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Sporcle

Post by Hugh Binnie » Sat Dec 05, 2009 5:56 pm

After a couple of other people mentioned Sporcle in Michael's Pointless thread, I took it upon myself to compile a Sporcle quiz on Countdown champions. So dust off your anoraks, give it a go and (most importantly?) tell me whose names I've misspelt.

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Post by Kirk Bevins » Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:34 am

Good quiz...I only got 25 out of 73 shamefully and when the answers were revealed I was kicking myself for missing several simple ones. What did strike me was when I checked other people's answers (4 people had taken it so far), 1 person got the following name:

Rajaretnam Yogasagarar


How the heck did they get that (and spell it correctly!?). I wonder if he took the quiz (or cheated)!

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Re: Sporcle

Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:15 pm

I got 61 and was reasonably pleased but for some reason couldn't remember...

Just got rid of the stupid spoiler.

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Post by Ben Wilson » Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:24 pm

67, missed a couple of obvious ones like Lawrence Pearce.

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Post by Innis Carson » Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:29 pm

Kirk Bevins wrote:What did strike me was when I checked other people's answers (4 people had taken it so far), 1 person got the following name:

X

How the heck did they get that (and spell it correctly!?). I wonder if he took the quiz (or cheated)!
Haha, that was me. I wasn't cheating, I only remembered the surname right though. And I think I got about 50-ish overall.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:08 am

Gavin Chipper wrote:I got 61 and was reasonably pleased but for some reason couldn't remember...

Just got rid of the stupid spoiler.
Isn't that a cryptic spoiler in itself?
GR MSL GNDT MSS NGVWL SRND NNLYC NNCT

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Post by Kirk Bevins » Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:51 am

Marc Meakin wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:I got 61 and was reasonably pleased but for some reason couldn't remember...

Just got rid of the stupid spoiler.
Isn't that a cryptic spoiler in itself?
Haha good one.

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Post by Dinos Sfyris » Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:52 pm

Also if you see the most missed it's essentially a popularity contest of all the series champions and one name so far hasn't been missed by anyone!

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Post by Matthew Green » Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:11 pm

Anyone tried the countries of the world one?

the best I can get is 181/195- it's so annoying.
If I suddenly have a squirming baby on my lap it probably means that I should start paying it some attention and stop wasting my time messing around on a Countdown forum

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Post by Dinos Sfyris » Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:29 pm

Matthew Green wrote:Anyone tried the countries of the world one?

the best I can get is 181/195- it's so annoying.
I had a few cracks at that a while back and best I could manage was around 130. Nailed the elements one tho :)

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Post by Hugh Binnie » Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:15 pm

Matthew Green wrote:Anyone tried the countries of the world one?

the best I can get is 181/195- it's so annoying.
Just finished it now with 6:02 left.

I don't know how you approach it, but trying doing it in increasing continental country numbers (so South America, Oceania, North America, Europe, Asia, Africa). Knowing how many countries are in each continent makes it much easier to work out which ones you're missing — you're working towards 12, then 26, then 49, then 96, then 142, then 195. Within each continent, it's good to have an order you do them in. By doing them in the same order every time, you'll be less likely to miss ones out. Also, try grouping the countries within continents. In Oceania, there's the three big ones (Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea) the other rugby-playing countries (Fiji, Samoa, Tonga), the island groups (Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands) and the weird ones (Nauru, Palau, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Vanuatu). :geek:

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Post by Ian Dent » Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:19 pm

Well done for this Hugh.

Any more options?

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Post by Kirk Bevins » Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:21 pm

Dinos Sfyris wrote:Also if you see the most missed it's essentially a popularity contest of all the series champions and one name so far hasn't been missed by anyone!
That's biased. I went back to see the percentages and I couldn't see them so I had to enter one name and then it allowed me to give up so I did, just to see the percentages. Sorry for distorting the data.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:41 pm

Matthew Green wrote:Anyone tried the countries of the world one?

the best I can get is 181/195- it's so annoying.
I did it once and got about 100. Is it not considered sad/cheating to do it again and again?

