Countries by First and Last Two Letters

In 90 seconds, make every country disappear from the map by typing both its first 2 letters and its last 2 letters.
Typing the first two will remove the blue-shaded shape, typing the last two will remove the red-shaded shape.
Quiz by scambigol
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Last updated: March 30, 2020
First submittedOctober 20, 2017
Times taken602,143
Rating4.97
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+23
Level 74
Oct 20, 2017
Some nice inovations :)
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Level 16
Jan 17, 2021
I love this quiz so much!
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Level 21
Feb 9, 2021
I don't really like it but it's nice to see you guys like it! I know this website jokes about it a lot but I'm actually 15 and I just learned all the countries in the world I'm so proud of myself,
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Level 28
Aug 20, 2021
Same dude, I am 14 and learned like probably 90% of them and I'm happy for myself
+56
Level 42
Oct 23, 2017
That was quite hard to do in the given time. Nope, not "quite", extremely is the best word.
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Level 47
Feb 7, 2018
Indeed. Strategy: type "ia", "an" (for stan) and "nd" (for land) Then go through the blue countries and type the first two letters (which is a lot easier than the last two letters), which may be the last two letters of other countries. This will turn them blue, and start a chain reaction which will burn through your countries pretty fast.
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Level 47
Feb 7, 2018
Also, fully type the four letter countries
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Level 38
May 16, 2020
Wow! That worked out great! I would also suggest doing 'ey' too
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Level 73
Jul 1, 2020
'ey' would only get you half a Turkey.
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Level 59
Jul 8, 2020
Same, although I focused on the americas (not caribbean). Then I went for Africa, just because I can see them easier.
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Level 47
Jun 30, 2021
I'd recommend 'ds' too for 'lands' (e.g. Marshall Islands)
+10
Level 67
Mar 30, 2020
It's hard to figure what direction to take because of the two levels this quiz has going on. Really fun time though, well deserving of a feature!
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Level 33
May 19, 2020
I got 126 so only 40 below average
+10
Level 74
Oct 27, 2017
Oddly compelling.
+5
Level 46
Mar 9, 2018
Awesome
+5
Level 34
Apr 14, 2018
Finally!!!! 5 seconds left.
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Level 18
May 18, 2018
LOVE IT!!!!!!!! Got 386.
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Level 32
Sep 16, 2020
Wow! I got 297 after 6019362898 attempts haha
+3
Level 18
May 31, 2018
Drat!!! I missed ra, and di, in Andorra, and Burundi. I keep getting mixed up with brunei, and Burundi. Ugg.
+3
Level 18
Aug 30, 2018
I did it untimed, but I got all of them without cheating! (other than I took it untimed)
+3
Level 71
May 17, 2020
That is what is known as a semi-pro gamer move ;)
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Level 21
Aug 23, 2020
how do you do it untimed?
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Level 55
Sep 20, 2020
Hit the stop button.
+5
Level 85
Sep 24, 2018
Well, that was a brain poo the first time through. Not sure what the hints are either.
+4
Level 57
Feb 18, 2020
Amazing quiz! Just need a bit more time
+1
Level 20
Aug 4, 2020
My hands are too slow to type :(
+3
Level 67
Mar 1, 2020
Superlaggy on tablet, screen freezes 4-5 seconds after each answer. So it basically was just a whole lot of waiting and a few "ow it moved!"
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Level 67
Mar 1, 2020

Like the idea though! (Not sure about the time though even without lag, it seems you will just be racing superfast without even noticing what is happening to the countries on the screen, which I am sure will have taken quite some effort. Enjoyment is key :) )

