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Guess the Map 12: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Hate Mercator

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by west india man, Sep 26, 2020.

  1. MaryKB

    MaryKB Goddess Queen Supporter

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    I really don't understand, and don't have a thought at all what to guess. I'm curious to find out the answer, but I think I'll probably need to wait until someone else gets it.
     
  2. emzie

    emzie wicked witch of the North

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    Yes! I originally did, but it seemed too obvious.

    You're getting closer :)
     
  3. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    For a second I thought it was ‘countries with an n in their name(s)’ and straightaway I realised it wasn't the right answer. Still, how far is it?
     
  4. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    :/
     
  5. Hrothbern

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    Does that mean that grey is in the middle of that scale ?
     
  6. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    I seriously doubt it is literally "extreme". It is only extreme relative to a group, eg group of letters.
    I hate natural languages.
    Eg if this was letters in the country name, gray would just mean none of the chosen (arbitrarily) letters are there.
     
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  7. Lohrenswald

    Lohrenswald 老仁森林

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    looked up and saw ghana's name is the same in those two languages
     
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  8. Hrothbern

    Hrothbern Deity

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    ok

    I started with thinking on names
    BTW surprising how frequent the "a" is for country names.

    But Yemen killed it
    the Y looked good, but to get a second hit:
    the n not because of canada, the m not because of so many red dots without the "m", the "e" not because of the Netherlands.

    Nr of syllables no solution as well.

    But how does then becomes a language important ?
    The word for the inhabitants ?
     
  9. emzie

    emzie wicked witch of the North

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    Sorry guys, I think my concept for this map might have been too abstract. :/

    There are two parts. The first has to do with the names of these countries in English. The second part has to do with the absolute value of something in all countries (so yes, grey has a value in between the extreme ends that I mapped).

    There is something unique about the blue countries that lets them be both extremes.
     
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  10. Hrothbern

    Hrothbern Deity

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    Nothing wrong with a difficult one because of another structure :)
     
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    To get the definition of name clear:
    Is the name of for example Oman The Sultanate of Oman or Oman ?
     
  12. emzie

    emzie wicked witch of the North

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    I used the name the UN uses (here), so: Oman, Qatar, and Yemen.
     
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  13. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    I suspect it is something more troubling, for example numerical value (position in the alphabet) of first and last letter. Although I doubt anyone would be willing to calculate all that just to post a map :) It would create two extremes for obvious reason (some final letters are further away than front letters; the absolute value of the subtraction stays the same -they can't both be negative to each other- but not the regular value). Eg first letter a, and last letter b has the opposite value (-1) for first letter b, last letter a (1), for a-b.
    Language used should remain the same, cause some (latin character) languages have a few differences in letters, thus altering the position.
     
  14. Kyriakos

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    Not sure if I am reading this correctly, but
    do you mean that the answer has two parts which aren't linked to each other in a non-arbitrary way?
    Ie (hypothetical, not saying this is the answer) it is something like "Of those countries that have x letters in their name, only the ones who produce y1 -most- and y2 -least- tonnes of z are included"?
     
  15. The_J

    The_J Say No 2 Net Validations Retired Moderator Supporter

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    It might be time for the easier version of the map :think:.
     
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  16. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

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    The tradition is to just give a hint or two every now and then until somebody stumbles upon the answer while commenting on another user's username or something.
     
  17. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    While @emzie is a very cool poster, I do fear we will drive the thread to "1 map/year" again if we post too difficult to guess maps ^_^
     
  18. emzie

    emzie wicked witch of the North

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    Okay, gonna kill this one. This was more of a puzzle than intended. It's countries with smallest / largest population by alphabetical order.

    So,

    Andorra and Argentina
    Barbados and Brazil

    Etc

    There's only one country that starts with O, Q and Y which is why Oman, Qatar and Yemen could be both min and max.

    In Spanish, Germany starts with an A, which is why Argentina went grey and to replace Germany in G, Ghana is next.

    Promise not to be abstract again, sorries for frustration. Suggest an open floor.
     
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  19. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    ^It was a good idea, but we aren't used to complicated maps :) Maybe in the future...

    Here is an easier map. Purple= larger amount.

     
  20. amadeus

    amadeus Minutiaemania

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    In relative terms or absolute?

    I’m going to take a guess and say percentage of people on antidepressants?
     
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