Great turnout for Dan’s Dingbats Challenge II. Thanks for playing, all of you who did! Here’s the scoreboard:
|Position||Player||Time Taken||Right Answers||Total Time|
|1||The Amazing Wonko
Best score, great time to boot… beat Jimmy by just three seconds.
|3mins, 42secs||13.5||4mins, 2secs|
Fastest overall time and a very good score. So very close to winning…
|3 mins, 25secs||13||4mins, 5secs|
|3||Dimmer||3 mins, 51secs||13||4mins, 31secs|
|4||Claire||4mins, 36secs||12.5||5mins, 36secs|
|5||Paul||4mins, 41secs||12||6mins, 1sec|
|6||Gareth @ SD||5mins, 32secs||13||6mins, 12secs|
|7||JTA||5mins, 57secs||13||6mins, 37secs|
Unfortunatley for her, her second attempt [total time 3mins, 1sec] doesn’t count)
|3mins, 46secs||9.5||6mins, 46secs|
|9||Andy K||5mins, 6secs||10 (two half-marks)||7mins, 46secs|
|4mins, 10secs||8||8mins, 10secs|
|11||Jen W||5mins, 52secs||8.5||9mins, 32secs|
|12||Matt @ SD||6mins, 24secs||8.5||10mins, 4secs|
|13||Hagen @ SD||10mins, 28secs||11||12mins, 28secs|
|14||Hayley||10mins, 51secs||9||14mins, 11secs|
|14||John K||9mins, 50secs||7||14mins, 30secs|
Here are the answers. Click on any of the dingbat thumbnails to see the full-size versions:
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Just like the previous challenge, this one began with a particularly difficult puzzle. The words “bird” and “two” appear inside the words “hand” and “bush”, respectively, and the equals sign states that they have equal worth. Devillishly difficult, but an impressive number of people got it. Half-marks for “a bird in the hand beats two in the bush”, because it was so very nearly there.
Drinkin’ to forget.
The word “drink” appears in the phrase “24get” (“to forget”), so “drink in 24get”. Anything vaugely close got the marks, but “some kind of low fat drink” didn’t, and neither did “24 hour drinking”. Difficult.
Head over heels in love.
The word “head” over two (different, just to be confusing) kinds of “heels”, inside a heart (love). Most people got this one, but “feel it head to heel” and “grr argh” remain the two most spectacularly wrong answers.
Mixed vegetables / tossed vegetables.
Everybody saw the word “vegetables” in here, it seems, and even “chopped vegetables” is worth a half-mark. I thought it would be tougher to put the word back together than it obviously was.
Green with envy.
More complaints from colourblind participants, one of whom had to hold up something that they knew to be green and squint at them both together to be sure they were actually looking at something that was green.
My favourite from this set. It’s the words “seat driver” written backwards. Many participants hunted for inner words, anagrams, and all sorts, not bothering to try to read it from right to left. My favourite wrong answer was “Argh! It looks like revision! Help!”
Big Trouble In Little China
The correct answer, which only a few people got, was “Big Trouble In Little China”: it’s the name of a film. “Big Trouble In China” and “Trouble In Little China” miss the bigger (or littler) picture, and only get half-marks, while “Trouble In China” gets none. Get over it.
No harm in trying.
My second-favourite in this set; one which many people got wrong. The word “harm” is being crossed out from the middle of the phrase “tryharming”, which of course leaves the word “trying”, with no “harm” in it: therefore, “no harm in trying”. Wrong answers included “self harming”, “out of harms’ way”, and “trying to disarm”.
So, thanks again to everybody who participated, and big congratulations to The Amazing Wonko! Congratulations also due to Jimmy (great fast time – if only you could have shaved three seconds off it or got one more half-mark you’d have one) and Dimmer. Also well done to all those who participated in this and the last one, and got better as a result of the practice.
I’ll leave things there for awhile, but I think that Andy may be working on his very own “Dingbats Challenge” (or something like it) in the near future. Watch this space.