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roby19
Roby19  (Level: 58.9 - Posts: 26)
Tue, 11th Sep '07 12:30 AM

I'M RUNNING OUT OF IDEAS FOR NEW QUIZZES

Hi everyone!

I don't often post messages here, but I need your help. For more than 2 years now, I have created more than 130 different quizzes based on TV, Movies, Sports and Miscellanous. Lately when I attempt to create a new quiz I have been told that I either have misspelled something or possibly have more than one correct answer.

I welcome your ideas and suggestions to help me overcome this dilemma.

Thanks
Roby19

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Tue, 11th Sep '07 12:51 AM

I'm not sure what to tell you about the 2 possible answers, but I like to write my quizzes in MS Word so that the program will detect my spelling errors. Then, I just cut and paste into Sploofus.


suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Tue, 11th Sep '07 9:27 AM

I have found that the MS C&P method sometimes causes those odd characters where you mean to have quotation marks; I've had editors send my quizzes back for that, and it still looks okay to me! But now I have a spell-checker on my browser that lights up a little red squiggle every time I misspell something...for instance, it just told me that "everytime" is not one word so I changed it!

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Tue, 11th Sep '07 11:09 AM

I also verify the spellings of famous people on my quizzes on the internet before I launch. I've been surprised a few times.

I always verify my facts before I launch too -- even if I think I know something well. I've had people PM me with factual corrections in my early before-editor quiz writing days.

It takes me longer to write a quiz, but it is worth it.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Tue, 11th Sep '07 12:00 PM

It sounds as if you have two problems: ideas for quizzes and getting them right once you've had the idea.
Writing in Word, (do not use the double dash or double quotes, those symbols 'upset' sploofus - you DON'T want to do that) then cutting and pasting always works for me.
As for external ideas; I've found that inspiration often comes from unlikely sources. The New Yorker often sets me off on a tangent. Maybe Atlantic, or even TV guide would work for you?
Recrenty I took a handful of well-known books off my shelves looking for good first or last words. You could even use a dictionary or encyclopedia and see what emerges?

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 11th Sep '07 1:43 PM

If you know what you're doing, don't mind messing with your setting, in Word you have the option of turning off "smart quotes," and can remove the double-dashes and the like from the Autocorrect (I think) menu.

allena
Allena  (Level: 255.8 - Posts: 1391)
Wed, 12th Sep '07 11:04 AM

I think I understand your difficulty in selecting topics ... you are very imaginative and distain the mundane. I think you should add 'Word Quizzes' to your repartee. Clearly you are a master in television and have a great vocabulary. Then move on to the Science, Technology and Religion areas where you will reconstitute your incentives.

I must say, after doing a few of your quizzes, you are a fine writer with little to work on. Editing is always a problem. You might try reading the final draft backwards. Allena



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