When I was zero, I was Central African.
When I was one, I was Japanese.
When I was two, I was Laotian.
When I was three, I was Dominican.
When I was four, I was Danish.
When I was five, I was Barbadian.
When I was six, I was Estonian.
When I was seven, I was Beninese.
When I was eight, I was Georgian.

Can you tell what nationality I had when I was nine?


Keep in mind that this is a yes/no question.

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    $\begingroup$ Heck, I don't even know what nationality you had when you were three! $\endgroup$
    – msh210
    Commented Jun 10 at 1:30
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    $\begingroup$ @msh210 Dominican Republic, to be exact. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 10 at 1:31

2 Answers 2


It isn't possible to tell the nationality 'when you were nine', because...

...there is no common national flag that contains a section featuring four quadrants of black, yellow, red, and white.

What?? Well, take a look at the other 9 listed above...

The 9 listed flags with sections indicated that match shipping flags for the digits 0-8

If we look at the national flags for these countries and then compare them with the International Maritime Signalling Flags for numbers we can see that the designs of each of the maritime flags can be seen (pretty much) somewhere within the designs of the national flag, with corresponding colours and shapes.

The design for a number 9 flag, though, involves four colours that don't commonly appear in national flags together, and particularly not in this desired orientation.

Although, saying that...

...with a little rotation, you might be a member of the Bandera Maya people!

Bandera Maya flag

  • $\begingroup$ Was just about to post an answer saying that they were American (from the state of Maryland). +1 $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Commented Jun 10 at 11:40
  • $\begingroup$ Although it's usually more of a burgundy than red, in that case. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Commented Jun 10 at 11:42
  • $\begingroup$ Arghhh couldn’t find the flag well done!!! $\endgroup$
    – PDT
    Commented Jun 10 at 11:58
  • $\begingroup$ So mad I didn’t just write a partial I had a Belgian commune in mind!! Arghh it was a yes or no question darn it $\endgroup$
    – PDT
    Commented Jun 10 at 12:03
  • $\begingroup$ Once I realised what was going on, it was a proper light bulb moment. I've done something similar to this myself before with letters! $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Jun 10 at 14:15

This is the:

International Vehicle Registration (IVR) Codes for each country. For example:

- Central African Republic: 0
- Japan: 1
- Laos: 2
- Dominican Republic: 3
- Denmark: 4
- Barbados: 5
- Estonia: 6
- Benin: 7
- Georgia: 8

The country with an IVR of 9 is Honduras, so you are from Honduras when you are nine.

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    $\begingroup$ I didn't know about IVR codes. They seem to be alphabetic, not numeric, in any case. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 10 at 1:48
  • $\begingroup$ Welcome! I edited your answer by putting in spoiler tags, just so that someone seeing the puzzle doesn't necessarily see the answer. Nice job! $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 10 at 1:48
  • $\begingroup$ @JeremyDover How do you put in Spoiler tags? $\endgroup$
    – GSmith
    Commented Jun 10 at 1:57
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    $\begingroup$ @GSmith Can you provide a source or a link to the information in your answer? $\endgroup$
    – DanDan面
    Commented Jun 10 at 2:13
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, putting the >! in front of each row keeps it in a spoiler tag. You need to put a double space at the end of each line to keep multiple lines in the same spoiler tag $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 10 at 15:20

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