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Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes - New Final Standings

Postby hscer » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:36 pm

Every question in this TD is based on a Sporcle quiz.

While every answer in this TD can be found in a quiz on Sporcle, the information is certainly general enough that you have likely encountered it elsewhere.

For those not familiar, Sporcle is a trivia website that offers hundreds of thousands of timed quizzes, written both by a small staff and thousands of volunteers.

Sporcle breaks down its quizzes into 15 categories, 12 of which appear in this TD, exactly once each, in descending order of popularity on the site. There are also two bonus questions.

THE RULES (mostly stolen from previous TDs):

1. Please send me your answers by private message. Do NOT post them anywhere in this thread!

2. Because of the upcoming U.S. holiday, the deadline for submission is 11:59:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on MONDAY, July 7.

3. The object, as always, is to provide the least popular correct answer for each of the questions.
a. Your score on a question equals the number of people (including you) who gave your answer.
b. Incorrect answers receive the LOWER of the following numbers, doubled: the "sheep" score (highest score on that question), or the number of possible answers (determined by the size of the Sporcle quiz, naturally).
c. Lowest final score wins (with total computed by adding your scores together)

4. PASSING You have two ways of passing. 1) You can completely PASS on one question, for 0 points, and take the SHEEP score on a second question, OR 2) you can take HALF the SHEEP score on up to two questions. If you take the 2nd option, half-points will be kept as is, not rounded up or down.
If for some reason you take one pass and one half-sheep, your pass morphs into the full sheep score.
Addendum: You do not need to take the sheep score if you drop a question. In other words, you may drop one question and answer the other 11.

5. Answers must be provided out of the wealth of information that exists in your brain - no research! However, if you are lucky enough to stumble onto an answer between when you read the question and when you submit your answers, it is fully acceptable to use that.
a. COROLLARY – If you are an active Sporcle user, you obviously don't have to stop taking quizzes between now and then you submit—but just as obviously, please do NOT seek out the quizzes that you know will have the answers.

6. The only tiebreaker is submission order. (Just as finishing a Sporcle quiz earlier is better!)

7. If you have questions or comments, send them to me via private message unless you are sure that what you say will not reveal answers, offer hints, steer players away from negbait, or in any other way affect the outcome. If appropriate, I’ll post clarifications below.

I will post the links to quizzes used for each question upon the reveal.

Good luck!

CLARIFICATIONS

I am following Sporcle's standards for what constitutes a "country." Refer to this link for details: http://www.sporcle.com/blog/2013/01/spo ... -standard/
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Re: Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes

Postby hscer » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:38 pm

THE QUESTIONS

1. SPORTS: Name a player who won the NBA Most Valuable Player award more than once.

2. GEOGRAPHY: Name a national capital of a European country that is exactly six (6) letters long.

Countries that are considered a part of both Europe and Asia DO count as a part of Europe here.
You do not need to identify the country, just the capital.
Addendum: Looking for 6-letter capitals, not 6-letter countries.

3. MUSIC: Name a track from The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

4. MOVIES: Name a movie from a quote below.

I am NOT requiring you to match them up. (The quiz doesn’t, either.) Just name a movie that contains one of the quotes in the spoiler immediately below.

Show the spoiler to see the quotes.
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A. Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the war room!
B. You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?
C. Nobody puts Baby in a corner.
D. Say hello to my little friend!
E. We're on a mission from God.
F. What we've got here is failure to communicate.
G. Sweep the leg.
H. I drink your milkshake! I drink it up.
I. Check out the big brain on Brett.
J. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.
K. A boy's best friend is his mother.
L. Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape.
M. I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
N. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die .
O. I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.
P. Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

(FYI, this question has the most possible answers of any in the TD.)

5. TELEVISION: Name a crew member in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Name the CHARACTER, not the actor!

You must use one of the characters in the provided image, which is in the spoiler immediately below.

