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Two-Word Countries

Name the countries whose names contain exactly two words, as they appear in this website's Countries of the World quiz..
Short forms of country names, but written in full please
Includes hyphenated names
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Last updated: November 18, 2022
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First submittedMay 25, 2014
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country
Burkina Faso
Cabo Verde
Costa Rica
Côte d'Ivoire
Czechia (Czech Republic)
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
country
Equatorial Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Marshall Islands
New Zealand
North Korea
North Macedonia
Saint Lucia
country
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
South Africa
South Korea
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South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Timor-Leste
United Kingdom
United States
Vatican City
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Level 33
Sep 16, 2015
For some reason on these geography quizzes, I always start thinking of obscure countries and forget the easy ones like UK and the US.
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Level 44
Mar 3, 2024
Same here! Can’t believe I forgot my own country lol
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Level 56
Aug 23, 2016
Sao Tome?
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Level 75
Aug 23, 2016
São Tomé and Príncipe is 4 words! São Tomé is its capital city.
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Level 39
Oct 31, 2016
Why doesn't Bosnia-Herzegovina make the cut?
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Level 75
Oct 31, 2016
Because in the Countries of the World quiz it's 3 words: Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Level 63
Nov 20, 2016
Czech Republic should not be included because the new name of it is Czechia.
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Level 75
Nov 20, 2016
Indeed! Quiz updated, thanks.
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Level ∞
Nov 20, 2016
It's not my quiz, but I think that this is a misconception. Czech Republic remains the primary name, although Czechia is also acceptable:

http://www.czech.cz/en/Home-en

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_Republic

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Level 75
Nov 21, 2016
Hmm, looking at the first website, maybe I've jumped the gun! The Wikipedia entry is more equivocal, though it's interesting that they're sticking with the Czech Republic main title (mind you, they've also stuck with Ivory Coast despite international adoption of Côte d'Ivoire)
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Level ∞
Nov 21, 2016
Wikipedia formerly used Cote d'Ivoire as the title but then changed it to Ivory Coast. I might change the official JetPunk name to Ivory Coast at some point too.
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Level 65
Dec 8, 2016
But the former president made it Côte d'Ivoire in every language. I think someone from Wiki is unaware of it. Similarly, Liechtenstein has done the same: if someone changed the Wikipedia page to Lichtenstein, Timor-Leste, or Cabo Verde, would you follow?
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Level 61
Feb 9, 2017
Google Maps now uses Czechia.
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Level 82
Nov 8, 2019
Old discussion, but the Ivory Coast president doesn't authority over every language. However Moldova was successful in persuading at least the English speaking world to use the Romanian name.
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Level 75
Nov 8, 2019
Of course the Ivorian government (not its president) doesn't have authority over every language - but it does have authority over its own name, and it has declared that its name is Côte d'Ivoire. (It's a moot point in this quiz, though, because both answers have two words, and they're both accepted). In my opinion though (and I've said this before) I feel it is culturally arrogant, and just damn rude, to try to impose a different name on a person or country when they have made it clear they do not wish to be known by any other name. "I'm John" "OK, I'll call you Juan because in my language that's how we say it".
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Level 86
Nov 9, 2019
Well, you're wrong, that's three words in French: "Côte", "de" (elided in d') and "ivoire".
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Level 82
Nov 11, 2019
It's way more rude IMO to completely ignore the country's name (North Korea, Taiwan etc) rather than just using your own language.
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Level 74
Jan 4, 2017
Cote d'ivoire is three words.
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Level 75
Jan 4, 2017
Already replied to a similar post above.
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Level 86
Nov 9, 2019
As I said above, he was right. That's French and we have our own rules, like an elided word is still a word: "d'Ivoire" is two words.
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Level 82
Nov 30, 2019
That's an interesting question - if you pretend the French name is also the English name, do you copy also the French word count or not?
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Level 49
Mar 13, 2017
French Guiana is missing too.
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Level 75
Mar 13, 2017
It's a region of France.
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Level 51
Sep 16, 2017
I thought of the US and UK, but expected that they would be considered to have three words, not two. I tried them by nickname "usa" and "uk" and it didn't work. Well, then.
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Level 62
Jul 1, 2018
United states is four words, united states of america, timor-leste is also east timor which is not seperated by a dash, so it's two words. I don't think Guinea-bissau is technically two words, but creative quiz tho
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Level 75
Jul 1, 2018
Please note the instructions, and also your points have been covered by responses elsewhere in the comments section.
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Level 72
Jul 11, 2018
UK and USA are accepted as type-ins on every other quiz on this site. Why not this one?
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Level 52
Jul 17, 2018
A tad frustrating with the ambiguities in names. Sao Tome works in the countries of the world quiz, but isn't considered two words here. USA (acronym for 3 words) also works in the countries of the world quiz, but is considered just 2 words here. Two words are sufficient in the countries of the world quiz to enter St. Kitts and St Vincent, but are not included here. And why spell out UK? Not needed in the, sigh, countries of the world quiz. I like the quiz - makes you think - but needs to tie in better to that quiz I've already mentioned too many times!
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Level 75
Jul 17, 2018
We work off the answers of the Countries of the World quiz, not the type-ins.
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Level 50
Mar 2, 2019
You should add Bosnia Herzegovina.
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Level 75
Mar 2, 2019
Its Bosnia and Herzegovina, in its own language it's Боснa и Херцеговина, or БиХ for short.
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Level 82
Nov 8, 2019
The original name doesn't matter, in some other languages it's hyphenated.
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Level 76
Nov 9, 2019
In English it isn't.
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Level 82
Nov 9, 2019
Yeah of course, I meant that it's 3 words in English and that's what matters, not the Serbian name. Then I explained why someone might think it's 2 words.
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Level 74
Nov 8, 2019
Please accept « US » and « UK ». Otherwise specify that you want the full two words.
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Level 75
Nov 8, 2019
Yes, I typed both and neither worked, causing me not to get either of them
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Level 72
Nov 8, 2019
Which bit of "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" is two words!?

