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3001. post - 2011.06.29. 06:40:31 (Reply to post #3000 of Gemini.)
No, if we are talking about a proper translation of the Bible, not any loose translations or adaptations, it does not specify the type of tree or the fruit.
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3002. post - 2011.06.29. 07:22:20
Which is the largest of these deer?
white tail
moose <- marked as correct
red stag
elk

I'm European, so a moose and an elk is the same thing, in American English an elk is a different deer species from a moose, but this deer is called wapiti as well. Untill I started researching this, I was not aware there was a deer called elk in American English I simply thought it was British English vs. American English.

So to remove any ambiguity elk should be changed to some other large deer species.
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3003. post - 2011.06.29. 11:38:54
What is the person who studies trees called?
Arborist
Ichthyologists
Zoologist
Botanist

So what does a dendrologist do?
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3004. post - 2011.06.29. 11:51:59
Who invented the BALL POINT PEN?
Biro Brothers <--- Marked as correct
Write Brothers
Waterman Brothers
Bicc Brothers

Some reading shows that the first (known) patent for a ball pen was issued to John Loud 1888. It appears that the Biro brothers develpoed their pen independently of the Loud patent, and the Loud patent was forgotten about for a long time (since the design was never commercialised). But the ballpoint pen was still invented by John Loud, not the Biro brothers.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballpoint_pen
http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/ballpen.htm
http://www.ehow.com/facts_4923274_invented-first-ball-point-pen.html
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3005. post - 2011.06.29. 17:01:26
Diablo q changed to : Which of these is not a playable character in the game Diablo II ?

Armostrong q: Correct answer changed to Spend approx. 3 weeks in quarantine

Master of Magic was released by Microprose, Sids company. But i cannot find a direct link to him designing the game. I need anyone who knows more

Air speed q changed to: What is airspeed measured in by aviators?

rain, reign, rein are the only homonyms by any rule so it is not ambiguous. If there is still objection about them being actual homonyms please specify about that. By what you said they can be accepted.

After trying to correct the union jack question, the database went crazy so thats all for now
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3006. post - 2011.06.29. 17:39:09
What Colour is water?
Clear <- marked as correct
Blue
Turquoise
Green

Pure water is blue not clear (assuming clear = colorless clear is not a color) it appears colorless to the human eye in small quantities, but if you look through a long water filled pipe, you will see that it is actually blue.

Read this wikipedia article which fits with what I learned in school, highschool, and university.
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3007. post - 2011.06.29. 22:20:48 (Reply to post #3005 of stekkos.)
Quote: stekkos - 2011.06.29. 17:01:26

rain, reign, rein are the only homonyms by any rule so it is not ambiguous. If there is still objection about them being actual homonyms please specify about that. By what you said they can be accepted.


"In linguistics, a homonym is, in the strict sense, one of a group of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings." (emphasis mine)
According to this rain, reign, rein are not honomyms. But maybe it is ok with quiz questions that are almost correct now?

According to this fluke is a homonym, since it can mean
* A fish, and a flatworm.
* The end parts of an anchor.
* The fins on a whale's tail.
* A stroke of luck.
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3008. post - 2011.06.30. 01:37:53 (Reply to post #2988 of Sbart.)
Quote: stekkos - 2011.06.27. 16:35:44
Odd one out is ok, if a lot of one kind start flooding the quiz (like asking which country is not a...) then are rejected as already in database.


Sbart already posted the link to the guideline that states that odd one out is not ok. I will also say that I had a question rejected because of the guideline. See posts 543-546 of http://forum.doomlord.net/index.php/topic,77.540. I don't really care one way or the other, but I would like all the evaluators to use the same guidelines, preferably the ones that are publicly posted.
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3009. post - 2011.06.30. 16:49:53
Odd one out rule was part of the first quiz rule, before most of us even were evaluators. Since we changed a lot of the rules at a point, some might have not been clarified if they still stand. Will see with the others and make a statement on that.

Sbart, i cannot say i know much about this issue, you could be right. Lets see what our resident linguist, CG, has to say
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3010. post - 2011.06.30. 17:07:23
Vesuvius replaced Fudji as the correct answer (not by me though)

Elk and moose are different species. Moose and Eurasian elk are the same species. So i left elk in and changed correct answer to Moose(Eurasian elk)

Dentrology is a sub division of botany. So a dentrologist is still a botanist. He just specilizes in trees and woody plants. If the question included both words, it would have been ambiguous.

