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Can you pick the Elements, given samples of their 'Uses' (*see instructions)?
Click the matching answer button below
Correctly selected answers will show up in green
*Elements are FOUND IN, used to PRODUCE or ENABLE, or are a COMPONENT OF the "uses" listed; whether naturally-ocurring, man-made, or as part of compounds.
Use may be based on gaseous, solid or liquid state. Some uses were from "older times".
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Thermometers; barometers; switches; diffusion pumps; vapor lamps; batteries; vermilion red pigment; cinnabar used in traditional Chinese medicine; mascara
Dating of formerly-living things; charcoal; pencils; inks, paints; rubber products; crude oil; lubrication; battery electrodes; saw blade tips
Antiseptic; water purifying; swimming pool disinfectant; bleach; sewage and industrial waste sanitation; food seasoning; chemical weapons
Beverage cans; packaging foils; kitchen utensils; window frames; strong lightweight alloys; boat construction and auto parts; mirror coating; baseball bats
Fluorescent Lighting; advertising signs; high voltage indicators; gas lasers; lightning arrestors; television tubes; cryogenic refrigeration
Food flavoring and preservatives; desiccant; baking soda; soaps; rock salt; deicing; production of titanium; yellow light in street lamps
Heat-resistant glass and ceramics; lightweight alloys; lubricants and greases; desiccants; batteries in portable devices; treatment of bipolar disorders and depression
Anti-corrosion protective coatings for metals; food cans; solder; window glass; bronze alloy; pewter; electroplating; organ pipes
Cleaning powder; dry wall and plaster of Paris; blackboard chalk; lime, bricks, and cement; ice removal; milk and cheese products; antacids
Electrical wires; switches; plumbing; heating; kettles; coinage; brass musical instruments
Toothpaste and dental rinses; glass etching; infrared light lenses; Teflon; Scotchgard; Gore-tex rainwear; electrical insulation; Lipitor and Prozac
Strong, lightweight alloys; jet engines and spacecraft; boat propeller shafts; white pigments; sky writing; artificial hips; artificial gemstones; golf clubs and racing bicycles
Coins and medals; jewelry; photography; mirrors; plating; cutlery, cell phone covers, electrical contacts and circuit boards; dental fillings; wind musical instruments; catheters
Respiration; combustion; shielding the earth from ultraviolet radiation; iron ore smelting; welding; scuba gear; life-support apparatus
Cast and forged metalwork; alloyed steel; construction; machinery and tools; ship hulls; fences; benches; rail tracks; cooking skillets; fortified breads and cereals
Cooling of superconducting magnets in MRI scanners; shielding gas in arc welding; gas-leak detection; laser eye surgery; modern day airships; birthday balloons
Fossil fuel processing; ammonia production for fertilizer; coolant in generators; rocket fuel; bombs; early balloons and airships; vehicle-powering fuel cells; antiseptic
Coins and monetary systems; bullion; dental fillings; hand-crafted jewelry, medallions; plating; reflectors in medical lasers; solar radiation shield; Ayurvedic rejuvenation
X-ray shielding; soundproofing; automotive batteries; gasoline additives; solders; paints; seals, fishing weights, ceramic glaze; ammunition
Flashbulbs, pyrotechnics and white-light-producing flares; lightweight alloys; snowshoes; catchers' masks; antacids and laxatives; bath salts
Ammonia; Fertilizer; cryogenic refrigerant for blood preservation; cyanide; poisons; explosives; 'laughing gas'
Solid-state electronic devices; microchips; glass, ceramics, and bricks; desiccants; abrasives; lubricants; polishers; sealants; waterproofing; medical implants
Light strong alloys in aircraft; rocket engine nozzles; telescope mirrors; fluorescent lamps; X-ray tube radiation windows; non-magnetic tools; component of emeralds
Bleaches and laundry detergents; fiberglass insulation; insecticides; neodymium magnets; abrasives; nuclear reactor shielding; green-colored pyrotechnics; treatment of arthritis
Safety matches & strikers; tracer bullets; smoke bombs; fertilizers; pesticides; water softeners; cleaning agents; fluorescent light bulbs; methamphetamine production
Catalytic converters; spark plugs; anti-corrosion protection; crucibles and laboratory equipment; hand warmers; bullion; jewelry, watchmaking
Fertilizers; industrial chemical acid; gunpowder; rubber vulcanization; petroleum refining, metal mining; matches; treatment of skin disorders and acne; winemaking
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May 22nd, 2012 at 17:26 GMT
Lots of fun! There was usually at least one listed use that led to an "aha" moment, and the recommendation to scroll carefully is spot-on. Very enjoyable - thanks!
May 22nd, 2012 at 18:53 GMT
@velevele: Thanks. I'd be lost (as a player) in so many clicking games if I didn't cycle through several times, winnowing the field. This format is still so new that often players don't know going in that they only get one crack at a clue.
May 27th, 2012 at 15:13 GMT
Super quiz needapausebutton, Nominated!
Sep 5th, 2012 at 19:12 GMT
Thanks to sproutcm, for the editor pick!
Sep 5th, 2012 at 20:25 GMT
Great quiz, napb.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 20:59 GMT
Sep 6th, 2012 at 07:47 GMT
Excellent quiz - velevele's comment is spot on. By the way, @needapausebutton, how do you get multiple lines in your game instructions? I've been trying to do this on one of my quizzes, but can't get round the 200 character limit, which all appears in one block. Thanks
Sep 6th, 2012 at 09:50 GMT
Top notch. So great to see an elements quiz that is about more than just the elements' names and symbols.
