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Country Logic Puzzle by Scambigol #3

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1) Each cell is identified by its row followed by its column, so for example the top left cell is ba
2) Whenever it's possible a cell will contain a country that begins with its cell name
3) Names used are the standard jetpunk ones
4) Adjacent includes diagonal borders

HINTS:
1) No island country is adjacent to a landlocked country larger than 1 km2, with one exception
2) In 4 columns there is at least one country whose name begins with its column letter
3) All countries contain the letter of their column
4) In column a the most common name length is 6 letters
5) Niger, Switzerland, at least one country starting with A and the two smallest countries in the world are in this quiz; Italy isn't
6) Each row has a 5-letter country
7) Half the countries adjacent to the country with the longest name in the quiz have a capital city with the same initial letter
8) There are 4 countries from South America
Quiz idea from this quiz by Quizzer6794
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Last updated: September 29, 2016
First submittedSeptember 29, 2016
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A
E
I
O
U
Y

B

Bangladesh
Benin
Switzerland
Bosnia and
Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Vatican City

C

Canada
Central African
Republic
Niger
Colombia
Cuba
Cyprus

G

Gambia
Germany
Argentina
Oman
Guyana
Yemen

K

Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan

M

Malawi
Mexico
India
Monaco
Uruguay
Myanmar
 
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level 59
Sep 29, 2016
Got it! It was easier this time.
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level 56
Sep 29, 2016
would love to see a solution page...i couldnt do it without logical guessing
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level 71
Sep 29, 2016
at which point did you have to guess?
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level 56
Sep 29, 2016
a few times but without giving away spoilers...niger and switzerland were 2, its hard to say because if i made an entry that was correct based on wrong assumptions I would have taken a bit different path (ie certain countries wouldnt be revealed at the point i needed to type in Niger/Switzerland).
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level 71
Sep 29, 2016
I don't exclude there's a better way:


1. you can write from the very start: CE-CU-CY-all the K row-ME-MY
2. KI-KO are island/landlocked bordering, so that’s the one exception, so no more island/landlocked adjacent countries unless they involve the Vatican
3. BA-BO-BU can be filled in as there is only one non-landlocked answer
4. Hint 4 means you can fill in CA-GA-MA as there is only one possible answer of the right length
5. Hint 2 refers to the last 4 columns as the first two are filled in with countries whose initial is the row letter, so you have Oman, Yemen, one I starting country in I and one U starting country in U
6. Hint 5: Niger can only be in I column (as E will be filled in with countries starting with BE-GE), similarly Switzerland, Monaco has to be in column O, Vatican City could be in either I or Y
7. Column O has CO_ and MO_ but you know it contains Oman and Monaco, this means you can fill in GO and MO
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level 71
Sep 29, 2016

8. Hint 8: you have 10 cells to fill in with: BE_ GE_ I_ Niger Switzerland A_ (see hint 5) CO_ GU_ U_ Yemen Vatican: of these only 4 can be in South American so they must all be South American: CO_ GU_ U_ A_ - you can put CO_ and GU_ in their cell, so that leaves only option for U_, you also know that A_ can only go in I
9. Hint 6: CI must contain a 5-letter country, Switzerland is landlocked so cannot border KI so it must go in BI, similarly Niger can only go in CI
10. Hint 6: You have A_ and I_ to fill in I, since MI is the only 5-letter long of the row you can fill in both MI and GI
11. No GE_ with 5 letters so GY must be Yemen, hence Vatican in BY, Benin (only 5-letters long)
12. Hint 7 helps you decide GE
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level 71
Sep 29, 2016
reguarding hint 4: it takes 3 because there's 2 that are 10 letters long. or is the way I wrote it ambiguous that it's not necessarily more than other lengths?
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level 56
Sep 29, 2016
Thanks for the great right up, taking it a 3rd time i figured some of it out. However, MI could be two countries Italy/India both 5 letters long starting with I
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level 71
Sep 29, 2016
thanks for the correction!! how could I forget about my own country... I'll add a note to hint 5
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level 56
Sep 29, 2016
Ah Italia! Great quizzes keep 'em coming
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level 71
Nov 18, 2017
sorry I meant non-island for BA
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level 72
Sep 29, 2016
The hint "No island country is adjacent to a landlocked country larger than 1 km2, with one exception" - confuses me because the only landlocked country smaller than that is the Vatican, and the Vatican doesn't border an island country. Is that clue supposed to read that way?
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level 71
Sep 29, 2016
the 'one' exception is Kiribati-Kosovo (two countries you can write down at the very start). the 'other' exception is indeed the vatican as it borders CY and CU in the quiz - by the way, this is because I had originally placed Vatican in MY and then realized I had forgotten the 'new' name of MYanmar...
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level 56
Sep 29, 2016
vatican definitely borders an island country
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level 52
Oct 8, 2017
Perfect fun!
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level 40
Jul 2, 2018
I am loving all of your logic puzzles! I think this one was easier to understand for me, because the hints and clues are all in the instructions, rather than having to go off country after country.
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level 40
Jul 2, 2018
Notice how he said: Is ADJACENT to, not borders. He wouldn't put an anti-logic like clue an island country borders a landlocked in a logic puzzle! When he means adjacent, the two countries are "touching each other" in the puzzle. For example, if Iran was a box in the middle, it would be adjacent to the boxes on its right, left, up, down, and diagonals.