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Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
The adventure known as "The Knockout Quiz" starts here for 2008.

There are some examples in LIMBO if you want to know what you are letting yourself in for.

The rules are simple but some of the competitors are not as you will find out.

What you need to know:

1) I pick a category and you make a choice.

2) Some choices are better than other choices.

3) The person making the worst choice is OUT.

To enter the competition this year I am asking you to pick a film (favourite or otherwise) and add a brief description of the plot in 10 words or less.

YOU MAY NOT PICK A FILM THAT IS ALREADY LISTED.

Points will be awarded for:

1) SMART Comments
2) ORIGINAL Comments
3) HELPFUL Comments
4) OTHER Comments (to be determined)

Nobody will be knocked out while we collect entrants.

As I am playing alongside you all my entry is:

ROCKY

"Loser with no hope gets his girl and becomes famous."

[ 05. April 2009, 13:45: Message edited by: Wet Kipper ]
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
WALL-E

Self-propelled dustbin develops attachment to flying flower-pot thereby saving humanity.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:

add a brief description of the plot in 10 words or less.

(shouldn't it be '10 words or fewer'? [Big Grin] )


'The Italian Job':

Caine hatches devious plan.
Bullion heist goes wrong.
The end.
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Isn't it fantastic to be starting again ? I hope the newbies get the hang of it and join in. I'll be as helpful as I can. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
Titanic

Iceberg sinks ship.
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
THE PLAYER

"Hollywood studio executive murders a screenwriter. It's a comedy!"
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
THE USUAL SUSPECTS

Cripple tells a cop a story. Is it all true?

---

Yay! KOQ is back!

Newcomers should be warned that it's helpful to be smart for this game, but it's smarter to be helpful.
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
Mamma Mia - lot's of "singing" and "dancing" plot doesn't matter!!

Looked in limbo at last years quiz and still not quiet sure what i've let myself in for!!
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
Saving Private Ryan

Lots of people die, messily.
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
Jaws

Shark attacks on screen, while music scares the audience.
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Nobody will be knocked out while we collect entrants.

Two questions about this:

Does this mean that someone will be knocked out the moment entries are closed, or is this round a freebie?

When will entries close?


Amadeus

Mozart plays, composes, carouses and dies prematurely. Salieri claims responsibility.
 
Posted by Rugmaker (# 10728) on :
 
I love this game!

Jaws

Shark eats lots of swimmers then gets killed.
 
Posted by Caty. (# 11996) on :
 
The Day after Tomorrow:

"Cold, isn't it?"
"Doomed! We're all doomed!"
"No, we're--" (thud)

[ 03. September 2008, 09:32: Message edited by: Caty. ]
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Rugmaker:
Jaws

Ahem...
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
YOU MAY NOT PICK A FILM THAT IS ALREADY LISTED

Is someone who has done so is allowed to amend their entry when advised of their error?
 
Posted by Rugmaker (# 10728) on :
 
Well that's a good start then!

I'll try again:

Jaws 2

More sharks, more scary music, same result.
 
Posted by fletcher christian (# 13919) on :
 
Born Free
Cute cubs . Cheesy music plays...they never come back
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
Gone With the Wind
Hoop dresses. War. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
The Knockout Quiz

QM entertains many people with odd assigments and quixotic decisions.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
Is that really a film, Gwai?

Although interestingly, I just put "knockout quiz" into google, and this thread is the first link returned by the search. You're famous, Quizmaster! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
Well, if it is a film, it's an adventure. We'll see if QM approves, but even if he doesn't, he can't knock me out for that unless he changes the rules [Biased] *

*Which of course he can certainly do.**

** Of course I could also end up with a million negative wisdom points for this post.
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
Sling Blade

Simple man gets released, gets baptized, commits murder.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Surfing Madness:
looked in limbo at last years quiz and still not quiet sure what i've let myself in for!!

Neither are those of us who have previously participated.

Arsenic and Old Lace
People die. Serial killers go free. Busted a gut laughing.
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
Xavier
Makes
Everything
Nice
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ephemera:
Gone With the Wind
Hoop dresses. War. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

Just trying to be helpful (I hope), but that looks like 11 words to me.
 
Posted by East Price Road (# 13846) on :
 
Wings Of Desire

Angels fly above, give comfort - one comes down to Earth.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
The Seventh Seal

The Bergman classic
Existential Swedish fayre
The Reaper plays chess
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gwai:
Well, if it is a film, it's an adventure. We'll see if QM approves, but even if he doesn't, he can't knock me out for that unless he changes the rules [Biased]

He can't knock you out, but there's an argument you haven't put yourself in yet either, IYSWIM, by not posting a movie.

For as our Lord said once in a parable, all were invited to the knockout quiz, but when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a guest there who had not selected a movie, and he said to her, “Friend, how did you get in here without a movie?” And she was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind her hand and foot, and throw her into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” For many are called, but few are chosen.’
 
Posted by PanamaJack (# 13907) on :
 
Trains Planes & Automobiles

Home for Thanksgiving the scenic route,with emotional baggage
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hart:
quote:
Originally posted by Gwai:
Well, if it is a film, it's an adventure. We'll see if QM approves, but even if he doesn't, he can't knock me out for that unless he changes the rules [Biased]

He can't knock you out, but there's an argument you haven't put yourself in yet either, IYSWIM, by not posting a movie.

For as our Lord said once in a parable, all were invited to the knockout quiz, but when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a guest there who had not selected a movie, and he said to her, “Friend, how did you get in here without a movie?” And she was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind her hand and foot, and throw her into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” For many are called, but few are chosen.’

Honestly, I figured I'd go for brinksmanship and either I'd succeed or I'd fail drastically. Still, maybe I'd better pack a lantern and some oil [Biased] .
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Has everyone been here yet?

Star trek XI

Oh no, not again!
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
Clue

dhvmznfgre, ba gur fuvc, jvgu uvf nqwhqvpngvba.


(Lrf V xabj, V unira'g sbyybjrq gur ehyrf. Jul fubhyq guvf lrne or nal qvssrerag?)

And the rot13 sets in early this year.
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Rogue:
Has everyone been here yet?


I was just wondering if anyone knew how important this is? I've been to register, but my e-mails not working so can't get the activation code.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
A very important website indeed, but remember to wear your sunglasses. [Cool]
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Doublethink:
Isn't it fantastic to be starting again ? I hope the newbies get the hang of it and join in. I'll be as helpful as I can. [Big Grin]

Clearly this link was too subtle ...
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
quote:
Originally posted by ephemera:
Gone With the Wind
Hoop dresses. War. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

Just trying to be helpful (I hope), but that looks like 11 words to me.
[Hot and Hormonal] How about this:

Gone With the Wind
Hoop dresses. War. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a."

eta: sorry. math was never my strong suit.

[ 05. September 2008, 08:37: Message edited by: ephemera ]
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Are words like don't actually two words joined up? If so then several posters may fall foul of the 10 word rule.

What is the definition of a word? How will Quizmaster interpret this one?

I love this quiz. [Razz]
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Surfing Madness:
quote:
Originally posted by The Rogue:
Has everyone been here yet?


I was just wondering if anyone knew how important this is? I've been to register, but my e-mails not working so can't get the activation code.
Perhaps not important as scoring only results from posts here but definitely fun and you may pick up some clues. Or they may be red herrings.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
New people wondering whether to join in or not would do well to have a peep in Limbo at the old Knockout Quiz threads:

2005

2006

2007
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
But if you follow these links and still don't have a clue as to what's going on please don't see that as a barrier to entry.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Some of us who participated in those quizzes still don't have a clue to what's going on.

If don't counts as two words then the hyphens surely would to. Like flower-pot. Thank God the rules are made as we go and can be bent by the person giving points.
 
Posted by Paddy O'Furniture (# 12953) on :
 
All That Jazz

Life of womanizing, pill-popping choreographer. Several heart attacks. Meets God/Angel?
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paddy O'Furniture:
All That Jazz

Life of womanizing, pill-popping choreographer. Several heart attacks. Meets God/Angel?

...so where's the math police now, eh?
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
Prairie Home Companion: the movie

Theater sold. Last show. Some jokes. Death stalks us all.

[ 06. September 2008, 01:40: Message edited by: Geneviève ]
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
Citizen Kane

Who the hell is Rosebud?
 
Posted by Golden Key (# 1468) on :
 
Quizmaster, a gassho bow to you.
[Overused]
and to all participants.

"Murder On The Orient Express".
They all did it!

Refdesk.com is a helpful site. I recommend navigating it via the site map.
 
Posted by Wet Kipper (# 1654) on :
 
Hostly ahem

1 - no links in punctuation or in smilies. Any links posted must give reference to what they link to.

2- the rules about posting in English still apply, so no posting in code either, please

Wet Kipper
Circus Host
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Yay! I was just wondering last week if QM was going to be brave and quiz us again!

Hmmm, which movie? Oh! I know!

Return of the Jedi

Luke's a Jedi and saves his Dad. Palpatine's dead!!!

Well, I could have picked another movie, but where else would you get your groan fix for the day? [Biased]
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Oh sorry WK, I nicked that ploy from a limbo'd KOQ thread.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Wet Kipper:
Hostly ahem

1 - no links in punctuation or in smilies. Any links posted must give reference to what they link to.

2- the rules about posting in English still apply, so no posting in code either, please

Wet Kipper
Circus Host

Since I did not notice any smilies with links* and the only obvious code I thought was properly done, either I am daft or is this a preemtive hostly strike. Come on Wet Kipper, you know we would never do anything like that. We are upfront and straight foward people. Oops, I forgot you usually play with us. Never mind. [Biased]

*You can put links in smilies? I must remember never to try that. [Razz]
 
Posted by AndyS83 (# 14011) on :
 
E.T.

Alien befriends man, man betrays alien, alien goes home
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Wet Kipper:
Hostly ahem

1 - no links in punctuation or in smilies. Any links posted must give reference to what they link to.

2- the rules about posting in English still apply, so no posting in code either, please

Wet Kipper
Circus Host

Firstly, I am sorry Wet Kipper.

Secondly, my second coded sentence has a delicious irony with your post. Thankyou.
(Lrf V xabj, V unira'g sbyybjrq gur ehyrf. Jul fubhyq guvf lrne or nal qvssrerag?) decoded with rot13 becomes (Yes I know, I haven't followed the rules. Why should this year be any different?). [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
In a break with tradition the first points are available before we actually start the quiz.

Points Allocation
 
Posted by comet (# 10353) on :
 
am I too late?

Asteroid

Thud.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I don't think we've officially finished this round, so I believe you are right on time, comet! [Smile]

I think comet should get points for brevity!
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
While we are still collecting entrants:

INTERMEDIATE ROUND

You have to pick one of the other competitors in this quiz, and obviously they cannot have been chosen at the time you post your entry.

Examine this post again to determine or unlock the clues to extra smart points.

Listen to the nightingale as you sit in your wicker chair talking to an American sailor about a 1904 Darracq.

Good Luck at this stage and I hope to start the real KNOCKOUT after the weekend.
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
<Grabs Pokeball>

Hart: I choose you! Biblical allusion attack, now!
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
Well, if you're asking, I'm mimicking Herod's step-daughter.

I pick Mertseger.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I am obviously too tired to qualify for smart points.
I pick the pilgrim!
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I pick rugasaw. He seems like an interesting figure.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
I choose Geneviève. And here's why: http://www.donbrockway.com/Genevieve's%20History.htm

Sorry about the lame link. I tried (no kidding) a dozen times to make the URL work but for some reason the instant UBB code is not helping me out at all tonight. [Frown]
 
Posted by Golden Key (# 1468) on :
 
I choose shipmate Comet, because comet Borrelly was discovered in 1904.
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
I pick PanamaJack, it's a long shot but from his film choice he might know something about a 1904 Darracq!!
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
Quizmaster conundrum
quote:
You have to pick one of the other competitors in this quiz, and obviously they cannot have been chosen at the time you post your entry.
I would do so.

But if I were to post their name, then they would be chosen at the time I posted it which clearly contravenes the rules.

But if I don't post their name, then no one knows who I picked, and that contravenes the rules.

So instead, I will bribe QM with some wine mixed with iocane powder. And then get involved in a land war in Asia.
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
I pick Geneviève, because she is a 1904 Darracq.

Geneviève says she is confused.
I'm confused.
We make a good pair.
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ephemera:
I pick Geneviève, because she is a 1904 Darracq.

True, but chicklegirl got there first, which apparently means you're not allowed to.

I pick Paddy O'Furniture, which is an awful pun suggesting a wicker chair or similar.
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
I pick rugasaw.

I like the lateral thinking, but didn't Quizmaster say you had to pick one of the other competitors?
 
Posted by Rugmaker (# 10728) on :
 
I pick Quizmaster on the unwise assumption that he understands his own clue.
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Listen to the nightingale as you sit in your wicker chair talking to an American sailor about a 1904 Darracq.

I think there are 4 clues in this sentence, and it looks like we've got them all between us, although 2 people either haven't realised or are trying to be subtle.

The nightingale probably refers to Gilberto Gil's song of the same name, hence comet.

I think the wicker chair is Paddy O'F, as previously stated.

The American sailor is Panama Jack.

The 1904 Darracq is Genevieve.

Of course, Quizmaster advised us to examine the whole post again, so there may be other clues.

[Added link]

[ 10. September 2008, 08:22: Message edited by: The Great Gumby ]
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
Or does Nightingale equal chorister due to golden nightingale choir competition?
 
Posted by Caty. (# 11996) on :
 
I pick Doublethink
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
[Replying to Patdys]

Ooh, that's possible as well. Maybe there's more than one right answer. That's probably worth a try for anyone who hasn't made a choice yet.

[ 10. September 2008, 09:36: Message edited by: The Great Gumby ]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Taking my lead from QM's cryptic post, I choose Roy Scheider.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
I pick Paddy O'Furniture, which is an awful pun suggesting a wicker chair or similar.

Isn't is a homonym of 'patio furniture'. (Try it with a Canadian accent if you don't believe me!)

Everyone seems to be going with the thought that the clues are the people that we should pick. I'm going to make the opposite assumption and choose The Great Gumby because - as far as I can see - he has nothing to do with any of the clues.
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by chicklegirl:
I choose Geneviève. And here's why: http://www.donbrockway.com/Genevieve's%20History.htm

Sorry about the lame link. I tried (no kidding) a dozen times to make the URL work but for some reason the instant UBB code is not helping me out at all tonight. [Frown]

My, I do clean up right spifflily!
[Cool] And that is helpful for understanding this challenge.
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
Well, I pick CuppaT because a cup of tea with a nice shot of brandy is the kind of help I need here!
Also enjoyable when sitting in a wicker chair.

[ 10. September 2008, 12:34: Message edited by: Geneviève ]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
I pick jedijudy because, tired or not, she may have a mind-meld thing going on with the Quizmaster. (and besides, she picked me, so it would only be polite.)
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Can we pick ourselves?

If not I will wait until last to make my selection and run the risk of not having nobody to choose from. This is brinksmanship.
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
I pick Paddy O'Furniture, which is an awful pun suggesting a wicker chair or similar.

Isn't is a homonym of 'patio furniture'. (Try it with a Canadian accent if you don't believe me!)
Er, yes. That was the pun I was referring to. I didn't realise I had to spell it out.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
Er, yes. That was the pun I was referring to. I didn't realise I had to spell it out.

[Hot and Hormonal]
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
Davelarge, I wouldn't feel too embarrassed; this little exchange about puns is very instructive for newbies who are still learning the ropes (with all their twists and convolutions) here at the KOQ.

I think you and Great Gumby should each get a helpful point: Gumby for pointing out the pun but being subtle about it (which is what usually happens, because the quiz can move fast and participants don't always get an explanation); and you for getting a little egg on your face while helping to clarify about how contestants have to think to do well on the quiz.

[edited for typos] [Big Grin]

[ 10. September 2008, 15:05: Message edited by: chicklegirl ]
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
Sorry. Again, I was not careful and did not read for comprehension. I suppose my life here on this thread will not be a long one.

I pick chicklegirl.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ephemera:
Sorry. Again, I was not careful and did not read for comprehension. I suppose my life here on this thread will not be a long one.

See, the beauty of the Knockout Quiz is that you don't have to actually win any of the rounds to be successful. All you have to do is avoid defeat [Smile]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
I pick Patdys because he isn't to do with anything and therefore might be feeling left out.
I'm nice like that.
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
I'll pick Chorister becuase she might be a gimme (nightingale), hasn't been picked yet, and I like having my work done for me [Biased] .
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
quote:
Originally posted by ephemera:
Sorry. Again, I was not careful and did not read for comprehension. I suppose my life here on this thread will not be a long one.

See, the beauty of the Knockout Quiz is that you don't have to actually win any of the rounds to be successful. All you have to do is avoid defeat [Smile]
Uh oh, is someone eliminated each round? Because if so, I am deep doo. Adds more brandy to CuppaT
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Rogue:
Can we pick ourselves?

If not I will wait until last to make my selection and run the risk of not having nobody to choose from. This is brinksmanship.

Might be more brinkish if QM hadn't said in last post that he would Start the real KOQ after this weekend. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
Uh oh, is someone eliminated each round?

Once the Quiz actually starts, yes. This "round" is just for kicks, practice and SMART points though.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Except that someone is only eliminated if every poster posts in that round. If someone forgets to post or is away on holiday, then the absentee is the one eliminated. So even crap answers can get you off the hook in most cases!
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
Except that someone is only eliminated if every poster posts in that round. If someone forgets to post or is away on holiday, then the absentee is the one eliminated. So even crap answers can get you off the hook in most cases!

Especially in early rounds. Once you get down to half a dozen quizpetitors (or whatever it is we're called) or so, you can be pretty sure we'll all post. Anyone fancy a side bet on how many rounds we'll have to wait until someone who answers the question gets knocked out? I'm going to guess it will happen on round 5.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
I pick Wet Kipper who entered the Knockout Quiz simply by posting on this thread.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
See, even innocent passers-by are not exempt from the KOQ!!!

C'mon WK! You know you want to! [Razz]
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
None of us want to: we have to. We are sucked in every year and every year we delude ourselves by saying "I only do this because I want to".
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
Yeah, Rogue, I think you pretty much nailed it. Every year since my first quiz I stretch the limits of self-delusion by telling myself I can quit anytime.

No, really. Any time.

Maybe we should form our own 12-step group: KOQA ("Hi, my name is Chicklegirl and I'm a quiz-a-holic")...

[Edited to add: that's a little too painfully true! [Hot and Hormonal] ]

[ 10. September 2008, 22:24: Message edited by: chicklegirl ]
 
Posted by East Price Road (# 13846) on :
 
I am going to have to withdraw from this quiz. The old hands are obviously having lots of very sophisticated merriment in it, but as a new shipmate with less than three months aboard, I am finding it all utterly baffling!
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
Don't withdraw - this is my 3rd quiz and I still don't really know what's going on. I don't think I've ever won a smart point! The fun of the game is to try and avoid being knocked out each round (even if you aren't sure what will keep you in!) and if you do get knocked out you can keep playing anyway! It's a really good way to get to know other shipmates too.

I choose davelarge because I always choose davelarge, each and every day! [Projectile]

ij xx
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by East Price Road:
I am going to have to withdraw from this quiz. The old hands are obviously having lots of very sophisticated merriment in it, but as a new shipmate with less than three months aboard, I am finding it all utterly baffling!

Hey, you can't quit now! I have been on this forum twice as long as you have and I have absolutely no idea what is going on in this thread. Also, I royally screwed up the first question as well as the second choice question. Have you read the posts here and

http://sofqm.proboards66.com/index.cgi?

because you will see that no one has any idea what is going on. I think you should stick around a while and absorb the vibe. At least stay until they throw you out. K? [Yipee]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by East Price Road:
I am going to have to withdraw from this quiz. The old hands are obviously having lots of very sophisticated merriment in it, but as a new shipmate with less than three months aboard, I am finding it all utterly baffling!

Come on EPR, you chicken! Take your knock-out like a man!.. Er,... if that's what you are. ... One can never be quite sure from the avatars... Take mine for instance.

[ 10. September 2008, 23:50: Message edited by: the pilgrim ]
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by East Price Road:
I am going to have to withdraw from this quiz. The old hands are obviously having lots of very sophisticated merriment in it, but as a new shipmate with less than three months aboard, I am finding it all utterly baffling!

If you're worried about it sucking away your time, that's one thing. But don't be embarrassed about being baffled; it's part of the fun to not take yourself (or anyone else) too seriously.

Take heart and remember: even first-time players can be wildly successful. Several different years the KOQ has been won by new shipmates or those who had never played before.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ephemera:
quote:
Originally posted by East Price Road:
I am going to have to withdraw from this quiz. The old hands are obviously having lots of very sophisticated merriment in it, but as a new shipmate with less than three months aboard, I am finding it all utterly baffling!

Hey, you can't quit now! I have been on this forum twice as long as you have and I have absolutely no idea what is going on in this thread. Also, I royally screwed up the first question as well as the second choice question. Have you read the posts here and

http://sofqm.proboards66.com/index.cgi?

because you will see that no one has any idea what is going on. I think you should stick around a while and absorb the vibe. At least stay until they throw you out. K? [Yipee]

Wow the KOQ is just like a college party.

As far as picking myself, I was practicing for brinkmanship, yeah that's it. No way was I not reading for comprehension. Nor I am to daft to know what's going on around here. No I am experienced, did somebody say people get knocked out each round? When did this start happening? [Biased]
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
Thanks for the brandy! That makes a nice ending for the day. I pick The Rogue because he looks like the kind of fellow who would drive that beautiful car and enjoy it to the fullest extent. Does it remind anyone else of Wind in the Willows?

CuppaT
 
Posted by East Price Road (# 13846) on :
 
Okay, okay, thanks for the reassurance, both public and private. I'll stay in the quiz and see what happens.
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by East Price Road:
Okay, okay, thanks for the reassurance, both public and private. I'll stay in the quiz and see what happens.

At'ta Boy!... Er,... I think....
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
And just to make sure you don't change your mind again I will choose East Price Road.

There, now you've been chosen there is no way out.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by East Price Road:
Okay, okay, thanks for the reassurance, both public and private. I'll stay in the quiz and see what happens.

[Yipee] Yay! Good for you!

I've been in every KOQ, and I still don't know what's going on. [Hot and Hormonal] Well, most of the time! [Biased]
 
Posted by East Price Road (# 13846) on :
 
Well, I choose Patdys . He knows a code called "rot" apparently. People I know tell me I talk a lot of that, so we have something in common.
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
Glad to share the brandy, CuppaT. And EPR, if I am staying in, you have to stay in. the "perpetually confused" group is growing!
 
Posted by comet (# 10353) on :
 
Gwai

Because she's a new mommy, and I picture her sitting in a nice wicker chair, singing lullabies to baby Kathryn as beautifully as a nightengale. Nearby, Bullfrog hits the Captain Morgan while studying old cars.

[ 11. September 2008, 17:27: Message edited by: comet ]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by East Price Road:
Well, I choose Patdys . He knows a code called "rot" apparently. People I know tell me I talk a lot of that, so we have something in common.

Uh-uh I've already chosen him.
 
Posted by East Price Road (# 13846) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
quote:
Originally posted by East Price Road:
Well, I choose Patdys . He knows a code called "rot" apparently. People I know tell me I talk a lot of that, so we have something in common.

Uh-uh I've already chosen him.
*sigh*

Okay, I choose Caty, who I believe (if I understand anything here) won last year's quiz.
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
For the benefit of those who are yet to choose another player, the following are yet to be picked:

AndyS83
ephemera
fletcher christian
Golden Key
icklejen
Marvin the Martian
Rugmaker
Sharkshooter
Surfing Madness

(And possibly - depending on your interpretation of the rules - rugasaw, who picked himself)
 
Posted by fletcher christian (# 13919) on :
 
I pick.......
Golden Key
 
Posted by Golden Key (# 1468) on :
 
Awww. [Hot and Hormonal] [Cool]

(Sends boatload of survival supplies and luxurious goodies down to Pitcairn Island.)
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
GG, are you going for helpfulness points? If so, your post qualifies IMO. [Razz]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
For the benefit of those who are yet to choose another player, the following are yet to be picked:

AndyS83
ephemera
fletcher christian
Golden Key
icklejen
Marvin the Martian
Rugmaker
Sharkshooter
Surfing Madness

(And possibly - depending on your interpretation of the rules - rugasaw, who picked himself)

I am most definitely picked. I may get no points for picking myself but hey that is another story.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
For the benefit of those who are yet to choose another player, the following are yet to be picked:

Sharkshooter

Are you sure about that? You might want to check the posts again, with your lateral thinking hat on...
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
Good point. You were a little bit too clever for my fever-addled brain, Marvin. [Hot and Hormonal]

I'll just go and lie down for a bit now.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Hope the fever abates shortly! [Smile]
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
Rugasaw, I'm all for the Revolution-so you rock for picking yourself. but the instructions were to pick another competitor....or are you a multiple personality type, which would spice up things?
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
Rugasaw, I'm all for the Revolution-so you rock for picking yourself. but the instructions were to pick another competitor....or are you a multiple personality type, which would spice up things?

If this was a disqualification round you could argue I should be knocked out. But I don't think you could argue that I was not picked even if I was picked against the rules.

By the way we are offended that you suggest we may have multiple personalities.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
By the way we are offended that you suggest we may have multiple personalities.

No doubt you're all very much in agreement with yourself. [Confused] [Razz] [Ultra confused]
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
Quizmaster conundrum
quote:
You have to pick one of the other competitors in this quiz, and obviously they cannot have been chosen at the time you post your entry.

Having experienced Rugasaw's cleverness before, I think it is safe to say this paragraph has been scrutinised closely. Although I would argue that to post your choice contravenes the rules, I accept an alternative explanation probably utilised by Rugasaw that QM is referring specifically to himself in the quote. This would suggest only Quizzy cannot be picked by any other competitor. Sorry Rugmaker.
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
Rugasaw, I'm all for the Revolution-so you rock for picking yourself. but the instructions were to pick another competitor....or are you a multiple personality type, which would spice up things?

If this was a disqualification round you could argue I should be knocked out. But I don't think you could argue that I was not picked even if I was picked against the rules.

By the way we are offended that you suggest we may have multiple personalities.

no, no, we were complimenting your cleverness!
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
no, no, we were complimenting your cleverness!

We thank you very much.

And I shall stand by Patdys' explanation of my reasoning. It sounds so much better than I wasn't really thinking at all.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Please do not adjust your computer screens. Pata* is not playing in the KOQ. I mistakenly posted under her login. [Hot and Hormonal]

*Whe thinks we (or is that I) am quite mad for playing the Quiz.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
Pata* is not playing in the KOQ.

She IS now. For At least ONE round.

[Razz]
 
Posted by Wet Kipper (# 1654) on :
 
well, It seems I picked on patdys (and doublethink) even before this intermediate round. does that count ?
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Let's all pick on Wet Kipper and then it will even things up. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
I pick Wet Kipper who entered the Knockout Quiz simply by posting on this thread.

I thought I had already done that!
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
So does that mean that Rugasaw has picked me?

(Nevermind what that has to say about Ruggy's reading skills...Or is he just that clever? Or that confused after evacuating? The world might never know. [Biased] )
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
The Quiz! The Quiz! it's on again. [Big Grin]

OK first round , the Movie.

Forest Gump - Intellectually challenged southerner shows life is like a box of chocolates.

Now picking someone for the intermediate round.

I'll pick Golden Key, one of the loveliest shipmates from way back. I have no idea what quizzy is talking about with his quote, but heck, that never stops anyone does it?


YAY the quiz, the quiz. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
Forest Gump - Intellectually challenged southerner shows life is like a box of chocolates.

Is that too many words, or has someone cut one of my fingers off?
 
Posted by Golden Key (# 1468) on :
 
Nutmeg--

Thanks for your kind words, but someone already picked me.
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
Forest Gump - Intellectually challenged southerner shows life is like a box of chocolates.

Is that too many words, or has someone cut one of my fingers off?
*deletes Nutmeg's is*
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
I guess I ought to answer round 1....

(Evacuation will cause insanity in a person and all that... [Biased] )

In that light - Stargate: Pyramids are UFOs. Big ring. Gods are aliens. BOOM!
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Wet Kipper:
well, It seems I picked on patdys (and doublethink) even before this intermediate round. does that count ?

[Big Grin] You are an absolute delight. I'm still chuckling.
Mind you I found your post as bit chatty; better watch out, one of the hosts is a real hardnose. [Razz]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Thanks Gwai, for helping with my math.

Golden Key, sorry that I missed out, I will have to choose again.

PataLeBon I pick you.


Hopefully I have got that right. [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
This competition is one of the Ship's more tangential pieces of ephemera.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Patdys:

Mind you I found your post as bit chatty; better watch out, one of the hosts is a real hardnose. [Razz]

Sir! Sir! Now patdys is picking on Wet Kipper!

Why don't we all sit down and have a nice cup of milk while Sir marks our test papers in peace.
 
Posted by Sha_Sha (# 10880) on :
 
Movie: The Life of Brian-blasphemy has never been more amusing.

Can I pick Gwai? She is always interesting to read. I know she'll come up with something good.
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
I don't mind being picked and I very much like being interesting, but I think I've already been picked by comet.
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
I pick Milton Willis.

At least, if I understand correctly.
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
Thanks Gwai, for helping with my math.

Golden Key, sorry that I missed out, I will have to choose again.

PataLeBon I pick you.


Hopefully I have got that right. [Roll Eyes]

I have no clue...

I think Rugasaw has either picked himself or me (by posting as me).

And even if you pick me, do I still need to pick someone? And if so, did I pick Rug earlier?

This is more confusing than Harris county right now. [Biased]
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by sharkshooter:
I pick Milton Willis.

At least, if I understand correctly.

<sniff> Even if you understood correctly, and are very clever, Milton has not signed up here, unless we are back to the MPD thing again.

[ 15. September 2008, 19:10: Message edited by: Geneviève ]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
The rules are simple but some of the competitors are not as you will find out.

I made a note that this year I will help new players more than before.

We welcome everyone and all you NEED to do is post an entry for each round.

What you MIGHT do is sharpen your wits in a battle with the other competitors and I have lost some battles already.

The two who posted an entry other than a competitors name were alluding to SHARKSHOOTER and SURFING MADNESS.

Like I say, the only requirement to stay in is to post an entry. Let the wordsmiths duel or join in at your own level. There are many levels here.

I used to think I understood all levels. I know better now which is why I have enlisted some help.

HELP!

If I miss something PM me and I can rectify the situation by awarding more points. Those points, however, may not be the ones you expected.

We are set to go in a few minutes time.

ENTRIES for 2008

AndyS83
Caty.
Chicklegirl
Chorister
Comet
CuppaT
Davelarge
Doublethink
East Price Road
Ephemera
Fletcher Christian
Genevieve
Golden Key
Gwai
Hart
Icklejen
Jedijudy
Marvin the Martian
Mertseger
Nutmeg
Paddy O'Furniture
PanamaJack
PataLeBon
Patdys
Quizmaster
Rugasaw
Rugmaker
Sha_Sha
Sharkshooter
Surfing Madness
The Great Gumby
The Pilgrim
The Rogue
Wet Kipper

GET SET FOR BATTLE
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
THE INTERMEDIATE ROUND

You have to pick one of the other competitors
(IMPLICATION: You cannot pick yourself)
(Possible alternative: You cannot pick QM)

in this quiz, and obviously they cannot have been chosen at the time you post your entry.
(PATDYS took this to the extreme - well done!)

Examine this post again (DOUBLETHINK)
to determine or unlock the clues (GOLDEN KEY)
to extra smart points.

Listen to the nightingale (CHORISTER)
as you sit in your wicker chair (PADDY O'FURNITURE)
talking to an American sailor (PANAMA JACK)
about a 1904 Darracq (GENEVIEVE).

But remember that all you had to do was post a name
(See the entries from Marvin the Martian & Sharkshooter).

[ 15. September 2008, 21:08: Message edited by: Quizmaster ]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND ONE : LAKES

You have to choose a lake and if possible link to a map of that lake.

The person who chooses the smallest lake will be eliminated at the end of this round.
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
Lake Superior
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Is it too late?? I confess that I was a little intimidated by this, but I think I want to try.

For my movie title, how about "Rain Man" - You mean Tom Cruise can act?
 
Posted by Caty. (# 11996) on :
 
Lake Tanganyika
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
Is it too late?? I confess that I was a little intimidated by this, but I think I want to try.

For my movie title, how about "Rain Man" - You mean Tom Cruise can act?

As nobody has been knocked out we will accept entries during ROUND ONE.
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
As nobody has been knocked out we will accept entries during ROUND ONE.

The Master is as benevolent, as ever.

The more the merrier - it just means the quiz will last 'till spring. [Smile]
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Thank you! You're very gracious, Mr. Quizmaster. [Overused]

The Great Salt Lake
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
So have I still got it wrong? Patalebon is maybe picked by Rugasaw?

[Roll Eyes]

Marvin the Martian if your dance card is not full would you care to be picked?

As for my lake I will go for Lake Burley Griffin, a beautiful man made lake in Canberra, a very nice picture here . I also found an aerial shot here, as well as a map here.

Hopefully there are bonus points for man made lakes. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
I choose Crimson Lake ...
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
I choose Lake which is a hamlet in West Devon. As you can see from this map there isn't a lake in sight.

But then West Devon is like that - there isn't a chip shop at Chip Shop, either.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
My lake is Okeechobee! Lake O covers about 730 square miles. Big O is a great place to go fishing! [Big Grin]

Do I see a brinksmanship competition looming? [Biased]
 
Posted by East Price Road (# 13846) on :
 
My lake is Lake Vänern in Sweden. It's 5,655 km².
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
I choose Lake Texcoco, shrunk from its former glory to a mere 7,500 square kilometers.
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
I choose Lake Maxinkuckee . My dad taught me to water-ski up there in the upper right-hand corner. It's 8-square km area should provide plenty of room for others to safely choose whatever lake they prefer.
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
Before I pick a lake, I must abjectly apologize to Sharkshooter for my literal mind and lack of time to spend googling. [Hot and Hormonal]

[ 15. September 2008, 23:19: Message edited by: Geneviève ]
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
And I add my pick:

the beautiful Lake Memphremagog, complete with its very own mascot and spanning two countries!
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
Ok, I goofed. that site does not give the size. But this Vermont website states that the Lake stretches 30 miles from Newport, Vt to Magog, Canada.
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
Lava lake on Jupiter's moon Lo

It is the size of Hawaii, which is about 10 thousand square miles.

The lake is about 400K. Which in layman's terms means hot, very hot*.

ij xx

* Can you tell that davelarge is trying to teach me some physics? Physics 101: When you drop something it goes downwards.
 
Posted by Sha_Sha (# 10880) on :
 
I'm picking Paddy O'Furniture because she would know what lake I am talking about without the link.


Lake Lanier, GA
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
I pick Lake MX190 which can be found on this map.
It is roughly 27 by 7 cm.

Brinkmanship is where you try to post a losing answer. The only thing saving you is either being outbrinked or somebody failing to post before the round ends. Generally, you are relatively safe in the early rounds. But not always. And if you get knocked out, you may still play, so losing isn't the end of the world
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
I pick Lake Malawi (formerly called Lake Nyasa) - Africa - 30,044 sq km (11,600 sq mi) in surface area and 7,725 cubic km by volume. It's full of chichlids...lots and lots of beauteous chichlids.
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
I pick Lake Charles, LA

Lake Charles

I would pick Surfside, TX as it's under water right now, but it's probably more ocean than lake...

Surfside
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
I pick Grasmere, which is one of my favourite places in the Lake District. This picture, and this picture should provide evidence that it's rather picturesque [Smile]

According to Wiki, it is 0.62 square kilometres in size and gets to 75 feet in depth.
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
Lake Huron. 59596 km². (Do I get points for making the ² despite my cowardly pick?)
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
I pick Lake WetLittlePuddleAtTheBottomOfMyBathtubWhichIReallyShouldCleanBecause-
There'sARingAroundTheBathtubHighAboveThisPatheticLittleLakeAndAlso -
ThisWimpyLittleLakeHasAName MoreThanAMillionTimesLongerThan -
LakeChargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamauggWhichProbably -
Doesn'tEvenReallyExistOhAndAlsoLet'sThrowInSomeWelshDoubleL's -
IntoThisNameRememberHowDoug LlewellynUsedToBeTheAnnouncerOnThePeople'sCourt -
TakeThatLlanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll - Llantysiliogogogoch-
IWinIWinIWin!!!* which is the world's smallest lake as documented half way down this page (search for world's smallest lake) Maps of this lake are hard to find, but I profer this map of Bathtub Lake as a possible option. If that does not satisfy, I also offer a possible photo. However, neither of these offers a estimate of the size of the lake, so I offer the following link which estimates that the maximum size for said puddle is 100 gallons and that only if the bathtub is large and full. I suggest that this lake is probably usually less than even one gallon on a normal day, however.


* Spaces all inserted by me to perhaps avoid breaking scroll lock
 
Posted by Golden Key (# 1468) on :
 
Lhamo Lhatso, which gave mystical signs for finding the current Dalai Lama.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I choose Veronica Lake. I do not think a map of this Lake exists but I offer this has a good substitute.
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
I Chose Lake Baikal

(Crosses fingers as no good at this link thing!!)
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
I pick Grasmere, which is one of my favourite places in the Lake District. This picture, and this picture should provide evidence that it's rather picturesque [Smile]

Indeed. According to QI, however, it isn't a lake. They say Bassenthwaite Lake is the only lake in the Lake District, and the others are meres, waters or tarns.

I choose Lake Aircraft, as rugasaw pipped me to Veronica.
 
Posted by Rugmaker (# 10728) on :
 
I choose Swan Lake which appears all over the world but generally contains no water whatsoever, dancers being sensitive about that sort of thing.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
I select Lake Manitou, which has a surface area of 104 square kilometres.

It is located in Manitoulin Island, which is itself within Lake Huron. Lake Manitou is the largest "lake within a lake" in the world. Cool, huh?

It can be seen on this map, on the right side of the island.

Many more interesting facts about lakes can be found here, should anyone still be interested.
 
Posted by fletcher christian (# 13919) on :
 
I choose Lake Toba - the largest volcanic lake in the world, situated on the island of Sumatra. Its also a super-volcano, and the last time it errupted, it was super-colossal!! It is 100Km by 30km with a maximum depth of 505m.

