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My first time on this year; would love a place to kibbitz on prior days questions and brag and bitch.
I'm 3-0 but I'm chalking that up to beginner's luck and a rookie rundle.
how about you?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 22 February 2020 20:19 (seven months ago) link

Riding the bottom of A babee. Did we not have a thread already?

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Saturday, 22 February 2020 20:19 (seven months ago) link

nope.

this is really making me use some muscles that have long been neglected. I've always prided myself on fast reference google-fu. LL is just about information that you've been exposed to or otherwise can puzzle out from your memory. You don't generally seem to be able to "figure out" clues logically or utilize your skillset to uncover information... you just have to remember it! I'm approaching it where I read the questions late night, answer whatever i know immediately and sleep on the rest till the morning and that seems to help a bit.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 22 February 2020 20:24 (seven months ago) link

Oh hey! I remember James Redd and the Blecchs and I talked about starting a LL thread on ILX a few years ago, but we clearly never got around to it.

I'm 1-2-0 so far this season in A Keystone.

jaymc, Saturday, 22 February 2020 22:31 (seven months ago) link

I occasionally post on the LL message board, too.

jaymc, Saturday, 22 February 2020 22:31 (seven months ago) link

You don't generally seem to be able to "figure out" clues logically or utilize your skillset to uncover information... you just have to remember it!

I don't actually think this is true! I don't know that the first few questions this season have necessarily been representative, but one of the things I like about LL is that you often can puzzle things out if you read the question closely.

Actually, the Vaseline question from the other day might be a good example of this. I'd never heard of the Chesebrough Manufacturing Company, but I kept focusing on "Titusville, Pennsylvania" and thought, is it related to the coal industry? If I'd thought harder, I might have landed on oil instead, which could conceivably have led me to petroleum jelly. (It didn't happen, but it could have!)

jaymc, Saturday, 22 February 2020 22:40 (seven months ago) link

You're right, though, that a fair amount is dredging stuff up from memory. I always read the questions when I wake up in the morning and then usually let them rattle around my noggin for a while before submitting answers. Sometimes an answer will come to the surface in the interim. For instance, one time, on my way to work, I suddenly and inexplicably recalled the name Zamfir.

jaymc, Saturday, 22 February 2020 22:45 (seven months ago) link

Anyway I never use my invites so hmu ilxors. Word is league growth will be capped eventually at which point I guess it becomes one in one out, so get in while getting is good.

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Saturday, 22 February 2020 22:58 (seven months ago) link

Baffling

or something, Sunday, 23 February 2020 00:54 (seven months ago) link

for the confused:
https://learnedleague.com/

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 23 February 2020 14:22 (seven months ago) link

Thanks

or something, Sunday, 23 February 2020 15:36 (seven months ago) link

3 of 6 correct today, 2 that i kinda thought i coulda got right and 1 that was just no chance at all

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 24 February 2020 06:44 (seven months ago) link

Hey don’t post about questions until the results are in, even obliquely! You don’t know who’s submitted yet.

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Monday, 24 February 2020 06:58 (seven months ago) link

well sure, but how is saying what i think i got right by the numbers revealing anything?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 24 February 2020 12:49 (seven months ago) link

I’m sure there is some ruling from the Commissioner on this on the site, pro or con.

Something Super Stupid Cupid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 24 February 2020 13:57 (seven months ago) link

i challenge jaymc to 'smith' a one-day about ilx

mookieproof, Monday, 24 February 2020 14:00 (seven months ago) link

forks if I were to know you intimately I could derive third-order insight into the answers by analyzing how well you thought you did, imo. Best to avoid even the appearance of etc.

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Monday, 24 February 2020 15:26 (seven months ago) link

Makes sense

Something Super Stupid Cupid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 24 February 2020 15:32 (seven months ago) link

i've been doing learned league for a few years on an invite from jaymc. i'm in C rundle, which seems to be about right since i almost always end up right in the middle of the rankings at the end of each season. i've had a strong start to this season so far but i'm sure i'll hit a rut and end up back in the middle again.

my ongoing minor issue with the main learned league is the "classical music" category, which seems very specific for a stand-alone category (that i suck at). i wish they just had a "music" category that spanned all genres.

na (NA), Monday, 24 February 2020 15:34 (seven months ago) link

silby OTM about not posting *anything* about a Match Day until it's over

jaymc, Monday, 24 February 2020 15:45 (seven months ago) link

U guys are playing 3D chess but whatever works is fine. Meet you back here at 1 in the morning to discuss.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 24 February 2020 15:51 (seven months ago) link

I can't immediately find anything from the Commissioner about this, though it is a widely accepted norm within the LL community. On the LL board, whenever anyone posts even the most innocuous thing about a question while the Match Day is live, the post gets deleted.