Show the spoiler to see the image.
Spoiler: show
Image

6. HISTORY: Name an incumbent U.S. president who was defeated in a presidential general election.

This does NOT include former presidents, does NOT include sitting presidents who declined to run again, and does NOT include sitting presidents who tried to get renominated and failed.

If your answer shares a surname with another president, please specify which president you mean.

7. LITERATURE: Name a modern country in which a Shakespeare play is set.

(Present-day independent country in which any part of any Shakespeare play is explicitly set.)

8. LANGUAGE: Name a language that is official in 3 or more countries.

9. SCIENCE: Name a chemical element that is the only one with a specific pair of letters at the end.

Example: If "wind" were an element, then it would be a correct answer because it would be the only element ending in "-nd."

10. ENTERTAINMENT: Name a TV show or a movie written, co-written, or created by Aaron Sorkin.

11. RELIGION: Name one of the "blessed" groups in the Beatitudes from the Gospel of Matthew.

"Blessed are [ANSWER], for they..."

12. HOLIDAY: Name a U.S. federal holiday that occurs annually.

(A recent TD intercepted this question, but I have decided to keep it.)

FIRST BONUS: Question 6 excludes former presidents who reached the general election and lost. There are three presidents who, after leaving office, ran with a third party and lost while garnering 10% or more of the popular vote. Name one of these three presidents. The most popular correct answer will be worth -1 point; the other correct answers will be worth -3 points. There will be no penalty for incorrect guesses.

Minutia: Question 6 was also based on a quiz I wrote for the site (as was #9). Yes, that’s why I’m using it as the basis for the bonus.

SECOND BONUS: For -1 point, name any one of the facts about Sporcle below. You may make an attempt at 2 of the 4. If either is correct, you get the -1 point. If both are correct, you still get -1 point. If you try to answer more than 2, I will only refer to your first 2 guesses in determining whether you receive credit.
. Year the first quiz was posted
. Title or subject matter of the first quiz
. One of the three categories left unused in this TD (name only one if you try to answer this)
. City its offices are located in
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Re: Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes

Postby hscer » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:39 pm

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

Entered 6/30
1. geolawyerman
2. Kayanne
3. Lumosityfan
4. CheezeWhiz
5. ElendilPickle
6. Vanya
7. StevenH
8. gamawire
9. MarkBarrett
10. Bob78164
11. immaf
12. JoshuaRQI
13. Magna
14. esrever
15. Wheatley
Entered 7/1
16. Peggles
17. Peachbox
18. jjwaymee
19. dott888
20. Cat Hat
21. Leander
22. clprez
23. Aardvark
Entered 7/2
24. Bristle
25. Christy
Entered 7/3
26. nestegg
27. Plactus
28. zakharov
29. dhkendall
30. jepkid97
31. dnbguy
Entered 7/4
32. Binky
33. nserven
34. sillymonkey
35. Alyssa
Entered 7/5
36. TheyCallMeMrKid
37. Lilac
38. Bamaman
39. BobF
Entered 7/6
40. Mathew5000
41. econgator
42. whatisbishkek
43. Noon
Entered 7/7
44. Turd Ferguson
45. Caboom
46. A drop of golden sun
47. Lars
48. JeopardyMom
49. Joy
50. lisa0012
51. tjconn728
52. hbomb1947
53. jeffwolfe
54. mennoknight
55. Woof
56. goforthetie
57. eboettch
58. jkbrat
59. mitchparov
60. RandyG
61. ihavejeoprosy
62. xxaaaxx
63. Tigershark
64. skullturf
65. cbec
66. debramc
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Re: Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes

Postby ElendilPickle » Mon Jun 30, 2014 3:54 pm

If we use a PASS on a question, are we also required to use the SHEEP? I'm a little confused by the wording.
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Re: Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes

Postby goforthetie » Mon Jun 30, 2014 4:10 pm

hscer wrote:8. LANGUAGE: Name a language that is official in 3 or more countries.


