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Name a Valid Answer - Science

Guess any valid answer which fits each selected category.
Answer must correspond to the yellow box
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Last updated: October 13, 2023
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Valid Answers
A layer of the Earth
crust | mantle | outer core | inner core
A noble gas
helium | neon | argon | krypton | xenon | radon
One of the top 10 largest moons in the Solar System
(other than Earth's moon)
Ganymede | Titan | Callisto | Io | Europa |
Triton | Titania | Rhea | Oberon | Iapetus
One of the three types of rock
igneous | sedimentary | metamorphic
One of the three largest bones in the arm
humerus | radius | ulna
Periodic Table element named for a country
americium | copper | francium | gallium |
germanium | indium | nihonium | polonium
Term for a period of time in geology that starts with E
eon | era | epoch
A type of quark
up | down | strange | charm | bottom | top
A taxonomic rank which comes between
genus and kingdom
family | order | class | phylum
What the letters of E = mc² stand for
energy | mass | speed of light
A type of strong chemical bond
ionic | covalent | metallic
Name for a wavelength of light on the
electromagnetic spectrum
radio | microwave | infrared | visible light |
ultraviolet | x-ray | gamma
Subspecies of tiger
Bengal | Siberian | South China | Indochinese |
Malayan | Sumatran
A layer of the atmosphere
troposphere | stratosphere | mesosphere |
thermosphere | exosphere
Element whose name ends in C
arsenic | zinc
DNA bases (hint: CGAT)
cytosine | guanine | adenine | thymine
Common names for types of stars
orange dwarf | red dwarf | white dwarf | yellow dwarf |
red giant | blue giant
48 Comments
+24
Level 81
Oct 13, 2023
Interesting quiz. I never knew copper was named after Cyprus.
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Level 86
Oct 13, 2023
No, you buffoon, Cyprus is in . . .

Oh, sorry about that. Knee-jerk reaction.

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Level 81
Dec 5, 2023
Copper is only found in Europe and nobody can convince me otherwise :P
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Level 84
Oct 13, 2023
Count me too.

Today I learned something new.

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Level 92
Oct 13, 2023
I'm more embarrassed that I'd never realized what Polonium was named for.
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Level 84
Dec 7, 2023
Cher Horowitz says it's named after that guy from Hamlet
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Level 74
Oct 13, 2023
I thought this was a joke at first...
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Level 82
Oct 13, 2023
"Term for a period of time in geology that starts with E"

Was I the only one going through Jurassic, Cretaceous, etc? Couldn't think of any starting with E so left it blank. Major face palm moment.

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Level 79
Oct 13, 2023
yup, that's ambiguous. I was puzzled when it wouldn't accept eocene
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Level 85
Oct 13, 2023
I tried Eocene first as well...
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Level 55
Mar 25, 2024
Me too!
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Level ∞
Oct 13, 2023
The clue is not ambiguous but I can see how it would be confusing.

Suggestions for improved wording?

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Level 82
Oct 13, 2023
As per my other comment, I wonder about just adding the word "generic"?

As in "Generic term for a period of time in geology that starts with E"?

*thinks*

Or how about this:

"Term starting with E used to refer to different periods on the geologic time scale"

(Perhaps one could replace the word "different" in that prompt with "specific"?)

That's all I have right now. I agree it's tough to pin this one down; but I did find it confusing the way it was written. I honestly don't know if any of my suggestions would be better or not.

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Level 82
Oct 13, 2023
"Eocene"? No.

"Eoarchean"? Nope.

"Early Triassic"? Apparently not.

Ok, so what the heck are we looking for here?

<Clicks "Give Up"><sees answer>

Oh.

Yeah that wording is... not entirely clear. Maybe the word "generic" could be added in there? Just a thought.

