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Now I remember that for the ML question about “Blue Moon” we spent a little time discussing the wording of such a hint which ended up being “The Marcels stood alone atop the Billboard charts.” I suggested changing it to “The Marcels were seen standing alone,” which sounding more like the lyric, but somebody thought that would be a gimmie. The get rate was 30%

Indieland Phil and Indieland Don (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 21 November 2020 04:35 (three years ago) link

Like some hints are just “passing” as clues, kind of mugging and grimacing but not really quite acknowledging they are actual hints.

Indieland Phil and Indieland Don (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 21 November 2020 04:46 (three years ago) link

lol i'd have gotten 'blue moon' if the clue had been 'clapton solo ripoff' but i have literally never heard of the marcels

anyway the obvious answer is that you should do (absurdly difficult) one-days by yourself

mookieproof, Saturday, 21 November 2020 04:52 (three years ago) link

How did you know that was my plan?

Indieland Phil and Indieland Don (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 21 November 2020 04:56 (three years ago) link

Never noticed or knew about that solo ripoff. Anyway the lead smith on that quiz was much younger than everyone else and was really conscientious about controlling the difficulty, starting it off with a 50% get rate in the beginning and then slowly tightening the screws.

Indieland Phil and Indieland Don (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 21 November 2020 05:16 (three years ago) link

Desktop still uses Lingots, looks like.

oh HI DERE thread! Llama since 2010 myself, ready for B Meridian tomorrow; my flag will not take ironing. I don't too often take part in 1DS and MLs, but had fun both with 60s music and stuff-or-else til off-season. Good luck in the upcoming!

Looking good!

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 November 2020 18:05 (three years ago) link

Doing all right; without doing the analysis, it feels like I've been a bit lucky in facing other Europeans on the most US-centric days. I guess A/B yo-yo may be approximately my true level atm.

anatol_merklich, Sunday, 22 November 2020 21:49 (three years ago) link

Yeah, I am currently at the top of the B/C yo-yo myself.

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 November 2020 22:24 (three years ago) link

pretty annoyed with myself for going with "corsair" over "corvette" yesterday. it was one of those things where corsair popped into my head and i thought "that sounds right" and then didn't put any more thought into it. fortunately i got lucky with a total guess on the beijing man question.

na (NA), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 14:32 (three years ago) link

i did exactly the same thing with corsair/corvette

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 17:00 (three years ago) link

Corvid Corsair Corvette
Baby, you're much too...oh never mind

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 17:02 (three years ago) link

D'oh! "Atom" is from Greek, not Latin, of course.

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 3 December 2020 09:07 (three years ago) link

three days ago i was in first place. now i'm tenth : /

mookieproof, Thursday, 3 December 2020 15:09 (three years ago) link

Do any of you have Premium memberships, if not Commissioner's Circle?

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 3 December 2020 15:35 (three years ago) link

I chose to pay for Premier the last time, but haven't really used any of the perks.

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 3 December 2020 16:02 (three years ago) link

My very very favorites are the ones where I truly don't know the answer but manage to reason my way to "the only thing it could be," like "ilium"

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 3 December 2020 16:19 (three years ago) link

Also, I mean, HOW was "glory hole" not the MCW

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 3 December 2020 16:23 (three years ago) link

I chose to pay for Premier the last time, but haven't really used any of the perks.

― anatol_merklich, Thursday, December 3, 2020 10:02 AM (twenty-three minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

The perks have never seemed compelling enough to justify the extra cost. Private rundles are theoretically intriguing, but I don't know that many people in LL beyond you guys, and everyone would have to be a Premium member to participate.

jaymc, Thursday, 3 December 2020 16:30 (three years ago) link

I usually pay for Commissioner's Circle, although I'm premier currently because I had a huge emergency expense right before it was time to renew - it's worth a lot more than $30 a year to me and I don't mind paying extra if I can afford to. Also I kinda like the player tracker, even if I don't really use an of the other premium features.

