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World Cities A-Z #2

Based on the clues, name these cities starting with each letter.
If multiple cities fit the clue, guess the more prominent one
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First submittedOctober 8, 2013
Last updatedFebruary 4, 2016
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Hint
City
A
In the middle of the Outback
Alice Springs
B
Capital of Catalonia
Barcelona
C
Rick's Cafe
Casablanca
D
World's tallest building
Dubai
E
Capital of Alberta
Edmonton
F
Germany's financial center
Frankfurt
G
Second biggest metro in Mexico
Guadalajara
H
Jackie Chan
Hong Kong
I
Olympics host in Austria
Innsbruck
J
Capital of Indonesia
Jakarta
K
Calcutta
Kolkata
L
Gastronomic capital of France
Lyon
M
National anthem of France
Marseille
 
Hint
City
N
Origin of pizza
Naples
O
England's first University town
Oxford
P
Anti-soviet rebellion, spring 1968
Prague
Q
Walled city downriver from Montreal
Quebec City
R
Julius Caesar
Rome
S
Leningrad
St. Petersburg
T
Ben Gurion airport
Tel Aviv
U
Northeast Thailand
Udon Thani
V
Famous for music and coffee
Vienna
W
Had a Jewish ghetto until 1943
Warsaw
X
Across the strait from Taiwan
Xiamen
Y
Walled city in northern England
York
Z
Off the coast near Dar Es Salaam
Zanzibar
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level 67
Jan 9, 2014
Should accept Napoli for Naples. A lot of people call it that.
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level 67
Oct 14, 2014
I tried Neapel. :/
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level 76
Jan 10, 2015
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level ∞
Feb 4, 2016
Okay
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level 78
Jul 24, 2017
yeah at least 60 million italian speaking people call it Napoli because that's its name
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level 77
Feb 22, 2018
You should also accept New York. The food that is famous and popular world wide is from New York City. The stuff they eat in Naples isn't the same thing.
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level 60
Feb 22, 2018
Are you kidding me?
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level 60
Feb 22, 2018
Also the question is about the Origin, not about where the Pizza got good or bad
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level 66
Feb 22, 2018
New York pizza is horrible, the 'stuff' from Naples is the real thing
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level 77
Feb 17, 2019
Not at all kidding. If you're looking for the place where pizza- the foodstuff popular around the world- originated, that's New York, in Little Italy. If you're looking for the place where people first started eating something with that name (originally, pita), that would be somewhere in Greece. Greeks brought it with them from Greece when they colonized Neapolis. Italian immigrants brought it to America. But it didn't achieve it's final form and become real pizza until New York. Naples is neither the first nor the last stop in this story. And if you'd been to Naples and eaten the greasy blobs of goo they make there and call pizza, and were being honest about this, you'd concede the point.
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level 77
Feb 17, 2019
and you're right, this isn't about evaluating whether local varities of pizza is good or bad. The type of foodstuff that is called pizza and that is famous and popular around the world was originally made in New York City. Flat bread with toppings on it goes back to ancient Greece but it wasn't properly pizza until New York put it's own spin on it.
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level 77
Feb 17, 2019
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basically covers what I was saying. Who invented pizza? Depends on how you define pizza. Flat bread = ancient Egypt, Turkey, and Mesopotamia. This flat bread made its way to anceint Greece, where they put toppings on it such as olive oil and spices and called it "pita." Greeks colonized Neapolis (Napoli, Naples), bringing their pita with them. Can't really say it was invented there if they brought it from Greece if we're going to use your rules, right? It was a popular food among the poor, flat bread with toppings on it. Over time the pronunciation was corrupted from pita to pizza. Neapolitans tried out different toppings like mozzarella, tomato, and basil (little globs of each). Italians brought this food to Little Italy in New York City. In the early 20th century it became popular there, and those immigrants started making a food that would be exported all over the world.
