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I had a fantastic time working on an ML, but it was still a ton of work for most of us involved even for me, even though all I was doing was mostly fact-checking and writing recaps.

The Thin, Wild Mercury Rising (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 5 September 2023 02:33 (ten months ago) link

Round 1 of the champs was an unmitigated disaster for me, but I did well enough on round 2 to salvage 73rd place after 'day 1'

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Wednesday, 6 September 2023 00:05 (ten months ago) link

As I expected, I did not make The Cut.

jaymc, Wednesday, 6 September 2023 01:14 (ten months ago) link

My best MSC finish ever -- top 10%!

The Banshees of Ed Sheeran (Leee), Monday, 18 September 2023 21:26 (nine months ago) link

Kudos! I was top 20%, think maybe I could have joined you if I had moneyed better.

The Thin, Wild Mercury Rising (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 18 September 2023 23:01 (nine months ago) link

Thanks! Q6 was, if you'll excuse the pun, my moneymaker; it was required reading for a class that I pointedly didn't bother crack open, but I still went to lectures and it must've osmosed into my brain decades later.

The Banshees of Ed Sheeran (Leee), Monday, 18 September 2023 23:57 (nine months ago) link

I was a little worried I wouldn’t get credit for PETER MACKINTOSH for Q12.

The Thin, Wild Mercury Rising (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 19 September 2023 11:02 (nine months ago) link

I knew Q6 because it seems to come up a lot, although I never read myself. My should have monied were Q3 and Q8.

The Thin, Wild Mercury Rising (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 19 September 2023 11:05 (nine months ago) link

Just learned from the LL message board that CohenD2, who posted here as govern yourself accordingly, has passed away.

I also found this remembrance by Neal Pollack:
https://bookandfilmglobe.com/creators/remembrance/daniel-cohen-rip/

jaymc, Tuesday, 26 September 2023 00:27 (nine months ago) link

Oh! RIP.

Dose of Thunderwords (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 September 2023 00:42 (nine months ago) link

I saw that on the OQL Facebook group, we had some brief interactions on this thread round about the time of the quizzing world cup. So sorry to hear this, seemed a very well loved presence in the quiz scene and a good friend to many.

ailsa, Tuesday, 26 September 2023 09:55 (nine months ago) link

Just submitted the draft of my latest 1DS

Dose of Thunderwords (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 30 September 2023 14:49 (nine months ago) link

I've clinched another 1st place finish, which leads me to believe that the Plateau league really is less competitive. Granted, I will likely also set a personal record for correct answers, but in the season when I set my current record, I finished 8th (in the Sakura league).

jaymc, Saturday, 30 September 2023 14:55 (nine months ago) link

Kudos! Another friend of mine also finished first in A, can’t remember what league he is in. Okay, I see, Sierra.

Dose of Thunderwords (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 30 September 2023 14:59 (nine months ago) link

i've clinched my second first-place finish! (in D rundle lol)

apparently i was weirdly difficult to defend or something this time around. so far only 1 CA above my record but ~20 points above any of my previous points records

Ryan seaQuest (Will M.), Saturday, 30 September 2023 23:44 (nine months ago) link

nice work!

jaymc, Saturday, 30 September 2023 23:58 (nine months ago) link

Well done, 1st-placers!

I'm comfortable in mid-table obscurity in A Meridian, but I was a bit confused about why I am so low as 16th, given that I am 13th in Total Correct Answers, 11th in fewest Correct Answers Against, and actually 2nd in Defense. Will M.'s post holds a hint to the explanation: Turns out that it has to do with "defense against", which doesn't appear to have its own stat heading: I am rock bottom at Match Points divided by Correct Answers, i.e. I am apparently really easy to defend against!

anatol_merklich, Sunday, 1 October 2023 22:30 (nine months ago) link

just learned that i'm one off the lead for the maso in my phylum

my utter nemesis, however, is one up and there's no way this works out for me

mookieproof, Sunday, 1 October 2023 22:36 (nine months ago) link

Now in that pre-party tidy empty house limbo before a single guest arrives of having submitted my draft and waiting for the first feedback to flow in.

Dose of Thunderwords (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 2 October 2023 00:46 (nine months ago) link

Heh, just submitted feedback to my own 1DS. It did send me an email, but the feedback didn’t actually show up, either on the site or the email, which is for the best, I guess.

Dose of Thunderwords (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 2 October 2023 01:23 (nine months ago) link

Turns out that it has to do with "defense against", which doesn't appear to have its own stat heading

There is actually a stat like this if you click on Expanded Standings - Offensive Efficiency

The Yellow Kid, Monday, 2 October 2023 01:30 (nine months ago) link

There is actually a stat like this if you click on Expanded Standings - Offensive Efficiency

Oh! So there is! Yup, there I am at the very bottom. Thanks!

anatol_merklich, Monday, 2 October 2023 07:58 (nine months ago) link

Doing some 1DS playtesting now. Starting to think of better ways to approach this than I have in the past, will report back later.

Dose of Thunderwords (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 October 2023 01:34 (nine months ago) link

Feel like I am getting better at the giving of feedback for these things. I recommend everyone try it out at least, especially if you are writing your own 1DS’s.

Dose of Thunderwords (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 9 October 2023 01:58 (nine months ago) link

Anyone else doing OQL? I'm doing it for the first time and it's really fun and novel (esp. as someone who's never going to make the LL championship).

