Better Know a Curator: TheCleverone

 

TheCleverone

TheCleverone

This is part of Sporcle’s long-running series highlighting our hard-working curators. Curators are editors for a specific subcategory, and their diligent work finding great quizzes from their subcategories (and sometimes others) helps to shape the site. We asked our curators to complete an interview of sorts, and we’re sharing their responses here on the blog.

This next post is from TheCleverone, curator for mixed word.

 

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Featured Game of the Week (10/15/2014)

Over here in Sporcle-land, we’ve been writing a weekly blog post featuring a quiz published within the last 7 days that really wowed us. Here’s the pick of the week!

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Tricky State Capital Click

by butterfly75

Featured October 13, 2014

 
 
 
About the Quizmaker

Butterfly75 made Tricky State Capital Click and it’s her first quiz to be published. She’s made three other quizzes. She’s been on Sporcle since March 2011 and has played just over 6,000 games. She has 93 badges. Great job, butterfly75.

What’s the Quiz About?

This quiz lives up to its name. It’s a tricky way to find out how well you know the US state capitals. This clickable quiz has decoys throughout, all of which will end the game if you click them. That’s right, this quiz is a minefield. Hidden among Little Rock, Atlanta, and Denver are Seattle, New Orleans, and Louisville. The time limit is something you have to think about as well, as you have only 2 minutes to find the correct capitals. This quiz is over a topic that most people learned in middle school, so you should know the right answers. It’s frustrating to get an answer wrong because you know you can do better. So you try again. How many times will it take you to get 100%? It took me 6 tries. Can you do better?

What did Users Think?

 Yeti_ commented “Good quiz butterfly75, make more of these!”

kenweaver said “Man, I knew my grandfather and parents excessively drilling me on state capitals in Kindergarten would eventually pay off. Got all in :58. Awesome quiz.”

And rddiid97 commented “Capitals in any variation……………always fun”

Tricky State Capital Click did very well during its stay on the front page. It was played 60,748 times and finished with a rating of 4.1.

Who’s Talking to North Korea?

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North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has been found. Kim had not been seen in the public eye since September 3rd, raising speculations about his whereabouts and well-being. During his absence, he missed two important events, both of which he was expected to attend. In the recently released pictures, Kim is seen walking with a cane, but looking happy and healthy. However, since only still photographs were released, it’s tough to tell if the 31-year-old was having trouble walking.

Kim has been the head of the government of North Korea since 2012, and since he assumed leadership, their standing in the international community has not changed all that much, and there are 32 countries that refuse to have diplomatic ties to the country. Play the quiz below to see if you can figure out who they are.


Top Tweets (10/14/14)

toptweetsv65oai7fxn47qv9nectxWhen you see something you really like, sometimes retweeting and favoriting isn’t enough – that’s why @Sporcle has this weekly blog post. Congrats to the tweeters who made the cut this week!

Remember, you can always reach us on Facebook or Twitter with any questions or comments you have.

New Badges: Remember Remember, Everything is Awesome, and Quick Draw

We want either Morgan Freeman or Hugo Weaving to narrate these badge options for us.

8bXuNgMqkUH8eHitRv-oGEXdKWqG6hezLN1wKsYqIF0Remember, Remember: Time to get out the Guy Fawkes masks and start the bonfires. To earn this badge, rebel against oppression and score 75% or better on the V for Vendetta Opening Monologue on November 5th.

LegoBadge_1Everything is Awesome: The easy part about getting this badge? Getting 50% or better on Lego Landmarks, Movies by Lego and Gaming with Legos. The hard part? Getting the “Everything is Awesome” song out of your head.

QuickDraw_3Quick Draw: You’ve got to be speedy if you’ve set your sights on this badge. Earn it by scoring 100% on Drawing a Blank 1, Drawing a Blank 2, and Drawing a Blank 3. Bull’s-eye!

As always, check the badge page for the latest updates.

Top Comments of the Week (10/10)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Any Food but Vegan

Honest_John: I considered becoming a vegan, but could not bear the thought of giving up emu or dogfood.


