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Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby seanw » Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:21 am

If anyone wants to provide a nudge toward solving the geography metapuzzle, I'd be grateful. I'm happy to talk about all the blind alleys I've gone down, if you need help feeling sorry for me.
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby rockgolf » Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:57 am

Sorry, I can't help. I've got all the other pieces of the metapuzzle, but not the flags one.

I thought it had something to do with the colors which were replaced. But I can't find a color-to-letter alphabet. I think the world of the instructions (Note that all the colors but one have resisted this change to black, though the flag may originally have black.) are supposed to provide an obscure clue, but I can't work it out.

I've tried every letter position in the countries, forward backward, and based on the number of colors originally in or left in the flag. Nada.
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby seanw » Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:01 pm

I thought perhaps it might be like ******, so I looked at the answers simply as a field of colors, including alphabets as you suggest, but, yeah, nowhere. (Could it be, I wished, a 3 pixel by 5 pixel rendering *of a flag*? But no.)

I thought about parsing the note very carefully ("all the colors but one have resisted ...") and so contemplated the missing color, which would be purple, but: to no end.

I've tried to do obscure math with stars, moons and crosses.

I've rearranged sets and subsets in spectrum order, and used spectrum order to pick out individual letters.

I've tried to daisy-chain the colors together.

The title emphasized "independent countries" so I looked for common imperial antecedents, and I likewise split secondary colors into their independent primary components. No.

Those are probably an equal number of less reasonable pathways that I've spent as much or more time on.
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby marpocky » Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:25 pm

rockgolf wrote:I think the world of the instructions (Note that all the colors but one have resisted this change to black, though the flag may originally have black.) are supposed to provide an obscure clue, but I can't work it out.


I don't think that's meant to be a clue, just an awkward clarification that only one color has changed to black, although any pre-existing black is *still* black.

I don't have this one or 5 others, and most of the ones I don't have I really have no clue.
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby seanw » Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:58 pm

marpocky, I'm happy to nudge if you want to be nudged.
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby marpocky » Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:12 pm

seanw wrote:marpocky, I'm happy to nudge if you want to be nudged.


Nudges (but no more, so far) would be great on the Just for Fun, Language, Television, and Gaming puzzles. I also am still stuck on the Geography one. I have completed all of the quizzes themselves.

I figured out what I was doing wrong on the Entertainers one earlier. There was a weird sort of accidental red herring.
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby rockgolf » Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:31 am

On Geography,
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the awkward word in the instructions is there for a very definite reason.

In Gaming,
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it's not quite a complete substitution.

In TV,
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the actors listed in many cases have been in more series, but those weren't included.

In JFF,
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the highlighted cells can be arranged light to dark

In Language,
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the Word Ladders can be looped.
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby marpocky » Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:32 am

rockgolf wrote:In Gaming,
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it's not quite a complete substitution.

In JFF,
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the highlighted cells can be arranged light to dark

In Language,
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the Word Ladders can be looped.


Solved these 3, thank you. On language, I noticed that property, but not in the right way.

rockgolf wrote:On Geography,
Spoiler: show
the awkward word in the instructions is there for a very definite reason.

In TV,
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the actors listed in many cases have been in more series, but those weren't included.



I now have a very specific idea for what to do with Geography, but it still gives me a bunch of nonsense. I'll keep thinking. For TV, I suspect I just have a lot of research to do, which was my inclination earlier on but I didn't want to go down that road if it was much simpler than that. Thanks!
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby seanw » Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:49 am

marpocky, for Television,

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No further research is needed. Everything you need is on the page. The question to ask yourself is, "LA Law, NYPD Blue, West Wing, Dexter" -- that's obviously Jimmy Smits. So why'd sproutcm include a forgotten squib of a show like Outlaw?
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby rockgolf » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:16 am

Or "Cane".

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Which particular shows are selected from an actor's TV career are purely arbitrary. All that matters is how many were selected.
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby seanw » Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:59 pm

Also, marpocky, I don't know how you earn your keep, but: As a mechanical engineer, I feel slightly ashamed that it took me as long as it did to get Geography.

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If I was an electrical engineer, I might have had my diploma rescinded.
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby marpocky » Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:46 pm

seanw wrote:Also, marpocky, I don't know how you earn your keep, but: As a mechanical engineer, I feel slightly ashamed that it took me as long as it did to get Geography.

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If I was an electrical engineer, I might have had my diploma rescinded.


