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Sunday, June 5th, 2016
2:54 pm
Answers for ... er ... no points. :)
I left it a bit longer to see if anyone else might be tempted in - there were people commenting that they only had one answer so weren't bothering, but honestly, I just wanted to know how active we might be if we started up again! No one is judging, not even Paxman. ;-)

Answers, anywayCollapse )

So we're not entirely dead, but we are a bit lifeless... something easier next?
Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
10:35 pm
Well, it's only 6 months since I last posted... since we do seem to still be vaguely alive, here's your starter for ten... Answers in by Monday 8pm BST. Cheats will be sneered at by Paxman.

Poll #2045675 Starters (but only 8)

Who wrote the novel 'Starter For Ten', later filmed?

Who played Bamber Gascoigne in The Young Ones' episode 'Bambi'?

What do you score for a correct non-starter question on University Challenge?

"First off we'll have 10... no, 12 bread rolls, and bring a pack of that fancy stuff..." "Butter?" <--- the starter in which famous comedy sketch?

Which TV company makes University Challenge?

What was the theme of the special edition Universe Challenge in 1998?

Which team played against Scumbag College?

Why were the University of Manchester banned from University Challenge for several years?

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
11:12 am
Hello, is anyone still reading?

I've been thinking about reviving this community (mostly because I've been watching a lot of Only Connect and keep coming up with evil question ideas as a result), but obviously there's not much point if no one will play. :)
Friday, May 28th, 2010
5:09 pm
Uncommon Entries #2 - results
There were 14 participants. I haven't counted my own score for ranking, but my answers do count towards the marks in each question.

A film starring John AND Joan Cusack. Grosse Pointe Blank scored badly, being very popular.
A studio album made by R.E.M. Green was the worst answer, which surprised me.
An officially recognised UK Christmas no.1 single released between 1980 and 2000 (inc). Too many to choose from? The only duplicated answer was Mistletoe and Wine.
A US state capital with a two word name. I decided I probably had to accept former state capitals, which worked out well for two of you. Des Moines was very popular.
A Canadian Prime Minister elected after 1946. Not much duplication.
A sovereign state beginning with E. Sorry, England is not a sovereign state! Estonia was the most popular, Eritrea the least.
A British football team that has competed in the Premier League for at least three seasons. Never answer Arsenal to a football question! The rest were pretty good answers.
A culinary herb or spice beginning with C. Cardamom very popular.
A character in The Big Bang Theory who has made more than 4 appearances [as of the end of s3]. No one at all guessed Leonard or Howard! Leslie Winkle & Dr Gablehauser scored highest.

In first place, the_magician, with 17/80. In second, clare_s with 19/120, and in third, calliaz with 21/288. Congrats, guys! A perfect score would have been 9/1, so you can see they weren't that far out. (It's easy to score into the thousands.)

Clarification: I'm not sure if people understood that the penalty for blank answers is the same as that for wrong answers (highest correct score +1). I'll write up the rules more fully if I run this again!
Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
4:42 pm
Uncommon Entries #2 (eventually)
For each prompt, provide a response that is correct and which you hope will be duplicated by the fewest entrants. Correct answers score the number of people who provided that answer. If the answer is wrong, or the prompt goes unanswered, a high score results (highest score for the question, + 1). A perfect score = 1.

Closes: noon, Friday 28 May. Cheats can write a 200 word essay explaining why this community has been so quiet lately.

PLEASE NOTE: looking stuff up is not cheating. It's encouraged.

Edit: Premiership is not a trick question, just me not being terribly clear on the official names of leagues. Premier League it is.

Poll #1570064 Uncommon entries - the return

A film featuring John AND Joan Cusack.

A studio album made by R.E.M.

An officially recognised UK Christmas no.1 single released between 1980 and 2000 (inc).

A US state capital with a two word name.

A Canadian Prime Minister elected after 1946.

A sovereign state beginning with E.

A British football team that has competed in the Premiership for at least three seasons.

A culinary herb or spice beginning with C.

A character in The Big Bang Theory who has made more than 4 appearances [as of the end of s3].

Friday, November 30th, 2007
11:14 pm
Well, that took a bit of marking, not helped by Excel randomly crashing on me twice or my total inability to keep my temperature below 100F today making it increasingly hard for me to focus on synonyms and 'wrong answers'. I abandoned the functions of life question (#12) entirely because a) I wrote nine when I clearly meant seven, and b) between 36 of you you came up with appx. 24 different terms, most of which overlapped or were almost certainly absolutely synonymous but I just didn't have the brainpower to sort them out... besides, the scores were getting increasingly insane.

It has been pointed out to me that merely adding scores gives a slightly different result, so I've included that information too for the top scorers, but since multiplication is what the original rules I nicked state, that's what you get. I've discounted my answers for ranking purposes, since I have played this sort of game a fair few times before, and spent quite a lot of time with relevant lists before setting it, but they're included in the overall marking (i.e. if you and I answered the same thing, we both scored 2).

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The long version, with some commentary...Collapse )
1:42 pm
Uncommon Entries
Marking it now... there were a lot of entries so the maths could take me a while. :)
Monday, November 26th, 2007
4:26 pm
For each prompt, provide a response that is correct and which you hope will be duplicated by the fewest entrants. Correct answers score the number of people who provided that answer. If the answer is wrong, or the prompt goes unanswered, a high score results (highest score for the question, + 1). Total score = product of received scores. A perfect score = 1.

