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ok that is straight up a cruel question hahahaha

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 16:15 (three years ago) link

I think this was before MCWAs but I remember this question being very tricky - https://www.learnedleague.com/ll52/questions/md15/md15q2.php

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 16:45 (three years ago) link

I don’t want to do too much research against my opponent but if I have a history of any kind with them and remember to click on the appropriate button I find that useful.

Something Super Stupid Cupid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 16:46 (three years ago) link

Damn right I put "cornet," cornu is the one 5th declension noun I remember from high-school Latin! I was like "it's a horn, cornu, I GOT this."

I'm also in the "Pavlovian response to Vinson = Massif" crowd.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 17:20 (three years ago) link

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

Thanks! My time in Chicago finally paying off!

Charlotte Brontesaurus (Leee), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 18:51 (three years ago) link

“Age of opponent” is indeed useful info, but never noticed it in the profile.

for every music nerd who's like "i'm surprised hardly anyone got this question about dababy" there's a math dork who's like "i'm surprised hardly anyone got this question about fundamental calculus concepts" etc. also "why did everyone else get this question wrong that i got right" inevitably comes off as bragging

Yeah, does often seem like bragging especially on the LL message board, which is why I don’t say such things there, may say such things here more often where hopefully it might seem less like (humble)bragging.

As far as math goes, one weekend I participated in a 1DS called Pencil and Paper Math, spent a few hours on it, ended up making maybe one silly mistake, misread something else, couldn’t get some complicated calculation to converge, thought I did pretty well but then saw dozens of people coming in with clean sheets. There is just no way to compete with the Joon Pahk’s of the Xword/Trivia World.

Something Super Stupid Cupid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 19:03 (three years ago) link

i had a clean sheet on a one-day once -- i don't even remember what -- and still finished like 23rd due to subpar moneyball choices

mookieproof, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 19:13 (three years ago) link

i've had a couple of clean sheets on one days! and i had a mini league where i was perfect through 7 or 8 days.

i have a niche.

I...
have...
a...
niche.

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 19:21 (three years ago) link

I've done 12/12 on a 1DS three times: Poetic Women, New Jack Swing, and Mystery Theme 22. But the first one is the only one where I actually finished on top (and it was a tie).

jaymc, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 19:23 (three years ago) link

xp Ha, I always get the regular-season questions about video games wrong.

jaymc, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 19:24 (three years ago) link

the regular season video games questions are usually pretty damn hard!! i think it's because they're written by someone who's like "uhhh i need a video game question" and asks about, like, the most popular free app in the apple store in 2018 or something lol

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 19:47 (three years ago) link

wow, i remembered that pretty precisely

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 19:48 (three years ago) link

i feel like there is/was a way to check what your wrong answer was on questions you blew. is that still hidden somewhere on the site?

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 19:49 (three years ago) link

https://learnedleague.com/thorsten/pastanswers.php

jaymc, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 20:01 (three years ago) link

Yes, that’s always good for the current/past season. Keep meaning to train myself to review it but don’t quite care enough.

Something Super Stupid Cupid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 20:15 (three years ago) link

best i've done in a one-day was a clean sheet and 6th place overall in "rock 'n roll oddities"
best i've done in a minileage was 11 wins 0 losses, 1st place in my division, and 23rd place in the championship for "rock 'n roll." though i lost one day of the "indie rock" minileague but ended up in 7th place in the championship, so maybe that's better.
i also have a niche

na (NA), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 20:33 (three years ago) link

at least when i get 9-6'd i don't have to worry about my defense

mookieproof, Thursday, 27 February 2020 15:13 (three years ago) link

I got 9-6'd yesterday. :( Could've been a tie, but I second-guessed myself on "tomato" and went with "eggplant."

jaymc, Thursday, 27 February 2020 15:19 (three years ago) link

haha! i went with tomato in a total "there's no way it's right but whatever" kinda guess. haven't they been eating tomatoes in like italy for hundreds of years?

also was stunned to see vaudeville with a higher average defense/lower get rate than lyme. i for sure was guessing when i wrote lyme, but what other than vaudeville could q3 have been?!

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Thursday, 27 February 2020 15:33 (three years ago) link

i guessed "burlesque" :( i was so sure i had gotten it right and then i saw the answer and felt pretty dumb

na (NA), Thursday, 27 February 2020 15:34 (three years ago) link

on the other hand i was sure about lyme disease because it's crazy to me that it's only been around basically in my lifetime

na (NA), Thursday, 27 February 2020 15:35 (three years ago) link

"Vaudeville" was an almost perfect LL question in that once you think of it you say "aha, "ville," that's why they told us it was named after his hometown, I know I'm right" -- (or for that matter "massif," where the strange phrase "mountain MASS demarcated by FISSIONS and FRACTURES" was right there in the question.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 27 February 2020 15:39 (three years ago) link

I've noticed that a lot of LL questions are variations on "How did this thing get its name?" (often backwards: "This is the origin story for what thing?") They are satisfying because even if you don't know the answer, you feel like you've learned something. And they can often be puzzled out.

jaymc, Thursday, 27 February 2020 15:43 (three years ago) link

ohhhhhh i didn't even think of burlesque, if i had, that would've fucked me up!

and yes as someone who does a lot of trivia things (badly) and writes his own quiz weekly (not too badly) i am always VVVVV impressed by thorsten's writing. real good questions, multiple points of entry, feels like learning. top tier stuff

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Thursday, 27 February 2020 15:57 (three years ago) link

Also went with burlesque. I was pleased I remembered that Kwanzaa was a recent invention. 6-0! Though I think my reign of terror is about to end.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 27 February 2020 17:00 (three years ago) link

jaymc, did you send the invite? I don't see it yet. Might have to email me directly at leeeee at gmail.