[ 16. September 2008, 09:56: Message edited by: fletcher christian ]
 
Posted by fletcher christian (# 13919) on :
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Toba
sorry, forgot to post this bit
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Sha_Sha:
I'm picking Paddy O'Furniture because she would know what lake I am talking about without the link.


Lake Lanier, GA

I know we can pick any sort of "lake", as the posters have brilliantly demonstrated, but does Lake Lanier actually have any water right now, with the drought?
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
According to QI, however, it isn't a lake.

Aggg.

Quizzy, what are the rules regarding changing answers when someone very helpfully (please give Gumby a helpfulness point!) shows that one is in error?
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
Lake Michigan has many different beautiful spots, city and rural. I grew up canoeing at a camp near it, and lived of my adult life within a couple miles of it. My children walked along the rocks with us and swam at the beaches.

CuppaT
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:


I choose Lake Aircraft, as rugasaw pipped me to Veronica.

Oooh! A "push-me-pull-you"!! [Razz]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
I choose Lake Odessa , Michigan, the town were I pastor the First Congregational Church situated on the beautiful shores of Jordan Lake. With 2300 human residents I believe Lake Odessa to be larger than any lake listed so far, most of which have ZERO human residents from the information I can gather. Remember, life is good in the palm of God's hand.
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
According to QI, however, it isn't a lake.

Aggg.

Quizzy, what are the rules regarding changing answers when someone very helpfully (please give Gumby a helpfulness point!) shows that one is in error?

I had this exact conversation yesterday with dl - that Wiki says it is a mere not a lake and dl did not believe me! (Where is the 'stamps foot petulantly' smilie?)

[ 16. September 2008, 15:02: Message edited by: icklejen ]
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
I'm impressed with the sideways thinking going on here!!! Most of my friends moan that i think that i think sideways, but i'm in awe of somepeoples ablity to think sideways!!
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
There is always Greg Lake.

And, Lake Speed could be interpreted in many ways.
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
According to QI, however, it isn't a lake.

Aggg.

Quizzy, what are the rules regarding changing answers when someone very helpfully (please give Gumby a helpfulness point!) shows that one is in error?

You could always pretend it was on purpose and you were being clever and brinksy? That's what I thought when I first saw your post.
 
Posted by Wet Kipper (# 1654) on :
 
well, pedantic Cumbrians may have it in for Dave, but I reckon the Dictionary might save him.
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by the pilgrim:
I choose Lake Odessa , Michigan, the town were I pastor the First Congregational Church situated on the beautiful shores of Jordan Lake. With 2300 human residents I believe Lake Odessa to be larger than any lake listed so far, most of which have ZERO human residents from the information I can gather. Remember, life is good in the palm of God's hand.

Lake Memphremagog has residents on the shores at both ends (ha!) and its very own "Memphre", who dwells in the deep there.

[ 16. September 2008, 17:36: Message edited by: Geneviève ]
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Surfing Madness:
I'm impressed with the sideways thinking going on here!!! Most of my friends moan that i think that i think sideways, but i'm in awe of somepeoples ablity to think sideways!!

hmmm... maybe I'm playing it too safe.

BTW: anyone want to partner with me since I'm a complete newcomer to the game and don't know what I'm doing? What do partners do, anyhow (get your mind out of the gutter; I mean for this game)?
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
Seeing as we are still in round one, please can I join? I sneaked in at this point last year as well I think [Hot and Hormonal]

So for my film

Sweeney Todd
Barber's bloody revenge backfires badly!

I'll pick icklejen.

And for a lake how about lakeland (a whole land of lakes, well not really it is a kitchenware shopping place) and here is a picture of one of the lakeland stores [Biased]

I hope I have managed this OK, and I'm not too late to join.

flags x
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by the pilgrim:
I choose Lake Odessa , Michigan, the town were I pastor the First Congregational Church situated on the beautiful shores of Jordan Lake. With 2300 human residents I believe Lake Odessa to be larger than any lake listed so far, most of which have ZERO human residents from the information I can gather. Remember, life is good in the palm of God's hand.

I beg to differ..

Lake Charles, LA does have people (and two! lakes)

Lake Charles Again
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
My lake is Lake Wobegon from the mind of Garrison Keillor. There is a brass band named after it who were allowed to use the name as long as at some time they play at a picnic for him. It even has an effect named after it which in turn has lead to a hiring strategy.

Frim the Wikkipedia article there are 800 people there and my memory of the books tells me there is a lake which may or may not be above average.
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Rogue:
My lake is Lake Wobegon from the mind of Garrison Keillor. There is a brass band named after it who were allowed to use the name as long as at some time they play at a picnic for him. It even has an effect named after it which in turn has lead to a hiring strategy.

Frim the Wikkipedia article there are 800 people there and my memory of the books tells me there is a lake which may or may not be above average.

You may have the largest lake as imagination has no boundaries!
 
Posted by comet (# 10353) on :
 
beautiful place. the name is a but of a bummer, though.

the story, as I've been told - during early trader days, two native guys made a trade for whiskey and a rifle. they camped at Murder Lake, got drunk, and one shot the other. after the investigation, etc, the local chief planted the rifle in the dirt at the edge of the lake, barrel down, as a reminder of the danger.

My dad's novel "Raven's Prey" was called "Murder Lake" as he wrote it, and the initial scene takes place at Murder Lake.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Wet Kipper:
well, pedantic Cumbrians may have it in for Dave, but I reckon the Dictionary might save him.

Thanks for that, WC [Smile]
I guess the sticking point will be to define 'considerable', but if PATDYS can get away with his entry, I submit that I'm OK too.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by flags_fiend:

And for a lake how about lakeland (a whole land of lakes, well not really it is a kitchenware shopping place) and here is a picture of one of the lakeland stores [Biased]

I hope I have managed this OK, and I'm not too late to join.

flags x

I sense that The Mighty Quizmaster is being gracious and magnanimous!

Aha!!! I saw this Lakeland in York, and thought of Lakeland, Florida, which is why I took this picture!
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
quote:
Originally posted by Wet Kipper:
well, pedantic Cumbrians may have it in for Dave, but I reckon the Dictionary might save him.

Thanks for that, WC [Smile]
I guess the sticking point will be to define 'considerable', but if PATDYS can get away with his entry, I submit that I'm OK too.

Oy! I'll have you know, my cycling shoes contain quite a lot of moisture. And possibly several forms of life [Hot and Hormonal]
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:


BTW: anyone want to partner with me since I'm a complete newcomer to the game and don't know what I'm doing? What do partners do, anyhow (get your mind out of the gutter; I mean for this game)?

No idea what partners do, as i'm also new and have no partner in the game yet!!
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
BTW: anyone want to partner with me since I'm a complete newcomer to the game and don't know what I'm doing? What do partners do, anyhow (get your mind out of the gutter; I mean for this game)?

Who said they do anything? To date, we know nothing except that we had to pick another player. That might be the beginning and the end of it - only Quizmaster knows. I don't think there's a standard partnership thing going on, though, as our picks didn't have to be reciprocal. You might be best advised to just pick anyone (who hasn't already been picked) as long as you can come up with some sort of reason, however silly, or a clever way of doing it.

Dave, I think you should be OK bearing in mind the nature of the quiz. Pedantry aside, I think you can probably make a better case for your entry being a lake than a lot of others. I'd just hate to see you eliminated on a technicality.
 
Posted by pimple (# 10635) on :
 
If it is not too late I would like to join and pick ickljen if she's free and Lake Baikal, Russia.
 
Posted by pimple (# 10635) on :
 
OOooooops! Try again.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
BTW: anyone want to partner with me since I'm a complete newcomer to the game and don't know what I'm doing? What do partners do, anyhow (get your mind out of the gutter; I mean for this game)?

Actually, that's something we did in one of the previous KOQ's! It was fun to have a partner in a different time zone who could keep an eye open for possible answers to quiz questions. (Thanks Welsh Dragon!) [Biased] We were able to watch each other's backs!

I may be wrong, but I don't think that's what QM has in mind with this particular quest. [Smile]
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by pimple:
If it is not too late I would like to join and pick ickljen if she's free and Lake Baikal, Russia.

I don't think it's too late, but i'm sure someone who knows these things will be along soon, also i think you need to pick a film and describe it in ten words.
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
And make sure it's a film no one else has already picked.

I think that's all, except that flags_fiend has already picked icklejen, so you'll probably need to choose someone else.

[ 17. September 2008, 13:34: Message edited by: The Great Gumby ]
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
BTW: anyone want to partner with me since I'm a complete newcomer to the game and don't know what I'm doing? What do partners do, anyhow (get your mind out of the gutter; I mean for this game)?

Actually, that's something we did in one of the previous KOQ's! It was fun to have a partner in a different time zone who could keep an eye open for possible answers to quiz questions. (Thanks Welsh Dragon!) [Biased] We were able to watch each other's backs!

I may be wrong, but I don't think that's what QM has in mind with this particular quest. [Smile]

Ohhhh. Thanks. I thought it was for the duration of the game.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
Dave, I think you should be OK bearing in mind the nature of the quiz... I'd just hate to see you eliminated on a technicality.

I thought that was part of the nature of the quiz [Razz]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
Just a question: Is the Quizmaster the master of the quiz, or is the quiz the master of the Quizmaster?
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by the pilgrim:
Just a question: Is the Quizmaster the master of the quiz, or is the quiz the master of the Quizmaster?

THE LATTER!

[Ultra confused]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by pimple:
If it is not too late I would like to join and pick ickljen if she's free and Lake Baikal, Russia.

Dear Pimple,

One of the dangers of joining late is that you may have missed something.

Both of your choices have been taken so you need to post again (after checking) to gain entry to the Quiz.

Yours Since Early,

Quizmaster.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
I choose Benxi Lake which claims to be the smallest lake in the world.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Knocked out for Failing to Post:

AndyS83
Paddy O'Furniture
PanamaJack
Wet Kipper


Through to the next round:

Angel Wrestler
Caty.
Chicklegirl
Chorister
Comet
CuppaT
Davelarge
Doublethink
East Price Road
Ephemera
Flags_Fiend
Fletcher Christian
Genevieve
Golden Key
Gwai
Hart
Icklejen
Jedijudy
Marvin the Martian
Mertseger
Nutmeg
PataLeBon
Patdys
Pimple
Quizmaster
Rugasaw
Rugmaker
Sha_Sha
Sharkshooter
Surfing Madness
The Great Gumby
The Pilgrim
The Rogue

In the case of Pimple this is subject to completing a valid entry.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND TWO : RIVERS

You have to choose a river and if possible post a link to that river.

The person who chooses the longest river will be eliminated.
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
I'll leave plenty of room for other brinkspeople and not take the Nile. Instead, I'll go with the one that runs through my wife's old town. I choose The Pearl. At 2200km, it's #53 on the list of longest rivers for this planet.
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
I choose the river Severn which is 220 miles long, and has the excitement of the Severn bore! I chose it mainly because it is a river I have seem at many different points along its course. It is also the longest river in the UK.

flags x
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
I shall live dangerously, following the examples of the sideways thinkers club.
I choose the [formerly] very cute River Phoenix
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
I pick the hypothetical river connecting Lake Vostok to another subterrean antarctic lake. What's not to love about an oligotrophic extreme environment that is supersaturated with oxygen ?

The length of the hypothetical river is open to speculation, but its length of existence is probably half to a whole million years ...
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
A list of the 163 longest rivers in the world is available here - it may be an idea to avoid the first fifty or so unless you're going for brinkmanship points!

My pick is the River Arrow, as it flows through my late grandmother's garden [Smile] . It's about 20 miles long, give or take a couple.
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
I pick Clear Creek off of the San Jacinto watershed.

Trust me, it's not a creek, at least not when it has a flood surge from a hurricane. [Biased]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Jacinto_River
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
I choose the River Styx, which runs around Hades 9 times. Interestingly*, it can be found on the map, here. My place of employment is just to the left of the elm tree on the map for any who are interested.

*I'm assuming you are all geeks.

Now, as to length.
Several different religions consign all non believer to Hell/Hades. Therefore, all are in error of at least one of these and so all people are consigned to Hades. The circumference of Hades must be large enough to contain all people throughout all time. I suspect this is quite a large number; 106 billion roughly. Assuming 1 metre of space for each then the area of Hades must be a minimum of 95% of 106,456,367,669 = 101133549285 square metres. (excludes the 5% still living)
Radius of Hades assuming a circular shape would be 179 km and circumference therefore 1127 km.
The Styx circles nine times so must be a minimum of 10146 km long.
Aren't you glad you read all this? [Disappointed]

[ 18. September 2008, 00:35: Message edited by: Patdys ]
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
I'm going to pick the world's longest subterranean river. Although it doesn't seem to have a name, it is 153km long, up to 72 metres deep, and 'discovered'* by a Scotsman, who was presumably looking for the fifty pence piece that he'd dropped in it.

* I say discovered, but it was originally thought to be two separate rivers so the discovery is the fact that it's actually one river.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
Joan Rivers, while only 5' 2", has been around quite a long time...
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I choose the Muddy Boggy River. Those who live near the river claim that Boggy* is French for either creek or river. So that would make the river the Muddy River River.

An interesting fact(to me anyway). I have personally caught several of the over 100 species of fish that inhabit the Muddy Buggy River watershed including the Flat Head catfish (best tasting) and yellow bullhead (worst tasting), I have also caught other catfish, gar, sunfish, perch, bass and the American Eel which apparently migrate from the Gulf of Mexico. The one thing I caught that I wish I hadn't was a cotton mouth snake. And you ask how did I catch these fish? No I do not care if you really did not ask I am going to bore you anyway so just shut up. I used trot lines, poles, throw nets, seines, nets, and in one case my hands. I note I have not caught a beaver in that watershed.

Oh yes Big Foot** has supposedly been sighted in the watershed.

*I am not sure boggy is a French word but the people in southeastern Oklahoma have never let the truth stand in the way of a good story.

**I know the person who pulled the hoax and I am not entirely sure he is not related to Big Foot.
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
The River by Garth Brooks which is 4 minutes and 43 seconds long [Smile]

Because "There's bound to be rough waters
And I know I'll take some falls
But with the good Lord as my captain
I can make it through them all..."

ij x
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
I shall live dangerously, following the examples of the sideways thinkers club.
I choose the [formerly] very cute River Phoenix

When you first posted this I thought you were linking to River from the Serenity! But I still think you should tell us how long this fellow River is [Biased] .
 
Posted by pimple (# 10635) on :
 
No time to catch up 'm afraid. Hope to catch you next time round. Have fun!
 
Posted by Golden Key (# 1468) on :
 
I choose the River Lo, the size of which is 15 in any direction.
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
I choose the river Ribble it's 75 miles long. i picked it because i use to go on holiday here as a child. [Smile]
 
Posted by fletcher christian (# 13919) on :
 
I choose the River Shimna
http://www.thelensflare.com/gallery/p_riverforest_20503.php (a nice pic)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimna_River
It's where the mountains of Mourne roll down to the sea, and I have no idea how long it is. It is quite tiny though.
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
I'll pick the village of River in Kent, which according to the linked map may be as much as 1km long.

[ETA: I understand that River Phoenix is 5'10" long, if anyone's interested.]

[ 18. September 2008, 08:08: Message edited by: The Great Gumby ]
 
Posted by East Price Road (# 13846) on :
 
I'm staying in my local area for this one:

the River Calder, which is 45 miles long.
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
I choose the Vedder River in British Columbia. It is 80 km (50 mi) long and filled with salmon. Did I mention it was in British Columbia?
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
The River Tamar, whilst at only 50 miles in length isn't a biggie, has great importance in that it divides Devon from Cornwall for almost its entire length. As anyone who knows the traditional rivalry between those two counties will understand, this is hugely significant. I need to know that if the barbaric hordes are going to try invading and pillaging me in the middle of the night that they are at least going to get very, very wet and cold doing so!
 
Posted by Rugmaker (# 10728) on :
 
I choose the River Cafe in London which has been open for 21 years but is currently closed following a fire. I suspect I will be the only entrant to nominate a river which has burnt down.
 
Posted by Caty. (# 11996) on :
 
I pick the River Nidd, which is about 50 miles long, mostly because the part of it I used to live near is very pretty.
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
I pick the Mississippi River. Not that one, the one in Ontario that is 105 miles long.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
My river choice is River 94.9 fm, and my link to a map is the Brisbane media map web page.

[Big Grin]

How do you measure the length of my river? The music has been flowing since late 2001, according to the media map.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
PATYDS I must be a geek because I read all those statistics and calculations and I wondered if you were having a slow day at the office.

[Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
So Nutmeg, is your river measured in size of the building or how far the air waves reach or how far you can connect to them online?

Also you are not a true Geek. I knew that Patdys took time out of his busy schedule because of how interesting it is to figure the length of the river Hades.
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
Nutmeg and I are measuring our rivers in time - which is also a length. QM never specified what length we had to measure in - so they're valid entries all the same [Smile]

ij x
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
Rugasaw, are you trying to bring down Nutmeg's self-confidence? That is not a nice way to play (said in the tone of voice of a mother of a 4 yr old) [Frown]
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
How do you measure the length of my river? ...

Wave-length? Distance between nodes?

Where did I leave my tape-measure?
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
I choose Moon River . I don't know for sure how LONG it is, but everyone knows that it's WIDER than a mile!
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
Rugasaw, are you trying to bring down Nutmeg's self-confidence? That is not a nice way to play (said in the tone of voice of a mother of a 4 yr old) [Frown]

I am sorry if I sounded that way. I was trying to give her a chance to play safe (size of building) or go for brinksmanship (anywhere you can connect to the internet. I did not realize she was measuring by time. Now if we all did this whose river is the longest? That could be a good argument. Has the river Styx been around for eternity or is a human construct from Greek culture? Does anybody know how to tell how old a river(traditional sense) is? Their is a reason the great all knowing QM uses these tasks early when somebody is likely not to post.
 
Posted by fletcher christian (# 13919) on :
 
Took a little patience, but I finally discovered that the River Shimna is 10 miles in length
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
I choose the Crymea River
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I was going to pick the River Ouse, since I enjoyed it so on the Great Adventure the beginning of July. But, since Caty. chose a tributary of that lovely river, I shall pick one a bit closer to home: the Caloosahatchee.

Now on this link, you will see it listed as Caloosahatchee River, which is all wrong, sort of like Rugasaw's Muddy Boggy, as "hatchee" is the Caloosa word for "river". It is not the Caloosa River River. And, boy, do we ever get on the cases of folks who make that mistake! [Razz]
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
Blaaarg at all you brinksing people. I can't be a brinksman when it's this popular!

So, I choose the Chicago river. It may not be long 156 miles, 251 kilometers but it is bright green sometimes. It's also unusual in that its flow was changed in the nineteenth century such that it now flows away from Lake Michigan instead of towards it.
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
I was joking, Rugasaw, but obviously laid it on too thick. [Hot and Hormonal]
And who knows how the great quizmaster will vote on various entries? As a newbie to this, I don't...figure it is in fun.
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
... And who knows how the great quizmaster will vote on various entries?...

That's easy ... he is hoping to figure out what to announce for the next round before the final competitor posts, thus relieving himself* of the obligation of determining whether 4 minutes 53 seconds is longer than 10,000 kms.

*Not that way.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
quote:
That's easy ... he is hoping to figure out what to announce for the next round before the final competitor posts
I'd better get in quick, then, with the River Trent , which I cycle alongside every day on my way to work. And again on the way back.

[ 18. September 2008, 20:51: Message edited by: The Rogue ]
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by sharkshooter:
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
... And who knows how the great quizmaster will vote on various entries?...

That's easy ... he is hoping to figure out what to announce for the next round before the final competitor posts, thus relieving himself* of the obligation of determining whether 4 minutes 53 seconds is longer than 10,000 kms.

*Not that way.

Tish, tosh. Since Quizmaster is the master of all quiz knowledge, I'm sure he knows that in an innertial frame of reference (such as the earth in orbit) that Minkowski applies, and, thus, d = ct where the speed of light is just about 300,000 km/s. Thus, assuming he chooses to call upon Special Relativity, 4 min 53 seconds = 87,900,000 km.

Of course, he could also choose to use the distance that the sound waves would travel from the beginning of the song to the end. At sea-level and 15 degrees C, that would be 293*0.34 km or nearly 100 km.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Rugasaw I know I am not a true geek, but it's fun to pretend.

As for Brinkmanship, I figure there is no way I will be able to compete all the way through anyway, so why not have fun instead?

[Biased]

Quizzy, how do you measure the length of any of these rivers?

Today be talk like a pirate day.. I bes be oorrf to scub th' decks or sumetin.
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
LiSeine, everyone, my river's 471 miles long.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
Rugasaw I know I am not a true geek, but it's fun to pretend.

Actually, I think you may be a true geek*. I forget that Patdys (and many others here) are super-geeks. At one time I thought that I could come up with odd answers. The ship has taught me that my odd answers are not as odd as I thought.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
I was joking, Rugasaw, but obviously laid it on too thick. [Hot and Hormonal]
And who knows how the great quizmaster will vote on various entries? As a newbie to this, I don't...figure it is in fun.

I should have realized. I heard that voice spoken to misbehaving children of ages 3-6 and had a flashback to kindergarten. I was told to color the tree. I colored the bark black and was told that trees are not black. She did not like me telling her that I have seen trees that looked like the bark was black. At any rate I failed kindergarten. I think the teacher most have hated me. I couldn't have been that bad of a child could I? Pata do not answer that.
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
Rugasaw I know I am not a true geek, but it's fun to pretend.

Actually, I think you may be a true geek*. I forget that Patdys (and many others here) are super-geeks. At one time I thought that I could come up with odd answers. The ship has taught me that my odd answers are not as odd as I thought.
That would explain my undies on the outside... [Hot and Hormonal]

On the quiz, I think it would be safe to assume every post is meant to be in fun. A bit of stirring is common, but I cannot remember any malice or snip at any time. The only disappointment seems to come from perceived premature closing of rounds, when a competitor is eliminated through having a real life.
Hostly advice and admonishments need to be listened to and followed, but even those are gentle and guiding rather than dictatorial. (imo)

 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
I was joking, Rugasaw, but obviously laid it on too thick. [Hot and Hormonal]
And who knows how the great quizmaster will vote on various entries? As a newbie to this, I don't...figure it is in fun.

I should have realized. I heard that voice spoken to misbehaving children of ages 3-6 and had a flashback to kindergarten. I was told to color the tree. I colored the bark black and was told that trees are not black. She did not like me telling her that I have seen trees that looked like the bark was black. At any rate I failed kindergarten. I think the teacher most have hated me. I couldn't have been that bad of a child could I? Pata do not answer that.
I'm just going to say that you really need to let that go. [Biased]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
I shall pick the River Nile which used to be the longest river until the Knockout Quiz taught me otherwise.
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
Canoeing over the rapids,
Camping on the side,
Starry nights and skipping rocks
And watching vultures glide....

The Buffalo meanders;
No noisy stampede this .
At 15.8 miles,
It's a quiet person's bliss.

CuppaT


[quite/quiet -- who can tell the difference when you're caught up with all the url's?]

[ 19. September 2008, 03:54: Message edited by: CuppaT ]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by CuppaT:
Canoeing over the rapids,
Camping on the side,
Starry nights and skipping rocks
And watching vultures glide....

The Buffalo meanders;
No noisy stampede this .
At 15.8 miles,
It's a quiet person's bliss.

Nice post, CuppaT! Do we get points for being sweetly poetic?

[ 19. September 2008, 12:38: Message edited by: the pilgrim ]
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
Is there a category of awards for heroic playing: Pata and Rugasaw were on the run from Ike and still kept playing...of course, maybe they were so bored and anxious sitting around that any distraction looked good!
[Razz]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Through the wind and rain battling the horrible flood waters we managed to find the single wi-fi available in all of Houston. We had to fight through crowds and give up what little food we had to make into the one little wi-fi spot. The horrors* we faced are truly unmentionable. Nah, we bugged out and spent nearly a week at my parents in Oklahoma. We came back to power and water so we have suffered very little*. But the Quiz is definetly a welcome distraction.

*Pata did have to suffer horribly through my dad's addiction to conservative news.
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
Conservative my foot...

Gas companies are making money off of us [Waterworks]

The economy is going to pot, how can the government send us checks?
[Waterworks]

I would understand if they were real conservatives, but those fake ones... [Disappointed]

The quiz makes much more sense than them, so I'm playing. [Biased]
 
Posted by Wet Kipper (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Wet Kipper:
well, pedantic Cumbrians may have it in for Dave, but I reckon the Dictionary might save him.

quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
Thanks for that, WC [Smile]
I guess the sticking point will be to define 'considerable',

well, we've all been considering it.
 
Posted by comet (# 10353) on :
 
I had planned to go for a river with a really long name, but Judy's entry beat my choice by one letter. (dang!)

so I'll go for brinskmanship and pick the lovely Lady that taught me to swim. 2,300 miles, give or take. that's 3,700km. and the total yukon drainage is 321 thousand square miles. dang.

this is what it looks like closer to my (former) home.

(tweaked code - it works for me now, how 'bout you?)

[ 22. September 2008, 08:38: Message edited by: Chorister ]
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by comet:

this is what it looks like closer to my (former) home.

not sure why but this link isn't workig Comet, was looking forward to more river pictures.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by comet:
I had planned to go for a river with a really long name, but Judy's entry beat my choice by one letter. (dang!)

[Big Grin]

Who knows? Maybe there's a sekrit knockout for the river with the longest name. [Biased]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Eliminated for failing to post:

Pimple
Sha_Sha

QUALIFIERS

Angel Wrestler
Caty.
Chicklegirl
Chorister
Comet
CuppaT
Davelarge
Doublethink
East Price Road
Ephemera
Flags_Fiend
Fletcher Christian
Genevieve
Golden Key
Gwai
Hart
Icklejen
Jedijudy
Marvin the Martian
Mertseger
Nutmeg
PataLeBon
Patdys
Quizmaster
Rugasaw
Rugmaker
Sharkshooter
Surfing Madness
The Great Gumby
The Pilgrim
The Rogue
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND THREE : SAILORS

You must post the name of a sailor or seaman.

He must have completed his life's work - be dead.

You must also post the year that he (or she) died.

The person who posts the sailor who died closest to the median average year of death will be eliminated.
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
I see we are continuing the water theme. i pick Andrew Cunningham, 1st Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope because he has a really long name!!
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
Forgot to post he died in 1963

(note to self, answer questions when i'm awake, not half asleep.)
 
Posted by comet (# 10353) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Surfing Madness:
quote:
Originally posted by comet:

this is what it looks like closer to my (former) home.

not sure why but this link isn't workig Comet, was looking forward to more river pictures.
hmm... still works for me. sorry!
 
Posted by comet (# 10353) on :
 
Chief Boatswain's Mate Anthony Petit. While he was a lighthouse keeper, as a Coast Guardsman, he was also a sailor.

Petit died on April Fools Day, 1946, when a Tsunami destroyed Scotch Cap Lighthouse on Unimak Island. here's his picture. This is also Anthony Petit.
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
I'm going to go with Jonah, who may have died around 750 BCE.
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
I choose: Harry Pidgeon (1869 – 1954)

He was an American sailor, and was the second solo person to circumnavigate the world, after Joshua Slocum, and the first person to do so twice. On both trips, he sailed a 34-foot yawl named the Islander, which he build from plans he copied from a book in the local library. Pidgeon was somewhat unique in that his trips were not done as tests of his bravery, publicity stunts, or any other reason than merely seeing if he could succeed. Moreover, Pidgeon had no previous experience with ocean navigation, boat-building, or long-distance sailing.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
Sailors... sailors ... hmmm. I think I'll have to go with Popeye, whose daily run lasted from 1919-1994.
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
I pick Captain Edward Teach, better know as Blackbeard , just because pirates are a lot more fun to read about than to actually meet! He died on November 22, 1718 as the result of 5 musketball wounds and over 20 sword lacerations recieved in pitch battle on the deck of his ship.
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
I pick Simon Peter.

He was a fisherman (of many kinds). [Biased]

And died in Rome, a LONG time ago (about 64 AD).

St. Peter

And I LIKE Peter. Anyone who can mess up as many times as he did in the Gospels and still end up on everyone's good side makes me smile.

[ 22. September 2008, 00:36: Message edited by: PataLeBon ]
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
Seaman (David) who "died" during the 2002 World Cup.

ij x [Biased]
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
Erik the Red , who discovered Greenland, died in 1003.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I choose Captain Hendrik Van Der Decken also known as the Flying Dutchman. I think I can say he died(sort of well if you sail a ghost ship I think you can be classified as dead by association if nothing else). He died (well sort of but I still think we can consider him dead) in either 1641, 1680, or 1729. Well he probably died one of those dates. At any rate he definitely concluded his life work and I think he is now working on his after life work.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
I pick Sir Francis Drake, famous Creamtealand sailor (although I don't think the Spanish liked him much), died c.1596 and was buried at sea, it is thought in a lead coffin. It is said that his drum will still sound whenever there is danger.

Capten, art tha sleepin' there below?
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
Here's a picture of Jonah for Hart.

Scarey looking fish, but the Prophet does not seem very perturbed. He's repented for three days and has written his homily (which takes all of one half a verse).
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
My sailor is Sahure, credited with establishing the Eygptian navy. He died around 2475 BCE. Because of his foundational works, better ships for transporting heavy pyramid stones and such were able to be built in Queen Hatshepsut's era.

URL which I cannot get to link properly in the message, but is worth seeing anyway:

http://www.artsales.com/Ancient%20Ships/iHatshepsut'sExpedition.htm
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by comet:
this is what it looks like closer to my (former) home.

I would love to see this, but the link does not work. Chorister or WK, could either of you please tweak the code?

[ 22. September 2008, 06:30: Message edited by: ephemera ]
 
Posted by Golden Key (# 1468) on :
 
Anne Bonnie, pirate! She may have died in either 1721 or 1782, depending on which version of her life you accept. QM, if you want to average the dates together, use 1751.
 
Posted by Rugmaker (# 10728) on :
 
I choose Sir Francis Chichester 1901-1972, the first person to sail single handed around the world by the clipper route, whatever that is.
 
Posted by Golden Key (# 1468) on :
 
Amendment to my selection: proper spelling is Anne Bonny.
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
James Boag* Died 21st September 2008. Actually, I killed him myself.

Dead sailor/marine here explains my post.

*I can't actually check this link currently.
 
Posted by East Price Road (# 13846) on :
 
My sailor is Erik the Red (950-1003), explorer and first PR boy for Greenland.
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
Mochitsura Hashimoto died in 2000
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Erik the Red has been chosen by Sharkshooter and East Price Road (Sharkshooter first).

I've had a fiddle with Comet's code and found a version which works for me - the picture opens in a separate window if you follow the instructions. (Which appeared when I deleted 'JPG' in the address bar and replaced it with 'jpg'. No idea why - but it worked!)

[ 23. September 2008, 21:12: Message edited by: Chorister ]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
My choice is captain William Bligh , who having survived the mutiny went on to become one of the early governers of Australia.
He died in 1817 at the age of 63. He has always been someone who I thought interesting.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by East Price Road:
My sailor is Erik the Red (950-1003), explorer and first PR boy for Greenland.

Sharkshooter has already picked him.

There's a lovely list of sailors on this page, to help you pick another.

I select Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, who lost his life in the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. He of "I see no ships" fame. To whom the column in Trafalgar Square is dedicated. And of whom a statue resides in the Bull Ring, Birmingham.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Just out of interest, the median year of death posted so far (assuming all entries are accepted and using the average where more than one year of death is given in a single post) is 1811.

Which is exactly six years away from two entries - Nutmeg's and mine. If the subsequent posts are higher than this median Nutmeg is in trouble, and if they're lower I am.

Ooh, it's tense. I'm on the edge of my seat.
 
Posted by East Price Road (# 13846) on :
 
Erik the Red as my face! Sorry - will be back later with an original choice.
 
Posted by Caty. (# 11996) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
If the subsequent posts are higher than this median Nutmeg is in trouble, and if they're lower I am.

Ooh, it's tense. I'm on the edge of my seat.

And I get to feel guilty either way. Wonderful.

I'm going for Leif Erikson, died c.1020, explorer of various cold and icy bits of the North Atlantic and quite possibly the first European to land in North America. I'm picking him for the deeply profound reason that when I went on a wonderful holiday to Iceland in (IIRC) 1996 I stayed in a hotel opposite the statue shown in the top photo in the link.

Sorry, Marvin.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Ach. With 11 people still to post the chances are I'll survive. In fact, if all of them post it's impossible for my answer to be nearest to the median.

After your post, the only way my answer can be the median is if equal numbers of people post years above and below it. Which would, of course, mean at least one person hadn't posted and thus I would be safe.

So I should really thank you [Smile]
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
I pick
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
I pick Sinbad the Sailor whose stories take place during the reign of Harun al Rashid from 763-809 CE. A lot earlier than the date that is giving Marvin goosebumps.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Marvin, what happens if someone picks the same year as you?

I am going for Georges Reney Le Peley de Pleville who seved on the Brilliant (a privateer) which was subsequently requisitioned as a troop transport. After a few more ships he became the Governor of the port of Marseilles and later a minister for the navy and an admiral. He died in 1805. [Razz]

etc spelling

[ 22. September 2008, 11:51: Message edited by: The Rogue ]
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
I'll pick Commodore Henry Harwood, who commanded the British squadron at the Battle of the River Plate. He died in 1950.

After counting my entry, the median is exactly 1805.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Rogue:
Marvin, what happens if someone picks the same year as you?

We're both up for the drop. Nice brinkmanship!
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
It shouldn't be too hard for the remaining contestants to swing it so you both get the chop: One person goes higher and the next person lower, and so on until Quizzy wields the axe...

[Two face]
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by CuppaT:
Here's a picture of Jonah for Hart.

Scarey looking fish, but the Prophet does not seem very perturbed. He's repented for three days and has written his homily (which takes all of one half a verse).

It's impressive how he hasn't got his scroll wet, isn't it?

Thanks, CuppaT.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
It shouldn't be too hard for the remaining contestants to swing it so you both get the chop: One person goes higher and the next person lower, and so on until Quizzy wields the axe...

Indeed. The Rogue and I are sailing some pretty choppy waters right now...
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
Since Talk Like A Pirate Day was so recent, I will take Grace O'Maley (Gráinne Ní Mháille, c. 1530 – c. 1603). She's shown on the left in the linked etching of her meeting with Elizabeth I.

One story of her adventures reputes that she was in labor when her ship was attacked by Turkish pirates, and excoriated her crew by saying, "May you be seven times worse off this day 12 months from now, you who cannot do without me for one day!" She finished giving birth, took the deck and chased off the Turks.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I would like to offer John F Kennedy as my sailor. During WWII, he was commander of the Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109. He was assassinated in 1963...and yes, I remember exactly where I was when that happened.
 
Posted by East Price Road (# 13846) on :
 
I choose "The Grocer": Edward Heath (1916-2005), ex-Prime Minister and yachtsman, who had his greatest yachting triumph in 1971.
 
Posted by fletcher christian (# 13919) on :
 
I pick myself. I died in 1793 at the age of 39, having hoped for paradise in Pitcairn. At least I managed to give Bligh what for, and one of my mates burnt what remained of his boat.
Fletcher Christian
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
Marvin, I still have some brandy, should you need a bit of comfort.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
At least I'll take that rogue, The Rogue, with me [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
Walking the plank together, eh? Or pushing each other off?
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
There is still a fair chance that someone won't post...
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
Clearly someone must bravely leap in and save poor Marvin [Biased] .
I discover from this interesting website that inNovember of 1811, "Seaman Collins Frazier died during the night."

[ 22. September 2008, 17:51: Message edited by: Gwai ]
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Why am I suddenly the bad guy?
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Mary Read 1690 - 1721. An English pirate who was a better fighter than her husband, even standing in for him for a duel - and winning!
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I am surprised nobody has picked one of these fellows.
 
Posted by comet (# 10353) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
I pick Sir Francis Drake, famous Creamtealand sailor (although I don't think the Spanish liked him much), died c.1596 and was buried at sea, it is thought in a lead coffin. It is said that his drum will still sound whenever there is danger.

one of my favorite student bloopers (from a Richard Lederer book) reads, "Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with a 20 foot clipper."

[Big Grin]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I am on holidays and posting from internet Cafe, so I only just so that I am a prime contender for elimination.

At least Marvin has taken the time to work it all out, the maths was beyond me...

Never Mind, I will fall on me cutlass or whatever.

[Biased]
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
I pick Thor Heyerdahl, for the sake of the Kon-Tiki expedition. He died in 2002.

And for those yet to pick, here's who has been chosen so far:

(I make the current median 1805, using the latest dates for all deaths and negative numbers for the BCE dates.)

[ETA my own pick into the list and calculation !)

[ 22. September 2008, 22:24: Message edited by: Doublethink ]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by East Price Road:
I choose "The Grocer": Edward Heath (1916-2005), ex-Prime Minister and yachtsman, who had his greatest yachting triumph in 1971.

Oooh! Nice! I should have thought of him, myself!
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
I am surprised nobody has picked one of these fellows.

I believe those boys are swimming, not sailing.
You need some rigging and a sail to be a sailor.
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
If it was just picking a sailor, I would have picked Simon LeBon.

But he's not dead, yet. (Even if his ship overturned during a race)

And neither is his career, (yeah, yeah, so I still listen to older men who make music...shoot me! [Biased] )

Fastnet race

[ 23. September 2008, 00:04: Message edited by: PataLeBon ]
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
Not trying to get you eliminated, Rogue. I didn't even calculate who my pick would push to the brink because I knew I wouldn't be the last to post. (Or if I were, then it wouldn't matter what the median was.) Really I just posted a date near where the median was ending up. Googled seamen sailor died 1811 actually [Razz] .
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ephemera:
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
I am surprised nobody has picked one of these fellows.

I believe those boys are swimming, not sailing.
You need some rigging and a sail to be a sailor.

Sailor or seamen(if considered phonetically)
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
If it helps, the idea did occur to me, rugasaw.

Be hard to pick a death date though, anyway.
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:

Sailor or seamen(if considered phonetically)

You are absolutely right.
I know better than to just fling out a frivolous answer without checking the original post. But do I listen to my internal voice? No. Of course not. Sorry. I'll do better.
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
I am surprised nobody has picked one of these fellows.

