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Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Somebody said "Are you doing another Knockout Quiz".

I said "No".

Somebody else said "When are you doing another Knockout Quiz".

I said "Never".

I then said "Shall I do another Knockout Quiz".

A Circus Host said "I would be delighted."

So - for those who are in the know - this is the start of another Knockout Quiz.

For those who are not in the know - this is the start of another Knockout Quiz.

Rules:

1)Quizmaster's ruling is final (most of the time and it only changes if your appeal is funny).

2) By entering the competition you agree to lose. There can only be one winner and it will not be YOU.

3) Each "every so often" I specify a topic and you have to pick an example of that topic that has not been selected by anyone else.

4) There will be a criterion (or in some rare cases criteria) that indicate to you that some choices may be better than others.

5) Those who have played before have an unfair advantage as they will know some of the tricks that you will have to pick up as you go along.

6) Rules may be added, deleted, changed, amended or fiddled with as we go along.

7) New rounds will always begin between 22:00 and 24:00 English time. This means early morning for the Australians and Afternoon for the Americans.

8) The competition is for entertainment and also edification (look it up) and anyone taking it too seriously is liable to victimisation by the organiser i.e. me.

SO: If you would like to participate and be one of those in right at the start you need to complete the following process ......

WRITE A 5 LINE LIMERICK CONTAINING YOUR SHIP NAME as displayed in this thread, so as I am the Quizmaster mine could be ......

There was an old fogey Quizmaster
Who tried to create a disaster
He started a quiz
It went like a whizz
But finished 'three legs and a caster'

O.K. Roll up, roll up! New Knockout Quiz starting.

[ 09. December 2005, 05:59: Message edited by: Tom Day ]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
There was a young lady (!?!?!) called Pânts
Who decided to eat some ants
They came out her bum
Having feasted on dung
Now they're in hell writing rants.
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
An exotic young* dancer called Ann
Was desperately seeking a man.
For romance she'd yearn,
But her luck took a turn
When she slipped and let go of her fan.

(I hope my husband doesn't read the ship)

* details changed to protect anonymity.
 
Posted by Lurker McLurker™ (# 1384) on :
 
There was a young Scot called Lurker McLurker™
Who decided to wear a Burqa McBurqa™
Which is a Burqa coloured tartan
(While normal Burqas look more Spartan)
So his Italian friend said "Eet doesn't-a Worka McWorka™"

[ 14. August 2005, 18:01: Message edited by: Lurker McLurker™ ]
 
Posted by Leetle Masha (# 8209) on :
 
[Killing me]

Leetle M.

A little old lady called Masha
Was pursued by an amourous Pasha
Though his mind was all set
She always said, "Nyet!"
And retired to Siberian dacha.

[ 14. August 2005, 18:23: Message edited by: Leetle Masha ]
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
There once was a lad called Papio
Who did not feel at all happy-oh
He was trapped in the train
the bus, late it came
for the driver'd been having a nappy-oh.
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
Oh bum. I meant "rain", not "train". [Frown]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Can contestants join at a later date? I'm going to be away for a week but it sounds fun.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
You could last time. It just means you miss out on potential points!
 
Posted by Procrastinus (# 9915) on :
 
There once was a bod, Procrastinus
Who would never stay on task for us
I tried for a while
With charm, wit & guile
Still delays were many & various
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
I refuse to comply with this sort
of a poem which our names may import,
silly reference and style
in attempt to beguile.
"I'm off to the Hell threads!"
signed, Gort.
 
Posted by Sir Kevin (# 3492) on :
 
A pantomime knight called Sir Kevin
Fancied he was really from Devon
But his passport's not British
This made him quite skittish
So he abandoned the Circus for Heaven.
 
Posted by Hinematov (# 4766) on :
 
There once was a gal named Hinematov
In the depths of theology she never dove
She played in the Circus
Or stayed with the lurkers
But left Purg and Kerg to the heavy folk*


*Where "heavy" denotes serious and profound, and "folk" doesn't quite rhyme.

Damn! Why didn't I have the foresight to call myself Grits?
 
Posted by Sir Kevin (# 3492) on :
 
That (folk) would be an assonance then, right?
 
Posted by Foaming Draught (# 9134) on :
 
Americans misspell my name Draft,
because the poor buggers are daft.
In some states, like Wyoming,
they can't even spell Foaming,
nor Adams, Polk, Pierce, Grant or Taft.
 
Posted by splosh (# 2743) on :
 
There was a young lass named Splosh
Who strived to be really posh
Try as she might
She was never quite right
As her job did not pay enough dosh
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
(Quizzy sweetie... will you be telling us in advance when each round is going to finish?)
 
Posted by Foaming Draught (# 9134) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
(Quizzy sweetie...

Careful belovèd, people get called to Hell for that sort of language [Biased]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
There once was a shippie called dolphy,
Who wanted to paint just like Rolfy,
No matter how hard she'd try,
The brush, it kept dry,
So she went back to just playing golphy.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Foaming Draught:
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
(Quizzy sweetie...

Careful belovèd, people get called to Hell for that sort of language [Biased]
Sorry... I should've signed off 'with much random non specific kisses and love'.
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
[Killing me] [Overused] Pants!

(just wondering if the Quizmaster will accept bribes for additional points? [Two face] )
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
The Shipmate who's called Papa Smurf
Considers the Circus his turf
His post can be frantic
and maybe pedantic
but don't throw him into the surf....
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Having given the penguin a nudge, he
reminded her that she must budge. She
composed a quick rhyme;
typed it in just in time;
so the ultimate winner was.... SMUDGIE [Yipee] [Yipee] [Yipee]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
and here was me thinking you were going to say something about the cludgie !! [Hot and Hormonal]


(Scottish word for toilet)

[ 15. August 2005, 14:49: Message edited by: Papa Smurf ]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Auntie Doris is my name for the game,
But my Mum thinks it's too tame.
It should be Delilah,
Salome or Lyla,
But I think I might keep it the same!!
 
Posted by Esmeralda (# 582) on :
 
The Italian for 'hottish' is 'calda' -
which confused our dear friend Esmeralda;
then she found that a chili
's hot too - that's just silly
so she made a dyslexic cold salda - I mean salad.
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
There was a young lady called Hen
Who joined a new game one day, when
Having lived on the ship
She went off for a kip
And missed her chance to score a '10'

Hen
 
Posted by Gremlin (# 129) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papio.:
Oh bum. I meant "rain", not "train". [Frown]

Preview post is still your friend... that's twice in one day... getting careless in your old age? [Biased]

Gremlin
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gremlin:
quote:
Originally posted by Papio.:
Oh bum. I meant "rain", not "train". [Frown]

Preview post is still your friend... that's twice in one day... getting careless in your old age? [Biased]

Gremlin

OO me back!!

Now, what did you ask me again young man? Do I have any old sage? I'm afraid I don't. although I can give you some parsley and some rosemary.

Hobbles off to get some
 
Posted by footdoc (# 4389) on :
 
A Footdoc on board ship could be handy
If your knock kneed, pigeon toed or just bandy
But before I begin
I need a large gin
Plus chocolate and biscuits and candy.
 
Posted by Dubitante (# 10015) on :
 
My name on this board's 'Dubitante',
A sceptic, which means that I'm anti;
A scoffer, a knocker,
A brawler, a mocker,
Agnostic, 'Deo aviuvante'.
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
It’s true that R.D. Olivaw is a droid
and I hope that Gort won’t be annoyed
that another A.I.
wants to give this a try
and so a call to hell I’ll avoid
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
MrSponge2U lived in the sea
Where he couldn't use Windows XP
So he took a cruise
On the Ship of Fools
With a Linux-equipped laptop from HP
 
Posted by Grits (# 4169) on :
 
The Shipmate who calls herself Grits
Can often cause some to have fits,
'Cause she seems lovey-dovey,
But when push comes to shovey,
She knows how to get in her hits.
 
Posted by Left at the Altar (# 5077) on :
 
A woman was Left at the Altar
Her bra in the form of a halter
Her Superior breasts
Caused cardiac arrests
And clergymens' virtue to falter
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
A new shipmate from M.I.T.
With the odd name of Oilvaw (R.D.)
Did attempt to abscond
With the Circus crown bound
For the only true A.I. we see.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
A voluptous shipmate shipmate named Nutmeg
Brushed her hand down an old vicar's left leg
He let out a holler
Removed his dog collar
and knelt like a good boy to beg.

[Biased]
 
Posted by Gladly The Cross-eyed Bear (# 9641) on :
 
Here was Gladly the Cross-eyed Bear,
Innocently warming his chair,
When along came his Mouse,
who said "Make like a spouse,"
and left him with no time to spare.

Gladly. [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by C# (# 3818) on :
 
A shipmate named C# once went
To buy software; so money she spent.
She bought Windows CE,
Then ME and NT,
But found all she had was cement.

(Apologies to Steve for stealing his joke)

[ 16. August 2005, 10:49: Message edited by: C# ]
 
Posted by Little Miss Methodist (# 4367) on :
 
There once was a young Little Miss
Who was brought up a strict Methodist
She was not use to wine
So when invited to dine
She ended up thoroughly pissed.

LMM
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
A message from Olivaw to Gort
R.D. is the right kind of sort
absconding I’m not
with hell burning so hot
Klaatu barada nikto…abort!
 
Posted by Tabby.Cat (# 4561) on :
 
There was a young cat, name of Tabby,
Who was told that she was too flabby:
Demanded the diner
A designer vagina.
She muttered that he was just crabby.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Marvin the Martian (daft git)
has been hosting in Hell for a bit
So he's having to read
every flame, every screed,
And a whole three-page thread about s***!
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
Marvin [Overused]
 
Posted by Sir Kevin (# 3492) on :
 
There once was a place called No Cal,
Light years removed from So Cal.
Schwarzenegger sets rules
O'er his own ship of fools;
He is the guv'nor of all Cal...
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
Did I miss something? What was that for Sir Kev?
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Rugasaw was such a gent
He bowed every where he went
He bowed on a hill
And took big spill
And to the ER he went
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 1059) on :
 
There once was a Jedi called Judy
Who's friends always thought she was fruity.
Shiraz is her wine,
It tastes mighty fine,
Except when she posts in the nudie. [Hot and Hormonal]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
O.K. It seems we have a goer .........

33 Entrants in the competition so far.

Some Good, some Great, some Excellent and a few Special entries. Awards will be given for "quality" and "originality" and I have made a few notes to award these for the Limericks.

Thankyou for the PMs. Nice to hear from some old friends. I usually let the opening round run for a week or two to catch those on holiday, and then the FIRST ROUND will start when, after that time, this thread reaches page 2. ...... So the Smart Alecs now know how to delay the start!

SPECIAL AWARDS TO -

Gort
Smudgie
Dubitante

Each of their limericks appealed to me.

Remember I said that there were some excellent efforts besides these.

So who else is up for some fun and friendly competition, with wit and wisdom thrown in?
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
If looking for someone who's flustered,
Then look no further than Custard.
He'll take and he'll give
With a brain like one of those meshy things you drain rice in which are always a nightmare to wash up
There's no chance that he'll cut the mustard.
 
Posted by Barnabas62 (# 9110) on :
 
Barnabas62 states
that he likes almost all the Shipmates
The argumentations
from several nations
Show just why a Great Judgement awaits!

(shiver, shiver)
 
Posted by Gremlin (# 129) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
Did I miss something? What was that for Sir Kev?

He's already posted one about himself near the top of the thread. I'm guessing he's posted this here 'cos we don't have a current Limerick thread.

Gremlin

p.s. Before anyone asks... No!

[ 17. August 2005, 20:38: Message edited by: Gremlin ]
 
Posted by Paul Mason (# 7562) on :
 
A shipmate by the name of Paul Mason,
cut his hair with the aid of a basin,
shaved the back of his head,
drew a smile there instead,
now you can't tell which way he's facing.
 
Posted by Paul Mason (# 7562) on :
 
A Mason whose first name was Paul,
would worry his thing was too small,
he tried pills, pumps and creams,
to get the schlong of his dreams,
but now he's got nothing at all!
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Phew, gasp, only just made this thread, I've been busy preparing for my holiday (which means I'll probably have to miss the next round).....

-------------------------------------

When Chorister sang in the choir,
The Church roof jumped 10 metres higher.
The stained glass got smashed,
The acolytes crashed
And their candles set her surplice on fire!
 
Posted by Jonah the Whale (# 1244) on :
 
A large cetacean called Jonah
Decided to test the Quizmaster
By seeing if a non-
Rhyming or scanning ode
Could still be considered a limerick.
 
Posted by Anselm (# 4499) on :
 
When Anselm posted on this thread
He really should have been in bed.
But seeing the quiz
thought he'd give it a wizz.
Who needs sleep when there's coffee instead?
 
Posted by Dave the Bass (# 155) on :
 
"A new knockout quiz - that's great,"
Thought Dave, the bass-playing shipmate,
But he found it so tricky
To write something limeriky
That he ended up going to bed late.
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow
Wasted his time in Hell below
When in the circus instead
There are those less inbred-
Civilised don't ya know
 
Posted by Sir Kevin (# 3492) on :
 
My name is Sir Kevin
I'm not from Devon
Nor do I hail from Hell
And that is just as well
Fuzzy bunnies: Heaven
 
Posted by Flausa (# 3466) on :
 
Flausa went totally mad
when she fell for a strange English lad.
So she dyed her hair blonde
Then moved 'cross the pond
and now both the nutters are glad.

[Big Grin]
 
Posted by Sir Kevin (# 3492) on :
 
[Overused] [Killing me] [Overused]
 
Posted by welsh dragon (# 3249) on :
 
A welsh dragon frequents this place
whose post count fell off to a trace.
It used to be higher,
has she lost her fire,
or are her interests increasingly base?
 
Posted by Procrastinus (# 9915) on :
 
Procrastinus was most throughly confused
Didn't want to be wrongly accused
Can we post many ?
Want to be like Kenny
With excitement completely enthused !
 
Posted by Dubitante (# 10015) on :
 
Wasn't sure if multiple entries are allowed, but here goes:

Dubitante got into a fight,
With a vicar over who's right,
He believes in God
That Clerical clod;
It's clear his theology's shite.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gremlin:
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
Did I miss something? What was that for Sir Kev?

He's already posted one about himself near the top of the thread. I'm guessing he's posted this here 'cos we don't have a current Limerick thread.

Gremlin

p.s. Before anyone asks... No!

Exactly. Pointless.
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
A limerick based on my name?
A fine way to open a game!
I did well last time,
And the challenge of rhyme
Has drawn me, a Moth to a flame!


I said I wouldn't do this quiz again! Just don't make me play "gemsters", OK? [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Just to remind you that if you let this slip onto page two I may have to start the quiz. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
There once was a family of sharkshooters.
The mother had a nice pair of hooters,
While the son watched a cartoon,
Father sharpened his harpoon,
And the daughter’s too young to have suiters.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Rather than spell out my name
Or giving a clue to the same
Going on in mystery
Under cover of this tree
Ending my one chance of fame
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
christianjimmy was sad
cos he thought his limerick was bad
but to his surprise
it won him a prize
and quizmaster's made him quite glad
 
Posted by welsh dragon (# 3249) on :
 
The Rogue has a poetical gene. O!
he played round with what the forms mean. So
Telling no lies,
He won the prize
For an original ode in the Beano.

(Apologies if it was the Dandy. I couldn't quite remember...)
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Just to remind you that if you let this slip onto page two I may have to start the quiz. [Big Grin]

So this post being halfway down page two means...??
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
He is referring to the thread being listed on page two of the Circus board. At least, that is the way I interpreted it.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
Ahhha!! Gottcha. So I got ta stop waffling and bringing it to the top then!?!? [Snigger]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
A pixie-eared shipmate called Hazey
Was often considered quite crazy
For entering games
When unsure of the aims.
Her dimness suggests she is lazy.
 
Posted by Sir Kevin (# 3492) on :
 
A board surfer named Kevin
At sea with bunnies from Heav'n
Climbed off of his board
And into the Accorde
Saying 'Let's race to Devon'
 
Posted by Procrastinus (# 9915) on :
 
Procrastinus was quite curious
Is this the biz ?
Is there more to the quiz ?
Without info the folks will be furious
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Procrastinus,

Sharkshooter being a past performer, and a good one, picked up 2 points for his post.

Being Smart he has interpreted my comment about page 2 accurately and being Helpful he has informed you all.

Trust me - all will become clear.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
So does this mean that you won't actually explicitly state the rules/guidelines, but it is up to us to pick up on the hints and convey them to our fellow shipmates?

And do I get any points for this insightful observation? [Biased]

Or do I get points deducted for being cheeky to the Quizmaster?
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
2 Points to Hazey Jane for being both NEW and SMART. Get the idea?
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
I'm not usually one to go looking for points [Two face] , but what about my hint in the "top 10" thread ?
 
Posted by Anselm (# 4499) on :
 
If I admit that I have absolutely NO idea what's going on - and thereby give others an opportunity to earn points by explaining what IS going on - will I earn any points?
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Thank you Quizmaster. Is that a new signature also designed to help us in this game?
 
Posted by Little Miss Methodist (# 4367) on :
 
So, Quizmaster, will you start the next round when this thread slips onto page two of the circus?

If thats the case, then I guess we should all just stop posting...

LMM
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
PRELIMINARY ROUND : TOWNS & CITIES

Rather than keep the newcomers in suspense for too long - an example round while we wait for any more competitors to materialise seems like a good idea.

You must name a town or city in the world that has since the year 2000 had a population over 500,000. When you have all named your town or city the two who are closest together in terms of distance will be eliminated (although as this is a preliminary round the knocking out will not take place).

If anyone can prove that the population of your named place is less than 500,000 you will also be knocked out (although not in this round).

N.B. Newcomers to the contest should produce a limerick with their ship name in as well as a place for this preliminary round.

This is a good chance to practice.

P.S. I am off on holiday for a week so expect no responses until I return.
 
Posted by da_musicman (# 1018) on :
 
There once was a man from Nantucket
who employed a pheasant to pluck it
It squawked for a day
and then he said "I've left off my name,Oh Have intercourse with it"

Lets try again.

They saw the man and did shout
Whenever he was about about.
They'd call out his name again and again
"da_musicman you've forgotten your trout"
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
 
Posted by Grits (# 4169) on :
 
New Delhi, India
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
A gardening woman named Anna
was talking with her garden planna:
"Over here plant a sedge
with a pale yellow edge
like carex ehrenbergiana."


Honolulu, Hawaii
 
Posted by Tabby.Cat (# 4561) on :
 
Perth, Western Australia
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
Denver, Colorado, USA
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
Auckland, NZ
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
Note to fellow players:

It is important to read the rules for each round. The opening for the first round said:
quote:
WRITE A 5 LINE LIMERICK CONTAINING YOUR SHIP NAME as displayed in this thread
so if your limerick is not 5 lines and/or does not contain your ship name, perhaps you might like to take a mulligan.

Also, in some rounds, it will be better to post near the end of the round (they will likely have a deadline attached) since the object in any round is not usually to win, but to avoid being last. So, for example, if you are asked to post the most expensive perfume* (least expensive being eliminated) if 25 people have already posted, all you have to do is beat one of them.

* Since this was used before, I doubt it will be used again.

 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
"My sister was driving her Ford
To a city of millions," I averred,
"Right down by the water"
And he said, "Jakarta?"
"No, she went of her own accord."
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
There once was a young Circus Host
Who went swimming off devon's fine coast.
Said Tom to his wife
tis colder than Fife
Please get me some warm buttered toast.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by sharkshooter:
so if your limerick is not 5 lines and/or does not contain your ship name, perhaps you might like to take a mulligan...

Does it need to contain your entire ship name?
 
Posted by Procrastinus (# 9915) on :
 
Kathmandu, Nepal
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
London, UK
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
Frankfurt, Germany.
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by sharkshooter:
Note to fellow players:
...
Also, in some rounds, it will be better to post near the end of the round (they will likely have a deadline attached) since the object in any round is not usually to win, but to avoid being last. So, for example, if you are asked to post the most expensive perfume* (least expensive being eliminated) if 25 people have already posted, all you have to do is beat one of them.

Thank you Sharkshooter, though that logic does not necessarily apply to the present topic. There are a finite number of cities in the world with the requisite population. If the first, say, 4 players choose cities that are equally spaced around the globe, then the next player would be forced to pick a city closer to one of those than they are to each other, and would thereby be one of the losers. So it isn't safe to wait until late in the game and choose a city that is not at that point a loser, as someone could still pick another city close by.

So a good initial strategy is to choose a city that is as far as possible from any other valid choice, thus minimizing the chance that a latecomer would be forced through lack of options to choose another city near yours.

Of course, this depends on the number of players involved, but since I expect this excellent quiz to attract hundreds of players, the Earth may be getting a bit crowded by the time everyone has chosen a city.
 
Posted by footdoc (# 4389) on :
 
I'll dip my foot in and try Hong Kong.
 
Posted by da_musicman (# 1018) on :
 
Damn It. Okay need to read the rules more carfully next round. Okay a five line limerick with my screename in.

There once was a da-musicman
who covered his house with a Flan
It turned it all Yellow
what a strange young fellow
was that musicman

and my city is Leeds
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Buenos Aires
 
Posted by Barnabas62 (# 9110) on :
 
Oh ...Calcutta!
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Moscow
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Johannesburg, South Africa.
 
Posted by Left at the Altar (# 5077) on :
 
Lagos, Nigeria
 
Posted by Gladly The Cross-eyed Bear (# 9641) on :
 
Portland, Oregon, USA

(one of my favorite places. *sigh*)

A cross-eyèd Bear namèd Gladly
Was tempted to play this game badly.
With a cat on his lap,
And no time for a nap,
He mumbles and mutters quite madly.

Gladly
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Auckland New Zealand
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Rio, Brazil
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
I'll go for Dubai City, in the emirate of Dubai.
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
Auckland, NZ

Sorry Pants - I missed your post. I'll pick again when I'm less blind and stupid.

Thanks Papa Smurf for letting me know.
 
Posted by splosh (# 2743) on :
 
Santiago, Chile
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Brisbane Australia
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
Vladivostok, Russia
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
Cairo, Egypt
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hazey Jane:
quote:
Originally posted by sharkshooter:
so if your limerick is not 5 lines and/or does not contain your ship name, perhaps you might like to take a mulligan...

Does it need to contain your entire ship name?
I'm not sure - but you don't want to be knocked out (or in this case, not let in) on a technicality, do you?
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Carex:
quote:
Originally posted by sharkshooter:
Note to fellow players:
...
Also, in some rounds, it will be better to post near the end of the round (they will likely have a deadline attached) since the object in any round is not usually to win, but to avoid being last. So, for example, if you are asked to post the most expensive perfume* (least expensive being eliminated) if 25 people have already posted, all you have to do is beat one of them.

Thank you Sharkshooter, though that logic does not necessarily apply to the present topic. ...
Correct. The comment was general. Fortunately, this round is not a knock-out one.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Lima, Peru

Hint - it might be worth checking in Wikipedia to see whether your city is large enough. It might also be worth rereading the above posts to make sure you're not doing a city already named. I can see at least one pair above as well as Auckland...
 
Posted by Jonah the Whale (# 1244) on :
 
Almaty, Kazakhstan.
 
Posted by C# (# 3818) on :
 
Mexico City
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 1059) on :
 
Jacksonville, Florida.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 1059) on :
 
jedijudy plays music that's grand
and happily puts on the stand
Bach, Mozart and Brahms
the music that calms
or causes the cheerers to stand.

[Hot and Hormonal] O gosh! [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by S'more (# 10166) on :
 
There once was a poster named S'more
Who believed, more or less, less is more
So her rhyme, while in time,
Is less than sublime,
And her city is Ulan Bator.

Mongolia. Properly, Ulaanbaatar, but that wouldn't rhyme <G>
 
Posted by S'more (# 10166) on :
 
Will it be helpful or will it be cheating to post a very helpful link to a distance finder that calculates between any two cities in the world? I think it will encourage the geographically-challenged.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Urumqi, China
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
apologies to Carex, I did not see your post of Honolulu down the bottom of your Limerick.

My second guess is

Antananarivo, Madagascar [Razz]
 
Posted by Dubitante (# 10015) on :
 
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
 
Posted by S'more (# 10166) on :
 
Also, are we allowed to set off proximity detonators?
 
Posted by Leetle Masha (# 8209) on :
 
Philadelphia, PA, USA
 
Posted by Barnabas62 (# 9110) on :
 
Oh ....I missed New Delhi - sorry Grits.
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
Krasnojarsk, Siberia.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I'm rather taken with Nouakchott in Mauritania which has an estimated 650,000 in habitants, despite being built for only 15,000 just 47 years ago. That's some population increase - apparently due to there not being many employment opportunities in the Sahara Desert!
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
I think I'll go for Uddevalla, Bohuslan.
Uddevalla
 
Posted by S'more (# 10166) on :
 
A poster named S'More thought with pity,
Some people didn't research their city.
Practice round, true,
but why not follow the rules?
Fives and zeroes inspire this ditty.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow:
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
Auckland, NZ

Sorry Pants - I missed your post. I'll pick again when I'm less blind and stupid.

Thanks Papa Smurf for letting me know.

Hee hee!! I was just going to look at the previous page when I saw your post cos I thought I'd put that!! [Biased]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
If trying to work out the rules and scoring system for this quiz is driving you mad, you could always tour round some other related boards for a bit of advice.

Yours helpfully,
Smudgie [Biased]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
I think I'll go for Uddevalla, Bohuslan.

[Hot and Hormonal] I retract that statement and will learn to read numbers in future [Roll Eyes]

(Thanks Papa Smurf)
 
Posted by Urbanita (# 10033) on :
 
A woman now called urbanita
once fancied she really could beat a
big ship full of fools
without knowing the rules
but she chose jekaterinburg, er....

....it's in russia
 
Posted by S'more (# 10166) on :
 
Ode to a Smudgie

Darkling, I listen, and give a sigh
For the sound of song in a unlit wood.
Call'd them no names but took the road high,
Leading with soft hand and heart laden with good.
Whispering sweet but pleading loud to be heard
As thou hovered smiling, low to the ground.
Wouldst sing, little budgie? I have heard
Thy fleeting cry leading to a glade unfound.
I will ever gladly follow thy words,
Though thy tune may become my requiem.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Why is the Quizmaster taking part in his own quiz, when he hasn't entered a limerick???

There was an old man called Quizzy....
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Oh, and er..... Cape Town
 
Posted by footdoc (# 4389) on :
 
Originally posted by Chorister...
quote:
There was an old man called Quizzy....


Who said I would if I could but Im busy.
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by footdoc:
Originally posted by Chorister...
quote:
There was an old man called Quizzy....


Who said I would if I could but Im busy.
Besides, I already did
(if the OP you had read)
Now Chorister can reply with an "oopsy".
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
I read the lot. But I have a bad memory. OK sharkie, you win. [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Fen Church (# 9899) on :
 
Right, totally new. I will go for Helsinki, Finland, which I hope will earn me a point for being the closest to 500,000 without going under.

There was a young lass named Fen Church
Who tended to walk with a lurch
It would startle the natives
But keep her creative
When it would knock all her thoughts from their perch.
 
Posted by Dave the Bass (# 155) on :
 
I'm going for La Paz in Bolivia which, at almost 12,000 feet avove sea lvel, may be the highest city mentioned here.
 
Posted by Annie P (# 3453) on :
 
Ahhhh, hope I am not too late. I'm hoping that the quiz will give me some light relief when blob is sound off asleep (if the last one was anything to go by).

Posting lymeric, will get back to you about the town thing soon.

There was a young girl called Anne,
Who married a hansome man
He thought she was cool
When she used a power tool
To mend his poor broken LAN

Believe me, it could have be an lot worse. There's not many words that rhyme with Annie...
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
Paul W at the end of a line
Is a pain in the neck to rhyme
Writing something for here
After two pints of beer
Makes poetry that should be a crime

Good Lord that was bad.

Blantyre, Malawi (cos I've been there)

Paul W
 
Posted by Sir Kevin (# 3492) on :
 
Sir Kevin the Ship's Gaffer&trade
Is quite a beer quaffer
He ordered a Guinness
Was drunk at the finish
 
Posted by Sir Kevin (# 3492) on :
 
...but was sober in the hereafter

La Jolla Shores, San Diego County, California because I've lived there before I was married.
 
Posted by churchgeek (# 5557) on :
 
Exhausted from climbing that steep hill,
Our churchgeek thought she would be quite ill.
But she supressed the urge -
She had clergy to verge! -
So she persevered, and has a job still.

Without regard to how it will help or hurt me, I'm naming my hometown of Detroit, MI, USA!

(Big surprise, eh?)
 
Posted by Anselm (# 4499) on :
 
Accra, Ghana
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Annie P:
Believe me, it could have be an lot worse. There's not many words that rhyme with Annie...

Please miss, I know one...

[unrelated comment]

Smudgie, did you say something?

[/unrelated comment (cos she's far too sweet to think of words like that so I just had to make it clear)]
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
quote:
Originally posted by Annie P:
Believe me, it could have be an lot worse. There's not many words that rhyme with Annie...

Please miss, I know one...

She didn't want the limeric that I suggested [Biased]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
[Angel] [Biased]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Well as a newbie to this game I'm starting to realise that every post counts, even if you don't think it's going to (even my effort on the first page). Must be more careful...
 
Posted by Annie P (# 3453) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
[Angel] [Biased]

Yer right, Ms Smudgie, we know the truth.

Right, off to find a town...
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
I shall have Sydney, Australia.

I know someone's had Brisbane, but Aus is a BIG place. I bet London and Leeds are closer. But then, I can't read maps ...
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by S'more:
Ode to a Smudgie

Darkling, I listen, and give a sigh
For the sound of song in a unlit wood.
Call'd them no names but took the road high,
Leading with soft hand and heart laden with good.
Whispering sweet but pleading loud to be heard
As thou hovered smiling, low to the ground.
Wouldst sing, little budgie? I have heard
Thy fleeting cry leading to a glade unfound.
I will ever gladly follow thy words,
Though thy tune may become my requiem.

S'More, I more than like your style, I love it!

Please stay and play as you seem to be perfect for this particular game.

Love,

QM
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
OK then - I am back - collecting answers - I make it 11 people still to post a town or city, including myself. One of the reasons I am in the competition is so that I can choose to sacrifice myself at the appropriate time to rid the game of any troublemakers .... now who can I get closest to? [Snigger]

Well done to several newbies who are already ahead of the old heads. I expect round one to start sometime in the next week. I may even break the notion of waiting until this thread is on page two of the circus.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I won't aim for a smarm award by welcoming you home, Mr Quizmaster, but I will just ask... did you remember to bring us all a stick of rock? [Big Grin]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
Welcome home indeed young, gorgeous Quizmaster. I hope that you ae now relaxed and feel re-charged. I could not possibly accept a stick of rock from you, I have my teeth to think about after all but would be happy to buy you a pint of Devon's finest when I am next in Exeter, as a welcome home treat.


(aside to Smudgie: anything you can do, I can do better [Razz] [Biased] )
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
Pyongyang
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
R.D went on a mad tour
Although she wasn't quite sure
When she clicked on the link
Quizmaster what do you think?
Did I come through the right door?
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by R.D. Olivaw:
Pyongyang

Is this the sound of something bouncing on the floor??!!
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
quote:
Originally posted by R.D. Olivaw:
Pyongyang

Is this the sound of something bouncing on the floor??!!
I thought it sounded like Pants' elastic snapping [Biased]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
And I thought this was meant to be a Christian web site [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by S'more (# 10166) on :
 
You don't get extra points for posting loads of times, Smudgie. [Roll Eyes]

Or perhaps you do, if you have something to say.

(Sorry, Chorister [Killing me] )
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 1059) on :
 
Welcome home, QM!

Quizmaster said that the quiz is for: "entertainment and also edification."

Hmmmm...entertainment...the obsolete meaning is "employment." And edification is the act of edifying? Doesn't edify mean to build a house?

Oh, I see...QM said to look it up. He wants us to know that we're employed by him to build a house (for himself?)
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
It's alright S'more - nobody else reads the madtour forum so they won't get the joke. [Razz]
 
Posted by Annie P (# 3453) on :
 
Baghdad [Smile]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ENTRY LIST FOR THE KNOCKOUT QUIZ 2005:

Ann
Annie P
Anselm
Auntie Doris
Barnabas62
C#
Carex
Chorister
Christianjimmy
Churchgeek
Custard
Da_Musicman
Dave the Bass
Dolphy
Dubitante
Esmeralda
Fen Church
Flausa
Foaming Draught
Footdoc
Gladly The Cross-eyed Bear
Gort
Grits
Hazey Jane
Hennah
Hinematov
Jedijudy
Jonah the Whale
Leetle Masha
Left at the Altar
Little Miss Methodist
Lurker
Marvin the Martian
Moth
MrSponge2U
Nutmeg
Pants
Papa Smurf
Papio
Paul Mason
Paul W
Procrastinus
Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow
Quizmaster
R.D.Olivaw
Rugasaw
Sharkshooter
Sir Kevin
S'More
Smudgie
Splosh
Tabby.Cat
The Rogue
Tom Day
Urbanita
Welsh Dragon


Anyone else joining in from now will be known as an "Also-Ran".
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND ONE : FRUIT & VEGETABLE

Let us start with an easy one. Everybody eats and we all know a fruit or a vegetable. You must name one that has not already been chosen at the time of posting.

Usually at this early stage someone forgets to post, as we saw with the cities, so make sure you are not one of those knocked out for not putting an entry in.

Qualifying Criterion: If everyone posts a fruit or a vegetable all those with the shortest words will be knocked out. I am confident that this will not be needed but time will tell and we shall see.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Pomegranate
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Jerusalem artichoke
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
Cape gooseberry
 
Posted by S'more (# 10166) on :
 
One-rowed watercress.
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
Tromboncino Courgette
 
Posted by S'more (# 10166) on :
 
I'm amending my choice to just:

watercress

Subjectivity is always so...subjective.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
purple-sprouting broccoli
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I'd like to introduce you to one of my 5-a-day friends, Courtney the... Cauliflower

(I've always found it well-nigh impossible to eat members of the cabbage family, but now Courtney's a personal friend, you haven't a chance of getting me to eat my greens! [Big Grin] )
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
Brussel Sprout (well someone had to say it)

<ship is being slow at the moment>

[ 06. September 2005, 22:47: Message edited by: dolphy ]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
While you're waiting for the next round, here's something to keep you fit and healthy eating five fruit and veg a day... 5-a-day friends challenge

I don't believe it - I was cornered by a chocolate bar which forced me to eat it. [Biased]
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
Thimbleberry

A delightful treat when found ripe in the woods - the plant has just one berry on top of each stalk, which can be up to an inch in diameter. A favorite
of bears, so one must be careful when picking them.

[ 06. September 2005, 22:50: Message edited by: Carex ]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie
I don't believe it - I was cornered by a chocolate bar which forced me to eat it. [Biased]

And here was me thinking you were sticking to your apple pie diet! [Roll Eyes] [Razz]
 
Posted by welsh dragon (# 3249) on :
 
Note that Latin and other non-English names have not yet been specifically excluded. However, it would be unwise to choose such a name, as there might be some doubt as to its acceptability.

Note also that there has not yet been a ruling as to whether adjectives can contribute to the letter count; it might be wise to exercise caution on this account.

Linking to a picture of the named item has a certain style to it and also reinforces its credibility, especially if there might be some queries about the adjectival part of the name.

Also, watch out for veggie friends with more than one name. As well as making sure the item is undoubtedly a vegetable or a fruit. And not for example arguably a nut or a pulse.

Note also that all you have to do to ensure you stay in the game is make sure that your fruit or vegetable name is longer than the shortest fruit or vegetable name yet produced.
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
Note also that the Dragon seems to have the upper hand, or is that fruit and veg?! [Roll Eyes]

Beware the dragon for she will flame grill anything that is bigger than her offering.
 
Posted by S'more (# 10166) on :
 
How do you embed a link in your post? I have noticed some of you have links to VERY interesting
websites, even if the link doesn't always sound very intriguing. I would like to know how to do this.

I only noticed this when my cursor changed to a hand when I ran it over someone's post. Then I realized that it was actually a link to a magical, faraway place dotted with points unknown.
 
Posted by welsh dragon (# 3249) on :
 
Oh and Brussels sprouts. Apparently, Brussels with the "s" see here

Added to say that Dave thinks they are an abomination that could only have been cultivated in the darkest depths of the abyss. He is willing to go to Transylvania to avoid having sprouts with his Christmas dinner...

[ 06. September 2005, 23:12: Message edited by: welsh dragon ]
 
Posted by footdoc (# 4389) on :
 
Does Bob the Tomato count as a vegetable?

If not I will try "A Chineese Gooseberry."
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
whortleberry
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Boysenberry
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Japanese eggplant
 
Posted by S'more (# 10166) on :
 
Honestly, S'more. Posting a link is easy. I'm not going to take the time to explain it to you. After all, you are a newbie and you should learn to read the Ship FAQs if you have a question. Plus, you have all the earmarks of being a irritating little git.

Do Not Click Here!
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
Runner Bean
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
ROUND ONE : FRUIT & VEGETABLE
Qualifying Criterion: If everyone posts a fruit or a vegetable all those with the shortest words will be knocked out. I am confident that this will not be needed but time will tell and we shall see.

This could mean that it is the shortest word in the name that counts, rather than the whole name. So "Bob the tomato", for example, would have length 3.

With which,

Elderflower
 
Posted by welsh dragon (# 3249) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Custard.:
This could mean that it is the shortest word in the name that counts, rather than the whole name.

Well it could. But my hunch would be that this is not what our venerable Quizmaster meant.

Apologies to S'more for failing to explain immediately how to post a link and many congratulations on working it out for yourself. I am sure that you are a charming and very lovable person.

It did occur to me that while "Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera" is undoubtedly lengthy, it is too Latinate to count. So I meant to choose the "English version."

I suppose, however, that there is a sense in which "Brussels sprouts" still don't sound very English! but never mind.

Oh and I would hope that, footdoc, QM will not only a) count entries with speling mistakes but b) work out the tally for you from the correct spelling. But you could try posting your one again just to make sure!
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
I shall choose a Mangosteen , known as the "Queen of Fuits", and banned from the USA
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
Blackberry. Mmm, blackberries. Had some wild ones the other day, very nice.

Paul W
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Raspberry.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Muntries (Native Cranberries)
Small crunchy berry with a delicously sweet apple flavour from the south-east of South Australia.
Shameless plug for home.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Watermelon. Not posted yet, and a longer word than "raspberry".

Since it's more important to not get knocked out than to win each round (hint hint, newbies!), that should be enough for now [Smile]
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
I am putting in as my choice the Sweet Potato which coincidentally, and (just look upon my sharing this information as me just being nice to everyone) happens to be the healthiest vegetable around
Enjoy your sweet potatoes folks.
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
Huckleberry (broken link)

[ 07. September 2005, 21:33: Message edited by: Gremlin ]
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
honeydew melon
 
Posted by S'more (# 10166) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
I shall choose a Mangosteen , known as the "Queen of Fuits", and banned from the USA

I can't imagine why this would be banned. It seems to be a "less R" evil.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Or even a lesser weevil, if you read the article.
 
Posted by S'more (# 10166) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
Or even a lesser weevil, if you read the article.

[Smile] I yield to Chorister as Master and Commander of this Pun.
 
Posted by Jonah the Whale (# 1244) on :
 
Kumara

This is a nice short word. I am half thinking "do I really want to spend loads of time doing SOFKQ this year?" and half thinking "somebody is bound to neglect to post, so I'll be OK".

JtW
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Jonah,

In a rash move demonstrating either bravado or stupidity I will confidently go for PEA.

Or to stretch credulity "The common or garden pea"
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 1059) on :
 
Black Sapote, which is the name I'll use. It's also known as the Chocolate Pudding fruit!

(I have one in my yard...waiting for it to bear.)
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
Spinach.

I love spinach! It us the yummiest vegetable ever created! No-one else in my house eats it, but I buy ready-washed young leaf spinach and pop it in the microwave for a minute or two. Best eaten with lots of butter and black pepper! Yum!
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
Q. Why are vegitables different colours like red, orange, green, yellow?

A. Because they are for aesthetic purposes. Otherwise the plate of meat and potatoes with gravy would be only brown and white.

You don't actually eat any of these things, do you? [Projectile]
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
There once was a young man named Thrapple
For whom sitting was rather a grapple
'Til once his friend Pete
Saw what's stuck on his seat:
And said "Dude, you're sat on a pineapple"

Hen

[ 07. September 2005, 20:11: Message edited by: Hennah ]
 
Posted by Urbanita (# 10033) on :
 
asparagus

Were it not for this quiz, I might never have known there was a website devoted to British asparagus. (first in a series Things I Only Know Thanks to Venerable Quizmaster...)
 
Posted by footdoc (# 4389) on :
 
OOOOPs.. Cough, clears throat and tries again hoping that QM will allow a slight ammendement to above post.

Chinese Gooseberry."
 
Posted by da_musicman (# 1018) on :
 
Eggplant or brinjal depending on who you are but to me it will always be A humble Aubergine
 
Posted by Procrastinus (# 9915) on :
 
Rambutan

Brave, hungry person who first tried one of these.

Which reminds me, given the tomato is part of the deadly nightshade family and everyone used to think it poisonous - I wonder who first found out otherwise.
 
Posted by Left at the Altar (# 5077) on :
 
Bitter Melon
 
Posted by Gladly The Cross-eyed Bear (# 9641) on :
 
My vote is for Passionfruit (this being a Christian website...)

When I was growing up I called them "Lemonade Fruit." They are good to eat when dark purple, hard, and slightly wrinkled. The inside is a yellow-green pulp filled with seeds, which tastes like aromatic lemonade.

Gladly
 
Posted by C# (# 3818) on :
 
Ortanique
 
Posted by Jonah the Whale (# 1244) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Jonah,

In a rash move demonstrating either bravado or stupidity I will confidently go for PEA.

Or to stretch credulity "The common or garden pea"

Oh, I assumed you were out because you never came up with a city.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jonah the Whale:
Oh, I assumed you were out because you never came up with a city.

That was just a practice round...
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
quote:
Originally posted by Jonah the Whale:
Oh, I assumed you were out because you never came up with a city.

That was just a practice round...
And I have not yet decided whether those who decided not to post a city are SMART (In a Clever Dick way) or LAZY. [Snore]
 
Posted by Grits (# 4169) on :
 
cantaloupe
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
FIRST ROUND OF SUBJECTIVE JUDGEMENTS:

The numbers are PAGE, then scores for the following ORIGINALITY, being SMART, and being HELPFUL ... or P O S H for short.

COMPETITOR and EXPLANATION are blatantly obvious.

P O S H Competitor Explanation

1 0 -1 0 Papio For making a spelling mistake instead of previewing
1 0 -1 0 Hazey Jane For not posting a Limerick when she could have done
1 0 0 1 Pants For explaining what normal practice has been in the past
1 1 0 0 Gort For saying one thing but meaning another
1 0 1 0 Sir Kevin For identifying and outing a clear case of assonance
1 0 -1 0 Pants Rounds finish after 'most' people have had a chance to post
1 0 1 0 Pants For impressing Dolphy
1 0 -1 0 Dolphy For brazenly attempting bribery and corruption
1 1 0 0 Smudgie For carrying phrases across lines
1 0 2 0 Papa Smurf For teaching us to talk Scottish
1 1 0 0 Auntie Doris For educating us about yourself
1 2 0 0 Dubitante For winning my vote as top Limerick
1 -1 0 0 Gort Second Limerick
1 -1 0 0 R.D.Olivaw Second Limerick
1 0 1 0 Marvin the Martian For impressing Pants
1 -1 0 0 Sir Kevin Second Limerick
2 -1 0 0 Paul Mason Second Limerick
2 0 1 0 Jonah the Whale For trying it on and getting away with it
2 -1 0 0 Sir Kevin Third Limerick
2 0 1 0 Flausa For impressing Sir Kevin
2 0 1 0 Procrastinus For using the Limerick to ask the question
2 -1 0 0 Dubitante Second Limerick
2 2 0 0 Moth For a self descriptive limerick
2 0 -1 0 The Rogue For failure to fulfil the specified criterion *(see adjustments)
2 0 2 0 The Rogue For impressing W.D. who is a genuine Smart Alec
2 0 -1 0 Pants For deliberately misinterpreting the meaning of "Page 2"
2 0 1 1 Sharkshooter For putting pants straight
2 0 1 0 Pants Once the Smart Alecs get it they never stop
2 0 1 0 Hazey Jane For finally getting her Limerick in
2 -1 0 0 Sir Kevin Fourth Limerick
2 0 1 0 Procrastinus Once again asking the question in the nature of the game
2 0 1 1 Hazey Jane For stating things as they are
2 0 -1 0 Quizmaster What "Top 10" thread Papa Smurf?
2 0 -1 0 Anselm The answer is YES, negative points
2 0 -1 0 Hazey Jane No Hazey, you are trying to be TOO clever now
2 0 1 0 Little Miss Methodist A shrewd observation - Have you Limericked yet?
2 0 0 2 Sharkshooter True but the wording will be more important later on
2 2 1 0 Ann For combining the two concurrently running themes
2(adj) 0 3 0 The Rogue For getting his name invisibly past the Quizmaster
2(adj) 0 -5 0 Quizmaster For missing something really quite obvious
3 0 2 2 Carex For demonstrating expertise in the field of Knockout Quizzes
3 0 -1 0 Da_musicman No explanation needed
3 0 1 0 Gladly Bear For including that important word
3 0 -1 0 Pure as Snow No explanation needed
3 0 0 1 Papa Smurf See Pure as Snow
3 0 0 1 Sharkshooter He has played this game before
3 0 0 2 Custard Good advice and clue rather than giveaway
3 2 0 0 jedijudy Excellent self analysis
3 1 2 0 S'more Good poem and good use of single post
3 0 0 0 S'more It would be helpful as all links are
3 0 -1 0 Nutmeg No explanation needed
3 1 0 0 S'more Feel free, I think we need them
3 0 -1 0 Barnabas62 No explanation needed
3 1 0 0 Smudgie Spoken like a teacher
3 1 1 1 S'more The Perfect Post
3 0 0 1 Smudgie Clue for every participant
3 0 -1 0 Dolphy No explanation needed
3 0 0 1 Papa Smurf See Dolphy
3 1 0 0 S'more Brilliant but don't overdo it
3 0 -1 0 Chorister See the OP
3 0 1 0 Footdoc You have no idea how true that is
3 0 1 0 Sharkshooter Quite right Sharky
3 0 -1 0 Chorister No explanation needed
3 0 1 0 Fen Church I may have time to check that
3 1 0 0 Dave the Bass For thinking High Church
3 1 0 0 Annie P Thinking of rhymes now
 
Posted by Barnabas62 (# 9110) on :
 
Cox's orange pippin

The best apple in the world.
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
Um, sometimes I preview and still make spelling mistakes, to be perfectly honestly....
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
Might I suggest that competitors also consider what affect their signature lines might have on their entries.

Lack of one may make your post invisible: certainly you wouldn't want someone else to steal your entry, or the Quizmaster to fail to score your post.
 
Posted by S'more (# 10166) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Carex:
Might I suggest that competitors also consider what affect their signature lines might have on their entries.

Lack of one may make your post invisible: certainly you wouldn't want someone else to steal your entry, or the Quizmaster to fail to score your post.

Point taken, but I don't think anyone would deliberately steal credit. It is more likely nothing more than a misunderstanding. Since you brought up sigs---(Pssst...eyes looking meaningfully at the previous page).
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Really sad am I that I missed the beginning of this. I just didn't check the Circus for a week and BAM! I have to settle for "also-ran".

Professor Digory Kirke
Was starting to go berserk.
Keeping up with the posts,
And dodging the hosts--
All while pretending to work!

Manila, Philippines

Grapple (worst idea ever)
 
Posted by Annie P (# 3453) on :
 
Mandarin

Which should do nicely I think.

As a food teacher, I feel that eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day is important. And what better way than to start by working through this list! Though I'm not sure where Grapples are readily available from though!
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Annie P:
As a food teacher...

Interesting imagery here.

Annie P: Good morning class.
Class of foods: sizzle, sizzle, roast and burn.
Annie P: Class, you are smelling good today but perhaps we need to invite the herb nursery to join us.

[Razz]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
There are definitely some Originality points coming your way Dolphy, hopefully before the men in white coats. [Biased]

TWO REQUESTS RECEIVED:

1) Professorkirke would like to join in as a full member and I will allow him to unless I receive an objection from an existing player. Is he a Superstar? Will he steal your thunder? As it is still ROUND 1 nobody should lose out.

2) Procrastinus has changed to Doublethink and I am happy for him to continue under the new name unless an existing player has an objection.

N.B. At the end of Round 1 once there have been some knockouts there will be no more entries. [Ultra confused]
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
2) Procrastinus has changed to Doublethink and I am happy for him to continue under the new name unless an existing player has an objection.

Procrastinus/Doublethink is a female.
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
I am eternally grateful for the chance to be thoroughly embarrassed by you all.

Grapples are available anywhere apples and a bucket of grape juice are available, I would assume. How stupid. [Biased]


-Digory
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by professorkirke:
Grapple (worst idea ever)

May I please have a star for having (inadvertently) mentioned another player's submission within mine earlier on:

quote:
Originally posted by Hennah:
There once was a young man named Thrapple
For whom sitting was rather a grapple
'Til once his friend Pete
Saw what's stuck on his seat:
And said "Dude, you're sat on a pineapple"

?

Hen

[ 09. September 2005, 19:09: Message edited by: Hennah ]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Carex:
Might I suggest that competitors also consider what affect their signature lines might have on their entries.

Incidentally, for those who are a little hard of reading..... if you're not sure where the scores are being kept yet, then signature lines are extremely important.
 
Posted by Tabby.Cat (# 4561) on :
 
I usually manage my five-a-day, eating more vegatables than fruit although I may occasionally bite into a nectarine.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Don't let Quizmaster fool you. PEA stands for pleasantly edible asparagus. So, Urbanita you might be in trouble. [Biased]
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
Blueberry. The fruit that doesn't get enough respect.

[ 10. September 2005, 00:49: Message edited by: MrSponge2U ]
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
I believe that huckleberry is the same as whortleberry...same fruit different name.
link [Razz]
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
Horseradish

"Horseradish is a perennial herb and a member of the mustard family, to which cauliflower and Brussels sprout belong. This pungent root grew in Greece more than 3,000 years ago. Medieval people regarded horseradish as an aphrodisiac and claimed it to be the cure for everything. From the Bible, it is known as one of the five "bitter herbs" and is traditionally served at Passover. Folklore also has it that the Indians used horseradish to treat toothaches. Horseradish syrup was taken as a cough medicine."
 
Posted by Annie P (# 3453) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
Interesting imagery here.

Annie P: Good morning class.
Class of foods: sizzle, sizzle, roast and burn.
Annie P: Class, you are smelling good today but perhaps we need to invite the herb nursery to join us.

[Razz]

Oh you think you're so funny eh?
I wonder what roasted dolphin is like? [Snigger]

On another note - being helpful, the link that Smudgiepoos suggested is well worth a look at, especially if you are new to this game as I am.
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Annie P:
Oh you think you're so funny eh?
I wonder what roasted dolphin is like? [Snigger]

Very tasty actually. I can pm you a few recipes if you want [Razz]

quote:
Posted by Annie P
On another note - being helpful, the link that Smudgiepoos suggested is well worth a look at, especially if you are new to this game as I am.

Ohh, Annie P is being helpful - QM you gotta give her a bonus point for that!