Answers in by noon GMT, Friday 30 November. Cheats will be penalised by their own actions, effectively.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
9:58 pm
And the winner is...
The percussion intros quiz is now closed. Thanks to everyone who played; in fourth position was imc with 16 points, followed by in third place bopeepsheep with 21 points, closely beaten to second place by sciolist with 22 points, and storming into first place was cheekbones3 with 35 points.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007
11:14 pm
Beats me
It's time for another quiz! Now, apologies if this seems a little similar to imc's previous Music Intros quiz, as this is also an intros quiz but the difference is that these intros are made up (almost) entirely of percussion. After all, sometimes the characteristic beat of a song is as memorable as the words or tune, and some of these will be instantly recognisable. Therefore, to make it a little bit trickier, in each clip you'll hear the intros of two pieces of music played at the same time! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to identify the artist and title of both songs in each clip. In general, the answers are songs that have been released on single in the UK; many of them were quite successful...

Download the clips (mp3)

One point each for the artist and title of each song, and because I'm feeling very generous you'll get a bonus point for correctly identifying both songs in a single clip.

Marks out of 75, then...Collapse )

Poll closes at 7pm on Tuesday 1st May. You can revisit your answers as often as you like until then.
Friday, March 30th, 2007
4:30 pm
Intros quiz answers
OK. Pens down, stop writing!

In a moment, the answers to the quiz; but first, the results. Coming a very creditable third with 21 points is nannyjan. Just nudging in front into second place with 22 points is shadowphiar. And first with 28¼ points is bopeepsheep. Honourable mention to cheekbones3. Many thanks to all nine of you who participated.

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As for the last question, well I agree with all your choices but I'm going to pick number 13 as mine (I didn't vote in the actual poll), just because.

So… who's up for doing the next quiz?

Friday, March 23rd, 2007
11:33 pm
More or less since the last quiz I've been meaning to post a music intros quiz, so I collected some tracks and (obviously very slowly) have been busy chopping the beginnings off them, and finally here it is. In fact it's been compiled and waiting to be written up since the middle of last month. :-(

Anyway, what you should do is download the compilation (this will take a couple of minutes since it's 2.7MiB and the server is capped at 200kb/sec), listen to it through a few times and identify as many as possible. The ones you missed can also be fetched individually through the links below, and the text of each question is the approximate start time of each clip within the compilation.

Each one is an introduction to a piece of music of some sort, although a few of them are cheats in different ways. I'm not going to be fussy about exact title and artist, just so long as you identify the piece in some way. There are 25 questions (sorry there's so many but I guess that's what happens when the idea's been floating around for 18 months).

This poll will close at midday BST on Friday 30th March.

Don't forget, if you fill in some answers, you can later return to them to correct them or add some more.

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Monday, August 22nd, 2005
6:08 pm
Dorothy Made Me Laugh (Ha Ha)
The theme, as some spotted, was Dorothys. Winner was egyptophile, with 8.25. Runner-up marnameow scored 6, with sion_a placing third with 5.

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
2:05 pm
This community has been very quiet lately... so let's wake it up again! Here's a quiz with a theme. Answers in by Noon BST Sunday 21st August please. Cheats will be whisked off by tornado.

OK, I cheated a little in question 9Collapse )
Thursday, September 30th, 2004
12:39 am
Music Quiz Results
Slightly delayed (I should know not to put the quiz deadline at the start of a working week), but the results are in. There were ten entries.

In first place, with an impressive 21½ out of 30, is songster. Second with 17 is Andrew who is not on LiveJournal, who just pipped bopeepsheep into third place with 16. The mean score was 9.9.

Thank you for your attention. And now here come the answers.Collapse )

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004
5:51 pm
My Music
Quiz news at the half-way point, for the curious.
Sunday, September 19th, 2004
12:01 am
Prelude and Fugue
OK, here's a little musical quiz. Thirty tunes to identify, some very familiar and some perhaps not. A fair number of classical pieces, a very small number of pop songs and several novelty items. See if you can spot which one I made up. The selection is quite random - I'm not sure what it says about my mental state. A certain amount of personal research may be permitted in finding out the answers (this doesn't, of course, extend to posting the question on a web forum and asking for answers). Closing time is first thing on Monday 27 September.

Play it, SamCollapse )

Saturday, September 18th, 2004
11:54 pm
It's the Principal of the thing - answers
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. What a disgraceful rabble. 1000 lines for all of you except marnameow, chickenfeet2003, and addedentry (11/18, 4/18, and 3.5/18 respectively).

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Sunday, September 12th, 2004
11:06 pm
A Back To School quiz, all about head teachers. Results due in by end of school Friday, 17th September, 4pm (BST). Please write on both sides of the paper. No cribs. Shut up peason larfing. Cheats will get Detention and 500 lines.
Who, sir? Me, sir?Collapse )

Current Mood: masterful or mistressful
Wednesday, September 8th, 2004
5:35 pm
Going for gold -- answers
But first, the medal ceremony. Gold goes to cheekbones3 with 12.5, silver to chickenfeet2003 with 7, and no bronze was awarded. The judges are being investigated by the sport's governing body.

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