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Linked Country Name Puzzle

The last few letters of many countries are often the first letters of another country. For example, the ending of Costa Rica is the beginning of Canada; together, they make Costa Ricanada. Given the geographic locations of two countries, the first letter of the first country, and the last letter of the second country, can you guess what the names of these "linked" countries are?
Countries are always linked by at least two letters (i.e. you won't get anything like "Costa Ricalbania")
You can get credit by either filling in the blank letters ("osta ricanad") or typing out the whole linked country name ("costa ricanada")
Quiz by JWatson24
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Last updated: January 13, 2022
First submittedJanuary 13, 2022
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Average score81.3%
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East Asia
Central America
Japanama
Southeast Asia
Southern Africa
Vietnamibia
South America
Eastern Europe
Perussia
Carribbean
South Asia
Cubangladesh
North America
South America
Mexicolombia
South Asia
Oceania
Nepalau
West Africa
Western Europe
Nigermany
Southern Europe
East Asia
Maltaiwan
Western Europe
Southeast Asia
Spaindonesia
South Asia
East Africa
Pakistanzania
Oceania
South America
Nauruguay
West Africa
East Africa
Burkina Fasomalia
Central America
Southeast Asia
Guatemalaysia
Southeast Asia
North Africa
East Timorocco
South America
Middle East
Chilebanon
Middle East
Western Europe
Kuwaitaly
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Level 71
Jan 13, 2022
I tried striking a balance by making this a fun challenge without being too difficult. That being said, is this quiz too easy? Too hard? I'd love feedback!
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Level 82
Jan 14, 2022
Great stuff. Balance is just right IMO. Fun and not too hard but had to think a bit for a few of them. The area and letter clues combined work really well.
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Level 71
Jan 14, 2022
Thanks :) I appreciate the feedback. I was worried it would be a bit too difficult, so I'm glad it worked out in the end!
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Level 50
Jan 14, 2022
Excellent idea! I completely agree with overtired: mixing geographical clues and country names works very well here, and the quiz is very well built. Nominated, of course, hoping it will be featured one day.

About difficulty, I was thinking as a French-speaking taker, so some of the answers like

East Timor

weren't very intuitive for me, but I had a lot of fun taking it, so I think the balance is good, at least for me.
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Level 71
Jan 14, 2022
Thanks Poirot! I can see how it would be difficult for a French speaker. If you really like the idea though, feel free to make a French version! I'm guessing the answers will be a bit different, but I give permission to copy the format :)