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Rapid rare entries quiz

Post by GuyBarry » 20 Oct 2013, 07:51

This is an experiment and shouldn't be counted as part of the "official" run of rare entries quizzes. You have just over 24 hours to submit your answers to the following: the deadline is 8am on Monday 21st October. There will be no extensions. If I get two submissions or fewer, the quiz will be declared void.

Answers to me by PM only please (don't be an idiot like me and post them in the thread!).

(1) Name one of the official languages of the United Nations.
(2) Name one of the naturally occurring noble gases.
(3) Name one of Henry VIII's wives.
(4) Name an actor who has played James Bond in the Eon series of films.
(5) Name one of the states (NOT territories) of Australia.
(6) Name a country that borders Austria.
(7) Name one of Elizabeth Taylor's husbands.
(8) Name one of the Seven Dwarfs from the 1937 film.
(9) Name a year since 1975 when a UK General Election has taken place.
(10) Name any current or former UK leader of the Liberal Democrats (including interim ones).

Scoring will work on a simplified system. Your score will be equal to the number of unique correct answers you give, minus the number of wrong answers. Highest score wins. If there's a tie, then players will be ranked by the total number of unique correct answers. If there's still a tie, players will be ranked by the number of correct answers given by exactly one other player, then the number of correct answers given by exactly two other players and so on.

Assuming the quiz goes ahead, I'll reveal the answers and scores some time on Monday. Good luck!

[Edited to include the word "correct" before "answers" in four places]
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Re: Rapid rare entries quiz

Post by jamesthegill » 20 Oct 2013, 09:28

GuyBarry wrote: (8) Name one of the Seven Dwarfs from the 1937 film.
Pedant alert - this is actually the correct spelling of the noun referring to multiple midgets* at the time of the release of the Disney film. It wasn't until that Tolkien chappy popularised dwarves as an alternate spelling that it was changed.

*May not be politically correct, but who doesn't love alliteration?
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Re: Rapid rare entries quiz

Post by GuyBarry » 20 Oct 2013, 19:52

Just over 12 hours left. Thanks for all the entries so far - keep 'em coming!
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Re: Rapid rare entries quiz

Post by tubeguru » 20 Oct 2013, 20:57

How many have you had?
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Re: Rapid rare entries quiz

Post by tractakid » 21 Oct 2013, 02:03

GuyBarry wrote:This is an experiment and shouldn't be counted as part of the "official" run of rare entries quizzes. You have just over 24 hours to submit your answers to the following: the deadline is 8am on Monday 21st October. There will be no extensions. If I get two submissions or fewer, the quiz will be declared void.

Answers to me by PM only please (don't be an idiot like me and post them in the thread!).

(1) Name one of the official languages of the United Nations.
(2) Name one of the naturally occurring noble gases.
(3) Name one of Henry VIII's wives.
(4) Name an actor who has played James Bond in the Eon series of films.
(5) Name one of the states (NOT territories) of Australia.
(6) Name a country that borders Austria.
(7) Name one of Elizabeth Taylor's husbands.
(8) Name one of the Seven Dwarfs from the 1937 film.
(9) Name a year since 1975 when a UK General Election has taken place.
(10) Name any current or former UK leader of the Liberal Democrats (including interim ones).

Scoring will work on a simplified system. Your score will be equal to the number of unique correct answers you give, minus the number of wrong answers. Highest score wins. If there's a tie, then players will be ranked by the total number of unique correct answers. If there's still a tie, players will be ranked by the number of correct answers given by exactly one other player, then the number of correct answers given by exactly two other players and so on.

Assuming the quiz goes ahead, I'll reveal the answers and scores some time on Monday. Good luck!

[Edited to include the word "correct" before "answers" in four places]
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Can I request a comparison between traditional and your own scoring system please? I feel that would help the experimental success of the quiz to be analysed more effectively.
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Re: Rapid rare entries quiz

Post by GuyBarry » 21 Oct 2013, 06:59

Five entries so far and one hour to go. Any last-minute attempts?
tractakid wrote: Can I request a comparison between traditional and your own scoring system please? I feel that would help the experimental success of the quiz to be analysed more effectively.
Yes, that's a good idea - I was thinking of doing that anyway.
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Re: Rapid rare entries quiz

Post by GuyBarry » 21 Oct 2013, 08:00

The quiz is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered - I'll have the results shortly.
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Re: Rapid rare entries quiz

Post by GuyBarry » 21 Oct 2013, 08:30

Here are the results. I accepted answers that were incorrectly spelt but I couldn't accept "Southern Australia" for (5) - the name of the state is "South Australia", and "Southern Australia" refers to a much wider geographical area. I accepted David Steel for (10) because he was briefly joint interim leader between the party's formation and Paddy Ashdown's election in 1988.


