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Wordplay Wed: Take the first two letters off country names

Postby jbenz » Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:23 am

Ken Jennings wrote: (From the blog...)Wordplay Wednesday! Here’s another vaguely geographical thing, because I have that book about maps and all (that you should all buy and read). Take the first two letters off certain country names and you get other words: Yemen is “men,” for example. What nation would you behead by two letters to make…

A Greek god?
A mammal?
A bird?
A terrorist organization?
A Beatles song?
A board game?
A British prime minister?
One of the 12 tribes of Israel?

These are pretty hard, but a quick circuit through the world should give you at least a few of them.


I'll name two:

Beatles song: Kuwait

Bird: Somalia
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Postby MStuhr » Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:27 am

Hopefully these are right:


A Greek god? Ja(Pan)
A mammal? Ic(Eland)
A bird? So(Malia)
A terrorist organization? Ba(Hamas)
A Beatles song? Ku(Wait)
A board game? To(Go)
A British prime minister? Sw(Eden)
One of the 12 tribes of Israel? Su(Dan)
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Postby PhygLeGuy » Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:46 am

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And Your Bird Can Swing: SA(MOA)
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Postby marpocky » Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:58 am

For the Beatles song, would you accept Hrain or Raine?
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Postby marpocky » Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:07 am

Which country, when its first 2 letters are removed becomes:

* the name of a language spoken in that country
* a Spanish word which was also a notable Ken Jennings response on Jeopardy
* the first name of a well-known chef
* an article
* an emotional state
* a city in Kyrgyzstan
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Postby SMWinnie » Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:22 pm

Ken wrote:Which country, when its first 2 letters are removed becomes:

Hmm...on the take one; leave one principle

marpocky wrote:* an article

Answer: IrAN

New question: * Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
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Postby eoyount » Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:46 am

SMWinnie wrote:New question: * Nothing. Absolutely nothing.


Gotta be CaNADA
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Postby marpocky » Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:01 pm

SMWinnie wrote:New question: * Nothing. Absolutely nothing.


Not as new as you might have thought ;)

marpocky wrote:* a Spanish word which was also a notable Ken Jennings response on Jeopardy
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