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67 Responses to 15 Actual Google Job Interview Questions

  1. Profile photo of eugenius
    eugenius Male 30-39
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    November 20, 2009 at 6:46 am
    Link: 15 Actual Google Job Interview Questions - Want to get a job at Google? Want to feel stupid? These actual questions weed out prospective employees from the pack.
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    sjaakwortel Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 7:16 am
    i knew some of them, microsoft also uses a similar thing. they have a box with items you have to name.
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    JaLacaob Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Too bad the grammar greatly reduced the intelligence factor of these questions. -.- Someone didn`t freakin` proofread.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 7:29 am
    #3: Infinitely low. Each family will have at most 1 boy, but could have infinitely many girls before that one boy.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 7:34 am
    #7: 22, 11 times per 12 hours.
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    Twist13 Male 70 & Over
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    November 20, 2009 at 7:38 am
    #7 is 2 times a day. Midnight and Noon only times all three hands overlap.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 7:46 am
    Ah there`s answers. Solution to 3 assumes p(boy) = p(girl) = 0.5, which I suppose is fair, but isn`t explicitly stated in the question.

    I got the time one right though.

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    Twist13 Male 70 & Over
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    November 20, 2009 at 7:57 am
    Time is wrong bob, 3 hands on a clock, not 2.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 8:00 am
    Not all clocks have 3 hands Twist13. Plenty don`t bother with the second hand.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 8:02 am
    And also, your solution assumes that the minute hand moves smoothly, whereas plenty of them jump every 60 seconds. If it were a jumping one, then my answer of 22 would still hold for a 3-handed clock.
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    MetalicDemon Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 8:06 am
    i knew about 3 of these
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    Quackor Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 8:06 am
    Friday, November 20, 2009 7:29:16 AM
    #3: Infinitely low. Each family will have at most 1 boy, but could have infinitely many girls before that one boy.

    You forget you cant have infinitely many girls because the normal ratio of girls/boys is 50/50, in the case of a statistic anomaly as you mention, you would have the same on the boys side, many families first baby being a boy.

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    shunpo_31 Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 8:09 am
    this is so cool! it sounds like the SpaceX interviews.
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    Twist13 Male 70 & Over
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    November 20, 2009 at 8:10 am
    Bob, the question is straight forward. "How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap?" There is no ASSuming here, the correct answer is 2.
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    Subushie Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 8:15 am
    i can barely describe a database to myself, none the less my nephew...
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    AlienPoison5 Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 8:26 am
    The correct answer is 22 :P You do know they give you all of the answers after you read them all, right?
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    Twist13 Male 70 & Over
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    November 20, 2009 at 8:32 am
    Those are the answers that the lazy reporter looked up from Wiki! Clock = Hour Hand, Minute Hand, and the Second Hand. If you ASSume, there is no second hand, yes 22 times. However, as stated the only answer can be 2 times a day since most analog clocks have 3 hands.
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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    November 20, 2009 at 8:35 am
    Why are some so easy, when the rest are so hard? Like #3, the ratio of boys and girls is 50%. And then #5, round manhole covers are the only shape that can`t fall into the hole. But then the question between them is, how many piano tuners are there in the world, how the drat would anyone know that?
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 8:36 am
    Twist: probably most famous clock in the world:

    2 hands.

    And in plenty of 3-handed analogue clocks, the minute hand jumps along from minute to minute. So my answer 22 still holds for those. You ignored this.

    You`re wrong. Give up.

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    The-Sentinel Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 8:46 am
    aren`t man-whole covers round so they can`t possible fall in?
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    RdDan Male 30-39
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    November 20, 2009 at 8:54 am
    How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?
    One less than can`t fit in a school bus.

    How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?
    Five quid a window

    Design an evacuation plan for San Francisco
    Why, what are you planning to do?

    How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap?
    Clock don`t have hands, you`re thinking of Orangutans.

    A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?
    Probably the plugs, although you should really replace the distributor as well just to be on the safe side.