Hoisted by your own Picard (Leee), Monday, 16 October 2023 17:44 (eight months ago) link

Yes, I do (and really enjoy) both OQL and the various individual competitions (Pop Solos and the International Culture Challenge)

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Monday, 16 October 2023 19:27 (eight months ago) link

Having opening nightclub jitters

Smike and Pmith (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 20 October 2023 01:26 (eight months ago) link

Feel free to play my 1DS today if it is in your wheelhouse!

Smike and Pmith (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 20 October 2023 13:23 (eight months ago) link

I've been doing OQL (UK) version since season one. I do Pop Culture Challenge (our version of Pop Solos) from time to time, and can highly recommend COQL (which is basically Only Connect) as well.

ailsa, Friday, 20 October 2023 13:40 (eight months ago) link

Can also recommend Mimirs Well, Fundaesliga and Zephyr Quiz League if you need further quiz fixes.

ailsa, Friday, 20 October 2023 13:41 (eight months ago) link

All individual iterations on the mimir format used in Pop Solos/ICC - the latter two have a slightly different structure - 8 rounds of 2 questions each rather than 5 rounds of 3.

ailsa, Friday, 20 October 2023 13:43 (eight months ago) link

Deep the solos have divisions?

Jane Eyre Jordan (Leee), Friday, 20 October 2023 14:19 (eight months ago) link

In the UK it starts off randomly with one seeded player, then results see you banded with players who have had similar results to you in this particular tournament - expect Pop Solos works along the same principle

ailsa, Friday, 20 October 2023 14:22 (eight months ago) link

255 contestants, not too many I track, although a certain individual associated with the initials RS (barely) cracked the Top 20, which made me happy, and a certain trivia monster came in third.

Smike and Pmith (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 21 October 2023 19:13 (eight months ago) link

Seems like everyone was doing Authors Behaving Badly instead, not that I mind, although I submitted three minutes late on that so my results didn’t count.

Smike and Pmith (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 21 October 2023 19:23 (eight months ago) link

…and I have two 1DSs to work on for next year.

The Chronic Argo (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 October 2023 19:56 (eight months ago) link

I see Greg has one too, didn’t notice any others.

The Chronic Argo (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 October 2023 20:05 (eight months ago) link

Yeah mine is Baseball Statistics on October 16th

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Sunday, 22 October 2023 21:08 (eight months ago) link

dunno if anyone else is doing Greg's Online Content ML, but this is literally the only reason I got Q1 correct yesterday:


ok so my friends are nerds and are into a lot of nerd shit so here is the nerd shit i am not really into

the podcast "welcome to night vale"
whatever "SCP" is
warhammer
superhero movies
whatever is the hot new video game, like "elden ring" or whatever

in theory i'm super into queer kids cartoons but i never actually get around to watching them, anything that takes me more than ten minutes is a serious commitment for me

in fact there's a lot of stuff i am interested in, but i'm more interested in reading about it than i am in experiencing it directly

― Kate (rushomancy), Sunday, October 22, 2023 7:43 PM (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

oh i am also a nerd, in case it seemed like i was saying my friends are nerds and i'm not, lol

― Kate (rushomancy), Sunday, October 22, 2023 7:44 PM (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

whatever "SCP" is

Sane Clown Posse, low-key and down-to-earth horrorcore rap troupe

― Halfway there but for you, Sunday, October 22, 2023 7:46 PM (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

jaymc, Tuesday, 24 October 2023 12:29 (eight months ago) link

(After that post, I looked up what it actually was.)

jaymc, Tuesday, 24 October 2023 12:30 (eight months ago) link

I'm playing it very poorly but knew that one. Defense has been really hard!

Iguodalai Lama (Leee), Tuesday, 24 October 2023 15:07 (eight months ago) link

Haha, SCP came up in an OQL UK friendly last week. We were all saying we had no real idea what it was, but all LL players were retrospectively glad of the conversation.

ailsa, Tuesday, 24 October 2023 15:48 (eight months ago) link

Yes, I do appreciate that defense is pretty much a crapshoot in my ML; my own projections of the get rates of the questions has been way off in a few instances.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 24 October 2023 19:18 (eight months ago) link

RTFQ, Leee.

Iguodalai Lama (Leee), Monday, 30 October 2023 17:22 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

It just gave me a bit of joy in the evening to look back and realize that silby and I tied in the Wodehouse 1DS.

Shifty Henry’s Swing Club (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 17 November 2023 02:36 (seven months ago) link

Last place!

Rimbaud: First Blood (Leee), Thursday, 30 November 2023 18:32 (seven months ago) link

I've stumbled out of the gate, too -- currently in 20th.

jaymc, Thursday, 30 November 2023 18:33 (seven months ago) link

yesterday's presidents question was a+ trivia imo

mookieproof, Friday, 1 December 2023 01:48 (seven months ago) link

also honestly every single answer today should have been 'henry kissinger' with the questions being 'who dated marlo thomas' 'who suborned the paris peace talks' 'who killed the most people' etc

mookieproof, Friday, 1 December 2023 05:44 (seven months ago) link

i was just thinking that this season's questions seem easier than usual so far, or at least more in my wheelhouse - feels like a lot more pop culture stuff than usual

na (NA), Friday, 1 December 2023 14:08 (seven months ago) link


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