Geographic Groups of Two #1

Can you name the members of these geographical twosomes?
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Last updated: July 19, 2021
First submittedMarch 4, 2014
Times taken145,337
Average score77.5%
Rating4.98
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Clue
Answer
Countries surrounded by Italy
San Marino
Vatican City
Countries that border the U.S.
Canada
Mexico
Countries that share Hispaniola
Haiti
Dominican Republic
Countries that share New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
Indonesia
Countries that start with "A", but
don't end with "A"
Azerbaijan
Afghanistan
Landlocked South American
countries
Bolivia
Paraguay
Countries that start with "Z"
Zambia
Zimbabwe
EU countries that start with "G"
Germany
Greece
Non-contiguous U.S. states
Alaska
Hawaii
Seas that border Egypt
Mediterranean
Red
Clue
Answer
Major Mesopotamian rivers
Euphrates
Tigris
Mediterranean island nations
Malta
Cyprus
African countries that border only
one other country
Gambia
Lesotho
Asian countries that start with "L"
Laos
Lebanon
Official languages of Morocco
Arabic
Berber
World's two highest mountains
Everest
K2
Biggest Italian islands
Sicily
Sardinia
Biggest Mexican peninsulas
Yucatán
Baja California
Korean capital cities
Seoul
Pyongyang
Longest rivers in the UK
Severn
Thames
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Level 73
Apr 5, 2014
"Countries only bordering one other" - Swaziland is right next to Lesotho in South Africa bordered only by S. Africa
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Level 52
Apr 6, 2014
No...it also border Mozambique.
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Level 53
Apr 23, 2014
Borders*, but your comment is correct
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Level 71
Dec 21, 2014
Lesotho is a long way from Swaziland
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Level 58
Oct 26, 2020
Did you look at an Atlas before consulting? Cause anyone knows that Eswatini also borders Mozambique.
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Level 52
Mar 26, 2021
Anyone?
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Level 51
May 18, 2021
anyone on jetpunk*
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Level 36
Aug 3, 2021
Eswatini also borders Mozambique.
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Level 65
Jan 8, 2022
Well, they aren't next to each other, but if they were next to each other, then wouldn't they border each other as well, making 2 borders for both of them?
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Level 69
Apr 8, 2014
Nice idea for a quiz. I always like the groups ones.
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Level 69
Apr 23, 2014
Me too :).
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Level 39
Jul 23, 2014
Me too
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Level 77
Sep 20, 2014
More groups, please.
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Level 72
Feb 7, 2021
The first few on this quiz were great - countries inside Italy, countries sharing Hispañola, bordering the USA, starting with "Z" etc, but quickly just descends into lazy "two highest...", "two longest...", "two biggest..." etc.

If you can't think of any more twosomes, maybe don't include so many questions!

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Level 60
Sep 14, 2021
its also 7 years old, its not getting changed
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Level 70
Apr 23, 2014
Damn you, Severn. Why didn't I ever hear of you!?
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Level 42
May 30, 2014
Possibly because you haven't learned English as a foreign language? (: I distinctly remember that in our "Headway, Pre-intermediate" textbooks, Thames and Severn were mentioned as the UK's primary rivers in the Chapter, "Learn to know Britan", or something like that. That is probably the only reason I know about Severn (:
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Level 59
Jan 19, 2018
Not all text books are the same, you know - not everyone around the world who learns English all learn using the same materials.
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Level 46
Sep 21, 2019
Nah, never heard of it either in all my years of english.
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Level 76
May 4, 2015
Probably because it's of small significance in the global scale of things. I'm still surprised that a quarter of the testers got it. :)
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Level 44
Jun 13, 2015
Maybe a majority of that 25% are Brits?
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Level 68
Aug 4, 2016
As a Brit I was surprised the other way; that so few got it right!

But then again my knowledge of all things US is sadly lacking, especially sport and entertainment, although my US geography is now vastly improved, in no small way thanks to this site.

