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O Answers Quiz #2

Can you guess these random things that start with the letter O?
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Last updated: December 21, 2021
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First submittedApril 30, 2015
Times taken32,133
Average score70.8%
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Clue
Answer
Constellation with a belt
Orion
Island of fertility in a desert
Oasis
Opposite of Occident
Orient
Shape of the U.S. President's office
Oval
Animal that plays dead
Opossum
Oldest University in England
Oxford
Island where karate originated
Okinawa
Shrek's species
Ogre
Friend of doctors Phil and Oz
Oprah
Capital of Canada
Ottawa
"Nineteen Eighty-Four" author
Orwell
Donny and Marie's last name
Osmond
Clue
Answer
Cute sea mammal that hold hands
Otter
Sit on a potato pan ...
Otis
A contradiction in terms. Jumbo shrimp, e.g.
Oxymoron
National gemstone of Australia
Opal
Fall festival in Munich
Oktoberfest
King who married his own mother
Oedipus
Greek letter or Covid variant
Omicron
City in France. There's a "new" one in the U.S.
Orleans
Dim-witted dog who lives with Garfield
Odie
Gumbo ingredient
Okra
Skateboarding jump
Ollie
Where the fat lady sings
Opera
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Level 71
Aug 5, 2015
Good quiz, doesn't look like Orion though.
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Level 65
Sep 2, 2015
The 'belt' clue gives it away, anyway.
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Level 76
Dec 12, 2015
I guess the picture is zoomed in on the belt?
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Level 75
Mar 2, 2016
WTF is Sit on a potato pan... Otis?
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Level 75
Mar 2, 2016
Probably should have googled that before asking.
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Level 86
Mar 2, 2016
It's a palindrome.
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Level 75
Mar 2, 2016
Not sure how we were supposed to know it was a palindrome from the clue. That's not one of the usual ones I've heard. I assumed it was a song lyric or line from a movie. Know nothing about skateboarding, either, so learned something new today.
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Level 72
Dec 3, 2017
Yeah, I'm with Ander217, that's VERY obscure. If you haven't heard or seen it before you have very little chance of getting it.
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Level 71
Sep 30, 2018
I was one of those lucky few. :P I got it accidentally when trying to get the Garfield dog.
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Level 77
Dec 24, 2021
I think you’re probably unlikely to get most questions if you’ve never seen them before.
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Level 62
Dec 28, 2021
Except putting a question mark on the end of it doesn't make it a question that makes any sense.
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Level 60
Aug 22, 2022
I got it since I had taken The Potato Quiz where it was also mentioned, but I had never heard of it before that.
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Level 51
Aug 20, 2022
I just happened to get it because I thought that was the name of the dog in Garfield.
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Level 67
Mar 2, 2016
"Able I was, ere I saw elba...". is familiar. I'm 46 with a college education and I've never heard of the potato pan palindrome before. If this is European, then fair enough, not likely many of you got Oakland. Sauce for the goose.
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Level 70
Mar 3, 2016
I'm 50 and Canadian and Otis is one of the familiar palindromes along with "a man a plan a canal panama"
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Level 67
Mar 4, 2016
I'm English and I've never heard it either.
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Level 55
Mar 6, 2016
American and never heard it. Only got it because I couldn't remember the Garfield dog right away and guessed Otis as his name before remembering it. So I got it right but didn't know why! I agree; "A man, a plan, a canal, Panama" is probably the most well-known palindromic sentence.
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Level 56
Aug 8, 2016
Madam I'm Adam
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Level 75
Jan 30, 2017
Sums are not set as a test on Erasmus
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Level 58
Feb 16, 2017
Bolton.
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Level 75
Sep 12, 2018
Do you mean 'Bolton otlob'?
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Level 84
Dec 21, 2021
@roleybob: It's from the dead parrot sketch.
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Level 67
Aug 7, 2019
Definitely not european, I've never heard of it.

