Islands A-Z

For each letter A-Z, name the island.
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Last updated: September 14, 2018
First submittedSeptember 10, 2013
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Clue
Island
A
Prison island in San Francisco Bay
Alcatraz
B
Denpasar is its capital
Bali
C
Biggest in the Caribbean
Cuba
D
Roseau is the capital of this
Caribbean nation
Dominica
E
Able was Napoleon ere he saw it
Elba
F
Indonesian island. Its name
means "flowers" in Portuguese
Flores
G
World's biggest island
Greenland
H
Main island of Japan
Honshu
I
The Emerald Isle
Ireland
J
World's most populous island
Java
K
Island in the Florida Keys where
Hemingway sojourned
Key West
L
Main island of the Philippines
Luzon
M
One of the five boroughs of NYC
Manhattan
 
Clue
Island
N
One of New Zealand's
two main islands
North Island
O
Where Honolulu is situated
Oahu
P
Someday the 51st U.S. state?
Puerto Rico
Q
Iran's largest island
Qeshm
R
Greek island once home to a Colossus
Rhodes
S
Italian island - biggest in
the Mediterranean
Sicily
T
Island country coveted by China
Taiwan
U
Samoa's most populous island
Upolu
V
Biggest island in British Columbia
Vancouver
W
Biggest in the English Channel
Wight
X
 
 
Y
Island in San Francisco Bay
whose name means "good herb"
Yerba Buena
Z
Island off the coast of Tanzania
Zanzibar
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Level 80
Oct 21, 2013
U: Samoa's main island (Upolu).
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Level 64
Apr 13, 2015
U: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland!
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Level 67
Jul 30, 2015
that is a country and not an island specifically
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Level 64
Oct 9, 2015
Ireland is a country and is on there so why would it not qualify?
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Level 67
Nov 3, 2015
ireland is also the name of the island

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland

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Level 51
Dec 15, 2015
They are the Great Red Isles.
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Level 70
Nov 20, 2016
The Island that comprises Northern Ireland & Ireland (Eire) is called Ireland. End of story.
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Level 82
Jul 8, 2018
Trolling.
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Level 68
Nov 5, 2019
Are you trolling? ;)
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Level 68
Nov 5, 2019
It should also be noted that the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland do not only constitute the island of Ireland. They both have territory on other nearby islands.
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Level ∞
Oct 3, 2015
Added Upolu
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Level 77
Jul 4, 2016
Y: "Shouting" Scottish island (Yell), Near San Francisco, meaning Good Herb (Yerba Buena)
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Level 81
Oct 21, 2013
I was doing so well up until the last two... can't believe I missed Zanzibar, though. d'oh. Also, 1. Afro-Eurasia 2. North/South America 3. Antarctica 4. Australia 5. Greenland.
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Level 75
Oct 21, 2013
1-4 are continents. What's the difference? Well, it's like I tell my students- a continent is bigger than Greenland, an island is smaller than Australia!
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Level 81
Oct 21, 2013
it's kind of like the difference between a weed and a flower.. one is one or the other because conventional knowledge dictates so. But then... often Australia is identified as both an island and a continent, usually without any justification one way or the other.
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Level 54
Oct 7, 2020
are you atlas pro
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Level 70
Dec 15, 2015
Australians generally do not think of Australia as a Continent, more Oceana as the Continent, which includes New Zealand and all the Islands in the Pacific Area adjacent to these countries.
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Level 72
Dec 15, 2015
Speak for yourself...we were always taught (in Australian schools) that it is a continent...and it's Oceania: general area that includes continental Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and the multiple small islands in the general vicinity
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Level 70
Nov 20, 2016
Speaking for myself ......... and using several better brains than myself .... The Continental plate that Australia is a part of Includes Australia (including Tasmania), parts of New Guinea, New Zealand and a large portion of the Indian Ocean Basin. So if the Island of Australia is by itself the Continent, where do we put the remaining parts of the plate?
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Level 50
Aug 7, 2018
Yes. Although I think of Oceania as a continent, it is quite difficult to define continents based on continental shelves, as if you did it that way, then most of the world would be the same continent except for some small islands in the middle of oceans.
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Level 81
Nov 20, 2018
What is the continental landmass of Oceania? It can't be two or more separate land masses.
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Level 72
Nov 20, 2018
Tectonic plates don't necessarily correspond with continental boundaries.There is an arbitrary figure somewhere between the areas of Greenland and Australia that defines a "continent"; some smaller contiguous landmasses don't "belong" to a continent, and they are fine with that
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Level 81
Jan 17, 2020
look up the word continent. I didn't say anything at all about tectonic plates, and tectonic plates don't have anything to do with continents anyway.
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Level 84
Oct 21, 2013
Q - Qatar. Island nation on the southern end of the Persian Gulf
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Level 70
Nov 1, 2020
Qatar is connected to Saudiarabia, not an island. Bahrain would be an island though (although some argue the Causeway connection is making it an peninsula)
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Level 52
Oct 21, 2013
You should accept White for Wight
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Level 73
Dec 15, 2015
You're joking wight?
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Level 22
Dec 16, 2015
Oh I get it, ha ha.
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Level 59
Sep 22, 2017
Not unless it's too dim
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Level 78
Feb 15, 2015
I read Tanzania as Tasmania and couldn't figure any answer which would work. I even thought of Zanzibar, then discarded it because it was in Africa. Face-smack.
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Level 70
Dec 15, 2015
Yeah, I first read it as Tasmania too. Apples and trees? :)
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Level 82
Oct 6, 2015
Q = Qeshm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qeshm. Iran's largest island. 576 square miles with over 100,000 inhabitants, shouldn't be an unknown to everyone.
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Level 60
Dec 15, 2015
I know it thanks to Europa Universalis II ;)
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Level 65
Dec 15, 2015
Puerto Rico (the territory) is a chain of islands. The main island is called Puerto Rico.
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Level 53
Dec 15, 2015
Quadra Island! But than probably not too many people would know it.
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Level 70
Jan 8, 2018
Humpbacks and hippies.
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Level 73
Dec 15, 2015
These are archipelagos, not islands, but the Queen Charlotte and Queen Elizabeth Islands in Canada are pretty famous
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Level 59
Dec 15, 2015
For Y, how about Yuzhny (southern island of Novaya Zemlya archipelago) or Yell (a noisy Shetland island)?
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Level 21
Dec 14, 2019
yerba buena is more well known
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Level 52
Oct 20, 2020
I think yuzhny would be more well known if spelling was lenient.
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Level 62
Dec 15, 2015
Very creative quiz idea.
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Level 68
Dec 15, 2015
There are islands for every missing letter in the Zhoushan prefecture in China, depending on how obscure you want to get...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhoushan#Geography

