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Smaller Cities That You May Know

Based on a clue, can you guess these places that have a population of 100,000 or less?
Many of these are technically villages or towns
Anyone who says "X is not a city" will be fed to wild beasts
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Greece
There's a statue of King Leonidas in this town once known
for its disciplined warriors
Sparta
Palestine
Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar came to this town bearing
gifts in the year 1 A.D.
Bethlehem
Belgium
Napoleon lost his final battle near this town in 1815
Waterloo
Italy
The modern city was founded in 1891, nearly 2 millennia after the
ancient city was buried in a volcanic eruption
Pompei
Ireland
A type of humorous poem gets its name from this city
on the river Shannon
Limerick
Australia
To see Uluru, tourists commonly fly into this city near the
geographic center of Australia
Alice Springs
Canada
Town that lies inside Canada's first national park
Banff
France
City on the Riviera with a famous film festival
Cannes
Mexico
City on the tip of the Baja California peninsula
Cabo San Lucas
United Kingdom
Almost, but not quite, the southernmost point on the Iberian Peninsula
Gibraltar
Norway
It's not a tool used to smash flowers, it's the host of the
1994 Winter Olympics
Lillehammer
Mali
Saharan trading post that had a Golden Age around 1500 A.D.
Timbuktu
United Kingdom
While the metropolitan boroughs have a population of several million,
the city itself has just 8,706
London
Greece
Namesake of a type of olive
Kalamata
Italy
"Watch out below" said Galileo has he dropped objects from this
city's leaning tower
Pisa
Trinidad and
Tobago
Capital of Trinidad and Tobago
Port of Spain
New Zealand
City named in honor of Queen Victoria that people visit on
their way to Milford Sound
Queenstown
Spain
Pilgrims walk here to see the shrine of St. James
Santiago
de Compostela
United Kingdom
As I was going here, I met a man with seven wives ...
St Ives
India
City in Goa named for a Portuguese explorer
Vasco da Gama
61 Comments
+52
Level 69
Jul 3, 2020
But Quizmaster, the letter X is not a city.
+17
Level 59
Jul 3, 2020
Are you in the beast's mouth right now?
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Level 78
Jul 3, 2020
I don't regret missing St Ives, because I don't classify it as a city. I don't see no wild bea- . Oh wait. Please don't feed me to them. Please ple-
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Level 68
Jul 3, 2020
Coincidentally die hard with a vengeance was on tv yesterday with that riddle.
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Level 66
Aug 11, 2020
Hmm... a city named X in Belgium in which wild beasts live?
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Level 61
Feb 24, 2023
rip
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Level 84
Jul 3, 2020
Out of curiosity, where did you get the names Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar? The wisemen aren't named (or numbered) in my Bible. I found this in Britannica, though:

"Eastern tradition sets the number of Magi at 12, but Western tradition sets their number at three, probably based on the three gifts of “gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11) presented to the infant."

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Level 73
Jul 4, 2020
There's no reason to think they arrived at Bethlehem, either.
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Level 82
Aug 11, 2020
These names appear in Western Christian folklore going back at least as far as the 5th century and probably earlier. Eastern Christian traditions attach different names to the characters.
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Level 85
Jul 3, 2020
The date for the magi seems a little bit off. Most historians estimate the birth of Jesus to have been c. 4 BC, based on modern analysis of the historical timeline. The visit of the magi is estimated to have been up to about 2 years later. In any case, most likely in a year we now describe as "BC."
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Level 84
Jul 3, 2020
Good call. Growing up, I always heard that the birth was either 4 or 7 BC, and that the magi showed up about 2 years later, which is why Herod ordered the death of all boys who were "two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men." (Matthew 2:16 KJV)

People tend to think of the wise men being present at the birth of Christ. Had that been the case, Herod only would have ordered the death of newborns.

At any rate, it probably wasn't 1 AD. Herod died in 4 BC and, thus, couldn't have received the magi in 1 AD. (And, historically speaking, there is no contemporary record of the Massacre of the Innocents occurring at all.)

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Level 82
Aug 11, 2020
Well if we are going by the real facts of the life of the hypothetical historical Jesus, then there more than likely were no Magi, and no star, and no manger, and he was probably born somewhere else other than Bethlehem. The clue references Christian tradition, and according to popular mainstream Christian tradition (Christian scholars probably disagree), Christ was born in 1 A.D.
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Level 76
Feb 24, 2023
Tradition says Jesus was born on the 25th of December 1BC

He was circumcised on the 1st of January 1AD

The 3 Wise Men arrived on the 12th Day of Christmas, which would be the 6th of January, 1AD

