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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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

I occasionally post on the LL message board, too.

jaymc, Saturday, 22 February 2020 22:31 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

Baffling

or something, Sunday, 23 February 2020 00:54 (two years ago) link

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

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

Thanks

or something, Sunday, 23 February 2020 15:36 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

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

mookieproof, Monday, 24 February 2020 14:00 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

Makes sense

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

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

jaymc, Monday, 24 February 2020 15:45 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

yeah you have to join in between seasons

na (NA), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 21:08 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

theo von is a beast at learned league guys

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

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

Charlotte Brontesaurus (Leee), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 23:44 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

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

Charlotte Brontesaurus (Leee), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 23:51 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

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

jaymc, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 03:48 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

Unc contacted me, I will take care of ‘em

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

(that's Correct Answers Against, just to be entirely clear)

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 12 March 2022 16:41 (two months ago) link

for some reason people are playing terrible defense against me this season, so i have 15 three-pointers in 19 matches. which goes a long way

mookieproof, Saturday, 12 March 2022 16:53 (two months ago) link

Funny that the least motivated I've ever been has been the season that I'm doing the best in, having (temporarily) knocked out first place with a 9(6) to climb into second and being on pace to nearly match my best TCA. I've also been much luckier than I've been in seasons past.

I didn't know that about Bambaataa, on top of which I got it wrong (I always confuse the song with "The Message"); on a similar tip, I was debating between Momaday (whose autobiography I'd read) and Alexie and had known that the latter had gotten caught up in Me Too, but being so much better known figured that he had to be the right answer, and maybe Thorsten didn't know about the allegations.

Vladimir Poutine (Leee), Saturday, 12 March 2022 18:47 (two months ago) link

Second place right now but judging purely on the TCA of my remaining opponents I have the toughest schedule.

Justice League: Picard (Leee), Thursday, 17 March 2022 20:06 (two months ago) link

Mired in exciting relegation battle: am at #23, remaining opponents are #25, #26, #13. Will not be at all disheartened if I go down, I'm happy as long as I keep the level of A/B yo-yo.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 18 March 2022 00:21 (two months ago) link

I'm in first place today, but with second and third only a point behind me, and the fact that I'm facing someone who has NINE categories above 80% and whose worst category is 57% (srsly what are you doing in C???), I'm more worried about staying in the promotion zone than keeping the top spot.

Justice League: Picard (Leee), Friday, 18 March 2022 18:10 (two months ago) link

Very weird season for me. I won 8 of my first 11 matches, landing me briefly in second place, and then proceeded to lose 9 of the next 10, and so now back to my usual middle-of-the-pack.

jaymc, Saturday, 19 March 2022 01:10 (two months ago) link

As expected, I got steamrolled again by my LL bully, dropping me to 3rd. With 4th and 5th both playing relegation zone opponents and me up against 6th (with a TCA just 4 behind me), I have an extremely narrow path to promotion.

Justice League: Picard (Leee), Saturday, 19 March 2022 20:48 (two months ago) link

Well I actually moved up a rank! I'm expecting some regression to the mean next season and to get murdered again in B.

Justice League: Picard (Leee), Tuesday, 22 March 2022 15:53 (two months ago) link

At this point, I am just treading water at C level.

Mardi Gras Mambo Sun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 22 March 2022 16:03 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Nobody did Musical Plagiarism but me and Greg?

Came Here to Roll the Microscope (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 7 April 2022 19:21 (one month ago) link

Oh wait, na did it too.

Came Here to Roll the Microscope (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 7 April 2022 19:21 (one month ago) link

And Leee as well.

Came Here to Roll the Microscope (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 7 April 2022 19:21 (one month ago) link

I was going to do it, but forgot. I always have trouble getting back into the LL groove after an extended break.

jaymc, Friday, 8 April 2022 03:56 (one month ago) link

I hear you.

Came Here to Roll the Microscope (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 8 April 2022 03:58 (one month ago) link

i did it! i just dont think anyone has me on their player tracker

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Friday, 8 April 2022 22:53 (one month ago) link

im having by far my best 1D season ever. a 95th, 90th, and 87th, and another good showing today... not bad for a career C/D rundler

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Friday, 8 April 2022 22:54 (one month ago) link

Oh wait, I do have you tracked, but wasn’t 100% sure, sorry.

Mr. Uncut Risin’ (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 8 April 2022 22:57 (one month ago) link

James likes me only a little bit better than you, Will!

Pomelo Anthony (Leee), Friday, 8 April 2022 22:59 (one month ago) link

Lool!

Mr. Uncut Risin’ (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 8 April 2022 23:16 (one month ago) link

Looks like a bunch of you are signed up for Advice ML, but not Leee and me.

