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Countries that you'll never see on a scrabble board

Given a standard Scrabble board and English letters set, and using blanks to represent spaces, there are 18 countries which can't be spelled out, either because of the available letters, or because they would not fit on the board. Name them! Country names are as given in the Countries of the World quiz.
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Last updated: August 10, 2021
First submittedApril 30, 2017
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Too long for the board
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dominican Republic
Equatorial Guinea
Marshall Islands
Papua New Guinea
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
Can't be made with the available letters
Czech Republic
Kazakhstan
Philippines
Both
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Federated States of Micronesia
Republic of the Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
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Level 64
Apr 30, 2017
Great idea!! United States shouldn't be there, unless you also include United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, etc.
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Level 75
May 1, 2017
Thanks! I tightened up the criteria for inclusion, everything's now based on the official list of UN member states.
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Level 72
Apr 30, 2017
This was a terrific idea, but please clarify that the complete, official name cannot fit.

Also, can you be sure to simplify the answers? I think USA, UAE, CAR, Bosnia, Trinidad, Sao Tome, Antigua, Saint Kitts, Saint Vincent, and Czechia should be acceptable. (If some are already accepted, sorry. I only tried for 1 minute before I gave up because I was impatient to see the answers.)

Czechia is a special case because the czech republic recently changed its official name to czechia, but nobody, not even czech people, call it that. they prefer czech republic. This wouldn't be a big issue except on this one quiz.

I don't really understand by what it means when it says "cannot be made with available letters". Can someone explain?

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Level 75
May 1, 2017
Thanks! Some of those type-ins already worked, and I've now added several more.

If there were a country with two Zs in its name, for example, that couldn't be made with the available letters because a scrabble set only comes with one Z. I've tried to clarify this in the instructions now.

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Level 82
May 1, 2017
Can the Republic of the Congo fit on a scrabble board?
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Level 75
May 1, 2017
It cannot, but this quiz is based on the official list of UN member states, on which the Republic of the Congo is down as just Congo. The list contains some surprising entries but it's authoritative and objective!
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Level 71
May 1, 2017
Love it.
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Level 48
Aug 29, 2018
Very neat. Very original.