Quiz of the Day: Lana Del Rey would approve

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All right, who put these flowers on my head? It’s not funny you know…

Video Games Missing a Letter

You always had a feeling he’d break into the Weekly Top Ten somewhere down the line, and right at the death, here’s bhenderson79 with his latest masterpiece.

If you’re expecting another visual showstopper, however, you may be disappointed, as this is a clickable quiz: but what it lacks in aesthetics it more than makes up for in entertainment. The descriptions for each video game that seems to have lost a letter, particularly Gran Theft Auto, left me with a dilemma: should I try and finish the quiz, or just give in to hysterical laughter? Fortunately, the former prevailed, but it was a close-run thing.

Perhaps coincidentally, I had made a similar quiz without knowing about this one: the only difference being that my quiz involves changing a letter rather than missing one out. I may well go and flesh mine out a bit, as a Gaming Publish still eludes me: but I’ll have to go some to match the hilarity of Bill’s most recent triumph!

Honorable mentions must go to African Flag Maps by michaelgeorgebar for its stunning visuals and Which President Was Born First? by Rackie, who is on an excellent Publishing streak of late. It’s going to make choosing my Weekly Top Ten more challenging than a Minefield Quiz on Game of Thrones…

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Quiz of the Day (11/03/17): The Hangman Cometh

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Starts with H, Ends with N

Wondering what’s so great about this quiz? Well have I got noose for you!

Having had my little gripe about a quiz he had Published earlier in the week, it seems only fair that I commend BillyJoelRulez (our esteemed Gaming Editor) for this Publish that is utterly flawless in its… execution, shall we say. Indeed, there can be no quibbles with the timer on this Language quiz, with a generous eight minutes given to the player. Have you ever made a cup of tea whilst playing a Sporcle quiz? Because you probably could with this one (as if the British need an excuse to make a cup of tea).

Moreover, there’s an excellent variety of vocabulary in here with some words that should be used more often in conversation and some words I’d never heard of. It was also reassuring to know that I was not playing an actual game of Hangman, as that would have raised the stakes to an alarming level. Few games increase the tension in a room quite like Hangman (with the obvious exception of Monopoly).

I’d also like to highlight Just the Blue: Sports Logos by former Geography Editor RobPro, mainly because a) I like Sports and b) I like the colour blue. Double the enjoyment for this Sporcler!

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Quiz of the Day (10/03/17): Is this ’bout plant life? Is this Biology?

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The microscope’s been around for years: when will someone invent the macroscope, I wonder?

Biology Quiz (Multiple Choice)

Ah, Biology: a subject I discarded nearly twelve years ago. How fitting, then, that I got 12/20 on this quiz. Even the Multiple Choice element could not assist me in getting a higher score. (I also got a B in Biology, which at least shows that my spelling was on point, doesn’t it?)

Multiple Choice quizzes are a relatively new concept to Sporcle, but that’s not to say there aren’t many of them: I myself have somehow made 18 in the span of three months, so you get an idea of their increasing numbers. This is part of the reason why awesomeness365 should be pleased with this Publish, as I believe that the Sporcle Admin are only putting particularly good Multiple Choice quizzes on the Homepage at this moment in time. Indeed, this is only the fifth Multiple Choice quiz in the Science Category to be Published: though perhaps this latest Publish will inspire our Curator for Blitz to make similar quizzes for Physics and Chemistry. We shall see!

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My First Publish: DesertSpartan

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This is the best game of Guess Who I’ve ever seen!

Welcome back to another installment of ‘My First Publish’!
This week we’re featuring Music Editor DesertSpartan, who’s had his quizzes featured on the homepage for quite some time now…

When did it happen?

My first publish occurred on October 14, 2013. The quiz was created on September 1, 2013, just over a year after I created my first quiz.

How did you come up with the idea?

The quiz was called “Name the Historical Figure Who…”, it was the first quiz in one of my first series. I honestly don’t remember how I came up with the idea, but it was very ambitious for me. It was my first ever History quiz, although my created quizzes shows one with an earlier creation date, that quiz was a subsequently reworked quiz from a different category. For some reason, I have always felt that History and Science quizzes should be personally held to a higher standard than the other categories.

How long did it take to make, and did you expect it to be published?

