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#510472 - Fri Feb 05 2010 05:09 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Windswept]
JMElston Offline
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15. Used especially in treating bruises

Your answer: arnica

This is missing 'an ointment' in the definition.

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#510473 - Fri Feb 05 2010 05:41 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Just for clarity's sake, could the title of this thread be left alone? It's really quite hard to spot a thread one is interested in when someone keeps changing the title.

I don't agree, by the way, that a definition always has to be complete to be included (apart, of course, from obvious errors where the word is missing). The definitions of some words are long, varied, and occasionally different in different varieties of the language. The ability to accommodate variations and change is one of the elements that has made English one of the world's most successful languages. As long as the definition given is a recognised use of the word, and the list of options doesn't include more than one correct definition of the same word, then that should be enough.
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#510474 - Fri Feb 05 2010 07:04 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Terry]
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Have re-read the whole thread, see what you've wanted to do, Terry, and I agree with you about getting more thinking, a new kind of thinking going on.


Certain words and stuff can readily be edited. The principle is in the basic change.

People have to think "outside the box" to get answers here sometime, and that's a good thing.

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#510475 - Sat Feb 06 2010 01:24 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Windswept]
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Quote:

In the Champion level, the last hour's scores can't be seen. At least not by Qp, who tends to leave her glasses on top of her head.




Either it's fixed now-- --Thanks!--or I can see clearly now-- --Whew!

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#510476 - Sat Feb 06 2010 07:06 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: queproblema]
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8. A small round woman''s hat

Your answer: turban

Double apostrophe.

From player Markswood:

Got this question today:

15 Eurasia except southern Russia

express joy
manual of arms
fund
wood horsetail
fortune hunter
top

The answer was wood horsetail??

Another case of something missing.

Thread Title restored.

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Edited by JMElston (Sat Feb 06 2010 07:43 AM)
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#510477 - Sat Feb 06 2010 08:03 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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This one is just plain unfair! I had no clue at all:

"Eurasia except southern Russia"

Choices:

express joy
manual of arms
fund
wood horsetail
fortune hunter
top

I picked "top", thinking at least if it's not SOUTHERN Russia... The answer is "wood horsetail". ?????????

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#510478 - Sat Feb 06 2010 08:20 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
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Just got this one

2. Build
Your answer: the act of putting something in a certain place or location

the act of putting something in a certain place or location is the definition for "emplacement"

The correct answer was constitution of the human body

Of course, I think both definitions could be used for 'build'. It could just be me whining though

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#510479 - Sat Feb 06 2010 09:17 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: EmmaF2008]
JMElston Offline
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The Not Yet page could use a little work. The following text shows up:

Answer accurately and quickly to gain the most points!

Timer started!

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And this text is effectively invisible:

Not yet!

You have already played in this hour's game. Try again when it resets!
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A back link to the main game page would be nice.

Happy WW Suggestions Trivia!
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#510480 - Sat Feb 06 2010 02:09 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Looks like a lot of the issues are these weird botanical things where the definition is just its location. Should be a way for me to weed a lot of that out all at once. Hm.

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#510481 - Sat Feb 06 2010 02:19 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Terry]
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Or maybe the first few words of the definition are getting cut off? "Woody perennial of Eurasia except southern Russia" would be perfectly fine as a definition, and these would be OK words for the game, then. How is it presented at the source?

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#510482 - Sat Feb 06 2010 03:07 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: agony]
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Just had this:

3. Europe
Your answer: dwell

dwell means "think moodily or anxiously about something"

The correct answer was wild strawberry

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#510483 - Sat Feb 06 2010 03:30 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Mink]
twosleepy Offline
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Quote:

Just had this:

3. Europe
Your answer: dwell

dwell means "think moodily or anxiously about something"

The correct answer was wild strawberry




Here are all the choices:

prefer
craps
wild strawberry
saw
dwell
afters

Just to brag, I got it right! I decided to pick the most out-there answer and voila! He he...

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#510484 - Sat Feb 06 2010 04:25 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
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I had it randomly and changed it!

Oh, and re: the arnica one above - there IS ointment but there's also tablets of arnica for bruises

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#510485 - Sat Feb 06 2010 05:09 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Mink]
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Quote:

2. Bring down with a blow to the legs
Your answer: take

take means "proceed along in a vehicle"

The correct answer was submarine





Quote:

5. Accept or undergo, often unwillingly
Your answer: take




I'm confused...should "take" have two definitions showing up in this game?

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#510486 - Sat Feb 06 2010 05:26 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: darthrevan89]
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Yes, I think more than one definition should be allowed as long as they don't show up on the same question. That way we think about what we're doing instead of mindlessly checking off letter patterns we've memorized.

The more I play this game, the more I like it. I'm almost ready to take off my black mourning veil for the old one's demise.

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#510487 - Sat Feb 06 2010 05:37 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: agony]
Terry Offline

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Or maybe the first few words of the definition are getting cut off? "Woody perennial of Eurasia except southern Russia" would be perfectly fine as a definition, and these would be OK words for the game, then. How is it presented at the source? >>

It's precisely the incomplete definition in the source database too.

A lot of those botanical / biological entries are simply incomplete definitions. I guess they must come from a sub-project where everyone KNEW they were plants.

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#510488 - Sat Feb 06 2010 05:40 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Terry]
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<< I'm confused...should "take" have two definitions showing up in this game? >>

Yes. In fact, some words have up to NINE definitions in the dictionary.

What I really should do if there are enough entries with lots of definitions is make a 3rd hourly game type...

It would present a word, then list 5 definitions. You'd have to pick the one that is NOT a valid definition of the word.

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#510489 - Sat Feb 06 2010 07:46 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Terry]
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Yes, yes!!

"Run" has 30 definitions as a verb, 12 as a noun, and 3 as an adjective, according to Merriam-Webster, and not including phrases, which adds dozens more.

I LOVE ENGLISH!

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#510490 - Sat Feb 06 2010 11:43 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: queproblema]
Terry Offline

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This database has 57 entries for "run".

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#510491 - Sun Feb 07 2010 02:27 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Terry]
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12. An abusive attack on a person''s character or good name

Your answer: aspersion

14. Any member of a ship''s crew

Your answer: sailor

More doubled apostrophes.

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#510492 - Sun Feb 07 2010 02:49 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Terry - I found definitions for "wild strawberry" and "wood horsetail' on a site called synonym.com that gave a botanical definition for each followed by the exact wording as quoted as the Word Wizard definition in brackets, presumably showing the range. This suggests a common source for that and this site. It seems that the bits in brackets are being picked up, not the definitions.

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#510493 - Sun Feb 07 2010 05:37 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: bucknallbabe]
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This complaint was received on main site feedback...

On the "Word Wizard" section, it has the question "a person of French descent" followed by the answer "Frog". This is a racist term and needs to be removed! How could you allow this to get approved?
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#510494 - Sun Feb 07 2010 06:32 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: sue943]
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Well who objects to "limey"? I don't.
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#510495 - Sun Feb 07 2010 06:41 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ren33]
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Well who objects to "limey"? I don't.




You beat me to it, Ren, but 'Pommy' must be on here somewhere... I am shocked in advance of finding it!

Actually that database includes words like 'poof' and 'dike' (I've seen both of those already) so if the only word for the French is 'Frog' I think they got off lightly, lol.

(signed)

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#510496 - Sun Feb 07 2010 06:41 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ren33]
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If we're mentioning all of the double apostrophes...

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13. Sibling

Your answer: a person''s brother or sister

9. Corset

Your answer: a woman''s close-fitting foundation garment

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