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Five Letter Geography

Name these geographic answers that are only five letters long.
Last updated: February 15, 2018
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Another name for Myanmar
Burma
World's biggest city
Tokyo
"The City of Lights"
Paris
River on which the above sits
Seine
Far northwestern Canadian territory
Yukon
Term for the vast subarctic forests
Taiga
"Land of the Rising Sun"
Japan
Pakistani river home to a
ancient civilization
Indus
Second longest river in Africa
Congo
Third longest river in Africa
Niger
Canada's highest mount
Logan
Pyongyang's peninsula
Korea
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Island of Minoan civilization
Crete
Island shared by Indonesia and
one other country
Timor
Mediterranean island nation
Malta
Egyptian peninsula once held by Israel
Sinai
Largest island of the Philippines
Luzon
Bay with the world's highest tides
Fundy
"The Lone Star State"
Texas
Spanish party island
Ibiza
Europe's longest river
Volga
Notorious 2022 World Cup host
Qatar
Chinese region annexed in 1950
Tibet
Capital of the above
Lhasa
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level 80
Jun 12, 2014
Hmmm, do I make an argument for Papua? Yes, I think I do.
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level 43
Jun 12, 2014
Do make it :)
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level 60
Jun 12, 2014
The name of the island is New Guinea. Papuans are a group of people living there. Papua is also the name of several regions on the island, but not the island as a whole.
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level 80
Jun 12, 2014
The official name of the island now is New Guinea, but Papua predates that name, is still used as an alternate in English, and is the proper name of the island in Indonesian. More...
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level 71
Oct 18, 2014
But...but...the question asks what the name is now. In English.
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level 60
Oct 31, 2016
It was called Irian (five letters :-) and now the official name is Papua, so, it's a good argument!
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level 58
Apr 23, 2017
What's wrong with Timor?
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level 25
Jun 12, 2014
Europe's longest river isn't the Volga but the Danube
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level 43
Jun 12, 2014
No, it is definitely the Volga.
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level 70
Jun 6, 2016
I love when people offer 'corrections' that are demonstrably - without much trouble - wrong.
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level 48
May 25, 2016
Please accept Wolga.
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level 34
Jun 2, 2017
Please accept Kongo
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level 60
Aug 22, 2017
Please accept Nigel
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level 64
Jun 12, 2014
Correction, I believe you meant to say "Nefarious 2022 World Cup host."
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level 44
Jan 2, 2017
xD
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level 65
Jun 26, 2017
Or just "2022 World Cup host".
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level 53
Jun 11, 2018
Or just "Modern Day Slavers"
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level 35
Jun 12, 2014
What about India?
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level 71
Oct 13, 2016
I don't know - what about India...?
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level 66
May 11, 2017
Q) The Taj Mahal is in this country .............. A) India (just to make zissers4 feel better.
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level 40
Jun 12, 2014
For the island shared by Indonesia and one other country, why is Timor accepted when its official name is East Timor (Timor-Leste)?
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level 77
Jun 12, 2014
The Island is called Timor, the country that shares the island with Indonesia is East Timor, or Timor l'este.
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level 35
Dec 12, 2015
No. Actually, the official name of the country is República Democrática de Timor-Leste. According to the government of the people who actually live there.
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level 51
Oct 13, 2016
Actually, to end this once and for all, we're going to call it Bob. Any and all further arguments shall be pointless.
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level 28
Feb 17, 2017
I prefer Jim.
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level 49
Jun 12, 2014
I've never heard the term taiga before, boreal is the word we use in Canada, and the U.K..
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level 75
Dec 4, 2015
Taiga is also used in the UK.
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level 74
Oct 14, 2016
I couldn't figure out how to make boreal fit with five letters. Never heard of taiga, either.
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level 66
May 11, 2017
I never heard boreal in UK
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level 39
Jun 12, 2014
19-24 not bad for a 13 year old
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level 55
Jun 13, 2014
Huh, always assumed it was spelt 'tiger', silly me
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level 44
Jun 15, 2014
When I was in the US Navy, we enjoyed a long, debauchery weekend on the Spanish Island of Palma. I naturally assumed that to be the party island... from the details I can remember.
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level 29
Jul 11, 2014
New Guinea is an island shared by Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and technically speaking Cyprus is also a mediterranean island nation.
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level 71
Oct 18, 2014
Yes, but New Guinea has 9 letters...
