What am I? (7)

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What am I? (7)

Postby MCC » Tue May 09, 2006 9:28 am

This word is half of a global phenomenon known about since the middle of the first millennium BC.


What am I:?:

Misspellings corrected.

Mistake: millennium replaces century

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Re: What am I? (7)

Postby Ruud » Tue May 09, 2006 10:54 am

MCC wrote:This word is half of a global phenomenon known about since the middle of the first century BC.

These misspellings, are they clues?

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Postby tarek » Tue May 09, 2006 11:24 am

I hope that I'm wrong in thinking that this is easy:D ........

My first guess is:

LEND

Ave caesar! Morituri te salutamus

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Postby MCC » Tue May 09, 2006 3:55 pm

They are misspellings (corrected), I'd already got a PM from Cec about this.

Thanks for the heads up cec, I was really tired this morning, having worked three nights in a row with not much deep sleep.

Since udosuk and underquark answered number 6, I wanted to get number 7 underway before going to bed.


Having just got up, it's now 16:20, and my brain still feels like candy-floss.


tarek wrote:I hope that I'm wrong in thinking that this is easy

Yes you are. Well I hope so.

tarek wrote:LEND

Neither a lender or borrower be.

tarek wrote:Ave caesar! Morituri te salutamus

My latin is not up too much, does this mean:
Hail Caesar! We salute your Death?


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Postby tarek » Tue May 09, 2006 4:33 pm

MCC wrote:
tarek wrote:Ave caesar! Morituri te salutamus

My latin is not up too much, does this mean:
Hail Caesar! We salute your Death?

Julius Caesar introduced the well known Julian Calendar just about the 1st century BC.

Lend is half of Calendar.........

The Gladiators used to to salute Caesar with the well known phrase: "Hail Caesar, those who are about to die salute you"

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Postby emm » Tue May 09, 2006 7:14 pm

My first guess is :

LIPS

Ho hêlios exelipe
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Postby lunababy_moonchild » Tue May 09, 2006 9:14 pm

My first guess is :

IDES

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Postby underquark » Wed May 10, 2006 12:04 am

Empire

T'was the Roman Republic for a long time but it became an empire (again?) mid to late 1st century BC. Although roughly rectangular in shape and centered on the Mediterannean and with a population of possibly only about the same as the UK today (the exact number is debatable since certain people(s) lived within its domain but would not class themselves or be classed as Roman) it certainly had a pretty global impact.
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Postby underquark » Wed May 10, 2006 12:15 am

While chewing over the above I thought of this:

Explain how it came to be that a Russian battleship ended up in the Moon and a German battleship ended up on the Moon but not in the same place.
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Postby Ruud » Wed May 10, 2006 1:36 am

middle of the first century BC

50 BC = LBC.

global phenomenon

air travel.

LBC = Lübeck-Blankensee airport (in Germany)

This word is half of

hmmm... Lübeck or Blankensee

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Postby emm » Wed May 10, 2006 2:36 am

名 太阳的黑点;雀斑 = SUNSPOTS

My guesses #2 - 20 are :

SUNS

SPOT

POTS

SONS

PUTS

SNOT

PUSS

TONS

PUNT

PUNS

TOSS

SPUN

STUN

SOPS

TOPS

OPTS

POST

SPOT

STOP

NUTS

Wikipedia : References to sunspots were made by Chinese astronomers in 28 BC.
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Postby MCC » Wed May 10, 2006 8:42 am

Firstly, profuse apologies to all. On reading these latest posts I've realised I've made a mistake in the posted riddle, besides the misspellings there is a mistake (did I mention that I was tired at the time?) - I put century when I ment millennium, so the riddle now reads:

This word is half of a global phenomenon known about since the middle of the first millennium BC.


Whilst I grovel, as an appeasement, I will award a point to all who have attempted a reply.

So that's a point each to:
Ruud
Tarek
Emm
Luna
Underquark

And because there may be alternative answers to my riddle I'll award a point to any answer that I think satisfies the riddle.
With five points for the word I'm after.


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Postby MCC » Wed May 10, 2006 9:34 am

underquark wrote:While chewing over the above I thought of this:

Explain how it came to be that a Russian battleship ended up in the Moon and a German battleship ended up on the Moon but not in the same place.

For the first part:
The Battleship Kaiser amongst others were part of - Operation Albion: The Attack on the Baltic Islands - One of the Islands is called Muhu or Moon, Moon sound being a passage way between two islands.

For the second part:
As a guess, the name of a german battleship and the name of a lunar landing vehicle are the same. But what that name is I'm not sure.


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Postby Ruud » Wed May 10, 2006 9:42 am

New time period, new guesses.

half first millenium is around 500 BC.

In this time period lots of global phenomena came about:

- Confusionism
- Buddhism
- Philosophy
- Democracy

There's also the battle of Marathon, which became a global phenomenon. Half of this gives us math, a good word for a sudoku forum.

Looking for half of "Philosophy", I found "Popish Holy", which is not a guess but a splendid anagram.

Half of "Confusionism" gives us cosmos. How global do you want it to be?

Finally, on a similar line as my first guess, 500 BC = DBC.
There is a speed metal band in Montreal called DBC, which stands for "Dead Brain Cells". About half of "dead brain cells" gives us riddle, the very thing that causes my brain cells to die sooner than normal.

(end of research)

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Postby MCC » Wed May 10, 2006 10:01 am

Ok, new rule: No anagrams needed.

Since ruud post before this new rule, I'll award a half point for each of: Math and Cosmos. Since they could, technically, be derived from the riddle.

Points
Ruud - 2
Tarek - 1
Emm - 1
Luna - 1
Underquark - 1


The Global phenomenon is more concrete than abstract. Althought that would have been more debated then.


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