Friday Quiz: Missing Links

It’s time for another quiz taken from my puzzle of the day desk calendar! I think I’m going to have to buy myself another calendar next year if Santa doesn’t bring me one; it’s provided some really fun blogging experiences. (Either that or I’m going to have  to make up my own quizzes, which sounds too much like hard work).

This time the aim is to fill in the missing middle word on each line, so that the first two words AND the last two words of each set form a scientific(ish) term. As a non-sciency example, fill in the gap below

GREEN ________ BAG

with the word TEA, to form the terms GREEN TEA and TEA BAG.

As before, answer in the comments in any order you like - but please submit only one answer per person per hour, to give as many people as possible a chance to play!  

  1. DRY __ICE__ AGE (Lisbeth)
  2. STROBE _LIGHT_ WAVE (Pika)
  3. BINARY __STAR__ FISH (Alyssa)
  4. FOOD _CHAIN_ REACTION (Bob)
  5. HEAVY _WATER_ TABLE (Anonymous)
  6. PERPETUAL _MOTION_ SICKNESS (Mermaid)
  7. CLEAN __ROOM__ TEMPERATURE (Chall)
  8. FUEL __CELL__ DIVISION (Schlupp)
  9. COMMON __COLD__ FUSION (Pika)
  10. LAND __MASS__ SPECTROMETER (Alyssa)

I got all but one of the answers. Let’s just say that I came up with some fairly ridiculous guesses (binary cat? Code fish?) out of desperation, and felt rather silly when I saw the answer!

I’ll update the post with the answers and bragging rights as and when I get time, and I’ll add clues if there are any unanswered questions after a day or two.

Have fun!

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"one of the sillier science bloggers [...] I thought I should give a warning to the more staid members of the community." - Bob O'Hara, December 2010
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46 Responses to Friday Quiz: Missing Links

  1. Bob O'H says:

    Some of these are too easy. But to start,Food – chain – reaction

  2. Lisbeth says:

    Dry – ICE – age

  3. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    All three statements are correct :)

  4. Lisbeth says:

    - and YEAH for it being quiz-friday again!

  5. Bob O'H says:

    And of course the imaginary answers are1: martini, 2: University (it's in Oz)3: computer (the computer fish is a more evolved electric eel)4: IO (yes, that moon does have life on it)5: DOD, 6: Stupidity (political science), 7: trousers, 8: money (as in "a fuel and his money are easily divided"), 9: jazz, 10 is rover

  6. pika says:

    Strobe – LIGHT – waveAnd guess what my first association for no. 3 was:Binary – BABEL – fish:-)

  7. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Geez, there's always one person who doesn't read the rules and posts all the answers!Sorry Makita, I deleted your comment, and I'm hoping everyone else who saw it can pretend they didn't :)Pika is right! But the wrong answers are much more amusing!

  8. Mermaid says:

    6. Perpetual Motion SicknessIck. What a concept.

  9. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Right!BTW, not all of Makita's answers were correct, so those who saw them can keep guessing!Still laughing at clean trousers / trouser temperature.

  10. Alyssa says:

    10. Land MASS spectrometer

  11. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    You are correct!I have to go to work. Please play nicely!

  12. Anonymous says:

    5. Heavy Water Table

  13. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Yes indeedy!

  14. pika says:

    It's more than an hour since my last comment, so I think it is ok to play again now, yes? I have:9. Common COLD fusion

  15. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    And Pika takes the lead!

  16. Schlupp says:

    Fuel Cell Division Which would as a whole make a nice administrative subunit in some national lab or other, I think.

  17. Schlupp says:

    Oooooooh, and I figured out the Binary Fish!!!!! Lemme see, it's 10:03 AM.

  18. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Hmm, there might be a Nobel in that!I wonder if anyone will pip you to the post on the binary fish one… stay tuned!

  19. Alyssa says:

    binary STAR fish!!!

  20. Alyssa says:

    Ack! I know the last one too!! Must set alarm…

  21. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Sorry Schlupp, the astronomer beat you to it!

  22. chall says:

    darn, I missed it was quiz Friday… well, I'd give the last one a go…clean ROOM Temperature?

  23. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    …and that's a wrap, folks!Pika and Alyssa share the honours on this one. Thanks to everyone who played!

  24. ScientistMother says:

    No fair, some of us actually have to do IMPORTANT things like drive to work, dress, drink coffee, oh and feed small child before we can get onto our blogs. THose damn EST folks have a head start.

