Think Different 171: World Capitals

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Think Different 171: World Capitals

Post by Vermonter » Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:31 pm

Everyone knows that the first step in successful Jeopardy! preparation is memorizing the capital city of each country. (Or, in some cases, two or even three capital cities.)

How well do YOU know them - and how well are you able to Think Different from the competition?

Rules are copied liberally from Creed Bratton's TD 167. Because it's my first TD, I'm going to keep the rules simple. Further clarifications on eligible cities are in the next post.

1. Please send me your answers by private message, but NOT ANYWHERE IN THIS THREAD!

2. The deadline for submission is 12 PM Eastern time on Thursday, December 19.

3. The object, as you know, is to provide the least popular correct answer for each of the questions.
  1. Your score on a question equals the number of people (including you) who gave your answer.
  2. Incorrect answers receive the "sheep" score (highest score on that question) times 2.
  3. Lowest final score wins (with total computed by adding your scores together)
4. You may PASS one question by listing PASS instead of an answer. However, your score for that question will be equal to the number of people who PASS that same question. Use it wisely - if you use it at all!

5. Answers must be provided out of the wealth of information that exists in your brain - no research! However, if you are lucky enough to stumble onto an answer between when you read the question and when you submit your answers, it is fully acceptable to use that.

6. The first tiebreaker will be the score before the bonus question, then the number of singletons, then doubletons, then the product of your scores for each question, then submission order.

7. If you have questions or comments, send them to me via private message unless you are sure that what you say will not reveal answers, offer hints, steer players away from negbait, or in any other way affect the outcome. If appropriate, I’ll post clarifications below the questions.
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Which capitals are acceptable?

Post by Vermonter » Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:40 pm

Each of your answers will be a capital city. I will not ask for country names or the names of other cities, with the exception of the identifying point in questions 1 and 9.

I will only accept capital cities of countries that are members of the United Nations as of December 5, 2013. I am using the CIA Factbook as the arbiter of official capital and spelling. The names of the cities here are the English transliterations. (Different spellings should not affect questions 4 and 5, but you can ask me if you have a question.)

The Factbook lists only one capital for each country; typically, where there are multiple, the "preferred" city is the administrative capital. As such, for the purposes of this TD, the following cities will not be accepted:
  • Abidjan
    Bloemfontein
    Cape Town
    Cetinje
    Comayagüela
    Cotonou
    Dodoma
    The Hague
    Kutaisi
    Lagos
    Lobamba
    Nay Pyi Taw
    Putrajaya
    Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte
    Sucre
    Valparaíso
If there is another city that you feel might be questionable, please let me know in a private message and I will clarify.
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The questions!

Post by Vermonter » Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:53 pm

1. LEFT OUT

Pick one of the "sort-of" capital cities in the disclaimer above, and tell me the "official" capital of the same country. Your response requires both the "disputed" city you choose and the "actual" capital.

For example, you might reply, "New York City – Washington, D.C." were New York City an alternate capital listed above.

CLARIFICATION: In the case where multiple cities lead to the same "actual" capital, those responses will be lumped together into the same "pool" of points.


2. SO UNPOPULAR

Name a capital that is not the most populous city in its country.


3. THE MILE-HIGH CLUB
 
There are 12 capital cities situated at a mean elevation of over 5,280 feet. Name one of them.


4. DON’T CALL THEM SHORT …

Name a capital city that’s only four letters long.


5. … BUT THEY WON’T MIND IF YOU CALL THEM LONG

Give me a capital city that consists of a single word containing 10 or more letters.

To clarify: Cities with a space, a hyphen, an apostrophe, or any other punctuation are ineligible.


6. BACK IN THE U.S.S.R.

Name a current capital city of one of the 15 Former Soviet Republics – the independent states that resulted from the dissolution of the U.S.S.R.


7. BOOKENDS

Name a capital city that begins and ends with the same letter.


8. HIGH SECURITY

Name a capital city of a member of the United Nations Security Council, either as of right now or slated to join in 2014.

There are 20 possible answers – 15 current members, and 5 new ones to join on January 1. (The fifth new one will be announced December 6, I believe.)


9. STRIPPED!

Each of the following cities served as its nation’s capital at some point in the last century, but no longer. Pick one and tell me the name of its successor. (Give me both the former capital and the current capital in your response, please.)
  • Almaty
    Belize City
    Madina do Boe
    Mafeking
    Rawalpindi
    Yogyakarta
    Tel Aviv-Jaffo
    Zomba
    Quezon City
    Salalah
    Cetinje
    Samarkand
    Durres
    Luang Prabang
    Kaunas

10. DE DO DO DO, DE DA DA DA

Give me a capital city that starts with the same two letters as the name of its country.


11. HELLO, LADIES

Name a capital city that has been the seat of power of a female President at some point in the last five years (since January 1, 2009). Such a woman does not need to be the incumbent. I will also accept Acting Presidents.