Well, I've got a connected choice, in the form of Seaman Staines, the apocryphal character in Captain Pugwash, as debunked by Snopes. Unfortunately, there isn't a handy picture available, but he could be said to have died in 1991, when John Ryan's court action forced two newspapers to admit that he didn't exist.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Rogue:
Why am I suddenly the bad guy?

I have a good PR team [Smile]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Right, my analysis (assuming that Seaman Staines is included) shows that the median right now is 1808.

There is one competitor left to post. If he posts a date higher than that year, Gwai is out. Lower, and The Rogue and I are out. That one remaining competitor has in his hands the power of life and death (in the Quiz sense) over all three of us.

That competitor is Quizmaster.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
I'm surprised that there has still been no discussion of what a median is compared to mean, mode, average etc.

I also note that Quizmaster said
quote:

The person who posts the sailor who died closest to the median average year of death will be eliminated.

Is the "median average" a new form of statistical analysis which he will define when assessing this round?
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
If QM posts 1811 or 1805 he is out along with Gwai or Marvin & me respectively. If he posts somewhere between those dates he has sacrificed himself and if he doesn't post he is also out.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
Is it safe for Quizzy to be wielding so much power?

[Help]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
I KNEW IT!! IT'S ALL RIGGED!!!

sorry, bad sailing pun.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
Is it safe for Quizzy to be wielding so much power?

[Help]

I can't think of anyone more worthy of holding such power than our thrice-blessed Quizmaster (may his tribe increase). I have confidence that he will wield the power he so rightly holds at his command in the way which is best.

[Angel]
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
Your assessment depends on the the Quizmaster (should we automatically now put the [Overused] after his name?) accepting all the posts so far. Some of us did not identify a specific date on which our sailor of interest bit the dust, walked the plank, or just keeled over.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Rogue:
I'm surprised that there has still been no discussion of what a median is compared to mean, mode, average etc.

I also note that Quizmaster said
quote:

The person who posts the sailor who died closest to the median average year of death will be eliminated.

Is the "median average" a new form of statistical analysis which he will define when assessing this round?
Averages argument part ?. I suspect the QM has been specific about the type of average on purpose. In previous quizzes we all learned the different meanings of the word average. I do however like the nearest the median bit. There are 31 competitors this round. That would normally make the median a number nobody picked and to eliminate someone they would have to be closest to the median. With Rogue and Marvin posting the same year of death the median might fall on their YOD. If that is the case we can now argue is the exactly same YOD as the median the closest or does the closest exclude the exact YOD. And do we tell the loser to YOD off?
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
There are 31 competitors this round. That would normally make the median a number nobody picked and to eliminate someone they would have to be closest to the median.

Don't think so. In a set containing any odd number of figures, one will be the exact median. This can be demonstrated by proving the trivial case where there is one number entered, and thence by induction for n+2. If there are 31 entries, the 16th highest (which will also be the 16th lowest) will be the exact median.

[ETA: Better clarification of geeky maths stuff]

[ 23. September 2008, 15:24: Message edited by: The Great Gumby ]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
But, what if the average is achieved by taking the total number of years between the present and the various years of death posted, dividing this number by the total number of posters, and then going back from the present that many years to find the average year of death? – That would indeed be the average year of death.

My calculation shows that year to be somewhere between 1412 and 1421, accounting for the entries with more than one possible correct date of death. THAT calculation would put Mertseger's entry in jeopardy of being knocked out as closest to the average date of death! Grace O'Maley's death in 1603 is only 182/191 years apart from the average date of 1412/1421!
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by the pilgrim:
But, what if the average is achieved by taking the total number of years between the present and the various years of death posted, dividing this number by the total number of posters, and then going back from the present that many years to find the average year of death? – That would indeed be the average year of death.

That would be the mean, not the median, and QM's been explicit that he's using the median.

tGG's completely correct that with an odd number of players all posting an answer from some totally ordered set, someone is guaranteed to hit the median. I'm guessing the reason QM said "closest to" rather than "at" was that he hadn't calculated the parity of the number of players.
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
How are y'all figuring in the entries where the YOD is a range? Are you going for the median of the range?
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
What should I do?

Discussion starting in the other place.

[Big Grin]
 
Posted by Wet Kipper (# 1654) on :
 
don't forget, also rans can also have a bearing on the calculations for the competition, and to that end, I choose:

Vasco de Gama who died in 1524
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Brilliant WK.

In that case I can now go for Sir Peter Parker who was involved in the capture of New York.
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
Right, my analysis (assuming that Seaman Staines is included) shows that the median right now is 1808.

There is one competitor left to post. If he posts a date higher than that year, Gwai is out. Lower, and The Rogue and I are out. That one remaining competitor has in his hands the power of life and death (in the Quiz sense) over all three of us.

That competitor is Quizmaster.

Whatever happens, brilliant post.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
You may have worked it out.

I have to post that MY sailor died in 1811.

That gives us:

-2475 Sahure
-750 Jonah
64 Saint Peter
809 Sinbad the Sailor
1003 Erik the Red
1020 Leif Erikson
1524 Vasco de Gama
1596 Sir Francis Drake
1603 Grace O'Malley
1718 Blackbeard
1721 Mary Read
1729 Hendrik Van Der Decken
1782 Anne Bonny
1793 Fletcher Christian
1805 Horatio Nelson
1805 Georges Reney Le Peley
1811 Collins Frazier
1811 Sir Peter Parker
1817 William Bligh
1946 Anthony Petit
1950 Henry Harwood
1954 Harry Pidgeon
1963 John F Kennedy
1963 Sir Andrew Cunningham
1972 Sir Francis Chichester
1991 Seaman Staines
1994 Popeye
2000 Mochitsura Hashimoto
2002 Thor Heyerdahl
2002 David Seaman
2005 Edward Heath
2008 James Boag
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
So, in the closest the Knockout Quiz will ever come to a bloodbath, and coming so early in the contest it is a bit of a shock, FOUR people are eliminated for being the MEDIAN AVERAGE entries:

Goodbye as competitors, Hello as Also Rans to:

Gwai
Marvin the Martian
Quizmaster
The Rogue

QUALIFIERS

Angel Wrestler
Caty.
Chicklegirl
Chorister
Comet
CuppaT
Davelarge
Doublethink
East Price Road
Ephemera
Flags_Fiend
Fletcher Christian
Genevieve
Golden Key
Hart
Icklejen
Jedijudy
Mertseger
Nutmeg
PataLeBon
Patdys
Rugasaw
Rugmaker
Sharkshooter
Surfing Madness
The Great Gumby
The Pilgrim
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND FOUR : SHIPS

You have to post the name of a ship.

If you post a picture of that ship your post will be better.

You need to post the top speed of that ship and if possible post a link to a website that shows that speed.

The competitor who posts the slowest ship will be eliminated. In the case of a tie, the quality of the post will be used to make the decision.
 
Posted by Wet Kipper (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:


If you post a picture of that ship your post will be better.

please note that you cannot put HTML for web images into your posts, and ASCII art is severely frowned upon.

WK
Host etc.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Wet Kipper:
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:


If you post a picture of that ship your post will be better.

please note that you cannot put HTML for web images into your posts, and ASCII art is severely frowned upon.

WK
Host etc.

So, wise Quizmaster, would a link to a picture be sufficient?
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
In the case of a tie, the quality of the post will be used to make the decision.

That is quite beautifully subjective. [Overused]
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
The Enterprise

Maximum Speed: Warp 8

(pictures in link)
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
It's been years since I've sailed, but I've got to go with wind power. I'll take Yellow Pages Endeavor which is the current world record holder at 86.2 kph. It's a really cool trimaran to boot.
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
I pick this ship, which has a maximum speed of approximately 24Mbps - I encourage you to admire the unique stylized decoration and discreet colour scheme [Smile]

[ 23. September 2008, 21:51: Message edited by: Doublethink ]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
An exciting high-speed action film of HMS York racing along at 30 knots.

(After all that seaspray, if anyone still needs to find help to view Comet's restful water picture) then take a peek at my amended suggestion, here.
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
I claim Daniel/Sam from SG-1 (a "ship" in fanfiction circles)

They go across the galaxy in seconds, so they do have a speed... [Biased]

Stargate

(I can't post what "shipping" is because it has a parenthesis..And the board doesn't like that. [Frown] )
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
The Sea Fighter is supposed to be the Navy's fastest ship, with speeds greater than 50 knots. Not beautiful but useful.

[ 23. September 2008, 22:53: Message edited by: Geneviève ]
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
With so many types of ships to choose from, this should be a fun round!
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
And a beautiful rose for each of our valiant also rans.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
Damn the torpedos (and the editing window as well!) I was going to add all sorts of helpful links...

But instead I'll just post my choice for this round of the lovely Lady Washington, which is famous for several roles in movies and on which several of my cousins crew. Her top speed is about 11 knots.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I pick this ship. And according to this source the tootsie model goes in three licks. And from my experience most models of this ship go very fast particularly on the night of October 31st.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
I'm going to brink myself by entering the SS Great Britain, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and built in my hometown of Bristol. According to the Wiki, her top speed was 12.5 knots (about 14.4 miles per hour) without the aid of sails.

Here are pictures of her then (you have to scroll down a little) and now
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
Oh, not so brinkish, thanks to the crosspost [Hot and Hormonal]
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
Oh, not so brinkish, thanks to the crosspost [Hot and Hormonal]

Don't worry, Dave; what matters is that you felt brinkish, even if the thrill lasted just those few fleeting seconds! This way, you get all of the thrill (okay, well some of it) and none of the danger.

[edited to add words left out!]

[ 23. September 2008, 23:27: Message edited by: chicklegirl ]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
Oh, not so brinkish, thanks to the crosspost [Hot and Hormonal]

Hey you try to convert licks to miles per hour. All I know is my ship will be no longer be visible to anyone while yours will take awhile to get out of eyesight.
 
Posted by Caty. (# 11996) on :
 
The Queen Elizabeth 2, which has a maximum speed of 32.5 knots. It also has a library, an unfeasibly posh menu, some fairly comfortable alternatives to the traditional hammock, and some [Eek!] -inducing fares!
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
I choose the starship the 'Heart of Gold' from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

From Wikipedia on 'infinite probability drives' which power the ship;
quote:
When one activates the Infinite Improbability Drive, the ship is literally everywhere at once)
As the ship is everwhere, it has a top speed of zero. Try and outbrink that!
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
Now that I'm free to be silly... (Don't mention that I was already being pretty silly, please.) I will post "the slowest ship in the ocean" More details here but I think you can safely say this ship travels at zero knots.

(Humph! Spent too long working on my useless ship and now I'm not even the first slowest ship!)

[ 24. September 2008, 00:51: Message edited by: Gwai ]
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
Gwai, if you wanted to out brink you could argue a spaceship is not a ship.

If you wanted safety, you could argue your ship does move in the ocean. Down is a direction.

At any rate, yours is a much more beautiful craft with a much more attractive skipper.
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
I'll go for The Titanic. That's a decision that always ended well for people, didn't it?

Its top speed is 23 knots, or 43kph.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I will nominate the Australian
ships of the desert,
which according to this site, can travel at speeds of up to 16 km an hour for up to 80 kms.

[Biased]

[ 24. September 2008, 01:42: Message edited by: Nutmeg ]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Patdys:
I choose the starship the 'Heart of Gold' from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

From Wikipedia on 'infinite probability drives' which power the ship;
quote:
When one activates the Infinite Improbability Drive, the ship is literally everywhere at once)
As the ship is everwhere, it has a top speed of zero. Try and outbrink that!
Now Patdys if you go from one place to every place instantly is it an infinite speed or zero speed? You might not be has close to brinksmanship as you think.

And Hart I don't think the Titanic currently has the ability to move. So will the QM accept top capable speed ever or current top capable speed? Personally I think we should go with top capable speed ever. But I am not in charge(everybody can breath a sigh of relief now).
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
I found more precise speed for the Stargate.

6 seconds to go across the galaxy...Or between galaxies (that might take a bit longer...)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stargate_

(you will need to add (device) to the end of that...

I still can't get those things to work [Frown]
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
The best ship of all... The Premiership!

And it's top Speed is Gary Speed who has made the most ever appearances [Big Grin]

ij x (I'm grateful QM said 'top' not fastest!)

Oh - and the fastest a Premiership player can go is around 20 MPH
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
Outweirded and outclassed by icklejen.
When I stop laughing, I'll doff my cap. (thinking cap).
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:

And Hart I don't think the Titanic currently has the ability to move. So will the QM accept top capable speed ever or current top capable speed? Personally I think we should go with top capable speed ever. But I am not in charge(everybody can breath a sigh of relief now).

I don't think it'd be fair to insist on current speed without also insisting on actual speed for all the fictional ships people have been suggesting (which, I'm guessing, would also be 0, as they don't actually exist).
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Hart, I think you are right and I probably shouldn't have mentioned it.

Icklejen, great choice. I didn't know Gary Speed was still playing.
 
Posted by Golden Key (# 1468) on :
 
The legendary, one-of-a-kind Spruce Goose, with a cruising speed of "220 mph (353.98 km/h)".

This is from a poem about the Spruce Goose, by Alma:

quote:
You did fly and I think you might have been great,
But that subject was just lost, in the usual debate.
So here you sit, in McMinnville Oregon museum jail...
I believe in you and think through the air you could sail!


 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
As others have posted Starships, I'll go one better with a "Stars Ship" - S.S. Southern Cross. According to the Ocean Liner Museum (a useful site for all your cruising information needs), its top speed was 21 knots.
 
Posted by Rugmaker (# 10728) on :
 
No time to be clever or silly today, unfortunately, so I choose the Stiletto Ship which looks like nothing on earth and can run at 50 knots.
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
I choose SS Mahroussa (also known as El Horria) which is the oldest steamship still in service! It's top speed is 16 knots.

flags x
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
Hart, I think you are right and I probably shouldn't have mentioned it.

Of course you should have mentioned it! I think it was such a good argument that I should get many smart points for being able to rebut it.
 
Posted by fletcher christian (# 13919) on :
 
I pick the Skater, that can hit speeds of 130mph.

http://www.cartech.com/news/wr_news_boat.html
(for info and a pic)

http://www.kelt.ie/waterwaysnet/bells-boat.asp
(crappy poem about boats)
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
I pick a fishing boat, the schooner Bluenose It's the ship on the back of the Canadian dime. Launched in 1921 it fished and raced until it wreacked off of Hati in the 40's. It never did much better than any other boat at fishing, but boy, could she race! No one knows the top speed she ever hit, but her daughter, the Bluenose II , built to original plans by many of the same people who worked on the origianl Bluenose, can easily hit 16 knots (30 mph) under sail.
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
For all of you still looking, don't forget Gort has a trusty "ship" (i don't think he'd appreciate it being called a ship). Might qualify on the brinkmanship category too.
And the Stiletto is beautiful!
 
Posted by East Price Road (# 13846) on :
 
I started out thinking I would like to choose only from ships I had actually sailed on - that narrows it down drastically.

When I lived in Denmark in the 1980s I once sailed on a ferry from Kalundborg to Århus on a large brand new ferry named Peder Paars. I googled it only to find that it has changed names several times, and been used as a ferry in several different countries, currently in Norway. It has a top speed of 19 knots (21 mph).

Incidentally I have just found out that a knot is 1 nautical mile per hour, equivalent to about 1.15 miles. I'm no professor of mathematics, but in The Pilgrim's post above, he equates 16 knots to 30 mph - can this be right?

I hope that with all these different ways of measuring sailing speeds (we have not even mentioned kilometres per hour) our quizmaster is not going to get himself tied up in....no, forget it. [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
May I present the USS Leyte. She had a speed of 33 Knots, and a crew of 3448, one of which was my Daddy. [Big Grin]

When I started w*rking at my present church over fifteen years ago, a young lady (who became my friend) and I discovered that her Daddy was on the same ship at the same time as my Dad. They didn't know each other as her dad was a machinist below decks, and my dad was an aircraft mechanic on the deck.

Here's a picture, and interestingly, one of the service ships has the same name as the river I posted in the Quiz!!
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
I pick the SS Norway as she is "special" to my family. Originally called the SS France she was capable of 35 knots, this was reduced to about 25 knots when she was refitted and renamed the SS Norway.
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
I started out with boats that I knew, but I had a sinking feeling that all those were too slow. I went to the Navy and chose the Seawolf of the class of the same name with three of its kind. It can reach speeds of up to 30 knots . It reminds me of the Hunt for Red October, which is a book and movie that I love.
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
For all of you still looking, don't forget Gort has a trusty "ship" (i don't think he'd appreciate it being called a ship). Might qualify on the brinkmanship category too.
And the Stiletto is beautiful!

I know I like the way that Gort talks about his lady...

But tell a fanfiction junkie, what ship do you like, and well, we don't think like everyone else.

That's ok, isn't it? [Paranoid]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by CuppaT:
I started out with boats that I knew, but I had a sinking feeling that all those were too slow. I went to the Navy and chose the Seawolf of the class of the same name with three of its kind. It can reach speeds of up to 30 knots . It reminds me of the Hunt for Red October, which is a book and movie that I love.

For a bit I thought you were talking about a lost
submarine.
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by East Price Road:
Incidentally I have just found out that a knot is 1 nautical mile per hour, equivalent to about 1.15 miles. I'm no professor of mathematics, but in The Pilgrim's post above, he equates 16 knots to 30 mph - can this be right?

I hope that with all these different ways of measuring sailing speeds (we have not even mentioned kilometres per hour) our quizmaster is not going to get himself tied up in....no, forget it. [Roll Eyes]

I am so sorry, my mistake! At 16 knots the Bluenose II is going at a rate of 30
kilometers per hour [Hot and Hormonal]

I was playing for brinksmanship with this pick - and so far, it looks like I may get knocked out for my trouble!

[ 24. September 2008, 19:53: Message edited by: the pilgrim ]
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by East Price Road:

(we have not even mentioned kilometres per hour)

Well, I did, and so to save QM from a click of the mouse, I will note that the record for the Yellow Pages Endeavor was a bit over 46 knots.

[ 24. September 2008, 20:18: Message edited by: Mertseger ]
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hart:
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:

And Hart I don't think the Titanic currently has the ability to move. So will the QM accept top capable speed ever or current top capable speed? Personally I think we should go with top capable speed ever. But I am not in charge(everybody can breath a sigh of relief now).

I don't think it'd be fair to insist on current speed without also insisting on actual speed for all the fictional ships people have been suggesting (which, I'm guessing, would also be 0, as they don't actually exist).
Great and Wise Quizmaster (clearly going for Brownie points) did not indicate specifics.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
If this man threw this , then The Enterprise would travel at 103 miles per hour.

Since the model is real and tangible one can no longer claim it to be fictional and since it can be thrown, one cannot consider it to be immobile.

**clearly hedging my bets** [Cool]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
In the first quick finish which is tough on those who may just have gone out for the evening/day I am closing the round.

Eliminated for failing to post:
Comet
Ephemera
Sharkshooter

QUALIFIERS
Angel Wrestler
Caty.
Chicklegirl
Chorister
CuppaT
Davelarge
Doublethink
East Price Road
Flags_Fiend
Fletcher Christian
Genevieve
Golden Key
Hart
Icklejen
Jedijudy
Mertseger
Nutmeg
PataLeBon
Patdys
Rugasaw
Rugmaker
Surfing Madness
The Great Gumby
The Pilgrim
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND FIVE : FURNITURE

You must choose an item of furniture.

You then have to give it a value based on A=1,B=2,C=3...etc...Z=26.

Add the first, second, fourth and subsequent letters and take away the value of the third letter.

The person scoring closest to the mean average score will be eliminated.

ENJOY.
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
Checking in my credenza for my secret decoder ring, I believe I'll kick things off at 66.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
My #1 piece of furniture? BED = 1.
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
Furniture??

Chaise lounge = 117

Well, that's MY seat at home. [Biased]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
For my piece of furniture I will post a DESK, something close to every ship mates heart and computer.

My score is also 1. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by East Price Road (# 13846) on :
 
My choice is SIDEBOARD, which makes a score of 67.
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
I have decided to a go for a design classic, by Arne Jacobsen - to give it its full name, the 3141.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I pick a tree stump seat. Now let's see. I believe that would be 172.
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
I pick a Queen Anne Bonnet Top Highboy for a total of 281 points.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
I shall take a coffee table (doesn't this one look nice?!), which scores 69 points.

So far (i.e. including my entry but no cross posts!), the mean is 434, which means that Geneviève needs some help.
 
Posted by Golden Key (# 1468) on :
 
I choose The Stone Of Destiny. (Fun read, BTW!)

Its number is 186.
 
Posted by Golden Key (# 1468) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Doublethink:
I have decided to a go for a design classic, by Arne Jacobsen - to give it its full name, the 3141.

(Helpfully.)

Ah, but surely its full name should be this??? Though I pity poor Quizmaster, double-checking the math!
[Cool] [Biased]
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
I shall take a coffee table (doesn't this one look nice?!), which scores 69 points.

So far (i.e. including my entry but no cross posts!), the mean is 434, which means that Geneviève needs some help.

The minute I posted I knew I was in trouble, because I had forgotten DT's entry. Oh, well. If I'm out, it has been fun.
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
Seeing as I work with babies*... COT which is minus 2 [Big Grin]

*And today I can say I literally got cr*pped on [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
Here's a crib for 14 points.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Golden Key:
I choose The Stone Of Destiny. (Fun read, BTW!)

Its number is 186.

You have posted a real fraud. Let me present you the real Stone of Destiny.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
I choose a very ordinary SOFA, which is a total of 29.
 
Posted by Golden Key (# 1468) on :
 
Rugasaw--

Thank you for your helpfulness. FYI, the article to which I linked discusses the controversy.
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by chicklegirl:
My #1 piece of furniture? BED = 1.

Surely BED = 3?

B=2, E=5, D=4, 2+5-4=3

I pick BENCH for 4, as we've got two nice ones to go with our farmhouse table.
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
I choose couch for 8.

flags x
 
Posted by Caty. (# 11996) on :
 
Because the subject is on my mind after the discussion we've been having in Little Britain, I'm going for bookcase, scoring 41.

[ 25. September 2008, 09:25: Message edited by: Caty. ]
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
My furniture, utilising the word in its printing sense is 'dead metal'. I kind of like this as it is similar to dead mental, which makes me feel at home, much like a nice piece of... well, furniture.

Count 62
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Continuing the water theme and trying to be clever I shall select the po.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Golden Key:
Rugasaw--

Thank you for your helpfulness. FYI, the article to which I linked discusses the controversy.

Good, just s long as you know it wasn't the vampires it was the werewolves. But not all the werewolves just some.
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
I'll go for a HAT STAND

8+1-20+19+20+1+14+4=47.
 
Posted by fletcher christian (# 13919) on :
 
I go for -
DAVENPORT DESK WITH A SECRET DRAWER, IN WALNUT.
Which I think, gives me 424.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
quote:
Originally posted by chicklegirl:
My #1 piece of furniture? BED = 1.

Surely BED = 3?

B=2, E=5, D=4, 2+5-4=3

I pick BENCH for 4, as we've got two nice ones to go with our farmhouse table.

Ah, Great Gumby (and how very great you are!) many thanks for your quick eye. For some reason I had it in my mind that I had to subtract the second number instead of the third.

Whatever my other talents may be, my inability to figure out the right way to add such a basic equation is the very reason I ask you all to keep an eye on my math when I'm tabulating points.
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
When I was a young man at University I got my first apartment. It was furnished with upturned crates, cement blocks with planks laid across the tops, used bean-bag chairs from the Goodwill, etc. My favorite item to sit on was a nice comfy BOX. Hmmm,.... let's see,...... carry the one,.....subtract the denominator,...... That puts me at minus nine
 
Posted by East Price Road (# 13846) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by fletcher christian:
I go for -
DAVENPORT DESK WITH A SECRET DRAWER, IN WALNUT.
Which I think, gives me 424.

Sings: "and your secret drawer's no secret...anymore".
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I have a music cabinet, which I believe is an 81.

Better than leaving the music in stacks around the house! [Biased]
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
I pick Lectern which if my maths is right = 71
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
A Prie Dieu

16 + 18 + 5 + 4 + 9 + 5 + 21 - 9 = 69

We may need to visit one to stay in this round! [Votive]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Eliminated for failing to post:
Rugmaker

QUALIFIERS
Angel Wrestler
Caty.
Chicklegirl
Chorister
CuppaT
Davelarge
Doublethink
East Price Road
Flags_Fiend
Fletcher Christian
Genevieve
Golden Key
Hart
Icklejen
Jedijudy
Mertseger
Nutmeg
PataLeBon
Patdys
Rugasaw
Surfing Madness
The Great Gumby
The Pilgrim
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND SIX : PREMIERSHIP

The Barclays Premiership of British Football is the subject for this round.

You must pick THREE teams and they cannot be the same combination as someone who has chosen before you.

This choice must be posted before 12:00 noon UK time on Saturday.

The person eliminated will be chosen as follows:
1) Lowest score of goals FOR all three teams
2) Highest score of goals AGAINST all three teams
3) Rule 1 then 2 for team 1, team 2 then team 3


My Also Ran Entry for this round is
ARSENAL
CHELSEA
LIVERPOOL

You must choose a different combination.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Everton
Manchester United
Newcastle

(no idea about football, so this is a lucky dip entry)
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Hmm, I know beggar all about this so ...

Chelsea
Stoke City
Hull City
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
Middlesbro
Sunderland
Portsmouth
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
Aston Villa (there's one in Galveston)
Wigan Atheletic (sounds interesting...)
WBA (???)

Ok..I know more about football (soccer) in the US than anywhere else.. [Biased]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I choose

Aston Villa
Arsenal
Manchester City
 
Posted by East Price Road (# 13846) on :
 
I choose:

Blackburn
West Ham
Chelsea
 
Posted by Caty. (# 11996) on :
 
Manchester City
Chelsea
Arsenal
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
I don't even follow American football, so here goes a shot in the dark!

Newcastle
Liverpool
Everton
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
Looking at the current records and knowing nothing else, I'll take:

Chelsea
Blackburn
Manchester City
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
OMG, I'm still in! Well, giddy with delight I shall peruse the teams and probably pick by color of the jerseys (do they show that?) because I know nothing at all about the subject!
We are off the water theme, huh?
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
I just picked the names I liked:

Chelsea
Everton
Wigan Athletic

Cahill's a cutie though.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
There is no way I can apply any science to this game...

my three picks are therefore

1) Manchester City
2) Middlesbrough
3) Wigan Athletic

And lots of luck to all. I used this link , I don't know if it will help anyone else. Does this mean we have to wait till the weekend is over before we get the results? [Razz]
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
I pick

1. Arsenal
2. Tottenham Hotspur (How bad is Pompey's defence this season?!)
3. Manchester United

Here is a fixture list for this weekend, if anyone's interested.

[Edited for code]

[ 26. September 2008, 00:58: Message edited by: davelarge ]
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
Arsenal
Chelsea
Aston Villa
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
A pure guess on my part.
Chelsea
West Brom
Arsenal


Chelsea is first because of icklejen! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
Since I know very little about British football, I'd best stick to the ABC's:

1) Arsenal
2) Blackburn
3) Chelsea
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
1) Arsenal
2) Hull
3) Chelsea.

Yes, I know Arsenal and Hull are playing each other. This is called hedging my bets. In a game where it doesn't matter a jot how well you do so long as you don't come last, I figure reducing your variance without reducing your expectation too much is always good and picking teams whose fortunes are negatively correlated achieves that.

Random financial fact: that's the same reason why picking a very variable stock can actually make your portfolio stabler, if it's negatively correlated with your other investments.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
I pick

1. Arsenal
2. Tottenham Hotspur (How bad is Pompey's defence this season?!)
3. Manchester United

Here is a fixture list for this weekend, if anyone's interested.

[Edited for code]

Are you going to be allowed back in the house after who you picked? Or rather who you didn't pick?
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:

Chelsea is first because of icklejen! [Big Grin]

Really - I wasn't sure I'd mentioned I like Chelsea [Biased]
But we're away from home this weekend, so I'm predicting a one-nil dirge!

Anyway, seeing as I spend my time praying for
Manchester United
Liverpool
Arsenal
to do badly, I shall see what it feels like to cheer them on for a change!

Now I just have to decide if football or the quiz is more important to me!

ij x

Xposted with Rugasaw - if I didn't pick the Blues then dl is spared my wrath! Anyway - you make me sound obsessed - never!! [Razz]

[ 26. September 2008, 03:03: Message edited by: icklejen ]
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
Are you going to be allowed back in the house after who you picked? Or rather who you didn't pick?

Even Jen acknowledges that Chelsea are not exactly a well-oiled goal-scoring machine.

Help, she's just walked in the room with a baseball bat.... [Eek!]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
I have no idea what I'm doing. I hope we have an NFL round before I'm knocked out!!

I pick:

Portsmouth
Wigan
Bolton

Haven't got a clue what they can do!
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
OOOPS!! Do they have to be playing on Saturday? he.. hee..

If so, I pick:

Hull City
Sunderland
Bolton
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by the pilgrim:
OOOPS!! Do they have to be playing on Saturday? he.. hee..

If so, I pick:

Hull City
Sunderland
Bolton

No. All weekend matches count so your first choice stands.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
I will go against Lawro and choose Bolton, Hull & Sunderland.
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
Man City
West Ham
Blackburn
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
As there is a merseyside darby this weekend i pick Everton and Liverpool, also i'm always pleased in Portsmouth do well so i'll have them as well, but really know nothing about football!!
 
Posted by fletcher christian (# 13919) on :
 
Arsenal
Liverpool
Newcastle
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
OMG, I'm still in! Well, giddy with delight I shall peruse the teams and probably pick by color of the jerseys (do they show that?) because I know nothing at all about the subject!

That's how I pick American football teams.

(And I'm doing better than Rugasaw in our family football pool, much to his dismay.)
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
[Razz]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hart:
1) Arsenal
2) Hull
3) Chelsea.

Yes, I know Arsenal and Hull are playing each other. This is called hedging my bets. In a game where it doesn't matter a jot how well you do so long as you don't come last, I figure reducing your variance without reducing your expectation too much is always good and picking teams whose fortunes are negatively correlated achieves that.

This strategy will work great unless the game turns out 0-0.
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
If it does, then I'll probably do pretty badly in round 1 (goals for), but given the number of people playing I'll probably at worst tie with people. I'll then do great in the second round and not get eliminated.

At least, that's the plan...
 
Posted by Rugmaker (# 10728) on :
 
I can't believe it! I'm away from the Ship for a day and I'm out of the Quiz. And I was so looking forward to getting knocked out on the baseball round again, particuarly as the Yankees are guaranteed not to feature [Big Grin]

Also-ranning, I'll go for:

Tottenham
Everton
Arsenal
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
Are you going to be allowed back in the house after who you picked? Or rather who you didn't pick?

Even Jen acknowledges that Chelsea are not exactly a well-oiled goal-scoring machine.

Help, she's just walked in the room with a baseball bat.... [Eek!]

They didn't have jerseys on display, so I just picked the ones with names I liked...Chelsea just sounds nice, I mean, fighting fierce!
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by the pilgrim:
I have no idea what I'm doing. I hope we have an NFL round before I'm knocked out!!


If so, I will be guessing again. Actually, I like the "jersey color" theory of picking teams. I think I'll use that one next time!
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
Come on, Quizmaster! At least make it challenging for icklejen to bring football into the conversation! Her "Premier-ship" was brilliant, but this leaves her no room to shine.

I go for:

1. Aston Villa
2. Tottenham Hotspur
3. Arsenal

not on careful study of form, but for the reason that my first two picks are the only Premiership clubs with unique "titles" (Villa and Hotspur) among the 92 clubs in the league, and Arsenal play football the way it should be played.

(Rugmaker, I'm so happy that the Yankees are going to miss the play-offs with a week of the season to go, I don't even care that my poor Giants are still as crap as ever)
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
quote:
Originally posted by the pilgrim:
I have no idea what I'm doing. I hope we have an NFL round before I'm knocked out!!


If so, I will be guessing again. Actually, I like the "jersey color" theory of picking teams. I think I'll use that one next time!
In the interest of disclosure I confess that the only time I have been to the horse races here (Pimlico) I used the jersey color method and was spectacularly unsuccessful with my $15 total bets! But I had a lot of fun.
 
Posted by Golden Key (# 1468) on :
 
Wigan Athletic
Bolton
Stoke City

 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Unless I am mistaken nobody has chosen the top three scoring teams.
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
Come on, Quizmaster! At least make it challenging for icklejen to bring football into the conversation! Her "Premier-ship" was brilliant, but this leaves her no room to shine.

Bless you! I work with all women - so I have to take it out on you lot on my breaks [Smile] Today's topic was how good looking Blair and Brown are, and therefore how lucky I am to be British. No. Really!
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
Unless I am mistaken nobody has chosen the top three scoring teams.

In addition to the "color scheme" approach to
picking a team, I also operate from the perspective of a college basketball fan: any team can win/any can lose on a given day.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Good.

We have a full set of entries.

It really will be on the scores this year.

You deserve your brinkmanship point Rogue, even though you are already an Also Ran.
[Disappointed]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
The players who could lose if I understand the rules correctly. And that is a big IF.

Doublethink-2
CuppaT-1 Portsmouth to play
Rugasaw-2 Man City to play
Caty-2 Man City to play
Genevieve-2 Wigan to play
Nutmeg-0 Wigan and Man City to play
Davelarge-2 Tottenham to play
Hart-2
Pilgrim-0 Wigan and Portsmouth to play
Surfing Madness-2 Portsmouth to play
Rugmaker-0 Tottenham to play*
The Great Gumby-2 Tottenham to play
Golden Key-0 Wigan to play

Golden Key seems to be closest to the edge, but anything can happen. If Wigan scores 2 and Man City scores, and Tottenham scores 0 then 8 shippies could be eliminated.

*denotes also ran.

[eta: clarity]

[ 27. September 2008, 17:34: Message edited by: rugasaw ]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
The table with one more Saturday match to play is:


6 2 East Price Road
4 0 Icklejen
4 0 Quizmaster
4 1 Chicklegirl
4 1 Mertseger
4 1 Patdys
4 2 Flags_Fiend
3 0 Jedijudy
3 1 PataLeBon
3 2 Fletcher Christian
3 4 Angel Wrestler
3 4 Chorister
2 0 Caty.
2 0 Davelarge
2 0 Hart
2 1 Rugasaw
2 1 The Great Gumby
2 2 Doublethink
2 2 Genevieve
2 2 Surfing Madness
1 3 CuppaT
1 4 The Rogue
0 0 Nutmeg
0 2 The Pilgrim
0 2 Rugmaker
0 4 Golden Key

Golden Key is set for the drop.
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
This is the point where despite my cynical distrust of Congress, the (gag) President, the ABC, etc., I declare my trust in the Quizmaster's integrity and abilityto figure out who has won and who hasn't because I haven't bothered to follow the games and might not understand anyway.
Cheers, and a nice sip of brandy here!
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
I feel that my score reflects my nomenclature rather well [Cool]
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
[Mad] Damn the stupid quiz!

Now I am thinking "ah, cr*p Arsenal lost".

Despite the fact that it meant the Chels went back to top. And it was Hull who beat Arsenal (my beloved brother-in-law supports Hull, so they're my second team!). Quizmaster has turned this good thing into a bad thing! My head may explode! [Help]

ij x
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
The table as it stands at the end of Saturday:

6 2 East Price Road
5 2 Icklejen
5 2 Quizmaster
5 3 Chicklegirl
5 3 Hart
5 3 Patdys
4 1 Mertseger
4 2 Flags_Fiend
4 2 Jedijudy
4 3 Doublethink
4 4 Fletcher Christian
3 1 PataLeBon
3 2 Caty.
3 2 Davelarge
3 3 Rugasaw
3 3 The Great Gumby
3 4 Angel Wrestler
3 4 Chorister
3 5 The Rogue
2 2 Genevieve
2 2 Surfing Madness
1 3 CuppaT
1 4 Rugmaker
0 1 Nutmeg
0 2 The Pilgrim
0 4 Golden Key
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
There you go, East Price Road! You're topping a list and a few pages ago you were ready to drop out because you didn't understand the quiz that nobody understands, which is half the fun. Good for you!
 
Posted by Caty. (# 11996) on :
 
This round has entertained my entire family this evening: knowing that I am fairly indifferent to football, they were quite intrigued about why I was glued to the screen and cursing Hull.
 
Posted by East Price Road (# 13846) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by CuppaT:
There you go, East Price Road! You're topping a list and a few pages ago you were ready to drop out because you didn't understand the quiz that nobody understands, which is half the fun. Good for you!

Thanks! This proves that understanding is overrated. [Yipee]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by East Price Road:
Thanks! This proves that understanding is overrated. [Yipee]

Indeed it is! [Big Grin]

*cough*
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
The final table after the weekend:

6 2 East Price Road
5 2 Icklejen
5 2 PataLeBon
5 2 Quizmaster
5 3 Chicklegirl
5 3 Hart
5 3 Mertseger
5 3 Patdys
5 4 Flags_Fiend
4 2 Jedijudy
4 2 Surfing Madness
4 3 Doublethink
4 3 Genevieve
4 3 The Pilgrim
4 4 Caty.
4 4 Fletcher Christian
4 5 Rugasaw
3 3 CuppaT
3 4 Angel Wrestler
3 4 Chorister
3 4 Davelarge
3 4 Nutmeg
3 5 The Great Gumby
3 5 The Rogue
2 5 Golden Key
1 6 Rugmaker
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Eliminated for not scoring enough goals:
Golden Key

QUALIFIERS
Angel Wrestler
Caty.
Chicklegirl
Chorister
CuppaT
Davelarge
Doublethink
East Price Road
Flags_Fiend
Fletcher Christian
Genevieve
Hart
Icklejen
Jedijudy
Mertseger
Nutmeg
PataLeBon
Patdys
Rugasaw
Surfing Madness
The Great Gumby
The Pilgrim
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND SEVEN : CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS

You must choose a chemical compound and as always you must be the first to choose that particular compound.

You must post the name of the compound, the formula for that compound and then the value calculated as follows:

Add the letters of the compound using A=1, ..., Z=26 then divide by the numbers in the compound added together.

THE PERSON POSTING THE COMPOUND WITH THE VALUE CLOSEST TO THE MEAN AVERAGE VALUE WILL BE ELIMINATED.


