World Capitals by a Single Clue #3

Can you name these national capitals based on a single clue?
Answer must match the yellow box!
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Last updated: August 11, 2020
First submittedJune 5, 2017
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Clue
Capital City
Known as the "City of Lights"
Paris
The "new" part of a metropolis with over 20 million people
New Delhi
Its name ends in -bad
Islamabad
206 kilometers from Montevideo
Buenos Aires
Samsung headquarters can be found here
Seoul
Completely encircled by a different capital city
Vatican City
Northernmost capital in Africa
Tunis
Divided city in the middle of a divided island
Nicosia
It was sacked by the Mongols in 1258, ending the Islamic Golden Age
Baghdad
Founded in 1960, many of its buildings were designed by Oscar Niemeyer
Brasília
Starts with a silent D
Djibouti
One of its most famous landmarks is a 2 foot tall statue of a peeing boy
Brussels
Its metro area includes Espoo, Vantaa, and Kauniainen
Helsinki
Just 80 kilometers south of Helsinki
Tallinn
Al Jazeera is based here
Doha
Located at the confluence of the White Nile and Blue Nile
Khartoum
Its name starts with Z
Zagreb
The U.S. embassy in this city was invaded in 1979
Tehran
Popular name for baby girls in the U.S. in recent years
Sofia
Site of the "Rumble in the Jungle" between Ali and Foreman
Kinshasa
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Level 85
Jun 5, 2017
Paris and London also are popular names for girls in the U.S.
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Level 71
Jun 6, 2017
So is Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
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Level 80
Jun 6, 2017
Best answer to a comment, ladies and gentlemen.
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Level 56
Jun 7, 2017
And Colombo had even its own TV show!
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Level 62
Oct 6, 2017
You beat me to it! I've also met plenty of American women named Tegucigalpa.
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Level 58
Oct 6, 2017
And Ngerulmud
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Level 83
Oct 6, 2017
Dang it, Tramp! You beat me to it. Only I was gonna use Bandar Seri Begawan. :)
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Level 67
Oct 7, 2017
Lots of girls named Bangkok and Vatican City as well. I even met a Port-of-Spain recently.
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Level 62
Oct 8, 2017
What about my good friends Ouagadougou, Antananarivo, and Ngerulmud?
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Level 16
Oct 12, 2017
how about n'djamena
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Level 38
May 18, 2020
How about a mixture. "Paramaribosrijayawardenapurakottengerulmudouagadougu."
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Level 58
Nov 27, 2020
I have met a woman named Yamoussoukro recently.
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Level 55
Nov 27, 2020
All three of my ex-wives were named Windhoek.
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Level 72
Nov 27, 2020
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is most definitely not a popular name for girls in the U.S. However, Paris and London are indeed quite common. So I don't know what your comment is about.
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Level 49
Feb 5, 2021
It's a joke. Unless you are joking me...
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Level 64
Jun 6, 2017
They're used as names, yes. But I wouldn't call them popular.
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Level 81
Jun 6, 2017
It's an amazingly difficult question (34% now) and it even is a real name and in the top5 (if not top3) of them charts.
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Level 81
Jun 6, 2017
And with "real" I mean it's been around for a while and not something that was reinvented as a name in recent years.
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Level 82
Oct 6, 2017
In fact, that is the problem with that question (19% now... and the second least-guessed is at 45%). It seems to ask for a capital that has become a first name, which is not the case of Sofia.
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Level 48
Nov 27, 2020
Except, it is normally spelled "Sophia" in the US.
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Level 57
Nov 27, 2020
I agree with Arp, I was hung up on that one and just tried a bunch of cities that could be used as baby names such as Manila, Pretoria, Sanaa, even Apia (all lovely names IMO haha). I thought I finally had it when I thought of Victoria (Seychelles) but alas, it wasn't it. Although thinking about it now, couldn't that be a possible answer as well? Anyway, I think the phrasing could definitely be improved.
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Level 80
Jun 12, 2017
I tried Moe$hqw'a. I wish I was kidding.
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Level 76
Oct 6, 2017
Seriously, Victoria too?
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Level 72
Nov 27, 2020
I tried that one
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Level 81
Oct 6, 2017
My friend named their kid Kingston. I've never told them it's a stupid name.
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Level 65
Sep 6, 2019
The kid knows
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Level 69
Jan 29, 2020
Sydney as well
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Level 55
Sep 8, 2020
...if Sydney was a world capital...
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Level 33
Nov 27, 2020
not just Islamabad also Hyderebad and Ahmedabad which are what I guessed so pls accept those Quizmaster
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Level 58
Nov 27, 2020
Erm, you are aware that this quiz is about capital cities of sovereign countries. The cities you've named are not capitals.
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Level 69
Nov 29, 2020
According to the SSA, Sofia was the 17th most popular name in the U.S. in 2019 (with an 'f'--it was 4th with a 'ph'). London was 165th (and declining). Paris was 344th (and declining). Victoria, however, was 25th, and has remained fairly steady over the past 20 years, so I could see that being arguably an answer.
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Level 74
Jun 6, 2017
Is the D in Djibouti really silent? I allways pronounced at as an affricate, with a strong D! at the begining, not as a plain J. But I'm no native speaker...
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Level 70
Jun 6, 2017
QRU is now in the running for the 'Golden Nitpick Award' for June 2017....... keep up the good work QRU.
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Level 60
Nov 27, 2020
I nominate him!
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Level 78
Jun 7, 2017
It's not nitpicking ...

