almost forgot singapour
Oceania: 14 countries (my record is 30 seconds)
Asia: 48 countries (record 3.44)
Africa: 54 countries (record 2.25)
North America: 23 countries (record 1.02)
South America: 12 countries (record 30 seconds)
Europe: 45 countries (record 2.23)
Total: 196 countries.
Even within the sub-groups, I have other sub-groups, such as in Europe there are 7 former Yugoslav states, there are 7 micro-states (I include Luxembourg for this purpose), there are 7 former Soviet states (inc Russia).
In Asia there are 8 former Soviet states - 5 "-stans" plus Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Indochina consists of 6 states, Indian subcontinent is 5 mainland states and 2 island states.
Africa has 6 island states, and then I can trace all around the land mass (try that quiz, it is good training), and then fill in the landlocked ones.
South America has 12 countries. Easy.
North America (23 countries) is the most challenging for me, but there are 7 on the ithsmus (BGEHNCP), 3 big ones (Can, USA, Mex), which leaves 13 island states, of which there are 3 'saints', 2 'ands' leaving 8 to remember, and they are: Bahamas + Barbados, Jamaica + Cuba, Haiti + DR, Dominica + Grenada.
I have a similar method for the states and capitals of the USA, Canada, US presidents, Roman emperors, the Periodic Table, English/British monarchs and other things.
It is because I want to know them. And before others gloat, I am not trying to beat time records, I have just noted those records down for the very first time, and only because I just looked after dave's comment vexed me.
People using this as a typing challenge hahaha cheats!
also this works because 'ç' is counted as 'c' and 'à' as 'a'. The type-in is "^K[IY]RG[A-Z]+STAN", (yes this is
already discussed in the blog about type-ins) the ^K means it must start with K, [IY] meaning I or Y,
RG[A-Z]+STAN meaning RG any letters from A to Z STAN.
Exactly same time as Countries of the World