My Choice:

NAME - Maitotoxin
FORMULA - C164 H256 Na2 O68 S2
VALUE -

C + H + N + a + O + S
3 + 8 + 14+ 1 + 15+ 19 = 60

164 + 256 + 2 + 68 + 2 = 492

60 / 492 = 0.12195121951219512195 approximately
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Oh goody! I get to be first. Gee, Quizmaster, you're making me remember high school chemistry.

I choose

Lead Nitrate
PbNO3

P + b + N + O
15+ 2 + 13 + 14 = 44

1 + 1 + 3 = 5

44 / 5 = 8.8

(I am presuming you mean for us to count the 1's that are implied when no number is given)
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I choose Di-Hydrogen Oxide.

H2 O
8+15=23/3=7.6666...
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
Should we be rounding off to 2 decimal places, as in good scientific reporting? (and for ease of computing too!)
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
Alizarin Crimson

Molecular formula = C14 H8 O4

value:

C + H + O = 3 + 8 + 15 = 26

14 + 8 + 4 = 26

26 / 26 = 1
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
I pick Decaborane

B10H14

Value: 2 + 8 =10
10 + 14 = 24

10/24 = .41
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
Sucrose (which I couldn't do without. [Biased] )

C12 H22 O11

So that's..

3+8+15=26

12+22+11=45

26/45 = 0.5777777777777777777and so forth....
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
I choose stink damp or Hydrogen sulfide, H2S. As a producer, (although smelling like Roses), it seems appropriate.
8x2 + 19 = 35
Divided by 3=

11.66.

By the way, Rose is my mother in law. [Hot and Hormonal]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
Should we be rounding off to 2 decimal places, as in good scientific reporting? (and for ease of computing too!)

True scientific reporting would round to the nearest significant digit. Currently it looks like it will be one or two decimal places but it could stretch out to three.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
Maxfield Parrish used cobalt blue so frequently in his paintings that it is sometimes called "parrish blue". The pigment is made from cobalt aluminate, (CoAl2O4).

C+O+A+O=

3+15+1+15=34

2+4=6

34/6=5.7 (rounded up from 5.66666666666666666666...)
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
Someone's got to do it: Ethanol. C2H6O.

C H O
3+8+15=26

2+6+1=9

26/9=2.89.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by chicklegirl:

C+O+A+O=

3+15+1+15=34

2+4=6

34/6=5.7 (rounded up from 5.66666666666666666666...)

Ah, yes--I'm at least starting to catch my own errors. [Hot and Hormonal]

That should be:

C+O+A+L+O=

3+15+1+12+15=46

2+4=6

46/6=7.67 (rounded up from 7.66666666666666666666...)
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
I choose the, ever popular, explosion in a custard factory:

C6H12O6(s)+6O2(g) --> 6CO2(g)+6H2O(g)

Now, I want to be clear here, in honour of the essential uncertainty that is the philosophical space of the Knockout quiz - I am choosing the "-->" bit, the moment of universal indrawn breath and quantum undeterminedness when nothing quite knows it is yet, the fragment of a second before everything goes bang. And as this is the moment of balance, represented by neither letters nor numbers I assign it the value 0.

(I know someone will now come and poke ever so gentle holes in my understanding of chemistry - But I don't care ! There is no such thing as truth ! All ontological claims must be stripped naked and made to dance in the light of their burning bridges ! Rage for the dying of the contested narrative ! I believe in the confused custard particle and you can't take that away from me !)

[ETA: Perhaps less caffeine before my next post.)

[ 29. September 2008, 00:49: Message edited by: Doublethink ]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
I will use Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2), still a wonderful home medicine-cabinet Antiseptic, as any parent will tell you.

8+15=23 2+2=4 23/4= 5.75
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Being the plain, non-adventurous type, I choose
NaCl, or salt.

14+1+3+12=30
1+1=2
30/2=15
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
Mine is something I use all the time: Sodium Bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda .

NaHCO3
14+1+8+3+15 = 41
1+1+1+3 = 6
41/6 = 6.83
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
Should we be rounding off to 2 decimal places, as in good scientific reporting? (and for ease of computing too!)

True scientific reporting would round to the nearest significant digit. Currently it looks like it will be one or two decimal places but it could stretch out to three.
Ok, I'll tell my stats prof, but he won't agree!
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
i know nothing!! I pick ferroelectric dicalcium lead propionate crystal which has the chemical compound Ca2Pb(C2H5CO2)6

Now to do the maths!!

C+a+p+b+c+h+c+o
3+1+15+2+3+8+3+15 = 50

2+2+5+2+6 = 17

50/17 = 2.941
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by chicklegirl:
quote:
Originally posted by chicklegirl:

C+O+A+O=

3+15+1+15=34

2+4=6

34/6=5.7 (rounded up from 5.66666666666666666666...)

Ah, yes--I'm at least starting to catch my own errors. [Hot and Hormonal]

That should be:

C+O+A+L+O=

3+15+1+12+15=46

2+4=6

46/6=7.67 (rounded up from 7.66666666666666666666...)

[Hot and Hormonal] Horrors. [Ultra confused]

The realization has just hit me: I failed to count the cobalt as one of the molecules...

So, third time lucky?

C+O+A+L+O=

3+15+1+12+15=46

1+2+4=7

46/7=6.57

(I can see the negative smart points accumulating before my eyes--but don't trust me to count them!)
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Doublethink:
I choose the, ever popular, explosion in a custard factory:

C6H12O6(s)+6O2(g) --> 6CO2(g)+6H2O(g)

Now, I want to be clear here, in honour of the essential uncertainty that is the philosophical space of the Knockout quiz - I am choosing the "-->" bit, the moment of universal indrawn breath and quantum undeterminedness when nothing quite knows it is yet, the fragment of a second before everything goes bang. And as this is the moment of balance, represented by neither letters nor numbers I assign it the value 0.

(I know someone will now come and poke ever so gentle holes in my understanding of chemistry - But I don't care ! There is no such thing as truth ! All ontological claims must be stripped naked and made to dance in the light of their burning bridges ! Rage for the dying of the contested narrative ! I believe in the confused custard particle and you can't take that away from me !)

[ETA: Perhaps less caffeine before my next post.)

I'll play along. If you assign the value 0 to the letters and 0 to the numbers you get 0/0. Some people might assign infinity to this fraction(it does approach infinity), but it is actually undefined. So where do you place undefined along the number line?

And Genevieve that is what you get when you ask a statistician a scientific question. [Biased] Judging by what people are posting it was looking like a one or two decimal places for our significant digit. Until Doublethink posted anyway.
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
H2O which is H=8 and O=15.

8+15= 23

23/2 = 11.5

So my score is 11.5.

I* have calculated that with 13 entrants the current mean average is around 5. But because someone else has posted a score near mine I should be safe.

ij [Big Grin]

* Of course actually I smiled winningly till my trusty physicist helped. I do not know what a mean average is (why can't it just be nicer?) or a chemical number thingy. DL is still trying to explain why just saying "the fastest goal ever scored at Wembley was in 43 seconds" is not giving a speed. And that was in last year's quiz [Help]
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
Unfortunately, icklejen, ragasaw has already taken H2O.

I'll take Heme b the most common heme found in blood. It's C34H32O4N4Fe, and so

3+8+15+14+6+5 = 51

34+32+4+4+1 = 75

for a final 51/75 = 0.68 .
 
Posted by East Price Road (# 13846) on :
 
I know absolutely nothing about chemistry, so for inspiration for this task I looked on a marmite jar. Marmite contains niacin , so it can't be bad.

Niacin (also known as vitamin B3):

C6H5NO2

14+9+1+3+9+14=50

6+5+2=13

50/13= 3.8
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
Quizmaster, is there a set formulation for how we should post the compound's formula? A polymer is generally expressed with repeating units inside brackets, so CH3CH2CH2CH2CH3 would more usually be expressed as CH3 (CH2)3 CH3, so the same compound can produce different values (4.58 in the first case, 3 in the second. This is true for any compound including repeating units. In the case of compounds of the type CH3 (CH2)n CH3, as n tends to infinity, the compound's value for the purposes of this round tends to either 5.5 or 0, depending on how you count it. (Depending on Quizzy's ruling, this may be useful for those yet to post.)

To avoid such confusion, I'll go for Methionylalanylthreonyl...leucine, generally known as Enaptin, which has the formula C44189 H71252 N12428 O14007 S321.

C + H + N + O + S
3 + 8 + 14 + 15 + 19 = 59

44189 + 71252 + 12428 + 14007 + 321 = 142197

59 / 142197 = 0.000415 (4.15 e^-4)
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
This is a highly exciting round, seeing as I start my chemistry PhD today!

I'm going to choose n-Butyllithium which is a compound I get to use lots, C4H9Li

so C+H+L+i=3+8+12+9=32
and 4+9+1=14

32/14=2.286

flags x
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Oxygen which is O2 scoring 7.5000000000000
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Hydrogen gas H2 (don't think anyone's chosen that on its own) is 4.
 
Posted by Rugmaker (# 10728) on :
 
I'm now feeling quite fortunate to have been eliminated as I don't think I actually understand this round enough to participate.

Backtracking slightly, I have now finished last in two consecutive rounds - is this a record?

I have also now finished last in the football round in 2 different knockout quizzes, and I claim to know something about football and also follow it closely! Clearly there is something in the idea of picking teams that play in pretty colours.

Now back to your regularly scheduled Knockout Quiz.
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
The Rogue and Chorister, you've both chosen elements, not compounds. A compound is defined here as consisting of two or more elements.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I am going to choose the compound Fucitol which has the formula c6 h14 o5.

The maths is as follows

C + H + O = 26

6 + 14 + 5 = 25

26 /25 = 1.04

I can't believe I survived the football round [Big Grin] .
 
Posted by Caty. (# 11996) on :
 
I suspect this is going to put me perilously close to the mean, but I never was much good at science and my options are a tad limited unless I spend the afternoon scouring reference books.

So, I'm going for H2SO4 Sulphuric Acid, which I calculate scores precisely 6:

8+19+15=42
2+1+4+7

42/7=6

[ 29. September 2008, 12:03: Message edited by: Caty. ]
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
Just to see if I can raise the average a bit (as I am not sure what the "average mean" is):

Yttrium zinc

YZn

25+26+14=65
1+1=2

So, a score of 32.5
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Rugmaker:
I'm now feeling quite fortunate to have been eliminated as I don't think I actually understand this round enough to participate.

Backtracking slightly, I have now finished last in two consecutive rounds - is this a record?

I have also now finished last in the football round in 2 different knockout quizzes, and I claim to know something about football and also follow it closely! Clearly there is something in the idea of picking teams that play in pretty colours.

Now back to your regularly scheduled Knockout Quiz.

I don't think you have to understand this round to compete...at least I didn't. I just went to my good friend WP, sort of closed my eyes and picked one. Kind of like the way I did high school chemistry.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by chicklegirl:
quote:
Originally posted by chicklegirl:
quote:
Originally posted by chicklegirl:

C+O+A+O=

3+15+1+15=34

2+4=6

34/6=5.7 (rounded up from 5.66666666666666666666...)

Ah, yes--I'm at least starting to catch my own errors. [Hot and Hormonal]

That should be:

C+O+A+L+O=

3+15+1+12+15=46

2+4=6

46/6=7.67 (rounded up from 7.66666666666666666666...)

[Hot and Hormonal] Horrors. [Ultra confused]

The realization has just hit me: I failed to count the cobalt as one of the molecules...

So, third time lucky?

C+O+A+L+O=

3+15+1+12+15=46

1+2+4=7

46/7=6.57

(I can see the negative smart points accumulating before my eyes--but don't trust me to count them!)

At least you appreciate Maxfield Parrish's work for what it is. Thomas Kinkaid couldn't hold a candle to Parrish's work.

Our gracious Quizmaster, I'm sure, recognizes your artistic side and will reward you appropriately.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by sharkshooter:
Just to see if I can raise the average a bit (as I am not sure what the "average mean" is):

Mean average is when you add all the numbers together then divide them by the number of numbers. For example:

14 + 20 + 2 + 7 = 43

then divide by 4 and that = 10.75

and if I'm estimating correctly, you brought the mean close to my own chemical's score! [Two face]
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
I always found Kinkaid's work boring...and had to smile appreciatively on occasions when someone gave me a set of cards adorned with his paintings on the front (or top, the first page if you get what I mean).
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
The Rogue and Chorister, you've both chosen elements, not compounds. A compound is defined here as consisting of two or more elements.

I gave up chemistry when I was 13 - can you tell? [Confused]

(That and wasting too much time listening to this.....)
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
I always found Kinkaid's work boring...and had to smile appreciatively on occasions when someone gave me a set of cards adorned with his paintings on the front (or top, the first page if you get what I mean).

You're right. As popular as Kinkaid is (and why is it that conservative Christians love him so much), he's no good.

According to my MFA-degreed husband, Parrish, even though he is classified as kitsch, is nonetheless a good artist. Kinkaid is a one pony show and even that one pony isn't that great.
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
quote:
Originally posted by sharkshooter:
Just to see if I can raise the average a bit (as I am not sure what the "average mean" is):

Mean average is when you add all the numbers together then divide them by the number of numbers. For example:

14 + 20 + 2 + 7 = 43

then divide by 4 and that = 10.75

and if I'm estimating correctly, you brought the mean close to my own chemical's score! [Two face]

I understood that, in your case, the average is 10.75, as you calculated, but the mean would be the middle item, or when there is an even number of items, the average of the one below and the one above the middle. So, here, the mean is (14+7)/2 = 10.5
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Sharkshooter, you're talking about the median, I believe.
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
Ok, take two!

Methane has the chemical symbol CH4.

C = 3, H = 8 so the letters total 11.

There's 1 C and 4 Hs, so the numbers total 5.

11/5 = 2.2.

So you know in school when the teacher said "you'll need to know this one day" - was this quiz what she was talking about? [Eek!]
 
Posted by fletcher christian (# 13919) on :
 
[Help]
Does Carbon count?
If so (having no chemistry whatsoever) that would be C
C=3 divided by 1 =

3
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by sharkshooter:
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
quote:
Originally posted by sharkshooter:
Just to see if I can raise the average a bit (as I am not sure what the "average mean" is):

Mean average is when you add all the numbers together then divide them by the number of numbers. For example:

14 + 20 + 2 + 7 = 43

then divide by 4 and that = 10.75

and if I'm estimating correctly, you brought the mean close to my own chemical's score! [Two face]

I understood that, in your case, the average is 10.75, as you calculated, but the mean would be the middle item, or when there is an even number of items, the average of the one below and the one above the middle. So, here, the mean is (14+7)/2 = 10.5
And the mean can be greatly affected by outliers. So, if in the example you give, we use 50 instead of 20, the series is 50, 14, 7, 2.

The mean is 18.2; the median (14+7)/2 = 10.5.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
I always found Kinkaid's work boring...and had to smile appreciatively on occasions when someone gave me a set of cards adorned with his paintings on the front (or top, the first page if you get what I mean).

You're right. As popular as Kinkaid is (and why is it that conservative Christians love him so much), he's no good.

According to my MFA-degreed husband, Parrish, even though he is classified as kitsch, is nonetheless a good artist. Kinkaid is a one pony show and even that one pony isn't that great.

Similar to N.C. Wyeth, Parrish is one of those great artists, who, because they did the majority of their well-known work illustrating (which was how they were able to make a living), are often spurned as being kitschy. Which is a shame, since both Parrish and Wyeth were brilliant.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by fletcher christian:
[Help]
Does Carbon count?

According to Gumby, no it doesn't.

I shall enter the following (rather cool) high-Tc superconducting material* Bi2 Sr2 Ca1 Cu2 O8, called BSCCO-2212 (pronounced 'biscko'). It has a critical temperature of about 91K (which isn't all that high, I guess) but it's name does make me think of chocolate hobnobs, which is definitely a good thing [Big Grin] .

Doing the sums makes 91 for the letters and 15 for the numbers (I think), so my total score is 6.467, to three decimal places. [Smile]

* This is the one round where we'd really like to be able to do subscripts!
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
Someone was paying attention then, Dave. [Smile]

Fletcher: Carbon, like Oxygen and Hydrogen, is an element. A compound is made up of more than one element. The chemical formula for a compound tells you how many atoms of each element make up a molecule of the compound. So the formula must contain more than one letter. You can probably get more information here (which contains some useful formulas if you're stuck), or by googling "chemical compound".
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
Angel Wrestler's right. Just to muddy the waters (and possibly provide fodder for a future round), there are other averages out there, including my personal favorite, the truncated mean or "ice dancing average". In this, you ignore the extreme values (defined in some pre-arranged way) and then take the mean of the rest.

In ice skating competitions, their pre-arranged way is to ignore the highest and lowest, so the truncated mean of 1, 3, 4, 5, 100 is (3+4+5)/3=4.

Another way to do it is to ignore anything more than 1/3 of the range away from the median. That way, taking the same sample, we note that the range is 99 (100-1), one third of which is 33. The median is 4, so the only number more than 1/3 of the range away from the median is the 100. With this method, the truncated mean is (1+3+4+5)/4= 3.25.
 
Posted by fletcher christian (# 13919) on :
 
Insulin
C=3+h=8+n=14+o=15+s=18=58, 257+383+65+77+6=788
58/788 = 0.0736

Now how's that for someone with no chemistry?!!!
I did cheat a little.

(tidied code)

[ 29. September 2008, 18:44: Message edited by: Chorister ]
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
Aha! Probably why Quizmaster, in his infinite wisdom, precisely said: average mean.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
OK, so I'm probably being thick here, but I still don't understand the phrase 'average mean'. I understand that there are different types of average (including the mean, truncated mean, median and mode), so I know that 'mean average', or 'median average' are meant to convey.

'Average mean' sounds to me like you have a set of values which are themselves means of other sets, and you calculate some average of those means. But we only have one set here, so that doesn't make sense.

[Confused]
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
I'm a professional statistician, and it's noteworthy that we virtually never use the word "average" at all even in the generic sense used by Hart. We wish to avoid just the kind of confusion that's cropping up a bit in this thread. We simply say "mean", "median" or "mode" as appropriate. I just mentally delete the word "average" from Quizmaster's posts, and, thus far, the results of doing so have matched exactly his intended meaning.

Now, if you all don't behave, I will go on at length why using n or n-1 does not matter much in the formula for sample standard deviations.
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
Angel Wrestler, would I be an obnoxious pedant if I pointed out that Pb is one element, lead? Non-capitalized letters are the second lettters of an abbreviation. It could only be boron if it were written with a PB
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
Someone was paying attention then, Dave. [Smile]

Fletcher: Carbon, like Oxygen and Hydrogen, is an element. A compound is made up of more than one element. The chemical formula for a compound tells you how many atoms of each element make up a molecule of the compound. So the formula must contain more than one letter. You can probably get more information here (which contains some useful formulas if you're stuck), or by googling "chemical compound".

I would have said that oxygen O2 is a compound, as it has more than 1 oxygen atom. Carbon, C, on the other hand is an element as it is just a single atom.

flags x
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
Oh goody! I get to be first. Gee, Quizmaster, you're making me remember high school chemistry.

I choose

Lead Nitrate
PbNO3

P + b + N + O
15+ 2 + 13 + 14 = 44

1 + 1 + 3 = 5

44 / 5 = 8.8

(I am presuming you mean for us to count the 1's that are implied when no number is given)

Gwai - I rest my case.
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
Mertseger
[Overused]

So, a very personal question here: Are you one of the people who actually understand Cohen & Cohen?
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:

So, a very personal question here: Are you one of the people who actually understand Cohen & Cohen?

I actually had to look that reference up, but, yeah, regression analysis is pretty much my bread and butter. We tend to use slightly different flavors of regressions over here in the financial sector, but I've created and reviewed tons of logistical regressions at this point in my career.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Knocked out for choosing an element, not a compound:
Chorister

Justification

QUALIFIERS
Angel Wrestler
Caty.
Chicklegirl
CuppaT
Davelarge
Doublethink
East Price Road
Flags_Fiend
Fletcher Christian
Genevieve
Hart
Icklejen
Jedijudy
Mertseger
Nutmeg
PataLeBon
Patdys
Rugasaw
Surfing Madness
The Great Gumby
The Pilgrim
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND EIGHT : MOONS

You must ally your self with an orbiting mass commonly known as a moon.

You must post the name of the moon and its distance from the planet around which it orbits.

The person who posts the moon with the MEDIAN distance will be eliminated and in the event of a tie the MEAN will be used to make a decision.

Good Luck.
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
Heh, good use of median and mean there, QM.

People might find this table useful.

I'll choose Phobos which circles Mars at about 9270 km in about three times in one of earth's days.
 
Posted by Caty. (# 11996) on :
 
Metis, which orbits Jupiter at a distance of approximately 128,000km.
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
As long as i don't cross post i pickThe Moon Which is 384,400 km from earth.
 
Posted by East Price Road (# 13846) on :
 
I choose Titan, the largest of Saturn's moons, said to be 1.2 million kilometres from its planet (viewed from Earth).
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
I wanted to choose Keith Moon, but while he was frequently spaced, I don't think he can be said to be orbiting.

Instead, I'll choose Charon, which apparently orbits Pluto at a distance of roughly 19,640km.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
I choose Jupiter's Io, which has an orbital radius of 421,700 km.
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
Here is Amalthea , a very little moon which orbits Jupiter. It is 181,300 km from its planet.
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
I pick Dysnomia (previously known as Gabrielle) which orbits Eris (previously known as Xena).

It orbits at a distance of 37,370 plus or minus 150...
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
I like to think of the exploration of space as a romantic journey, astral bodies have such evocative names - Pluto, Charon, and 40233.1 miles from Pluto one of its smaller moons, S/2005 P1 ...

(They did have a rethink and rename it Hydra, to go with the underworld a little later. The accurate distance is in the Hydra link.)

[ 29. September 2008, 22:29: Message edited by: Doublethink ]
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
I'll choose Charon, which apparently orbits Pluto at a distance of roughly 19,640km.

I hate to be pedantic already, but Pluto is no longer a planet.
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
I pick this, of questionable taste, moon (very blurry but possibly not safe for work) which orbits 1.5 metres above the earth or 2.5 km around the local mall.

Actually, upon reflection, it is not of questionable taste. It's actually a bad taste moon.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Perhaps I should get Luke Skywalker to check out Mimas. It orbits 185,520 kilometers above the surface of Saturn.

[different word]

[ 29. September 2008, 22:47: Message edited by: jedijudy ]
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
I'll choose Charon, which apparently orbits Pluto at a distance of roughly 19,640km.

I hate to be pedantic already, but Pluto is no longer a planet.
Pluto is a dwarf planet.

There are now 8 major and 2 minor...

Yeah, I don't get it either, but *shrug*

Pluto a planet?
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
Button Moon! Now, surprisingly there is very little data about precisely how far away Button Moon is from "home" (Mr Spoon's planet that Button Moon orbits).

I do have an assignment for University due. BUT no fear, I have been researching this instead.

It would appear from the many pieces of information available on youtube that I can make a visual estimation. At the end of this clip you can see that from "home" Button Moon still appears quite large. Having placed a largish button at one end of my hallway and walked backwards until the button appeared the same size as Button Moon, I would conclude that there is approximately a 2 metre distance.

As I am a fair and rational person, I understand that my answer is not as precise as others, and therefore if the median average turns out to be anywhere between 1 and 5 metres I will accept that I will be eliminated. This possibility, you will be pleased to know, will not keep me up at night.

For those of you interested this clip demonstrates the origins of Button Moon, and how the flying wok was foiled.
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by PataLeBon:
I pick Dysnomia (previously known as Gabrielle) which orbits Eris (previously known as Xena).

It orbits at a distance of 37,370 plus or minus 150...

Rereading can be a good thing...

Those numbers are in km if anyone cares.. [Biased]
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
I'll go with Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter which has a mean orbital radius of 1070400 km. It's one of the least eccentric moons out there... in the technical geometric sense, of course!

He was also cup bearer to the gods in Greek mythology. I feel a certain affinity to him, as I once served a glass of wine to Boy George.

(the ship doesn't seem to like wiki articles)

[ 30. September 2008, 21:26: Message edited by: Chorister ]
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
OK, so hopefully there's nothing for the pedant in my pick. I choose Ganymede (that's a view from the surface, apparently), because it's got a funky-sounding name, and because it's mean orbital radius is 1.07 million kilometres.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
Raaah!
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I choose the moon in this picture. It is about 6inches from the surface of the planet in the picture. It is also about 6 feet from the surface of earth.
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
My moon is Callisto - 1,070,000 km from Jupiter.

Callisto was discovered by Galileo in 1610, and named after one of Jupiter's many lovers from Greek mythology. She's got some mileage on her, and shows the highest density of impact craters in the Solar System. For an old lady, she's still a beauty. I read somewhere that Harrison Ford lives there.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ephemera:
My moon is Callisto - 1,070,000 km from Jupiter.

Umm...

Are you sure?

I'll try again with Deimos, which is Mars' other moon. It orbits at 23,459 km from the planet.

If anyone cross-posts the same answer this time, I'll.... [Mad]
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
I'll choose Charon, which apparently orbits Pluto at a distance of roughly 19,640km.

I hate to be pedantic already, but Pluto is no longer a planet.
I anticipated that objection. Quizmaster said that we had to choose an orbiting mass commonly known as a moon. Charon undoubtedly fits the bill. The second sentence assumes that any orbiting mass commonly known as a moon orbits a planet, or at least that's how I read it. And as PataLeBon observed, Pluto is classified as a dwarf planet (not to be confused with minor planets, which are basically asteroids). It may have been kicked off the top table, but it doesn't deserve to be ignored.

The Campaign for Rights for All Planets starts here!
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
quote:
Originally posted by ephemera:
My moon is Callisto - 1,070,000 km from Jupiter.

Umm...

Are you sure?


[Hot and Hormonal] I'll try again with Callisto at 1,883,000 km from Jupiter. I somehow transposed something or other and ended up 813,000 km off. [Hot and Hormonal] does that qualify for stupidity points? I don't think I can earn any kind of points at all as I am a member of the undead...we can post but it means nothing. Thanks for your help.
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
The Campaign for Rights for All Planets starts here!

Hear, hear!! No planet deserves to be discriminated against no matter what it's size. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Rugmaker (# 10728) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by PataLeBon:
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
The Campaign for Rights for All Planets starts here!

Hear, hear!! No planet deserves to be discriminated against no matter what it's size. [Big Grin]
Are you saying that size doesn't matter? [Biased]
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
Raaah!

Great minds, Dave.
 
Posted by fletcher christian (# 13919) on :
 
I choose my Korean friend Soon Duk Moon, who orbits the planet (admitedly on an airplane) at least once a year at a distance of approx 30,000 feet from earth.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
And as PataLeBon observed, Pluto is classified as a dwarf planet...

Just to muddy the waters further*, this article from CNN and this discussion both raise the question of whether Pluto and Charon are in fact a binary planet.

However, this page on Wikipedia says that an official decision was never reached, so our enquiring minds will have to fret impatiently until the astronomers can be bothered to make a decision.

* despite appearances, I'm only posting this because I found it interesting: I'm not trying to contest your entry.
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
I pick my old vinyl recording of a rock & roll version of that old jazz classic MOON OVER MIAMI by Bill Haley & His Comets. It orbits about 4 feet off the surface of my living room floor at a rate of 45 rpm.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I will ally myself with the moon phoebe which orbits Saturn at a distance of 12,952,000 km.

I like the name Phoebe, that's why I chose it.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
I'm going with one of Jupiter's 63 [Eek!] moons named Eukelade because it sound similar to eukelele.

It is 4 km in diameter and is 24,557,295 km from its planet.

And, not pertinent to the QM's question, its orbit is 237 days. That's pretty fast little sucker!
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Ah well, it's the first time I've been knocked out so early in the competition, so I can't complain too much. [Razz]

Just to show there's no hard feelings, here's a very special gnome moon - a present for Quizmaster's garden.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
I understand that in space objects actually orbit each other rather than the smaller orbitting the larger. Therefore I will go for the Sun which is, if I remember correctly, about one AU above the Earth.
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
I pick Caliban which orbits 7.2 million km from Uranus. He (?) also has a number S/1997 U 1, but I think a name is so much nicer.

And I am orbiting several inches off the floor because I have printed out and given draft copies of my first 3 dissertation chapters to my committee!!
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
I pick Caliban which orbits 7.2 million km from Uranus. He (?) also has a number S/1997 U 1, but I think a name is so much nicer.

And I am orbiting several inches off the floor because I have printed out and given draft copies of my first 3 dissertation chapters to my committee!!

Congratulations! [Yipee] I'm delighted for you. What's it on?
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
I choose Rhea which orbits Saturn at 527040km. I chose it because it is the only moon to have a ring system!

flags x
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Rugmaker:
quote:
Originally posted by PataLeBon:
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
The Campaign for Rights for All Planets starts here!

Hear, hear!! No planet deserves to be discriminated against no matter what it's size. [Big Grin]
Are you saying that size doesn't matter? [Biased]
Some things are good in small packages. [Big Grin]

(Can't spell...sigh...)

[ 30. September 2008, 22:41: Message edited by: PataLeBon ]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Darn it, I have a decision to make.

I think one of you weirdos is going this time.

Take 24 hours while I formulate a decision.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
Ah well, it's the first time I've been knocked out so early in the competition, so I can't complain too much. [Razz]

Just to show there's no hard feelings, here's a very special gnome moon - a present for Quizmaster's garden.

And I guesstimate that it is in a geosynchronous orbit of 4 inches.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Darn it, I have a decision to make.

I think one of you weirdos is going this time.

Take 24 hours while I formulate a decision.

Weirdos? Us? [Angel]
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
Weirdos? Why thank, QM, for that lovely compliment!

AngelWrestler, I am looking at the impact of clergy sexual abuse on survivors...using a between groups comparison model.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Knocked out for not naming the moon in his picture:
Rugasaw

Analysis on KOQ forum

QUALIFIERS
Angel Wrestler
Caty.
Chicklegirl
CuppaT
Davelarge
Doublethink
East Price Road
Flags_Fiend
Fletcher Christian
Genevieve
Hart
Icklejen
Jedijudy
Mertseger
Nutmeg
PataLeBon
Patdys
Surfing Madness
The Great Gumby
The Pilgrim
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND NINE : WEATHER FORECAST

I need a bit of a breather to catch up on SMART and other points so this time round you have to predict the weather in Exeter (UK) next Tuesday.

This round is based on the following page:

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/sw/exeter_forecast_weather.html


You must post all of the following: TIME, TEMPERATURE, WIND DIRECTION, WIND SPEED, WIND GUST and VISIBILITY.

I will match your entry with the relevant time on Tuesday 7th October and you get a point for every degree out, a point for every compass notch out, a point for every mile per hour out, and the tiebreaker will be visibility. Lowest score wins.
Highest score is eliminated.

You have until midnight on Thursday 2nd October UK time to post your entry.

Good Luck.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
The Weather? Oh my giddy aunt whatever next?

I hae just worked out with the assistance of This time converter that I have until approx 8.55 am Brisbane time on 3/10/2008 to post before it is midnight in London on 2/10/2008.

Everybody synchronize your watches....
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
TIME: 12:00 (midday)
TEMPERATURE: 15 C
WIND DIRECTION: NNW
WIND SPEED: 16 mph
WIND GUST: 20 mph
VISIBILITY: very good

flags x
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
Ah, what a wunder-ful world we live in, where this kind of information is available at our fingertips in just seconds!

And now for my atmospheric prognostications...

TIME: 2:00 p.m.
TEMPERATURE: 18° C
WIND DIRECTION: SW
WIND SPEED: 32 km/h
WIND GUST: 40 km/h
VISIBILITY: 8 km

and I'll add, just for good measure...
CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION: 70%
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
I can't seem to find any data that would be easy to crunch, and I'll just make a reasonable guess.

TIME: 1300
TEMPERATURE: 14° C
WIND DIRECTION: NW
WIND SPEED: 15 mph
WIND GUST: 30 mph
VISIBILITY: Good
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
<snippet> you get a point for every degree out, a point for every compass notch out, a point for every mile per hour out...</snippet>

I didn't think about this until after I posted; I just assumed since we were predicting the weather in Exeter I should use metric.

So now I have to ask, QM: are you going to be adjusting the points if we posted in kph instead of mph? I'm guessing it will be only fair for any of us who are off the mark to have more points taken away when we predict windspeed in kilometers per hour, right? Or should I just repost my windspeed predictions in mph to make your life easier? [Angel]
 
Posted by fletcher christian (# 13919) on :
 
Time:2.30pm
Temperature:14 dgs c
Wind Speed:19 mph
Wind Direction:from SSE 165dgs
Wind Gust:21 mph
Visibility:clear, but a bit of rain could cause some spray on the roads
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
Time: 1300
Temperature: 11 C
Wind Direction: NW
Wind Speed: 20 mph
Wind Gust: 25 mph
Visability: Poor

Like I know anything about weather in England, but I can try!! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
TIME: 7:30 PM
TEMP: 55 F
WIND DIRECTION: Out of the NW (headed SW)
WIND SPEED: 10 mph.
GUSTS: 15 mph
VISIBILITY: fair
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by chicklegirl:
Ah, what a wunder-ful world we live in, where this kind of information is available at our fingertips in just seconds!

[Overused] Thanks, Chickiegirl! I couldn't have done it without you.
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
TIME: 12 noon
TEMPERATURE: 13 degrees C
WIND DIRECTION: S
WIND SPEED: 18mph
WIND GUSTS: 28mph
VISIBILITY: poor


ij x

edited to add: you can get good long range info here!

[ 01. October 2008, 23:54: Message edited by: icklejen ]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by PataLeBon:
Time: 1300
Temperature: 11 C
Wind Direction: NW
Wind Speed: 20 mph
Wind Gust: 25 mph
Visability: Poor

Like I know anything about weather in England, but I can try!! [Big Grin]

England I thought the QM was talking about Exeter
Missouri.
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
(Parousia; Pre-eschaton)
TIME: 4 pm
TEMPERATURE: 13 degrees C
WIND DIRECTION: NW
WIND SPEED: 16mph
WIND GUSTS: 28mph
VISIBILITY: very good

(Eschaton)
TIME: for all time
TEMPERATURE: 1300+ degrees C
WIND DIRECTION: up
WIND SPEED: 160+ mph
WIND GUSTS: 280+ mph
VISIBILITY: very red, many pitchforks

Yes QM, I am disparaging your character [Razz]
 
Posted by East Price Road (# 13846) on :
 
TIME: 0700
TEMPERATURE: 9 deg C
WIND DIRECTION: WSW
WIND SPEED: 27 mph
WIND GUST: 47 mph
VISIBILITY: very good
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Judging by the crazy weather we've been getting in Creamtealand recently, I reckon that in Exeter next Tuesday the weather will look like this. [Paranoid]


Chorister (AlsoRanner)
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
TIME: 00:00
TEMPERATURE: 0 deg C
WIND DIRECTION: none
WIND SPEED: 0 mph
WIND GUST: 0 mph
VISIBILITY: zero

It will be very amusing if this is closer to the truth than any of the "serious" answers [Big Grin] .
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Ok, here we go.

Exeter next Tuesday.

Time :6 am
Temperature: a crisp 9 degrees Celsius
Wind Direction: SW
Wind Speed : 15 mph
Gust: 27 MPH
Visibility: good

All in all a lovely day if your a local and used to pommy weather. Now don't rain on my parade Quizzy.
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
Ooh, interesting round.

Time: 0400
Temp: 9C
Wind Direction: SW
Wind Speed: 15mph
Wind Gust: 30mph
Visibility: Good
 
Posted by Caty. (# 11996) on :
 
TIME: 10.00 am
TEMPERATURE: 11°C
WIND DIRECTION: SW
WIND SPEED: 14mph
WIND GUST: 30mph
VISIBILITY: Good

[ 02. October 2008, 11:07: Message edited by: Caty. ]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
".... I don't knoe whyyyy.. there's no sun up in the skyyyy.. Stormy weatherrrr..." .... Oh,... sorry.

Ah, yesss. Let's look into my crystal ball..... Exeter,... yesss.

Time: 5 pm.
Temp: 15 C
Wind Direction: due West
Wind Speed: 18 mph
Wind Gust: 24 mph
Visibility: fair

That's all for now. Tune in at six for another report from World Weather Watch.
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
Time: 2pm
Temp: 17 C
Wind Direction: Due W
Wind Speed: 16 mph
Wind Gust: 26 mph
Visibility: Fair.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
So, here's my guesses:

Time: 1000
Temperature: 10°C
Wind direction: SSE
Wind speed: 16 mph
Gust speed: 25 mph
Visibility: Poor

I'm not sure that Devon's done anything good to me in the past, but here's hoping it comes through this time...
 
Posted by Rugmaker (# 10728) on :
 
TIME: 02:37
TEMPERATURE: 4.5674 C
WIND DIRECTION: 23.5565 degrees (ish)
WIND SPEED: 3.14159 mph
WIND GUST: 20.0000001 mph
VISIBILITY: none (it's still dark at that time, obviously)

Additional points for super accuracy, Quizzy?
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
TIME: 1100
TEMP: 17 c (62.6 F)
WIND DIRECTION: WSW
WIND SPEED: 37km/hr (23 mph)
WIND GUSTS: 32.2 km/hr (20 mph)
VISIBILITY: POOR

Chance of rain: at least 80%

Actually what is the base rate for weather forecasters that we are going against? Anyone know?
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
TIME: 1300
TEMP: 16 c
WIND DIRECTION: NW
WIND SPEED: 30 mph
WIND GUSTS: 45 mph
VISIBILITY: POOR

Driving rain squalls from the remnants of Extratropical storm system Laura.

Just sharing the love! [Biased]
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
WIND SPEED: 37km/hr (23 mph)
WIND GUSTS: 32.2 km/hr (20 mph)

As wind speed is a measure of a persistent rate, while gusts are brief but unsustained fluctuations in excess of that, I think you're unlikely to be right with both of these. But maybe it's just a clever way of hedging your bets. [Smile]
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
So, here's my guesses:

Time: 1000
Temperature: 10°C
Wind direction: SSE
Wind speed: 16 mph
Gust speed: 25 mph
Visibility: Poor

I'm not sure that Devon's done anything good to me in the past, but here's hoping it comes through this time...