'Smudgiepoos' - surely that deserves a point taken away for mis-quoting a name? [Razz]

<dolphy, who is now off to look at that link since she is also new to this game! [Biased] >

<messed up code [Roll Eyes] >

[ 10. September 2005, 14:14: Message edited by: dolphy ]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
quote:
Originally posted by Annie P:
Oh you think you're so funny eh?
I wonder what roasted dolphin is like? [Snigger]

Very tasty actually. I can pm you a few recipes if you want [Razz]
Just as long as it's tuna-friendly [Big Grin]

quote:
Posted by Annie P
On another note - being helpful, the link that Smudgiepoos suggested is well worth a look at, especially if you are new to this game as I am.

Smudgiepoos? Smudgiepoos???
(Actually, on consideration, that sounds rather disgusting.... hee hee, like the contents of a baby's nappy when first weaned onto their five fruit and veg!)
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie about roasted dolphins, recipes and Annie P (in order to get away from having to cope with multiple quotes!) Just as long as it's tuna-friendly [Big Grin]
As you know, this dolphin is very tuna friendly [Biased]

And as for Smudgiepoos; well for goodness sakes, are we not adults here? Is this not a serious quiz? I vote all Mummys to be should no longer compete in this game for fear of de-railing not only the thread but the use of proper words! [Razz]

[ 10. September 2005, 16:11: Message edited by: dolphy ]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
(was out of edit time, the word reading as Smudgiepoos should have been in quotes, refering to Annie P's comment and not to our dearly beloved penguin)
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
<snip>I vote all Mummys to be should no longer compete in this game for fear of de-railing not only the thread but the use of proper words! [Razz]

So, Sister, dear...I'm exempt because I'm a "Mama", true? [Razz]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
[Roll Eyes] as ever, the quick thinking and witty one. Careful that tongue doesn't cut you one of these days [Razz]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
And, in order to un-de-rail this thread.

I say Water Melon.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
Smudgiepoos? Smudgiepoos???
(Actually, on consideration, that sounds rather disgusting.... hee hee, like the contents of a baby's nappy when first weaned onto their five fruit and veg!)

My baby does very smudgie poos. All squished and smudgied. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
More scatological scattiness from Pants, I see. [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by S'more (# 10166) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
And, in order to un-de-rail this thread.

I say Water Melon.

Psssst, Dolphy. A word, please, in your blowhole. You oughter pick another melon than water. You left a space and a Martian will come through it and shoot you with his duplicating ray.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
[Roll Eyes] as ever, the quick thinking and witty one. Careful that tongue doesn't cut you one of these days [Razz]

[Angel] Moi??? [Big Grin]

The cutting tongue would go with the biting wit [Killing me] which are used to slice and dice these veggies and fruits. Care for some pickle relish with the collard greens, **hint-hint** [Biased] Sister?
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hennah:
quote:
Originally posted by professorkirke:
Grapple (worst idea ever)

May I please have a star for having (inadvertently) mentioned another player's submission within mine earlier on:

quote:
Originally posted by Hennah:
There once was a young man named Thrapple
For whom sitting was rather a grapple
'Til once his friend Pete
Saw what's stuck on his seat:
And said "Dude, you're sat on a pineapple"

?

Hen

If you go to the website, it says, "Think Grape-L" which would be a different pronounciation. Just in case you're wondering. [Biased]
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
Ah, mine had to rhyme.

I went with:
Grapple (gra'pul) 1.A struggle or contest in which the participants attempt to clutch or grip each other.
2.A struggle (usu. for superiority or dominance).

Rather than:
Grapple (gray'pul): A combination between a grape and an apple. It looks and feels exactly like an apple, but tastes like a grape.

But also found:
Operation Grapple was a United Kingdom tri-service exercise leading to the detonation of the first British hydrogen bomb on May 15, 1957!

But, granted, I didn't know the fruit was pronounced like that, so I bow to your superior phoneticism.

Hen
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hennah:
But, granted, I didn't know the fruit was pronounced like that, so I bow to your superior phoneticism.

Haha, thanks, Hen. I've never been deemed superior by anyone for anything. Perhaps I will send you a peck of grapples for your kindness. [Biased]

-Digory


[ETA: Oops I think I'm supposed to be letting this post drop to the 2nd page. I'll try that now.]

[ 12. September 2005, 01:26: Message edited by: professorkirke ]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster, 17th August, when we were doing limericks:
and then the FIRST ROUND will start when, after that time, this thread reaches page 2. ...... So the Smart Alecs now know how to delay the start!

quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster, 3rd September, when we were doing towns and cities:
I expect round one to start sometime in the next week. I may even break the notion of waiting until this thread is on page two of the circus.

There has been nothing to say when the next round will start, other than what time of day it will be, according to the general rules posted at the very beginning.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
There has been nothing to say when the next round will start, other than what time of day it will be, according to the general rules posted at the very beginning.

Given the lack of recent entries and an attempt at a takeover by the mothers union I think we can say it is all systems go for tonight. [Smile]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
an attempt at a takeover by the mothers union

Is that like "the Brothers Grimm", or should there have been an apostrophe in there somewhere ?
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Given the lack of recent entries and an attempt at a takeover by the mothers union I think we can say it is all systems go for tonight. [Smile]

Are you surprised - this thread must be the richest source of ingredients for their prizewinning Church-fete Vegetable Chutney that they've seen in a long time. Or is that the W.I.?

[ 12. September 2005, 11:16: Message edited by: Chorister ]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
...this thread must be the richest source of ingredients for their prizewinning Church-fete Vegetable Chutney that they've seen in a long time. Or is that the W.I.?

I wonder if we can get a calendar out of this to raise money for the organ fund?

<Great, now I have the immortal phrase in my head: I think we're going to need larger buns!>
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Miss January
Mr Febuary to Miss July
Mr August to Miss November.

Mr. December is far too rude to print here (the W.I. have not recovered from their group swoon) but if you must go searching for it, it is available here under 'Humour' [Eek!]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Quick Check reveals that those knocked out in ROUND 1 for not entering a fruit or vegetable are :-

Anselm
Churchgeek
Dave the Bass
Dubitante
Esmeralda
Fen Church
Flausa
Foaming Draught
Hinematov
Leetle Masha
Little Miss Methodist
Lurker
Paul Mason
Sir Kevin
Splosh
Welsh Dragon

You are all now free to really ENJOY the competition as ALSO-RANS.

QUALIFIERS for ROUND 2 are :

Ann
Annie P
Auntie Doris
Barnabas62
C#
Carex
Chorister
Christianjimmy
Custard
Da_Musicman
Dolphy
Doublethink
Footdoc
Gladly The Cross-eyed Bear
Gort
Grits
Hazey Jane
Hennah
Jedijudy
Jonah the Whale
Left at the Altar
Marvin the Martian
Moth
MrSponge2U
Nutmeg
Pants
Papa Smurf
Papio
Paul W
Professorkirke
Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow
Quizmaster
R.D.Olivaw
Rugasaw
Sharkshooter
S'More
Smudgie
Tabby.Cat
The Rogue
Tom Day
Urbanita
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND TWO : VOLCANOES

This round has proved popular twice in the past so once again we shall ask you to find a volcano that has erupted recently.

Qualification is dependent upon you choosing a volcano that has erupted more recently than the one chosen by just one other competitor.

Of course, if somebody forgets to post then you are through just by naming a volcano.

N.B. I need a link to the webpage that specifies the date of the last eruption of your chosen volcano.
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
Anatahan, Mariana Islands, Central Pacific Ocean - now see if everyone can get before 9 September 2005 [Big Grin]
 
Posted by S'more (# 10166) on :
 
Kilauea in Hawaii.

I feel safe with this one because to [url=http://this volcano page]www.exn.ca/volcanoes/types.cfm[/url]it never stops erupting. [Projectile]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Dammit - I was about to go for Anatahan.

To use the site you gave would not be very original, so I'll go for description of the Nyiragongo Volcano on this page on this page which has had an eruption plume detected on 7th September. Size isn't everything [Biased]

[ 12. September 2005, 21:38: Message edited by: Hazey Jane ]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Barren Island, Andaman Islands, India

What about the same date? Does that count?

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by S'more (# 10166) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by S'more:
Kilauea in Hawaii.

I feel safe with this one because according to
http://www.exn.ca/volcanoes/types.cfm it never stops erupting. [Projectile]


 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
ambrym
 
Posted by S'more (# 10166) on :
 
Sorry about my stutter. I was traumatized by a volcano as a child and when I think about them, well, I...I...I...c-c-c-c-c-an't...t-t-t-t-alk.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Colima Volcano in Mexico is currently erupting, apparently, according to this very instructive site.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
(PS... If you'd been in the staffroom this morning when I had a major rant about current educational practice you'd have to agree that the most recent volcano eruption was on the Isle of Wight! [Hot and Hormonal] )
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Shiveluch, Kamchatka, Russia. It's status is recorded as ongoing, on this site. I liked the photo up the top of the page of the volcano surrounded by snow.

Mine is concern color orange. I could not find what that meant on that site. It sounded good though, better than some that did not get assigned a concern colour.

ETA I have climbed an active volcano, guning Gede found at this this site. do I get extra points for having been up close and personal? [Razz]

[Razz]

[ 12. September 2005, 22:08: Message edited by: Nutmeg ]
 
Posted by Tabby.Cat (# 4561) on :
 
I will be shamelessly unoriginal and use the same site as almost everyone else to support my claim that Karymsky in Russia is erupting right now.
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tabby.Cat:
I will be shamelessly unoriginal and use the same site as almost everyone else to support my claim that Karymsky in Russia is erupting right now.

Sakura-Jima, Kyushu, Japan

Even lazier, use somebody elses link
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Cleveland, Chuginadak Island, Alaska
 
Posted by Barnabas62 (# 9110) on :
 
Pele Volcano on Io

I claim this must beat every volcano on earth for two reasons

a) it is continually erupting
b) by the time we see it, the light is already several hours old!
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Two questions:

1) Are we talking "significant eruption" or just "volcanic activity"?

2) Just to clarify, our choices have to be different than everyone else's, right? Or can you simply pick the same volcano as someone else? (It wasn't clearly stated in the rules of this round.)

-Digory
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
Cleveland, Chuginadak Island, Alaska

Psst, rugasaw... it says "there was no evidence of eruptive activity at the volcano" for the Alaska one. Careful now!

-Digory
 
Posted by Jonah the Whale (# 1244) on :
 
The only one I've been up was mount Teide on Tenerife. I was quite pleased that it hadn't erupted since 1909.

Ann said:
quote:
now see if everyone can get before 9 September 2005
Well I managed it, but I don't know that it will do me much good. And I promise I didn't deliberately use the same site as everyone else. I just googled Teide erupt and that's what I got.
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Loki spews out his fiery guts
The volcano an island abuts
Red as Rambustan
Full caldera span
Doublethink stares but the live feed cuts
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Here's mine:

Bumbershoot, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Monday, September 5th, 2005

Link 1
Link 2
 
Posted by S'more (# 10166) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jonah the Whale:
The only one I've been up was mount Teide on Tenerife. I was quite pleased that it hadn't erupted since 1909.

Ann said:
quote:
now see if everyone can get before 9 September 2005
Well I managed it, but I don't know that it will do me much good. And I promise I didn't deliberately use the same site as everyone else. I just googled Teide erupt and that's what I got.
In the immortal words of Auric Goldfinger:

“Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action.” [Biased]

[ 12. September 2005, 23:20: Message edited by: S'more ]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Tungurahua in Ecuador is my choice.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
The site I posted has the date. The year is at the top of the page! [Razz]
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
Asama in Japan
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
SHIVELUCH, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Ahem.. Gort... you should check my post up above. [Biased]
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
Crud..Nutmeg has that one. OK, how about:

DUKONO Halmahera, Indonesia
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
I'll be boring and go for Etna. Unfortunately, I don't think the various ice volcanoes on Triton are named, nor do we know when they last erupted.
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
Sakura-Jima, in Japan according to this page erupted 3/8/05 and according to halfway down this page errupted 2/9/05
Either way, this is my entry.
And in the intersts of being helpful to everyone else [Big Grin] who may be looking for volcanos, Iceland has a number of the active bad-boys...
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Kilauea, Hawaii
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Pants [Smile] I obviously have nothing better to do today than police this thread. I think S'more has already selected that one.


(or maybe I am just blatantly trying to get extra brownie points up because I goofed last round.)
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
I wouldn't be much of a Martian if I didn't go for Olympus Mons.

Of course, it's last eruption is estimated to have been about 40 million years ago. But I'm optimistic that someone will forget to post in this round...
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Did you guys SEE my Bumbershoot entry?


Man, I was so proud. What does it take to get noticed around here? [Disappointed]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
Langila.
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
Thanks to Marvin's ancient entry, it is now safe for me to post my favourite volcano, Popocatépetl , Aztec for "smoking mountain", or Popo for short.

This site details its recent activity.

Why do I like it so much ? we use it as a vocal warm up when singing, combined with the phrase "copper-plated-kettle", so those Aztecs must have had really good lip control.
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf: we use it as a vocal warm up when singing, combined with the phrase "copper-plated-kettle.
So that's how you Smurfs got your great singing voices!
[Overused] [Biased]

<ETD: "Where are you Smurf running from?", "From the lava that burnt my bum">

[ 13. September 2005, 15:05: Message edited by: dolphy ]
 
Posted by S'more (# 10166) on :
 
Since I obviously need to practice putting in links, here is live footage of Kilauea and here is a cam with a daily update of the activity.

Oh please, oh please, oh please.

In case those don't work, here is another live action volcano:

[Axe murder]
[Mad]
^
^^^
^^^^^
^^^^^^^
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by christianjimmy:
Sakura-Jima, in Japan according to this page erupted 3/8/05 and according to halfway down this page errupted 2/9/05
Either way, this is my entry.
And in the intersts of being helpful to everyone else [Big Grin] who may be looking for volcanos, Iceland has a number of the active bad-boys...

oops. sorry, PATDYS, just noticed you posted exactly the same volcano [Hot and Hormonal]
I therefore put forward as my new entry this one
Grímsvötn volcano
Thank you for your time [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
Pants [Smile] I obviously have nothing better to do today than police this thread. I think S'more has already selected that one.


(or maybe I am just blatantly trying to get extra brownie points up because I goofed last round.)

Arse. That's cos his link didn't work!! [Biased] Although he has now relinked it properly and drawn a lovely picture, so I shall away to find another.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
What about this which shows you how vocanoes happen?

And this shows you how to make one.

Pacific Ocean: June 8, 2004 (day before my Birthday)

[piggin code]

[ 13. September 2005, 19:54: Message edited by: Pânts ]
 
Posted by footdoc (# 4389) on :
 
This pretty pic shows White Island Crater in New Zealand dated 13th Sept volcano
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by professorkirke:
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
Cleveland, Chuginadak Island, Alaska

Psst, rugasaw... it says "there was no evidence of eruptive activity at the volcano" for the Alaska one. Careful now!

-Digory

Febuary 2001
This is a better link to Mt. Cleveland's eruption history. By the way does erupting foam, bubbles, and candy count as a volcano?
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
Ngauruhoe caught in the act!

Well, OK, but I've climbed it and peared down into the crater, so it seemed like a good choice. Actually it hasn't erupted since 1976.


Looks like Ruapehu right next door (which I've also climbed) is a bit more active at the moment, having erupted in 1996 according to the link above. But I'll leave that for someone else.
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Carex:
Well, OK, but I've climbed it and peared down into the crater

<Snippety Snip>

Looks like Ruapehu right next door (which I've also climbed)

[Overused]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
I shall go for Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
Reventador, Ecuador.

First read as Rentador (as in Rent-A-Door), and thought someone had just picked up on an advertising opportunity. But hey, is erupting away. Get your exploding doors here. Or there, rather, seeing as it's in Ecuador. Goodness I waffle on! Jolly good.

Hen
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
This link shows you what to do if you live near a volcano.

This one is about creating one in the comfort of your own home.

And here is a cake.

I'm surprised nobody has yet gone for Krakatoa which erupted famously in Auguist 1983 but is apparently still going (see subsequent volcanism, about three quarters of the way down the page). Perhaps you couldn't find it as it is, in fact, west of Java.
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
I'll go for Mount Veniaminof in Alaska. Last eruption: 2004.

Paul W
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Rogue:

I'm surprised nobody has yet gone for Krakatoa which erupted famously in Auguist 1983 but is apparently still going (see subsequent volcanism, about three quarters of the way down the page). Perhaps you couldn't find it as it is, in fact, west of Java.

Bum. August 1883. [Hot and Hormonal]
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
By the way does erupting foam, bubbles, and candy count as a volcano?

I believe it is a volcano, that erupted, as asked for in the Round 2 rules. Creativity has to count for something, right? [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Carex:
Ngauruhoe caught in the act!

Well, OK, but I've climbed it and peared down into the crater, so it seemed like a good choice. Actually it hasn't erupted since 1976.

Looks like Ruapehu right next door (which I've also climbed) is a bit more active at the moment, having erupted in 1996 according to the link above. But I'll leave that for someone else.

Admirable, I'm sure! But...

[oneupmanship] Have you descended into the very bowels of a volcano? Yes, my friends, this stalwart fellow defied the fates by climbing approximately 2,000ft down a lava tube into the base of Mount St. Helens (6 years before it erupted). Imagine, if you will, a cave with the appearance of a corrugated intestine, 20ft in diameter, descending at an angle of about 10 degrees. Lava tubes are created by lava traveling beneath the surface of another lava flow and then draining as the surrounding magma cools.

Ever downward we walked, the walls of the cave reflecting the dim yellow light of our flashlights. The stink of sulfur and urine stinging the nose, as we stepped over beer cans and Cheetos bags. Every step we progressed deeper and deeper into the beast as the air grew more hot and foul. Finally, the heat became so oppressive and the walls so close with claustrophobia, that we had to turn back.

When we escaped into daylight, fresh air never tasted so good.

I have walked in the bowels of the monster and lived to tell the tale. [Razz] [Cool]

[/oneupmanship]

[ 14. September 2005, 01:09: Message edited by: Gort ]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by professorkirke:
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
By the way does erupting foam, bubbles, and candy count as a volcano?

I believe it is a volcano, that erupted, as asked for in the Round 2 rules. Creativity has to count for something, right? [Big Grin]
Ah, but Quizmaster said:

quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
we shall ask you to find a volcano that has erupted recently.

Qualification is dependent upon you choosing a volcano that has erupted more recently than the one chosen by just one other competitor.

Of course, if somebody forgets to post then you are through just by naming a volcano.

N.B. I need a link to the webpage that specifies the date of the last eruption of your chosen volcano.

So we have to find / choose / name the volcano, and provide a website which says when it erupted.

Now, if you were to get your beloved (o.n.o.) to build a simple volcano, then you were to find it, choose it and name it (presumably after our glorious Quizmaster), then I think you'd be safe.

Oh, and take some photos with the date on and post them on the web, then link to it.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Posted by a random ancient preacher:
quote:
From Quizmaster:
find a volcano
choosing a volcano
naming a volcano

link to the webpage that specifies the date of the last eruption of your chosen volcano.

In fact, the wise quizmaster has provided us with a most excellent allegory of the Most Holy Trinity.

God the Father chooses us before the beginning of time.
God the Son, the Good Shepherd finds us and brings us home.
God the Holy Spirit causes us to be adopted as God's children, so welcoming us into his family and giving us a new name.

He then calls us to go out and make links between Christ and the world.

Praise be to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.


 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
I shall go for Erta Ale in Ethiopia, for no better reason than it sounds like a beer, and beer is a GOdd Thing. I shall use the usual site to prove it last erupted on February 1st 2005.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
It really amuses me that people are still looking for ultra-recent volcanoes. Go nuts! Find some major eruption from Roman times! My brinksmanship has secured space in the next round for anyone in the game who actually reads this between now and the end of the round!

Marvin
Who is still confident that someone will forget to post...
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
It really amuses me that people are still looking for ultra-recent volcanoes. Go nuts! Find some major eruption from Roman times! My brinksmanship has secured space in the next round for anyone in the game who actually reads this between now and the end of the round!

True, however on a brinksmanship front, Quizmaster's entry last erupted over 300 million years before yours did.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
I hadn't noticed that. I'm not sure whether to thank him or curse him [Biased] ...
 
Posted by da_musicman (# 1018) on :
 
Santori. Atlantis circa 1500 BC
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
Don't you mean Santorini, da Musicman?

I've been there! there's no middle to the island!
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
One of the fascinating things on Ruapehu was the snowbanks: in some areas they had holes in them, with a dark rock at the bottom of each. In other places they had pillars of snow sticking up, with a dark rock perched on top.

The difference, of course, was the type of rock. Heavy types of lava absorbed enough heat from the sun that they would melt down into the snow. Lighter types like pumice don't hold or conduct heat very well, so would sit on top of the snow and shade that under them from the sun, so it remained while the rest of the snowbank melted around it.

quote:
Originally posted by Gort:

[oneupmanship] Have you descended into the very bowels of a volcano? Yes, my friends, this stalwart fellow defied the fates by climbing approximately 2,000ft down a lava tube into the base of Mount St. Helens (6 years before it erupted).
...
I have walked in the bowels of the monster and lived to tell the tale. [Razz] [Cool]

[/oneupmanship] [/QB]

For those who want to keep track of the current status of Mt. Saint Helens, whose steam and ash plumes are within view of several shipmates (and perhaps an inspiration to a particular host?)

Although it is currently active, it hasn't yet been selected for this competition, either.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
SECOND ROUND OF SUBJECTIVE JUDGEMENTS:

The numbers are PAGE, then scores for the following ORIGINALITY, being SMART, and being HELPFUL ... or P O S H for short.

COMPETITOR and EXPLANATION are blatantly obvious.

P O S H Competitor Explanation

4 0 -2 0 Sir Kevin For trying to limerick us to death
4 0 -1 0 Pants For stating what everyone else just thought
4 0 0 0 Tom Day We all guessed that
4 1 1 0 Smudgie Well Said
4 0 1 1 Hazey Jane Good advice
4 0 -1 0 Annie P For suggesting that Smudgie is not an angel
4 0 0 0 Smudgie I just need somewhere to stick it
4 0 0 1 Dolphy A pint of beer would help me greatly I am sure
4 1 0 1 R.D.Olivaw I love that placename and yes
4 0 -1 0 Pants I think Smudgie wins this time
4 0 1 0 Smudgie Smudgie wins this one
4 -1 0 0 Dolphy Christian YES, Victorian church NO
4 1 1 1 S'more I think you just did it again (don’t get cocky though)
4 2 0 0 Jedijudy My secret is out - Now get back to work JJ
4 0 0 2 Chorister Dead Giveaway but obviously needed
4 0 -1 0 S'more Having to amend an entry
4 1 1 1 Smudgie Perfect Post - Exactly what this game is about
4 1 0 0 Smudgie Nice Educational Game
4 0 -1 0 Dolphy For picking on my friend Smudgie
4 0 0 1 Welsh Dragon Good Analysis as always
4 0 1 0 Dolphy Wise words
4 0 -2 0 S'more Not knowing something whilst top of the table
4 0 -1 0 Welsh Dragon Pedantic (if valid) Clever Dick point deducted
4 1 -1 0 S'more Like the style, but you admit the error
4 0 0 1 Custard Valid analysis
4 0 -1 1 Welsh Dragon WD still in final round mode - Too early

5 0 1 0 Papa Smurf Anything banned in the USA has to be good
5 0 0 1 Marvin the Martian Helping newbies earns an H point
5 1 2 0 Christianjimmy Excellent use of the links
5 0 -1 0 Ann Who knows better than to post broken links
5 0 1 0 S'more For feeding chorister the opening
5 0 2 0 Chorister For cracking the joke
5 0 1 0 Chorister Bonus point for impressing S'more
5 0 1 0 Jonah the Whale For the opening gambit in Brinkmanship
5 2 0 0 Jedijudy For finding a chocolate pudding fruit
5 0 1 0 Moth For being the only person besides me who likes spinach
5 2 -1 -1 Sharkshooter For completely misrepresenting fruit and vegetables
5 0 -1 0 Hennah The Limericks have finished now dear
5 1 1 0 Urbanita I have always found the KOQ to be a fount of knowledge
5 0 -1 0 Footdoc I might not have noticed, you never know
5 1 1 0 Procrastinus Maybe we should dare people to 'Eat a tomato'
5 1 1 0 Gladly Bear For linking fruit to Christianity
5 0 -1 0 Jonah the Whale The city round was for practice as we waited for entries
5 0 0 1 Mavin the Martian What I just said
5 0 -1 0 Quizmaster For being indecisive
5 0 -1 0 Papio Papio, you have a problem
5 0 -1 1 Carex Good advice, but ME? Not spot something?
5 0 1 0 S'more I get it you two. I hope it is now adjusted
5 1 -1 0 Professorkirke Welcome to the Knockout Quiz Digory
5 1 0 0 Annie P For being the first food teacher I ever met
5 3 0 0 Dolphy For having a vivid imagination
5 0 0 1 Papio For sexing Doublethink correctly
5 0 -1 0 Professorkirke I think you lost it for a minute there professor
5 0 -1 0 Hennah NO!
5 0 0 2 Smudgie Still trying to help you all
5 1 0 0 Rugasaw I like the occasional bout of madness
5 0 2 1 R.D.Olivaw Good information but I am generous early in the competition
5 0 1 0 Gort Good Post
5 0 -1 1 Annie P You should read your own advice
5 1 -1 0 Dolphy I have never seen a post quite like that one
5 1 0 0 Smudgie A born mother if ever I met one
5 1 0 0 Dolphy For voting mummies to be out of the quiz

6 0 -1 0 Dolphy For getting her last post wrong
6 0 1 0 Jedijudy For impressing Dolphy
6 0 1 0 Dolphy For underailing the thread
6 1 0 0 Pants Thanks for the graphics
6 0 1 0 Chorister Got it in one (a nappy that is)
6 0 0 1 S'more Trying to help but Dolphy already had another entry
6 1 0 0 Jedijudy For talking in a language that bypasses me
6 0 1 0 Professorkirke For trying to educate us
6 1 0 0 Hennah For the information about the Hydrogen bomb
6 0 -1 0 Professorkirke For admissions of inferiority
6 0 0 1 Papa Smurf For eliciting information from the Quizmaster
6 0 -1 0 Papa Smurf Quite correct, but I call that 'CleverDick'ism
6 2 0 0 Chorister For finding a use for ROUND 1 of the quiz
6 1 0 0 Dolphy I think you mean Melons
6 5 0 0 Chorister For a link I can go back to time and again
6 0 -2 0 S'more Inability to post a link despite assurances
6 1 0 0 S'more We have not had a post like that one yet
6 1 -1 0 Smudgie For allowing herself to get wound up during the quiz
6 1 0 0 Nutmeg Up close and personal? ….. OK!
6 1 1 0 Pure as Snow Lazy but Original AND Smart
6 2 1 0 Barnabas62 Nice one Barnaby
6 0 -1 0 Professorkirke Open to debate AND Yes,No,Read the OP
6 0 -1 1 Professorkirke Trying to be helpful and failing
6 1 1 0 Doublethink I must be soft but I like that post
6 2 -1 0 Professorkirke Like the originality, doubt the validity
6 1 0 0 S'more Must remember that when you post a third broken link
6 0 0 1 Nutmeg Helpful point
6 0 0 1 Nutmeg Another helpful point
6 1 1 0 Marvin the Martian For a great attempt at Brinkmanship
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
Forgot to post my link so here goes: Reventador . Last went party-popper-esque in 2002, though still chugging the odd bit.

Hen
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Papio, you have a problem

I'm now out of this, thanks.

[ 14. September 2005, 19:28: Message edited by: Papio. ]
 
Posted by Annie P (# 3453) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papio.:
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Papio, you have a problem

I'm now out of this, thanks.
Out of where? The volcano or the game?
Please don't go (if it's the game we're talking about). If it's the erruption, then that is a sound thing to do. Don't leave us!

As for me, I'm going for the obvious Mount St Helena as it has been pointed out that it hasn't been picked yet. [Big Grin]

Last erruption - 1980. That should do it.

[edit - just scrolled up to see that someone had suggested to go for the volcano which I've picked. Post edited in light of reading said information]

[ 14. September 2005, 19:48: Message edited by: Annie P ]
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Annie P:
quote:
Originally posted by Papio.:
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Papio, you have a problem

I'm now out of this, thanks.
Out of where? The volcano or the game?
The Game.
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Annie P:

As for me, I'm going for the obvious Mount St Helena as it has been pointed out that it hasn't been picked yet. [Big Grin]

Anne, I'm sure that was just an accidental typo in the name of Mount St. Helens. Of course, the town of St. Helens is in a different state, and the town of St. Helena is in yet another.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
The aptly named Novarupta, although it's ratherlike the name 'Newbridge' or 'Newport' - after a few years, it stops seeming so new!
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Doubt the validity of Bumbershoot? It was a volcano that erupted! Haha, I thought it was great, and I'm having a blast, so there. [Biased]

And from now on, I maintain that I am SUPERIOR to everyone, rather than inferior at all. [Killing me]

-Digory
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
We have enough entries now. Next round will start tomorrow night around this time.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by professorkirke:
Doubt the validity of Bumbershoot? It was a volcano that erupted! Haha, I thought it was great, and I'm having a blast, so there. [Biased]

And from now on, I maintain that I am SUPERIOR to everyone, rather than inferior at all. [Killing me]

-Digory

I bow to your superior intellect, but only if you send me some of that candy. [Biased]
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
quote:
As for me, I'm going for the obvious Mount St Helena as it has been pointed out that it hasn't been picked yet.
Last erruption - 1980. That should do it.

I believe that your link to Mt. St. Helen's was incorrect...it last erupted, October 2004.
link
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
I was at Mt. St. Helens a couple of weeks ago, and though it wasn't an eruption, there was a little bit of smoke coming out of that crater, as can be seen here
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
We have enough entries now. Next round will start tomorrow night around this time.

Waiting eagerly
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Fingernails being chewed in nervous anticipation...
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Calm down, girls - there's still eight and a bit hours to go yet. Yeesh.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
But he's so masterful, and it's all just so exciting.

High pitched giggle
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
But he's so masterful, and it's all just so exciting.

Stamp collecting will get you everywhere [Roll Eyes] .

No, wait - that was flattery, not philately. Oh well... [Biased]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
High pitched giggle

Not quite as high pitched as my sonar squeal. Volcanos have errupted as a result! [Razz]


<edited to say to Marvin: you could have been more original in your sig, you never mentioned the ashes [Razz] [Biased] >

[ 15. September 2005, 13:14: Message edited by: dolphy ]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
But he's so masterful, and it's all just so exciting.

High pitched giggle

*swoons*
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by R.D. Olivaw:
quote:
As for me, I'm going for the obvious Mount St Helena as it has been pointed out that it hasn't been picked yet.
Last erruption - 1980. That should do it.

I believe that your link to Mt. St. Helen's was incorrect...it last erupted, October 2004.
link

It all depends on your definition of an eruption. The US Geological Society website linked above implies that there is an ongoing eruption:

quote:
Thursday, September 15, 2005 9:15 a.m. PDT (1615 UTC)

MOUNT ST. HELENS UPDATE

Current status is Volcano Advisory (Alert Level 2); aviation color code ORANGE: Growth of the new lava dome inside the crater of Mount St. Helens continues, accompanied by low rates of seismicity, low emissions of steam and volcanic gases, and minor production of ash. During such eruptions, changes in the level of activity can occur over days to months.

So eruption can mean general volcanic activity (happening at present), visible releases of steam and/or ash (not uncommon), or explosion (1980). As a matter of interest (especially to those who live in the area), the Cascade volcanos tend to have massive explosions rather than just spewing out red hot lava. (At least in recent geologic history.) Mt. Mazama is a good example - what is left of the mountian is now the home of Crater Lake.
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
Thanks Carex...I brought up the October date because my husband flew over Mt. St. Helens last October and took some really cool pictures of the eruption. And under the definition given in your post my volcano is still "erupting" too. [Smile]
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Only minutes remain--how will I next demolish all of my opponents? Only time can tell...


Er something.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
professorkirke, are you plotting against us? [Eek!] That's not very sporting. It's only for fun....


...or is it? [Two face]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hazey Jane:
[QBIt's only for fun....

...or is it? [Two face] [/QB]

Why? Are you having fun?
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
Perhaps his plot was to spirit the Quizmaster away? The time has come and gone, and no new round! (What's the betting I cross post with the new round, eh? Odds on?) [Biased]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster
New rounds will always begin between 22:00 and 24:00 English time. This means early morning for the Australians and Afternoon for the Americans.

Confucious say: be paient and re-read the game instructions

[ 15. September 2005, 21:22: Message edited by: Hazey Jane ]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Confucius also say. Preview post, preview post, preview post [Hot and Hormonal] And buy a dictionary
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
Ah well. Thank you, Confucious, most kind!

If it's much later I'll be in bed, so I won't be able to play until the morning! (I need my beauty sleep, though it's not having any noticeable effect). [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
The time has come (the Walrus said)

Those knocked out for failing to name a volcano:
C#
Gladly The Cross-eyed Bear
Grits
Left at the Altar
Sharkshooter
Tom Day
Urbanita


Those Qualifying for ROUND 3:
Ann
Annie P
Auntie Doris
Barnabas62
Carex
Chorister
Christianjimmy
Custard
Da_Musicman
Dolphy
Doublethink
Footdoc
Gort
Hazey Jane
Hennah
Jedijudy
Jonah the Whale
Marvin the Martian
Moth
MrSponge2U
Nutmeg
Pants
Papa Smurf
Papio
Paul W
Professorkirke
Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow
Quizmaster
R.D.Olivaw
Rugasaw
S'More
Smudgie
Tabby.Cat
The Rogue

Stand by your beds!
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND THREE : CRUISE LINERS

In this round you must name a cruise liner and post a link to a picture of the liner concerned.

The qualifying criterion is as follows:
Along with the name of your liner you should post the Maximum Number of Passengers that the Liner can carry.

If everybody names a ship then the person closest to the average number of passengers will be eliminated (Total of all passengers/Competitors).

Enjoy! - Bonus for letting me know what dates next year I can cruise the Baltic.
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
Holiday
1800
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Dates include June 29th to July 3rd and July 22nd to July 26th. Start and finish in Helsinki. Ship attractions include Finnish saunas, duty-free shops, a hair salon and a library.

I will go for the MV Eclipse which I hope has so few passengers (48) that I will be well away from the average.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Legend of the Seas
1800 passengers

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
The QE2, God bless 'er.

Carries 1,791 guests (aka passengers to anyone who's not pretentious [Biased] ).
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
The Star Princess can take up to 2700 passengers.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Average so far: 1627.8.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
That puts you closest then, Marvin. Is anyone going to help you out? Lots of high figures will take the average up towards or beyond 1800, thus endangering Auntie Doris and RD Olivaw. Or is someone going to go for a figure between you and them and earn brinksmanship points. The excitement is so great that I am going to bed.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
The Queen Mary 2: 2,620 passengers.

That's one hell of a lot of deckchairs.....
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
May I submit the ship on which I cruised for my recent "significant" birthday? That would be the Majesty of the Seas. It can hold 2,744 passengers.

It also has a godmother! She's Queen Sonja of Norway. [Big Grin]

We had tons of fun and I'm looking forward to the next cruise...hopefully a longer one!
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Luxury Liner Tycoon

72 passengers, but you can clone them in as many different colours as you wish...
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
QM, if you sail May 15, Jun 4 or Jun 14, 2006, on this cruise line, you get a $50 per person ship credit! [Yipee]
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
quote:
That puts you closest then, Marvin. Is anyone going to help you out?
It's a good thing that Marvin is a Martian otherwise my participation might violate the first law of robotics. [Eek!]
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow:
Luxury Liner Tycoon

72 passengers, but you can clone them in as many different colours as you wish...

And just to suck up,
Quizmaster, on my cruiseship you choose when and where you wish to go. Baltic, no worries.
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Here we go, folks.

The last stated average was 1627.8

I choose the Maasdam from Holland America, with a full passenger capacity of 1627.

See it here.
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hazey Jane:
professorkirke, are you plotting against us? [Eek!] That's not very sporting. It's only for fun....


...or is it? [Two face]

Only time can tell...
The world may never know...
Disaster could lurk at every turn...
What lies ahead?

And other various mysteriously terrible cliches. [Smile]
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
MV Grandeur of the Seas, Total passengers: 1,950.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
The Arkona, with 636 passengers (and 220 crew, but I guess some of these could be replaced by passengers if necessary).

Details from here, and there are some other ones on the same page if anyone wants a hand.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
How about a trip on the Oriana with P&O? Friends of mine who have travelled on her say she's not too bad and if you're not one of the maximum 2272 passengers then you could always stowaway in a lifeboat. (The site is not letting me link directly to the statistics page so you'll have to do another click to get there, I'm afraid)

Let me know what date you're sailing from Southampton and I can always guarantee a wave from the Isle of Wight to speed you on your way! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
PS... nudge nudge... the site I linked to has a couple more big boats that might come in handy for those seeking nautical inspiration. [Biased]
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
Join me aboard the Jewel of the Seas , has a capacity of 2,501. I'll be the 2,500 if you'll be the one. [Big Grin]

Her 'godmother' is Kathy Mellor - apparently all ship have godmothers (to teach the facts of life etc? sure there's some innuendo there somewhere about docks/berths...?). Though Kathy Mellor was possibly Will Mellor's mum, but is actually USA's teacher of the year 2004. Well well.

Hen x
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
I shall go for the Azur , which is the only ship I have ever cruised upon!

It is the largest ship able to pass through the Corinth canal , which is a very spectacular journey. It can take 720 passengers, as shown here.

I will try to find you some nice Baltic cruises, Quizmaster. I know many of them start from Tilbury, which would once have been very convenient for you, but maybe not so much now! You can stay at my house overnight before you go, if you like. I can't bribe better than that, now can I? [Biased]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
I shall go for the Carnival Glory, which with 2974 passengers takes the average up to 1750.33333 passengers (maybe one of the female passengers is 3 months pregnant), which puts Marvin's QE2 entry in danger.

I can't believe the QE2 might end up as being average ! [Eek!]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:


Enjoy! - Bonus for letting me know what dates next year I can cruise the Baltic.

Why bother being crowded on to a ship with hundreds of other people you don't know, going places you're not sure you'll like ?

Why not buy your own boat, and you can go whenever you like and take only a select group of friends with you.

I think this one might suit - your change from a milion Euro would be enough to hire a 2 man crew for a few months......
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
I shall go way under the average with my entry of RMS St Helena with a maximum number of passengers of 128 (think that'll just about make me safe if the average is up in the thousands!)
As for helping QM in his planned Baltic trip, not much use I'm afraid. South Atlantic only. Still I do recommend it. I lived on St Helena (pronounced Saint Hell-ee-na, fact fans, named after Emperor Constantine's mother, which incidentally also should not be pronounced Hell-en-err) for a while, its an amazing place, and IMHO QM would make a far more interesting trip than the Baltics. (Just for uniqueness at the very least!)

Just doing my bit for St Helenian tourism [Big Grin]

[ 16. September 2005, 09:05: Message edited by: christianjimmy ]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
I can't believe the QE2 might end up as being average ! [Eek!]

Precisely the irony that prompted me to select her [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
Precisely the irony that prompted me to select her [Big Grin]

yes, but most of those big ships are made of steel anyway [Razz]

(edit for code)

[ 16. September 2005, 15:03: Message edited by: Gremlin ]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
Precisely the irony that prompted me to select her [Big Grin]

yes, but most of those big ships are made of steel anyway [Razz]
:groan:
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Explorer of the Seas because I've cruised on it.

Passenger Capacity: 3,114
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
I like Pants. She is moving the average up again. I want to stay above 1000, or I might be out! [Eek!]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Extra points for my pics?

And here is the cruise for you QM - it's even currently the FEATURED HOT DEAL!!
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I would like to suggest a small but personal cruise ship, the Hebridean Spirit , which will take a maximum of 80 guests, and 70 crew. [Eek!] I like that ratio. [Big Grin]


The 7 night Majesty of Norway tour departs mid July next year.

Check out the size of these suites. They are bigger than my house. [Eek!]

Note the tartan decor. It is a scottish firm after all. [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
By the way, if you fancy a cruise to the Baltic, QM, here's the booking details.

Ship: Oriana
Cruise Code: X607
Departs: 27 May 2006
Duration: 13 Nights
Price: £1269

which includes trips to St Petersburg and Tallinn

[ 16. September 2005, 14:01: Message edited by: Smudgie ]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Well, would you believe it - this cruise liner took me to a Shrek party!

Strange that.... [Biased]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
I am surprised no one has mentioned this famous one: Foolish. It's capacity has no limits and at the moment there are over ten thousand passengers. Prices are very reasonable, in fact she only asks a donation every once in a while to keep the organ in good condition. She sails the globe and you can choose your room, your view, even have your own name and picture in her gallery. It's the best ship for making new friends, sometimes even enemies but she will not tolerate time wasters. She also boasts many weddings and parties but beware the hot boiler room!

<ETA: don't be put off by the rowing boat in the picture, this ship is far bigger and stronger!>

[ 16. September 2005, 14:40: Message edited by: dolphy ]
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
I will choose the M/V Taku. (I sailed for several days on the M/V Malaspina, but the photo isn't as good.)

The Taku carries 450 passengers, and has the distinction (at least among the vessels named so far) of officially being both a cruise ship and a State Highway.

I will claim my extra credit by informing Quizmaster what dates he can cruise the Baltic: any dates he wants, but it will have to be on a different ship.
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Hey Dolphy, I thought about that, but was concerned it may get the "Like the originality, doubt the validity" vote from Ol' QM. [Biased]

For what it's worth though, I think it's damn clever. [Smile]
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
The Seabourn Legend has a maximum of 200 passengers but, unless you pop over to the "Talk like a Pirate" thread and ask some of the reprobates very nicely, the closest you'll get to the Baltic is Acapulco.

I might dig you out a Baltic cruise before the end of the round, but you haven't given much of an indication of how much you can afford, nor how many people you will be treating; you may like the look of the 29th April for £399, but you may find yourself slinging a hammock in the bilges for that little. And, if you're only going to be able to see the condensation on four steel walls and whatever is swimming in the three inches of murky water swirling round your feet, you might as well take a cruise on the Mersey Ferry.

[I get too used to word processors which auto-capitalise sentences for me.]

[ 16. September 2005, 19:57: Message edited by: Ann ]
 
Posted by Jonah the Whale (# 1244) on :
 
The Galapagos Islands are much nicer than the Baltic or St Helena. Here's the ship for you Quizzy:

Isabela ll is a
quote:
1025 ton first class cruise liner, with a capacity of 40 passengers in 21 lower berth, spacious cabins all with outside view. Fully air-conditioned. 24 crew and 3 naturalist guides.
Would make you ponder though, whilst you're busy trampling your unique species underfoot, what is the definition of a cruise liner.

JtW
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
40,000 (Based upon the average size of a completely unremarkable sheep.)

For a more a more modern version, you can take the Seabourn Pride which will keep you and 203 other passengers afloat on the Baltic for 40 days and 40 nights, (sheep carrying capacity unspecified).

[ 16. September 2005, 22:52: Message edited by: Doublethink ]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Sun Vista (ex-Galileo Galalei, Galileo, Meridian)
Currently holds 0 passengers
Thought I might lower the mean.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Oh, I forgot to add that the Sun Vista currently is not cruising the Baltic.
 
Posted by Tabby.Cat (# 4561) on :
 
Nutmeg's choice looks lovely but I will go for the even smaller Hebridean Princess.

quote:
Just 49 guests are cared for by around 38 crew as she sails perhaps the most beautiful coastline of northern Europe, Scotland's Western Isles.
Lovely! Saving up my money now.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I have just been corrected. The Sun Vista will hold 1750 minus whatever crew if any one would need. The only drawback would be the need for scuba gear. Unless the passengers were mermaids or mermen of course.
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
The S. S. Minnow

Available for three-hour tours of the lovely South Pacific. Capacity restricted to seven passengers: including a Skipper, a professor, a millionaire and his wife, and partiality will be shown to travellers named "Gilligan". Unfortuately, this cruise liner has a tendency to become stranded upon enchanted desert isles.
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
...

Marvin
Who is still confident that someone will forget to post...

Not a bad guess for an early round.

quote:
Those knocked out for failing to name a volcano:
C#
Gladly The Cross-eyed Bear
Grits
Left at the Altar
Sharkshooter
Tom Day
Urbanita

I knew travelling would get me - I only hoped it would be later rather than sooner.

Oh well, as to cruise liners, RMS Titanic. 2,435 passengers.

Moth, does that help?
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Just popping in to remind Quizmaster that, as of today, I am his boss [Biased] so he's got to be nice to me and award me lots of extra points. In return, I promise not to lock this thread until I have won [Big Grin] .
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Chorister.

Congratulations on graduating to pure insanity.

As I understand it a host/hostess HAS TO READ EVERY POST made in their own particular section.

You should be sectioned.

P.S. No problem, you have got this won ... EASY! [Biased]
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
Just popping in to remind Quizmaster that, as of today, I am his boss [Biased] so he's got to be nice to me and award me lots of extra points. In return, I promise not to lock this thread until I have won [Big Grin] .

Ahem. As Circus Hosts we are meant to be impartial and not ask for favours, handouts or anything that could compromise our position. As it happens, the fact that I am married to a contestant in this quiz will not mean that I will edit other posts in order to show her in the best light, not a chance, never...

Tom
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tom Day:
Ahem. As Circus Hosts we are meant to be impartial and not ask for favours, handouts or anything that could compromise our position. As it happens, the fact that I am married to a contestant in this quiz will not mean that I will edit other posts in order to show her in the best light, not a chance, never...

Tom

Cheating is O.K. It's getting caught that results in punishment. [Razz]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
And for my Cruise Liner ....

Pride of America pictured here setting off from New York.

Passenger Complement = 2,156
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Just to upset all the hosts by posting three in a row ......

We have enough entries now to move onto the next round tomorrow night.

That's tomorrow afternoon for you Yanks and the following morning for you Aussies. [Smile]
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
...As I understand it a host/hostess HAS TO READ EVERY POST made in their own particular section.
...

and the links, too, if I recall.
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
Better get this in quick, before the next round starts.

Mariner of the Seas

Holds 3114 passengers.

Paul W
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by sharkshooter:

Oh well, as to cruise liners, RMS Titanic. 2,435 passengers.

Moth, does that help?

It's most kind of you, Sharkshooter. But does it count if you're an "also ran"?
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Moth:
quote:
Originally posted by sharkshooter:

Oh well, as to cruise liners, RMS Titanic. 2,435 passengers.

Moth, does that help?

It's most kind of you, Sharkshooter. But does it count if you're an "also ran"?
Depends on how much we bribe QM.
 
Posted by Annie P (# 3453) on :
 
In serious need of bribing the QM... Hoping this entry is not too late.

My cruise liner is the Marine Iguana which can take a maximum of 100 passengers, and sails around the Galapagos Island.

Sounds like my kind of cruise.

Tom Day said
quote:
As it happens, the fact that I am married to a contestant in this quiz will not mean that I will edit other posts in order to show her in the best light, not a chance, never...

Awww, I bet he's thought about it though. Mind you, he's more likely to be on the look out for opportunity to correct my posts, because I've made a mess of them. [Roll Eyes]

[You mean like this dear [Biased] ]

[ 19. September 2005, 21:33: Message edited by: Tom Day ]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Knocked out for failing to name a Liner:
Barnabas62
Da_Musicman
Footdoc
Papio
S'More
Tabby.Cat

Qualifiers for ROUND 4:
Ann
Annie P
Auntie Doris
Carex
Chorister
Christianjimmy
Custard
Dolphy
Doublethink
Gort
Hazey Jane
Hennah
Jedijudy
Jonah the Whale
Marvin the Martian
Moth
MrSponge2U
Nutmeg
Pants
Papa Smurf
Paul W
Professorkirke
Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow
Quizmaster
R.D.Olivaw
Rugasaw
Smudgie
The Rogue

Next round imminent. Sound your horns! [Yipee]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Beep Beep!
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND FOUR : AFRICAN COUNTRIES

Simply select a Country from the Continent of AFRICA.

If everyone posts a Country then the one to lose out and be eliminated will be the person who chose the largest country in terms of area.

Simply pick a country and tell us all about it.
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
The Gambia.

It is very small, and I once had a boy from there write to me because he saw my name in a newspaper.

They grow groundnuts there, and the capital is Banjul.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Ghana

The only country apart from the UK to have its capital (Accra) on the Meridian line. I know cos I was part of a Millenium project at school where I was given a penpal from Ghana. Who I wrote to until he hinted that he wanted to come to live with my family so he could study in Europe. The school then intervened!

Languages spoken include English, Twi, Ewe and Dagbani. Population size of 21,029,853. The lyrics to the National anthem can be found here. It is a member of the Commonwealth.

Some famous Ghanaians can be found here. Kofi Annan is among them.

[ 19. September 2005, 22:14: Message edited by: Hazey Jane ]
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
Togo

A small country tucked between Ghana and Benin, but because it is long and skinny it goes through 6 distinct climatic regions.

56 785 square km
 
Posted by Jonah the Whale (# 1244) on :
 
Kenya. Not on the Greenwich meridian, but it is on the equator. I was born there. In fact my parents couldn't tell me if I was born in the northern or southern hemisphere. Known for its stunning wildlife and its steeplechasers, but in those days it was better known for its Mau Mau uprising. Main exports: coffee, tea, and athletes.

Jonah.

PS. Can I spoil my entry by snitching on Annie P. Her "ship" is called MV Galápagos Explorer II and not the Marine Iguana. The clue is in the initials MV, which stand for motor vessel, though I have to say that Marine Iguana (which is the name of the tour itinerary) would be a much more colourful name. I realise I'll probably lose points for this, but I'm an uncontrolable pedant sometimes and it gets the better of me. I actually wanted to help her change her entry but was too late. Honest.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Benin , which is next to Togo, as it happens. Population a bit smaller than London, area about 1.5 times the size of Scotland.

It was also the site of a powerful 15th century kingdom. I've certainly seen allegations the king briefly enriched himself and sowed the seeds for the destruction of his kingdom by selling a large proportion of the population to slave traders. Not sure how true they were, but seems sad if so.

Was a French colony from 1872 to 1960.

Oh yes, and if you check out the sites people are linking to, you can find useful information about the countries you're talking about.

[ 19. September 2005, 22:48: Message edited by: Custard. ]
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
Mali
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Comoros

"The archipelago of Comoros is situated in the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean between the eastern coast of Africa and Madagascar. It includes three volcanic islands and numerous coral reefs and uninhabited islets. Mayote, the most southern island, remains a French dependency, although claimed by Comoros."

Population - 646,000
Land area - 2,230 sq km (861 sq miles)

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Hmmm... actually wondering now whether Comoros is actually classed as part of Africa. Guess we shall have to wait for the final judges decision.... *kiss* *kiss* Quizmaster.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Amazingly little information about this country in the Horn of Africa on its official website.

So here is an unoffical one.

I am very impressed that the CIA has a big book of facts - apparently Djibouti has an area 'slightly smaller than Massachusetts', a population of less than half a million and a 'torrid' climate. It also contains the lowest point in Africa - Lac Assal at -155 m sea level.

[Cool]

To summarise; very small, very hot, very strategic.

