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November 12, 2013 in EQC, Games, Quizzes

A relaxing image, from one of the answers below.

A relaxing image, from one of the answers below.

Here’s a quick post, the purpose of which is mostly to give you the answers to the questions I posted last Friday.

First, though, here are a few links I spotted over the weekend which might be of interest.

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GeoGuessr: dropping you right in it

June 21, 2013 in Culture, Games

xkcd-geoguessrHave you tried out GeoGuessr yet?

It’s a brilliant web game built on Google’s Street View technology. Wikipedia tells me it was launched on May 9th this year by Swedish IT consultant Anton Wallén.

Here’s how Anton’s game works: you get dropped onto a random spot on Earth and you simply have to guess where you are (by clicking on the map on the right of the screen). You can’t leave Street View, so you can’t simply cheat and get the map view up! You must travel up and/or down the road, looking for clues which will lead you to an educated guess.

Rarely (very rarely) you will be able to say exactly where you are. For instance, I virtually arrived at Lenin’s Mausoleum at one point! For the rest of the time though, I trawled around, generally going through this thought process.

  • English language roadsigns!
  • They drive on the right…
  • Distances are in kilometers…
  • So it’s… Canada?

Thing is, even then you’re not done as Canada is a pretty big country and you score points in GeoGuessr based on how near or far away your guess is. Picking Vancouver, when the actual location is on Prince Edward Island, is almost as bad as picking Ireland!

Each game on GeoGuessr involves five locations and after you’ve given them your best shot you can send off that set via email to your friends to see how they compare.
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Something to pass the time (answers)

August 10, 2011 in Games

Right, you’ve all had long enough.  Here is the solution to the crossword posted on Monday in Something to pass the time (9).

Hopefully, you didn’t need to resort to one of these gadgets to get it finished.

I also hope some glaring error didn’t crop up. 🙂

Answers after the click.

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Something to pass the time (9)

August 8, 2011 in Culture, Games

Throughout the Spring I did some part-time work for a local newspaper.  For two of the weeks I was helping out, the paper’s crossword compiler was on holiday and I offered my services.

The first week, things didn’t go so well.  I messed up and forgot to include one of the clues. Oops!  Still two readers did manage to complete the crossword up to that clue.  One of them even had a guess at what the missing word was!

The second week things went much better and, as there’s nothing going on in the world of quizzing right now, I’m going to attach the grid and clues onto this post.  Click the ‘Continue…’ to give them a go.

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Playing along at home

October 12, 2009 in Games, Quiz Show

PlayYourCardsRightAs you must now be aware, this blog primarily concerns itself with my experiences on the table quiz circuit. By now you also know that’s just as  glamourous as it sounds!

Well, just like any good pro (or determined amateur), I find that it’s impossible to put the brain to rest just because you’re not actually taking part in a competitive event.

The sport similie breaks down at this point though as I’ve never been the type who prepares for quizzing like it’s a sporting event.  I’ve known some – reading through almanacs and encyclopaedia on their spare time. One day, when I was in college, I popped into a service station to pick up some sweets to find a quizzing acquaintance working the till.  It had been a quiet afternoon for him, obviously, as he had a copy of that year’s Who’s Who open on the counter.  Not my idea of a fun read.

So, obviously I play along with other quizzing endeavour when I can.  Here are some of my favourites.

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