Europe 20,000 Km Challenge

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You have 15 min or 20K km to travel Europe trying to total the highest total population of 10K+ cities visited. See notes below quiz.

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NOTES – Cyprus, Iceland and Azores not included. How to play: Enter any 10K+ Euro city to begin. A marker will be placed there. Next, enter a (hopefully) nearby 10K+ city. The Google Maps route and next city will be displayed, and the population counter will accumulate. Continue ‘visiting’ more cities trying to get the highest population before reaching 20,000 km. Once you enter a city that pushes the total distance over 20,000 km, the game will end. NAMING NOTES – Some cities have the same names or must be entered to enter a longer city name…enter the city name followed by the FIRST TWO LETTERS of the country name (i.e. ‘brestfr’ or ‘london.’ (due to Londonderry)). Therefore if a city isn’t working add the country’s first 2 letters (use “UN” for United Kingdom) to the end of it, as it has one of these conflicts. ALSO some countries have multiple cities of the same name – to answer these use the city, then first two letters of the country, then a number, starting with “1” for the most populous city of that name in that country…i.e. “newportun1” is the largest Newport in the UK, whereas “newportun2” is the 2nd largest.

Quiz Updated: 5-8-2015

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    @Fojin, that’s a shame. Feel free to send me your route and I will try it out for you ;))) @soundscape – I agree with you on Russia. I’m not even sure if Nizhny Novgorod was a wise choice, although it is relatively close to Moscow and I knew three other cities “on the way” (Dzerzhinsk, Vladimir and Elektrostal). Anyway, Moscow is a must. Anyway, if I wanted to beat your current high score, I’d have to accumulate an average of 5514 people per km, i.e. there should be a city of 551,400 every 100km, which means that a detour of 100km for a 400,000 people city is kind of not worth it. Interesting. The 420-km trip from Moscow to Nizhny Nov via said cities gave me a total population of 2,000,000 people, or an average of 4762 per km, which means that it wasn’t worth it. Damn. :)
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      That’s some nice calculations you have there… I’m terrible at math. I think that playing both the European largest cities and the European coverage quizzes a lot are key to a good performance here. (just trying the bold tag to see if it works…) As for starting cities, ideally start on a corner, Lisbon, Dublin, St Petersburg or Istanbul. In Europe I always feel more comfortable travelling East-West… it’s only natural, after all Lisbon is my hometown. It’s been two weeks of so since I’ve last played this quiz so I’ll eventually give it a go again soon to try to add another million or so.
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      Sorry, I’ve meant “In Europe I always feel more comfortable travelling West-East.” I’ve got my coordinates wrong. :/
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        Got you! … almost ;) Still one million short. This time, I used an entirely different approach (started in Yekaterinburg, conquered the big Russian agglos on the way to Moscow, then up to St Pete, down to Istanbul via Minsk, Kiev and Bucharest, back North via Budapest, Warsaw and Prague to Berlin, down to Rome via the Ruhr and back North to London via Paris. Ended up in London at 19,990 km – neat, uh?
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          Good job Anonymous. Yes, it’s a very different strategy when you consider I’ve only used 4 or 5 Russian cities: Moscow, St Petersburg and then a couple more not that big along the way. My route was clearly more Western oriented but apparently both strategies are somewhat equivalent and can be fine-tuned.
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    this is the first route-based quiz I have updated to the new format with Google Maps – let me know of any issues before I upgrade others.
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      Seems to be working fine but since the markers are on the large side they end up covering the map below it. Maybe you could increase the zoom level a level or two to counter this effect.
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      Darin, you’ve increased the zoom up which is pointless for this quiz. Sorry if I was not clear enough… the map should be larger so that the markers won’t cover it too much. So, an increase of zooming in. Yes, some city names will appear but this is not so much a guessing cities quiz so no problem.

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