Geographic Groups of Two #4

Name the members of these geographical twosomes.
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Last updated: October 22, 2018
First submittedOctober 21, 2018
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Clue
Answer
African capital cities above 35° North
Algiers
Tunis
U.S. states that start with K
Kansas
Kentucky
Countries bordering Costa Rica
Nicaragua
Panama
Most populous cities in Spain
starting with B
Barcelona
Bilbao
Majority Hindu countries
India
Nepal
Biggest cities in Scotland
Glasgow
Edinburgh
European capitals furthest from
each other
Athens
Reykjavík
U.S. state capitals furthest from
each other
Augusta
Honolulu
Inland seas on Israel's eastern border
Dead Sea
Sea of Galilee
Cities with the most gambling revenue
Macau
Las Vegas
Clue
Answer
Tallest mountains in Africa
Mt. Kilimanjaro
Mt. Kenya
Spanish archipelagos
Balearic Islands
Canary Islands
Official languages of India
Hindi
English
Regions that France gained from
Germany after WWI
Alsace
Lorraine
Most populous cities in Italy
starting with V
Venice
Verona
Countries that use Rubles
Belarus
Russia
National capitals of North America
that start with "port"
Port-au-Prince
Port-of-Spain
Largest Greek-speaking Islands
Crete
Cyprus
Countries that combined to
form Tanzania
Tanganyika
Zanzibar
Most populous cities in Yorkshire
Leeds
Sheffield
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Level 73
Oct 21, 2018
American capital cities means US cities, (to an American). I'm not sure about JetPunkers from other countries. In my opinion it would be less misleading to say North American capital cities.
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Level 81
Oct 22, 2018
What would you say if you want the quiztaker to consider both North and South America? In the Americas?
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Level 75
Oct 22, 2018
How about Capital cities in the Americas starting with Port?
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Level 62
Oct 22, 2018
There is only one American capital in your point of view. So when it is plural it should be clear that is the continent of the Americas.
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Level 90
Oct 22, 2018
Unless you read it to mean the State capitals, which isn't unreasonable at all. Can we all just admit that the demonym 'American' can mean either, and appreciate that QM threw us a curve ball? I think it made the quiz more fun that after unsuccessfully trying to make Portland a capital city, I had to reevaluate the clue.
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Level 70
Oct 22, 2018
Except that "American capital cities" could refer to state capitals. Yes, I realize Quizmaster previously used "U.S. state capitals" in this same quiz, but the point stands; one shouldn't have to decipher one clue by referencing others.
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Level 77
Jan 20, 2019
Continents of the Americas, not singular. North and South America are separate.
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Level 75
Jan 19, 2019
It always irks me when America and the USA are used interchangeably. To me, America is the whole of North and South America. I may be in a minority (in the UK at least; I understand [heavily caveated] in Spanish-speaking countries, America generally means South/Latin America)
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Level 83
Jan 19, 2019
Some South Americans use "American" to refer to things of the Americas (much moreso recently), but if they're started using it to refer to South America to the exclusion of North America or to refer to Latin America exclusively then that's newer still and I've never seen that usage.
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Level 66
Jan 21, 2019
you're not alone :)
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Level 67
Jan 30, 2022
It shouldn't irk you.

Just know your audience. Words mean different things to different people in different places.

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Level 83
Jan 19, 2019
"American" for hundreds of years has been used as a demonym or adjective referring to things from the United States of America. It is not problematic or confusing, it's definitely not a usage unique to Americans (residents of the USA), it's just common usage that clearly expresses an idea and this is how language works. It hasn't irked anyone until recently and there's no reason for it to start bothering anyone now. American ≠ North American ≠ South American. If you want to say something you would find in either North or South America, just say "of the Americas." It's not hard, and it will make you a more effective communicator as what you say will be clear. You all are deliberately trying to make language more confusing to suit your own prejudices.
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Level 44
Jan 24, 2019
Now watch the American try to define 'city' using the same principles.
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Level 57
Mar 4, 2019
Well historically America is the continent and Nothing else.

Then were the United States of América and then they used American as if there was only one country.

However, the logic wants us to say American whatever to what refers to the continent (or both continents if you don't use the geological definition) and US something when it refers to the country.

Only US citizens don't see it like that but the etymology and the need to be less confused do.

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Level 83
Jan 30, 2022
Julotek, everything you said is factually inaccurate. Literally all of it. Look it up.

MDW: what are you talking about? What principles? Truth, honesty, adherence to facts and reality? Okay... using those principles.. definition of city is a large town.

