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Which One Doesn't Belong #2

You are given four items. Choose the one that does not belong with the others.
Last updated: January 16, 2019
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1. Historical people
Cervantes
Tolstoy
Michelangelo
Dickens
Michelangelo wasn't a writer
2. U.S. cities
Minneapolis
Sacramento
Raleigh
Austin
Minneapolis is not a state capital
3. Historical leaders
Hadrian
Rameses
Augustus
Nero
Rameses was an Egyptian pharaoh, not a Roman emperor
4. Rock musicians
Eric Clapton
Eddie Van Halen
Keith Moon
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Keith Moon played drums, not guitar
5. Languages
Russian
Polish
Hungarian
Ukrainian
Hungarian is not a Slavic language
6. Islands
Sulawesi
Mindanao
Sumatra
Java
Mindanao is part of the Philippines, not Indonesia
7. Cities
Sydney
Brisbane
Auckland
Melbourne
Auckland is in New Zealand, not Australia
8. Music instruments
Clarinet
French Horn
Tuba
Trombone
Clarinets are woodwinds, not brass instruments
9. Painters
Renoir
Botticelli
Degas
Monet
Botticelli was not an impressionist
10. Singers
Ed Sheeran
Niall Horan
Zayn Malik
Harry Styles
Ed Sheeran was not part of One Direction
11. Movies
The Hunt For Red October
Carrie
The Shining
Cujo
"The Hunt for Red October" was written by Tom Clancy, not Stephen King
12. Japanese movies
Princess Mononoke
Spirited Away
Ponyo
Akira
"Akira" is not by Studio Ghibli
13. Living creatures
Fern
Coral
Seagrass
Tree
Coral is an animal, not a plant
14. Letters
Mu
Omicron
Psi
Aleph
Aleph is a Hebrew letter, not a Greek one
15. British leaders
William Gladstone
Earl Grey
Sir Robert Peel
William Wilberforce
William Wilberforce was never Prime Minister
16. Anatomy
Iris
Cochlea
Pupil
Retina
The cochlea is part of the ear, not part of the eye
17. Words
Kayak
Radar
Benign
Civic
Benign is not a palindrome
18. Plays
Hamlet
Pygmalion
King Lear
Twelfth Night
"Pygmalion" was written by George Shaw, not William Shakespeare
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level 62
Jan 14, 2019
Great idea!
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level 74
Jan 14, 2019
Hasn't Celebes been known as Sulawesi for a while now?
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level ∞
Jan 15, 2019
Changed to Sulawesi.
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level 80
Jan 15, 2019
Oh! I have an idea. How about showing also what people have answered? At the end, not just 59% got it right, but also that 12% answered A, 28% answered B and 1% answered C ? Just so you can see if others tripped up the same way you did.
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level ∞
Jan 15, 2019
Not going to happen anytime soon. It's complicated, sorry.
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level 80
Jan 15, 2019
Awww. A shame it can't be easier.
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level 82
Jan 15, 2019
These are great. And this one of the best. Because I score low the first time. I love a challenge that beats me!
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level 68
Jan 15, 2019
Kelp is not a plant. It is a protist.
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level ∞
Jan 15, 2019
Insane. I almost always look things up, but when it's something that feels super basic sometimes I don't. Kelp has been removed and replaced with grass.
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level 80
Jan 15, 2019
Now coral is the only one that grows in the sea. It got much easier.
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level ∞
Jan 16, 2019
D'oh. Changed to seagrass. Can't use seaweed because that is also not a plant. (It's algae).
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level 68
Jan 16, 2019
How about water lily?
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level 68
Jan 16, 2019
Or change tree to mangrove?
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level 68
Jan 15, 2019
I ruled Botticelli out because he wasn’t French, not because of his painting style!
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level 26
Jan 17, 2019
Same.
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level 62
Jan 16, 2019
In question 18, the author of Pygmalion is generally always written as "George Bernard Shaw", not "George Shaw".
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level 47
Jan 16, 2019
So many of these, I worked out what the question was but couldn't work out which one it was - I worked out that the musicians one was looking for the one that wasn't a guitarist, but only recognised 2 names - 50/50 odds weren't on my side! And I guessed that they were looking for which island wasn't in Indonesia, but I got that one with a lucky guess! Fantastic quiz!
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level 52
Jan 16, 2019
I feel that Polish can be a correct answer for Question 5 because it does not end in "ian"
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level 16
Jan 16, 2019
Although it's about the languages, not how it's spelt in English. These questions could be answered in any language. (The only exception is the word part) But it could be changed so Polish is Serbian, so all ends with -ian, or replace Ukrainian with Montenegrin to have two without -ian.
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level 68
Jan 18, 2019
You would need to be careful which one to replace. It could end up with only one Cyrillic or one Latin alphabet and the confusion would continue.
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level 26
Jan 17, 2019
Michaelangelo also wrote poetry.
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level 55
Jan 19, 2019
A trickier odd one out for the wind instruments question would be the English horn (it’s actually a woodwind)
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level 73
Jan 20, 2019
Loving this series, thank you! I suggest the followup info for Aleph be expanded since it is not only a Hebrew letter; it appears in other Semitic abjads (e.g. Arabic, Aramaic, and Ge'ez). You could call it a Semitic letter and be safe from the wrath of linguists ;)

Fun fact: the aleph glyph in Phoenician was inspired by an ox head, possibly ripped off from hieroglyphics. Through the highways and byways of history it became our letter 'A'. (Look at capital letter 'A' upside down and you will see the moo-face-and-horns appear!)
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level 71
Jan 21, 2019
I think Niall Horan is the only Irishman in the singers question. I don't think he belongs here either
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level 67
Jan 22, 2019
Great idea for a series of quizzes. This one is damn sight harder than the previous one. I managed to get all but two, but a couple where guesses. That Japanese movies one might as well have been in Japanese lol.