World Cities A-Z #2

Based on the clues, name these cities starting with each letter.
If multiple cities fit the clue, guess the more prominent one
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Last updated: December 10, 2021
First submittedOctober 8, 2013
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Hint
City
A
Located in the middle of
the Outback
Alice Springs
B
Capital of Catalonia
Barcelona
C
Rick's Cafe was here
Casablanca
D
Has the world's tallest building
Dubai
E
Capital of Alberta
Edmonton
F
Germany's financial center
Frankfurt
G
Second biggest metro in Mexico
Guadalajara
H
Kowloon is part of this city
Hong Kong
I
Olympics host in Austria
Innsbruck
J
Capital of Indonesia
Jakarta
K
Formerly known as Calcutta
Kolkata
L
Sometimes considered the
second biggest city in France
Lyon
M
Marseille
 
Hint
City
N
Pizza is said to come from here
Naples
O
Home to England's oldest university
Oxford
P
Site of an anti-Soviet rebellion
in spring of 1968
Prague
Q
Walled city downriver from Montreal
Quebec City
R
"The Eternal City"
Rome
S
Formerly known as Leningrad
St. Petersburg
T
Ben Gurion airport
Tel Aviv
U
Located in northeast Thailand
Udon Thani
V
Famous for music and coffee
Vienna
W
Had a Jewish ghetto until 1943
Warsaw
X
Across the strait from Taiwan
Xiamen
Y
Walled city in northern England
York
Z
Off the coast near Dar Es Salaam
Zanzibar
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Level 77
Jan 9, 2014
Should accept Napoli for Naples. A lot of people call it that.
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Level 69
Oct 14, 2014
I tried Neapel. :/
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Level 76
Jan 10, 2015
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Level ∞
Feb 4, 2016
Okay
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Level 91
Jul 24, 2017
yeah at least 60 million italian speaking people call it Napoli because that's its name
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Level 83
Feb 22, 2018
You should also accept New York. The food that is famous and popular world wide is from New York City. The stuff they eat in Naples isn't the same thing.
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Level 69
Feb 22, 2018
Are you kidding me?
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Level 69
Feb 22, 2018
Also the question is about the Origin, not about where the Pizza got good or bad
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Level 74
Feb 22, 2018
New York pizza is horrible, the 'stuff' from Naples is the real thing
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Level 83
Feb 17, 2019
Not at all kidding. If you're looking for the place where pizza- the foodstuff popular around the world- originated, that's New York, in Little Italy. If you're looking for the place where people first started eating something with that name (originally, pita), that would be somewhere in Greece. Greeks brought it with them from Greece when they colonized Neapolis. Italian immigrants brought it to America. But it didn't achieve it's final form and become real pizza until New York. Naples is neither the first nor the last stop in this story. And if you'd been to Naples and eaten the greasy blobs of goo they make there and call pizza, and were being honest about this, you'd concede the point.
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Level 83
Feb 17, 2019
and you're right, this isn't about evaluating whether local varities of pizza is good or bad. The type of foodstuff that is called pizza and that is famous and popular around the world was originally made in New York City. Flat bread with toppings on it goes back to ancient Greece but it wasn't properly pizza until New York put it's own spin on it.
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Level 83
Feb 17, 2019
link

basically covers what I was saying. Who invented pizza? Depends on how you define pizza. Flat bread = ancient Egypt, Turkey, and Mesopotamia. This flat bread made its way to anceint Greece, where they put toppings on it such as olive oil and spices and called it "pita." Greeks colonized Neapolis (Napoli, Naples), bringing their pita with them. Can't really say it was invented there if they brought it from Greece if we're going to use your rules, right? It was a popular food among the poor, flat bread with toppings on it. Over time the pronunciation was corrupted from pita to pizza. Neapolitans tried out different toppings like mozzarella, tomato, and basil (little globs of each). Italians brought this food to Little Italy in New York City. In the early 20th century it became popular there, and those immigrants started making a food that would be exported all over the world.

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Level 83
Feb 17, 2019
If, when you think of pizza, you think of a golden brown semi-rigid crust, firm enough that you could hold it in one hand and eat it without all the toppings tumbling everywhere, tomato sauce and cheese spread evenly over the entire pie as a foundation upon which you put other toppings like pepperoni, sausage, peppers, etc, usually cut into 6 or 8 slices for easy handling... then what you are thinking of is a food that was invented in New York City.

this is more like what you would find in Naples. It's more like soup than pizza (follow the link). and it is NOT what most people think of when they think of pizza, because pizza was definitely invented in New York City.

