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The Only Remaining Asian Country . . .

For each box, enter the only Asian country that fits the description excluding countries that have already appeared on the quiz.
Any reference to city population refers to urban agglomeration population according to citypopulation.de
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Quiz by cornflakesfu
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First submittedJanuary 5, 2019
Times taken35,038
Average score62.5%
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The only country . . .
Country
To be a member of the EU
Cyprus
With an emperor
Japan
To have a permanent seat on the UN Security Council
China
To host a Summer or Winter Olympics
South Korea
To have a population greater than 1 billion
India
To have more than 1 million active military personnel
North Korea
To have an 8-letter sequence in its name without an A, E, I, O, or U
Kyrgyzstan
With a top four finish in the men's FIFA World Cup
Turkey
To be the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Iraq
To average more than 30 million international tourists per year
Thailand
To have a population density greater than 3,000 people per square kilometer
Singapore
To have a land border with a country that does not recognize it diplomatically
Israel
To have nuclear weapons
Pakistan
To have a non-rectangular flag
Nepal
To be the birthplace of one of the world's four largest religions
Saudi Arabia
To have more than 150,000,000 barrels of proven oil reserves
Iran
To have won more than 50 Olympic medals
Kazakhstan
To be home to more than 50 million Christians
Philippines
To win a Winter Olympic medal
Uzbekistan
To touch the Himalayas
Bhutan
To have once been an empire that controlled more than 10% of the world's land
Mongolia
To have an area greater than 1 million square kilometers
Indonesia
To be home to more than 5% of the world's Muslims
Bangladesh
To touch a river associated with a "Cradle of civilization"
Syria
To touch the Mediterranean Sea
Lebanon
To have a name that would be worth more than 25 points in Scrabble
Azerbaijan
To have an average elevation of greater than 2,000 meters above sea level
Tajikistan
To touch the Caspian Sea
Turkmenistan
To have a capital that starts with B
Brunei
To have a population of less than 1 million
Maldives
To have a population density of less than 25 people per square kilometer
Oman
To have a name that ends in -stan
Afghanistan
To have a name more than 10 letters long
United Arab Emirates
To be among the top 25 countries in Human Development Index
Taiwan
To touch the Tropic of Cancer
Myanmar
To touch the place of Earth's lowest elevation
Jordan
To have a sword on their flag
Sri Lanka
To have a name consisting of multiple words
East Timor
To have tropical rainforest (Köppen Af)
Malaysia
To be an island country
Bahrain
To have an Indo-European language as an official language
Armenia
To be a former Soviet Socialist Republic
Georgia
To have an area less than 15,000 square kilometers
Qatar
To touch the Persian Gulf
Kuwait
To have a capital whose name consists of multiple words
Cambodia
To have Arabic as an official language
Yemen
To have a name less than six letters long
Laos
To be in Asia
Vietnam
73 Comments
+7
Level 70
Jan 5, 2019
Isn't Bahrain also an island country?
+2
Level 86
Jan 5, 2019
Yes, good catch. I will fix this.
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Level 25
Jan 21, 2022
the country to have less then 6 letters is also oman
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Level 68
Jan 21, 2022
I mean there are multiple answers to a number of questions, but it's about the only remaining country and Oman is already gone by the second last question.
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Level 70
Jan 5, 2019
:) Great quiz series.
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Level 86
Jan 5, 2019
Thanks! :)
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Level 77
Jan 5, 2019
Great series!
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Level 85
Jan 5, 2019
Singapore is in the top 10 in HDI, so there isn't a unique answer to the HDI question.
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Level 86
Jan 5, 2019
Noted. That's going to be a tougher one to fix, but I will get on it.
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Level 86
Jan 5, 2019
Never mind. That was actually pretty easy.
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Level 74
Jan 6, 2019
Fantastic series! Just to clarify things for me, Qatar's maroon flag is considered red?
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Level 86
Jan 6, 2019
Yes, I consider maroon to be a shade of red. I figured there would probably be arguments no matter which way I went on that one, but counting it as red feels more right to me.
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Level 70
Jan 6, 2019
Cool! Have you thought about adding a map or something like this ? - just to know which ones were already guessed
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Level 77
Jan 6, 2019
good idea! a map would be nice
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Level 86
Jan 6, 2019
These are good suggestions. I've thought about adding maps to my quizzes previously, but I have never done so. Hopefully one of these days I will stop being lazy and spend some time figuring out how it works.
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Level 86
Sep 30, 2020
The map is here now :)
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Level 89
Nov 30, 2021
Having the map is great, thanks, @cornflakesfu. It would be even better if you could have the map stay on the screen while the answer boxes scrolled up.

