Country Logic Puzzle by Scambigol #9

Each cell contains a country: they all have different inital letters. The arrows indicate alphabetical order for the corresponding row/column. You shouldn't type an answer if you are not 100% sure it goes there, no guessing!!

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A. Each row contains:
1) 1 country from each continent

B. Each column contains:
1) 1 island country that has land borders with another island country
2) 1 country starting with a vowel

C. Other special rules:
1) each country begins with a different letter
2) arrows outside rows/columns indicate that their answers are in alphabetical order
3) the second row doesn't contain any countries that begin with a vowel
4) no country with land on the equator appears in this quiz
5) all countries from Asia are on the same diagonal
6) a multi-word country is always adjacent (horizontally or vertically) to a multi-word island country
7) there's a land border between the country in the top left corner and the one in the bottom right corner
8) there is at least one 5 letter country from each continent

D. Notes for this quiz:
1) Y is considered a vowel

Hints for getting started:
1) consider hint C7 and the arrows, then consider hint C5
2) list all island countries that have land borders with other island countries, consider their initials and their continents
Please don't cheat by guess and check!
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Quiz by scambigol
Last updated: May 10, 2019
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First submittedSeptember 29, 2017
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East Timor
Marshall Islands
Trinidad and Tobago
Papua New Guinea
United Kingdom
Dominican Republic
Federated States of Micronesia
Level 64
Oct 1, 2017
Awesome job :)
Level 75
Oct 1, 2017
thank you!
Level 71
Dec 29, 2017
Waw! Thanks
Level 65
Nov 27, 2018
it took me days...
Level 70
Jan 11, 2019
Level 70
Apr 30, 2019
Now, after the rename "North Macedonia", it doesn't work anymore. Maybe you can specify it in the notes
Level 75
May 1, 2019
I went throught and I think it still works. At what point do you think it's necessary to 'exclude' North Macedonia? Thanks
Level 70
May 9, 2019
And what about substituting

Kosovo with Kiribati

Nauru with Malta

Marshall islands with North Macedonia

Spain with Samoa


Level 75
May 10, 2019
well spotted thanks! I changed hint 6 so 'always adjacent to a multi-word ISLAND country'
Level 67
Dec 25, 2021
Uff, this was difficult! Great job, though, it must have taken you ages to come up with it! But I had the same problem as superpik - I felt like North Macedonia would fit the clues as well. Also clue 6 was a bit confusing, I wasn't sure if it's meant just for the non-island countries or also the other way around - as in does a multi-word island country have to border another multi-word country?
Level 75
Dec 27, 2021
I don't think you can have North Macedonia, you need Nauru as 5 letter country from Oceania. At what point do you think two choices can be made?

Any multi-word country (island countries included) must border a multi-word island country, that's the idea. Thanks for your comment!