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Countries Breakdown Puzzle #1

Solve the short clues on the right and left. Then combine the letters and unscramble to form a country name.
Example: Clue 1: Mail a letter....SEND; Clue 2: Us, not them....WE; SEND + WE = SWEDEN
Last updated: February 26, 2019
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Clue 1
Answer
 
Country
 
Answer
Clue 2
Not fake
REAL
=>
BELARUS
<=
BUS
School vehicle
Hammer's target
NAIL
=>
IRELAND
<=
RED
Color of a blush?
Mature, grow older
AGE
=>
ALGERIA
<=
LIRA
Italian money, formerly
Male star-crossed lover
ROMEO
=>
CAMEROON
<=
CAN
Is able to
Unit of land
ACRE
=>
ECUADOR
<=
DUO
Musical twosome
Pseudonym, false name
ALIAS
=>
MALAYSIA
<=
MAY
Shortest month?
To make wood smooth
SAND
=>
HONDURAS
<=
HOUR
3,600 seconds
Florida fruit
ORANGE
=>
SINGAPORE
<=
SIP
Drink through a straw
Make money
EARN
=>
ARGENTINA
<=
GIANT
Enormous in size
Male Hogwarts students
WIZARDS
=>
SWITZERLAND
<=
LENT
Pre-Easter period
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level 70
Feb 19, 2015
Another great quiz! After seeing the answers I realized I could have scored 100% with a bit more thinking.
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level 79
Feb 19, 2015
Isn't that always the case? It's just a matter of how much a 'bit' is :)
+5
level 66
Mar 27, 2015
Not always... Sometimes you see the answers and say "huh, I had no idea"
+9
level 81
Mar 7, 2015
I find it very hard when the words I am supposed to scramble together are so far from each other on the screen, separated by the result. I need to see the letters together to be able to see the answer. It really made it TONS harder to try to see one part and keep that in mind while checking the other part.
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level 81
Mar 7, 2015
In the end ran out of time and missed 2 of the countries.
+2
level 75
Mar 27, 2015
Agree! SO much harder when the letters are separated.
+9
level 83
Mar 27, 2015
My approach was to type the two words together in the answer box, and work it out from there.
+1
level 44
Mar 30, 2015
That is a very intelligent idea, plattitude!
+1
level 42
Mar 27, 2015
I agree about how much harder it was to have the two words separated. I copied the words into a Word document so I could see them all together. It helped a LOT. Got 'em all in the end, but I stopped the clock when I realized it was definitely going to take more than the allotted time. Very fun quiz.
+1
level 76
Jan 7, 2016
The only way I've ever managed to solve anagrams is by getting a pen and paper and writing the letters in a circle. For some reason it works quite well.
+3
level 82
Mar 27, 2015
Original concept - makes a nice change from the norm.... Maybe you could do a quiz with 3 clues but one of them is a red herring? That'll get the brain ticking.
+1
level 61
Mar 27, 2015
Ok, here's an extra difficult version! (Instead of a third clue - which makes design difficult - I added a red herring letter to each pair of clues, along with a bonus country to guess).
+1
level 61
Mar 27, 2015
Great quiz, very challenging, thanks
+1
level 74
Mar 27, 2015
Words easy, Countries hard. "More time, please?" asks this rhyming bard. Great puzzle!
+1
level 70
Mar 27, 2015
Great idea for a quiz. But more time needed for this, seriously.
+1
level 70
Oct 16, 2017
Yeah; I'm a very good descrambler, but I have to agree that this needs more time. Look at all the very, very low percentages on the countries. There's not enough time to get to them.
+1
level 78
Mar 27, 2015
I agree with the other comments...great quiz, but perhaps add another minute or so?
+1
level 71
Mar 27, 2015
Nice work. That was pretty awesome. I can't imagine how long it took you to put that together...do you even work? hahaha
+1
level 67
Mar 27, 2015
Another brilliant quiz idea from kiwirage. I got about half of 'em.
+1
level 61
Mar 27, 2015
Loved it! :)
+6
level 54
Mar 27, 2015
'Shortest month' clue threw me off. Couldn't figure out why February didn't work...
+2
level 64
Mar 8, 2017