Good quiz, by the way—tricky, but good!

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Level 86
Nov 30, 2021
Yup, I totally get that, but unfortunately I don't know if there's a way to make the quiz like that.
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Level 89
Nov 30, 2021
I understand, @cornflakesfu. Thanks for your response. Cheers from Downunder, Nadine
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Level 25
Jan 21, 2022
isnt thailand also a country with the first capital letter B of bangkok
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Level 88
Nov 25, 2020
I really enjoyed this series, thanks!
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Level 68
Aug 6, 2021
This is a great idea. Bahrain stumped me as I couldn't see it, luckily it was near the end so I managed the rest of the answers and came back to it. Thanks for making it!
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Level 66
Aug 6, 2021
Great Quiz! Couldn't Taiwan count as one of the founding members of the U.N since the Republic of China was one of the original members before being succeeded by the P.R.C?
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Level 68
Aug 6, 2021
I hate to burst your bubble (great quiz!), but Syria just earned a medal in the Olympics...
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Level 68
Aug 6, 2021
Also, how do you classify a rainforest? I think you could argue some countries (Laos, Vietnam, etc.) have rainforests.
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Level 86
Aug 6, 2021
It's been a while, but I *think* "rainforest" was based on this map, which was the source for the "Tropical Rainforest Countries" quiz.
+7
Level 86
Aug 6, 2021
Dang it, Syria! Curse your Olympic prowess!
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Level 80
Aug 6, 2021
Very nice quiz, possibly too much time allowed.
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Level 86
Aug 7, 2021
Addressed the issues raised by WolfCam and FactoFanatic (thanks for the feedback!). Fixing Syria was a big pain (thanks a lot, Man Assad!), but I got it eventually. Also adjusted one or two other clues that were somewhat questionable in the process.
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Level 84
Aug 22, 2021
For the future you need to think of other clues for China and South Korea. Maybe switch the positions and do "that has a city which hosted both summer and winter olympics" and then "which hosted both summer and winter olympics".
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Level 86
Aug 22, 2021
Yup, I'm aware. I'll cross that bridge when we come to it. At this point a cancellation/rescheduling of the 2022 Winter Olympics seems unlikely, but I'm not sure we can take anything for granted at this point.
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Level 71
Nov 6, 2021
Yeah, I would recommend fixing it now. The Beijing Olympics are being held under very secure conditions, and there's no way China will back out. Also, it looks like this quiz will almost certainly be featured, and it'd be annoying if there has to be a reset in a just few months because of that change. I'm sure you can think of plenty of other clues for South Korea and China :)

Anyways, great quiz!

