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#678523 - Thu Jan 05 2012 01:36 PM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: abechstein]
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Another pair of interchangeable definitions:

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charcoal burner is related to worker

You said: working man

charcoal burner means "a worker whose job is to make charcoal"
worker means "a person who works at a specific occupation"

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bagger is related to working man

You said: worker

bagger means "a workman employed to pack things into containers"
working man means "an employee who performs manual or industrial labor"

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#682134 - Wed Jan 18 2012 11:16 AM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: Jakeroo]
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Got this today:

The opposite of plume is undercharge

You said: essential

plume means "rip off"
undercharge means "charge (someone) too little money"


That's all fine and dandy - except that neither of the definitions appeared as choices at all (and undercharge wasn't there as a word to define the opposite of) so I just had to pick from what was there. I've posted this example but there was another word with the same problem in the same set of 10 "opposites". I've noticed this before but always though it was just me - definitions definitely not there today!

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#682438 - Thu Jan 19 2012 07:41 AM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: Mink]
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Sorry if this was posted previously, but it totally screwed me up, and I don't know if it's a typo or what:

gambling hell is related to edifice



You said: place

gambling hell means "a public building in which a variety of games of chance can be played (operated as a business)"
edifice means "a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place"

The definition of "gambling HELL" does not fit the definition given. It would fit for "gambling HALL", however. Is this a typo or not? Either way, something needs to be fixed! :0(

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#682531 - Thu Jan 19 2012 11:30 AM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
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The definition of "gambling HELL" does not fit the definition given. It would fit for "gambling HALL", however.

"Gambling hell" may be an old-fashioned expression, but it's in the Oxford English Dictionary, and I'm sure I've come across it in Victorian writers.
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#686218 - Thu Feb 02 2012 04:56 AM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: TabbyTom]
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western United States is related to geographic area

You said: geographic region

western United States means "the region of the United States lying to the west of the Mississippi River"
geographic area means "a demarcated area of the Earth"



zone is related to geographic region

You said: geographic area

zone means "a circumscribed geographical region characterized by some distinctive features"
geographic region means "a demarcated area of the Earth"



I thought there might be a subtle distinction between a geographic region and a geographic area, but the definitions are exactly the same.
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#686245 - Thu Feb 02 2012 06:04 AM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: TabbyTom]
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Totally agree, Tabby. This was one where flipping a coin would have given you a 50-50 chance at being wrong! Those two options should never have been in the same set.
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#773903 - Mon Feb 27 2012 03:59 PM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: shuehorn]
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A pair of interchangeables, not to be in the same set.

street child is related to minor
You said: nipper

street child means "a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned"
minor means "a young person of either sex"

urchin is related to nipper
You said: minor

urchin means "poor and often mischievous city child"
nipper means "a young person of either sex"

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#774594 - Wed Feb 29 2012 07:37 PM Error on Mind Melt 2-29-2012 - question set 12
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On the first set of questions the answer provided for a specialist in child care was PODIATRIST. This would be a foot doctor. The correct answer should have been Pediatrician.

Thanks!

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#780611 - Wed Mar 21 2012 11:34 PM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: ktwin1]
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Does this smell fishy to anyone?


GET A WHIFF: is smell strongly and intensely

You said: perceive by inhaling through the nose; "sniff the perfume"


WHIFF: is perceive by inhaling through the nose; "sniff the perfume"

You said: smell strongly and intensely

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#780624 - Thu Mar 22 2012 12:35 AM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: ITSOUNO11]
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Everybody knows to whiff means to strike out (3 strikes) in baseball. So, when a pitcher 'gets a whiff', it means he struck someone out and one more tally is added to his strike out total. Fishy indeed as in smell the ambergris rather than sniff the perfume!
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#780633 - Thu Mar 22 2012 01:28 AM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: mehaul]
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Great "ambergris" analogy, Mehaul! Not to many opportunities to use that word.

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#780650 - Thu Mar 22 2012 06:23 AM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: Ghosttowner]
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I have reset the topic title to what it is supposed to be.