  25. chall says:

    Cath> woho! :DSM> I hear you. I didn't get here until after lunch ;) ..imagine what the european based, wait – pika would be in "even earlier than EST" land – ;)

  26. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    It's Friday…It's sunny…It's one week until the hockey season starts…NO MOANING!!! :)

  27. ScientistMother says:

    whatEVAH! MOAN!!!! MOAN!!!! MOAN!!!! MOAN!!!! MOAN!!!! MOAN!!!! MOAN!!!! MOAN!!!! MOAN!!!! MOAN!!!! MOAN!!!! MOAN!!!!yeah, yeah I *know* where the monkey gets it from.

  28. Nina says:

    NOT FAIR! You always post these just after I've gone to bed and when I wake up all answers are already provided :(Because it is not as if I don't check my reader every 3 minutes as long as I'm awake.

  29. pika says:

    chall – yes, I always get these served to me right after lunch on Friday, so yes, I guess I do have an advantage. :-) Maybe there should be a 12h (or 24h) no posting rule instead of 1h no posting?

  30. chall says:

    Pika. Oh noes! Don't give her that idea! Can you imagine the horror and agony of knowing more than one and then never ever be able to write anything else since others will come in before you….. GAH.*off to deal with panic attack* ;)

  31. Alyssa says:

    Tsk, tsk, tsk – so many excuses. It's all about priorities, people! I mean, how is research, feeding your kid, or sleeping more important than THIS? I figure either shit or get off the pot!

  32. chall says:

    Alyssa> that goes for the hockey too, right? "feeding your kid" vs hockey picks. That's a clear priority ;)(sorry, couldn't resist.)

  33. pika says:

    chall: hm, maybe I should start posting quizzes, that'll give you an advantage over the others (if you are out east?).

  34. Alyssa says:

    Chall – yeah, SM's comment from the hockey post is what prompted me to post mine. I figure we can piss all over each other about these kinds of things, right? :)

  35. ScientistMother says:

    Ayssa – Chall beat me to this. But note, I had to drive, drink coffee AND feed the small child. You were complaining about just giving birth and a hockey pool. C'mon now, how hard is giving birth anyway?

  36. Alyssa says:

    Oh, crap, I didn't realize you had to do all those things! My most sincere apologies. Giving birth and then learning to take care of a newborn obviously does not compare to that!(Do you think Cath will get mad at us for taking over her comments?)

  37. Bob O'Hara says:

    Damn, I was hoping someone would have left at least one for me.Harrumph. Well, at least Cath likes my clean trousers.

  38. chall says:

    HAHA. you guys are lovely! Making my day feel so much better :)I also realise that I have no excuse for not winning the hockey – not needing to feed anyone… nor giving birth… I mean, then it should be a walk in the park, right?! (Pika> not out east so I wouldn't will too much. but thanks)

  39. ScientistMother says:

    Alyssa – No worries I totes forgive you. just you know, don't let it happen again.Chall – yeah seriously you should be.(I think Cath is probably LOL right now)

  40. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    This is awesome! People should totally run their own quizzesPeople should totally either move to my time zone or stop moaningPeople should totally trash talk each other all day to keep me amused while in meeting planning hellPeople should totally wear clean trousers

  41. Alyssa says:

    Chall – surely you have some other excuse though? I mean, one has to eat, or take showers on a daily basis for example. That stuff takes a lot of time and energy!Cath – see this is what happens when I subscribe to the comments!

  42. ScientistMother says:

    Since I live in your time zone, does that I can keep moaning? Moan!!! Moan!!!Moan!!! Moan!!!Moan!!! Moan!!!Moan!!! Moan!!!Moan!!! Moan!!!Moan!!! Moan!!!Moan!!! Moan!!!

  43. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    I thought you were on Mommy Central Time? Not my time zone :)

  44. chall says:

    Alyssa> Eat? (no, I'm losing weghit so I'm not eating anymore*) Take showers? haha – sure. I guess though, I do… I'll blame my exercise regieme then.It surely sounds better than "I'm just not good at it" :)*not true… but my belly wouldn't mind more food ;)

  45. Nina says:

    At least give me 12 hours warning you're about to post a quiz … moan moan… I can't totally reverse my day-night regime like all the time… moan moan … I also don't want to do a third x-ray this year to get a visa to permanently live in your timezone moan moan… although otherwise I wouldn't mind :)

  46. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Moan moan moan!All right, I suppose I can come up with some kind of poll so people can vote on how they want these quizzes to work.