Also, here's someone in a Learned League thread on the Jeopardy! message board:

With the new season and new players, it is a good time to remind everyone of the rule about discussing matches on this board. Please do not make any comment about the questions until that day's results have been posted on the LL board. Do not say how many you got right or wrong. Do not say if you thought they were hard or easy. Just do not say anything at all about the questions until the LL day has ended and the next day's questions are up.

As extreme as it may seem, I think it makes sense to stick with that rule here, too.

jaymc, Monday, 24 February 2020 16:14 (seven months ago) link

Oh, it's also in WestJ's LL84 welcome post:

Please remember, do not post anything here or elsewhere about any LL questions while a match day is underway. Not with a spoiler warning, not with oblique references, not asking if a question has an error in it, not anything. Period.

jaymc, Monday, 24 February 2020 17:05 (seven months ago) link

Well it's tomorrow now and I can reveal the secret that a plurality LL'ers are not fans of Bhad Bhabie

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 11:47 (seven months ago) link

Haha. That was actually my route in, and I almost thought the answer was "Bad" until I remembered that "Suge" was the name of a song by Da Baby.

jaymc, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 12:49 (seven months ago) link

I lost 8(5)-7(5). Always disappointing to get the same number of questions right but lose on defense.

jaymc, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 12:53 (seven months ago) link

I am averaging about three right per game, but in the rookie league with some judicious defense, that seems to be enough to stay fairly competitive.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 16:36 (seven months ago) link

damn i almost missed this thread. u can find me having terrible defense to start, i'm 2-2 :/ i'm usually decent on defense? but i have been getting steadily worse somehow season over season. idk why.

also there was a thread but like a fool i smushed the words together LearnedLeague - any iLLx0rs out there?

i was gonna give a cryptic clue to my name since i don't like saying it on here (i mean i guess it's already too late to run for office due to my history on this site, i would guess) but then i realized i put it in the other thread so go look there!

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 20:42 (seven months ago) link

also yes i haven't used an invite in ages so if anyone needs, hit silby up and then hit me up

and i 100% got that q yesterday on account of bhad bhabie (almost went with lil on account of yes indeed, until i read closer lol) (also i feel like lil was a question super recently???)

and yeah esp if this is a public board, no talk on today's results is always a good move. also no talking abt the random comedians u found and you're like "wow no way they're just like me!" and you sometimes check in to see what they got. its bad form

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 20:47 (seven months ago) link

Completely new to this, but really like the idea. It seems like it's too late to join this season--is that correct?

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 21:01 (seven months ago) link

yeah you have to join in between seasons

na (NA), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 21:08 (seven months ago) link

or you might be able to join but you wouldn't be able to play this season.

na (NA), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 21:08 (seven months ago) link

also no talking abt the random comedians u found and you're like "wow no way they're just like me!" and you sometimes check in to see what they got. its bad form

What about high-ranking White House officials

jaymc, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 23:35 (seven months ago) link

I too would like to join! Will M, silby, or any other kind ilxor have a spare invite?

Charlotte Brontesaurus (Leee), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 23:39 (seven months ago) link

theo von is a beast at learned league guys

frederik b. godt (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 23:42 (seven months ago) link

Oh wait $30 for membership, gotta think about this.

Charlotte Brontesaurus (Leee), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 23:44 (seven months ago) link

What about high-ranking White House officials

Actually, I am going to answer my own post and note that the Commish has laid down the law about this, so I am going to respect that decision, but I still find the whole thing amazing sometimes.

jaymc, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 23:44 (seven months ago) link

@Leee: You only have to pay after you've completed a full rookie season, so you can try it out and decide if you like it. I have plenty of invites to spare, too.

jaymc, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 23:46 (seven months ago) link

can one of you kind individuals send me an invite, please? ilx webmail reaches me :)

frederik b. godt (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 23:47 (seven months ago) link

Ah ok, that sounds reasonable. You can ilx mail me, and thanks!

Charlotte Brontesaurus (Leee), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 23:51 (seven months ago) link

Suge was one of the year’s biggest rap hits; surprised that didn’t give away that clue. I guess people aren’t much listening to that world unless they are specialists.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 03:19 (seven months ago) link

the 30 also covers a full year, which is i believe 3 or 4 seasons, so if you like the first season you're not paying too much to keep going!

i don't see where to send invites tho, is it possible to do so during the season or do we have to wait a month?