Charlotte Brontesaurus (Leee), Thursday, 27 February 2020 18:16 (three years ago) link

i don't think the emails are actually sent out until april, although you can enter them now

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Thursday, 27 February 2020 18:21 (three years ago) link

Yeah, I sent you a message via ILX mail, but the message was just to confirm that that was still your email address! I'll go ahead and submit the referral, and then you should receive an official invite "no sooner than April 28." (The next season doesn't start until May 20.)

jaymc, Thursday, 27 February 2020 18:22 (three years ago) link

per the referral page

First rookie invitations sent:April 28, 2020
LL85 registration deadline:May 13, 2020
LL85 Opening Day:May 20, 2020

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Thursday, 27 February 2020 18:25 (three years ago) link

oops xp lol

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Thursday, 27 February 2020 18:25 (three years ago) link

jeez yesterday was TOUGH

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 28 February 2020 17:17 (three years ago) link

Welcome to my world

Something Super Stupid Cupid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 28 February 2020 17:28 (three years ago) link

1 of 6, only the gimme "lemon" question right... but i tied 1(0)!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 28 February 2020 17:34 (three years ago) link

IIRC, Thorsten has said that he aims for an average 50% correct rate across all questions on any given day. I'm consistently impressed that he actually achieves it most of the time. Looking at last season, the toughest day had 35% correct and the easiest had 59% correct, working out to 48% for the whole season.

When I have a particularly bad LL day, it makes me feel better to remember that it's actively designed to be difficult.

jaymc, Friday, 28 February 2020 17:35 (three years ago) link

fucking musicals

mookieproof, Friday, 28 February 2020 19:59 (three years ago) link

yeah. and i feel like i knew that one somewhere!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 28 February 2020 20:07 (three years ago) link

I'm not participating this season, since we had to unexpectedly replace our furnace for more than $5,000, but a friend is fronting my registration for next season.

Bougy! Bougie! Bougé! (Eliza D.), Friday, 28 February 2020 20:09 (three years ago) link

I had never even heard of that musical. Luckily, I have a weirdly high Theatre score, so my opponent assigned me a 0.

jaymc, Friday, 28 February 2020 20:36 (three years ago) link

get morrisp in here stat
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFSoSZTPIO4

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 28 February 2020 20:44 (three years ago) link

oh hey, didn't notice this thread

having my usual run of good results and terrible luck = middle of the pack in my A rundle so far, but i've already qualified for the championship next summer, so it's kinda playing out the string. i like the format change to top three qualify in terms of discouraging blatant cheating (somebody i won't name in my rundle got kicked out for having a bad habit of leading the entire season and mysteriously forfeiting MD24/MD25), but it removes a little bit of the drama of the last couple days of the season if you're usually in contention

anybody going to chicago for geek bowl next weekend? i'm not gonna be at the thursday night thing but i'll be at the friday trivia triathlon/j! alum mixer/geek bowl proper

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Saturday, 29 February 2020 09:39 (three years ago) link

I live in Chicago but don't know anything about Geek Bowl.

jaymc, Saturday, 29 February 2020 15:28 (three years ago) link

Is the J! alum mixer open to any J! alum? Where is it?

jaymc, Saturday, 29 February 2020 15:34 (three years ago) link

beat the guy who won our rundle the last two times (and whom our branch is named after)

thank u oklahoma drill

mookieproof, Saturday, 29 February 2020 23:09 (three years ago) link

Is the J! alum mixer open to any J! alum? Where is it?

i'll DM you the details

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Saturday, 29 February 2020 23:47 (three years ago) link

my defense is 25th out of 26 : /

mookieproof, Thursday, 5 March 2020 20:49 (three years ago) link

I'm 5th in DE, somewhat acceptably middling in UfPA, and currently 24th of 26, in the relegation zone. Bad season for me. (Not that I've ever done better than "middling" in A rundle)

college bong rip guy (silby), Thursday, 5 March 2020 21:00 (three years ago) link

After winning the first six matches in a row, I promptly ran up a 1-3-1 record over the next five. Went from #1 to #9.
I'm currently 30 right and 36 wrong with 13 most correct wrong answers. I have common thoughts.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 5 March 2020 21:24 (three years ago) link

i'm putting up middling correct answers numbers in my d rundle but miserable defense + the highest caa in the rundle = guess who's knocking on E rundle's door :(

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Thursday, 5 March 2020 23:13 (three years ago) link

I’ve been sinking like a stone this season, but I managed to drink the beer last night for the first time in a while which was nice.

Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette Alone) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 6 March 2020 00:44 (three years ago) link


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