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Thu, Feb. 5th, 2009, 03:30 pm
How smart are you?

 Just all had a go at this in our office

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4246472.stm


Top result in the office so I feel quite happy with it but I bet you pedants can come up with some errors in the test.

Thu, Feb. 5th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
janewilliams20

I didn't spot any errors, but I did manage 20/20. Some of those spellings were hard! (No, I did not Google, nor look them up in any other way).

Thu, Feb. 5th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
janewilliams20

....and after trying in vain to find the link on their site to display the results in a blog, I did a view-source to see how you'd done it. Right. OK. I could do something similar, but as a note to readers who aren't web coders and don't have their own hosting facilities: stop wasting your time looking.

Thu, Feb. 5th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
scellanis

well i got 15/20 which isn't bad considering I nearly failed higher english I'm that bad

Thu, Feb. 5th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
grahamrobinson

18/20 - Beat you by one, darling. I'm really no good at the "how many double letters are there in this word" bit.

Cheers,
Graham

Thu, Feb. 5th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
janewilliams20

That was the bit I really struggled with, too.

Thu, Feb. 5th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
deathlyphil

18/20 - if I'd gone with what I thought instead of what looked right I'd have 19. The apostrophe placing got the other one.

Fri, Feb. 6th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
alaimacerc

19/20. Caught out by one of the spelling ones. The whole double-letters thing is one of English's worst "no logic whatsoever" aspects, I have to say. Another contender would be the number of different ways of spelling what's phonetically a schwa, though I tend to file that under "bizarre features of English pronunciation", rather than spelling as such.