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Level 65
Sep 18, 2016
I'm American and I got it. I read a series of books on the history of England until 1500 and I remember the geography.
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Level 67
Jun 13, 2019
It never really gets mentioned. So unless you are specifically reads a book about (the geography) the uk or have been there, it is not very likely to have heard of it. Same thing indeed with US questions, some places everyone has heard about, others really only when you come from the US. Like everyone has heard about london and new york (and thames and mississipi) other places might be significant in the country itself, but it is all about exposure :) You need to get "airtime" ;)
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Level 67
Jan 23, 2017
I got it because I crossed the Severn Bridge when visiting UK as an 8-year-old.
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Level 69
Apr 23, 2014
40/40 booya
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Level 65
Apr 23, 2014
done with 2.50 to spare. usually dont even finish them. i like this one.
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Level 32
Apr 23, 2014
Best quiz for at least this month
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Level 52
Apr 23, 2014
Thanks!
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Level 44
Apr 23, 2014
38/40. Missed azerbaijan and severn
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Level 69
Apr 30, 2017
Same here.
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Level 32
Apr 23, 2014
I really, REALLY, REALLY need to get caught up on my British geography.
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Level 33
Apr 24, 2014
This is a real good one!
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Level 88
May 22, 2014
Not to nitpick, but a good portion of the River Severn (about 25% of its length) is in Wales. The length of it that is "in England" is shorter than both the Thames and the Trent, both of which are wholly contained in England. I think it should be made clear that you're asking for the longest river that *flows through* England.
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Level ∞
May 23, 2014
Changed to "Longest rivers in the UK"
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Level 49
Jun 1, 2014
100% On my fore try :D
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Level 76
Mar 3, 2019
You mean fourth? :)
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Level 74
Mar 12, 2021
Yawn.
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Level 76
Apr 14, 2021
If you didn't figure out that I was being sarcastic, then you've got a problem.
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Level 50
Nov 21, 2014
EU countries that starts with G - Great Britain , Germany and Greece. That would be three countries not two right? Please correct it :)
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Level 52
Nov 22, 2014
Great Britain is an island not a country.
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Level 25
Jul 16, 2016
:'(

Anyhow, Brexit.

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Level 59
Feb 25, 2018
the country on the island great britain is named "the united kingdom" and either way they are no longer in the european union
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Level 54
Oct 27, 2018
Incorrect the UK is still in the eu.
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Level 72
Feb 7, 2021
The *countries* on the island of Great Britain are England, Wales and Scotland. All three also include other islands off their coasts, and the UK is made up of those plus Northern Ireland, which shares the island of Ireland with the Republic of Ireland.

And the UK is at last out of the EU.

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Level 24
Dec 23, 2014
The U.S.A. borders Cuba as well. It owns a tiny harbor on the island.
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Level 75
Apr 8, 2015
Would that tiny harbour be Guantanamo? The USA doesn't own Guantanamo, Cuba does. The USA controls it, but still recognises that it belongs to Cuba.
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Level 81
Jun 3, 2016
I think we lease it. Cuba is our landlord.
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Level 90
Sep 26, 2016
Yeah, a landlord that sends our rent back to us with an eviction notice every year...
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Level 60
Jul 3, 2015
2:49 remaining and 100% boom
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Level 56
Sep 3, 2015
I thought, "Well, I'll think of the other non-contiguous state in a minute. Meanwhile, Michigan. Michigan! Michigan-michigan-michigan-MICHIGAN! Gah!"

Oh, he means not part of the contiguous states. Those two. Too easy.

(Maybe Virginia could be the other non-contiguous state by my definition?)

