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Very Tricky Analogies

Since Quizmaster says he loves these so much, this quiz is dedicated to him.
These analogies are given in Aristotelian format i.e. (arm : hand :: leg : foot) should be read: arm is to hand as leg is to foot.
Last updated: February 24, 2016
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Hong Kong Phooey : the human eye :: Superman : a ________ ______
speeding bullet
Iron Man 3 : oranges :: The Usual Suspects : _____
rolls
Australia : Hobart :: The USA : ________
Honolulu
President Ford : reindeer :: President Cleveland : ______
muppet
Methuselah : New York :: Goliath : _____
Dubai
Luke Skywalker : Leia :: Oedipus Rex : ___ ______
his mother
Osama bin Laden : May Day :: John Adams : ____________ ___
Independence Day
Plan 9 From Outer Space : Johnny Depp :: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe : _______ _______
Anthony Hopkins
Alcohol : Cairo :: Camoflage : _____
Paris
Microsoft : Janus :: Apple : _______
Mercury
Orson Welles : Transformers the Movie :: Raul Julia : ______ _______
Street Fighter
Yuma, AZ : employment :: Death Valley, CA : _________
elevation
Bill Clinton : cigars :: Jason Biggs : _____ ___
apple pie
August : Rome :: Wednesday : ______
Asgard
Michael Bay : your childhood :: Prophet Muhammad : _____
Aisha
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level 70
May 5, 2013
Good quiz. Some day you will have to fill us in on just how these analogies work. Until then this is how I understand them: Luke and Oedipus are both attracted to blood relatives they don't know they're related to. Johnny Depp plays the creator of Plan 9 in the movie Ed Wood, just as the correct answer portrayed C.S. Lewis. Clinton and Biggs used these consumer goods for sexual purposes. OBL bought it on May Day. Rudolph King, aka Gerald Ford, could have been the namesake for this fictional character. August is named after Octavian; Wednesday is named after some Norse goddess. The rest are more or less complete mysteries.
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level 75
May 6, 2013
That's great. :) You nailed or came very close to those you mentioned. Gerald Ford's middle name is Rudolph, same as the famous reindeer; though some don't realize that Stephen Cleveland went by his middle name. Wednesday is named after Woden/Odin, ruler of Asgard. Any others that you want me to spoil just ask.
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level 75
May 6, 2013
I'm just going to throw this one out there because I'm surprised nobody (other than myself) has gotten it so far. I put it at the top because I thought it was easy. Hong Kong Phooey is quicker than the human eye, just as Superman is faster than a speeding bullet.
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level ∞
May 8, 2013
Interesting quiz. Got 5/15. Knew "His Mother" but thought I needed a specific name so didn't enter it. Should have gotten the Death Valley one. I kept trying things related to cold weather. There were some I understood but just didn't know the answer to. Three or four are still beyond me.

Here's a similar analogy for you to work out. Goliath : New York :: Methuselah : _____ ________.

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level 75
May 9, 2013
Glad you enjoyed it. Is the answer to the one you gave St Augustine?
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level ∞
May 9, 2013
Nailed it! Since you are always promoting your Oldest Cities quiz, I thought that'd be right up your alley. :)
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level 75
May 9, 2013
haha.. yeah.. :) Well that one is probably my 2nd or 3rd favorite of all the quizzes I've done and I just don't understand why more people haven't taken it. Got lost in the shuffle somehow or else I overanticipated how interested other people on the site would be in the subject.
by the way how do you make a new paragraph in a comment? Do you have to use html coding?
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level 75
May 9, 2013
yep.

that
seems
to
work
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level 75
May 9, 2013
Also, "his mother" will work as well as his mother's name which is Jocasta
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level 81
Jun 25, 2013
Wow that was tricky. The Camoflage and Cleveland clues made me smile when I finally figured them out. I got the Micheal Bay clue just by the juxtaposition of childhood and Muhammad, but I still don't see how that analogy works... but then I haven't seen many of his movies.
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level 75
Jun 25, 2013
I'm very happy you enjoyed the quiz. :)