At first I thought 1000 was the temperature not the time. I decided that would tht would take a lot of coming through from Devon.*

*For you. Wouldn't be so kind to the inhabitants
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
time: 8am
Temperature: 9C
wind direction: SW
Wind Speed: 10mph
Visability: Good
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Surfing Madness:
time: 8am
Temperature: 9C
wind direction: SW
Wind Speed: 10mph
Visability: Good

I forgot Wind Gusts: 12.5mph
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Also Rans...do any of you need anything? [Smile] Ice? Cushions? Air Horns? [Biased]
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
Devon: Gateway to Cornwall. Or is there anything else that's good about it?
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Tut, tut - I'll have you know we are the cream. [Razz]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
You are right Hart,

There is nowhere nice in Devon.

I wouldn't live there!

[Razz]
 
Posted by Caty. (# 11996) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
Tut, tut - I'll have you know we are the cream. [Razz]

The cream indeed.

(I'll get me coat.)
 
Posted by Annie P (# 3453) on :
 
Hi, err, sorry to interrupt here - and I know I'm about three weeks late (punctuality isn't my strong point) but I think just to keep my sanity and give myself something else to do, I might pop up as an also ran in the next round if that's ok.

I know. It's been a while, and I can't sleep, so I'm finally getting round to it!

Annie smiles and winks at Quizzie. Better late than never dear, yes?
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Also Rans...do any of you need anything? [Smile] Ice? Cushions? Air Horns? [Biased]

Are there any cream teas available?
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
So, by my reckoning doublethink and cuppa are out for failing to post.

So it really won't matter what the weather is like in Exeter, well, except for the people who are actually there.

I'm still adjusting to living somewhere where the temperature fluctuates by around 20 degrees C every day. What the heck am I meant to wear? Of course when it's consistently minus 40 for 4 months I might appreciate some change [Ultra confused]

When are we having that tropical Quizmeet again?? [Biased]
 
Posted by Smudgie (# 2716) on :
 
Anyone who's ever spent any time in the close neighbourhood of the Quizmaster will know that wind gusts can be of immeasurable strength and can happen at any moment. However, they will be assured of a warm atmosphere (if occasionally stormy, often from an Atlantic direction as a result of constant pressure).

I wouldn't have the audacity of that P woman to suggest I join as an also-ran after three rounds of solid hard work by the industrious competitors, but I guess I could be an also-occasionally-impudently-limped-along-at-the-tail-end. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by icklejen:
So, by my reckoning doublethink and cuppa are out for failing to post.

They've got another few days yet.

From Quizmaster's post describing the round:

quote:
I will match your entry with the relevant time on Tuesday 7th October


[ 03. October 2008, 10:47: Message edited by: Marvin the Martian ]
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
Also in Quizmaster's post describing the round:
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
You have until midnight on Thursday 2nd October UK time to post your entry.


 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
A minor detail. [Biased]
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
WIND SPEED: 37km/hr (23 mph)
WIND GUSTS: 32.2 km/hr (20 mph)

As wind speed is a measure of a persistent rate, while gusts are brief but unsustained fluctuations in excess of that, I think you're unlikely to be right with both of these. But maybe it's just a clever way of hedging your bets. [Smile]
Ok, ok, after posting about "base rates" I did need to be shown that I know nothing, nothing, nothing about weather.
[Hot and Hormonal]
But I will take the proffered slim reed and say I was hedging my bets.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Also Rans...do any of you need anything? [Smile] Ice? Cushions? Air Horns? [Biased]

Are there any cream teas available?
There are now! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Geneviève:
But I will take the proffered slim reed and say I was hedging my bets.

That's the idea. In any case, unless I've missed something or Quizmaster reveals some cunning twist (either of which are entirely possible), it looks like we're all safe thanks to the non-posters.
 
Posted by Annie P (# 3453) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
Anyone who's ever spent any time in the close neighbourhood of the Quizmaster will know that wind gusts can be of immeasurable strength and can happen at any moment. However, they will be assured of a warm atmosphere (if occasionally stormy, often from an Atlantic direction as a result of constant pressure).

I wouldn't have the audacity of that P woman to suggest I join as an also-ran after three rounds of solid hard work by the industrious competitors, but I guess I could be an also-occasionally-impudently-limped-along-at-the-tail-end. [Big Grin]

lol - very good my dear. Perhaps we could be the muppets on the side...

I have been in Exeter on various occasions, wind, sun, rain.... Who know's what it'll be like? This summer it was tipping it down, so no double lock experiences for us. [Frown]

I'll give this round a miss, and join in at the next one. Mind out for the penguin... [Paranoid]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Are you Statler or Mr. Waldorf?
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
I am throwing myself upon the Quizmaster's mercy with a late entry ...

Time: 14.00
Temperature: 7 C
Wind Direction: S
Wind Speed: 6 mph
Wind Gust: 34 mph
Visability: Poor
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Eliminated for failing to post:
CuppaT

Lucky to be in the competition and only because CuppaT failed to post: Doublethink

QUALIFIERS
Angel Wrestler
Caty.
Chicklegirl
Davelarge
Doublethink
East Price Road
Flags_Fiend
Fletcher Christian
Genevieve
Hart
Icklejen
Jedijudy
Mertseger
Nutmeg
PataLeBon
Patdys
Surfing Madness
The Great Gumby
The Pilgrim

Now I really must look at those Smart Points.
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
Hey there are other important categories too, QM!
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Annie P:
Perhaps we could be the muppets on the side...

quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
Are you Statler or Mr. Waldorf?

Oooooh--I miss Statler and Waldorf! You're making me nostalgic for those Sunday evenings of my childhood spent in front of a cheap television set with very lousy reception (even with the extra twisted coat-hanger antenna), and my brother and sisters circled all around... ah, good times!
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Oh my! You've just reminded me of church youth group Sunday afternoons, when we'd go round to a different house each week, have tea and watch the Muppet Show. (Not very overtly Christian, but all the more fun for that.)

I think the Knockout Quiz is a perfect example of the madness of the Muppet Show and we AlsoRans comment so well from the balcony!
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND TEN : SHARE TRADING

It is time for the annual Share Trading to take place and you will have to join the league that I have just set up in order to be part in the contest.

Check out the following site:

Share Trading

Once you have signed up check the menu on the left for the "Your League Options" button.

You will need to join the league KOQ08 and you must use the relevant password which is FOOLSHIP.

The person who is bottom of the table at the end of the week will be eliminated.

So to summarise:
1. Find the site
2. Join the site
3. Join the KOQ08 league
4. Trade to win
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
At least one participant has an advantage if she wishes to use it. [Devil]
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
The Stock market [Eek!] What on earth do I know about that?! [Help]

I shall have to resort to my mantra for life: "Google is my friend".... [Big Grin]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
May I suggest that folks joining make sure that the password is entered in lower case letters! (It does not like all caps!)
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
It was very weird trying to think in pounds sterling! [Eek!]
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
First we have to "forecast" the weather, now we are trading stocks. Will it be magic wands on the next round?
[Help]
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
Won't make any difference for me if I think in pounds sterling or base Zagod!
 
Posted by Golden Key (# 1468) on :
 
{Sending lazily--via semaphore, dolphins, and a relay of owls--from an Also-Ran island retreat near Wonder Woman's Paradise Island.}

My compound is Compound W.

W is the 22nd letter of the alphabet, and there is only one letter in the compound, so:

22/1=22


{Sips frothy coconut drink and eats bonbons.}
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
I probably can't join until the end of the week.
This may be a distinct advantage [Big Grin] .
 
Posted by East Price Road (# 13846) on :
 
I am away and probably without internet access until late Thursday. If that's too late I will have to drop out.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
My alsoRan entry is to buy shares in Bradford and Bingley. Well, nobody else wants them.....
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
I'm taking comfort from this article from a few years ago, about picking stocks. All i need now is to find a dart board.

(tidied up excess posting by Surfing Madness - whose name will be changed at the next amnesty, as punishment, to Posting Madness. [Biased] )

[ 06. October 2008, 18:10: Message edited by: Chorister ]
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
Wow, they have trebled already! [Razz] [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
OK have logged in, found the league and placed my first order.

Now to wait....
 
Posted by Rugmaker (# 10728) on :
 
OK, I've sgined up, invested and lost over £4000 already (thank goodness I'm an also ran!). Does it update in realtime, or do I need to wait until tomorrow now to see any changes?
 
Posted by Golden Key (# 1468) on :
 
{Helpfully suggested in an Also-Ran sort of way, from the shores of Paradise Island.}

The Motley Fool. "To Educate, Amuse, and Enrich."


Socially-responsible investing--Co-op America.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
[Help]

I'm registered, have chosen my stocks, and thought I'd entered in the information to buy them but when I view my portfolio, it says I have no stocks. What am I doing wrong? How do I buy the stocks?
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Oh... never mind. I see that the market is closed. Hmmm... 6 hour time differenc? I hope tomorrow morning isn't too late.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
I hope tomorrow morning isn't too late.

If it is, you won't be the only one in that pickle!
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Maybe if we offered one of these pickles to Quizmaster he'd let us stay.

(QM, you are a he, aren't you????) [Hot and Hormonal]
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
I have decided to buy mainly chocolate and sugar, mmmmmmmmm chocolate ....
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
Angel Wrestler and chicklegirl, Quizmaster didn't specify a time you had to sign up by. Just that the bottom of the table at the end of the week would be eliminated. That being the case, you've done well to miss out on today's collapse. [Smile]
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
So to summarise:
1. Find the site
2. Join the site
3. Join the KOQ08 league
4. Trade to win

To clarify, Quizzy, does point 4 mean that someone who creates an account but sits on their starting £100,000 without trading is deemed not to have taken part in this round?
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Having attended his wedding, I can assure you that QM is a he. He looked lovely in a long white dress.
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
To clarify, Quizzy, does point 4 mean that someone who creates an account but sits on their starting £100,000 without trading is deemed not to have taken part in this round?

I would hope so since this week it appears that the optimal strategy would be to hold cash. Whoever loses the least this week would probably win the round. Unfortunately, the rule is completely unenforceable unless he sets some minimum investment amount. One need only purchase a share of some .05p stock at the end of the week to win. But since the goal of this round, as ever is not to lose, that shouldn't matter much. On the other hand, the sentence, "The person who is bottom of the table at the end of the week will be eliminated," depends critically on exactly which direction the table is sorted. [Biased]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I believe I lead the pack for the bottom of the Stock Market game! [Help]

I think everyone else is safe.

Hey...I'm already in the SkyBox making tea and eating barbecue! Well, it's not really BBQ, but good grilled food, thanks to rugasaw! [Big Grin]

[ETA a word]

[ 06. October 2008, 21:48: Message edited by: jedijudy ]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Nutmeg I think your portfolio dropped. I could have sworn that you could have started with over 100,000 thanks to a previous game(koq 2005). And Jedi, you might want to use a new log-in. Otherwise, you use the amount in your last account from 2005 which is less than what others are starting at.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
By the way, are we going to find out who did best at guessing Exeter's weather tomorrow?
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Mertseger:
I would hope so since this week it appears that the optimal strategy would be to hold cash.

Yup. As you can see from the fact that I have the second largest portfolio, but I'm 14th.

quote:

Whoever loses the least this week would probably win the round.

Well, rugasaw actually managed to make 5K GBP yesterday. If he keeps this up, he'll be able to retire from the KOQ and live off his earnings as a night* trader.

--
* Given where he lives, and the fact that he should stick to the London exchange.
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Mertseger:
On the other hand, the sentence, "The person who is bottom of the table at the end of the week will be eliminated," depends critically on exactly which direction the table is sorted. [Biased]

And, indeed, on which field. I just sorted by trader, and it looks like Surfing Madness is in the relegation zone! [Big Grin]

There was a brief bounce this morning, with the market gaining 100 points, but now everyone seems to have started selling again, and we're back to no change.
 
Posted by Rugmaker (# 10728) on :
 
None of my investments seem to be doing anything today, so I've started playing with the fantasy FX (foreign exchange) as well. This appears to move every minute or 2 and is a great fun way of losing your fantasy money - would anyone care to join me?
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Can it only be coincidence that QM chooses to start the share trading round, and immediately the FTSE drops by 391 points in one of the worst daily performances since it was created?

Someone should have notified the Chancellor that this round was starting up again. He could have made preparations. Instead the KOQ08 has damned the stock markets and plunged the country deeper into recession.

Oops.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
Nutmeg I think your portfolio dropped. I could have sworn that you could have started with over 100,000 thanks to a previous game(koq 2005). And Jedi, you might want to use a new log-in. Otherwise, you use the amount in your last account from 2005 which is less than what others are starting at.

I reset it, back to the 100,100 pound sterling you start with. I didn't lose that much money overnight.. [Roll Eyes] .

The aussie banks dropped interest rates by 1% today, and there is some hint that it may be part of a co-ordinated world wide move. If that is the case banking stocks could be good buying...

Of course I could be wrong too. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
They have newspapers in London too. Basically, if you know it, so does the market, so the share price will already have adjusted by the time you get round to buying.
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
Well, it's beyond me. I've found the site and I've joined the site, but I've got no idea how to find and join our league. HELP!!
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
Go to your league options (11th in the Member Options list), and you'll have the option to join a league. Click on K, and scroll down to KOQ08, then follow Quizzy's instructions.
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
Thank you GG.
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
How can I go wrong! I've invested all my money in chocolate, tobacco & beer!
 
Posted by Wet Kipper (# 1654) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
I reset it, back to the 100,100 pound sterling you start with.

ooh, how did you do that?
I've logged in with my account from back in '05 and have aout half as much "worth" as everyone else [Eek!]

edited to add

except now that I look at my portfolio, and then back again at the league, the shares I "bought" 3 years ago have doubled in price and I'm now yards ahead of everyone else. [Yipee] [Overused]

[ 07. October 2008, 20:23: Message edited by: Wet Kipper ]
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Huh, lost a thousand - how the hell do you lose a thousand on chocolate and sugar ?!?

I shall be conservative, I shall buy gold - I refuse to believe gold will lose value in a monetary crisis.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
OK; I'm in!

I bought 600 shares total of Speedy Hire and 300 shares of Tesco. My daughter is kicking me off the computer [Mad] , so I'll have to post how well they did later on this evening or tomorrow.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hart:
...Well, rugasaw actually managed to make 5K GBP yesterday. If he keeps this up, he'll be able to retire from the KOQ and live off his earnings as a night* trader.

--
* Given where he lives, and the fact that he should stick to the London exchange.

I should note that I made 5,000 pounds since 2005. I got started early on this round. [Biased]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
I should note that I made 5,000 pounds since 2005. I got started early on this round. [Biased]

Yeah, yeah, yeah. [Roll Eyes]
Just go ahead and rub it in. [Razz]
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by the pilgrim:
How can I go wrong! I've invested all my money in chocolate, tobacco & beer!

Hell of a lot more fun than buying shares. [Big Grin]

I'll be able to join eventually... [Frown]
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
[Sneaky underhand thought]

Is there a rule preventing us from resetting our accounts when we make huge losses, and getting back to the relative wealth of £100,000?

[/Sneaky underhand thought]

(Not that anyone taking part in this quiz would be so low and unsporting as to consider such a thing, of course. No, never.)
 
Posted by Golden Key (# 1468) on :
 
{Also-Ran entry, while enjoying a leisurely breakfast with Xena, Gabrielle, and Wonder Woman on Paradise Island.}

My moon is the Apollo 17 moon buggy. It sits on the surface of Earth's moon, and is about 3 meters high.

[Cool]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
[Killing me] Golden Key!

Under "non-stressed" in the dictionary is your picture! [Razz]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
OH NO! I've over-indulged in tobacco, beer, wine and chocolate! Now I'm suffering the consequences!..... Forgive me Lord, for I have lead a sinful life....

[ 08. October 2008, 13:10: Message edited by: the pilgrim ]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Hey! We never did get yesterday's weather report! So, what was it like? Were any of us close?
 
Posted by Geneviève (# 9098) on :
 
Guys, real life is piling up on me this week, and I haven't yet done any trading. It is likely I will wind up an also ran; if so, I will pop in and play when i can.
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
I think by not trading you have the best chance of not becoming an also ran, Genevieve. Those of us trading are losing money rapidly! So you could be better off!
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
Oh, for those BOOM days of the nineties....
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by icklejen:
I think by not trading you have the best chance of not becoming an also ran, Genevieve. Those of us trading are losing money rapidly! So you could be better off!

I think we determined that under QM's rules, you had to make at least one trade to qualify. Of course, Genevieve could qualify by just logging on and buying a single share of anything. Even if she buys a big woofing bow-wow like UKC, she can't lose more than she paid for it so she'll still be towards the top of the table.

All that said, the market seems to be recovering a little right now. I know my portfolio's up since yesterday! (Still very much down on Monday though...)
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
Well, I asked the question, but I don't think we've reached a conclusion on whether buying shares is essential to participation in this round. No doubt Quizmaster will deliver a wise, fair and transparent verdict in due course.
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
Well, the FTSE's well and truly closed for the week. Does that mean the round's over? If so, who's out?
 
Posted by fletcher christian (# 13919) on :
 
So, could I simply post and stay in the game?
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
I signed in and tried, even though it is late. I hope I did things right. It's hard to see how anyone could gain these days!
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
I even lost money on my gold [Frown]
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
I am a bit obsessional, so I tried to find out what the weather had been in Essex on Tuesday the 7th of October. When you google you discover no-one cares [Frown] It's all forecasts. So in the end I rang a nice young man at the MET office, who clearly thought I needed my head examining to ring him up at twenty past nine on a saturday morning to ask him this. And here is what he told me;

TIME: 13.50
TEMPERATURE: 17 degrees
WIND DIRECTION: 200deg (SW)
WIND SPEED: 26knots (30mph)
WIND GUST: ? (probably gusting to 37mph)
VISIBILITY: Very Good (over 10k)

(He also told me there had been a few showers, it was as if he couldn't quite believe I didn't want to know about the rain.)
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
So chicklegirl and east price road were probably closest I think. Bet QM is glad he didn't ahve to try to score that one !
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Doublethink:
I am a bit obsessional, so I tried to find out what the weather had been in Essex on Tuesday the 7th of October.

Just wondering why Doublethink found out about the weather in Essex when we were predicting the weather for Exeter?

(I'm now wondering if Doublethink will confirm her madness by phoning the met office again to see what was happening in Exeter!!)
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Doublethink:
I am a bit obsessional, so I tried to find out what the weather had been in Essex on Tuesday the 7th of October.

Just wondering why Doublethink found out about the weather in Essex was when we were predicting the weather for Exeter?

(I'm now wondering if Doublethink will confirm her madness by phoning the met office again to see what was happening in Exeter!!)
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Eliminated for failure to join the trading league:
Caty.
East Price Road
Fletcher Christian

QUALIFIERS:
Angel Wrestler
Chicklegirl
Davelarge
Doublethink
Flags_Fiend
Genevieve
Hart
Icklejen
Jedijudy
Mertseger
Nutmeg
PataLeBon
Patdys
Surfing Madness
The Great Gumby
The Pilgrim

Well done to the Also Rans who joined in - There should be some points in it for you.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Whheeewww! I never did quite navigate the stock trading website very well.
 
Posted by Hart (# 4991) on :
 
Well, now we're a sweet sixteen.

For Doublethink to actually score the weather round, she'd need the weather for each time that someone picked. I have a feeling that she might be getting to know that nice person at the Met office a little better!
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Surfing Madness:
quote:
Originally posted by Doublethink:
I am a bit obsessional, so I tried to find out what the weather had been in Essex on Tuesday the 7th of October.

Just wondering why Doublethink found out about the weather in Essex was when we were predicting the weather for Exeter?

(I'm now wondering if Doublethink will confirm her madness by phoning the met office again to see what was happening in Exeter!!)

Bollocks ! And for Exeter ... (Another nice helpful met man.)

TIME: 14:00
TEMPERATURE: 14 deg C
WIND DIRECTION: 200 degrees (coming from SW)
WIND SPEED: 15knots 13 mph
WIND GUST: (26knots) 25 mph
VISIBILITY: 10km (moderate)

(I am *not* ringing up for everytime period, they might find me, and kill me. They appear to have 24hr customer service.)
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
It's nice and sunny here in the mitten! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Has the Stock Market been getting you down?
Do all your indicators point south?

Well! Relief is at hand!

This is the perfect time to take a little vacation from the usual. Best of all, this restful escape is free!!!

Brought to you by your friendly, local eyeball relaxation consultant.

Not tested by the USDA, YMMV. No deposit, no return.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND ELEVEN : NATIONAL FLAGS

For this round you must pick a National Flag, name the country and post a link to a picture of that flag.

Also Rans are expected to enter and their entries will count in the final analysis.

I will try and find things in common between the flags. The two (or more) people with the most things in common will be eliminated.

This means that the MODE is subject to exclusion from the competition (I knew I could do it).

Think carefully and good luck.
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
I pick Libya...

Libya
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
I pick the Seychelles.

In the national flag of the Seychelles, the colour blue depicts the sky and the sea that surrounds the Seychelles. Yellow is for the sun which gives light and life, red symbolises the people and their determination to work for the future in unity and love, whilst the white band represents social justice and harmony. The green depicts the land and natural environment.

[ 12. October 2008, 22:57: Message edited by: ephemera ]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I pick the flag of the Chickasaw Nation.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
The Gasden Flag is considered by many scholars and historians to be the United States' first national flag, but was replaced within a few short years by the Stars and Stripes.
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
Napal for me. It has a most unusual shape.
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
Japan.

Very simple, two colours, no stripes. Not likely to have a lot in common with other entries.

You know I spent an hour looking for a flag of Guilder to no avail. Inconceivable!
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
I pick Paraguay as it is a flag that is different on both sides!

flags x
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Just trying to be helpful, CuppaT - Nepal is
N-E-P-A-L not N-A-P-A-L.


My flag is of Great Britain. I've posted a link to a special site which tells you how to draw it correctly, as most people find it really hard.
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
I'll have Bahrain, as the jagged line is rather unusual.

I wonder if this question was prompted by the KOQ? The user has only asked one other question, about the most different flag. [Paranoid]
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
This means that the MODE is subject to exclusion from the competition (I knew I could do it).

Sorry Quizzy, but I don't think that meets any normal definition of the Mode. Mode is only normally applied to value scores. If it is applied to text or "nominal data", it would only be applied to one criterion, not several, and I'm pretty sure it's never been applied to images.

To get to a value, you're performing various functions, then totalling those results, and eliminating the highest total, so I don't think Mode has anything to do with it. What you're doing would be better described (IMO) as eliminating the x with the highest value of f(x)+g(x)+h(x)+...+n(x), where f(x) and so on are functions (as yet undefined) returning the number of flags in the set with the same property.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I am going to choose the flag for cyprus as it is the only National Flag to have a picture of the country on it.

Well I could be wrong about that... but if I say it authoritatively enough....
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Ugh I linked to the wrong site and missed the edit window.

Here is my new improved selection for flags... the flag of

cyprus
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
i pick the flag of Norway
 
Posted by Caty. (# 11996) on :
 
Also-ran entry:

The flag of Denmark.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
The flag of Zambia is a bit different than the rest, I think! [Big Grin]

Here is a site which may be of help.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
You want flags? I got flags [Big Grin]

I can't post all of them, of course. So I'll pick Liechtenstein, because it's a fabulous country with a rich heritage, lower population than Birmingham, and because I spent a fantastic night with a girl from that country back in 1995 [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
So many interesting maps, but alas I'm pretty swamped today so I can't just keep browing away. Thanks for posting the link to "Flags of the World!"

I choose Bosnia - Herzegovia

[ 13. October 2008, 13:37: Message edited by: Angel Wrestler ]
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
I'll take Isreal because I think the Star of David is a cool geometric form.
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
[Helpful pedant hat on]

That would be Bosnia-Herzegovina and Israel, would it?

[/Helpful pedant hat]
 
Posted by Rev per Minute (# 69) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
My flag is of Great Britain. I've posted a link to a special site which tells you how to draw it correctly, as most people find it really hard.

An awkward git writes:
Great Britain doesn't have a flag: Wales, Scotland, N Ireland and England each have flags, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has a flag, but Great Britain does NOT have a flag. It could be argued that Great Britain once had the 'Union Flag' from 1606 to 1801 (see here ) - without the red diagonal cross and white edging - but not any more!

An awkward git shuffles off, relieved at having used his pedantry quotient for the day
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
I shall (predictably) enter the Canadian flag, since it's the only one I can think of that has a leaf on it.

(And because RooK is my hero, but nobody tell him [Hot and Hormonal] )
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
Vatican City coz ITTWACW [Big Grin]

ij x
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
quote:

Also Rans are expected to enter and their entries will count in the final analysis.

I will try and find things in common between the flags. The two (or more) people with the most things in common will be eliminated.


As a likely to soon be an also ran, can someone explain why also rans need to post? I'm guessing this quiz isn't as straight forward as your either in or out!!!
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by icklejen:
Vatican City coz ITTWACW [Big Grin]

ij x

***pssst, ij...I think we're supposed to use National flags!***
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Surfing Madness:
quote:

Also Rans are expected to enter and their entries will count in the final analysis.

I will try and find things in common between the flags. The two (or more) people with the most things in common will be eliminated.


As a likely to soon be an also ran, can someone explain why also rans need to post? I'm guessing this quiz isn't as straight forward as your either in or out!!!
Because, Also Rans can use their entries to seriously foul up someone else's entry! [Big Grin] For instance, you could post the picture of a flag that is very similar to a Still-in-the-game person and that person would have a higher chance of being Knocked Out!

One of the really neat things about the KOQ is that we don't have to quit playing when we "lose"! [Big Grin]

In other words...sabotage is legal for Also-Rans. [Biased]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
I pick the flag of Santa Catarina (Brazil) just because it's so cool looking.
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
I pick the flag of the Lunar Free State, the intials stand for "there ain't no such thing as a free lunch".
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
Thanks jedijudy. Dl and I had a debate about whether or not Wales is a nation. It never occurred to me that the Vatican City wasn't. (And on the one round when I was trying to stick to the rule, play safe and not be contentious!).

So Take Two...


Switzerland coz it's a square flag.

ij x (Who wanted to post before an 8 hour car ride home, during which the round might end...)
 
Posted by Rugmaker (# 10728) on :
 
I choose Surinam just because.
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
I did a search on Google for Quiz Knockout Ship Flag and this is the first thing on the page that can be considered a flag.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Nice one Gwai! And even a reference to shipmate Zappa to boot....


Of course we all know the reason QM really wants also-rans to post is that it is one way to make sure they keep reading the thread. Otherwise, by the end of the contest it would only be him and two others (the remaining contestants) showing any interest and he would get lonely. [Waterworks]

But of course we won't let on that we know that, will we? [Biased]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by icklejen:
Dl and I had a debate about whether or not Wales is a nation. It never occurred to me that the Vatican City wasn't.

You should have stuck with that thought - because Vatican City is indeed the world's smallest independent state, and has been since 1929. It has its own passports, currency (or did until it joined the Euro, anyway), seat on the UN and everything.

Wikipedia has all the answers.
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
Wikipedia has all the answers

Oh my goodness, I married wikipedia!?!
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
[Helpful pedant hat on]

That would be Bosnia-Herzegovina and Israel, would it?

[/Helpful pedant hat]

Oops! Thanks, Gumby. I stand corrected. It's a long-enough word that these middle-aged eyes don't always catch small typo's. (to you UK folks, make that "wee" typos)

[ 13. October 2008, 20:46: Message edited by: Angel Wrestler ]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
I choose Macedonia for my flag.

I wonder if we will get a complete set of entries?
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
So many interesting maps, but alas I'm pretty swamped today so I can't just keep browing away. Thanks for posting the link to "Flags of the World!"

I choose Bosnia - Herzegovia

OK - now that I have a moment (whew! yearly church conference coming up and a ton of paperwork, plus doing a funeral for a woman I barely knew, and preaching an 8 PM service at a college 2 hours away has made me one tired preacher), I thought I'd come back with my rationale for choosing Bosnia - HerzegoviNa.

The round will be judged on whose flags have the most similarities so I tried to pick one somewhat more unique (even though it was on the fly). Vertical and horizontal stripes are common. A central symbol is common. Some countries have numerous colors and interesting symbols (I loved Swaziland's), but they are symmetrical. The color combination red, white, and blue are common, as are combinations. Almost all are rectanglular, and one of our mates has already picked a uniquely-shaped flag (forgive my failing memory). I also remember a triangular flag but cannot recall to what country it belongs. So, I avoided stripes, central symbols, symmetry and even though this flag's colors are not that unique, its theme is. It does contain stars, which are found on the US and other flags... Oh, heck, I don't know what the great and mighty Quiz Master will decide.

I went with asymmetry of the design within the rectangle trying to out-smart my ship mates.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Eliminated for failing to post:
Genevieve
Hart

QUALIFIERS:
Angel Wrestler
Chicklegirl
Davelarge
Doublethink
Flags_Fiend
Icklejen
Jedijudy
Mertseger
Nutmeg
PataLeBon
Patdys
Surfing Madness
The Great Gumby
The Pilgrim
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
(23 hours 31 minutes. Ouch. Note to self: better check in a bit more frequently than previously, if you want to stay in the hunt.)
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND TWELVE : COATS OF ARMS

For this round you must pick a Coat of Arms, name that Coat and post a link to a picture of the Arms.

Also Rans should enter and their entries will count in the final analysis.

I will try and find things in common between the Coats of Arms. The two (or more) people with the most things in common will be eliminated.

Good Luck.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
A point of information, please.

When you say name the coat of arms, you mean give the family name the coat of arms represents, right? You don't mean assigning it a new name like "Griffins and Dragons," do you?
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Well, let's see if I can get this right.

Looking here, I hope that I sort of understand the rules correctly.

This site has a nice catalog of arms.

So...I will choose the name Ward, which is a family name.

I like the blue and yellow!

It's hard to be the first one to choose. Let's see how this w*rks out. Every round is like grace, one never knows if one will be knocked out or not! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
I going to choose the family crest that is closest to my own surname. My great-grandfather was, apparently, a von Schulz when he came to America before WWI, and the "von" was dropped at immigration. I'm a direct male-line descendant, but I don't think my grandfather was the oldest son (Dad and I were the only sons of our generation). And so I present (slight warning: the bicorn rampant is a bit more so than one might expect) the Schultz family coat of arms according to this one website I found.
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
Thanks Judy!

I found Durand (which is the correct spelling of Duran from the movie..)

Duran(d)

[Big Grin]
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
This means that the MODE is subject to exclusion from the competition (I knew I could do it).

Sorry Quizzy, but I don't think that meets any normal definition of the Mode. <snip more mode stuff>
I am guessing the QM was writing an acronym when he wrote MODE...but which one? According to acronymfinder dot com:

** MODE Mid-Ocean Dynamics Experiment
** MODE Middeck Zero Gravity Dynamics (Experiment)
** MODE Management and Organizational Development for Empowerment, Inc (Queen City, Philippines)
* MODE Microsoft Office Developer Edition
* MODE Mode Operations (DAMMS-R)

QM: could you tell us what you are trying to communicate when you post "MODE"? Or not, as you please.

(ETA: the question mark. It makes more sense, no?)

[ 14. October 2008, 00:37: Message edited by: ephemera ]
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Well, hmmmm.... I was adopted so I don't have any idea what my biological family coat of arms might be. I also don't know if my married name is spelled correctly (there is a pretty profound discrpency in spelling). That might leave my mother's maiden name or my own maiden name, which I choose not to put on the internet.

So there's my choice: Ellis

P.S. Why do they always have an armored helmet pointing left at the top of the crests? Surely they can't ALL have that symbol.

[ 14. October 2008, 00:55: Message edited by: Angel Wrestler ]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
After much consideration(about 2 seconds) I choose the Ankh-Morpork coat of arms.
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
Just because I like to be predictable...

Coat of Arms of the Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea which CFC's crest is based on. And this lion is already on my coat, but will be appearing (tattooed) on my arm soon, hopefully. (I love a good pun!)
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by icklejen:
Dl and I had a debate about whether or not Wales is a nation. It never occurred to me that the Vatican City wasn't.

You should have stuck with that thought - because Vatican City is indeed the world's smallest independent state, and has been since 1929. It has its own passports, currency (or did until it joined the Euro, anyway), seat on the UN and everything.

Wikipedia has all the answers.


I looked on Wiki too - but it's a city-state, and I wasn't sure if that's the same as a nation. and we had to leave Ontario to drive home, and I knew the round was likely to end before we got back into civilization. So I was hedging my bets.

Happy thanksgiving by the way [Smile]
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
The coat of arms for my maiden, Roberts, seems a bit blah to me (but will have to suffice as an entry for the present). Meanwhile, I'm off to try my hand at creating my own new coat of arms, if anyone cares to join me ...

[ 14. October 2008, 06:17: Message edited by: chicklegirl ]
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
Coming from Sussex I pick their coat of arms. Here is a brief history and here is a link to West Sussex conuty council sight, scroll down to see the full coat of arms (as opposed to the little one in the corner.)

[ 14. October 2008, 07:06: Message edited by: Surfing Madness ]
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
I choose the coat of arms of swaziland because it has an elephant and a lion on it!

flags x
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
I considered going for Bahrain's coat of arms, because it has the same funky jagged line running across it, but that would be boring.

Instead, I'll go for the town of Kosice's coat of arms, as it was the first town in Europe to be granted its own, and it's been unchanged for over 500 years.
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
I pick the coat of arms for the Republic of the Seychelles because the Seychelles has me heart.

[ 14. October 2008, 09:15: Message edited by: ephemera ]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
I am going to post the coat of arms for the city of cork. I rather like this 3 D version. A more traditional representation can be found here.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
P.S. Why do they always have an armored helmet pointing left at the top of the crests? Surely they can't ALL have that symbol.

They don't. I believe it indicates a Knightly family, but as I'm no expert when it comes to heraldry so that may be completely wrong.

My chosen crest is that of my Alma Mater, the University of Leeds.
 
Posted by Rugmaker (# 10728) on :
 
I choose Bishkek because I have never heard of the place and the coat of arms is like none I've ever seen before!
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
I choose the coat of arms of my native town Bristol , which features mythical beasts, a castle and a ship. It's also featured on the shirts of the best rugby team in the world!
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Going for brinkmanship are you Dave? [Frown]
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
Well, he only said best rugby team, not best team. So he doesn't have to sleep on the couch. [Biased]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
I shall offer the coat of arms for Bullworth Academy The HORRIBLE boarding school that is the set for the video game "Bully". Not anything nearly as nice as Hogwarts! Their motto: Canis Canem Edit
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
The things you learn here,
I googled to see if there was a Coat of Arms for Florida, and I came up with this!

I hadn't even known before that there is another Florida! [Smile]
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
Going for brinkmanship are you Dave? [Frown]

Ticking all the boxes [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
I choose the coat of Dr Octopus, the villain of Spiderman 3.
 
Posted by Wet Kipper (# 1654) on :
 
er, DT ?
Doc Ock was the villain in Spiderman 2, not 3
It even says so on your picture.

[ 14. October 2008, 18:09: Message edited by: Wet Kipper ]
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Oops, typo !
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
My coat of arms. I tried to find a picture of a coat that was literally made of arms (weapons, presumably. Too gruesome otherwise.) That'll have to do, however. Though, if anyone can find me a literal coat of arms, I request that Quizmaster give them a point.
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gwai:
My coat of arms. I tried to find a picture of a coat that was literally made of arms (weapons, presumably. Too gruesome otherwise.) That'll have to do, however. Though, if anyone can find me a literal coat of arms, I request that Quizmaster give them a point.

Is this more what you were thinking of? Click the first picture that is inside the castle. - not quite but more what you were thinking of?
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
No, I do mean the link I used though perhaps I was being a tad silly [Biased] .
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Here is the coat of arms of Sir Francis Drake, famous creamtealand seafarer.

And here is a modern version.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
You all came up with such good coats of arms! Perhaps I posted too early, but I'm so swamped these days I'm afraid of the round ending and getting eliminated for failure to post. Gee... Can you tell I'm just a *little* competitive? [Biased]

i love the idea of a "coat" of "arms." One does have the right to BARE arms , too! [Killing me]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
But out of concern for you and the safety of your money, Angel Wrestler, do you think it was a good idea to post your mother's maiden name online (crest, or no crest)? That is the question the banks usually ask to verify if you are you. And, of course, you never know how many Nigerian email scammers read the Ship of Fools.... [Ultra confused]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Eliminated for failing to post:
Patdys

QUALIFIERS:
Angel Wrestler
Chicklegirl
Davelarge
Doublethink
Flags_Fiend
Icklejen
Jedijudy
Mertseger
Nutmeg
PataLeBon
Surfing Madness
The Great Gumby
The Pilgrim

The final bakers dozen!
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND THIRTEEN : LUCKY CHARMS

In this round you must choose a lucky charm.

You must then explain how and why it is lucky.

Once all the competitors (and any Also Rans) have posted you should send me a PM with your Top Ten Charms.

10 points for first place down to 1 point for 10th.

The person with the fewest points (i.e. least convincing arguments) will be eliminated.

Your votes will be published once the count is over.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
But out of concern for you and the safety of your money, Angel Wrestler, do you think it was a good idea to post your mother's maiden name online (crest, or no crest)? That is the question the banks usually ask to verify if you are you. And, of course, you never know how many Nigerian email scammers read the Ship of Fools.... [Ultra confused]

Thanks for your concern. I wondered that myself, but I usually use another password one of my kids came up with during their baby talk days.
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Richard Wiseman has this to say about luck. I choose to believe he is right - luck is about mental attitude, therefore it follows that anything I believe is lucky will be lucky.

So I ask myself, what would I always want upon my person - what would make me truly happy ? A rabbits foot and a four leaf clover - I can't do anything with them. Or a nail, penny or polished stone I found.

Chocolate on the other hand, I can't really visualise a situation in which I wouldn't want chocolate.

I believe that Chocolate is to my luck, what spinach is to Popeye's muscles.

Chocolate is the food of the Gods - even the name that science gives to the better part of it (theobromine) says this. It sustained the home front in the blitz and the troops on the march, it enhances your mood, supplies you with anti-oxidants, suppresses your cough, boosts your sex-drive, comforts you against the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, people have created art from it, in an emergency you can write with it, or fashion a water cup out of it, through fairtrade it changes the world - it is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, it is my lucky charm, my amulet, my talisman, my universal solution (and if I am to be entirely honest - my substitute for a meaningful relationship and a cat), it is what Jesus would have served at the last supper if he'd spent his gap year in Peru.
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
I choose the rainbow. It's beautiful, and a prominent symbol of luck across many cultures. It's a a sign of God's covenant in Judaism and Christianity (no more Floods: yay!). There's a pot of gold at the end of it in Irish mythology. It's the Bifrost bridge to Asgard in Norse Mythology. It's the path of Iris in Greek mythology. It's the bow of Indra in Indian mythology. And it always makes me happy to see one in the rain.
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
I pick Lucky Charms cereal!

