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Can you name the countries of Europe, or any country that borders them?
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Mar 21st, 2011 at 18:20 GMT
Judging by the nature of this quiz, there's probably a mistake somewhere. Let me know if there are any and I'll fix them
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Mar 21st, 2011 at 18:27 GMT
yes, we need more time.
Mar 21st, 2011 at 18:30 GMT
"not unless" whats that about?
Mar 21st, 2011 at 18:45 GMT
@cantthinkofname: The point of the quiz is that you have to strategize to name the countries in a rush. 2 minutes should be more than enough, i wish it'd let me do 1:30 @kirsten87: What are you referring to???
Mar 21st, 2011 at 19:54 GMT
i thought georgia and kazakhstan were classed as asia
Mar 21st, 2011 at 20:08 GMT
Nice quiz! Except France also borders Brazil and Suriname via French Guiana (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overseas_department), and Spain also borders Morocco via Ceuta and Melilla (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melilla#Political_status). If those are added it's possible to do this quiz with as few as 15 and as many as 33 entries.
Mar 21st, 2011 at 20:18 GMT
@asta: the consensus in Sporcle has regarded Georgia and Kazakhstan as Asian countries. A case can be made (and has been made elsewhere) that they could be included in Europe as well, since depending on which line of demarcation you use to divide Europe and Asia, they have a small percentage of their territory on the European continent. Turkey and Russia are widely regarded in Sporcle as transcontinental countries (for geographic, political, and cultural reasons) and are included as both countries of Europe and countries of Asia.
Mar 21st, 2011 at 20:23 GMT
Wait, what does it matter if France borders Brazil when this quiz is about European countries?
Mar 21st, 2011 at 21:05 GMT
I'm sure I typed Serbia and Montenegro didn't appear
Mar 21st, 2011 at 21:17 GMT
gsa219, I was just about to say the same thing. That needs to be corrected.
Mar 21st, 2011 at 21:29 GMT
@koipen: I'm just going by the title: "Can you name the countries of Europe, or any country that borders them?" France is a country of Europe and it's bordered by other countries in Europe and two countries in South America due to the overseas department of French Guiana. Likewise, Spain is a country of Europe and it's bordered by other countries in Europe and Morocco in Africa due to Ceuta and Melilla. They should be added or the title should be changed to "Can you name the countries of Europe, or any *European* country that borders them?
Mar 22nd, 2011 at 07:01 GMT
Montenegro was the last country I had on my list, and it did not show up when Serbia was typed.
Mar 22nd, 2011 at 08:12 GMT
Too easy with two whole minutes... maybe shave off a minute?
Mar 22nd, 2011 at 17:58 GMT
I don't know why people are voting down tahitiwahini, he/she makes a very good point (I'd also add Azerbaijan to the list of maybe-European countries). However, you'd also have to include all the countries Turkey and Russia border if you were to use that definition, so I'd leave it as it is to stop it growing too large and confusing. Also, and I'll probably be voted down for this, but I think 1 minute would be ample time.
Mar 22nd, 2011 at 18:13 GMT
@joebobs: good point about the countries that border Turkey and Russia. I don't know how burdensome that would be since no one would ever need to enter any of those countries because they would get them when they entered Turkey and Russia. However, if the quiz maker wants to avoid entering those extra countries he can merely specify "any *European* country that borders them" in the game title rather than the current "any country that borders them."
Mar 22nd, 2011 at 18:41 GMT
some constructive criticism: Belarus pops up twice.
Mar 22nd, 2011 at 19:00 GMT
damn you malta and your island nation state.
Mar 22nd, 2011 at 19:01 GMT
Well, all the non-European countries are listed as bonus answers, but I forgot Morocco, Brazil and Suriname. I think it's implied that you should only name European countries, but I'll add it to the notes anyways. And I'll see what's going on with Belarus, because Europe has 49 countries and I had 49 entries. I'll fix Serbia too.
Mar 22nd, 2011 at 21:36 GMT
I could be wrong, but im pretty sure i typed in france and the two that border french guiana didnt show up.
Mar 22nd, 2011 at 23:36 GMT
Same as samkrum. Also, shouldn't those just be bonus answers?
Mar 22nd, 2011 at 23:53 GMT
Ireland doesn't come up when you hit UK
Mar 23rd, 2011 at 00:20 GMT
@legend930: It does now.
Mar 23rd, 2011 at 00:25 GMT
@Hazl: well, they should be bonus answers if you consider Alaska and Hawaii to be bonus US states. In other words, French Guiana bears a similar relationship to France as those states do to the US. It's a different relationship than between the US and Puerto Rico or Guam. It's discussed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overseas_department
Mar 23rd, 2011 at 00:54 GMT
Repeating what has been said above: Typing "France" doesn't get you Brazil or Suriname. It should go both ways. Also, if you're going to include those - which is your right as quizmaster, but is in my opinion silly for this type of quiz - you should include Morocco, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Mongolia, China,and North Korea, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. I may have missed some, but the point is, be consistent.
Mar 23rd, 2011 at 20:20 GMT
What demonstah said.
