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All Countries by Area with letter hints as you go along: 6 Minute Sprint

List all world countries in order of size. At the end of each answer you are shown the initial of the following one.

Every time you guess an answer, you will be shown one letter from each of the 4 answers below (the 2nd letter of the answer below, the 3rd of the answer 2 places below etc). This means that reading 'diagonally' (going up-right, starting from the answer above the one you're looking for) letters of the same colour as the rank number you'll be able to get a good hint (but not the initial letter!).
Area data from wikipedia, country names from 'Countries of the World Quiz'
For a version where the appearing hint is just the starting letter of the following answer, try this quiz
Quiz by scambigol
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Last updated: November 16, 2015
First submittedNovember 16, 2015
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Rank
Country
Hint letters
1
Russia
a i t i
2
Canada
h i z r
3
China
n a t a
4
United States
r s i n
5
Brazil
u d e k
6
Australia
n g a r
7
India
r z e c
8
Argentina
a g o i
9
Kazakhstan
l m d c
10
Algeria
e u i n
11
Democratic Republic of the Congo
a x o n
12
Saudi Arabia
e d a a
13
Mexico
n d y .
14
Indonesia
u b n o
15
Sudan
i a g .
16
Libya
r n u .
17
Iran
o r d r
18
Mongolia
e a e l
19
Peru
h g o .
20
Chad
i g i h
21
Niger
n l t m
22
Angola
a u o o
23
Mali
o l i v
24
South Africa
o h i i
25
Colombia
t l r t
26
Ethiopia
o u p a
27
Bolivia
a y z r
28
Mauritania
g n e z
29
Egypt
a g e s
30
Tanzania
i n i b
31
Nigeria
e k i m
32
Venezuela
a m a e
33
Pakistan
a z k e
34
Namibia
o r l i
35
Mozambique
u i b a
36
Turkey
h m m a
37
Chile
a r h c
38
Zambia
u g n l
39
Burma
f a a r
40
Afghanistan
r m t h
41
France
o n t i
42
Somalia
e u a g
43
Central African Republic
o r a w
44
South Sudan
k d s a
45
Ukraine
a t y n
46
Madagascar
o n e l
47
Botswana
e m i n
48
Kenya
e a i m
49
Yemen
h a k r
50
Thailand
p r e a
51
Spain
u m u e
52
Turkmenistan
a p d k
53
Cameroon
a e e c
54
Papua New Guinea
w b o .
55
Sweden
z r q g
56
Uzbekistan
o a a a
57
Morocco
r r b n
58
Iraq
a m a a
59
Paraguay
i p m i
60
Zimbabwe
a r l b
61
Japan
e i u a
62
Germany
h p l n
63
Philippines
e n t y
64
Republic of the Congo
i e a a
65
Finland
i l w .
66
Vietnam
a r e n
Rank
Country
Hint letters
67
Malaysia
o t a .
68
Norway
ô l n y
69
Côte d'Ivoire
o a l d
70
Poland
m a a i
71
Oman
t u k Z
72
Italy
c r . n
73
Ecuador
u w o e
74
Burkina Faso
e b n e
75
New Zealand
a i t d
76
Gabon
u i n a
77
Guinea
n a n n
78
United Kingdom
g a a .
79
Uganda
h m s n
80
Ghana
o o a r
81
Romania
a y a y
82
Laos
u l g g
83
Guyana
e r e a
84
Belarus
y n i o
85
Kyrgyzstan
e r b u
86
Senegal
y m g n
87
Syria
a u i s
88
Cambodia
r r i l
89
Uruguay
u n g l
90
Suriname
u n a k
91
Tunisia
a p i c
92
Bangladesh
e j e r
93
Nepal
a e a h
94
Tajikistan
r c t w
95
Greece
i r a r
96
Nicaragua
o l t n
97
North Korea
a i i u
98
Malawi
r n d r
99
Eritrea
e n e a
100
Benin
o b g .
101
Honduras
i l a e
102
Liberia
u b t a
103
Bulgaria
u a l h
104
Cuba
u e t a
105
Guatemala
c u g u
106
Iceland
o n t a
107
South Korea
u r d i
108
Hungary
o r b b
109
Portugal
o r r r
110
Jordan
e e t e
111
Serbia
z s t h
112
Azerbaijan
u i c m
113
Austria
n e a r
114
United Arab Emirates
z n r a
115
Czech Republic
a e l g
116
Panama
i e r L
117
Sierra Leone
r o . u
118
Ireland
e i h i
119
Georgia
r t v .