(I checked out the CIA vision of the UK. Apparently we are 'slightly smaller than Oregon', 'more than one-half of the days are overcast' and our major political pressure groups are 'Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament; Confederation of British Industry; National Farmers' Union; Trades Union Congress'. Also very pleased to hear that we are a 'producer of limited amounts of synthetic drugs and synthetic precursor chemicals; major consumer of Southwest Asian heroin, Latin American cocaine, and synthetic drugs; money-laundering center' - ah, to see ourselves as others see us ...)
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
oops...Mali is in Western Africa, is slightly less than twice the size of Texas and is completely landlocked. It's where you'll find Timbuktu!
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Largest Country Sudan, Republic of, republic in north-eastern Africa, the largest
country of the African continent. Sudan has a total area of 2505800 sq km


Evil cackle ah hah ha ha a
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I am going to pick Rwanda which is squeezed between Zaire and Tanzania down the bottom bit. [Big Grin] It was the subject of a recent movie Hotel Rwanda which was really unspeakable. It is a tiny nation being only 9633 square miles. It is officially a Catholic Nation, major languages are Kinyarwanda and French. The currency is the Rwanda Franc. The population is listed as 7,312,000, which seems a lot for such a tiny country.

I've included a link to a Safari . As with most african countries, you can look at the wildlife while there. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I would like to pick the United Republic of Tanzania , mostly because I think the stone tanzanite is a beautiful gem!

The population of Tanzania is 36,580,000, living on a landmass of 886,040 sq km (342,000 sq miles). The people speak English and Swahili (the official languages) plus local languages. Mt. Kilimanjaro and half of Lake Victoria are in Tanzania...and the climate can be hot, which appeals to this Florida girl! [Big Grin]

Sounds like a good place to visit to me.
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
Cote D'ivoire:

 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Senegal!

Over 11,000,000 people (wow) live in this Western Africa nation. It's over 196,000 km squared.

A largely Islamic nation, it departed from France's leadership (France gave something up? Weird.) in 1960.

A verse from the national anthem:

Sénégal, comme toi, comme tous nos héros,
Nous serons durs sans haine et des deux bras ouverts.
L'épée, nous la mettrons dans la paix du fourreau,
Car le travail sera notre arme et la parole.
Le Bantou est un frère, et l'Arabe et le Blanc.

Senegal, like you, like all our heroes,
We will be hard without hatred, with open arms.
The sword in peace-time we will store in the scabbard,
As work and words will be our weapon.
The Bantu is a brother, and so is the Arab and the White.

 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
The Republic of Madagascar happens to be the fourth largest Island in the world... even bigger than the Isle of Wight! It's a zoologist's heaven with some amazing wildlife inlcuding my absolutel favourites the ringtailed lemurs... in fact it homes 5% of the world's plant and animal species, 80% of these being unique to Madagascar.

You may be interested to know that Madagascar is one of only two countries in the world that doesn't use a decimal based currency - its currency is in base five.

If you'd like to see some photos of Madagascar, look here while a movie is available here
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
PS: Auntie Doris, I think we can feel fairly confident of our contributions being part of the continent of Africa, despite being offshore, because the websites we each linked to state as much. And besides, even the Isle of Wight has on its logo "A region of Europe" !
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
I shall choose Burundi , which used to be called Urundi

It's quite small, only just larger than Rwanda, and slightly smaller than Albania. see this list of areas.
THe capital is called Bujumbura,
It has belonged to the Germans, and the Belgians.

It is said to be the poorest country in the world

In 1990, under the name Beats International, Norman Cook, (aka Fatboy Slim) released an album called "Let Them Eat Bingo", which had a song on it called Burundi Blues....

[ 20. September 2005, 08:21: Message edited by: Papa Smurf ]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Swaziland (it's in a book not on the Web that I found it so I can't link to it!)
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
For Pants' benefit:
Swaziland
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Background: Autonomy for the Swazis of southern Africa was guaranteed by the British in the late 19th century; independence was granted in 1968. Student and labor unrest during the 1990s pressured the monarchy (one of the oldest on the continent) to grudgingly allow political reform and greater democracy. Swaziland recently surpassed Botswana as the country with the world's highest known rates of HIV/AIDS infection
Location: Southern Africa, between Mozambique and South Africa
Geographic coordinates: 26 30 S, 31 30 E
Area: total: 17,363 sq km, land: 17,203 sq km, water: 160 sq km , slightly smaller than New Jersey
Land boundaries: total: 535 km, border countries: Mozambique 105 km, South Africa 430 km, Coastline: 0 km (landlocked), Maritime claims: none (landlocked)
Climate: varies from tropical to near temperate
Terrain: mostly mountains and hills; some moderately sloping plains
Elevation extremes: lowest point: Great Usutu River 21 m, highest point: Emlembe 1,862 m
Natural resources: asbestos, coal, clay, cassiterite, hydropower, forests, small gold and diamond deposits, quarry stone, and talc
Land use: arable land: 10.35%, permanent crops: 0.7%, other: 88.95% (2001)
Irrigated land: 690 sq km (1998 est.)
Natural hazards: drought
Environment - current issues: limited supplies of potable water; wildlife populations being depleted because of excessive hunting; overgrazing; soil degradation; soil erosion
Environment - international agreements:
party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Ozone Layer Protection signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea
Geography - note: landlocked; almost completely surrounded by South Africa Population: 1,173,900
note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2005 est.)
Age structure: 0-14 years: 40.6% (male 240,643/female 235,895) 15-64 years: 55.6,% (male 327,661/female 325,400), 65 years and over: 3.8% (male 19,273/female 25,028) (2005 est.) Median age: total: 18.72 years, male: 18.53 years, female: 18.92 years (2005 est.)
Population growth rate: 0.25% (2005 est.)
Birth rate: 27.72 births/1,000 population (2005 est.)
Death rate: 25.26 deaths/1,000 population (2005 est.)
Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2005 est.)
Sex ratio: at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female, under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female, 15-64 years: 1.01 male(s)/female, 65 years and over: 0.77 male(s)/female
total population: 1 male(s)/female (2005 est.)
Infant mortality rate: total: 69.27 deaths/1,000 live births, male: 72.51 deaths/1,000 live births, female: 65.94 deaths/1,000 live births (2005 est.)
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 35.65 years, male: 37.18 years, female: 34.07 years (2005 est.)
Total fertility rate: 3.7 children born/woman (2005 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: 38.8% (2003 est.)
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: 20,000 (2003 est.)
HIV/AIDS - deaths: 17,000 (2003 est.)
Nationality: noun: Swazi(s), adjective: Swazi
Ethnic groups: African 97%, European 3%
Religions: Zionist (a blend of Christianity and indigenous ancestral worship) 40%, Roman Catholic 20%, Muslim 10%, Anglican, Bahai, Methodist, Mormon, Jewish and other 30%
Languages: English (official, government business conducted in English), siSwati (official)
Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read and write, total population: 81.6%, male: 82.6%
female: 80.8% (2003 est.)
Government Swaziland Top of Page
Country name:
conventional long form: Kingdom of Swaziland
conventional short form: Swaziland
Government type:
monarchy; independent member of Commonwealth
Capital:
Mbabane; note - Lobamba is the royal and legislative capital
Administrative divisions:
4 districts; Hhohho, Lubombo, Manzini, Shiselweni
Independence:
6 September 1968 (from UK)
National holiday:
Independence Day, 6 September (1968)
Constitution:
a constitution was due to be adopted in November 2003 but was delayed and scheduled for early 2005
Legal system:
based on South African Roman-Dutch law in statutory courts and Swazi traditional law and custom in traditional courts; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Suffrage:
18 years of age
Executive branch:
chief of state: King MSWATI III (since 25 April 1986)
head of government: Prime Minister Absolom Themba DLAMINI (since 14 November 2003)
cabinet: Cabinet recommended by the prime minister and confirmed by the monarch
elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; prime minister appointed by the monarch
Legislative branch:
bicameral Parliament or Libandla, an advisory body, consists of the Senate (30 seats - 10 appointed by the House of Assembly and 20 appointed by the monarch; members serve five-year terms) and the House of Assembly (65 seats - 10 appointed by the monarch and 55 elected by popular vote; members serve five-year terms)
elections: House of Assembly - last held 18 October 2003 (next to be held October 2008)
election results: House of Assembly - balloting is done on a nonparty basis; candidates for election are nominated by the local council of each constituency and for each constituency the three candidates with the most votes in the first round of voting are narrowed to a single winner by a second round
Judicial branch:
High Court; Court of Appeal; judges for both courts are appointed by the monarch
Political parties and leaders:
political parties are banned by the government - the following are considered political associations; Imbokodvo National Movement or INM [leader NA]; Ngwane National Liberatory Congress or NNLC [Obed DLAMINI, president]; People's United Democratic Movement or PUDEMO [Mario MASUKU, president]
Political pressure groups and leaders:
NA
International organization participation:
ACP, AfDB, AU, C, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, Interpol, IOC, ISO (correspondent), ITU, MIGA, NAM, OPCW, PCA, SACU, SADC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTO
Diplomatic representation in the US:
chief of mission: Ambassador Mary Madzandza KANYA
chancery: 1712 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009
telephone: [1] (202) 234-5002
FAX: [1] (202) 234-8254
Diplomatic representation from the US:
chief of mission: Ambassador Lewis LUCKE
embassy: Central Bank Building, Warner Street, Mbabane
mailing address: P. O. Box 199, Mbabane
telephone: [268] 404-6441 through 404-6445
FAX: [268] 404-5959
Flag description:
three horizontal bands of blue (top), red (triple width), and blue; the red band is edged in yellow; centered in the red band is a large black and white shield covering two spears and a staff decorated with feather tassels, all placed horizontally
Economy Swaziland Top of Page
Economy - overview:
In this small, landlocked economy, subsistence agriculture occupies more than 80% of the population. The manufacturing sector has diversified since the mid-1980s. Sugar and wood pulp remain important foreign exchange earners. Mining has declined in importance in recent years with only coal and quarry stone mines remaining active. Surrounded by South Africa, except for a short border with Mozambique, Swaziland is heavily dependent on South Africa from which it receives about nine-tenths of its imports and to which it sends nearly three-quarters of its exports. Customs duties from the Southern African Customs Union and worker remittances from South Africa substantially supplement domestically earned income. The government is trying to improve the atmosphere for foreign investment. Overgrazing, soil depletion, drought, and sometimes floods persist as problems for the future. More than one-fourth of the population needed emergency food aid in 2004 because of drought, and more than one-third of the adult population was infected by HIV/AIDS.
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $6.018 billion (2004 est.)
GDP - real growth rate:
2.5% (2004 est.)
GDP - per capita:
purchasing power parity - $5,100 (2004 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:
agriculture: 16.1%
industry: 43.4%
services: 40.5% (2004 est.)
Labor force:
383,200 (2000)
Labor force - by occupation:
NA
Unemployment rate:
34% (2000 est.)
Population below poverty line:
40% (1995)
Household income or consumption by percentage share:
lowest 10%: 1%
highest 10%: 50.2% (1995)
Inflation rate (consumer prices):
5.4% (2004 est.)
Investment (gross fixed):
23.6% of GDP (2004 est.)
Budget:
revenues: $494.6 million
expenditures: $552.7 million, including capital expenditures of $147 million (2004 est.)
Agriculture - products:
sugarcane, cotton, corn, tobacco, rice, citrus, pineapples, sorghum, peanuts; cattle, goats, sheep
Industries:
mining (coal, raw asbestos), wood pulp, sugar, soft drink concentrates, textile and apparel
Industrial production growth rate:
3.7% (FY95/96)
Electricity - production:
402 million kWh (2002)
Electricity - consumption:
1.173 billion kWh (2002)
Electricity - exports:
0 kWh (2002)
Electricity - imports:
799 million kWh; note - electricity supplied by South Africa (2002)
Oil - production:
0 bbl/day (2001 est.)
Oil - consumption:
3,500 bbl/day (2001 est.)
Oil - exports:
NA
Oil - imports:
NA
Current account balance:
$-82.4 million (2004 est.)
Exports:
$900.1 million f.o.b. (2004 est.)
Exports - commodities:
soft drink concentrates, sugar, wood pulp, cotton yarn, refrigerators, citrus and canned fruit
Exports - partners:
South Africa 59.7%, EU 8.8%, US 8.8%, Mozambique 6.2% (2004)
Imports:
$1.14 billion f.o.b. (2004 est.)
Imports - commodities:
motor vehicles, machinery, transport equipment, foodstuffs, petroleum products, chemicals
Imports - partners:
South Africa 95.6%, EU 0.9%, Japan 0.9%, Singapore 0.3% (2004)
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:
$320.5 million (2004 est.)
Debt - external:
$320 million (2002 est.)
Economic aid - recipient:
$104 million (2001)
Currency (code):
lilangeni (SZL)
Exchange rates:
emalangeni per US dollar - 6.4597 (2004), 7.5648 (2003), 10.5407 (2002), 8.6092 (2001), 6.9398 (2000)
Fiscal year:
1 April - 31 March
Communications Swaziland Top of Page
Telephones - main lines in use:
46,200 (2003)
Telephones - mobile cellular:
88,000 (2003)
Telephone system:
general assessment: a somewhat modern but not an advanced system
domestic: system consists of carrier-equipped, open-wire lines and low-capacity, microwave radio relay
international: country code - 268; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)
Radio broadcast stations:
AM 3, FM 2 plus 4 repeaters, shortwave 3 (2004)
Television broadcast stations:
5 plus 7 relay stations (2004)
Internet country code:
.sz
Internet hosts:
1,401 (2003)
Internet users:
27,000 (2003)
Transportation Swaziland Top of Page
Railways:
total: 301 km
narrow gauge: 301 km 1.067-m gauge (2004)
Highways:
total: 3,107 km
paved: NA
unpaved: NA (2000)
Airports:
18 (2004 est.)
Airports - with paved runways:
total: 1
2,438 to 3,047 m: 1 (2004 est.)
Airports - with unpaved runways:
total: 17
914 to 1,523 m: 7
under 914 m: 10 (2004 est.)
Military Swaziland Top of Page
Military branches:
Umbutfo Swaziland Defense Force (USDF): Ground Force (includes Air Wing), Royal Swaziland Police Force (RSPF) (2005)
Military manpower - military age and obligation:
18 years of age for voluntary military service; both sexes are eligible for military service (2005)
Military manpower - availability:
males age 18-49: 248,676 (2005 est.)
Military manpower - fit for military service:
males age 18-49: 98,530 (2005 est.)
Military expenditures - dollar figure:
$40.5 million (2004)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP:
1.4% (2004)
Transnational Issues Swaziland Top of Page
Disputes - international:
none
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
Sheeeeesh Pants! Do you think you put enough information in there?! [Eek!] [Eek!]

I was actually gonna use Swaziland, (a lovely place to go btw people - this quiz is great, gives me a chance to boast about all the fun places I've been to!) but now will have to go for Lesotho which is quite small, so I'm feeling quite good about not getting knocked out.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Hands up all those who wish to award PANTS the accolade of ......

"MOST INTERESTING POST TO DATE"

VOTES should be either

1) [Snore]
2) [Killing me]
3) [Roll Eyes]
4) [Ultra confused]
5) [Overused]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Well I think she deserves [Overused] just for the sheer time taken to type all that out ( [Eek!] )and for the fact that she looked it up in a good ol fashioned book. [Biased]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
definitely a [Snore]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
Well I think she deserves [Overused] just for the sheer time taken to type all that out ( [Eek!] )and for the fact that she looked it up in a good ol fashioned book. [Biased]

Two words - copy/paste.

My vote is [Snore]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
And now for my entry: Egypt.

Egypt is probably the world's oldest civilization having emerged from the Nile Valley around 3,100 years ago, historically. Egypt is probably one of the oldest vacation spots. Early Greeks, Romans and others went there just for fun, and to see the wonders of some of mankind's earliest triumphs. But Egypt is much more than Pyramids and monuments. It is also Red Sea scuba diving, hot night spots, luxury hotels and five star restaurants. It is romantic cruises down the Nile on festive river boats, a night at the grand opera and it is a cultural experience like none you have ever experienced. Egypt is a land bustling with life, sound, visual beauty and excitement.

Also, my parents have been there twice, and didn't take me on either occasion, the gits [Mad]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
My vote for Pants as I was showing D-U her post:
[Killing me]

Then as I got tired of reading facts and figures:
[Snore]
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
I shall explore the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.


The capital, Tripoli, was founded in the seventh century BC by the Phoenicians, but was subsequently taken over by the Cyrenaicans, the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Ottomans, the Spanish, the Knights of St John, the Ottomans (again), someone called Ahmed Karamanli, the Ottomans for a third time, the Italians, the British and finally gained independance in 1951.

The country's land area is 1.76million square kilometers of which 1% is arable. Six other countries share borders with Libya.

There are 57 million search results for Libya on Google.

Nine different languages are spoken in the country.

The mathematician theodorus was born there in 465BC who worked on the irrationality of some square roots.

Today the temperature at Tripoli International Airport is 82F.

Of the 104 nations visited by Pope John Paul II, none of them was Libya.
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
My choice for African country: Lesotho:

Lesotho is enclosed by South Africa.

(Geography - note: landlocked; surrounded by South Africa; mountainous, more than 80% of the country is 1,800 meters above sea level; only country in the world that lies entirely above 1,000 meters. Lesotho is one of only three states surrounded entirely by another; the other two are San Marino and Vatican City, in Italy.)


Three distinct geographical regions, demarcated by ascending altitude, expend approximately north-south through the country. The western quarter of the country, a plateau averaging 5,000 to 6,000 ft, ranges from a thin strip of 6 miles in width to a zone 40 miles wide. The soil of this zone is derive from sandstone and, particularly in the western most region, is poor and badly eroded.

The reminder of the country is highland. A zone of rolling foothills, ranging from 6,000 to 7,000 ft, forms the border between the lowlands and the mountains in the east. The Maluti Mountains, spurs of the Drakensberg range, extend north and south. They form a high plateau from 9,000 to 10,000 ft in height. The highest point is Thabana Ntlenyana (11,425ft) in the east. The rich volcanic soils of the foothills and mountains are some of the best in the country.

The sources of two of the principal rivers in South Africa, the Orange and the Thukela, are in these mountains. Tributaries of the Caledon River, which forms the country's western border, also rise here.

CLIMATE

Temperatures vary widely from one geographical zone to another, and frequently within zones, depending on the altitude. In the lowlands, temperatures reach 32C° (90°F) or more in the summer and rarely fall below -6.6°C (20°F) in the winter. The range in the highlands is greater; temperatures can fall below -18°C (0°F) and frost and hail are frequent hazards. Rainfall is mostly concentrated in the months from October to April and the hottest months are January and February. Snows occurs in the highlands between May and September. Lesotho experiences a great deal of sunshine.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION

Most nationals of Commonwealth countries do not require visa, apart from Australia, Canada, Ghana, New Zealand, Nigeria, India, Pakistan and Namibia. Nationals from Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Norway, San Marino, Sweden and South Africa do not require visas. All others are required to have a visa to enter the country.

Full passports are required by all.

If travelling to Lesotho from South Africa, you require a multiple-entry visa to re-enter into South Africa.

It is advisable to check for the latest visa requirement information with the Lesotho representative in your country.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

MONEY

Official Currency: 1 Loti=100 lisente


Lesotho is part of the Rand Monetary Area and the South African Rand is accepted as legal currency.

Travellers cheques are best taken in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling. along with most of the major credit cards are widely accepted. There are no restrictions on the import of foreign currency

Banks In Lesotho:

Central Bank of Lesotho


BANKING & BUSINESS HOURS

Banking:
Monday to Friday (except Wednesday) 0830-1500 Wednesday: 0830-1300 Saturday: 0830-1100

Shops:
Monday to Friday: 0800-1700 Saturday: 0800-1200

Government Offices:
Monday to Friday: 0800-1245 and 1400-1630


LOCAL TIME

Lesotho is two hours ahead of GMT


TRANSPORT & GETTING AROUND

Air:
Lesotho Airways has daily flights to and from Johannesburg International Airport which takes approximately one hour, ten minutes. Lesotho Airways also provides connections to some of the main towns.

Rail:
The South African Railway systems links into Lesotho from Maseru to Marseille on the Bloemfontein/Natal main line.

Public Transport:
Generally well served by privately owned buses and smaller passenger vehicles particularly between major centres. Some unsealed roads become impassable during the rainy season.


Self Drive / Hire Cars:


The main road running from north to western and southern borders is sealed and passable throughout the year. All other minor roads can be impassable during the rains.

Driving is on the Left hand side and driving licences issued in most countries are valid for a period of up to six month, provided that they are printed in English or are accompanied by a certified translation. International Licences are recognised.


PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

1st January New Years Day
11th March Moshoeshoe's Day
4th April Hero's Day
1st May Worker's Day
17th July King's Birthday
4th October Independence Day
25th December Christmas Day
26th December Boxing Day
Variable Holidays include: Good Friday, Easter Monday and Ascension Day

ELECTRICAL POWER

Electric Power is 220V running at 50Hz. The Plug types used are :
"South African" Plug - view



TRAVEL INSURANCE

If you need medical care whilst in Lesotho, it is best to be aware that medical providers may not accept payment through your insurance company. In these circumstances you will have to pay in full after your treatment and file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement. Therefore you should have access to cash, either from a credit card or by wire transfer. If you need assistance contact the country's local embassy or representative.

To be compensated you must be treated by licensed medical personnel and provide your insurance company with proper documentation and receipts.

It is advisable to always ensure you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy which covers you for repatriation to your home country.

History

After many years as a British protectorate, Lesotho gained full independence from the United Kingdom on October 4, 1966. In January 1970 the ruling Basotho National Party (BNP) appeared set to lose the first post-independence general elections when Prime Minister Leabua Jonathan annulled the election. He refused to cede power to the Basotho Congress Party (BCP) and imprisoned its leadership.

The BNP ruled by decree until January 1986 when a military coup forced them out of office. The Military Council that came into power granted executive powers to King Moshoeshoe II, who was until then a ceremonial monarch. In 1987, however, the King was forced into exile after a falling out with the army. His son was installed as King Letsie III.

The chairman of the military junta, Major General Justin Metsing Lekhanya, was ousted in 1991 and then replaced by Major General Elias Phisoana Ramaema, who handed over power to a democratically elected government of the BCP in 1993. Moshoeshoe II returned from exile in 1992 as an ordinary citizen. After the return to democratic government, King Letsie III tried unsuccessfully to persuade the BCP government to reinstate his father (Moshoeshoe II) as head of state. In August 1994, Letsie III staged a coup which was backed by the military and deposed the BCP government. The new government did not receive full international recognition. Member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) engaged in negotiations aimed at the reinstatement of the BCP government. One of the conditions put forward by the King for the return of the BCP government was that his father should be re-installed as head of state. After protracted negotiations, the BCP government was reinstated and the King abdicated in favor of his father in 1995, but Moshoeshoe II died in a car accident in 1996 and was again succeeded by his son, Letsie III. The ruling BCP split over leadership disputes in 1997.

Prime Minister Ntsu Mokhehle formed a new party, the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), and was followed by a majority of Members of Parliament, which enabled him to form a new government. The LCD won the general elections in 1998 under the leadership of Pakalitha Mosisili, who had succeeded Mokhehle as party leader. Despite the elections being pronounced free and fair by local and international observers and a subsequent special commission appointed by SADC, the opposition political parties rejected the results.

Opposition protests in the country intensified, culminating in a peaceful demonstration outside the royal palace in August 1998. Exact details of what followed are much disputed, but in September a SADC task force operating on orders of unclear provenance entered the capitol city. While the Botswanan troops were welcomed, tensions with white Afrikaaner South African troops were high, and sporadic rioting intensified when the Afrikaaners ran up a South African flag at the royal palace. Numerous units of Lesotho's armed services mutinied. By the time the SADC forces withdrew in May of 1999, much of Maseru lay in ruins, and the southern provincial capitol towns of Mafeteng and Mohales Hoek had seen the loss of over a third of their commercial real estate.

An Interim Political Authority (IPA), charged with reviewing the electoral structure in the country, was created in December 1998. The IPA devised a proportional electoral system to ensure that there be opposition in the National Assembly. The new system retained the existing 80 elected Assembly seats, but added 40 seats to be filled on a proportional basis. Elections were held under this new system in May 2002, and the LCD won again. For the first time, however, opposition political parties won significant numbers of seats, and despite some irregularities and threats of violence from Major General Lekhanya, Lesotho experienced its first peaceful election. Nine opposition parties now hold all 40 of the proportional seats, with the BNP having the largest share (21). The LCD has 79 of the 80 constituency-based seats. Although its elected members participate in the National Assembly, the BNP has launched several legal challenges to the elections, including a recount; none has been successful.


Area:
total: 30,355 km² (137th in the world)

Natural resources: water, agricultural and grazing land, some diamonds and other minerals

Land use:
arable land: 10.71%


Population
- Total (2004)1,861,959 (143rd in the world)


National anthem
- Lesotho Fatse La Bontat'a Rona
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
For the assistance of the geographically challenged:

Countries in Africa

Auntie Doris, Comoros is indeed included [Smile]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
Auntie Doris, Comoros is indeed included [Smile]

Hurrah, hurrah!!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
I would award a [Ultra confused] to Pânts, and a [Snore] to sharkshooter for doing something similar.
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
And also to sharkshooter a [Hot and Hormonal] is surely deserved! Partly for plagiarism of Pants idea, and partly for... well... y'know.... plagiarism.

[Hint: try scrolling up, and looking at previous entries...]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I would hesitate to accuse Pants or Sharkshooter of being boring, on the grounds that they have obviously done their research and written it up in their own words. I think there's far too much poppy-cropping in society today where the industrious are berated rather than praised for their achievements. At least I think it was poppy-cropping their posts reminded me of, I know it started with "poppy.. "

However, I would like to point out another interesting fact about Madagascar. Not only is it home to the deadliest carnivore, the fossa (Half mongoose, half clouded leopard), but it's also the only African country which has no other vowel apart from "a".
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
christianjimmy and Papa Smurf,

How would you define "tell us all about it"?

quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
...
Simply pick a country and tell us all about it.

Whether one uses a list-type method like Pânts did, or narrative like I did, we both tried to follow the instructions.
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by sharkshooter:
christianjimmy and Papa Smurf,

How would you define "tell us all about it"?


That depends on your interpretation of the "all"

I understood it as
"tell all of us about it" and not "tell us everything about it" which seems to have been your attempt......

Telling everyone is easy, you just post on the thread, and the us, by definition, is the people who read the thread.

Telling us everything about the country chosen is slightly harder. Has yours, for example, every been used in a song title apart from the country's own National Anthem ?
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
...
I understood it as
"tell all of us about it" and not "tell us everything about it" which seems to have been your attempt......
...

To each his/her own. We try to do our best.
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
The Republic of Botswana, formerley the British Protectorate of Bechuanaland - described very sympathetically by Alexander McCall Smith in The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Sharkshooter-

I believe you may have missed ChristianJimmy's point....

See here.

-Digory
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Erm... actually... um... what I said in my first post was true, but didn't relate to my second post.

I got my country from my Atlas (ie a real book!) as I said in that post. But I then re-read QM's post about what we were supposed to be doing and saw that we were supposed to give info too, and found a website with the info and copied and pasted it (editing the first bit very slightly).

[Hot and Hormonal] Sorry to have given the wrong impression.

And also sorry if I gave too much info.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
However, I would like to point out another interesting fact about Madagascar. Not only is it home to the deadliest carnivore, the fossa (Half mongoose, half clouded leopard), but it's also the only African country which has no other vowel apart from "a".

One word - Chad

Oh, and when Quizmaster said "tell us all about it", I agree with PS that the "all" can go just as well with the "us" as with the "about". So I told all of you about Benin.

[ 20. September 2005, 17:23: Message edited by: Custard. ]
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by professorkirke:
Sharkshooter-

I believe you may have missed ChristianJimmy's point....

See here.

-Digory

Touché

And I echo Papa Smurfs interpretation of the instructions. Pedantic maybe [Big Grin] but technically you gotta admit it has merit.

But to keep you happy here is a fact. It is the only country on the african continent apart from the Gambia which shares a border with only one country.
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
Eritrea

Borders the Red Sea, was part of Ethiopia, then wasn't, then was again, and now isn't. For now, but may not last long seeing as it pinched all of Ethiopias's coastline when it was annexed. And seeing as the Red Sea is a rather zippy shipping lane, that seems a little bit unfair. The whole situation is still unstable.

Its only media are state-owned, so even if there was any news, it may not be entirely reliable.

And finally... Its internet suffix is .er , which seems quite appropriate considering its ongoing state of uncertainty.

Interesting place.

Hen
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
Malawi , for no other reason than that I've been there. It's a beautiful country, and the people are very friendly. Lake Malawi is the third biggest lake in Africa in terms of area, and the biggest in terms of volume. If I get my photos online before the next round starts, I'll post a link.

Paul W
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Niger is well-known in the news at the moment because it is one of Africa's poorest countries. Slavery was only made illegal there last year!

Here is the map, flag and facts.

(Several people's links are coming up saying 'Forbidden' - is anyone else getting that message? Let's hope the Quizmaster can read your info.)

[ 20. September 2005, 19:57: Message edited by: Chorister ]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Here is mine Sao Tome and Principe . Two small Islands west of Gabon. If you want the whole sha-bang-bang ala Pants and Sharkshooter click on the link.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Custard.:
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
However, I would like to point out another interesting fact about Madagascar. Not only is it home to the deadliest carnivore, the fossa (Half mongoose, half clouded leopard), but it's also the only African country which has no other vowel apart from "a".

One word - Chad

I sit corrected. I had intended to include the word "polysyllabic" in my sentence and then, forgetting Chad, I didn't bother. I am ashamed of myself for forgetting Chad
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
quote:
Originally posted by Custard.:
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
However, I would like to point out another interesting fact about Madagascar. Not only is it home to the deadliest carnivore, the fossa (Half mongoose, half clouded leopard), but it's also the only African country which has no other vowel apart from "a".

One word - Chad

I sit corrected. I had intended to include the word "polysyllabic" in my sentence and then, forgetting Chad, I didn't bother. I am ashamed of myself for forgetting Chad
There's Ghana as well Smudgie [Biased]

(Teachers always like to point out mistakes other teachers make...)
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Now that's just pedantic.


*Mental note to self: cross Tom Day off Christmas list
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Oooooh! I love a bit of Smudgie baiting! [Devil]


The Quizmastorial entry for this round is .....

NIGERIA

All about Nigeria you will find Benin, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. [Big Grin]

For those who are struggling check out this here MAP.

AND

We have enough entries quickly enough to be able to go for the next round in 24 hours time. Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow - You have to hope somebody forgets to post.
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Quizmaster,

I have emailed you a picture of fifty quid.
Hope that suffices.
can email more if you wish (or greenbacks)

Regards,

Yellow Snow
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I hope the next round takes awhile. It maybe awhile before I can post again. Taking a forced vacation away from the coast.
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
I'll pick Tunisia
quote:
An ideal climate, a long and gentle seacoast, Tunisia, the northernmost country of Africa has for over 3000 years witnessed the passage of Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Turks, Spanish and French. They came as fugitive s or adventurers, to conquer or to claim, warriors and missionaries, traders and farmers each leaving a part of their story in stone or mosaics, on hills of Carthage and the threshold of the Sahara.

Another link here

Also, part of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was shot here. Not sure whether that's something to be proud of or not. [Biased]
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Simply pick a country and tell us all about it.

Re the "all" dilemma:

If Quizmaster had meant tell us everything about it then the size of our posts would be prohibitively large as there is actually quite a lot to say about a country, most of which would be incredibly boring lists. I don't suppose the Ship's server would cope.

If he had meant tell everyone about it then does he mean tell everyone in the world, everyone on the Ship or just those who are taking part in this fantastic quiz? Who is included in the group he refers to as us?

I am going for a third option (does that make it a trilemma?). Quizmaster deliberately used an unclear phrase. It is a test of our moral fibre to see how we deal with the uncertainty which Life throws at us.
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
If the "us" refers to only Quizmaster himself (either like the royal "we", or he has smeagol tendencies) then the all must go with the about, and my interpretation is worng
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
But "us all" excludes the possiblity of telling QM by PM.

Personally, if I were to tell anyone "all about" Benin, it would need to include the position and momentum wavefunctions for every particle in Benin and their interactions with every other particle in the universe. Clearly that's going to be an impossibly large amount of data, so in order for QM's request to be achievable, the "all" must go with "us" rather than with "about".
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Custard.:
Personally, if I were to tell anyone "all about" Benin, it would need to include the position and momentum wavefunctions for every particle in Benin and their interactions with every other particle in the universe.

Past, present and future.

[ 21. September 2005, 10:56: Message edited by: The Rogue ]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
All about Nigeria you will find Benin, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. [Big Grin]

Well I got the joke, anyway [Killing me]
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
All about Nigeria you will find Benin, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. [Big Grin]

Well I got the joke, anyway [Killing me]
Tories, right?

Or am I having problems again?
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
All about Nigeria you will find Benin, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. [Big Grin]

Well I got the joke, anyway [Killing me]
So did I, but I decided not to go for sycophantic points by pointing it out to everyone. [Razz]

QM - for rounds like this where there are a finite number of possible entries, what are the rules regarding also rans posting thier choices before all the main contestants have posted?

I don't know if it is anything to worry about for this round, but it would be good to know for the future, for anyone who wants to still run along after being knocked out...
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
I decided not to go for sycophantic points by pointing it out to everyone. [Razz]

I've already been knocked out. Oh, what a shame. [Biased]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
(due to family circumstances I have to resign from the game).
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
QM - for rounds like this where there are a finite number of possible entries, what are the rules regarding also rans posting thier choices before all the main contestants have posted?

I don't know if it is anything to worry about for this round, but it would be good to know for the future, for anyone who wants to still run along after being knocked out...

Ah! The divine pleasure of the Also-Rans.

The rules are stricter on the contestants than on the Also Rans. If an Also-Ran posts, then that choice is denied to the contestants. If a contestant posts then Also Rans can do what they want, they just lose SMART ALEC points for duplication (Sharkshooter!? [Razz] ).

We could get a contestant eliminated if all the Also-Rans post. Now that would be worth watching. [Yipee]

In certain limited circumstances I shall announce that Also-Ran nominations do not count. In those cases contestants may post a choice made by an Also-Ran but not a choice made by another contestant.

Anyone compiling a rule book - This should be about Page 5, Paragraph 7, Section A, Subsection IX.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Ok, it's probably just me being dim (I'm not with it at the mo), but wtf is an 'also ran'?
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
The game is open to everyone.

Only a Qualifier or Contestant can win it.

Anyone else who posts shall be deemed an "Also-Ran".

(clarification iii, addendum MMV.IX.XXII)
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Should they be called "also running" while the competition is going?
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Thank you [Smile]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Knocked out for failing to name a Country:
Annie P
Dolphy

Qualifiers for ROUND 5:
Ann
Auntie Doris
Carex
Chorister
Christianjimmy
Custard
Doublethink
Gort
Hazey Jane
Hennah
Jedijudy
Jonah the Whale
Marvin the Martian
Moth
MrSponge2U
Nutmeg
Pants
Papa Smurf
Paul W
Professorkirke
Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow
Quizmaster
R.D.Olivaw
Rugasaw
Smudgie
The Rogue

Now - thinks - Is it time for a special round?
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND FIVE : BRITISH FOOTBALL (SOCCER)

For this round you have to pick five teams and you then hope that these teams score more goals than the teams selected by other contestants.

You must pick one team from the Barclays Premiership, one team from the Coca Cola Championship, one team from Coca Cola League One, one team from Coca Cola League Two and one team from the Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier League.

You can pick the same teams as others but your combination must be unique.

The person (or persons) to be eliminated will be those whose teams score the fewest goals between them this coming weekend. Monday night counts as part of the weekend.

Entries must be posted by Midnight on Friday.

[edited to change title of round to make everyone happy [Biased] ]

[ 22. September 2005, 06:26: Message edited by: Tom Day ]
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Premiership - Chelsea
Championship - Leeds United
League One - Swansea
League Two - Wycombe
Scottish Premier - Kilmarnock

Does Friday count as part of the weekend?
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
You must pick one team from the Barclays Premiership : Chelsea (Because I like the name!)

one team from the Coca Cola Championship Saints - Southampton (Well, I couldn't not, could I?)

one team from Coca Cola League One, Swansea (in honour of my sister)

one team from Coca Cola League Two Cheltenham Town (In honour of Dolphy)

and one team from the Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier League. Celtic (in honour of my big brother)

This website might come in useful for teams in leagues and for current statistics, if you're going to be boring and choose on the basis of likelihood of winning. Rather useful site for this challenge

Where's the Isle of Wight team? That's what I want to know. Come on you yellows!

[ 21. September 2005, 21:31: Message edited by: Smudgie ]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Barclays Premiership: Liverpool (how's that for brinksmanship??)
Championship: Wolves (technically Wolverhampton Wanderers for the benefit of any trans-pond-ers)
League One: Blackpool
League Two: Macclesfield Town
SPL: Hearts (Heart of Midlothian)

League tables are also visible via the links on the left of this page.
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
Premiership Team : Arsenal
Championship Team : Sheffield Utd
League 1 Team : Swansea
League 2 Team : Grimsby
Scottish Premier Team: Kilmarnock (my home team)

Incidentally, why have you called this the English football round, when you are involving 1 Scottish League, and other leagues which include Welsh Teams ?
[Paranoid]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
I am soooo going to be out in this round!!!

Barclays Premiership - Arsenal
Coca Cola Championship - Luton Town
Coca Cola League 1 - Milton Keynes Dons
Coca Cola League 2 - Torquay United
Bank of Scotland Premier League - Rangers

Bring on relegation!!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
BP: Aston Villa
CCC: Plymouth Argyle
CCL1: Yeovil
CCL2: Torquay United
SPL: Dundee United

And may the goalies of the opposing teams wake up with butter on their fingers.
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
Bah, football. Don't know a thing about it. A goal is when they kick the ball into the net isn't it?

BP: Liverpool
CCC: Sheffield Utd
CCL1: Swansea City
CCL2: Rochdale
SPL: Celtic

Paul W
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
Barclays Premiership - Chelsea
Coca Cola Championship - Watford
Coca Cola League 1 - Swansea
Coca Cola League 2 - Chester
Bank of Scotland Premier League - Hearts
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Barclays Premiership-Newcastle United

Coca Cola Championship-Coventry City

Coca Cola League One-Nottingham Forest

Coca Cola League Two-Lincoln City

Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier League-Inverness CT

Y'all know, of course, that these are pure guesses based on me liking the sounds of the names of the teams. I don't even know anything about American football. [Disappointed]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
O great and wise Quizmaster, remember when once-upon-a-time we were allowed to team up for the knockout quiz? I was wondering...could I have my Sister Dolphy as my partner-in-quizziness, since with her family concerns she can't put the time into a proper quiz commitment?

[Overused] Anxiously awaiting your reply. [Angel]
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
Premiership: Manchester United
Championship: Reading
League One: Huddersfield
League Two: Carlisle
Scottish Premier: Rangers

[What? You play football over there?] [Confused]
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Premiership: Manchester United
Championship: Reading
League One: Huddersfield
League Two: Carlisle
Scottish Premier: Dundee United

Please give a bonus point to Gort and Chorister who I have shamelessly ripped off knowing nothing about football. However, happy to chew your ear off about aussie rules if desired.
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Premiership: Man U (boo... go Liverpool)
Championship: Watford
League One: Brentford
League Two: Grimsby
Scottish Premier: Celtic

Going for the win means laying aside your emotion. [Biased]
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Papa Smurf,

I'd venture to guess that QM labeled the round "English Football" to designate it from American Football for all of us Yanks who think football is played with a brown, pointy ball.

-Digory
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
Premiership: West Ham
Championship: Hull City
League 1: Hartlepool United
League 2: Northampton
Scottish: Hibernian

Hen x
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by professorkirke:
Papa Smurf,

I'd venture to guess that QM labeled the round "English Football" to designate it from American Football for all of us Yanks who think football is played with a brown, pointy ball.

-Digory

Digory, you got it spot on.

I just forgot that the Scottish are very sensitive. I think it is due to the cold climate.

TOM DAY - Can you rename it BRITISH FOOTBALL please. Ta Much.
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
Done - (can I get reinstated for that helpful act of kindness QM?)
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tom Day:
Done - (can I get reinstated for that helpful act of kindness QM?)

"Er ................... Um ............... NO!"
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
O great and wise Quizmaster, remember when once-upon-a-time we were allowed to team up for the knockout quiz? I was wondering...could I have my Sister Dolphy as my partner-in-quizziness, since with her family concerns she can't put the time into a proper quiz commitment?

[Overused] Anxiously awaiting your reply. [Angel]

The "Partners in Crime" scheme was originally used to cover for holidays. I am happy for you to work with Dolphy but once you are a team if Dolphy posts and makes a mistake you accept the consequences. That means I accept the first answer from the team as a Jedijudy entry.

N.B. To the others - SMART ALECS are usually able to find an Internet Cafe whilst away.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hennah:
Premiership: West Ham
Championship: Hull City
League 1: Hartlepool United
League 2: Northampton
Scottish: Hibernian

Hen x

I like it Hennah.

There are some ORIGINALITY points heading your way for sure.
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:

I just forgot that the Scottish are very sensitive. I think it is due to the cold climate.


I know [Disappointed] You'd think the harsher weather would make our skin thicker, but no [Biased]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Premiership: Middlesbrough (cos my friend comes from there)
Championship: Leeds United (cos Socks supports them)
League 1: Swansea City (cos Mum lives there)
League 2: Cheltenham Town (cos I sort of live there)
Scottish: Rangers (cos I think Alan and Flausa live there (ok, I was struggling to find one for this!!))
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
Premiership: Charlton
Championship: Southampton
League 1: Brentford
League 2: Grimsby
Scottish Premier: Kilmarnock

Think thats a fairly left-field combination. That'll keep the other real football fans trying to work out why I chose those teams.

[Helpful Hint for all] As deadline for entries is midnight on friday, would guess that QM in his wonderful munificent wisdom won't count games played on friday evening as part of the round. So to those of you who chose Luton (Auntie Doris) please note that their match this weekend kicks off at 19:45 GMT on friday and so you might want to think again about picking them. I say this cos I'd just been about to chose them as my championship nomination. Dangnabbit.[/Helpful Hint for all]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
I'm guessing that's why the Rogue asked:
quote:
Originally posted by The Rogue:

Does Friday count as part of the weekend?


 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
I am soooo going to be out in this round!!!

Barclays Premiership - Arsenal
Coca Cola Championship - Luton Town
Coca Cola League 1 - Milton Keynes Dons
Coca Cola League 2 - Torquay United
Bank of Scotland Premier League - Rangers

Bring on relegation!!!

Auntie Doris x

Ok then... bearing in mine the last helpful hint... please can I amend my

Cocal Cola Championship entry to Queens Park Rangers

Is this possible?

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Barclays Premiership - Charlton Athletic
Coca Cola Championship - Watford
Coca Cola League 1 - Bournemouth
Coca Cola League 2 - Grimsby Town
Bank of Scotland Premier League - Falkirk
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
I was about to applaud various people for having chosen my home team, Kilmarnock, and I hope they are rewarded for their faith. [Cool]

Then Hazey Jane went and picked their opponents for this week.
[Snigger]

[ 22. September 2005, 11:26: Message edited by: Papa Smurf ]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
May the best team win [Razz]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Premiership - Chelsea
Championship - Sheffield United
League 1 - Barnsley
League 2 - Rochdale
Scot Prem - Celtic
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
A million thanks to whoever provided the BBC link... [Smile]
I am woefully (hangs head) ignorant in these matters....

Chelsea
Leeds United
Huddersfield
Wycombe
Hearts
 
Posted by Jonah the Whale (# 1244) on :
 
Blackburn Rovers
Burnley
Blackpool
Bury
Aberdeen

I'm afraid Aberdeen doesn't fit my two of my three themes, but they are due to play Livingston who have conceded 18 already this season.
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning.

Reading Writing and Arithmetic

With my little stick of Blackpool Rock

In a place you'll have 'eard of, called Bury,
You know, where black puddings is made.

The king sits in Dunfermline Town,
Drinking the blude-red wine;
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by R.D. Olivaw:
A million thanks to whoever provided the BBC link... [Smile]

No worries at all. I try to be helpful... [Smile]
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
Hmmm... just lists of words to me, though some of them do sound like they could be town names I guess. A couple of them sound like towns nearby, so I'll choose those and some others that sound interesting. But what they actually DO, or what it has to do with banks or soft drinks, isn't clear. And if I choose names near the bottom of the lists, there appears to be much less chance that I will duplicate teams with one of the other entrants...

Charlton
Hull
Yeovil
Lincoln City
Falkirk

I will presume that the midnight deadline is Quizmaster's local time, otherwise the Fijians would have to choose before the Friday games are finished, while the Hawaiians could read the Saturday morning news before having to post.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Carex:
I will presume that the midnight deadline is Quizmaster's local time, otherwise the Fijians would have to choose before the Friday games are finished, while the Hawaiians could read the Saturday morning news before having to post.

Any times specified are SHIP'S TIMES.

I am pretty sure the ship runs on G&T..... I mean GMT. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Any times specified are SHIP'S TIMES.

I am pretty sure the ship runs on G&T..... I mean GMT. [Big Grin]

This is an hour off of civil time, then, at least at the moment.

For those unsure on the proper conversions, go to your profile and set your "Time Adjustment" to zero hours. This will display all of the posting times in the official Ship's Server time rather than your own local time.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Carex:
Charlton

[Yipee] An excellent choice. Doing nearly as well as Chealsea and at only a fraction of the cost.

No doubt they'll lose their last dozen matches of thes season, though, as ever. [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
How kind, PDYS, to acknowledge your sources. [Overused]

Royalties payable to my offshore bank account, please. [Cool]
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hazey Jane:
quote:
Originally posted by Carex:
Charlton

[Yipee] An excellent choice. Doing nearly as well as Chealsea and at only a fraction of the cost.

No doubt they'll lose their last dozen matches of thes season, though, as ever. [Roll Eyes]

Have we got another Charlton fan on board?

Yay!!!

Tom - a lost Charlton fan in the North East...
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
I have to confess that I've never actually set foot in the Valley and that most of my interest in the Addicks developed as a means of conversing with my male housemates about their teams. It's amazing how much knowledge you can appear to possess by a few well chosen remarks [Biased] But yes, if I root for anyone, it's Charlton. Reckon they'll make it into Europe this year?
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
How kind, PDYS, to acknowledge your sources. [Overused]

Royalties payable to my offshore bank account, please. [Cool]

I've emailed you a picture of fifty quid too.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Oh lordy [Roll Eyes] , I have no chance this time.

Thanks Smudgie, without your link I would not even know the names of the teams playing.

QM give her points pls. [Big Grin]

Premiership : Manchester United (MU gent is an anagram of my name you know [Big Grin] ).

Coca Cola Premiership: Sheffield United

Coca Cola League One: Swansea

Coca Cola League Two: Northampton Town

Scottish Premier: Celtic.

May the best teams win.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
QM Chooses his choices by opting for:

Barclays Premiership - Everton
Coca Cola Championship - Norwich City
Coca Cola League 1 - Chesterfield
Coca Cola League 2 - Bristol Rovers
Bank of Scotland Premier League - Aberdeeen

Now whoever loses should not feel bad as it is all entirely down to luck ......... although ...

There are a few left still to post.
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hazey Jane:
But yes, if I root for anyone, it's Charlton. Reckon they'll make it into Europe this year?

Yes, but I think if we are going to continue this conversation we need to do it in the correct thread, else a host will tell us off [Biased]

Tom
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
On the advice of BC, football manager (virtual) extraordinaire, I choose:

Premiership : Middlesborough
Championship : Sheffield United
League 1:Scunthorpe
League 2:Grimsby Town
SPL:Celtic

As BC is a Spurs fan, his choice of Grimsby shows a fine and generous spirit! Apparently, if they can get past Paul Robinson, they are on good scoring form.

Here end the nominations from the Moth household!
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Premiership - Chelsea
Championship - Leeds United
Coca Cola League One - Nottingham Forest
Coca Cola League 2 - Torquay United
Scottish Premier – Celtic

Not creative but I don't know British football very well and I am not sure how much time I have to be online right now.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
For those of you who are desperate to know how your teams get on, info can be found here. For those unacquainted with UK football, most of the Saturday matches will be complete by around 5pm UK time.

[ 24. September 2005, 10:20: Message edited by: Hazey Jane ]
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Damn, missed the cut-off. Can't do football anyway [Frown]

Resigns [Waterworks]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Knocked out for failing to select five teams:
Doublethink

That saves all the complicated addition! [Ultra confused]

Qualifiers for ROUND 6:
Ann
Auntie Doris
Carex
Chorister
Christianjimmy
Custard
Gort
Hazey Jane
Hennah
Jedijudy
Jonah the Whale
Marvin the Martian
Moth
MrSponge2U
Nutmeg
Pants
Papa Smurf
Paul W
Professorkirke
Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow
Quizmaster
R.D.Olivaw
Rugasaw
Smudgie
The Rogue

So - Can I think up something special again or shall we be normal in round 6?

Hmmmmmmm ... [Confused]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Normal please.
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
I've just tried to get into the Mad Tour Forum site, which I know is frequented by a lot of people doing the quiz

the site flached up briefly, then it all went black, and the page title turned into:
Hacked by Tayyar, for Turkiye ! so it might be best to stay away for a while until it gets fixed. I've tried to PM Amorya but is PM box is full.
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
I got that too - flashed several odd pages with the same message so shut everything down sharpish! Hope computer is ok... [Frown]
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hennah:
I got that too - flashed several odd pages with the same message so shut everything down sharpish! Hope computer is ok... [Frown]

Amorya has now taken the tour site down to fix it.

I'm sure that when it is back online someone will post saying it is back.

Tom
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Bizarre. I got the 'hacked' title and thought it was rather strange. But the site ran ok. Maybe I ought to run a virus check on my 'puter!
 
Posted by Annie P (# 3453) on :
 
Poo, got knocked out of the last round without realising. So much for my new commitment to posting on a more frequent basis. [Disappointed]

I blame the pregnancy. [Biased]

(notice even the delayed reaction to the reality of what has happened!)
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Subjective Judgements Continued:

MOOD: Various
PAGE: Seven

With manifold interruptions and three computer crashes due to a faulty tumble drier (twice) and a dodgy steam iron connection (once) I am grateful to have marked this page (although the marks have changed each time there was a crash, so you know they are subjective - some people win, some lose, that's life.)

