Monday, May 4, 2009

Decathlon Event #6 / The Monday Quiz LXXII



Deadline for Event #5: Tuesday 5/5, 9 pm PDT.
Deadline for Event #6: Tuesday 5/5, noon PDT.

Skylines

Like last week, this Decathlon Monday Quiz will have nine (9) images. Also, answers may be submitted until Noon Pacific Daylight Time Tuesday.

Monday Quiz Scoring: Having the most correct answers OR having at least seven correct answers will win you the MQLXXII EP.

Decathlon Scoring: Like last week: the first seven correct answers will be worth 3 Decathlon Points apiece. The eighth and ninth correct answers will be worth 2 Decathlon Points apiece.


For each skyline image, identify the city! Hint: only two are Unitedstatsian.




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3.


4.



5.




6. These next two images are both from the same European city.




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9.


Submit your answers either in the comments or at M5KDecathlon@gmail.com.

27 comments:

Rebel said...

1 Seattle
2 Dubai
3 it looks really familiar but I just can't place it...Chicago?
4 London
5 Mexico City
6 Munich
7 Hong Kong
8 Paris that's la Defence
9 Kuala Lampur

It's like these are purposefully obscure skylines of very famous cities, or very famous skylines of less famous cities. Tough tough quiz today.

The Calico Cat said...

1. Seattle
2. _______
3. Chicago
4. London
5. _______
6. _______
7. Hong Kong
8. ________
9. Kuala Lampur

d said...

1 seattle
2 dubai
3 chicago
4 london
5 the smogginess makes me think it's mexico city
6 berlin? it looks german
7 no clue the landscape seems vaguely se asian
8 paris? it looks european
9 kuala lampur

Elizabeth said...

1. Seattle
2. Singapore
3. Chicago
4. London
5. Cairo
6. Madrid
7. Rio di Janero
8. Paris
9. Kuala Lumpur

La Gringissima said...

1. Seattle
2. Singapore
3. Chicago
4. London
5. Dubai
6. Frankfurt
7. Rio de Janiero
8. Paris
9. Kuala Lampur

Elaine said...

1. Seattle. Bet everybody gets this one
2. Singapore
3. Toronto
4. London
5. Cairo
6. Oslo
7. Acapulco
8. Calgary
9. Riyadh

Isn't there a prize for offering the most exotic, least-considered names? If anyone gets more than two, I suggest a Congressional investigation! Ouch, ouch, ouch!

MJ said...

1. Seattle
2. Osaka?
3. Chicago?
4. London
5. Panama?
6. Madrid
7. Rio de Janeiro?
8. Frankfurt?
9. Kuala Lumpur?

Eversaved said...

1. Seattle
2. ???
3. Chicago. I think. I lived there, I should know.
4. London
5. Dubai? Somewhere Middle Eastern-ish?
6. Madrid?? Def. in Spain
7. Rio di Janeiro ?
8. Paris
9. Kuala Lumpur

Serendipity said...

1. Seattle! as in, Viva! Seattle Tacoma, viva viva Sea-Tac
riding high from the euphoria of getting one right2. wtf?
totally deflated
um. . . Sydney?
3. Chicago? (am I getting any points for bona fide city names? Okay. You can infer the question marks after all answers from here on out; I don't want to wear that key out on the keyboard)
4. someplace in Europe, like, uh, damn. Brussels
5. someplace warmer than #4. Urg. I can't think of the name of the city I want to say, so I'll say the wrong one because I hate leaving blanks. Cairo.
6. Stockholm
7. Athens
8. Paris
9. Hong Kong

P.S. This may just be the nightmare category for me, combining, as it does, places, about which I know little, with looking at things, which I never seem to do the same way as anybody else. Ironically, I perversely like it for just those reasons--not so much for the way it exposes my deep, deep ignorance but for the way it makes me think about things a way I don't normally, and that's always good.

Nichim said...

1. SEATTLE
2. Mars
3. Chicago
4. Istanbul
5. Naples
6. Madrid
7. Athens
8. Paris
9. Kuala Lumpur

mrs.5000 said...

Gee, wish I had that subscription to Skyscraper Monthly.
1 Seattle!
2 Toronto
3 Chicago!
4 London
5 Dubai City
6 Berlin
7 Rio di Janeiro
8 Paris
9 Kuala Lumpur

annie said...

1. Seattle
2. Shanghai
3. Chicago
4. London
5. Dubai
6. Madrid
7. Rio Dijaneiro
8. Paris
9. Kuala Lampur

Rex Parker said...

1 seattle
2 dubai
3 chicago
4 london
5 mexico city
6 berlin
7 rio
8 paris
9 kuala lumpur

fingerstothebone said...

