Sporcle quizzes

I mentioned Sporcle the other day in a post, and I just assume everyone’s already addicted to Sporcle quizzes. But if not, I guess here’s your news-flash. These timed quizzes, most of which are user-generated, are quite fun and very unique. I urge you to try the thousands of quizzes available on their website and see how you stack up against the competition (currently there are over 200,000 quizzes). There is also a Sporcle app for the iPhone and Android. I actually invested in the pay-for version of it, since it continually updates with new quizzes.

Some of the quizzes on their website include straight-forward tasks like naming all 50 states in 10 minutes or naming all of Queen’s albums. But they have more unique ones like naming all the words of the 23rd Psalm in the King James version (in any order) or words that end in “gue”, as well.

In particular, here are a few math quizzes:

And here are 352 more math quizzes on Sporcle. Enjoy!



My wife and I finally bought Pentago:

This game is incredible. It’s won a few Game of the Year awards and it was one of  Mensa’s mind games in 2006. The rules are very simple: Get five in a row. After each move, you must rotate one quadrant of the board 90°. The rules are simple but the strategy is deep.

I first played it two years ago and have been meaning to get the game ever since. We finally got it last weekend and I’ve played it with as many people as possible since then. The photos above show my friend Brian’s favorite winning position (details of this strategy here). But there are lots of nice ways of winning–four to be exact. The aforementioned winning position, “The triple power play,”  is described as the most powerful winning position by this strategy guide (you were right, Brian!).

You can play online here. I tried it and beat the computer player pretty easily. See if you can do the same!