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#592171 - Sat Feb 05 2011 01:19 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Jakeroo]
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5. Modify one' opinion, make it less strong
Your answer: backpedal

I think there should be an 's' in there to make it read "one's". smile
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#592363 - Sun Feb 06 2011 05:11 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Tizzabelle]
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15. Edge tool used in shaving
Your answer: razor

Probably should be 'edged'. Either way, it is not a good clue.
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#592702 - Mon Feb 07 2011 11:55 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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6. Be opposite to
Your answer: contradict

contradict means "prove negative"

The correct answer was delimit

"Contradict" seems to fit at least as well as "delimit" here.

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#593002 - Mon Feb 07 2011 07:59 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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8. The study humans prior to the invention of writing

Your answer: protohistory

An "of" needs to be added here.

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#593260 - Tue Feb 08 2011 03:41 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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totally flummoxed on this one.

5. The semantic relation of being a manner of does something

Your answer: troponymy

so, i looked it up and in the "free dictionary" on-line that's exactly what it says. I still don't know what that line means though! luckily the dictionary also had other examples.

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#593264 - Tue Feb 08 2011 03:49 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mlcmlc]
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Originally Posted By: mlcmlc
totally flummoxed on this one.

5. The semantic relation of being a manner of does something

Your answer: troponymy

so, i looked it up and in the "free dictionary" on-line that's exactly what it says. I still don't know what that line means though! luckily the dictionary also had other examples.

I just looked up "The semantic relation of being a manner of does something" and it gave the definition as
"convoluted gibberish". smile

Wiki defines it as "Troponymy is the presence of a ‘manner’ relation between two lexemes" which really explains it all, agreed?
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#594205 - Thu Feb 10 2011 10:17 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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9. Ensemble
Your answer: a cast other than the principles

Should be 'principals'
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#594520 - Sat Feb 12 2011 12:12 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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chanson de geste

Sorry, but this looks like french to me. Oy!

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#594583 - Sat Feb 12 2011 08:56 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
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There are many foreign language words and phrases used in English. They're quite valid in the game.
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#595254 - Mon Feb 14 2011 01:25 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: reeshy]
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2. Caught in European waters

Your answer: langoustine

An incomplete definition that has probably turned up here before.

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#595346 - Mon Feb 14 2011 12:51 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Apparently the incomplete definitions are all related to fauna and flora.
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#595932 - Tue Feb 15 2011 07:11 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JanIQ]
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This one makes me mad:

4. Gratify
Your answer: indulge

indulge means "yield (to)"

The correct answer was feast

Say what? Even the FOD has "indulge", with "feast" nowhere to be seen. :0(

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#595944 - Tue Feb 15 2011 08:26 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
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But if you look up Feast, you will find references to gratification. To feast is to experience something with gratification or delight. Maybe not the connection you think of, but it is there.
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#596078 - Wed Feb 16 2011 07:32 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: looney_tunes]
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Originally Posted By: looney_tunes
But if you look up Feast, you will find references to gratification. To feast is to experience something with gratification or delight. Maybe not the connection you think of, but it is there.

Okay, so "it is there", but isn't the point of the game to give the CLOSEST definition or word that fits the given item? If that is not the case, I'm playing the wrong game! "Indulge" and "feast" do NOT belong together as answers for "gratify". Period. And even put together, "indulge" is the closest.

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#596095 - Wed Feb 16 2011 08:22 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
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Any definition is valid. How do you define the "closest definition"? Each entry has its own answer that appears among other answers. The answer will be whatever is matched up to the entry in the database, as I understand it. If another answer also looks close, then, yes, mention it here, but it's not the case that the answer given was wrong, just that another was also close.
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#596220 - Wed Feb 16 2011 04:04 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: reeshy]
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I didn't say it was wrong; I said the two do not belong together as answers for that particular item.

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#596283 - Wed Feb 16 2011 05:56 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
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Yes, but I also said that each entry has its own answer in the database. The game doesn't look for which is the closest match in each set. It's a coincidence that another word would be close too. I don't think they should be together in the same set either, but it's randomly generated.
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#598054 - Tue Feb 22 2011 07:47 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: reeshy]
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I just had these two questions come up in the same quiz:

1 a distinguishing trait

vainglory
repugnance
speciality
hemisphere
talk of
slice

9 a distinguishing trait

dandle
go down
equilibrium
dispassionateness
rip up
specialty

The answer was "specialty" in both cases.

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#598127 - Tue Feb 22 2011 12:26 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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One was specialty, the other was speciality - close but not identical!
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#598474 - Wed Feb 23 2011 11:44 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: looney_tunes]
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Oh well... Nevermind.

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#599009 - Fri Feb 25 2011 02:20 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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12. Unpick
Your answer: undo (the stitches) of (a piece of sewing)

I do not think the brackets are really necessary.
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#599080 - Fri Feb 25 2011 10:24 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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If anything there should only be one set of brackets, starting at "the stitches" and ending at "sewing". Taking the sentence without the brackets gives "undo of" which makes no sense!
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#602005 - Fri Mar 04 2011 05:04 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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12. One who hesitates (uaually out of fear)

Your answer: vacillator

Typo: 'uaually' should be 'usually'.

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#610532 - Wed Mar 30 2011 09:06 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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10. Represent as less significant or important

Your answer: denigrate

denigrate is the definition for "belittle"

The correct answer was downplay


I would think these two terms mean more or less the same thing.
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#610589 - Wed Mar 30 2011 11:54 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: LadyCaitriona]
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I would have thought that both denigrate and belittle have negative connotations that are not necessarily there for downplay. You can downplay the danger of the radiation in Tokyo, but that doesn't mean you are casting aspersions on it.
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