Geography Mega Generator Puzzle #3

In this Double Generator quiz, find two geographical locations. The 12-letter location is made from the 12 purple letters on the outside edge of the 4 x 4 grid; and the 8-letter location is comprised of the letters in the 8 green shaded squares. There are also the usual 20 questions, whose answers are drawn from all of the letters in the 4 x 4 grid. Each letter can only be used once.
Puzzles in this series: #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5
Generator concept originator: kiwirage
Quiz by Jerry928
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Last updated: April 29, 2021
First submittedJanuary 29, 2015
Times taken666
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TURKMENISTAN
 
 
 
 
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BOTSWANA
 
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The United...
Nations
States
Home to Juventus, a shroud and a winter Olympics
Turin
Destructive air vortex that became a disaster movie title
Twister
Least guessed mainland American country on Jetpunk
Suriname
Short-legged marsupial only found in Australia
Wombat
Caribbean island split between 2 nations
Saint Martin
Dutch-speaking southern part of ^^^, became a country in 2010
Sint Maarten
4-letter, glacier-formed, small mountain lake
Tarn
Gained independence, after much loss of life, in 1999
East Timor
Iditerod's final Alaskan destination, every snowy March
Nome
4-letter city, Northern Nigeria's largest; pop 2 million
Kano
Pacific atoll claimed by Marshall Islands, with a US military base
Wake Island
Monastic Scottish island, popular with tourists
Iona
The presence of this makes 71% of the world uninhabitable
Water
Capital of a small (pop 2 mil) southern African kingdom
Maseru
Capital of a large (pop 33 mil) northern African kingdom
Rabat
Afghan region where Osama bin Laden wasn't found
Tora Bora
Japanese art form using trees
Bonsai
Japan's 4-letter 6th city, famous for its beef
Kobe
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Level 86
Jan 29, 2015
Twister is really a nickname for tornado. Maybe add that to the question, or say 'or a 1996 movie'
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Level 75
Jan 29, 2015
True, it's informal, though hopefully that doesn't stop people getting the answer. Have added the movie reference to the clue.
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Level 64
Jun 24, 2015
I'm confused... are the 20 answers hidden in both grids or the lower one?
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Level 75
Aug 2, 2015
The two 16-letter grids are the same - it is repeated to help you with the questions further down.
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Level 69
Jul 6, 2015
Suriname isn't Latin though, it was a Dutch colony.
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Level 75
Jul 8, 2015
Interesting - we'd always assumed "Latin America" to be every country south of the US, rather than the countries where Spanish/Portuguese/French is spoken! (and some definitions do take our approach). We've dropped the "Latin" from the clue to be unambiguous.