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What do you do when you're stuck for the answer?

  1. Mar 28, 2009 #1
    You're stuck on a crossword clue or something and the answer is on the tip of your tongue but you just can't get it out?What do you do?
    I find it helps to walk slowly up and down with a slight rocking motion and with the hands held tightly behind the back whilst mumbling like an idiot. Try it out but be discrete in the exam hall. :confused:
    Does anybody have another method?
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  3. Mar 28, 2009 #2


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    Google often works for me.
  4. Mar 28, 2009 #3
    If possible, I look over the shoulder of the student next to me. Sometimes I just sleep on it. In the morning I'm sure to see the light of day.
  5. Mar 28, 2009 #4
    I prefer http://doogle.com" [Broken].
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  6. Mar 28, 2009 #5
    Do you mean doogle in the magic roundabout?My favourite programme but I couldn't stand Zebedee that little nasty person on a spring.
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  7. Mar 28, 2009 #6
    Huh? No its Irish Google (based on Father Ted, hence the name Doogle).
  8. Mar 28, 2009 #7


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    I just ignore the problem, and my subconscious will usually figure it out for me.
  9. Mar 28, 2009 #8
    Thanks to google, I would say that this problem is only of historical interest :)
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