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#548017 - Sun Aug 29 2010 01:02 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JanIQ]
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14. Invigilate
Your answer: as of students taking an exam, to prevent cheating

I think 'watch over' or some such needs to be added to the above definition.

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#548023 - Sun Aug 29 2010 01:25 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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13. Caught in European waters
Your answer: scampo

Another incomplete fish. A complete version might be:

Caught in European waters; slenderer than the American lobster

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Edited by JMElston (Sun Aug 29 2010 01:25 PM)
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#548762 - Thu Sep 02 2010 11:36 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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I posted this in the wrong place the first time. Hopefully this one will work!

Is there any possibility of having a second list of standings based on average score only for those of us who can only play 3-4 times a day? I'm currently at no. 108 and at least 25 ahead of me have lower average scores.

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#549216 - Sat Sep 04 2010 09:15 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Question: Hit violently, as in an attack

Answer: lace into

One of the other 5 options: pommel

Definition of the verb "pommel" from dictionary.com "to beat or strike with or as if with the fists or a pommel"

Therefore suggest this is removed from the list of "wrong" answers for this question please.

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#550374 - Fri Sep 10 2010 08:31 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: veryeavy]
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Just a typo:

"Immovability: no capable of being moved or rearranged"

It looks like it should be "noT capable of being moved or rearranged".

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#550412 - Sat Sep 11 2010 02:10 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: abechstein]
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4. Vena_epigastrica_superficialis

Your answer: empties into the great saphenous vein

1. Empties into the external iliac vein

Your answer: vena epigastrica inferior

These seem incomplete to me, but various dictionaries have the exact same definition. I would add 'vein which ', but perhaps that is redundant.

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Edited by JMElston (Thu Sep 16 2010 01:12 PM)
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#550483 - Sat Sep 11 2010 02:04 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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4. Grossness

Your answer: a state characterized by foul or disgusting dirt and refuse

a state characterized by foul or disgusting dirt and refuse is the definition for "nastiness"

The correct answer was the quality of lacking taste and refinement


If it is lacking in taste, it fails to be gross. Sorry, but that is the truth.

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#550563 - Sun Sep 12 2010 06:07 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Anton]
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9. Adjustable_wrench

Your answer: can be changed to different settings

While true the definition is incomplete. Including 'tool that' or something similar would help.

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#550593 - Sun Sep 12 2010 11:26 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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9. Sound is not amplified by electrical means

Your answer: acoustic guitar

A similar incomplete definition. Adding 'musical instrument whose' or something like that to the definition would complete it.

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#550605 - Sun Sep 12 2010 12:14 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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....__..____. _ ..___, Sorry, just doing my imitation of a non-electric, acoustic guitar. Shall I turn up the volume on the external amplifier?
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#550956 - Mon Sep 13 2010 09:10 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mehaul]
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I bumped into this and wondered if it was an instumentation question:

11. the pilot ins charge of an airship (answer: captain)



A typo with the extra 's' in 'ins' I presume?

I
__G________
__E________
__N________
__U________
__F________
__L_E_C_T__

In thanks


Edited by mehaul (Mon Sep 13 2010 09:12 PM)
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#551070 - Tue Sep 14 2010 09:08 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mehaul]
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Typo: 11. A speaker with an unusually laoud voice

Your answer: stentor

Should be "loud"
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#551217 - Wed Sep 15 2010 12:12 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: LeoDaVinci]
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1. Double_feature

Your answer: two instead of one

Although many of the online dictionaries seem to have copied the above defintion a more complete version would be something like:

a movie program with two main films - from Websters 11th.

a programme showing two full-length films - from thefreedictionary.com

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#551370 - Wed Sep 15 2010 06:45 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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3. Club_sandwich

Your answer: made with three slices of usually toasted bread

This may be ok, but I'd prefer something like:

snack of three slices of bread with two layers of meat

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#551431 - Thu Sep 16 2010 05:12 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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5. The quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability
Your answer: good-neighbourliness

good-neighbourliness means "a disposition to be friendly and helpful to neighbors"

The correct answer was chumminess

I ran across "good-neighbourliness" first and it seemed to fit well. I should have checked further, I suppose, but then I would have had a toss-up.

