Same Start and End Letter - Geography

Guess these geographical answers that start and end with the same letter.
All the answers are a single word
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Last updated: February 24, 2020
First submittedMarch 26, 2017
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Hint
Answer
A
Largest U.S. State
Alaska
A
Majority Muslim country of Europe
Albania
A
Southernmost region of
mainland Spain
Andalusia
B
Notable tree of Madagascar
Baobab
D
Israeli symbol: Star of _____
David
D
Ruhr valley city
Dortmund
E
Dubai or Sharjah, e.g.
Emirate
E
Third biggest city in Oregon
(Hint: men's name)
Eugene
G
Sweden's second-largest city
Gothenburg
H
Islamist group in Lebanon
Hezbollah
L
Port city of northwest England
Liverpool
 
Hint
Answer
N
New Zealand city named
for an admiral
Nelson
N
One of the most-populous
"towns" in England
Northampton
O
Borders Quebec and Manitoba
Ontario
O
Capital of Norway
Oslo
R
Place where water is stored
Reservoir
R
Volcano visible from Seattle
Rainier
S
Island nation in the Indian ocean
Seychelles
T
Lhasa is the capital of this
Himalayan region
Tibet
U
Ayers Rock by another name
Uluru
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Level 72
Mar 26, 2017
Nice :)
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Level 82
Mar 26, 2017
Can you add varieties to Hezbollah? I tried "Hizbollah" and while it's not especially mentioned on wikipedia, there are those starting with Hiz- and it says etc.
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Level ∞
Mar 27, 2017
Okay
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Level 58
Mar 29, 2017
Hizballah should certainly be allowed, by why Hizbollah? If you can't figure out that the "party of God" has the name "Allah" in it, I don't think you should be getting points.
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Level 71
Apr 5, 2017
I got the answer right, but I never knew that it was known as the "party of God" or made the connection between Hezbollah/Allah.
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Level 70
May 27, 2017
Hezbollah/Hizbollah is definitely correct. That's how it's pronounced in Arabic. Yes the second part of the name means God but it doesn't have to be -allah. Sometimes vowels in Arabic change based on the scentence.
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Level 80
May 27, 2017
^ yeah. Vowels are very unimportant in Arabic. But transliterated to English I've never seen the group spelled Hizballah... always Hezbollah or, more recently, Hizbollah.
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Level 45
May 1, 2020
Arabic is a language that marks grammatical cases. Party is hizb, but inside a sentence, it will be hizbun, hizban or hizbin, depending on the case (nominative, accusative, genitive). Likewise, party of God can be hizbu-llah, hizba-llah or hizbi-llah (notice that the "a" of Allah disappears when there is a word before). Outside a sentence and in translation, the nominative case is normally used. The same goes for first names like Abdullah, that may occur as Abdallah or Abdillah in Arabic speech. However, Maghreb people go with accusative instead for first names, Abdallah, Abdarrahman, etc

As for putting "e" instead of "i", "o" instead of "u" or similar vowel changes, this can be attributed to the fact that there is no standard way of transliterating Arabic, and local colloquial pronunciations don't always follow standard Arabic phonology.

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Level 60
May 1, 2020
I think more vowel variations should be added. I tried Hazbollah, Hazbullah, Hezbullah and none of them worked.
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Level 44
Mar 27, 2017
This quiz creator must be from the Pacific Northwest.
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Level 64
Mar 27, 2017
You are corrrect.
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Level 66
Mar 27, 2017
*Baobab
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Level ∞
Mar 27, 2017
Fixed
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Level 55
Mar 27, 2017
Ruhr valley city - I've been trying Duisburg and Dusseldorf, didn't think of Dortmund [although I was correct :)]...
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Level 47
Mar 27, 2017
But those don't fit the category
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Level 55
Mar 28, 2017
Ahhh, now I realised I was thinking of Rheine river instead of Ruhr, my bad!
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Level ∞
Mar 29, 2017
Also they don't end with D.
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Level 55
May 1, 2020
Duisburg is definitely in the Ruhr valley, it should count.
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Level 67
May 2, 2020
It has to start and end with the same letter which duisburg does not
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Level 74
Mar 27, 2017
Great quiz!
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Level 66
Mar 28, 2017
It's not Ayers Rock by another name - clue should read Ayers Rock by official name. No one with any respect for the indigenous nations calls it Ayers Rock any more (only the airport is named that, these days).
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Level 65
Apr 8, 2019
Stay calm, my friend. It isn't as big of a deal as you think it is.
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Level 73
Sep 3, 2019
lucd13 is entirely correct though, with or without your patronising reply. The clue is poorly written.
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Level ∞
Feb 24, 2020
No lucd13 is not entirely correct. The clue is fine.