2. From: Blitz: Does It Contain ‘P’?

performaxI’m glad ‘urinal’ wasn’t one of the choices. Not sure what the correct answer would be.


3. From: Countries Whose Capitals Contain ‘City’

armadillokingIf the country is called Vatican City, shouldn’t the capital be Vatican City City?


4. From: Animals Faster than Usain Bolt

ChileNoseJamA cat might be ABLE to run faster than Bolt, but most of the time it wouldn’t bother. Unless you put some food at the end of the track, it would still be sitting by the starting block licking itself when Bolt had finished.


5. From: 8-Letter Country Per Letter

Honest_JohnNever realised how many seven and nine letter countries there are until I did this quiz.

Hoarder Alert: New Badges Weekly

badgeHere at Sporcle HQ we’ve been cooking up new features, especially on the badge front. Who doesn’t like badges?

You may have noticed that the badge page on your profile has been streamlined. We’ve also started posting new badges and achievements weekly, rather than every other week. We have so many great badges coming up, and we can’t wait to share them with you. We’re going to start posting badges every Tuesday morning. Think of it as an early celebration of Hump Day!

Keep an eye on the Sporcle Blog to find out what new wonders we have in store, and as always, check the badge page for the latest updates.

New Badges: Happy Sporcleversary!, King of Pop, and The Fall Classic

Music and birthdays and baseball, oh my!

Birthday_3Happy Sporcleversary!: You’ve stuck with us through the years, and we want to celebrate that with cake and candles. Play 10 games on your Sporcle birthday to commemorate the day you joined Sporcle, then proudly display this badge.

KingOfPop_1King of Pop: Like earning badges? Don’t stop ’til you get enough! Get 50% or better on Michael Jackson Albums, Michael Jackson Singles, and Lyrics Map: Black or White, then moonwalk your way to another badge.

WorldSeriesBadge_1Fall Classic: The postseason is in full swing! Earn this badge by hitting 25 World Series games out of the park in the month of October, and make sure to root for your favorite team!

As always, check the badge page for the latest updates.

Featured Game of the Week (10/8/2014)

Over here in Sporcle-land, we’ve been writing a weekly blog post featuring a quiz published within the last 7 days that really wowed us. Here’s the pick of the week!

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A-B-C-D-E Quiz

by cwfuturewrestler

Featured October 6, 2014

 

About the Quizmaker

A-B-C-D-E Quiz was made by cwfuturewrestler, and is his first quiz to be published. He’s contributed 95 games, many of which have been editor or curator picks. He’s been a user on Sporcle since July 2011, and since then has played over 8,000 games. He has 101 badges total. Congrats on your first publish, cwfuturewrestler!

What’s the Quiz About?

The concept of this quiz is easy enough. You have 3 minutes to click A-B-C-D-E in that order, as many times as you can. There are 150 letters to click. Beware, if you make a mistake, the quiz will end. You’ll have to try again if you want 100%. The short amount of time and the large amount of letters made many users make mistakes in their clicking order. Starting off this quiz, you’ll feel confident, like you’ve got this in the bag. You’re going to get that 100%. But when you get to the halfway point, all the letters will start melting together. ‘Is that a B or an E? Maybe it’s a C? What am I even looking for?’ When you get to this point, you need to refocus your eyes and calm down a bit. Take your time, figure out if you’re looking at a B or an E. If you aren’t too frantic in your clicking, you should be able to get the coveted 100%.

What did Users Think?

Christus said ‘I like this unexpected quiz. Thanks for creating it and congrats on publishing.’

Paco777 commented ’100% with 4 seconds left…Who thought strategy could be used in this game?’

And butterfly_2011 commented ’12 seconds left! It really helps when you scroll down just enough to hide the clock, you’re more relaxed and focused :) Great quiz! I’d love to see one with lower-case b’s, d’s, p’s, and q’s.’

A-B-C-D-E Quiz had a great day on the front page. It was played 42,285 times and ended up with a rating of 3.6. It seems we Sporclers really know our A, B, C’s.