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Level 67
Mar 23, 2020
This is a really fun quiz!
+26
Level 60
Mar 24, 2020
Great! Can USA's ending also accept "ca" (for America) in addition to "es" (for States)?
+8
Level 75
Mar 30, 2020
seconded
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Level 33
Mar 30, 2021
Thirded
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Level 68
Apr 22, 2021
Fourthed!
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Level 79
Mar 31, 2020
It goes by the names in the 196 countries quiz, however arbitrary they might be.
+7
Level 45
Mar 31, 2020
Yeah that tripped me up too
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Level 83
Mar 31, 2020
It should be "ca" and not "es".
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Level 37
May 16, 2020
It should, and I second accepting "ca".
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Level 66
Apr 6, 2020
This totally threw me out on my first attempt, thought I had misunderstood.
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Level 50
Mar 30, 2020
I think this takes the record (again) for having the highest no. of takes before it got featured
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Level 84
Mar 30, 2020
Why can't they all be as easy as Peru? ;)
+4
Level 70
Mar 30, 2020
Took me a long time to get my head round this quiz. Then my time ran out.
+4
Level 76
Mar 30, 2020
too little time
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Level 82
Mar 30, 2020
So "-ca" doesn't remove United States of America?
+2
Level ∞
Mar 30, 2020
No, sorry.
+5
Level 83
Mar 31, 2020
You know what I do when there is an obvious mistake :).
+2
Level 67
Apr 3, 2020
Say no, sorry?
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Level 74
Apr 5, 2020
@Arp Are you insinuating that not allowing 'ca' to remove the United States is an obvious mistake?
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Level 83
Apr 13, 2020
Yes, I am.
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Level 37
May 16, 2020
Well, why not? It makes absolutely no sense to not allow "ca".
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Level 78
May 16, 2020
It doesn't seem as though you are being consistent, QM. If USA is required in other quizzes, then why isn't ca accepted here? If US was all that's required in other quizzes, then it would make sense that es would be the answer here, just as you accept om for the UK rather than nd. Would you please share your reasoning with us? Or is today national "Make Them Whine Day"?
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Level 17
Jun 4, 2020
Why? The country is called United States of America
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Level 46
Apr 28, 2021
Just stumbled upon the same problem, isn't "United States Of America" the official name?
+4
Level 75
Mar 31, 2020
It needs around 15-30 more seconds.
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Level 90
Mar 31, 2020
Finally got it with 3 seconds left. Kept confusing which color meant which end of the name to type.
+4
Level 71
Apr 1, 2020
Great idea, but jeez this one caused me a great deal of anxiety...!
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Level 53
Apr 1, 2020
Such a good quiz but I spent so much time trying to get United States of Ameri'ca' and couldn't understand why it wouldn't work!!
+1
Level 69
Apr 3, 2020
What a nice and creative quiz! Congratulations, scambigol!
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Level 55
Apr 3, 2020
another one for typists
+10
Level 56
Apr 5, 2020
Should accept CA for the last two of USA. United States of AmeriCA
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Level 74
Apr 5, 2020
And ND for United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelaND, and ON for Russian FederatiON
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Level 67
Apr 7, 2020
USA is short for United States of America though, UK is short for United kingdom. For none of the other countries the official names are used (besides obviously for those few where they do not differ from the informal one). So that is a weird comparison. They only ask for the common abbreviation to be written in full.

Another point that sort of matters it is not like US is accepted on any of these quizzes only USA, so if it starts with un- it makes sense that it ends with -ca

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Level 74
Apr 11, 2020
But FYROM for North Macedonia and DPRK for North Korea are also accepted in quizzes, but FO (FOrmer) and DE (DEmocratic) do not work for them in this quiz.
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Level 47
Apr 5, 2020
Making the quiz so short makes it an exercise in typing speed versus actually taking a quiz. Would like to be able to look at the map and make calculated decisions instead of having to go through the alphabet.
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Level 68
Apr 19, 2020
You could copy it and add more time :)
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Level 48
Apr 6, 2020
super hard lol
+1
Level 67
Apr 7, 2020
Did this 11 times now (twice of those just now) and apparently only one I never named was bangladesh haha. so far max 250 average about 225.