(1) Name one of the official languages of the United Nations.
greatkingrat - Spanish
Going Underground - English
Sam - Russian
tractakid - French
Incorrect tubeguru - United Statesish

(2) Name one of the naturally occurring noble gases.
greatkingrat - Krypton
Going Underground - Helium
Sam - Helium
tractakid - Radon
Incorrect tubeguru - James

(3) Name one of Henry VIII's wives.
greatkingrat - Jane Seymour
Going Underground - Anne Boleyn
Sam - Catherine of Aragon
tractakid - Catherine of Aragon
Incorrect tubeguru - Headless Harriet

(4) Name an actor who has played James Bond in the Eon series of films.
greatkingrat - Pierce Brosnan
Going Underground - Sean Connery
Sam - Timothy Dalton
tractakid - Timothy Dalton
Incorrect tubeguru - Barry Chuckle

(5) Name one of the states (NOT territories) of Australia.
greatkingrat - South Australia
Going Underground - Victoria
Sam - New South Wales
Incorrect tractakid - Southern Australia
Incorrect tubeguru - In a right state

(6) Name a country that borders Austria.
greatkingrat - Switzerland
Going Underground - Germany
Sam - Switzerland
tractakid - Hungary
Incorrect tubeguru - Laos

(7) Name one of Elizabeth Taylor's husbands.
greatkingrat - Mike Todd
Going Underground - Richard Burton
Sam - John Warner
tractakid - Michael Wilding
Incorrect tubeguru - I'd name one of them Norbert

(8) Name one of the Seven Dwarfs from the 1937 film.
greatkingrat - Doc
Going Underground - Grumpy
Sam - Sleepy
tractakid - Grumpy
Incorrect tubeguru - Dobby

(9) Name a year since 1975 when a UK General Election has taken place.
greatkingrat - 1983
Going Underground - 2010
Sam - 1979
tractakid - 1992
Incorrect tubeguru - 2013

(10) Name any current or former UK leader of the Liberal Democrats (including interim ones).
greatkingrat - Menzies Campbell
Going Underground - David Steel
Sam - Charles Kennedy
tractakid - Charles Kennedy
Incorrect tubeguru - Rhys Benjamin

Scores under the experimental system:
greatkingrat 9
Going Underground 8
Sam 5
tractakid 4
tubeguru -10

Scores under the conventional system:
greatkingrat 2
Going Underground 4
Sam 32
tractakid 32
tubeguru 65536

As you can see it makes no difference to the rankings, except that tractakid would have ended up in joint third place rather than fourth.

Congratulations to greatkingrat. Thanks for playing, everyone!
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Re: Rapid rare entries quiz

Post by tubeguru » 21 Oct 2013, 08:42

So close. Next time ...
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Re: Rapid rare entries quiz

Post by GuyBarry » 21 Oct 2013, 10:19

tubeguru wrote:So close. Next time ...
I do apologize. I mistakenly gave your answer to question (5) as "Headless Harriet" rather than "In a right state". Not that it makes the remotest difference to the scores but one has to be accurate about these things :wink:
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Re: Rapid rare entries quiz

Post by tractakid » 21 Oct 2013, 14:05

Agh. I did this at 2am, Southern/south, silly mistake. You knew what I meant though.

Interestingly, under the traditional system, my score would be unchanged, but GKR and GU would have tied for first if I'd have dropped the 'ern'
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Re: Rapid rare entries quiz

Post by GuyBarry » 21 Oct 2013, 14:59

tractakid wrote:Agh. I did this at 2am, Southern/south, silly mistake. You knew what I meant though.
I couldn't accept it because (according to Wikipedia, anyway) "the term Southern Australia is generally considered to include the states and territories of Australia of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory. The part of Western Australia south of latitude 26° south — a definition widely used in law and state government policy — is also usually included". I don't think it can be used as an alternative name for the state of South Australia.
Interestingly, under the traditional system, my score would be unchanged, but GKR and GU would have tied for first if I'd have dropped the 'ern'
Also under my system, I think - GKR and GU would have been on 8 each, Sam and you on 5 each. It might be an interesting exercise to go back through some of the earlier rare entries quizzes and see how much difference my system would have made. (I won't re-score the latest one in case I'm accused of trying to fiddle my own score!)
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Re: Rapid rare entries quiz

Post by tractakid » 21 Oct 2013, 15:48

I think this quiz would have benefited from more participants. I wouldn't recommend the extremely short time limit again.
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Re: Rapid rare entries quiz

Post by GuyBarry » 21 Oct 2013, 15:54

Probably not that short, but I was quite pleased by the number of entries I got. Maybe 48 hours for the next one (plus a period of notice before the quiz goes live)?
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Re: Rapid rare entries quiz

Post by tractakid » 21 Oct 2013, 16:50

GuyBarry wrote:Probably not that short, but I was quite pleased by the number of entries I got. Maybe 48 hours for the next one (plus a period of notice before the quiz goes live)?
Our old system was good. Let the quizmaster judge it as we go along, in order to maximise entries.
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