apskip, I appreciate your efforts, but I know TAR 1 didn't go to Russia, it went to Italy.
What I was getting at was that until the changes in/after TAR 12 that reduced the number of NELs, those usually occured in the first leg of two consecutive legs in a country. I keep notes too, but I hadn't correlated my notes of team leg placements by country.
What I was trying to do was speculate on a possible twist in Dubai that would catch the Racers and the viewer by surprise and still have us down to six teams after Dubai consistent with the spoiler information. I don't have anything to point to other than instinct, but I think it's worth throwing that idea out there.
Well Thailand an elim leg --> NEL in Season 2, while Switzerland TAR 3 had BOTH legs as NELsl And as for the twist: unless it's a double elimination at one mat, please no.
I now have the comprehensive story of all such situations and there is at least one in every Amazing Race from AR1 to AR15:
AR1 - ep. 2 and 3 France; ep. 4 and 5 Russia; ep. 8 and 9 Thailand
AR2 - ep. 1 and 2 Brazil
AR3 - ep. 1 and 2 Mexico
AR4 - ep. 1 and 3 Italy; ep. 6 and 7 India
AR5 - ep. 2 and 3 Argentina
AR6 - ep. 10 and 11 China
AR7 - ep. 3 and 4 Argentina; ep. 6 and 7 Botswana
AR8 - ep. 7 and 8 Arizona (note that most episodes are U.S. but that is too easy so I went for back-to-back in one state)
Ar9 - ep. 1 and 2 Brazil; ep. 4 and 5 Sicily
plus copying from above:
AR10, ep. 3 and 4 in Vietnam
AR11 ep. 2 and 3 in Chile
AR12 ep. 3 and 4 in Burkina Faso
AR13 ep. 1 and 1 in Brazil
AR14 ep. 4 and 5 in Siberia (Russia)
AR15 ep. 2 and 3 in Vietnam
apskip, I think you meant Tunisia, not Russia for Season 1.
Plus, you forgot the two Morocco legs in TAR 3 & wasn't the first China leg in TAR 6 an NEL that saved Adam/Rebecca?
Question: If teams are racing on a track, doing a desert task, visiting the Burj Dubai and doing winter tasks in Dubai 1, what ELSE can they be possibly doing for Dubai 2? More desert tasks? An eating challenge? Tasks outside of Dubai (probably in Sharjah)?