One could say it's silent in English, but not in French ...

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Level 62
Sep 6, 2017
I agree. The 'j' in English sounds like it start with a d, in Dutch we would write dj because we pronounce the 'j' like a 'y' in English. So if the pronounciation starts with a d-like sound, is it really silent? Or is the 'j' in Djibouti pronounced like a 'y'?

It's dubious...

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Level 83
Jul 6, 2018
I wouldn't call it silent. It might be French spelling but J in English is a combination of D and ʒ (zh).
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Level 81
Nov 27, 2020
The "d" is silent. It acts as a pronunciation guide. In French the "j" is normally pronounced as "zh". But with a "d" in front it becomes more like the English "j" (such as in jump).

Tchad and République Tchèque are in the same boat. Chad and Cheque would be pronounced with an initial "sh". But the "t" indicates a pronunciation similar to English "ch" (such as church).

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Level 68
Nov 27, 2020
i think you've just proven that it is not silent.
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Level 62
Nov 30, 2020
Yeah, I agree, it's not silent.
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Level 46
Sep 13, 2017
The baby girls name hint can also include Victoria, Seychelles.
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Level 46
Sep 13, 2017
Maybe you should add a part of the clue saying it is in eastern Europe so there is no confusion, as that would limit the answer down to one. Someone would be taking it a little too far to accept Athens for Athena.
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Level 57
Nov 27, 2020
Was my guess as well!
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Level 58
Oct 6, 2017
Bet I wasn't the only one to guess Niamey for the Oscar Niemeyer clue. Completely forgot how new a city Brasilia is
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Level 62
Oct 6, 2017
You certainly weren't the only one
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Level 62
Oct 6, 2017
I spent my whole life, not believing, but "knowing," that the Rumble in the Jungle took place in Manila. I blame the Mandela effect.
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Level 78
Oct 6, 2017
That was the "Thrilla in Manila".
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Level 78
Oct 6, 2017
If you liked this quiz try my "World Capitals by a Single Word" quiz. www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/97423/world-capitals-by-a-single-word
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Level 75
Oct 6, 2017
Paris is the City of Light (as in enlightenment), not the City of Lights(though there is indeed extensive electric lighting throughout the city).
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Level 62
Nov 30, 2020
Actually, no, Paris is the "Ville-Lumière" because it was the best-lit city in France, and probably for periods of time in Europe or the world. It has nothing to do with Enlightenment. As a side-note: Enlightenment in French is called "les Lumières", plural, never "la Lumière", singular. Paris is the "Ville-Lumière", singular.
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Level 62
Nov 30, 2020
Of course, we Parisians like to think of ourselves as a beacon of civilisation bringing light to the world, and at times, we were, and sometimes, we still are - but that probably explains why the nicknname stuck more than where it comes from.
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Level 59
Oct 7, 2017
Did you mean Talsinki?
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Level 60
Nov 27, 2020
About the baby girls' name clue, you could also add one for baby boys with the answer being Cairo. I know this from Name Geek. Thank you Quizmaster for this great site!
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Level 44
Nov 27, 2020
i mean, i wouldnt have called the d in djibouti silent... idk, it would sound the same without it but also not. maybe i just think of german, where the sound is dsch 🤷‍♂️
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Level 68
Nov 27, 2020
Had to think a while with Djibouti, as the D is not silent in Danish. It would sound more like Yeebouti in Danish withouth the D.
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Level 65
Nov 27, 2020
Uyyy seriously I missed 100% because I typed nZagreb. The previous one I got was Tallinn, but because none of you useless Jetpunkers can spell the QM cuts double letters at the end of words and correct spellers get punished for it *sigh* *thanks*
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Level 65
Nov 27, 2020
Oh, and the Sofia question is dumb. That's what I spent most of the time on in this quiz.
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Level 61
Nov 27, 2020
13/20. For me the Sofia question was easy but I can see how others might have thought of something else first.
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Level 62
Dec 31, 2020
Victoria is a very common girls name and the capital of the Seychelles