Poll of Responses for the Wednesday, March 26, 2014 FJ! Clue

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How did you respond to the 3/26/14 FJ! clue?

Poll ended at Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:00 pm

Almonds
15
13%
Raisins
29
25%
Grapes
6
5%
Dates
34
29%
Figs
19
16%
Prunes
4
3%
Plums
15
13%
Olives
2
2%
Pistachios
3
3%
Walnuts
1
1%
Soybeans
1
1%
Peaches
2
2%
Apricots
0
No votes
Nectarines
0
No votes
I made no guess.
4
3%
 
Total votes: 117

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Poll of Responses for the Wednesday, March 26, 2014 FJ! Clue

Post by MarkBarrett » Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:00 pm

Many items were brought up in the Wednesday thread. I tried to round up all the choices. You can pick up to three in case some of you wrote down choices and never crossed off any or something like that.


3/26 FINAL JEOPARDY! CATEGORY
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3/26 FINAL JEOPARDY! CLUE
Prunus dulcis, this snack high in calcium & vitamin E, is native to the Mideast, but 80% of the world crop comes from Calif.

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Re: Poll of Responses for the Wednesday, March 26, 2014 FJ! Clue

Post by Bamaman » Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:05 pm

I voted for both plums and dates. I think I ended with dates because I thought having prune in the genus just seemed too obvious. Dates seem Middle Eastern but oh well.

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Post by econgator » Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:28 pm

Mark, for the bottom one you could have put, "TPH check this box."

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Re: Poll of Responses for the Wednesday, March 26, 2014 FJ! Clue

Post by nserven » Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:47 pm

Checked two boxes--my answer (grapes) and my wife's (dates).

Incidentally, as I was watching one of the 2000s games on Crackle today (Maria Wenglinsky's, I think), there was a clue about fruits of the genus Vitis, which I only got right due to looking up how close my wrong answer to this clue was.
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Post by Spaceman Spiff » Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:51 pm

Bamaman wrote:I voted for both plums and dates. I think I ended with dates because I thought having prune in the genus just seemed too obvious. Dates seem Middle Eastern but oh well.
Definitely stuck as "middle eastern" in my head, with Dromedary Dates jingles from my youth clanking around.

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Re: Poll of Responses for the Wednesday, March 26, 2014 FJ! Clue

Post by Budphrey » Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:05 pm

For once in my life, I gave a fig.
Poo-tee-weet? So it goes.

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Post by harrumph » Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:53 pm

No box for Gorp?

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Re: Poll of Responses for the Wednesday, March 26, 2014 FJ! Clue

Post by Peggles » Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:17 pm

Almonds never even crossed my mind.

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Post by dhkendall » Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:24 am

I started with olives and did cross it off eventually in favour of figs, but I'm keeping both choices, as I was with olives longer than I was with figs, and I saw no real good reason (other than caprice) to switch.

Like others, would never have guessed almonds (but, in hindsight, not too surprised it was the answer.)
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Post by zakharov » Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:39 am

I had raisins, and I had a derisive tweet cued up to mock them for not knowing it. Boy was my face red!
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Re: Poll of Responses for the Wednesday, March 26, 2014 FJ! Clue

Post by bengland » Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:43 am

If they'd said P. amygdalus I'd have gotten it. That was the name I was taught at U. C. Davis in the 70s. Also, according to the people who grow 80% of the world's supply, almond rhymes with Hammond.

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Re: Poll of Responses for the Wednesday, March 26, 2014 FJ! Clue

Post by Plactus » Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:07 am

I said raisins, but wasn't happy about it because they're grapes. Had I thought of dates, that would have been my answer.

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Re: Poll of Responses for the Wednesday, March 26, 2014 FJ! Clue

Post by alietr » Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:59 am

Peggles wrote:Almonds never even crossed my mind.
Even after Alex gave the response, almonds never even crossed my mind.

Seeing the poll results, I feel better about my snarky comment to Debramc.

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Re: Poll of Responses for the Wednesday, March 26, 2014 FJ! Clue

Post by billiej » Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:29 am

My nutritional studies came in handy, with Vit E/Calcium, in combination with Ca/Middle East connection, led me straight to almond. Even then, I wasn't 100% confident. Fortunately, I didn't look too closely at the genus/species, or I could have been swayed (likely would have gone with dates based strictly on that).

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Post by harrumph » Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:23 pm

dhkendall wrote:I started with olives and did cross it off eventually in favour of figs, but I'm keeping both choices, as I was with olives longer than I was with figs, and I saw no real good reason (other than caprice) to switch.

Like others, would never have guessed almonds (but, in hindsight, not too surprised it was the answer.)
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Re: Poll of Responses for the Wednesday, March 26, 2014 FJ! Clue

Post by debramc » Sun Mar 30, 2014 4:23 pm

alietr wrote:
Peggles wrote:Almonds never even crossed my mind.
Even after Alex gave the response, almonds never even crossed my mind.

Seeing the poll results, I feel better about my snarky comment to Debramc.
Golly it's like school again, being teased for knowing the answer (but this time by "the Teacher"!) (and hey, I'm not the only one that got it right!). ;)

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Re: Poll of Responses for the Wednesday, March 26, 2014 FJ! Clue

Post by ElendilPickle » Sun Mar 30, 2014 4:39 pm

Dates for me; almonds never crossed my mind.

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Post by Zhankfor » Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:34 pm

I said dates and I was probably around 90% confident - but another part of my brain was 90% confident that that it would land in that 10%, if that makes any sense at all, which obviously it doesn't but I'm using it for rhetorical effect.
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Re: Poll of Responses for the Wednesday, March 26, 2014 FJ! Clue

Post by nightreign » Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:26 pm

Raisins for me...Figured it wasn't prunes, since that would be too obvious. Dulce means sweet, which led me to think of raisins, and was pretty sure if it since I've heard of California raisins. Never would have come up with almonds.

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Re: Poll of Responses for the Wednesday, March 26, 2014 FJ! Clue

Post by Mathew5000 » Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:20 am

Dulce does mean sweet, but doesn't it also mean moist, or at least the opposite of dry? Specifically, in French, un vin doux is the opposite of un vin sec (a dry wine). So in the 30 seconds of that Final Jeopardy clue, “prunus” led me straight to dried fruit = raisin (especially paired with California) but then I was thinking, it couldn't be right that you'd refer to dried fruit with a word like dulce.

Of course, as someone pointed out in the other thread, drying out a fruit does not convert it to a different species, so it would not have its own Latin name in that fashion.

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