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Which City in the Middle East?

Can you name these Middle Eastern cities based on a clue and their starting letter?
Quiz by WolfCam
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First submittedFebruary 19, 2018
Last updatedJune 3, 2018
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Where Muhammad was born
M
Mecca
Where Muhammad died
M
Medina
Holiest city in Judaism
J
Jerusalem
Named for Alexander the Great
A
Alexandria
Formerly known as Constantinople
I
Istanbul
Capital of the Umayyad Caliphate
D
Damascus
Home to the world's tallest building
D
Dubai
Biggest city on the Red Sea - home of a
planned building that is even taller
J
Jeddah
Many games in the 2022 World Cup
will be played here
D
Doha
City whose "Green Zone" was
established in 2003
B
Baghdad
Hint
 
Answer
Capital of Turkey
A
Ankara
Iraqi port often visited by Sinbad
B
Basra
Ancient Egyptian capital and namesake
of a city in Tennessee
M
Memphis
Capital of Saudi Arabia
R
Riyadh
"The Paris of the Middle East", formerly
B
Beirut
Egyptian city once known as Thebes
L
Luxor
Most populous city in Israel
T
Tel Aviv
De-facto capital of Palestine
R
Ramallah
Yemeni port city situated on a gulf
with the same name
A
Aden
Capital city on the Persian Gulf
K
Kuwait City
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level 71
Jun 4, 2018
Nice quiz :)
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level 70
Jun 4, 2018
Nice quiz. Got them all with 1.35 remaining. Guess it helps to live in the neighborhood :-)
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level 58
Jun 11, 2018
Jerusalem (~880k going from Wikipedia) is more populous than Tel Aviv (~430k, also from Wiki), so the clue for Tel Aviv should say "second most populous city".
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level 68
Jun 13, 2018
If you're going by nominal city population, then you are correct. But Tel Aviv has a much greater metropolitan population (~3.85M) than Jerusalem (~1.25M).
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level 76
Jul 5, 2018
Easy.
Alexandretta was also named for Alexander.
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level 79
Sep 2, 2018
Plus it's a key landmark on the route to the holy grail.
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level 61
Sep 2, 2018
Holy crap, they mentioned Palestine.
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level 76
Sep 2, 2018
Are you implying that this is unusual?
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level 18
Sep 2, 2018
It usually is :(
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level 70
Sep 2, 2018
Damned straight.
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level 76
Sep 2, 2018
This might have the ring of truthiness but it's not actually true. Palestine, both the historical geographical region and the amorphous poorly defined non-sovereign quasi-state are mentioned on this site routinely.
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level 79
Sep 2, 2018
Better clue for Riyadh: "City that, like Pittsburg(h), may or may not have an 'h' at the end."
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level 76
Sep 2, 2018
But that also applies to Jeddah, Ramallah, Makkah, and Madinah
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level 79
Sep 2, 2018
True, but Riyadh messes me up on quizzes much more frequently than those ones :(
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level 25
Sep 2, 2018
Pittsburgh always is spelled with an h. No questions asked. If you don't spell it like this it is an incorrect spelling.
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level 79
Sep 2, 2018
It's a JetPunk insider joke. Stay here long enough and you'll know what I mean ;)
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level 70
Sep 2, 2018
City near Albany: Pittsburg.
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level 75
Sep 3, 2018
City near Chattanooga: South Pittsburg. The town had an iron industry and was named for Pittsburgh, PA, but they dropped the h. (There's a Lodge outlet there that we often visit when in the area.)
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level 56
Sep 5, 2018
Pittsburgh and East Pittsburgh get an h, West Pittsburg which is northwest of Pittsburgh by a county or so doesn't. Though honestly any Pittsburgh without an h looks wrong.
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level 38
Sep 2, 2018
WHY, WHY, WHY, do you cut off all words ending in "h" (i. e., Riyad i/s/o Riyadh; Ramalla i/s/o Ramallah). It is maddening!!!
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level 76
Sep 5, 2018
To be more forgiving of incorrect spelling. The only way to remedy this without giving up this that I can think of would be to require users to press "enter" whenever they thought they had an answer, which would add on average 20-30 additional keystrokes per quiz, plus a few more if you type in several wrong answers.

I've thought about this before and I think it would be interesting because another thing that this would do is make it possible to collect data on most common wrong answers.