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#555295 - Sat Oct 02 2010 05:50 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Just a typo:

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And edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades

Your answer: pair of scissors

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It should be "An" instead of "And".

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#555309 - Sat Oct 02 2010 09:12 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: abechstein]
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Semiformal evening dress for men
Your answer: tuxedo


I could have sworn a tuxedo was a formal attire for men, not semiformal.
I know someone's going to say unless there is a sash or cumberbund accessory, it is semiformal. Arggh.
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#555310 - Sat Oct 02 2010 10:11 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mehaul]
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15. Spareribs

Your answer: baked or roasted with a spicy sauce

Another incomplete definition. "Meat" or "A cut of pork" would help here.

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#555322 - Sun Oct 03 2010 12:15 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Typo in the definition:

Graft
Your answer: place athe organ of a donor into the body of a recipient
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#555346 - Sun Oct 03 2010 04:37 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: looney_tunes]
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Another typo in the definition:
Play_a_joke_on
Your answer: subject to a palyful hoax or joke
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#555350 - Sun Oct 03 2010 05:17 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: looney_tunes]
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1. Transmitted by larval mites and widespread in Asia

Your answer: scrub typhus

Another incomplete definition. "Disease" should be added.

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#555360 - Sun Oct 03 2010 06:51 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: looney_tunes]
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"Palyful"? I thought this kind of typos was reserved to European players, who excel in palying around.
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#555443 - Sun Oct 03 2010 04:19 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Hunch_forward
Your answer: arch one's back

This seems backwards. Hunching forward is rounding one's back with head and shoulders in front, rather than arching it which has the head and shoulders pulled back. (I got it right because it was the only option relating to the body, but I still think it's wrong.)

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#555496 - Sun Oct 03 2010 08:07 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Julia103]
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4. Oven_stuffer_roaster

Your answer: a brand name for a roasting chicken

I'm curious why this is in the database.

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#555508 - Sun Oct 03 2010 11:03 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Julia103]
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I also take ssue with "hunch forward":

9. Hunch_forward
Your answer: arch one's back

According to the Princeton Dictionary and the OED:
hunch forward, hunch over (round one's back by bending forward and drawing the shoulders forward)
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#555524 - Mon Oct 04 2010 01:37 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: cydonia325]
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Arches can flex to be concave or convex, so hunching forward does produce an arched back, just not the direction in which we usually picture it.
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#555525 - Mon Oct 04 2010 01:58 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: looney_tunes]
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5. A coarse sieve (as for gravel)
Your answer: extract
extract means "separate (a metal) from an ore"
The correct answer was riddle\

No a riddle is what puzzles me about this answer,


This really brings to mind that with the incorrect answers given, the computer does not always show all the possible answers that must be in it's base of data. As in this example, "extract" is what they say but it also is a fluid separation in medicine, a concetration of flavors suspended in a carrier (usually alcohol like vanilla) and probably more. Why it the response on the incorrects limited to only one of the possible definitions?
In this question, I was thinking of sieve as a verb not the noun and the verb of sieve means to extract or separate according to a certain size of the openings of the sieve.

I do not know if that backslash after riddle is from my copy or was a piece of the answer, sorry.
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#555530 - Mon Oct 04 2010 02:28 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mehaul]
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Quote:
rid·dle 1 (rdl)
tr.v. rid·dled, rid·dling, rid·dles
1. To pierce with numerous holes; perforate: riddle a target with bullets.
2. To spread throughout: "Election campaigns have always been riddled with demagogy and worse" (New Republic).
3. To put (gravel, for example) through a coarse sieve.
n.
A coarse sieve, as for gravel
.


From an online dictionary. I have no dramas with this meaning of 'riddle'.
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#555596 - Mon Oct 04 2010 10:47 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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Just a small typo:
Vacillator
one who hesitates (uaually out of fear)

Should of course be "usually"
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#555602 - Mon Oct 04 2010 11:31 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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Originally Posted By: ozzz2002
Quote:
rid·dle 1 (rdl)
tr.v. rid·dled, rid·dling, rid·dles
1. To pierce with numerous holes; perforate: riddle a target with bullets.
2. To spread throughout: "Election campaigns have always been riddled with demagogy and worse" (New Republic).
3. To put (gravel, for example) through a coarse sieve.
n.
A coarse sieve, as for gravel
.


