# Give or take one

How many points should the first country get? Why?

        Small Catalan speaking country (7)                        ? points
Small country in the horn of Africa (8)                        8 points
Mountainous country in central America (9)                      5 points
Country with the highest-valued currency in the world (6)      2 points
Country neighbouring Belgium (10)                              10 points
Large country south of US (6)                                  2 points
Small country bordering France (6)                             6 points
South American country known for its canal (6)                2 points
Small country bordering Italy (3)(6)                           9 points
Country where the equator passes through (3) (4) (3) (8)       7 points
Mandarin speaking country (9)                                  9 points
Very small country known for their religious leader (7) (4)    11 points


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My reasoning:

All clues (except one) lead to country who's capital city is either the same as the country or contains additional words. In all cases, the number of points is the number of letters in the country minus the number of extra letters in the capital city.
The answer to the first question is Andorra whose capital city is Andorra La Vella. The sum is thus len("Andorra") - len("LaVella") = 7 - 7 = 0

Note that:

My logic fails with Sao Tome And Principe. I can't quite see the full pattern in all clues which would give a score of points for this country

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• Presumably you have the list of the countries and their capitals - why didn't you include it in the answer? Explaining an answer clue by clue is typical here. Commented Aug 9 at 16:57