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message 1: by Kristina Simon (last edited Jun 04, 2016 03:22PM) (new)

Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10918 comments Mod
20.1 - Most Improved - Sarah E's task: Periodically challenged

A new series of University Challenge will start during this season. At 37 episodes per series there are (happily) only a few months of the year without it. Although I never manage to answer very many questions, it is always gratifying when a lifetime of reading throws up an answer - or means that I have at least heard of the subject (always a bonus).

Some of the more fiendish questions require the answer to be spelt out using codes: for example, International Country codes (GB, FR, US, etc.), the radio alphabet (alpha, bravo, charlie, etc.), or the symbols of the chemical elements. For this task, we are going to use the symbols of the chemical elements.

This is a ONE book task.

Read one book, and using this list: The Chemical Elements sorted alphabetically by symbol, spell out one word** of at least 3 letters from the title or subtitle of your book using the symbols of the chemical elements.

**Spaces determine words. Ignore punctuation, but words with symbols (&, @, etc.) cannot be used.
One word titles are allowed. You may use the same symbol more than once.

Required: State which word you have used, and list the elements that spell it out.

Example: The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

My word is Spoon

S - Sulfur
Po - Polonium
O - Oxygen
N - Nitrogen

Optional - Have a go at some of these sample questions:
University Challenge: Are these the 20 toughest questions Jeremy Paxman has ever asked?


message 2: by Sarah (last edited Jun 11, 2016 11:08AM) (new)

Sarah | 1219 comments Correct:

Marked for Life - Life
The Heat Islands - Islands
Tall Man in Ray-Bans - Ray-Bans (ignore the hyphen)
Boar Island - Boar Island
Phoenix and Ashes - Ashes
Far Gone - Far
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane - Physick
All About Passion - Passion
Firefly Lane - Lane


message 3: by Sarah (last edited Jun 03, 2016 11:53AM) (new)

Sarah | 1219 comments Incorrect interruption:


message 4: by Kristina Simon (new)

Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10918 comments Mod
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message 5: by Pia (new)

Pia | 1073 comments Marked for Life

Using the word LIFE

Li = Lithium
Fe = Iron

Will it work?


message 6: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 1219 comments Pia wrote: "Marked for Life

Using the word LIFE

Li = Lithium
Fe = Iron

Will it work?"


Yes, that works. Enjoy!


message 7: by Pia (new)

Pia | 1073 comments Thanks! It was the first book I tried and it was easy.


message 8: by Andy (new)

Andy Plonka (plonkaac) | 3440 comments Is this correct, using islands
The Heat Islands
I Iodine
S Sulfer
La Lanithanum
N Nitrogen
DS Darmstadtium


message 9: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 1219 comments Andy wrote: "Is this correct, using islands
The Heat Islands
I Iodine
S Sulfer
La Lanithanum
N Nitrogen
DS Darmstadtium"


That works. Cool use of unusual elements - and a long word too. :)
Enjoy.


message 10: by Trish (new)

Trish (trishhartuk) | 2495 comments Does this work okay, matching either Ray-Bans, or just Bans - I wasn't sure if for a hyphenated word you need both sides of the hyphen?

Tall Man in Ray-Bans, Joseph Flynn
Ra – Radium (88)
Y – Yttrium (39)
Ba – Barium (56)
N – Nitrogen (7)
S – Sulphur (6)


message 11: by Jonquil (last edited Jun 03, 2016 03:27PM) (new)

Jonquil | 1059 comments Nerd fun; thanks, Sarah!

I'm excited about a twofer that lets me use my latest Nevada Barr: Boar Island

B Boron/ O Oxygen/ Ar Argon...I Iodine/ S Sulfer/ La Lanithanum/Nd Neodymium


message 12: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7592 comments Love this!!


message 13: by Jayme(the ghost reader) (last edited Jun 03, 2016 04:06PM) (new)

Jayme(the ghost reader) (jaymeiltheghostreader) | 2976 comments My word is Ashes: As-Arsenic, H-Hydrogen, Es-Einsteinium
so my book is Phoenix and Ashesby Mercedes Lackey


message 14: by Kristina Simon (new)

Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) | 10918 comments Mod
Trish wrote: "Does this work okay, matching either Ray-Bans, or just Bans - I wasn't sure if for a hyphenated word you need both sides of the hyphen?

Tall Man in Ray-Bans, Joseph Flynn
Ra – Radi..."