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Level 64
Jun 4, 2016
Also, by your definition maybe Florida? The Dry Tortugas are contiguous with anything :)
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Level 82
May 5, 2021
But including all states with non-contiguous bits of land brings in numerous possibilities, and you'd have to have caveats to note what you're excluding - for example, only pieces that are at least "X in size", only pieces with a land border to other jurisdiction, only pieces that are an exclave in another state, etc.
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Level 47
May 9, 2017
I thought the same...started with Hawaii and Michigan. Doubletake when it didn't work; then realized I was using the "wrong" definition of contiguous.
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Level 46
Sep 21, 2019
Ahah, I thought the same at first. But when I tried Hawaii, I just suddenly realised what the question meant, somehow.
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Level 58
Aug 4, 2021
Kentucky is also non-contiguous as it has the Kentucky Bend. That’s the answer I put first…
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Level 57
Sep 21, 2015
One of the few quizzes where I can say I got 100% first time. Guess being from the UK helped on the Severn question but I'm surprised it's that low because it's longer than the Thames,
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Level 77
May 10, 2017
So many English lit books mention the River Thames, probably because of London, but I don't remember any books that mention the River Severn. Also, Thames tends to stick in my mind because of the many times in class we were corrected on its pronunciation - it's "Tim's", not Th-ames.
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Level 72
Jun 23, 2021
The Tems. Tim's not involved
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Level 67
Aug 3, 2021
It is only called the Tims if you are standing on the banks of it at Eton
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Level 64
Sep 28, 2015
"Countries that share New Guinea" Typing New Guinea gives you a point...
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Level 45
Oct 16, 2015
Can you accept "Papau" or "Paupa" New guinea? I can't spell it. :(
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Level 69
Aug 16, 2017
learn how to spell it, it's five letters
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Level 67
Jun 13, 2019
That wouldnt even sound the same. If you said papoua or papoea or something ok..
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Level 72
Jun 23, 2021
Just type png
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Level 44
Mar 8, 2016
Got all of 'em except Severn! Great quiz though :)
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Level 23
Jun 3, 2016
Only 28% knew the Severn? Where did Severn Trent Water go wrong? ^-^
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Level 84
Jun 3, 2016
Severn is almost unknown outside the UK.
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Level 64
Jun 3, 2016
As I swiftly went through this quiz, I marveled at the prospect of getting 100% for the first time in a long time. Then I got to the UK rivers...
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Level 44
Jun 3, 2016
100% in 3:45
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Level 68
Aug 6, 2016
Really enjoyed this. Thanks
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Level 57
Dec 8, 2016
i spelt it tames instead of thames when i guessed it
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Level 52
Dec 16, 2016
3.25 left
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Level 60
May 9, 2017
Artsakh is a disputed country that doesn't end in an A. But, I guess I should of known it wasnt on here.
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Level 64
May 9, 2017
So close everything except for severn
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Level 37
Jul 5, 2017
Hello? - Is Lebanon part of the Middle East or Asia? - Or are you finally acknowledging that the Middle East IS IN Asia?
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Level 59
Jan 19, 2018
The Middle East is a region, it is not a continent. Most of the Middle East is in Asia
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Level 68
Feb 3, 2020
Finally? I don't think that has ever been disputed
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Level 56
Nov 12, 2017
Number one, it is in the Middle East (technically both). Number two,

the Middle East has always been acknowledged in Asia, not finally.

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Level 37
Jan 24, 2018
Yeah? Then how can Egypt be considered as being in the Middle East when it is in Africa?
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Level 67
Aug 3, 2021
Part of Egypt is actually in Asia (the Sinai peninsula)
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Level 56
Nov 12, 2017
Got 100% with 1:41 left and I'm ten! I also got 100% on the countries f the world quiz! please try out my quizzes!
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Level 56
Nov 12, 2017
Sorry incorrect spelling and capitalization. It is of* and Please*
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Level 37
Dec 12, 2017
Let's end the argument about Cyprus once and for all. It is part of Europe, as Europe and Asia are one Continent
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Level 59
Jan 19, 2018
All the world's authorities have now taken note and are doing as you say
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Level 37
Jan 24, 2018
'bout time!
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Level 57
Feb 18, 2021
Cyprus is in the EU. We should complain about it more. IT IS IN EUROPE AND ONLY IN EUROPE
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Level 56
Jun 10, 2021
geographically no its not
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Level 66
Aug 3, 2021
Yeah and Australia is in Eurovision
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Level 45
Mar 21, 2018
Could Papa New Guinea not be accepted?
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Level 65
Jul 28, 2021
Yea, I initially forgot about the 'u', also. I also tried Sardonia for Italian islands...birthplace of cynical, derisive humor...
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Level 33
Apr 14, 2018
Until the end I kept reading italian islands as italian salads lol.
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Level 67
Jun 13, 2019
Dont quiz on an empty stomach ;)
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Level 53
May 9, 2018
I like the concept
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Level 62
Oct 21, 2018
The official name is Antigua and Barbados and starts with an A but doesn't and in one.
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Level 65
Oct 27, 2018
It's Antigua and Barbuda. Barbados is an entirely separate country
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Level 67
Oct 27, 2018
It's officially The Gambia and Arabic isn't official anymore.
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Level 35
Oct 27, 2018
I really like this quiz. I missed two questions and I'm a geography nerd!
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Level 39
Oct 27, 2018
Please accept Himalayas
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Level 72
Oct 29, 2018
For what, the two highest mountains? But the Himalayas is a whole mountain range, not a mountain. That's like asking to accept "France" when the question is "What city is nicknamed 'The City of Lights'?"
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Level 73
Oct 29, 2018
Pyeongyang 평양 is the official spelling of the capital of North Korea according to the revised Romanization adopted in 2000 in South Korea. Please accept this spelling, too.
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Level 61
Oct 30, 2018
You're going to hate me for splitting hairs on this one, but for the "highest mountains in the world" question, I tried Olympus Mons - because the world is not limited to planet Earth. I think you need to modify your question if you only intend for us to answer with this planet in mind only.
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Level 73
Oct 30, 2018
I think you're confusing "splitting hairs" with "abandoning common sense"
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Level 53
Mar 20, 2019
Too Earth-centric
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Level 68
Feb 3, 2020
The definition of world is: "the earth, together with all of its countries, peoples, and natural features."

