Name a Valid Element

Can you name one valid element that falls into each of these categories?
Answer must correspond to the yellow box
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Last updated: August 22, 2019
First submittedAugust 21, 2019
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Category
Elements
Makes up table salt
Sodium | Chlorine
Named after a U.S. State
Californium | Tennessine
A noble gas
Helium | Neon | Argon | Krypton | Xenon | Radon
Liquid at room temperature
Bromine | Mercury
Is named after a town in Sweden
Yttrium | Terbium | Holmium | Erbium | Ytterbium
Begins with F
Fluorine | Francium | Fermium | Flerovium
Named for a current planet
Uranium | Neptunium
Abbreviation shares no letters with element
Sodium | Potassium | Silver | + 5 others
Its name has four letters
Neon | Iron | Gold | Lead | Zinc
In the first row of the Periodic Table
Hydrogen | Helium
Component of glucose
Hydrogen | Carbon | Oxygen
Named in 2016
Nihonium | Moscovium | Tennessine | Oganesson
Has an atomic number between 20 and 25
Calcium | Scandium | Titanium | Vanadium |
Chromium | Manganese
Named after a woman
Curium | Meitnerium
Its abbreviation is a single vowel
Oxygen | Yttrium | Iodine | Uranium
Is magnetic
Iron | Cobalt | Nickel
Named after another element
Radon | Molybdenum | Platinum | Protactinium
Is yellow
Sulfur | Chlorine | Gold
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Level 74
Aug 21, 2019
Has a vowel as abbreviation = Uranium
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Level 62
Aug 21, 2019
Fixed!
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Level 47
Aug 21, 2019
There is another element, that are named after another:

Proactinium

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Level 62
Aug 21, 2019
Added!
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Level 84
Aug 21, 2019
Proactinium doesn't seem to work??
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Level 79
Aug 21, 2019
You have to spell it correctly.
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Level 70
Sep 7, 2019
It's "protactinium".
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Level 81
Aug 21, 2019
Tungsten has no letter in common with its abbreviation W.
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Level 62
Aug 21, 2019
Sorry, I made an error with the type-in. It is now awaiting re approval
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Level 84
Aug 21, 2019
Also lead doesn't seem to work
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Level ∞
Aug 22, 2019
Lead works.
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Level 67
Aug 29, 2019
Lead works, pb doesnt, which is what i first tried.
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Level 46
Sep 7, 2019
Technically it does though. Tungsten is also called Wolfram
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Level 62
Sep 7, 2019
As much as I’m a fan of things that are very close to my name, we are only using the official names
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Level 81
Aug 21, 2019
Should Mercury be allowed for planet question?
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Level 79
Aug 21, 2019
It wasn't actually named after the planet like Uranium, Neptunium, and Plutonium were, but it does share a name with a current planet.
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Level ∞
Aug 22, 2019
Just looked it up. The element was named for the god.
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Level 72
Oct 6, 2020
but so were the planets...so thus by the transitive property...... :-)
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Level 67
Aug 21, 2019
Isn't neodymium also magnetic? Mercury doesn't share any letter with Hg either
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Level 62
Aug 21, 2019
Neodymium Magnets are actually made of an alloy of Neodymium, Iron, and Boron. But I added Mercury
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Level 57
Oct 17, 2019
But I'm pretty sure Gadolinium is magnetic
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Level 88
Aug 21, 2019
Named after another element = Platinum (“little silver”)
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Level 62
Aug 21, 2019
Added. Also I discovered Molybdenum is named after lead
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Level 67
Aug 29, 2019
I cant see how they got molybdenjm out of lead haha. How about quicksilver=mercury?

I that was the only one i could think of when ytterbium and erbium etc didnt work.

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Level 83
Aug 21, 2019
While you're at it, ruthenium (Ru, element 44) is also magnetic:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-scientists-magnetic-element.html