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 03:42 (seven months ago) link

also if we have this many ppl i am definitely thinking ilxor private rundle next go around

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 03:42 (seven months ago) link

Okay, I just looked, and you can only give out 1 invite per season (unless you are a Premier or Commissioner's Circle member). Pretty sure there were more at one point, but I don't blame Thorsten for wanting to put some controls on growth.

I'll give mine to you, Leee, since we've actually met IRL!

jaymc, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 03:47 (seven months ago) link

Oh, and Will, the referral page is here:
https://www.learnedleague.com/thorsten/referral.php

jaymc, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 03:48 (seven months ago) link

if my quick scan is right, leee, unctious, and jim want invites? and jaymc has leee? so i will send one to Unc & someone else get jim? (lmk if i missed any. i am so tired rn)

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 04:38 (seven months ago) link

Unc contacted me, I will take care of ‘em

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 04:42 (seven months ago) link

ok jim i'll send you a message then!

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 04:47 (seven months ago) link

Why the low get rate on Q4 yesterday, Charles Pathé? This was the flaw in my defense, since I thought everybody must know this, especially an opponent with .761 in Film so assigned it a zero, allowing him to tie me 4(4)-4(3). Note: really don’t care that much, long ago gave up agonizing on defense, valuing speed over accuracy, having long ago settled down into C Rundle, most of my enjoyment now coming from the occasional 1DS or ML.

Something Super Stupid Cupid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 10:20 (seven months ago) link

Oh so many more words possible now?

Quit It And Hit It Sideways (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 5 September 2020 17:43 (three weeks ago) link

So even harder to be Queen Bee?

Quit It And Hit It Sideways (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 5 September 2020 17:44 (three weeks ago) link

Yes and probably yes (I only ever Queen when the genius level point total is < 100 points).

I haven't seen or reached 300 points yet, but 200 is much more common.

Ruth Bae Ginsburg (Leee), Saturday, 5 September 2020 17:51 (three weeks ago) link

won 8(4) - 4(4) yesterday #defense

mookieproof, Saturday, 5 September 2020 18:17 (three weeks ago) link

I’ve got 88 points today so far, guess Queen Bee is 108, but I’ve run dry.

Quit It And Hit It Sideways (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 5 September 2020 19:08 (three weeks ago) link

spelling bee yesterday wouldn't accept "cope" as an answer, despite using the middle letter.

I am getting absolutely crushed this LL season, and I miss my rookie rundle.

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Saturday, 5 September 2020 21:00 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, that was a big issue.

Quit It And Hit It Sideways (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 5 September 2020 21:13 (three weeks ago) link

Spelling Bee talk probably makes more sense in the xwords puzzle thread.

Ruth Bae Ginsburg (Leee), Saturday, 5 September 2020 23:27 (three weeks ago) link

I'm on a 3-match winning streak and am crawling away from the relegation zone! I thought the last match that I might've defended extremely poorly and although I narrowly eked out a win, thanks to being gifted 3 points for Venus.

Ruth Bae Ginsburg (Leee), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 18:48 (two weeks ago) link

gonna be lucky if i can hold on in c tbh

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 18:49 (two weeks ago) link

got credit for aphrodite yesterday, which was probably undeserved

mookieproof, Wednesday, 9 September 2020 18:59 (two weeks ago) link

Win streak at 4! Which is probably going to end today as I'm facing off against our rundle leader.

Ruth Bae Ginsburg (Leee), Thursday, 10 September 2020 18:31 (two weeks ago) link

Streak ended as expected, but I had TWO chances to win and blew them both miserably. So any right now.

Ruth Bae Ginsburg (Leee), Friday, 11 September 2020 15:14 (two weeks ago) link

a player in my rundle has allowed just 3 UfPA in 16 matches

wtf

mookieproof, Friday, 11 September 2020 15:22 (two weeks ago) link

Some people take a lot of time on defense?

Sometimes my defense gets on a hot streak but I really don't like to spend a lot of effort on it at this pont.

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 September 2020 15:28 (two weeks ago) link

My first 9/5 yesterday

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 11 September 2020 15:34 (two weeks ago) link

Cool! I believe in LL lingo - LLingo! - that is called a Dolly Parton.

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 September 2020 15:37 (two weeks ago) link

j/k

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 September 2020 15:42 (two weeks ago) link

Someone else had your name and initial when you joined? Also, a little extra-impressive since you missed the easiest question of the season thus far.

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 September 2020 15:43 (two weeks ago) link

I'm on track to have my 2nd-highest TCA this season, but I'm languishing in the relegation zone with a record of 3-9-4.

I did just notice that I have my own branch now, even though there are only 4 people in it!

jaymc, Friday, 11 September 2020 15:46 (two weeks ago) link

Wondering if it is because our friend who recruited you is inactive.

