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Geographic Groups of Five #1

Name the members of these groups related to geography.
Includes only the portion of the river that is in the United States
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First submittedMarch 20, 2014
Last updatedOctober 17, 2018
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Main circles of latitude
Arctic Circle
Tropic of Cancer
Equator
Tropic of Capricorn
Antarctic Circle
 
Multiple-time Summer Olympics
host cities (through 2020)
Athens
London
Los Angeles
Paris
Tokyo
 
U.S. states on the Pacific Ocean
Alaska
California
Hawaii
Oregon
Washington
Major islands of Indonesia
Borneo
Java
New Guinea
Sulawesi
Sumatra
 
African countries of the
Mediterranean
Algeria
Egypt
Libya
Tunisia
Morocco
 
One syllable country names
Chad
France
Greece
Laos
Spain
Largest Mediterranean islands
Sicily
Sardinia
Cyprus
Corsica
Crete
 
Australian cities with a population
over 1 million
Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane
Perth
Adelaide
 
Longest rivers in the U.S.
(including tributaries)
Missouri
Mississippi
Arkansas
Rio Grande
Colorado
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level 72
Sep 29, 2014
Thanks once again for a great geography quiz. One thing though - the Alaskan portion of the Yukon River (which is the lower 2/3rds of its length, after it flows out of Canada) would make it the 6th longest river in the US, behind the Arkansas River (4th) and Colorado (5th, after you exclude its lower part that flows through Mexico).
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level ∞
Sep 30, 2014
The quiz has been fixed. Thanks.
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level 77
Oct 3, 2014
Still, this is ambiguous. Does it have to be the largest portions of rivers flowing inside the US territory, or the largest rivers that have a portion in the US ? ^^
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level 60
Nov 12, 2014
Does U.S. adjacent portion of St. Lawrence not qualify?
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level 53
Dec 19, 2018
it definitely wouldn't qualify
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level 38
Dec 19, 2018
Laos is definitely 2 syllables. La-os.
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level 45
Dec 19, 2018
I’m fairly certain it’s like “louse”
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level 35
Dec 19, 2018
It's pronounced lao, no "s" sound
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level 54
Dec 19, 2018
One syllable, though apparently two syllables isnt incorrect either ( though it feels so wrong). There are three accepted/official ways to pronounce it, look it up.
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level 61
Dec 20, 2018
I think Laos is marginal enough not to be included.
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level 42
Dec 21, 2018
agh, which is right???
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level 50
Nov 10, 2014
Spain sounds to me as a word with 2 syllables (S-pain)
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level 65
Nov 10, 2014
It's not possible to have a syllable without a vowel in it.
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level 37
Nov 10, 2014
You are forgetting the letter y, you mean vowel sound
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level 37
Nov 10, 2014
Please lookup a syllabic consonant. It is possible to have a syllable composed only of consonants. Examples are schism, chasm, and rhythm. @Stevo6612, sometimes y is a vowel.
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level 57
Sep 23, 2015
it is, if you´re czech :D we have a whole sentence with no vowel at all: "Strč prst skrz krk."
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level 67
Feb 7, 2016
Remind me to stay away from the Czech Jetpunk.
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level 71
Mar 10, 2016
Ha ha, yeah, I was gonna say, there are plenty of words in Slavic languages with no vowels whatsoever, and yet, syllables they have.
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level 65
Mar 28, 2017
I've totally forgotten about that comment. Apparently the rule I mentioned above is only valid for Bulgarian...
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level 68
Nov 10, 2014
It's pronounced as one syllable in English. Many other languages add an extra syllable in front there (España, Espagne, Espanha, Hiszpania, Ispaniya for Spanish, French, Portuguese, Polish, and Russian), but it's definitely one syllable in English.
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level 48
Dec 19, 2016
I think he's just joking.
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level 56
Mar 28, 2017
Ge Re Ce ? :-)
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level 54
Dec 19, 2018
do you pronounce it like that too? s...pause....pain ? (so you sort of get a "supain" sound)
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level 66
Nov 10, 2014
How is Laos one syllable?
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level 76
Nov 10, 2014
It's actually pronounce "Lao"- dipthong vowel but still counts as one syllable.
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level 63
Mar 28, 2017
In Western languages it is pronounced with the S, because it comes from the French that added an S as a sign of unification of the Lao countries. And it is an exception in French when an S is actually pronounced at the end of a word. "Lao" is used only as the gentile and adjective for the country. In any case, it is phonetically made of two syllables (/ˈlɑːɒs/ or /ˈlɑːoʊs/ and [láːw]), and Zefyrinus is correct.
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level 69
Mar 15, 2018
Whilst I agree with you on the 's', I have never heard it pronounced as two syllables. The correct pronunciation should be so that it rhymes with 'house', a word, I'm sure you'll agree, is a single syllable. Of course it's official name in English is Lao People's Democratic Republic or Lao PDR, which should rhyme with 'wow'. I'll also add that whilst the 's' is correct in English, dropping the 's' is closer to the Lao pronunciation and is so widespread amongst English speakers anyway, that I would struggle to condemn it.
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level 76
Mar 27, 2018
That's not how I hear it pronounced here in SE Asia. Or even in the movie Tropic Thunder.
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level 71
Oct 18, 2018
Looks like the usual online English-language sources for pronunciation give both two-syllable and one-syllable variants. But it's never clear to me if those sources (particularly Wikipedia) are reflective of how something should be pronounced to be technically correct, or if it's more a statement of how most people pronounce it and therefore is being de facto "accepted" due to mass popularity.
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level 76
Dec 19, 2018
that's kind of how English works though.
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level 37
Dec 21, 2014
I put the north pole and south pole instead of the antarctic and arctic circles and was mad when they didn't work. :( I feel ridiculous.
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level 59
Nov 24, 2015
Don't worry! Last time I took this, I forgot the equator.
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level 36
Jan 2, 2015
got everythig except for the canary islands
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level 63
Dec 22, 2018
The Canary Islands aren't in the quiz though...
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level 67
Feb 7, 2016
Why do you never hear about the Arkansas river?
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level 75
Dec 2, 2016
It's in flyover country and nobody cares about us.
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level 78
Oct 18, 2018
I've been to the Arkansas River many times, but my all time favorite is Current River. Spent many happy hours there at camp and on a tube.
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level 78
Oct 17, 2018
I Wiki'ed the Arkansas because I'm not too familiar with it, and I discovered the awesome fact that one of its tributaries is the Canadian River, which flows through Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma, none of which are particularly Canadian.

