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Topic: Elastic Aptitude Test - Part III: Science
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Mar 28, 2004 05:49PM)
The Elastic Aptitude Test (EAT) has been designed to measure the distance your imagination can stretch. Unlike traditional aptitude tests, which reward a humdrum command of facts, EAT rewards Flexible Agile Thinking (FAT). Now then, how flexible is your mind?

Part III: Science
In each group, choose the one item that does not belong with the other four. Be prepared to defend your choices.

1. a) celery b) pineapple c) strawberry d) persimmon e) currant

2. a) condor b) raven c) flamingo d) heron e) piranha

3. a) fir b) chrysanthemum c) cypress d) beech e) yew

4. a) deer b) dog c) flea d) wolf e) rat

5. a) sand b) rock c) Princess telephone d) water e) soil
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Mar 28, 2004 07:56PM)
Is not a fruit?
is not a bird?
is not a tree?
is not a mammal?
is not a solid?
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Mar 28, 2004 09:09PM)
Sorry, Jonathan. Not elastic enough.
;)
Message: Posted by: Mikey-Flys (Mar 29, 2004 01:52PM)
1) E. Currant - I don't like them hence doesn't fit.

2) C. Flamingo - All the others have dignity (imho) and I don't like flamingos

3) B. Chrysanthemum - I can easily speak/spell the others but this one is a little nastier. Add to that that I don't care for it :)

Bonus points for the fact that all the rest can be spoken (or slightly misspoken) and give double meanings. Fir - Fur, cypress - supress, Beech - beach, yew - you

4) B. Dog - This is the only thing in the list I'd personally have as a pet.

5) C. Princess Telephone - All the rest I've ingested at some point.
Message: Posted by: 0pus (Mar 29, 2004 02:40PM)
[quote] 4. a) deer b) dog c) flea d) wolf e) rat [/quote]

All verbs except deer.

0pus
Message: Posted by: 0pus (Mar 29, 2004 02:44PM)
[quote] 5. a) sand b) rock c) Princess telephone d) water e) soil [/quote]

Also all verbs, except for Princess Telephone.

0pus
Message: Posted by: 0pus (Mar 29, 2004 03:45PM)
[quote] 1. a) celery b) pineapple c) strawberry d) persimmon e) currant [/quote]


First 3 letters of each forms a word in the English language, except for strawberry.

[quote] 2. a) condor b) raven c) flamingo d) heron e) piranha [/quote]

Dropping the last letter of each forms a word in the English language, except for piranha.

0pus
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Mar 29, 2004 09:02PM)
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On 2004-03-29 15:40, 0pus wrote:
[quote] 4. a) deer b) dog c) flea d) wolf e) rat [/quote]

All verbs except deer.

0pus
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I've heard of the verb "flee", but never the verb "flea".
Message: Posted by: 0pus (Mar 29, 2004 09:16PM)
Sound alike -- homophones.
Message: Posted by: pxs (Mar 30, 2004 02:50AM)
4. All semordnilaps except "flea" (i.e. spell other words if spelled backwards - reed, god, flow, tar)
Message: Posted by: Larry Barnowsky (Mar 31, 2004 10:59AM)
For #1 the answer is persimmon. It is the only one if injested chronically can lead to bezoars.

For #5 these are all items found in a landfill and the Princess Telephone will remain intact the longest.
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Apr 1, 2004 12:23PM)
2) Raven.. not from the same climate. Ravens tend to live where it's cooler. And in another continent. :)

4) Dog... not found wild/living in my back yard.
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Apr 4, 2004 02:30PM)
Answers:

1. (a) Celery is the only word that doesn't have a doubled letter.

2. (e) Piranha does make a new word when its last letter removed.

3. (b) Chrysanthemum does not have a homophone.

4. (c) Flea does not form a word when read backward.

5. (c) Princess telephone cannot be used as a verb.
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Apr 5, 2004 07:03AM)
Ah, got it! Humpty Dumpty would be proud. Will be happy to offer such answers to future queries.
Message: Posted by: Ollie1235 (Apr 5, 2004 11:34AM)
5. 4 of them are not man-made