1. Seattle
2. Shanghai
3. Chicago
4. London
5. Dubai
6. Amsterdam
7.Athens
8. Berlin
9. Kuala Lumpur

Kadonkadonk said...

1. Seattle
2. Shanghai
3. Chicago
4. London
5.
6.
7. Rio di Janeiro
8. Paris
9. Kuala Lumpur

Ben said...

Yikes! Sometimes I wonder why I even bother. Oh well, here goes:

1. Seattle, WA, with the lovely Mt. Rainier in the background.
2. Beijing
(Looks like I'm off to a good start, right? Well, this is where it ends.)
3. Chicago
4. London
5. Dubai
6. Madrid
7. Monte Carlo
8. Moscow
9. Jakarta

Chance said...

1. seattle, DUH!
2. whoops, don't know.
3-8. ditto.
9. them's the petronas towers! that there's kuala lumpur!

Thank you! Thank you! I'll be here all week, drooling slightly as I count my fingers over and over again.

Missy said...

1. Seattle
2. Singapore?
3. Chicago
4. London
5. Dubai?
6. Madrid
7. Tokyo?
8. Paris
9. Kuala Lampur?

balaywho said...

1. Seattle!
2. Vancouver, BC?
3. Chicago!
4. London?
5. Some city in Saudi Arabia?
6. Berlin?
7. Rio de Janero ?
8. Paris?
9. Shanghai?

gl. said...

oh, no! i see the storm quilt slipping from my intangible grasp!

1. seattle
2. shanghai. though those towers would look totally appropriate in las vegas, i think.
3. chicago
4. london
5. someplace with a lot of smog. deserty. i'm guessing middle east: dubai?
6. a place with a whole lot of bike racks. yay! copenhagen?
7. somewhere beautiful. greece?
8. someplace with a surprisingly wide road. and that square thing is intriguing.
9. singapore?

i was really hoping sydney was going to be one of the skylines.

PB said...

You'd think that watching the Amazing Race would prepare me better for quizzes like this, but apparently not.

1. Seattle
2. Hmmm... funky.... how about Hong Kong?
3. Chicago?
4. London?
5. As long as we're guessing, might as well go with something totally random - Riyadh
6. I've definitely seen the second picture before, and have absolutely no clue where it is. Umm, Berlin.
7. Definitely looks Mediterranean - Naples.
8. Yet another one that looks vaguely familiar. Well, I'm too lazy to come up with anything but Paris.
9. Umm, Tokyo?

Michael5000 said...

Alright! Time for the answers!

1. As everyone immediately recognized, this is SEATTLE.

2. What I thought would be the second-easiest, it's the unique business district of one of the largest and most important commercial centers of the world, SHANGHAI. Apparently, all y'all are not following the growth of the new China, nor reading about its exciting new buildings in the kinds of fancy-schmansy architecture magazines that Mrs.5000 subscribes to. Not even Mrs.5000, apparently.

3. CHICAGO

4. LONDON

5. DUBAI

6. MADRID. A shout-out to the Iberian readers, in partial payment for the times they've given their best shot at obscure Americana.

7. RIO DE JANEIRO. There were accusations that I was using deliberately obscure skyline photos. This is true in the limited sense of me not including the giant statue of Jesus in the Rio picture, I suppose....

8. ...and in choosing a picture from, not of, the Eiffel Tower to represent PARIS.

9. The one I thought would be the really hard one, almost everybody nailed: KUALA LUMPUR.

So once again, I radically failed the game of "Family Feud" that is the weekly task of putting the Monday Quiz pictures in order from easiest to hardest.

Michael5000 said...

Annie identified 9/9 to take top honors in the Monday Quiz. Her 25 Decathlon points puts her back in the lead with 109.5, just two points ahead of d.

Eversaved hit 8/9, putting her in a tie for the third spot (with Missy) at 106.5 points.

MQ LXXII Exclamation Points also to Elizabeth, la gringissima, Mrs.5000, Kadonkadonk, and Missy, all of whom correctly IDed 7 of 9 cities.

Well done all around!

d said...

geography is my kryptonite.

balaywho said...

So how come everyone knew that last one was Kuala Lumpur? I don't even have the least idea where on the globe that is, let alone what the skyline looks like.. (maybe I'm just bitter because I have yet to get an even slightly respectable score in this decathalon).

Elaine said...

Oh, Balaywho,
You have ME there, right next to you at the bottom! I think I only got two right, but am too lazy to check. I should have gotten Rio, but that synapse was disabled.... Kuala Lumpur? How do people know this place?

Rebel said...

Those are the Petronas towers, two of the tallest (if not *the* tallest) buildings in the world.

I'm with d - geography is my kryptonite... well, I guess trivia in general is my kryptonite as I don't go around collecting random facts about things I've never done and places I've never seen. Which makes me ill suited for most of these quizes. =/