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Level 89
Oct 13, 2023
Every time I see a question about noble gasses, I think of the Simpson's episode where the prison warden is addicted to helium. He inhales and says, "Damn, that gas is noble!" in a high voice. ;)
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Level 76
Oct 13, 2023
It's zinc for me. Come back ziiiiinc. Come baaaaaaack
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Level 87
Oct 13, 2023
Is there a reason neutron star doesn't work? Maybe it's included with the supermassive stars since it's the remaining core?
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Level 79
Oct 13, 2023
White dwarves and neutron stars are both considered stellar remnants, but current classification systems include the former while excluding the latter. My guess is that's why neutron stars aren't an answer, since there isn't a classification system for them.
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Level 81
Oct 13, 2023
Idk, I know the wording is not exactly right but Ediacaran and Ectasian could probably still be accepted for the "Periods of time in geology" just for the few people that would think to try those first.
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Level 92
Oct 13, 2023
I'd consider adding ozone as a atmospheric layer. It's a sub-layer for sure, but frequently identified on diagrams.
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Level 58
Dec 5, 2023
I said that too!
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Level 83
Oct 13, 2023
I always assumed Indium was named for India. I enjoy quizzes that force me to look something up and discover I was wrong.
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Level 79
Oct 13, 2023
You're not really wrong, since the root of indigo is Latin for India. Wikipedia says, "They named the element indium, from the indigo color seen in its spectrum, after the Latin indicum, meaning 'of India.'" So it seems like maybe it should count.
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Level ∞
Oct 13, 2023
Indium will work now
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Level 61
Oct 13, 2023
I guessed lithosphere and asthenosphere before finally thinking of crust *facepalm*
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Level 75
Oct 13, 2023
Yeah, strictly speaking, there are two classification systems for layers of the earth - chemical (core, mantle, crust), and physical (lithosphere, asthenosphere, mantle (or mesosphere), outer core, inner core).
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Level 84
Oct 14, 2023
Maybe add rhodium for elements named for countries? It was named for Rhodesia. Since gallium counts it might make sense.
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Level 79
Oct 14, 2023
Rhodium is not named for Rhodesia, it's named after the Greek word for rose.
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Level 70
Oct 14, 2023
Americium is named after the continents of the Americas, and not the United States: Source
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Level 76
Oct 16, 2023
It says it was named after the United States in the very first paragraph of your source.
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Level 40
Nov 28, 2023
No it doesn't
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Level 60
Dec 5, 2023
Americium should not be accepted, it is comparable to europium.

It says it was named for the Americas. "Americium is a synthetic chemical element; it has symbol Am and atomic number 95. It is radioactive and a transuranic member of the actinide series in the periodic table, located under the lanthanide element europium and was thus named after the Americas by analogy."

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Level 70
Dec 5, 2023
At the time I made my original comment the Wikipedia article contradicted itself on the matter, but it has since been corrected to say consistently that Americium is named for the continents of the Americas.
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Level 69
Oct 14, 2023
Great quiz - and an easy 5 points for a nerd!
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Level 64
Oct 15, 2023
Accept 'low fat' for quark? I've never seen any of the other kind in the shops. Maybe it's an American thing...😲😳🙂
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Level 76
Dec 5, 2023
As a fellow German, I approve of this comment.
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Level 78
Oct 17, 2023
Ionosphere? It's above the mesosphere.
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Level 74
Nov 26, 2023
I tried this first, too.
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Level 71
Oct 19, 2023
Great quiz.

The tiger subspecies classification appears to have been changed now, with only two subspecies - the mainland Asia one, and the Sunda Islands one.

Source: https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/tiger

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Level 44
Oct 22, 2023
Hydrogen
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Level 81
Nov 8, 2023
Amur tiger could be added. Not sure if it is accepted already or not.
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Level 46
Dec 5, 2023
Could be a type in for siberian
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Level 83
Nov 9, 2023
I'd suggest accepting "truth" and "beauty" for quark types -- it's a little old-fashioned, but still valid as far as I'm aware.

Also, I hear a lot more reference to "optical" light than "visible" light. This should probably be allowed.

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Level 61
Dec 5, 2023
Disappointed that Ferenghi was not accepted for a type of Quark...
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Level 73
Dec 5, 2023
16/17, quite easy, but I did not know the names of the DNA bases.
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Level 56
Dec 5, 2023
Interestingly, indium was named after the indigo colour seen in the element's spectrum. The word indigo comes from the Latin word indicum, which means "of India." So, indium was named after a word that was named after a country (all per Wikipedia).
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Level 56
Dec 5, 2023
Easy. Then again, I have a science PhD I should know all of this & more.
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Level 66
Jan 16, 2024
For the question "types of rock", I had to remember that it is about science, so I wouldn't type: Punk, hard, college...