After googling, it is thought up by Jon Agee, a children's book writer and illustrator from New York. So quite american.

He made a children's book by that name, and it is a book about .. palindromes (from 1999 I believe).

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Level 63
Mar 8, 2017
Is an otter really considered a sea mammal? I mean they live on land and in water but rather lakes and rivers than seas. I'd say a dolphin is a sea mammal.
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Level 84
Mar 28, 2017
So what would you recommend they change the name of the "sea otter" to?
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Level 77
Dec 24, 2021
In Canada they’re usually called Mostly River and Lake and Sometimes Land Otters. Any that live in saltwater we usually just call furry-handed dolphins.
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Level 59
Apr 18, 2018
I agree. Most otters we think of here are river otters.
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Level 86
Dec 5, 2018
Studies have shown that dolphins have difficulty holding hands. The most likely culprit is that they don't have them.
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Level 67
Aug 7, 2019
hahaha sharp
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Level 77
Dec 24, 2021
Fantastic. :)
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Level 76
Aug 19, 2022
Well, river otters don't live in the sea, but sea otters do.
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Level 86
Dec 5, 2018
They should write an opera about Oprah and call it "Operah".
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Level 67
Aug 7, 2019
they should make an opera about an orca eating okra and call it ockera
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Level 65
Feb 22, 2022
I had a hard time spelling Opera. I actually tried Oprah at first.
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Level 66
Dec 21, 2021
Agree the palindrome clue is obscure. I don't think it would help many, but a comma before the ellipses would be a small bone to throw us whine bags.
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Level 82
Dec 21, 2021
When I saw the "Sit on a potato pan" clue, my response was, "Ah... what?" when I gave up and revealed the answer, my response was still, "Ah... what?" Never encountered that one before, though it's good to see from the comments I'm not alone.
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Level 82
Dec 22, 2021
Oprah sure does know some incredibly terrible doctors...

Also, I assume that at some point there's going to be a COVID Omega variant. We're already more than halfway there and unfortunately, for reasons those not completely ignorant (like some of Oprah's friends) are very much aware of, it doesn't seem likely that we'll be done with the virus any time in the foreseeable future.

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Level ∞
Dec 22, 2021
You're repeating the fallacy that if only those darn anti-vaxxers would just do the right thing we'd be over this by now.

It's simply not true.

Please do get vaccinated, but Covid is never going away.

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Level 82
Aug 19, 2022
QM, I know from the aggregate of comments you have posted over the past 10 years that you primarily get your news from anti-government center-right sources with perhaps a strong libertarian or even quasi-anarcho-capitalist bent, and while I also know that you see yourself as a realist, perhaps a centrist, and maybe a rational skeptic (and recognize and admire those qualities in you when they present themselves; which is most of the time apart from political issues which you seem to prefer to neither comment on nor know much about)... I humbly suggest that you'd do well to consider the fact that sources like described above - ever since Trump politicized the CDC, the virus, and common sense measures to combat it - have sadly taken on at least a subtle (sometimes overt) pro anti-vaxxer, anti-masker, anti-"lockdown" bias. Whenever you see something from such a source that seems to confirm such a bias, think about it twice, and then six more times before repeating it.
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Level 82
Aug 19, 2022
As far as the fact, not fallacy, that if every single person able to in the world was vaccinated, got tested when it made sense to, stayed at home when they got sick, and wore masks in crowded spaces, would COVID "magically go away" (as only stupid people would ever suggest it could)? No. But would it have been relegated to a problem as serious as influenza and the common cold by now? In the 1st world, yes. Would there have been significantly less spread and fewer variants? Absolutely. If we did these things with anything approaching universality, would some areas and even entire countries be COVID-free? Almost certainly. And if we had simply proactively worked to contain and combat the virus, and disseminate accurate and helpful information instead of spreading conspiracy theories, miracle cure nonsense, science denialism, and anti-vaxxer anti-masker etc BS, would we have saved hundreds of thousands of lives and helped the economy get going much stronger and sooner?
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Level 82
Aug 19, 2022
Multiple peer-reviewed studies have concluded that yes, indeed, we would have. I know that some will dismiss these studies as biased, because they conflict with their own biases, but data trumps feelings. Reality trumps strawmen arguments. And facts trump your fallacies, either endorsed or insinuated.

