In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.

If a Country conforms to a special rule, I call it a Fine-Print Country™.
Use the examples below to find the rule.

$$ % set Title text. (spaces around the text ARE important; do not remove.) % increase Pad value only if your entries are longer than the title bar. % \def\Pad{\P{0.0}} \def\Title{\textbf{Fine-Print }} % \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\ \def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\Title\textbf{Countries }^™\Pad}\def\NT{\Pad\textbf{Non-}\T\ }\displaystyle \smash{\lower{24px}\bbox[yellow]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2017.02.04}\S{6px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\Pad\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\Pad\T&\NT\\\hline % \text{ Luxembourg }&\text{ Montserrat }\\ \hline \text{ Brazil }&\text{ Madagascar }\\ \hline \text{ Philippines }&\text{ Malawi }\\ \hline \text{ Syrian Arab Republic }&\text{ China }\\ \hline \text{ Italy }&\text{ Sudan }\\ \hline \text{ Kiribati }&\text{ Tunisia }\\ \hline \text{ Georgia }&\text{ Gambia }\\ \hline \text{ Gibraltar }&\text{ Algeria }\\ \hline \text{ France }&\text{ Burkina Faso }\\ \hline \text{ Uzbekistan }&\text{ Isle of Man }\\ \hline \text{ Kenya }&\text{ US Virgin Islands }\\ \hline \text{ Norway }&\text{ Croatia }\\ \hline \text{ Panama }&\text{ Wallis and Futuna }\\ \hline \text{ Albania }&\text{ Mayotte }\\ \hline \text{ India }&\text{ Bonaire }\\ \hline \text{ Colombia }&\text{ Saint Barthelemy }\\ \hline\end{array}$$

And, if you want to analyze, here is a CSV version:

Fine-Print Countries™,Non-Fine-Print Countries™  
Syrian Arab Republic,China  
France,Burkina Faso  
Uzbekistan,Isle of Man  
Kenya,US Virgin Islands  
Panama,Wallis and Futuna  
Albania Mayotte  
Colombia,Saint Barthelemy  

What is the special rule that these countries conform to?

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1 Answer 1


Fine-Print Countries are those where the

First Pair of letters of the country name gives the top-level internet domain name.

For the countries these are

Luxembourg - lu, Montserrat - ms
Brazil - br, Madagascar - mg
Philippines - ph, Malawi - mw
Syrian Arab Republic - sy, China - cn
Italy - it, Sudan - sd
Kiribati - ki, Tunisia - tn
Georgia - ge, Gambia - gm
Gibraltar - gi, Algeria - dz
France - fr, Burkina Faso - bf
Uzbekistan - uz, Isle of Man - im
Kenya - ke, US Virgin Islands - vi
Norway - no, Croatia - hr
Panama - pa, Wallis and Futuna - wf
Albania - al, Mayotte - yt
India - in, Bonaire - bq
Colombia - co, Saint Barthelemy - bl

List of TLDs

  • $\begingroup$ I was going for this, but yours works just as well (and is likely derived from my list, right?) I'll "tick" this answer in just a tick. $\endgroup$
    – Chowzen
    Nov 17, 2018 at 13:01
  • 5
    $\begingroup$ Italy Iceland Thailand Spain Armenia Spain Ethiopia ! $\endgroup$
    – Tom
    Nov 17, 2018 at 13:17
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, it appears so. :) $\endgroup$
    – Chowzen
    Nov 17, 2018 at 13:24

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