• Erland's Occasional Quiz - Odd one out

    From swp@21:1/5 to Erland Sommarskog on Fri Jun 11 21:20:42 2021
    On Friday, June 11, 2021 at 4:07:44 PM UTC-4, Erland Sommarskog wrote:
    It's been a while, but it is time for one of my occasional quizzes.
    This time I'm going for the "odd one out" format.

    Below are twelve questions, each listing a topic/theme and five items.
    Of these, four have something in comeon that the fifth has not. Your
    task is to spot the odd one. When you give an answer, you can include
    a motivation with your answer, but you don't have to. However, if you
    do not include a motivation, your answer *must* agree with what I have
    mind. If you give a motivation that is correct and fits with the topic/ theme, I may award you a point. If you give the correct answer with
    a motivation that is completely wrong - don't worry, you will get a
    point anyway.

    As a tip: it is a rather the case the four have something more
    significant in common which the fifth is lacking than the other way
    round.

    Small warning: this one may be more difficult that my previous
    odd-one-out, but don't be shy to make guesses.

    Post your questions to the newsgroup. I plan to score this on
    Wed 16th, in the evening my time, and I will accept answers until
    I post the results posting.

    Have fun!

    thank you, I will.


    1: Rivers: Amazon, Congo, Danube, Hudson, Tagus.

    hudson

    2. Names: Giovanni, Hans, Ivan, James, João.

    james

    3: Astronomy: Ceres, Io, Ganymede, Phobos, Titan,

    ceres

    4: Sports: Sue Bird, Tonya Harding, Mikaela Shiffrin, Hope Solo,
    Serena Williams.

    mikaela shiffrin -- the only one never "married". sue bird's _partner_ is megan rapinoe, the others are

    5: Coastal city climate: Agadir (Morocco), Dubai (UAE), Lima (Perù), Singapore (Singapore), Walvis Bay (Namibia).

    lima peru -- it's a desert climate with subtropical temperatures

    6. Wars of the Roses: Barnet, Nottingham, Tewkesbury [sp], Towton, Wakefield.

    nottingham -- not the site of a major decisive battle during the war of the roses

    7: Medecine: Chickenpox, Covid-19, Ebola, Measels, Winter vomiting bug

    winter vomiting bug [norovirus]

    8: Literature: Honoré de Balzac, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
    Henrik Ibsen, Bernard Shaw, Leo Tolstoy

    bernard shaw

    9: Apostles: Andrew, John, Paul, Peter, Thomas.

    paul

    10: Symbols: Refer to https://www.sommarskog.se/temp/quiz10.pdf and
    select a letter a, b, c, d or e.

    a - only non-asian currency symbol

    11: Food: Eggplant, Falafel, Kabanos, Quorn, Tofu

    kabanos - polish pork sausage

    12: Music: Keith Emerson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Pat Metheny, Jimmy Page,
    Django Reinhardt.

    keith emerson - keyboard not guitar

    swp

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  • From Pete Gayde@21:1/5 to Erland Sommarskog on Sat Jun 12 21:14:33 2021
    Erland Sommarskog wrote:
    It's been a while, but it is time for one of my occasional quizzes.
    This time I'm going for the "odd one out" format.

    Below are twelve questions, each listing a topic/theme and five items.
    Of these, four have something in comeon that the fifth has not. Your
    task is to spot the odd one. When you give an answer, you can include
    a motivation with your answer, but you don't have to. However, if you
    do not include a motivation, your answer *must* agree with what I have
    mind. If you give a motivation that is correct and fits with the topic/ theme, I may award you a point. If you give the correct answer with
    a motivation that is completely wrong - don't worry, you will get a
    point anyway.

    As a tip: it is a rather the case the four have something more
    significant in common which the fifth is lacking than the other way
    round.

    Small warning: this one may be more difficult that my previous
    odd-one-out, but don't be shy to make guesses.

    Post your questions to the newsgroup. I plan to score this on
    Wed 16th, in the evening my time, and I will accept answers until
    I post the results posting.

    Have fun!


    1: Rivers: Amazon, Congo, Danube, Hudson, Tagus.

    Hudson


    2. Names: Giovanni, Hans, Ivan, James, Joo.

    Giovanni


    3: Astronomy: Ceres, Io, Ganymede, Phobos, Titan,

    Phobos


    4: Sports: Sue Bird, Tonya Harding, Mikaela Shiffrin, Hope Solo,
    Serena Williams.

    Tonya Harding


    5: Coastal city climate: Agadir (Morocco), Dubai (UAE), Lima (Per),
    Singapore (Singapore), Walvis Bay (Namibia).

