you complain about a similarly-sized French, German, or Italian city?) and the capital of one of the most well-known US states. +what ChipOtley says.
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Level 83
Jan 6, 2019
good points though Jacksonville is only the largest city in Florida by city proper, not the capital. Miami is bigger by urban area, Orlando gets more tourists, and Tallahassee is the state capital.
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Level 63
Aug 15, 2021
Good points but state capitals are not well known internationally as they pose no actual significance to the wider world. On top of this, the cultural significance of Nashville is known but the music and films don't transcend internationally, despite being well received in the states. Furthermore, I would not complain about most Western European cities of similar size as they often have historical significance and are usually the fourth or fifth biggest cities in the country so are more significant to a world stage.
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Level 83
Jan 6, 2019
The two "ville" cities were hardest for me to get, as well, though there are plenty of reasons to be aware of both of them.
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Level 49
Sep 1, 2021
I tried every spelling of Louis before i remembered Nashville existed. Thats the issue, "biggest US ville cities" really isnt a duo
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Level 77
Jan 6, 2019
The "ville" clue was an absolute bleep for this American, too. I thought of Gainesville and Brownsville, but completely blanked on the right answers.
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Level 64
Feb 5, 2019
I'm not American and I got Jacksonville quite fast. But Nashville man... of course I know it... I guess it was too obvious and I overlooked it. Tried Louisville though which is only a few tenthousand people short. :D
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Level 58
Sep 10, 2020
Ikr. I knew Nashville, Jacksonville and Phoenix only because I've been on this website for way too long. Never heard of Carson City and apparently it only has 50K inhabitants. Why would anyone know about this lmao
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Level 79
Oct 14, 2018
Technically constantine moved the capital of the Roman empire to Constantinople.
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Level 69
Oct 14, 2018
Yes. I tried Roman and Eastern Roman. I thought those should be allowed.
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Level ∞
Oct 15, 2018
Okay
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Level 83
Jan 6, 2019
The Byzantines still called themselves the Roman empire we only call them the Byzantines to differentiate. After Justinian they even controlled Rome.
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Level 63
Aug 15, 2021
They were only called the Byzantines after the split of the roman empire in three, where the Southern Roman empire beat the Eastern Roman empire to form the Byzantine Empire. The capital was moved to Constantinople when Constatine was emperor of the whole roman empire. Also Constantinople was officially recognized as being called Byzantium during the period of the Byzantine empire.
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Level 67
Jan 6, 2019
Did he also move the capital of Florida to Talahasse (see above)?
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Level 80
Oct 15, 2018
It warms my heart that (so far) more people have guessed Edmonton than have guessed Calgary.
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Level 45
Jan 6, 2019
Huh, interesting that the statistics have changed. Now Calgary has pulled ahead by 2%. Probably because the Calgary Stampede is so famous, otherwise my guess is it would be very little known.
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Level 73
Jan 6, 2019
It hosted the Winter Olympics in '88, though. That's where I know it from.
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Level 83
Jan 6, 2019
both homes to NHL franchises. That's where I first of heard of them both. Dad used to work for the Capitals.
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Level 66
Jan 6, 2019
Here in New Zealand, I know Calgary being famous for skiing and snow boarding. I know lots of kiwis going there and working there.
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Level 63
Dec 1, 2021
I personally had not heard of the Calgary Stampede until it came up on an earlier Jetpunk quiz. Calgary is internationally known because of the Winter Olympics though
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Level 83
Dec 11, 2019
The glow of Wayne Gretzky (Oilers) and Warren Moon (Eskimos) is fading. Hosting the Olympics gives Calgary a major bump.

FWIW, in the baseball league I made up as a kid, playing the games with dice, one of the 24 teams was the Edmonton Freeze. (the cap logo I made for them was a baseball with ear muffs & a scarf) I didn't have a team for Calgary. IIRC, though, the Freeze never won my league. :-(

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Level 70
Dec 1, 2021
I knew neither of them, then found out about both of them at the same time - literally, within the same 15 minute span of time, the time it took to watch a video from a Canadian YouTube channel about public transport.
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Level 75
Oct 16, 2018
Tried East Timor and Indonesia never occurred to me. Brain, get with the program!
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Level 55
Oct 18, 2018
East Timor was controlled by Portugal and then Indonesia
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Level 68
Oct 16, 2018
I argue that 1900s refers to the decade from 1900 to 1909. Better state "in the 20th century".
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Level 75
Oct 16, 2018
Interesting point; I'd never have assumed that, but what is the alternative equivalent of the 1920s, say? I'd say it could mean both, by that argument.
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Level 70
Dec 1, 2021
POV: "the 1900s" (pronunciation: the nineteen hundreds) refers to the years 1900-1999. It's the same as "the 20th century" basically, although some people might say that actually refers to the years 1901-2000.

