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You wake up in a lab room, with papers, test tubes, computers, not understanding how you got there. A scientist is across the room.

"Welcome to my secret lab", he says. "To get out, you must complete the Atom Riddles. "

"I've been puzzled too much! Can you make it quick? And I don't like science that much", you say rudely.

"Fine. I'll give you the rules". He sighs.

The Atom Riddles

Each riddle gets progressively harder than the previous one. There are a simple set of rules: There are clues in each sentence you read. You have to find the correct atomic element that matches the clues.

The scientist walks out of the room, leaving a periodic table and a set of papers behind. You read the first one:

My name says that I make a familiar element.
They call us Mickey's ears there
If you put me in a flame test,
POP!
I am the smallest of a group of things, too!

What am I?

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The answer is

Hydrogen (H)


My name says that I make a familiar element.

H2O is water, a familiar element with hydrogen in it.

The word 'Hydrogen' is greek for 'Water creator' (Hydro - water, + gen - creator)

They call us Mickey's ears there

A H2O molecule looks like Mickey Mouse ears

If you put me in a flame test, POP!

Hydrogen makes a loud pop sound when put in a Bunsen burner

I am the smallest of a group of things, too!

Hydrogen is the smallest element.

So, you are:

Hydrogen!

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  • $\begingroup$ Yes, it is! Good job! $\endgroup$ – new QOpenGLWidget Dec 9 '20 at 15:24
  • $\begingroup$ You also forgot that rot13(Ulqebtra pna or fcyvg hc vagb "Ulqeb" naq "Tra". Vs jr genafyngr vg vagb (jnf vg Terrx be Yngva? ) Jr trg "Jngre-sbezvat".) $\endgroup$ – new QOpenGLWidget Dec 9 '20 at 16:02
  • $\begingroup$ @zixuan oh wow I never knew that! I'll add that in, you learn something new everyday :P $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Dec 9 '20 at 16:03

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