P O S H Competitor Explanation

7 1 -1 0 Professorkirke An original point for desperation. Clever Dick mark down.
7 0 0 1 Papa Smurf For supporting Marvin in his brinkmanship
7 0 1 0 Marvin the Martian For impressing Papa Smurf
7 1 1 0 Dolphy For a good little chuckle
7 1 1 0 S'More For getting all the links right and a nice spitting volcano
7 0 -1 0 Christianjimmy For not checking first
7 1 -1 0 Pants Blaming others for your own incompetence
7 1 1 1 Pants Good choice with excellent links for us to peruse
7 0 2 0 Rugasaw Responding well to a Digory in the ribs
7 1 0 1 Carex Offering an option to fellow competitors
7 0 1 0 Carex For impressing Papio
7 1 1 0 Quizmaster Smart but on the verge of Clever Dick
7 0 1 0 Hennah Knowing a good waffle when she sees one
7 1 1 1 The Rogue Like the cake, the links and the post
7 0 -1 0 The Rogue Admitting a mistake
7 0 1 0 Professorkirke Creativity will get you lots of places
7 1 1 0 Gort Entering a volcano 6 years too soon
7 1 1 1 Custard I don't know what he said but I like it
7 2 2 2 Custard Nice Sermon
7 0 1 1 Marvin the Martian For placing himself on the cliff edge
7 0 1 1 Custard Foor knowing the truth
7 0 -1 0 Marvin the Martian For missing something
7 0 1 1 Moth For putting Da_Musicman straight
7 1 1 1 Carex For a lesson on vulcanism
7 0 1 1 Annie P For encouraging participation
7 0 1 1 Carex Corrections are good
7 1 1 0 Chorister For the name chosen
7 1 -1 -1 Professorkirke Needs taking down a peg or seven
7 1 1 0 Rugasaw It would be like taking candy from a Digory
7 0 0 1 R.D.Olivaw Helpful point
7 2 1 0 MrSponge2U For a recent photo of an eruption
7 0 1 1 Marvin the Martian Keeping the excitement at a reasonable level
7 1 1 0 Pants Flattery is so …….. Why thankyou!
7 1 1 0 Marvin the Martian Witticism is always appreciated
7 1 1 0 Hazey Jane You know how to treat a man
7 0 1 1 Carex Continuing the lesson on vulcanism
7 0 -1 -1 R.D.Olivaw Failing to post a link to the photographs
7 1 1 -1 Professorkirke I like people who paint targets on themselves
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Just out of interest, do we get a running total of points at any time?
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Just out of interest:

HELPFUL LIBRARIAN LEADERS
7 Carex
7 Custard
4 Marvin the Martian
4 Papa Smurf
4 Smudgie
3 Sharkshooter
3 S'more

ORIGINAL EINSTEIN LEADERS

9 S'more
8 Chorister
7 Jedijudy
7 Smudgie
6 Dolphy
6 Professorkirke
4 Pants
3 Custard
3 The Rogue

The Blue Riband event and most important title -
THE SMART ALEC TABLE

5 Carex
5 Marvin the Martian
4 Custard
4 Doublethink
4 The Rogue
3 Chorister
3 Rugasaw
2 Gladly Bear
2 Gort
2 Hazey Jane
2 Moth
2 Papa Smurf
2 Smudgie

And now back to marking. How do teachers do it? [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tom Day:
quote:
Originally posted by Hazey Jane:
But yes, if I root for anyone, it's Charlton. Reckon they'll make it into Europe this year?

Yes, but I think if we are going to continue this conversation we need to do it in the correct thread, else a host will tell us off [Biased]

Tom

Tis true, but I was actually trying to work on the edification aspect of the quiz, by giving our non-soccer fan shipmates a quick example of footie-related banter, including reference to the fact that many teams have nicknames, play at specifically named stadia, and may have the opportunity to play international as well as domestic games.

Honest [Two face]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND SIX : AMERICAN STATES

This time you have to pick one of the many states of the United States of America.

EASY! [Biased]

The person to be eliminated will be the one whose chosen state has the capital city with the population closest to the average (mean) of the populations of all the capital cities of the states chosen.

I hope that is as clear as Lucozade.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Alaska [Big Grin]

Don't think you asked for any more information this time did you? Here you go anyway ... boring info

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Hawaii Hawaii.

Just to be helpful - capital is Honolulu which has a population of approx 390,000

[ 25. September 2005, 22:49: Message edited by: Hazey Jane ]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Sorry for the double stating of the name of the state - computer being weird and editing it went a bit wrong. Either that or I'm seeing double...

[ 25. September 2005, 22:51: Message edited by: Hazey Jane ]
 
Posted by Jonah the Whale (# 1244) on :
 
You have to love Wikipedia. Here is a list of US state capitals. If you want to know the populations you have to click further.

I'm going for Phoenix, Arizona, which is claimed to be the 6th largest city in the US, at 1,321,045, which surprised me. I think we should be careful not to confuse the population of the city with the size of the metropolitan statistical area, which is a lot bigger.

JtW
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
Rhode Island. Capital: Providence is the largest city in R.I., population: 175,901
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I shall pick (surprise!) Florida. The capital is Tallahassee, and the population is 156,512, unless you want the metro area, then that population is about 255,500.

The name Florida means "flowery", or as I was taught, "land of flowers". (We have lots of them.) Tallahassee is a Muskogean Indian word (a language of the Seminole tribe) often translated as "old fields," or "old town."

If you would travel to Tallahassee from my house, you'd have to drive more than seven hours, 395 miles...a fer piece.

If anyone's interested, I'd be glad to tell you all about the wonderful State which I call home! [Big Grin]

Y'all come down now, y'hear?
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Little Rock, Arkansas Pop 183,133 (Plus or minus a bit)
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I just had to go for the State of Georgia, whose capital city had a population of 425,000 when they last counted, though I'm sure they missed one or two. It's been known as the Pheonix city and "the city too busy to hate" as well as "The New York of the South". In 2004 it was dubbed the third most dangerous city in America!!! [Eek!]

For all that, it's named after a special person I know
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
California. It's huge, must be OK from an avoiding-the-average kind of view. Hey, wouldn't that make a good name for a film?

ing soon to a cinema near you: Avoiding The Average, starring...

Hen
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
taking city populations rather than metro areas, i figure the average at the moment is 386,165, which is pretty close to the population in Honolulu.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
As it's the only one I've been to, I'll pick Colorado, which has capital Denver, pop 554,636. However, the metropolitan area has pop 2,179,240 (both from wikipedia).

[NB - QM asked for the state, not the capital. I was giving the population to make life easier for him, as I imagine others were too.]

ETA - Denver is of course known as the Mile High City, for obvious reasons. I imagine that would mean the Mile High club is quite easy to join there! I remember when we went up into the mountains there were shops selling "two mile high ice cream cones" and so on...

[ 26. September 2005, 08:51: Message edited by: Custard. ]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hennah:
California. It's huge, must be OK from an avoiding-the-average kind of view.

Except that the capital, Sacramento, is comparatively small with a population of 407,018 (1,796,857 in metropolitan area)...
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
And Custard's city population of 554636 has taken the average to just under 405,000 - dangerously close to the city population of Sacremento. [Eek!]
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
I'll go for Delaware - in 1965: On May 21, a "Delaware Closed Today" sign is posted at a barricade on the Delaware-Pennsylvania line on Ebright Road. "The people of Delaware are doing something about the population explosion," is the explanation from "Candid Camera.".

From the 2000 census, the population of Dover was only 32,135.

[Edited duff link]

[ 26. September 2005, 20:37: Message edited by: Chorister ]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
My choice is Alabama, home of Nat King Cole. The capital city is the second largest, Montgomery, with a population of 201,568.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Maryland
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
I shall choose Vermont
its capital city, Montpelier, has a city poluplation of just 8,035 according to that website.

which bring the running average down to just over 300,000

[ 26. September 2005, 10:50: Message edited by: Papa Smurf ]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
New York.

The capital city has a population of 95,658. In case no-one guessed, it ain't NYC [Biased]
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
I will have Texas whose capital Austin had a population of 681,804 in the 2004 census. As the average at the moment seems to be going down I am hoping that big is beautiful.

In 2024 there will be a total solar eclipse. Book your hotel now.
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Since my current home state was stolen by Pants, I'll go with my birth/growing up state of Pennsylvania. The capitol is Harrisburg.

Population: 48,950

Good luck, all. [Smile]
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
I'll choose my home state, Missouri, whose capital city, Jefferson City, has a booming population of 39,636.
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
well, the average is now at 281,000, so Alabama is now closest.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by professorkirke:
Since my current home state was stolen by Pants, ...

So sorry [Razz] [Biased]
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
I'll choose Wyoming.

Capitol is Cheyenne, population 55 362, which started as a tent camp for railroad workers.

I might comment, however, on the population of Honolulu, given that I had chosen it in the practice round as a city with a population over 500 000. We, of course, should be using the population of the official political entity, rather than the general metropolitan area as is sometimes done in common usage. In the coase of Honolulu, the smallest political subdivision is the City and County of Honolulu, as represented by the Mayor of Honolulu and the Honolulu City Council. This has a population of 876 156 and includes all of the island of Oahu plus some surrounding islands. (A good candidate for the city with the largest area: over 5500 square km, of which over 70% is water.)
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
The capital of Michigan is Lansing (population 118,379 in 2003) which is not to be confused with the village of Lansing:
quote:
Village (1990 pop. 28,086), Cook co., NE Ill., a suburb of Chicago, near the Ind. line.

 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Carex:
I might comment, however, on the population of Honolulu, given that I had chosen it in the practice round as a city with a population over 500 000. We, of course, should be using the population of the official political entity, rather than the general metropolitan area as is sometimes done in common usage. In the coase of Honolulu, the smallest political subdivision is the City and County of Honolulu, as represented by the Mayor of Honolulu and the Honolulu City Council. This has a population of 876 156 and includes all of the island of Oahu plus some surrounding islands. (A good candidate for the city with the largest area: over 5500 square km, of which over 70% is water.)

Thank you for the info. I guess I shall have to wait and see whether anyone forgets to post and whether it matters about the populations size. [Ultra confused]
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hazey Jane:
Thank you for the info. I guess I shall have to wait and see whether anyone forgets to post and whether it matters about the populations size. [Ultra confused]

Actually it works for both of us. It increases the population of your city much more than it raises the average, giving you a pretty safe large number. And it raises the average even more to keep it above those of us with lower numbers.

Glad to be of assistance.
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tom Day:
quote:
Originally posted by Hennah:
I got that too - flashed several odd pages with the same message so shut everything down sharpish! Hope computer is ok... [Frown]

Amorya has now taken the tour site down to fix it.

I'm sure that when it is back online someone will post saying it is back.

Tom

It seems to be working fine now.

Tom
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
I shall go for The Commonwealth of Massachusetts whose capital (Boston) had a population of 589,141 in 2000. For those who are interested (anyone?) the Greater Boston metropolitan area has a population of approx 5.8 million. Which is nice.

(BTW note the full title of the state pedantry fans. Oh yes - its a commonwealth. Don't know what it means, don't particularly care, but score one up for pedantic observation!)
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
I make the current average 282,473. Which means jedijudy is in trouble.

In fact, having run some simulations it would take no more than two more cities with a combined population not less than 1,500,000 to save her. If there are more than two more cities their combined population required to save her rises (eg to 1,900,000 for three cities).

It would take at least five cities with a population of zero to lower the average enough to keep her in the game [Eek!] . So I think anyone with a lower population than jj is as safe as it's possible to be in this round [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
only if you take Tallahassee's metro area.
jj said the city population was only 156,512 - nowhere near that average.

If HazeyJane's entry is as she says, 390,000 then the average is around 277,000 but if it is increased like Carex suggests, then the average is 301,800.

either way, Alabama is on shaky ground, so to speak.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics [Biased] [Razz]

I'll get me coat...
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Some people have too much time on their hands. [Biased]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
what, you mean I'm the ony one with an excel® spreadsheet keeping track of everyone's entry ?
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Er. Hm. *cough*

No, you're not.

*shuffles feet*
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Would you both please get out more!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
Would you both please get out more!!

John 6:68a [Razz]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
I'm at w*rk !!

If I got out more i'd be out permanently...
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
I shall have Baton Rouge, Louisiana . the population is 227,818 according to Wikipedia (thanks for the link, Jonah). That sounds scarily close to the average, but why not live dangerously, eh? It might be quite an honour to be the first one knocked (as opposed to defaulted) out!
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Oklahoma with the oh so original capital of Oklahoma City . Population of OKC is according to 2000 census 506,000 or 2002 estimate 519,000.

Populations are rounded to the nearest thousand if you wish more exact click the link.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Thanks Papa Smurf! [Big Grin] (My hero!)

And Marvin...thanks for scaring me! [Razz]
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
If it turns out that I'm nearest the average, can I claim that Baton Rouge's current population is actually much higher, on account of all those Katrina refugees?

Just covering all bases here ... [Smile]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
There is still a chance to escape.

There is still a chance to post.

We will go with the next round tomorrow.

Get those calculators out.

Now, without looking or checking I shall choose

IOWA

How did I do people? [Confused]
 
Posted by Jonah the Whale (# 1244) on :
 
Des Moines is the capital, Quizzy, but I expect you knew that. Its population in 2000 was 198682. This is close to the average, but I think you might just make it.

JtW.
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
I'll take Kansas (because it was the only free one I could think of off the top of my head).

Wikipedia sez: Capital is Topeka (which I believe is home to Fred Phelps, everyone's favourite bigot). Population: 122,377

Paul W
Ooo, 1900th post. How nice.

[ 28. September 2005, 01:22: Message edited by: Paul W. ]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ALSO-RAN TABLE

Sharkshooter - 6 valid answers.

Is there anyone out there who can take him on? [Cool]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
Brinkmanship (or brinkspersonship) points to Moth, I think, for coming in so close to the average.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
I make the current average 275,764. That's using the higher of rugasaw's two answers.

Moth is toast unless there's someone who hasn't posted yet.

quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
And Marvin...thanks for scaring me! [Razz]

[Snigger] [Snigger] [Snigger]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Ok last minute entry... thank you for the wikepedia link.

I am going to go for Columbus Ohio. I could not see that anyone else had posted that. With a population of 711,470 that should up the average a bit. [Razz]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
With a population of 711,470 that should up the average a bit. [Razz]

The average has been upped by about 18,000 to 293,192. Moth is still closest by a long way...
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
Columbus, Ohio.
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
Note to self...always scroll through before posting....

I am a very bad netizen,lol....
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
We all make that mistake now and then.
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
Someone needs to post a city of size >700,000 to push Hawaii into Danger.

although if we were using that bigger version of Honolulu that Carex mentioned before, posting Something around the 425,000 mark would make California start to look average.

(I can email anyone my spreadsheets, if they're interested [Biased] )

[ 28. September 2005, 15:28: Message edited by: Papa Smurf ]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
Someone needs to post a city of size >700,000 to push Hawaii into Danger.

although if we were using that bigger version of Honolulu that Carex mentioned before, posting Something around the 425,000 mark would make California start to look average.

(I can email anyone my spreadsheets, if they're interested [Biased] )

R.D. Olivaw, I wonder who "someone" might be? jj thinks and thinks and thinks....
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
Someone needs to post a city of size >700,000 to push Hawaii into Danger.

To be precise, anything over 701,837 will tip the balance towards Hawaii. I'm rounding the averages to the nearest whole number to get that figure, of course...
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
697522 is the magical population for 1 more town to make the average exactly between the Louisiana and Hawaii, according to my figures

[ 28. September 2005, 16:50: Message edited by: Papa Smurf ]
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
Ah, well, moths are always being toated in candle flames, yet the species survives!

I can't possibly win the quiz as I'm frantically busy at work - so going out on a mad brinkmanship point will be more fun than any other way! [Razz]
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
Something around the 425,000 mark would make California start to look average.

Noonoo! Noonoonoonooooooo!!
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
hmmm...

State capitals over 700,000?

You mean like:

Phoenix (1,410,000) - taken by Jonah the Whale
Columbus, Ohio (714,000) - taken by Nutmeg
or
Indianapolis, Indiana (801,000) - which I think is not yet selected.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
697522 is the magical population for 1 more town to make the average exactly between the Louisiana and Hawaii, according to my figures

How many decimal places are you working to?
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
697522 is the magical population for 1 more town to make the average exactly between the Louisiana and Hawaii, according to my figures

How many decimal places are you working to?
I've finally found a place where my nerd-dom only makes me fit in more... [Smile]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Haven't all the competitors posted already?

I guess this is when I find out whether or not somebody on the ship doesn't like me. [Ultra confused]
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hazey Jane:
Haven't all the competitors posted already?

Beats me. But then, you don't have to be an active competitor to post - and change the average.

It's sort of like being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs (BlueJays in 2006!!) but still trying to beat the Yankees because, well, they are the Yankees.
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
697522 is the magical population for 1 more town to make the average exactly between the Louisiana and Hawaii, according to my figures

How many decimal places are you working to?
strangely enough, that figure brought the 2 places to an exact number (i.e. no decimal places) away from the average.
But it's at work now [brick wall]
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Ah! The divine pleasure of the Also-Rans.

The rules are stricter on the contestants than on the Also Rans. If an Also-Ran posts, then that choice is denied to the contestants. If a contestant posts then Also Rans can do what they want, they just lose SMART ALEC points for duplication (Sharkshooter!? [Razz] ).

We could get a contestant eliminated if all the Also-Rans post. Now that would be worth watching. [Yipee]

Now this does present possibilities: if the entries of Also-Rans are included in the calculations then enough of them can move the average to the benefit or detriment of a particular competitor. If not, then those keeping the spreadsheets will have to make sure they only include entries from actual contestants, but the Also-Rans can still choose states to reduce those available to remaining contestants.

Meanwhile, Also-Rans are not restricted from choosing duplicate states (if they aren't worried about losing SMART ALEC points), so several of them could choose the largest or smallest city to change the average even more.

In fact, in this case, if 50 Also-Rans had posted before any contestants, then they could get everyone thrown out... This is beginning to get more interesting!
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
I've just checked, and when setting this round, all QM said was to pick a state. He didn't say we couldn't pick one that someone else had already chosen.
we could have all chose the same state, which would have resulted in all of us being knocked out.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
So, how have we done?

For the first time since the quiz started everybody has posted. This means that there is a decision to make. Calculators out ..... get those averages working ...... but wait.

The prior rule is that every competitor must choose an answer that is different to all the other existing answers and somebody failed.

I think, although the answers are close together, that R.D.Olivaw used an answer that was taken by Nutmeg, thus eliminating herself from the contest at this point.

Do you all agree?

QUALIFIERS:
Ann
Auntie Doris
Carex
Chorister
Christianjimmy
Custard
Gort
Hazey Jane
Hennah
Jedijudy
Jonah the Whale
Marvin the Martian
Moth
MrSponge2U
Nutmeg
Pants
Papa Smurf
Paul W
Professorkirke
Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow
Quizmaster
Rugasaw
Smudgie
The Rogue
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
I've just checked, and when setting this round, all QM said was to pick a state. He didn't say we couldn't pick one that someone else had already chosen.
we could have all chose the same state, which would have resulted in all of us being knocked out.

Loss of Smart Points here P.S.

See the OP Rule 3!
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
I think, although the answers are close together, that R.D.Olivaw used an answer that was taken by Nutmeg, thus eliminating herself from the contest at this point.

Do you all agree?

I can't speak for all of us, but that is how it seems from here. It looks as if RDO noticed too, but then failed to come up with another offering.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND SEVEN : RARE AUSTRALIAN CREATURES

Let's make this round a little bit tougher.

You have to name an Australian Creature (Animal, bird etc. not cricket supporter or VB drinker) that is unique to Australia and that is very rare.

Other contestants may snipe at your selection by proving that the creatures thrive elsewhere on the planet or by finding a reputable website that has a higher estimate than the one you chose.

SO I NEED

1) Name of Creature
2) Estimated Population
3) Website to corroborate your choice

The person to be eliminated will be either the one (or more) who chose a creature(s) that thrive(s) elsewhere or the one who chose the creature with the largest estimated population.

Good luck, and post links to the pictures. I think I may enjoy this round.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
The Duck Billed Platypus is the obvious choice. Pictures to follow [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
Tasmanian Tiger

Zero known remaining. Last one in captivity died in 1936, and it was officially declared extinct in 1986. There have been a few reported possible sightings, but none confirmed.

Does not thrive elsewhere, and I would be happy if someone found a source reporting a higher population!

[spelling]

[ 28. September 2005, 21:53: Message edited by: Carex ]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Here goes...

The Dibbler

Population estimate 300

Looks a bit like a mouse or something. Found in Australia. By 1967, it was thought to be extinct, not having been seen for 83 years, but it was rediscovered in that year by Michael Morcombe. Marvellous!!!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
This site is very informative on the population numbers, but might undermine my entry as the nation is clearly not in Australia, so kindly disregard it. Unfortunately this site makes it clear that the reason that all my googling hasn't come up with a page which tells of precise numbers of platypuses is that nobody actually knows how many there are. Don't disqualify me.. as soon as I get to Australia I promise to count!


But how can you resist this little fellow? He's just so incredibly wonderful and definitely proof of God's sense of humour. [Big Grin]

Platypus 1
Platypus 2
platypus 3
Did you know they have a venomous sting?
Here are two platypus foetuses
And here is a platypus baby
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
It's extremely difficult to find animals native to only Australia, and not Australia AND New Guinea! (And I thought we were going for rare, and not extinct! [Eek!]

Anyway, I choose koala, or Phascolarctos cinereus.

Picture

Website for info.

Population estimated at about 30,000.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
But how can you resist this little fellow? He's just so incredibly wonderful and definitely proof of God's sense of humour.

I think they look like God started making one animal, went and had a cup of tea, came back having forgotten what he was doing, and finished off with a different animal.

They are amazing!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I have just found this lovely website which might help one of two of you find your animal. You musst look at this!

(It's got some more fantastic Platypus pictures too! [Biased] Still no numbers, though. But how about a story? )

[ 28. September 2005, 22:19: Message edited by: Smudgie ]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
The Brush-tailed Bettong, Bettongia penicillata is only found in South West Western Australia. It was formerlly endangered, but has increased due to breeding programmes and control of fox populations.
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
By 1967, it was thought to be extinct, not having been seen for 83 years, but it was rediscovered in that year by Michael Morcombe.

So there is still hope for the Tasmanian Tiger, then...

After all, zero population is only an estimate!
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Aha After much googling, found a population estimate. A couple of years old but this article puts the Woylie (an alternative name) population at 20,000. Which is rather higher than I was hoping. Ah well.

[Preview post. Always preview post]

[ 28. September 2005, 22:56: Message edited by: Hazey Jane ]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Carex:
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
By 1967, it was thought to be extinct, not having been seen for 83 years, but it was rediscovered in that year by Michael Morcombe.

So there is still hope for the Tasmanian Tiger, then...

After all, zero population is only an estimate!

oooo yes... they could be hiding behind a bush or something.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
I will go for the Tasmanian Devil whose population is 100,000 - 150,000 although a disease that has been spreading in the last few years could have halved the population so I am going for 75,000.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I found a good one the Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat . In 2003 only 113 in the wild. And an interesting website . Apparently picking up Sudgie's librarian tendencies.

[ 29. September 2005, 00:40: Message edited by: rugasaw ]
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
The Eastern Barred Bandicoot is endangered and only lives in SE Australia. There is a Tasmanian version that is genetically distinct but hasn't been given a formal taxonomic designation of subspecies. It belongs to the marsupial family Peramelidae and is relatively short-lived (1-2 years, with few surviving to three years in the wild).

quote:
The first re-introductions of Eastern Barred Bandicoots were into extensive fenced enclosures, resulting in the establishment of two confined or 'semi-wild' populations . One was established in the 400 ha nature reserve within Gellibrand Hill Park, in 1989 as part of the management plan for the species (Brown 1989). The second population was established at Hamilton in a 100 ha enclosure within the Hamilton Community Parklands (HCP) in 1990. This was a community initiative led by the Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning, and the fence was constructed with funds provided by CNR. The Gellibrand population has increased to perhaps 500 or more animals, the largest single group remaining and a crucial one for the survival of the species on mainland Australia. The HCP population increased to about 90 animals during 1993, but monitoring during 1994 indicated a significant decline.

 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
The Brush-Tailed Rock Wallaby, a small wallaby, adults of which weigh up to 7.5 kg. It is the only rock-wallaby in Victoria.

quote:
Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies were once widespread within the catchment of the Snowy River south to the Murrindal River near Buchan (Wakefield 1954,1961, 1963), at Tintaldra in the upper Murray (Wakefield 1961), and near Omeo and Mt. Tambo (Wakefield 1954). K. Rogers (in Wakefield 1954) reported that 1200 were shot on the Suggan Buggan River in northeastern Victoria during a single winter around 1903. By the late 1950s K. Rogers knew of only 10 populations in East Gippsland (in Wakefield 1961, 1963). After recent surveys, Norris & Belcher (1986) reported that seven of these populations are now extinct, though they did discover one new population. The total population size is now likely to be fewer than 100 animals (P. Kelly, pers. comm.).


 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Stromatolites

These little suckers are as old as buggery- living dinosaurs. Dunno how many there are, but extremly rare. And extremly important to life development (or not) depending upon your theological view.

Had to show off these, even though it may get me booted
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
On the subject of platypuses, did you know that the scientists who received the first (dead) one to be sent back to the British museum thought it was obviously a fake and tried to remove its bill?
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Obviously not as rare as I thought

Oh well, off to find some furry little runt that been eaten by foxes and cats.

BTW, thanks for an Aussie based question QM
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
'south-west' Woma Python

It has been proposed that there may be two separate types of Woma - the highly endangered 'south-west' Woma and a less threatened 'desert' Woma. Each has different environmental pressures. Until a scientific confirmation is made of the two populations, all Womas will continue to be classified as endangered.

The Woma is a member of the python family. It is adapted to a terrestrial, nocturnal life style in the desert and semi-arid areas of Australia. Usually seen sliding through spinifex across red sand dunes, the Woma will burrow into the sand to protect itself from predators and extremes of temperature. By using its head as a shovel the Woma can also dig and expand burrows, then trap and crush prey against the burrow wall.

The Woma's diet includes reptiles, small mammals and birds. Many nocturnal pythons use heat sensitive pits in their lower jaw to locate warm-blooded prey. The Woma doesn't have these pits, but it does have a narrow worm-like tail which it uses as a lure to attract prey.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
All the ones I knew of being taken, I've had to do a bit of research.

I'm going for the Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons), as distinct from the Northern version (Lasiorhinus krefftii) which has already been taken.


PDF file here

More information here

No-one knows how many of these there are either, so I'll estimate there are 70,000 because that still leaves me safe.

Oh, and if anyone is feeling brave, QM said "creature". I'd imagine it would be possible to be pedantic and go for things that never were living, but were created. Like Ayer's Rock, or Uhuru, or whatever they call it these days.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
The Southern-Hairy Nosed Wombat is, however, listed as being at least vulnerable to extinction and only has a fairly small habitat, hence my comparatively low estimate of numbers.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
When I asked Google to find "Lasiorhinus latifrons", it said it could only find about 664 of them. So looks like my 70,000 was a very safe overestimate. [Big Grin]

[ 29. September 2005, 06:25: Message edited by: Custard. ]
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
I shall go for Gilbert's poteroo. Described in this list (scroll down a bit) as Australia's rarest mammal. with only 45 remaining.
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
Here is a link from the BBC about my little poteroo, with a picture. They say less than 30 surviving! Also, they only live in Aus!
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I am going to name a strange little creature known as the quokka for my rare Australian animal. This small rat like animal was thought to be extinct on the mainland, but colonies are beginning to establish an stabilise in the South West.

They are most frequently found on a small island known as Rottnest Island off the WA coast. The current population is thought to be around 10,000.

One of the reasons that the numbers are declining is a sad reflection on the youth of Australia, who spend wild weekends at places like rottnest when school finishes and play games like 'Quokka Soccer'. I understand that the school kids are no longer welcome on Rottnest and the rangers are doing more to prevent this. [Hot and Hormonal]

Hope that helps. [Big Grin]

Quokka Soccer [Disappointed] .
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
I shall go for the Numbat. , which is a vulnerable small marsupial. pouchless marsupial, which is diurnal - that is, active during the day, not just at night.
This site talks about reintroducing some Numbats into the wild. It says
quote:
At this rate, Scotia could be supporting a population of 5,000 Numbats within 7 years, or more than half the world's population of this rare and unique marsupial.
therefore the population must be less than 10,000

also known as a banded anteater,t he Numbat is the Faunal emblem (animal) of the State of western Australia
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
I sahll go for a rare breed of Ant called Nothomyrmecia. A very rare species of Ant thought to be extinct until a colony was stumbled on in 1931 in southern Australia.
In terms of rarity or projected population numbers I reckon I'm onto a winner because they have only ever been encountered at a few sites (18 sites according to this government report) and the nests are small with less than 100 workers according to this web page so I make it 1800 population tops. ANd if we take biomass into account, my critter is the smallest of them all.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank you.
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
The Greater Bilby or Rabbit-eared Bandicoot (about 2/3 of the page down) has a population of only 600 - 700 in the wild.

The name Bilby comes from an Aboriginal word: Yuwaalaraay

They have an Appreciation Society and are being touted as a replacement for the Easter Bunny. They also come stuffed.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
The Kangaroo Island Dunnart, or Sminthopsis Aitkeni.

Found only on Kangaroo Island, a small island just off the South Australian coast near Adelaide, their total population is unknown due to their extreme elusiveness.

Since their discovery, precisely 32 have been captured. If you see one, please report it! Nobody knows their true numbers, but it's agreed that they're extremely rare (and listed as endangered).

Also, they're definitely only found in Australia [Big Grin]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I offer for your consideration Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris). As you can see on the map, this bird is found only in the south-west of WA.

In 1995 its numbers were estimated to be less than 60,000.

"The cockatoos live for 40-50 years in the wild. A large proportion of the remaining population now is past breeding age. When these older birds die, there will be very few younger birds to take their place." From this website.

Nice pictures and info about recovery plans.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Albert's lyrebird.
(Menura alberti)
Estimated population: to follow
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow:
Obviously not as rare as I thought

Live ones are - the ones in that link have been dead for aeons.

Of course, since the actual living parts of a stromatolite are cyanobacteria, which are common around the world, your change of creature was probably wise [Smile]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
It's so vunerable that I can't find the info on its population! It's Red List Category & Criteria VU B1ab(iii,v)+2ab(iii,v) on the IUCN Red List though (here)!
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
For those still looking for likely entries, here is a site for Threatened Species of Tasmania.

Still lots of good choices available, including the scrubtit, forty-spotted pardalote, chaostola skipper, and the Tasmanian Devil tapeworm (which only lives in the endangered Tasmanian Devil, of course.)

Oh, and for the geographically challenged, Tasmania really is a part of Australia, not a country in Africa.
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
The Bare-rumped Sheathtail Bat, Saccolaimus saccolaimus nudicluniatus , native to Queensland, Australia, listed as "Critically endangered" - therefore population estimate below 1000.

Picture here .
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
A strange 'walking' fish, the spotted handfish, found only in isolated colonies around south-eastern Tasmania. Alarmingly there have been only four confirmed sightings in the past five years, although three colonies (of 200-500 each) plus a few isolated individuals are estimated.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Looks like we move on tonight.

Now if only I could remember the name of that creature I saw in Tarango Zoo, Sydney. [Confused]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
There's a list of animals in Taronga Zoo, Sydney here.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
THIRD ROUND OF SUBJECTIVE JUDGEMENTS:

(Profuse False Apologies for the delay)

The numbers are PAGE, then scores for the following ORIGINALITY, being SMART, and being HELPFUL ... or P O S H for short.

COMPETITOR and EXPLANATION are blatantly obvious.

P O S H Competitor Explanation

7 1 -1 0 Professorkirke An original point for desperation. Clever Dick mark down.
7 0 0 1 Papa Smurf For supporting Marvin in his brinkmanship
7 0 1 0 Marvin the Martian For impressing Papa Smurf
7 1 1 0 Dolphy For a good little chuckle
7 1 1 0 S'More For getting all the links right and a nice spitting volcano
7 0 -1 0 Christianjimmy For not checking first
7 1 -1 0 Pants Blaming others for your own incompetence
7 1 1 1 Pants Good choice with excellent links for us to peruse
7 0 2 0 Rugasaw Responding well to a Digory in the ribs
7 1 0 1 Carex Offering an option to fellow competitors
7 0 1 0 Carex For impressing Papio
7 1 1 0 Quizmaster Smart but on the verge of Clever Dick
7 0 1 0 Hennah Knowing a good waffle when she sees one
7 1 1 1 The Rogue Like the cake, the links and the post
7 0 -1 0 The Rogue Admitting a mistake
7 0 1 0 Professorkirke Creativity will get you lots of places
7 1 1 0 Gort Entering a volcano 6 years too soon
7 1 1 1 Custard I don't know what he said but I like it
7 2 2 2 Custard Nice Sermon
7 0 1 1 Marvin the Martian For placing himself on the cliff edge
7 0 1 1 Custard Foor knowing the truth
7 0 -1 0 Marvin the Martian For missing something
7 0 1 1 Moth For putting Da_Musicman straight
7 1 1 1 Carex For a lesson on vulcanism
7 0 1 1 Annie P For encouraging participation
7 0 1 1 Carex Corrections are good
7 1 1 0 Chorister For the name chosen
7 1 -1 -1 Professorkirke Needs taking down a peg or seven
7 1 1 0 Rugasaw It would be like taking candy from a Digory
7 0 0 1 R.D.Olivaw Helpful point
7 2 1 0 MrSponge2U For a recent photo of an eruption
7 0 1 1 Marvin the Martian Keeping the excitement at a reasonable level
7 1 1 0 Pants Flattery is so …….. Why thankyou!
7 1 1 0 Marvin the Martian Witticism is always appreciated
7 1 1 0 Hazey Jane You know how to treat a man
7 0 1 1 Carex Continuing the lesson on vulcanism
7 0 -1 -1 R.D.Olivaw Failing to post a link to the photographs
7 1 1 -1 Professorkirke I like people who paint targets on themselves

8 1 1 0 Hazey Jane Being nice but with a nasty side
8 0 -1 0 Marvin the Martian Failing to code the post correctly
8 0 -1 0 Moth Estimating the odds incorrectly
8 1 1 1 Hazey Jane Smart and Helpful and the first to say so
8 0 -1 0 Hazey Jane I would not have known if you had not said
8 2 0 0 Moth Sleep more, Moth, sleep more
8 1 1 1 The Rogue First to give me my cruise date options
8 1 0 0 Marvin the Martian For equating guests with passengers
8 1 1 1 Marvin the Martian First to estimate the average
8 1 1 0 The Rogue For his third round commentary
8 1 0 0 Chorister For thinking of her own relaxation
8 1 1 0 Jedijudy For knowing a ship's Godmother
8 1 1 0 Pure as Snow You got away with it this time
8 0 1 1 Jedijudy For finding me a ship credit of $50
8 1 1 0 R.D.Olivaw Clever thought
8 1 1 0 Pure as Snow and the cost may be affordable too
8 1 1 0 Professorkirke For some terrible cliches
8 1 1 0 Smudgie For being on the quayside when I left Southampton
8 0 1 1 Smudgie Helpful hint for other contestants
8 1 1 0 Hennah Sure - I can be the 2500
8 1 1 1 Moth For the offer of accommodation
8 1 0 0 Papa Smurf For thinking of pregnant women
8 1 0 0 Papa Smurf Nice suggestion
8 1 -1 -1 Christianjimmy For trying to divert me from the Baltic
8 1 1 0 Marvin the Martian I love that phrase
8 2 1 0 Papa Smurf Not that IS clever
8 0 -1 0 Marvin the Martian Groaning out loud
8 1 0 0 Moth For liking Pants (very original)
8 1 0 1 Nutmeg For finding a tartan décor
8 0 0 1 Smudgie Thanks Smudge
8 1 0 0 Chorister Bringing up Mad Tour memories
8 2 2 0 Dolphy Nice Choice Dolphy
8 1 1 -1 Carex I like your style you witch
8 0 1 0 Dolphy For impressing Professorkirke
8 1 1 1 Ann The Mersey Ferry it is then
8 0 -1 -1 Jonah the Whale Ecuadorean cruising is not for me yet
8 1 1 0 Doublethink Baaaaaaaaaa
8 2 1 0 Rugasaw Bringing deep sea diving into it
8 1 1 -1 Rugasaw Thanks for that additional info

9 0 1 0 Rugasaw For standing corrected
9 1 0 0 Sharkshooter You should be this year's Also-Ran Champ
9 1 -1 -1 Chorister Congratulations on your demotion Chorister
9 0 -1 -1 Quizmaster Promising what he cannot deliver
9 1 1 1 Tom Day Being Honest
9 1 0 -1 Quizmaster What a terrible attitude for a Quizmaster
9 0 -1 -1 Quizmaster For Yanking the Aussies
9 0 1 1 Sharkshooter No! What a dull life!
9 0 -1 1 Moth It DOES count whether Also-Ran or not
9 1 1 -1 Sharkshooter It's not the amount, it's the principle
9 0 -1 0 Annie P For being corrected by the husband
9 1 1 0 Hazey Jane For being horny
9 1 1 1 Jonah the Whale Pedantry is a good thing in this contest
9 1 1 0 Auntie Doris Yes, I like kisses
9 1 1 0 Doublethink For that update on how the CIA views the UK
9 1 0 0 R.D.Olivaw For locating Timbuktu
9 1 1 1 Pure as Snow For taking the brinkmanship award
9 1 1 0 Professorkirke For singing a national anthem in two languages
9 0 1 1 Smudgie For teaming up with Auntie D
9 1 1 0 Papa Smurf For getting music in there somewhere
9 0 1 1 Papa Smurf For helping Pants
9 1 -1 1 Pants For the most boring post ever
9 1 0 0 Christianjimmy For reacting well to Pants post
9 2 0 0 Quizmaster Nice idea for a vote QM
9 0 -1 1 Nutmeg For thinking Pants would actually type that much
9 0 1 0 Marvin the Martian For knowing how she did it
9 1 0 0 Marvin the Martian For having the right attitude to parents
9 1 0 0 Jedijudy For best vote
9 1 0 0 The Rogue For that information about the Pope
9 -1 -1 -1 Sharkshooter For copying Pants - Seen it already
9 0 0 1 Marvin the Martian For that helpful link
9 0 1 0 Papa Smurf For concurring with my opinion
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Thanks custard,

I found my lovely little Quoll on your link.

Apparently it is being wiped out by the Cane Toad.

The U.S. army, yes! The Exocet missile, yes! But being wiped out by the Cane Toad?! [Eek!]
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Dear QM et al. Having a long weekend of camping with the wife and kids. Can't post again until Wednesday my time which I think is the summer of 1953, your time.

In short, I must default on the next round.
(unless it lasts over 5 days)

I am happy to take a bullet on this round to preserve someone else who could continue.

It's been fun,

Yellow Snow
BTW, Temperature twentyfour degrees, a chance for some walking, possibly some waterskiing, four full days off work, bit of wine, a few beers. You know defaulting on the Quiz might almost be worth it...
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow:
I am happy to take a bullet on this round to preserve someone else who could continue.

That's good of you. Means the rest of us can think up ludicrously Original, Smart or Helpful answers to boost our scores, safe in the knowledge that we can't be KO'd.

Of course, the true quiz veteran would find an internet cafe while on holiday and post their answer from there. [Razz]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:

I found my lovely little Quoll on your link.

<snip>

Awwwwww! [Axe murder] Why does Australia get all the cute critters?
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Awwwwww! [Axe murder] Why does Australia get all the cute critters?

Coz it gets all the evil ugly buggers as well, like spiders, mantises, snakes and scorpions.

Truly it is a land of great beauty, but also great hideousness...

[ 30. September 2005, 11:34: Message edited by: Marvin the Martian ]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Awwwwww! [Axe murder] Why does Australia get all the cute critters?

Coz it gets all the evil ugly buggers as well, like spiders, mantises, snakes and scorpions.

Truly it is a land of great beauty, but also great hideousness...

Yin and Yang, I guess! (Or yang and um?)
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
Of course, the true quiz veteran would find an internet cafe while on holiday and post their answer from there. [Razz]

I can think of a better way to describe that kind of person.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
FOURTH ROUND OF SUBJECTIVE JUDGEMENTS:

The numbers are PAGE, then scores for ORIGINALITY, being SMART, and being HELPFUL ... or P O S H for short.

COMPETITOR and EXPLANATION are blatantly obvious.

P O S H Competitor Explanation

10 1 -1 0 Christianjimmy For publicly accusing a fellow of plagiarism
10 0 -1 0 Sharkshooter For plagiarism (using an already taken country)
10 1 -1 0 Smudgie For setting up what comes next
10 0 -1 0 Sharkshooter For taking the bait
10 -1 1 0 Papa Smurf Good analysis but you mentioned music again
10 1 1 1 Sharkshooter A much more magnanimous post
10 1 0 0 Ann For your recommended reading list
10 1 1 1 Professorkirke I needed that assistance too!
10 1 1 1 Pants A very well expressed apology
10 1 1 -1 Custard Hoisting Smudgie on her petard
10 1 1 1 Christianjimmy For providing me with a Quiz Question
10 1 1 0 Hennah For that uncertain internet suffix
10 0 -1 0 Paul W For failing to get the photos online
10 1 -1 0 Chorister For viewing the internet from behind a secure firewall
10 0 1 1 Rugasaw For getting the post just about spot on
10 1 -1 0 Smudgie For digging the hole deeper ready for the next caller
10 0 2 -2 Tom Day Going in for the kill
10 1 0 0 Smudgie Put Tom back on the list dear
10 1 -1 -1 Quizmaster For a ludicrous definition of "all about"
10 1 -1 0 Pure as Snow For Lying
10 1 0 1 Rugasaw For defining himself as a refugee
10 1 0 0 MrSponge2U For locating an alien planet
10 2 2 2 The Rogue Option Three it is then
10 1 -1 0 Papa Smurf As is your spelling of the word
10 1 1 -1 Custard Valid logic but you mentioned particle physics
10 1 1 -2 The Rogue Quite quite so
10 0 0 1 Marvin the Martian Thankyou Marvin
10 0 -1 2 Papa Smurf A very good question which got an answer
10 1 -1 1 Quizmaster Surely you mean subsection VIII
10 0 -1 1 Pants For not knowing what an Also Ran is
10 -1 -1 -1 Quizmaster It was clarification (ii) you moron
10 1 -1 -1 The Rogue NO
10 0 0 0 Pants That's OK love
10 1 1 1 The Rogue Good question
10 1 0 1 Smudgie For a useful website reference
10 0 0 1 Custard Another useful link
10 -1 -1 -1 Papa Smurf For being typically Scottish
10 1 -1 -2 Pure as Snow I have to take them off you first
10 0 0 1 Gort Point from Pure as Snow
10 0 0 1 Chorister Point from Pure as Snow
10 1 -1 0 Professorkirke For failing to support the team he supports

11 0 1 1 Professorkirke For accurately assessing the situation
11 2 1 0 Hennah Like the idea behind that selection Hen
11 -1 2 -1 Tom Day Trying to abuse his position of authority
11 1 1 -1 Quizmaster Succinct
11 1 1 1 Papa Smurf Honesty becomes you Sir
11 1 1 2 Christianjimmy For research on behalf of other contestants
11 0 -1 0 Papa Smurf Don't you KNOW?
11 0 1 0 Auntie Doris A good idea I would say
11 1 0 0 Papa Smurf Kilmarnock supporters are almost unique
11 1 1 0 Hazey Jane Good attitude
11 1 1 0 Ann Good start, died a bit later on
11 0 1 0 Custard Accepting the praise heaped upon him
11 1 1 1 Carex For helping out the Fijians and the Hawaiians
11 0 -5 -5 Quizmaster For Lying - Times are UK times, BST and GMT
11 1 1 2 Carex For that helpful hint
11 1 0 0 Hazey Jane For pledging allegiance to Charton
11 1 -1 -1 Chorister For mentioning supplying and offshore bank accounts
11 -1 -1 2 Tom Day For jumping on the terraces with Hazey Jane
11 -1 -1 -1 Hazey Jane Going just that little bit too far
11 -1 -1 -1 Pure as Snow Still waiting for my picture
11 0 0 2 Smudgie Points from Nutmeg
11 1 1 1 Tom Day Calling time at the appropriate moment
11 0 0 1 Hazey Jane Helpful to other competitors
11 0 -1 0 Doublethink Fare well then DT
11 1 0 0 Pants For wanting "Normal"
11 0 0 1 Papa Smurf Thanks for the warning which came in good time
11 0 -1 0 Annie P Please continue as an Also Ran
11 1 1 1 Hazey Jane Now THAT is a brilliant knockout quiz post
11 -1 -1 -1 Hazey Jane For double editing a double post at the double

12 0 0 1 Jonah the Whale Useful Link
12 1 0 0 Jedijudy For that Sales Pitch
12 1 1 0 Smudgie For bringing my wife into the Quiz
12 1 0 0 Hennah For an active imagination
12 1 1 1 Papa Smurf For sitting at the computer calculator at his side
12 1 0 0 Custard I always wanted to go there. Maybe one day.
12 0 0 1 Custard Useful additional information
12 0 1 1 Papa Smurf Scaremongering - I like it!
12 0 -1 0 Ann For giving Chorister extra work
12 1 1 1 The Rogue Will do. I went to France in 1999 and SAW IT
12 0 0 1 Papa Smurf Still keeping score. You can be REFEREE!
12 1 1 -2 Pants For lying
12 0 -1 0 Carex For getting sidetracked somewhere, ah yes, Hawaii
12 0 1 0 Hazey Jane Good reaction to the unwarranted attack
12 0 1 1 Carex Back on track again
12 0 0 1 Tom Day Update on the Mad Tour website
12 1 1 1 Christianjimmy Pedantry is a GOOD THING
12 0 1 1 Marvin the Martian For a mathematical analysis
12 1 1 0 Papa Smurf I loved that allusion to an earthquake zone
12 0 1 0 Marvin the Martian 73% of all statistics are made up on the spot
12 1 -1 -1 Pants And you are obviously one of them
12 1 -1 0 Papa Smurf No P.S. You are quite blatantly forgetting ME
12 0 -1 0 Papa Smurf And Marvin
12 -1 1 0 Marvin the Martian For having an excel spreadsheet like P.S. and me
12 1 0 -1 Auntie Doris How COULD you say such a thing?
12 2 2 0 Marvin the Martian A very biblical response I must say
12 1 0 0 Papa Smurf Check with the wife first before you do
12 1 0 0 Moth Vying for a very dubious honour
12 0 0 1 Jonah the Whale Point donated by Moth
12 0 2 0 Jedijudy Thanking people is a good thing
12 1 1 0 Moth Nice try but NO
12 0 0 1 Jonah the Whale Doing my research for me
12 1 1 1 Papa Smurf For nominating the brinkmanship award for the round
12 0 1 0 Marvin the Martian For doing all the mathematics
12 0 -1 0 R.D.Olivaw For not changing her nomination
12 1 0 1 Sharkshooter For demonstrating empathetic tendancies
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Here's one for you, Quizzy dear.

The Quoll's Revenge [Snigger]

[ 30. September 2005, 20:51: Message edited by: Smudgie ]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Knocked out for failing to post a Bush Baby:
Jonah the Whale
Paul W

QUALIFIERS
Ann
Auntie Doris
Carex
Chorister
Christianjimmy
Custard
Gort
Hazey Jane
Hennah
Jedijudy
Marvin the Martian
Moth
MrSponge2U
Nutmeg
Pants
Papa Smurf
Professorkirke
Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow
Quizmaster
Rugasaw
Smudgie
The Rogue

Get your fingertips warmed up!
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Knocked out for failing to post a Bush Baby:
Jonah the Whale
Paul W

Is this what you were looking for, guys?
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
Here's one for you, Quizzy dear.

The Quoll's Revenge [Snigger]

I have seen this things at the markets. Truly revolting. How could you consider a purse made from cane toads? They also stuff them and dress them up which is quite funny. [Biased]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND EIGHT: EARTH SATELLITES

For this round I need two distinct pieces of information:

1) The name of the satellite orbitting the earth.

2) The time taken for your choice to complete one circumnavigation.

The person to be eliminated will be the one with the closest to the average time taken to complete one ring around the earth.

Now, what have I failed to clarify this time? [Ultra confused]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
Here's one for you, Quizzy dear.

The Quoll's Revenge [Snigger]

Oooh. Ick. Reminds me of the frog face my mom found in her house once upon a time.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I choose the Moon which has an orbit of 27.322 days.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
While I'm just looking for orbit times (and thinking that I really ought to be asleep!), I found this site which is interesting as you can track your satellite's progress!

Satellite tracking
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
The International Space Station.

Orbit time 91.61 mins.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Hooray! Got one!

SUNSAT - South Africa's first satellite - circles the earth about once every 100 minutes according to this website
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
As an also run - time to be annoying...

You can have Quick Bird - orbit of 1 day

or Aqua - 99 mins orbit

or Grace (but I can't find an orbit time)

We also have Envisat - orbit of 111 mins
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
Also found

Radar Sat 1 - Orbit of 100.7 mins

Will give some more in the morning [Biased]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
The humble Hubble.

Time taken to orbit the earth is 97 minutes according to this link.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
ROUND EIGHT: EARTH SATELLITES

For this round I need two distinct pieces of information:

1) The name of the satellite orbitting the earth.
...
Now, what have I failed to clarify this time? [Ultra confused]

Nothing. But you did spell orbiting wrong.

[I'm not being cheeky, this is for edification]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Tom, you are just being a pain again. Go find a spaceship to play on.

Actually, there are some here that could keep you out of mischief for an hour or two.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Having been now cross posted twice and lost a couple of choices...

The obvious odd answer having already been taken, I would go for Cruithne, except it isn't a real satellite of Earth - more of a companion with a weird orbit.

So I shall go for Lacrosse 3, which is a US government spy satellite orbiting 14.71292432 times per day, which works out at one orbit every 0.06797 days, 1.6312 hours or 1 hour, 37 minutes, 52 seconds.

Incidentally, this site has a database with lots and lots of details about satellites and when you can see them. Even lists for you to pick from...
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
Man, tough one methinks. Kudos to QM for thinking up difficult questions.

I'm going for Landsat 5 which is a plain old bog standard observation satellite, taking 16 days to orbit the earth.
I was trying to be clever and look for an exciting thing like the second moon that we apparently have (called cruithne) but apparently it isn't a real moon of earth, and not being clever enough I wasn't sure if it did orbit the earth properly, so left it. (Although if anyone is willing to argue the toss on whether it is a real satellite or not, feel free to use it!)

I found this page rather handy... partial list of earth observation satellites [Big Grin]

[ETA: ohhh, [Disappointed] crossposted with custard, suddenly don't look so clever on the old cruithne thing. dammit. Oh well, as they say, great minds think alike eh custard?! [Cool] ]

[ 30. September 2005, 22:34: Message edited by: christianjimmy ]
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
Right, this is where having a geek husband comes in handy. "Go for low earth orbit", he said, "because they're very short in period, so won't be near the average".

So I choose UoSat - Oscar 11, which has a period of 99 minutes, as shown on the Amsat site.

[ 30. September 2005, 22:33: Message edited by: Moth ]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
RS-15

Orbit time - 128 minutes

I hated this round!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
I'll take a cute one: CUTE-I

A Japanese ham radio satellite that has been up over two years now. Tiny little thing - about 10cm cube and weighs around 1 kg.

You can build a paper model of it by printing out their file on a A4 sheet of paper. (It uses cut-and-paste, through, not real origami.)

Unfortunately the log and other information are in Japanese, so I haven't been able to find a orbit time yet. However, the 2-line Keppler orbit elements are:

1 27844U 03031E 05235.54459366 .00000081 00000-0 58274-4 0 5668
2 27844 098.7240 242.8205 0009458 197.0180 163.0673 14.20368241111406

which should provide all necessary orbital information.


I'll see if I can't decode some telemetry or something and come up with an orbital period...
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
Looks like the signals are received at the Titech Ground Station in Japan about every 1 hour 40 minutes or so, so I'll use 100 minutes for the orbital period.

The log is there on the web site under Current Status / Operation Report.

The cube satellite format was developed as a standard package that can be used by universities and other non-profit groups. There are a number of others that were scheduled for launch in September and October of this year, though a few have been delayed.
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
Even though I ran out of time in the last round I have to contribute chandra... it's day to day ops are conducted literally right down the street from where I live. It takes approximately 64 hours and 18 minutes to complete an orbit.
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
XSS-11 (eXperimental Satellite System 11) is an American military (AFRL) microsatellite that was launched by a Minotaur rocket, a modified Minuteman 2 ICBM, from Vandenberg AFB at 13:35 UT on 11 April 2005.

The 100 kg satellite is equipped with sensors to seek out and make close rendezvous with several rocket bodies and dead spacecraft that are still in orbit. It will approach each such object as closely as 2.5 km to examine and image it.