    Lima


    6. Wars of the Roses: Barnet, Nottingham, Tekwesbury, Towton, Wakefield.

    Barnet


    7: Medecine: Chickenpox, Covid-19, Ebola, Measels, Winter vomiting bug

    Winter vomiting bug


    8: Literature: Honor de Balzac, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
    Henrik Ibsen, Bernard Shaw, Leo Tolstoy

    Henrik Ibsen


    9: Apostles: Andrew, John, Paul, Peter, Thomas.

    Paul


    10: Symbols: Refer to https://www.sommarskog.se/temp/quiz10.pdf and
    select a letter a, b, c, d or e.

    b


    11: Food: Eggplant, Falafel, Kabanos, Quorn, Tofu

    Kabanos


    12: Music: Keith Emerson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Pat Metheny, Jimmy Page,
    Django Reinhardt.

    Keith Emerson (all others guitarists)



    Pete Gayde

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  • From Dan Blum@21:1/5 to Erland Sommarskog on Sun Jun 13 03:48:52 2021
    Erland Sommarskog <esquel@sommarskog.se> wrote:

    1: Rivers: Amazon, Congo, Danube, Hudson, Tagus.

    Danube: mouth is not at the Atlantic or a bay leading into it

    2. Names: Giovanni, Hans, Ivan, James, Jo?o.

    James: not derived from John

    3: Astronomy: Ceres, Io, Ganymede, Phobos, Titan,

    Ceres: not a moon

    4: Sports: Sue Bird, Tonya Harding, Mikaela Shiffrin, Hope Solo,
    Serena Williams.

    Sue Bird

    5: Coastal city climate: Agadir (Morocco), Dubai (UAE), Lima (Per?),
    Singapore (Singapore), Walvis Bay (Namibia).

    Walvis Bay: not tropical

    6. Wars of the Roses: Barnet, Nottingham, Tekwesbury, Towton, Wakefield.

    Wakefield
    (It's "Tewkesbury," by the way.)

    7: Medecine: Chickenpox, Covid-19, Ebola, Measels, Winter vomiting bug

    Winter vomiting bug

    8: Literature: Honor? de Balzac, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
    Henrik Ibsen, Bernard Shaw, Leo Tolstoy

    Tolstoy: didn't write any plays

    9: Apostles: Andrew, John, Paul, Peter, Thomas.

    Paul

    10: Symbols: Refer to https://www.sommarskog.se/temp/quiz10.pdf and
    select a letter a, b, c, d or e.

    b

    11: Food: Eggplant, Falafel, Kabanos, Quorn, Tofu

    Eggplant: not processed by humans

    12: Music: Keith Emerson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Pat Metheny, Jimmy Page,
    Django Reinhardt.

    Pat Metheny
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    Dan Blum tool@panix.com
    "I wouldn't have believed it myself if I hadn't just made it up."

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  • From bbowler@21:1/5 to Erland Sommarskog on Mon Jun 14 12:37:21 2021
    On Fri, 11 Jun 2021 22:07:44 +0200, Erland Sommarskog wrote:

    It's been a while, but it is time for one of my occasional quizzes. This
    time I'm going for the "odd one out" format.

    Below are twelve questions, each listing a topic/theme and five items.
    Of these, four have something in comeon that the fifth has not. Your
    task is to spot the odd one. When you give an answer, you can include a motivation with your answer, but you don't have to. However, if you do
    not include a motivation, your answer *must* agree with what I have
    mind. If you give a motivation that is correct and fits with the topic/ theme, I may award you a point. If you give the correct answer with a motivation that is completely wrong - don't worry, you will get a point anyway.

    As a tip: it is a rather the case the four have something more
    significant in common which the fifth is lacking than the other way
    round.

    Small warning: this one may be more difficult that my previous
    odd-one-out, but don't be shy to make guesses.

    Post your questions to the newsgroup. I plan to score this on Wed 16th,
    in the evening my time, and I will accept answers until I post the
    results posting.

    Have fun!


    1: Rivers: Amazon, Congo, Danube, Hudson, Tagus.

    Hudson (not the longest river on the respective continent)

    2. Names: Giovanni, Hans, Ivan, James, João.

    3: Astronomy: Ceres, Io, Ganymede, Phobos, Titan,

    Phobos (not a moon of Jupiter)

    4: Sports: Sue Bird, Tonya Harding, Mikaela Shiffrin, Hope Solo,
    Serena Williams.

    Tonya Harding (didn't win an olympic medal)

    5: Coastal city climate: Agadir (Morocco), Dubai (UAE), Lima (Perù),
    Singapore (Singapore), Walvis Bay (Namibia).

