How Well Do You Know the Middle East? Can You Identify Their "Windy Cities"?



It looks like we’re stuck in the Middle East.  Again.  So the least we should do is learn a thing or two about it.  Let’s start with their cities. Everyone, I think, knows that Chicago is the 3rd most populous city in our country. Can you match the number of the Middle East  country in the following alphabetical list with  its counterpart of Chicago.  A perfect score indicates you’re a proofreader for Rand McNally.

1. Afghanistan

2. Bahrain

3. Egypt

4. Iran

5. Iraq

6. Israel

7. Jordan

8. Kuwait

9. Lebanon

10. Oman

11. Pakistan

12. Qatar

13. Saudi Arabia

14. Syria

15. Turkey

16. United Arab Emirates

17. Yemen

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Haifa ___

Giza ___

Sidon ___

Homs ___

Irbid ___

Izmir ___

Basra ___

Mecca ___

Isfahan ___

Ta’izz ___

Salalah ___

Faisalabad ___

Herat ___

Sharjah ___

Umm Salal ___

Al Farwaniyah ___

Ar Rifa ___

Answers:  6, 3, 9, 14, 7, 15, 5, 13, 4, 17, 10, 11, 1, 16, 12, 8, 2.

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  • Well, it's back to the geography book for me -- but at least I got Iraq and Syria right. Thanks for the exercise, which I obviously needed, but enjoyed anyway.

  • On another note:
    On Whose Line is it Anyway? the category was "if doctors spoke in rhyme." The first two were weak, and then Colin Mochrie said:

    I am an anesthesiologist
    And I believe in free verse.

    Remind you of anyone?

  • I've received the services of a few, so I got a charge out of the. lines. And a clever riposte, especially if it were improvised.

    Excluding myself?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:


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