This experimental model carries no projectiles. The initial orbital parameters were period 102.1 min, apogee 875 km, perigee 839 km, and inclination 98.8°. Mission life: 12 to 18 months.
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
Confirmation page for the XSS-11.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
GMS-1/Himawari-1
It may throw off the orbiting calculations. Its in geosynchronous orbit.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Quick note to all concerned...

Since JJ has already used the Moon, that will knock all the averages up significantly, probably to around 1 day or maybe more if many people go for geostationary / geosynchronous orbits (as there are roughly 20 contestants and a fair few also-rans).

If you're going for a low earth orbit satallite then (under about 2 hours), you just need to be sure you don't have the one which takes the longest of all those entered by contestants.

It would take roughly 500 low-earth orbit entries to get the average down below 90 mins. So if you want to be safe, go there.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Sorry - the 500 figure was due to a quick calculation in my head and wasn't quite accurate.

If the only satellites chosen were the moon and Low Earth Observation satellites with periods averaging 90 mins, then there would need to be 4022 LEO satellites chosen before the mean dropped below 100 mins. In other words, the very risky place to be is the longest-period LEO or something with an orbital period around 1 day.
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
Anyone had the POES yet?
quote:
POES (Polar Operational Environmental Satellites) maintain an orbital height of about 500 mi and take about 100 min to complete an orbit
( from here)

Seastar is also a satellite which the US have launched to look, surprisingly, at the sea. It has an orbit of 99 mins. And as I write this it is approaching South America...
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
The Navstar satellite - orbit time of 12 hours. The cluster is what tells your nice satellite-navigation lady where she is.

Hen x
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
Tom, you are just being a pain again. Go find a spaceship to play on.

Actually, there are some here that could keep you out of mischief for an hour or two.

Smudgie, you must know by now that we have a thread for Internet Games. Be a dear and post it there [Biased]

Tom Day [Big Grin] [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
The oldest still-orbiting satellite is Vanguard 1 with an orbital period of 134.2 minutes.
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
And of course there is the oldest man made object in space, Vanguard 1. It has now been in space since 1957 and has traveeled over 10189046848 km's, completed 187092 orbits of the earth, each one at around 134 mins.

Tom
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
My choice is EXOS D which has an orbit lasting 185.2 minutes.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Superbird 6... more info to follow when baby stops screaming at me.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
GE 1i / AMC 12
Xtar-Eur
XM 3
Inmarsat 4F1
Express AM2
Apstar 6
Spaceway 1
Directv 8
Telstar 8 / Intelsat Americas 8
Express AM3
Ipstar 1
Galaxy 14

All of them please, I can't find the damn orbiting times on anything.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Ok, maybe Quickbird then.
quote:
Orbit
Altitude: 450km - 98 degree, sun-synchronous inclination
Revisit frequency: 1 to 3.5 days depending on latitude at 70-cm resolution
Viewing angle: Agile spacecraft, in-track and cross-track pointing
Period 93.4 minutes

So I'll have whichever length of time means I'm still in the game!!

(Sorry to have hogged all the other ones too! [Snigger] )
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
NOAA 15 will take 100 minutes to travel right around the world according to this site
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Reminder to folks - you can find the orbital period of pretty much any artificial satellite on the site I posted earlier.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Custard.:
Reminder to folks - you can find the orbital period of pretty much any artificial satellite on the site I posted earlier.

You're wonderful.

[Biased]
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
I know Also-Ran Tom Day already entered this one, but when I found it, I found the orbital period to be different than what he'd recorded.

So on that basis, I choose Envisat with an orbital period of 101 minutes.

(What an obscure question... [Biased] )
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by christianjimmy:
I'm going for Landsat 5 which is a plain old bog standard observation satellite, taking 16 days to orbit the earth.

I found this page rather handy... partial list of earth observation satellites [Big Grin]


[Hot and Hormonal] Ahem.
My lack of technical know how, and failure to understand anything in physics beyond the age of 14 has led me to make a small error.
Ahem. [Hot and Hormonal]

As shown by this website shamefaced-admittance-of-error.com, apparently the landsat5 takes just 99 minutes to orbit the earth, and the figure of 16 days is how long it takes to cover the entire earth.
Thankyou for your patience, normal service will be resumed shortly.
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
An off topic / on topic kinda post - anyone else found the Space program on BBC2 god fun? I'ts been about the best thing on TV recently I think.

Tom
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
GMS-1/Himawari-1
It may throw off the orbiting calculations. Its in geosynchronous orbit.

well, if we consider QM's satement of:
The time taken for your choice to complete one circumnavigation.

to mean the time it takes for the satellite to end up in the same place, then for a geosynchronous orbit that will be 1 day, surely.

currently (and not counting any of Tom's suggestions as actual answers), the current average is 2752 minutes (45.8 hours, just under 2 days) so currently in danger is Chandra

[ 01. October 2005, 17:22: Message edited by: Papa Smurf ]
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
(and not counting any of Tom's suggestions as actual answers)

I'm just trying to help [Smile]

(And putting off doing anything useful!)
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
Ok, maybe Quickbird then.
quote:
Orbit
Altitude: 450km - 98 degree, sun-synchronous inclination
Revisit frequency: 1 to 3.5 days depending on latitude at 70-cm resolution
Viewing angle: Agile spacecraft, in-track and cross-track pointing
Period 93.4 minutes

So I'll have whichever length of time means I'm still in the game!!


That'll be the "period" then - 93.4 minutes.
The revisit frequency is how soon it looks at the same place on the planet.
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
[...] currently (and not counting any of Tom's suggestions as actual answers), the current average is 2752 minutes (45.8 hours, just under 2 days) so currently in danger is Chandra

Umm, Chandra was chosen by RD Olivaw and I don't see him/her on the current qualifiers list. [Confused]

There are 5 qualifiers yet to post. [tick, tick, tick...]

[ 01. October 2005, 17:40: Message edited by: Gort ]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
here is SPOT

see SPOT's details (well, SPOT 2's details to be precise)

my choice - SPOT 2
Orbital Period 101.4 minutes.

which keeps Chandra close to the Average, but GMS Hinari 1's getting close

[ 01. October 2005, 17:40: Message edited by: Papa Smurf ]
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
...make that 4. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tom Day:
An off topic / on topic kinda post - anyone else found the Space program on BBC2 god fun? I'ts been about the best thing on TV recently I think.

Tom

So...something God enjoys, eh? I can just see God going "Wheeeee!!" [Biased]

[False alarm, thought I put the italics in the wrong place.]

[ 01. October 2005, 20:27: Message edited by: jedijudy ]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Radarsat 1. It's Canadian, would you believe [Big Grin]

Time for one orbit - 100.7 minutes
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
Radarsat 1. It's Canadian, would you believe [Big Grin]

Time for one orbit - 100.7 minutes

Hey - I put that one yesterday evening. As a Spaceman, I'd have thought you'd have found something original!
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
How 'bout GSAT-3. Ya had that yet?

It has 01.00272681 revolutions per day, wwhich I calculate to be one every 23.9347345 hours...

My thoughts on your little game of "list loads of satellites to see if I can knock someone out" are best left unrecorded [Disappointed] ...
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
Fortunately, he was just too late to nick mine! [Razz]
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
Okean-3
quote:
OKEAN-3 was launched on June 4, 1991, by the U.S.S.R. utilizing the TSIKLON booster rocket.

Initial orbital parameters: period 97.8 min, apogee 679 km, perigee 652 km, inclination 82.5 deg.
The main mission of the spacecraft is to obtain oceanographic and polar region ice information and data.

The above info was found on this website
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
To one aged smurf. You may wish to ask one of the ships physicists but I believe to "circumnavigate" the earth would mean to go around the earth relative to the earth. Otherwise we would all be orbiting the earth right now racing at the speed of over 1,000 mph. My I am faster than I thought. [Biased]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
To one aged smurf. You may wish to ask one of the ships physicists but I believe to "circumnavigate" the earth would mean to go around the earth relative to the earth. Otherwise we would all be orbiting the earth right now racing at the speed of over 1,000 mph. My I am faster than I thought. [Biased]

AND - Unless my maths fails me, a geostationary satellite takes an infinite amount of time to circumnavigate, which when all is added up and divided by a finite number creates an average of approximately infinity.

This should surely result in a high originality factor, but elimination from the contest.

Or is my analysis wrong?
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
OH - and TOM DAY - Others please take note.

I can only accept your FIRST answer.

That answer has to be proven INVALID before you can have a second go.

N.B. I must write all these rules down. They were developed during the first three contests.

[Angel] [Two face] [Devil]
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
Earthbound geostationary satellites orbit the Earth. If they didn't, they would fall to the ground. Whether or not they 'circumnavigate' is beside the point.

From the Moon, the Earth remains stationary relative to the observer, it doesn't rise or set against the horizon. Does that mean the Moon isn't a satellite of Earth?
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
OH - and TOM DAY - Others please take note.

I can only accept your FIRST answer.

That answer has to be proven INVALID before you can have a second go.

Oh well, I had fun [Devil] [Devil]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
One of the Ship's physicists here, though not exactly unbiased. Though I guess the chances of me being knocked out this round are very small, for reasons discussed above.

quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
2) The time taken for your choice to complete one circumnavigation.

"Circumnavigation" means "to go round" from the Latin "circum" - around and "navigare" - to navigate.

It's actually a problem of relativity here!

The conventional approach is to say that the Earth is spinning and that it is orbiting round the Sun. If this is the case, then geostationary satellites are orbiting the Earth once every 24 hours, even though they stay above the same point on the surface. So at some times they are on the Sun side of the Earth (day) and at some times they are on the other side of Earth (night).

When talking about events happening only on the Earth, it is sometimes convenient to speak as if the Earth were stationary. Hence "the sun rising", etc. It is in this sense that Magellan's expedition "circumnavigated" the Earth. However, if we keep this view when we think about space, geostationary satellites would be held in place by the balance between "centrifugal force" and gravity. In this case also, pretty much everything in the universe could be said to be circumnavigating Earth, taking 24 hours to do so (though in the case of the Sun, Moon, etc with wobbles every 365.24 or 28 days).

The reason that the first approach is to be preferred is these "centrifugal forces", and also the Coriolis force. If we treat the Earth as stationary, we need to add them in as unexplained forces acting on everything and they make any calculations really horrible. If we say that the Earth is moving, we don't.

Incidentally, the reason satellites orbit is due to a combination of their speeds and gravity. If they weren't moving, they would plummet to Earth. If there wasn't any gravity, they'd keep moving in a straight line at a constant speed and fly off into space.

So my conclusion is that it could be argued that geostationary satellites do "circumnavigate the Earth" in that they go round it, even though they remain above the same point on the surface.

On the other hand, it doesn't matter as it's the geostationary ones who come close to the average whether they are counted as 24 hour orbits or infinite time.

[ 02. October 2005, 06:45: Message edited by: Custard. ]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
I was only making a suggestion to try and make the calculations easier to follow.
It's completely up to QM [Overused] how he decides to work it all out.
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tom Day:
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
OH - and TOM DAY - Others please take note.

I can only accept your FIRST answer.

That answer has to be proven INVALID before you can have a second go.

Oh well, I had fun [Devil] [Devil]
Right.
so Tom's first entry was quickbird. he said it had a period of 1 day. THen pants also chose quickbird, and the info she posted showed it t have a period of 93.4 minutes.

does that mean that Tom's first, valid entry is

Aqua - period 99 mins ?
In which case, Marvin's first valid entry would be the Radarsat 1. (100.7 minutes)

If so, (and using my 24hr geostationary assumpition/suggestion from earlier), the average is closest to GMS Hinari 1

mind you, if Pure As the Yellow Driven Snow declines to post this round then it all becomes immaterial.
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
Maybe in the next round I'll just observe from a distance [Biased]

But QM did say the also rans should be active...
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
quote:
Chandra was chosen by RD Olivaw and I don't see him/her on the current qualifiers list
It's true... I was eliminated (I couldn't make it back in time to post another capital) but I submitted Chandra as an also-ran because I have a personal connection to that project and so I couldn't resist. BTW I am a her. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tom Day:

But QM did say the also rans should be active...

Active, dear. Not hyperactive.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Ok I have almost flambayed myself. Depending on who gets it whether it be me, Tom Day or Pure as the Yellow Driven Snow. I put all in the all powerful Quizmaster's hands.
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by R.D. Olivaw:
quote:
Chandra was chosen by RD Olivaw and I don't see him/her on the current qualifiers list
It's true... I was eliminated (I couldn't make it back in time to post another capital) but I submitted Chandra as an also-ran because I have a personal connection to that project and so I couldn't resist. BTW I am a her. [Big Grin]
Someone please help punch a correction or confirmation for this misunderstanding through my thick titanium skull: Submissions from those who have been eliminated affect averages and the round's next elimination?

[I will humbly accept demerits for my inability to find an answer in the rules]
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gort:
Someone please help punch a correction or confirmation for this misunderstanding through my thick titanium skull: Submissions from those who have been eliminated affect averages and the round's next elimination?

[I will humbly accept demerits for my inability to find an answer in the rules]

To put it not-so-simply, we assume so.

Quiz Master says it is in Page 5, Paragraph 7, Section A, Subsection IX.


Perhaps Subsection X should outline whether or not averages will be affected by the Also-Rans' entries. [Smile]

-Digory
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gort:
Earthbound geostationary satellites orbit the Earth. If they didn't, they would fall to the ground. Whether or not they 'circumnavigate' is beside the point.

From the Moon, the Earth remains stationary relative to the observer, it doesn't rise or set against the horizon. Does that mean the Moon isn't a satellite of Earth?

Actually, I think that means that the Earth isn't a satellite of the Moon! [Biased]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
There has been so much rule bending this time around that I shall wait and see before the next round tonight whether Pure as Snow has found an internet cafe or is completely cut off from civilisation before I post my entry.

Rule) First ENTRY counts unless it is proven invalid, only then can you pick another satellite.

Rule) Also-Rans may post but only their first entry counts and it is then denied to competitors.

Rule) All valid entries count (Competitors and Also-Rans) when it comes to the averages.

Rule) Breaking the rules and getting away with it is part of the fun but can lead to disqualification.

Rule) A piece of wood or plastic 12 inches long.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
You forgot the rule about wearing a crown and bossing everyone about, Quizmaster.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
CROWN placed upon head.

"Get down off the High Horse woman!"

CROWN removed.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
My choice:

Don't click the link if you are on dial-up.

Sputnik 1

Orbital Period : 96.2 minutes.

Get Your Facts Here

Laika was the first dog in space on Sputnik 2.

Sigourney Weaver was the last one I saw in space.
[Razz]
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:


For this round I need two distinct pieces of information:

1) The name of the satellite orbitting the earth.

Sputnik-1 isn't orbitting the Earth - from your article:

quote:
Sputnik 1 was launched by an R-7 rocket. It incinerated upon re-entry on 3 January 1958.
Or have I misunderstood the term orbitting? I assumed it was in the present tense.

Tom
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tom Day:
Or have I misunderstood the term orbitting? I assumed it was in the present tense.

As did I...
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Knocked into outer space:
Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (failing to post)
Quizmaster (failing to read the exam question)

QUALIFIERS
Ann
Auntie Doris
Carex
Chorister
Christianjimmy
Custard
Gort
Hazey Jane
Hennah
Jedijudy
Marvin the Martian
Moth
MrSponge2U
Nutmeg
Pants
Papa Smurf
Professorkirke
Rugasaw
Smudgie
The Rogue

And now for something completely different...
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND NINE: DIFFERENT FLAGS

The FLAG round proved extremely popular in a previous quiz so this time I want you to choose a flag representing a country, a state, an area or a region. You must post a link to a website with a picture of your chosen flag.

Your flag must be different from all the other flags chosen. We will use colour, shape, number of colours, number of shapes, horizontal, vertical, images and match each flag with all the others. The person choosing the flag with the most similarities will be eliminated.

Good luck and make your flag as unusual as possible.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Nepal [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Qatar
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Albania

a very useful site with instant access to the flag pictures.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Or you can find US state flags here.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
This may get me eliminated this round, but I feel that I have a duty to post the Guernsey flag.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
St. Pierre & Miquelon

www.flags.net is really useful for this - it has loads and loads alphabetically so you get quite a few on a page.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
The flag, the flag and nothing but the flag.

Apparently, the ship represents the fact it's a colony; the three mini flags on the left the Basque Country, Brittany, and Normandy, where the colonists mostly came from.
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
New Mexico, as shown on this page.

Ordinary rectangular shape, but uncommon symbols, number and choice of colours.
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
I shall go for the flag of the Marshall Islands.

The Marshall Islands are in the North Pacific Ocean.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I rather like the flag of the Marshall Islands

I shall now go and look in an atlas and find out where they are as I'd never actually heard of them until now.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Libya

I think the creativity of this flag is in its noncreativity.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I don't believe it. Cross posted in the time it took me to put my post together. And it's that Moth, too. She's always preempting my brilliant ideas.


Right, back to the drawing board.....
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
I rather like the flag of the Marshall Islands

I shall now go and look in an atlas and find out where they are as I'd never actually heard of them until now.

Excuse me, but I posted first! It is a nice flag, though! Great minds think alike!
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
I'll go for the smallest State - The Vatican City
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I defer to your faster fingers, moth. [Overused]

I'll try Christmas Island seeing as it's October already and we ought all to be thinking of Christmas.

[ 03. October 2005, 22:02: Message edited by: Smudgie ]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
I shall choose the Overseas Department of Réunion or in its native French tongue :
Département d'Outre-Mer de la Réunion

It says it's a local, unofficial flag, but "it's on the internet so it mut be real"™
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I think the flag of Grenada is pretty!
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
Martinique

You've got to wonder what kind of people put snakes on their flag. [Snigger]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I would like to nominate the flag of maryland as shown on this page.

I don't even know how to describe those shapes. [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Nutmeg,

When I was setting up this round I looked at Maryland as the perfect example, however, the more I thought about it, if I had still been in the contest, I would have gone for the Rugasaw choice.

Only the passage of time will determine the outcome. Oh, and a touch of analysis.
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
With my Avatar, I had to [Biased]

The USSR flag.

Sing to the Motherland, home of the free,
Bulwark of peoples in brotherhood strong.
O Party of Lenin, the strength of the people,
To Communism's triumph lead us on!
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Swaziland for me.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Nutmeg,

When I was setting up this round I looked at Maryland as the perfect example, however, the more I thought about it, if I had still been in the contest, I would have gone for the Rugasaw choice.

Only the passage of time will determine the outcome. Oh, and a touch of analysis.

Well I do not envy you the task of analysing them all. That will take quite some work.

I like Libya's flag for it's understatement, but as it was taken I chose Maryland's. This site gives more details as to the origin of the Maryland flag. It is based on two family crests. Interesting isn't it?

[Biased]
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
i shall nominate the Northern Mariana Islands flag for mine. Hideous I think you'll agree.
For more info on these islands have a look here, they do exist. Honest.

Incidentally, Mr QM and all other interested participants, this is a rather handy website for flag choosing. I use it for quizzes for my youthgroup regularly!
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I just realized that my site for Grenada only showed the flag. You have to look in the address bar to see the name of the country. [Hot and Hormonal]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Only four contestants have failed to post so far. If one of them forgets completely, working this round out will be easy. If not, it's going to be hard.

Nevertheless, I've worked out a rough-and-ready system. QM said "the most similarities", so I've listed each possible similarity (eg, 'contains the colour red') separately on a sheet, and noted which entries have those factors.

I then took the most common factor, and eliminated any flags which didn't feature it. Next I looked at the second most common factor across all flags, not just those remaining, and eliminated any remaining flags which didn't have that. And so until the end.

The most common factor at the moment is overall shape (all flags have a shape!), and the most common overall shape is rectangular. I thus eliminated ann (the Vatican flag is square) and myself (Nepal's flag is a bizarre double triangle).

The second most common factor is the colour white, which allowed me to eliminate another four entries. Red being third I eliminated five more. That left five entries which had all of the previous factors in common.

Of those five, three had one or more crosses on their flag (a popular motif). So I decided to eliminate the two that didn't.

It then remained only to note that yellow (as opposed to orange) seems to be a very popular colour. This reduced the pool by one, leaving the two flags which were, by this method, the most similar. Those of Guernsey and St Pierre & Miquelon.

But of course, a method like this can only show which flags share certain features. The two flags which "won" look nothing like each other, whereas a black/white cross would be 'nothing like' a red/blue cross!

Good luck to whomever has to decide which flags are most similar for real [Biased] ...

Marvin
Far, far, far too much time on my hands [Help] ...
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
Choices, choices ...Shall it be Ohio (shape) or Corsica (colours and content)?

Ohio, it is.

(The nice thing about being an also-ran is that you can skip any rounds you want to with impunity.)
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Surely total number of colours would be better than "contains red"...
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:

Your flag must be different from all the other flags chosen. We will use colour, shape, number of colours, number of shapes, horizontal, vertical, images and match each flag with all the others. The person choosing the flag with the most similarities will be eliminated.

Another approach would be to rank each flag by how many others it is similiar to in each category. For example, flags could be grouped by shape (rectangular, square, triangle, pennant, etc.) and each flag in a category would get a score of the number of other flags in the same category. Repeat this for each criteria, and total the scores for each flag.

For "colour" this could be broken down into primary colours (a significant portion of the flag) and detail colours. If you just look for common colours, that put those with multiple colours at a disadvantage, so you can assign a percentage for each colour (so an all-blue flag would only be 1/3 in common with a tri-colour flag... or not).

I presume that "horizontal" and "vertical" refer to the number of major features in each direction (though I'm sure that QM will clarify his intentions for someone willing to help him with the assessments). So for the 7 criteria we have 4 numeric values and 3 lists of colours / images / shapes.

As a simple example, the Welsh flag would be assigned one point for each other rectangular flag, 1 point for each flag with green, 1 for white, one for red, one for each flag with 2 horizontal bars, one for each with no vertical bars, 1 for each other flag with three colours, one for each other flag with a dragon and... well, I'm sure that QM can clarify how he wants to count number of shapes in that case. (Would this be just one type of shape - rectangles?)

In the end, the flag with the most total points is the one that matches the most other flags in those categories.

Of course, sometimes the symbols may not be entirely clear or easy to categorize. (It can be easy to mistake the Zia Sun symbol on the New Mexico flag for a cross, for example.) But variety is part of what makes the quiz fun, and I'm sure that is one reason that QM chose it.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Hmmmmmmmmm .... shall I be cruel and end this round tonight? There is no way all four of the remaining competitors will post by tonight is there? I could save myself an awful lot of tough analysis. Then again, I love analysing complex problems. Ho hum ... such a difficult decision, maybe I should seek guidance from the throng gathered here in anticipation ... or ... maybe I shall go for a walk and get some fresh air.

(totally insubstantial aside over) [Smile]

[ 04. October 2005, 17:47: Message edited by: Quizmaster ]
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
I didn't even think about the shape of the flag I chose; I just went for the idea that crossed keys and a triple ta-ra-ra would be pretty rare and got in before anyone else came up with the same bright idea.
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ann:
I didn't even think about the shape of the flag I chose; ...

Sometimes it is helpful to wait before you post.

[ 04. October 2005, 18:25: Message edited by: sharkshooter ]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Custard.:
St. Pierre & Miquelon

[Razz] I wanted that one!

New Brunswick (You need to scroll down a bit to get to it)
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
And there was me thinking that only a few people had posted. Then I find there's another whole page of posts. Why, on the one day I don't make it to my computer until evening, do you post these things QM?! [Help]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ALSO RAN TABLE


9pts - R.D.Olivaw
7pts - Sharkshooter
5pts - Tom Day

Do I go for an Also Ran entry to snipe at the flag bearers .....
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
I have to withdraw from the competition. Proceed!
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Hmmmmmmmmm .... shall I be cruel and end this round tonight? There is no way all four of the remaining competitors will post by tonight is there?

Give me a minute, have only just got in from work! And seeing as that work today involved feeding a ten-day-old version of something that there's only 50 left of in the world (yes, really) and rapidly heading for 49, it kinda needed doing. Anyway, flags...

I'm going forMacau. It's green, with a flower on. I like it!

Now pardon me while I go hose myself down.

Hen x
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hennah:
... And seeing as that work today involved feeding a ten-day-old version of something that there's only 50 left of in the world (yes, really) and rapidly heading for 49, it kinda needed doing. ...

Now pardon me while I go hose myself down.

Hen x

You gonna tell us what it was then?!!?
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gort:
I have to withdraw from the competition. Proceed!

You mean I did all that analysis for nothing? Well shoot [Frown]
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
You gonna tell us what it was then?!!?

One of these little critters. A baby one, fits in the palm of your hand. It's so cute I don't really mind that it crawled up my shoulder and spat gloopy rehydration fluid into my hair.

So is the next round starting tonight then?

Hen x
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Wow! Though if it's rusty, perhaps a little oil would help.

Glad to know you're taking care of it, though, even if it does cover you with go.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Knocked Out for failing to flag their entries:
Gort
The Rogue

QUALIFIERS
Ann
Auntie Doris
Carex
Chorister
Christianjimmy
Custard
Hazey Jane
Hennah
Jedijudy
Marvin the Martian
Moth
MrSponge2U
Nutmeg
Pants
Papa Smurf
Professorkirke
Rugasaw
Smudgie

My wife chose the next round as an incentive for me.

[Edited QM's grammar, as requested [Angel] ]

[ 05. October 2005, 06:53: Message edited by: Chorister ]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND TEN: SKI RUNS

I need three things from you for this round. The name of the ski resort, the mountain that the run begins on and the name of the ski run.

I shall then choose the runs I am happy to ski and knock out the person who chooses my least favourite run. So you need some information...

I learned to ski in my late teens and early twenties and used to love the wide open motorways to get some speed up with shallow jumps and some compressions (look it up). I progressed and got
better to the point where I thought I could ski the steep black Schilthorn run (look it up) first thing in the morning and I rolled down most of it. I skied the red diamond run in Obergurgl on my second day there once but then I aged and earned to the point when I last skied (some time ago) the businessmen I skied with would do one or two runs before finding a mountain cafe for a drink, then another run before lunch and one before afternoon mulled wine and one or two before the serious beers. I have not skied for about 5 years.

Find me that perfect skirun.
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
Mountain: High Rustler , in the resort of Alto, Utah. I recommend you go for the Albion run first until you get your snow legs back, then progress to the higher runs, then go for a hot toddy when you find you've seized up the next day! [Big Grin] Map here.

Hen x
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Breckenridge in the Rockies. It's got a good range of runs, though I think you'd particularly like the run from Vista Haus down to the Bergenhof restaurant, especially as it has a very state-of-the-art ski lift to save you trudging up that strenuous slope. The run is a green-blue run which means you can preserve that valuable energy for the "lively" nightlife and a decent bit of apres-ski with the Mrs. (assuming you choose to take her with you rather than me.... )

There are some impressive powder bowls too... highly important if you need to brush up your make up and get rid of that rosy glow in your cheeks. [Biased]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Incidentally, the run doesn't seem to have a name. However I can recommend the website I used for anyone else looking for info about the various resorts and runs - Here it is again - index down the side of the page


Oh and Quizzy, to help you make your mind up, you can always experience the thrill of the Breckenridge slopes by webcam ... indeed, you could even put your feet up and live the dream without ever moving from your armchair!
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
This looks pretty.... the Stella Massif (I presume that is the mountain!!). The resort is called Arabba and there would appear to be a ski run called the Sella Ronda. Here's a lovely map so you can have a look at all those dangerous runs

Lots of nice food places too... I am sure you will have a lovely time... do send us a postcard!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I couldn't find a Circus mountain so I went for Purgatory . I suggest lift 5 (double grizzly lift) as that will allow you to stop at a cafe on the way down. And I can say from experience that it offers a range of difficulty. And some of the more difficult runs you can ease off of part of the way down. useful if like me you remember being better than you are.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
The resort name is Durango Mountain Resort.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
I thought you might like Kitzbuhel, a gorgeous Tyrolean spot from all accounts. It opens in December at the latest.

If you're feeling really keen, you can even test yourself against The "Streif" while you're there [Biased]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Oh, and the mountain it's on is the Hahnenkamm...
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
Well, I first thought that one that's easy to get to would be the Exeter Dry Ski Slope - a few goes down the slope, there must be a bar or at least a cafe, then home in time for tea. But, I couldn't find a mountain name, and they don't seem to have a web site, so, think again.

Next thought was, "Ooh, he wanted to go on a Baltic cruise, how about looking up there to kill two birds with one stone. And I think I've found something. The town of Sälen has four mountains to play with so I'll choose the Nya Norbakken run on the Tandadalen mountain, a nice looking blue route to get you back into the swing of things (I wouldn't insult you with a green run, and I'd suggest waiting until you had made up for five years of not skiing before trying anything more ambitious). If you book your holiday to encompass the first Sunday in March, you could be there to watch the start of the Vasaloppet Challenge - a 90 km cross country ski from Sälen to Mora.

[ 04. October 2005, 23:27: Message edited by: Ann ]
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
For an exciting adventure, try the Poi Bowl run on Mauna Kea, Hawai'i, at the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy.

They get the best snow during La Nina winters. While you are waiting for the right conditions (or after a hard day skiing) you can enjoy the tropical paradise and beautiful beaches. Or explore the volcanos (you might get to watch hot lava pouring into the ocean.) But please don't go scuba diving before a trip up the mountain - the additional nitrogen in your lungs can give you the bends at the 4200m summit.

There aren't any ski lifts. Since you need a 4WD vehicle to get to the top anyway, one person drops the skiers off then drives to the the lower road and picks them up for the next run.

It is good, however, to know how to stop on the snow, as if you run out of it you will end up skiing on lava and cinders, which are not as forgiving for control (or falling) as the snow is.

There are several web cams you can use to check the local conditions, including one on the Canada - France - Hawaii Telescope, as seen here.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Quizzy I am going to suggest to you that you head for the Matterhorn in Switzerland.

In particular I am suggesting you do not stay in a resort, but rather take a Chalet in Zermatt. While neighboring Gstaad is one of the world's top resorts with its three five-star hotels and St. Moritz is more popular, most rank Zermatt as Switzerland's top resort.

The skiing is definitely not for the novice or beginner, so I think as someone who has had some experience skiing and is now brushing up this will suit you. [Smile] Not only are the ski runs themselves the longest but it also has the longest winter season in the ALPS.

A ski map is here. I am guessing that an intermediate run would best suit you, and I thought the run from hohtalli down to riffelalp looked a nice long run.

[Smile]
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
I'm sending you to Whistler-Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada.

The run you want to take is on the Whistler peak, and it's called The Saddle. Check out this page and CTRL-F on "Saddle" to find a description. It says

quote:
Off the Peak Chair (the highest lift) is The Saddle, an ultra smooth ride on a glacier. Because glaciers keep the snow refrigerated, it stays cold and dry.
If you're interested in checking out multiple trails over the course of your long ski-days, check out this trail map.

I stuck with Intermediate (American Blue Square) because Wikipedia describes them as "usually somewhat steep, but are usually groomed and wide." That seems to line up with your taste, while accomodating your long absence from skiing.

Here's a picture of part of the Saddle run, and here is a view from the slope looking down on the lodge.

Hope you enjoy.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Ski Resort: Château d'Oex (small, but regarded as possibly the best in Switzerland). This site gives it the top rating for intermediate and advanced skiers.

Piste Name: La Braye, red, but described as "long and exhilarating, with stunning views over the Gstaad valley"

Mountain: Monts Chevreuils.

This page also lets you check flights, book hotels, etc.
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
You know QM, sometimes I just don't like you [Biased]

I can't go skiing this year (Annie said that putting the baby on my back wasn't an option) and here I am having to click lots of links showing ski runs, photos etc. Just makes me more brody and want to get my skis down from thae attic and in use. You could have thought of another idea no?

(Will post my also ran entry later on today when I have chance)

Tom
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Dear QM, if you would like a holiday as enjoyable as the one that disqualified me, can I suggest Mt Thebarton in Adelaide, Australia, an indoor run next door to a pub .
Cheers
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
I was going to direct you to Kleinwalsertal, a beautiful isolated place in Austria - the only place I've been on a real skiing holiday, but it is so small there's not much info on the net. Hunt it out anyway, it's a real gem!

My compo entry is Bansko in Bulgaria. The mountain is Todorin Brukh (2746) and the Platoto run (easy to medium) a good place to start. There is a new four-seat chair lift and the run is linked to more advance slopes from the top of the mountain when you are ready. There is also the opportunity to go night skiing and a fun park.

The Lion's Pub is just a few minutes from the ski lift and is open 24 hours a day, so it doesn't matter what time you finish skiing.
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
Thinking to myself, now what kind of ski run wouldn't QM want to do, and I thought 'why, surely the type of skiing QM wouldn't want to do is the type of skiing that everyone else has done for years and years.' QM strikes me as a pioneering type, one to push the boundaries, one for whom no place is too strange or too far-off to explore (why else a cruise in the Baltic when I suggest a perfectly good alternative in the South Atlantic?! Rude, that's what I call it...) So i looked for a ski resort that no-one else has heard of yet, but one that surely ina number of years will become the next Aspen, one that anyone who's anyone will be dropping into coverstaions about "where they went last year, Darhling."

So, in light of this I offer up for your delectation
Yabuli Ski resort, China
(unfortunately this website is in Chinese, but I merely wanted to point out its authenticity! Try this instead for more useful information)

I suggest the run enticingly named trail number 5 (about halfway down the page) in the changbai mountain range. The longest trail in Asia dont ya know!!
Pegging down a mountain name is a little more tricky, as the pages are either in chinese, or refer to it generically as the changbai mountain range, however as I was perusing my back copies of the " Shanghai Star " I found an article giving the names of two of the slopes, one apparantly the most well know. I figure the most well known would be the best, and probably the longest (work with me here people...) and so I suggest that trail no. 5 is actually known as the Xiao Tianchi and unless someone proves me wrong I suggets QM, that you go off the beaten track to Yabuli nr the city of Harbin, site of the 1996 Asian Winter games, and have a ski down trail no. 5 on the slope quaintly known as Xiao Tianchi
Have a nice trip.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
I have to go to a funeral, so will this (http://www.c64unlimited.net/games/s/Skirun%20(Commodore)/Skirun%20(Commodore).htm) link do until I get back and get a chance to look properly?

(It wont let me do it as a proper link cos it's got brackets in.)
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
I shall go with the highest mountain in Québec, Mount Tremblant. The family spent a lovely week there in August (not a skiing vacation) and are returning for a weekend at the end of October. It is about two hours form home, and a lovely, if a bit expensive, place to spend some time.

They have many trails, but I think you will like this one: the Flying Mile (#28) on the South face. It is not too long (about a mile [Biased] ) and there are lots of bars at the bottom of the ski run.

Of course, you could skip the skiing and sit in the bar at the top of the mountain and watch everyone else, which would be my choice.

[ 05. October 2005, 12:01: Message edited by: sharkshooter ]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I'd like to suggest the Timberline Lodge on beautiful Mount Hood, which is a volcano!!! [Big Grin] Daughter-Unit loves skiing and we thought that the Blossom Run looked like an interesting one. It runs just at the top of the treeline, and returns to the lodge for some of that quality relaxing which is so very important on a vaca.

Here's a picture I took of a side of Timberline and Mount Hood behind it with a nice lenticular cloud.
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
I have to go to a funeral, so will this (http://www.c64unlimited.net/games/s/Skirun%20(Commodore)/Skirun%20(Commodore).htm) link do until I get back and get a chance to look properly?

(It wont let me do it as a proper link cos it's got brackets in.)

This should work Pants

Tom
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:

Here's a picture I took of a side of Timberline and Mount Hood behind it with a nice lenticular cloud.

Oops, try this instead.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
I think you need a trip to Oz! Not only can you get fine skiing, but great weather, cheap food, and lots of beer (apres ski of course)
Try
The Old Hut Run on Mt Baw Baw stay at the

Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort
PO Via Noojee,
Victoria 3833
Ph: 03 5165 1136
Fx: 03 5165 1125

Mt Baw Baw is the closest downhill ski resort to Melbourne at just 157km which equates to about 2.5 hours drive. Clearly one of the "smaller" resorts Mt Baw Baw has a lot to offer the beginner and improving skier/boarder. With a huge variety of beginner and intermediate terrain it is a great place to learn, perfect your technique or just have fun in general!
Mt Baw Baw offers 7 lifts (3 T bars and 4 Platters) as well as 10km of groomed XC trails and snowplay and toboggan areas. The more experienced XC skiers can follow trails all the way to Mt St Gwinear 5.5km to the east. There is a lot on offer for snowboarders with heaps of natural hits and many of the runs off the Malteese Cross T Bar forming natural half pipes. Mt Baw Baw offers a fully qualified ski school with local and overseas instructors.

Mt Baw Baw targets the family skiiers and boarders with significantly cheaper lift tickets and a family resort atmosphere bred from the large number of private lodges on the mountain. The spectacular scenery on offer from Baw Baw has to be seen to be believed with stunning views across the LaTrobe Valley to Western Port Bay and Wilsons Promontory
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
Borovets in Bulgaria is a great place for a skiing holiday - and a good place for enjoying Bulgarian life as well. Unlike the more western resorts, it has a distinctly different flavour to it, and the whole place seems more friendly than any other.

So, the runs. Well, here is the Piste map I would reccomend 2 runs. Firstly, from the top of lift number 2, the left run going of to the left is a lovely run first above the treeline and then going below. Quite a long one as well, but wide pistes.

The second one is from the top of the gondola, lift number 1 and goes underneath the gondola for a little bit f mountain top skiing and then take the branch to the furthest left of the resort. This ends up with a lovely wide run with bumps and hollows and finishes by a nice restuarant that do either a lvely bulgarian beer, or some nice warm hot chocolate with brandy.

I now want to go and book my fkights [Biased]

Tom
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
That's better Pants.

There are so many naff skiing games around. I only ever played one I really enjoyed but that had an image of a female skier that I could follow down the run. [Biased]

Take an early night people, I shall give the others another full day to post then I should HAVE to make a decision. I like several of the options and a few of you are safe already.

My two favourites so far (so you can relax) are from Nutmeg and Rugasaw. The rest of you will have to sweat it out.

Any offers of ideas for the next round?
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
I am instructed, Quizmaster, by my chosen expert, the famous Strathclydezero, skier of note, that you will enjoy the white lady run in the Cairngorm mountain resort.

There will be fresh powder, clear crisp skies, the best view in Scotland, and a pint of Bellhaven waiting for you at the bar in the car park below. What more could you want?

And before you even roll out of bed, you can check if the run is open by clicking on this handy little interactive map.

Oh, and you can apparently ski right back to your car!
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
I recommend a trip to Chamonix, host of the world's first Winter Olympic games in 1924. According to no less an authority than the Ask Men website, Chamonix ranks among the elite of contenders for the title of "world's most famous ski resort." Located at the foot of Mont-Blanc, it's the highest peak in the Alps and the second highest in Europe (top elevation 4,810 m/15,771 ft).

I recommend the Vallee Blanche ski run, one of the world's longest runs at 17km with a 2800m vertical drop. If I weren't a sea creature, I'd go there myself. [Biased]

[ 05. October 2005, 22:57: Message edited by: MrSponge2U ]
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Perhaps a musical round? We loves the music.
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:

Any offers of ideas for the next round?

Islands? Lakes? Languages? Rivers?
Musical instruments?

Types of food?

Perhaps pick a number and explain why it is important or significant?

Pairs of words with some relationship to each other?

A round where we PM the QM our REAL answer, but get to post what we WANT others to THINK our answer is?

I think that South America has been under-represented in the entries so far.

Let me see... 18 contestents remaining, so we may need 17 more quiz topics... unless there is a draw... if we knock out 2 people per week it will take us into mid-December or so. So much for getting the Christmas shopping done early!

I'd probably better not suggest that we get be given the opportunity to vote someone out...
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Find a recorded song lyric that contains "green" in it, complete with website to back up recording and copyright date. Oldest copyright date is eliminated.

Or something therein?

[ 06. October 2005, 05:51: Message edited by: professorkirke ]
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
You could have a round to find the most mind-boggling bit of legal jargon. Or the least comprehensible set of instructions. That would be fun!
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
How about tropical fish?

Prettiest/Ugliest/Wierdiest?
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
How about the old 'guess what number I'm thinking of'. Doesn't require much in the way of preparation or marking [Big Grin]
Or how about a round where (say for example) you have to nominate a city (for some reason or other) and instead of the person with the greatest or least of the quality in question being eliminated, the person with the second greatest/least quality being eliminated. Just a bit of a twist on the usual formula.
(Does anyone understand what I mean? Reading ti abck I'm not sure that I do!)
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
You seem like the kind of guy who likes a challenge, and I'm sure all the talk about your ability is just false modesty. [Cool]

I suggest heading to Germany, to the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the shadow of the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain.

There, you could try the Kandahar Run, Germanys only downhill run with a World Cup license.
The Kandahar run starts form the Kreuzjoch mountain, 1719m up, goes for nearly 3.7 Km, and you end up nearly a kilometer nearer sea level.

(I hope I am not crediting you with more ability than you really have, please don't treat this as an invitation to do yourself an injury)

This site has a map. Kandahar is the black squiggly line which starts at the Kreuzjoch peak, and ends up at the car park.

According to that site,
quote:
the lower sections of the Kandahar can sometimes be icy moguls covered with skiers of all abilities.
so there's bound to be people you can show off your mogulling abilities to, and others who will impress you.

mind you, it doesn't say if these skiers are all moving, or in full use of all of their limbs...

[Eek!]

I've been to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, but I've never been to ski.
It is also very close to the Neuschwanstein castle, home of "mad" King Ludwig II of Bavaria and said to be the inspiration for Disney's Cinderella Castle
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Righty-ho. I knew there was a disadvantage in posting an entry late, especially on a topic about which I know nothing. Nonetheless, my research leads me to believe that.

(i) You should go to Bulgaria. The mountains of Bulgaria are the New Alps. You could be a trend setter...
(ii) I think you should go to the Pamporovo Resort because it sounds nice and had an interesting climate. The Rhodopi mountain, in which the resort is located, is the mountain of the mythical singer Orpheus. So as well as getting to ski, you would get a bit of culture too. There are a variety of runs of different difficulties if you decide that I have over/underestimated you.
(iii) As it's been a while, I suggest that you start with the Snejanka-1 run. It starts on the top of the Snejanka peak of the Rhodopi mountain.

Have fun [Smile]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Based on the number of people suggesting ideas for the next round I say make the next round suggesting ideas for the next round. The advantages would be a quick round (or is this a disadvantage?) and great ideas for the next several rounds.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
O.K. Analysis starting soon on the Mad Tour site if you want to follow it in Real Time.

All the competitors have posted so I am afraid I have to play "Mr. Evil" and knock one of you out on my whim.

Whoever loses is the most unlucky person so far in this particular Knockout Quiz. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
O.K. Analysis starting soon on the Mad Tour site if you want to follow it in Real Time.

Here, to be exact.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
Based on the number of people suggesting ideas for the next round I say make the next round suggesting ideas for the next round. The advantages would be a quick round (or is this a disadvantage?) and great ideas for the next several rounds.

And, on the grounds that if this ides was adopted, your idea must mave been pretty good, presumably granting you immunity. Nice suggestion...
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
More ideas:

Stars: Whoever names the brightest / furthest from Sun / most average in some respect is eliminated
Gemstones: Rarest / most expensive (could also do most expensive substances in general)
Literature: Authors, most books published (fewest gets eliminated)
Politics / People: People you'd least like to have dinner with
Insults: Worst / most amusing
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
Oh dear! I'm on the danger list for recommending Scotland and trusting SCZ!

How can anyone be on a danger list for recommending the most beautiful country on Earth, and taking advice from a really keen skier?

And I found you a place with Real Ale!!!
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Yeah, and I'm on the danger list for selecting a run that's too difficult.

Even though it has a nice easy family version as well...
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
And as I post, the Danger List is revised, and I'm no longer on it!

Seriously guys, anyone else reading this should really go to the Mad Tour site - this is quite fun [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
If there's a round with an enforced delay (because Quizmaster wants to try ourt this thing called "getting a life" for a few days); we could try a currency round. For instance, everyone has 100 pounds/dollars or whatever to spend and has to 'buy' a currency (or basket of the stuff) by a cut-off date. Quizmaster goes on holiday. When he gets back, the currency is turned back into pounds/dollars/whatever and the person with the greatest gain or greatest loss or the person with nearest his own money back gets eliminated. (For simplicity, assume no handling fees - or set fees at the start of the round.)
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
In case the 'posting suggestings of the next round' is another way of eliminating people, I shall make a suggestion before it's too late. How about:

Oldest built things in the world (what am I saying - I know nothing about history [Paranoid] )
Unusual Libraries/Academic institutes
Guessing QM's favourite biscuits and whether he takes sugar...

[ 06. October 2005, 21:48: Message edited by: Hazey Jane ]
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
YESSSS!

I made it!!! [Yipee]

Sorry, Pants!
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
How about Battleships?

QM sets out a normal Battleships board. We each make one guess (B6, for example). Whichever of us is furthest from a ship is knocked out.

Quick, and dead easy to judge [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
The most unlucky person in the competition:
Pants

QUALIFIERS:
All the Others
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND ELEVEN: ADDITION

Think about this one very carefully before you post, or alternatively get in quick before the others.

You are required to do two things.

1) P.M. me a number between 1 and 1000.

2) Post on the thread the number you think all of the numbers P.M.d will add up to.

The person to be eliminated will be the person furthest from the total of the numbers P.M.d

(Thanks for the idea)
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
How about Battleships?

QM sets out a normal Battleships board. We each make one guess (B6, for example). Whichever of us is furthest from a ship is knocked out.

Quick, and dead easy to judge [Big Grin]

I love this idea [Smile]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
ROUND ELEVEN: ADDITION

Think about this one very carefully before you post, or alternatively get in quick before the others.

You are required to do two things.

1) P.M. me a number between 1 and 1000.

2) Post on the thread the number you think all of the numbers P.M.d will add up to.

The person to be eliminated will be the person furthest from the total of the numbers P.M.d

(Thanks for the idea)

Do you mean what they will add up to the at time we PM you, or at the end of the round?
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
How many people are left in the competition?

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
I predict they will add up to 9000.

But what do I know - I was nearly knocked out last round!
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
I'll take the middle ground to start.

9000

[ETA:]
Oops! Moth beat me to it while I was waiting for flood control. (Great minds think alike!)

I'll take 8888 then... a nice round number.

[ 06. October 2005, 22:05: Message edited by: Carex ]
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
How many people are left in the competition?

Auntie Doris x

I made it 17.

(Honestly, this flood control is maddening!)
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
I think there are 17 people left.

I'll make a stab at 8500.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I think there are 17 left in the competition.

I think the lowest number the addition of 17 entrants could total is 17 (if everyone picks 1). The highest could be 17,000. However, we need to know if the also rans are going to be counted in this one QuizMaaster, as they could really warp the averages.
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
And now that should make it easy for everyone else to avoid being at one extreme or the other...

[ 06. October 2005, 22:08: Message edited by: Carex ]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
My number is 9642

oooooo the tension!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
8750. Right in between two other posters, so should keep me safe in this round [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Actually, Marvin, the average of the two most extreme posts (8500 and 9642) is 9071. So that's what I shall go for.

Auntie Doris, dear, are you going for the Brinksmanship award?
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
It would appear that way [Biased] . I blame it on my cold... I am not thinking straight.

Auntie Doris

[ 06. October 2005, 22:26: Message edited by: Auntie Doris ]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I am going to choose 8,777 as the averaged number the PM'd numbers will add up to.


I have PM'd my number already. [Big Grin]

[ 06. October 2005, 22:41: Message edited by: Nutmeg ]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Average doesn't matter in this round, guys. It's the total of the PM'd numbers that determines the winner.

And if you make sure there's someone with a higher number and someone with a lower number than you, you can't possibly be the furthest away from that total [Smile]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
I know that - I was just pointing out that your assertion that your entry was right in between the extreme posters was, in fact, wrong. [Razz]

[ETA - but looking back I guess you might have constructed your post while Auntie Doris posted hers. So I'll let you off. [Biased] ]

[ 06. October 2005, 22:56: Message edited by: Hazey Jane ]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Bear in mind that I crossposted with Auntie Doris [Biased] ...
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
My prediction of the sum is:
9333

No reason, it just has a certain...loveliness...to it! [Biased]
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
I think I'll go with 9037 for what I think are obvious reasons.

-Digory

[ 07. October 2005, 02:30: Message edited by: professorkirke ]
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
I'll choose 8801
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
If also rans are also counted, than I'm going for 11000

Tom
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
8765

ETA - does the number we send in private to QM have to be unique too? [Big Grin]

[ 07. October 2005, 06:08: Message edited by: Custard. ]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I'll go for 8501 in honour of the Quizmaster
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
9999, assuming that a few also-rans will be posting. Plus, it's a fun number. [Yipee]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
The most unlucky person in the competition:
Pants

QUALIFIERS:
All the Others

[Waterworks] Socks spent ages finding out all that (I had to go to a meeting).
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Getting someone else to do your homework for you. Tut, tut, whatever next! [Disappointed]
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
I'll go for 10705, appropriate but for one day only I suppose...and only if you do it that way round. Still, it's a nice number.

Choice PMd.

Hen x
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
I have PM'd my chosen number, and my prediction for the total is 9876.5

someone (braver than me) is bound to PM a number that isn't an integer, seeing as QM didn't expressly say we had to send him whole numbers.
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
In the interests of being lazy (woo-hoo) and not needing to think about averages or anything, i shall ride into the next round of this competition on the coat tails of someone else.

So, with grateful thanks to Hazey Jane for thinking about her choice, I shall go for 9070.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
I have to admit that I am pretty relieved that someone has posted a number higher than mine. I tried not to care, but I failed miserably!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
10,999
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I'll go with 8750.

After all it is the addition of Quizmaster's ship number and mine.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Darn real life.

It keeps getting in the way of the quiz.

Check out the Mad Tour site for the analysis. [Biased]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Knocked out for Plagiarism:
Rugasaw

Qualifiers:
Ann
Auntie Doris
Carex
Chorister
Christianjimmy
Custard
Hazey Jane
Hennah
Jedijudy
Marvin the Martian
Moth
MrSponge2U
Nutmeg
Papa Smurf
Professorkirke
Smudgie
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND TWELVE: BATTLESHIPS

Another idea from the contestants.

I have drawn up an 8x8 grid. Letters along the top are A B C D E F G H. Numbers down the side are 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8. You have to send me a PM with your chosen location. Your boat is then positioned in that single square. Somewhere between A1 (top left) and H8 (bottom right).

Once I have received all the entries I will then let you take potshots at your opponents. This will result in either no deaths, one death, or several deaths but I like the idea.

If you manage to kill each other off then I shall declare myself the winner of the quiz.

So no need to post yet.

NOW: Send me a PM with your chosen location.

LATER: (when I have all the positions) You can fire your shots at the enemy boats.

How does that sound?
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Quizmaster dearest, what happens if by chance we post on squares that have been taken? Is it first in wins?
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
At least this will encourage participants to keep some spare room in their inbox so they can send PMs.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Drat!!!! Real life kept me from posting tell the last minute and I over looked Marvin's answer. [brick wall]
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Wow. The whole game could end in this one round. How scary.
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
Can also rans play? I mean, if we take s shot and kill someone will it count?

Tom
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
My position has been sent to QM.

Thank goodness we aren't playing chess. [Paranoid]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
ROUND TWELVE: BATTLESHIPS
Once I have received all the entries I will then let you take potshots at your opponents...

...LATER: (when I have all the positions) You can fire your shots at the enemy boats.

How does that sound?