Crazy quiz !! Not sure if I want to frustrate myself more, but I think I do, but I dont haha

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Level 67
Apr 7, 2020
266 now, that's enough for my nerves today. Don't see me getting 100% if it was close I might try again. But this feels impossible (unless you write it down or make words from the needed letters, but not gonna do that)
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Level 63
Apr 15, 2020
I'm pretty sure the 1% who get 100% either practiced more than a few hundred times or cheated in some way. Personally, I was curious how hard this would be with all the two letter combinations in front of me... so I made that list! It took me half a dozen tries to even type all those combinations in so fast in alphabetical order. 141 combinations in 1:30 is pretty dang tough with all the weird letter combinations.
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Level 76
Apr 25, 2020
Took me 223 times but finally got 100%!
+1
Level 55
May 5, 2020
Again, another completely unfair quiz for people who can't type fast. Whoever took quiz over 200 times to get it needs to get a hobby
+6
Level 74
May 16, 2020
I think at this point it's pretty obvious that they have a hobby.
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Level 59
May 16, 2020
took 11 tries to get 5 stars...definitely not trying to get 100%
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Level 66
May 16, 2020
You can’t see Samoa Singapore or Brunei at all on the map and I didn’t know what I had missed
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Level 32
May 31, 2020
You can zoom in.
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Level 67
May 16, 2020
Very good quiz, though extremely tough. I might actually beat it someday
+2
Level 62
May 17, 2020
Nice one. Thank you.
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Level 31
Jun 11, 2020
I loved this quiz so much!
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Level 66
Aug 2, 2020
I just couldn't make USA disappear. It was annoying...
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Level 59
Aug 5, 2020
Is it just me or Singapore appears in the list twice?
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Level 54
Aug 15, 2020
After a lot of practice, got it with 14 seconds left to spare. I still think it would be more fun if it had more time. That was less a quick identifying of the countries and more of just learning which strings of letters get you the most countries fastest.
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Level 61
Oct 8, 2020
YESSSSSS!!

Don't ask how many attempts and techniques I tried for this one, I've done it at least once every day for months, lol!

Finally nailed it.

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Level 47
Oct 15, 2020
Omg I spent hours trying to beat it and I finally did with one second left lol
+2
Level 60
Oct 22, 2020
Great Quiz! Very Challenging!
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Level 33
Nov 29, 2020
It seemed like a good idea to read the comments before attempting this quiz!
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Level 32
Feb 2, 2021
Absolutely brilliant quiz; incredible concept and stunning presentation. Well done!
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Level 47
Feb 3, 2021
got 300 in the 90 seconds
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Level 62
Mar 26, 2021
Is there actually anyone who has finished this without creating some sort of mnemonic? 1:30 feels pretty ridiculous. I'm topping out at 255.
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Level 50
Apr 10, 2021
It is possible to complete it in 47 secs, my best so far! You just need to have a fixed order you do it in so that you don't need to think as you type.
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Level 32
Mar 28, 2021
388, very happy with that
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Level 59
Apr 22, 2021
392/392 with 11 seconds left.

Strategy:

- Some of the hardest ones first (Brunei, Trinidad, Samoa, Fiji)

- Then: European micronations

- Then: all purple European nations

- Then: all remaining purple nations

- Then start with the blue ones

- Then finish whichever orange countries are still left

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Level 54
Jun 15, 2021
Interesting
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Level 34
May 21, 2021
traded russia for peru
+1
Level 54
Jun 15, 2021
These types of quizzes stress me out
+1
Level 20
Jul 2, 2021
I think it would be a lot of fun with more time.
+2
Level 45
Jul 20, 2021
Good quiz but it is USA not US. Therefore 'ca' and not 'es' is required. Even without that mistake, it is still impossible! But still interesting to attempt.
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Level 44
Aug 15, 2021
It isn’t a mistake.
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Level 45
Aug 7, 2021
Need a bit more time. It would be more fun if it wasn't just a typing quiz, or as someone else said, just going through the alphabet. A clever quiz though.
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Level 60
Aug 8, 2021
can you accept "ca" to the United States of America?
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Level 23
Aug 18, 2021
I love this quiz! When I started playing it, I thought 'this is impossible'. Now my record is all countries in 1:21 :-)

Strategy:

- I start with Oceania

- Then Asia (esp. Brunei, Singapore and East Timor because they are not detectable later)

- Then Africa

- Carribean (dont forget 'TR' and 'GR' for Trinidad and Grenada)

- Middle and South America

- Europe

And I have made some 'connections' - when I type 'RE' for Singapore, afterwards I type 'RA' for Andorra. When I type 'RK' for Denmark, afterwards I type 'RG' for Luxembourg...