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(adj.) unconventional and slightly strange
(n.) a level or rank in an organization or society, or a part of military force differentiated by position in battle or by function
(n.) a marine invertebrate with tube feet and five-part radially symmetrical bodies
(adj.) in an abnormal location or position physiologically, either as a result of genetic disorder or injury
(n.) the scientific study of how soils influence living things, particularly plants, and man's use of land for plant growth
(n.) a movement of water, counter to a main current, causing a small whirlpool
(n.) the instruction or improvement of a person morally or intellectually
(v.) to emit small bubbles of gas, as a carbonated or fermenting liquid
(n.) the ability to produce a desired or intended result
(n.) a northern sea duck, of which the male has black and white plumage and a colored head, and the brown female has soft down feathers
(n.) the freeing of someone from the control of another, especially a parent's relinquishing authority and control over a minor child
(n.) an official ban on trade or other commercial activity with a particular country
(n.) a large retail store selling a wide variety of goods
(adj.) found prevalently among a particular locality, region, or people, usually in reference to a disease
(n.) a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand
(n.) the fifth letter of the Greek alphabet, used in physics to denote the permittivity of a medium, or the electromotive force of a circuit
(n.) the time or date (twice each year) at which day and night are of equal length
(n.) the systematic study of desert features and phenomena
(v.) to burp, or in other words, to emit stomach gas noisily through the mouth
(v.) to deliberately avoid or abstain from
(adj.) belonging to or appearing in summer
(n.) the tidal mouth of a river, where the tide meets the stream
(n.) the seventh letter of the Greek alphabet, used in thermodynamics to denote the efficiency of a Carnot heat engine, and in chemistry to denote enthalphy or heat
(n.) a short composition for a solo instrument, intended as an exercise or to demonstrate technical virtuosity
(adj.) convenient and practical, although possibly improper or immoral
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'E' Vocabulary Quiz
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Jan 18th, 2013 at 05:35 GMT
The letter F comes out next Friday. Hope you all have fun with E!
Jan 18th, 2013 at 06:03 GMT
Really enjoying this series, and I appreciate all the work that goes into these - they're really well thought out. One thing I noticed for this one, though, is that "emporia" is plural, and its matching definition is currently singular. Great job!
Jan 18th, 2013 at 07:30 GMT
Thank you for being so astute and offering your kind comments. I'll correct it right away!
Jan 18th, 2013 at 19:53 GMT
I'm enjoying the series a lot! Something to consider regarding the publication schedule though - perhaps release one of these quizzes each day, instead of 4 at once? I like playing these, but not enough to do 4 in a row, and I often forget to go back and find others after their initial release. I think I'd play more of the quizzes in the series (and they also might get more total plays) if you did a 1-a-day schedule. Just a thought though, it's up to you of course.
Jan 19th, 2013 at 11:24 GMT
The way I've released them is a little to do with some 'tricks of the Sporcle' trade I've picked up and had to adapt to. If you release at Sporcle-midnight, your quizzes typically are the ones most played for that day, hopefully enough to get on most played in the last 7 days, and if your quiz is good, highest ratings in the last 14 days. This effect is further augmented when it's released on a Friday or Saturday at Sporcle-midnight, 'cause you have everyone off school and work in the weekend playing. The problem for me is really just a timezone one - I'm based in the UK and Sporcle-midnight for me is 5am in the morning. And I must say that getting up at 5am every Friday is enough sacrifice for me with regard to my Sporcle endeavors. :P
Jan 19th, 2013 at 11:28 GMT
People not wanting to play all four at once is a risk I'm aware of... I just trust in my quizzes' ability to stay on those charts since the Friday/weekend. And you may have also noticed that I have cross linked them in a way that they are all interlinked, so I'm also banking on players getting addicted, clicking those links and following my releases.
Jan 25th, 2013 at 05:04 GMT
I think I knew one thanks to Tom Lehrer's "Wernher Von Braun" - "a man whose allegiance is ruled by expedience."
Feb 3rd, 2013 at 15:50 GMT
Feb 4th, 2013 at 12:41 GMT
Keep 'em coming! I like playing all four at once, and I might miss them if they came out individually. No one's forced to play all four in one go.
Feb 6th, 2013 at 19:01 GMT
so, does this mean that "summer festival" is redundant?
Feb 6th, 2013 at 20:36 GMT
@peterpan55, the organizers should teach people a new word and call it an 'estival festival'.
Game published: Feb 21st, 2013 at 04:00 GMT
Feb 21st, 2013 at 04:12 GMT
What an honor! Thank you!
Feb 21st, 2013 at 04:43 GMT
Great quiz! Gotta get to know my -ologies a little better.
Feb 21st, 2013 at 05:03 GMT
Effervescence is such an awesome word.
Feb 21st, 2013 at 05:52 GMT
This was fun! I almost picked "embargo" for "(v.) to deliberately avoid or abstain from", but then saw "eschew" immediately below it and went with that as the better choice. Eventually I saw that you used the noun form of "embargo". I agree with eab21 that "effervesce" is an awesome word. You might have also included "evanesce" (also an awesome word) in your list as a distractor.
Feb 21st, 2013 at 10:19 GMT
@beforever: Sporclers rarely write this but I think there was (way) too much time. Choosing the ones I knew for certain then the ones I wasn't sure of but used the definitions and thought logically left me with a lot of time for the few that were left. I never heard of the two 'ologys' or the 'derm' but had plenty of time left to make a semi-educated guess. ExcEllEnt game and now to Essay the other 25 (or whatever # u've posted. ChEErs from across the pond.
Feb 21st, 2013 at 12:02 GMT
I took one look at this and thought: my head hurts too much to even try....
Feb 21st, 2013 at 12:16 GMT
I never heard expedient used for improper or immoral.
Feb 21st, 2013 at 12:46 GMT
An expedient solution is one that reaches the desired end regardless of the means. To call a something expedient is to imply that shortcuts are being taken and ethics ignored.
Feb 21st, 2013 at 13:24 GMT
Thank you Geoffrey Holder and the old 7Up commercial for the one with the bubbles.
Feb 21st, 2013 at 13:56 GMT
Extraordinarily entertaining and edifying. Excelsior!
Feb 21st, 2013 at 13:56 GMT
When I didn't see enigma right away, several words jumped out to me as "mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand." Its been a long time since I took the SAT.
Feb 21st, 2013 at 15:59 GMT
"Eddies," said Ford, "in the space-time continuum." "Ah," nodded Arthur, "is he? Is he?"
Feb 21st, 2013 at 16:05 GMT
Excellent, Entertaining and Educational!
Feb 22nd, 2013 at 00:16 GMT
And here I thought eccentric meant "too rich to be called crazy."
Feb 22nd, 2013 at 00:43 GMT
Feb 22nd, 2013 at 03:25 GMT
Exemplary, exceptional examination! Words are wonderful
Feb 23rd, 2013 at 13:26 GMT
I agree with TAR2, maybe it's to do with national differences but, in my mind, 'expedient' has absolutely no immoral or improper connotations, it simply means something is fast, efficient, and fit for purpose.
Feb 23rd, 2013 at 22:35 GMT
Knowing French really helped yet again - this time for estival.
Feb 27th, 2013 at 23:36 GMT
couldn't the clue for 'enigma' also work for 'eccentric'?
Feb 28th, 2013 at 11:11 GMT
When I just played, all the answers were in order, left to right. After the first three, I could just click the next one without reading the definition. Is there some glitch in the game? There's no challenge if they're in order.
Mar 21st, 2013 at 17:34 GMT
I love these quizzes, bring on some more!
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