It doesn't sound that we are required to definitely take potshots. We could all make a pact to opt out of that bit in everyone's interests... well, except maybe Quizmaster's
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
The positions are coming in thick and fast and already there are two boats in one square. If you get lucky you could knock out two of your opponents with a single shot. Why not try your own square and get rid of an opponent? [Ultra confused]

SPECIAL RULE:

I will allow Also-Rans to take a pot-shot at the competitors. The pot-shot will only count if the square that the Also-Ran selected has not been blown to bits.

WHEN THE TIME COMES:

Each Competitor and Also-Ran will name a single square. It must (as usual) be different from all the other named squares. If the square chosen is where one of the competitors lies they are knocked out of the competition.

My perception is that we may lose two or three players, but you might just all be safe. Time, as with all things, will determine the outcome.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
You used my idea? [Eek!] [Cool]
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
You used my idea? [Eek!] [Cool]

Well, my idea has already been used, so I guess QM is going to carry on using the less impressive ideas next... [Big Grin] [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Ooooh, I'm not sure if I condone violence. [Ultra confused]
Is it only pretend shooting, and can we tig them and they'll be alright again? [Axe murder]
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
You don't think I'm aboard my ship do you? On a night like this? I found some gullible looking types at the dock gates and crewed the ship from them. And they're not getting paid. Unless they get back. If they do. If they can find me. It might put a crimp in this year's balance sheet if the ship doesn't come back, but then again it's carrying insurance and I didn't know that they'd be sailing into a war zone.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I'm just hoping the boat isn't a cruise ship on its way to the Baltic. After all, we need our Quizmaster around to set the rest of the rounds, don't we? Don't we?
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
And I had better set a time limit of Sunday night for all competitors to PM me their location.

Anyone not PMing me in time will be eliminated before the shooting starts.

That would stop any violence. [Biased]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
MORE POINTS SCORING:

P O S H

13 0 1 1 Papa Smurf For keeping a spreadsheet and imparting advice
13 1 1 0 Jedijudy Blatantly pleading for help from a friend
13 1 1 1 Marvin the Martian For precision
13 -1 1 1 Papa Smurf For more precision
13 1 1 0 Moth For having fun (the primary goal)
13 1 0 0 Hennah Was that an emotional outburst?
13 1 1 1 Sharkshooter For doing the necessary research
13 1 0 -1 Marvin the Martian Taking the fight with P.S. to decimals
13 1 1 1 Professorkirke Welcome to the club Professor
13 1 0 0 Hazey Jane We all love you Hazey, if you look like your avatar
13 1 0 0 Sharkshooter For the analogy that missed several of us
13 -1 0 0 Papa Smurf Publicly talking mathematics with Marvin
13 1 2 2 Carex What a brilliantly insightful analysis
13 0 -2 -2 Papa Smurf For never having played this game before
13 0 1 1 Custard I agree with that analysis of the RDO thought process
13 0 0 1 Smudgie For a delightful set of photographs
13 1 0 0 Auntie Doris That explains the platypus, now what about Smudgie?
13 1 1 1 Smudgie For finding an appropriate SCHOOL webpage
13 0 0 0 Carex Like my estimate of your score for that post
13 1 0 -1 Auntie Doris Or hiding IN the (Australian) bush
13 0 1 1 Rugasaw An excellent weblink
13 1 0 0 Custard No I did not
13 0 1 0 Pure as Snow For identifying Canadian stromatolites
13 1 -1 -1 Custard Equating a Google search with actual numbers
13 1 -1 0 Christianjimmy For picking out an insect
13 0 1 0 Marvin the Martian But at least we all now know what a stromatolite is

14 1 -1 -1 Pants Thanks for that description
14 0 1 1 Carex Another excellent link
14 0 1 0 Hennah For your choice, I love bats
14 0 -1 0 Quizmaster For forgetting a name
14 0 1 1 Custard For coming to the rescue
14 1 1 1 Pure as Snow Departing the quiz in style
14 0 1 1 Marvin the Martian Mentioning that safety valve, the internet café
14 1 1 0 Jedijudy For loving the little Quoll
14 1 -1 1 Marvin the Martian For missing out Shane Warne
14 1 1 0 Pants I think we get the message
14 1 1 0 Smudgie For that Cane Toad link
14 1 1 0 Smudgie For that picture of the Bush Baby
14 1 1 1 Smudgie For the satellite tracking link
14 1 -1 -2 Tom Day For overdoing the number of entries
14 1 1 1 Hazey Jane Pedantry is a GOOD thing
14 0 -1 0 Quizmaster For failing his spelling test
14 1 1 1 Smudgie For that remark directed at Tom
14 0 1 1 Custard For a good link
14 1 1 1 Christianjimmy For his generous offer of Kudos
14 3 3 3 Quizmaster Kudos taken from Christianjimmy
14 0 1 0 R.D.Olivaw Welcome to the Also-Ran world RDO
14 1 1 -1 Rugasaw For choosing a geosynchronous orbit
14 1 1 1 Custard For that helpful analysis
14 -1 -1 -1 Custard Overdoing the analysis
14 -1 -1 -1 Tom Day Overdoing the naming of satellites
14 1 1 1 Tom Day For the riposte to Smudgie's comment
14 -1 -1 -1 Tom Day Unlucky timing
14 1 1 0 Pants For bringing up a baby AND doing the quiz
14 0 -1 0 Pants For failing to find an orbiting time

15 0 0 1 Custard A timely reminder to use the links provided
15 0 1 0 Pants Appropriate thanks
15 0 0 1 Custard For being wonderful
15 2 -1 2 Christianjimmy For admitting a mistake that nobody noticed
15 0 0 0 Tom Day I watched it. I loved it.
15 0 1 1 Papa Smurf I should make you the referee. How about it?
15 1 1 0 Tom Day For discovering the meaning of life
15 0 1 1 Papa Smurf For that explanation of Pants' period
15 1 -1 -1 Gort For that rather quirkly aside
15 1 0 1 Gort Now that was worth it
15 1 0 0 Jedijudy For her amazing imagination
15 1 1 -2 Tom Day For that well aimed attack on Marvin
15 0 1 1 Marvin the Martian I think we all had the same thoughts Marvin
15 0 1 0 Ann Get in first and you can't be a plagiarist
15 0 1 1 Rugasaw For assisting Papa Smurf
15 0 1 0 Quizmaster For prompting what comes next
15 0 0 1 Quizmaster For planning to write a rulebook
15 0 1 0 Gort Continuing the analysis
15 0 1 0 Tom Day Which is the primary reason for the quiz
15 1 1 1 Custard For a complete explanation
15 0 1 0 Papa Smurf You are quite right. I do have that power
15 1 -1 -1 Papa Smurf You expressed that confusion very well indeed
15 0 0 0 Tom Day I DO want the Also-Rans to be active
15 1 1 1 R.D.Olivaw For sexing herself and connecting with Chandra
15 1 1 1 Smudgie I could not have expressed it better
15 1 1 0 Rugasaw That is all that you CAN do
15 0 -1 0 Gort The rules on this matter are still a bit flexible
15 0 1 1 Professorkirke For adequately outlining the current position
15 0 1 1 Jedijudy For clarification of the matter
15 1 1 1 Quizmaster For some sort of clarification
15 1 1 -1 Chorister Stop picking on a poor defenceless old gentleman
15 1 -1 -1 Quizmaster For entering into a duel
15 1 1 0 Tom Day For getting Quizmaster eliminated
15 -1 1 0 Marvin the Martian For supporting Tom Day
15 1 1 1 Chorister For posting that helpful link
15 0 1 1 Hazey Jane For posting the next helpful link
15 0 0 0 Custard For posting the third useful link
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ORIGINAL EINSTEIN TABLE

19 = Smudgie
17 = Chorister
13 = Jedijudy
12 = Pants
12 = The Rogue
11 = Christianjimmy
11 = Professorkirke
11 = Quizmaster
10 = Papa Smurf

HELPFUL LIBRARIAN TABLE

15 = Smudgie
13 = Carex
13 = Papa Smurf
12 = Custard
11 = Marvin the Martian
6 = Christianjimmy
5 = Hazey Jane
5 = Sharkshooter
4 = Nutmeg

SMART ALEC TABLE

16 = Marvin the Martian
11 = Carex
11 = Rugasaw
10 = Custard
10 = Smudgie
10 = The Rogue
8 = Jedijudy
7 = Hazey Jane
7 = Tom Day
6 = Papa Smurf
5 = Doublethink
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I may well regret doing this, but if you're wanting a bit of target practice before Sunday evening, you could do worse than to try here , although I reckon they cheat! This one seems a lot more serious business to me.

[ 09. October 2005, 08:06: Message edited by: Smudgie ]
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
Hmm - having had a go at both, if you watch the second version's tactics, it always bombs in a very set pattern. Therefore, you can position you ships accordingly, and never lose! Of course, that would spoil the fun, so I'll let you work out the pattern for yourselves...

Hen x
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
This one seems a lot more serious business to me.

But far more fun!! I won I won!! [Yipee]

(corrected code)

[ 09. October 2005, 15:20: Message edited by: Chorister ]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Not so useful for this version of the game, but this link gives some strategy tips for those who become enthused.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Meanwhile, here is the good old-fashioned pencil and paper game, such as was played by kids when they didn't have flashy electronic versions or loads of pocket money.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
I have put my ship on the grid, but I have made myself a promise that I will only target the other Also-Rans if I deem it necessary to save a competitor.

There are four Also-Rans lined up waiting to take pot-shots but there are also 2 competitors who have not sent a PM yet. There is a possibility that we will not have to take aim and fire.

Roll on 22:00 or 22:30 or 23:00 or 23:30.

I shall declare either war or a ceasefire tonight.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
MORE POINTS SCORING:

13 1 0 0 Hazey Jane We all love you Hazey, if you look like your avatar

I don't know if I should be flattered, worried or complaining of harrassment - you mean to say points are based on physical appearence?!
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
Right, back from a satisfactorily boozey weekend away with old uni mates (when you've known them half your life, you can do and say anything!), I have pmed the Quizmaster with my square.

I am uniquely useless at the paper version of battleships, so am confidently expecting to be smashed to smithereens by the first shot! I shall go down saluting on the bridge of my ship! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
I have also PM'd my choice to QM
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Moth:
Right, back from a satisfactorily boozey weekend away with old uni mates (when you've known them half your life, you can do and say anything!), I have pmed the Quizmaster with my square.

I am uniquely useless at the paper version of battleships, so am confidently expecting to be smashed to smithereens by the first shot! I shall go down saluting on the bridge of my ship! [Big Grin]

I guess it'll depend whether we load our cannons with cannonballs or mothballs [Biased]
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
quote:
15 1 1 1 R.D.Olivaw For sexing herself and connecting with Chandra
Wow, sounds positively tantric! What kinda girl do you think I am? [Hot and Hormonal]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Roll on 22:00 or 22:30 or 23:00 or 23:30.

I shall declare either war or a ceasefire tonight.

*drums fingers*
Some of us have to be up early in the mornng, you know...
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Please prepare for an announcement.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
WAR IS DECLARED

It has come to my attention that the enemy has been marshalling its fleet and is now in position to attack.

With this in mind those of you that have signalled your intention to be part of the fleet may now have a single shot each. You will all be aware, of course, when you have been hit. If you are hit that is the end of your time with us here.

Good luck, and may your God go with you.

QM [Devil]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Peeks between fingers...Ok, here goes:

H6

Hazey (Standing ready with her flippers and wetsuit, to escape if need be)
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
B2
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
B 7
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
After the first three shots only one Also-Ran has been blown to pieces. You can still post if only to scare one of the competitors. The other two shots landed harmlessly.

You must take a shot to continue in the competition. If any of you fail to post a shot then you and not the ships which have been blown up will be excluded from the competition.

FIRE! [Mad]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
So people could just fire at the same squares already fired upon? Just to make it look like they were playing?

[Biased]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
H8 (an appropriately-named square for a battle).

Chorister prepares 'tig-ointment' and bandages for any casualties.....
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
A1

For the person who thought they could get away with it. (You think like me.)
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Can I drop a nuclear device with a five square blast radius into E5.
Not that I'm bitter about losing of course...
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by professorkirke:
A1

For the person who thought they could get away with it. (You think like me.)

Well there was a honking great clue on the Madtour site but I did wonder whether it was bluff and double-bluff and all that..... [Cool]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
quote:
Originally posted by professorkirke:
A1

For the person who thought they could get away with it. (You think like me.)

Well there was a honking great clue on the Madtour site but I did wonder whether it was bluff and double-bluff and all that..... [Cool]
Maybe just brinkmanship, but I thougth Quizmaster was already an 'also ran'. [Confused]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
I think I shall try to cause an explosion (appropriately enough) with

C4
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
C7
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
G8
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
G8

And I never pegged you for the revolutionary type comrade Smudgie [Biased] Gunning for the G8... A brave move in anyones book.

Up the revolution. Workers unite.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Actually, the Water G8 affair. Smudgie must have inside knowledge..... [Paranoid]
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
Gosh, still floating. I'll fire B4 anyone tries to hit me.
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
I shall aim for D3
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
[Snigger] [Devil] [Snigger]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
F2
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
C3
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Let's just hope Quizzy's guns have been well and truly disabled. He knows where we all are [Ultra confused] ...
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
B-5
Now you have to decide if I am one of the four also rans. I could have just destroyed someone or protected them. [Two face]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
... I will only target the other Also-Rans if I deem it necessary to save a competitor.

How can a competitor be "saved" if someone has legitimately hit them ?
Does it make a difference if it is an also-ran that hits a competitor ?
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
Ah - have just found this, and worked it out.
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:

SPECIAL RULE:

I will allow Also-Rans to take a pot-shot at the competitors. The pot-shot will only count if the square that the Also-Ran selected has not been blown to bits.

so if an also ran manages to hit a competitor, QM may choose to hit that also-ran to save the competitor. I'm guessing that if a competitor hits a fellow competitor, that's tuff.

[ 10. October 2005, 11:28: Message edited by: Papa Smurf ]
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
E3
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
G1
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
Clearly C5 is the best choice under the circumstances.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Right. Having done a plot of where everyone's shots are landing, the vast majority appear to be towards the left side of the board (9 of 15 shots in columns A-C [Eek!] ).

The remaining six shots are in two clusters. three are in the extreme bottom-right corner (G8, H6 and H8) with the other three in a diagonal line from E3 to G1.

Column D hasn't even been scratched yet for some reason. Also, apart from the three hits in the bottom-right corner, the whole area from D4 down and across hasn't been touched.

I don't know what this says about our contestants. Probably that they bore easily while counting or going through the alphabet (thus pick low letters/numbers), and have a pathological fear of the letter "D" [Biased] ...
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
Marvin, do you still have a job?
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
D5 [Biased]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tom Day:
Marvin, do you still have a job?

Why yes. Bit slow at the moment though [Biased] ...
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
quote:
Originally posted by Tom Day:
Marvin, do you still have a job?

Why yes. Bit slow at the moment though [Biased] ...
Never have guessed [Smile] I can't complain - I'm getting paid for supervising adults learn from a web based program. I just sit and get mored and, supposedly, mark any work I have got...
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tom Day:
I just sit and get mored...

what, they look at what you are doing and shout
"More ! [Overused] More !" ?
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
Ready, aim... F6. Sorry if I hit anyone.

Hen

(yes, worst war-captain ever, I know. But hey, I feel bad for pelting people with explosives)
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
Right. Having done a plot of where everyone's shots are landing, the vast majority appear to be towards the left side of the board (9 of 15 shots in columns A-C [Eek!] ).

The remaining six shots are in two clusters. three are in the extreme bottom-right corner (G8, H6 and H8) with the other three in a diagonal line from E3 to G1.

Column D hasn't even been scratched yet for some reason. Also, apart from the three hits in the bottom-right corner, the whole area from D4 down and across hasn't been touched.

I don't know what this says about our contestants. Probably that they bore easily while counting or going through the alphabet (thus pick low letters/numbers), and have a pathological fear of the letter "D" [Biased] ...

And here's a (slightly skew-wiff) graphical representation of shots to date:

_ A_B_C_D_E_F_G_H
1 |X|_|_|_|_|_|X|_|
2 |_|X|_|_|_|X|_|_|
3 |_|_|X|X|X|_|_|_|
4 |_|X|X|_|_|_|_|_|
5 |_|X|X|X|X|_|_|_|
6 |_|_|_|_|_|X|_|X|
7 |_|X|X|_|_|_|_|_|
8 |_|_|_|_|_|_|X|X|

[BTW - Marvin, I'm afraid your D aversion theory was nullified by the fact that Papa Smurf posted D3 before you had declared it, sorry.]

Hazey (clearly procrastinating [Roll Eyes] )
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hazey Jane:
And here's a (slightly skew-wiff) graphical representation of shots to date:

This is what code tags were made for...

code:
__ A_B_C_D_E_F_G_H
1 |X|_|_|_|_|_|X|_|
2 |_|X|_|_|_|X|_|_|
3 |_|_|X|X|X|_|_|_|
4 |_|X|X|_|_|_|_|_|
5 |_|X|X|X|X|_|_|_|
6 |_|_|_|_|_|X|_|X|
7 |_|X|X|_|_|_|_|_|
8 |_|_|_|_|_|_|X|X|


 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Ooh. I'm impressed. [Smile] How'd you do that?
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
The code tags look like this:

[ code] and [/ code]

...but without the spaces. Put the text inside them [Smile]

ETA: and be very careful not to break the scroll lock when using them, as text within code tags doesn't wrap automatically [Biased]

[ 10. October 2005, 22:06: Message edited by: Marvin the Martian ]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Well if could have been fun, but it looks like two competitors are eliminated for failing to fire a shot.

Knocked Out:
Christianjimmy
Jedijudy

QUALIFIED
Ann
Auntie Doris
Carex
Chorister
Custard
Hazey Jane
Hennah
Marvin the Martian
Moth
MrSponge2U
Nutmeg
Papa Smurf
Professorkirke
Smudgie
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND THIRTEEN: SHIP THREADS

For this round you have to start a ship thread and PM me the name of the thread and on which board you started it. You are not allowed to add your own comments to it. You have to leave it up to others to comment or ignore your thread.

The person with the fewest replies (posts) on their thread after 3 days will be eliminated.

Remember that other people may read this thread.

You may start your thread at any time. Check back here on Thursday.

Also-Rans are welcome to join in.

[ 10. October 2005, 22:51: Message edited by: Quizmaster ]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
OK... posted in Puragtory.... 'Bad Language. Good, Bad or Indifferent?'

*sits and waits*

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Bugger.... didn't read the question properly..... maybe that should have been a PM.

Hey ho!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
hazey Jane
quote:
And here's a (slightly skew-wiff) graphical representation of shots to date:

_ A_B_C_D_E_F_G_H
1 |X|_|_|_|_|_|X|_|
2 |_|X|_|_|_|X|_|_|
3 |_|_|X|X|X|_|_|_|
4 |_|X|X|_|_|_|_|_|
5 |_|X|X|X|X|_|_|_|
6 |_|_|_|_|_|X|_|X|
7 |_|X|X|_|_|_|_|_|
8 |_|_|_|_|_|_|X|X|

[BTW - Marvin, I'm afraid your D aversion theory was nullified by the fact that Papa Smurf posted D3 before you had declared it, sorry.]

That is one really smart graph. If there had been a shot in A8 it would have almost made a cross. As it was it appeared to have a Q for Quizmaster in the middle ( if you squint a little). Aren't we smart? [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Dear Quizzies,

You may notice my posts on your threads. [Snigger]
I am not picking favourites. I am merely living up to my sig. [Big Grin] I wish no malice to anyone.
If you disagrre with what I say on your thread, please post yuor reply to me there. [Razz]
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow:
Dear Quizzies,

If you disagrre with what I say on your thread, please post yuor reply to me there. [Razz]

Bloody hell, Too busy cackling to spell check. What a loser, sorry.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Well if could have been fun, but it looks like two competitors are eliminated for failing to fire a shot.

Phew. And I'd been hit as well...
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Since we're being nice to Quizmaster, it might be a good idea to include a link to the thread in question in your PM...

Oh, does it count if the thread gets moved?
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow:

If you disagree with what I say on your thread, please post your reply to me there. [Razz]

sorry, but according to QM, we're not allowed to post on the threads we create (apart from the OP, obviously)
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
quote:
Originally posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow:

If you disagree with what I say on your thread, please post your reply to me there. [Razz]

sorry, but according to QM, we're not allowed to post on the threads we create (apart from the OP, obviously)
Hmm.. methinks that may have been the whole point. That in posting a reply on your own thread would lead to your instant disqualification. Yes? [Disappointed]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
exactly, so in pointing this out to everyone, I will hopefully help them avoid his trap, and in a fit of gratitude, everyone will post on my (not yet started) thread.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
For this round you have to start a ship thread and PM me the name of the thread and on which board you started it. You are not allowed to add your own comments to it. You have to leave it up to others to comment or ignore your thread.

Hmm. That's pushing the boundaries of trolling, isn't it? [Razz]

I'm sure the implied meaning is that we're not to continually post on it to up the post count, but we're OK to answer any direct questions from others...
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
If there had been a shot in A8 it would have almost made a cross.

Yes, but it would have sunk my ship.

Did nobody notice how my analysis almost seemed designed to draw any future shots away from the first three columns? And better yet, that it succeeded by making sharkshooter post in col. D [Big Grin]

I can be a devious sod sometimes [Snigger]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:

I'm sure the implied meaning is that we're not to continually post on it to up the post count, but we're OK to answer any direct questions from others...

you could always answer that person directly by PM, and they could then say "xyz has PM'd me with an answer to that"

you could probably go even further and buddy-up with someone so that each person acts as a mouthpiece for the other on your relevant threads, ensuring you both stay in the competition.
 
Posted by christianjimmy (# 1820) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Well if could have been fun, but it looks like two competitors are eliminated for failing to fire a shot.

Knocked Out:
Christianjimmy
Jedijudy


Bah. I miss one day, and I'm knocked out. Bah. To be fair, my ship had been hit anyway I think, but still, it's just not right, punishing the pacifists among us who, for moral reasons, couldnt bring ourselves to fire on our fellow humans.
Or who forgot to post yesterday.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Marvin the Martian wrote

quote:
I can be a devious sod sometimes

I was trying to be devious. I chose B 6 as my square, and then fired on B 7. I thought everyone would fire in other parts of the board away from me. [Razz]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...


[Snigger]
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...
[Snigger]

However, this also ran is perfectly willing to abuse his powers in The Circus...

Anyone fancy a game of WA or ES?

[ 11. October 2005, 11:59: Message edited by: Tom Day ]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
I am resigned to defeat if everyone else posts a thread.

Serves me right for actually posting something I want to read rather than a pile of populist crap [Roll Eyes] ...
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
... And better yet, that it succeeded by making sharkshooter post in col. D [Big Grin]
...

But then, since I have already been blown to bits (rather early, I might add), I was actually protecting the person, if any, in the square I fired upon. For my shot wouldn't have counted, and it was unlikely anyone would have duplicated it.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tom Day:
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...
[Snigger]

However, this also ran is perfectly willing to abuse his powers in The Circus...

Anyone fancy a game of WA or ES?

You'll note I didn't inflict WA upon you, Tom dear. And I didn't go for ES either, as I couldn't bear to start an ES thread and not be allowed to post on it [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
quote:
Originally posted by Tom Day:
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...
...must not abuse hosting powers on threads in Hell...
[Snigger]

However, this also ran is perfectly willing to abuse his powers in The Circus...

Anyone fancy a game of WA or ES?

You'll note I didn't inflict WA upon you, Tom dear. And I didn't go for ES either, as I couldn't bear to start an ES thread and not be allowed to post on it [Big Grin]
As an also ran, I might start it and see if I can win!
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
Well, I am off in a couple minutes on a business trip, returning Saturday evening, with limited or no access until I get back. So, have fun and be good.

Oh, and I don't what to hear about it. Really, I don't.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Last time somebody started a thread like yours, Sharkshooter, the boards closed for two weeks. Is this an omen? [Ultra confused]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
I strongly suspect I'm going out. I've only had one reply on a thread which was supposed to spark debate, and that one suggested that the Hosts link to previous threads touching on the subject.

Ah well, it's been nice while it lasted.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Well, assuming I've guessed correctly regarding which threads people have entered, the ratings so far are:
code:
Ann                2
Auntie Doris 50
Carex Not Yet Entered
Chorister 3
Custard 39
Hazey Jane 1
Hennah 8
Marvin the Martian 14
Moth Not Yet Entered
MrSponge2U 15
Nutmeg 94
Papa Smurf 43
Professorkirke 50
Smudgie 107

Hazey (demonstrating her new 'coding' skills [Smile] )
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Impressive work, Hazey.

I've babbled a bit on your thread. Must learn to sleep before posting (not during!)
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Thank you. I shall investigate yours in due course. But it doesn't exactly look as though you need much help!
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
Curses! Can't resist a good round of Mornington Crescent... and just realised why it's suddenly appeared. Damn and blast.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by christianjimmy:
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Well if could have been fun, but it looks like two competitors are eliminated for failing to fire a shot.

Knocked Out:
Christianjimmy
Jedijudy


Bah. I miss one day, and I'm knocked out. Bah. To be fair, my ship had been hit anyway I think, but still, it's just not right, punishing the pacifists among us who, for moral reasons, couldnt bring ourselves to fire on our fellow humans.
Or who forgot to post yesterday.

And my computer blew up!!! [Waterworks]

Had to buy a new one. [Waterworks]

I take comfort in knowing that I (and Christianjimmy) kept some of our dear Shipmates safe for this next round of the KOQ.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
The person with the fewest replies (posts) on their thread after 3 days will be eliminated.

I can see how that would appeal as a marking system.

[Creep mode]But Quizmaster, dear, would it not be a more satisfying challenge for your great intellect to try to award/deduct points for other aspects too. For example, if a thread gets moved or closed (as I suspect mine will), enrages a host, gets cited in another thread, or marks for originality vs a reharsh of an old thread? What about bonus points for courageous entries (if my understanding is right, one contestant has opted to go for Ecclesiantics as her board of choice. That's got to be tougher than The Circus.)

Go on. You know you want to [Biased]
[/Creep Mode]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
jedijudy wrote

quote:
And my computer blew up!!!

Had to buy a new one.

I missed you on the Cluedo thread and wondered what had happened...there is still time to wrap that one up. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hazey Jane:
code:
Ann                2
Auntie Doris 50
Carex Not Yet Entered
Chorister 3
Custard 39
Hazey Jane 1
Hennah 8
Marvin the Martian 14
Moth Not Yet Entered
MrSponge2U 15
Nutmeg 94
Papa Smurf 43
Professorkirke 50
Smudgie 107


I'm not losing? [Eek!] [Ultra confused] [Cool]

quote:
Hazey (demonstrating her new 'coding' skills [Smile] )
The Force is with you, young padawan...
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
If I've posted on yours, please post on mine. If you can find it.

(Chorister goes off in search of Smudgie's - that's a pretty impressive post count by anyone's standard [Overused] )

Quizmaster - does 'not commenting on your own thread' include not correcting your own posts?

[ 11. October 2005, 22:33: Message edited by: Chorister ]
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Curses, Foiled by a smurf and a penguin.
The ignomy.

Actually, given their gamesmanship, I'm not surprised.
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hazey Jane:
What about bonus points for courageous entries (if my understanding is right, one contestant has opted to go for Ecclesiantics as her board of choice. That's got to be tougher than The Circus.)

[/Creep Mode]

I don't know. Ecclesiantics is quite the hotbed of discussion! I'd say if someone were to have started their thread in Kerygmania, THAT would be quite worthy of the Brinksmanship award! (Or a close second to Marvin and his All Saints post...)

-Digory
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Anyway, not all threads in the Circus go well. Do I smell a plot [Paranoid]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
No, that's just Tom Day's feet [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow:
Curses, Foiled by a smurf and a penguin.
The ignomy.
Actually, given their gamesmanship, I'm not surprised.

I'm sure you mean sportsmasnship, don't you ? [Razz]
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
[Killing me]
Hey, I've said it before.
English is my second language.


I just don't have a first...
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
No, that's just Tom Day's feet [Big Grin]

Hey, I want you to know that I washed them recently. Only 3 weeks ago I sat and scrubbed them. They don't smell. Ask my wife.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Typically, the other thread I started (the one that I didn't PM Quizmaster about), is growing like topsy. Wouldn't you just know it! [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
Which one do I need to post on, Chorister? I might have posted on the wrong one, meaning to be nice!

[ 12. October 2005, 18:13: Message edited by: Moth ]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
It did occur to me shortly after PMing Quizmaster that it would have been wiser to start half a dozen very different threads, then see which was going best...
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I'm just surprised Chorister didn't start ES - after all, it's her baby! And I'd have been posting on there like a Trojan if she had [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
Well, Smudgie, you can always go and post on mine, like a Trojan (or even a Greek for that matter [Big Grin] ).

All contributions gratefully received! Some of us are still only just in double figures!
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
I'm just surprised Chorister didn't start ES - after all, it's her baby! And I'd have been posting on there like a Trojan if she had [Big Grin]

He beat me to it. [Waterworks]

Perhaps I should have done WA instead [Snigger]
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Well, look at this. How many bonus points do you get for having your thread linked to on the main page?
I'm very impressed.
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow:
Well, look at this. How many bonus points do you get for having your thread linked to on the main page?
I'm very impressed.

Damn. Can't say I expected that.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Wow. I think you just won this round...

In other news, I wanna post on my thread [Waterworks] - it's really interesting and I want to make more comments...
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Moth, your wish is my command.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
Wow. I think you just won this round...

In other news, I wanna post on my thread [Waterworks] - it's really interesting and I want to make more comments...

You can after the next round starts tomorrow. [Smile]
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
I'm just surprised Chorister didn't start ES - after all, it's her baby! And I'd have been posting on there like a Trojan if she had [Big Grin]

And nothing for me [Waterworks] [Waterworks] [Waterworks]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Pah, I'll have you know I've been posting industriously on there for you, Tom, out of the kindness of my heart. You look see. I'm little miss helpful, I am.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Current state of play (AFAIK):

code:
Ann                   8
Auntie Doris 62
Carex Not Yet Entered
Chorister 13
Custard 68
Hazey Jane 25
Hennah 21
Marvin the Martian 27
Moth 32
MrSponge2U 20
Nutmeg 156
Papa Smurf 68
Professorkirke 70
Smudgie 252

I'm guessing that either
(i) Carex wants out of the game
or
(ii) is altruistically sacrificing his/herself by not posting
or
(iii) has the Mother of all Threads still hidden up his/her sleeve [Two face]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
It's thursday here. Can I post on my own thread yet?

I wish I knew how to play Mornington Crescent. Is there anywhere I can get instructions?

We had some great threads out of this, and I think Quizmaster had a good break. [Razz]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
carex, you haven't misread the rules have you? You realise it's the person with the fewest posts on their thread that's out of the game, surely?
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
I wish I knew how to play Mornington Crescent. Is there anywhere I can get instructions?

I could of course explain it perfectly. But since a game is in progress, it might prejudice the chances of the Bakerloo liners...
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Nutmeg, it took me a while to fathom out the rules, but if you want some help you could do worse than to look at this website .
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
I wanna post on my thread

Go ahead and post on it.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Carex:
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
I wanna post on my thread

Go ahead and post on it.
D'oh. [brick wall]
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
Nutmeg, it took me a while to fathom out the rules, but if you want some help you could do worse than to look at this website .

That was a tremendously helpful link, Smudgie! To think, I never understood the game before! Are you often this helpful?
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Always [Angel]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Carex, that really is the mother of all threads! [Eek!] You had Hazey Jane really worried there.

Of course, the true test of brinkmanship would be to post a thread on Khite [Overused]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
In a staggering display of not only brinkmanship but nerve and discipline too, Carex posted late and survived by a single post.

Eliminated: Ann (14 posts)

My personal commiserations to a long standing and I must say impressive player of not only this Knockout Quiz but the prior versions. I had hoped you would go all the way this time (stop it Marvin). Maybe I SHOULD run another one in 2006. What say you?

QUALIFIED:
Auntie Doris
Carex
Chorister
Custard
Hazey Jane
Hennah
Marvin the Martian
Moth
MrSponge2U
Nutmeg
Papa Smurf
Professorkirke
Smudgie

THE LUCKY THIRTEEN!
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND FOURTEEN: INTERNET SOUNDS

In this round you must post a link to a noise that is stored on the internet. It may be a short and funny noise. It might be a song. It might be a full length reading of Lord of the Rings. You choose the sound (noise) that you want to enter as your choice.

Once all the noises are posted (time limit Friday night) I shall list them and you will order them according to taste (1=Best, 13=Awful). You PM me your order and the highest score is eliminated.

Also-Rans are welcome to enter, in which case the numbers will continue 14,15,etc. You place ALL the noises according to taste.
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
As an also-ran I'll inflict this on you all - all twenty minutes of it.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I'll go for my favourite Psalm, Psalm 139
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ann:
As an also-ran I'll inflict this on you all - all twenty minutes of it.

I'll only listen to it if you can explain to me the meaning of chaplet [Biased]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Smudgie - your link didn't link to the sound in question.

This link, however, does link to your sound. But you have to post it.
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
I thought a Chaplet was a shorter version of the Rosary Beads - with one set of beads, rather than a full set of five decades. A sort of Prayer-lite. From what I've read, the prayers made for a Chaplet can be said on a Rosary, they just have more repetitions.

But, this site says that a Rosary is a particular type of Chaplet - one where the prayers are dedicated to Mary.

Chaplets and Rosaries.

The pictures show the Chaplets as being shorter.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
IN appreciation of Custard

Thanks - you are my friend for life... and I reckon Quizmaster should be giving you a few brownie points for that.
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
I'll have Old Harry's Game You need only listen to the Eastenders sketch at the beginning, if you like, but all of it is funny.

There is the end of the news before it starts - just skip through!
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
Lucy's Warbler
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Given how many fans there were in the Heaven thread, I hope this will go down well.
 
Posted by KenWritez (# 3238) on :
 
quote:
Posted by Quizmaster:
ROUND THIRTEEN: SHIP THREADS

For this round you have to start a ship thread and PM me the name of the thread and on which board you started it. You are not allowed to add your own comments to it. You have to leave it up to others to comment or ignore your thread.

QM, I and every other host have enough to do without you creating this thoughtless and manipulative game which does not benefit the Ship one whit and which adds to the workload of every host onboard here.

If you ever suggest this theme again, I will ask the admins to review the situation and to suspend your posting privileges.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
One of my favourite TV programmes when I was a kid... Topcat

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
In a staggering display of not only brinkmanship but nerve and discipline too, Carex posted late and survived by a single post.

Eliminated: Ann (14 posts)

My most sincere appologies for the after effects of my post and the problems it may have caused. It may have been a clever entry, but unfortunately on hindsight it was inappropriate in the greater context of the ship community.

I am withdrawing from the competition, and I would be delighted if Ann were to be permitted to fill my vacant slot. (She certainly deserves brinkmanship points!)

- Carex
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Carex, I wouldn't withdraw on the basis of your thread. Hell is for intemperate ranting and is a safety valve as you probably already know.

I've added my response to that Hell thread.

QM, Thankyou for the quiz. It is an incredibly positive experience and I am extremly grateful for all your hard work. I look forward to having another go in 2006. Please note the finacial donation out of repect to yourself.
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
I think a nice song will make everyone feel better.

I suggest something from Over the Rhine.

Over the Rhine - Born
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
These are delightful Heathrow airport announcements
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I was really struggling to think of anything, so I have found a link to one of my favourite comedy sketches. This page gives a transcript of Abbott and Costello's " Who's on first". On the left hand side is a mucical note which gives a link to the sound wave.

Hope it brightens your day. [Smile]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
Thanks - you are my friend for life... and I reckon Quizmaster should be giving you a few brownie points for that.

You really are too kind.

Here's my sound:

Handel's Hallelujah Chorus

from this site, which offers this track as a free sample of their recording.
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
Host Note

Let's keep on topic here - and keep to round 14. There is a hell thread for people to use.

On a personal note, Carex - please don't withdraw from the Quiz as I think it would be a shame.

Tom Day
Circus Host
 
Posted by Erin (# 2) on :
 
I've already posted this on the aforementioned Hell thread, but here it is again just to make sure that everyone understands the policy. Which is: posting threads for the sake of posting threads or scoring points (of any kind) is not a productive or sanctioned use of the boards. Quizmaster owes each of the OPs a big fat "thank you" for putting thought into their threads, because if there had been a spate of vacuous threads he'd have found himself on a two-week shore leave.

I find myself a bit torn here -- on the one hand, I don't have a problem with any of the threads in and of themselves, and would never have known if this thread hadn't made an appearance, but on the other hand I am disappointed to know that it was all part of a game and not started for the sake of discussion. On a discussion board, that really should be the guiding principle behind threads.

In this instance, no harm, no foul. But don't let it happen again.

Erin
Community editor
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
The above post was a 'Threat Call: high intensity hiss and bite'

You can view a spectogram of the sound here.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
[Overused]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
after all the seriousness and maturity of the sounds which have been selceted so far, I have no choice but to go for something like this

(supposedly a squeaky pig toy)
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Funny, that's just how I would have imagined Smudgie's avatar sounding, having her tummy squeezed.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
I had hoped you would go all the way this time (stop it Marvin).

Excuse me? How can I stop it before I've even started? [Razz]

(yes, that's my entry [Biased] )
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
This page gives a transcript of Abbott and Costello's " Who's on first". On the left hand side is a mucical note which gives a link to the sound wave.

It certainly did, but technically you haven't posted a link to the sound file, merely to a page it's accesible from.

OK, it's a pedantic technicality. But do you really want to take the risk?
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Thanks for pointing that out Marvin. I could not find a direct link to it, but it is one of my very favourites. I hope you took the time to listen to it. Just reading the transcript is dull. You have to consider the momentum they have in delivering it, one mistake and it would all be lost.


I can't find a better link, but according to this page this sketch was for Abbot and Costello


quote:
Their most famous and arguably best routine is "Who's on First", which, according to http://www.abbottandcostello.net/, was named the routine of the millenium by Time magazine.


I'll bravely stick with my choice. If I go this round well it makes it easier for the rest of you. [Razz]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
I could not find a direct link to it...

[Helpful Martian]

(works in IE, don't know about other browsers...)

[/Helpful Martian]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
thank you Martin for being so helpful

Indeed I have followed your instructions to the letter and am now able to provide a direct link to Abbot and costello's "who's on first" .

[Overused] marvin for your help. [Smile]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
In that case, here's mine again as well.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
thank you Martin for being so helpful

After all I've done for you... [Disappointed]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Oh marvin the Martian please accept my humblest and most sincere apologies.


Sorry Sorry Sorry


[Axe murder] [Axe murder] [Axe murder]

XXXX

I did get it right down the bottom of the last post if you look. [Biased]

[ 14. October 2005, 12:09: Message edited by: Nutmeg ]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
You place ALL the noises according to taste.

I think brinksmanship points should go to whoever doesn't give their own sound the best mark...
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
I can only find an mp3 download of my sound.

I think it is the best sound in the world - a beer bottle being opened and poured into a glass. I'm thirsty just thinking of it...
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster: ROUND FOURTEEN: INTERNET SOUNDS
Also-Rans are welcome to enter.

In that case I give you: the dolphin song [Two face]
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
This song is one of the funniest I know, and just makes me want to go find a park with some pigeons in.

It's only a short clip, but you get the idea. [Snigger] ..

The lyrics are here. Anyone who can rhyme "try and hide" with "cyanide" is a cracking songwriter to me.


Hen
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tom Day:
I think it is the best sound in the world - a beer bottle being opened and poured into a glass. I'm thirsty just thinking of it...

Certainly that would get my vote for best TASTE so far... though I might have to try roasted warbler in orange glaze sauce to see if it tastes better.
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Trekkie Alsoran [Yipee]

Can you guess what it is yet ?
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Soundly Knocked Out: Professorkirke

Qualified:
Auntie Doris
Carex
Chorister
Custard
Hazey Jane
Hennah
Marvin the Martian
Moth
MrSponge2U
Nutmeg
Papa Smurf
Smudgie
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND FIFTEEN: INTERNET VIDEO

In this round you must post a link to a VIDEO that is stored on the internet. It should be a short video and not a full length feature film. My guideline would be less than 5 minutes.

Once all the videos are posted (time limit Sunday night) I shall list them and you will order them according to taste (1=Best, 12=Awful). You PM me your order and the highest score is eliminated.

Also-Rans are welcome to enter, in which case the numbers will continue 13,14,etc. You place ALL the noises according to taste.

Have you seen what I did there? [Biased]
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Prepare to die.


Stop it, I mean it.
Anybody want a peanut?


Cross-posted right out of the game. [Frown]

[ 14. October 2005, 21:41: Message edited by: professorkirke ]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I nearly posted this last round, but figured you did not need a video as well. It is an Australian Beer Ad. A great big Ad. It's kind of catchy, and nice and short. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
I'll make up for it by being first.


Some (hilarious) vulgarity so beware.


So there.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
pipped again prof luv? [Snigger]
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Perhaps I will take myself too seriously and call you to Hell over this.


Or perhaps I won't. I'll keep you guessing... [Biased]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
My personal favourite video clip at the moment can be found... here.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by professorkirke:
Perhaps I will take myself too seriously and call you to Hell over this.


Or perhaps I won't. I'll keep you guessing... [Biased]

[Ultra confused]

[Biased]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
I thought this was damn funny when it first came out, and I see no reason to change my mind now...
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
I think this company's adverts are pretty good. I did consider posting the 'Hate Something, Change Something' one, which I'm very fond of (although after humming it for a few days the sanity does go a little), but I thought the 'Cog' advert had wider appeal.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Here's my contribution:

funny cats.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I know y'all be so surprised!!
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
This is one of the best shows around at the moment on GB TV [Big Grin]
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
I thought this was a hilarious trailer.

The Dubya movie - Starring Don Knotts!
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
My choice was a foregone conclusion.
It's very short, so should be seen in conjunction with the second one which is the sequel. (The Monty Python sketch is rather witty too, in a cruel sort of way, but not actually a video clip)

See here, and click on the penguin

(again, not a video clip, but a bit of penguin fun that the site linked to... You can push penguin too far, you know. )

[ 15. October 2005, 07:20: Message edited by: Smudgie ]
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
The Bush and Blair duet has me in sticjes every single time I watch it. I love it.

Tom
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
I nearly posted this last round, but figured you did not need a video as well. It is an Australian Beer Ad. A great big Ad. It's kind of catchy, and nice and short. [Big Grin]

That's good. Very good.
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
Can a definition of 'video' include animation, as in moving pictures, or does it have to be live action?
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Special Ruling for Hennah: Animation is OK. [Smile]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
I know y'all be so surprised!!

[Eek!] [Ultra confused] [Confused] [Roll Eyes] [Disappointed] [Devil] [Cool]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
All I get, Judy, is an animation of snow falling, snow on snow, snow on snow on snow.
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
Ooo, good. In that case, I submit this flash animation because it's just so darn clever (both the graphics and the original song!)

Hen
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
All I get, Judy, is an animation of snow falling, snow on snow, snow on snow on snow.

I love the Tuba player. (Smudgie - it is an animation of darth vader conducting the Storm Trooper orchestra)
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Tom given your entry in the sound files I am not surprised you like my beer ad. As far as Australian beer ads go it is pretty sophisticated. [Biased]

I liked JediJudy's entry too [Big Grin] . Although they have all been pretty good. It really is going to be hard to rate them in best to worst. [Biased] I think there was one that I could not bring up on my system as I did not have a plug in player, but I am downloading it now. ( It was chorister's).
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
A fair few of these sites seem only to work in Internet Explorer or with plug-ins not everybody has.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Yes, I still can't see anything of Darth Vadar, unless he's covered in a white sheet. [Frown]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Judy's is a Quicktime movie, which takes a while to load on my connection and just gives a white screen with no real indication that it's doing anything until it has loaded. After that, it's good fun...
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Sorry everyone. We must all be behind the times.

I had to get "extra bits" downloaded for all three of Quicktime, Real Player and Windows Media Player, but I have at least seen all the clips now.

Sunday evening is the deadline for entries. Will we need a vote or will somebody forget to post?

[Yipee] roll on Sunday.
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
Well I prepared a meal, ate it, and tidied the dishes... all while JediJudy's clip was loading on our fastest computer.

But I did finally get to see it: aren't those supposed to be baritones rather than tubas?
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Aha... they say patience is it's own reward. I clicked on JJ's link and then went and practised the hymns for tomorrow's service. The result? I can now play the hymns perfectly. Apparently my computer needs something it doesn't have, and apparently there's nowhere I can get it. So when it had finally loaded the Quicktime screening, I was able to watch the video clip play right the way through........ just a shame it was without sound or vision. [Frown]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
[Frown] Smudgie, I'm so sorry you can't see (or hear) it. It's such a good combination of two parts of my life! [Two face]

Carex, I think those are supposed to be tubas. They look a bit big for bari-horns. But then, the musicians might be a little short for stormtroopers. [Biased]

I am so pleased that you have enjoyed my little contribution...because I've certainly had a ball looking at everyone else's.

Even D-U's bf requested the Beer, the Mastercard and the car's revenge videos to be e-mailed to his house so he can laugh and enjoy in the comfort of his own home.
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
Right, my entry is strictly For the Birds!
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Knocked out for missing a video:
Carex
Papa Smurf

QUALIFIED:
Auntie Doris
Chorister
Custard
Hazey Jane
Hennah
Marvin the Martian
Moth
MrSponge2U
Nutmeg
Smudgie
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Ooh... the final ten [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND SIXTEEN: SHARE DEALING

Always a popular round and once again I have found a free site that allows us to play at share trading. The site itself is called Bullbearings and can be found HERE.

You have to register in your ship name or near equivalent if your name has been taken and join the group called KOQ2005. The password to sign up is "circus" and once signed up you can start your share trades or simply hang on to the cash that you start with.

The person or persons at the bottom of the table on Friday night will be eliminated. This gives me a chance to catch up and you a chance to practice life as a day trader.

If any competitor fails to successfully join the group KOQ2005 then they will be eliminated and the bottom of the table will remain in contention.

Good luck y'all! [Biased]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
< eyeing hazey Jane sideways>

thinks " she's going to be hard to beat". [Paranoid] How can I sabotage her? [Snigger]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
[Eek!]

What did I do?! Please don't gang up on me!

[Nutmeg, I really wouldn't worry - I know diddly squat about shares. Mind you, there is always beginner's luck [Biased] ]

[ 16. October 2005, 22:32: Message edited by: Hazey Jane ]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
You didn't do anything, your post was there that's all. [Biased]

Join the share site, it is the "join a league" section you need to look at to find us. It gives an alphabetical listing so look under K and you will find us. So far there are three of us there including Quizmaster. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
*wails* I don't know what I am doing.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I am still trying to figure out if these are real stocks we are dealing with? If so anyone in the UK might be able to help.

I am currently browsing through the research section. [Ultra confused]

I need coffee..

Hazey Jane did you get in?
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
OK, let's do this. [Smile]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Market opens at 8 am UK time... which is a while off isn't it?
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Well Marvin and I seem to be the only ones trading so far. I have absolutely fluked it. I read in the market research section that GCAP were a takeover target. As I am not used to your money I bought lots more than I ever Intended to, like 16,000 pounds worth. As it went up 11% this was a fortunate mistake. I sold them again an hour later, which turns out to be a wise move. I also bought gooch and Housego, and have lost money on them, and Highgate House. With Highgate house I made another mistake with your funny money and have not bought enough of them.

I have tried to trade before, I am currently playing on the ASX share trading game. I am not doing at all well there. [Frown]

For those wanting to try trading. I would suggest reading the research columns. They seem to be saying that there is another storm off the gulf of Mexico, so the oil and gas stocks will likely go up. I am not very familar with UK stocks, but they seemed to be saying try BP or Shell. I notice the fatprophets report is tipping Dragon Oil and it has gone backwards today. [Disappointed]

To place a trade, go to the "trading portfolios" section on your left margin. Click share portfolios, and you will get a button with the option to place a trade. You will need to know the code and think about quantity. I got confused over the prices being quoted in pence. The highgate house shares I bought were at 1.8 pence when I bought them, but I thought it was 1.8 pounds. So I bought 6,000 of them, and that only came to 118 pounds, which is too small a trade size to cover the cost of commission etc. Try to go for trades around 5,000 pounds. You lose less money on brokerage, and don't have to have your stock price go up as much to make money.

If only it were real money. [Biased]

You could all sit on your money. The way I usually go I will be going backwards by the end of the week anyway. [Razz]
 
Posted by da_musicman (# 1018) on :
 
Anyone going to try for ethical investments?
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
Now none of you need to worry about coming in last. [Biased]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
What did you do sharkshooter? [Ultra confused]
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
What did you do sharkshooter? [Ultra confused]

Joined. [Big Grin]

I took the "all your eggs in the same basket" approach. [Eek!]
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
I'm using this at school with my Y11 business studies groups. They love it and are making money.

I'm not...

Tom
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Well, I'm registered. Have a feeling that I'm going to play myself out of the competition through incompetance though. [Frown]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
You could all sit on your money.

Just sitting on it will probably guarantee survival. But where's the fun in that?

I've just bought another £9K worth of shares, after seeing my Barclays ones go slightly down yesterday.

I am hopeful. Not very hopeful, of course...
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
You could all sit on your money.

Just sitting on it will probably guarantee survival. But where's the fun in that?

...

Well, I'm in it for fun, but I thought the rest of you actually wanted to win. Winning means surviving (not coming last), at this point in the game.
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
Ok, I signed up... I know diddly squat about stock/shares/markets generally so going for whichever ones sounded like fun! Market is currently closed so awaiting re-opening tomorrow...

Hen
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
As I remember, stock markets are essentially random, especially over short timescales. So in several well-publicised cases, small children have beaten experienced traders.

Since the market is not heading up especially at the moment, and since several people have bought shares, it seems logical that some of those who have bought shares will gain, and some will lose.

Since the only object of this round is not to come bottom, not buying anything seems sensible, especially since I don't have much free time at the moment.

I might, of course, reconsider my position...
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
Right, I have joined. I don't know if I'll have time to trade, so I may just sit on the money. IIRC, that worked a treat last time we did this in a quiz!
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
It's a shame that trading isn't mandatory. I'm having a go even though I'm not sure what I'm doing cos it seems a bit pointless to participate in this quiz and just sit there doing nothing. But the chances are I'll probably go out for coming lower than those who don't bother trading.

Hey ho.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I too have a bit on my mind and time this coming week so I'll almost certainly dig a hole and bury my money in it for safe keeping.
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
Thus endeth the first day ...

quote:

Pos Trader Total
1 nutmeg £101,004
2 Auntie Doris £100,000
2= Custard. £100,000
2= Hennah £100,000
2= Moth £100,000
2= Quizmaster £100,000
2= Smudgie £100,000
8 Marvin the Martian £99,974
9 Hazey Jane £99,847
10 sharkshooter £92,860


 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Two of our crew have yet to join, but they have until FRIDAY. Joining the League is essential for qualification. If everyone signs up then he/she/they who finish last of the competitors will be eliminated from the contest.

Sharkshooter - Were you not last the last time we did this? [Disappointed]
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
...Sharkshooter - Were you not last the last time we did this? [Disappointed]

I don't recall, but wouldn't be surprised. It's all in the fun - and rounds like this are more fun than others.

I challenge anyone else to spend all their money on a stock they have never heard of. [Cool]
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
I wonder if my virtual shares from last time are still worth anything; I seem to remember I lost my password or something, so the things may still be on there.
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
I have joined. It shows me as Mr Day as that is what I am under for school and I thought iI'd use the same account (Having two would screw with me big time)

I have been doing this since Sept, so have lost £8000 in less than 2 months. I am glad I am not a stock broker...

