Samoan number
Egyptian gas
Filipino actor
Czech sauce

What do the above items have in common? And can you find another member of this set?


I found the following pattern.

Drop the first and last letters from the names of the capitals then ...
Samoa = A pi a = number
Egypt = C air o = gas
Philippines = M anil a = actor (Anil Kapoor)
Czech = P ragu e = sauce

Some other examples are:

Albanian country (T iran a)
Greek adverb (A then s)
Senegalese abbreviation (D aka r)

Also, the title is related to the pattern. (thanks to a hint from OP)

"Cultural center" suggests capital cities. Also "center" asks focusing on the middle of the words.

  • $\begingroup$ You got it! Bonus if you can explain how the title relates to the pattern (but I'll still accept this answer in a bit) $\endgroup$
    – HTM
    Jul 23 '20 at 18:59
  • $\begingroup$ Wow I didn't think about the title. Added to the answer. Anyway thanks for the exciting puzzle! $\endgroup$
    – sj2tpgk
    Jul 24 '20 at 16:32

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