Madagascar Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of Madagascar?
We give you the first letter of some of the answers
Quiz by Aaron197
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Last updated: May 18, 2020
First submittedJuly 26, 2019
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Capital city
Antananarivo
Official languages
French
Malagasy
Islands which are larger than Madagascar
Greenland
New Guinea
Borneo
Closest mainland African country
Mozambique
Island nation between Madagascar and the above
Comoros
Surprisingly, the original settlers of Madagascar didn't come from Africa, but instead
sailed from this Southeast Asian country
Indonesia
Gigantic bird that weighed five times as much as an ostrich
(driven to extinction by 1200 AD)
E
Elephant Bird
The name "Madagascar" was possibly invented by this 13th century Italian
explorer, who confused the island with the city of Mogadishu
Marco Polo
Famous trees with thick trunks
B
Baobabs
Family of primates found only on Madagascar
L
Lemurs
90% of Madagascar's plant and animal species are _____ , meaning that they
can be found nowhere else
E
Endemic
Madagascar's top export - a key ingredient in some ice cream
Vanilla
Madagascar is responsible for 50% of the world production of these blue stones
Sapphires
National sport of Madagascar
Rugby Union
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Level 67
May 19, 2020
The question makes it sound like the name Madagascar is derived from the name Marco Polo instead of Mogadishu. Might I suggested changing the words "comes from" to something like "been named by"

(like you can say elephant comes from olifant. Or a better example "Mauritius" comes from Maurice/Maurits (of Nassau). Or "Kiribati" comes from (Thomas) Gilbert.

I find it a far-fetched etymology story and wonder how much truth there is in it, but that is besides the point :) (because it is not something the makers of this quiz made up)

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Level 69
May 19, 2020
Yep I second this, I thought it meant Madagascar was named after the explorer.
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Level ∞
May 19, 2020
The question has been reworded slightly.
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Level 82
May 19, 2020
Ariary should be in here somewhere.
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Level 33
May 20, 2020
I think there are too many questions not pertaining to Madagascar at all or concerning the surroundings rather than the country itself (islands bigger than Madagascar, Mozambique, Comoros...). There again, giving away the first letter for some words (baobab, lemur) takes away the whole challenge...!
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Level 67
May 20, 2020
The gemstone question says that they are blue (which lots are, fantastic quality too) but they can be absolutely any colour. I've got lots of them stashed in a box, white, green, yellow, pink, purple...all from Madagascar. https://www.ajsgem.com/articles/madagascar-sapphire.html
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Level 74
May 24, 2020
Spelling in 4th-to-last clue: nowhere
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Level ∞
May 24, 2020
Okay
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Level 65
May 24, 2020
Complete lucky guess for the national sport lol
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Level 53
Jul 15, 2020
What about mainland australia
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Level 35
Jul 21, 2020
I was thinking the same thing. I guess the quiz would classify it here as a "continent" instead of an islands. I don't know why, I feel like Australia should be on there too.
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Level 46
Jul 21, 2020
you mean to tell me mainland australia is smaller than madagascar?
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Level 55
Jul 24, 2020
Is there no way you could shoehorn a USA reference in there somehow? Unacceptable.