Hearts, Moons, Clovers, Stars..

It has it all!

Lucky Charms

Who couldn't get lucky with all that! (And on a good sugar high to boot...)
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I used to have a lucky rabbit's foot. During the time I had the rabbits foot I had a car accident, failed classes at school, suffered injury to my knee, had a girlfriend break up with me right before basic training in the military, I ended up in basic training in the military, I got demoted, and suffered several stitches from various cuts. The morning after I lost the foot I decided to change breakfast foods to lucky charms and met Pata that night. Since she already choose the "charms" I choose the next luckiest thing I know of, the rabbit's foot. Hey, bad luck is still a type of luck and that rabbit's foot had a bunch of bad luck. Just ask the rabbit.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
No, not one of my lightsabers! [Razz]

This bust of Bach (given to me by one of my students) is not only a good luck charm, but an inspiration to practice more and aspire to greater musical efforts!

Bless little Austin's heart, he pleased Miss Jedi so much when he presented me with the tiny bust of Sebastian. (He knew who my favorite composer is!)

Not only does Mini-Bach do wonders for me and my spirits, but he is so encouraging to the choir, too!

What makes me think it's a good luck charm? Well, since he's been in the choir room, I don't think a Sunday has gone by without someone stopping me to comment on how wonderful the choir sounded that day, and how meaningful the words of the anthem were.

So, it must be Bach, right?
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
Donald Trump said, "Everything in life is luck."

Horace said, "Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much. "

Personally, I think we make our own luck, or rather as Louis Pasteur had it: "Chance favors the prepared mind."

So my "good luck" charm is a keychain my dad once gave me with a charm just like this one. Iʼitoi (or "the Man in the Maze") is a motif from the mythology of Hopi, Navajo, and several other Southwestern tribes, and essentially symbolizes the choices and experiences we make in our lives leading us our dreams and goals.
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
Bugger.
Oh well. Next year maybe.
Hmmm. Now luck charms...
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
I enter my university house mate's lucky pants. Their mystical powers were wrought in the forge of ages back in the depths of time, when they were endowed with the ability to make any woman fall into the wearer's deadly trap of passion.

I have it on good authority that he used them to score some action in Morrison's car park on at least two occasions, with several near misses (not quite sure what that means) as well.

However, I think that the pants' powers are at least a little suspect since icklejen never fell for his charms, despite numerous (drunken) attempts to ensnare her.
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
So I googled lucky charms and this appeared. Not necessarily work safe. Apparently your favorite Lucky Charms marshmallow bit shape determines what you're like in bed. [Eek!]


The lucky charm I'm entering is the Croation Waterpolo team's moustaches from this years Olympics. As seen here!

But they did lose in the semis - so maybe not that lucky after all. But still my highlight of the games!

ij x

edited to add - maybe Dave is sleeping on the couch after all.

[ 15. October 2008, 03:22: Message edited by: icklejen ]
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
Thanks Chorister. Sorry for my typo.

Here is my coat of arms . I suppose it is what Gwai was looking for, but it is also what I thought of when I read Quizzy's requirements. I like the double meaning of sleeves and weapons that show up here.

Lucky charms: I choose my cross. I never considered luck involved with it, but I suppose one could look at it that way. I do wear it all the time, and use it to help remember what is right to remember to do. I would be rather upset if anything would happen to this particular one, since it was given to me by my spiritual father. Monetary value: 0, since it is made of two sticks put together with a hole for a cord.
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
Ok, there's something really funny about telling about my cross, and then clicking back and seeing Icklejen's frowning naked men in hats. I hope she gets a point for that picture!
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
As i was brought up not to believe in lucky charms i've never had one. thinking back i've decided this is a good idea. I therefor enter nothing as my luck charm, this has the advantage that you don't have to remember to take it with you at any point. This is a very important quality in my book, as the closest i've come to a luck charm is when i had to use them as a prop in a school play when i was six, and i left them in the classroom, so didn't have them on the stage at the vital moment! [Help]
 
Posted by Lady A (# 3126) on :
 
rugasaw, I saw your post and was reminded of this:
Reattaching Lucky Rabbits Feet.
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
Going on the theory that a four leaf clover is supposedly lucky, I'll choose the 21 leaf clover mentioned here (you have to read through the second paragraph to find it). As if one extra leaf brings luck, think how much extra luck you would have by having 18 extra leaves!

flags x
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
For my lucky charm I will choose this sign.

If I were travelling and saw a sign like this I would think myself lucky to have directions like that and if I managed to survive it I would also consider myself lucky (so obviously it works). I think these directions would have saved more than one traveller, and the photos of it provided much amusement and fond memories for the tourists.
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
Well, it's commonly held that a lock of hair from a baby's first haircut will bring good luck, and as Chicklegirl mentioned earlier, it's also often said that you make your own luck, so my lucky charm, combining the two, will be a lock of hair from my son's first haircut, as I did the cutting myself, and had more than a little involvement in his existence.

No picture of the lock of hair available, but how could I be considered unlucky with a cute little boy like this?
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
I will choose Austin Powers' MOJO! Yeah Baby! It's great to have your Mojo be part of who you are! It would take someone with the criminal genius of a Dr. Evil to take it from you.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Aww, GG! He's adorable!! [Axe murder]
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
It's not "lucky," as I don't believe in lucky charms, but I have one of those little cheap metal crosses I keep in my coin purse. If it could be considered luck at all, I'd say that I was lucky to have a relationship with Christ. Whenever I go for coins, I see the little cross and, while it's not a deep religious moment, it's one that reminds me of who and Whose I am.

Here's the corny, accompanying poem:
I carry a cross in my pocket
A simple reminder to me
Of the fact that I am a Christian
No matter where I may be.

[full text here]

[ 15. October 2008, 19:47: Message edited by: Chorister ]
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Oops - was trying to edit. Sorry for the double post.

And yes, GG, he is indeed beautiful.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lady A:
rugasaw, I saw your post and was reminded of this:
Reattaching Lucky Rabbits Feet.

[Killing me] [Killing me] [Killing me]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
I'll go for good old-fashioned Plastic Jesus [Big Grin]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
I'll go for good old-fashioned Plastic Jesus [Big Grin]

All together now! - "Ohhhh, I don't care if it rains or freezes, long as I got my plastic Jezuz a sittin on the dash board of my car,...."
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
I choose a lucky horseshoe. I used to have one above my garden shed but the roof kept blowing off and the rain kept getting in. Just think what bad luck I could have had if the horseshoe wasn't there!
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
My lucky charm is a Friendship Bracelet because there is a story attached.

When my niece was 3 years old she wanted to buy me a present and in the shop she visited there was a wide variety of items including many friendship bracelets. Her parents told me that she examined all the bracelets in the shop to make sure I got the right one.

The bracelet cost her about three pence and it is still the most valuable present I ever got.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
All the competitors have posted so I now need your votes via PM. Voting is not compulsory but you might as well have your input to the results.

The next person eliminated will be knocked out as a result of the vote.

Take 24 hours break while the votes are counted.
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
My "lucky charm" that I carry with me at all times is a old, worn, brass bell (sans clapper) from Tibet. I found it at a crafts fair from a person who imported beautiful beads from Tibet. It was in a bin off to the side with lots of other Tibetan things. It cost very little. It is totally worn through on one edge of the rim and the entire surface is worn quite smooth.

I am not under any delusion that this lovely bell was ever used or even touched by some Tibetan monk. No, this beauteous bell was most probably worn by a goat or sheep while moving up and down the local hills. Besides it's beauty, I value this bit of brass because it lived in Tibet. Tibet. Somewhere I would love to go, and will never set foot in. It is my connection to a totally wild place on earth that I love. When I look at it, it touches something in me that is mine alone. No one knows that spot, but me.

When I die, put it in my hand, please.
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
Tick, tock, tick, tock...

And time moves on....
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
It all takes time - a thread has been building at the other place.

The Table of Votes:

84 Chicklegirl
79 Nutmeg
69 Icklejen
65 Jedijudy
61 PataLeBon
60 Doublethink
59 The Great Gumby
57 Quizmaster
55 Mertseger
46 Marvin the Martian
41 Surfing Madness
37 The Pilgrim
35 Flags_Fiend
33 Davelarge
31 Ephemera
29 CuppaT
17 Angel Wrestler
8 Chorister
8 Rugasaw
6 Lady A

Eliminated on the vote:
Angel Wrestler

Welcome to the Also Ran party

QUALIFIERS:
Chicklegirl
Davelarge
Doublethink
Flags_Fiend
Icklejen
Jedijudy
Mertseger
Nutmeg
PataLeBon
Surfing Madness
The Great Gumby
The Pilgrim
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND FOURTEEN : AUTOMOBILES

What type of car do you think your fellow competitors would love to drive?

You must post the name of your chosen car together with a link to a picture of that car.

Once all the competitors (and any Also Rans) have chosen a car you should PM your top 10 cars.

I shall award 10 points for top down to 1 point for 10th place. The lowest points total is out.

Your votes will be published once counting is done.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
I choose for you the Bugatti EB 110 SS that impressed me so much when I attended the 1994 Le Mans 24 hour race.

How can you not like this car?
 
Posted by Caty. (# 11996) on :
 
Chitty chitty bang bang. Most of the capabilites of the cars driven by James Bond, with far more character.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
Since I'm an old school kinda gal, I submit for your driving pleasure this sporty little number: the 1958 Chevrolet Corvette "Fuelie" Roadster.

Mmmm. And vrrrooom!
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
How can you not want ... The Venturi Fetish - its an electric sports car, the best available today. Pose whilst saving the planet, amaze bystanders, confuse your parents, get a fetish no one can criticise ...

quote:

Performance
0 to 100 km/h : 4 secs
Range : 290 Km (at 90km/hr stabilized)
Top speed: 180 Km/hr (on race track)

Built by hand to order in the principality of Monaco, only 25 made and they cost 297000 euro new - The Venturi Fetish - because the KOQ is worth it.

[ 16. October 2008, 22:30: Message edited by: Doublethink ]
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
It all takes time - a thread has been building at the other place.

The Table of Votes:

84 Chicklegirl
79 Nutmeg
69 Icklejen
65 Jedijudy
61 PataLeBon
60 Doublethink
59 The Great Gumby
57 Quizmaster
55 Mertseger
46 Marvin the Martian
41 Surfing Madness
37 The Pilgrim
35 Flags_Fiend
33 Davelarge
31 Ephemera
29 CuppaT
17 Angel Wrestler
8 Chorister
8 Rugasaw
6 Lady A

Eliminated on the vote:
Angel Wrestler

Welcome to the Also Ran party

QUALIFIERS:
Chicklegirl
Davelarge
Doublethink
Flags_Fiend
Icklejen
Jedijudy
Mertseger
Nutmeg
PataLeBon
Surfing Madness
The Great Gumby
The Pilgrim

Harumph! [Mad]

Actually, I'm a bit confused. If others got lower votes than I did, how is it that I'm eliminated and they're not? Double harumph. [Mad] [Mad]

Then again, others were also not listed as "qualifiers." Are you singling me out, O Great Quizmaster, or am I missing something? [Confused]

Good luck everyone else!
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
I'm going with a very similar car as Doublethink. A lot less expensive and a bit slower, but it's one I might actually buy within the next decade: the Tesla roadster. It's a local product, and I was able to see one up close in front of a neighboring building. Quite gorgeous though the cab's a bit small. I can't wait for it to go into full production and come down in price.
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
Cars, hmmm.

There is this convertible.

I really like it.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
Actually, I'm a bit confused. If others got lower votes than I did, how is it that I'm eliminated and they're not?

Those entries were from Also Rans. But don't take it personally; now you can join the party in the Also-Ran Skybox, and Jedijudy's serving up an excellent spread!
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
The Munster Koach ! You can find its specs here.

I used to love to watch The Munsters on after-school re-runs on the UHF channels. Sure other cars can do a lot of flashy stuff, but you gotta admit, this one is U-NIQUE!

Grandpa's gold casket hot rod car is pretty cool, too.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by chicklegirl:
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
Actually, I'm a bit confused. If others got lower votes than I did, how is it that I'm eliminated and they're not?

Those entries were from Also Rans. But don't take it personally; now you can join the party in the Also-Ran Skybox, and Jedijudy's serving up an excellent spread!
Oooohhhh!

No one liked my lucky charm. [Waterworks]
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
I'd like this Formula One car, but only after Lewis Hamilton has driven it to victory in both the Chinese and Brazilian Grand Prixs.

But Lewis winning the World Championship is looking about as likely as me getting the car. [Waterworks]

ij x
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
So, I had several ideas for this round. I could have entered this fast looking automobile, or maybe this piece of bling on wheels, or the sports-shoe car. I also found this: is it a beetle or is it a tortoise and this classic piece of americana.

But no, none of those are good enough for you highly tuned competitors.

Ladies and gentlemen (and patdys), I give you [drum_roll] The one and only Kitt!!!![/drum_roll]
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
OK, dl, you have waaaaaaaaaay too much time on your hands.

If I'd have known I could have found something to keep you occupied. [Biased] The fish tank needs cleaning out for a start, and then there's the laundry... [Razz]
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
Harkening back, I choose the Genevieve. I think any of us would love the chance to drive her for a while.
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
No one makes cars like the Italians. A 1957 Bugatti is my choice. It is the essence of classic automotive design and performance. The operative word here is "class."

[ 17. October 2008, 05:59: Message edited by: ephemera ]
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
After much thought i choose a car that is also a boat. The "duck" amphibious vehicle. I mean who would want a car that meant they could also take their friends for a boat trip?
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
ahh missed the edit window, got distracted by the other place!! I think you can all work out what i would edit on the above post.
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
whilst deciding on a car to pick I found this, which is quite a fun way to pick a car. But for pure comedy value who wouldn't want to try driving this (it's the car from the Flintstones)!

flags x
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Well I can hardly compete with your entries. I love the tortoise car DL. Very nice indeed.

I think it was William Morris who said
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”.

My car is not beautiful but I believe it is the multifunctional vehicle for the modern church going urban terrorist. I present for you my selection. , the Churchtank.

I loved the choices this vehicle gave you. Stuck in traffic? No problem, you could either pray for a break in the traffic, or just blast it out of the way. It will make travelling to church obselete, just think of the possibilities... wedding on the run, mobile baptisms, or funerals on demand.

[ 17. October 2008, 08:35: Message edited by: Nutmeg ]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Did anyone say " shotgun wedding" [Killing me] , oh I love that car....
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Wacky races, hey, hey hey,
Wacky races, hey, hey, hey.

Now you, too, can be Dick Dastardly and Muttley (or, if you prefer, Penelope Pitstop) in your own personal reconstituted, remastered, Wacky-Races-mobile!
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
Stackable cars!

CityCar

Now that is the kind of car we need to be able to reduce traffic.

And if you get jammed up, they will just stack instead of crash!
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
I wanted to pick the Nanocar, because it's as unattainable as the most mouthwateringly gorgeous sportscar, but apparently, it isn't technically a car. Boo!

I quite liked this small radio-controlled car, measuring just 5mm in length, but was unable to find a name for it. Which is a shame, because for its size, its top speed of 0.22mph is the equivalent of the McLaren F1, the fastest naturally-aspirated car in the world, going at 1,886mph, instead of its comparatively weedy top speed of 243mph.

So instead, I went for The Mean Machine, as driven by Dick Dastardly. (Here's a real-life picture.) A strange choice, bearing in mind that Dastardly never won a single one of the Wacky Races, but consider this: the car contained more gadgets than all James Bond's cars put together, including the ability to fly, and was easily the fastest car in the field, as Dastardly always stopped to lay a trap for the rest of the field, who were trailing in his wake. Considering the speed and abilities of the other cars, that makes it pretty special, despite a lack of published specifications, and if driven by someone a little less, well, dastardly, it would undoubtedly outperform just about any car in the world.
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
Gumby, I thought Chorister already picked that one...

But I have been known to be wrong...
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
Bollocks! That's what happens when I have to go to a meeting in the middle of my post!

Back in a tick...
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
Right, thanks to PataleBon for the helpful pointer. Helpful point please, Quizzy. I've now given a brilliant reason for everyone to vote for Chorister, so let's get onto my real choice.

I choose Herbie. My reasons? Everyone loves a Beetle, and I'm no exception. Herbie can drive faster than any souped-up sportscar, foil would-be car thieves, and even crack international crime rings by the simple method of squirting them with water/oil, shutting doors on their hands and other slapstick fun. And the best thing is, Herbie has often been known to drive without the engine running, so he would be a genuine zero-carbon car.

Fast, secure, zero-carbon, and lovable - what more could you want?
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
The Aston Martin DB9

You can go for the cutesy, weird or novelty vehicles all you want, but when it comes down to it this is the finest thing on the road. And it's British-built to boot! Of course you want it [Big Grin]

That tank thing would never fit in the garage anyway...

[yow. what happened there?]

[ 17. October 2008, 13:24: Message edited by: Marvin the Martian ]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Wouldn't this flying car be awesome to own? [Big Grin] This is the Moller M400. I gotta get one of these! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Wouldn't this flying car be awesome to own?

It certainly would, though I wouldn't want to be in one if it broke down [Ultra confused]
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
My favorite car to drive arguably isn't a car, but it remains the only kind of car I have any affection for.
Why should you like it? It's exceedingly cheap, green, and easy to park!
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Wouldn't this flying car be awesome to own?

It certainly would, though I wouldn't want to be in one if it broke down [Ultra confused]
Party Pooper! [Razz]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
I've always wanted to drive a Cord Roadster with the top down! These are beauties! Especially the red one at the end of the page.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Now I know all of you think you have the perfect car. But my car of choice can truly do it all. Don't laugh! Just ask a farmer which car he'd rather have.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
We have a complete set of contestant entries and a good few Also Ran entries.

Can I have your top 10 via PM now.

(Judy, when you get your Moller M400 I will be over for a joyride).
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
I have done a little list ...


 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
We have a complete set of contestant entries and a good few Also Ran entries.

Can I have your top 10 via PM now.

(Judy, when you get your Moller M400 I will be over for a joyride).

I think that's a "Nice Point" for QM! [Smile]
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
I'm surprised no one chose an American favorite:

1958 Bel Air Convertible
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
I'm surprised no one chose an American favorite:

1958 Bel Air Convertible

Today would have been a beautiful day to go for a ride! [Cool]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
The thread has been built in the other place.

The voting table:

69 Nutmeg
58 Jedijudy
53 Davelarge
50 Doublethink
49 Marvin the Martian
48 Chicklegirl
47 Caty
43 PataLeBon
40 Quizmaster
40 Rugasaw
38 Chorister
32 Mertseger
32 The Pilgrim
27 Ephemera
31 Icklejen
31 Surfing Madness
29 Gwai
26 Flags_Fiend
25 The Great Gumby
21 Angel Wrestler
21 Sharkshooter
15 CuppaT

And, desperately unlucky, as it was not his first choice, Herbie takes The Great Gumby to the Also Ran party.


QUALIFIERS:

Chicklegirl
Davelarge
Doublethink
Flags_Fiend
Icklejen
Jedijudy
Mertseger
Nutmeg
PataLeBon
Surfing Madness
The Pilgrim
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND FIFTEEN : WORLD SERIES BASEBALL

This is the one you have been waiting for.

I need you to post

1) THE WINNING TEAM
2) THE SERIES SCORE
3) THE SCORE OF THE FINAL GAME
4) THE INNINGS OF THAT FINAL GAME

These predictions must have been made before the first ball is pitched in anger.

The competitor furthest from the truth will be eliminated.

Good Luck, and enjoy the series, before we reconvene once it is over.
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
These predictions must have been made before the first ball is pitched in anger.

And here I thought the first ball would be pitched in Philadelphia.

I'll go with:

1)Tampa Bay
2)4-3
3)5-3 (Tampa, obviously)
4)
code:
Inning       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9
Philadelphia 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Tampa Bay 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 0



[ 20. October 2008, 21:38: Message edited by: Mertseger ]
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
Ahhhh, the World Series!

My predictions:

Winner: Phillies
Series score: 4-3
Final game score: Phillies-6, Rays-4
Innings:
Phillies 1,0,0,2,0,1,0,0,2
Rays 0,0,0,0,3,0,0,1,0
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
1) Phillies
2) 5-2
3) 6-4
4)
Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Philadelphia 2 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 2
Tampa Bay 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
I will stick to not making more precise predictions, but I've been predicting for about six weeks that the Rays would win the Series as Bullfrog could witness if he were here.
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
Winner: Phillies
Series score: 5-2
Final game score: Phillies-4, Rays-3
Innings:
Phillies 1,0,0,1,1,0,0,1,0
Rays 0,0,1,0,0,1,0,1,0

I know absolutely nothing about baseball, so have just made up the whole thing, hope it is at least a possible prediction.

flags x

(edit as realised wasn't possible)

[ 20. October 2008, 22:11: Message edited by: flags_fiend ]
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
I've realised that what I wrote still isn't possible, so can I change the series score to 4-2 (i.e the last game isn't necessary), at least I think that is how it works [Confused]

flags x
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
Ah yesss! The great American passtime!

Tampa Bay will win 4 games to 2

The score of the final game will be 5 to 2 for Tampa Bay

Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Phil.PA 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T.Bay. 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 0
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by flags_fiend:
I've realised that what I wrote still isn't possible, so can I change the series score to 4-2 (i.e the last game isn't necessary), at least I think that is how it works [Confused]

flags x

Yes, indeed, flags_fiend: four is the necessary number of wins in a best of seven series. All final series scores must therefore have a four (barring the Series being canceled in mid-play - hugely unlikely): nb, Doublethink.

[ 20. October 2008, 22:33: Message edited by: Mertseger ]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
[Big Grin] It's hard to wipe this silly grin off'n my face! I couldn't lose this series, no matter what! Had the Red Sox won, that would be good, since they spring train in My Fair Town. At least until this year. [Paranoid] If the Phillies win, that would be OK, too, since they're from the state of my birth. But, I have to go with the Rays! WooHoo! I think the fact that they eliminated the "devil" from their name would preach! [Devil]

OK, here are my guesses:


1) THE WINNING TEAM Rays
2) THE SERIES SCORE 4-3 I think it will take all seven games.
3) THE SCORE OF THE FINAL GAME 3-2
4) THE INNINGS OF THAT FINAL GAME



Phillies 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
...........0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1

Rays ...1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
...........1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 -

The Rays won't have to play inning 9, because the Phillies won't win the top of the ninth. And as it will be at Tropicana Field, Phillies will go first.
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Oops sorry - series score 4-1
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
Tampa Bay 4-2

Final Game score 7-2

Tampa Bay 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 0
Philly 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0

And that's completely made up! [Big Grin]

(They both have good uniforms...drat...)
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Once more to prove my udder disaster in picking teams this year.

Rays win game seven by the score 5-4
Phillies-010100200
Rays -100011002

Evan Longoria wins the game with a two out full count walk off 2 run homer.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
Once more to prove my udder disaster in picking teams this year.

Do you mean this kind of udder disaster? That would be absolutely cowtastrophic!

[ 21. October 2008, 00:37: Message edited by: chicklegirl ]
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
i know nothing, anybody got any helpful advice!! My only knowledge is from an episode of M*A*S*H, i somehow think knowing a wee bit about 1950's baseball is not going to help!!
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Mertseger:
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
These predictions must have been made before the first ball is pitched in anger.

And here I thought the first ball would be pitched in Philadelphia.
Ba-Dum *Tish*

Unfortunately, the first ball will be pitched in St Petersburg. [Razz]

For those who know nothing about baseball, try MLB.com for information about the teams and schedule. The Rays haven't decided on their pitching rotation yet, so I'll hold off making my Also-Ran prediction for the moment, but home advantage for the games will be:

Game 1: Tampa Bay
Game 2: Tampa Bay
Game 3: Philadelphia
Game 4: Philadelphia
Game 5: Philadelphia (if required)
Game 6: Tampa Bay (if required)
Game 7: Tampa Bay (if required)

Home advantage is usually a strong predictor of the result of a game in the WS. If the Phillies are going to win, 4-1 is a likely result. If it goes to a 7th game, the odds heavily favour the Rays.

Quizzy, when you say:
quote:
The competitor furthest from the truth will be eliminated.
Are you speaking in general terms, about our general beliefs, approaches, and prejudices? Will you eliminate the most heretical player, or would that be furthest from "the Truth"? Or assuming that you're referring to the WS predictions, how will you quantify the error? I assume you'll add the numerical errors in the innings scores, but what about the winning team? Do you just score 1 for getting that wrong, or will you follow the same method and add the alphabetical errors in the name? If the latter, I might hedge my bets and go for PaipaBeypais to win.
 
Posted by Rugmaker (# 10728) on :
 
My kind of round (says he who has consistently been eliminated from the quiz on rounds he claims to know something about!)

Rays to win 4-1
Final game score 7-2
Rays 002300101
Phils 101000000

David Price to pitch the bottom of the ninth for the Rays.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
So, here's my complete stab-in-the-dark:

Series winner: Tampa Bay Rays
Series score: Rays 4 - 3 Phillies

Score of final game: Phillies 2 - Rays 6
Innings of final game:
code:
Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9
Phillies 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Rays 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 0 0


 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
It's all about the Rays. The Phillies are possibly the worst side to reach a World Series in history.

1) THE WINNING TEAM

Will be the Rays.

2) THE SERIES SCORE

Will be 4-0

3) THE SCORE OF THE FINAL GAME

Will be 6-1 (to Tampa)

4) THE INNINGS OF THAT FINAL GAME

code:
Inning   1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9

Rays 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0
Phillies 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0


 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Baseball I know nothing about, so I am now submitting my best guess at the final result.

1) the Rays will take it
2) 7 games 4-3
3) The score of the final game 5 - 4( to the rays)
4) Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Rays 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1
phillies 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Ummm, Pata? I can't seem to find that seventh run...

And, rugasaw...how many games do you think it will take? Inquiring minds and all that! [Big Grin]

We have a friendly [Confused] rivalry going on at the church where I w*rk. It's going to be hard to keep on task during the series!!!

What? You want us to talk about worship planning? But don't we want to pray for the Rays, first?...Don't listen to my colleague, the Phillies Phan, we pray for the Rays, first!
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
And, rugasaw...how many games do you think it will take? Inquiring minds and all that! [Big Grin]

quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw
Rays win game seven by the score 5-4

Um, if it's got as far as game seven....
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
I would be really greatful if someone who knows about these things points out if this isn't possible!!!

Phillies to win
Series Score: 3-2
Final score 6-2

Phillies 10212131
Rays 01101021
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Surfing Madness:
I would be really greatful if someone who knows about these things points out if this isn't possible!!!

Phillies to win
Series Score: 3-2

It isn't possible. [Big Grin]

The WS is played over 7 games, so the winning side will have won 4 of them. 4-1 would work, or 4-2. Your final game score also disagrees with your innings scores for that game, but maybe you're hedging.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Since I'm now on also-ran status [Tear] , I'm just chiming in to say good luck, everyone! I'm not going to bother making a prediction (I think I'm too late, anyhow).

Love y'all. [Axe murder]
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
(I think I'm too late, anyhow).

There's still plenty of time. The first game is scheduled to begin at 8:35pm on Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the US Eastern timezone. That's 12:35am on Thursday in GMT for all you brinkspeople out there.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
My Entry

TAMPA BAY RAYS

4-3 (a very popular prediction)

5-2 (I like that as a score)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Let's see how many of those innings match up.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Mertseger:
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
These predictions must have been made before the first ball is pitched in anger.

And here I thought the first ball would be pitched in Philadelphia.

I'll go with:

1)Tampa Bay
2)4-3
3)5-3 (Tampa, obviously)
4)
code:
Inning       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9
Philadelphia 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Tampa Bay 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 0


Ah, sweet nostalgia - when the results of the Knockout Quiz were all written in code. Did babybear win the first one?
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
quote:
Originally posted by Surfing Madness:
I would be really greatful if someone who knows about these things points out if this isn't possible!!!

Phillies to win
Series Score: 3-2

It isn't possible. [Big Grin]

The WS is played over 7 games, so the winning side will have won 4 of them. 4-1 would work, or 4-2. Your final game score also disagrees with your innings scores for that game, but maybe you're hedging.

ta i think i'll hedge for the last one (saves working out what else to do) I'll go with series score 4-2
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
Series winner: Tampa Bay Rays
Series score: Rays 4 - 2 Phillies

Score of final game: Phillies 3 - Rays 5

Innings of final game:
Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Phillies 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Rays 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 2

And I worked this all out by myself, no help from davelarge, no sirree! [Hot and Hormonal]

(Could he get a helpfulness point, unless I get knocked out of course!?)

ij x
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by chicklegirl:
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
Once more to prove my udder disaster in picking teams this year.

Do you mean this kind of udder disaster? That would be absolutely cowtastrophic!
The way I have been picking sports has been like trying to milk a bull. Now that is an udder disaster.
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
I traditionally support the NL side, as the Designated Hitter is an abomination unto the Lord, but although I'd like the Phillies to win, I'll go for the Rays in 6. (That's 4-2)

I take the Rays to win game 6 by 6-3, with the innings scores:
code:
          1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Phillies 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
Rays 0 2 0 0 3 1 0 0 X


 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Let's see how many of those innings match up.

It's almost certain that more would
match up if you set them all to "0"...
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
And, rugasaw...how many games do you think it will take? Inquiring minds and all that! [Big Grin]

quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw
Rays win game seven by the score 5-4

Um, if it's got as far as game seven....

Ooops. [Hot and Hormonal] I blame the drugs! [Biased]
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
For anyone still trying to decide (less than 12 hours to go now), apparently victory by the Rays was prophesied by a Eighteenth Century Russian folktale.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
All competitors have made a prediction.

So we DO have to watch the World Series.

Sorry!

[Razz]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
We have doomed Tampa Bay. Following the normal course of favorites vs. underdogs if the vast majority of people predict the favorite(talk about redundant) to win inevitably the underdog will win out. Since the vast majority of us predicted Tampa Bay to win this almost hands the win to Philly.

Oh, JediJudy could you please pass the drugs.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
We have doomed Tampa Bay. Following the normal course of favorites vs. underdogs if the vast majority of people predict the favorite(talk about redundant) to win inevitably the underdog will win out. Since the vast majority of us predicted Tampa Bay to win this almost hands the win to Philly.

On behalf of Doublethink, Surfing Madness, Flags_fiend and myself, thanks for sealing the deal! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Rev per Minute (# 69) on :
 
While everyone is on baseball (and I see the Phillies won the first game), can someone explain to me what the 'seventh innings stretch' is? Why is the seventh considered longer than the other eight innings? [Confused]
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
It's not that the seventh is longer.

It's that people need to stand up and stretch after sitting that long. And the field crew comes out to do a few things.

They actually also do it in the third inning, but that's not pointed out as much.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
Baseball's equivalent of a halftime show then?
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
Except that halfway would be about the 3rd or 4th inning...

It's more of a third or two-thirds way done show.

And not quite as long as baseball is a long game anyway.

Seriously I was at a game that went into extra innings and they started to run out of food! They had already stopped selling beer (to make sure that people were sort of sober before they went home).
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:


Oh, JediJudy could you please pass the drugs.

They're icky!!! :Mr. Yuck:

After sitting on bleachers for a few hours, the seventh inning stretch feels pretty good! (Not that we're not jumping up and down anyway with all the excitement.) (Or running to the restroom to clean up bird droppings from the squawky grackles in the rafters!)
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Rev per Minute:
While everyone is on baseball (and I see the Phillies won the first game), can someone explain to me what the 'seventh innings stretch' is? Why is the seventh considered longer than the other eight innings? [Confused]

The 'seventh inning stretch' is a tradition in baseball that has nothing to do with the rules of the game itself, but rather with the groundskeeping practices and regulations at the professional level. At the professional and other higher levels of the game the grounds crew will come out to smooth and dampen the infield dirt a couple of times during a game to reduce the possibility of 'bad hops' of the ball caused by ruts and gouges, as well as blown up and kicked up dust, from interfering with the high level of play. As this takes a few minutes to do, people got in the habit of getting out of their seats to stretch and get a beer or hotdog during these pauses. The professional game soon standardized these groundskeeping duties to happen just prior to the start of the game, just after the third inning, and in the middle of the seventh, thereby making the seventh inning "longer" than the rest. Singing the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" became a part of the tradition early in the last century when public group singing was still a common occurence and people still do it out of tradition when they would never dream of singing in public otherwise.
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Is this a bad time to point out the happy factoid that baseball is a game originating in England ? Even mentioned by Jane Austen I believe.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
There's that word again! What is the difference between a fact and a factoid? Enquiring minds are about to short-circuit! [Ultra confused] [Confused] [Big Grin]
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
There's that word again! What is the difference between a fact and a factoid? Enquiring minds are about to short-circuit! [Ultra confused] [Confused] [Big Grin]

It is an unusual noun - it conjugates like a verb...

Facts: What I say are true.
Factoids: What you say are true.
Lies: What politicians say.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
factoid [fak-toid]

–noun

1. an insignificant or trivial fact.

2. something fictitious or unsubstantiated that is presented as fact, devised esp. to gain publicity and accepted because of constant repetition.
 
Posted by Eliab (# 9153) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by the pilgrim:
Singing the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" became a part of the tradition early in the last century when public group singing was still a common occurence and people still do it out of tradition when they would never dream of singing in public otherwise.

I've been to exactly one baseball game ever (Yankees v. Blue Jays while on holiday in New York in 2004) but I am fully prepared to assert on that limited evidence that precisely no fucker sings anything at all when the tune "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is played in the seventh inning.

Hell, the only person I noticed singing the Star Spangled Banner at the start of the game was me (I assumed, wrongly, that this would be the done thing, and having started would have felt even more silly shutting up after the first line than carrying on). I'm not even convinced that most of the Yankee fans knew the words.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
So, it's 1-1. Looks like a nail-biter...

And Doublethink, Chicklegirl: Much obliged [Smile]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
***jj goes all over the Ship ringing her cowbell ***

I will be sure not to offend anyone by using proper cowbell etiquette. [Biased]
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
So, it's 1-1. Looks like a nail-biter...

For those of you suffering from onychophagia, a whole host of remedies abound.

Meanwhile, if you're not already on the edge of your seat, take a look at this. Ah, the thrill of the game!

[ETA what I left out at first!]

[ 24. October 2008, 20:11: Message edited by: chicklegirl ]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
***jj goes all over the Ship ringing her cowbell ***

I will be sure not to offend anyone by using proper cowbell etiquette. [Biased]

You can never have to much
cowbell. Give me more cowbell.
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
I'm recording the games overnight and catching up the following evening, so apart from the days off, I'll probably be avoiding this thread for fear of spoilers, but I think it was important for the Phillies to win game 1. We've seen in recent years how easily a side can be steamrollered coming off a long layoff, so at least that meant we had a contest on our hands.

One question that's been in the back of my mind ever since Five first introduced me to baseball is whether I'm the only one who thinks that the vast majority of statistics that are used to fill airtime during the game are just corollaries of the Gambler's Fallacy (in particular, the Clustering Illusion) writ large. Any hint of statistical variation, however minor, is jumped on and used to demonstrate that a particular player is on a hot streak, or doesn't perform on Tuesdays away from home, or some other nonsense. Or is it just me?

I'd love the statistical brains behind this book to do a similar job on baseball.
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
Starting in the early 90's a statistician by the name of Bill James developed and advocated a set of more meaningful statistical measures for baseball which became known as sabermetirics. It is fairly certain that his work became the basis for a highly successful run by the Oaklnad A's under the management of Billy Beane. James' Abstracts would be the equivalent that you are looking for in baseball.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
C'mon Rays!!! [Frown]

Well, I guess the Phillies have to win three games!
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
C'mon Rays!!! [Frown]

I don't think they heard you, Jedijudy. You'll have to cheer a bit louder next time. [Razz]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Eliab:
quote:
Originally posted by the pilgrim:
Singing the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" became a part of the tradition early in the last century when public group singing was still a common occurence and people still do it out of tradition when they would never dream of singing in public otherwise.

I've been to exactly one baseball game ever (Yankees v. Blue Jays while on holiday in New York in 2004) but I am fully prepared to assert on that limited evidence that precisely no fucker sings anything at all when the tune "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is played in the seventh inning.
Perhaps you happened to visit on the annual righteous priests, nuns and other chaste fans day at Yankee stadium?
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
I must say, that as a long term supporter of the English cricket team, all this confusion about a bit of rain is rather amusing! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
It's a good thing I'm not the nail biting type.

I understand rain is forecast for tonight, also.

I'm not sure why baseball games can be stopped or delayed for rain. I'm sure someone will find the relevant information somewhere! [Razz]
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
...I'm not sure why baseball games can be stopped or delayed for rain. I'm sure someone will find the relevant information somewhere! [Razz]

Risk of injury. The teams pay their players too much for them to slip in the mud and pull a hamstring.

Of course, the game, having completed at least 5 innings, with the ability to declare a winner, should have been called official, not suspended.
 
Posted by Eliab (# 9153) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
I'd love the statistical brains behind this book to do a similar job on baseball.

Stephen Jay Gould's 'Full House' (published as 'Life's Grandeur' in the UK) deals with baseball stats (principally the disappearance of 0.400 batting averages at the highest level, but touches on hitting streaks and the like as well).

quote:
Originally posted by the pilgrim:
Perhaps you happened to visit on the annual righteous priests, nuns and other chaste fans day at Yankee stadium?

Perhaps, but I doubt it. They seemed pretty animated when the Blue Jays opener (whose name I remember as Russ Abbot, but I suspect that is my brain playing tricks on me) hit a home run off the first ball.

That was my second baseball faux pas. It seems that you get very dirty looks for applauding good play by the visitors. The correct ettiquette is to boo loudly (I assume, by way of reprobation of one's own pitcher - a curious way of encouraging his better performance, I'd've thought, and indeed, the Yankees did go on to lose).
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by sharkshooter:
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
...I'm not sure why baseball games can be stopped or delayed for rain. I'm sure someone will find the relevant information somewhere! [Razz]

Risk of injury. The teams pay their players too much for them to slip in the mud and pull a hamstring.

