Country Logic Puzzle by Scambigol #17

There are 24 empty cells; each contains a country. They all start with different letters.
You shouldn't type an answer if you are not 100% sure it goes there, no guessing!!

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A. Rules:

1) initial letters have been placed by making chess knight-moves moving from one to the next one - so for example the country starting with B is one knight-move away from the country starting with A and one knight-move away from the country starting with C
2) cells with an orange border contain the first and the last answers in alphabetical order
3) cells with a blue border contain countries beginning with a unique letter (in the sense that no other country in the world starts with the same letter)
4) no row and no column contains two countries from the same continent
5) there are no multiple word countries
6) all island countries have different name length
7) all landlocked countries have different name length
8) horizontally adjacent countries have different name length
9) no continent has 3 answers with the same name length
Please don't cheat by guess and check!
Previous quiz in series: #16
Country names and continents as in the 'Countries of the World' quiz
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Last updated: June 3, 2019
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Argentina
Zimbabwe
Myanmar
Russia
Guatemala
Nicaragua
Samoa
Hungary
Yemen
Liberia
Italy
Brazil
 
Fiji
Qatar
Tuvalu
Oman
Dominica
Kenya
Venezuela
Cambodia
Jamaica
Uganda
Peru
Estonia
6 Comments
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Level 81
May 29, 2019
Solved with a little guess work I confess, but really enjoyed it so tried again working with the stipulations above.

It is very hard and to almost reach the end, I've made the assumption that Micronesia is a multiple word country and Russia is considered European.

I have reached the point where I have 2 options for Z, 3 for M, and 2 for P and perhaps I'm overlooking something but can't seem to eliminate anything using the rules you set...

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Level 77
Jun 3, 2019
Yes Micronesia is multi-word and Russia is European like in the 'Countries of the World' quiz- I should add a note specifying that names and continents are taken from there.

For Z look at rule 7; after adding Z you can remove a possible answer of P again and a possible answer of M, again because of rule 7. Consider rule 8 to rule out the other M option.

Thanks for your comment!

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Level 81
Jul 12, 2019
Revisited this today and figured out what I had overlooked last time thanks.

Really well put together puzzle thanks!

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Level 73
Jun 3, 2019
wonderful
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Level 75
Jun 16, 2023
Really good! No guessing :)
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Level 15
Dec 11, 2023
Really enjoyed this one because it's different and very creative.

SPOILERS:

I'm not sure if this was intended or if there's an alternative way to solve but in order for me to solve this I had to look up the concept of the "knight's tour" in order to see if there's a way to do a loop around the board without essentially doing guess and check. It looks like there are many solutions to a knight's tour but I was hoping maybe with the hints given regarding placement of O, Q, and Y that it would be possible to solve for the location of other letters without guessing. The only way I could solve this was to first figure out where each letter would go by trying to draw out a knights tour from A to Z on the grid and if I got stuck in a corner or hit a dead end I'd go back and try a new path. Is there an alternative way to solve other than this methodology? I didn't mind it to be honest but I was wondering if maybe I missed something. Keep it up!