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

"Uluru also known as Ayers Rock and officially gazetted as Uluru / Ayers Rock"

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Level 79
Mar 28, 2017
Tried Northhampton - not close enough.
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Level ∞
Mar 29, 2017
That will work now
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Level 58
May 27, 2017
maybe add sri lanka as an option as well as seychelles?
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Level 58
May 27, 2017
Doesn't end with an 's'.
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Level 72
May 1, 2020
Also not one word.
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Level 60
May 27, 2017
Naughty boy re Northampton! That's a hard one for the statesiders to get. I am from the uk and struggled. Nice one!
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Level 67
Oct 13, 2019
Not from uk or us, I got it. Never heard of rainier or eugene though (and missed ontario)
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Level 47
May 27, 2017
Tried "river" for "Place where water is stored"...
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Level 76
May 27, 2017
kinda flows rather than stores
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Level 67
Oct 13, 2019
Who says it cant move?
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Level 52
May 28, 2017
Me, too.
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Level 67
Oct 13, 2019
first rainbarrel (literal translation of what we call the thing you can put at the end/under a rainpipe to collect the rainwater) then river. But ended up getting it. Not sure I am fond of the clue though.
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Level 45
May 27, 2017
I said Andalus but not Andalusia, so I didn't get that one.
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Level 69
May 27, 2017
I think Soloman Islands should be accepted for the Island nation starting and ending with S
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Level 53
May 27, 2017
Except the South Pacific is not the Indian Ocean.
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Level 68
May 29, 2017
Also, the caveats state that all answers are one word. Solomon Islands are two.
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Level 43
May 27, 2017
Alabama
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Level 72
May 27, 2017
Seriously? Arizona also fits the category but not the clue.
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Level 59
May 28, 2017
Need to amend Spanish A question by adding "mainland" or "continental". Canary Islands are further south, and hold same status as the answer.
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Level 64
May 28, 2017
Canary Islands doesn't begin or end with A though.
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Level 69
May 30, 2017
And isn't one word either.
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Level 74
Jul 25, 2017
But they're a region of Spain, making Andalucia not the southernmost region of Spain...
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Level 72
Mar 5, 2018
Yes, the southernmost region of mainland Spain!
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Level ∞
Feb 24, 2020
Okay
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Level 53
May 29, 2017
The only reason that I got Rainier is that I live in the Seattle region...
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Level 40
May 29, 2017
GAH I GOT EUGENE AND GOTHENBURG I JUST DIDNT SPELL THEM RIGHT,
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Level 60
May 29, 2017
I think this could be more interesting of the letters were not given, just the information that the answers begin and end with the same letter. Although then the answers should be a little easier, otherwise the quiz would be very difficult.
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Level 67
Oct 13, 2019
There would be way more whining then though, people asking for answers to be accepted. I think it is good the way it is, leaves less room for discussion
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Level 60
May 30, 2017
I knew Hezbollah but couldn't spell it to save my life. (I can now!)
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Level 43
Mar 15, 2018
how about river?
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Level 74
Jan 21, 2019
Why the quotation marks around "towns"? It's a town.
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Level 71
Apr 8, 2019
Exactly my thoughts. It's officially a town so no quote marks needed.
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Level 67
Nov 15, 2019
That is the whole point of the clue.
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Level 67
Nov 15, 2019
Pretty sure because it ends with -ton and not -town. Because of the clue I starting thinking of places ending in town (thinking about -towns that are actually cities), and then ton. Otherwise I wouldnt even have gotten it.
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Level 72
May 1, 2020
I think it's actually just because the UK has a unique way of classifying cities – that is, they need a royal charter (i.e. need to be decreed a city by the Queen).

Because of this, some 'cities' (e.g. St David's, population ~2k) can be significantly smaller than a lot of 'towns' (e.g. Northampton, population ~200k).

People get fussy on other quizzes when the quiz creator calls a 'town' a 'city' and vice-versa, which I think is why QM has chosen to add the quotation marks here.

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Level 81
May 2, 2020
I tried Nuneaton - never thought about Northampton even though have been there!
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Level 67
Apr 8, 2019
Shouldn't 'Ocean' in 'Indian Ocean' be capitalised?
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Level 67
Apr 1, 2020
'Ocean' should be capitalised.
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Level 31
Apr 8, 2019
Third biggest city in Oregon, starting with E, hint: men's name... really, I don't know why I tried to fill in Bob... twice...
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Level 55
Aug 5, 2020
Nice. I would love to live in a town named "Bob." :-D
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Level 57
May 1, 2020
Andulasia for Andalusia
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Level 57
May 1, 2020
Wow! It is almost 24 hours when it was featured on the front page. I am surprised to see that there is only one comment. Usually, quizzes which are featured of from page have many comments.
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Level 56
May 1, 2020
The only reason I got Uluru is because I was reading about Azaria Chamberlain earlier today.