Me too! Got it eventually though.
+2
level 23
Mar 27, 2015
february is the shortest month...
+3
level 61
Mar 27, 2015
Note the question mark in the clue, indicating a cryptic interpretation. (May has just three letters, therefore making it the 'shortest' month).
+1
level 72
Mar 27, 2015
May May maybe be the shortest month? Brilliant quiz!
+2
level 70
May 17, 2016
That's totally a crossword-type clue!
+1
level 61
Apr 13, 2019
april is the cruelest month...
+1
level 33
Mar 27, 2015
Such a fun quiz! I did terrible, but sometimes that's fun too! Thanks!!
+1
level 25
Mar 27, 2015
could use a bit more time, good idea though
+1
level 70
Apr 15, 2015
Another vote for more time needed.
+1
level 57
May 30, 2015
If you whizzed this, try "Elements Breakdown Puzzle": #1 and #2!
+1
level 59
Jun 20, 2015
"Make Money" sounds too much like asking for "mint" or "print" ... I think it would help players to read the clue --> "Make an income" What do you think?
+2
level 61
Jun 21, 2015
The clue does have a natural ambiguity, but, 68% are getting the answer right, so I don't see a need to change it. To "make money" is a perfectly common way of saying 'earn'.
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level 56
Dec 30, 2015
Excellent Quiz Kiwirage! My only suggestion would be that you alter the clue for "sip" which is defined as drinking a little at a time, and has nothing to do with a straw. Other than that, well done!
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level 52
Feb 27, 2019
Absolutely agree.
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level 70
May 17, 2016
One of the cleverest quizzes on here! However, I think your statistics are skewing towards people who took it multiple times. I am not one of the flawless savants who ace all these things, but I'm well above average on all two of the three skills needed here (and only average, I believe, for the word scramble part), but I absolutely needed more time. Maybe bump it up to 5:00 and see? And thanks for your hard work putting this together!
+1
level 54
Dec 16, 2016
Nice quiz, cool idea, got it with 1.15 remaining. Took a while to get sand
+1
level 67
Oct 3, 2017
Good quiz, I could have done with more time.
+2
level 40
Oct 27, 2017
wrote february for shortest month....
+1
level 51
Dec 27, 2018
Same here. Tricky!
+1
level 65
Feb 26, 2019
The hints for "musical duo" and "is able to" are switched.
+1
level ∞
Feb 26, 2019
Fixed, thanks
+2
level 58
Feb 26, 2019
"Make money" and "shortest month" can clearly mean something different and therefore be easily misunderstood. Poor wording, no matter if you put a "?" at the end (which is kind of a copout for not wanting to write a better question).
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level 68
Feb 28, 2019
I agree with this. Putting a question mark doesn't change the fact that the answer to "shortest month" is February, not May.
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level 61
Feb 28, 2019
As has been noted further up the comment thread, the question mark indicates a cryptic interpretation. It's a common device (used particularly in crosswords) to indicate there's a little bit of mischief or wordplay going on in the clue - that the clue is literally "questionable". Far from being a copout, it's exactly as I intended it to be. You both fell for it, unlike the majority of players who figured it out :)
+1
level 43
Feb 27, 2019
Shortest month is a big vague, thought it meant as in number of days which is February
+1
level 28
Feb 27, 2019
Got them all on first attempt, go me.
+1
level 54
Feb 28, 2019
I typed 'wizard' for 'wizards' but it wasn't accepted!
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level 65
Feb 28, 2019
Yes, because the hint is "Male Hogwarts students". In quizzes like this one the spelling matters.
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level 42
Feb 28, 2019
please change the clue, 'shortest month'. I thought you meant february, not MAY. quite misleading
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