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WoO Christmas O-Quiz: Day 17 2012

This one should be easier? Can you guess which country this map is from? The WorldofO Christmas O-Quiz gives you one map sample each day from December 1st until December 24th. You get one point for each day you guess the correct country for the map sample – can you make it all the way to 24?

Fill out your name, e-mail address and your guess for the country below! For a given day, only answers given between 05:00 CET and 23:59 CET on that day will be counted in the overall score. That means that even if you fill out the form on a later day, your answer will not be counted… You are only allowed to answer ONCE each day!

Correct answer yesterday: Kazakhstan

Sorry about this one – it was really a tricky one! I was very close to writing “Warning – this is a tricky one” in the introduction to yesterday’s post – I actually wrote it, saved the entry, went back and looked at the map, and then removed the warning after finding the map in “101 Orienteering maps” and also first when you clicked on “Kazakhstan” in omaps.worldofo.com. With that we only have two (2!) left with all correct – and I guess it opens up opportunities for those with one mistake again….

Some of your comments:

  • Since I didn’t follow closely the “101 Orienteering Maps you should run on before you die!” project after the start, I did not have a clue first. It looked like an area with long periods without rain but sometimes sufficient enough to dig erosion gullies wich I have never seen in the Le Caylar-Aveyron,-Millau area. Maybe near Las Navetas in Spain? Or near Portalegre where POM 2011 was held? Could also bee Cote d’Azur but the lack of stone fences indicate that the land owner does not spend too much effort here except planting some small areas with trees where the excellent map maker have indicated good running in one direction (ISOM-411)? The climate is the key… I have found it !! Near Verhnie Tainty south of Oskemen. If you wonder how the forest might look like there, see that page . [Guess: Kazakhstan. Thanks Tibor – a lot of reasoning, and you got it!]
  • This has to be western australia [Guess: Australia. Thanks Riley – I’m sure it has some similarities – but no..]
  • Everything about that looks so Australian – except for being so open. Oh well, no better ideas, maybe somewhere in the highlands…? [Guess: Australia. Thanks Nic, but no:(]
  • Looks like you forgot to add it to the list at the beginning of WCOQ :P [Guess: Kazakhstan. Thanks Kyle – and yes, that’s right. Kazakhstan has been there on the list since Day 6 when I prepared the rest of the maps – but it wasn’t there from the start, no…]
  • Turkey, Portugal, Turkey, Portugal …. Bit i’m going for portugal ! [Guess: Portugal. Thanks Jonas – but sorry….]
  • I look at this map many times, dreaming about being out there… and it must be Kazakhstan also because Kazakhstan is in the last spot of the list! [Guess: Kazakhstan. Thanks Brunic – you nailed it!]
  • This kind of terrain is easy to find from Portugal and Spain. Because Spain was already here I guess Portugal :) [Guess: Portugal. Thanks jokuja, but no…]
  • I get all the guesses wrong. France better be right! [Guess: France. Sorry Colm, but this was a tricky one beyond guessing…]
  • I believe it’s Portugal, but also could be trick with Spain. As we had Spain on day 1, I’ll go with Portugal. [Guess: Portugal. Thanks Osamoborac – but no….]
  • Austrailia or portugal. Damn [Guess: Portugal. Thanks Teichmannm but no.]
  • I hope this isn’t France… :) [Guess: Portugal. Thanks Vladyslav – your hopes were heard – but did not help you a lot!]
  • This was prety hard. First I thought about Portugal or Spain, but yeah then I found the map! [Guess: Australia. You sure you found the map, Kika? Then this one has a double in Australia…]
  • Well, if I remember correctly Spain already was at the beginning of the month.. so my second guess will be Portugal. [Guess: Portugal. Thanks Kerstin, but no :)]
  • It seemed for me Portugal – and we have cross country skiing training camp with many orienteers and at the breakfast I asked them always what they suppose – they also told Portugal. But I suspected that this is too obvious – I remembered that I have seen maps like this in Kazahstan. I will be there beginning of March at skio world championships as speaker. [Guess: Kazakhstan. Thanks Wolfgang – not easy, but possible :)]
  • Looks like something I’ve tried in Wyoiming… [Guess: United States. Thanks Kell, but this one was even more special…]
  • It is really nice that you find these nice ideas every Christmas time [Guess: Portugal. Thanks Tuomo – hope you are not too mad at me with that difficult map.]
  • For me this one was difficult … immediately thought of Alentejo or Aveyron and it took a long time until I found the right answer… [Guess: Kazakhstan. Thanks Jurgis, you nailed it!]
  • Looks like the scenery in the Hobbit [Guess: New Zealand. Thanks Milla, but not quite…]
  • I was close to choose Australia but then I did a bit of search on Internet and found it. [Guess: Kazakhstan. Thanks Eva – you have really improved since your late start :)]
  • One of the 101 Maps i should run on before i die :) [Guess: Kazakhstan. Thanks Tatam, that’s right! I can’t remember the last time you were wrong….]
  • No ideas. Maybe Portugal? [Guess: Portugal. Thanks Igor, but no…]
  • Just guessing once more, maybe France or Spain? [Guess: France. Thanks Terje – you did the same mistake as many others…]
  • When K comes after U in the alphabet? Only when Kazakhstan is correct answer :) [Guess: Kazakhstan. Thanks Radjoni :) But Kazakhstan has been at the wrong place for many days already…]
  • Looks like alpine terrain above “tree-border”: the deep streambed, the powerline, wide paths, green patches (alpine pines?). Where are such terrains mapped? Italy or Switzerland. Maybe in Skandinavia there is similar terrain, I don’t know. But let’s guess Switzerland. [Guess: Switzerland. Thanks Peggy, but no…]

Not all of you hit the jackpot on Day 16 – here is the overview over tips:

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One comment

  1. I ran that race, great terrain! But still I failed to guess the right country in the Quiz…