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Post by Hugh Binnie » Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:54 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:Is it not considered sad/cheating to do it again and again?
Cheating? No.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:12 pm

Hugh Binnie wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:Is it not considered sad/cheating to do it again and again?
Cheating? No.
Yeah OK. I can see why someone might want to do the countries one again and again because it's not like one of those ones where once you've seen the answers you'll automatically be able to get full marks.

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Post by Dinos Sfyris » Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:15 pm

Here's a Countdown Conundrum quiz I just made. Enjoy!

http://www.sporcle.com/games/Dinos1/countdown

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Post by Paul Howe » Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:53 pm

Dinos Sfyris wrote:Here's a Countdown Conundrum quiz I just made. Enjoy!

http://www.sporcle.com/games/Dinos1/countdown
Awesome! (You've got the wrong letters in the scramble for no 10 though...)

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Post by Dinos Sfyris » Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:17 pm

Thanks Paul :) (edited)

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Post by Kevin Davis » Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:52 pm

Tried the nations of the world quiz (not using any hints from here)...was quite happy with my 179, I'd got Palau, Nauru, and Kiribati off my own back, and then, when the time ran out, realised I'd somehow missed Italy.

This despite the fact I'd got San Marino and the Vatican City... :o
Oh, cackwires!

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Post by Charlie Reams » Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:12 pm

I made a wordsy quiz that y'all might like.

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Post by Graeme Cole » Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:01 am

Charlie Reams wrote:I made a wordsy quiz that y'all might like.
Nice. I got 17/25.

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Post by James Robinson » Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:10 am

Graeme Cole wrote:
Charlie Reams wrote:I made a wordsy quiz that y'all might like.
Nice. I got 17/25.
20, haha. :lol:
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Post by Eoin Monaghan » Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:06 pm

Great quiz Charlie - only managed 16. Nominated it.

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Re: Sporcle

Post by Adam Gillard » Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:38 pm

Don't think I've seen that Latin form of HALLELUJAH before. Otherwise, they weren't obscure (to me) and I kicked myself at missing a handful of them. Good quiz.
Mike Brown: "Round 12: T N R S A E I G U

C1: SIGNATURE (18) ["9; not written down"]
C2: SEATING (7)
Score: 108–16 (max 113)

Another niner for Adam and yet another century. Well done, that man."

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Post by Thomas Carey » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:24 pm

Cool quiz, got 17. Ones I missed: 5-1, 7-1, 7-5, 8-1, 8-3, 8-5, 9-1, 9-2.
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Post by Mark James » Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:39 pm

Never been to this site before. I've been playing all day.I got two on charlie's game before I just ended it early. I'm all sporcled out.

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Post by Jon O'Neill » Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:48 pm

This was good. I got 18.

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Post by Charlie Reams » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:41 am

Cool, thanks guys! It got made Editor's Pick. Maybe I'll do some more.

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Post by Matt Morrison » Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:13 pm

Have you ever looked up the procedure for how something gets on the Sporcle app? I never ever use the website anymore really, and both your quizzes would be app-superfriendly.

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Post by Joseph Krol » Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:44 pm

I got 17 also. Lots of autokicking ensued.
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Post by Eoin Monaghan » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:05 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:Have you ever looked up the procedure for how something gets on the Sporcle app? I never ever use the website anymore really, and both your quizzes would be app-superfriendly.
I have the Sporcle app on my phone but there's a very limited amount of games and some of the older ones aren't updated that often.

Still good for procrastination.

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Post by Matt Morrison » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:30 pm

It's not really that limited. There must be a good 500? 1000? quizzes to begin with and I get 3-6 new ones through every day. I love it.