I'm definitely on the right track then. I just haven't gotten this path to yield anything intelligible.
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby marpocky » Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:50 pm

seanw wrote:marpocky, for Television,

Spoiler: show
No further research is needed. Everything you need is on the page. The question to ask yourself is, "LA Law, NYPD Blue, West Wing, Dexter" -- that's obviously Jimmy Smits. So why'd sproutcm include a forgotten squib of a show like Outlaw?


rockgolf wrote:Or "Cane".

Spoiler: show
Which particular shows are selected from an actor's TV career are purely arbitrary. All that matters is how many were selected.


I should have gotten this, considering a few obvious omissions and bizarre inclusions. Thanks. Back to staring at Geography.

EDIT: It was the same *@#& trick!
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby marpocky » Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:37 pm

Thanks to you gents, I became the 127th person to finish the hunt! Thanks again.
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby jwsinclair » Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:51 am

Anyone care to offer a hint on the movies puzzle? I could rival seanw's second comment with all the dead ends I've gone down trying to figure that one out.
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby geniusonwheels » Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:45 pm

jwsinclair wrote:Anyone care to offer a hint on the movies puzzle? I could rival seanw's second comment with all the dead ends I've gone down trying to figure that one out.


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It would help if you weren't JUST color blind....
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby seanw » Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:24 pm

I would have left the same Movies clue. If you need another,

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The metaclue is only three letters.
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby jwsinclair » Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:28 pm

Thanks! I actually got it from geniusonwheels' hint, but I was this close to asking for more help.
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby bwouns » Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:51 pm

I'm just getting into this. I have all except Geography, Miscellaneous, and Religion.
Here is my thinking so far. I'm hoping someone can point out if and how I'm off base.

For Geography:
Spoiler: show
I'm guessing it has something to do with the color coding of resistors, but can't figure out how to convert them into a word.


For Miscellaneous:
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Each group has one that doesn't really belong
-Hadrian is not a pope
-Siam is not a modern name
-Hassium is not an Actinide or Lanthanide
-Lome is missing an accent mark
-Andromeda is a northern constellation. The rest are southern.
-Romeo is not the final word of a Shakespeare title
-Inch is not metric
-Electrode is not 1st generation Pokemon
-Lexus is not a European make
I don't know if all these are right, but I'm guessing the answer is an anagram of the initial letters of the odd answers.


For Religion:
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I've noticed that Isaiah is clued twice. One of its clues is "A word that is 2/3 vowels", so I'm guessing the answer is as well?
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby marpocky » Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:13 pm

bwouns wrote:I'm just getting into this. I have all except Geography, Miscellaneous, and Religion.
Here is my thinking so far. I'm hoping someone can point out if and how I'm off base.

For Geography:
Spoiler: show
I'm guessing it has something to do with the color coding of resistors, but can't figure out how to convert them into a word.


For Miscellaneous:
Spoiler: show
Each group has one that doesn't really belong
-Hadrian is not a pope
-Siam is not a modern name
-Hassium is not an Actinide or Lanthanide
-Lome is missing an accent mark
-Andromeda is a northern constellation. The rest are southern.
-Romeo is not the final word of a Shakespeare title
-Inch is not metric
-Electrode is not 1st generation Pokemon
-Lexus is not a European make
I don't know if all these are right, but I'm guessing the answer is an anagram of the initial letters of the odd answers.


For Religion:
Spoiler: show
I've noticed that Isaiah is clued twice. One of its clues is "A word that is 2/3 vowels", so I'm guessing the answer is as well?


Geography:
Spoiler: show
You're on the right track. The specific countries used were not arbitrary.


Misc:
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This is making it far more complicated than necessary. There's no intentional "odd one out" (for instance, Siam is completely in line with the other 3, if you know the right category). Again, the choice of words in each category is not arbitrary.


Religion:
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Nothing special about Isaiah other than it needed to be used twice and no other book could fulfill its role. As you might be beginning to sense, the choice of books included in the quiz is not arbitrary.
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby bwouns » Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:05 pm

Thanks. I finished with badge #133.
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Re: Hanging head in shame re: Sporcle Puzzle Hunt

Postby marpocky » Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:59 am

ec2tc3 wrote:There is a new one. http://www.sporcle.com/games/SIA/sets-missing-one

I'm stuck if anyone can give some tips!!!


The quiz itself is quite straightforward. Have you finished that?

What to do next is also pretty simple, actually.
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