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Countries Ending with "An", but not "Stan"

Can you name the countries of the world whose names end with "an", but not with "stan"?
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Last updated: November 29, 2020
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First submittedMay 28, 2013
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Average score55.6%
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Country
Azerbaijan
Bhutan
Iran
Japan
Jordan
Country
Oman
South Sudan
Sudan
Taiwan
Vatican City
73 Comments
+7
Level 77
Jul 2, 2016
Love it
+15
Level 70
Mar 28, 2020
Great idea, makes your brain work hard some were in my mind instantly but had to really search for the others, didnt even get them all!

great exercise, nominated

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Level 89
Nov 29, 2020
Yeah, it goes from thinking it's a cinch reading the title and seeing 9 blanks to brain freeze quickly.
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Level 81
Dec 1, 2020
I got one right away, and then 6 in the last 20 seconds.
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Level 65
Nov 29, 2020
congrats on the feature!
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Level 95
Nov 29, 2020
Dominican Republic shouldn't be included?
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Level 70
Nov 29, 2020
Correct
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Level ∞
Nov 29, 2020
Nor is it.
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Level 77
Nov 29, 2020
But if "Vatican City" is included as a "give me" in grey then for consistency Dominican Republic should also be given in grey.
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Level 54
Nov 30, 2020
along with Marino, San?
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Level 76
Nov 30, 2020
Neither San Marino, nor Dominican Republic, are referred to as only the first word in their name, like the Vatican is sometimes.
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Level 56
Jan 28, 2021
WT2008 but Vatican (City) is said by sometimes omitting the city, or saying it as The Vatican. I've never heard anyone say The Dominican or even Dominican when speaking about Dominican Republic
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Level 85
Feb 16, 2023
It's quite common, at least in southern Ontario, to refer to DR as the Dominican. But its not accepted in Jetpunk so its not in the quiz.
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Level 45
Mar 25, 2021
Haha i saw this at 12:06 3/25
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Level 53
Mar 25, 2021
But I have heard plenty of people call the Dominican Republic - Dominica. Despite that being its own country. Still Dominica doesn't end in -an.
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Level 85
Nov 29, 2020
Interesting that so many people got Sudan but forgot South Sudan.
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Level 56
Jan 28, 2021
Yeah I got Sudan and realized I was missing something with 1:30 left. Took me over a minute to realize I was missing South Sudan
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Level 80
Nov 29, 2020
Azerbaijan with 10 seconds to go for the full set!
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Level 35
Dec 2, 2020
I forgot Azerbaijan
+4
Level 85
Dec 5, 2020
I can't believe I forgot Jordan
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Level 79
Dec 20, 2020
I guess Swedan and the Soloman (Islands) don't count?
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Level 77
Jan 7, 2021
Nor do Vietnan or Yeman
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Level 74
Jan 27, 2021
Okay but at least Canadan, Qatan, and Dominican Republican should be on here.
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Level 56
Jan 28, 2021
Well I personally think USAN should have been included, huge miss
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Level 37
Feb 16, 2023
But what about Egyptan and Panaman and Pakistanan?
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Level 52
May 14, 2024
What about the South Korea... AN
+3
Level 79
Mar 26, 2021
It's Vietnam*
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Level 59
Mar 28, 2021
You missed Yugoslavian and the Soviet Unian
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Level 54
Sep 8, 2021
+JackintheBox r/wooosh
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Level 79
Feb 16, 2023
r/woosh*
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Level 66
May 12, 2024
Somehow both of you got it wrong. Although r/woosh is the original, the most popular of the subreddits is r/woooosh, with four “o”s.
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Level 72
Jan 2, 2021
my feeling when I get Sudan but miss South Sudan out of all places
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Level 80
Jan 12, 2021
You forgot Icelan, Irelan, Thailan, New Zealan.
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Level 39
Feb 17, 2021
wheres finlan and indian
+5
Level 65
Mar 25, 2021
probably right along Yeman, Switzerlan and Span
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Level 55
Mar 25, 2021
Pakistan?
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Level 26
Mar 25, 2021
It's a stan country
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Level 38
Mar 25, 2021
not 'stan' countries
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Level 64
Mar 25, 2021
Why did i get Azerbaijan first and remember nothing
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Level 64
Jan 31, 2022
Same thing: Got Azerbaijan quickly then took 20 seconds to get something else
+7
Level 69
Mar 25, 2021
I am curious as to what strategies people use for these sort of puzzles. Do you imagine a map, as I do? Do you go thru a list of countries in your head? Some other?
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Level 70
Mar 25, 2021
I use a combination of an (imagined) map in addition to brute force. I usually don't do so hot on these kinds of quizzes, but this time I got lucky.
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Level 69
Mar 25, 2021
Visualizing the map is my go-to. I usually start with Canada and work south before popping over to either Europe or Oceania and making my way east/west. I always finish with Africa because it's so many countries but doesn't have as many islands for me to accidentally skip.
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Level 71
Mar 25, 2021
An extra strategy that works for this quiz is just know what region "an" is associated with. While it doesn't have a meaning (that I know of) and isn't confined to a specific region (like Central Asia for the "stans"), as I went through the quiz I noticed that many of the answers were from "Asia." This, plus the fact that I couldn't think of any European/African/American countries ending in "an" off the top of my head meant that I prioritized Asia. This strategy might not be effective for every quiz like this, but it happens to work here.
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Level 65
Mar 25, 2021
I tend to go BAN CAN DAN etc and eventually also use the alhpabetical order of the answers to frame my missing answers. At the same time my brain is also traveling the world map. I forgot the Sudans...
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Level 23
Mar 25, 2021
I got the last one, Oman, with 7 seconds left!
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Level 68
Mar 25, 2021
Never really thought about these all ending the same way. I'm now imagining someone rhyming japan and taiwan. Either way you do it sounds funny.
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Level 23
Mar 25, 2021
Bancanadan