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#551453 - Thu Sep 16 2010 07:07 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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13. A feeling facetious merriment

Your answer: jocularity

The definition is missing a word or two. Perhaps "A feeling of facetious merriment" would suffice.

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#551543 - Thu Sep 16 2010 02:46 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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In this hours Word Wizard this was posed: 11. Purple_Heart

said it was a longlasting barbiturate used for sedation.



From Wikipedia (Note no cap in Heart, no underline between the two terms and the use of a plural:::
"Purple hearts", slang term for dexamyl, an obsolete antidepressant occasionally used as a recreational drug"

To many people a Purple Heart is a medal earned in service to country where the recipient's blood was spilled. This derogatory use of the term, as stated by wikipedia, is obsolete, now serves no functional role in current language and perhaps that definition should be dropped. Was the underline in the middle used to covertly separate it from the honorable use?





Edited for to do separation between the Wiki bit and commente moi.


Edited by mehaul (Thu Sep 16 2010 03:34 PM)
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#551573 - Thu Sep 16 2010 03:32 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mehaul]
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For whatever reason, the answer screen places an underscore between multiple-word entries when they are displayed. I don't know the reason for this, but it's been true for every one I've seen.

I also don't see the slang as being all that derogatory. I have a great deal of respect for soldiers who have earned the Purple Heart, but I don't see that a 60's slang term for a kind of speed, which incidentally references a military medal, is really all that disrespectful. "Christmas Trees" was slang for the Dexamyl Spansule (the long-acting capsule form). Should we ban this term as being derogatory to the birth of Christ? Also, just because the commercial drug is discontinued doesn't mean the slang referring to it ceases to exist.

Generally speaking, I don't think any words should be excluded from the database.

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#551574 - Thu Sep 16 2010 03:40 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: abechstein]
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You missed the capping the "H" in hearts which to me indicates the medal. The lower case would be fine if always lower and the plural also was used all the time when wanting the drug to be the item. But "Purple Heart" means one thing not both and that's the recognition of service above and beyond the call of duty.
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#551576 - Thu Sep 16 2010 03:58 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mehaul]
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Purple Heart as a medal means nothing to me. I've heard of it of course but I've no idea where to place it in my mental image of what medals mean in terms of what it takes to get one.

Purple Heart as a term for a drug means nothing to me either. I've heard of it but as I don't do drugs about the level of an aspirin I've no experience of it.

I've heard of both meanings - that doesn't mean any disrespect to the first, nor approval of the second. I guess it just means I stand more chance of getting the word when it comes up. wink

The use of capitals can't be relied on to mean anything - I've seen places and people's names in this game, in lower case.
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#551600 - Thu Sep 16 2010 05:18 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: flopsymopsy]
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Purple Heart = a medal; Purple Hearts = multiple medals

Purple heart = a pill in heart shape; Purple hearts = drugs


Placing the second term in caps is an honorific usually reserved for things of significant note. Ex: Green Beret = Highly trained soldier; Green beret = a hat.
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#551607 - Thu Sep 16 2010 05:23 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mehaul]
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If it puts a name or title in lower case, such as england sic, then it will do what it likes to a medal. It shouldn't but it will. This is not a classy dictionary, it's a free online dictionary with no grammar.
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#551634 - Thu Sep 16 2010 07:00 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: flopsymopsy]
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Flopsy's right on this one -- there are pages all over the internet which don't observe standardized capitalization rules. The fourth result in a Google search for "dexamyl" yields this page: "Dexamyl : dextroamphetamine with amobarbital ; 'Purple Hearts'".

I've never seen a WW question which depends on the capitalization of one word.

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#551636 - Thu Sep 16 2010 07:10 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: abechstein]
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wink I'm just in shock, stunned, flabbergasted. A family-oriented website with a Word Wizard entry of...

A demanding woman who destroys men's confidence.

The word? BALL-BREAKER

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#551637 - Thu Sep 16 2010 07:10 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: abechstein]
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15. A demanding woman who destroys men's confidence

Your answer: ball-breaker

Maybe this is technically correct, but I find the wording and the terminology highly offensive.

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