From an online dictionary. I have no dramas with this meaning of 'riddle'.



Nor did I. I said that extract is close to being an acceptable answer, too. But the main point was the lack of the other definitions on the Wrong answers. You gave 3 for riddle, the right one. I'd like to see the computer show all three (or however many) it has for wrong words. In this manner we'd be able to see the definition we were thinking of (in this case, to separate out) as well as the others. It only costs a couple of electrons and we'd all maybe learn something through our errors.

About that dictionary of yours, didn't it contain a definition where riddle meant to puzzle?


Edited by mehaul (Mon Oct 04 2010 11:36 AM)
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#555667 - Mon Oct 04 2010 03:15 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mehaul]
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12. Offering goods and services for sale

Your answer: commerce

commerce means "social exchange, especially of opinions, attitudes, etc."

The correct answer was supply


From thefreedictionary.com:

com·merce (kmrs)
n.
1. The buying and selling of goods, especially on a large scale, as between cities or nations.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/commerce

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#555670 - Mon Oct 04 2010 03:32 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mehaul]
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The site I used was Free Dictionary , and it does show the 'conundrum' definition also. My Encarta dictionary that sits on my desk shows similar definitions, as would most other sources.

As far as the quiz itself, I have been frustrated many times by off-the-wall definitions, but as we all have to play the same game, the playing field is as level as it could be.
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#555693 - Mon Oct 04 2010 05:56 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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I have not complained of an unlevel playing field (well I have before about time penalties, but that is not part of this). I suggested that with the addition of the entire list of definitions on the WRONG answers we may get to learn something from our mistakes. Providing the list for the CORRECT answer would also teach but would not seem that beneficial. Anyway, it'll never happen. So, thanks for doing that look-up and posting. I hope I can return the favor some day.
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#555701 - Mon Oct 04 2010 07:02 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mehaul]
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One of the obvious problems with posting the entire list of definitions is that there are so many possible definitions for some words! The databse clearly does not use a single definition for each word, as I have seen the same word with different definitions on a number of occasions.


Edited by looney_tunes (Mon Oct 04 2010 07:03 PM)
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#555714 - Mon Oct 04 2010 09:17 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: looney_tunes]
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If the answer was a verb, give us the top three verb descriptions (make tht four since I'm daydreaming) A noun, the top ones. or if less than four total, verb, noun adj & adverb. The space is already alotted. The Processor looks at all the answers when it surveys, so no extra time. Just a matter of telling (Strike that, it may have become sentient so:) politely ask the Computer to display X sub n up to n = 4.
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#555715 - Mon Oct 04 2010 09:17 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: looney_tunes]
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Extra 's'

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#555750 - Tue Oct 05 2010 02:29 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mike32768]
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I believe I found another error

11. Blackjack
Your answer: exert pressure on someone through threats

The question should have been blackmail not blackjack...

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#555753 - Tue Oct 05 2010 02:46 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: blisters]
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That's what I thought, too, but here's a link to a definition that shows that sense of blackjack:

http://www.answers.com/topic/blackjack

A blackjack is a leather-coated bludgeon used as a hand weapon. As a verb, it means to hit or threaten with such a weapon. The metaphorical extension to apply to other forms of coercion is clear, although I haven't taken the time to trace it thoroughly.
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#555766 - Tue Oct 05 2010 05:33 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: looney_tunes]
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Some of the definitions do seem odd and certainly not in common usage in the UK. I usually find elimination works, and if it doesn't there's always another quiz in an hour.
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#555820 - Tue Oct 05 2010 12:00 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: rossian]
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Not only some definitions seem odd. Some of the words have quite limited use, too. Have anyone of you ever heard of the word "shilallah"?
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