Exercise: Create a series of CTES to answer a fairly contrived question

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Category ==> SQL  (156 exercises)
Topic ==> Derived tables and CTEs  (8 exercises)
Level ==> Harder than average
Courses ==> Introduction to SQL  /  Advanced SQL
Before you can do this exercise, you'll need to download and unzip this file (if you have any problems doing this, click here for help). Once you've done this:
  1. Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
  2. Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
  3. Execute this script.

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The aim of this exercise is to use CTEs to answer the following questions:

Step What to do Returns
1 Get a list of those events which contain none of the letters in the word OWL 3 rows
2 Use this to get a list of all of those events which take place in the countries for the events in list 1. 9 rows
3 Get a third list of all of the events which share the same categories as any of the events in the second list. 116 rows

If you display the results in date order, you should get this:

First 5 events

The first few of the 116 events returned by your final query.

In the event that you get this working, save your query as Owl-free events, then close it down.

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