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level 77
Feb 17, 2019
If, when you think of pizza, you think of a golden brown semi-rigid crust, firm enough that you could hold it in one hand and eat it without all the toppings tumbling everywhere, tomato sauce and cheese spread evenly over the entire pie as a foundation upon which you put other toppings like pepperoni, sausage, peppers, etc, usually cut into 6 or 8 slices for easy handling... then what you are thinking of is a food that was invented in New York City.

this is more like what you would find in Naples. It's more like soup than pizza (follow the link). and it is NOT what most people think of when they think of pizza, because pizza was definitely invented in New York City.
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level 45
Jan 9, 2014
Zanzibar is not a city... still got it.. but its not a city.
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level ∞
Jan 9, 2014
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zanzibar_City
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level 45
Jan 9, 2014
I stand corrected, everyone called it Stone Town when I was there
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level 62
Jan 10, 2014
Stone Town is a part of it.
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level 67
Jun 8, 2016
Right. A small, gorgeous part.
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level 28
Jan 22, 2014
21/26 at least i got xiamen but im not surprised considering i lived in china for a while
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level 56
Aug 7, 2014
Udon Thani ? C'mon ! No other city starts with an U ?
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level 76
Nov 25, 2015
Ulan Bator, but quizmaster used that in version one of the quiz. The only other very well known city I can think of is Udaipur. Not much to choose from otherwise. Maybe Ürümqi and Uberlandia (which I have encountered on this site), Uppsala or Utrecht? Some variation in answers is nice though, so I fully support Udon Thani, event if I didn't get it.
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level 73
Jun 8, 2016
Or just Ur. Can't see anything saying they have to be modern cities
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level 63
Jun 10, 2016
Ullapool, in Scotland, except it's only a village...haha
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level 65
Jun 14, 2016
Seriously? Ufa, Ussuriysk, Ulyanovsk and Ulan-Ude (Russia), Ulm (Germany), Ulsan (South Korea), Umea and Uppsala (Sweden), Urumqi (China), Utrecht (Netherlands) and Uzhhorod (Ukraine)
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level 77
Jun 8, 2016
I breezed through this quiz. Got Udon Thani immediately. But I've been to Thailand many times and even as I was typing it in I knew there were going to be complainers in the comments section.
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level 54
Jun 15, 2016
You are my hero.
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level 77
Jun 22, 2016
and you're the wind beneath my wings.
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level 73
Dec 11, 2016
Get a room :)
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level 60
Jun 8, 2016
Good way to learn more about Thailand!
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level 67
Jun 8, 2016
Yeah - if I hadn't lived in Thailand, this would've been a very hard one. Maybe make a connection with Udon noodles?
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level 56
Jun 8, 2016
I've been to Udon Thani in transit to Laos once, otherwise no way I'd have known this.
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level 46
Apr 17, 2015
Overall was fun quiz. Minor comments: Alice Springs is not a city, and the clue for Casablanca seems to me to be pretty obscure unless that cafe is world famous and I am ignorant.
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level 71
Jul 11, 2015
It's from the movie Casablanca.
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level 67
Jun 8, 2016
I was shocked at the Rick's café one, since I didn't get the Bogart reference. I was at "Rick's café" a month ago - in Negril, Jamaica. When I googled "Rick's café," the one in Negril was the first hit and the cliff jumping people do there was the third one. I'd say you should allow Negril for this, except this one's obscure too - I doubt it would help too many people.
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level ∞
Jun 8, 2016
Google takes into account your search history and location. Rick's Cafe in Negril is obscure. Rick's Cafe from Casablanca is not.
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level 67
Jun 8, 2016
When you are the largest establishment for a 1,000 miles in any direction you are entitled to be called a city.
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level 67
Jun 8, 2016
So then some research station on Antarctica is a city?
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level 73
Dec 11, 2016
That's not the reason. In US everything is a city, towns are more of a British thing. Not sure about Australia.
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level 69
Nov 5, 2018
The ABS (stats bureau) defines a city as having over 100,000 people. Therefore Alice Springs is not a city by the official Australian definition.