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Level 66
Feb 24, 2023
That was all invented centuries later. Myths and legends evolve to meet the needs of the story tellers and their times.
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Level 56
Jul 3, 2020
What kind of wild beasts are we talking about?
+10
Level 78
Jul 3, 2020
Probably Belgian ones.
+28
Level ∞
Jul 3, 2020
No, that would be going too far.
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Level 78
Aug 11, 2020
I didn't see any wild beasts when I was in Belgium.
+2
Level 78
Aug 11, 2020
I didn't see any wild beasts when I was in Belgium.
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Level 72
Aug 19, 2020
Really? Not the second time either?
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Level 49
Feb 24, 2023
lol
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Level 62
Jul 4, 2020
Is Jetpunk slowly moving towards Incorporating Palestine into it's List of Countries? Recent Developments such as featuring the Palestine "Country" Quiz among others indicate so.
+24
Level ∞
Jul 4, 2020
No
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Level 86
Aug 11, 2020
why is the country Palestine on the quiz especially since it was not called Palestine even when under Roman occupation?
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Level 16
Feb 24, 2023
Bethlehem is within the West Bank, which is part of the Palestinian territories.
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Level 69
Jun 9, 2022
I've never understood why not. It is recognized by the United Nations... why not by Jetpunk??
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Level 70
Feb 24, 2023
wow
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Level 84
Jul 4, 2020
There was a Greenland quiz, too. It was to match the names of the other quizzes in the series. It's not a political statement.
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Level 29
Jul 11, 2020
There should be a little known big cities quiz as well
+12
Level 84
Sep 14, 2020
There already are two. They're called 'All cities in India/China with a population of 1 million'.
+4
Level 78
Aug 11, 2020
As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives.

Every wife had seven sacks, every sack had seven cats, every cat had seven kitts.

Kitts, cats, sacks, wives, how many were going to St. Ives?

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Level 70
Aug 11, 2020
1, since the man, wives, sacks, cats and kitts were all going the other way.
+15
Level 71
Aug 11, 2020
The man and his wives were going to jail for polygamy and animal abuse.
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Level 76
Feb 24, 2023
It depends on the mode of transport. If he met them while walking to St Ives, they were probably heading the other way, but if he met them on the train to St Ives they were probably going to St Ives too.
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Level 60
Feb 24, 2023
0 or 1. It's unclear whether the narrator is a kitt, cat, sack, or wife.
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Level 75
Aug 11, 2020
I first read this in my Mother Goose book in the 1950s. Momma Goose had some good riddles. My favorite was "Elizabeth, Elspeth, Betsy, and Bess all went together to seek a bird's nest. They found a nest with five eggs in, they all took one and left four in." The answer was there was only one girl, Elizabeth, and the other names were her nicknames.
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Level 66
Feb 24, 2023
I named a quiz after that riddle - Eliza, Elizabeth, Betsy and Bess.
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Level 60
Feb 24, 2023
This makes sense, but in a really forced bad sort of way. Not the best riddle imo
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Level 73
Aug 11, 2020
Accept Sparti for Sparta.
+7
Level 60
Aug 11, 2020
Doesn't Pompeii have two "i"s? Or does the new city name have one "i"?
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Level 66
Aug 11, 2020
It seems like that both Pompei and Pompeii are used. Personally I’ve only seen Pompeii.
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Level 70
Aug 11, 2020
I only got 1 point. What a Kalamata.
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Level 86
Aug 11, 2020
All the answers are in alphabetical order, except Kalamata.
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Level 77
Sep 10, 2020
It could be that Kalamata is in alphabetical order but London, Limerick and Lillehammer aren't.
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Level 58
Aug 11, 2020
Palestine is not a country.
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Level 46
Feb 26, 2023
Palestine is a county that has been around for thousands of years. Educate yourself.
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Level 45
Jan 18, 2024
It is a disputed area that is being ruled by a terrorist group. All of it is owned by Israel, but it is mostly populated by "Palestinians" which are ethnic arabs that are Israeli. "Palestine" won't survive a year without the land that God gave to the Israelites as The Promised Land. If Israel really wanted to, they could completely self destruct the parts of Israel that are considered Palestine. I can see how people say that Palestine is an independent country. I will respect your opinion if you respect mine. Have a great day.
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Level 57
Aug 11, 2020
please accept Sparti for Sparta, that is the modern name
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Level 48
Aug 11, 2020
I thought gibraltar was a region not a city
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Level 61
Aug 11, 2020
please accept Vasco as it is commonly known
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Level 75
Aug 11, 2020
I guessed San Diego and Queentown - so close and yet so far away.
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Level 78
Aug 11, 2020
Me: Huh, don't know the queen one and trying all the places in NZ I know didn't work, oh well.

Answer: Queenstown

Me: .............goddamnit

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Level 67
Feb 24, 2023
London's an interesting one
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Level 63
Feb 26, 2023
I think it's a mistake. Population of London is 8.700 however millions, not thousands. And around 12 with suburbs. Definitely well over 100k
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Level 65
Feb 26, 2023
It's counting everything inside the city limits, which is way less than 1 million.
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Level 57
Feb 24, 2023
Queenstown is nowhere near Milford Sound, Te Anau would be a far better answer for a town near Milford sound
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Level 76
Apr 1, 2023
Te Anau is not named after Queen Victoria though, and it's not well-known enough to be on the quiz. Also, it says nothing about being near Milford Sound, just that people pass through it while going there.
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Level 67
Feb 24, 2023
There are two towns in the UK called Saint Ives. One is in Cambridgeshire and the other one is in Cornwall.
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Level 71
Feb 24, 2023
I was always told as a child that the riddle is about the Cambridgeshire one, although how my Dad knew this I don't know. He did go to boarding school nearby so maybe he was just biased!
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Level 56
Feb 24, 2023
I think there's a typo in the description about Pisa. Should say "as" instead of "has."
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Level 68
May 14, 2024
Never heard of Kalamata or cabo San lucas. That doesn't mean I got all the others though (and I feel asleep halfway through, so we'll never know if I would have gotten the last few)