Mar 23rd, 2011 at 21:38 GMT
To all of the people complaining that typing France doesn't give you Brazil or Suriname, THOSE COUNTRIES AREN'T IN EUROPE
Mar 23rd, 2011 at 21:39 GMT
And no countries outside of Europe will give you the countries that they border, those are just bonus answers, of which some are missing.
Mar 24th, 2011 at 02:07 GMT
@tahitiwahini: I'm not arguing that French Guiana isn't an integral part of France, I quite agree with that. My problem is twofold, and has been brought up by other posters. 1) Brazil and Suriname don't show up when I enter France. 2) Though French Guiana part of a mostly European country, Brazil and Suriname are not. The same way North Korea and Morocco aren't European just by bordering a country which is European. Actually, demonstah said everything that needs to be said - the only reason for my repetition is that you still haven't changed it, so I thought maybe a rephrasing was needed.
Mar 24th, 2011 at 16:02 GMT
>Brazil isn't in Europe, but it borders France >Enter a country, it and ALL BORDERING COUNTRIES will be revealed. Brazil and Suriname aren't bonus answers. Either they should be bonus, or they should show up when you type France. You have explicitly stated that they border France, thus "France" should reveal these bordering countries.
Mar 24th, 2011 at 19:54 GMT
When I type in France, I am not getting Suriname and Brazil.
Mar 24th, 2011 at 21:25 GMT
Isn't the definition of a bonus answer an answer that is not required for a full score? In other words I agree with all of the above who feels that Suriname and Brazil should show up when typing France. And all the countries bordering Russia should be included as well. The alternative would be to really put them as bonus answers in which case the title of the game should be "Can you name the countries of Europe, or any EUROPEAN country that borders them?"
Mar 25th, 2011 at 01:28 GMT
"Can you name the countries of Europe, or any country that borders them?" - Correct me if I'm wrong, but last time I checked, Brazil and Suriname aren't in Europe.....
Mar 25th, 2011 at 01:55 GMT
But they both border a country that is! And more importantly, you need to type each one in order to get a perfect score. Go ahead, try it out.
Mar 25th, 2011 at 02:10 GMT
Without reading the comments, there is no way to know that you actually have to type out Brazil and Suriname. I definitely think they should not be answers, maybe not even bonus answers, because that's just so inconsistent! Like Arteria said, you'd need to include every country that borders Russia as well, and that would just make this list unnecessarily complicated for a reasonably easy quiz. Plus, on Puckett86's quiz, Brazil didn't show up for France! It should be European countries that border European countries only.
Mar 25th, 2011 at 02:12 GMT
OK, let me try again ;-) "Can you name the countries of Europe, or any country that borders them?" does not necessarily mean "Can you name the countries of Europe, or any *European* country that borders them?" In the first case I can name Suriname because only one part of the disjunction needs to be true for a country to qualify: Suriname is not a European country, but it borders a European country (namely France, through French Guiana). In the second case I could NOT name Suriname because neither part of the disjunction is true: Suriname is not a European country, and it is not a *European* country that borders them. The first phrasing leaves open the possibility that a non-European country can be entered as long as it borders a European country, while the second phrasing precludes one from entering a non-European country whether or not it happens to border a European country. Why leave something unstated and thereby subject to ambiguity when it can be explicitly qualified and thereby rendered unambiguous? Quite easily, by the addition of a single word.
Mar 25th, 2011 at 03:13 GMT
@Hazl: since it's not my quiz I can't change anything about it ;-) That said it seems to me there are two different but reasonable ways to approach this quiz: 1) Ask: "Can you name the countries of Europe, or any country that borders them?" which would allow you to enter non-European countries if they happened to border a European country. In which case, I think Suriname, Brazil, Morocco and all the countries that border Russia and Turkey should be included as regular answers. or 2) Ask "Can you name the countries of Europe, or any *European* country that borders them?" and in the game instruction say "Enter a *European* country, it and all bordering *European* countries will be revealed, which would NOT allow you to enter a non-European country. Furthermore, Suriname, Brazil, Morocco, and the non-European countries bordering Russia would not need to be regular answers (because they are not European countries). Nor would any of these non-European countries need to be bonus answers because it's clear from the game instructions that only European countries and European countries that border them are of interest in this quiz. I think the first one is more interesting, but there's nothing incorrect about either approach. In my opinion this quiz is neither fish nor fowl, it doesn't implement either approach, but rather a curious hybrid of both. It leaves the proponents of the first approach complaining that Suriname and Brazil don't appear when they enter Brazil, and proponents of the second approach wondering why they need to enter non-European countries in order to get a perfect score.
Mar 25th, 2011 at 13:44 GMT
Morocco is missing as a non-European country that borders a European country (Spain via Ceuta and Melilla).
Mar 26th, 2011 at 05:20 GMT
You don't need to type out all the non-European countries. They don't count for anything, that's why they're bonus answers
Mar 26th, 2011 at 05:22 GMT
Actually, I messed up, I forgot to type "ee" next to Suriname and Brazil. sorry.....
Mar 31st, 2011 at 05:01 GMT
Haha. Sorry for accusing you of owning something you don't, tahiti, and good job fixing it dsante.
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