If a language is official in a province of a country, would that country count towards the total of 3, or does it have to be official in the entire country?
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Re: Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes

Postby hscer » Mon Jun 30, 2014 4:38 pm

Sorry about the confusion on drops. Yes, you may drop one question for 0 points and answer the other 11 questions. I will clarify the instructions.
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Re: Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes

Postby hscer » Mon Jun 30, 2014 4:40 pm

goforthetie wrote:
If a language is official in a province of a country, would that country count towards the total of 3, or does it have to be official in the entire country?


It appears that the relevant Sporcle quiz only includes languages that are official nationally while excluding those official provincially. I say this given the absence from the quiz of a certain language which the source of the quiz (the CIA World Factbook) lists as official nationally in two countries and provincially in a third.

So my answer to the question is, the language has to be official in the entire country.
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Re: Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes

Postby immaf » Mon Jun 30, 2014 5:23 pm

For #2, I assume you mean that the capital is 6 letters long? Not that the country is 6 letters long?
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Re: Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes

Postby hscer » Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:01 pm

Many thanks to the 15 first-day entries.

Keep them coming, JBoard!
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Re: Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes

Postby hscer » Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:44 pm

Many thanks to today's entrants.

Still 33 unused answers to be found across 11 categories, everybody!
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Re: Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes

Postby lisa0012 » Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:58 pm

Thanks for bumping this, I was traveling over the weekend and missed it. Yay for Sporcle quizzes!
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Re: Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes

Postby hscer » Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:00 pm

No problem lisa.

Only 2 entries Wednesday, but that's okay. I can extend the deadline a day if it seems the long weekend is slowing things down too much.
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Re: Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes

Postby RandyG » Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:23 pm

hscer wrote:No problem lisa.

Only 2 entries Wednesday, but that's okay. I can extend the deadline a day if it seems the long weekend is slowing things down too much.

A midweek lull is quite normal. I've found that Wednesday through Friday are generally the slowest days for submissions.
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Re: Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes

Postby esrever » Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:06 am

RandyG wrote:
hscer wrote:Only 2 entries Wednesday, but that's okay. I can extend the deadline a day if it seems the long weekend is slowing things down too much.

A midweek lull is quite normal. I've found that Wednesday through Friday are generally the slowest days for submissions.

Yes, there's typically a midweek lull. To demonstrate, here are the entries-per-day figures for the two TDs that I have hosted:

TD 182:
3/10 Mon -- 12
3/11 Tue -- 2
3/12 Wed -- 7
3/13 Thu -- 3
3/14 Fri -- 4
3/15 Sat -- 2
3/16 Sun -- 6
3/17 Mon -- 10

TD 194:
6/1 Sun -- 13
6/2 Mon -- 8
6/3 Tue -- 7
6/4 Wed -- 10
6/5 Thu -- 4
6/6 Fri -- 4
6/7 Sat -- 2
6/8 Sun -- 13
6/9 Mon -- 9
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Re: Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes

Postby Bamaman » Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:19 am

There is usually an upside down bell curve when it comes to entries.
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Re: Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes

Postby RandyG » Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:49 pm

Bummmmmmmmp!
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Re: Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes

Postby hscer » Sat Jul 05, 2014 10:41 pm

Thanks for the bump, Randy.

Players, 48 hours to go. Still some unused answers out there.
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Re: Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes

Postby hscer » Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:56 pm

About 25 hours left...I've been tracking submission days with EDT, but I'll use the board time as the cutoff for entry.

Edit: Please disregard. The rules as written in the initial post are correct.
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Re: Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes

Postby dhkendall » Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:02 pm

hscer wrote:About 25 hours left...I've been tracking submission days with EDT, but I'll use the board time as the cutoff for entry.


I believe "board time" is whatever time you set up for your personal time zone (if it's not your time, maybe make sure your DST is on?)
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Re: Think Different 198: Sporcle Quizzes

Postby hscer » Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:16 am

Crunch time. Still a few answers nobody's given yet.
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