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Analogies #2

Can you fill the blanks in these analogies?
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This is to This
As...
Bow is to Arrow
Gun is to Bullet
Mao is to China
Pol Pot is to Cambodia
CIA is to United States
Mossad is to Israel
Clinton is to Gore
Reagan is to Bush
Elvis is to Rock & Roll
Michael Jackson is to Pop
Beyoncé is to
Destiny's Child
Diana Ross is to the
Supremes
Mafia is to Italy
Yakuza is to Japan
Peso is to Mexico
Ruble is to Russia
Maid of Honor is to
Best Man
Flower Girl is to
Ring Bearer
Schwinn is to Bicycle
Harley is to Motorcycle
This is to This
As...
Dentist is to Teeth
Podiatrist is to Feet
Roald Amundsen is to
the South Pole
Edmund Hillary is to
Mount Everest
Electron is to Nucleus
Earth is to Sun
Taxi is to New York City
Gondola is to Venice
Insomnia is to Sleep
Amnesia is to Memory
Gato is to Cat
Toro is to Bull
Herakles is to Greek legend
Samson is to the Bible
Left Bank is to Seine
West Bank is to Jordan
7 is Heptathlon
10 is to Decathlon
Empty is to Full
Pessimist is to Optimist
75 Comments
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Level 7
May 16, 2012
Hard, but a very good idea!
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Level 76
Sep 5, 2014
Also accept Dementia and Alzheimers for the memory question? These also both reference memory loss.
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Level 73
Sep 22, 2014
They're both illnesses where memory loss is a symptom, but they don't mean memory loss. Amnesia means memory loss, so is the more correct answer.
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Level 69
Sep 22, 2014
Tripped me up too
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Level 37
Sep 22, 2014
I'll agree, insomnia is both a symptom (often a side effect of several medications) and a disorder. Senility/dementia should be acceptable as they can also be both a symptom and a side effect.
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Level 44
Sep 23, 2014
I tried Alzheimer's too. This question is kind of ambiguous. Good quiz though!
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Level 75
Nov 24, 2016
I tried Alzheimer's, dementia, and forgetfulness, all of which seemed to fit even after seeing the answer. Insomnia is difficulty falling or staying asleep, amnesia is partial or total loss of memory...yeah, okay. But just because I couldn't remember the correct answer doesn't mean I have amnesia. I agree with nycbarb, there could be a better analogy.
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Level 72
Oct 31, 2017
Yeah, likewise I tried all those answers listed above with no joy. I do think it could be rewritten or at least those could be accepted as type ins.
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Level 77
Oct 28, 2019
Alzheimer's/dementia are illnesses of the brain that affect memory, mood, behavior, even motor function and language, because the entire brain gradually breaks down (apologies if this doesn't sound very scientific). Amnesia is often caused by a blow to the head and results only in a temporary memory loss, while all other functions of the brain remain intact. It is entirely reversible, - as is insomnia - whereas brain illnesses are not. That's why amnesia is the correct answer.
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Level 84
Dec 20, 2020
I dunno, I thought the clue was perfect and unambiguous. I immediately thought of amnesia, and only of amnesia.

If I am unable to sleep when I normally should, I have insomnia.

If I am unable to remember when I normally should, I have amnesia. I may have other afflictions, which may or may not affect my memory, but saying that "I can't remember" doesn't automatically mean I have dementia or alzheimers. It DOES automatically mean, however, that I have amnesia.

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Level 84
Dec 20, 2020
In other words, dementia and Alzheimer's cause memory loss. But amnesia is memory loss, just as insomnia is an inability to sleep.
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Level 35
Apr 12, 2021
or a stroke
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Level 56
May 10, 2022
I also tried those. I knew they were wrong, but couldn't remember the word amnesia for the life of me. Kinda ironic now that I think about it lol
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Level 61
Sep 22, 2014
First perfect score in awhile. Either the test was easy or I'm getting smarter.

(okay, the test was fairly easy)

