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Can you name the country names that are also...?
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Correctly named countries will show up below
Answers do not have to be guessed in order
Variations of country names are accepted (e.g. "Gulf of ...", "Lake ...", "... Lake" and "... River". )
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Mar 14th, 2011 at 09:12 GMT
Aside from Wikipedia research, I used data from two other quizzes: http://www.sporcle.com/games/Taradando/baby_name_countries and http://www.sporcle.com/games/MRL/scrabble_countries - thanks to them for finding the data.
Mar 14th, 2011 at 10:06 GMT
You're missing the Paraguay River, which is one of the 40 longest in the world.
Mar 14th, 2011 at 13:51 GMT
Ok..now I'm wondering why Cyprus, Japan, Panama, Guinea, Brazil, Jordan, Tonga, Morocco and Bolivia are accepted Scrabble words.
Mar 14th, 2011 at 13:58 GMT
a guinea is a pre-decimal coin in GB, i *think* it was worth a shilling more than a pound. it's a word still used in horse racing where some races are called "thousand guineas" or whatever. brazil could be a reference to the nut? otherwise i've not idea! a good idea for a quiz though!
Mar 14th, 2011 at 14:31 GMT
Jordan is an old slang word for a chamber-pot. A fact probably unknown to those who have bestowed it upon their children. (Or indeed, upon themselves - nonBrits, google Katie Price)
Mar 14th, 2011 at 17:43 GMT
As much as it pains me to say it, Scrabble now accepts proper nouns: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/04/06/entertainment/main6368179.shtml. Yes, it makes me sad, too. But, in terms of classic (real!) Scrabble, great quiz. :)
Mar 14th, 2011 at 17:44 GMT
Mar 14th, 2011 at 18:07 GMT
From dictionary.com: Morocco - a type of leather. Bolivia - a twill fabric. Cyprus - a crepe like fabric. Japan - a black lacquer. Tonga - a light 2 wheeled vehicle. Panama - a type of hat. Brazil - a nut.
Mar 14th, 2011 at 18:09 GMT
Given the world capitals you accept, you should also include Kuwait. Fascinating quiz -- the Scrabble words destroyed me.
Mar 14th, 2011 at 18:12 GMT
Ireland!? I was suprised when China wasn't there and just felt I was being stupid as to the final name but it seems like it was the parent's faults.
Mar 14th, 2011 at 18:46 GMT
Seeing as the Scrabble category turns out so hard, I alphabetized it. @Qosmonaut: Kuwait is (and has always been) a bonus answer alongside Mexico, Panama and Guatemala in that category.
Mar 14th, 2011 at 19:07 GMT
I eagerly await the day Djibouti cracks the top 1000 names.
Mar 14th, 2011 at 23:04 GMT
If I had a son, I was going to name him Kyrgyzstan. Obviously I'd call him "Stan" for short. Sadly (or fortunately depending on your viewpoint), I have three daughters.
Mar 14th, 2011 at 23:55 GMT
Andorra should be a bonus ala xxxx city. Andorra la Vella.....
Mar 15th, 2011 at 00:11 GMT
barnztormre: it would be like a secret code to help sporclers find each other offline. "Meet my son Kyrgyzstan." "Nice to meet you, Kyrgyzstan." (To parent): "I sporcle too!".
Mar 15th, 2011 at 03:56 GMT
Fantastic quiz! I was surprised "China" was nowhere to be found on the baby's name list, but "Ireland" was.
Mar 15th, 2011 at 13:31 GMT
my son Liechtenstein and daughter Djibouti will have something to say about those top baby name ones!!
Mar 15th, 2011 at 18:50 GMT
As do my twins, Trinidad and Tobago and Kitts and Nevis.
Mar 15th, 2011 at 20:19 GMT
Great one, as usual! The first segment is undoable (I think) for a person without a deeper knowledge of English, but guessing what countries' names could have a double meaning was fun. I'm shocked that Dominica is not there among the baby names - to me it's the most reasonable choice from all of the countries (Dominika is quite popular here and I was sure it was borrowed from English culture). Strange world.
Mar 17th, 2011 at 00:03 GMT
Kyrgyzstan isn't a top 1000 name??
Mar 17th, 2011 at 00:24 GMT
Why is Gambia only a bonus? The country pretty much is the river
Mar 17th, 2011 at 13:20 GMT
I know, but as far as I know the river is called just Gambia while the country usually is called The Gambia. I know it's a silly issue, but when in doubt I usually take the bonus answer road.
Mar 18th, 2011 at 17:04 GMT
Thanks for the credit for citing my quiz!
Mar 19th, 2011 at 00:52 GMT
This is a great quiz, BUT you might wanna look into the lakes some more, I think theres a Lago Argentina and some others that have them. I dunno if you looked into lakes that aren't in the country with the same name
Mar 19th, 2011 at 11:27 GMT
St Kitts & Nevis is also known as St Christopher and Nevis - possible names bonus?
Mar 19th, 2011 at 18:47 GMT
@dsantesteban: That would be Lago Argentino. And yes, this also includes lakes in other countries - Lake Malta is in Poland and Jordan Lake in the U.S. @tjvhammer: In this quiz I only take countries which are as a whole a baby name - I direct you to Taradando's quiz instead ;)
Mar 19th, 2011 at 19:53 GMT
I tried China Lake, then realized I probably play too much COD
Mar 20th, 2011 at 21:51 GMT
qatar is not there for world capitals
Mar 21st, 2011 at 03:34 GMT
@soopillion: Why would it be?
Mar 21st, 2011 at 22:26 GMT
@ soopillion: the capital of Qatar is Doha. @ IronFirefly: My brother Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte would like to meet your son Liechtenstein. His middle name is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. (Capital of Thailand)
Aug 19th, 2011 at 22:24 GMT
Isn't Belgium an accepted Scrabble word? It's the rudest word in the galaxy...
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Feb 17th, 2012 at 18:26 GMT
"hey ireland, want to come over later?" really?
Feb 17th, 2012 at 18:30 GMT
People should start naming their kids Kyrgyzstan.
Feb 17th, 2012 at 18:44 GMT
Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin called their daughter Ireland
Feb 17th, 2012 at 18:49 GMT
They may have named her Ireland, but Alec called her a "selfish little pig."
Feb 17th, 2012 at 18:50 GMT
so there are 187,888 lakes in Finland larger than 5 acres and not 1 is named after the country.
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Feb 17th, 2012 at 18:57 GMT
More like, "hey Israel, wanna come over later?"...
Feb 17th, 2012 at 19:01 GMT
Wow. I can't believe that Liechtenstein didn't come up for top 1000 baby names...
Feb 17th, 2012 at 19:07 GMT
@Onno, good thing too or else Sao Tome and Principe(Thomas) and St Vincent and the Grenadines(Vincent) would be possible bonuses as well. Probably a couple more.
Feb 17th, 2012 at 19:14 GMT
Maybe a bonus for US as a Scrabble-legal word? I know it's not really the name of a country, but frequently serves as such in Sporcle quizzes.
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