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Post by Eoin Monaghan » Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:54 pm

Maybe limited was the wrong word. I have 438 games on my phone (of the 41 sports games, about 35 are all American sports) - which is kind of disappointing considering the literally thousands on the site (obviously some aren't gonna work due to how they are played). I'm not complaining though, it's a great app. I have it on Android, do you have an iPhone? There must be more games on it, because I get maybe one new game each day.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:08 pm

Eoin Monaghan wrote:Maybe limited was the wrong word. I have 438 games on my phone (of the 41 sports games, about 35 are all American sports) - which is kind of disappointing considering the literally thousands on the site (obviously some aren't gonna work due to how they are played). I'm not complaining though, it's a great app. I have it on Android, do you have an iPhone? There must be more games on it, because I get maybe one new game each day.
I don't have one of these new-fangled smartphones, but surely if you can connect to the internet on them, you can just get whatever's there - i.e. all of them.

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Post by Phil Reynolds » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:40 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:I don't have one of these new-fangled smartphones, but surely if you can connect to the internet on them, you can just get whatever's there - i.e. all of them.
No, because most internet games (or at least most of the ones involving any sort of animation) require a Flash plug-in to work; and Apple refuse to support Flash on either iPhone or iPad.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:46 pm

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:I don't have one of these new-fangled smartphones, but surely if you can connect to the internet on them, you can just get whatever's there - i.e. all of them.
No, because most internet games (or at least most of the ones involving any sort of animation) require a Flash plug-in to work; and Apple refuse to support Flash on either iPhone or iPad.
Are Android phones the same?

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Post by Eoin Monaghan » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:49 pm

I can get onto the Sporcle website on my phone and have played games on it before, but it's not as good as the app because the screen seems to be smaller whereas the apps are formatted better on the app. Also, the app doesn't require Internet access so if you're in an area with slow Internet it won't work.

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Post by Matt Morrison » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:55 pm

Yeah that's the joy of it Eoin - not just quizzes formatted with a phone screen in mind but the fact I can load the Sporcle app whilst I'm waiting on the tube platform at Stepney Green (despite being underground the reception in both Stepney Green and Embankment is perfect, pretty useful for my journey between the two) and download the new quizzes for the tube journey every morning and not need reception to play.

And yeah, iPhone. Agreed the American sports ones are annoying, alwways going to be part and parcel though, but I can appreciate if you only get one a day and it's about American football or something then yeah that would suck!

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Post by Jon O'Neill » Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:01 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Phil Reynolds wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:I don't have one of these new-fangled smartphones, but surely if you can connect to the internet on them, you can just get whatever's there - i.e. all of them.
No, because most internet games (or at least most of the ones involving any sort of animation) require a Flash plug-in to work; and Apple refuse to support Flash on either iPhone or iPad.
Are Android phones the same?
No. I'll try and load Sporcle on my browser and see if it works.

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Post by Jon O'Neill » Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:02 pm

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Phil Reynolds wrote:No, because most internet games (or at least most of the ones involving any sort of animation) require a Flash plug-in to work; and Apple refuse to support Flash on either iPhone or iPad.
Are Android phones the same?
No. I'll try and load Sporcle on my browser and see if it works.
It works.

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Post by Charlie Reams » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:37 am

Well, since my last quiz went down quite well, here's another one. Enjoy!

Incidentally Sporcle doesn't use Flash AFAIK, so apart from formatting issues it should work fine on a phone/tablet.

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Post by Michael Wallace » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:50 am

Charlie Reams wrote:Well, since my last quiz went down quite well...
Way to link to the answers you n00b.

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Post by Charlie Reams » Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:04 am

Michael Wallace wrote:
Charlie Reams wrote:Well, since my last quiz went down quite well...
Way to link to the answers you n00b.
Ha, that shows you the answers even if you haven't done the quiz? Mental. Fixed now.

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Post by Phil Reynolds » Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:21 am

Charlie Reams wrote:Well, since my last quiz went down quite well, here's another one. Enjoy!
Whoo-hoo, 20/20. 8-)

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