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Barely missed reaching 0.500, but ended up in 18th out of 36th, so dead average. This season's questions felt a lot harder to me than the last one, even though I only had one more correct answer in LL86 -- but then my CAA went from 83 to 90 for LL87.

Stone Cold Steve Ostentatious (Leee), Wednesday, 16 December 2020 19:27 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Looks like a bunch of us are signed up for A Feast of Food and Drink.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 02:38 (three years ago) link

I missed registering for it!! bah

is right unfortunately (silby), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 02:44 (three years ago) link

I signed up for it but expect to do terrible.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 03:26 (three years ago) link

Same.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 03:32 (three years ago) link

yep

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 04:21 (three years ago) link

Some good 1DSs right now

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 8 January 2021 03:21 (three years ago) link

I highly recommend today's Not-Quite-Infixes ODS to the crossword fans. I'm still working on it, but it's an appearlingly meaty challenge.

Sammy Agar-Agar (Leee), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 01:30 (three years ago) link

THanks!

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 01:33 (three years ago) link

*appealingly

Sammy Agar-Agar (Leee), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 01:36 (three years ago) link

Oof! 13th percentile!

Sammy Agar-Agar (Leee), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 22:12 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Forks' and my ODS is tomorrow!

RandPaul's Drag Race (Leee), Friday, 29 January 2021 20:54 (three years ago) link

excited!

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Friday, 29 January 2021 20:55 (three years ago) link

i dunno if there's some reason we shouldn't say which one is ours?

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Friday, 29 January 2021 20:55 (three years ago) link

Only from an abundance of caution and I guess the conventions we're following in this thread, but for any registered LLers, it'd be pretty easy to figure out which one is ours.

RandPaul's Drag Race (Leee), Friday, 29 January 2021 21:01 (three years ago) link

i dunno, maybe we're into umbrellas now

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Friday, 29 January 2021 21:05 (three years ago) link

There's only one that's got two smiths!

RandPaul's Drag Race (Leee), Friday, 29 January 2021 21:09 (three years ago) link

that's the kind of lateral thinking that shows why we're in learned league

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Friday, 29 January 2021 21:14 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

So about The White Album 1DS.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 13 February 2021 01:42 (three years ago) link

Although maybe only anatol and na did it.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 13 February 2021 14:51 (three years ago) link

I playtested so didn’t compete. Thought it played pretty easy, although I missed Q6 and Q12, same as na, which turned out to be the hardest two. Seems like more than 70 people went 12/12.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 13 February 2021 15:03 (three years ago) link

The African American History & Culture ML was really great. I only got 5/12 in the Championship but moneyed all of them, so I didn't do too badly.

jaymc, Saturday, 13 February 2021 16:36 (three years ago) link

Quite enjoyed the White Album one, but it seems my calibration was way off regarding difficulty of Snoop Dogg juice drink vs sheep dogg song title.

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 13 February 2021 18:03 (three years ago) link

Will belatedly check out the African American History & Culture thing as well, thanks for recommendation jaymc!

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 13 February 2021 18:05 (three years ago) link

i scored 8 of 12 for Black American History but was one question right away from 5th. That's LL for you!

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 13 February 2021 18:12 (three years ago) link

Oops I qualified for the AfAm history final but neglected to do it :(

Canon in Deez (silby), Saturday, 13 February 2021 18:18 (three years ago) link

FYI

ALERT! Due to widespread power outages in the US and threats of more issues this week, and in response to a massive number of requests from LLamas, we're postponing LL88 MD1 to Monday 2/22 to accommodate the many players unavailable this week. Sorry for any inconvenience.

— LearnedLeague (@LearnedLeague) February 17, 2021

jaymc, Wednesday, 17 February 2021 03:19 (three years ago) link

Had another donut of a match day which is somewhat mitigated by the fact that it was tough for everybody.

RZA Minnelli (Leee), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 15:09 (three years ago) link

Losing 2(3) to 1 (3) or rough variants thereof breaks my widdle heart

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 17:57 (three years ago) link

Er 3 (1) rather

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 17:57 (three years ago) link

Wait, what? Okay

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:09 (three years ago) link

my first LL forfeit in 12.1 seasons :( and a series of incorrect coin flips for me to start the season too. terrible feeling

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 20:59 (three years ago) link

it is a little weird how losing a match can make my whole day feel dimmer

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 25 February 2021 21:13 (three years ago) link

im a rookie this year, lost yesterday by playing the worst defense possible lol (my opponent answered only two questions right, the ones i'd assigned the highest value to)

little johnny juul (voodoo chili), Thursday, 25 February 2021 21:14 (three years ago) link

defense is mostly a crapshoot

na (NA), Thursday, 25 February 2021 21:17 (three years ago) link

Yeah. Sometimes I have lucky seaons where it sort of works for me, but I try to not to spend too much time on it, ultimately it always seems to run cold again.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 25 February 2021 21:38 (three years ago) link

it is a little weird how losing a match can make my whole day feel dimmer

the worst is when you wake up in the night and realize you forfeited, that is true stare-at-the-ceiling darkness of the soul

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 25 February 2021 21:41 (three years ago) link

i've been doing a good job of getting answers right, and already got a couple good guesses in, so that feels like the important part.

little johnny juul (voodoo chili), Thursday, 25 February 2021 21:56 (three years ago) link

Sometimes I wake up around the time of the deadline and submit and get the message that my submission may not be accepted.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 25 February 2021 22:03 (three years ago) link

That's definitely happened to me a few times. One time I was driving home from somewhere at midnight, and I suddenly realized I hadn't submitted, so I pulled over on the side of the road and did it as fast as I could on my phone.

jaymc, Thursday, 25 February 2021 22:27 (three years ago) link

Rookie defense is especially random. It's not worth stressing out over.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Thursday, 25 February 2021 22:43 (three years ago) link

I thought MEZZOGIORNO would play much easier than it did, just to name one recent example.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 26 February 2021 14:13 (three years ago) link

Heh, seems like a few people put SOLARI for that. Never knew what to call those things.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 26 February 2021 14:28 (three years ago) link

Have heard/seen that word, but it wasn't quite sufficiently active knowledge for me to dredge it up. Ended up putting MEZZOSOLE, without much hope.

On the luck of the draw and using demographic data for defence: Yesterday's first question was about an artist sharing her name with the Minneapolis art center where she was exhibited in 2007. A reasonably tough art question, and my opponent has modest Art stats... but lives in Minneapolis. No more than 1 point for you, buddy. (And yes, he got it right.)

anatol_merklich, Friday, 26 February 2021 14:45 (three years ago) link

lol, i was all "playa del sol?"

i happen to be on the Walker's mailing list so that was my gimme.

my fuckup was that i got gazprom but TYPED "gazpro" and hit send before i noticed, goddammit. still won, not too incensed

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Friday, 26 February 2021 15:30 (three years ago) link

best week of my career

mookieproof, Saturday, 27 February 2021 12:13 (three years ago) link

Oh yeah. Pretty impressive.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 27 February 2021 12:49 (three years ago) link

I know it's not much of a run to higher rundlers, but my opponents in my last 3 matches have all gotten 5 questions right, and I've been blowing off my defense, so I'm predictably in the relegation zone.

RZA Minnelli (Leee), Saturday, 27 February 2021 18:13 (three years ago) link

5-5-5 the last few days is a pretty tough oppo run for any rundle, I would think -- not much you can do about that, but on the potential upside, it could mean you're done with some of the hardest matches.

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 27 February 2021 21:20 (three years ago) link


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