Wiki: "Why the river is called the Canadian is unclear."
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level 71
Dec 5, 2016
Great quiz!
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level 73
Mar 28, 2017
Forgot Athens, the most obvious one!
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level 50
Mar 28, 2017
In Spanish Spain would have 2 syllables S-pain. Laos would count as 2 also, since open vowels (a,e,o), when together, cannot be in the same syllable. "Lais" or "Laus" would be one syllable.
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level 59
Jul 11, 2018
In Spanish, it's Espana.
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level 56
Dec 19, 2018
The quiz is in English, it's the English name of countries that's being asked about. There is only one syllable in the word "Spain", you can't have an initial S as its own syllable.
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level 64
Mar 28, 2017
D'oh! Always forget both Perth and Java!
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level 72
Mar 28, 2017
Damn you Arkansas! Tried a punt at several other states (some of which are even [shorter, clearly] rivers), but not this one.
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level 46
Mar 28, 2017
XD spent the first minute trying to spell Prime Meridian correctly until I reread the category.
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level 64
Jan 31, 2018
Didn't realize Laos was a one-syllable name.
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level 33
Feb 10, 2018
I wonder if the Yukon in Alaska isn't one of the 5 longest in the US?
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level 63
Oct 18, 2018
Check the very first comment. It is a tricky quiz. ;-)
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level 65
Dec 19, 2018
Laos is a two-syllable country name.
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level 67
Dec 19, 2018
Dangit, why can I never remember that New Guinea counts as an Indonesian island?
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