To refer to the period from 1900-1909 you say, the period from 1900-1909.

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Level 74
Dec 2, 2021
I assume your perspective is American? Convention here (Commonwealth countries) is different. I think people started referring to the 20th century as the 1900s because they get confused...and since there was no year 0 and you have to finish a century before beginning another one, 1901-2000 is correct
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Level 73
Oct 22, 2018
I can't believe Phoenix gets less than 10" of rain. I've been there twice in summer, this year and two years ago, and both times it poured rain while I was there - and I was only there for 5-6 days each time.
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Level 62
Jan 6, 2019
And we know anecdotal evidence is the best, most accurate evidence. Just kidding.
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Level 83
Jan 6, 2019
Phoenix was my first guess and Carson City was my 3rd.
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Level 62
Jan 6, 2019
Bit puzzled as to why the Ville answers are as low as they are 34 and 43%?
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Level 67
Jan 6, 2019
Jacksonville is big, but it isn't really famous for anything. It has an unremarkable football team, and that's about it. I've never heard of anyone going there for vacation or anything like that. It's not the center of any industry, culture, or commerce, or even a major airport. I am surprised more people do not get Nashville, which is a major and populous city, state capital, tourist hub, music capital, bachelor(ette) party capital, home to two pro sports teams, and generally just one of the coolest cities in the whole country.
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Level 62
Jan 7, 2019
Cheers, thanks
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Level 81
Dec 1, 2021
Nearly 120 million people in the US live in the east coast states. If they've ever visited Florida, and driven - they've probably been through Jacksonville...
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Level 73
Apr 28, 2020
There are a lot of cities in the US and Nashville and Jacksonville are not even in the thirty largest urban areas.
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Level 77
Jan 6, 2019
I tried the only two lochs I've ever heard of - one for the monster and one for the song about its "bonnie, bonnie banks". I was pleasantly surprised that both were correct.
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Level 71
May 29, 2019
I did those because I couldn't imagine that question being there if some obscure loch was in the top two
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Level 84
Dec 1, 2021
Didn't you ever read Tintin?
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Level 62
Jan 6, 2019
I deserve more points for getting 31/40!!!!!!
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Level 48
Jan 7, 2019
Usually on Jetpunk quizzes it accepts just the first word of a city that contains the word (i.e. just 'Mexico' being accepted for 'Mexico City') Why not the same here?
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Level 55
Jan 11, 2019
The two cities that end with "ville" needs tweeking. I tried Louisville... It's also one of the top 50 most populous city ... You should change the clue though
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Level 64
Feb 5, 2019
Whatcha talkin bout Willis? The quiz is obviously looking for two answers and these two are the most populous of all cities ending in "ville".
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Level 73
Jan 11, 2019
What about Margaritaville?
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Level 55
Nov 13, 2020
39/40. I literally read all the Asian capitals out loud and couldn't find the second 'P' one I needed. Thought I just overlooked something. Nope. Turns out it was Phnom Penh, which was probably one of the first 8-10 I said aloud to myself. I went right over it! I guess, since I said it out loud, my brain conceptualized the 'Ph' sound as an 'F.'
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Level 73
Nov 23, 2020
39/40, missed one of the -villes, d'oh!
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Level 36
Mar 30, 2021
NOOOO! When I tried to finish Edmonton the time finished....Only 2 letters remained
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Level 59
Jul 15, 2021
How do people know Loch Lomond more than than the Arabian desert? I don't think I've ever heard of Loch Lomond before, whereas I'm sure everyone's heard of Saudi Arabia and it's desert.
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Level 58
Aug 3, 2021
36, missed Phnom Penh but I could tell it was Cambodian by the sound of it, Jacksonville, Lomond, Carson City. Got Indonesia by accident, I was actually thinking South Africa but I guess that went to British
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Level 75
Oct 2, 2021
I tried Louisville, Charlottesville and Huntsville but forgot Nashville.
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Level 70
Dec 1, 2021
.... Where the hell is Carson City?
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Level 33
Dec 1, 2021
Nevada
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Level 43
Dec 1, 2021
Louisville?
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Level 45
Dec 1, 2021
Why the question about Islam? Thats completely irrelevant on this topic
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Level 66
Dec 1, 2021
Gotta say, the "two _____est" really takes away from the flavour of the quiz. Really, you could use the exact same question in "Groups of Three", "Groups of Four", etc., and just keep adding more items from the list.
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Level 74
Dec 1, 2021
A gentle request for spelling forgiveness on Loch Lomond, which I spelled how it sounds, Lamond...
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Level 47
Dec 1, 2021
I actually know the song "On the Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond" but still missed that one like most of us did. *sigh*
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Level 26
Dec 1, 2021
How did 27% get arabian dessert it's the first one I thought of
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Level 26
Dec 3, 2021
May be you could accept “arabia” for “arabian”