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Thursday, 3 December 2020 16:41 (three years ago) link

why do i always have my 5/6 days when the other person forfeits

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 3 December 2020 17:29 (three years ago) link

They can feel it coming

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 3 December 2020 18:04 (three years ago) link

A new vibration

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 3 December 2020 18:04 (three years ago) link

I haven't gotten a forfeit win since my rookie season, and the rest things are going, I wouldn't mind a couple.

Really annoyed that I turned a win into a tie by zeroing the Butler question, which my opponent missed even though he got the Le Guin question right from two seasons ago.

Stone Cold Steve Ostentatious (Leee), Saturday, 5 December 2020 16:02 (three years ago) link

dolly parton talking about her favorite book is the only reason i got the butler q

maura, Saturday, 5 December 2020 20:29 (three years ago) link

I heard someone else say that as well

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 5 December 2020 20:35 (three years ago) link

years of being too online have ruined me for novels but you should really read octavia buter maura

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 5 December 2020 21:22 (three years ago) link

This midseason classic: I got 8 right, which was enough to rep for C Sakura (nice!), and was in 69th percentile (nice nice!).

Stone Cold Steve Ostentatious (Leee), Monday, 7 December 2020 22:36 (three years ago) link

I yeah, I never paid attention to how it worked, I repped as well.

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 December 2020 22:43 (three years ago) link

Sigh at the 6 match winless streak I'm working on.

Stone Cold Steve Ostentatious (Leee), Tuesday, 8 December 2020 16:59 (three years ago) link

Finally got a win yesterday, though it was against a poor guy who's had 15 (now 16) losses this season, none of which were forfeits.

Stone Cold Steve Ostentatious (Leee), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 21:28 (three years ago) link

you're welcome

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 21:32 (three years ago) link

Haha, but...

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 22:49 (three years ago) link

Can you guys guess what my wrong answer was for the James Brown question was?

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 10 December 2020 15:20 (three years ago) link

was it say it loud (i'm black and i'm proud)? bc that was my wrong answer that kept me from a 9(6). obviously i didn't read the question closely enough.

na (NA), Thursday, 10 December 2020 15:38 (three years ago) link

No, not quite.

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 10 December 2020 15:54 (three years ago) link

"Please Please Please." Figure the parenthesized part was "(Please Don't Go)"

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 10 December 2020 15:55 (three years ago) link

i also went with i'm black

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 10 December 2020 17:13 (three years ago) link

Somehow my opponent today -- in a C rundle -- has a QPct of 81.8%. See yall in the relegation zone!

Stone Cold Steve Ostentatious (Leee), Thursday, 10 December 2020 18:06 (three years ago) link

*waves hand*

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 10 December 2020 18:12 (three years ago) link

The key part of the James Brown question was "first-person sentence." So it had to start with "I."

I missed it, too, because I just couldn't think of any titles that fit the bill. Kicked myself when I saw the answer.

jaymc, Thursday, 10 December 2020 18:55 (three years ago) link

yes, that's what i missed by not reading closely enough. also i'm black and i'm proud would have been later than 1965.

na (NA), Thursday, 10 December 2020 19:02 (three years ago) link

i even got that it was first-person, i just didn't register that both parts of the name were first-person sentences

na (NA), Thursday, 10 December 2020 19:03 (three years ago) link

originally had Give It Up until i noticed first person. and yes, black and proud woulda been later but it didn't click for some reason

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 10 December 2020 19:44 (three years ago) link

Okay, I signed up for Player Tracker, it does seem kind of useful.

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 December 2020 01:06 (three years ago) link

Somehow my opponent today -- in a C rundle -- has a QPct of 81.8%. See yall in the relegation zone!

Not only did I miss 4 questions, my prediction was wrong, too -- I'm actually two spots above relegation.

Stone Cold Steve Ostentatious (Leee), Friday, 11 December 2020 17:22 (three years ago) link

Your Rundle is big, 36 players

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 December 2020 17:31 (three years ago) link

Yeah, which I take to mean that I have that much farther to fall. OTOH, we have another player in that same rundle who's in line for a promotion to B and is neck-and-neck for first place.

Stone Cold Steve Ostentatious (Leee), Friday, 11 December 2020 18:46 (three years ago) link

Yeah, I noticed

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 December 2020 18:59 (three years ago) link


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