Type the problem as a reply, please do not alter topic title.
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#780913 - Thu Mar 22 2012 08:59 PM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: sue943]
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OK, I really don't get why these pairs were matched:

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turnoff is related to stimulant

You said: take aback

turnoff means "something causing antagonism or loss of interest"
stimulant means "any stimulating information or event"

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I always thought that something which causes "loss of interest" is the opposite of a "stimulant". Unless, I guess, a turnoff stimulates you to lose stimulation, which seems absurd to me.

And the other "proper" match:

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startle is related to take aback

You said: stimulant

startle means "to stimulate to action "
take aback means "surprise greatly"

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Something which stimulates to action isn't a stimulant? What? Now, I admit that the difference in the part of speech between "startle" and "stimulant" should have been a clue that the game wasn't matching that pair, but, it being the "relationships" section and all, I thought there could be some flexibility. Something that turns you off certainly takes you aback, and something that startles you certainly stimulates you. I think this needs some adjusting, which is odd, because it's always been my experience that if a a form of the word given as one of the choices is included in the definition, the game will match that word with that definition -- I know I've complained about it before as an overly simplistic way of creating matches. I guess my mind really is melting because of this game!

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#780966 - Fri Mar 23 2012 04:42 AM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: abechstein]
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Another pair of interchangeable definitions in today's Set 19 (Relationships):

rotgut is related to inebriant

rotgut means "any alcoholic beverage of inferior quality"
inebriant means "a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent"

proof spirit is related to intoxicant

proof spirit means "a mixture containing half alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit"
intoxicant means "a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent"
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#782329 - Wed Mar 28 2012 11:12 PM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: TabbyTom]
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I thought this pairing was quite strange today:

epicranium means "the muscle and aponeurosis and skin covering the cranium"
body covering means "any covering for the body or a body part"

The latter is referring to any outside body parts, isn't it?

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#782410 - Thu Mar 29 2012 08:33 AM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: cairnster]
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From the Relationship section:

a**-kisser is related to toady

a**-kisser means "someone who humbles himself as a sign of respect"
toady means "a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage"


I think a word like that should be removed because of its vulgarity.

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#782585 - Thu Mar 29 2012 10:25 PM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: cairnster]
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Quote:
sift is related to travel


sift means "move as if through a sieve"
travel means "change location"


Quite a long bow being drawn, methinks!
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#782603 - Fri Mar 30 2012 12:22 AM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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^ hehe, I had the same today and thought exactly the same.

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#782703 - Fri Mar 30 2012 12:24 PM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: cairnster]
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There are some words you can link to almost anything. "Change location", "Altering", "Person"... If I see one of those, I try and link the other ones first and then go back to these catch-all words.
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#782708 - Fri Mar 30 2012 12:36 PM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: JanIQ]
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That is a really smart tactic, Jan. Thanks!
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#787537 - Thu Apr 19 2012 11:57 AM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: shuehorn]
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Quote:
The opposite of uprise is descend

You said: descent

uprise means "move upward"
descend means "move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way"


The opposite of upgrade is descent

You said: descend

upgrade means "an upward slope or grade (as in a road)"
descent means "a downward slope or bend"

I probably should have figured out uprise was a verb, not a noun, even though upgrade could be either.

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#788046 - Sat Apr 21 2012 05:31 AM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: TimBentley]
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Presumably just a typo in the set I just completed:

"prewpub" - combination brewery and restaurant; beer is brewed for consumption on the premises and served along with food.

Meant to be brewpub??

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#789270 - Wed Apr 25 2012 05:42 PM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: MikeMaster99]
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Could we have some checking to see that closely related words are not used on the same day?

On of today's antonyms was "enter" and another was "get in".

Thanks for the coin flip.

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#790529 - Mon Apr 30 2012 09:41 AM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: DocWhispers]
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Here are the two I missed today...

surfer is related to bather



You said: water sport

surfer means "someone who engages in surfboarding"
bather means "a person who travels through the water by swimming"

swimming is related to water sport



You said: bather

swimming means "the act of swimming"
water sport means "sports that involve bodies of water"

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#790756 - Mon Apr 30 2012 08:45 PM Re: Mind Melt - Content Issues [Re: dumb_bunny]
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The match the game gives is clearly the best way to match these, since surfer and bather oboth refer to a person who is engaged in an activity, while swimming and water sport both refer to the activity.
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