Another question which stopped the top team from getting the perfect score is not one that I would describe as "elegant". I made sure that the solution is sound, of course, but in terms of entertainment, I don't really like it. As I have mentioned before, I like the kind of questions which are achievable by most teams, but for their trickiness—those which would make the hunters want to kick themselves when I reveal the solutions!
Q13) When everything is taken into account on this.
The reason why I don't really like this question is because I think not many of our local hunters had the required English ability to solve it! I think we have quite a number of Sabahans who can speak very fluent English, and know the language well. But in this case, we are dealing with a phrase. And not a very common phrase too!
In the above question, "on this" is supposed to be the "definition" part of the clue; and the rest of the sentence gives the meaning of that "definition". Essentially, it all boils down to whether one knows the phrase ON BALANCE, which is not very commonly used. It means, well, "when everything is taken into account", word for word from my dictionary!
So we say,
On balance, it was a well-organised event.
When everything is taken into account, it was a well-organised event.
A13) BALANCE @ ALICE BEAUTY
Like I said, I don't really like this question. Once the hunter is ignorant of the phrase "on balance", there is a very slim chance for him of ever getting the solution! I don't do this all the time though. In fact, most of the time, I try my best to allow a second and/or third possibilities to arrive at the same destination. So if the hunter is ignorant of one element required to find the solution, he may still find it anyway via a different avenue. For example, check out this question which was located in the Donggongon sector:
Q28) Terribly rough beginning, a wild kid will grow up to be this.
Perhaps not something which could be immediately solved on paper. However, upon carefully scanning the available choices in the sector, one is able to guess and connect the remaining part of the solution. And that guess can easily be confirmed by counter-checking from a dictionary.
A28) TRIBEX SDN BHD
From the word "beginning", which is an initial indicator, one is very likely able to spot TR from "Terribly Rough". And within that sector, if I'm not much mistaken, there is only one board with a TR in it. And even if there is another, it would be very easy to quickly narrow down the search anyway.
A hardworking hunter would then be able to look up for IBEX in the dictionary, and he is bound to find that it is a mountain goat with curved horns. This is of course assuming that the hunter does not already know it. I just happen to know it from my Scrabble years. And then beyond that, it is also easy to check and confirm that "kid" can refer to a young goat. So in the end, even if the hunter does not know KID = YOUNG GOAT; and IBEX = MOUNTAIN GOAT, it is still possible for him to find the answer!
Q15) When found in a bus, you can count on it.
The kind of question which is solvable on paper! As long as one can remember the item and know what it is called, he will know that we're looking for AC, because when AC is found in A BUS, we will get ABACUS.
A15) AC BEAUTY LANE
Update (Added at 1:10pm on 20 April 2010):
Update (7:40pm on 20 April 2010):
Still a bit too flowery, but the name on the shopping bag held by the woman is most certainly M7.