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CHALLENGE 25

Given is a series of 4 letter clues: What does each group of 4 letters stand for? in the last box two (2) letters are missing. What letters are missing? What do the last 4 letters represent.
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Clue given Sat. March 10, if not solved by then:
Last updated: March 07, 2018
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Answer
PIKI
A
FPBL
B
MKKR
C
ABAP
D
IDCS
E
COLM
F
ULBS
G
?BZ?
I
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level 67
Mar 9, 2018
CLUE 1:........... Geographical Challenge ....... 7/196ths hints, but what is the 8th?
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level 49
Mar 10, 2018
I managed to make some progress staring at a screenshot of the challenge on the train the other day, but with your clue confirming that each 4-letter group describes a single country, I think I now have the solution. Each of the 4 letters in each group stand for a piece of information about a country: from left to right, its name, capital, highest point, and longest river. So PIKI is Pakistan, Islamabad, K2, Indus. Similarly, the other groups of letters stand for France, Malaysia, Argentina, Ireland, Canada and the United Kingdom. The only country that has its capital starting with B and highest point starting with Z is Germany (Berlin and Zugspitze, respectively). So the missing letters are G and R, to stand for Germany and the Rhine, with the complete last group being "GBZR".
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level 67
Mar 10, 2018
Congratulations 'mushroomsteve' once again you have solved a Challenge' You describe the answer perfectly. Your 5th Honorary Gold Medal. I am amazed at the ability of Jetpunkers to solve puzzles. Congratulations:
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level 61
Mar 10, 2018
Congrats Steve! Out of curiosity, any reason for this particular 8 countries out of all 196?
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level 67
Mar 10, 2018
No PotatoBoy, not really. I first made a list of about 50 countries and then chose 7 that were not too obscure and yet varied in location. Then I added Germany as the main answer as there are 26 capitals beginning with B and then the Highest point in Germany Z, I thought that would give the solver a little investigation to match a B with a Z and come up with G........ R. ......... just as Steve managed.
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level 49
Mar 10, 2018
Thanks! Also, it's cool to hear how you actually develop these challenges, Malbaby, thanks for sharing your method. I did suspect you chose B because of how many capitals start with that letter.