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A set of 4 countries that border one another is formed when 3 nations that border one another form a ring around a landlocked 4th. Each nation shares a boundary (land or fresh water) with each other.
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Aug 3rd, 2010 at 10:43 GMT
Please accept DRC for Democratic Republic of the Congo as it is the Sporcle way!
Aug 3rd, 2010 at 11:12 GMT
How do Netherlands and France border each other?
Aug 3rd, 2010 at 11:20 GMT
@dfishman: at Saint Martin, maybe?
Aug 3rd, 2010 at 12:12 GMT
needs to be shorter, almost 40% getting all the answers isn't really a desirable outcome for a quiz. I'd recommend taking a minute off which will still be enough for some to get full marks...
Aug 3rd, 2010 at 13:14 GMT
"How do Netherlands and France border each other?" Molleman nailed it. http://go2orientbeach.com/images/st-maarten-map-orient-beach-island.gif
Aug 3rd, 2010 at 15:27 GMT
@Ribhump: Is it always bad for 40% to get full marks on a quiz? I like it when there are a range of quizzes around — some easy, some difficult. And I think being a bit leisurely suits this quiz — under time pressure, it'd be tempting to do less thinking and more rapid-fire random guessing, which would make it much less fun.
Aug 3rd, 2010 at 15:28 GMT
ps as well as "DRC", "Dem Rep Congo" is also usually accepted.
Aug 4th, 2010 at 11:30 GMT
You shouldn't say include the bit in the instructions about it happening when three countries make a ring around a landlock, because not all of these are like that. Also it'll annoy people if you don't say you're including overseas territories.
Aug 4th, 2010 at 13:32 GMT
Have to agree with mbc. Saying that three countries make a ring around a landlocked fourth implies that those three are the only countries that border the fourth, and that's not the case with all of them. The time is fine; not every quiz has to be a speed typing test.
Aug 5th, 2010 at 09:12 GMT
Great quiz! Love it, it really made me think! It's good that you did not mention overseas territories because then it would be too easy.
Aug 5th, 2010 at 09:16 GMT
Kind of hard but still a really nice quiz. First I did not really understand it but then I read the instructions! Nice one, good job
Aug 5th, 2010 at 09:23 GMT
Interesting quiz. I never really though about it like that. Did not know that there were actually 12 sets! Cool
Aug 5th, 2010 at 10:18 GMT
LickLick, WhoCaresAbout, and HelloItsMe all seemed to really like your quiz BieneMaja! However, it seems a little suspicious. You see, all three of these accounts were made sometime this month. That's only 5 days. The other thing is that each of the accounts have only made one comment. And guess where that one comment is? Why, you're right, it's on this quiz! Tie that in with the fact that these comments are all made within 11 minutes of each other and I say that those three users are in fact the same person, most likely BieneMaja himself.
Normally I wouldn't care, but I know for certain that BieneMaja and LickLick, possibly his other 2 as well, have recently voted one of my games a 1/5, and he's probably voting every quiz on the highest rated list a 1/5 to try to get his quizzes on there. And now you're denying it on my quiz. BieneMaja/LickLick/WhoCaresAbout/HelloItsMe: This means war.
Aug 5th, 2010 at 14:13 GMT
Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia should be a bonus set. There is no official combination of borders that works, but all four have existing claims that would make all four overlap in the Zambezi river. They all claim that there's a spot in the Zambezi river where all four countries meet, but there really isn't. But it would make a nice bonus anyway.
Aug 9th, 2010 at 05:21 GMT
Agree that "A set of 4 countries that border one another is formed when 3 nations that border one another form a ring around a landlocked 4th" is misleading. It's not true for Belarus–Latvia–Lithuania–Russia, Belarus–Lithuania–Poland–Russia, Belarus–Poland–Russia–Ukraine, Belgium–Germany–Netherlands–France, Bosnia and Herzegovina–Serbia–Montenegro–Croatia (close, but Bosnia and Herzegovina is not landlocked), Azerbaijan–Armenia–Turkey–Iran, or Azerbaijan–Armenia–Georgia–Turkey (Armenia is not completely surrounded by the other three). So in fact it's only true for five of the 12 sets of countries here. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sets_of_four_countries_that_border_one_another for illustrations of ways four countries can border each other—there are three fundamentally different ways this can happen even if all of the countries are just one "piece."
Aug 9th, 2010 at 09:16 GMT
@zifyoip, I know it is kind of misleading, but I somehow had to explain what the quiz is even about. Unfortunately I can only write up to 200 characters in the "game note" part, which is just not enough to fully explain the quiz. I tried to write "FOR EXAMPLE a set of 4 countries that border one another is formed when 3 nations that border one another form a ring around a landlocked 4th", but it simply doesn't fit in. That is more than 200 characters. So although a couple of people had already made a comment about it, I don't think I should just totally delete it and not explain it at all...
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