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Level 55
Jan 31, 2022
It seems like the USA where to lazy to choose a proper name at any point in their history. This and the fact that they where the most culturally influential country in the americas led to todays situation.

To be fair: More than most other american countries they mainly grew by merging together over time which made a neutral name much more acceptable than any given state name...

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Level 77
Oct 22, 2018
Isn't Mauritius a third answer to the hinduism question?
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Level ∞
Oct 22, 2018
Yes. I changed the clue to "majority", which now excludes Mauritius.
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Level 71
Oct 23, 2018
*grabs popcorn and waits for people arguing that Nicosia is further away*
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Level 73
Oct 23, 2018
Nicosia is further away from Reykjavik than Athens!
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Level 37
Jul 31, 2019
Nicosia is in Asia, not Europe.
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Level 53
Jan 19, 2019
*Grabs popcorn and waits for people to argue that Nuuk is one of the farthest European capitals*
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Level 72
Jan 19, 2019
It's not a national capital though, Greenland is part of Denmark. (And yes, I'm aware that the quiz says "European capitals" and not "European national capitals"...)
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Level 57
Jul 19, 2022
Greenland is in North America anyway
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Level 40
Jan 4, 2019
Please accept Uhuru Peak for Mt. Kilimanjaro
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Level 49
Jan 19, 2019
Uhuru peak is simply a part of the mountain. There are actually two peaks, so to specify the one would not be naming the mountain.
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Level 87
Jan 19, 2019
Political correctness shot down in flames.
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Level 72
Jan 21, 2019
What does any of that have to do with "political correctness"?
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Level 65
Oct 4, 2021
I think ihaveaname is referring to the fact that the peak today called Uhuru peak was originally named Kaiser Wilhelm peak by the first European who climbed it. However, as Abzilla has pointed out, it is the name of a peak and not of the entire mountain. Kilimanjaro is the original Kiswahili name of the mountain, and no other name has ever been used by the colonizers.
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Level 71
Jan 19, 2019
Just for you dude, What about nuuk ?
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Level 63
Feb 4, 2019
What about it? Not a European capital if that's what you're going for.
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Level 36
Jan 19, 2019
Where's your source for the official languages of india? They have 22.
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Level 87
Jan 19, 2019
On google.com.
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Level 50
Jan 21, 2019
The central government uses only two of them for official purposes. All other languages be damned as far as they are concerned.
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Level 67
Aug 29, 2019
22 official languages? I doubt it..
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Level 71
Jan 30, 2022
English, Hindi, Punjabi, Odia, Bengali, Kannada, Assamese, Nepali, Kashmiri, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Bodo, Dogri, Konkandi, Malayalam, Manipuri, Sanskrit, Telugu, Urdu, Santali, Maithili.

Though 20 of them (thus excluding Hindi and English) are regional ones.

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Level 64
Jan 19, 2019
Technically, France gained BACK Alsace after WW2 ended.

About Lorraine, just one third in the North known as Moselle was annexed by Germany. Most of Lorraine remained French

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Level 55
Jan 19, 2019
it is ww1 and not ww2
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Level 87
Jan 19, 2019
Technically, Napoleon stole German areas, the Germans took them back in 1871. Nobody there spoke French. Look at the architecture, the city names: Metz, Strasburg, Kolmar, Mulhouse. The French may have changed the spellings of place names but they still don't sound French.
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Level 71
Jan 30, 2022
1. It wasn't Napoleon's doing how Alsace and Lorraine became French. Lorraine (Formerly the Duchy of Lorraine) came under the rule of the father of the French Queen (former King of Poland) as a part of a Franco-Austrian deal for France allowing the former Lorrainian duke marrying the Austrian Empress. According to the deal, Lorraine was to be annexed once the duke died of age. Alsace became French piece by piece with acquisitions taking place in 1646 (purchase of Sundgau), 1697 (peace of Ryswick), and 1798 (annexation of Mulhouse). Nothing to do with Napoleon, stop with the misinformation.

2. What you said - the region being absolute majority German would apply for Alsace but not really for Lorraine.

You'll recognize a clear presence of German speakers in German Lorraine, but also that it's quite far from being "nobody there spoke French".

https://external-preview.redd.it/nM7eIiy5u_TdWgdBZ844ifbJ6bRx63ZdvR_rB9dvZUs.jpg?auto=webp&s=15695dbe35078cd1fdca8050c60118ab700217e2

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Level 72
Jan 30, 2022
To add to Nerd0921's reponse, the people speaking a Germanic language doesn't mean they were part of a Germany which didn't exist back then nor that they wanted to be part of it after its creation. Mostly-catholic Alsatians weren't fond of being ruled by protestant Prussians with who they shared very little culture.

