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Find The Mystery Capital Using Color Clues - Randomized!

To start, name any capital. The redder it appears, the closer you are. When you guess the mystery capital, the quiz is over - you win!
The mystery capital changes every time you play!
HUGE thanks to Pandora49 for the idea and the map, and to Stewart for helping with the CSS!
Quiz by Simon1006
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Last updated: January 3, 2023
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First submittedMay 20, 2021
Times taken53,316
Average score32.1%
Rating4.54
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City
Apia
Funafuti
Nukuʻalofa
Suva
South Tarawa
Majuro
Yaren
Port Vila
Honiara
Palikir
Wellington
Port Moresby
Canberra
Ngerulmud
Mexico City
Tokyo
Dili
Guatemala City
San Salvador
Belmopan
Tegucigalpa
Managua
Seoul
San José
Manila
Pyongyang
Taipei
Havana
Panama City
Quito
Lima
Bandar Seri Begawan
Kingston
Nassau
Beijing
Bogotá
Santiago
Washington D.C.
Ottawa
Port-au-Prince
Jakarta
Santo Domingo
Hanoi
Ulaanbaatar
La Paz / Sucre
Phnom Penh
Singapore
Caracas
Vientiane
Kuala Lumpur
Buenos Aires
Bangkok
Basseterre
Montevideo
Saint George's
Saint John's
Port-of-Spain
Asunción
Roseau
Kingstown
Castries
Bridgetown
Naypyidaw
Georgetown
Paramaribo
Dhaka
Thimphu
Brasília
Kathmandu
Reykjavík
Nur-Sultan
Bishkek
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
New Delhi
Islamabad
Tashkent
Dushanbe
Helsinki
Oslo
Kabul
Tallinn
Stockholm
Malé
Moscow
Dublin
Riga
Copenhagen
Vilnius
Minsk
London
Ashgabat
Amsterdam
Berlin
Brussels
Warsaw
Kiev
Luxembourg
Paris
Prague
Baku
Port Louis
Tbilisi
Vienna
Bratislava
Bern
Chișinău
Tehran
Vaduz
Budapest
Muscat
Yerevan
Praia
Lisbon
Ljubljana
Zagreb
Madrid
Andorra la Vella
Bucharest
Monaco
Belgrade
San Marino
Abu Dhabi
Sarajevo
Sofia
Pristina
Podgorica
Victoria
Doha
Vatican City
Rome
Rabat
Ankara
Skopje
Manama
Baghdad
Kuwait City
Tirana
Dakar
Antananarivo
Nouakchott
Banjul
Algiers
Maseru
Bissau
Athens
Riyadh
Nicosia
Damascus
Beirut
Tunis
Maputo
Mbabane
Conakry
Amman
Freetown
Valletta
Pretoria / Cape Town / Bloemfontein
Jerusalem
Gaborone
Moroni
Monrovia
Tripoli
Cairo
Bamako
Sana'a
Windhoek
Mogadishu
Harare
Djibouti
Yamoussoukro
Lilongwe
Asmara
Lusaka
Ouagadougou
Addis Ababa
Dodoma
Nairobi
Accra
Niamey
Khartoum
Lomé
Porto-Novo / Cotonou
Kampala
Luanda
Gitega
Kigali
Juba
São Tomé
Abuja
Libreville
Malabo
Kinshasa
Brazzaville
N'Djamena
Yaoundé
Mystery City (Bangui)
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Level 71
May 20, 2021
Awesome, I am the first person to nominate this :)
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Level 65
May 20, 2021
Thank you!
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Level 54
May 20, 2021
Awesome quiz! I'm happy to see this one on your own account. Once again huge congratulations! Of course I nominated, but I'm sure you won't need it.

I found on my first try, but it was easy because... I love Europe.

Thank you once again for this amazing work!