Ball point pen q changed to: Who invented the first commercially produced BALL POINT PEN?

Blue is now the correct answer for color of water
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3011. post - 2011.06.30. 17:32:18 (Reply to post #3009 of stekkos.)
Which set of words are all homonyms of each other?

Changed to: Which set of words are all homophones of each other?

Good catch on that one Sbart. Wow, that's going way back to elementary school. I'm guessing it is getting so many correct responses because so many of us mixed up the homonym, antonym, synonym, and homophone lessons, but knew what the questioner was trying to ask.
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3012. post - 2011.06.30. 18:29:33
I'm no expert here, so perhaps someone else can chime in, but I just had:

Which of these sport disciplines doesn't have the rule called "offside" ?

the correct answer listed was: Beach football (beach soccer)

Having never heard of it as an organized sport I started reading a little and from what I have seen, there as still "offside" calls made in it.
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3013. post - 2011.06.30. 18:33:37
In what country did Operation Market garden take place in WWII?
Belgium
France
*Netherlands
Poland


According to wiki, it took place in two countries - Netherlands and Germany.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Market_Garden
For me it is ok how it is now - but probably to be completely correct, it should be changed to "What was one of the countries where..."
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3014. post - 2011.06.30. 18:40:48
How many Earths would fit in the sun ?
1000
1,000,000
50,000
500,000


1) the first answer from google gives 1.3 million (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_earths_could_fit_inside_the_sun)
So at least an approximate answer should be asked for.

2) By volume or by weight? It will make a huge difference! As the question is completely theoretical, I can pretend solutions for both cases.

3) Not an objection, as it actually moves the 1.3 million calculation closer to 1 million given in the quiz answer - but "Earths" cannot be packed inside the Sun without voids left. It would reduce the number of "Earths" by ~1/3 for volume-based calculations - so not an objection in fact, only note.
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3015. post - 2011.06.30. 18:55:52
What is the only river in the world that flows south to north?
Yangtze
Nile <- marked as correct
Mississippi
Danube

This is a myth, The Nile is one of many rivers flowing south to north. Here is a list of some of them
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3016. post - 2011.06.30. 22:38:40
Yahweh is the modern scholarly convention for the name of God in which religion?
Zen Buddhism
Musilim
Hinduism
Hebrew <- marked as correct

Well Hebrew is an ethnic groupe, Judaism is the traditional religion of the Hebrew. Furthermore Christianity would also be a correct answer, but as it's not among the 3 listed religions it's not a problem.
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3017. post - 2011.07.01. 11:04:20
Were did berserker's come from?
England
South america
Afrika
Norway <-- Marked as correct

This isn't exactly true. Berserkers were warriors fighting in an uncontrollable rage according to Norse literature sources. The Norse however, are not the same as Norwegian, but rather collective term used to refer to the Norse-speaking Germanic tribes who inhabited Scandinavia in the Middle Ages. Depending on what time the question refers to the answer should be either "Scandinavia" (from where the Vikings originated) or "Scandinavia, England, Ireland, France, Russia and some parts of Europe", if areas that they conquered and settled in later is included.
If the question is kept i would suggest changing the answer to "Scandinavia" and changing "England" to "Japan" to remove any ambiguity.

Also, "Afrika" should be "Africa" and "South america" should be "South America".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berserker
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norsemen

EDIT
Can't believe I missed that. Of course Were should be Where and there shouldn't be an apostrophe (it is a simple plural not a possessive).
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3018. post - 2011.07.01. 17:05:44 (Reply to post #3017 of Sbart.)
Quote: Sbart - 2011.07.01. 11:04:20
Also, "Afrika" should be "Africa" and "South america" should be "South America".


And also, "Were" should be "Where". The apostrophe in the question also appears redundant to me.
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3019. post - 2011.07.02. 04:40:27
I remember this question being complained about:
What date was the armistice signed?

I just saw it had not been changed yet, so it is now changed to:
What date was the armistice (with Germany at the end of WW1) signed?
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3020. post - 2011.07.02. 06:29:34
Complete this expression... Blind as a _________ ?
Mouse
Bat
Racist
Bear

This one is very ambiguous. It depends on what image you are trying to convey and your local culture. The most common ones (there are many) I have heard are:
blind as a bat (they use echolocation to see rather than their eyes)
blind as a mouse (in reference to the 3 blind mice of nursery rhymes)
blind as a mole (another creature with poor eyesight that is used)
blind as Anne Frank (a famous blind person)
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