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Level 75
Aug 22, 2019
I like these 'name a valid...' quizzes a lot
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Level 67
Aug 22, 2019
only one I missed was the town in Sweden. Didn't know any of those were towns at all.
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Level 88
Aug 23, 2019
Well, 4 of the 5 are named after the same town of Ytterby.
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Level 64
Sep 2, 2019
Holmium is named after Stockholm.
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Level 70
Aug 22, 2019
Quicksilver (Mercury) is named for another element. Its Greek name hydrargyrum means "liquid silver".
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Level 77
Aug 22, 2019
"is a single letter and a vowel" Better: "its abbreviation is a single vowel." (I read that as single letter PLUS a vowel.)
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Level ∞
Aug 22, 2019
My mistake. Your suggestion has been implemented.
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Level 73
Aug 22, 2019
Isn't gold yellow?
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Level 65
Aug 22, 2019
Gold is gold
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Level 62
Aug 22, 2019
That's true, but I think it's close enough to count
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Level 75
Aug 26, 2019
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Level 79
Aug 29, 2019
Niobium for element named after a woman?
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Level 75
Aug 30, 2019
Also Vanadium...
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Level 64
Sep 2, 2019
Being a bit nit-picky, but it's not called abbreviation, it's called symbol (Fe is the symbol for iron).
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Level 55
Sep 7, 2019
I find it odd how Mercury doesn't work for the planet question. Sure, Mercury might've been named after the god, but the planets (including Uranus and Neptune) were also named after gods, were they not? It just seems counter-intuitive.
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Level 69
Sep 7, 2019
Nah, it doesn't work like that. It's like if you and your cousin were both named after the same one of your mutual grandparents. It wouldn't then be accurate to say that you were named after your cousin.
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Level 71
Sep 7, 2019
Can someone explain to me how those elements are named for other elements? I get platinum, somehow derived from silver, but the others baffle me.
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Level 69
Sep 7, 2019
  • Radon: Short for "radium emanation." It was discovered as a radioactive gas given off when radium decays.
  • Molybdenum: Means "lead-like," from the Greek molybdos, meaning "lead," because it's very similar to a common type of lead ore.
  • Platinum: From the Spanish platina, meaning "little silver," because it was first discovered (by Europeans, anyway) in a silver mine.
  • Protactinium: Originally called "protoactinium," meaning "before actinium," because it was discovered as the stage of uranium-235 decay right before actinium (uranium-235 decays into thorium-231, which decays into protactinium-231, which decays into actinium-227.)
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Level 83
Sep 7, 2019
Fascinating, I had been wondering about some of those too. Thank you!
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Level 61
Oct 24, 2019
Isn't Neopraseodymium named after Praseodymium ?
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Level 62
Feb 24, 2020
And about the symbols, I have to mention that Mercury (Hg from greek Hydrargyrum) comes from Silver (Ag from latin Argentum thus sharin roots with greek Argyrum), in fact the g there has the same root.
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Level 45
Sep 7, 2019
Add Plutonium under the planet answer. Technically, it was classified as a planet when it was being named.
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Level 81
Sep 7, 2019
The clue clearly says current planet, which I think is a giveaway that they are not including Plutonium.
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Level 57
Sep 7, 2019
You should perhaps specify 'ferro-magnetic' as most elements are magnetic to some extent, depending on their state. You should add Gadolinium to the three other ferro-magnetic elements as it is FM at room temperature.
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Level 83
Sep 7, 2019
Loved this quiz! Got 100% but managed to learn a bunch of new facts about the featured elements, too.
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Level 58
Sep 7, 2019
Quicksilver for mercury?
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Level 46
Sep 7, 2019
Isn't Mercury named after the planet Mercury...
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Level 84
Sep 7, 2019
They're both named after the Roman god.
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Level 48
Sep 7, 2019
I was going to suggest adding copernicium for an element named after a women then I found out it's named after a guy xD
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Level 45
Oct 1, 2019
100% LET'S GO
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Level 45
Oct 1, 2019
I swear I was just guessing yttrium randomly for Swedish town. Radon made sense cuz it sounds like radium.
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Level 45
Oct 1, 2019
But wouldn't mercury count as a current planet?
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Level 17
Dec 19, 2019
mercury isnt a planet apparently
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Level 62
Feb 24, 2020
Tellurium was named after planet Earth. Dwarf planets are planets too, so Cerium was named after dwarf planet Ceres and Plutonium after Pluto.

Also nickel is a short of Kupfernickel, named after copper (literally, demon of copper).

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Level 64
Mar 13, 2020
Is Mercury the element named after mercury the planet?
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Level 51
Mar 30, 2020
For the final question, please can you allow sulphur as an alternative (UK) spelling? Thanks.
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Level ∞
Mar 30, 2020
Sulphur would have worked.
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Level 57
Jun 22, 2020
Cesium/caesium is also yellow.
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Level 54
Jul 26, 2020
Many more Yellow elements that the ones stated above.
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Level 72
Oct 2, 2020
Great quiz!

I agree with @ecalot that nickel is named after copper. Also zirconium is named after gold https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zirconium.

At a stretch you could argue that copernicium is also named after two elements since Nicolaus Copernicus' surname means copper+nickel

One to add for an element named after a woman - palladium was named after Pallas Athena the Greek goddess and can also translate to "little maiden"

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Level 56
Nov 25, 2020
I wanted to say Palladium too, but I looked it up and apparently, it was named after some asteroid, not the goddes. The asteroid of course was named after the goddes, but the author doesn't count those. For the same reason, he doesn't count Mercury, because it wasn't named after the planet.
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Level 57
Feb 26, 2021
Just for kicks, potentially add Iodine to the table salt ingredients considering most table salts are iodized nowadays?
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Level 31
Feb 27, 2021
Y isn't a vowel