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#510747 - Sun Jul 11 2010 02:13 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: pyonir]
Midget40 Offline
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I guess it makes a difference out of which dictionary the word was taken from. In Australia (which uses mostly UK English) we ask for the bill at a restaurant. We may use a 'cheque' to pay for a bill but 'check' in relation to a bill or money owed has no correlation what-so-ever so it makes perfect sense to me that it was incorrect.

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#510748 - Mon Jul 12 2010 11:07 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Midget40]
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I noticed a grammatical error in a Word Wizard game.

"a saying that widely accepted on its own merits"

The answer is axiom

There should be an "is" between "that" and "widely".

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#510749 - Mon Jul 12 2010 04:12 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: evil44]
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This is just a shame; I guessed wrong:

5. voidance
~share the feelings of
~the property of an attractively thin person
~a prominent supporter
~eliminate (substances) from the body
~the act of removing the contents of something
~reversal of normal word order (as in `cheese i love')

Not fair, I cry!

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#510750 - Mon Jul 12 2010 05:09 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
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voidANCE is the act of removing the contents of ANYthing, whereas voidING is getting rid of bodily waste material. Close? Yes, but still different enough to select one over the other.
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#510751 - Tue Jul 13 2010 08:22 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Jakeroo]
twosleepy Offline
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Again, too much hair-splitting going on, and too close to be included together:

12. serious trouble
~deep water
~prodigality
~passe-partout
~peril
~fragrance
~challenge

In fact, I chose the "correct" answer initially, then changed it to the "incorrect" answer because the one I had chosen could mean several things, but my second choice has only one meaning. Screwed by my own logic. *sigh*

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#510752 - Tue Jul 13 2010 11:42 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
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I question this one:

"work out" correct answer is germinate.

I guessed wrong but began searching. Went through a dozen on-line dictionaries and found 55 definitions of "work out" and never was germinate listed anywhere. I was wondering where this came from? I always like researching missed answers afterword and this is the first one in three years where I could not find any reference what the quiz said was the correct answer.

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#510753 - Wed Jul 14 2010 03:59 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Ghosttowner]
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I find it best to start with:

http://www.onelook.com/

Most if not all FT words/definitions (esp. typos & odd words) turn up in LookWayUp or RhymeZone.

http://lookwayup.com/lwu.exe/lwu/d?s=f&w=germinate#v/249716

[verb] work out; as of a theory or an idea.

Happy WW Trivia!
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#510754 - Wed Jul 14 2010 05:19 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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A useful general tip if you can't find a definition of one side ('work out') that seems to match is to look up the other half ('germinate') and look the the match in part of one of its alternative definitions. That would get you to where JMElston's links show the connection, and often helps when the 'forwards' definitions don't seem to be getting anywhere.
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#510755 - Wed Jul 14 2010 11:34 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: looney_tunes]
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Thanks, appreciate the advice!

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#510756 - Wed Jul 14 2010 08:22 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Ghosttowner]
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Pusher-An unlicensed
dealer in illegal drugs.
There be Licensed dealers
in illegal drugs??
Just Saying.

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#510757 - Wed Jul 14 2010 09:47 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Ghosttowner]
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Quote:

I guessed wrong but began searching. Went through a dozen on-line dictionaries and found 55 definitions of "work out" and never was germinate listed anywhere. I was wondering where this came from? I always like researching missed answers afterword and this is the first one in three years where I could not find any reference what the quiz said was the correct answer.




I do the same! The first place I look now is The Free Dictionary. It never fails me. Yours is there:

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/germinate

Scroll down to the Thesaurus entries, #2.

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#510758 - Fri Jul 16 2010 03:51 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
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9. Two instead of one
Your answer: split

split means "a bottle containing half the usual amount"

The correct answer was twin bill



A bit confusing, methinks.
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#510759 - Fri Jul 16 2010 06:50 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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Maybe it's because I worked in restaurants for so long, but I'd immediately match bottle/split - it's by far the best match of those given.

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#510760 - Sun Jul 18 2010 08:21 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: agony]
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This one is totally wrong:

Last_resort

Answer: French for "worst going".

What? "last resort" is not French no matter how you look at it! Sheesh! :0(

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#510761 - Sun Jul 18 2010 08:44 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
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This entry is an example of an incomplete entry from an online dictionary. It's not been uncommon for the full text of the entry for a given word or phrase to be truncated on the answer screen.

The definition of "last resort" from freedictionary.org:

1. an expedient adopted only in desperation;
- Example: "`pis aller' is French for `worst going'"
[syn: pis aller, last resort]

That being said, I don't even understand why the example is being used in the first place. How does the usage of "pis aller" illustrate the meaning of "last resort"?

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#510762 - Mon Jul 19 2010 01:11 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: abechstein]
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Just had a strange thing happen on Word Wizard. Quiz came up and only showed the first two questions and nothing below it. Nothing I could do about it but it sure won't help that average!

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#510763 - Mon Jul 19 2010 06:58 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Ghosttowner]
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10. Ofactory_impairment
Your answer: a disorder in the sense of smell




Should be olfactory.
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#510764 - Wed Jul 21 2010 07:11 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Ghosttowner]
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Quote:

Just had a strange thing happen on Word Wizard. Quiz came up and only showed the first two questions and nothing below it. Nothing I could do about it but it sure won't help that average!




There are a few things you can try:

1. Reload the page
2. Go back, then click again
3. Don't submit (it won't be recorded)

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#510765 - Thu Jul 22 2010 04:57 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
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14. Casement
Your answer: a window shash that is hinged (usually on one side)




Should be sash.
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#510766 - Fri Jul 30 2010 07:54 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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9. Get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
Your answer: canvas



The answer should be canvass. Canvas is a tough fabric, or an artist's workplace.
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#510767 - Fri Aug 06 2010 12:05 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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12. Spinach
Your answer: dark green leaves

While true this seems incomplete. The full entry should be:

Spinach: dark green leaves; eaten cooked or raw in salads.

Happy(?) Word Wizard Trivia!


Edited by JMElston (Fri Aug 06 2010 12:07 PM)
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#510768 - Sat Aug 07 2010 04:07 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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"spirt" to move quickly - think this should be "spurt"

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#510769 - Sat Aug 07 2010 11:05 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: sherry1946]
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While the spelling "spurt" may be more familiar to most folks, the word "spirt" is listed in 19 different dictionaries as one of the following definitions:

noun: the occurrence of a sudden discharge (as of liquid)
verb: gush forth in a sudden stream or jet
verb: move or act with a sudden increase in speed or energy
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#510770 - Mon Aug 09 2010 06:31 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Jakeroo]
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15. Sclaff

The correct answer was strike (a gold ball) such that the ground is scraped first




'gold' should be 'golf'.
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#510771 - Mon Aug 09 2010 04:32 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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You mean you DON'T play with gold golf balls?
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