4-Letter History Chain #1

For each hint, enter a 4-letter word. The last letter of this word will be the first letter of the next word.
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Last updated: December 10, 2019
First submittedSeptember 17, 2015
Times taken43,570
Average score66.7%
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Hint
Answer
The USSR and pals: Eastern ____
Bloc
Group of Scottish kinsmen
Clan
Emperor when Rome burned
Nero
Norse god who Wednesday is named for
Odin
Hollywood crime genre: Film ____
Noir
Medieval torture device
Rack
Alexander cut the Gordian ____
Knot
English translation of Panzer
Tank
Herod, Midas, or Henry, e.g.
King
Rich man's disease
Gout
British conservative party
Tory
Harness that connects two oxen
Yoke
A lengthy narrative poem
Epic
Person of ancient Gaul or the British Isles
Celt
Hint
Answer
Old fashioned way of saying you
Thee
English noble rank
Earl
Former currency of Italy
Lira
Jason's ship
Argo
Roman poet who wrote "Metamorphoses"
Ovid
High noble rank
Duke
Greek goddess of discord
Eris
Canal seized by Egypt in 1956
Suez
King of the Greek gods
Zeus
Former name of Thailand
Siam
Chinese dynasty 1368–1644
Ming
Territory that the U.S. took from Spain in 1898
Guam
Neighbor of ancient Israel
Moab
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Level 88
Sep 30, 2015
Wow, there were at least four of these that I would never have guessed without having correctly gotten the answers above and below (thus giving me the first and last letter). Managed to get all right, despite not knowing 4 answers.
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Level 65
Nov 25, 2015
isnt it should be 'thou' instead of 'thee'
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Level 81
Nov 28, 2015
Thee is the accusative of thou, and therefore can still be used as a substitute for you: "I saw you yesterday", "I saw thee yesterday".
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Level 68
Dec 14, 2015
The quiz should probably accept both "thou" and "thee" but show "thou" as the canonical answer because it's the subjective form.
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Level 58
Dec 14, 2015
^ Right, but "thou" wouldn't work in the line-up, because the next word starts with an "e".
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Level 72
Dec 5, 2017
"Yours" would be "thine." Think about the Ten Commandments: Thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, etc. They mean "You shall not, etc."
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Level 73
Jun 2, 2018
Or, you could read poorly, and spend two minutes trying to figure out the old fashioned way of saying thank you.
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Level 85
Jun 2, 2018
@tshalla I had the same problem.
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Level 76
Nov 3, 2019
I saw 'thank you' first as I moved my eyes to that hint, but then found it was you' after I actually read it.
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Level 45
Feb 10, 2021
"old fashioned" needs to be better described. It could be hieroglyphs, or it could be old english you just dont know.
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Level 71
Apr 25, 2020
A problem for English natives who don't think there's any difference between 'YOU like me' and 'I like YOU'
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Level 65
Feb 8, 2021
In summary, "thee" and "thou" are both equally correct, as they have both been replaced by "you" in modern English. However, only "thee" continues the chain. In my opinion, "thou" should be accepted as a type-in.
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Level 63
May 21, 2021
I see a lot of comments on chain quizzes from people asking for answers that are wrong to be accepted (because they don't realize it's a chain quiz.)

It's pretty rare to see a comment from someone who understands it's a chain quiz, acknowledges that an answer doesn't fit the chain, and still wants that answer to be accepted.