    6. Wars of the Roses: Barnet, Nottingham, Tekwesbury, Towton, Wakefield.

    7: Medecine: Chickenpox, Covid-19, Ebola, Measels, Winter vomiting bug

    Winter vomiting bug (not a virus)

    8: Literature: Honoré de Balzac, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
    Henrik Ibsen, Bernard Shaw, Leo Tolstoy

    9: Apostles: Andrew, John, Paul, Peter, Thomas.

    10: Symbols: Refer to https://www.sommarskog.se/temp/quiz10.pdf and
    select a letter a, b, c, d or e.

    b (not a currency symbol)

    11: Food: Eggplant, Falafel, Kabanos, Quorn, Tofu

    Eggplant

    12: Music: Keith Emerson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Pat Metheny, Jimmy Page,
    Django Reinhardt.

    Keith Emerson

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  • From Erland Sommarskog@21:1/5 to All on Wed Jun 16 21:53:46 2021
    This quiz is over, and the winner is DAN BLUM. Yours is the glory
    for the next 24 hours!

    Here is the scoreboard.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
    Dan B 1 1 1 - - 1 1 - 1 1 1 - 8
    Mark B 1 1 1 - 1 - 1 - - 1 - - 6
    Stephen P - 1 1 - - - 1 - 1 - 1 1 6
    Pete G - - - 1 - - 1 - 1 1 1 1 6
    Bruce B - - - 1 - - 1 - - 1 1 1 5
    Joshua K 1 1 - - - - - - 1 - - 1 4

    Before I go the answers, I need to say that this quiz had a wee bit
    too many flaws to be really satisfactory. Beside the correction I had
    to post, at least two more questions had issues I should have resolved
    before posting. I hope you enjoyed it nevertheless.

    1: Rivers: Amazon, Congo, Danube, Hudson, Tagus.

    Danube - all others run out directly to the Atlantic.

    Hudson was a popular answer, and the two entrants who highlighted
    that it is the only river be in a single country were awarded. For
    those who did not - I'm sorry, but that is the explicit rule of
    the game. For this question, I don't feel ashamed for not spotting
    the alternative answer when composing the question. Rather, this is
    one of these things that makes this format charming.

    Here is an interesting titbit: If Wikipedia is to be beleived, Hudson
    is not a correct answer with Brazilian pub rules. In Brazil, the name
    Amazonas is only used from downstream Manaus.

    One entrant suggested that Hudson is the only one to not be the
    longest on its continent. That answer cannot be not correct, given
    that two rivers are on the same continent. And is turns out - none
    of them are. The longest river in Europe is the Volga. Nor is the Congo
    is not the longest in Africa. So left is only Amazon.

    2. Names: Giovanni, Hans, Ivan, James, Joo.

    James. Not a cognate to John.

    3: Astronomy: Ceres, Io, Ganymede, Phobos, Titan,

    Ceres. That's an asteriod. All others are moons. (Io and Ganymede
    of Jupiter, Phobos of Mars and Titan of Saturn.)

    4: Sports: Sue Bird, Tonya Harding, Mikaela Shiffrin, Hope Solo,
    Serena Williams.

    Tonya Harding - all others are Olympic champions.

    One suggestion was "not a team sport" - but I had that one covered!
    Exactly to rule out that option, I looked up the US Olympic basketball
    team, and found Sue Byrd, being four times a champion.

    One entrant gave an answer and motivation related to the matrimonial
    status of these women. Apparently that entrant had failed to observe
    the theme for the question.

    5: Coastal city climate: Agadir (Morocco), Dubai (UAE), Lima (Per),
    Singapore (Singapore), Walvis Bay (Namibia).

    Singapore. That's a quite a wet place, all others are dry.

    But alas not equally dry. Here is the annual precipitation in mm as
    taken from Wikipedia:

    Agadir: 291.9
    Dubai: 94.3
    Lima: 6.4
    Singapore: 2165.9
    Walvis Bay: 13.2

    My recollection from my initial research was that Agadir was a lot
    drier. May I confused the row with the precipitation with the row
    for the number of precipitation days. It still stands out from
    Singapore, but it's not a true desert climate. And if Agadir is good,
    I could just as well have kept San Diego (271 mm) which I had there
    instead of Walvis Bay for a long time.

    Several entrants gave motivations for their answers, but I could
    deem any of them to be correct, although it is somewhat subjective.
    What is really "tropical"?

    6. Wars of the Roses: Barnet, Northhampton, Tekwesbury, Towton,
    Wakefield.

    Wakefield. This battle was won my Lancaster, all others were
    Yorkist victories - and quite decisive ones.

    In the battle of Northampton, the Earl of Warwick captured Henry VI,
    and the Parliament that followed, declared Richard of York to be
    the heir of the throne. Something he had little use for, because
    he lost his life at Wakefield. But apart from that Lancaster were
    not able to really capitalise on their victories.