You can't really find polls of the Alsatians' views in the 19th century, but for what it's worth, my great-grandparents and people I knew from that time (who spoke Alsatian as a first language) clearly preferred France to Germany, at least as the lesser of two evils.

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Level 71
May 5, 2021
I was happy with that one, when I read the clue I thought, "Oh dear, I can only think of Alsace-Lorraine" :)
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Level 71
Jan 30, 2022
Which is why I would like to suggest "Moselle" to be accepted as an alternate answer for Lorraine. Alsace-Moselle is an alternate name known for Alsace-Lorraine and is something which I believe will be much more familiar for quite a few Europeans (albeit from the Francophone parts).

Plus, it was the legal name of the region post-1920. Though undeniably due to some nationalistic causes, it would be odd to not accept the legally referred-to name of the region

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Level 76
Jan 19, 2019
Whoops... confused Las Vegas with Los Angeles...
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Level 77
Jan 20, 2019
That could be problematic. Never let anyone sell you "ocean-front" property in Vegas.
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Level 75
Jan 22, 2019
Or a shotgun wedding in Los Angeles..
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Level 76
Apr 6, 2019
:D
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Level 60
Jan 19, 2019
Just accept the words Galilee and dead for the Israel question
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Level 65
Jan 19, 2019
Worked for me.
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Level 49
Jan 21, 2019
Can some alternate spellings for Tanganyika be accepted? (not even sure i wrote it right this time)
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Level 33
Jan 21, 2019
Technically, India and Nepal aren't the only Hindu majority countries. Mauritius is also a Hindu-majority country with Hindu population over 50%, mainly due to the importation of Indian laborers during the British Rule.

Also, I live in India and know that many regional languages of India such as Bengali, Tamil, Punjabi, etc are also recognized as official languages. Although English and Hindi are mainly used for government use, I suggest that it would be better to specify.

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Level 67
Aug 29, 2019
Recognized languages and official languages are not the same
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Level 44
Jan 24, 2019
Reyjavik to Athens is 2600kms, Reykjavik to Nicosia is 3035kms
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Level 63
Feb 4, 2019
Geographically speaking Cyprus is part of Asia.
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Level 34
Oct 18, 2019
Cyprus is European country!!!

Also Turkey is European country and Ankara is more farther then Athens.

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Level 43
Nov 19, 2019
Capitals are not geographical features. The North Atlantic Shelf goes through Iceland and Reykjavik is on the North America side so following geographic reasoning it doesn't qualify either. Politically the two islands are generally regarded as European.
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Level 69
Jun 5, 2019
I think questions like "Most populous cities in Spain starting with B" and "Tallest mountains in Africa" are bad questions for this type of quiz, because these are not natural groups of two. You could have the same questions in a groups of three quiz, a groups of four quiz, and so on.
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Level 71
May 5, 2021
Exactly the problem with these quizzes. I like them, but find the "Top 2" questions unsatisfying.
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Level 74
Sep 18, 2019
The inland seas one is also in #2 of the series
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Level 68
Jan 19, 2020
Guessed Kenya for some reason on the Tanzania one and got Mt. Kenya
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Level 61
Jun 7, 2020
Lake Genezareth should count for Lake Gallilee
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Level 70
Jan 30, 2022
Please accept (Illes) Balears (Catalan) and (Islas) Baleares (Spanish) for Balearic Islands.
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Level 64
Jan 30, 2022
Why? This is an English language site.
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Level 46
Jan 31, 2022
I answered Kenya for one of the questions and got Mt Kenya correct. What luck.
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Level 26
Feb 1, 2022
I don’t know any us state capitals. I’m Australian I don’t need to know. 😢
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Level 43
Feb 2, 2022
I know that the topic was mentioned in previous comments, but if the question reads "European capitals" Nicosia definitely qualifies. Cyprus is part of the European Union, is also part of all Europe-related quizzes here, and is further from Reykjavik than Athens.

If you refer to "Capitals on the European continent" there might be an argument, but then it gets even more complicated.

I was laughing a lot to the comparison with Greenland, but this I leave to the one who wrote the comment.

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Level 68
Jun 2, 2022
Oh, good point, you're the first one to bring up the Cyprus issue.