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Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 5:53 AM


Some of these are getting ridiculous. It was at the third attempt, after giving 2 correct answers, that the most recent, about Cheongecheong, was declared correct. Please Editors, at least get this right.

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Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 10:20 AM

Once the puzzle disappears we can no longer view the incorrect guesses. It would be helpful when making a complaint to copy and paste the guesses for us to see what we may have missed. Should another player have been given credit in this puzzle? "Chengecheong" would not have been an acceptable spelling if that was one of the answer choices.

As said before, we try to include as many answer choices as possible, including spelling variations if we can find them. For some foreign places with spelling variations it just isn't always possible to include/find them all. Some puzzles end up with 50+ answer choices. We always use the Wikipedia spelling, so if your answer/spelling isn't being accepted, please check with Wikipedia for their spelling.

Kaufman  (Level: 269.9 - Posts: 3941)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 10:44 AM

I guess this is a good reason for solved puzzles to stay up for a few hours -- lets people get any loose claims in and have them fairly judged.

Kayjaykay  (Level: 201.3 - Posts: 17)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 12:23 PM

One of last night's puzzles really surprised me in how it was won -- I'd have been ticked if I'd guessed "Dr. Who" and then had someone else come along a few guesses later and win with "Doctor Who." It's surprising that common abbreviations like that aren't included as an accurate answer.

Cujgie  (Level: 182.9 - Posts: 754)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 5:04 PM

Kayjaykay, that's exactly what happened. An editor did later contact the "Dr. Who" guesser (who was first to guess correctly) to award the belated winning points.

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Sploofizz (Editor)  
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 5:31 PM

I purposely did not include the abbreviation "Dr." as an option. The character name is ALWAYS spelled out as Doctor in every official and reputable website I looked at. I felt that this was a case of one having to know how the actual character name should be spelled.

After the puzzle ran I found one exception of one movie title, and a couple of instances of the character spelled that way, so the points were awarded.

However, I still think it is wrong to accept an alternate spelling on a name. Jill St. John is always spelled "St." but Buffy Sainte-Maire is always spelled "Sainte". I don't think people should just get to abbreviate (or elongate) a person's (or character's) name however/whenever they want!

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 7:26 PM

As a recent convert to the BRILLIANT sci-fi show, I agree with sploofizz, it's AWAYS Doctor Who, not Dr. Who --
If you havent seen it, I recommend it!

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.0 - Posts: 1302)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 12:16 AM

I was so disappointed I wasn't on the site when that one showed up because I would have known it immediately.

It has be spelled out, also, because Torchwood, a spin-off show and internal plot point, is an anagram of Doctor Who, not Dr. Who. Love the show and am saddened it's on hiatus until 2010! But there will be 2 specials between now and then.

Surreyman  (Level: 274.5 - Posts: 2775)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 7:07 AM

Well, I knew the current 'Lion Rock, Sri Lanka' right away, but that didn't work.
More puzzling, the more complete answer of 'Lion Rock, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka' didn't work either.
I KNEW this was correct, so tried shuffling again. Including 'Sigiriya, Sri Lanka' out of desperation, and that did work.
From the above, I acknowledge the compilers' apparent difficulties.
But 'Lion Rock' is by far the most popular name, but using that seemed to veto any success.
I think someone on high needs to look at the programming here and, if at all possible, recognise certain key words rather than literal phrases?

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Sploofizz (Editor)  
Mon, 4th Aug '08 8:46 AM

Sorry Surreyman, but in the wikipedia article it is only called "Lion's Rock", not "Lion Rock". Not knowing the place myself (just liking the picture), I went off that. Next time I will do more research and include more variations, if I can find or think of any more! However, there are about 42 Where's already in the queue and they cannot be addended.

The full list of acceptable answers was:
sigiriya sri lanka
sri lanka
lions rock
lions rock sri lanka

Please remember not to use punctuation!

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Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Mon, 4th Aug '08 10:08 AM

I realize it can be frustrating when you are attempting to post an answer that you know is correct but not being accepted. Even with the system accepting certain words, if "Lion" was not on the list, then your answer still would not have been accepted, Surreyman.

Again, the best way to work around this problem is to check Wikipedia for their name/label/spelling of the place and try their variation.

Surreyman  (Level: 274.5 - Posts: 2775)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 10:48 AM

But, of course, the trouble with Wikipedia is that ........................!!!
The Sri Lanka Tourist Board calls it "Lion Rock".
But not complaining at all, at all. It's a great comp and I realise you have big probs within the current programming.
All hail to y'all for running it anyway!
Unlike Cromwell, far better that we do have it, warts and all!

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 5:22 AM

Seems to me they both have lots of warts....
Haven't managed to guess even one of the
Who or the Where THAI....

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