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Level 86
Nov 7, 2021
While that is true, there's usually one or two issues that get unearthed whenever a quiz like this is featured that will need to be fixed anyway. I think I'll just address this (I already know what I will do) at the same time.
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Level 46
Oct 6, 2021
Afghanistan flag change?
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Level 86
Oct 6, 2021
Ayup. Will try to fix when I get time.
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Level 86
Oct 6, 2021
Should be fixed now.
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Level 37
Oct 28, 2021
Just a bit unsure about the question " To have an 8-letter sequence in its name without an A, E, I, O or U" and the answer is Kyrgyzstan but there is an "a" in Kyrgyzstan.
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Level 86
Oct 28, 2021
The "8-letter sequence" is K-Y-R-G-Y-Z-S-T. The point is not that the country name doesn't use any of the "traditional" vowels at all, but rather that it has an unusually long stretch of letters without using any of them.
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Level 68
Nov 29, 2021
According to citypopulation.de, Vietnam also has a megacity.
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Level 76
Nov 29, 2021
Yep, Ho Chi Minh has 10.6 million on that website. Might need to tweak the Bangladesh or Vietnam clues?
+3
Level 86
Nov 29, 2021
See, I knew as soon as this quiz got featured that there would be something I needed to fix. I'll investigate fixing this one.
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Level 76
Nov 29, 2021
Whew, 25 seconds to spare. Perfect quiz length, just enough to get me sweating through the second half!
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Level 60
Nov 29, 2021
Recently, Ho Chi Minh became a megacity. Might want to change that.
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Level 86
Nov 29, 2021
The issues with the megacity question and (preemptively) the Olympics questions have been addressed, pending QM's approval.
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Level 84
Nov 30, 2021
Just a suggestion: to make it easier to track what countries you've eliminated, if you're using a desktop/laptop, open the quiz in 2 separate windows. Use one to page-down to reveal each chunk of questions. Use the other to take the quiz, keeping the map in focus.
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Level 87
Nov 30, 2021
This needs some updating. Taiwan has an HDI of 0.916, ranking 23rd in the world.
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Level 86
Nov 30, 2021
Ah dang. I was using Wikipedia as a source, and they don't include Taiwan on their list :/
+2
Level 86
Dec 1, 2021
For now I did the easy thing and changed "top 25" to "top 20," which eliminates Taiwan as a possibility. They're awfully close, though, so I may need to try something different in the future.
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Level 56
Dec 28, 2021
Syria touches the Mediterranean Sea.
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Level 46
Jan 16, 2022
yes but it was already used before that question
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Level 69
Jan 21, 2022
Dang this is my favorite quiz in a long time
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Level 89
Jan 21, 2022
Brilliant concept, tests so many different aspects of geographical knowledge. Great stuff!
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Level 45
Jan 21, 2022
Can you add one more minute, please?
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Level 69
Jan 21, 2022
I love this quiz, I ended with 20 seconds left!
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Level 24
Jan 22, 2022
China also has a population of more than one billion
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Level 60
Jan 23, 2022
Please read the instructions. An answer already used can't be used in a later answer, hence the 'remaining' in the title.
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Level 59
Jan 23, 2022
Why doesn't Malaysia work for the tall building question?
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Level 86
Jan 23, 2022
. . . because Merdeka 118 isn't finished yet (and the Petronas Towers aren't 500 meters tall). Looks like it's scheduled for completion later this year, though, so I'll need to look into this sooner rather than later.
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Level 61
Jan 23, 2022
China has also hosted olympic games!
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Level 26
Jan 24, 2022
but it was third so it can't be there again.
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Level 38
Jan 24, 2022
"To have an 8-letter sequence in its name without an A, E, I, O, or U"

"kyrgzstAn"

Please take it as a joke.

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Level 43
Jan 24, 2022
Timor-Leste is 10 letters and still an option at the 9 letters or more clue
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Level 86
Jan 24, 2022
1. It's "more than 9 letters", not "9 letters or more"

2. The official Jetpunk name of the country (according to the Countries of the World quiz) is "East Timor"

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Level 86
Jan 25, 2022
. . . on the other hand, I've just remembered that the actual answer to that clue is a lot more than 9 letters long, so it'd be pretty easy to change. I'll consider doing that as I ponder a solution to the upcoming Malaysia problem mentioned above.
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Level 73
Jan 30, 2022
Another enjoyable quiz. I knew a lot of the answers and then, helpfully with the map, was able to deduce most of the rest leaving Myanmar, Timor Leste and Laos as my only missing ones and it was then clear which ones went where. Fun quiz. Thank you.
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Level 75
Jan 22, 2023
Wow, no one has said anything about Cyprus...
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Level 86
Jan 22, 2023
A Jetpunk first!
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Level 61
Apr 27, 2023
Another quiz where the time limit ruins it. Let people think.
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Level 86
Apr 27, 2023
Looking back through the comments, I see two asking for more time (including this one), one asking for less time, and one saying the time limit is exactly right. If there are more comments one way or the other I will consider changing it, but for now I don't see a clear consensus one way or the other.
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Level 55
May 8, 2023
This is an amazing quiz, it popped up on my random and I had to go through the whole series straight away :)
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Level 47
Dec 10, 2023
Didn't South Korea finish 4th place in the 2002 World Cup?
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Level 67
Apr 7, 2024
Buddhism, one of the four major religions, is believed to have originated in Lumbini (ancient India, but today it is located in Nepal). The one about Saudi Arabia may need to be revised.
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Level 86
Apr 7, 2024
This was pretty easy to address so I just did it.