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Level 38
Feb 27, 2021
Look at first caveat
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Level 65
Mar 11, 2022
I followed the link, the first picture that looked (remotely) like what I usually eat when I order a pizza was the Napolitan one. When I think of pizza I clearly do not have the New York standard in mind (which I find a little bit disgusting by the way). (I'm French)
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Level 83
Jan 3, 2020
still doesn't accept New York. tsk.
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Level 45
Jan 9, 2014
Zanzibar is not a city... still got it.. but its not a city.
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Level ∞
Jan 9, 2014
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zanzibar_City
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Level 45
Jan 9, 2014
I stand corrected, everyone called it Stone Town when I was there
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Level 67
Jan 10, 2014
Stone Town is a part of it.
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Level 73
Jun 8, 2016
Right. A small, gorgeous part.
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Level 61
Aug 7, 2014
Udon Thani ? C'mon ! No other city starts with an U ?
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Level 85
Nov 25, 2015
Ulan Bator, but quizmaster used that in version one of the quiz. The only other very well known city I can think of is Udaipur. Not much to choose from otherwise. Maybe Ürümqi and Uberlandia (which I have encountered on this site), Uppsala or Utrecht? Some variation in answers is nice though, so I fully support Udon Thani, event if I didn't get it.
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Level 75
Jun 8, 2016
Or just Ur. Can't see anything saying they have to be modern cities
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Level 64
Jun 10, 2016
Ullapool, in Scotland, except it's only a village...haha
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Level 59
Jun 14, 2016
Seriously? Ufa, Ussuriysk, Ulyanovsk and Ulan-Ude (Russia), Ulm (Germany), Ulsan (South Korea), Umea and Uppsala (Sweden), Urumqi (China), Utrecht (Netherlands) and Uzhhorod (Ukraine)
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Level 67
Mar 27, 2020
Agreed, I am for Upsalla, Utrecht, or Ur or even Urumqi. Not against learning new things, but those are hard enough (above the usual) difficulty anyway
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Level 67
Apr 24, 2020
Uttoxeter - for fans of horse racing.
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Level 62
Mar 11, 2022
Upstate NY city named after the ancient city in Tunisia: Utica
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Level 83
Jun 8, 2016
I breezed through this quiz. Got Udon Thani immediately. But I've been to Thailand many times and even as I was typing it in I knew there were going to be complainers in the comments section.
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Level 56
Jun 15, 2016
You are my hero.
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Level 83
Jun 22, 2016
and you're the wind beneath my wings.
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Level 80
Dec 11, 2016
Get a room :)
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Level 68
Jun 8, 2016
Good way to learn more about Thailand!
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Level 73
Jun 8, 2016
Yeah - if I hadn't lived in Thailand, this would've been a very hard one. Maybe make a connection with Udon noodles?
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Level 65
Jun 8, 2016
I've been to Udon Thani in transit to Laos once, otherwise no way I'd have known this.
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Level 46
Apr 17, 2015
Overall was fun quiz. Minor comments: Alice Springs is not a city, and the clue for Casablanca seems to me to be pretty obscure unless that cafe is world famous and I am ignorant.
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Level 78
Jul 11, 2015
It's from the movie Casablanca.
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Level 73
Jun 8, 2016
I was shocked at the Rick's café one, since I didn't get the Bogart reference. I was at "Rick's café" a month ago - in Negril, Jamaica. When I googled "Rick's café," the one in Negril was the first hit and the cliff jumping people do there was the third one. I'd say you should allow Negril for this, except this one's obscure too - I doubt it would help too many people.
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Level ∞
Jun 8, 2016
Google takes into account your search history and location. Rick's Cafe in Negril is obscure. Rick's Cafe from Casablanca is not.
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Level 67
Jan 10, 2022
A city beginning with C and you should accept Negril apparently. I have never watched the film Casablanca but the answer dawned on me as time was running out
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Level 56
Jun 21, 2022
@Quizmaster I'm in Cairo and I've recently searched several things about Morocco and I still got the one in Negril. I knew Casa from another quiz though
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Level 71
Jun 8, 2016
When you are the largest establishment for a 1,000 miles in any direction you are entitled to be called a city.
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Level 73
Jun 8, 2016
So then some research station on Antarctica is a city?
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Level 80
Dec 11, 2016
That's not the reason. In US everything is a city, towns are more of a British thing. Not sure about Australia.
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Level 76
Nov 5, 2018
The ABS (stats bureau) defines a city as having over 100,000 people. Therefore Alice Springs is not a city by the official Australian definition.
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Level 47
Mar 11, 2022
This sounds made up. To be a City in Australia you just have to be recognised as a city; there are localities officially recognised as cities (usually but not limited to separate urban areas); as well as LGAs that are "City of..." but these aren't always officially cities. There are 21 places acknowledged as cities in NSW but only 7 have populations greater than 100000; similarly in Victoria there are 20 cities but only 6 have populations greater than 100000. There is no actual definition of what a city can or can't be.