Sep 6th, 2012 at 15:40 GMT
@electricchairboy: Thanks. Provided you are not already embedding an image or any audio, you can enter text into the "Add Media" box on your Options tab. The text you enter will appear as a separate bulletted item below or above the game notes. (For some reason that fluctuates, so occasionally I "swap positions" to ensure the one I want appears first).
@liv_in_sin: thank you as well!
Sep 6th, 2012 at 20:39 GMT
@napb - that's great, thanks for the advice
Sep 10th, 2012 at 03:48 GMT
A great example of a quiz that teaches, informs, and entertains. Very well done.
Sep 10th, 2012 at 04:23 GMT
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Sep 11th, 2012 at 09:39 GMT
I contributed a similar game that included all of the elements over two years ago; http://www.sporcle.com/games/WCRoentgen/elements. It was well received, but got no love from the editors. Just sayin'.
Game published: Sep 30th, 2012 at 04:00 GMT
Sep 30th, 2012 at 04:18 GMT
this was really well done, thorough, educational, fun and entertaining. everything Sporcle is about. nice job
Sep 30th, 2012 at 11:28 GMT
Cue arguing over the 'I' in alumin(i)um in 3,2,1...
Sep 30th, 2012 at 14:33 GMT
Lovely. I could have done with a bit more time though - I never studied any science and needed a bit more thinking time.
Sep 30th, 2012 at 14:37 GMT
I got a few of these thanks to watching "Breaking Bad"
Sep 30th, 2012 at 15:58 GMT
Just want to second what @NS7 said. This is the type of quiz that represents some of the best of Sporcle.
Sep 30th, 2012 at 17:44 GMT
Please line up in order of how much beryllium it takes to kill you.
Sep 30th, 2012 at 17:57 GMT
Great quiz! Got 24 before time ran out. One extra minute would be perfect as it's very much a process of elimation quiz.
Sep 30th, 2012 at 18:15 GMT
Beryllium would probably kill me if I had to spell it.
Sep 30th, 2012 at 19:22 GMT
Thanks very much to Sporcle for publishing the quiz. I've requested of the administrators that another minute be added to up it to 8:00.
Oct 1st, 2012 at 01:21 GMT
The phrase "white-light producing flares" led me astray. Phosphorus can produce white light in flares (white phosphorus grenades were common in Vietnam), so I picked that instead of the correct answer. Oh well.
Oct 1st, 2012 at 05:16 GMT
@teary_ennui- glad i wasnt the only one who noticed "aluminium" rather than aluminum. i was curious as to why that was the case and yet sulfur was spelled the "american" way, rather than sulphur as the brits do. Interestingly enough, the IUPAC standardized spellings of the three elements that are different between the US and UK are aluminium, sulfur, and caesium (and not aluminum, sulphur and cesium), so the "standard" names are mixed from US and UK spellings!!
Oct 2nd, 2012 at 12:01 GMT
Great quiz, and this is being a little picky, but to say boron is used for nuclear reactor shielding is not exactly correct. The term "shielding" in the nuclear industry typically refers to protection from radiation. Boron is a great neutron absorber, and is used to control the nuclear reaction. The concentration of boron in a nuclear reactor is changed as fuel is burned up in order to sustain the reaction, and therefore it is not accounted for in designing shielding (also, boron provides little shielding of gamma and other types of radiation). Anyways, again, great quiz, and something minor that I probably would not have picked up on if I didn't work at a nuclear power plant.
Oct 2nd, 2012 at 17:03 GMT
@nowthatsfunny: Thanks for wanting to help improve the quiz. My source for that portion of the clue was Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D, who worked for the Department of Energy; under the "Uses" section for Boron: "Boron-10 is used as a control for nuclear reactors, to detect neutrons, and as a shield for nuclear radiation" as posted here: http://chemistry.about.com/od/elementfacts/a/boron.htm
As with all of the elements included in the quiz, my goal was to provide a mixture of "more-well-known" uses as clues, and a few which were obviously more obscure -- in order to help distinguish between elements with some shared uses.
Oct 23rd, 2012 at 20:52 GMT
Oct 23rd, 2012 at 22:01 GMT
^ Thanks for the encouraging Word, Bird!
Nov 8th, 2012 at 10:02 GMT
One of the best quizzes I've played on Sporcle. Well worthy of its prominent position in the 'Highest Rated Games' list.
Nov 12th, 2012 at 20:26 GMT
I can barely remember high school science, but I logged in specifically, for the first time in many moons, to congratulate you, needapausebutton, on an excellent quiz. To echo others, this is really what Sporcle is about: (i) there were enough clues that I felt I had a shot at guessing the answer; (ii) I had fun doing so; (iii) the difficulty was such that I felt rewarded when I guessed correctly; and, most importantly, (iv) the clues were descriptive enough that I LEARNED something along the way. I took more away from this quiz than I put in. To me, that's the epitome of what this great site's about. Many thanks :-)
Nov 13th, 2012 at 16:34 GMT
Thanks Olly and oxfordruse, but all credit goes to the elements, who fully cooperated in the development of the quiz by being so creative. ;)
Dec 8th, 2012 at 20:27 GMT
24/27. Really tested my memory of GCSE for boron and the flame colours.
Dec 29th, 2012 at 16:55 GMT
I award you all the globes. Make more quizzes.
Jan 23rd, 2013 at 10:54 GMT
Outstanding quiz. OUTSTANDING.
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