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Geographic Groups of Eight

Name the members of these groups related to geography.
Cities by city proper population
We consider the Gulf of Aqaba to be part of the Red Sea
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Last updated: April 10, 2019
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U.S. states that start
with M
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
 
Biggest cities in France
Paris
Marseille
Lyon
Toulouse
Nice
Nantes
Strasbourg
Montpellier
World capitals closest
to Beijing
Pyongyang
Seoul
Ulaanbaatar
Taipei
Tokyo
Hanoi
Vientiane
Thimphu or Manila
 
Northernmost European
capitals
Reykjavík
Helsinki
Oslo
Tallinn
Stockholm
Riga
Moscow
Copenhagen
Australian states and
territories
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Northern Territory
Queensland
South Australia
Tasmania
Victoria
Western Australia
 
Warsaw Pact countries
Albania
Bulgaria
Czechoslovakia
East Germany
Hungary
Poland
Romania
Soviet Union
U.S. Ivy League
universities
Brown
Columbia
Cornell
Dartmouth
Harvard
Pennsylvania
Princeton
Yale
 
Red Sea countries
Djibouti
Egypt
Eritrea
Israel
Jordan
Saudi Arabia
Sudan
Yemen
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level 59
Oct 30, 2018
Australia has nine states/territories: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jervis_Bay_Territory
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level 72
Oct 30, 2018
Plus Australian Antarctic Territory, Christmas Islands, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, etc, etc. if you want to nit-pick.
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level 64
Oct 30, 2018
Jervis bay is technically its own territory, but when we talk about the 6 states and 2 territories, Jervis bay is not included
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level 44
Nov 19, 2018
nah its not a place, i live in australia and its not recognised
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level 52
Oct 30, 2018
What has name Ivy League universities got to do with geography?
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level 73
Oct 30, 2018
Because, you know, they're all located somewhere...

Or maybe because they teach geography...

Or... nope - I'm out of ideas
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level 72
Nov 1, 2018
Human geography = geography
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level 79
Nov 13, 2018
It is a regional association (all schools located in New England or the Mid-Atlantic states).
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level 73
Jan 21, 2019
Is that what Ivy League means? I thought it was just the name given to the most elite universities in the US
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level 68
Jan 28, 2019
The Ivy League is a sports league--the schools in it all play each other in inter-collegiate sports, under the auspices and organizational structure of that league, which serves also as an administrative liaison with the NCAA (I think!).
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level 73
Nov 13, 2018
I was left with a hanging L from Cornell that messed up the next couple of answers I typed. Correct spelling should be expected for Ivy League colleges.
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level 75
Apr 11, 2019
Yes! How else will parents be motivated to payoff Jetpunk so their kids can get 5 points?
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level 71
Jan 28, 2019
Lille is definitely in France's top ten. I know it's part of a conurbation which itself would be 4th or 5th largest conurbation in France, but |Lille itself certainly has a population larger than that of Montpellier
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level 50
Jan 28, 2019
I kept typing Lille as well. I ruled out Montpellier because it is much smaller.
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level 28
Jan 28, 2019
I forgot East Germany.....and I'm German....
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level 60
Oct 22, 2019
East or West German?
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level 28
Jan 29, 2019
In Australia we routinely use the shorthand of SA, WA, ACT, NT, Vic, Tas, Qld, NSW. It would be best if you said abbreviations can't be used as I wasted time trying to save time. If some abbreviations are accepted and not others it is very confusing.
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level 45
Jan 30, 2019
The obvious problem with allowing abbreviations like 'SA' and 'WA' is that you could trigger those answers unintentionally whilst typing other words. For example, if you went to type Saudi Arabia for the Red Sea countries, you would get the answer for South Australia.
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level 80
Apr 9, 2019
Right. The other abbreviations are far too general to be acceptable. While "NSW" seems to be accepted in all quizzes, I can think of nothing else it could stand for but the Australian state. Not so for WA, SA, etc. Heck, NT could even be an obsolete version of Windows!
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level 74
Apr 10, 2019
Similarly NYC, DC or Philly are normally accepted as common and not ambigous, while LA isn't.
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level 23
Feb 2, 2019
For Australian States, these words should be accepted: "Capital" "Western" since I tried Capital, Wester and South and got confused when they didn't trigger.
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level 23
Feb 2, 2019
And also Germany, Czechia/Slovakia for the Warsaw Pact countries.
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level 80
Apr 9, 2019
I disagree. Those countries didn't exist in the days of the Warsaw Pact, while the USSR did.
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level 74
Apr 10, 2019
Right. There were two German states and only one was in Warsaw pact.
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level 56
Apr 10, 2019
Manila is closer than Thimphu. Manila has a distance of 2820km and that of Thimphu has a distance of 2823km
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level 61
Apr 10, 2019
If I measure the distance on Google Maps by clicking on the city names from afar (assuming that chooses the center) Manila is closer. If I go by Google search Google says Thimphu is closer. Beijing is a big city. So it really depends which spot was chosen for measurement.
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level ∞
Apr 10, 2019
Manila will be accepted now.