To be clear, I'll only accept Presidents, not other heads of state.


BONUS – TRIPLE THREATS

There are 3 capital cities with three-word names. For a reduction of one point each – and with no penalty for an incorrect response – name them. Note: Washington, D.C. is not one of them.

Addendum 1: Cities with a hyphen, an apostrophe, or any other punctuation are ineligible. Only spaces between the words count.

Addendum 2: I've seen Port-of-Spain spelled both with and without hyphens; because I originally wasn't going to count it, I'm going to spoil it here and say it is not on the list of three.
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Re: Think Different 171: World Capitals

Post by Volante » Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:06 pm

So many right answers...so many opponents who ALSO know the right answers...

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List of participants

Post by Vermonter » Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:50 pm

  1. geolawyerman
  2. Rackme32
  3. Lumosityfan
  4. Magna
  5. StevenH
  6. gamawire
  7. Leander
  8. Sherm
  9. CyrusChan
  10. econgator
  11. dhkendall
  12. WooWho?
  13. jpahk
  14. Creed Bratton
  15. ElendilPickle
  16. UniquePerspective
  17. lisa0012
  18. Paucle
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  21. Vanya
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  23. tjconn728
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  28. DadofTwins
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  30. wallzy41
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  32. amorris525
  33. PowerofHoodoo
  34. ihavejeoprosy
  35. esrever
  36. Woppy T
  37. Turd Ferguson
  38. JeopardyMom
  39. jeffwolfe
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  42. waterloo_guy
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  45. Austin Powers
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Point of clarification: Bonus

Post by Vermonter » Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:52 pm

I added a point of clarification to the Bonus question: I'm only counting three-word cities that have spaces between the words, not hyphens or any other punctuation.

If you've already submitted your response, you'll be able to change your answer, if you like.
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Re: Think Different 171: World Capitals

Post by Vermonter » Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:57 pm

New question: "Does punctuation include accent marks or other diacritical markings? Or only punctuation between words, like hyphens or apostrophes?"

Only punctuation between words. "Valparaíso", for example, does NOT have any punctuation for the purposes of this TD.
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Another Bonus clarification

Post by Vermonter » Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:30 pm

In response to a few questions: I've seen "Port-of-Spain" spelled with and without hyphens, even in different parts of the Factbook.

It's not one of the three Bonus answers, and I'm not going to count it as such.
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Re: Think Different 171: World Capitals

Post by Vermonter » Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:43 pm

Also to clarify, this game is using the English names for each capital (e.g., for a certain country name, "Spain" instead of "España").
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Clarification on Question 11

Post by Vermonter » Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:50 pm

Someone asked for clarification on the "female Presidents" question. I'm looking only for Presidents, not for other types of head of state. The title "President" must be used.
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Clarification on Question 1

Post by Vermonter » Sat Dec 07, 2013 2:03 pm

For the "alternate" world capitals question: in the case where multiple cities lead to the same "actual" capital, those responses will be lumped together into the same "pool" of points.
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Bumping up ...

Post by Vermonter » Tue Dec 10, 2013 1:46 am

23 players are in so far, and I'm enjoying seeing which responses are accruing some big points (and which are still untouched).

You still have over nine days left, but why wait? :)
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Re: Bumping up ...

Post by Paucle » Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:14 am

Vermonter wrote:You still have over nine days left, but why wait? :)
:::::throat clear:::::: Indeed... ;)

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Re: Bumping up ...

Post by Vermonter » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:01 pm

Paucle wrote:
Vermonter wrote:You still have over nine days left, but why wait? :)
:::::throat clear:::::: Indeed... ;)
Hey! I got mine in in time ;)
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Re: Think Different 171: World Capitals

Post by RandyG » Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:51 am

This could use a B-U-M-M-M-M-P-P-P-P-P
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Re: Think Different 171: World Capitals

Post by Vermonter » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:41 pm

Two score in the bag. Who's left to join? Just over 43 hours left.
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Re: Think Different 171: World Capitals

Post by seaborgium » Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:10 pm

Oh good. I've got maybe half a submission drafted, and I thought (and forgot, and thought again) that today was the deadline.

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Re: Think Different 171: World Capitals

Post by Vermonter » Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:26 am

OK, geography buffs - 26 1/2 hours left in this TD. I plan to launch the scoring within an hour of the close, to give Sherm plenty of time to do his stand-up routine. :)
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Re: Think Different 171: World Capitals

Post by Vermonter » Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:15 pm

49 entries in ... who wants to make it an even 50? Just under 15 hours left.
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Re: Think Different 171: World Capitals

Post by Sherm » Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:38 pm

Vermonter wrote:OK, geography buffs - 26 1/2 hours left in this TD. I plan to launch the scoring within an hour of the close, to give Sherm plenty of time to do his stand-up routine. :)
I don't get it, I type sitting down. :D

Honestly, have some fun with the scoring, 50 is just a boatload of people, but it shows that you really did a nice job with your questions.

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