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Level 40
Sep 22, 2014
Yakuza is to Japan as Mafioso is to Italy.
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Level 35
Jun 18, 2019
isn't it more like ヤクザ is to Japan as Mafioso is to Italy, since Yakuza is an Anglicism in the same way Mafia is? not really fair criticism.
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Level 79
Dec 21, 2020
Yakuza is both the name of the organisation and the name of an individual within that organisation. Whereas mafia is the name of the organisation and mafioso is a member of that organisation. Your suggestion is a valid analogy, but no more or less than the one in the quiz.
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Level 50
Sep 22, 2014
I tried and tried for the Insomnia one but couldn't remember the answer.
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Level 54
Nov 25, 2016
(applause)
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Level 49
Jun 18, 2019
i was going to say this :)
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Level 59
Feb 6, 2024
Yeah, that one would keep you up nights
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Level 39
Jun 5, 2024
I knew the solution but couldn't recall the word itself. Fortunately, I remembered just in time to complete the quiz. :D
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Level 55
Sep 23, 2014
Scratched my head for Gato is to Cat as _ is to Bull. Thought about cracking a joke here about "What do cats have to do with cake anyway?" Got it in the end, because of the answer to Schumacher (there is a team with that as the name). The one I was longest stuck with was "_ is to ring bearer". This ring bearer thing is a little more culture-specific than you might think. In Britain (and most other Christianity-based countries, I imagine) the best man bears the ring. I got it in the last seconds by imagining a little girl with a bouquet, and the phrase popped into my head.
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Level 79
Dec 20, 2020
Same in Australia, ring-bearer is the Best Man here too - makes it tough! The flowers girls are matched by page boys in wedding ceremonies here.
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Level 41
Sep 25, 2014
A very nice quiz! But why should be taxi more typical for New York than for the thousands and thousands other cities and towns where you can take one?
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Level 37
Nov 10, 2017
Because "taxi" is unique to NYC?
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Level 69
Aug 22, 2019
Why is taxi unique to NYC ? There are taxi's all over the world!
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Level 68
Apr 12, 2021
I mean cmon. The consensus of people in the world, when you think of a taxi, you immediately think of the yellow taxis that are ubiquitous in new york city. If someone said "tulips" youd think of Netherlands even though there are tulips elsewhere. Its the most famous
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Level 36
Apr 15, 2021
While yes new york is famous for it's taxis i think only americans would immedietly think of NYC when someone says the word "taxi"
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Level 83
Nov 7, 2021
idk I think of London black cabs
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Level 69
Apr 30, 2024
Emm no? The consensus of people in the world..? was there a meeting I missed on what we are supposed to think of??

If I think of a taxi I think of a taxi, if I think of a plane I think of a plane, if I think of a bus I think of a bus (and not the famous red English ones, just a bus that will take me home from the trainstation).

Only when asked about yellow taxi's/cabs or the most iconic ones will the New York ones come to mind. Which in normal (non quizzing) life never comes up. Besides people in New York and near by, no one ever thinks of the yellow taxis when they think of a taxi. They just think of a normal taxi that see every day in their own country/city (and if you life in a big city that might be a dozen per minute)

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Level 31
Sep 26, 2014
Maybe consider forgetfulness as well as amnesia?
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Level 56
Dec 15, 2015
Yes, the science one got me for a second. Tried solar system! So embarrassed.....
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Level 76
Nov 24, 2016
...I didn't read the question properly and tried "Frodo Baggins" for "ring bearer"...
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Level 70
Nov 24, 2016
I try frodo baggins for every quiz just in case. Never liked Tolkien so I don't get the references but his name is an answer in many quizzes.
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Level 81
Nov 24, 2016
Tried Kampuchea for Cambodia
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Level 79
Mar 9, 2019
I tried Khmer Republic first
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Level ∞
Dec 19, 2020
No one tried កម្ពុជា?
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Level 63
Dec 5, 2016
Actually the electron does not exactly orbit around the nucleus, so the analogy with the Solar system is incorrect. While we are always able to locate the Earth when orbiting around the Sun, we can only identify a region where the electron is likely to be...
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Level 78
Jun 30, 2018
Are you related to Heisenberg?
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Level 59
Feb 6, 2024
Not sure about that
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Level 57
Jun 5, 2024
Uncertain
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Level 76
Apr 11, 2021
You are right, but there is still a large mass, a small mass and an attracting force. So a large part of the analogy still holds.
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Level 79
May 18, 2020
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay always agreed that they were very co-dependent when it came to the ascent of Everest and any quiz that depends on the idea of the first ascent of Everest should credit them jointly.
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Level 83
Dec 19, 2020
Well Amundsen didn't come alone either.
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Level 55
Dec 20, 2020
no but he was the leader of that expedition. Neither Hillary nor Tenzing was the leader of the Everest expedition.
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Level 85
Dec 19, 2020
My very religious indoctrination as a youngster failed me! The only one I missed was Samson.
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Level 64
Jun 10, 2024
I thought it was supposed to be Jesus, since Herakles is the son of Zeus, born of a human woman. Granted, that's an accurate description of like 25% of Greek mythology.
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Level 89
Dec 19, 2020
Does it mean I have amnesia that I couldn’t, for the life of me, remember that amnesia was the generic word to describe loss of memory?
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Level 77
Dec 20, 2020
Ironically, I couldn't remember the word "amnesia" . . .
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Level 67
Dec 21, 2020
Heptathlon is spelled incorrectly.
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Level ∞
Dec 21, 2020
Fixed
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Level 71
Dec 21, 2020
The Obama is to Biden one has two right answers now. He is either Obama's vice president, in which the answer of Bush is correct, or he is the successor to Obama's successor, in which case Clinton would be a correct answer (i.e., Clinton followed Bush, who followed Reagan).
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Level ∞
Dec 21, 2020
Good point. Changed Obama:Biden to Clinton:Gore.
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Level 70
Dec 21, 2020
Shouldn't "Jesus" work for the Herakles question? Both were sons of gods.
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Level 65
Dec 22, 2020
Don't get how Samson compares to Herakles.. except for their physical strength, maybe, but their relationship — hence relevance — to the book seems quite different to me
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Level 67
Apr 11, 2021
Same here. I answered "Jesus", because Herakles was the son of a powerful god too, then I searched who in the Bible had to make it through many challenges and I couldn't find anyone who fitted… I even tried Lucifer because well, Herakles was a nice dude first and became mad and went to hell, but still no luck…