Although it is worth noting Alice Springs isn't classified as a city by the NT Government, only Palmerston and Darwin.

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Level 31
Nov 28, 2015
Quebec city is upriver from Montreal, not downriver
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Level 78
Dec 2, 2015
Wrong! Quebec city is closer to the ocean than Montreal and they are both on the St. Lawrence River, so Quebec City is downriver from Montreal.
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Level 71
Jun 8, 2016
"Better to remain silent ........... " As Abraham Lincoln said.
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Level 69
Jun 8, 2016
Kept typing Adelaide. Figured I must have misspelled it. Nope, just wrong.
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Level 63
Jun 8, 2016
Tried that one too but then remembered Adelaide is on the coast and not in the Outback.
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Level 67
Jun 8, 2016
Fortunately, Alice Springs Chicken is in the middle of the menu at The Outback as well.
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Level 82
Jun 8, 2016
I too, have Outback Steakhouse to thank for getting that clue so easily! Don't remember if originally I looked it up, or there was a map on the menu, but remember thinking that Alice Springs is pretty close to the dead center of Australia. Or, maybe it was Priscilla...?
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Level 81
Jun 8, 2016
In fairness, calling Alice Springs a city is pretty charitable to Alice Springs.
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Level 44
Jun 9, 2016
I couldn't work out why just "Alice" wouldn't work - most of the time we just say 'Alice' and everyone knows where we are talking about.
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Level 32
Jun 8, 2016
insbruck for innsbruck and kolkatta for kolkata should be accepted...
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Level 44
Jun 8, 2016
No, since Innsbruck is named after the river Inn. Literally 'Innsbridge'. Insbruck is just wrong.
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Level 73
Jun 9, 2016
Alice Springs? (sign) It has all of about 28,000 people. Los Angeles, New York, London, - pick an actual city and they fart suburbs bigger than that. A user might expect a quiz asking for names of cities to have answers that are...cities?
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Level 79
Jun 10, 2016
Ben Gurion airport is in Lod even though it is TLV and widely considered to be in Tel Aviv. Sde Dov airport is in Tel Aviv.
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Level 70
Feb 1, 2017
Thank-you for forcing me to learn to spell Kolkata correctly- every other quiz up until now I've lazily used the Anglicised version. And now I read the comments and find I could've avoided all that guesswork!
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Level 62
May 31, 2018
Verona is also famous for its coffee, maybe more so than Vienna. Though Vienna has more famous music, overall Verona is almost as famous for those things. You should accept it.
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Level 67
Mar 27, 2020
I only know verona from shakespeare. Never heard in connection with coffee, though I don't drink coffee, but I do know Wiener melange
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Level 67
Mar 23, 2020
music and coffee->Vienna? A tried Venice, Vancouver, Vicenza, Verona, but nothing. Should be more concrete.
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Level 79
Aug 17, 2021
I tried Vatican City. I like to imagine the pope kicking back with headphones on, sipping a caramel macchiato.
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Level 67
Jan 10, 2022
At around 10 euros each
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Level 60
Mar 11, 2022
The version I see on my phone this morning had no clue for M, took a screenshot, but doesn't look like I can upload it.
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Level 58
Mar 11, 2022
The clue for M is the same as the clue for L. Personally I liked the way it used that two "second city" contenders are adjacent in the alphabet, but can see it can be confusing. So maybe it would be better with an explicit "Another city sometimes ..." clue
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Level 60
Mar 11, 2022
It's much more obvious that's what it means when you view on a desktop
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Level 76
Mar 11, 2022
I agree. I don't know what Mrs Vu's desktop shows her but it confused the Hell out of me. I thought there was no clue for M and therefore I had no clue what to put. Agree with comments on U. Answer was much more obscure than any of the others and, was the only one I didn't get (in addition to M as I don't have access to Mrs Vu's desktop)
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Level 60
Mar 11, 2022
I'm German and missed both austrian cities. Lol.

Vienna is apparently known for music and coffee? Well, not down here.

And i suppose misreading Austria as Australia is just stupid.

Cool Quiz

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Level 58
Mar 11, 2022
Thank you very much for describing Warsaw by "had a Jewish Ghetto until 1943"..... "Completely ruined by German Nazis in 1944" would be more historically correct instead....

Otherwise it seems like Polish people created ghettos for Jews in Warsaw, not Germans....

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Level 57
Mar 11, 2022
I second that notion. "Had a Jewish Ghetto until 1943", seriously? You might as well describe London as "Had people killed by rockets on the British soil". Technically correct, but suggesting a completely different story.
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Level 66
Mar 11, 2022
24/26. I'm not complaining.