A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005


I used to love quizzes. Any old quiz. Crosswords, pub, TV…

But I have come to the conclusion that, contrary to the belief that being good at quizzes means that you are intelligent, the truth is all you need is a good memory.
Of course, being able to know which wives Henry the 8th killed and which he divorced could simply mean that the mnemonic for Henry XIII's wives could have been learnt by heart rather than through a history lesson.

When I watch University Challenge or Mastermind, I often know the answer to some of the questions. Other answers only elude me because of my selective memory. It invariably chooses to retain some facts as opposed to others with a frustrating randomness!

I discovered Sudoku in February. For those who are not acquainted with this very addictive game, there is no need for a good memory or extensive general knowledge.
The way that numbers, usually one to nine, fit into the grid is solely a question of logic.

The time taken to complete a grid is the only factor by which to measure dexterity. If you haven't already done so, give it a try.

Quizzes that turn you on and why??


Blogger Shyha said...

I've playing sudoku for quite some time (I found it somewhere - the same link). I like it and, without modesty, I'm pretty good at it.
I like other games of that kind (Inspector Parker for instance) too.
I don't know why I like sudoku. I think it's because I'm doing ok with it so it doesn't make me frustrated :)

I really like Scrabble too (I play with my girlriend... and she's bettet then me :D)

Btw. technic is crucial in gaining top times in sudoku. Of course if you're beating the clock.

I think I like more games of the logical kind but nothing more comes to my mind at the moment

25/10/05 2:30 PM  
Blogger portuguesa nova said...

Okay. I have, I would say...I don't know. At least 7-10 sudoku books in my posession. I am a total whiz at ones categorized as "Easy" or "Gentle"...but once I get beyond that level, it is basically me, my book, my pencil and three hours of staring at a blank puzzle before I give up.

Nonetheless, I am addicted in a major way.

25/10/05 3:48 PM  
Blogger Ale said...

i like mad libs- i guess thats not really a quiz, but a game..

anyway creme- i FIGURED OUT why your name is CREME!!!!! i was wondering and now I GOT IT!!!!

hehehe- and i've never been in paris to know this--

25/10/05 5:19 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Shiya, I think we like Sudoku because the object is to fill the grid and that in itself is an achievement.
When I finish one I put the paper down and have a wide grin on my face!
I love Scrabble too. French and English...The letters have different values in different languages!
Portuguesa, I like the addiction! On the plane, on the beach, in bed, on the loo!
Every single paper in the UK has them on! Love it!

25/10/05 5:20 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Ale, you have me totally Puzzled!
Is this some kind of quiz?
Please explain cos I am not sure I understand what you mean.

25/10/05 5:25 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

I like Scrabble, word games with groups. I'm really not into qizzes or games though, I like to talk, hehehe.

To get my mind active I'd rather read a book. And I'm trying to teach myself classical guitar...that sure twaddles my brain.

25/10/05 6:36 PM  
Blogger Shyha said...

btw. I don't like a kind of quizes (did I wrote it right?).

Easy level: Mother is 21 years older then her kid. Her kid will be five times younger then she will be in six years. Question: where's father?

A bit more abstract: Mark has his birthday two days before his twin brother John. How could this be possible?

Another abstract: two men had played 5 games of chess. Everyone of them won three. How?

Funny one: 3 students need 2 months to finish a project, 3 students need 2 months and 1 week, 4 students need 2 months and 18 days. How much money do the 6 students need to buy the project and give it back 2 weeks before the deadline?

Hardcore (these are the ones I hate):

Balls: There are 9 balls looking the same but one has different weight. You have to tell which one is it and tell if it's heavier or lighter but you can weigh just three balls (one at a time).

Fuse: You have two fuses. One of each is firing for one hour. Firing speed varies (ie. one half may be firing for 45 minutes and the 2nd one for 15). How to count the quarter with them (i suppose speeds of both fuses may be different)

Bulbs: There are two rooms. There are three switches (every one is signed on/off) in the first and the three bulbs in second. Each switch is connected to a single bulb (one to one). How to say witch switch is connected to which bulb when you can enter every of the room just ONCE?

I don't know all the answers...

25/10/05 7:04 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Oh, Shiya! I've already got a headache!
As soon as I see these I stay clear from them...
Life is too short to rake your head with this kind of stuff...

25/10/05 7:24 PM  
Blogger DCveR said...

Here's another one for you cream. I had posted about it sometime ago, I still can't understand how people get addicted to sudoku.

25/10/05 8:58 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Thanks, DC!
I have printed it and will do it later when I get home.

It is not so much of an addiction really.
I think they are more of a relaxing drug...

25/10/05 9:15 PM  
Blogger Shyha said...

Yeah - me too. I think I couldn't work for any secret service, FBI etc :)

26/10/05 8:03 AM  
Blogger DCveR said...

That previous link has a few millions for you to do. Each time you load it brings out a new one. And you can always skip the first levels and select the Evil level right away.

26/10/05 9:04 AM  
Blogger cream said...

DC, I enjoyed doing a couple of "hard" ones last night.
I am not sure I am ready for the "evil" ones yet.
Yes, it is a great link, thanks.
Shiya, I've always fancied myself as Columbo or Kojak but after trying the puzzles, I know I will never be a detective!

26/10/05 9:17 AM  

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