Tom
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by sharkshooter:
Thus endeth the first day ...

quote:

Pos Trader Total
1 nutmeg £101,004
2 Auntie Doris £100,000
2= Custard. £100,000
2= Hennah £100,000
2= Moth £100,000
2= Quizmaster £100,000
2= Smudgie £100,000
8 Marvin the Martian £99,974
9 Hazey Jane £99,847
10 sharkshooter £92,860


Of course, if Marvin and I make a profit and then stop trading, those of you who haven't done anything will be in big trouble...
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I joining Sharkshooter as an also ran. I am however glad that I am already out. Us American types don't know much about British stocks.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I'm an also-ran, too! [Big Grin]

Really, I shouldn't be allowed near money, pretend or otherwise.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
SUBJECTIVE JUDGEMENTS:

16 0 -1 0 Smudgie A teacher not knowing the Marshall Islands
16 0 1 0 Rugasaw For picking the winner straight off
16 0 0 0 Smudgie I have found crushing a moth makes a smudgie
16 1 0 0 Papa Smurf For putting French into his post
16 1 0 0 MrSponge2U Is Martinique twinned with Aspen?
16 1 -1 0 Nutmeg For not being descriptive
16 1 1 0 Tom Day For part of the national anthem as well
16 1 0 0 Christianjimmy For the link to the Flag grading site
16 1 0 0 Jedijudy For my personal "most hideous" choice
16 1 1 1 Marvin the Martian First person to do their own analysis
16 1 0 0 Sharkshooter Nice choice and I loved the Corsica one
16 0 0 -1 Custard That is a whinge and not an analysis
16 0 1 1 Carex A good reasoned analysis
16 1 0 -1 Quizmaster Different but not very helpful mate
16 1 -1 1 Ann Giving her game away
16 0 0 1 Sharkshooter But don't wait too long Sharky
16 1 0 0 Pants Many people get knocked out by time pressure Pants
16 0 -1 0 Gort You might have got away with it if you posted
16 1 1 1 Hennah And some people handle time pressure extremely well
16 0 1 0 Pants Good question Pants
16 1 -1 0 Marvin the Martian Analysis is edifying even if not required
16 1 0 1 Hennah A big Aaaaaah from the girls I am sure
16 1 0 -1 Smudgie For that less than helpful suggestion
16 0 0 1 Smudgie For that useful little link
16 1 -2 -1 Marvin the Martian For trying to get me killed on The World's Most Difficult Run
16 1 1 0 Ann For combining skiing and the Baltic
16 2 2 0 Carex For combining skiing with astronomy and a volcano
16 0 2 0 Nutmeg For picking out the resort that I had already selected
16 0 1 0 Professorkirke For picking the ultra smooth ride on a glacier
16 1 0 0 Tom Day Glad I was able to wind somebody up
16 1 1 0 Pure as Snow You know I will be there as soon as I save up the fare

17 0 1 0 Chorister For finding a pub that is open 24 hours a day
17 1 0 0 Christianjimmy For opening my mind to the idea of Chinese skiing
17 0 -1 0 Pants For a bad link to an awful game
17 0 1 0 Sharkshooter For knowing what the older skier wants
17 0 1 0 Jedijudy For finding a volcano to ski on
17 0 1 1 Tom Day For fixing the long link using that marvellous site
17 1 1 1 Quizmaster For giving the contestants a night off
17 1 0 0 Professorkirke For the first idea which is music
17 0 1 1 Carex For several good ideas contained within one post
17 0 -1 0 Professorkirke Thinking AFTER posting his original idea
17 1 0 0 Moth A round to hunt out legal jargon? Maybe!
17 1 0 0 Nutmeg Tropical fish might be good
17 0 1 0 Christianjimmy For coming up with the idea of numbers
17 1 0 0 Papa Smurf For getting Cinderella into a skiing round
17 1 1 1 Rugasaw You know I might just DO that
17 0 0 1 Quizmaster Being nice about playing the bad guy
17 0 1 1 Marvin the Martian Brilliantly helpful and saves all the others effort
17 1 -1 -1 Custard Caught the sentiment, not sure I agree though
17 1 1 1 Custard Several very good ideas in that post
17 1 0 0 Moth You were saved by the photograph
17 1 1 1 Marvin the Martian For encouraging participation in the judging
17 1 1 1 Ann An excellent idea which simply MUST be used
17 0 -1 0 Hazey Jane For worrying too much
17 1 0 0 Moth For a demonstrative show of emotion
17 1 1 1 Marvin the Martian For nominating an idea that was quickly used
17 1 0 1 Auntie Doris For falling in love with Marvin the Martian
17 1 1 -1 Hazey Jane I want you in my team - you can think round corners
17 0 -1 1 Auntie Doris Asking a question when simple research would do
17 0 0 1 Moth Helping Auntie Doris
17 0 1 0 Nutmeg Good thinking, I must define the Also-Ran involvement
17 1 0 0 Hazey Jane Nomination accepted
17 0 -1 0 Auntie Doris For not thinking straight
17 0 1 1 Marvin the Martian An accurate analysis
17 1 -1 0 Hazey Jane There goes that round the corner thinking again

18 1 0 0 Marvin the Martian So THAT's what they call it these days
18 1 0 0 Jedijudy For finding a number with loveliness
18 -1 0 0 Professorkirke For obvious reasons
18 1 1 0 Smudgie For that link to her number
18 0 -1 0 Pants You know what happens when you let others do your work
18 0 1 0 Chorister Well said proud host
18 0 -1 0 Hennah For letting a romantic ideal set her total
18 1 0 0 Papa Smurf Using a decimal point is at least original
18 0 -1 0 Auntie Doris For Caring
18 0 -1 0 Nutmeg You let ME worry about trivialities like the rules
18 1 1 0 Carex Very true, I deleted some messages from YEARS ago
18 0 -1 0 Rugasaw Like I said, Darn real life
18 0 -1 0 Professorkirke I think not
18 0 1 1 Tom Day A very valid question
18 1 0 0 Hazey Jane Play Battleships WITHOUT firing - Original Idea
18 1 -1 1 Quizmaster I DO HATE RULES
18 1 0 0 Marvin the Martian Mock Surprise is a first I think
18 1 1 -1 Christianjimmy I simply LOVE that attitude
18 1 0 0 Chorister For inventing a new game called Tigships
18 1 1 -1 Ann My type of Captain
18 1 0 1 Smudgie First with the links to the Battleship games
18 1 1 1 Hennah Working out the mind of a computer
18 0 0 0 Pants Winning is everything
18 0 0 1 Hazey Jane For the strategy tips
18 1 0 1 Chorister The original old fossil
18 0 0 1 Quizmaster Unlike you to be helpful
18 0 0 0 Hazey Jane I am sure it is your Vulcan ears that do it for me
18 0 -1 0 Moth For lacking the essential ingredient "confidence"
18 1 1 -1 Smudgie Nice one Smudger, nice one
18 1 0 0 R.D.Olivaw I think the answer to that is "Tantric"
18 1 1 1 Hazey Jane Excellent Post
18 1 0 0 Hazey Jane Oh No! She is dressing up for me now!
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I am dissapointed to see my shares went backwards while I slept. I have been trying to research today... hahaha. I usually end up confusing myself.

I did find the 'FTSE heatmap' under 'guides and research' was useful. Have a look. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
Sorry for not posting a vid or animation, 3 days of Real Life™ got in the way.

but I'll keep also running - I'll join in on the shares thing.
 
Posted by Annie P (# 3453) on :
 
joining in this round as an also ran and using my school account. Was doing ok a couple of weeks ago, but now have lost a few thousand. Glad that this is not real money, I think I would be sacked by now!
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Annie P. are you Mrs Day?


What a shocker I've had today. [Ultra confused] I think I may have the most volatile portfolio. [Hot and Hormonal]

At what point do we all jump out the window? [Biased]
 
Posted by Annie P (# 3453) on :
 
Indeed I am. Couldn't be bothered to start another account. Am hoping that I'll do better here than on our school league.

Buy, buy, buy!

By the way - the stock reports and research info is quite helpful. Good also to check how you are doing several times a day.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
So when do we get to don our silly coats, then?
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I think I would like a red jacket pls Hazey Jane. Orange was never my colour. [Razz]
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
Nearing the end of the back-stretch ...

quote:

1 Auntie Doris £100,000
1= Custard. £100,000
1= Moth £100,000
1= Smudgie £100,000
5 MrSponge2u £99,927
6 Hazey Jane £99,713
7 rugasaw £98,675
8 nutmeg £97,915
9 Quizmaster £96,980
10 SOF's Papa Smurf £96,604
11 Marvin the Martian £96,459
12 Mrs Day £95,872
13 jedijudy £95,090
14 Hennah £94,532
15 sharkshooter £92,860
16 Mr Day £91,683
17 DigoryKirke £90,241

Is there any way of seeing what is in the other contestants' protfolio?

[ 19. October 2005, 19:22: Message edited by: sharkshooter ]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Sharky, you would be very welcome to see what's in my portfolio... but then I've always been warned to be wary of sharks in the money business!

But then, as it's you.. here you go. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
Yes, and I've invested in what Smudgie invested in!
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
It's no big secret what you two are up to - or, more correctly, not up to.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Having read Luke 12:33, I think we're both wise to keep our investments secure so they don't get eroded like this, don't you?
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
So, you opt for Matthew 25:24-30? [Biased]
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
What? Proof-texts in the Circus? [Ultra confused]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
It did occur to me that not investing money was not especially in keeping with the Parable of the Talents. But then, what's the point in investing money when the time period's too short to pay off the initial fees from the investing? Better to keep the money, so that we can use it to gain friends for ourselves.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
MORE SUBJECTIVE JUDGEMENTS

19 1 0 0 Quizmaster You are just being a bully QM
19 0 -1 -1 Nutmeg Check the rules once again Nutmeg
19 1 1 0 Chorister Clever choice of square and indeed a HIT
19 0 1 0 Professorkirke There were two of us in that square Professor
19 1 -1 -1 Pure as Snow I gave it serious thought before rejecting the idea
19 0 1 0 Chorister So you noticed that did you?
19 0 1 0 Nutmeg More like an Also-Limped
19 1 1 -2 Custard You get the help points back for a chemistry lesson
19 1 1 0 Tom Day For spotting a follower of Bono and Sir Bob Geldof
19 0 1 0 Chorister Another play on Smudgie who should be played on more
19 0 1 -1 Ann OK This is the WRONG GAME for YOU LOT
19 1 -1 -1 Smudgie What are YOU laughing for?
19 1 1 0 Marvin the Martian That shot on A1 got me good and proper
19 1 1 1 Rugasaw Exactly the sort of beffudlement I want from Also-Rans
19 -1 -1 -1 Papa Smurf Speaking before reading and thinking
19 0 0 1 Papa Smurf Good guess although it did not matter in the end
19 1 -1 0 Carex For using a Sinclair vehicle during a full scale battle
19 1 1 -3 Marvin the Martian Deliberately using some kind of psychology
19 0 1 0 Tom Day You said it better than I could
19 0 0 0 Marvin the Martian Not after that last post you aren't
19 0 1 0 Tom Day Where do I apply?
19 1 1 -1 Papa Smurf You were the first one to get there
19 2 1 1 Hazey Jane For that marvellously detailed MAP
19 0 0 1 Marvin the Martian Exactly right Marvin
19 0 -1 -1 Hazey Jane For flirting with Marvin
19 1 1 1 Marvin the Martian Oh the number of times I upset Erin with THAT in the old days
19 1 -1 0 Quizmaster Bad idea encouraging people to use the boards to POST
19 0 -1 0 Auntie Doris It should have been but my pedantry has waned a bit
19 0 1 0 Nutmeg For awarding herself a Smart Point
19 1 1 -2 Pure as Snow I can spot a wind-up merchant a mile off
19 0 -1 0 Pure as Snow Highlighting a personal failure is not smart
19 0 0 1 Custard Good idea, and yes we have no control over our movements
19 0 -1 1 Papa Smurf I am sure that was the whole point of the post
19 0 1 0 Smudgie You spotted it too girl!
19 0 0 0 Papa Smurf Did it happen?
19 0 -1 -1 Marvin the Martian For giving Carex an idea - we all saw what happened

20 -1 -1 -1 Marvin the Martian For being a devious sod
20 1 1 1 Papa Smurf Excellent suggestions
20 1 -1 0 Christianjimmy Claiming pacifism when his gun got stuck
20 0 -1 -1 Nutmeg For only trying to be devious
20 1 0 0 Marvin the Martian Write that out one million times without copy/paste
20 1 1 1 Tom Day Three cheers for Tom Day
20 0 -1 0 Marvin the Martian For believing the worst
20 0 0 1 Sharkshooter Revealing the secrets of positions
20 0 0 1 Smudgie For not posting WA or ES
20 0 1 0 Tom Day For having fun
20 0 -1 0 Sharkshooter Liar
20 0 -1 -1 Chorister Showing signs of fear before the crisis
20 -1 -1 0 Hazey Jane Showing negativity AFTER Marvin did
20 1 1 0 Hazey Jane Nice coding
20 0 0 1 Smudgie Posting on somebody else's thread
20 0 1 0 Hazey Jane Trust Me - Smudgie does not need any help
20 0 -1 0 Hennah For not realising
20 2 -1 2 Jedijudy For blowing up her computer rather than face the final rounds
20 1 1 0 Hazey Jane I want to, I just do not have the time to be TOO clever
20 0 0 0 Nutmeg Please stop sidetracking my contestants
20 0 -1 0 Marvin the Martian Still refusing to believe
20 1 -1 0 Chorister For correcting a post asking about corrections
20 1 0 0 Pure as Snow Cuddly things are always the most dangerous
20 0 -2 0 Professorkirke Ann lost in spite of your confidence
20 0 -1 0 Chorister For doubting
20 1 1 0 Smudgie I thought it was gorgonzola
20 1 0 0 Papa Smurf Dreaming
20 1 0 0 Pure as Snow Not having a first language
20 1 0 0 Tom Day Whose feet smell and nose runs
20 1 0 0 Chorister Which one was that then?
20 0 0 1 Moth Post on the other one now then
20 0 0 0 Smudgie For promising to look after Chorister's baby
20 0 1 0 Moth Canvassing for support
20 0 -1 0 Chorister For being beaten to it
20 2 2 2 Pure as Snow Well spotted my yellow friend
20 2 2 0 Professorkirke For making the FRONT PAGE of the SHIP OF FOOLS
20 0 0 0 Marvin the Martian Hope you have made best use since the round ended
20 0 0 1 Smudgie I am sure that must be a spoonerism
20 0 0 -1 Quizmaster Your generosity knows no freedom
20 0 0 0 Tom Day Tears of a clown (good song)
20 0 0 1 Smudgie Little Miss Helpful
20 1 1 1 Hazey Jane Good guess, and maybe ALL of those
20 0 -1 0 Nutmeg You have to get the rules from a member of the club
20 0 0 1 Smudgie She told me all about it
20 1 1 -1 Custard Not forgetting those on the number 36 bus
20 1 1 1 Smudgie Finding a Mornington Crescent website
20 1 -1 -1 Carex Encouraging human sacrifices
20 1 0 0 Pants Good imitation of Homer Simpson
20 1 0 0 Moth Thanking Smudgie for opening up Mornington Crescent

21 1 1 1 Smudgie Truly an angel as so many can testify
21 1 0 0 Chorister Congratulating Carex on "That Thread"
21 1 -1 0 Quizmaster Judges should not show favouritism of any sort
21 1 1 1 Ann For an explanation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
21 0 0 0 Smudgie Smudgie, a chaplet is a male of the minor variety
21 0 1 1 Custard For helping out poor Smudgie
21 -1 -1 0 Smudgie For needing help
21 1 1 1 Ann For a better explanation of Chaplet
21 0 0 2 Custard Brownie points from Smudgie
21 1 1 1 Carex Apologies not necessary as I liked the idea and enjoyed it
21 1 1 2 Pure as Snow Thankyou for your support which is always needed
21 0 2 1 Chorister For impressing Smudgie and entertaining me
21 1 0 0 Chorister I really must try squeezing Smudgie's stomach
21 0 1 0 Marvin the Martian For such an appropriate noise
21 0 -1 1 Marvin the Martian I have been very relaxed about that during this quiz
21 0 1 0 Nutmeg Brave and safe
21 0 1 2 Marvin the Martian I think a few people learned something there
21 0 1 1 Nutmeg Thanks are a good thing
21 0 0 0 Marvin the Martian Classic one upmanship being used there Martin
21 0 1 1 Nutmeg Apologies are a good thing
21 1 -1 -1 Marvin the Martian Giving away WINNERS trade secrets
21 1 0 0 Carex I shall be round for dinner when you cook it
21 1 -1 0 Professorkirke Posting just after the deadline
21 1 -1 -1 Nutmeg Mocking the sorely afflicted
21 1 2 1 Professorkirke An attitude I wholeheartedly approve of
21 2 -1 0 Nutmeg Flirting with the professor during my quiz
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
19 0 -1 -1 Marvin the Martian For giving Carex an idea - we all saw what happened

Actually it is unfair to blame that on Marvin. I saw the topic within minutes of when it was posted, and developed my own ideas from there.
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
MORE SUBJECTIVE JUDGEMENTS


20 0 -1 0 Sharkshooter Liar

I don't want to hear about it!
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
quote:
Smudgie Posting on somebody else's thread

Exsqueeze me, but I posted on nearly everybody's threads, so I did! I even posted twice on Ann's thread, even though I didn't know what a chaplet was (of course, I do now Quizmaster's explained it [Biased] ) and had never posted in Ecclesiantics before!

I was a extraordinarily helpful little Moth all though that round!
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Moth:
quote:
Smudgie Posting on somebody else's thread

Exsqueeze me, but I posted on nearly everybody's threads, so I did! I even posted twice on Ann's thread, even though I didn't know what a chaplet was (of course, I do now Quizmaster's explained it [Biased] ) and had never posted in Ecclesiantics before!

I was a extraordinarily helpful little Moth all though that round!

Yes, thank you Moth, and all the other quizmates who posted on my thread. You may have noticed that it has sunk without trace now, which is a pity as I'd still like an answer which would allow me to sing it without that niggle.

Ecclesiantics can be quite interesting.
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
Is helping your shares along a bit allowed? For example, I think I've bought some fantasy shares in Laura Ashley, and today I bought a scarf from there. Feeling vaguely guilty, but have a very pretty scarf. On balance, think I'm OK. [Smile]

Hen
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
MORE SUBJECTIVE JUDGEMENTS
19 0 -1 -1 Hazey Jane For flirting with Marvin

Yer wot?! You thought that was flirting? I was genuinely impressed and figured credit where it's due.

Good grief, it seems that men really are from Mars. And not just Marvin.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Observing how everyone is doing on the trading I think next time we need to see who can lose the most money on the market.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Today is your last chance to make a successful trade. You need to pick a stock that will be a one-day wonder. Keep your eyes on the news.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Today is your last chance to make a successful trade.

The latest standings:

code:
Pos	Trader	       		Cash 	 	 Portfolio 	 Total  
1 Auntie Doris £100,000.00 £- £100,000
1= Moth £100,000.00 £- £100,000
1= Smudgie £100,000.00 £- £100,000
4 Custard. £90,001.00 £9,824.00 £99,825
5 MrSponge2u £94,004.00 £5,803.00 £99,807
6 Hazey Jane £63,910.00 £35,175.00 £99,086
7 nutmeg £19.00 £96,621.00 £96,640
8 Mrs Day £22,973.00 £73,603.00 £96,576
9 rugasaw £8.00 £96,352.00 £96,360
10 Marvin the Martian £65,977.00 £29,530.00 £95,507
11 SOF's Papa Smurf £- £93,438.00 £93,438
12 Hennah £- £93,278.00 £93,278
13 jedijudy £15,510.00 £77,454.00 £92,965
14 sharkshooter £- £92,860.00 £92,860
15 Mr Day £1.00 £92,308.00 £92,309
16 Quizmaster £762.00 £91,171.00 £91,933
17 DigoryKirke £64,084.00 £27,791.00 £91,875

Currently the lowest actual contestant is Hennah, but where is Chorister???

Are we to have yet another default knock-out?
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
where is Chorister???

Are we to have yet another default knock-out?

On Holiday.

Tom - as host as well, shouldn't I get her place?
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Chorister PM'd me to say
I'll let the others play
But I shall call it a day
So to the rest of you I say
Whahay Whahay.
You made it!

Not sharing in the fun: Chorister

QUALIFIED:
Auntie Doris
Custard
Hazey Jane
Hennah
Marvin the Martian
Moth
MrSponge2U
Nutmeg
Smudgie

You have about two hours to prepare.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ALSO-RAN TABLE:

19 Professorkirke
18 Papa Smurf
17 Ann
16 Jedijudy
15 Rugasaw
12 Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow
12 R.D.Olivaw
12 Sharkshooter
12 Tom Day
11 Quizmaster
7 Doublethink
6 Dolphy
6 Annie P
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND SEVENTEEN: LAKES AND RIVERS

Previous Knockout Quizzes have seen the competitors find the largest lakes and the longest rivers. This time you need to find the LAKE with the most RIVERS attached, or find the RIVER that flows through the most LAKES.

I will need internet proof and each lake and river must have a name. You cannot point at that blue line or that blue blob.

So to post your entry, and I need to get stricter now, you will need the following information:

1) NAME (Lake or River)

2) NUMBER (Rivers or Lakes attached)

3) LIST OF NAMES (The attached)

4) INTERNET LINK where I can verify your claim

Good luck as we are now in single figures and approaching the climax. There should be no more passengers at this stage.

The person eliminated will be the one who finds the fewest connections, or, who fails to meet the criteria for posting.

ALSO-RANS: You can post to deny the competitors the chance to use whatever entry it is that you opt for.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Do we need to be able to name all the lakes/rivers the subject interacts with, or is there just a minimum number?
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
I will take out Lake Ladoga in Finland. the three most important inlets are the rivers Svir, Vuoski and Volkhov and it drains by way of the river Neva. There are 3,500 rivers longer than 10 km in its basin, which I do not need to list as I am an also-ran; the four I've listed will do to snaffle the largest lake in Europe.
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
Sorry, it's in Russia - it used to be in Finland.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Not likely to be very impressive, but I'm tired and tomorrow's going to be busy, so I'll post this and let fate take its course.

NAME: LAKE ONTARIO
NUMBER: 6
LIST OF NAMES: Niagara River; Genesee River; Oswego River; Black river; Trent River; St Lawrence (Also Welland Canal, St Lawrence Seaway, Rideau Canal, Trent Canal)
INTERNET LINK Look here

Ontario in Iroquois means beautiful lake [Smile] It's the biggest lake I've ever been to.
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
Here is a satellite picture of Lake Ladoga.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
My entry:

NAME: The Volga (river)

NUMBER: 9

LIST OF NAMES: As well as the Caspian Sea, which, while salt water is still a lake, I only need to claim the Uglich, Rybinsk, Gorodets, Nizhniy Novgorod, Cheboksary, Samara, Saratov, and Volgograd Reservoirs, all of which have hydroelectric power facilities. There may be others too, but that's enough to get me safe.

INTERNET LINK: here

[ 21. October 2005, 22:13: Message edited by: Custard. ]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
1) NAME Lake Champlain

2) NUMBER 9

3) LIST OF NAMES Drained by: The Richelieu River. Fed by: Otter Creek, The Winooski, The Missisquoi, The Lamoille, The Ausable, The Chazy, The Saranac and the La Chute River

4) INTERNET LINK Here
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
NAME: LAKE SUPERIOR
NUMBER: 5 rivers
LIST OF NAMES: drains into Lake Huron through St Mary's River, Nipigon Kaministikwia, St. Louis, Pigeon, plus a few mnore but I don't know the names!!
INTERNET LINK: here you go

Sorry to steal your link Smudgie, but I have had a shitty week and I am knackered!! Think this might not be enough to stop me getting knocked out!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Hmmm I started research this morning but could not get sufficient detail to post. I am hosting a kid's party today ( in about 2 hours) so will plead with QM not to close off this round for another 12 hours or so... [Razz]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
NAME: LAKE HURON
NUMBER: 8 rivers
LIST OF NAMES: The St. Marys, Mississagi, Wanapitei, Spanish, French, Au Sable and Saginaw rivers flow into it. The St. Clair river flows out of it.
INTERNET LINK: voila (with thanks yet again to Smudgie [Smile] )
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Because someone has to do it. Lake Titicaca . Rivers flowing into the lake are Ramis, Coata, Ilave, Desaguadero, Suches, and others I can't find names for. So this mkes five. But I can't be eliminated now so there. [Biased]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I am going to nominate for my entry florida's St John's River .


The timucan Indians gave the river the name Welaka which means 'river of Lakes'.


A further link here.

The two links I have given will give the information that the following lakes are formed by this beautiful river.


and finally a man made lake Rodman Reservoir.

A lovely collection of 12 natural lakes, and one man made Reservoir. [Big Grin]

The links do verify the lake names, but you have to read a bit. [Razz] If you are a fisherman you might get some ideas. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
NAME: Lake Erie
NUMBER: 7 rivers
LIST OF RIVERS: fed by the Detroit River (from Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair) and drains via the Niagara River and Niagara Falls into Lake Ontario. Other major tributaries include the Grand River, the River Raisin, the Maumee River, the Sandusky River and the Cuyahoga River.
INTERNET LINK: right here
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
As I am off on holiday for a while today, I nominate my majestic village pond (6' x 10'), which has no rivers at all, but some very nice ducks; in the knowledge that I'll be safely eliminated and the rest of you can roll merrily along! I look forward to catching up with developments on my return... [Smile]

Hen
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
Sorry to steal your link Smudgie, but I have had a shitty week and I am knackered!! Think this might not be enough to stop me getting knocked out!

Auntie Doris x

Auntie Doris, you are more than welcome to share my link. After all, what are friends for? But it looks like dear Hennah's volunteering to be the sacraficial cow (so to speak) for this round so I think you may be safe anyway.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I am sure Hennah will be just ducky to hear you call her a cow. [Biased]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Calling All Moth ........

This is your final call.

Are you posting or leaving us?

[Help]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Quizmaster, quick... I think she's trapped in that portfolio!
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Eliminated for Laking a River: Moth

(Hennah, you qualified with "My Village Pond")

QUALIFIERS:
Auntie Doris
Custard
Hazey Jane
Hennah
Marvin the Martian
MrSponge2U
Nutmeg
Smudgie
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND EIGHTEEN: MAD TOUR GAMES

For this round you are challenged to produce something original. A copy of a game from the circus is not acceptable and anyone posting a link to a game 'too similar' to your game will have you eliminated from the quiz.

Post your game (once invented) on the Mad Tour Games Board. We (and any other interested parties) will play the game by your carefully thought out rules. The person with the fewest posts will be eliminated even if they thought up the best game.

Take Your Time.

As being original is not easy you have a week to think up the rules and post the game. I shall be checking the results next Saturday.

This is the toughest test so far, and Also-Rans are welcome to add their individuality to the contest.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Man, the Mad Tour site must be getting desperate. Ah well, I'll play their little game (and hopefully many others will play my little game thereon [Biased] ...).
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Is it bad that I am just not sure whether I can be bothered with this round?

I am as yet undecided whether to post or not.

Auntie Doris x

[ 23. October 2005, 00:13: Message edited by: Auntie Doris ]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I have tried a few times to join the mad tour site and cannot successfully join. [Frown]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Well I started mine, but nobody has joined in. [Frown]

I thought the opening post was quite easy and would be something that everyone knew. But obviously not. Hey ho.

Nutmeg, you can post on other threads without registering, but I don't know if you can start a thread. Perhaps Quizmaster will allow you some extra time if you've been handicapped in this way?
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Hazey Jane QM has PM'ed me. He checked my details and I had previously joined but not been able to log in correctly (apparaantly [Hot and Hormonal] ). Sometimes I am not so smart after all.

Thanks QM. [Big Grin]

I will check your game Hazey Jane, I have to think of one. [Confused]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I'm just wondering whether games which have been played before, either in the circus or on the Mad Tour boards, are acceptable providing there isn't that game there at the moment, or does the game have to be totally original?

e.g. I think Word Disassociation, when I invented it, was completely original but it is no longer present on the Mad Tour Boards so would I have been able to re-invent it safely? Hypothetical question, of course, as I have instigated another game.

[ 24. October 2005, 08:30: Message edited by: Smudgie ]
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
Sorry to drop out - I was feeling too sick of computers to search for a lakey river or even a rivery lake.

Anyone know the game "Botticelli"?
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Moth:
Anyone know the game "Botticelli"?

Get it started woman! [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Hennah, you qualified with "My Village Pond"

You're kidding me! Just when I'd put my brain back in its box for the winter. Right-o, will get it out, give it a polish, and let you know if I can come up with anything...

Hen
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Well you better get a move on dear - this round closes tomorrow.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
It has come to my attention that we are all seriously threatened by something resembling an Iridium Q-46 Space Demodulator. With that in mind, and to spare the rest of the competitors from it, I shall point people to this quote:

quote:
The Most Excellent Quizmaster said:
For this round you are challenged to produce something original. A copy of a game from the circus is not acceptable and anyone posting a link to a game 'too similar' to your game will have you eliminated from the quiz.

this definition of the word "original"

and

this page.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
I've just returned from my own Mad Tour - south west coast to north east coast to mid west coast to south west coast. And you're still keeping me on tenterhooks as to who the winner is?
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Fear not Custard.

A person not posting precludes any further analysis.

Hennah, I fear, with 30 minutes to go, has withdrawn from the contest.

If she posts I might (just might) have to make a decision. Otherwise, it's on with the contest.

[Smile] [Biased] [Yipee]

[ 29. October 2005, 20:35: Message edited by: Quizmaster ]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Eliminated for refusing to play the game: Hennah

QUALIFIERS:
Auntie Doris
Custard
Hazey Jane
Marvin the Martian
MrSponge2U
Nutmeg
Smudgie
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND NINETEEN: TILT THE PLATE

A suggestion came in a while back that I think is right for this time. Imagine a plate balanced on a pole. You have to place a weight on the plate at a point of the compass - 1 to 360 degrees. The person who is nearest the floor when the weights are placed falls off (is out of the contest).

This one is pure luck - will you choose well or badly? You are required to PM me your chosen point and I will publish all points and let you know which of you has fallen off.

I like this idea. Let's see if YOU do!

[Cool]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
So where are you placing the weights the QM?
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I think the idea is that each of us states secretly where we would like Quizmaster to place a weight... politely too, I trust... or rather where we would like him to place the hypothetical weight on the hypothetical plate.

Imagining all these weights placed on simultaneously, QM will judge which of the weights will have been the metaphorical straw that broke the metaphorical camel's back i.e. the hypothetical weight that influenced the hypothetical tilt of the hypothetical plate in such a way that that weight ended up nearest the floor, or indeed first to hit the hypothetical floor!

I have to admit this type of round is not my favourite as it's too much down to chance and not particularly interactive, but then seeing as I'm not getting much time online due to hospital visiting, I suppose I should be grateful for small mercies. So merci, QM.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
It's essentially a way of averaging (with 0 and 360 being the same), and the person who gets closest to the average loses.

Without doing too much calculation, I suspect QM will work out the sines and cosines of each of the angles, find the mean of them all and that should give him the position of the centre of mass of the system. He then just squares the average sine and average cosine, and that tells him how far from the centre the centre of mass would be. All he then has to do is work out what angle the centre of mass is at, and find whoever has the nearest angle. 'Cos I think that works physically, and I think QM is quite bright like that.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
custard
quote:
Without doing too much calculation, I suspect QM will work out the sines and cosines of each of the angles, find the mean of them all and that should give him the position of the centre of mass of the system. He then just squares the average sine and average cosine, and that tells him how far from the centre the centre of mass would be. All he then has to do is work out what angle the centre of mass is at, and find whoever has the nearest angle. 'Cos I think that works physically, and I think QM is quite bright like that.

Gee thanks for that Custard. [Roll Eyes] [Confused]

Ok I'll PM my position, and also where the weight is to be placed? Is that correct?
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I can be bribed to put a wieght on a given spot.
I like this also-ran thing. [Snigger]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
Ok I'll PM my position, and also where the weight is to be placed? Is that correct?

You just have to let QM know the angle - he said as a number between 1 and 360, but I think he meant between 0 and 360.
 
Posted by Moth (# 2589) on :
 
I'm glad I'm not still in - I find this completely incomprehensible!
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Custard.:
]You just have to let QM know the angle - he said as a number between 1 and 360, but I think he meant between 0 and 360.

erm, wouldn't 360 be the same as 0?
therefore he said to pick from 1 to 360.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Moth:
I'm glad I'm not still in - I find this completely incomprehensible!

It's really not that difficult. Absolutely no skill involved. If any participants still don't understand, just forget about the premise of the round, pick a number between 1 (or 0) and 360 and PM it to QM.

There. Easy as π
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
erm, wouldn't 360 be the same as 0?
therefore he said to pick from 1 to 360.

Yes, but what about angles like 0.5 degrees (which can't be expressed as between 1 and 360)? Wouldn't want them to feel left out or as if they've got sacks on...

ETA - I should probably have said "pick an angle x, such that 0 < x <= 360"

[ 30. October 2005, 20:50: Message edited by: Custard. ]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I just did it the easy way...I guessed. [Big Grin]

(No math involved. WooHoo.)
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
May I please place a weight, equivalent in weight to all the other weights combined?

Here pedant, pedant, pedant...
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Knocked out for failing to tip the waiter: Marvin the Martian


QUALIFIERS: SIX OF THE BEST
Auntie Doris
Custard
Hazey Jane
MrSponge2U
Nutmeg
Smudgie
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I think that pun thread of smudgies is rubbing off on you QM. [Razz]

The final 6. [Yipee]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND TWENTY : BANK ACCOUNT

Another simple task for those of you who remain and all those who wish to take part as Also-Rans.

My Bank Account has an overdraft limit of £400 and I do use that facility from time to time. I get paid on 21st of each month. How much will I have in my Bank Account on Friday 4th November? I have some idea but I do not know.

You may post your guesses on the thread to ensure that no two people choose the same amount in terms of Pounds and Pence. Your answer should be in the form of £25,000,000.37 0r £0.55 Overdrawn.

Good Luck and let the spirit lead your guess.
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
#12.50

(Sorry, I can't make the Pound Sterling sign on my American keyboard. It's surely Bill Gates' fault)
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Hmmmm, that means you will be about half way through the month. Without any idea of your salary or spending habits that is difficult. I will hazard a guess at $313 sterling (in credit). Like Mr Sponge my keyboard does not do Pound sterling sign.

[Big Grin]

[ 31. October 2005, 23:04: Message edited by: Nutmeg ]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I shall post 0 pounds. I know you can do it. Spend spend spend.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
My guess: 227.75 pounds.

Where's one of those pretty little pound symbols when you need one?

Ah, here: £227.75

[if i only had a brain]

[ 01. November 2005, 00:34: Message edited by: jedijudy ]
 
Posted by Sinisterial (# 5834) on :
 
To all those people that require a £ sign

the way to do it is
code:
&#163;


 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
£250.00

Surely someone with comsummate control of the quiz has equal financial acumen.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
£123.45 in credit.

Because:

Of course, QM, if you have multiple accounts, you can always transfer money between them...
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
[pedant mode]
If you can't follow Sinisterial's advice above to get pound signs, you might like to know that it's actually a curly L (for Livre) with a line through it (just as Dollars is S with a line through it, Yen is Y with a line through it, Euro is E with a line through it, Won is W with a line through it, etc).

The standard abbreviation, however, is GBP.
[/pedant]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
£217.19
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
£420. I'm sure that you don't need that new computer [Biased]

tom
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
£222.22 in credit

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Is nobody willing to post a negative.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
No. I think QM will be a good little boy with his finances this month.

£186.24
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Look, this is the fellow who's just back from a cruise and is definitely buying my big expensive Christmas present this week. I think the overdraft will come at the end of the month, so let's estimate £21.21 in credit. (Quizzie dear, let me know if you look to be in financial difficulty and I'll give you a loan to tide you over) [Big Grin]

[ 02. November 2005, 09:06: Message edited by: Smudgie ]
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
£250,000,000.48

Only having two pounds left in your account, you'll make a trip to a small shop and purchase a £1 lottery ticket and a beef jerky for 52 pence.

Hitting the £250,000,000 jackpot will be so great, you'll write checks to all of the Quiz players who've participated in this round, with the biggest check going to the guy who predicted your massive fortune.

Happy spending.


-Digory
 
Posted by professorkirke (# 9037) on :
 
Come to think of it, I suppose in order to get the £250,000,000 actually into YOUR bank account, the winnings would've had to been closer to £600,000,000. I mean, with American taxes anyway, and I imagine the British system isn't any more lenient!


-Digory
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I like optimists Professor. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
So, Quizmaster, how are the finances? Your round? [Biased]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Sorry All.

I was out enjoying a Bonfire Party last night and it was a good one so I have left it until today to check my finances.

The situation is as follows: I CAN afford to eat.

The Balance as at FRIDAY was £129.80, a tidy sum.

Thanks to the wife, I am not overdrawn.

RESULT: Nutmeg has been priced out of the market.

QUALIFIERS:
Auntie Doris
Custard
Hazey Jane
MrSponge2U
Smudgie

I must now come up with something special for tonight.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
The previous post was submitted before the Quizmaster was sent the bill: for 6 sparkly fire whizzers, 15 supa bangers, 3 catherine wheels (damp squib variety), 4 roman candles, 8 boom rockets, and 5 double deluxe cheeseburgers (with squishy ketchup). Not to mention the 6-pack of Carling. Amount left in bank: 23p.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Fortunately,

"Paying for it" is what friends are for! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
The Balance as at FRIDAY was £129.80, a tidy sum.

And within £7 of what I guessed
[Big Grin]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Quizmaster

quote:

RESULT: Nutmeg has been priced out of the market.

Grumble grumble grumble... You never said that the person furtherest from the truth would be knocked out... [Frown]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND TWENTY ONE: THE CHALLENGE

In this round you have to set a challenge for the other competitors. The answer must be traceable on the internet. Once all the challenges have been set you must do your best to meet the challenge.

You all have until Monday night to set the challenge and PM me the webpage where the solution can be found.

You then have until Friday to meet all the other challenges. PM me your answers once finished.

The person to score fewest correct answers, or in the event of a tie, the last person to do so, will be eliminated.

Also-Rans are welcome to submit challenges as well and these will be used as tiebreakers.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
What an interesting round - I look forwards to this one.

My challenge:

Chaos Mathematics

How do points z=(x+iy) in the Argand diagram behave under iterations of the function

z(n+1) = z(n)^2 - 0.379 + 0.587i ?

I think that's fair...

ETA - QM, is that the kind of thing you were looking for? If it's not, I'm happy to change my challenge.

[ 06. November 2005, 07:45: Message edited by: Custard. ]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Hee hee... I asked Jeeves that question and he offered me the website for B&Q [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
B&Q, if I am right, have a slogan:

"Do It Yourself!"

Is that not right Smudgie? [Biased]
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
quote:
How do points z=(x+iy) in the Argand diagram behave under iterations of the function

z(n+1) = z(n)^2 - 0.379 + 0.587i ?

Okay...I tried...
An equation in the form z(n+1) = z(n)^2 + C, where C is a constant complex number (i.e. -0.379 + 0.587i) form the basis for fractal patterns known as Julia sets. These differ from Mandelbrot set in that C is held constant through the iterative process of calculating values to be plotted in the Argand diagram. Examples of Julia sets can be found here
They are truly beautiful.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
ROUND TWENTY ONE: THE CHALLENGE
You then have until Friday to meet all the other challenges. PM me your answers once finished.

Presumably this also applies to the Also-rans? Surely if the people post their attempts on this thread it's not very helpful (or rather, too helpful!) for the competitors?
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
Oops...Was I not supposed to post answer? I was having so much fun I might have gottten carried away. Go here
once the applet loads select the Algorithm menu and select “Set Julia Value”. This will open a window where you enter -0.379 for Real Value and 0.587 for the Imag Value. Click apply...
 
Posted by R.D. Olivaw (# 9990) on :
 
[Hot and Hormonal] Sorry...someone please zap it before it's widely seen...it's just a topic I get excited about...*sigh* going back to my homework now...
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Charming!

Does that mean I have to set another problem?

And yes, mine was only A-level maths...

[ 06. November 2005, 15:53: Message edited by: Custard. ]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
which native american animal is "Osi". Bonus points if you can name the tribe that calls the animal "Osi".

Assuming that Quizmaster will not give bonus points you can have a smilie [Smile] .
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
Which musical artist, who was a member of a 1970s Contemporary Christian rock band, released a solo album in 1998 which had a title that was the name of a famous Hollywood movie star?
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
There is an Edinburgh based charity which is selling Christmas trees to help generate income to assist homeless people this winter.

What is the name of this charity?
how much would it cost to buy a 6ft tall tree ?
Name the 2 shopping centres where you can collect them.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Which common cooking ingredient is used in the process of making cocaine powder into crack cocaine?

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
OK - here's my replacement one, and it's much less ambiguous than the last one, as well as being easier to understand.

Imagine you have a curved object (e.g. an egg or even a spinning top) rolling around on the floor. What is the technical name for the path it follows on the floor? Not the shape of the path, but the path itself...
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
I would like you to find out the following information:

1) What is the similarity between Edward's Syndrome, Turner's Syndrome, Patau Syndrome and Klinefelter Syndrome in terms of their underlying causes?
2) What is the specific cause of each of the above?
3) Give a list of the some of the characteristics of each condition.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
It wouldn't allow me to edit (too slow!) so, if I may, can I add a 'part b' to the first question: which of those syndromes is the odd one out in terms of its cause?
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
Which common cooking ingredient is used in the process of making cocaine powder into crack cocaine?

Auntie Doris x

You are the reason why it won't let me view this thread at work... Grrr. The system bans drug sites and words...

Tom [Devil] [Devil]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tom Day:
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
Which common cooking ingredient is used in the process of making cocaine powder into crack cocaine?

Auntie Doris x

You are the reason why it won't let me view this thread at work... Grrr. The system bans drug sites and words...

Tom [Devil] [Devil]

Hahahahaha.

I persuaded our IT department that it is essential for me to view such websites [Smile] And then I had to explain to them why I needed to know!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Well it's 10 o'clock and no Smudgie. Does this mean I'm not going to give you a lesson in biology after all?

Hazey [Shocked to reread her challenge and find it rather reminiscent of an evil exam question]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
So does if Smudgie doesn't post a challenge, does that mean that we don't have to bother looking up all the anwers?

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Quite possibly - I think in that instance it would be good to post the answers to our questions on this thread, for enlightenment and edification. I think I can guess what the answer to your one is, Auntie Doris, but I haven't actually attempted any of the challenges properly.

Hazey [Slightly embarrassed by the potential double entendre in her last post that was entirely unintentional [Hot and Hormonal] ]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I'll set a very simple challenge, but am unsure whether I am going to be able to compete any more due to the time restrictions of travelling to and from Dad's nursing home.

Simple challenge - what is the name given to the protective covering on various ropes on a sailing ship which protects the ropes and the sails (note the deliberate avoidance of the correct nautical terminology [Biased] ) from chafing, and how is it made? Please link to a webpage which describes this in simple terms.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
So Hazey, when is the biology lesson? [Two face]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
So the challenges are set, and the first answers are in. I am glad I do not have to do the research. I should be available Friday night to let you all know how you got on.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

I'm gone! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
So, has anybody checked out the stock market game standings recently?

<jj polishes her fingernails...in a very humble way, of course>
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
I should mention that I really like this round. It seems a genuine test of skill, both in setting and in finding answers to the questions. There's a bit of luck, general knowledge and psychology in there too of course.

Oh, and as a science teacher, I'm pleasantly surprised by the number of sciencey ones...

ETA - even if I have spent several hours trying to track down a couple of the answers.

[ 10. November 2005, 06:41: Message edited by: Custard. ]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
So, has anybody checked out the stock market game standings recently?

<jj polishes her fingernails...in a very humble way, of course>

Umm JJ? do tell? what did you do? ( humble but awestruck tone)
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
Umm JJ? do tell? what did you do? ( humble but awestruck tone)

When I posted that, I had risen from 13th to 2nd place!! [Big Grin] (Haven't checked today, yet!)
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Oh. My. Goodness. As of just this minute, I have just seen that I'm in first place with over £2,000,000. Since I'm logged on, I don't know if you'll be able to go here to check it out.

<jj positively has the vapors, because this doesn't happen In Real Life™ >
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Word to Judy:

SELL SELL SELL !!

That should do - even if the stock continues to rise.

Anything that goes up quick can come down quick.

AND

Last call for Smudgie! Last call for Smudgie!

I know you may be visiting your Dad so if you want until midnight then post here now.

Last call for Smudgie!
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
It's been a bit of a busy week and I haven't done so well on this challenge, although I'll agree that this is definitely the type of challenge I like.

The answers I've found so far I've just PM-ed but I haven't done too well so I guess I'll be out this round.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
It's close.

Maybe I should mark it on the Mad Tour board.

Keep watching.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Complete fluke that I came top!

And MS2U - the only way I got yours was following the links from your own website...

Oh, and sorry for setting such a horrible question. I only realised quite how nasty it was on trying to google it myself afterwards.

[ 11. November 2005, 22:12: Message edited by: Custard. ]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
MARKS FOR TASKS

4 Custard
3 MrSponge2U
2 Hazey Jane
2 Smudgie
1 Auntie Doris

So it is a sad goodbye to Auntie Doris who is off to Hertford in the morning.

Qualifiers:
Custard
Hazey Jane
MrSponge2U
Smudgie

Now what can I set for the next round?

Let me see if I can find one of those!
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
*prepares speech*

"I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me from the beginning of this project, my manger, my parents and most of all my trusty cat. Unfortunately my downfall was that I real life crept up on me, and I just generally couldn't be arsed to do anymore googling!! May the best man, or woman win"

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND TWENTY TWO: THE SERMON

You have to write a Sermon that could be read out in church on a Sunday but which brings many of the aspects of the Knockout Quiz so far into reasoned argument.

PM me the Sermons (also welcome from Also Rans) and I will distribute them for marking by all those who submit a sermon.

Timescales: Good work takes time so I shall give you all week and I need the sermons by PM on or before Friday 18th. Marking will be next weekend.

The Sermons will be published for comment and marks will be taken from all competitors and those Also-Rans who submit a sermon.

Good luck to all those who attempt this task.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
I'm still IN?!? [Eek!]

Mr Sponge2U - your challenge was sooo hard. Didn't have a clue and spent ages searching through Amazon's Christian music section to no avail.

An interesting round, I'm just kind of surprised to still be in.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Well lots of luck guys. If I had survived last round, ( and I did try googling some of it but did not have time), I would certainly be out this time. [Disappointed]

Are the results publishes somewhere? Just out of curiousity?

ETA JJ what happened to all that money, you are well down the pack again with less than £ 100.000

[ 11. November 2005, 22:59: Message edited by: Nutmeg ]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Nutmeg, easy come, easy go!! [Big Grin] For a short period of time I was in 13th place for the whole site!

I guess that was my 15 minutes!
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Well JJ at least there were witnesses ( me) and I was totally in awe of you too. [Overused]
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Could the dear chalenge setters, please post the answers to the satisfy us whose curiosity was less than our desire to google for hours.
Hey you never know, you might just end up in a sermon for it.
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
As a member of my family was involved in the Tall Ships, I can remember spending a couple of summer holidays sitting in our lounge with masses of ropes littering the room as we engaged in the manufacture of baggywrinkle
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow:
Could the dear chalenge setters, please post the answers to the satisfy us whose curiosity was less than our desire to google for hours.
Hey you never know, you might just end up in a sermon for it.

The answers that I sent to QM were as follows:

1) (a) They are all caused by having an incorrect number of a particular chromosome. (b) The odd one out is Turner's - all the other syndromes are caused by an extra copy of a particular chromosome ('trisomy'), whereas Turner's is caused by lacking one of the two copies of the X chromosome normally found in females ('monosomy').

2) Edward's Syndrome is caused by possessing three copies of Chromosome 18 (Trisomy 18)
Turner's Syndrome is found in females who lack one of the normal copies of the X chromosome (Monosomy X, or 'XO')
Patau Syndrome is caused by possessing three copies of Chromosome 13 (Trisomy 13)
Klinefelter Syndrome is found in males, and is caused by possession of an extra copy of the X chromosome, in addition to the normal XY.

3) Some examples of the characteristics, and indeed the entire answer, can be found here, although this site is has perhaps got a little too much information to be clear. I quote it as you specified a page on which the answers could be found. There are, however, plenty of more 'accessible' sources of information, easily found by Google, for example:
http://www.turner-syndrome-us.org/resource/faq.html
http://www.trisomy.org/html/trisomy_18_facts.htm
http://www.emedicine.com/ped/topic1745.htm
http://www.healthopedia.com/klinefelter-syndrome/
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
One of the more obscure words I learnt on my rotational body dynamics course at university was the word Herpolhode.

If you have an ellipsoid rolling on a plane, the herpolhode is the path it follows on the plane.

In fact, it can be generalised to any irregular object by representing it as an ellipsoid with the same moments of inertia along its principal axes.

"Simple" link
More complex link, which explains it all... (warning - PDF lecture notes from Harvard - may cause brain to explode)
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
"Which common cooking ingredient is used in the process of making cocaine powder into crack cocaine?"

... and the answer is baking powder/soda. If you want links to a handy website here it is!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
quote:
Which musical artist, who was a member of a 1970s Contemporary Christian rock band, released a solo album in 1998 which had a title that was the name of a famous Hollywood movie star?
Terry Taylor was a founding member and lead singer of the band Daniel Amos, a popular Contemporary Christian rock band during and since the 1970s. As a solo artist in 1998, he realeased an album titled John Wayne
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Thankyou.

Bit of an interesting insight into your hobbies and character I suspect [Biased]

[ 14. November 2005, 05:16: Message edited by: Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow ]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Let's have your sermon Pure as Snow, then you can be one of the judges. [Two face]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Osi-Chickasaw for The Great Eagle.

Quizmaster, aint no way I'm participating this round. I teach math so that I don't have to grade essay's.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Do we get to see these sermons?

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Don't hold your breath waiting for my sermon, I think it highly unlikely that I'll manage to do this challenge this week, with Dad still in the nursing home. Seems a bit of a shame to have to default at this stage of the game - I've never made it this far in the knockout quiz before - but if you don't hear from me you'll know I'm having to allow real life to interfere.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Though it seems like a fun challenge, if I manage to submit anything, it will be very rushed.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Ditto. Don't expect anything from me until the last minute.

Out of curiosity, are any of the remaining competitors clergy and thus at a possible advantage here?!
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Oooh no. Am science teacher. Am not clergy.

Yet.

PS - might be worth checking out people's rough doctrinal standpoint as gleaned from past posts...
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
I'm not clergy either. I have heard a lot of sermons, so I think I can cook up a reasonable facsimilie of one. However, despite my GLE upbringing, I will attempt to keep the "Amens" and "Hallelujahs" to a minimum. [Smile]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
I have quickly cobbled together my sermon so that I can be one of the judges. Are there any more to come?
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Sadly I think this is the point where I have to bow out gracefully. All that work for nothing, Quizzy... the round will be won by default. [Big Grin]
For me, I'm just happy that the reason I'm dropping out is because of good news - my services as post-operative-nursemaid are needed [Smile]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Sorry to hear the bad news Smudge, but glad to hear the good news. As always, life goes on ....