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Level 73
Dec 15, 2015
The "Z" was pretty easy, but misleading since Zanzibar is part of Tanzania, hence not "off the coast." (OK, so this would sound awkward, but perhaps "group of islands forming part of Tanzania"?)
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Level 82
Jul 8, 2018
Catalina is an island off the coast of California, of which it is an integral part. Correct?
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Level 55
Dec 17, 2015
This was a fun quiz, and some of the questions were certainly challenging. The thing I moat liked about it, though, was the way the interesting facts were inserted into the questions so that - regardless of whether you knew the answer or not - you felt as if you were learning interesting new facts as I went along. Thanks.
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Level 47
Dec 18, 2015
What about Australia!!!
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Level 37
Dec 23, 2015
Never even heard of Alcatraz and it's the most guessed, and the Isle of wight was the the first one I guessed, and its only 37% guessed!

Because I'm British no doubt :/

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Level 70
Nov 20, 2016
It is wonderful to know that there are people in the Western World who have never heard of Alcatraz.
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Level 60
Nov 20, 2018
Uh.... he's British
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
since when is british not the western world... really???
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Level 21
Dec 14, 2019
wth
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Level 43
Oct 4, 2016
Y: Yakushima - Biggest of the Osumi islands.

Great quiz by the way!

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Level 21
Dec 14, 2019
yerba buena is more well known
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Level 65
Oct 26, 2016
Y: Yell, In the Shetland isles above scotland
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Level 21
Dec 14, 2019
yerba buena is more well known
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Level 67
Jan 17, 2020
To you apparently since you are spamming the same comment over and over and over. I doubt the accuracy of it though.. More well known to americans perhaps, but to the rest of the world? Dont think so.
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Level 63
Feb 29, 2020
I'm an American and I haven't even heard of it before this quiz. I feel like Yuzhny would be more well known
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Level 52
Nov 20, 2016
2.18 left
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Level 67
May 8, 2017
X: Mandarin name for Hong Kong - Xiang Gang
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Level 37
Aug 10, 2017
When I was in school (and before all this silly political correctness became the vogue in a misguided attempt not to offend anyone and which succeeds in offending virtually everyone) there were five continents America, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe.
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Level 82
Jan 8, 2018
We had 7. North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and ANTARCTICA.
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Level 70
Oct 3, 2018
I'm so sick of pc culture always talking about the inclusion of Antarctica and that there's "more than one America" !!!
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
I really cant remember if I learned north and south america, well we learned them seperatly, but cant remember if they were referred to as one or two continents, but pretty sure were learned that antartica was one. And 7 continents rings a bell..
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
btw I think for a while when i was 9 or something I might ve thought russia was a continent, cause noone had clearly told me where it belonged to, asia europe or neither. I guess decades later people still dont know haha.
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Level 44
May 15, 2020
in hispanic laguages there are 5/6, in all the other languages there are 7. it differs by culture. but you can definetly say that antarctica is a continental landmass, given that its bigger than australia
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Level 60
Aug 7, 2020
"Continents" are arbitrary and have no objective definition. They're a matter of convention, and it's not even like everyone agrees on the same convention. Some people were taught that there are 7 continents while I was taught that there are only 5 (North America and South America being counted as one, and Antarctica not being counted at all). Some people were taught that Australia is a continent, while I was taught that it is an island part of a continent called Oceania. There's no right or wrong, just different conventions.
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Level 60