Mr. Uncut Risin’ (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 9 April 2022 01:51 (one month ago) link

I uhh... I won a one day. Holy fuck

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Saturday, 9 April 2022 20:51 (one month ago) link

Wow!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 9 April 2022 20:54 (one month ago) link

I always knew you could do it!

Mr. Uncut Risin’ (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 9 April 2022 21:00 (one month ago) link

I sure didn't think it'd ever happen!!! All that childhood tv watching in Canada paid off!!!

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Saturday, 9 April 2022 21:03 (one month ago) link

Very clear example of the Last Name Only rule in a recent 1DS.

Anita Quatloos (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 14 April 2022 00:35 (one month ago) link

Just taking a look now at who is in the MLs.

Anita Quatloos (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 14 April 2022 23:03 (one month ago) link

Bring on the Mini Leagues.

Anita Quatloos (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 14 April 2022 23:12 (one month ago) link

Not as singular as winning a 1DS outright but I squeaked into the top 10 of (of all things) Ballroom and Latin Dancing!

Pomelo Anthony (Leee), Friday, 15 April 2022 21:20 (one month ago) link

So you did!

Not as good as either of those but I made the top 5% on Tracks of an Old iPhone 3.

Ramones Leave the Capitol (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 15 April 2022 21:34 (one month ago) link

It's official name was Tracks on an Old iPhone 3, but I feel like an opportunity was lost by using that preposition instead of the one I used.

Ramones Leave the Capitol (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 15 April 2022 21:36 (one month ago) link

Regretting a bit not doing Advice ML. Also just peeked at the handful of testers signed up so far for my 1DS, very interesting so far.

Wile E. Kinbote (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 21 April 2022 18:47 (one month ago) link

it was fun to have a Fugazi one-day. i think i did good, but not great (i missed a couple).

na (NA), Thursday, 21 April 2022 19:01 (one month ago) link

I did a null submission or ghost submission for Fugazi. Can’t remember if we discussed here how to do that.

Wile E. Kinbote (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 21 April 2022 19:03 (one month ago) link

My 1DS is live today (Female Rappers)

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Saturday, 23 April 2022 09:49 (one month ago) link

Cool! Cranking through some 1DS testing I signed up for last week right now.

H.R. MacGufnstuf (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 24 April 2022 12:08 (one month ago) link

Sorry I flaked on you, Greg, but it seems like a couple of people here participated and did okay, and you had a reasonable turnout.

Eric B. Is Hesitant (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 00:58 (one month ago) link

Recap looks great.

Eric B. Is Hesitant (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 00:59 (one month ago) link

Curious if the DMB 1DS talks about why they are so bad and hated.

Human-shaped trash bag (Leee), Wednesday, 4 May 2022 21:47 (three weeks ago) link

Kind of a trip playing English vocab and pop mythology at the same time. Former has generally been hard and hard to defend (DE around .500 and .600), but the latter has an average DE around .700 or .800.

Star Trek: Strange New Wordles (Leee), Saturday, 7 May 2022 17:58 (three weeks ago) link

English vocab drama: I was in 3rd coming into MD11 and playing first place, so I didn't think I had much chance yesterday of making the final. But the person in second, who had been in first or second every match day, had a really bad day and lost, and I was able to catapult into second. I haven't opened up the championship yet but expect to do pretty poorly, as this is only the second time I made it to the round.

Star Trek: Strange New Wordles (Leee), Wednesday, 11 May 2022 17:17 (two weeks ago) link

Aaaaand I got one question right in the Championship, so it's barely better than not playing in it at all!

Santa Barbarous (Leee), Thursday, 12 May 2022 17:30 (two weeks ago) link

lol I qualified for the English Vocab championship but took a look at the questions last night and was like "nope." Not the first time I have skipped a ML championship, though I do feel bad for whoever I beat out to get there, who might have actually wanted to play it.

jaymc, Friday, 13 May 2022 03:56 (two weeks ago) link

Two total TCA in two matches, off to a great start in B rundle.

Pteredactle (Leee), Thursday, 19 May 2022 00:33 (one week ago) link

objection: 'operation' is not a *board* game

mookieproof, Thursday, 19 May 2022 01:05 (one week ago) link

Yesterday's trivia and today's news converge in a certain scene from GOODFELLAS.

20 Preflyte Rock (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 27 May 2022 01:52 (yesterday) link

objection: 'operation' is not a *board* game

― mookieproof, Wednesday, May 18, 2022 8:05 PM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

I got this right and yet I have to agree

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 27 May 2022 02:32 (yesterday) link

I coudn't think of it and meant to agree earlier.

20 Preflyte Rock (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 27 May 2022 02:58 (yesterday) link

couple days ago i got five right, my opponent got three right, and i lost : /

mookieproof, Friday, 27 May 2022 20:59 (yesterday) link


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