Nobody who knew what they were talking about, and certainly not me, *ever* said or even implied that COVID would magically and totally disappear, with or without anti-vaxxers, regardless of what a drain on humanity those people are and the very real damage that they have done and continue to do.

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Level 76
Dec 23, 2021
I'm not sure that I see Kal claiming anything about anti-vaxxers, he just makes the point that we're 9 variants from having an omega variant, which would require a clue re-tweak. The bigger enemy of getting the pandemic more under control is not so much anti-vax campaigners (though they don't help) but vaccine hoarding by rich countries, which ironically leaves them wide open to fresh wave upon fresh wave of variants from lowly-vaccinated nations. A co-ordinated world approach to vaccinating the whole world is the key to ultimate management and suppresson of Covid-19.
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Level 82
Aug 19, 2022
It's a complex problem, but by far the biggest obstacle to combating COVID is the fact that the virus was politicized, in service of some person's ego. That has done incalculable, irreversible damage that will last for at least a generation. We've had anti-vaxxers for as long as we've had vaccines, but until recently in the civilized world they were a tiny, much-disparaged (mostly liberal, ironically enough) minority. And the calls to, for example, abolish the CDC or prosecute Dr. Fauci are completely unprecedented. Those who don't see this have their heads in the sand about how different this is and how bad it has gotten. God help us when a more deadly virus comes along. I'd appeal to scientists and doctors instead of God, but for some odd reason a lot of people don't trust them anymore.
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Level 82
Aug 19, 2022
but anyway yes, my main point was that the clue (which identified Omicron as the last or most recent COVID variant) was going to become inaccurate very soon. New variants emerging all the time. Would be odd for someone who thinks the virus could just be eliminated through vaccination to make that point.

(and also that both Dr.s Phil and Oz should probably be in prison or at least have their doctorates revoked for reckless malpractice and fraud)

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Level 56
Dec 22, 2021
oberammergau for oktoberfest? - OK I know technically not in Munich
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Level 76
Dec 23, 2021
Technically?! It's 90 km away! The Passion Play runs from May to October, so calling it a fall festival would be a bit of a stretch. Ironically the play, performed as a thank you for God sparing them from the plague, was postponed from 2020 due to Covid. They're trying again in 2022, although another answer in this quiz might have other ideas about that year as well.
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Level 82
Dec 23, 2021
was Osmund not close enough for Osmond?
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Level 68
Jan 18, 2022
You can make Gumbo without okra, you can not make Gumbo without onions !
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Level 21
Aug 23, 2022
exactly!
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Level 79
Feb 4, 2022
'hold hands' should be 'holds hands'
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Level 80
Aug 19, 2022
I didn't get where I am today by sitting on a potato pan.
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Level 78
Aug 19, 2022
Only got the potato pan one because it was in the potato quiz, which was also featured today.
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Level 70
Aug 19, 2022
I thought it was a threat.

"Sit on a potato pan, Or..."

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Level 66
Aug 19, 2022
Yeah sit on a what the hell is that
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Level 82
Aug 19, 2022
as I've noticed frequently happens, there's another quiz on the front page today that relates to this (and even explains it)
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Level 73
Aug 19, 2022
two quizzes today that had the sit on a pan otis clue...weird such a random quote shows up in two random featured quizzes on the same day
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Level 60
Aug 22, 2022
Yes, that's how I got it.
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Level 69
Aug 19, 2022
I actually thought of ‘possum’ but then remembered that this is an ‘O’ quiz so I just moved onto the next prompt… guess you learn something new every day, eh?
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Level 67
Apr 25, 2023
20/22, just missed Oprah and Otis