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Level 72
Dec 14, 2015
Never realized (until now) that Suez is Zeus backwards. Wow.
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Level 37
Dec 14, 2015
Wonder if it was on purpose to name it after Zeus backwards, or a name someone else took. and the canal was named named after them. Is is the same people who don't know all/most of these or just a different few people each time?
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Level 67
Aug 15, 2019
Suez comes from "as-suways", which comes from Egyptian "suan" meaning beginning (It is at the beginning of the red sea). The canal is named after the city suez.
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Level 55
Dec 14, 2015
How do you get from "Eris" to "Moab"?
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Level 75
Feb 6, 2021
You can get from Eris to Moab by way of Suez, Zeus, Siam, Ming, and Guam (read in the voice of the ticket guy in Frosty the Snowman who wants to send you to the Aurora Borealis to get to the North Pole).
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Level 78
Dec 14, 2015
Not saying you should change the quiz, but that Gout is a rich man's disease is a common misconception. It is hereditary and exacerbated by rich food and drink high in purines. Sorry, pet peeve; I have it and am far from rich!
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Level ∞
Dec 15, 2015
There's a pretty good chance that you are rich by Medieval standards. :)
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Level 67
Aug 15, 2019
Yea nearly every is rich nowadays to medieval standards! (And it is not about money, but food)

It is still linked with food. Especially excess of meat and alcohol. It is the uric acid that causes the gout, when it crystalizes. Diet is not the sole reason though, but definitely proven and not a myth.

It is just bad stuff are almost easier available nowadays than good stuff. That is why the rich used to be fat and the poor skinny, and nowadays, it is the poorer section of people that are usually more obese.

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Level 37
Jun 28, 2017
And who can better afford to eat and imbibe these than the rich?
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Level 56
Dec 15, 2015
Well. I think I would have done better had I read the "The last letter of this word will be the first letter of the next word." line.
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Level 26
Dec 16, 2015
I tried whip instead of rack. It does have 4 letters. Overall a good quiz though.
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Level 90
Dec 16, 2015
But doesn't start with r, which was the last letter of the word before. Chain.
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Level 65
Dec 18, 2015
Couldn't Edom also be a neighbor to ancient Israel?
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Level 87
Sep 14, 2016
Doesn't start with M. This is a chain quiz as explained in the directions.
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Level 56
Dec 19, 2015
Wouldn't a Lord be a high noble rank?
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Level 33
May 5, 2018
Earls in England are Lords in Scotland. They did say English.
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Level 67
Apr 2, 2020
I'm afraid that is nonsense. an Earl is an Earl and a Lord is a Lord throughout the UK. Perhaps confusion has arisen here from the Scots dialect word "Laird".
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Level 77
Jun 2, 2018
It's a chain quiz - it must start with d and end with e.
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Level 77
Jan 7, 2016
Wikipedia says "Panzer is a German word that means armour"
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Level 80
Apr 10, 2017
It's usually more informative to read two (or more) sentences, instead of just the first one.
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Level 67
Aug 15, 2019
He is correct though. Tank in german is panzerkampfwagen (armoured combat vehicle). English has started to use the word panzer. But in german panzer simply means armour.

Panzer as it is used in english is an abreviation of the original german word.

Like how in some languages tele has become the word for television. But tele just means far, and was not the word in the original language. Bad example because tele came from greek and vision from latin haha, but couldnt think of another example right away. (just imagine it came from a single language ;) )

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Level 42
Apr 22, 2020
Eh. I double checked with my husband (German, engineer, ‘technically correct is the best kind of correct’) and he said Panzer is the term used in Germany, even in the military, which he had to serve in for a year when he was young.

I mean, I appreciate the progression of language, and I know if you aren’t German you definitely live nearby (going by your profile!) but I think it’s a very fair use of the word for this quiz.

