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zero to the fouth power + two, one to the fourth power + 2, etc.

mookieproof, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 16:46 (three years ago) link

It’s not a fun question.

silby, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 16:47 (three years ago) link

oh hm

maura, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 16:47 (three years ago) link

I got pwned yesterday, but I'm pleased with myself that I got the math question.

Gazelle Bundchen (Leee), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 16:52 (three years ago) link

I spent a long time trying to figure it out, both before and after answering. Kind of kicking myself because it occurred to me that 258 was 256+2, but I was just thinking of 256 as a number obtained by repeatedly doubling 2 (rather than specifically 4^4), so I didn't see the connection to the other integers in the sequence.

jaymc, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 17:03 (three years ago) link

i am absolutely belly flopping this season

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 17:15 (three years ago) link

I recognized the use of exponents, but it took me actually writing out the power tables to see it more clearly. That was the giveaway for me, physically writing down a grid of powers 0-5 for each integer.

I'm getting into the habit of fucking up the very easy questions, and therefor not being penalized because my opponent gives that question a 0. Made two silly mistakes MD4: answered "murder wasp" instead of "murder hornet" because of the word "Vespa" in the name, and guessed Kennedy instead of Johnson because I thought, "1963, that's Kennedy!" When obviously, that's uh...that's the wrong Kennedy year.

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Thursday, 28 May 2020 13:12 (three years ago) link

An odd match for me yesterday: a 8(4)-8(4) tie. Both my opponent and I missed two questions, but in each case, they were worth 0 and 1 point.

jaymc, Thursday, 28 May 2020 14:39 (three years ago) link

(I was assigned 0 on the TV question, presumably because that's one of my strongest categories, but I've never heard of the Danny Thomas show and couldn't remember which '90s legal drama starred Dylan McDermott. Meanwhile, I assigned my opponent a 0 on the emulsion question, because I figured if it was a science question that even *I* knew, then it must be easy. Apparently not for him.)

jaymc, Thursday, 28 May 2020 14:41 (three years ago) link

I made a critical error on my defense points yesterday and it resulted in a tie, and today, I'm up against our rundle leader. Oh boy.

Gazelle Bundchen (Leee), Thursday, 28 May 2020 18:33 (three years ago) link

defense is difficult in general, but especially in rookie rundles when you have no history to look at

mookieproof, Thursday, 28 May 2020 18:38 (three years ago) link

Whoa! I pulled off a bit of an upset yesterday when I hadn't been sure of any of my answers! Though in all honesty I wouldn't have given myself credit for the Chagall question because I spelled it Mark (my reasoning was that no German surname would end in a C).

I was a little miffed in the previous match that my opponent only assigned
1 point to the calculus question. I had genuine trouble remembering if the answer should've been negative, and for some dumb reason they gave me only 1 point for it. I wonder if they saw my last name and assumed that I was some kind of math whiz.

Gazelle Bundchen (Leee), Friday, 29 May 2020 14:50 (three years ago) link

spelling rarely counts

silby, Friday, 29 May 2020 16:48 (three years ago) link

14 players (out of 28) scored 9 in my rundle yesterday

mookieproof, Saturday, 30 May 2020 19:45 (three years ago) link

yeah, i am dead last and thought my 5 out 6 would win me yesterday but nope

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 30 May 2020 20:30 (three years ago) link

is there a greater pleasure than being ahead of someone who has way higher TMP than you

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 17:27 (three years ago) link

I saw a PerryDJ on the message board and thought "Whoa!" before I saw their locale.

Swoler Bear (Leee), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 18:03 (three years ago) link

Does the long interregnum between submitting answers and the announcement of match day results get easier to manage over time? Because I've found myself obsessively reloading the message board over there several times an hour and reviewing my past questions.

Swoler Bear (Leee), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 01:16 (three years ago) link

i guess that’s healthier than obsessively reloading most other things these days, but

mookieproof, Wednesday, 3 June 2020 01:21 (three years ago) link

god bless the abbasids

mookieproof, Wednesday, 3 June 2020 15:05 (three years ago) link

Couldn’t quite summon up their name, but yeah

How I Wrote Neuroplastic Man (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 15:39 (three years ago) link

I miraculously got that after having binged a bunch of history videos on YouTube.

Swoler Bear (Leee), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 15:57 (three years ago) link

Yay, i am now dead last in my rundle.
(the guy who invited me is #1...)

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 16:04 (three years ago) link

Mon: W 3(1)-2(2)
Tue: W 1(1)-0(1)

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Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 17:37 (three years ago) link

for real i have not been killing on questions but seems like my entire rundle is eating it (D Lyceum 2) and i've allowed a grand total of 3 UFPA which feels like its own kinda victory. playing some italian style football in LL

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 17:38 (three years ago) link

nobody knows who they were, or what they were doing, but their legacy lives on -- hewn into the living rock . . . of stonehenge

mookieproof, Thursday, 4 June 2020 17:57 (three years ago) link

Whenever I play one of the leaders, I seem to catch them on an off-day, like yesterday vs. the third place who only answered two questions correctly. Hopefully that trend continues as I'm up against someone who's been a perfect 10-0-0 so far.