Even if you go for the commonly abbreviated "The U.K " does the "the" suddenly not count? "The UK" also does not include Northern Ireland, which is part of Britain, which "The UK" is commonly an accepted type in for.

Can't agree on "US" being an acceptable answer. The country's name is "The United States of America" even if you're ignoring the "the" that STILL isn't two words.

You need to specify in the instructions that you are making an exception for these two. As someone else pointed out Sao Tome et principe is almost uniformly known as "Sao Tome" yet it isn't accepted.

It's a great idea for a quiz, but you have huge consistency issues.

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Level 82
Nov 8, 2019
well the instructions clearly say it's like in the JetPunk countries of the world quiz. It's not inconsistent just silly, I agree it's waaay more common to sometimes use the short versions of St Kitts, St Vincent, Sao Tome etc than avoiding USA.
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Level 73
Dec 22, 2023
The UK most definitely contains Northern Ireland; Great Britain, on the other hand, does not.
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Level 84
Nov 8, 2019
Geez, this quiz is in contention for the "Worst nitpicking comments" award. Jerry928, you have the patience of a saint (or maybe not and it just seems that way). :-)
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Level 67
Nov 8, 2019
Accepts "Macedonia" for North Macedonia, but must type out United States, United Kingdom and Vatican City. In "Countries of the World" US, UK and Vatican are accepted.
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Level 75
Nov 8, 2019
Indeed! It would be a bit goofy to accept a one-word answer in a two-word country quiz, so am getting that answer updated.
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Level ∞
Nov 8, 2019
All standard type-ins have now been applied.
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Level 74
Nov 8, 2019
No Cape Verde?
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Level 62
Nov 8, 2019
why does cape verde not work? I have never ever typed in cabo verde in any jetpunk quiz
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Level 89
Nov 8, 2019
+1 It's called Cape Verde in every other quiz on this site.
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Level 62
Nov 8, 2019
can you accept 'cape verde' for cabo verde as it is called cape verde in the countries of the world quiz?
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Level 86
Nov 8, 2019
The official name of the Philippines is "The Philippines," which is two words. It's also commonly used in conversations.
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Level 84
Nov 8, 2019
In conversation, "The Netherlands", "The Ukraine". It doesn't matter, since all three countries don't have "The" in the Countries of the World Quiz.
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Level 86
Nov 9, 2019
Imo, the instructions should simply specify that articles don't count (but prepositions and conjunctions do).
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Level 86
Nov 9, 2019
Still, it's true that some countries are commonly called with their articles (plural ones like the Philippines and the Netherlands), while others are not (I've never heard of "the" Ukraine or "the" Gambia).
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Level 85
Nov 24, 2021
We place the article "the" in front of countries that are also geographical entities; thus "the Gambia" refers to the river and nation, "the Netherlands" refers to the lowlands and nation, etc. "The Ukraine" is contentious among Ukrainians as they seem to think its attempt to designate it as a geographical entity not a nation.
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Level 84
Nov 8, 2019
Since when is Cape Verde known as Cabo Verde on this site? If it has changed, why isn't Cape Verde a type-in?
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Level ∞
Nov 8, 2019
It's not. I didn't notice this. It has now been changed.
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Level 42
Nov 8, 2019
Please do accept Cape Verde. It always accepts in other quizzes.
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Level ∞
Nov 8, 2019
Sorry about that. Quiz editing failure. Now fixed.
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Level 74
Nov 9, 2019
You know you're in deep when you take a JetPunk quiz that uses another JetPunk quiz as its only source.
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Level 51
Nov 9, 2019
In addition to saying as they appear in countries of the world quiz, how about give examples: one correct and one incorrect. This was very confusing, but can be a great quiz otherwise!
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Level 71
Nov 9, 2019
I think this is the first quiz I've ever seen on Jetpunk where the United States is the least guessed answer.
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Level 58
Nov 9, 2019
Isn't the official name of Vatican "Vatican City State?"

I feel like with all the technicalities that gets confusing.