120
Sri Lanka
i t o t
121
Lithuania
a g a i
122
Latvia
o o n a
123
Togo
r s t a
124
Croatia
o s v n
125
Bosnia and Herzegovina
o o i n
126
Costa Rica
l m o a
127
Slovakia
o t m e
128
Dominican Republic
s n h z
129
Estonia
e t t a
130
Denmark
e i t a
131
Netherlands
w u w e
Rank
Country
Hint letters
132
Switzerland
h i n o
133
Bhutan
a i d i
134
Taiwan
u l g t
135
Guinea-Bissau
o l o n
136
Moldova
e s e m
137
Belgium
e m o n
138
Lesotho
r l a t
139
Armenia
o b a n
140
Solomon Islands
l u u i
141
Albania
q r t d
142
Equatorial Guinea
u i n d
143
Burundi
a a e o
144
Haiti
w c b z
145
Rwanda
a i i a
146
Macedonia
j l S e
147
Djibouti
e . a e
148
Belize
l r v .
149
El Salvador
s o i i
150
Israel
l j a i
151
Slovenia
i w z .
152
Fiji
u a t m
153
Kuwait
w s a e
154
Swaziland
a h t a
155
East Timor
a n u r
156
Bahamas
o n a i
157
Montenegro
a t b i
158
Vanuatu
a m a v
159
Qatar
a m o n
160
Gambia
a s a u
161
Jamaica
o b r e
162
Kosovo
e p n i
163
Lebanon
y u n .
164
Cyprus
r i e a
165
Brunei
r p o m
166
Trinidad and Tobago
a m e i
167
Cape Verde
a x r r
168
Samoa
u u o T
169
Luxembourg
a m . b
170
Mauritius
o o i a
171
Comoros
ã r r n
172
São Tomé and Príncipe
i h i a
173
Kiribati
a m g a
174
Bahrain
o n g r
175
Dominica
o n e t
176
Tonga
i d n r
177
Singapore
e i o u
178
Federated States of Micronesia
a d a h
179
Saint Lucia
n l c g
180
Andorra
a y i a
181
Palau
e t b t
182
Seychelles
n r n a
183
Antigua and Barbuda
a i n a
184
Barbados
a e t i
185
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
r l d t
186
Grenada
a l n h
187
Malta
a i s h
188
Maldives
a r c M
189
Saint Kitts and Nevis
a e . l
190
Marshall Islands
i n a u
191
Liechtenstein
a v r c
192
San Marino
u u a c
193
Tuvalu
a n i
194
Nauru
o t
195
Monaco
a
196
Vatican City
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level 78
Nov 16, 2015
Very nice quiz! But isn't that 6-minute target a bit too tough - 1.8 secs per country? That is more like a typing contest than a geo quiz. Even the original 'Countries of the World' quiz gives you 15 minutes for the task, and there you do not have to worry about the order of the answers.
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level 71
Nov 16, 2015
I'd say timing is tough but not a typing contest - if on average a country is a word, the required speed is 33 words per minute. I have seen 5-4-3-2-1 minute sprint versions of 'countries of the world'. My idea is that if you get stuck on answer for too long, you can then try the quiz again and you'll be faster if this time you remember it. Anyway I'll see if other quizzers say they'd prefer more time and in case I'll increase it. Thanks for your comment.
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level 49
Nov 16, 2015
How can you apply fonts and colours for your quiz? I have tried once on my quiz, but it failed.
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level 71
Nov 16, 2015
this is what I wrote in the cell next to 'Russia' (mind you, I prepared everything in an Excel file so all I had to do manually was change from 'answer component' to 'hidden answer component ') - you will have to replace # with the 'smaller than' sign) - #span style="background:black;color:white;font-family:Courier">a #span style="background:red;color:white;font-family:Courier">i #span style="background:brown;color:white;font-family:Courier">t #span style="background:darkgreen;color:white;font-family:Courier">i
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level 49
Nov 16, 2015
Thanks! I also use MS Excel and feel quite good when I meet anyone who also use Excel. :D
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level 71
Nov 16, 2015
Happy to be of help, especially to a great quizmaker like you!
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level 60
Nov 17, 2015
Genius!
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level 61
Feb 17, 2016
About two minutes more would be fine. In other quizes I can type all countries in about 6-7 minutes, but then I dont need to think. This is way to hard.