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 September 2020 15:48 (two weeks ago) link

Actually some people HAVE called that a Dolly Parton, but not sure if that is Commissioner-approved.

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 September 2020 15:50 (two weeks ago) link

I see people on the same Branch are also all in the same Rundle.

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 September 2020 15:53 (two weeks ago) link

Same league (Keystone, in my case), if not same rundle.

jaymc, Friday, 11 September 2020 15:55 (two weeks ago) link

Oh right, that's what I was trying to say.

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 September 2020 15:57 (two weeks ago) link

Seems like your Branch can also affect your Division.

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 September 2020 15:58 (two weeks ago) link

So all the people who are in your branch who are not you are in C Keystone Div 1

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 September 2020 15:59 (two weeks ago) link

Just noticed something else. I believe the Past Answers page on the the Commissioner's Desk used to only give the current season or prior season in the off-season but now it has lots of seasons along with MLs.

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 September 2020 16:12 (two weeks ago) link

you missed the easiest question of the season thus far.

yeah i totally couldn't pull the name of the falwell college for some reason.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 11 September 2020 17:43 (two weeks ago) link

It took me a microsecond to retrieve it.

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 September 2020 18:03 (two weeks ago) link

I guess no one has to leave for a new branch to formed, I just saw in my lineage.

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 September 2020 21:40 (two weeks ago) link

I'm a respectable 7-8-2 now, so my upcoming match vs NA might actually be interesting.

Ruth Bae Ginsburg (Leee), Saturday, 12 September 2020 16:57 (two weeks ago) link

Things i never thought i would say: gee, i am glad i listened to that dj khaled/drake song twice yesterday

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:40 (one week ago) link

I'm a respectable 7-8-2 now, so my upcoming match vs NA might actually be interesting.

Are you on the jaymc branch?

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:48 (one week ago) link

managed a tie only because 'cabaret' was on tv on sunday

mookieproof, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:14 (one week ago) link

Okay, I see.

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:25 (one week ago) link

I'm a respectable 7-8-2 now, so my upcoming match vs NA might actually be interesting.

Are you on the jaymc branch?

Yes I am.

Ruth Bae Ginsburg (Leee), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:51 (one week ago) link

leeee was that you that destroyed me a couple of days ago?

for those of you concerned about my unusually hot start to the season, be reassured that i'm sliding back down into my typical exact middle of the group rank

na (NA), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 14:42 (one week ago) link

Yeah, but if it's any consolation, I've been on an inexplicable hot streak for the last couple weeks by getting 4 or 5 right answers nearly every match (of course I'm probably jinxing myself now).

Ruth Bae Ginsburg (Leee), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 15:24 (one week ago) link

I've stumbled again recently (1-3-0), but getting lucky on Estonia + my opponent giving 2 points for it got me the win and guarantees that I will avoid relegation (my one goal for this season).

Pleeenk Floyd (Leee), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 19:10 (four days ago) link

i am squarely in the middle of my C rundle and i think that may be where i'm staying: average amongst the intelligentsia but not much more

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 21:19 (four days ago) link

No comment. Thinking of signing up for Stuff... or ELSE! ML, looks like fun. Did not do the precursor, Bird Nerds... or ELSE!

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 24 September 2020 02:01 (two days ago) link

Finished 10th and right at 0.500 thanks to a gift of a 5(2)-4(3) win! Pleased as hell that I'm right in the middle after a horrific start and that I ended with a non-losing record.

Pleeenk Floyd (Leee), Thursday, 24 September 2020 18:49 (two days ago) link

I finished just below the promotion zone in my C rundle after hovering above that line for a little while. But the bloom has been off the rose for a while now so no biggie.

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 24 September 2020 18:57 (two days ago) link

I managed to escape relegation, so I'm happy with that. I just checked, and my rundle had the highest QPct across all of LL (.797). Which means I had a bunch of matches where I thought I did pretty well, but my opponent did just a bit better.

jaymc, Thursday, 24 September 2020 18:58 (two days ago) link

best finish ever -- second, behind the fucker who won for the fourth time -- and finally made the tourney. fortunately our QPct was nowhere near that of jaymc's rundle

mookieproof, Thursday, 24 September 2020 19:39 (two days ago) link

My QPct is one correct question from being division-average, so my actual performance mostly ended up matching my Pythagorean.

Pleeenk Floyd (Leee), Thursday, 24 September 2020 20:21 (two days ago) link

that's the guy who invented the steam engine, right?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 24 September 2020 20:22 (two days ago) link

With his nine pound hammer and anvil, yeah.

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:03 (two days ago) link

In other news: https://www.learnedleague.com/register.php?1960smusic

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:03 (two days ago) link


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