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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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

I occasionally post on the LL message board, too.

jaymc, Saturday, 22 February 2020 22:31 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Baffling

or something, Sunday, 23 February 2020 00:54 (one year ago) link

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

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

Thanks

or something, Sunday, 23 February 2020 15:36 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

mookieproof, Monday, 24 February 2020 14:00 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Makes sense

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

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

jaymc, Monday, 24 February 2020 15:45 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

yeah you have to join in between seasons

na (NA), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 21:08 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

theo von is a beast at learned league guys

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

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

Charlotte Brontesaurus (Leee), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 23:44 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

Charlotte Brontesaurus (Leee), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 23:51 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

jaymc, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 03:48 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Unc contacted me, I will take care of ‘em

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

j/k

Through with “What’s the Buzz” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 October 2021 17:11 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Drw39IypXYw

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Monday, 25 October 2021 19:40 (one month ago) link

My acceptance letter just came in (Female Rappers)

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 00:38 (one month ago) link

I just got mine too!

Through with “What’s the Buzz” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 00:42 (one month ago) link

Huh! Thorsten accepted Trip Hop!

Leee Tigre (Leee), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 02:39 (one month ago) link

uh oh.

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 02:56 (one month ago) link

Holy cats there's a Pynchon one scheduled!

Leee Tigre (Leee), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 03:27 (one month ago) link

Also female rock instrumentalists. I was feeling a little unenthused with LL lately but 2022 is looking promising.

Leee Tigre (Leee), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 03:29 (one month ago) link

LOL and a NYT Spelling Bee one.

Leee Tigre (Leee), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 03:30 (one month ago) link

Does anyhone ever get both their submiissions accepted? I believe Leee did two last year, but one as co-smith (with forks?). Actually was co-smith of the other one too, I see.

Through with “What’s the Buzz” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 13:50 (one month ago) link

No, he never gives anybody two 1DS's in one year.

I am also excited for the 1DS on The Mole; a super weird topic for a 1DS but one of my favorite shows when I was in high school. Though I haven't even thought of it in 20 years.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 14:11 (one month ago) link

Okay, so I should be thankful that I got the one. I am pretty happy about it, although I had already spent a lot of time thinking about my other one recently, especially given the recent documentary.

Through with “What’s the Buzz” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 14:30 (one month ago) link

Yeah, I think if you co-smith one or both, he lets you do two (as was my case this year).

In other news, I've qualified for the general knowledge book club championship! First time ever in a mini, I have a feeling I'm going to her pummeled in the championship but I actually have a decent TCA.

Leee Tigre (Leee), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 15:23 (one month ago) link

Wow, good for you!

Through with “What’s the Buzz” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 16:00 (one month ago) link

Really though my 1ds was a winner, inordinately disappointed

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 16:53 (one month ago) link

So sorry. It's such a fun, unique opportunity, hard not to get wrapped up in the expectation
and get disappointed

Through with “What’s the Buzz” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 16:58 (one month ago) link

I had to talk myself down from the LLedge quite a few times in the past week whilst obsessing about this

Through with “What’s the Buzz” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 18:02 (one month ago) link

Did I say last week? It was a bit longer than that tbh

Through with “What’s the Buzz” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 18:09 (one month ago) link

Looks like I got scooped by someone else who's smithing an RPDR 1DS -- I'm not too fussed because now I can play it and, hopefully, do well in it.

Leee Tigre (Leee), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 21:14 (one month ago) link

I’m looking forward to writing the 1DS that got accepted but can’t quite let go of the 1DS that got away. Not sure if I should just forget about it, try again next year, or write it anyway and submit to Alpaca Farm or somewhere else. Probably just the first option.

Through with “What’s the Buzz” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 27 October 2021 02:36 (one month ago) link

Rejected: Velvet Underground
Accepted: Burt Bacharach

Through with “What’s the Buzz” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 October 2021 14:24 (one month ago) link

DO U SEE?

Through with “What’s the Buzz” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 October 2021 14:24 (one month ago) link

Take heart in that everyone who took part in the VU 1DS went on to create their own 1DS. I know that doesn't make real sense but bear with me.

Leee Tigre (Leee), Thursday, 28 October 2021 18:17 (one month ago) link

The Commissioner should give other people just a little chance.

Through with “What’s the Buzz” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 October 2021 18:26 (one month ago) link

Anyone who ever had a heart

Through with “What’s the Buzz” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 29 October 2021 18:25 (one month ago) link

Am I off-base for being annoyed that Lesbians with Guitars featured no riot grrrl?

