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deepseaAus

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new Posted: 08:56AM Feb 10, 2010



Sorry about the giant"fail". It's the site so there isn't much I can do. The best answer I've heard so far is "things that can't fly" but I'm sure there's a better one.


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ShadowsAcamod

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new Posted: 04:46PM Feb 10, 2010

What the heck is that mouse/penguin/kangaroo animal thing near the bottom left?

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deepseaAus

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new Posted: 05:49PM Feb 10, 2010

I'm pretty sure that's a penguin

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BloodMoon*us

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new Posted: 11:15AM Feb 12, 2010

Things made into movies: Free Willy; March of the Penguins; The Piano; Runaway Train & Das Boot

or...

All things Popeye has beaten Bluto up with while juiced up on Spinach!

0r...

All things used in Coca-Cola commercials.


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lunarrainbowAus

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new Posted: 06:23AM May 29, 2010

They all make distinctive noises. They are in danger/are useless/can't survive without people. Or how about putting "weird"?
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antlerladyAus

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new Posted: 05:55PM Jun 11, 2010

How about all movies with voice-over narration? The Piano, Whale Rider, Das Boot, March of the Penguins and the Train. Or maybe it has to do with the ocean?

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eamonca

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new Posted: 01:32PM Mar 13, 2011

deepsea wrote:


Sorry about the giant"fail". It's the site so there isn't much I can do. The best answer I've heard so far is "things that can't fly" but I'm sure there's a better one.


The only common thread, if there is one at all, seems to be they're each a kind of oxymoron for lack of a better word.

Whale = (Marine mammal) a water based air-breather
Penguin = (flightless bird) a winged animal that can't fly
a single Boot = useless alone
Train = (Trackless train) useless w/o tracks
(player) Piano = oxymoron (Not actually a musical instrument but a mechanical playback device like a tape player.)

Of course I make the giant leap that it's not just an upright piano. I usually see the rectangular window for the music scroll on player pianos as shown in the image. Still, it could work (less well) as a "player-less instrument" I suppose.

Thoughts??
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riddlemaster2*au

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new Posted: 02:06AM Jul 3, 2011

They all have other words in their names.

PENguin or penguIN

whALE

piANo or piaNO or PIano

sHOE or BOOt

tRAIN or traIN


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eamonca

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new Posted: 08:30PM Jul 3, 2011

That IS true. It seems more about the images rather than their names though in the three other sets.
The puzzle asks for the OBJECTS common defining characteristics not about their (English) names.

Anyone got the real answer from the original site?


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Skybet*gb

Posts: 40

new Posted: 08:48AM Oct 31, 2011

It honestly looks like its there just to bamboozle you!

Can't think of anything simple like "made of metal" or "an item of furniture"

This question paper doesn't look like it runs too deep...


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Mathgeek007tca

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new Posted: 06:44PM Oct 31, 2011

5 letters.

Piano.
Mouse.
Whale.
Train.
... Booots?


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talanpoeAus

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new Posted: 01:18PM Nov 7, 2011

That has to be a really old picture, by the way.

I'm curious: how many of today's young people recognize the object in the top-left corner of the top-left panel?


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JQPublic

Posts: 1811

new Posted: 08:28AM Jun 26, 2012

Not me, that's for sure, talanpoe. What is it?

Since there's a '60' on the page, it must be a workbook since exam papers are usually not that thick. Is it possible to find the teacher's edition on Amazon (if the book can be identified)?


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dangerouspie101tus

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new Posted: 04:46PM Jul 25, 2012

I wonder if we can find the site where it was found.... and look at it to see if it says the name of the book. Anyone know what site its from?????

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celticherotus

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new Posted: 04:57PM Jul 25, 2012

How about things that can all be black and white?

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JQPublic

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new Posted: 07:18PM Jul 25, 2012

I suspect there were instructions somewhere before that part that told the student it's possible to write 'no common characterstic'. Another possibility is that they wanted the students to use their creativity.

'An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.' - Charles Dickens
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dangerouspie101tus

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new Posted: 11:02AM Aug 15, 2012

Hmm..that could work. But...we should find where it was found...

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MarcM1098Acamod

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new Posted: 04:28AM Aug 21, 2012

The same puzzle is given here; the source is a Russian 2nd grade book.

The answer is given on the same site by the same author: they are all black.


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eamonca

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new Posted: 12:14PM Aug 22, 2012

MarcM1098 wrote:
The same puzzle is given here; the source is a Russian 2nd grade book.

The answer is given on the same site by the same author: they are all black.

I had also found that page while searching for an answer months ago and dismissed it as being no closer to the truth than we have come.

If the quiz is supposedly torn from a "2nd-grade Russian" quiz book, why is it written and answered in English?
Many respondents on that page also disproved the "all black/gray items" answer. It's just a guess like any other. One could make that answer believable by fixing the drawings (which some did on that site), but, that's not the challenge here. The whole thing smells like a deliberate Internet meme and not much else.

Consider:
1) a penguin - is equally black & white.
2) the musketeer's thigh boot - looks black - okay, but could be lots of other colors too.
3) an upright piano is specifically the style least likely to be black, more likely to be brown polished wood. A grand piano should have been there to show a black piano.
4) the (blue?) whale depicted is either bluish gray or just the wrong image again to hint at a black whale.
5) the tram/subway train is drawn with distinct colored panels on each car so not all black for certain.

If the answer was black, the drawings are all pretty poor examples of it in contrast to the first three puzzles.

If you Google "upright piano" images then "player piano" images, you may see my idea that the rectangular front panel and the lack of a bench in the drawing is meant to indicate that it's a player piano. So, again, my proposed solution is unusual self-contradictory items:

Whale - a marine mammal
Penguin - a flightless bird
one boot - a half pair of footwear
"player piano" - player-less instrument
train - trackless train (most kids automatically draw tracks when they draw a train)

It makes at least as much sense as the black (and white) solution.
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babyjuice

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new Posted: 06:00PM Sep 28, 2012

A whale
A penguin
A piano
A train
A boot

Erm, well, perhaps the point is that there is no answer!
Just some bored person who picked 5 random objects...
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