Swoler Bear (Leee), Thursday, 4 June 2020 21:20 (three years ago) link

Dumb question time: learnèd or learned?

Swoler Bear (Leee), Friday, 5 June 2020 05:38 (three years ago) link

I did this for a month and did ok but I didn’t sign up because a lot of the questions were US stuff that I didn’t have a chance with. Ok that’s my post,thanks for reading.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Friday, 5 June 2020 06:02 (three years ago) link

yeah that's what i thought when i looked at sample questions.

neith moon (ledge), Friday, 5 June 2020 06:16 (three years ago) link

Dumb question time: learnèd or learned?

learnèd

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Friday, 5 June 2020 06:45 (three years ago) link

I did this for a month and did ok but I didn’t sign up because a lot of the questions were US stuff that I didn’t have a chance with. Ok that’s my post,thanks for reading.

http://www.worldquizzing.com/

you may want to check out the world quizzing championships, which have been pushed back this year from june to december - it's a big 240-question annual written quiz, and they do smaller monthly events as well.

the material is (significantly) harder than LL but written by a british team and designed for a mostly european audience, so it's like the inverse of LL in terms of its approachability to americans; the best i've ever done is around 50% correct on a WQC test (which is still an excellent score), vs .831 lifetime in LL. they also have a LL clone that tries to be a little less NA-specific, but it's invitation-only.

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Friday, 5 June 2020 07:02 (three years ago) link

one of today's questions is Bad, imo

mookieproof, Monday, 8 June 2020 18:48 (three years ago) link

My opponent today has missed 3 questions all season, so I guess this match day will be relatively low pressure for me!

Shade Kool-Aid (Leee), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 14:05 (three years ago) link

Ha, know how that goes.

Jeff Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 14:06 (three years ago) link

96% in a rookie rundle = I look forward to great things in the future from this dude I've never heard of!

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 14:25 (three years ago) link

one of today's questions is Bad, imo

― mookieproof, Monday, June 8, 2020 1:48 PM (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

Which one did you mean?

jaymc, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 14:28 (three years ago) link

very nitpicky, but a 'royal flush' is just an ace-high straight flush; it's not a fundamentally different hand imo. we don't put an aces-over-kings full house in a different, uh, rundle than jacks-over-nines or whatever

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 14:41 (three years ago) link

i clearly have no business being in a B-level. I am kinda consistently needing 4 out of 6 and it's more often 3.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 14:58 (three years ago) link

xp Ha, I don't know shit about poker and was pleased to get that one right on a wild guess.

jaymc, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 14:58 (three years ago) link

i'm a poker player and when I wrote out the hand strengths I forgot quads D:

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 15:01 (three years ago) link

i clearly have no business being in a B-level. I am kinda consistently needing 4 out of 6 and it's more often 3.

― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, June 10, 2020 9:58 AM (two minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

I think it sometimes takes a few seasons to get sorted correctly. After my rookie season, I was promoted to B, but then bounced back and forth between B and C for a few seasons before eventually winding up in A, where I've more or less stayed for the last few years. (I also think I just got better at LL over time.)

jaymc, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 15:08 (three years ago) link

haha ppl are of course arguing the poker question on the message boards but the mason-dixon line argument is even more nitpicky

'the susquehanna river (among other things) crosses that parallel; does the width of the river not constitute a "section"?'

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 15:14 (three years ago) link

does anyone have a spare invite for bored of Hull here please? I quite fancy giving this a go.

thomasintrouble, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 16:04 (three years ago) link

i don't think you can join midseason unfortunately.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 16:08 (three years ago) link

Don't think so either. Next season is second half of August, looks like, so when the call for recommendations goes out we can help you then.

Jeff Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 16:10 (three years ago) link

I didn't realise, thanks both, I'll keep an eye out for it in a couple of months

thomasintrouble, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 16:19 (three years ago) link

I have become unexpectedly good at defensive scoring, to the point I am now 3rd in my rundle with an 8-2-3 record and 16(!) UFPA. This despite badly muffing several questions. I was so pissed at myself for missing the India/Pakistan answer the other day.

Bougy! Bougie! Bougé! (Eliza D.), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 16:27 (three years ago) link

there is a guy in my rundle with 7 ufpa

i am very much not that guy

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 16:38 (three years ago) link

Hah, nearly twinsies, Eliza: I'm 8-3-2 with 17 UFPA! However, I'm in 8th place, and I currently have the highest CAA among the top 9.

Shade Kool-Aid (Leee), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 17:05 (three years ago) link


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