Middle East A-Z #2

For each letter A-Z, guess the answer that pertains to the Middle East.
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Last updated: November 19, 2019
First submittedMarch 11, 2016
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A
Ancient Semitic language,
precursor of Arabic
Aramaic
B
Largest city in Iraq
Baghdad
C
Sumerian system of writing
Cuneiform
D
Oldest city in the world
Damascus
E
Title of the ruler of Dubai
Emir
F
Birthplace of civilization
The Fertile Crescent
or The Hilly Flanks
G
Territory ruled by Hamas
Gaza
H
Shia rebels who fought the Yemeni government
Houthi
I
Country boycotted by the Arab League
Israel
J
River that feeds the Dead Sea
Jordan
K
First Ayatollah of Iran
Khomeini
L
Used to be called Thebes
Luxor
M
From Greek, the land "between rivers"
Mesopotamia
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N
City bulldozed by Islamic State
Nimrud
O
Oil cartel founded in "B" in 1960
OPEC
P
Military force of Kurdistan
Peshmerga
Q
Shia majority city in Saudi Arabia's Eastern provinces
Qatif
R
De-facto capital of the Palestinian National Authority
Ramallah
S
Country presently ruled by Alawites
Syria
T
Saddam Hussein's home town
Tikrit
U
Ancient city; birthplace of Abraham
Ur
V
Roman emperor who (re)conquered Judea
Vespasian
W
Saudi brand of fundamentalist Islam
Wahhabism
Y
Ethnic/religious minority targeted by Islamic State
Yazidi
Z
Pyramidal structures built in "M"
Ziggurat
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Level ∞
Mar 11, 2016
Nice quiz!
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Level 81
Mar 11, 2016
Thanks.

Added Fertile Crescent as a type in for F... since that's also a common term for the area that was the birthplace of Western civilization. And it also happens to start with the letter F, even if it doesn't follow "Hilly."

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Level 53
Mar 11, 2016
Fertile Crescent is familiar...don't think I've ever heard "Hilly Flanks". Always good to learn new things!
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Level 81
Mar 20, 2016
Fertile Crescent was in pretty much every grade school history text book published through the 80s and 90s at least; Hilly Flanks, though it describes the same area roughly, is a more recent term and not as popular.

I changed the way the answer appears since nobody was getting Hilly Flanks. Should up the percentage.

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Level 81
Mar 20, 2016
Also eased up the other type-ins
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Level 66
Mar 12, 2016
First off, a great quiz thoroughly enjoyed it. On another point can I suggest Vespatian, zugarat and cuniform or cuneform as spelling options? As I had a tough time on the spelling.
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Level 63
Nov 6, 2018
Can you accept more type ins for Ruhollah Khomeini. wasted half my time on that question causing me to miss Baghdad.
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Level 81
Nov 19, 2019
Changed the H clue from "Hebrew" as Quizmaster chose to put that on #1. Had to change clues for "A" and "I" as well since I'd linked them together. Scores probably reset.
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Level 71
Jan 30, 2020
Would you accept some spellings like huti, huthi and something like yesides, yezides, yazides?
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Level 66
Dec 17, 2020
Accept Wahhabi for Wahhabism