USAN

yeman

Russian

Brazilian

Dominican

Same as last one but Republican at the end

An

Isle of Man

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Level 26
Mar 25, 2021
Forgot Japan... :(
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Level 20
Mar 26, 2021
'Taiwan'? I believe you mean the glorious and sovereign Republic of China.
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Level 50
Mar 26, 2021
Having "Vatican City" was very confusing, because it made me think that countries with any word ending in "-an" would qualify. But then "Dominican Republic" wasn't allowed.
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Level 29
Mar 26, 2021
i cant believe i forgot south sudan
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Level 85
Mar 27, 2021
Especially if you got Sudan! I, unfortunately, forgot them both.
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Level 46
Mar 28, 2021
central african republic
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Level 59
May 26, 2021
type that one more time, but slowly
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Level 38
Jan 8, 2022
when you miss Iran:
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Level 53
Feb 28, 2022
why is vatican city shaded when it doesnt end with the letters?
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Level 35
Mar 30, 2022
Taliban?
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Level 35
Mar 30, 2022
so easy, 1:24 seconds left 9/9
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Level 69
May 7, 2022
It always helps to look at the thumbnail.
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Level 35
Jun 1, 2022
I only got Bhutan in my 1st playthrough
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Level 68
Feb 16, 2023
Interesting
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Level 53
Dec 10, 2022
Clicked off of this and then came back thinking "well, I can at least put Iran" and then somehow got all 9 lol, my geography is terrible but sometimes you get lucky
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Level 64
Jan 5, 2023
I almost always forget about Taiwan in these quizzes
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Level 68
Feb 16, 2023
Yup
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Level 68
Feb 16, 2023
Just missed Taiwan
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Level 27
Feb 16, 2023
I looked at the comments to find all the answers
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Level 61
Feb 22, 2023
Now that's just defeating the whole objective.
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Level 67
Feb 16, 2023
A few of these are pronounced differently making it harder to guess if you are thinking of the an sound.
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Level 61
Feb 22, 2023
9/9 got Taiwan with 1 second remaining,.
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Level 68
Feb 23, 2023
Oh man this is hard.
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Level 52
Oct 15, 2023
forgot about iran
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Level 25
Feb 23, 2024
you also forgot dhar man and chilan