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level 51
Oct 13, 2016
And Cyprus has 6
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level 59
Feb 11, 2015
I'd never heard which city was known as "The City of Lights", until literally 20 minutes before I took this quiz, when I saw it as a factoid on a Crash Course World History video on YouTube. I was so happy to see this question.
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level 30
Mar 8, 2015
The Indus River is in India, not Pakistan.
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level 26
Mar 14, 2015
Its in both. It ends on the coast in Pakistan.
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level 46
Aug 10, 2016
I don't get why Qatar is notorious.
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level 65
Sep 28, 2016
I assume it's related to the use of temporary foreign labour? I bet we could make every country adjective-worthy without much effort.
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level 58
Oct 13, 2016
It's notorious for being the host of the World Cup, due to the numerous foreign workers exploited and even killed in building its facilities, and perhaps too because it's just a wee bit warm there under the sun.
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level 65
Oct 13, 2016
More people seem to know that Qatar will host the World Cup in 2022 than that Russia will host it in 2018, mainly because of corruption, and the sheer absurdity of hosting a World Cup in a country that has never qualified for one, has no football team to speak of, has to build all stadiums from scratch, has no significant number of football fans to fill them anyway, and where the temperatures in summer are so hot that the competition will have to be moved to frickin' december just so players don't collapse on the field.
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level 58
Oct 13, 2016
That's the one.
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level 73
Oct 13, 2016
The first several points make sense, but, football is hugely popular around the Gulf. Qatar is a small country but there will be fans pouring in from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iran, probably even Egypt and Jordan etc. to fill up those stadiums. And part of the point that FIFA gave for selecting countries like Qatar is to encourage growth of popularity of the sport all around the world, including Africa, Asia and the Middle East, not just Europe and the Americas.
And finally, what about December necessitates the expletive "frickin'" before it? Just because your country becomes a frozen hellscape this time of year doesn't mean all places in the world are like that. If you're close to the equator, yeah, surprise surprise the weather is going to be different and summer takes on a different meaning. November weather in Riyadh is pretty much perfect. The rest of the year is horrible, sure, but... can't blame them for the shape and tilt of the planet.
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level 73
Oct 13, 2016
And also, I *do* believe that the conditions of expat workers there are a much bigger cause for concern and have also been the subject of more headlines. Call me crazy but working slaves to death in the summer heat seems more troubling to me than not having a good soccer team.
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level 28
Feb 17, 2017
shut up
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level 71
Sep 20, 2018
I could be wrong but I think the point of "frickin' December" isn't the weather - it's that having it at that time of year means it will happen during the normal football season for most footballing nations (or at least those which like to think about themselves as the important footballing nations), so many big clubs will be losing their best players during the competition
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level 73
Oct 13, 2016
I didn't realize Wolverine was that tall.
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level 78
Oct 13, 2016
Poor Canada has both of the least answered questions.
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level 21
Oct 13, 2016
Isn't Guangzhou the biggest city in the world?
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level 51
Oct 13, 2016
I think it's Tokyo if you go by metropolitan area, not just the city itself.
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level 49
Oct 13, 2016
I'd like to point that you omitted several hundred possible 5-letter geography locations from your quiz. Oversight, I'm assuming.
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level 64
Oct 13, 2016
You do know that this is the first quiz of a 3 part quiz series, right?
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level 49
Oct 13, 2016
NO! I want them all in one quiz!
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level 21
Oct 13, 2016
I don't think "notorious" is the right word. "Controversial" is a better word for the definition.
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level 51
Oct 14, 2016
It should be "home to aN ancient...."
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level 41
Oct 15, 2016
Good quiz
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level 57
Jun 8, 2017
Easy. 2:41 remaining.
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level 60
Jun 28, 2017
Less people got the Bay of Fundy than Luzon???? Granted, I know Luzon from my volcano research and that's about it. But Fundy? Everyone knows about Fundy!!
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level 10
Nov 7, 2017
Indonesia also shares the island of Borneo with Malaysia and Brunei. Just a thought, when using the clues. May wish to add 'island IN THE EAST of Indonesia shared with another country'.
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level 76
Mar 7, 2018
Borneo has six letters - i counted them carefully after trying it myself.
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level 32
Mar 7, 2018
got it after three tries woohoo!
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level 52
Jun 10, 2018
Thought this was a chain quiz too for some reason...that explains so much
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level 53
Jul 10, 2018
I missed Ibiza thinking it was six letters, "Ibitha," again. When will I learn.
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level 52
Oct 6, 2018
Pakistani river home to aN ancient civilization