Aug 7, 2020
Also, the definition of continents has nothing to do with political correctness, not sure why you brought that up. And political correctness isn't a recent thing. It always existed, even though the things that are considered politically correct weren't necessarily the same as today.
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Level 72
Sep 21, 2017
you can add Qeshm island as the largest Iranian island and also the largest in the Persian gulf. it has an area about 1400 km2 or over two times of Bahrain.
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Level 83
Jan 8, 2018
You should also accept Qushm. There is no specific vowel between the ق ("q") and the ش ("sh"); by definition, any vowel would work in the transliteration (so e.g. Qishm would also work). I've seen it all 3 ways.
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Level ∞
Jan 8, 2018
Okay
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Level 63
Feb 13, 2020
If that's true would Qshm also work?
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Level 89
Jan 8, 2018
Xiushan is an island in China, off the shore SE of Shanghai. It's maybe 8 sq mi / 20 sq km.
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Level 62
Jan 8, 2018
P and Q are out of Order
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Level ∞
Jan 9, 2018
Fixed
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Level 64
Jan 9, 2018
you missed an opportunity to include the ABC islands
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Level 65
Mar 18, 2018
Xiushan of China?
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Level 63
Nov 20, 2018
X - Xianggang - chinese name for Hong Kong
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Level 28
Nov 20, 2018
Australia is bigger than Greenland
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Level 21
Dec 14, 2019
yeah but it is not an island, it's a continent
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Level 60
Aug 7, 2020
Depends on who you ask.
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Level 70
Nov 20, 2018
Xiamen, formerly known as Amoy.
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Level 70
Nov 20, 2018
X = Xiamen: totally agree. A good addition and a relatively well known place, although not many will realize it's an island (like Abu Dhabi)
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Level 55
Mar 23, 2020
Or Mumbai, or Vancouver, or Montreal were other ones I didn't know were islands
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Level 58
Nov 20, 2018
so weird seeing it called just "North Island"

In almost every context you'd say "the North Island".

It's kinda sad we don't use the cooler sounding Maori names, instead literally just calling them North and South.

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Level 67
May 25, 2019
I get what you mean, but many places names originally are simple and not really a name, like place by the sea, or tree area or woodland etc. ( atleast in europe, not sure about america, besides that they have many place names that allready previously excisted). Places have mainly been named after their surroundings/specefic feature (barren or green) their location in relation to other places, and groups of people known for the area.
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Level 44
Nov 24, 2018
Don't know where I got Yerba Buena from.
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Level 21
Dec 14, 2019
I got it from watchdogs 2
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Level 43
Nov 29, 2018
Why is there no X?

You could have Xiamen Island in China.

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Level 37
Apr 19, 2019
Yerba (or Hierba) is translated from Spanish into English as Grass, not herb.
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Level 55
Mar 23, 2020
Google Translate (the most notoriously reliable translator on the web) gives grass first for hierba, then herb, and for yerba only gives herb.
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Level 43
May 28, 2019
There's an island called Xiushan in China.
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Level 68
Nov 5, 2019
I didn't know the Isle of Wight was in the English Channel
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Level 45
Feb 13, 2020
Got 17. I'm sure I tried flores and similar words like several times.
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Level 26
Aug 27, 2020
I haven't heard of like half of the islands but i still got a good score
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Level 26
Aug 27, 2020
Great quiz though
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Level 25
Dec 14, 2020
gg
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Level 63
Jan 4, 2021
Shouldn't it be the island off the coast of Tanganika? Tanzania is Tanganika and Zanzibar combined.
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Level 30
Jan 18, 2021
great quiz