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Country Logic Puzzle by Scambigol #6

UAE-Qatar border isn't considered, but for a tougher version of the quiz pretend you don't know whether it's considered or not!
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Quiz by scambigol
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Last updated: December 20, 2018
First submittedMay 29, 2017
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1) Fill in the grid with 24 countries
2) Each country has a different starting letter
3) All countries in the grid border another country in the grid, except for those in green cells
4) Capitals of countries in green cells are shorter than any capital of countries in the same row that aren't in green cells
5) On top of each column you are shown hints about the length of its answers
6) To the left of each row you are shown hints about its answers
 
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COLUMN HINTS
 
6 or 8 letters
4 letters
multi-word
5 letters
Alphabetically after Myanmar
Zambia
Peru
Saudi Arabia
Niger

a
Honduras
Laos
Burkina Faso
Kenya
begins with vowel other than U
Angola
Oman
El Salvador
Italy
capitals in alphabetical order going right to left
France
Chad
Democratic
Republic
of the Congo
Qatar
capital alphabetically before Bangkok
Jordan
Mali
United Arab Emirates
Ghana
alphabetically after Russia;
in alphabetical order going left to right
Rwanda
Togo
Vatican City
Yemen
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level 60
May 29, 2017
Awesome! Finished with 19 seconds left :) Where are the stats?
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level 71
May 29, 2017
with no guessing? wow! I'm actually thinking whether it's necessary to specify that green cells don't contain borderless countries. Not sure why stats disappeared: I added some hint columns and it's now working, must be some property inherited by copying from some previous quiz. thanks!
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level 60
May 29, 2017
Actually, I guessed on one of them, but got it right on the first try :P
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level 9
May 29, 2017
Daje!! Ma chi sei?!?
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level 76
May 29, 2017
Fun puzzle! Starting with the four letter countries seems like a good way.
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level 59
Dec 19, 2018
Great one Burkina Faso and Niger do share a border and are adjacent, though.
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level 71
Dec 20, 2018
whoops!! I removed the "In the grid no country is adjacent to a bordering country, not even diagonally" hint as I think it's not necessary although it does make the quiz harder. I hope I haven't made any other mistakes! thanks a lot
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level 55
Jun 13, 2019
ok, this one was impossible without cheating, I mean it's probably feasible with careful statistical analysis, but not with standard logic, I solved it using the old green-cells-dont-contain-borderless-countries-hint from the comments.