Leee Tigre (Leee), Tuesday, 2 November 2021 20:22 (one month ago) link

Probably not. I haven't looked at LL recently at all, don't know what I am missing.

Exploding Plastic Bertrand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 2 November 2021 20:49 (one month ago) link

I know it's early yet but I'm a little horrified by my current DE of 0.286.

A Frome of One's Own (Leee), Wednesday, 10 November 2021 17:51 (three weeks ago) link

lol the friend who invited me long ago currently has an incalculable defense because he's been 9-6ed twice

if an opponent ever misses against him (god forbid), it'll work in his favor tho

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 November 2021 20:29 (three weeks ago) link

you think .286 is bad... i've started at .125. feel like i have completely lost my DE mojo, and i know people say it's luck but i have had consistently top-of-rundle DE for most of my LL career (im gonna chalk it up to writing a weekly pub quiz every week for the past 8 years)

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Wednesday, 10 November 2021 21:03 (three weeks ago) link

Got Q2 right yesterday thanks to this thread! Least evil of the top 50 American billionaires

A Frome of One's Own (Leee), Thursday, 11 November 2021 17:26 (three weeks ago) link

Apparently the author of the Rolling Stone article referenced earlier this week plays in LL, and they were assigned 3 for said question.

A Frome of One's Own (Leee), Friday, 12 November 2021 22:45 (three weeks ago) link

Heh, hadn’t noticed that, but yeah. I track him along with his friend who also writes for them. I studied their work on the 70s Music ML when I worked on the 60s one and recently playtested the other guy’s “You’re So Vain” 1DS.

Exploding Plastic Bertrand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 12 November 2021 22:58 (three weeks ago) link

Both of them seem to be pretty nice, at least in my dealings with them

Exploding Plastic Bertrand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 12 November 2021 23:03 (three weeks ago) link

I had a strong suspicion that the KMT question would play hard yesterday, but I had the bad luck of facing an opponent with an unambiguously Chinese name.

A Frome of One's Own (Leee), Tuesday, 16 November 2021 16:44 (two weeks ago) link

Three straight matches getting 5 right and yet I went 1-2-0.

Nelleee Hooper (Leee), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 16:54 (one week ago) link

i knew i was gonna get relegated from rundle a last season when i got 4 straight 9(6)s and 4 straight ties

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 17:00 (one week ago) link

That's the A life but I'm punting around in C!

Nelleee Hooper (Leee), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 17:02 (one week ago) link

Lol, well put.

Sporting with the Fbclid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 18:39 (one week ago) link

barely staying alive seems my style

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 20:22 (one week ago) link

We can try
To understand
The Learned League’s
Effect on man

Sporting with the Fbclid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 20:58 (one week ago) link

Whether you’re a LLama
Or a bad mama jama
Barely stayin’ alive
Stayin’ alive

Sporting with the Fbclid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 20:59 (one week ago) link

ah ah ah ah

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 21:14 (one week ago) link

Tough breaks, continued: my opponent and I both got 4 right, but though my defense cost me the match, it wasn't unreasonable or bad, just rotten luck: they had 50% in science but got the Meitner question right (to which I gave 3) but then they got ~olive branch~ wrong.

Nelleee Hooper (Leee), Tuesday, 30 November 2021 18:18 (six days ago) link

Like, I'm on pace to smash my previous best TCA*, but here I am, 4-5-4, and sitting in 16th.

* Yeah, yeah, LL91 is probably due for a course correction sooner or later, but kvetching is part of the fun.

Nelleee Hooper (Leee), Tuesday, 30 November 2021 19:45 (six days ago) link

fuckin 7(5)-8(4) losses

mookieproof, Friday, 3 December 2021 22:23 (three days ago) link

Don’t know how I feel about the Midseason Classic.

Goofy the Grifter (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 4 December 2021 18:10 (two days ago) link

In general, or this particular one?

jaymc, Saturday, 4 December 2021 21:12 (two days ago) link

In general. I understand there is kind of civic duty to participate, but I don’t, not usually.

Goofy the Grifter (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 4 December 2021 21:21 (two days ago) link

I don't really feel any civic duty. I suppose I just treat it as a general knowledge 1DS. I usually participate, but not always.

jaymc, Sunday, 5 December 2021 02:33 (yesterday) link


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