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Level 82
Nov 12, 2019
That would be the full official name. The short name used here is just Vatican City.
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Level 81
Nov 9, 2019
US? Seriously?
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Level 82
Nov 10, 2019
Is there a reason why El Salvador counts but The Gambia, The Netherlands, etc do not? I assume articles within country names are not dropped (like Bosnia and Herzegovina, or Trinidad and Tobago) because the article is part of the official name and not just convention. Is "El" part of the official name of El Salvador? Articles do seem to be treated as more important in Spanish sometimes... or is it just because it gets alphabetized under "E" on Jetpunk?
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Level 75
Nov 10, 2019
The amount of comments from people who fail to read the instructions has been, in this quiz, beyond belief. Please. Read. The. Instructions. The instructions here state we require short forms of country names as they appear in the Countries of the World quiz. Then we put that in bold. Then we underlined it. And still people aren't getting the message. Dan and I have had a chat about this, and we've decided to de-feature this quiz, which might tame down some of these weird and wonderful postings.
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Level 86
Nov 10, 2019
You did well to de-feature it, it's incredibly controversial. But you shouldn't be so haughty...
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Level 82
Nov 12, 2019
Wow, the first time I see controversy getting in the way of a good quiz in such a way!
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Level 75
Apr 16, 2020
Arp, generally we are not. Perhaps this is more a case of exasperation than haughtiness.
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Level 73
Dec 22, 2023
'And' isn't an article. It's a conjunction.
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Level 80
Nov 10, 2019
Should be a featured quiz!
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Level 62
Apr 16, 2020
Agreed! Great quiz!
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Level 58
Dec 2, 2020
After all these time, still cannot accept Cape Verde? Wow.
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Level 85
May 2, 2021
Cape Verde doesn't work.
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Level 54
Sep 4, 2021
DR works but UK or USA doesn't?
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Level 75
Sep 5, 2021
In this quiz we ask for countries to be typed in full. That does appear in the instructions!
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Level 58
Nov 18, 2022
Then why do some abbreviations work and not others, such as "KSA"?
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Level 48
May 11, 2022
USA should NOT be here. This countries' name is United States of America. If countries like Bosnia ("Bosnia and Herzegovina") and Vatican City (Which is "Vatican" for normal usage) are being included, than USA needs absolutely not to be included here.
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Level 75
May 11, 2022
Please read the instructions.
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Level 50
Jun 7, 2022
United States?
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Level 59
Nov 11, 2022
I don't have a problem with United States and United Kingdom being on the list. However, I do have a problem with "US" and "UK" not being accepted as abbreviations for them.
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Level 67
Nov 11, 2022
Great quiz, is there enough countries to do one for those with more than two words in the official name? You ask for them to be typed in full, and UK, USA and DR don't work - but NZ, ROK and DPRK did work, in case you want to omit those type ins?
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Level 56
Nov 11, 2022
United States of America is the full name of the United States.
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Level 76
Nov 11, 2022
oh wow! I didn't think it could be done! Not only have you made a quiz where "United States" isn't the most-guessed answer, but you've actually managed to make one where it's the LEAST-guessed answer. That's incredible!
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Level 35
Nov 11, 2022
how about the gambia?
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Level 66
Oct 20, 2023
Love your quizzes Jerry, and maybe this is a fault of the Countries of the World quiz, but I believe The Gambia and the Bahamas are the only countries to have The in its short name.

Wikipedia has The Gambia as the title, whereas it's just Philippines etc. for other "The" countries

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Level 35
Nov 11, 2022
actually:

you say the united kindom

united states of america

so...?

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Level 39
Nov 12, 2022
East Timor appears as East Timor in the Countries of the World Quiz. Your instructions are both wrong and misleading.
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Level 46
Nov 12, 2022
@jerry928

Dominican republic is usually called dr so just a heads up

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Level 53
Nov 14, 2022
great quiz . . . though i missed more than i should have, in hindsight
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Level 85
Nov 18, 2022
So Ivory Coast is back to Cote d'Ivoire again?
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Level 74
Nov 18, 2022
Please accept the standard Jetpunk type-ins for some of these countries (nz for New Zealand, uk for United Kingdom, dr for Dominican Republic, ksa for Saudi Arabia, usa for United States).
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Level 44
Nov 22, 2022
You forgot bosnia and herzegovina
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Level 46
Feb 23, 2023
I think USA shouldn't be on there the same way that the United Arab Emirates aren't.
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Level 52
Sep 26, 2023
I think both The Gambia and The Bahamas should be included.

The definite article is an official part of both of those names, whereas it isn't part of names like "Netherlands" or "United Kingdom".

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Level 65
Nov 26, 2023
Hellooooow

Please accept type-ins like UK, USA and DR for the United Kingdom, United States and Democratic Republic.

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Level 27
Nov 26, 2023
Sao tome?
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Level 83
Nov 26, 2023
Requiring full names/excluding conventional type-ins is silly.
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Level 22
Nov 27, 2023
Wow this quiz is very polarising. Full names are a little unnecessary for most of the shortened type ins.
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Level 54
Dec 6, 2023
Absolutely no way you can include the U.S.A in a 2 word country quiz!
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Level 71
Dec 6, 2023
USING JETPUNK NAMES! Sorry Jerry, I just read the comments now I feel bad for you...
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Level 75
Dec 6, 2023
:)