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    SuperSmash Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 8:56 am
    I`m just amazed by the grammatical errors in the questions.
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    APJ311 Male 13-17
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    November 20, 2009 at 8:58 am
    I got one! The manhole cover one. I think I deserve a night off from homework now.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 9:14 am
    Watch =/= clock. You lose again.
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    Twist13 Male 70 & Over
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    November 20, 2009 at 9:19 am
    I will give you that one, lol
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    CoffeeDiiva Female 40-49
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    November 20, 2009 at 9:56 am
    Uh they don`t use quid here lol Rd
    Clocks do have hands
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    Tekno Female 30-39
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    November 20, 2009 at 10:29 am
    I got the manhole cover one right, but it`s a good thing I don`t want to work for google.
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    mikhaillost Female 70 & Over
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    November 20, 2009 at 10:35 am
    A lot of those are really easy if you just think about it for half a moment.
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    Itsalwysunny Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 10:51 am
    surprisingly I could work a lot of things out using Google for some extra information. What do ya know college does come in handy
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    NotAllowed Female 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 10:52 am
    i no longer want to work for google. f them with those questions!!
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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 11:21 am
    If you think you got them all right, you`re wrong. Most of these test your analytical skills, there aren`t always right answers, just "good answers".

    I got most of the math ones and logic puzzles right though.

    Schoolbus I guessed same as the guy but in metric.
    For Seattle, I had no idea.

    I know it was 50% boys/girls.
    I answered like they did for Piano tuners.
    Manhole, easy.
    Due to not having a map, my evacuation plan involved the greater USA`s actions, not the city`s.
    I guessed 24 for the clock.
    I knew DEADBEEF. (Programmer here).
    I guessed Monopoly. (Heard it before).
    I said "Call me back ASAP". Their answer is wrong, assuming Eve is as smart as him.
    Pirates. (Old).
    Basketballs. (Got it).
    Eggs. (I misunderstood the question).
    Explain Database to 8 year old. (This sounds like my job, easy).
    Blender: If I`m as high as a flat nickel, let myself die. Otherwise try to dislodge the blades.

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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 11:31 am
    So 12/15.

    I knew 24 was wrong for the clocks. I just didn`t quite know how it worked without using tools I didn`t have. (I assume no calculator or paper).

    Eggs I screwed up on completely.

    If I was as high as a flat nickel, 1) My mass is insignificant in proportion to the blades. I couldn`t do anything. 2) I could hide then starve to death I suppose, or forever live off the scraps people blend in the blender, or until they wash it. 3) If they wash it where would I go? 4) If I escape, I would be more afraid of spiders, ants, roosterroaches, and a many day walk/climb to traverse 10m of counter space. (I dunno how thick a nickel is, but it should roughly multiply all distances by about 1000 by my estimate (to make it simple). Want to walk from one end of the desk to the other? 1.5Km. Want to walk to your car? Say 500Km.

    Want to climb a flight of stairs? Worse than climbing Everest.

    I`d welcome sweet death first.

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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    November 20, 2009 at 11:40 am
    I call bullpoo on the Seattle answer. They didn`t ask how much per window. They asked how much in TOTAL for ALL the windows. The answer they give is a "non-answer" and just evades the question.
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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 11:43 am
    Unless we`re using the equation that as mass decreases by cubes, strength decreases by the square.

    So lets say my height is reduced to 2mm. My mass is reduced by 670 million, my strength is only reduced by 750 thousand. So as an ant-man, I could now jump about 900 times my own height.

    At which point I may be able to leap directly out of the blender and out of sight like a flea, and use bounds to get where I wanted to go at reasonable speed.

    Additionally, whoever put me in there wouldn`t be able to find me, as I`d have a +16 modifier to my hide skill due to size. (DnD joke).

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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    November 20, 2009 at 11:47 am
    I also call bullpoo on the piano tuners one. Answering "one for every 40 pianos" doesn`t answer the question. Then how many pianos are there?
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    Gomay Male 13-17
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    November 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm
    Product Managers have alot of hard questions :P

    I somehow managed to answer a few of these lol

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    davymid Male 30-39
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    November 20, 2009 at 12:28 pm
    Some were slightly clever, some were lame.

    In a technical interview for a position as a scientist with a major multinational oil company, one of my questions was "You`re presented with a beaker containing a liquid. How would you go about determining the temperature of that liquid?"

    Thing was, no matter what answer you gave (most obvious example, stick a thermometer in it), they came back with "OK, tell me another way.". I think I came up with 5 or 6 different methods, then got stumped at the sixth "OK, tell me another way".

    I found out afterwards that there was no correct answer or finite number of solutions. No matter how many different methods you gave, they`d always ask for another, just to see how far you could push it.

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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    November 20, 2009 at 1:16 pm
    Got these answered reasonably well. Imho.
    Most of these are questions to see if the interviewee has an analytical mind. Unless you are a computer programmer though, The answer to DEADBEEF would elude you because it`s so specific and trivial.
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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 1:18 pm
    Bear in mind crakr, the position is for a programmer I believe in that particular question.

