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Alphabetical Firsts

In each category, name the thing that comes first alphabetically.
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Last updated: January 4, 2014
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Category
Answer
Animals
Aardvark
Common male names
Aaron
Countries
Afghanistan
U.S. state capitals
Albany
Books of the Bible
Acts
U.S. states
Alabama
Colors of the rainbow
Blue
Days of the week
Friday
Greek letters
Alpha
Musical instruments
Accordion
Category
Answer
NFL team names
Bears
Planets in the Solar System
Earth
Last names of U.S. Presidents
Adams
Monarchs of England (1066-)
Anne
U.S. public holidays
Christmas
Original Beatles albums
Abbey Road
National capitals
Abu Dhabi
Santa's reindeer
Blitzen
The Seven Dwarfs
Bashful
Signs of the Zodiac
Aquarius
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Level 23
Feb 10, 2014
Interesting quiz
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Level 29
Feb 10, 2014
It should be "international capitals" since ur referring to cities around the world...otherwise great quiz :)
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Level 85
Feb 10, 2014
No National Capitals--as in Capitals of Nations--is more descriptive. The generic category of 'international capitals' would exclude the country you're currently in, and include capitals of states and regions abroad, which could make the results ambiguous.
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Level 45
Feb 10, 2014
Did a bit better than average, but not great. Thanks for the fun quiz!
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Level 72
Feb 10, 2014
I kept thinking Abidjian was the capital of Cote d'Ivoire and was trying to think of capitals that began with Aba or Abe...
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Level 84
Feb 10, 2014
I got hung up on that one as well.
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Level 73
Feb 10, 2014
kept trying Addis Ababa or whatever it is. Thought i was spelling it wrong but then Abu Dhabi dawned on me.
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Level 70
May 1, 2019
I think it was for a long time, before it got replaced by Yamoussoukro
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Level 56
Feb 10, 2014
What about Armistice Day?
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Level 72
Jul 9, 2016
I believe the definition of "public holidays" is bank/government closing days.
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Level 73
Oct 29, 2016
Otherwise Arbor Day
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Level 71
Oct 29, 2016
Armistice Day is officially Veterans Day in the States and has been known as such since 1954.
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Level 77
Feb 23, 2014
Had to give up. I got all but accordion.
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Level 83
Jun 11, 2014
"Public Holiday" seems a bit vague to me. Based on another quiz I did earlier I kept trying "Arbor Day". Didn't even think of as far down the alphabet as C.
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Level 63
Jul 31, 2019
If you've ever worked a company with a cheap owner then you realize how few public holidays there really are:
  • New Years,
  • MLK,
  • Presidents,
  • Easter,
  • Memorial,
  • July 4th,
  • Labor,
  • Columbus,
  • Thanksgiving,
  • Christmas
. And if you're lucky enough to work in the South, then scratch off MLK and Columbus days.
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Level 64
Feb 26, 2020
Or if you're a civil servant. Easter isn't a federal holiday either because it always falls on a Sunday.
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Level 66
Feb 26, 2020
We only have:

* New years
* King's Day
* Easter
* Pentacost
* Christmas

We also have liberation day, on which all schools are closed, 
but you still have to work (some companies grant a day off 
once every 5 years on liberation day though)
So an even (much) shorter list.
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Level 24
Aug 27, 2014
Aries is definitely ahead of Aquarius in the zodiac signs
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Level 81
Sep 30, 2014
Hmmmm, so your alphabet has "r" before "q"??
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Level 66
Feb 26, 2020
It think he/she meant the order of the zodiac signs, not an alphabetical list of them. Though I ve seen them start on different points. Like sometimes Pisces is last and others times, em it isnt :D (forgot what the other variety ends with, shows how much attention I pay ;) I would guess the last sign of the year)
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Level 66
Oct 15, 2014
Umm...Arbor Day?
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Level 28
Mar 17, 2015
Beatles first album is "A Hard Day's Night", just sayin'....
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Level 77
Mar 19, 2015
That was my first answer, too.
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Level 67
Nov 5, 2015
Which would be great, if Abbey Road didn't exist.
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Level 79
Oct 29, 2016
alphabetically, nothing comes before any letter--thus "A Hard Day's Night" would be before "Abbey Road." I believe the justification otherwise is that "A" is insignificant/too common to use.
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Level 67
Feb 26, 2020
generally speaking when alphabetizing, you would ignore the first word if it is something like "a", "an" or "the"
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Level 25
Aug 17, 2015
I was convinced Aries was spelled Aeries or something similar and was furious at the quiz and tried all different spellings of it... When I saw the results saying the correct answer I was livid and actually checked and saw that indeed it is right as Aries is spelled Aries. Grr! Great quiz. I didn't get it at first and wrote Genesis into it loads of times, YES GENISIS IS THE FIRST BOOK IN THE BIBLE! Ha ha! when I realised it was good and got me thinking.
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Level 33
Sep 25, 2016
Ahard Day's Night would come after Abbey Road but A Hard Day's Night comes before Abbey Road
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Level 73
Oct 29, 2016
Collation?
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Level 49
Oct 31, 2016
Can you think of several thousand examples of ignoring "a" and "the" when alphabetizing? I can.
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Level 71
Oct 29, 2016
Accordion a musical instrument? Ha.
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Level 77
Oct 29, 2016
First I mentally went through all the sections of high school band, then I went through all the sections of the orchestra, and finally decided it must be some obscure percussion instrument - would never have guessed accordion. Nice quiz.
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Level 47
Oct 31, 2016
Me too. Thought "baritone" seeing as that's what I played in high school band and it comes before "bassoon". (For those who don't know what a baritone is, it's basically a mini tuba that is sometimes annoyingly referred to as the same thing as the euphonium. Actually not sure which one I played in high school unfortunately. Also a singing range.)
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Level 66
Feb 26, 2020
I tried bongo, banjo, bass(guitar), then figured it must be something starting with "a" but couldnt think of any. Alpenhorn or something might have crossed my mind though.
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Level 62
Oct 30, 2016
Arbor Day is a U.S. public holiday.
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Level 44
Oct 31, 2016
For holidays, I immediately thought of Arbor Day, which is a state holiday in Nebraska. But I guess it doesn't qualify as a national holiday.
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Level 20
Oct 31, 2016
According to the 'Unofficial list of baby boys names in California:2015' alphabetically first is 'Aaden', it's a variation of the Irish 'Aiden' apparently it's been on the 'America Male Naming Charts' since 2008. (not heard of it myself though !).
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Level 68
Oct 31, 2016
Great quiz, although one tiny complaint about the NFL team name. Ignoring the fact it's a sport that barely makes the news outside of North America, can you specify in the question that the team name doesn't include the city/state? As I said most of us outside of America have a barely passing knowledge of NFL, and i had no idea whether the a team like the Carolina Panthers were referred to as just the Panthers or whether people used the full name. I still wouldn't have got the answer, but it would have helped us non North Americans. Other wise, great quiz.
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Level 75
Oct 31, 2016
Should probably specify that you're going by the nickname.
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Level 56
Oct 31, 2016
Would you accept Aaran as well as Aaron... I know plenty who spell it that way here in the UK & Ireland. Unless you've a specific list on a source somewhere.
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Level 29
Nov 27, 2016
Arbor Day comes before Christmas alphabetically. And, because of the separation between Church and State, Cristmas cannot constitutionally be considered a US holiday.
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Level 76
Jul 24, 2017
"Public holidays" doesn't seem to have a clear definition. Christmas is officially a federal holiday in the US, but then so is "Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr." (that's the official name) which is earlier in the alphabet. Arbor Day isn't one.
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Level 52
Mar 15, 2017
One of my favourites so far
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Level 65
Nov 9, 2017
I couldn't for the life of me figure out what comes before Abuja
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Level 51
Jun 29, 2018
I got so close with Abuja
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Level 72
Aug 14, 2019
I would have thought Arizona Cardinals was the first NFL team name alphabetically.
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Level 66
Oct 27, 2019
The 49ers are alphabetically before the Bears, so they should at least be accepted as a type-in
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Level 58
Nov 15, 2019
Abuja and Aries are really close behind