That does not include mars. if the Quizmaker wanted olympic mons, they would ask for the largest in the solar system.

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Level 51
Mar 25, 2019
add mount kosciuzsco and K2
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Level 51
Mar 25, 2019
do it now
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Level 73
Sep 21, 2020
Or else I'm going to start counting down, and you don't want to find out what happens when I get to 0.
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Level 58
Sep 22, 2022
"There is no four."
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Level 48
Apr 18, 2019
when trying to think of countries in Asia beginning with L the only country I could think of was Lesotho, I had to keep telling myself that Lesotho is in Africa, I wish I had listened to my gut as for the life of me I couldn't think of any counties on Africa bordering only one other country.
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Level 30
May 30, 2019
Please accept Arabian for Arabic. I typed every language I could think of for Israel including Arabian but never thought it might only be listed as Arabic.
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Level 26
Jun 3, 2020
Arabian is not a language, it's Arabic. Just as it's not Englandian.
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Level 67
Jun 13, 2019
Nice quiz :) perhaps a bit easy, but just did 4 really tough quizzes so an easier one once in a while is fine :) Got all but a peninsula and english river.
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Level 50
Jul 23, 2019
Great quiz, got all except one peninsula
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Level 69
Jan 8, 2020
Arabic does no longer have official status in Israel.
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Level ∞
Jan 9, 2020
Will change this next time we update the quiz.
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Level 39
Feb 3, 2020
Quite pleased that I only missed two (the Mesopotamian rivers) on my first try. That one question really stumped me though.... mainly because I was thinking of the Mesopotamia region in South America and guessed the much-more-obscure Uruguay and Parana Rivers! With about ten seconds left I finally realised my mistake.

Would it be worth adjusting the question in case any other strange folk like me think of obscure South American rivers by mistake?

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Level 67
Mar 28, 2020
Arabic is no longer an official language of Israel. Perhaps switch to primary languages? It was demoted to "special status".
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Level 35
Apr 6, 2020
It was on this quiz that I learned that Papa New Guinea is actually Papua New Guinea. Every other quiz accepted Papa and so I assumed that was what it was. Thank you.
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Level 53
Jun 5, 2020
If the front door is locked, there is a key under the gnome.
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Level 73
Sep 21, 2020
Ok, thanks for letting me know.
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Level 47
Mar 17, 2021
Daaaamn i didn't get Greece amongst others.

Thing is, i'm greek lol.

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Level 47
May 14, 2021
Similar thing here, I couldn’t get a second EU country apart from Greece, and I am German! Obviously, my country starts with a D...
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Level 53
Jun 10, 2021
i spent so long on it until i looked at the question again and saw it said starts with and not ends with, i spent like 2 minutes thinking of every eu country and wondering what i missed :(
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Level 53
Jun 10, 2021
only got the starts with a and ends with another letter cause of a discord i was in mentioned it
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Level 56
Jul 20, 2021
Missed four

World's two highest mountains K2

94%

0%

Biggest Mexican peninsulas Yucatán

86%

0%

Official languages of Morocco Berber

68%

0%

Longest rivers in the UK Severn

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Level 59
Aug 3, 2021
37, somehow forgot Sardinia, missed Berber and missed Severn
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Level 70
Aug 4, 2021
Absolutely superb quiz. Loved it.
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Level 46
Sep 14, 2021
Got everything but Euphrates, but I remember Tigris from 7th grade Social Studies
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Level 56
Nov 22, 2021
Feel stupid for not remembering Germany existed...