Cities with no ‘a’

This came up on my Facebook timeline:

“Name a city that doesn’t have the letter ‘a’ in it. Bet you can’t!”

Of course, I instantly thought “Amsterdam”. But – would you believe it? – that had the letter A in it. Damn!

My next attempt was even worse – Aachen.

I’ve been trying to solve this conundrum for some time now, but without success. Athens, Aberdeen, Adelaide, Atlanta, Addis Ababa, Asunción … Mumbai, Kinshasa, Vancouver …

There must be some city somewhere that doesn’t have the letter ‘a’ in it. Could someone help me out, please?

28 responses to this post.

  1. seriously?
    boston, springfield, worcester, lincoln, lexington, concord, columbus, west liberty, toledo, denver, boulder, st louis, houston, ft myers, new york, rochester, biddeford
    man, so lame


  2. Posted by Lindsay Mair on April 10, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Edinburgh Dundee Inverness!


  3. Posted by Maggie on April 10, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Tbilisi, Kiev, Edinburgh, must be lots more


  4. Er … my post was a joke …


  5. Posted by Lindsay Mair on April 10, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Perth Brechin Dublin Cork Londonderry London etc


  6. Well, that post went down like a lead balloon, didn’t it? 😀

    May I clarify:
    I reserve the right to employ irony, sarcasm, and other obscure forms of humour.

    Thank you.


    • Posted by janet on April 10, 2018 at 10:10 pm

      Yes, but, Inglewood, notice how sticky, Munich, Leeds, these facebook, Berlin, challenges are, Encino, Dominguez Hills, Truth or Consequences. Once you fall into one, Venice, Nome, you may never get back to work. If nothing else, Moscow, facebook presents, Kingston, an interesting study in, Pittsburg, Fredericksberg, Montgomery, compulsive behavior.


      • Ha ha!
        Actually, I think Facebook is endless fun. I got a promoted post on my timeline recently saying (with, I thought, an indecorous familiarity),”Hi there, would you like to improve your writing?”

        “Cheeky wee bastards!” I thought.

      • And every now and then, I get adverts on my Facebook age for “mature dating sites”. Now, I wonder, what in my browsing history could possibly lead these clever algorithms to aim this kind of thing at me? I reckon it must be because I once ordered some mature cheddar cheese when doing my grocery shopping online…

  7. Gosh, this is a puzzler! I’ve wracked my brains, and sent out emails to my friends here in Boston as well as in New York, Phoenix and Houston, but no luck. Wish I could help.


  8. Posted by caromalc on April 11, 2018 at 3:17 am

    I can think of Dunedin and Wellington and Gisborne here in NZ. But there is a mocking tone to all this, whereas I have found it useful! I send myself off to sleep every night (or keep myself awake trying to think of more) by listing things – the most recent has been Movies I Have Watched, so far I have got to 77, though I am sure last year alone I watched about 40. Other possibilities range round names and songs, ie place names in songs, surnames in songs, etc. So cities with A in their names will be a useful addition, though once I tried to list as many cities as I could and it just kept me awake longer worrying that I couldn’t think of many at all.

    Cheers, Caro.


    • The mockery you rightly detect is entirely without malice or bitterness! The post on Facebook amused me, so I merely wanted to share my amusement. I guess I’m just easily amused! 🙂


  9. Posted by Graham on April 11, 2018 at 9:18 am



  10. Posted by Toril Eidsvold on April 11, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Yeah, of course it HAD to be a joke. HOWEVER, as a serious Norwegian I’d like to point out to an equally serious Ibsen’ian the fact that OSLO has got an awful lot of O’s in it!


  11. Posted by Regina McLaughlin on April 11, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    One rigorous method of solving would be to excise the index of an atlas and cross out all ‘A cities.’ Does anyone have a few days to spare?


  12. Helsinki!


  13. New York


  14. Irony, Indiana.

    Though it’s more of a town than a city, and not a lot of people go there.


  15. Indore, Delhi, Novgorod, Jodhpur, Leh, Pune, Shillong, Moscow, Colombo, Beijing, Rome 😀 😀

    Before you say it, I know this was a joke but it was too much fun to be passed along 🙂 🙂


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