    Towtown was in the year that followed. Richard's son Edward had
    declare himself King, and Towtown was an immense victory for York.
    While the war would drag on in the north for a few years, Edward IV's
    rule was largely undisputed.

    The Earl of Warwick later changed sides, and Edward IV had to go
    on in exile for a half-year. When he came back, he met Warwick at
    Barnet, and Warwick was slain.

    About a month later he dealt with the army of the real leader of
    the Lancastrian party, Queen Margarete, at Tewkesbury. Not only
    did he win the battle, but in the aftermath he made sure that
    no male descendants from the male lines of John of Gaunt was left
    alive. (Well, he did spare poor Henry VI, but he died anyway.)

    ...however, there was still one man left on the female line from
    John of Gaunt, and...

    Yes, I've been reading a book on the Wars of the Roses lately.


    7: Medecine: Chickenpox, Covid-19, Ebola, Measels, Winter vomiting bug

    Winter vomiting bug. There is vaccine in use against this
    disease. Wikipedia mentions a trial, but only in phase one.

    One entrant said "not a virus", but all five are caused by viruses.
    But since the answer was the intended one, the entrant was awarded.

    8: Literature: Honor de Balzac, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
    Henrik Ibsen, Bernard Shaw, Leo Tolstoy

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He is considered to be a romanticist,
    whereas the others are of the realism school.

    And speaking of school, I had to learn this in high school, but
    given that this was a stumper, it seems that others were spared.

    9: Apostles: Andrew, John, Paul, Peter, Thomas.

    Paul. Not one of the 12 disciples of Jesus.


    10: Symbols: Refer to https://www.sommarskog.se/temp/quiz10.pdf and
    select a letter a, b, c, d or e.

    b = "place of interest symbol". All others are used for currencies.
    a is the Euro, c is the Japanese Yen and e is the Korean Won. And
    d is the Chinese character yuan, but this character is used not only
    for the Renminbin in the People's Republic, but also on Taiwan for
    the New Taiwanese Dollar.

    11: Food: Eggplant, Falafel, Kabanos, Quorn, Tofu

    The intended answer was Kabanos, a sausage, which is the only
    meat-based food. All others are vegan.

    However, Eggplant distinguishes from the rest by not being a product
    of humans, and this is absolutely just as characteristic as the
    kabanos. This should absolutely not have slipped through! I did
    realise the issue before someone actually entered eggplant, though,
    and I decided that I would accept eggplant without motivation.

    A case can also be made for Quorn, since it is the only one which
    is a brand name. This was on my radar already when working with the
    question, and I would accepted it, had someone given that as a
    motivation.

    I did have an alternative to eggplant that would also have addressed
    the Quorn issue, to wit Oumph. But while it seems to be readily
    avilable here in Sweden, I don't know well-known it is internationally.
    It's a warning sign that there is no article Oumph in Wikipedia.

    12: Music: Keith Emerson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Pat Metheny, Jimmy Page,
    Django Reinhardt.

    Keith Emerson was a great keyboard player. The others are or were
    guitar players.

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  • From Mark Brader@21:1/5 to All on Wed Jun 16 16:15:39 2021
    Erland Sommarskog:
    Winter vomiting bug. There is vaccine in use against this
    disease. Wikipedia mentions a trial, but only in phase one.

    I take it that a word was omitted here,

    d is the Chinese character yuan, but this character is used not only
    for the Renminbin in the People's Republic, but also on Taiwan for
    the New Taiwanese Dollar.

    I was wondering about that one!

    Thanks for the contest, and well done to Dan Blum.
    --
    Mark Brader "You have a truly warped mind.
    Toronto I admire that in a person."
    msb@vex.net -- Bill Davidsen

    My text in this article is in the public domain.

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  • From Dan Blum@21:1/5 to Erland Sommarskog on Wed Jun 16 21:35:15 2021
    Erland Sommarskog <esquel@sommarskog.se> wrote:
    This quiz is over, and the winner is DAN BLUM. Yours is the glory
    for the next 24 hours!

    Thank you! I will bask in it, which I think is the proper procedure.

    Thanks for running the quiz.

    --
    _______________________________________________________________________
    Dan Blum tool@panix.com
    "I wouldn't have believed it myself if I hadn't just made it up."

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  • From Erland Sommarskog@21:1/5 to Mark Brader on Wed Jun 16 23:44:34 2021
    Mark Brader (msb@vex.net) writes:
    Erland Sommarskog:
    Winter vomiting bug. There is vaccine in use against this
    disease. Wikipedia mentions a trial, but only in phase one.

    I take it that a word was omitted here,


    Correct. There is no vaccine for the winter womiting thing. There are
    for the others.

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