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Postby marpocky » Wed Nov 11, 2015 3:47 pm

I recently traveled to a country whose capital city and currency have rhyming names. Where was I?
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Re: Geography quickie

Postby Bill » Wed Nov 11, 2015 4:46 pm

You were in the United States. You spent a G in D.C.

Final answer.
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Re: Geography quickie

Postby marpocky » Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:03 pm

Bill wrote:You were in the United States. You spent a G in D.C.

Final answer.


OK, whose official names rhyme :P

It's almost been a week, anybody need a hint? Or should I just wait as this board seems to have slowed down quite a lot lately?
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Re: Geography quickie

Postby grodney » Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:35 am

Sure, a hint.
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Re: Geography quickie

Postby Bill » Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:04 pm

It is an Asian country.

The official language has the same name as what we call the nation's people.

The nation's flag is mostly green (it has some red in it).

It had been part of a larger polity with its much, much larger neighbor, but it declared its independence during my lifetime. It now exists as a unitary republic led by a president.
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Re: Geography quickie

Postby Ken Jennings » Thu Nov 19, 2015 6:41 pm

Interesting. And it looks like they're not etymologically related, even though they're really close.
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Re: Geography quickie

Postby Momma Snider » Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:32 am

I couldn't even find the answer with Google. I found a couple of countries that kind of rhyme with their capitals, but they didn't fit the other clues.
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Re: Geography quickie

Postby Bill » Sat Nov 21, 2015 8:20 am

Ken Jennings wrote:Interesting. And it looks like they're not etymologically related, even though they're really close.


Yeah, the currency word comes from an older word for a coin, even though the currency so-named is paper.

Actually, I still don't know what country Marpocky visited.
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Re: Geography quickie

Postby marpocky » Sat Nov 21, 2015 11:39 pm

Bill wrote:
Ken Jennings wrote:Interesting. And it looks like they're not etymologically related, even though they're really close.


Yeah, the currency word comes from an older word for a coin, even though the currency so-named is paper.

Actually, I still don't know what country Marpocky visited.


The country you were hinting is the correct one, and you're right, I never handled a coin while I was there; I don't think I even saw a bill smaller than 10 of the primary unit.

Interesting place! Friendly people, good food, and a whole lot of chaos.
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Re: Geography quickie

Postby Bill » Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:37 am

marpocky wrote:Interesting place! Friendly people, good food, and a whole lot of chaos.


I imagine they eat a lot of fish there, having access to the adjacent body of water -- the largest of its kind in the world!

Surprisingly, though, I still don't know what country you visited.
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Re: Geography quickie

Postby Bill » Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:34 am

I was able to find two countries that have rhyming currency and capital names.

My clues above could apply to either country.
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Re: Geography quickie

Postby bwouns » Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:31 pm

Bill wrote:I was able to find two countries that have rhyming currency and capital names.

My clues above could apply to either country.


I found three in Asia. Besides the two that you reference, there's also
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India (but perhaps there's a difference in emPHAsis that makes it an inexact rhyme)
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Re: Geography quickie

Postby marpocky » Thu Nov 26, 2015 6:57 am

Bill wrote:I was able to find two countries that have rhyming currency and capital names.

My clues above could apply to either country.


I have to admit I didn't pick up on that! Extremely well done.

I went to the one which doesn't border China, but has 2 neighbors that do.

Y'know, the one with the long name whose last 4 letters mean "land".
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Re: Geography quickie

Postby Bill » Thu Dec 03, 2015 3:41 pm

Spoilers!

Country 1
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The capital of Bangladesh is Dhaka and the currency is the taka, a word derived from the old Sanskrit name for a denomination of silver coin. The population is 98% ethnic Bengali and the language is also called Bengali. The suffix "-desh" means "land." The flag is mostly green with a red circle in the center. It was once part of the Mughal Empire with India, but after changing hands several times, declared its independence in 1971. It now exists as a unitary parliamentary constitutional republic, led by President Abdul Hamid. The nation lies on the Bay of Bengal, the largest bay in the world. It doesn't border China, but it borders India and Myanmar which do.


Country 2
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The capital of Turkmenistan is Ashbagat and the currency is the manat, a word derived from the Russian word for coin. They are the Turkmen people and they speak Turkmen. The suffix "-stan" means "land." The flag is mostly green with a red stripe on the left side. It was part of the Soviet Union with Russia, but declared its independence in 1991. It now exists as a unitary presidential republic led by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. (I had to look up his first name.) The nation lies on the Caspian Sea, the largest enclosed body of water in the world. It doesn't border China, but it borders Kazakhstan and Afghanistan which do.
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Re: Geography quickie

Postby Neel Mehta » Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:35 pm

Bill wrote:(I had to look up his first name.)


Unless you're Watson, you had to look up more than that. Nice duality, by the way.
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Re: Geography quickie

Postby Bill » Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:41 pm

Neel Mehta wrote:
Bill wrote:(I had to look up his first name.)


Unless you're Watson, you had to look up more than that. Nice duality, by the way.


Thanks.

Actually, I had to look up every single thing in both descriptions. But it is true that among those things was his first name.
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