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Level 65
May 20, 2021
Thank you Baptiste!
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Level 37
May 20, 2021
I got muscat twice in a row
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Level 37
May 20, 2021
Update- Andorra La Vella twice in a row
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Level 65
May 20, 2021
The chance of getting any capital twice in a row is around 2%, So the more often you play the more repeats you'll get :)
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Level 46
Dec 16, 2023
I GOT SOME RANDON OCEANIAN CAPITAL I DONT EVEN KNOW… TWICE!
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Level 55
May 20, 2021
Great! I like what you did there with Rome and Kinshasa...
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Level 70
May 21, 2021
Great!
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Level 70
May 21, 2021
randomly guessed capitals got it on 7th guess (Beijing)
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Level 66
May 31, 2021
I got it on my third guess (Jakarta)!
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Level 76
May 31, 2021
I got Basseterre :c
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Level 47
Feb 22, 2022
I got St John's, it gets frustrating when you have named every other Caribbean capital.
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Level 57
May 31, 2021
Yesssss!!! I was hoping this quiz would be made!
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Level 29
Aug 26, 2021
Awesome, the city i come from, there, it was it.

It was Canberra, one nobody would probably guess.

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Level 54
Sep 11, 2021
My fastest time is 0:00. I typed Rome and i got it right at first :)
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Level 68
Sep 28, 2021
Sofia, got it 4 seconds to go. Fun.
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Level 95
Sep 28, 2021
So weird! I thought maybe it wasn't randomized as I got the same answer the first two times I played. Turns out, I randomly got the same answer twice in a row! I think that's a 1 in 38,416 chance; those are the odds! Thank you for the fun quiz, I've nominated it.
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Level 65
Sep 28, 2021
Glad you enjoyed! But your math is a bit off: this is the chance you get that specific capital twice in a row. If all answers are possible the chance of getting any capital twice in a row is 196 times that, or 1 in 196. However, due to the answer limit of 10,000 answers only 51 answers are possible, leading to a chance of 1 in 51 that this happens, or slightly less than 2%
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Level 84
Feb 9, 2023
The very first two times I played it was Vienna. There are enough people here stating that the same answer came up 2 times in a row that something seems amiss, it's statistically improbable.
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Level 65
Feb 9, 2023
At the time of writing this quiz has 8875 takes. For the sake of the argument let's say all of these takes from 4437 people (ignoring the one extra since I don't want to cut a person in half). So each person takes the quiz exactly twice. Since there are only 51 possibilities for answers, it is statistically expected that 87 of them end up with the same answer to both their takes.

We often think of randomness as something that should change the answer every time, yet getting the same answer twice in a row is also very much possible, especially given the limited amount of answers and the large amount of takes.

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Level 64
Dec 14, 2021
Wait this was randomized? I somehow got Brasilia twice in a row and therefore a rare 0:00 time
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Level 65
Feb 18, 2022
I am sooo lucky haha. I guessed it in 8 seconds and by typing my third capital. Berlin, Bogota and Mexico City.
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Level 34
Apr 5, 2022
Awesome quiz, nominated!
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Level 68
Dec 25, 2022
I was so confused. Randomly guessed Wellington, Washington, Capetown, and then Algiers, and got it! What a fluke!
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Level 65
Feb 6, 2023
I think there might be a problem with the gradient.

The capital was Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The countries I guessed all looked nearly identical in color (from Guatemala, to Canada, Bahamas, Peru, Guyana).

-Iceland, Morocco, and South Africa, were noticeably different colored.

Maybe that's intentional- but I think I would've had to guess 2 dozen of the same-colored countries to win.

Maybe there's something wrong with my monitor, or eyes. I'm using Chrome. I opened Paint, and enlarged Guatemala/Nassau/Colombia/Ecuador, and they still look nearly identical at 20x the size.

Maybe everyone just goes: Mexico City, Cairo, Beijing, then begins spamming 10-30 capitals?

Fun quiz though, ty.