Quick moderator note: Hyphenated words are treated as one word. So, yes, you both sides of the hyphen


message 15: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7592 comments got mine (I think)

Far Gone
Far - F (Fluorine); Ar (Argon)


message 16: by Bea (new)

Bea | 3929 comments The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

Physick:
P - Phosphorus
H - Hydrogen
Y - Yttrium
Si - Silicon
C - Carbon
K - Potassium


message 17: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) | 1532 comments Just to confirm that I am doing this right:

All About Passion - Passion

Pa - Protactinium
S - Sulfur
S - Sulfur
I - Iodine
O - Oxygen
N - Nitrogen


message 18: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 1219 comments Trish wrote: "Does this work okay, matching either Ray-Bans, or just Bans - I wasn't sure if for a hyphenated word you need both sides of the hyphen?

Tall Man in Ray-Bans, Joseph Flynn
Ra – Radi..."


Using both sides of the hyphen works.

Thanks Kristina!


message 19: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 1219 comments Jonquil wrote: "Nerd fun; thanks, Sarah!

I'm excited about a twofer that lets me use my latest Nevada Barr: Boar Island

B Boron/ O Oxygen/ Ar Argon...I Iodine/ S Sulfer/ La Lanithanum/Nd Neodymium"


Great! This works.


message 20: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 1219 comments Jayme(the ghost reader) wrote: "My word is Ashes: As-Arsenic, H-Hydrogen, Es-Einsteinium
so my book is Phoenix and Ashesby Mercedes Lackey"


This works. Enjoy!


message 21: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 1219 comments Dee wrote: "got mine (I think)

Far Gone
Far - F (Fluorine); Ar (Argon)"


Yes, that works. Happy reading!


message 22: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 1219 comments Bea wrote: "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

Physick:
P - Phosphorus
H - Hydrogen
Y - Yttrium
Si - Silicon
C - Carbon
K - Potassium"


This works. Enjoy!


message 23: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 1219 comments Lauren wrote: "Just to confirm that I am doing this right:

All About Passion - Passion

Pa - Protactinium
S - Sulfur
S - Sulfur
I - Iodine
O - Oxygen
N - Nitrogen"


Yes, you are right. This works.


message 24: by Andy (new)

Andy Plonka (plonkaac) | 3440 comments Sarah wrote: "Andy wrote: "Is this correct, using islands
The Heat Islands
I Iodine
S Sulfer
La Lanithanum
N Nitrogen
DS Darmstadtium"

That works. Cool use of unusual elements - and a long word too..."


Thanks and I do know how to spell Sulfur I just don't always pick the right keys on the keyboard.
Andy


message 25: by Ann A (new)

Ann A (readerann) | 887 comments I love tasks like this - fun AND educational!


message 26: by KSMary (new)

KSMary | 802 comments I'm going to read Firefly Lane for this challenge. Although you can spell Firefly also, for the sake of brevity I'm going with the word Lane. La= Lanthanum/Ne = Neon.


message 27: by Sarah (last edited Jun 11, 2016 11:11AM) (new)

Sarah | 1219 comments KSMary wrote: "I'm going to read Firefly Lane for this challenge. Although you can spell Firefly also, for the sake of brevity I'm going with the word Lane. La= Lanthanum/Ne = Neon."

Yes, either works. Enjoy!


message 28: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1314 comments I would like to use My Life on the Road

The word is life. My elements:

Li= Lithium
Fe= Iron


message 29: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 1219 comments Nicole wrote: "I would like to use My Life on the Road

The word is life. My elements:

Li= Lithium
Fe= Iron"


This works (and the word Life spelt this way has already been approved). Happy reading!


message 30: by Cindie (new)

Cindie | 1739 comments So if I use Boron (B) Oxygen twice (O) and potassium (k) , I can spell "book." So can I read a book with the word book in the title, like The Book of Esther or The Lost Book of Moses: The Quest for the World's Oldest Bible--and the Man Who Wrote It?


message 31: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 1219 comments Cindie wrote: "So if I use Boron (B) Oxygen twice (O) and potassium (k) , I can spell "book." So can I read a book with the word book in the title, like The Book of Esther or [book:The Lost Book o..."

Yes, that way to spell "Book" works, so you can read a book with "Book" in the title - providing it meets the usual SRC requirements of course. Those two examples look fine.


message 32: by Cindie (new)

Cindie | 1739 comments Sarah wrote: "Cindie wrote: "So if I use Boron (B) Oxygen twice (O) and potassium (k) , I can spell "book." So can I read a book with the word book in the title, like The Book of Esther or [book:..."

thanks!


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