    As I said, the point is rarely the answer. the point is how you arrived at the answer. In some cases the technical methodology would work, even if you screwed up.

    In some cases "One for every 40 pianos" came with a an explanation of how it could be solved. The exact answer was unnecessary.

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    unbanned Male 13-17
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    November 20, 2009 at 1:54 pm
    im an idiot....
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 2:07 pm
    Unless we`re using the equation that as mass decreases by cubes, strength decreases by the square.

    Who would use that equation? It makes no sense at all.

    My answer to the question was that you`d die on impact with the bottom of the blender, as the question said you were `dropped in`.

    Anyway I found a lot of those were interesting. A lot of them were just plain stupid, or perhaps just badly worded.

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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 2:09 pm
    There is no way to survive the blender unless you make outrageous assumptions like your superman or something.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 2:15 pm
    almighybob1 > I don`t see any reason for your retorts. The question just says "clock", and there are many different ways a clock`s 2 or 3 hands could function as to yield different results.

    1) all 3 hands move smoothly,
    2) second hand moves in 1 second increments, minute and hour move smoothly,
    3) second hand moves smoothly and minute hand moves in increments
    4) second and minute hands both move in increments,
    5) minute hand and hour hand move smoothly,
    6) minute hand moves in increments and hour hand moves smoothly.

    *herm* so you`re wrong.

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    amped35 Male 13-17
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    November 20, 2009 at 2:17 pm
    I knew 4 of them, including the manhole cover
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    xParanoia Female 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 3:24 pm
    The manhole one I knew.
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    unintrasting Female 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 3:24 pm
    How can you possibly know the answers to these questions?
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    AcidicLemons Female 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 4:34 pm
    They`re obviously not looking for the correct answers, but the answers that are the most creative. (:
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    Dfaulted Male 13-17
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    November 20, 2009 at 5:07 pm
    5: Because the manholes are round
    6: Run down hill
    8: Most people don`t want to eat live cows
    9: He didn`t have insurance
    12: Aaaagh, trick question, no one has 8 balls that I know of.
    14: "Kid, I really don`t know. I believe it`s magic. Just google it."
    15: HA caught you, it said empty, it has no blades.
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    logandaninja Male 13-17
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    November 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm
    i met a dude who worked at google and hetold me about a easter egg he put in google earth

    first find the google place in boulder colorado
    then put the buildings in to 3-d mode
    third, look on the roof you`ll see people standing on top of the building

    and now you know, and knowing is half the battle!

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    iKit5 Female 13-17
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    November 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm
    Amazing. <3
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    hi2pi Male 30-39
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    November 20, 2009 at 6:44 pm
    fun
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    nonamewillfi Male 13-17
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    November 20, 2009 at 7:09 pm
    i actually knew the answer to the manhole one.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    November 20, 2009 at 7:42 pm
    npdarren, there`s Eight balls. Try again.
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    npdarren Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 7:44 pm
    davymid:

    I deleted my post because I realized there were answers at the end, but what I said was indeed correct. I set aside two of the balls, weighed six of them (three on each side), and continued from there.

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    Piepig Male 13-17
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    November 20, 2009 at 8:40 pm
    "How many times a day does a clock`s hands overlap?"
    Very good question... I think I`ll solve it when I get bored in math class.
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    slayer50515 Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2009 at 9:15 pm
    Isnt the 8 ball one where you need to take 6 of the 8 and so on? (dont have time to explain the solution)
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    trp712 Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2009 at 12:08 am
    Good stuff. Tricky test.
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    Itchykaiya Male 13-17
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    November 21, 2009 at 2:37 am
    22 times
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    murrymalty Female 18-29
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    November 21, 2009 at 4:32 am
    the questions were pretty stupid tbh
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    twigster Male 13-17
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    November 21, 2009 at 7:12 am
    i got the monopoly one :D
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    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    November 21, 2009 at 10:02 am
    Murray, if the questions seemed stupid, you didn`t understand them.
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    GothicQueen Male 13-17
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    November 21, 2009 at 1:42 pm
    Now I know I don`t want to work for google.
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    Mistinguett Female 18-29
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    November 21, 2009 at 3:46 pm
    questions are sort of easy
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    lukeforv123 Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2009 at 3:57 pm
    The questions were pretty stupid. Are they trying to be funny?
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    dreadsamurai Male 13-17
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    November 23, 2009 at 9:13 am
    This is nothing comared to Prof. Layton games for DS.
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    fatex52986 Male 18-29
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    November 24, 2009 at 5:52 am
    haha and to think i answered some of them correctly

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