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Level 84
Feb 9, 2023
I agree with this, I think it's just unlucky to get a capital that is close in to other capitals. I got Tegucigalpa and I really couldn't tell any difference in color anywhere in Central America that I was guessing. Even Washington DC looked really close. It might be prohibitively difficult to program it so that the # of kilometers has a different effect on color depending on how clustered the capitals are. Like a mulitiplier. If you draw Male, Maldives, the color gradient works about as it does now, but if you draw Zagreb, Croatia, you have to get to Europe before the colors move much beyond light pink.
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Level 66
Apr 17, 2023
Yeah this quiz is no fun at all. I just spend the entire time guessing capitals that are very close but not quite the required one as they all look pretty damn red to me.
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Level 95
Feb 8, 2023
Fun! I love these kinds of quizzes!!
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Level 59
Feb 8, 2023
Port Moresby, second try! Great quiz
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Level 44
Feb 9, 2023
first try, moscow
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Level 54
Feb 9, 2023
Tried this for the first time 2 seconds ago. Randomly typed Kampala because it was the first thing that came into my mind. I instantly got it right. Quickest quiz and quickest 5 points ever.
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Level 53
Feb 9, 2023
I got Accra on my first guess!
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Level 63
Feb 13, 2023
Hard to see differences in red when the dots are close together like in Europe. I did get Vatican City pretty early though so it's not that problematic I'd say.
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Level 88
Feb 16, 2023
These kind of quizzes are the worst for colorblind people like me
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Level 60
Feb 18, 2023
did it with "Kuwait" on my second attempt.
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Level 84
Feb 21, 2023
Fun quiz, but as others have said the color gradients are often too subtle to discern, so there's still a lot more luck than skill required.
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Level 61
Apr 6, 2023
the first one was tokyo and I didnt get it lol
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Level 66
Apr 17, 2023
Not enough time
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Level 44
Apr 17, 2023
Surely it should tell you what the answer was when the timer runs out?
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Level 65
Apr 17, 2023
It does, it's highlighted in green if time runs out
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Level 63
Apr 17, 2023
Is the colour gradient just based on how many countries are closer rather than distance? I was guessing in West Europe and it was red so I assumed I was on the right track, the answer turned out to be Mexico City which is nowhere near Europe, I didn't even think to try the Americas because I assumed Europe would be very pale if the answer was over there.
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Level 57
Apr 17, 2023
Too hard to separate the colors with only 1 minute to complete. Should probably use another colormap. More colors would make it easier than just varied intensities of red
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Level 53
Apr 17, 2023
In the past I struggled with Quizzes like this, but not today. I randomly typed in "Berlin", "Beijing" and then "answer".
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Level 41
Apr 17, 2023
with my first guess vienna done
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Level 35
Apr 17, 2023
If you don't get it, why doesn't it tell you what the answer was?
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Level 72
Apr 17, 2023
Maybe I am color blind, but I do not see any real differentiation in the colors based on proximity to the capitals.

It doesn't take me long to find a dark red dot, but I typically end up going in circles around the "hot" capital without noticing any derivation.

But I like the idea.

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Level 59
Apr 17, 2023
This was very fun, but I really struggled with seeing the different shades of red!

Also, I only got 1 point for guessing it after few capitals. Shouldn't it be the other way around? It seems the more capitals I name the more points I get?

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Level 49
Apr 17, 2023
Got it with 4 seconds left with a random african capital guess because I had Lome and it was somewhere near and my African capital knowledge isn't great.
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Level 62
Apr 17, 2023
I'm so colorblind with these shades of red.
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Level 75
Apr 18, 2023
Holy cow! Got it in 4 guesses!! Lima, D.C., London, Oslo.
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Level 63
Apr 19, 2023
I love this series, but I can't see the difference in shades of red for a lot of these.
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Level 62
Apr 26, 2023
Omg got it at the first try, that was interesting lol (Mexico, also my country)
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Level 64
Apr 29, 2023
boom, La Paz.. three takes
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Level 38
May 13, 2023
So if you don't get it right do you just never know the answer? I don't see it anywhere...
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Level 65
May 13, 2023
If you don't get it right the city lights up in green. But keep in mind it might be partially hidden by others
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Level 71
Sep 18, 2023
Fact: It is literally impossible to get exactly 4 points on this quiz.
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Level 52
Feb 23, 2024
I got London.. with 4 seconds left man i suck