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Level 77
Feb 6, 2021
German here. If someone says Panzer I will think of a tank, though the word can also mean armour.
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Level 77
Feb 7, 2021
And Panzerkampfwagen is absolutely not the common word for tank. Way too unwieldy even for native speakers of German. I don't know where you got that from.
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Level 77
Feb 7, 2021
Looked up the German wikipedia article on Panzer. Translation of the first sentence: "A [Panzer] is an armed fighting vehicle that is protected against flak by armour [Panzerung]".
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Level 52
Aug 11, 2016
I had no idea on the last one, but knowing the starting and ending letter and figuring that the second letter was a vowel, I had plenty of time to guess all the possibilities.
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Level 71
Feb 1, 2018
I did pretty much the same thing. I was still surprised that it worked out.
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Level 55
Apr 10, 2017
Why is the title Earl in a history quiz? It's still a current title, there are around 200 Earls in the UK at the moment. There are also more Earldoms where the holder doesn't use the title Earl due to also holding a more senior title of Duke or Marquess.
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Level 77
Jun 2, 2018
I absolutely agree - there are no earls who lived before this moment in time, therefore they don't belong in this quiz - oops, the clock just moved so NOW they are historical and the clue can remain.
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Level 84
Jun 2, 2018
ander's comment is now eligible to be featured on a history quiz.
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Level 61
Jun 2, 2018
Definitely a case of someone getting too annoyed for no reason.
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Level 57
Jun 2, 2018
Just because something still exists in present day, doesn't mean that it doesn't have historic significance, as well. "Earls" were far more important historically than they are today.
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Level 87
Jun 4, 2018
Still plenty of kings around as well. Just not as many as before.
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Level 67
Aug 15, 2019
I am pretty sure england has come up in history quizzes/texts, and IT still exists aswell. Something does not need to cease to exist to be history. Well in everyday speech yes, but not the subject History which is about things that have happened.

And man all the kings they should remove from the histories quizzes. There are still kings around ! whadaya know.. I think quizmaster is going to be busy for a while erasing all those questions about kings..

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Level 84
Jun 2, 2018
Wow. Somehow misread the clue as "Old fashioned way of saying THANK you" and had no idea what the answer could be. Serves me right for doing these so soon after waking up.
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Level 40
Jun 2, 2018
https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/254093/countries-that-have-sent-a-sattelite-to-space

Try this quiz!

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Level 38
Jun 2, 2018
Ming? I thought it was the Qing Dynasty
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Level 57
Jun 2, 2018
There have been multiple dynasties throughout Chinese history. The Ming Dynasty rules from the 1300s to the 1600s, and the Qing Dynasty ruled from the 1600s to the 1900s.
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Level 83
Jun 2, 2018
The Qing were known to be magnanimous in victory, while the Ming were merciless.
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Level 84
Jun 2, 2018
lol
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Level 84
Jun 2, 2018
Not to be confused with the Qin dynasty, which ruled for 15 years in the 200's BCE :)
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Level 39
Jun 2, 2018
Maybe you should accept thou as well as Thee?
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Level 84
Jun 2, 2018
Please read the quiz instructions.
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Level 49
Jun 3, 2018
You should specify that it is you plural.
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Level 72
Sep 25, 2018
Why? The answer isn't plural. In fact, unlike the Modern English "you," which can be either singular or plural, "thou" and "thee" could ONLY be singular.
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Level 70
Nov 1, 2018
I didn't look closely enough to realize this was a chain. At least three of the clues have different four-letter answers: thou rather than thee, Cuba rather than Guam, and Edom rather than Moab.
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Level 59
Apr 11, 2020
I typed in "Tori" and was surprised it was wrong and just gave up. No idea why I didn't write "Tory". Ugh.
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Level 45
Apr 25, 2020
Shouldn't thou also count instead of thee? And isn't a Lord also a noble rank?
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Level 63
May 13, 2020
Thou doesn't end with E. Lord doesn't start with E and end with L.
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Level 60
Feb 7, 2021
Moab? Without a last letter clue at that? C'mon, man!
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Level ∞
Feb 7, 2021
But there is a last letter clue...
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Level 65
Feb 8, 2021
Oooooooo, I didn't know they do that!
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Level 57
Mar 29, 2021
Person (...) of the British Isles: "C _ _ T"

Well, I answered wrong.

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Level 77
Sep 12, 2022
Is it cheating if I had E_ _ S, guessed the second to last letter would be a vowel and then just went across qwerty... etc to get the second letter?