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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

One was Irish Rock, where I only missed one. The other was Golden Spheres, where I very carefully did the calculation but forget it said diameter and not radius.

Planck Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 2 July 2021 21:07 (one month ago) link

I got 7 right in Irish Rock and still ended up below the 50th %ile -- I'm kind of surprised the the Corrs question played relatively easy, as I had to dig really hard to remember their name.

I did better on the Bermanisms one though.

BABA BUOY (Leee), Friday, 2 July 2021 22:16 (one month ago) link

I had a hard time figuring out which questions to money in Irish Rock. Intellectually, I knew that I should money My Bloody Valentine (because indie) -- and if it were regular LL, I likely would've assigned it a 3 unless my opponent seemed particularly strong in popular music. But in the context of that 1DS, it just felt like a straight-ahead gimme. (By contrast, Bob Geldof *feels* more obscure to me, a name only old music nerds know. Ah well.)

jaymc, Saturday, 3 July 2021 04:55 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah. It seemed like it had that, um, classic problem of being pretty easy to answer, hard to money.

Planck Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 3 July 2021 13:43 (four weeks ago) link

The commish does not observe the holiday? Probably for the best

Planck Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 5 July 2021 17:15 (four weeks ago) link

I'm glad for it!

I did surprisingly well in Gluten-free, though I absolutely left points on the table there, and thought that Q12 (which I got correct and moneyed) would play harder.

Gemini Cricket (Leee), Monday, 5 July 2021 22:55 (four weeks ago) link

Enjoying the Opera ML, Mystery Themes not so much.

Planck Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 6 July 2021 15:01 (three weeks ago) link

same today

Planck Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 8 July 2021 04:25 (three weeks ago) link

I finally got the theme on MD3, but yeah, this ML is proving kind of unpopular.

Gemini Cricket (Leee), Thursday, 8 July 2021 13:02 (three weeks ago) link

That's how I feel too even though I'm getting crushed in the Opera ML and doing fine in Mystery Themes.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Thursday, 8 July 2021 13:43 (three weeks ago) link

Meaning you are enjoying Opera more?

Planck Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 8 July 2021 15:16 (three weeks ago) link

Also don’t think you are doing as badly as you say

Planck Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 8 July 2021 15:19 (three weeks ago) link

90th %ile in the Thorsten Sandiego 1DS!

Gemini Cricket (Leee), Thursday, 8 July 2021 20:01 (three weeks ago) link

Yes, I've been enjoying opera and not enjoying Mystery Themes.

I'm dead middle of the pack on Opera, which is about as I expected. I've been learning a lot though so it's been fun.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Thursday, 8 July 2021 20:32 (three weeks ago) link

Here to highly recommend You Probably Think This Song Is About You, which I playtested.

Planck Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 12 July 2021 06:46 (three weeks ago) link

There's a Cephalopod 1D too, which I'm sure a few players here would enjoy.

Gemini Cricket (Leee), Monday, 12 July 2021 20:51 (three weeks ago) link

yeah, i played that and the silver age comic one today with better luck than usual

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Monday, 12 July 2021 20:52 (three weeks ago) link

i got in the top 10% for the roger corman one-day

na (NA), Monday, 12 July 2021 20:53 (three weeks ago) link

I didn't do very well on the first two days of Mystery Themes, but have been on a roll since then.

I haven't been paying much attention to the recent One-Days, apart from Irish Rock and US Campaign Finance.

jaymc, Monday, 12 July 2021 21:11 (three weeks ago) link

Ran into a certain crossword editor who lives down the block at the cheese shop yesterday and found out he was a LLama as well. Noticed he had a Prince tattoo on his arm and today saw that his LL flag was a picture of Prince!

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 16 July 2021 12:13 (two weeks ago) link

I ran into him at the cheese shop, which is three blocks away and in which he does not live.

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 16 July 2021 12:17 (two weeks ago) link

I would

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Friday, 16 July 2021 17:19 (two weeks ago) link

Live in a cheese shop? Are you a mouse, silby?

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 16 July 2021 17:45 (two weeks ago) link

I would totally live in a cheese shop too.

Gemini Cricket (Leee), Friday, 16 July 2021 18:39 (two weeks ago) link

not a furry I just think it's probably cold in there and there's lots of cheese

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Friday, 16 July 2021 18:53 (two weeks ago) link

90% on cephalopods but only 68% on silver age comics, who even am i

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 17 July 2021 07:01 (two weeks ago) link

Ha, that’s the way the LLAma fur, um breaks? Parts?

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 July 2021 10:36 (two weeks ago) link

So there is a 1DS today about music, not about Biz Markie, no further comment.

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 July 2021 10:37 (two weeks ago) link

I'm actually in second place in Mystery Themes, which is, placement-wise, the best I've ever done. I need to at least tie in the last match to go to the championship, though.

Gemini Cricket (Leee), Saturday, 17 July 2021 17:10 (two weeks ago) link

I was in 2nd for a long time but then dropped to 3rd in Opera, which spared me having to compete in the final.

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 July 2021 20:16 (two weeks ago) link

Heh, the results for Our Band Could Be Your Life were as expected.

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 19 July 2021 22:07 (two weeks ago) link

I see that I tied with our very own govern yourself accordingly. Looks like there were a lot of 12/12s on that own, so it came down to moneying even more than usual.

jaymc, Monday, 19 July 2021 22:12 (two weeks ago) link

It took me a second to remember who that was but yeah. Two other ILX0rs also went 12/12 but they didn’t do that much better than me at 11/12 because of moneying.

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 19 July 2021 23:37 (two weeks ago) link

yeah i got 12/12 and ended up at #175!

na (NA), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 13:24 (one week ago) link

Yes, I was referring to you and mookie, who also went 12/12 and placed just about equidistant from you and me.

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 13:42 (one week ago) link

lol i made the finals of the mystery theme?! what the hell i thought i was getting my ass kicked.

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 17:19 (one week ago) link

Oh yeah, that's interesting.

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 17:23 (one week ago) link

lol I choked on the last MD of Mystery Themes and fell to third place.

Gemini Cricket (Leee), Wednesday, 21 July 2021 01:29 (one week ago) link

Lots of us signed up for 1970s Film 2, but looks like only Leee and I are in The Microbial World, in which I am getting crushed.

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 22 July 2021 02:27 (one week ago) link

Yeah I was a little burned out on LL so didn't sign up for either of those minileagues. I did do the LL championship the other day, which was fun but which I can't talk about for another month or so.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Thursday, 22 July 2021 11:56 (one week ago) link

Yiddish 1DS lots of fun.

Action Bell (Leee), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 00:25 (six days ago) link

Excellent! Thanks for the tip, hadn’t noticed

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 00:38 (six days ago) link

Enjoyed it even though I didn’t do particularly well. I guess you did a tiny bit better

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 22:20 (six days ago) link

Greg did quite a bit better

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 22:44 (six days ago) link

I felt like a real shmendrick for missing that last one.

Action Bell (Leee), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 23:14 (six days ago) link

me too, what a shandeh

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 23:34 (six days ago) link

Just a bissel maybe.

I did pretty well in the Lit in Translation, even though I entered McWhorter's instead of McSweeney's.

Action Bell (Leee), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 01:11 (five days ago) link

Had one of those days when I forgot to submit yesterday

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 13:39 (five days ago) link

I wonder if the reason the Guns ODS only had 477 participants is because guns.

Action Bell (Leee), Friday, 30 July 2021 21:27 (three days ago) link


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