Sermons now appearing in the link following:

The Sermons

Take a look and make your minds up then we will move on.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
WITHOUT FURTHER SEREMONY:

Sermons completed - Qualified
Custard
Hazey Jane
MrSponge2U

Sorry to say farewell and look after your Dad to:

Smudgie
(Just outside the medal placings)
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND TWENTY THREE: ALSO RAN AROUND

In this round each and every Also Ran may pose one challenge to the remaining contestants. I will be posing my own challenge so there will be at least one. The challenges may be posted now or later but not after Wednesday 23rd November.

Contestants should reply to the posers and copy me. I will collect the results of the challenges from each of the posers. Posers please PM me.

All answers should be in by Saturday 27th November and I may need to use Sunday 28th to collate the results but we shall see.

Also Rans are free to take up the challenges set by any of our posers. Go for it all you Also Rans!
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I would like each of the remaining contestants to write a sonnet in honour of the two other contestants.

(Also-rans entering this should choose two other also-rans to extol)

[ 18. November 2005, 21:54: Message edited by: Smudgie ]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I would like the remaining contestants to invent a completely new (and clever) use for barbeque sauce...something that doesn't involve food.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Allow me to sing the praises of all my wonderful fellow also-rans, and to especially call to everyone's attention Smudgie the kind, who has from the beginning given us a "subtle hint" and also rugasaw the bold, who has given us a new word..."Osi". [Overused]

I could go on, but don't want to embarrass y'all! [Biased]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Not very new, although some would say very clever - especially for Jedijudy and to get your creative juices running. [Big Grin]


* NB overly-sensitive bosses may require the double click rule, so click on 'Hot dog accident' when you are ready to view. IMO the mana mana video is much more scary! [Biased]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
For sonnet-writing purposes, may I enquire as to the gender of my two fellow competitors? One doesn't like to assume anything.

[I am a girl BTW [Biased] ]
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
I'm a manly sponge, of course. As you can see on my TV show, I'm an adventurer, a man's man, a sponge's sponge. Don't pay attention to my sig, really, it's all lies. [Biased]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
I suspected as much. Just wanted to be sure. May the best Poriferum win [Razz]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
My challenge to each of the contestants and also-rans is to compose new (Ship of Fools) words to the tune of a famous song about a ship, eg. 'The big ship sails on the alley alley o', 'I am sailing', etc. If you can provide a link to the tune you have used, then even better.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
Not very new, although some would say very clever - especially for Jedijudy and to get your creative juices running. [Big Grin]


* NB overly-sensitive bosses may require the double click rule, so click on 'Hot dog accident' when you are ready to view. IMO the mana mana video is much more scary! [Biased]

Then it's a good thing you didn't hear and see me singing along with "mana mana"!

The hotdog thing was truly interesting [Paranoid] Ah...gee. Thanks? (I laughed and played it twice so D-U could watch, too!)
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Thanks Jedi Judy [Hot and Hormonal]

My challange. What is the next number in the Bodeen sequence.

1,11,21,1211,?

Hint: This is the Jethro Bodeen method of counting.
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
I'd like contestents to compose a short song (using an existing tune) singing the praises of some common, ordinary household item that is rarely noticed, but which serves an important function. Such as a clothes peg, or the handle on a cupboard door.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hazey Jane:
For sonnet-writing purposes, may I enquire as to the gender of my two fellow competitors? One doesn't like to assume anything.

You may enquire.

And if you did, I'd tell you that I'm male.
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
You will probable be aware of the term "Googlewhack"
it is when you put 2 words (both of which should appear in the OED) into google, and only 1 result comes up.

I challenge each contestant to come up with 3 Googlewhacks, 1 when looking for websites, and 2 when looking for images.

Contestants should PM me their results showing which words were selected, as posting those words here would of course result in another website where they can be found, and then they'd no longer be googlewhacks.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
My Challenge to the three remaining contestants is to improve your performance in the share trading game. I shall award the points according to who improves most.

Current Standings:

1 Auntie Doris £100,000 £0 £100,000
1= Moth £100,000 £0 £100,000
1= Smudgie £100,000 £0 £100,000
4 MrSponge2u £94,004 £6,684 £100,688
5 Custard. £90,001 £9,881 £99,883
6 nutmeg £72,042 £28,260 £100,302
7 Marvin the Martian £65,977 £32,050 £98,027
8 DigoryKirke £64,084 £38,030 £102,114
9 Hazey Jane £63,910 £36,014 £99,924
10 Mrs Day £48,956 £51,990 £100,946
11 SOF's Papa Smurf £42,871 £47,839 £90,710
12 Mr Day £16,844 £69,276 £86,120
13 jedijudy £15,977 £81,290 £97,267
14 Quizmaster £762 £96,613 £97,375
15 sharkshooter £169 £89,198 £89,366
16 rugasaw £8 £104,190 £104,198
17 Hennah £0 £92,190 £92,191

Also Rans now have just about two more hours to post any challenge. After that we shall wait for the answers and results.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Oh not that bloody thing again.

Starting to wish she hadn't got involved [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
just a further point to my googlewhack challenge.

Strictly speaking, it is only a googlewhack if Google can find a dictionary link to them.

You will be able to know this because on te results screen, your 2 words will be underlined, in the top right-hand corner (and clicking those words will link to a dictionary definition)

so far I've had 2 cases where 1 of the words wasn't underlined, but I'm being lenient at the moment. [Biased]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Google's dictionary is considerably smaller than the OED.
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
If I recognise the words, they count
If I don't recognise them, but can finda definition, they count.

If it seems you have made the word up, no dice....
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Must say, there are quite a few creative-type questions. All very stretching for a science teacher, a research student and a computer programmer...

Still, gives the rest of you an opportunity to laugh at us, so can't be bad!
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Well as far as the stock game went, we all dropped places:
code:
 1 DigoryKirke         £106,136  
2 rugasaw £104,834
3 nutmeg £100,582
4 Mrs Day £100,486
5 MrSponge2u £100,247
6 Auntie Doris £100,000
6= Moth £100,000
6= Smudgie £100,000
9 Custard. £99,883
10 Hazey Jane £99,603
11 Marvin the Martian £98,197
12 jedijudy £98,107
13 Quizmaster £96,997
14 Hennah £92,191
15 sharkshooter £89,199
16 SOF's Papa Smurf £89,079
17 Mr Day £85,892

A little more time on that one might have been helpful. Ah well.

Mr Quizmaster, we've been working very hard over the last few rounds, but it's been quite a while since we had any points...
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I have had creative replies on my challenge. Perhaps some copyrights should be sought? [Biased]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I am going to have a difficult job with the sonnets - they're absolutely brilliant! I am so impressed. I've had four in total and little to choose between them. Congratulations, wordsmiths - the Bard has little on you!
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
I've had great fun reading - and singing - the entries to my challenge. I hope that soon they may be printed here for your delight and delectation. Meanwhile, sway along with me to the pleasures of the sailor song....
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Oh, how sad I am that my computer has no speakers and I have loaned my headphones to my father. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
So far only Custard has answered mine correctly. He has thus proven he is quite twisted.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Of course I'm quite twisted! [Biased] [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
O.K. The challenges have been attempted.

Can you judges please PM me the results of your deliberations.

I can then determine the two finalists for the ultimate challenge.

Any discussions will take place on the Mad Tour site and an announcement should be available by tonight.

Well done all three of you. [Biased]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
I will be saving my deliberating until my various dependants are all shovelled off to bed and shortly before I am. See you after tea. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
While we wait I think the Sonnet entered by Chorister is worth an airing:

I think your rules mean that I have to copy you the sonnet I have entered for Smudgie's challenge. Although you might not thank me for it [Ultra confused] :

"in honour of the fact that Quizmaster and Tom Day enjoy the occasional pint [Biased] , here is my very free translation of 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' Sonnet no. 18 by Will himself:

Shall I compare you to a brewer's dray?
You are more beery and intemperate:
Foul winds do shake the bedclothes where you lay,
When night time comes, you both stay out too late:
Sometimes too hot the vindaloo contains
And often is their green complexion brimmed;
And everywhere from chair to bed reclines,
Perchance that nature calls when you're unzipp'd;
But your infernal drunkenness is made,
The worst impression of the pair we knowest;
For to Nag's Head you staggered in and paid,
To vow to drink 'til closing time did boast;
So long as men can drink and cross-eyed be,
To stay upright, until you're ninety-three."
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
The votes from the Isle of Wight judges have now been submitted to the umpire and I have run out of chocolate, so I think I shall now retire and see whether I can sleep with all the excitement of anticipation.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Marking now taking place.

Keep your eyes on things.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
BRONZE MEDDLE WINNER : MRSPONGE2U

The Final is a battle of wits between ...

HAZEY JANE
and
CUSTARD

May the best wit make the best fit.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
I'd like to take this opportunity to say that whatever happens, it has been good fun competing and thank you very much to Quizmaster for organising it and for the rest of you for being such good sports.

Oh, and well done Hazey Jane for when you win. [Biased]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
THE FINAL: A DETAILED SUMMARY

The two finalists must now produce a detailed summary of the Knockout Quiz in such a format that it is easy to read and will give me all the answers I would need if anyone were to ask any question about the Knockout Quiz 2005.

Points will be awarded for accuracy and also for originality.

Also Rans, to pick up their point, should PM me any question they think the summary should cover. I shall then use the questions to assess the value of the detailed summaries received from each of the contestants.

You both have until the usual witching hour of 22:00 British Actual Time on Saturday 3rd December to PM me your summary.

Good Luck to the pair of you! [Smile]

[ 28. November 2005, 21:08: Message edited by: Quizmaster ]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Custard.:
I'd like to take this opportunity to say that whatever happens, it has been good fun competing and thank you very much to Quizmaster for organising it and for the rest of you for being such good sports.

Oh, and well done Hazey Jane for when you win. [Biased]

I'd like to echo Custard's comments. Although he has clearly got that last bit wrong. [Razz]
 
Posted by MrSponge2U (# 3076) on :
 
I must congratulate the two finalists. Your wits are quite superior and I applaud you. And many thanks to Quizmaster for putting up with all of this lunacy. [Overused]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Again, for your entertainment while we wait, here are some previous entries - this time the seafaring songs:

This is to the tune of "The Skye Boat Song", (by Custard).

What do we do when at a loose end?
Go to the Ship of Fools.
How many days, weeks, months must we spend,
Here on the Ship of Fools?

Chorister's babes, Quizmaster's crew,
Tatfests and talking mules,
Heaven and Hell, right here for you,
All on the Ship of Fools.

What do we do when at a loose end?
Go to the Ship of Fools.
How many days, weeks, months must we spend,
Here on the Ship of Fools?

The Knockout Quiz, 2k and five,
Many and complex rules,
Who will go out? Who will survive,
Now on this Ship of Fools?

What do we do when at a loose end?
Go to the Ship of Fools.
How many days, weeks, months must we spend,
Here on the Ship of Fools?

---------------------------------------------

And here is Hazey Jane's account of what was really in those ships:

I saw a ship come sailing in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day
I saw a ship come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the Morning.

And what was on that ship so free
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day?
And what was on that ship so free
On Christmas Day in the Morning?

Heaven and Hell and Purgat’ry
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Heaven and Hell and Purgat’ry
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Pray, who sailed on that ship so free
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day?
Pray, who sailed on that ship so free
On Christmas Day in the morning?

Chorister, Rugasaw, Jedi Judy
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Carex and Doris and little Smudgie
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And what did they play competitively?
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day?
And what did they play competitively
On Christmas Day in the morning?

A challenging quiz, intelligently
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
A challenging quiz, intelligently
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And now there are just only three
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And now there are just only three,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

--------------------

And here is the SloopJohnB as you have never heard it before, courtesy of Mr Sponge 2U:

I set sail on the Ship of Fools
Eyeing a treasure of jewels
But an alligator sleeps in front of the stash
So I climbed up to the deck
And I found out, what the heck
There was a party going on

Captain Simon offered me some gin
And Quizmaster invited me in
To play some games of luck and skill
I asked Sine for some advice
And the shipmates were so nice
I’m having such a good time
I don’t want to go home

So hoist of the Ship of Fools sail
With a round of lagers and ale
We’ll all be hunted and caught
By the Orthodox Plot
But we’ll sing and dance the night through

------------------------------------------------

Anyone else wish to share their entries while we wait in suspense for the final nailbiting verdict?
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
No interval would be complete without the wordy summary of all that has gone on before. Yes, that's usually when you go and put the kettle on for a cup of tea. But before you do, pause a while for a moment of thought - brought to you by our own Quizmaster (and then make the cup of tea):

THE ENTRY FROM QUIZMASTER

CIRCUS: TOM DAY PRESIDING

Sir Vice is Son Day

THE SERMON

Life is a series of adventures and today I am going to take you on one of mine.

In the beginning was the quiz and the quiz was with Quizmaster. He was soon joined by a mighty throng all eager to participate in the journey.

The throng gathered at a place called Limerick, and one round
begat another round which begat yet another, much like life in Ireland really is.

As we set off on our journey we took in cities all over the world. Some of the team tried to get as far away from the others as it is possible to get, but we returned at supper time to a healthy meal of fruit and vegetables.

Soon we were passing volcanoes aboard a variety of cruise liners as we visited many African countries before settling down to watch some British Football on television.

Settling into an assortment of American states we found many varieties of Australian Wildlife under an assortment of flags, being monitored by many orbiting satellites.

As we explored the ski resorts we tried to guess the number of ski runs and work out where to place explosive charges to reduce the risk of avalanche.

When things started to settle down we started a number of debates before listening to a variety of strange sounds along with some music and a few videos.

We got on board river and lake boats for an exercise in share dealing which gave us the incentive to make up some new games to while away our time. One of the games had us standing on a plate trying to tip one person off while we had to guess the total left in the bank at the end of the week.

Those still left with us set each other a personal challenge before we were asked to express our experiences in a manner which could benefit others.

I must say that as I set out on the journey I had no idea where it would take me or any of the others but the one thing I can say is that it has been an experience, and I have learned a lot, made new friends, and look forward to recounting the tales over a drink or two for years to come.

Jesus and his friends had adventures around 2000 years ago and these are recalled early on in the New Testament. I like to think that Jesus and Judas can laugh about it all now and I am sure that Jesus has forgiven Judas but the key to the laughter is whether Judas can forgive himself knowing the part that he played in ending the adventure of Jesus. What do you think?

N.B. The expanded version of this sermonette, complete with links by Hazy Jane, can be found here, together with other entries in this round. Now, hurry up, or your cup of tea will be cold......
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Bravo, bravo!

I'm in a Christmas song!! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
I should like to point out that any omissions of Shipmates from my song effort were not designed to exclude - I just could only fit so many in!

Glad you're happy JJ [Smile]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Sorry Custard, I shall have to root for Hazey Jane to take the red ribbon. After all I got included in a christmas song [Big Grin] .
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Even though it said you spent the morning of Christmas Day on the Ship of Fools?

I never did see the point of that song, even if it was well adapted by HJ.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Custard.:
Even though it said you spent the morning of Christmas Day on the Ship of Fools

Doesn't everyone?!

I haven't actually composed my final entry yet. Busy week. I have a feeling I shall be delighting in the position of 'runner up'. But it's been fun [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Don't worry - I haven't started either and it looks like a busy day today.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
What would happen if neither of us got around to it, I wonder?
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
I imagine it would be a draw...
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Not a bad idea at all...
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I imagine Christmas morning I will be on the ship while SSoS is taking her midmorning nap.

Custard, you have a dangerous idea. You both do nothing and therefor both win. Or does one of you submit something while the other does not thinking no one will. [Two face]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
PM'd with just a minute to spare.

Now that's brinksmanship, if I do say so myself. [Ultra confused]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Well, managed to get something done, but how well it scores remains to be seen.

It was kind of a mixture between an attempt at epic poetry and crazed satire on the same genre (like the claiming to all be in iambs forces an anapest instead of an iamb). Oh, with Ian Fleming's famous rule about rereading what's been written thrown in for good measure.

Oh well, it was fun playing [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
And if we're playing brinksmanship, I agreed to go out for dinner with a friend who texted me earlier in the day and only just got back.

Oh, and I managed to insult lots of people in the summary...

[ 03. December 2005, 21:10: Message edited by: Custard. ]
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
What with the sermon, the sonnets and now this, I reckon it'll only be a matter of time till I start dreaming about the progress of the Quiz. [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
At least it should end very soon....
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
You aren't possibly insinuating that you might be tired of playing a game that started FOUR MONTHS ago are you?! [Biased]

Incidently, when was the last KO Quiz and who won it? I've been lurking or posting for about 18 months and don't recall such a thing, but then I was a late convert to The Circus.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Not quite four months (needs another week and a half).

I might have commented on that in my summary...

No idea about the previous ones - did try looking for them when the quiz started but didn't get very far.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Makes me wonder what I'm going to do with my spare time when it's over though.

Wait a minute....
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Well, QM hasn't read my PMs yet. And nobody is here cheering us on from the sidelines.

Oh yeah - it's Saturday night. I guess some people have lives.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Not that you're nervous about it or anything....
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Not nervous, no. Cos I know that you've won. [Razz]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
So why did you bother entering this round? [Razz]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Experience clearly suggests you're better at writing stuff and I'm better at solving ridiculously obscure (and pointless, but fun) puzzles.

But it's bad manners to persuade you you're going to win, so I'll stop.
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hazey Jane:
And nobody is here cheering us on from the sidelines.

Oh yeah - it's Saturday night. I guess some people have lives.

GO HAZEY JANE!

GO CUSTARD!

Sigh... Some of us who are at work wish we could have lives...
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Thank you Carex!

quote:
Originally posted by Custard.:
So why did you bother entering this round? [Razz]

Because I thought that after all this time it would be a bit lame to go out for failing to make an effort.

Let's just see if the haikus help me. Ooh, giving my game away there...
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
Maybe this one would have been more appropriately called the "Dropout Quiz"?
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Thanks Carex.

I guess in some senses I am a dropout, so it kind of fits...
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Oh, for goodness' sake you two - stop telling each other that you're not going to win and play the jolly game! [Roll Eyes] [Roll Eyes] [Roll Eyes]

quote:
Originally posted by Hazey Jane:
Incidently, when was the last KO Quiz and who won it? I've been lurking or posting for about 18 months and don't recall such a thing, but then I was a late convert to The Circus.

It was well over 18 months ago - our esteemed Quizmaster has been rather busy getting married and hunting for a job since then (you know - real life.....) I'm afraid I don't remember who won the last quiz - but I do seem to remember that Babybear featured prominently in it. The Circus probably didn't exist then - I expect it was on the old all-encompassing Heaven board.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
[QB] Oh, for goodness' sake you two - stop telling each other that you're not going to win and play the jolly game! [Roll Eyes] [Roll Eyes] [Roll Eyes]

We have! We've done our bit - got our entries in by the deadline last night. Just waiting for adjudication now...
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
It was well over 18 months ago - our esteemed Quizmaster has been rather busy getting married and hunting for a job since then (you know - real life.....) I'm afraid I don't remember who won the last quiz - but I do seem to remember that Babybear featured prominently in it. The Circus probably didn't exist then - I expect it was on the old all-encompassing Heaven board.

The Circus has now been going for over 2 years - I think the last KO quiz was on The Circus - it was started around 2 years ago - Just after Christmas 2003 I think.

Tom
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hazey Jane:
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
[QB] Oh, for goodness' sake you two - stop telling each other that you're not going to win and play the jolly game! [Roll Eyes] [Roll Eyes] [Roll Eyes]

We have! We've done our bit - got our entries in by the deadline last night. Just waiting for adjudication now...
At least she didn't tell us to get a room...
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
O.K. I am here and the Quiz has ended leaving only the Final Judgement to decide the winner.

As I like both efforts I shall put them up on the Mad Tour board for comment and analysis by the Also Rans.

You can relax as there is nothing more to do.

Thank you one and all for playing the game.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
And thank you once again Quizmaster for organising it.
 
Posted by Pure as the Driven Yellow Snow (# 9397) on :
 
Thanks Quizmaster.

When's 2006 quiz start? (Joking)
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Me? impatient? never! [Big Grin] I was, of course, erm, thinking of the first knockout quiz...... [Biased]

Anyway, while you await the verdict of all verdicts, here - by gracious permission of the Quizmaster himself - are more results from the previous round:

THE SONNETS:

From HAZEY JANE

In response to Smudgie's challenge (in the Elizabethan/Shakespearean style, in iambic pentameter )

O whither do the Sponge and Custard go
When they are not aboard the Ship of Fools?
It is beyond all of us here to know
Without the aid of smart detective tools.
The Sponge: it's said he is an engineer;
While Custard, he prefers to go and teach.
In either job, one has to persevere
And we applaud the industry of each.
But head-to-head in battle they have gone
To see which of them has the finer mind.
Though through the course they have both brightly shone,
Which is the greater, we will shortly find.
One will not win, and he will bear the hurts,
And both, it's hoped, will get their just deserts.


From MRSPONGE2U


This is the sonnet I sent to dear Smudgie in honor of the other fine contestants in the final round of this knockout quiz:

Custard, meeting you would be sweet
It would really be a treat
Better than drinking an Irish Cream
Or an egg filled with Cadbury’s Crème
Alas I cannot write like Longfellow
My pen is much too mellow
But I can say “You’re a Jolly Good Fellow”

Hazey Jane, you shine with magnificent light
Brighter than the Northern Lights
Finer than a dragon queen
Cat woman is not nearly so keen
As a shipmate, your talents are unique
And shine each day of the week
Your avatar is oh so chic!

Thank you
MrSponge2U


From CUSTARD


As progress through this Knockout Quiz has shown,
There are some here of quite uncommon skill,
And it is a great honour to have known
Those of such mind, such knowledge and such will.

The beautiful red lady Hazey Jane
Has stunned us with the brilliance of her thought.
Despite a shaky start, she knows her name
And will not at the end be left with nought.

A little yellow sponge addressed to me
Has mastered every problem that's been set,
And though he lives in fruit beneath the sea,
He seems to have avoided being wet.

I could not hope to beat such a great two.
My round is over, Smudge, it's up to you!

[ 05. December 2005, 08:06: Message edited by: Chorister ]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
From HAZEY JANE

Here the entry I sent to Carex:

---
To the tune of Greensleeves

Alas, my sieve, you do me wrong,
To drain my spuds so sloppily.
Though I have loved you well and long
It’s time to think alternatively:

Green sieve was all my joy
Green sieve was my delight,
Green sieve used to drain my veg
But now it can do nothing right

A colander will serve me well
And leave my food firm and in tact.
It will not bend or warp or tear
But shall stand firm, and that’s a fact

Green sieve was once my friend
But now has failed and been replaced
Green sieve is in the bin
Alongside all organic waste.


From MRSPONGE2U

I sent this answer to Carex:

A song in praise of a very overlooked but essential household item. the Spatula

To be sung to the tune of Veggie Tales: Silly Songs with Sponge

What would I do without my spatula?
What would I do, oh dear?
My eggs would be so runny
And my hamburgers so crusty
Without my spatula to keep them flipped right

Oh where is my spatula,
I can’t swat these files buzzing around my face
And my back itches without something to scratch it
But when I need my spatula most of all is when
I need to stir by pitcher full of tonic and gin.


Thank you very much

MrSponge2U


From CUSTARD

To the tune of "Baa Baa Black Sheep". And yes, I know it's the same tune as "twinkle twinkle", but I'm using the metre from BBBS:

Hey now, dishcloth, why look so distressed?
For my cleaning, you're the best.
Mopping up spillage, cleaning grime,
And managing to do it all in double quick time.
Hey now, dishcloth, why look so distressed?
For my cleaning, you're the best.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
RUGASAW's Challenge: Bodeen Sequence.

From CUSTARD

I don't know about "Bodeen sequence", or who Jethro Bodeen was, though Jethro Bodine was a character in "The Beverly Hillbillies", who was renowned for being a dozen or so cans short of a six-pack.

But the next number in your sequence should be
111221
followed by
312211
then
13112221
and
1113213211
and so on...

CORRECT


The answer from RUGASAW is as follows:

1,11,21,1211, 111221
Do you need to know how it is generated?
Start with 1. The next number is a count of the first number (one 1). The third number is a count of the second number (two 1). the fourth number is a count of the third number (one 2 one 1).


Well done CUSTARD, we should have you on the team to explain some of the Knockout Quiz answers next time around.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
And, finally, JEDI JUDY's Challenge:


From HAZEY JANE

Here is the answer I sent to Jedi Judy:

---
In response to your challenge:

I would construct a complex burglar deterrant system in the style of Heath Robinson. I obviously can't draw it here, but it would involve a large quantity of barbecue sauce being dumped on the burglar upon entering a room, and then a heater/the oven being switched on by a complex set of pulleys, such that the temporarily blinded intruder thinks s/he is about to be barcued and promptly scarpers.

How does that sound?


From MRSPONGE2U

I sent this answer to Jedijudy:

In response to your inquiry about a creative use for BBQ sauce that doesn't involve food:

I would like to announce a new product for the hermits who like to sit out on their patios without being bothered by bugs or by their nosy neighbors coming over.

With the BBQ fly strip, you can catch bugs before they take a swim in your beer bottle and keep people away.

Simply take thin sheets of plastic, cover them in BBQ sauce, really lather it on there, and hang them outside your back door. Any bugs in the immediate area will be attracted to the smell and land on the strips, and they won’t be able to leave. They check in, but they don’t check out. MWAHAHAHAHA! Then, if your neighbors happen to come over and see these strips of dripping Smoky and Sweet sauce peppered with black nasty bugs, they will run away and never bother you again. So you can drink in peace while sitting on your patio and telling the rest of the world to bug off!

Warning: The makers of BBQ Fly strips are not responsible for a sudden invasion of dogs from the immediate area.

Thank you

MrSponge2U


From CUSTARD

Why not use BBQ sauce (especially extra hot barbeque sauce) to power a bottle rocket instead of water? I imagine the fact it's thicker might mean it could cope with a higher pressure and might get a more sudden launch if you got the exhaust design right...

You could then add a camera (and parachute) to the rocket to get good aerial photos of your area.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
I have had a request that we post our final entries here, for the delight (or annoyance?!) of you all. Here is my final effort:

I have decided
To present to you my work
In form of haikus:

The quiz commences:
Players asked to present as
Though an Irish town.

Contestants try to
Find their feet and grasp the rules.
Most are successful.

O, where in the world
Did our Shipmates choose for their
First try? Far and wide

Were the many towns
And cities selected to
Enter into play.

Fifty six began
On the quest, but more than a
Quarter fell at the

First. Perhaps they were
Not au fait with their five
A day? Quizzy courts

Death twice, but survives.
Eruptions prove no problem
For most. Professor

Plots against all his
Fellow contestants but does
Not carry out threat.

Then we all set sail
And have a luxurious
Time away from land.

Where oh where is S’more
Who jumped aboard for the game
But has vanished since?

Next, we head abroad
And compare notes to see whose
Is the biggest. Pants

And Sharkshooter go
To town and split opinion.
Both go through again.

The Beautiful Game
Is our next topic of thought.
Will it be a draw?

No. Doublethink thinks
Twice, and withdraws from the game.
Mad tour site goes odd.

Then we all get in
A State. The mathematicians
Show off their bright brains.

R.D Oliver
Departs at this stage, saving
QM from the sums.

Weird and wonderful
Antipodean critters
Are the next topic.

We fail to save the
Whales, or Pauls, this time around.
Then, we’re sent into

Space, to go round and
Round and round in circles – man
Made and natural.

The rules have evolved
As competition moves on.
Quizzy will take notes,

But fails to stay in
Contention himself, taking
The snow drift with him.

Next, we fly the flag
Of various rainbow states.
Marvin gets the point.

It goes downhill from
Here. Bulgaria is a
Popular option.

Pants removed, we do
Our sums, but Rugasaw’s try
Fails to add up right.

Now onwards, we get
On board another style of
Ship; a warring type.

Fortunately, not
One is hurt. That comes later
When the tangled threads

We weave offend our
Fellow crew, and Carex starts
A war of words in

Hell. All forgotten
Soon though, and Nutmeg’s effort
Continues apace.

Eliminated
Is Ann. Next, we look to hear
And see on the net.

Adverts provide a
Good source of entries. The Prof
Leaves it just too late.

We take to the trade
Floor, don our silly coats and
Pretend we know how

The stock-market works.
Chorister bows out at this
Stage, saving the rest.

We go with the flow
Except for Moth who flies off
Leaving the contest.

All work and no play
Makes QM a dull boy, so
We invent some games

To keep him happy.
Hennah quits, then the balance
Is tipped out of the

Martian’s favour. Next
We guess how thrifty QM
Will be in a week.

Nutmeg is lost and
We turn to each other and
Set hard challenges.

Then we have to preach
What we have practiced before
The Also Rans get

Their turn at setting
Challenges. Now, the final task.
Which Shipmate will win?

[Note: I subsequently PMd QM to ask that the penultimate line be changed to 'Now, the last task', as it was in breech of the rules of Haikus. Which lost me a point, but satisfied the pedant in me!]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
And here's a copy of my final entry, to save Chorister a bit of time.

Just like my sonnet, this is all in iambs
And five of them per line, without enjamb-
ment. If my rhymes are bad, my wording's worse.
Who gives a flying *@#~ - it's lyric verse!

24
So firstly let us mention Hazey Jane
Who reached the final round with her great brain
She's first to enter when it's useful tricks
Though nearly cost her dearly in round 6.
She won the challenge of the also-rans
And added several people to her fans.

Custard.'s the name I take on Ship of Fools
And in this competition I like rules.
My wit is bettered by insanity;
I want to mention Fred, the manatee.

23
In writing this account we can't expunge
The wonderful career of MrSponge
Awarded the Bronze "Meddle" for his feat,
The Also-Rans brought on his last defeat;

22
Or Smudgie the great helpful little auk
Whose subtle hints and oh-so-gracious talk
Made us all hope that she was going to win
But at the last the sermon did her in,
She had no time from caring for her dad
Whose illness makes us all extremely sad.

21
The challenges got rid of Auntie D,
Her problem was that hers was quite easy.
The Sponge's "Terry Taylor" was obscure,
but Custard's crazy answer swept the floor.

20
Here Nutmeg, the eternal optimist,
Made guesses far too early and she missed,
For Quizzy spent his money all too quick
And left poor Nutty there without a lick.

19
The challenge now was how to tilt the plate
But Marvin left his answer far too late.
Perhaps the allegations on his thread
Caused him to leave the Knockout Quiz for dead.

18
The round for posting games on Mad Tour's site
Gave me and maybe others quite a fright.
Smudgie as normal was by far the best,
But Hennah failed to enter, lost the test.

17
We tried to find the best connected brooks
Hen's "village pond" attracted several looks
But at the last Moth's entry was not found
We fear that here she got so wet she drowned.

16 & 15
Chorister failed to enter round sixteen,
Though here the best were those who were most mean,
While Papa Smurf bowed out the round before
As did great Carex (joined by Rugasaw
and JediJudy set round twenty three
to narrow entrants down to two from three.)

14 (& 15)
With great cacophany of sound and sight
Professorkirkie's exit lit the night
He posted fifteen minutes all too late
For Quizmaster already sealed his fate.
His noise and bluster had seemed rather keen,
But it's forgiveable - he's just 14!
Marv helped us with his techie expertise
But then assailed us with a load of sleaze.

13
Unlucky Quizzie nearly lost his place
For getting us to flood this cyberspace
With threads - "The longest wins" had Quizzie cried
Carex's gumption stuck; 'twas Ann who died.

12
The carnage that so nearly here ensued
Was saved by Christianjimmy, JediJude
Who would not shoot and so, disqualified,
They saved the lives of many who'd have died.

11
Eleven brought us luck at adding blind
But Rugasaw made error and declined.

10
Ski runs were now the order of the day
Pants' was too easy so she had to pay.

9
The round with flags would have been hard to judge
The Rogue and Gort though saw it as a drudge.

8
Quizmaster and the Snowman lost some face,
For failing with things whizzing round in space.

7
Rare species now, some from Taronga Zoo
Jonah the Whale sank with Paul W.

6
State capitals brought out our numbers geek
But RD Olivaw's was not unique.

5
The soccer round dealt with our Doublethink.
Did she look twice or did she stop to blink?

4
African Countries our allotted task,
But Annie P and Dolphy failed the ask.

3
To see good Barnie, S'more and Tabby go,
Da_Musicman, Footdoc and Papio
They did not find an ocean-going ship
And so were punished for this fateful slip.

2
As seven failed to name a volcano,
The rules decreed that they now had to go.
But Sharkie and Tom Day, they lingered on.
As Also-Rans, maybe they should have gone.

1
To find a fruit or veg of longest name
And so begin to climb this wall of fame.
Another sixteen fell at this first fence
Was it a failure or good business sense?
The game has gone full quarter of a year
And though we've reached the end, there is yet fear
That it's all fruitless. For to qualify
We wrote a lim'rick, a mere lullaby
And then thought we of cities, big and tall
And as the numbers playing here did fall -
Full fifty-six there were, but now just two -
The problems started small, but how they grew!

But now the end is here - my time is done.
I'll say no more. Hazey, I think you've won.

--
I pointed out that Pânts' name was wrong and not in bold, for which I too lost a point. But then I'm so pedantic I make sure I always use the full stop in my name.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
And so before we pass final judgement there are a few things to attend to ................

MORE SUBJECTIVE JUDGEMENTS:

22 1 1 0 Smudgie For posting entertainment along with her entry
22 1 -1 0 Tom Day Using a Polish word in his post
22 0 1 0 Nutmeg Impressing Tom Day
22 0 0 1 Hennah A valid question
22 1 0 1 Quizmaster You are far too helpful this time around
22 -1 0 0 Quizmaster Using pictures instead of words to express yourself
22 0 0 0 Smudgie For having a cheap computer with old software
22 0 0 1 Tom Day Explaining to Smudgie what she is missing
22 1 1 1 Nutmeg Making us all feel better about downloading plug-ins
22 0 1 1 Custard It is a very diverse world out there
22 1 0 0 Smudgie I have never known Smudgie to miss out on something
22 0 0 1 Custard For good advice to be patient
22 1 1 -1 Quizmaster For that Roll On Sunday Animation thing
22 1 1 1 Carex For determination and letting us know how big Judy's clip is
22 1 0 0 Smudgie For watching a video clip without sound or vision
22 1 1 1 Jedijudy For enjoying the quiz as much as I do
22 1 0 1 Hazey Jane For getting all excited as we get near the climax
22 1 1 -2 Nutmeg You are my type of girl Nutmeg
22 1 2 0 Hazey Jane Playing the helpless schoolgirl to good effect
22 0 1 1 Nutmeg Helpful advice for the other competitors
22 -1 -1 -1 Auntie Doris And it's not for the first time is it?
22 0 1 0 Nutmeg Taking the Quiz seriously (researching)
22 1 1 1 Marvin the Martian Short sharp and to the point
22 1 1 1 Nutmeg More helpful advice for others
22 1 1 1 Nutmeg You must be a professional by now
22 2 2 -1 Da_Musicman For an unwarranted interjection but I like it
22 1 -1 2 Sharkshooter For volunteering to hold up the rest of us
22 1 1 1 Nutmeg Having sympathy for an old fool
22 0 -1 0 Sharkshooter I am sure you were last when we last played this
22 1 -1 1 Tom Day It is a young man's game this cut and thrust
22 1 -1 0 Hazey Jane Women are supposed to have feelings though
22 1 1 1 Marvin the Martian Having fun is what it is all about
22 0 -1 1 Sharkshooter Pointing out the benefits of tactical manouevres
22 0 1 0 Hennah For getting signed up
22 0 1 0 Custard Doing nothing is the smart move
22 1 1 1 Moth Showing the benefit of experience
22 0 1 0 Hazey Jane You might well be right
22 0 1 -1 Smudgie Not playing the game
22 1 1 2 Sharkshooter For posting up the intermediate table
22 1 2 0 Nutmeg For being the only person to make a profit
22 0 0 -1 Quizmaster For reminding Sharkshooter what a loser he is

23 0 1 -1 Sharkshooter Encouraging others to waste their money
23 1 -1 0 Ann There has been a stock market crash since then
23 0 0 0 Tom Day Hey, Teacher, Leave those kids alone (Floyd)
23 1 1 0 Hazey Jane Ever the optimist which is what we want
23 1 0 0 Rugasaw And you think us British DO?
23 0 1 0 Jedijudy Know your own limitations
23 1 1 1 Nutmeg Giving advice on how to choose shares
23 0 -1 0 Papa Smurf For letting Real Life get in the way
23 1 1 0 Annie P It is nice to see a familiar face
23 1 0 0 Nutmeg Have you heard the track 'Suicide' by Barclay James Harvest?
23 1 0 1 Annie P More advice to the uninitiated
23 2 1 0 Hazey Jane Love that picture Hazey
23 1 0 0 Nutmeg Bringing the feminine thought to the photo
23 1 1 1 Sharkshooter Keeping us all informed
23 1 0 -1 Smudgie That is SUCH a bad photograph
23 1 0 0 Moth Appearing from out of the portfolio
23 1 1 1 Sharkshooter Telling the truth as it is
23 1 0 0 Smudgie And there is the picture of Moth
23 0 1 0 Sharkshooter She shall be cast into the gnashing of teeth alright
23 1 0 0 Carex It is all part of our attempt to bring culture to this board
23 0 1 -1 Custard Who WILL be the richest person in the graveyard
23 0 1 0 Carex For having a mind of her own
23 -1 2 0 Sharkshooter A perfect response
23 1 -1 1 Moth Appealing to my non-existent better nature
23 1 -1 0 Ann It's that little niggle that keeps Christianity so vibrant
23 1 1 -3 Hennah For blatantly boosting the price of her shares massively
23 1 1 1 Hazey Jane For working out where to find men you need them
23 2 -1 -1 Rugasaw Now THAT would be a very easy task. Each trade costs.
23 1 -1 1 Quizmaster So making money is NOT that easy after all
23 0 0 1 Marvin the Martian Posting the latest standings
23 -1 -1 -1 Tom Day Still trying it on - You have to admire his persistence
23 0 -1 0 Hazey Jane ALL the rivers and lakes must be named
23 1 -1 1 Ann For moving her lake from Finland to Russia
23 1 1 1 Ann For that satellite picture
23 1 0 0 Nutmeg Plead successful
23 1 -1 0 Hennah Village Pond qualified as there was a non entry

24 0 0 1 Smudgie For a soothing comment
24 0 1 0 Rugasaw Nice slap on the wrist
24 1 0 0 Quizmaster Poor use of the English language
24 1 0 0 Smudgie Where else would you find a moth?
24 0 1 0 Marvin the Martian It did need a little push to get it going
24 0 -1 0 Auntie Doris Yes it IS bad
24 0 -1 0 Nutmeg Well everybody else managed
24 0 0 1 Hazey Jane Support for Nutmeg
24 0 0 1 Nutmeg Dutiful thanks to Quizmaster
24 0 1 0 Smudgie Thoughtful analysis with the right choice
24 -1 -1 -1 Moth For never letting us know about Botticelli
24 1 0 0 Hennah For the ability to polish her brain
24 0 0 1 Hazey Jane Helpful advice
24 0 2 0 Custard For seeing off Marvin the Martian
24 0 -1 0 Chorister For going on a mad tour without telling us
24 0 1 1 Smudgie Thankyou for clarifying the situation
24 0 1 -1 Custard What are you on about? I would have guessed!
24 0 1 0 Nutmeg The sensible thing is to just get on with it
24 0 1 1 Rugasaw For offering to take your money
24 0 -1 0 Custard As 0=360 I meant between 1 and 360
24 1 0 0 Moth In that case we are glad too
24 0 1 1 Papa Smurf On the button again P.S.
24 0 0 1 Hazey Jane Good sound advice
24 0 1 0 Custard YOU WIN
24 0 1 0 Jedijudy The smartest of all
24 2 0 0 Pure as Snow NO
24 1 0 0 Nutmeg For her ability to count
24 0 1 1 Sinisterial Thankyou for that helpful tip
24 0 1 0 Custard For a correct assumption
24 1 0 0 Custard Nice pedancy
24 1 0 0 Rugasaw They know me too well
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
TOP OF THE TABLES:

SMART ALECS
20 Custard
20 Marvin the Martian
17 Carex
17 Smudgie
14 Hazey Jane
14 Rugasaw


HELPFUL LIBRARIES
21 Smudgie
17 Marvin the Martian
16 Carex
15 Papa Smurf
13 Sharkshooter
12 Custard
12 Hazey Jane

ORIGINAL SWINGERS
32 Smudgie
24 Chorister
24 Hazey Jane
22 Marvin the Martian
20 Quizmaster
18 Jedijudy
18 Nutmeg
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
And so before we pass final judgement there are a few things to attend to ................

MORE SUBJECTIVE JUDGEMENTS:

22 0 0 0 Smudgie For having a cheap computer with old software

Oh but QM, it has such a lovely keyboard [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Final Subjective Judgements:

25 0 -1 0 Professorkirke For bringing taxes into the conversation
25 0 0 1 Nutmeg In support of the professor
25 1 0 0 Hazey Jane I survive - thankyou for asking
25 1 0 0 Chorister Well it did cost £15 for the one firework I bought
25 0 0 -1 Quizmaster Is that why you have no friends?
25 0 -1 0 Custard Pride always comes before the lion
25 1 0 0 Nutmeg True, but sometimes I assume intelligence
25 1 0 0 Smudgie I actually DID laugh when I read that
25 0 -1 0 R.D.Olivaw Almost spoiling the fun
25 0 0 1 Hazey Jane Good point Hazey
25 1 0 0 R.D.Olivaw Thanks for the link, enjoy your homework
25 1 -1 0 Custard It would be a good idea if you did
25 1 0 0 Tom Day Most entertaining - My work bans the SHIP
25 1 0 0 Tom Day Now why do I NEED the SHIP for work purposes?
25 1 0 0 Hazey Jane Always ready and champing at the bit
25 0 -1 0 Auntie Doris You should know the answer by now
25 1 0 0 Hazey Jane I had better not say what that post did for me
25 1 0 0 Rugasaw A man after my own heart
25 1 0 0 Quizmaster That's the wrong sort of going
25 0 -1 0 Jedijudy Boasting about short term unrealised gains
25 0 0 1 Custard Thankyou for that comment Custard
25 0 0 1 Nutmeg In support of Jedijudy
25 1 0 0 Jedijudy Is that the first time you have been in the lead?
25 0 0 1 Quizmaster Good advice for Jedijudy
25 0 0 1 Custard A really friendly player
25 1 0 0 Auntie Doris Nice departing speech
25 0 -1 0 Hazey Jane For being surprised
25 0 0 1 Nutmeg Friendly support from a lost friend
25 0 -1 0 Jedijudy You should have sold quickly
25 0 0 1 Nutmeg In support of Jedijudy
25 1 0 0 Pure as Snow A perfectly reasonable request

26 1 0 1 Smudgie First with the answer to Snow's request
26 0 0 1 Hazey Jane The answer that Snow required
26 0 0 1 Custard Continuing the need for answers
26 0 0 1 Auntie Doris Another answer
26 0 0 1 MrSponge2U Yet another answer
26 0 0 1 Pure as Snow Thanks where it is due
26 0 0 1 Rugasaw The Osi answer
26 1 0 0 Auntie Doris I hope you do
26 1 0 0 Smudgie Fair warning of real life creeping in
26 0 -1 0 Custard A weak excuse
26 0 -1 0 Hazey Jane Copycat excuses make me MAD
26 1 0 0 Custard If he teaches science he cannot be religious!?
26 0 1 0 MrSponge2U Denying any clerical ability
26 0 0 1 Smudgie Pleased to hear that Smudgie
26 0 0 2 Jedijudy In praise of Smudgie and Rugasaw
26 1 0 0 Chorister Nice link
26 1 0 0 Hazey Jane For asking a question about sex
26 0 0 1 MrSponge2U Answering the question
26 0 2 0 Hazey Jane Because I had to look porifera up
26 0 0 1 Jedijudy In support of chorister
26 0 0 1 Custard For replying to the sex question
26 1 -1 -1 Hazey Jane For that petulant outburst
26 0 0 -1 Papa Smurf You are being a bit hard there
26 0 0 1 Custard A very good point
26 0 1 0 Papa Smurf A nice way of coming to a compromise
26 1 1 1 Custard Laughter is the best medicine - Always
26 0 0 1 Hazey Jane Thankyou for that table Hazey
26 1 0 0 Jedijudy Not the ones I read I don't think
26 0 0 1 Smudgie Thankyou for being impressed but I agree
26 0 0 1 Chorister We will perform them during the Mad Tour 2006
26 1 0 0 Smudgie Me too - Lost the driver disk for my sound card
26 1 1 0 Rugasaw Backhanded compliments are the best ones
26 0 1 0 Custard Acknowledging his own inner twist
26 0 0 1 Smudgie Informative information at a critical time
26 1 0 0 Quizmaster Airing the ode of an Also Ran
26 2 0 0 Chorister Nice One
26 0 0 1 Smudgie Chocolate? Did you mention chocolate?

27 0 0 1 Custard A nice little interlude
27 0 -1 0 Hazey Jane False modesty is quite unnecessary
27 0 0 2 MrSponge2U A fond farewell to our bronze medalist
27 0 0 1 Chorister Helping the thread along
27 0 0 1 Chorister Helping it some more
27 1 0 0 Jedijudy For celebrating her inclusion in the song
27 0 0 1 Hazey Jane I think we knew that really
27 0 0 1 Rugasaw In support of Hazey Jane
27 1 -1 0 Custard Does a song need a point?
27 0 -1 0 Hazey Jane More excuses
27 0 -1 0 Custard Copycat excuse
27 2 1 -2 Rugasaw Winding the two of them up
27 0 1 0 Hazey Jane Getting her entry in on time
27 0 0 1 Custard Also getting the entry in on time


At this point the release of pressure shows as our two finalists break into conversation.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
FINAL TABLES

Helpful Librarians
26 Smudgie
20 Custard
17 Marvin the Martian
16 Carex
15 Hazey Jane
14 Papa Smurf
13 Sharkshooter
12 Nutmeg


Original Swingers
36 Smudgie
29 Hazey Jane
28 Chorister
22 Marvin the Martian
22 Quizmaster
21 Jedijudy
19 Nutmeg
18 Rugasaw
17 Pure as Snow


AND THE MAIN EVENT:

The Smart Alec Award
20 Marvin the Martian
17 Carex
17 Custard
17 Smudgie
16 Rugasaw
12 Hazey Jane
12 Tom Day
10 Nutmeg
10 The Rogue
9 Jedijudy
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Well done to Smudgie, Marv and Smudgie again.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
AND THE MAIN EVENT:

The Smart Alec Award
20 Marvin the Martian

17 Carex
17 Custard
17 Smudgie
16 Rugasaw
12 Hazey Jane
12 Tom Day
10 Nutmeg
10 The Rogue
9 Jedijudy

Oh yeah. [Cool]

Who da man! [Big Grin] WHO DA MAN!!! [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

And I didn't even post for the last four or five pages!
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Runner up : Silver Meddle : HAZEY JANE
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Hooray, hooray, I'm finally an original helpful swinging librarian, even if I'm not such a smart alec as Marvin (but then I knew that anyway [Biased] ) [Big Grin] [Yipee] [Big Grin]

I'm glad it's not me who has to choose between the two finalists - what fantastic summaries! I'm well impressed. A toast to you both (with real butter and bramble jam).
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Runner up : Silver Meddle : HAZEY JANE

Well, there's a turn up for the books!

Very well done Hazey - looks as if you were right after all! You were a very good competitor.

[ 05. December 2005, 21:21: Message edited by: Custard. ]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
But for adding the round numbers -

I do love nice round numbers .....

THE WINNER OF THE KNOCKOUT QUIZ 2005


CUSTARD
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Hoorah, Hoorah! Congratulations Hazey Jane for silver medal and Custard for Gold. Well done both of you, especially Custard. I expect this great accolade to be reflected in your sig forthwith.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Well, um, I didn't have a speech prepared or anything as I wasn't really expecting to win.

I guess I'd like to thank everyone really. Especially Quizmaster for organising everything, and Hazey Jane, MrSponge2U and all the other competitors for making it so difficult for me. Oh, and Smudgie for being so helpful - I kept using your sig to find the MadTour boards right up until yesterday. Even if you did cheat in Round 14. Of course, I probably ought to thank my parents as well, and God, I always ought to thank God. All of us should really.

I guess that's probably about everything I have to say, except that I'm sure there are lots of people out there who deserve it a lot more than I do, especially Hazey, Smudgie and all those people who didn't even bother entering because they had an idea of how much time it was going to take.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
A very worthy winner. Well done Custard. [Big Grin]

Well played - it's been great fun. And thank you to QM for all his hard work. [Overused]

[ 05. December 2005, 21:29: Message edited by: Hazey Jane ]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
[Overused] Good game. Good game. [Overused]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
I expect this great accolade to be reflected in your sig forthwith.

Behold.
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Custard.:
If looking for someone who's flustered,
Then look no further than Custard.
He'll take and he'll give
With a brain like one of those meshy things you drain rice in which are always a nightmare to wash up
There's no chance that he'll cut the mustard.

Oops [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Very well done to everyone involved.
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
In tribute of the Quiz, QM, the Champion, and with sincere apologies to Rudyard Kipling:

If
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and leaving at round two,
If you can trust your posts when Shipmates doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
For Quizzy to turn up and start a round
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
Just call to Hell and let rumours abound! [Biased]

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master,
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Smudgie and Chorister
And treat those two tough challengers the same;
If you can bear to hear the post you’ve written
Twisted in judgement on the Ship of Fools,
Or watch the things you gave your day to, broken,
Because you once forgot to read the rules:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And not lose all by gambling with the stocks,
If you can stay in for a worthy innings
And keep your boat protected at the docks;
If you can force your brain and nerve and sinew
To serve you when your will to play has gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the force which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk in rhyme, sonnet and haiku,
Or compose sermons, limericks and such,
If neither flags, nor nations do confound you;
And you don’t find mathematics all too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minutes
With four months worth of silliness and fun,
Yours is the Ship and everything that's in it,
And, what’s more, you’ll be the quiz champion my son!
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
kudos to Hazey and Custard. [Overused]

I am glad that the two of you took gold (way to go Custard) and silver (I was right there rooting for you [Frown] ).

Thank God I did not have to participate over the final several rounds. It was great fun participating when I felt like it.

Great job Quizmaster. [Axe murder] for future quizes.
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
Congratulations Custard.

I'll keep this thread open for a few more days, then will close it. Don't worry - I will warn people before deleting it and will save a copy myself to my hard drive.

It has been a good long quiz.

Tom Day
Circus Host
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
WooHoo Custard. and Hazey Jane! [Yipee] Great job, both of you...and to MrSponge2U, well done!

Many, many thanks to dear QM for hosting another outstanding KOQuiz. It was great fun! [Big Grin] (I'm looking forward to the next one!)


A short note about the last KOQ for those who were asking, it was over two years ago, as that was when we had teams. I was on the wonderful JediDragon team, and was able to meet my teammate Welsh Dragon at the International Meet in Colorado June 2003... after the quiz was over. (I have to use referrence points like that for everything...my old, tired brain.) [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Carex (# 9643) on :
 
Congratulations to those who survived to the end, as well as thanks to those who helped to make it interesting along the way.

It certainly did have some exciting moments...
 
Posted by Hazey Jane (# 8754) on :
 
Yes, your thread being one of them!

Is QuizMaster going to come along and close proceedings perhaps? Give us some sage words before we give the quiz a rest for the year?

Come on QM - how was it for you? [Biased]
 
Posted by Custard. (# 5402) on :
 
Like the sig, Hazey [Smile]

But there's no way I feel I could claim that title! I mean, only 1760-odd posts over two years or so...
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
Let's go to Limbo - as an example of what a good Circus thread should be.
 


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