Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Quiz question

Sat in the pub with some of the Welsh boys on Sunday night, a cracking quiz question was put to me. Well, I say cracking, but only because I'm a geography geek. Anyway, it had me going for the three hours we were there (the guy who set the question told me it took him three days... though he did admit his geography is a bit suspect.

So here's the question:

There are seven countries in the world which have names that consist of five letters, two of which are the letter 'A'. Can you name them?

Obviously its good in the pub because your researcher (Mr Google) is not as helpful. I'll stick the answer in the comments in a couple of days, just to let you have a wee while to work it out. Good luck!

UPDATE: Six of the seven answers have been guessed by readers and are now in the comments to this piece. If you DON'T want to know the answers, don't look here.

UPDATE 2: All seven answers are now accounted for, although no one got all seven. Again, if you are still thinking about it, don't look at the answers until it is driving you completely crazy. And if it hasn't yet, give it a couple of days!


Jeff 10 February 2009 at 09:10  


ok, i'm out.

but that's my next week sorted!

Malc 10 February 2009 at 09:12  

good luck!

Most are fairly obvious. A couple a pretty obscure. And interestingly - that was the one I got last!

Yousuf Hamid 10 February 2009 at 09:28  

Malta! Does Hatia count? Thats all I can think of!

ASwaS 10 February 2009 at 09:29  

Aruba (does it count?)
Palau (it's a UN member, so it must count)
I'm going to be thinking about this all morning.

Malc 10 February 2009 at 09:57  

All right apart from Hatia... ASwaS Palau & Aruba are the obscure-ish ones. So between you, you have 5.

Gordon,  10 February 2009 at 12:10  

Eh, Japan???

Malc 10 February 2009 at 12:13  

Well done Gordon. Nice easy one.

Fairly easyish one left

Alex 10 February 2009 at 20:40  

Samoa is the other one, I believe.

Malc 10 February 2009 at 20:47  

Aye very good.

So, they are:


Well done all!

Andrew 10 February 2009 at 21:28  

Is Wales not a country?

Malc 10 February 2009 at 22:03  

Yes Andrew... but Wales only has one 'A'. Nice try though.

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