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level 69
Oct 15, 2015
Hey there, the French anthem is called "The Marseillaise" not "Marseille"
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level 74
Dec 2, 2015
That's right -- "La Marseillaise" to be precise. Marseille is a city in France.
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level 59
Jan 25, 2019
Yep--La Marseillaise. 'Marseille' is wrong.
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level ∞
Feb 4, 2016
Yes, the national anthem is named after people from the city. Thus, the clue.
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level 31
Nov 28, 2015
Quebec city is upriver from Montreal, not downriver
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level 74
Dec 2, 2015
Wrong! Quebec city is closer to the ocean than Montreal and they are both on the St. Lawrence River, so Quebec City is downriver from Montreal.
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level 67
Jun 8, 2016
"Better to remain silent ........... " As Abraham Lincoln said.
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level 61
Jun 8, 2016
Kept typing Adelaide. Figured I must have misspelled it. Nope, just wrong.
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level 61
Jun 8, 2016
Tried that one too but then remembered Adelaide is on the coast and not in the Outback.
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level 67
Jun 8, 2016
Fortunately, Alice Springs Chicken is in the middle of the menu at The Outback as well.
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level 76
Jun 8, 2016
I too, have Outback Steakhouse to thank for getting that clue so easily! Don't remember if originally I looked it up, or there was a map on the menu, but remember thinking that Alice Springs is pretty close to the dead center of Australia. Or, maybe it was Priscilla...?
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level 69
Jun 8, 2016
In fairness, calling Alice Springs a city is pretty charitable to Alice Springs.
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level 41
Jun 9, 2016
I couldn't work out why just "Alice" wouldn't work - most of the time we just say 'Alice' and everyone knows where we are talking about.
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level 64
Jun 8, 2016
Typing Calcutta for K fills in the answer. You should probably change the clue or the remove the type-in.
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level 32
Jun 8, 2016
insbruck for innsbruck and kolkatta for kolkata should be accepted...
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level 44
Jun 8, 2016
No, since Innsbruck is named after the river Inn. Literally 'Innsbridge'. Insbruck is just wrong.
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level 56
Jun 9, 2016
Please consider some other hint for Hong Kong than Jackie Chan. He is widely disliked by most Hongkongers for his bigotry and pro-Communist stance.
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level 65
May 24, 2017
Like it or not it is the most symbolic and well-known person of the city.
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level 63
Jun 9, 2016
Alice Springs? (sign) It has all of about 28,000 people. Los Angeles, New York, London, - pick an actual city and they fart suburbs bigger than that. A user might expect a quiz asking for names of cities to have answers that are...cities?
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level 58
Jun 10, 2016
Ben Gurion airport is in Lod even though it is TLV and widely considered to be in Tel Aviv. Sde Dov airport is in Tel Aviv.
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level 71
Feb 1, 2017
Thank-you for forcing me to learn to spell Kolkata correctly- every other quiz up until now I've lazily used the Anglicised version. And now I read the comments and find I could've avoided all that guesswork!
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level 66
Feb 22, 2018
The national anthem of France is called the Marseillaise. Marseille is a city, nothing more. Either the clue or the answer is wrong
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level 79
May 26, 2018
They're just hints; they don't have to be exact matches. "Jackie Chan" is not another name for the city of Hong Kong.
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level 62
May 31, 2018
Verona is also famous for its coffee, maybe more so than Vienna. Though Vienna has more famous music, overall Verona is almost as famous for those things. You should accept it.
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level 67
Feb 17, 2019
One COULD argue, if they're being overly pedantic, that a city starting with V that is famous for music and coffee could be Vancouver, what with hipster culture and diffusion with nearby Seattle.
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level 55
Feb 19, 2019
I got Udon. Maybe just that could be accepted considering only 4% got it correct
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level 61
Mar 8, 2019
How do only 4% get Udon Thani? That was easy!
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level 63
May 7, 2019
Alice Springs is completely not a city, completely threw me off, coming from an Australian. Could use Adelaide as an answer with a different hint.