This was one of the quizzes I spent the most time on. I spent several hours creating the quiz and then released it. At the time I had just one prior EP and one CP and had just started to communicate with other quiz creators. ‘needapausebutton‘ (current Editor for History) sent me an e-mail about the quiz and asked me to do some things to improve the quiz’s play and experience. I spent several hours over the next week improving the quiz and needapausebutton spent more time helping me than I have spent on over 90% of my quizzes. I thought it was one of my best quizzes and because of the help, I expected it to do well, although I never expected to ever be published.

Where were you when you found out it was Published?

I was at work and received the e-mail telling me the quiz was published. It was an incredible feeling and validation.

Any advice for would-be Quizmasters?

The greatest thing that I ever did was start collaborating with others. After that quiz, I spent about two months building relationships with other Sporclers and getting help on my quizzes. What I learned was invaluable. On occasion I ask others for help, but I spend a lot of time helping others. I am amazed that quiz creators much better than myself have asked me for help. When my first published quiz became an Editor’s Pick, I was very excited. The quiz quickly became my most played quiz and had a great rating. Surprisingly, needapausebutton was disappointed in the quizzes performance. He really seemed to take things personally. I found that strange until I started helping others. Since then I have become more concerned about some quizzes that I have help others with than either the creators are or I am with my own quizzes. That is one reason that I love facilitating Sporcle contests. I constantly receive thanks for inspiring others to design special quizzes and push themselves.

Thanks to DesertSpartan for agreeing to the interview as well as some fascinating insights on how to improve a Quiz: I can certainly recommend collaborating on quizzes, two heads are better than one after all!

Join us next week as I hope to pick the brains of Tr4pD00r as to how he got his First Publish…

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Quick Update: These Trainers Are Made For Running 🏃

Hello fellow Sporclers,

You will have noticed a distinct lack of Blog posts from me today, and for that I offer explanation: I am running a half-marathon in Bath tomorrow for the Stroke Association and have therefore spent most of today travelling and/or preparing.

But fear not, I will still be reviewing both yesterday’s and today’s quizzes and I can promise you another instalment of ‘My First Publish!, courtesy of Music Editor DesertSpartan, which will be well worth the wait.

You may have also noticed that I’m not making as many quizzes this month: this is not because I don’t enjoy doing so, but simply because I have made a LOT of quizzes in a very short time and thus thought it best to slow down a little. I’ve enjoyed playing more of other people’s quizzes for a change (particularly the NHL ones) and it’s giving me more time to think of better ideas.

See you tomorrow, when my fingers will hopefully be less tired than my legs…👟

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Quiz of the Day: Quoters of the World, Unite! 🌎

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When it comes to quotes, Calvin & Hobbes get full Marx

Unite The Quotes!

It’s not uncommon for a Quote quiz to make the front page of Sporcle, but it is slightly unusual for that quiz to belong to the History category. Then again, seeing as the quizmaker is MoMosMoProblems, who happens to be Curator for Biography, perhaps it is to be expected.

Quote quizzes tend to be witty and amusing too, but this one is remarkably uplifting and inspiring with a decent mix of famous figures urging unity in various scenarios throughout history. This is particularly noteworthy as it makes it much more difficult to be frustrated with your performance on the quiz as you console yourself with some rousing quotations. Just don’t try and pass them off as your own when doing homework: teachers can Google just as well as the rest of us (as my wife Rachel can testify, being a teacher by trade).

A special mention to Darzlat for this quiz on good ol’ Planet Earth, which happens to be their first ever Publish. And as we all know, there’s nothing like that first Publish… 🌎

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Quiz of the Day: These People Are Quackers!

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Not that kind of duckface, Igor!

Famous Duckfaces IV Quiz

Who would have thought that so many famous people could make themselves look so ridiculous so many times, to so many photographers? Clearly, a certain timmylemoine1 did, as he’s managed to create a series of quizzes based on this concept, with this being the fourth instalment out of five.

Of course, the pitfall with these celebrity quizzes is that some are considerably more famous than others, but there’s a good mixture of old and new A-Listers and three minutes is long enough to get most of them without it being too challenging. As for any celebrities who take offence at these pictures, rest assured that they pale in comparison to most people’s Yearbook photos…

Honourable Mention

The only thing that stopped this quiz from making my Weekly Top Ten was the time limit. BillyJoelRulez has made an excellent series of Speed-Picking Quizzes that have favourable ratings, but this one focuses on Religion and is therefore, unfortunately, just the wrong side of challenging. An extra minute would transform it from a potentially excellent quiz to a unquestionably excellent quiz. Either that, or we all needed to pay more attention in R.E.

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