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Islands by Largest City #2

Name the island, based on its most populous city. Difficulty level: hard.
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Last updated: July 30, 2015
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Largest City
Island
Colombo
Sri Lanka
Manila
Luzon
Antananarivo
Madagascar
Hilo
Hawaii (The Big Island)
Medan
Sumatra
Fukuoka
Kyūshū
Denpasar
Bali
Cagliari
Sardinia
Copenhagen
Zealand
Ajaccio
Corsica
Largest City
Island
Naha
Okinawa
Manama
Bahrain
Hobart
Tasmania
St. Johns
Newfoundland or Antigua
Iqaluit
Baffin
Douglas
Isle of Man
Kirkwall
Orkney
Visby
Gotland
Papeete
Tahiti
Sapporo
Hokkaido
44 Comments
+5
Level ∞
Jul 28, 2015
Sequel was requested, so here it is. There's only one easy question on the whole quiz!
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Level 86
Jul 28, 2015
Which one do you consider easy? There are several equally easy ones imo.
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Level 82
Aug 28, 2015
Yeah I count 13 easy ones plus several others that were guessable.
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Level 43
Feb 24, 2019
All of them were
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Level 68
Aug 27, 2019
Easy ones (for people that have some capital knowledge aswell) colombo, manila, antanarivo, denpasar, copenhagen, douglas, and maybe kirkwall (clearly brittish, so it is just a matter of which island).

Have to admit, couldnt remember luzon though I knew what i was trying to remember, and didnt get bali... soo familiar but didnt click. I did get big island, newfoundland, tahiti, sumatra and gotland aswell though. But more guesses (newfoundland, sumatra and tahiti) and educated guesses for hawaii and gotland.

Hardsest ones (as in dont know the city or the island..) kyushu and hokkaido

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Level 59
May 21, 2020
Naha (Okinawa) is also pretty hard, and Kirkwall (Orkney) takes a lot of guesses (Wight, Jersey, Guernsey, Skye, Lewis or even Man if it wasn't already filled in under Douglas). I agree for the other ones, but if you remember the big four Japanese islands (Kyushu, Honshu, Hokkaido and Shikoku), it shouldn't be too hard. Okinawa isn't one of the big four Japanese islands, which makes it significantly harder.
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Level 63
Jan 7, 2022
'Kirk' is the Scots word for 'church' and derives from Old Norse, so even if you don't know where Kirkwall is, you should know to limit your search to the Shetlands, Orkneys or Hebrides.
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Level 63
Mar 1, 2023
You've got some pretty lofty expectations for what people "should" know, especially for the non-Brits.
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Level 76
Jul 29, 2015
Would have been stuck on 19 if an old girlfriend (surname, of course Anderson) hadn't once taken me to Gotland to search for her great-grandfather's grave. Missed the grave (found out later that generations back it was Andersson, a name as common as Smith over there) but found Visby to be the cutest town ever.
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Level 76
Aug 18, 2018
Gotland is nice and if visited during the middle age festival, even nicer.
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Level 86
Jul 30, 2015
I was just thinking... the main city on Antigua is also called St John's.
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Level ∞
Jul 30, 2015
Added that to the answer
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Level 53
Aug 28, 2015
I've never heard of the place in Newfoundland.
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Level 49
Feb 8, 2016
It's the capital
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Level 89
Aug 5, 2018
It's been a major transatlantic port for 500 years, the closest point in the Americas to Europe.
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Level 60
Aug 31, 2021
You reminded me of that Simpsons episode about the robot wars:

"Show me a rule that robot can't be a human."

"Here, sir. Rule number one."

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Level 44
Sep 1, 2015
wherse nz
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Level 63
Jan 11, 2017
South-east of Australia? Anyway... NZ is not just one island. The biggest two are most known by North and South Island which is kind of general. I believe not a lot of people know their Māori-names.
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Level 68
Aug 21, 2021
Yes, and they are always called the North Island, and the South Island. They are never spoken as North Island or South Island.
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Level 65
Nov 3, 2015
I keep typing "Tazmania" because of Taz the Tasmanian Devil from Bugs Bunny.
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Level 74
Jan 17, 2016
Nice quiz, thanks!
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Level 69
May 18, 2016
I just played both of the islands by largest city quizzes and I noticed that "Hokkaido - Sapporo" appears in both of them.
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Level 66
Mar 4, 2020
I just noticed that too after doing the other quiz
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Level 95
Nov 10, 2022
I noticed this too. Would've liked it not to be repeated.
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Level 67
May 26, 2016
Kirkwall is on Mainland (in the Orkney Isles).

I'm am Orcadian ;)

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Level 82
Aug 16, 2021
Came here to say this. There is no island called 'Orkney'. It would be like accepting "Indonesia" for Medan, albeit on a much smaller scale.
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Level 68
Aug 21, 2021
Yes, I would agree.
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Level 75
Jun 14, 2016
Too Japan-centric :-P
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Level 48
Jan 23, 2022
Because... there’s lots of island in Japan.
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Level 75
Nov 24, 2018
Mega ez
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Level 73
Aug 19, 2019
Pretty rare on a geography quiz that both a clue and its answer are unknown to me, but that happened to me on this quiz a couple times. Time to do some internet searches.
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Level 71
Oct 24, 2020
The irony that the only one I haven’t got is Gotland.
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Level 56
Jan 6, 2021
Ain't no such island as Orkney...
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Level 84
Aug 14, 2021
Saying Kirkwall is on the island of Orkney is like saying Iqaluit is on the island of Nunavut.
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Level 67
Aug 14, 2021
Didn't fare too well but got Okinawa
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Level 72
Aug 14, 2021
Thank you! May I have another? ;-)

Those saying that Orkney isn't one island are correct, though. *Mainland* Orkney (sometimes just called Mainland) is, though.

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Level 64
Aug 14, 2021
Orkney is the name of the island group as a whole - Kirkwall is on the main island, which is called ‘Mainland’.
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Level 66
Aug 16, 2021
so disappointed by the omision of Nuuk...
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Level 55
Jul 23, 2022
It was in the first one.
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Level 68
Aug 21, 2021
Stewart Island?
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Level 82
Sep 10, 2022
Good quiz. I reckon another would make a fine addition, continuing the trend of greater difficulty. Some suggestions: Samarinda (Borneo), Davao (Mindanao), Jayapura (New Guinea), Kupang (Timor), Makassar (Sulawesi), Honiara (Guadalcanal), Port of Spain (Trinidad), Castries (St Lucia), Lerwick (the Mainland, Shetland), Longyearbyen (Svalbard), Victoria (Vancouver), Las Palmas (Gran Canaria), Valletta (Malta), Ushuaia (Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego), Stanley (East Falkland), Hadibu (Socotra), Haikou (Hainan).
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Level 75
Feb 28, 2023
Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego...

Perhaps two is enough 😶

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Level 75
Feb 28, 2023
Man that was like a cold slap in the face after the first one! Great quizzes.

Would it be better to merge this with the first one so the difficulty is the same between the two?

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Level 69
Feb 12, 2024
Great quiz, 17/20, I forgot Kyushu, and I’ve never heard of Naha and Medan.