While perusing an old puzzle book recently, I came across a challenge that asked readers to name the five European nations whose names end with the letter Y. (Short pause as you come up with those.) As smart as you people are, I knew it wouldn't suffice as Brain Game material, but I  stole the idea  employed the concept to devise a more difficult version. Enjoy!

On the European continent,
FIFTEEN independent nations have names
that end with the two-letter sequence "IA."
Can you name 8 or more of them?

Here are the ANSWERS.

THE ANSWERS:

Albania
Armenia
Austria
Bulgaria
Croatia
Estonia
Georgia
Latvia
Lithuania
Macedonia
Romania
Russia
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia

If you included Bosnia, give yourself half a point, as it's more properly known as Bosnia & Herzegovina.

FWIW, the five "Y" answers are Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, and Turkey. Some would add Vatican City to the list.