The Muhammad one is very simple. The noble prophet handled his child bride with the utmost care and respect, acting in a way that was perfectly selfless and reverent and in no way sought to exploit anyone's innocence or naivety for his own base gain. His motives were pure and driven by love and duty. Michael Bay has handled the Transformers franchise and by extension the fond childhood memories of a generation in much the same way. and I'm sure that those beloved characters that Bay has taken such careful stewardship of would give their consent to how they have been treated every bit as much as a 6 year old is able to consent to marriage and its consummation therein.
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level 81
Jun 26, 2013
That... was awesome.

I didn't realize Bay produced the Transformers movies (the first was so bloody awful, I didn't watch any of the rest), so all I came up with was The Island and "it's-been-two-minutes-since-anything-exploded-let's-blow-up-something-else" Armageddon.
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level 75
Jun 26, 2013
hahaha... oh... you're missing out on seeing among the worst movies ever made/ Especially the second one, TF: RotF (not sure why they cut off the LMAO part of the subtitle... marketing I guess...)
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level 74
May 14, 2014
The oldest skyscraper is in Chicago, though, not NYC. Or am I missing the analogy?
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level 75
May 15, 2014
No, you got it. But if you're talking about earliest construction then credit is often given to the Equitable Life Building (1870) in New York for being a skyscraper. Chicago's Home Insurance Building (1884) was built later. That's one way to measure "oldest" skyscraper. Another way would be to measure the length of time the buildings remained standing. Currently I think the record for longest-standing skyscraper in the world also goes to New York, and specifically to the iconic Flatiron Building which was constructed in 1902 and still stands today. The Woolworth Building, also in New York, is for various reasons also often classified as the world's first skyscraper. It was finished in 1913 and is still standing today as well.
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level 75
May 18, 2014
Another contender is the MetLife Tower, also in New York. It really depends on how you define "skyscraper," and also whether you are trying to figure out what was the first skyscraper built or which one stood the longest and therefore became the oldest. In either case, most answers point to New York, especially using the latter standard which I think works better for the analogy. If we were going by which one was first built and not considering how long it stood for, then a more appropriate parallel to Biblical mythology would be Adam, not Methuselah.
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level 75
Jul 13, 2014
I'm not smart enough to figure this one out - only got four, and two of those were lucky guesses. I bow to those who do well on this one.
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level 20
Feb 23, 2016
For the oedipus rex question, can you please accept "his mom"?
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level 75
Feb 24, 2016
ok
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level 75
Feb 24, 2016
I will also now take "your mom"
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level 63
Sep 24, 2018
Stiffler's mom?
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level 79
Mar 28, 2016
I tried about every Nordic country for Wednesday. It seems silly to ask only for the mythical place instead of the physical one. Also couldn't Death Valley work with "coldness' or something similar? that's what I kept trying.
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level 75
Mar 28, 2016
Temperature works for Death Valley. Low coldness would seem to be the opposite of low temperature, wouldn't it?

and what do you mean it's silly to ask for the mythical place instead of the "phsyical" one? When was Odin ruler of Denmark? That's never happened. Augustus Cesar was ruler of Rome. Odin ruled in Asgard.
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level 53
Jul 1, 2016
Who the heck is Michael Bay and what does he have to do with my childhood.
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level 75
Jul 1, 2016
If you were born in 2004, probably nothing. That one doesn't apply to you.
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level 50
Jul 29, 2016
Can you please accept some more spellings for Jocasta? I think I kept trying "Jocosta". (It was the only one I knew, as I was too stupid to know the capital of Hawaii.)
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level 39
Aug 22, 2017
Haha, I got 0/15.
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level 26
May 28, 2018
This is a good quiz. It should be eligible for points.
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level 75
May 28, 2018
Thanks and I'm happy you enjoyed it. I think the obscurity and strangeness of some of these preclude it from ever being considered as a featured quiz, if the very high level of difficulty didn't do it.