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Flyover Countries

Flying the shortest distance between each of the city pairs below, what is the only country you would fly over?
Obviously not counting the countries of the cities themselves
Quiz by Jerry928
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Last updated: August 2, 2019
First submittedJune 10, 2019
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clue
country
Naples, Lisbon
Spain
Dublin, Oslo
United Kingdom
Brasilia, Lima
Bolivia
Canberra, Singapore
Indonesia
Cairo, Amman
Israel
Bangkok, Hanoi
Laos
London, Berlin
Netherlands
Algiers, Tirana
Italy
Budapest, Warsaw
Slovakia
Caracas, Quito
Colombia
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country
Moscow, Helsinki
Estonia
Nur-Sultan, Ulaanbaatar
Russia
Kabul, New Delhi
Pakistan
Wellington, Buenos Aires
Chile
Cape Town, Harare
Botswana
Lagos, Benghazi
Niger
Khartoum, Doha
Saudi Arabia
Chennai, Shanghai
Myanmar
Los Angeles, Beijing
Russia
New York, Bordeaux
Canada
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level 67
Jun 10, 2019
Nice Quiz, got the old brain cells working
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level 61
Jun 13, 2019
Mine wouldnt fire up..
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level 51
Jun 10, 2019
Nice!
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level 54
Jun 11, 2019
are you sure you wouldn't touch a bit of Croatia when flying from Algiers to Sarajevo?
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level 72
Jun 11, 2019
Oops, you would! We updated the clue, and now there's definitely just one possible answer!
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level 71
Jun 11, 2019
nice, clever idea!
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level 80
Jun 12, 2019
Funny part is, you CAN'T fly over Saudi Arabia between Khartoum and Doha, since Saudi Arabia prohibits overflights going to or from Qatar!
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level 62
Jun 12, 2019
It's all about flying as if you were a bird, not a plane
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level 73
Jun 13, 2019
What about if you're superman?
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level 77
Aug 10, 2019
Countries in the region have accused birds of being Israeli spies before so that might not be allowed, either.
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level 44
Aug 12, 2019
Also, having flown from Cairo to Amman, flights must go over to the red sea then up. They are not allowed to enter Israeli airspace.
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level 82
Jun 12, 2019
I assume there's some curvature of the Earth at play here, because just on a map I don't see immediately how the last two ones work. Also the line Google Maps draws goes across both Japan and North Korea, but not Russia for LA - Beijing. For New York - Bordeaux it can't do it at all.
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level 84
Jun 12, 2019
The shortest path between 2 points on the surface of a sphere is a curved line, because the surface is curved. Flat maps are extremely inaccurate. Flat maps are a rectangle, but if you peeled the skin off of a sphere, you would not get a rectangle (try wrapping a ball with a sheet of paper - no cutting, folding, or overlapping). Here's the shortest flight path between New York (JFK) and Bordeaux (BOD) http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=jfk-bod
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level 66
Jun 13, 2019
Interesting, but the flight plan brings up another problem as it appears to take you over Saint Pierre and Miquelon, which are part of France not Canada. Is it a bit hard to tell, though, as I can't zoom in.
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level 72
Jun 13, 2019
The direct path passes about 30 km south of St Pierre and Miquelon.
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level 69
Jun 13, 2019
Even if the path touched St. Pierre and Miquelon it would not be a problem since your flight ends in France.
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level 70
Jun 12, 2019
NIce. More!
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level 72
Jun 13, 2019
OK, here is a second one - a tougher one for geography experts!
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level 56
Jun 12, 2019
Actually the answers of Estonia and Botswana just hit the tip of country. And Eritrea and Bangladesh are near misses of the answers of Saudi Arabia and Myanmar respectively. A mind-blowing quiz!
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level 69
Jun 12, 2019
Great idea for a quiz. I second KoljiVriVoda in asking for more. I posted a comment that you could fly from Wellington to Buenos Aires only crossing Australia, but then noticed that the instructions said shortest route. Luckily I deleted the comment before anyone noticed.
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level 79
Jun 12, 2019
good thing you didn't repost so people can see it
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level 61
Jun 13, 2019
:D
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level 70
Jun 13, 2019
when mapping rome - lisbon (fco-lis) i'm hitting corsica (france) as well. maybe change that one? http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=fco-lis&MS=wls&DU=mi
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level 72
Jun 13, 2019
Oops, and LOL all at once: as of now 631 takers have answered this quiz, 99% of whom guessed "Spain" - and all 99% of them are wrong! (including me when I wrote this). The direct line from Lisbon to Rome also transits Corsica. We've updated the clue, which will bring everyone's answers back onside.
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level 68
Jun 13, 2019
I think the NY Paris flight crosses Cornwall in the UK as well. https://www.distance.to/New-York-City,New-York,NY,USA/Paris,%C3%8Ele-de-France,FRA
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level 72
Jun 13, 2019
It does. Now you know why we chose Bordeaux, to ensure a single country transit!
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level 73
Jun 14, 2019
The little caveat seems obvious, but can you imagine the goober flapping without it?
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level 72
Jun 14, 2019
What on earth does that mean (and which country are you in where it means that?!). I, and everyone else in New Zealand, will give you a blank look when they hear that.
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level 71
Jun 15, 2019
I don’t understand it either (I’m American), but I gotta admit, I kinda like it.
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level 79
Jun 15, 2019
Just flapping my goober here (am I using that right?), but not only is the caveat obvious, it's also grammatically incorrect: the repetition of "in which" and "in" is redundant.
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level 72
Jun 15, 2019
Point taken. We've lodged a grammatical refinement. FYI, in New Zealand, a goober is a ball of spit, which is why it sounds a bit cringeworthy to us.
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level 77
Aug 10, 2019
easy. only had to guess a little bit on the last two.
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level 51
Aug 10, 2019
Can't wait for part 2
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level 52
Aug 11, 2019
Nice quiz. I could have used another minute. I didn't have time for the last 5 and skipped two along the way.