Then I saw the answer and searched for the explanation, because I still had no clue what it was about. Honestly, apart from killing a lion, there's no specific analogy between those two. Being strong and suffering betrayal is common to virtually everyone in Greek tradition and in the Bible. Actually, one could argue that as an extra-strong warrior with weak spot, Samson is closer to Achilles than to Herakles.

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Level 68
Apr 12, 2021
Strong men. Thats it. It took me a while but eventually got it and rolled my eyes. Weird analogy to make
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Level 82
Mar 2, 2022
I didn't get it either, so I looked it up just now, and it seems to be legit.

Apparently Samson is the Israelite adaptation of the Greek character of Herakles, especially to wit. the heroic cycle. He underwent several changes in the transposition, obviously, but it seems that the core is still there.

Several attributes are common between both. Most especially the 12 (originally 10, but 2 were added) labours of Herakles → Samson's 10 feats of strength. Note that there are episodes common to both (e.g.: slaying the lion).

There's more, but, well, if you care you can Google it yourself. 🙂

Like I said, I wasn't aware of this parallel either (this was the only question I couldn't get) until I looked into it just now.

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Level 74
Dec 23, 2020
Left bank/west bank - not at all analagous. The left bank is an integral part of Paris. The West Bank is independent of Jordan, you need to go through a border crossing to get from one to the other and I don't know anyone who thinks Jordan has any actual authority over what happens in the West Bank (and I live in Israel).
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Level ∞
Dec 23, 2020
The Left Bank is a bank of the River Seine. The West Bank is a bank of the River Jordan. That is the analogy. It has nothing to do with countries.
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Level 66
Jun 5, 2024
As the convention for rivers is that left/right is determined when looking downstream, the West Bank is in fact the right bank of the Jordan.
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Level 50
Mar 23, 2021
When you just. can't. remember. "Amnesia"... :oP
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Level 67
Apr 11, 2021
Good quiz but I also think amnesia is sort of weird here. I mean, use insomnia and amnesia in similar sentences. Example: "I haven't been able to sleep this week. I'm having a bout of insomnia." That makes sense. Now: "I can't seem to remember what you told me yesterday. Sorry. I must be having a bout of amnesia." Or: "Sorry, I don't know why I've been so forgetful lately."
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Level 59
Apr 12, 2021
I spent a lot of time to figure out who was like a maid of honor to Frodo Baggins...
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Level 78
Apr 12, 2021
Um... according to the Silmarillion, the honoured maiden who holds the ring for Frodo is named Thiccfoot Bumbleberry, but this quiz wouldn't take the type-in.
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Level 67
May 25, 2021
Had no idea a podiatrist was a thing but I got it
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Level 78
Nov 4, 2021
I guess Samson is the 'Biblical strongman' in the way Heracles is the 'Greek strongman', but I still don't see it as much of an analogy. Still, great quiz, this is a minor gripe.
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Level 36
Oct 23, 2022
I think Job and Jesus would both be better than Samson.
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Level ∞
Apr 1, 2024
Read MrPutter's comment above.
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Level 21
May 16, 2024
Also remember that Job did not go through labours but more through pains
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Level 18
Jun 5, 2024
I got 4!
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Level 27
Jun 6, 2024
awwwww c'mon, I knew the Herakles one, just didn't know how to write it in English... Maybe consider " Samsan" as a typo? :D
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Level 58
Jun 7, 2024
Some people on here show a shocking lack of understanding of what dementia and Alzheimer's are. Also, the deviant laughably and inaccurately cited as the king of pop should feature in no quizzes anywhere on the net. Shameful.
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Level 62
Jun 10, 2024
Am I the only one who tried Goliath for the Hercules one? And also, I've never seen that spelling (presumably the more authentic?), so wasn't even sure that was the character being referred to