Of course, the game, having completed at least 5 innings, with the ability to declare a winner, should have been called official, not suspended.

Don't (American) football players continue as long as the rain isn't too heavy? I've seen them play in the snow, but that's a different consistency.

I didn't make a prediction (also ran) because I was too swamped with work to keep up with the games, but I thought I'd post to stay friendly. [Axe murder]
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
American football is a different kind of running though. Also, there's nothing more obnoxious to move on than wet fake-grass.
But soccer games don't seem to get called for nasty weather. Why don't people worry about them hurting themselves?

[ 28. October 2008, 20:36: Message edited by: Gwai ]
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by sharkshooter:
Risk of injury. The teams pay their players too much for them to slip in the mud and pull a hamstring.

Of course, the game, having completed at least 5 innings, with the ability to declare a winner, should have been called official, not suspended.

It can't be called official if they are tied. And I heard that they aren't playing tonight because of the rain. They'll play tomorrow if the rain stops.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Phillies 3, Rays 1, Mother Nature 3. If another game is disrupted due to weather does Mother Nature win?
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
OK, then, here's my prediction and entry into this round!

Mother Nature wins! [Yipee]
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by PataLeBon:
It can't be called official if they are tied.

Not exactly...

The game was in the sixth inning, so the score would revert to the end of the last complete inning, the fifth (and five being the minimun number of innings for a game), at which time the Phillies were leading, and would have been awarded the win.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by sharkshooter:
quote:
Originally posted by PataLeBon:
It can't be called official if they are tied.

Not exactly...

The game was in the sixth inning, so the score would revert to the end of the last complete inning, the fifth (and five being the minimun number of innings for a game), at which time the Phillies were leading, and would have been awarded the win.

Not exactly...

The commissioner of Major League Baseball had already made the decision that the game would be played in full. He had contacted the teams but apparently did not get around to contacting the media.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
Pardon me while I indulge in a bit of (rather unbecoming but entirely warranted) gloating...

[Yipee] [Yipee] [Yipee] [Yipee] [Yipee]

Yay, Phillies!!!!!!!!!!

Okay... (smooths hair and folds hands serenely) ...I'm done now.
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
The Philadelphia Phillies win the World Series, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays four games to one.

ETA: oops...cross post with chicklegirl.

[ 30. October 2008, 05:45: Message edited by: ephemera ]
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
Tense times...

[Help]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Congratulations to the Phillies! [Big Grin]

Here's a little gift for Phillies Phans! [Biased]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Eliminated in the World Series Baseball round:

Davelarge


Qualifiers:

Chicklegirl
Doublethink
Flags_Fiend
Icklejen
Jedijudy
Mertseger
Nutmeg
PataLeBon
Surfing Madness
The Pilgrim
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Wooohooooo !!! Passed my second total ignorance round (first was the football).
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Round Sixteen : Melbourne Cup

Thanks to Nutmeg for the idea for this round.

You must choose ten horses running in the Melbourne Cup next Tuesday. You may choose the same horses as other competitors but the combination of all ten must be different.

Order your horses from 1 to 10 as that will be the decider in the case of any ties.

If you pick the winner you will be safe unless everyone picks the winner. If you then pick the second placed horse you will be safer than if you did not.

In the event of a tie, the person with the lowest number against their horse is safest.

I look forward to seeing your picks.

Entries must be in by Midnight Monday UK time.
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Everything you need to know ...

The runners ...
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Boringly, my picks are as follows:

Lets see how wrong the bookies can be ...

[ 30. October 2008, 22:33: Message edited by: Doublethink ]
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Doublethink:
Everything you need to know ...

The runners ...

[Help] how did double think find two links in the time it took me to find none?
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
Here's my list

  1. MAD RUSH
  2. PROFOUND BEAUTY
  3. SEPTIMUS
  4. NOM DE JEU
  5. HONOLULU
  6. C'EST LA GUERRE
  7. ZIPPING
  8. MOATIZE
  9. LITTORIO
  10. YELLOWSTONE

 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
1 MASTER OREILLY
2 MAD RUSH
3 ZIPPING
4 BOOK OF KELLS
5 HONOLULU
6 YELLOWSTONE
7 ICE CHARIOT
8 CHIEFCOMINGFIRST
9 ZARITA
10 PROFOUND BEAUTY


Yet another round that i know nothing about, so far it doesn't seem to have mattered though.
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
Ah well, I can get back to work now... [Smile]

Thanks Quizzy, it was a blast. Now, is there room for a little'un in the Also Ran box? I've got chocolate-covered almonds! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
1. ALESSANDRO VOLTA
2. ALL THE GOOD
3. BARBARICUS
4. BAUER
5. BAUGHURST
6. BOOK OF KELLS
7. BOUNDLESS
8. CAPECOVER
9. CEST LA GUERRE
10. CHIEFCOMINGFIRST

Hope these are OK, no prizes for working out how I picked them [Biased]
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
Darn..I'm still in and it's almost November!!!

1. Zipping
2. Profound Beauty
3. Nom de Jeu
4. Honolulu
5. Septimus
6. Mad Rush
7. Viewed
8. Cest La Guerre
9. Littoro
10. All the Good
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
1 Get Up Jude
2 Gallopin
3 Book of Kells
4 Ice Chariot
5 Red Lord
6 Glistening
7 Magic Instinct
8 Saddler's Story
9 Zipping
10 Profound Beauty

I figure my number 1 is a male version of judy, so why not? [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Woo Hoo melbourne cup.

We are already planning the cup do at work. It is about equivalent to Christmas really in terms of festive spirit. We have decided on retro party food, you know, the oranges with toothpicks in it and bits of cheese, angels on horseback, soggy tinned asparagus wrapped in crustless white bread. We will also wear hats, and every workplace seems to have a TV on hand to watch the cup. [Big Grin]

I will be leaving mine till later to pick the winners. There is a lot of form guides to examine between now and next Tuesday. One of the great things about Melbourne cup is that the favourites often don't win....
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
1 SEPTIMUS
2 NOM DU JEU
3 MAD RUSH
4 PROFOUND BEAUTY
5 CEST LA GUERRE
6 LITTORIO
7 ZIPPING
8 YELLOWSTONE
9 VIEWED
10 HONOLULU
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
I will do this very orderly. I will pick the 5 safest of the safe bets AND the 5 longest of the long shots!

1. Septimus
2. Mad Rush
3. Nom Du Jeu
4. Profound Beauty
5. Cest La Guerre
6. Glistening
7. Magic Instinct
8. Dandaad
9. Capecover
10. Book of Kells

"....Come on Book of Kells........... Come on Book of Kells....."
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Surfing Madness:
quote:
Originally posted by Doublethink:
Everything you need to know ...

The runners ...

[Help] how did double think find two links in the time it took me to find none?
Because he can do more than think doubly; he can search doubly, too, I suppose!

Davelarge - welcome to the AR's. [Axe murder]
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by davelarge:
Ah well, I can get back to work now... [Smile]

Thanks Quizzy, it was a blast. Now, is there room for a little'un in the Also Ran box? I've got chocolate-covered almonds! [Big Grin]

Chocolate-covered almonds? Then there's definitely room!
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
Angel Wrestler - I think Doublethink is a woman (she did choose chocolate as her lucky charm, so that sounds like a woman to me!).

ij x
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Oops! I think you're right. I seem to remember another thread that somehow referred to DT as a "she." My apologies, Double Think! [Hot and Hormonal] [Overused]
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
In order from first to last place, here are

C'est La Guerre
Honolulu
Ice Chariot
Chiefcomingfirst
Littorio
Gallopin
Instinct, Magic
Red Ruler
Largo Lad
Septimus

picks for Melbourne!
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
Kudos for that answer chicklegirl! [Overused]
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
Jezabeel
Champagne
Persian Punch
Taufan’s Melody
Yorkshire
Tie the knot
Faithful Son
Skybeau
Perpetual Check
Markham

You may not recognise these names as they are from the 1998 Melbourne Cup. However, if you ask any Melbournite, Adelaide, where I am posting from is at least 10 years behind the rest of the country. Hence, my winning selection.\

Sportsbet however, has not seen my way of thinking.
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
My gender is a mystery wrapped in an enigma hidden in a puzzle box. Which probably explains why I'm still single ...
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Doublethink:
My gender is a mystery wrapped in an enigma hidden in a puzzle box.

Really? There's a new model out for chrismas '08. They've rebranded it as a "evocative mystery wrapped in an impenetrable enigma, hidden in a puzzle box". You should look into it. [Smile]
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
my picks:


 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
"...... Come onnnnn Book of Kells,................. Come ooonnnnnn Book of Kells.............."
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Yellowstone and Zarita have been scratched from the race.

Hey Jude... did not qualify sorry JJ

There are also threats to withdraw septimus as the track is too firm.


My picks are

1. Mad Rush
2. Nom de Jeu
3. Profound Beauty
4. Septimus
5. C'est La Guerre
6. Barbicus
7. Red Lord
8. Master O'Reilly
9. Guyno
10. Honolulu

Now to go make a silly hat for the race. You have to have a hat for the race you know.

[Roll Eyes]

The Barrier draw is here if anyone is interested.

[ 03. November 2008, 11:01: Message edited by: Nutmeg ]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Should I replace Hey Jude? [Confused]
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ephemera:

I think this should be Red Lord, who's got mixed up with Pompeii Ruler (who also isn't in the field, unless I've missed something).

My also-ran picks are in the form of a story:

Viscount Alessandro Volta, known as the Red Lord due to his Communist sympathies, stood on the roof of his ancestral castle and Viewed the local hunt Galloping in a Mad Rush across its grounds. He despaired that anyone could be so Barbaric; using animals for sport was so pointless, and for such a measly Prize. Lady Volta, a native of Honolulu whose Profound Beauty continued to captivate him, often wished they'd fall into the Moat. "I zealously long to protect the rights of all living creatures", she would say.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
quote:
Originally posted by ephemera:
  • Red Ruler
  • Pompeii Ruler

I think this should be Red Lord, who's got mixed up with Pompeii Ruler (who also isn't in the field, unless I've missed something).
Don't feel bad, Ephemera. I made the same mistake! [Hot and Hormonal]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
1 Get Up Jude
2 Gallopin
3 Book of Kells
4 Ice Chariot
5 Red Lord
6 Glistening
7 Magic Instinct
8 Saddler's Story
9 Zipping
10 Profound Beauty

I figure my number 1 is a male version of judy, so why not? [Big Grin]

If I may, I'd like to replace Jude with Mad Rush.

Oh, and....
[Overused] The GG [Overused]
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
1. ALESSANDRO VOLTA
2. NOM DU JEU
3. BARBARICUS
4. MOATIZE
5. CEST LA GUERRE
6. ZIPPING
7. SEPTIMUS
8. HONOLULU
9. MAD RUSH
10. ICE CHARIOT
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
Hmmm, my erudite post was eaten by the ether.
Anyway, I reckon Septimus is a good chance. If he is truly named after a Lord of Stronghold, then the chances of him killing the rest of the field during the race is pretty high.

And yes, this is a gratuitous Neil Gaiman reference.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Patdys:

And yes, this is a gratuitous Neil Gaiman reference.

I just finished reading "Stardust" last week, and I'd venture to say that any Neil Gaiman reference would be gratuitous.
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by chicklegirl:
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
quote:
Originally posted by ephemera:
  • Red Ruler
  • Pompeii Ruler

I think this should be Red Lord, who's got mixed up with Pompeii Ruler (who also isn't in the field, unless I've missed something).
Don't feel bad, Ephemera. I made the same mistake! [Hot and Hormonal]
Thanks chicklegirl and TGG for keeping me honest. Somebody on a betting website misled me, but has since updated their webpage, so I can't prove it. I thought it was odd that two horses were named "ruler" but assumed it was something inherently Australian. With that said:

I'd like to switch my Red Ruler for Red Lord.
Please.
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
Adding insult to injury, I missed the edit window. [Ultra confused]

I'd like to switch my idiot choices as follows:


thus making my choices:


thanks again. [Overused]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
And it was a photo finish.


1 st place Viewed
2nd Place Bauer
3rd C'est La Guerre.


Now for quizzies adjudication.
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
But?..... but?........... What happened to Book of Kells?.............. What do you MEAN he wasn't even in the race?!!!
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
So much for the bookies pick [Frown]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ELIMINATED FOR FAILING TO PICK ANY OF THE FIRST FOUR

Jedijudy

QUALIFIERS

Chicklegirl
Doublethink
Flags_Fiend
Icklejen
Mertseger
Nutmeg
PataLeBon
Surfing Madness
The Pilgrim

And the countdown goes on ..... 10 ..... 9 .....
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND SEVENTEEN : MAPS

You must search the internet for a map that has the maximum number of different features but not more than one of each.

You must then post

1. Name of the map
2. Link to the map
3. List all the features
(I will knock out any feature that I can find a second example of in the map that is linked)

Good Luck - I think this is a challenge.
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
I choose this map of Heaven

It's unique features include:
  1. A replica of the Washington Monument.
  2. A segregated section for Catholics.
  3. A roller coaster.
  4. A factory for giving the saved new bodies.
  5. A dinosaur petting zoo.
  6. A castle for...ahem...having marital relations.
  7. A place to view the damned.
  8. A candy shop.
  9. A boot camp for angels.
  10. A running track (in the boot camp).
  11. A snack bar.
  12. A large gate to keep out the unsaved.
  13. A drive-in movie theater for viewing memories.
  14. Go carts!

Now, all the rest of you need to find maps with fifteen or more unique features (assuming QM approves all these), and I can humbly bid adieu to this year's quiz happily in the top ten.
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
The earth.

This map contains 6 billion individual people. No repeats. I haven't listed them individually but can do so on request*


*Actually, no. But I could list enough to win this round. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
One of the most breathtaking attractions in my lovely home state of Washington is the Olympic Peninsula, home of the Olympic National Park. My family used to go camping there during the summer (when it was only slightly less rainy in the rainforest!)

On such a large map, it was hard to avoid a multiplicity of towns, trails, campgrounds, creeks, waterfalls, lakes, harbors, hot springs, beaches, bays, points, capes, islands, prairies, mountains, glaciers, ridges, roads, rivers, ranger stations, Indian reservations, visitor centers, memorials, and so forth. This map does, however, illustrate a few unique features (besides the national park itself):

One state park (Lake Cushman State Park)

One dock for international ferry service between Port Angeles, WA and Victoria B.C.

One rainforest (the Hoh Rainforest), which happens to be part of...

One national forest (the Olympic National Forest), which happens to be home to...

The world's largest western hemlock tree

The world's largest sub-alpine fir tree

The world's largest yellow cedar tree

The world's largest Douglas fir tree

And oh yes, one tiny town called Forks, recently shoved into the spotlight when it became the setting for the teen vampire novel Twilight (soon to be released as a motion picture)
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
My map is the Ethical Trading Initiative site map.

It contains:

A bunch of crap I don't have to post because I am an also ran.
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
I pick the electoral map.

Electorial Map

It has 50 states, state abbreviations, electoral votes by state, and blue and red markings.
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
i pick English counties map It has english counties marked on it.(Bedfordshire, Berkshire,Buckinghamshire,Cambridgeshire,Cheshire,Cornwall,Derbyshire,Devon,Dorset,Durham,Essex,Gloucestershire,Hampshire,Her efordshire,
Hertfordshire,Kent,Lancashire,Leicestershire,Lincolnshire,London,Middlesex,Norfolk,Northamptonshire,Northumberland,Nottingham shire,Oxfordshire,Shropshire,Somerset,Staffordshire,Suffolk,Surrey,Sussex (east and west),Warwickshire,Wiltshire,Worcestershire,Yorkshire(north, south, east?, west) and the Isle of Wight.)

As we were just told to post not debate if we agreed, coz i'm not sure London is really a county. Also east yorkshire is labeled, not sure is usually called that.

Rutland and huntingdonshire and a bit i can't work out just below east yorkshire are all on the map but not labeled.

Also labeled is Scotland and Wales. Not labeled is the sea, and the Isle of man.

Now to add up all those features.

43 labeled things and 5 unlabeled.
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
I pick a world map, it contains 193 countries which are all different, listed here + the Vatican City.

flags x

[ 05. November 2008, 07:23: Message edited by: flags_fiend ]
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
I choose this bestiary of a map. Different features/ dimensions include:

 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
You must search the internet for a map that has the maximum number of different features but not more than one of each.
...
(I will knock out any feature that I can find a second example of in the map that is linked)

By my reading, several of the entries so far will be eliminated on these grounds. Multiple states, counties or countries seem to me to be more than one example of the same feature. If you stretched a point, you could probably argue that a feature implies something fundamentally geographical in nature, like a mountain or river, rather than administrative boundaries, but that would probably be quite hard when you've just claimed them as features.

My also-ran entry is the band Map, which consists of 3 different features, as listed here:

1. Lead singer/guitarist
2. Keyboards
3. Drums
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
My entry for Round 17 is this Mind Map for time management .

My Map lists many features listed on 16 branches to assist you with Time Management, including

.

It's also very colourful and pretty. I like the pictures of the cats and the coffee.
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
Since we've had 'heaven' and 'earth' I will submit this map of HELL. If I count right it shows at least 40 plus different levels (divided and subdivided) for at least 50 plus different types of sinners.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
ELIMINATED FOR FAILING TO PICK ANY OF THE FIRST FOUR

Jedijudy


As always, I am truly amazed to have lasted this long in the Quiz! [Big Grin]
Mercy buckets, QM! [Overused]

I would like to offer this map, because it made me laugh!

As an Also-Ran (and proud of it) I am allowed to post such things! [Razz]

*jj goes off to bake brownies and make a gallon of Bahama Mamas for the Sky Box*
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
I pick the site map for the Ship of Fools web site.

Well, it's not quite the ship of fools, but close enough? [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
My entry for Round 17 is this Mind Map for time management .

My Map lists many features listed on 16 branches to assist you with Time Management, including

.

It's also very colourful and pretty. I like the pictures of the cats and the coffee.

Wow I had shocker didn't I?

Try this link to the mind map I had in mind
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
A poor effort this time around.

I shall now eliminate all claimed features of which there are two or more ..........

There could be several of you in the rerun of this round.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Eliminated for failing to post:

Icklejen


QUALIFIERS

Chicklegirl
Doublethink
Flags_Fiend
Mertseger
Nutmeg
PataLeBon
Surfing Madness
The Pilgrim
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Nutmeg, your entry takes me to 'Post Reply' on the ship. Is your time-management all it's cracked up to be? [Biased]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND EIGHTEEN : FUNNY SONGS

You must pick a song with funny or jokey lyrics.
Once you have chosen it I need the following information in your post.

1. Name of the Song
2. Name of the Artist
3. Link to the Lyrics

Additionally you can link to the song itself.

Once all entries are in (Also Ran Entries welcome)
you must PM me with your top ten choices.
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
For good, clean flannel-and-petticoats fun, it has to be "The Lumberjack Song", performed by Michael Palin and the rest of the Monty Python Flying Circus troupe (lyrics available here).
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
My also-ran pick is a song I used to quote in my sig: Groucho Marx singing "I'm Against It", taken from the film Horse Feathers. Lyrics can be found here.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I was considering the Reigning king of funny lyrics (Weird Al) but thought better of it. I decided that I would post a song about a church service that everyone* of us would enjoy being at. I give you Ray Stevens' The Mississippi Squirrel Revival. Here is a video that plays the song. If this does not make every top ten you are all sinners and need a squirrel.

*By everyone I am referring to myself.
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
See, this is what happens when you skip lunch. I just forgot to post! Oh well! It was fun while it lasted, but I really should study for my exams, so it's for the best. Thanks Quizzie. [Overused]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
Like G.G., I'm posting a song made famous by Groucho Marx, the classic “Lydia the Tattooed Lady,” which became his signature tune. Music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E.Y. Harburg.

I tried creating URL links and just couldn’t get it to work right, so here are the sites.

Lyrics can be found at http://www.reelclassics.com/Movie/Philstory/philstory-lydia.htm but you'll have to type it in.

If you go to YouTube and enter 'Lydia the Tattooed Lady' you can find a couple of versions done my Groucho as well as the Muppets.
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
For this round i nominate Val Doonican-O'Rafferty's Motor Car. I loved it when i was a kid, and it still makes me smile.

I've tried to link to the lyrics but have no idea why it's not working, so sorry but your have to copy and paste. http://www.justsomelyrics.com/1431575/Val-Doonican-O'Rafferty's-Motor-Car-Lyrics

Also here is a link to a video of it that made me laugh.
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
Well, Rugasaw has posted our family's absolute favorite song over the years. Never seen it performed, though, so thanks!

I will go with what I have been trying to get our choir to do for the annual talent night: All God's Critter's Got a Place in the Choir, by Bill Staines. Here is a You Tube performance that is great, but not what I have in mind. You have to imagine our fun-filled choir in hayseed outfits and straw hats tapping our legs in time, slapping our knees occasionally, and swooooping some of the notes sometimes. Throw in an occasional animal sound and some dynamics, the exactly right people coming in on snippet solos in perfect timing. It's a fun song with the right vision, and the perfect choir director, of course.

CuppaT
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
This round is the toughest challenge so far for me because I love novelty songs. If you search for "The Best Medicine" at Pandora.com, you will be able to hear an endless stream of novelty songs from all eras. I just turned it on, I list the tracks as I write this up:

(Tom Lehrer: "We'll All Go Together When We Go"
The Ink Spots: "Your Foots Too Big"
Bowling For Soup: "Almost")

Thus, my task is to narrow things down. I'd like something a bit more recent since we've had several older, though exemplary, entries so far.

(The Presidents Of The United States: "Lump)

Wierd Al Yankovic is an obvious choice (I once got mistaken for him after having just stood in line behind him at a club. Wierd, er, strange night.) I'd like, however, to promiote someone more obscure.

(Carla Ulbrich: "What If Your Girlfriend Was Gone?". I was considering this song last night and it's right up there on my list.)

Stephen Lynch is probably too transgressive for this crowd though he's a surprisingly good musician. The Asylum Street Singers are also too crude for here as well; though, they're well worth checking out.

(The Tokens: "Bathroom Wall"
Spirit: "Fish Fry Road")

The Rutles, Roy "Chubby" Brown, El Vez (Mexican Elvis impersonator), Vile Richard, Austin Lounge Lizards, The Bonzo Dog Band, The Red Elvises (astoundingly good musicians), Mojo Nixon, Moxy Fruvous, Spinal Tap, Spike Jones, Richard Cheese (lounge-lizard covers of punk, rap and pop songs with lots of profanity), Tenacious D...

So many to choose from!

(Team America Soundtrack: "Freedom Isn't Free". Parker and Stone of South Park fame are well worth considering for this round.
Momus: "The Penis Song"
Tenacious D: "Friendship")

My second choice would be Cheryl Wheelers delightful song done to the Mexican Hat Dance: Potato. (Warning: clicking on that link may cause you to be singing the word "Potato" over and over again for the rest of the day.) But while the lyrics are okay and the song is hilarious, the song will not present well purely based on its lyrics.

(Of Montreal: "Tim, I Wish You Were Born A Girl"
Wilco: "Heavy Metal Drummer"
Da Vinci's Notebook: "Three Little Words". If you ever thought Meatloaf needed skewering, this is the song for you.
Vile Richard: "Glass Eye"
Tagyerit: "Pointless Psychic Revelation")

And so, at long last, I will present my choice. After much deliberation, I choose There's Viagra In The Water written by Camille West of Four Bitchin' Babes. It's surprisingly clean for the topic.

(Jacob Brochard: "Brains Brains"
The Four Counts: "Peeping Through Your Curtains"
David Shingley: "Don'ts"
Team America Soundtrack: "Montage"
Neil Innes: "Bruce's Philosophy Song"
Uncle Bonsai: "Johnny, It's Downhill From Here"
Jimmy Buffet: "Why Don't We Get Drunk And Screw" - a good place to stop)

[ 06. November 2008, 15:18: Message edited by: Mertseger ]
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
I never fail to get a laugh out of Florence Foster Jenkins , a wealthy socialite whose concerts were sold out!
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Oh it's got to be the Flanders & Swann classic, P** P* B**** B** D******.

(Though I did also love, There's A Hole In My Budget, A Happy Song, Madeira M'Dear and First and Second Law.)
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
I can't find a sound recording of Pee, Po, Belly, Bum, Drawers ! But I thought you might enjoy this, which includes A Happy Song.
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Actually, on mature reflection I'd like to change my choice to Flanders & Swann's Madeira M'Dear. The Broadway performance of those rather fine lyrics can be found here !
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Interesting choice Doublethink.

I too have gone back to my youth with Flanders & Swann - They just don't write songs like that anymore.

Like Mertseger I was caught trying to choose one song from many, and here it is:

1. The Gasman Cometh
2. Flanders & Swann
3. The Lyrics


Check out a nice video of the song HERE


And the number two song because it has limited appeal is

The English are Best.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Well I have had to think about this one...

While looking around the net I did find the old 'Unle Sam' ad Uncle Sam Deodorant ad, from the 70's. Always a favourite of mine.

However my entry is a song by a danish band shubidua " There is a dog sh!t in my garden" I have always admired them for rhyming garden with Elizabeth Arden. There is a
link here, to youtube, which has the lyrics scrolling across the bottom of the video. It has a pretty good reggae beat, but I believe it was also a big disco hit back in the 80's.

Enjoy
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
As a chemist I had to pick this really...

1. Elements
2. Tom Lehrer
3. lyrics

And if you click here you can listen to it.

flags x
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
This is my favorite song for stress relief. Really.

And blame the stores around here for making me remember it at this time..

Christmas at Ground Zero

[Big Grin]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
The Shell Factory Billboard Blues by Gary Link always was a favorite of my family way back when.

There doesn't seem to be a link to the lyrics, but that's OK, since I'm an Also-Ran!!! [Yipee] [Razz]

[ETA...Click on Gary's face to hear the song!]

[ 06. November 2008, 23:18: Message edited by: jedijudy ]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Can I have your votes now please by PM.

They will be published once all the votes are in.
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
I made a list of the enteries to help myself and thought i wuld share it with everyone.

Chicklegirl – the lumberjack song
The Great Gumby – I’m against it
Rugasaw – the mississippi squirrel revival
The pilgrim – lydia the tattooed lady
Surfing Madness - O'Rafferty's Motor Car
CuppaT – all God’s critter’s
Mertseger – there’s viagra in the water
Angel Wrestler – Florence Foster Jenkins
Doublethink – Madeira M’Dear
Quizmaster – the gasman cometh
Nutmeg – “there is dog sh!T in my garden”
Flags_fiend – Elements
PataLeBon – Christmas at ground zero
Jedijudy – Shell Factory Billboard Blues.

I'm hopping i've not missed anyone out.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Thank you! How nice of you, Surfing Madness. [Smile]

[ 07. November 2008, 20:51: Message edited by: Angel Wrestler ]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
The voting resulted in the following table:

72 Rugasaw
66 Quizmaster
65 Chicklegirl
53 Mertseger
50 Surfing Madness
42 Flags_Fiend
31 CuppaT
29 Jedijudy
29 The Pilgrim
28 Doublethink
25 PataLeBon
23 The Great Gumby
20 Angel Wrestler
14 Nutmeg

Eliminated on the vote:

Nutmeg

QUALIFIERS:

Chicklegirl
Doublethink
Flags_Fiend
Mertseger
PataLeBon
Surfing Madness
The Pilgrim

Take a short break - I will start the next round on Monday night (UK time).
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
<jj dances and sings>

Nutmeg gets to come to the Skybox!! [Big Grin]

We have lots of food, and the weather is perfect and don't forget your sunglasses!

Here, have a glass of wine. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
Yay JJ it's party time in the skybox!

Thank you Quizzy for the funtastic quiz this year. As always it was challenging, unexpected and different.

[Overused]

Let's do it next year again [Biased]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND NINETEEN : MINESWEEPER

This idea failed the last time around.
This time I have revised the rules.
I have a grid six by six.
Across the top you will use numbers.
Down the side you will use letters.

There is one grid for the competitors.
There is another grid for the Also Rans.
You must choose five squares each.
They range from A1 through to F6.
One of those squares contains the mine.

Whoever hits the mine will be eliminated.

Good luck to each and every one.


Additional Rule: Competitors must choose squares that have not been nominated by any other competitor and Also Rans must choose squares that have not been nominated by any other Also Ran.

Tread Carefully. Stay away from the mine.
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
Do we post all our grid references at the same time. Or can we hedge are bets by posting just one to start with, and gradually post so as others have a chance of getting knocked out before we have posted all our options?
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
A1

Bates breath and waits ...
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
I'll pick A2, A3, A4, A5 and A6. Decided I should pick all mine now so I don't get eliminated for not posting!

flags x

P.S. Minesweeper is a great game!
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
B2, B6
F5,
C1 and C4

That's five isn't it??

[ 10. November 2008, 23:35: Message edited by: PataLeBon ]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
C2
D2
E2
D5
E4
[Big Grin]
 
Posted by CuppaT (# 10523) on :
 
I'll use Flag's strategy and choose F6,F5,F4,F3,and F2. Lest anyone think I have overlapped PataLeBon, I am an also-ran, and she is a contender.
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
quote the boss
quote:
There is one grid for the competitors.
There is another grid for the Also Rans.

Yeah, bet ours has 35 mines. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
Eeeeek! And on that note:

E1, E2, E3, E4 and E5 are my picks.
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
E6

I'll think on the rest for the moment.
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Hmm, interesting ...

Strokes chin meditatively

B1
 
Posted by davelarge (# 186) on :
 
Man, it's like you're all walking on eggshells!
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
I'm not afraid of the center of the field!

B3 - B4 - C3 - D3 - D4

KAPOWWW!!!!
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
I'll stumble onto the map with B5, C5, D5, D6 and C6.
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
After much thought, my remaining picks are C2, C6, D1, and D2.

(Waits with batted breath for the explossion.)
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Yikes! I haven't kept a written list of who's an also-ran and who's still in the game. Can anyone help?
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
Yikes! I haven't kept a written list of who's an also-ran and who's still in the game. Can anyone help?

Still in the game:-
Chicklegirl
Doublethink
Flags_Fiend
Mertseger
PataLeBon
Surfing Madness
The Pilgrim

Everyone else is an also ran.
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
AW: here is the QM's last list of qualifiers:

quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:

QUALIFIERS:

Chicklegirl
Doublethink
Flags_Fiend
Mertseger
PataLeBon
Surfing Madness
The Pilgrim

The rest are Also Rans.

[ 11. November 2008, 20:30: Message edited by: ephemera ]
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
[Hot and Hormonal]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Eliminated for failing to post FIVE squares:

Doublethink

QUALIFIERS

Chicklegirl
Flags_Fiend
Mertseger
PataLeBon
Surfing Madness
The Pilgrim
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ephemera:
[Hot and Hormonal]

Smile! I think you and Surfing Madness both deserve nice points! [Smile]

[ETA where were the mines, Oh Master of Quizzes?]

[ 11. November 2008, 22:02: Message edited by: jedijudy ]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND TWENTY : SKINS

You have all been upgraded at the Knockout Quiz site (apart from you Flags Fiend - have you joined up yet?) and with your limited new administration powers you are able to create new skins.

I thank Jedijudy for testing this round a while back and it is now here.

YOU HAVE TO CREATE A NEW SKIN

You can name the skin whatever you like and use any colours that you choose.

Once complete we will all vote on who has designed the best skin, so make it acceptable to the Knockout Quiz contestants and Also Rans.

As good design takes time you can keep making changes until the deadline which is 22:00 UK time on Friday 14th November.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Where were the mines, Oh Master of Quizzes?

Patdys was right about the Also Ran grid and because the exact location was not needed this year and I had it coded in my clue I can now use the same code next year as long as it remains my secret.

Flags Fiend stood on the mine but that matters not.
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
Here's a link if anyone needs it.
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
I'm confused, what is the knockout quiz site?

flags x
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by flags_fiend:
I'm confused, what is the knockout quiz site?

flags x

flags, go here and register. We've been waiting for you.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Where were the mines, Oh Master of Quizzes?

Patdys was right about the Also Ran grid and because the exact location was not needed this year and I had it coded in my clue I can now use the same code next year as long as it remains my secret.

Flags Fiend stood on the mine but that matters not.

You know your painting a target on your code. I think it was A-5. If I am right you can try and bribe me next year. Not that I'll rmember but you can still send me bribes.
[Biased]
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I'm getting in the mood for baking, and am especially anticipating the culinary bliss of combining spices... rolling out the buttery crust... filling our house with the heavenly aroma of... pumpkin pie. Sigh. My tried-and-true favorite recipe also seemed like a great inspiration for a new skin on the KOQ website.

Enjoy a little slice of "Pumpkin Pie" as my way of saying thanks to QM and all the other contestants for making this a great quiz! (Oh, and Jedijudy, I've already baked one just for the dessert buffet in the skybox--accompanied by a batch of freshly whipped cream to top it off!)
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
I've joined the site, how do I go about making a new skin?

flags x
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
I think it was A-5.

Oh well done. If you're right (I make no comment on that, but I have my suspicions based on my own calculations), Quizmaster will deduce that the code is no longer his secret, because you know it, and you (and anyone else who may have deduced the code) will lose the potential advantage of knowing his system (if he were to use it - I notice he said he can use it again, not that he will) next year.

It would have been much more sensible just to keep quiet.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Thanks to those who posted the list of still-actives. I ended up missing the round altogether, anyhow! I got too busy yesterday evening.

I didn't know about the website, either. I registered and I'll check it later today.
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by flags_fiend:
I've joined the site, how do I go about making a new skin?

flags x

You need to get to the admin screen. You have a PM at that site from the Quiz'ster which provides a link, or you can click on "Admin" on the bar nearest the top of the screen. Then you click on the "Skins/ Forum Colors" link. Then click "Create Skin" and start to play around. Creating a skin mostly involves choosing colors which you can mostly do by clicking on the "color chart" buttons and bearing mind that "000000" is black and "ffffff" is white. Here're a bunch more colors if you find those of the "color chart" limiting.

[ 12. November 2008, 14:30: Message edited by: Mertseger ]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
Well, I've started work on mine. I'm calling it Bricks and Roses. I'm going to try and capture the feel of the soft pink and peach colored roses that grow in front of the brick facing on my church. Look here for a picture.
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
It doesn't work, I can't access the link quizmaster sent me - it tells me I'm not allowed in that bit. And I don't have a link called admin at the top of the page. Looks like I could become an alsoran very soon as I can't make a skin now and I'm very busy tomorrow [Frown]

flags x
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by flags_fiend:
It doesn't work, I can't access the link quizmaster sent me - it tells me I'm not allowed in that bit. And I don't have a link called admin at the top of the page. Looks like I could become an alsoran very soon as I can't make a skin now and I'm very busy tomorrow [Frown]

flags x

That fact just means that QM hasn't had a chance to give you admin privileges yet since at the time he was doing so for the rest of us, you did not have an account. I imagine he'll assess the available time for the project after he's had a chance to do so for you. Unfortunately, he has not granted us access to the "manage members" page, or I'd grant you the privileges myself.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Mertseger:
Here're a bunch more colors if you find those of the "color chart" limiting.

Mertseger!! You are a 100% gem!!! I wish I had known about all those colors when I was torturing everyone with my skins!!! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
quote:
Originally posted by Mertseger:
Here're a bunch more colors if you find those of the "color chart" limiting.

Mertseger!! You are a 100% gem!!! I wish I had known about all those colors when I was torturing everyone with my skins!!! [Big Grin]
Those colors are pretty cool. That being said, I ended up using color chart colors for everything except active and visited links.

Oh, and here's a link to a thread that lists all the readily available fonts for proboards (the software for the KOQ boards).
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
No, it appears I used "mistyrose" for the category background as well. Still that's only three of the 21 color selections.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
i've registered but I don't see how/where to review skins or to create them. I don't see an "admin" link and I'm too new on the site for QM to have sent me a PM.

I wanna play this round. [Waterworks] Can anyone advise? Thanks [Axe murder]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
Well, I've been checking out the new skins that you guys and gals have been creating. WOW! I am really out of my depth on this one. Pumpkin Pie and Surfing are leading the pack on my list so far. I envy you folks with the savy to come up with stuff like that!
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
I can't figure out how to do skins. I think I signed up too late for the website. How did I miss that there was a separate website???? Geez.

Anyway, I looked at the "points" page and discovered I have no laugh (tickle) points. So, since I can't figure out the skins, let me give you a little laugh.

A French man with a parrot on his shoulder walks into a bar and orders a drink. The bartender asks, "Where'd you get that?"

"In France! There's millions of 'em," replies the parrot.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gwai:
Angel Wrestler, would I be an obnoxious pedant if I pointed out that Pb is one element, lead? Non-capitalized letters are the second lettters of an abbreviation. It could only be boron if it were written with a PB

Gwai - NOW I see what you were getting at way back when. Don't ask me how I stumbled on that old page from over 5 weeks ago! Anyway, I'd chosen to combine the values of the letters to get the combination. My apologies for misreading the post. No wonder I have so many "confused" points.

(can you tell that I'm taking too much time from work this afternoon?)
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Like I haven't had enough fun with the skins. It's fun being an Also Ran!! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
Wish the sharemarket game was with real money.
Just checked the fantasy table .
Thankyou all for drinking coffee.


Shall we bet on when it all goes bust?
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
I don't seem to be able to make skins either?
Not that it disdavantages me.

I must be having a senior moment. Or year.
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Patdys:
I don't seem to be able to make skins either?
Not that it disdavantages me.

I must be having a senior moment. Or year.

That's 'cause you're an also ran. When QM said:

quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
ROUND TWENTY : SKINS

You have all been upgraded at the Knockout Quiz site (apart from you Flags Fiend - have you joined up yet?) and with your limited new administration powers you are able to create new skins.

He weren't takin' to us also rans.

I found this out the hard way. I got excited about creating a new skin and ran over to play with all the electronic colors and shapes. After reading and clicking and looking for quite a while, I had to conclude that I was not one of the "You have all been upgraded" ones. No, I am an also ran and, as such, get the short end of the stick.

Welcome to the 'hood, Patdys. Yeah, I don't like it either.
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
OK, That's fair.

The Skybox actually is more than enough compensation. Plus you can be more creative/destructive with the pressure off. It's a good 'hood.
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
Well, I finished mine.

No one else may like it, but it's easier for me to read. [Smile]
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
Me too, i've finished mine, i like being reminded of surf even if noone else likes it.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Will we Also-Rans get to see the winning skins?
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
Will we Also-Rans get to see the winning skins?

You should be able to do so now: login, select "profile" at the top bar, choose "modify profile", enter your password near the top of the resulting page (it's a hassle, but you have to do this step for each skin you wish to view), select the skin from the pull-down menu near the bottom of the page and click the "modify profile" button. You can use the back button to get back the modify profile page after each new skin has loaded.
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Surfing Madness:
Me too, i've finished mine, i like being reminded of surf even if noone else likes it.

I like it best, SM. It is beauteous and very legible. I think I can actually hear and feel the spray from the waves! You are the winner, IMHO. Love it!
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
Oh, and the pink bits look just like the color of one's cheeks after a gnarly day watching dudes rippin' and carvin' some killer waves. It's totally bitchen!
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Eliminated for failing to post FIVE squares:

Doublethink

QUALIFIERS

Chicklegirl
Flags_Fiend
Mertseger
PataLeBon
Surfing Madness
The Pilgrim

Every so often I just have to prove I am not really competitive ...
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ephemera:
like it best, SM. It is beauteous and very legible.

i think that is a result of having a mum with sight problems, my first questions is always is it clear.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Mertseger:
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
Will we Also-Rans get to see the winning skins?

You should be able to do so now: login, select "profile" at the top bar, choose "modify profile", enter your password near the top of the resulting page (it's a hassle, but you have to do this step for each skin you wish to view), select the skin from the pull-down menu near the bottom of the page and click the "modify profile" button. You can use the back button to get back the modify profile page after each new skin has loaded.
Thank you, Mertsinger! I enjoyed looking at all of them and I even ended up "borrowing" the pumpkin pie skin for myself, just because it's close to Thanksgiving.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
O.K.

Can I have your TOP TEN skins please.

I am sure Jedijudy would like to win but she has plenty of competition.

Everyone is entitled to vote and I think you should.

Send me a PM from your FAVOURITE to TENTH.
 
Posted by ephemera (# 13355) on :
 
...and your choices are:

 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
[Hot and Hormonal] Well, I think I have stuffed the ballot box, so to speak.

Great and Mighty Quizmaster does know my competitive spirit very well, but...as long as the party is going on in the SkyBox, I don't necessarily have to win. [Angel]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
*ahem* Has anyone seen Patdys performance on the Stock Market challenge?

£2,212,957

I for one think the world needs to know "The Sekrit"! [Overused]
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Wow; I haven't even checked up on my own after the round! I'm impressed with you both.

[Overused]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Votes are now published but the next round will not start until tomorrow.

[Razz]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Oops, just worked out how to do it - too late. (Someone's been reshaping my face [Ultra confused] )

While you're waiting for the next round to start, check out the two new games in the circus.
See if you can spot them as they might just be everlasting.

[ 18. November 2008, 09:41: Message edited by: Chorister ]
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Chorister! I never would have thought of you as a "Hell mug" sort of person.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
bwahahahahahaha!!
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
bwahahahahahaha!!

Thanks for that. [Killing me]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
THE SKINS TABLE

80 Pumpkin Pie
79 Surfing
51 Water Theme
50 Flags
37 Mertz Flirtz
35 Bricks & Roses
34 Stock Market Blahs
31 Chicklepurple
29 Quizquest
23 PataLeBon
22 The Skybox
21 DEFAULT
17 JudysSofa
17 Jedi Lifesaver
17 Phillies Phans
7 YellowSnow

Which means we say goodbye to PataLeBon.

QUALIFIERS:

Chicklegirl
Flags_Fiend
Mertseger
Surfing Madness
The Pilgrim
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND TWENTY ONE : QUIZ SUMMARY

This round is open to Contestants and Also Rans alike but in this case MY judgement is final.

I want you to summarise the quiz so far in a way that is entertaining, humorous and intelligent, drawing on aspects of the quiz that we have played to date.

Your summary can be as long or as short as you like but remember that it is a summary. Too short and there will be insufficient detail. Too long and it becomes a narrative.

PM me your summary once complete. You have at least a couple of days to compose it. Once the round is closed your summaries will be published.

Good luck, and enjoy reliving your memories of the quiz.
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
I'm impressed to make it to the final five, but i think this maybe the round which see's me finally make it to the sky box!
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Contestants are always welcome in the SkyBox! Especially if bearing food and/or beverages. [Biased]
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
bwahahahahahaha!!

I'm scared. [Paranoid]
 
Posted by PataLeBon (# 5452) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Contestants are always welcome in the SkyBox! Especially if bearing food and/or beverages. [Biased]

Does chocolate count as food??

And is it ok that I'm glad I'm out finally...

Now I get to be VERY silly.
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by PataLeBon:
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Contestants are always welcome in the SkyBox! Especially if bearing food and/or beverages. [Biased]

Does chocolate count as food??

And is it ok that I'm glad I'm out finally...

Now I get to be VERY silly.

I believe there is some Green and Black's milk chocolate on one of the tables up there. And bring on the silly.
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
(sniffs the air.... looks longingly at the skybox....) ..."Could you toss something down here?....... NOT AN EMPTY CAN, YOU DOLTS!!!"
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
*jj points out the camouflaged staircase to The Pilgrim*

That was an accident...we thought we were tossing a garbage bag for you to toss out for us! [Razz]
 
Posted by Nutmeg (# 5297) on :
 
hmm a summary of the quiz so far.

You know Quizzy you could make it harder, and make them present it in rhyming couplets. Just a suggestion. [Big Grin]

( I am ever so glad I don't have to complete this round, and I thought the skins looked hard.)

Hey Judi, let's top up our drinks again and put our feet up and watch.... [Biased] Now who was is handing out the drinks.

Now I brought some good ole aussie Tim Tams to share round the skybox.
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nutmeg:
hmm a summary of the quiz so far.

You know Quizzy you could make it harder, and make them present it in rhyming couplets. Just a suggestion. [Big Grin]

( I am ever so glad I don't have to complete this round, and I thought the skins looked hard.)


I keep thinking Ahh can't manage this round, so please nutmeg don't give ideas to make it harder! The skins round was easier than it looked, but all the sports rounds have been nightmares as far as i'm concerned.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
KOQ08 fans you are now able to view the summaries of the quiz to date here and you will see why we have had to wave good bye to ...

Chicklegirl


QUALIFIERS:

Flags_Fiend
Mertseger
Surfing Madness
The Pilgrim

Now how can I make you four work hard?
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
Wow! The final four! And an old Baby-boomer dolt like me!
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Congratulations, Pilgrim!

This baby boomer was KO'ed in round 13. I've enjoyed checking in on the new rounds, though.
 
Posted by Golden Key (# 1468) on :
 
{Sent by semaphore from both real life [Hot and Hormonal] and Paradise Island.}

Best of luck!
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
ROUND TWENTY TWO : QUESTION TIME

In this round the remaining competitors are required to set ten questions each for the rest of us to solve at our leisure.

The answers to those questions must be available on the internet and I will ask for proof of that once the questions have been set.

The following rules apply for this round:

Q1 - Q3
All those attempting answers must get all these right.
(you lose a point if anyone gets one wrong)

Q4 - Q6
At least half those who attempt answers must get these right.
(you lose a point for everyone over halfway who gets one wrong)

Q7 - Q9
At least one person who attempts must get these right.
(you lose a point for every one that was not got)

Q10
This one can be devilishly difficult.

YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT UK TIME ON WEDNESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER TO POST YOUR QUESTIONS ON THIS THREAD.

We all then have until midnight UK time on Sunday 30th November to PM answers to QM (I will be having a go too).

After that I will want the answers (with proof of internet existence) so that I can mark all the efforts of competitors and also-rans alike.
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
OK everyone, here are my ten questions for round twenty two. They all have to do with my home, career and hobbies:

Q1 – What are the odds of being dealt a perfect 29 point hand in a game of cribbage?

Q2 – What time in the morning is the Sunday service at the church where I serve as pastor?

Q3 – In what year did the congregation I currently serve originally organize?

Q4 – What was the name of the town where my church is located before it received its current name in 1889?

Q5 – Of the two lakes in the immediate vicinity of the town I serve in, what is the name of the smaller one?

Q6 – When the Pilgrims first set sail from England for the New World in the Mayflower, what other ship attempted to accompany them?

Q7 – What are the first six English words of the Gospel according to St. John as translated by John Wycliffe?

Q8 – What is the body material used in tying a Leadwing Coachman?

Q9 – Describe a difference between the ‘bluegill’ and ‘redear’ varieties of sunfish which does not have to do with their coloration.

Q10 – What was the last officially reported weekly average attendance at the church where I serve as pastor?

Have fun! It shouldn't be that hard. [Biased]
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
Here is my Quiz, i'm sure your'll all work out the theme of my questions. Have fun.

1) where in Sussex did Rudyard Kipling live?

2) which county is Chichester in?

3) What is the first line of the Sussex Carol?

4) What is the name of the Bird on both the Sussex coat of arms (both east and west.)?

5)How many miles is the Sussex coastline walk?

6) Who was the Royal Pavilion Brighton built for?

7) What is the present name of Bradewatre (as mentioned in the Domesday book.)?

8) how many square meters of mosaics are there at St Andrews church, west tarring (aprox)?

9) what does Arundel’s motto 'ANTIQUA CONSTANS VIRTUTE' mean?

10) What does the word Yoyster mean?
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
I have no horse in this race, but may I just rudely interupt to boast that 8 (maybe 9) out of 10 of Surfing Madness's questions are things I know without even hardly thinking about them and the answer to one of them is the name of a place I have often been to and worshipped in the parish church of. [Smile]

BUT that the very nature of the questions shows a disturbing familiarity with a certain half-county which is FAR inferior in ALL ways to its greatly superior half-county immediately adjacent. [Razz]

[ 24. November 2008, 18:15: Message edited by: ken ]
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ken:
the answer to one of them is the name of a place I have often been to and worshipped in the parish church of. [Smile]

BUT that the very nature of the questions shows a disturbing familiarity with a certain half-county which is FAR inferior in ALL ways to its greatly superior half-county immediately adjacent. [Razz]

I may no longer be local but from the questions you can guess where i come from, the church mentioned is round the corner from where i grew up. I would disagree with you over which half of the county is better though!
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ken:
I have no horse in this race, but may I just rudely interupt to boast that 8 (maybe 9) out of 10 of Surfing Madness's questions are things I know without even hardly thinking about them and the answer to one of them is the name of a place I have often been to and worshipped in the parish church of. [Smile] ...

This could be an interesting tact. Surfing Madness may have decided that all the questions are aloud to be extremely easy with no punishment. The only apparent deductions are for questions that are to hard.
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
Surfing Madness may have decided that all the questions are aloud to be extremely easy with no punishment. The only apparent deductions are for questions that are to hard.

I wasn't trying to make them all easy (but then again i wasn't expecting someone who's not posted in the last twenty odd pages but happens to know the church round the corner from where i grew up to wander past!)

[ 24. November 2008, 20:54: Message edited by: Surfing Madness ]
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
I've gone for themes for my questions, so

Countries (I have a world map on my wall):
1. Which are the only two countries that are doubly landlocked?
2. In which country would you find the place Timbuktu?
3. If you listed all the countries alphabetically, which would come at the end?

Flags (it matches my name):
4. What building is the only actual building (as in it exists somewhere) to feature on a national flag?
5. Whose flag is the only flag to be flown upside down when a state of war is declared?
6. Which two national flags are exact squares?

Chemistry (well I am doing a PhD in it afterall):
7. What is the main metal found in the human body?
8. What is the name of the coupling reaction which uses a compound of tin?
9. A compound of which metal is known to turn people's eyes black (the cornea of the eye)?

General knowledge:
10. In the sequel to a famous children's story by the author of I capture the castle, what is the name of the prime minister's dog?
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
Geekapolooza

Q1: According nearly every episode of The Prisoner “Who is Number One?”

Q2: Which superhero’s only power is the ability to change the color of objects?

Q3: According to Newsweek, what did Obama say to Michelle in Iowa in reference to her belt buckle?

Q4: What was Strider’s name in the first drafts?

Q5: Vonnegut features a science fiction author as a recurring character in several his novels. What novel was published under that character’s name?

Q6: In Diablo The Butcher cannot do one crucial thing which makes defeating him very easy. What is it that The Butcher cannot do?

Q7: What is the name of the first space vessel shown on screen in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope?

Q8: What is the casting cost of “Scar”?

Q9: Why do the Muses talk to Jaye?

Q10: When Slick goes to Hell who saves him from the brink of damnation?

And a bonus question that I wanted to ask, but the answer has not yet appeared on the internet:

BQ: According to "The Colbert Christmas Special - The Greatest Gift of All" what is the greatest gift of all?
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by rugasaw:
quote:
Originally posted by ken:
I have no horse in this race, but may I just rudely interupt to boast that 8 (maybe 9) out of 10 of Surfing Madness's questions are things I know without even hardly thinking about them and the answer to one of them is the name of a place I have often been to and worshipped in the parish church of. [Smile] ...

This could be an interesting tact. Surfing Madness may have decided that all the questions are aloud to be extremely easy with no punishment. The only apparent deductions are for questions that are to hard.
The only potential problem is that the questioner's rivals will probably be able to get an easy 10/10 on their quiz. But then again, Quizmaster hasn't specified what reward there is for getting an answer right, so it may even be advantageous for those left in the quiz to deliberately get questions wrong, so as to cost their rivals points. Not that I'd advise it as a strategy...

On the other hand, I can see no potential drawback in bribing a willing also-ran (or possibly several, bearing in mind Q4-6) to get all your competitors' questions wrong, thus costing them points. Who'll start the bidding? [Devil]
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
GG, that is diabolical! Shame on you! *wags finger* [Disappointed]

I'm actually trying to honestly answer questions. I don't know if I can get them all done by Friday, though, as many pertain to things that are new to me - besides, I have to work today and cook (and eat) tomorrow!

Happy Thanksgiving for everyone in the USA! And even those who live elsewhere; have a nice day and be thankful to God for something. [Angel]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
WE HAVE ALL FORTY QUESTIONS.

Please have a go and submit your answers using a PASS if you find any questions impossible.

COMPETITORS: You score 1 point for every correct answer.

You already know about the deductions.

GOOD LUCK.
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
Are we meant to include our own answers when we PM you our answers to the questions (i.e. 10 easy marks?), or do we just answer the 30 questions we didn't set?

flags x
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Well. [Paranoid]
That was just special.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Competitors - please let me have your answers together with links to where they can be found on the internet.

I shall attempt to mark all answers tomorrow evening when we will eliminate the final non-medal winner.

Thanks to all the Also Rans who have had a go and it is not too late to PM me your answers if you have not yet attempted the questions.

See you here tomorrow same time same place.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Whew! The chemicals and Geekapalooza were the hardest for me. Sorry flags_fiend and Mertseger. [Hot and Hormonal]

I enjoyed learning about the flags, though! That was interesting, as was learning of a children's book I'd like to try but had never heard of. Same with learning more about Kurt Vonnegut.

Surfing Madness, I'm sorry you're homesick. And Mertseger, I'm sorry I did so poorly; I tried.

Best of luck to you four!
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
I feel confident that I answered all the questions with correct answers. Unfortunately for the competitors, their questions may not match my answers.
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
And Mertseger, I'm sorry I did so poorly; I tried.

No problem, AW! I was betting that the remaining competitor's scores would be more important than the deductions, and so my strategy was to make the quiz tough. That strategy may fail, but it's nevertheless gratifying to hear that at least one person found it to be a challenge.
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
I found Mertseger's v hard too [Confused] . I'm glad you enjoyed learning about flags, and the chemistry questions were meant to be difficult (I'm holding out hope that there is a fellow chemist on here somewhere that can answer the questions more easily as I only need one person to get those right!).

flags x
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by flags_fiend:
the chemistry questions were meant to be difficult (I'm holding out hope that there is a fellow chemist on here somewhere that can answer the questions more easily as I only need one person to get those right!).

flags x

I'm no chemist but I tried! It's one of those situations where I could find the information, but it was all so far above my head that I can only guess that what I picked out of it was what you were looking for.
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
The only question that I couldn't come up with ANY answer for was: "Who saved Slick from eternal damnation?"
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
I found that Wikipedia had a helpful disambiguation list for Slick, which helped me a great deal with that one. There was one very obvious candidate.

[ETA: By which I mean a candidate for the Slick referred to in the question, rather than the answer to the question. IYSWIM.]

[ 01. December 2008, 15:48: Message edited by: The Great Gumby ]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
There was one very obvious candidate.

[ETA: By which I mean a candidate for the Slick referred to in the question, rather than the answer to the question. IYSWIM.]

I was tempted to give the standard preacher's answer , but I didn't want it to evolve into a sermon series!
[Big Grin]
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by the pilgrim:
quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
There was one very obvious candidate.

[ETA: By which I mean a candidate for the Slick referred to in the question, rather than the answer to the question. IYSWIM.]

I was tempted to give the standard preacher's answer , but I didn't want it to evolve into a sermon series!
[Big Grin]

Interestingly, the standard preacher's answer is a possibility since Jesus is a character in the fictional universe containing Slick. Unfortunately, in the relevant story line Jesus does not save Slick from damnation.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I was thinking Jesus, too! [Smile]

Some of the questions were pretty easy. I think I took a pass on two, however.

Very interesting questions all around, though!
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
I was thinking Jesus, too! [Smile]

Some of the questions were pretty easy. I think I took a pass on two, however.

Very interesting questions all around, though!

Did you get the one about the first ship seen in the Star Wars saga? If not, shame on you Jedijudy!!! [Eek!]
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by the pilgrim:
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
I was thinking Jesus, too! [Smile]

Some of the questions were pretty easy. I think I took a pass on two, however.

Very interesting questions all around, though!

Did you get the one about the first ship seen in the Star Wars saga? If not, shame on you Jedijudy!!! [Eek!]
Yep. I had our favorite Jedi in mind when I came up with that question. As the geek theme developed, I knew I would have to have a Star Wars question.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Marking has begun at the other place.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
QUESTION TIME TABLE

ALSO RANS
36 The Great Gumby
30 Doublethink
29 Jedijudy
22 Angel Wrestler
21 Quizmaster
2 Rugasaw

COMPETITORS (after deductions)
18 The Pilgrim
15 Mertseger
13 Flags Fiend
4 Surfing Madness

So we say goodbye to Surfing Madness wishing you good luck in your exams.

QUALIFIERS:

Flags_Fiend
Mertseger
The Pilgrim
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
BRONZE MEDAL DECIDER : CHARITY SITES

This one came back to me as we used it many years ago.

You have to find and list in a single PM to me as many charity sites as you can locate on the internet.

The sites must be ones that promise to donate money based merely on us clicking on their site.

I will list all the sites once I have received them and we can click and donate to charity.

You have until 22:00 UK time on Wednesday to collect these sites and PM me in a single PM.

The person who collects fewest valid sites will be eliminated.

ALSO RAN ENTRIES EQUALLY WELCOME.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Oooh, the Medalists!!

Congrats, and good luck! [Big Grin]

Surfing Madness...you'll find the plates and silver at the beginning of the buffet table. Help yourself to the beverages, too!
 
Posted by icklejen (# 713) on :
 
Holy smokes! This thing is still running! My semester ends this week (only one more assignment and one more exam!) so I shall have to reward myself with reading the whole thing at the weekend!*

ij x


* well, it's that or spend quality time with davelarge... [Razz]
 
Posted by Lady A (# 3126) on :
 
Had to drop by to see if you were all still playing! Down to the final three - good luck to all of you!
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
THE PILGRIM PM

OK, here’s my list of Click donation sites. I didn’t even know that this concept existed, let alone that there were so many sites that use it. These four “clearinghouse” sites can be used for making multiple donations at one site with one click. They also serve as links to all the other sites I have listed below where you can donate site by site. I’m sure there are many, many more that I just haven’t stumbled across the right words to Google for.
Clearinghouse sites:
http://www.charityclickdonation.com/
http://www.rewardsdb.com/clickforcharity.php
http://www.freewebs.com/1click2donate/
http://www.thenonprofits.com/

individual donation sites:
http://www.craigresearchlabs.com/cancer.html
http://thebiblesite.org/
http://www.freerice.com/
http://www.hungerfighters.com/
http://www.pajacyk.pl/
http://www.giveaminute.org/
http://www.povertyfighters.com/
http://solvepoverty.com/
http://www.theenvironmentsite.org/donate.php
http://ettklickforskogen.se/index.php?lang=english
http://www.landcareniagara.com/default2.asp
http://www.redjellyfish.com/
http://stopglobalwarming.care2.com/
http://ecologyfund.com/ecology/_ecology.html
http://www.thehungersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=1
http://cannecy.free.fr/waste/
http://pets.care2.com/
http://babyseals.care2.com/
http://oceans.care2.com/
http://www.redjellyfish.com/wildlifeconservation.html
http://www.diewaldseite.de/
http://cannecy.free.fr/iforest/en/index.php/
http://www.tree4life.com/ingles/ingles.htm
http://rainforest.care2.com/
http://www.straatkind.nl/
http://www.accse.net/amar/gracias.asp
http://www.accse.net/vifac/vifac.html
http://children.care2.com/
http://stopviolence.care2.com/
http://www.thestophivsite.com/
http://cannecy.free.fr/solar/index.php
http://www.cliquesemiarido.org.br/
http://www.hungrychildren.com/
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
FLAGS FIEND PM

http://www.bigcatrescue.org/icare.htm
http://primates.care2.com/
http://www.redjellyfish.co/wildlifeconservation.html
http://oceans.care2.com/
http://bigcats.care2.com/
http://pets.care2.com/
http://clicanimaux.com/
http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/
http://www.ripple.org/
http://www.thehungersite.com/
http://www.accse.net/rasa/donacion-rasa.html
http://www.porloschicos.com
http://www.hungrychildren.com/
http://www.pajacyk.pl/
http://www.okruszek.org.pl/
http://www.chintai.net/contribution/index.html
http://www.cliquesemiarido.org.br/
http://children.care2.com/
http://www.oneclickonemeal.com/
http://www.greinermaltz.com/
http://www.helpgrowyoursoup.com/
http://clicfaim.com
http://idahopotato2008.org/
http://www.habitat.pl/
http://www.doneergratis.nl/
http://www.accse.net/dicom/dicom.html
http://www.accse.net/Christel/donacionchristel.html
http://www.solvepoverty.com/
http://www.clickbokin.ekokoro.jp/68.html
http://www2.povertyfighters.com/
http://www.accse.net/amar/donacionamar.html
http://www.accse.net/arena/donacion-arena.html
http://www.clicenfance.com/
http://www.craigresearchlabs.com/cancer.html
http://www.saia.com/v2/default.aspx
http://www.clickcashback.co.uk/clicktogive.php
http://www.polskieserce.pl/
http://www.able.co.jp/company/contribute/new-action/clickable/
http://www.nippn.co.jp/csr/unicef/oneclick.html
http://www.thechildhealthsite.com
http://www.giveaminute.org/
http://clichandicap.com/
http://www.matercare.org/lifesaver.asp
http://breastcancer.care2.com/
http://thebreastcancersite.com/
http://www.cancerdemama.com.br/5index.htm
http://www.ettklickforskogen.se/index.php?lang=english
http://www.therainforestsite.com/
http://rainforest.care2.com/welcome?w=112003833
http://www.redjellyfish.com/wildlifeconservation.html
http://www.racefortherainforest.com/
http://www.accse.net/foncet/donacion-foncet.html
http://www.theenvironmentsite.org/donate.php
http://www.nittsu.co.jp/corporate/contribution/1click.html

Alternatively, if you go to this site:
http://www.freewebs.com/clickforcharity/
it lists hundreds of web pages where you can click to give money to charity but I have a lot of work to do so can't list them all in this PM

flags x
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
MERTSEGER PM

I verified these to the extent that they all have an obvious button or link to click or a thank you for clicking. 66 sites alphabetized:

http://babyseals.care2.com/
http://bigcats.care2.com/
http://breastcancer.care2.com/
http://cannecy.free.fr/iforest/en/
http://cannecy.free.fr/solar/index.php
http://cannecy.free.fr/waste/
http://children.care2.com/
http://ecologyfund.com/ecology/_ecology.html
http://ettklickforskogen.se/index.php?lang=english
http://jogogreen.com/
http://oceans.care2.com/
http://pets.care2.com/
http://primates.care2.com/
http://rainforest.care2.com/
http://solvepoverty.com/
http://stopglobalwarming.care2.com/
http://stopviolence.care2.com/
http://www.able.co.jp/company/contribute/new-action/clickable/
http://www.accse.net/amar/donacionamar.html
http://www.accse.net/chias/donacion-chia.html
http://www.accse.net/delvalle/delvalle.html
http://www.accse.net/inac/inac.html
http://www.bhookh.com/
http://www.cancerdemama.com.br/5index.htm
http://www.chintai.net/contribution/
http://www.clicks4cancer.com/
http://www.craigresearchlabs.com/cancer.html
http://www.diewaldseite.de/
http://www.ecologyfund.com/ecology/info_amazon.html
http://www.ecologyfund.com/ecology/info_america.html
http://www.ecologyfund.com/ecology/info_canada.html
http://www.ecologyfund.com/ecology/info_mexico.html
http://www.ecologyfund.com/ecology/info_pol.html
http://www.ecologyfund.com/ecology/info_scotland.html
http://www.e-inclusionsite.org/en/index.php
http://www.fandonation.com/
http://www.freepoverty.com/
http://www.freerice.com/
http://www.giveaminute.org/
http://www.hungerfighters.com/
http://www.hungrychildren.com/
http://www.listerine.com/olympicsAction.do
http://www.matercare.org/lifesaver.asp
http://www.pajacyk.pl/
http://www.polskieserce.pl/
http://www.porloschicos.com/PorLosChicos.NET/
http://www.povertyfighters.com/
http://www.redjellyfish.com/
http://www.ripple.org/give.php?p=education
http://www.ripple.org/give.php?p=food
http://www.ripple.org/give.php?p=money
http://www.ripple.org/give.php?p=water
http://www.straatkind.nl/
http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=3
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=2
http://www.thechildhealthsite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=5
http://www.theenvironmentsite.org/donate.php
http://www.thehorseloverssite.com/default.php
http://www.thehungersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=1
http://www.theliteracysite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=6
http://www.therainforestsite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=4
http://www.thestophivsite.com/
http://www.tree4life.com/ingles/ingles.htm
http://www.zmilosciserc.pl/donate.php
http://www2.cosmo-oil.co.jp/kankyo/charity/
http://www2.povertyfighters.com/

Thanks as always!
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
DONATE AND DISQUALIFY

Please donate by clicking on as many sites as you have time to click on. If there are any sites which do not work please PM me and I will disqualify them.

If there are no disqualifications in the next 24 hours then The Pilgrim will get the Bronze Medal.

24 HOURS TO DONATE AND DISQUALIFY.
 
Posted by Gwai (# 11076) on :
 
FLAGS FIEND PM
http://www.redjellyfish.co/wildlifeconservation.html This one is listed twice.
http://www.clickcashback.co.uk/clicktogive.php This one has no campaigns.

There's another in FF's list that doesn't work but my browser crashed so I don't know what it is. I'll look at others' later.

Edit: can not figure out why this post is all bold as I can't find any bad tags.

[ 03. December 2008, 21:30: Message edited by: Gwai ]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
[Help]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
QUESTION TIME TABLE

ALSO RANS

2 Rugasaw


Wow, I got 2 right. I really wasn't expecting to match any of the compititors answers.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by the pilgrim:
The only question that I couldn't come up with ANY answer for was: "Who saved Slick from eternal damnation?"

As a long-time follower of that particular webcomic, I thought I knew the answer as soon as I read the question.

Of course, I'd forgotten that Slick has been to Hell twice now. The first time 'Nique saved him with a "Get Out Of Hell Free" card, and the second time he was saved by a stoned Squig riding a flying sofa.

I think Mertseger was thinking of the second instance.
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
Of course, I'd forgotten that Slick has been to Hell twice now. The first time 'Nique saved him with a "Get Out Of Hell Free" card, and the second time he was saved by a stoned Squig riding a flying sofa.

My answer was "Monique", after some intensive web-trawling turned up the episode with the "Get Out of Hell Free" card. I was a little disappointed that Mertseger had specified a different answer, but I got 36 as an Also-Ran, so it seems rather over-the-top to quibble.
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
I definitely forgot the earlier episode (though I remember it now that you remind me). Monique should be a legitimate answer.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
BRONZE MEDAL WINNER: The Pilgrim

Flags Fiend & Mertseger fight it out for Gold & Silver.

Details follow.
 
Posted by Wet Kipper (# 1654) on :
 
Gwai - in amongst your tags, you had opened a "strong" which you attempted to close with a "/qb"

I could fix it for you, but then your edit message wouldn't make sense.

I could delete the edit message, but then this post would be made redundant.

I could then delete this post, but hosts deleting whole posts is usually only for emergency purposes.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
THE FINAL : PICTURES OF QUIZMATES

I require three posts from each of you in this final.

N.B. A Quizmate is a shipmate whose name appears somewhere in the Knockout Quiz 2008 thread.

The first post should be 10 links to 10 pictures representing 10 quizmates. You two and the Also Rans have to guess which quizmate is represented by which picture. These are to be easy and a point will be deducted for each guess by anyone which is not the quizmate that you specify in your PM to me which should be sent to me when you post.

ANYONE MAY GUESS ONCE THE POST IS MADE.

The second post should be another 10 links to 10 pictures representing 10 quizmates. Half the guesses for these pictures should be correct. You will lose a point for each guess over half those who try which is wrong. You should PM me the answers at the time you post this list.

ANYONE MAY GUESS ONCE THE POST IS MADE.

The third post should be another 10 links to 10 pictures representing 10 quizmates. Points will be lost here if any Also Ran can justify the name of another quizmate, not the one you specified, as an answer to the picture you have linked to. You should PM me the answers at the time you post.

ANYONE MAY GUESS ONCE THE POST IS MADE.

The first post should be on this thread by Monday 8th December at 22:00 U.K. time. The second post should be on this thread by Tuesday 9th December at 22:00 U.K. time. The third post should be on this thread by Wednesday 10th December at 22:00 U.K. time.

The competitors should post me their best guess of their opponents pictures once all three posts have been made. Their starting score will be the number of correct answers.

READ THE RULES CAREFULLY AND WORK OUT THE BEST WAY TO WIN.

Good Luck.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
WooHoo! The Sky Box inhabitants welcome The Pilgrim to our merry gathering! [Yipee]

We have a display prepared for you to hang your bronze medal in. Then, go ahead and dig into the many delicious snacks we have set on the table.
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
show me the FOOD!!! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
I was going to say hi to all in the skybox, but couldn't log in, anyone else having this problem (or is it just my computer saying go and do some revision!)
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
QM, much as I love your Knockout quiz, please don't have rounds which encourage people to post so many links - they take a l-o-n-g time to check. Ta muchly, Chorister, Host.
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
These are my first set, and should all be fairly straightforward:
picture 1
picture 2
picture 3
picture 4
picture 5
picture 6
picture 7
picture 8
picture 9
picture 10

flags x
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Also Rans - Feel free to Email me your answers as the posts appear.

I expect 6 sets of answers each.

FF Easy
FF Medium
FF Tricky

MS Easy
MS Medium
MS TRicky

Thanks to those who have already sent answers.
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
I'll get abstract in the latter two rounds, but I want to start with the mug shots:

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8
Picture 9
Picture 10

A fine looking bunch indeed!
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
These are my next set, which should be slightly harder!

picture 1
picture 2
picture 3
picture 4
picture 5
picture 6
picture 7
picture 8
picture 9
picture 10
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Is there a party going on in the Sky Box or something while we wait for more pretty pictures? [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
Here's my second set:

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8
Picture 9
Picture 10
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
And lastly:

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8
Picture 9
Picture 10
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
and the last set...

picture 1
picture 2
picture 3
picture 4
picture 5
picture 6
picture 7
picture 8
picture 9
picture 10
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
Very well done, both of you! Some were quite easy, others very hard indeed! I'm only confident that I got about half of them right. [Overused]
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by the pilgrim:
Very well done, both of you! Some were quite easy, others very hard indeed! I'm only confident that I got about half of them right. [Overused]

Indeed, that's about where I'm at for flags_fiend's pictures. I suspect that difficulty will win out and that flags_fiend has triumphed. Well played, flags_fiend!
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
I'm thinking I'd better excuse myself. I don't want to mess it up for you all. There are some I just don't get.
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Angel Wrestler:
I'm thinking I'd better excuse myself. I don't want to mess it up for you all. There are some I just don't get.

Please do join if you have any interest at all. People not getting the pictures is an important part of the deductions. You can't mess things up any worse than flag_fiend and I have already made things for ourselves.
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
After a couple of hours of google-fu and wiki-jitsu I have posted my answers off to the QM. All I can say is you two have very devious minds - interesting to finally learn the meaning of a certain person's name too.
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Mertseger:
quote:
Originally posted by the pilgrim:
Very well done, both of you! Some were quite easy, others very hard indeed! I'm only confident that I got about half of them right. [Overused]

Indeed, that's about where I'm at for flags_fiend's pictures. I suspect that difficulty will win out and that flags_fiend has triumphed. Well played, flags_fiend!
You see, I'm finding yours really difficult - so i think it is probably a case of they are only easy when you know the answer.

flags x
 
Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
Quizmaster, is there a deadline for Also-Rans to post their answers to you? I don't think you specified one, and I wouldn't want to miss out.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
I'm having too much difficulty on the last ones. I just don't seem to have the time to research. There's a picture of a state that doesn't match any state that I know of. I went to the website the drawing came from, thinking that maybe it's a region or a more local area and I don't see ANYthing like it on the website .... Finally, I had to get my kid some dinner.

I'm sorry, y'all! This Wrestler is holering, "Uncle!"

eta: I can't wait to see the answers! It'll probably seem so obvious then! [Biased]

[ 11. December 2008, 14:07: Message edited by: Angel Wrestler ]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
DEADLINE FOR GUESSES - Let me think.

I plan to work it all out on Sunday so the very last time for entries has to be 12:00 noon UK time on Sunday 14th December.

Get Googling!
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
i doubt i'll get the time to look at all these, and answer them if i do it means the essay is going very badly or very well!
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
TO

Anyone still working out which is who and who is which:

Can you add justification to the TRICKY set so that I can deduct points for any valid reason to choose the wrong Quizmate.

Thanks in arrears.

QM
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
FINAL CLOSED

The results are in - I have compiled a spreadsheet.

However,

As I am out tonight, and due to decorating the lounge the computer has only been plumbed back in again in the last half hour, the announcement will take place tomorrow night.

ALSO RAN TABLE

48 The Great Gumby
39 Doublethink
38 Jedijudy
31 The Pilgrim
29 Rugasaw
26 Angel Wrestler
8 Chorister (but she only attempted one set of easy ones - I like difficult decisions)

TUNE IN TOMORROW FOR THE RESULTS.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Yes, sorry about that - I looked at the harder ones but ran out of time to work them out. It's a busy time for Choristers at the mo. I'm all carolled out before Christmas even starts.....
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
[Hot and Hormonal] Church organists are in the same catagory as Choristers.

*jj high-fives Chorister and asks how the music is going!*
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
THE FINAL RESULT:

GOLD MEDAL = MERTSEGER

SILVER MEDAL = FLAGS FIEND

BRONZE MEDAL = THE PILGRIM


Hope you all enjoyed the journey.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Congratulations and Well Done, Mertseger! [Yipee] [Overused]


Well done also to flags_fiend and the pilgrim! [Yipee] Especially outstanding for two of our newer Quizzers!

And...Quizmaster, the Most Magnificent Master of Quizzes ever! [Big Grin] Thank you for another Autumn of Fun! (Is that a Funtumnal?)
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Congratulations !

And thanks for all your work, QM and gorgeous assistants ... [Cool]
 
Posted by rugasaw (# 7315) on :
 
Kudos to QM and Mertseger.
 
Posted by Mertseger (# 4534) on :
 
Oh, my goodness! I never expected to win. Well played everybody! And kudos, of course, to Surfing Madness for stumping me on 8 of his 30 pictures.

Much thanks to our Quizmaster for yet another challenging and fun knockout quiz.

I never realized how much fun the Question Time round could be for the competitors. That round was definitely the highlight of this year's quiz for me. I must thank especially The Great Gumby whose mad searching skills saved my butt that round. For me, the biggest reward of the Quiz was getting to play that round.

It was certainly fun playing with you all this year. I look forward to playing more towards the brink in future years.

Thanks again, QM!
 
Posted by flags_fiend (# 12211) on :
 
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Originally posted by jedijudy:
Well done also to flags_fiend and the pilgrim! [Yipee] Especially outstanding for two of our newer Quizzers!

Thanks, although I did actually play last year (and came fourth), I seem to have a habit of joining the quiz as late as possible!

Ooh second, well done Mertseger. It was fun playing, thanks quizmaster. And now it's over I have no excuse not to do my work... (well except the Christmas holidays [Biased] )

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Posted by The Great Gumby (# 10989) on :
 
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Originally posted by Mertseger:
I must thank especially The Great Gumby whose mad searching skills saved my butt that round.

Did they? I think I got about the same score on each set of questions, so I'm surprised if I made much of a difference. Congratulations, anyway.
 
Posted by Surfing Madness (# 11087) on :
 
Thanks Quizmaster for all your hard work, it's been great fun playing. [Yipee]
 
Posted by chicklegirl (# 11741) on :
 
Well done, all!

[Overused]

Thanks ever so much, QM, for another diverting, mind-bending break from reality. I have an even greater appreciation for all the work you do on each quiz. [Cool]
 
Posted by the pilgrim (# 13263) on :
 
This was a ton of fun! Thanks Quizmaster and everyone who played. I never expected to go so far!
 
Posted by Patdys (# 9397) on :
 
Many thanks QM and the brilliant competitors.
Sorry, I've been neglecting the quiz a little lately.
But it has been a delight to read.
 
Posted by Angel Wrestler (# 13673) on :
 
Congratulations, Mertseger!

And thank you to Quiz Master for this fascinating game! I never thought I'd look up so many different types of things. I petered out at the end, but it was still fun checking in every day to see what was going on.

I feel like I made some new cyber friends.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Time to put another great quiz to bed. Hope you'll all be able to join QM next time for the Knockout Quiz 2009.

Chorister, host.
 


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