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You set the question set/ Were there five similar questions?

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 19:11 (three years ago) link

At minute 16.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 19:13 (three years ago) link

i had no idea what devanagari was and guessed "bikram" lol

― na (NA), Tuesday, March 2, 2021 10:29 AM (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

I almost guessed "yoga," which I remembered was part of a set (the six orthodox systems of Hindu philosophy, though I couldn't have told you that). Then I changed my mind and went with "ayurvedic." Good question, though.

jaymc, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 19:21 (three years ago) link

yup, that's the one.

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 19:22 (three years ago) link

I really enjoy those ones where I have no idea and I just let my mind relax and something like "Joker's Wild" bubbles up and I'm just like, OK, brain, I don't really know what that is but but if that's the response to the stimulus I gave you let's go with it

― Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, March 2, 2021 10:04 AM (three hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

Ha, that one was kind of the same for me. Although maybe in the back of my mind was a dim memory of when the same question was asked in 2014.

jaymc, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 19:23 (three years ago) link

"Yoga" was my first thought, too. But then I reasoned "OK surely it's possible there is some set of traditional Indian physical/mental practices of which yoga is the most famous and devenagari is #3 or #4 but I can't think of any other besides yoga, and if divanagari were the #3 or #4 most popular type of yoga I would have heard of it, so it just can't be that." I think what really helped me is the word "system" -- not that many things are customarily described as systems. Yoga isn't, for instance.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 19:25 (three years ago) link

when the same question was asked in 2014.

I didn't know they repeated questions!! I honestly feel kind of disillusioned.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 19:26 (three years ago) link

I kind of love that best wrong answer though.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 19:26 (three years ago) link

There aren't too many repeats. I'd say maybe a couple of times a season. And it's usually from at least a few years ago.

I do sometimes wonder to what extent Thorsten is aware of it, though. If I were him, I'd probably do a search of the archive just to see if and when a question was last asked, so I'm guessing that when it happens, it's because he figures it's been long enough that he can go back to the well.

jaymc, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 19:37 (three years ago) link

my brain spat out this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYlcim0Dc60

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 20:08 (three years ago) link

and i WATCHED joker's wild as a kid so i KNEW that

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 20:09 (three years ago) link

thought the three mile island question was very awkwardly phrased too, although there remains only one reason to know the name of any island in the susquehanna

mookieproof, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 20:43 (three years ago) link

Upset! I won 6(3) to 5(4) against my 80% QP opponent. I have my pisspoor food and drink score to thank for giving me a 3 for Stroganoff, which was on my mind as I made a vegan version a couple weeks ago. Inexplicably got a point for Moors too, despite literature being my second best category.

RZA Minnelli (Leee), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 16:50 (three years ago) link

Whoops, I got a 2 for Stroganoff, 3 for Uganda.

RZA Minnelli (Leee), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 16:51 (three years ago) link

how in the fuc am i supposed to defend this

https://i.imgur.com/gCcK45C.jpg

mookieproof, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 21:34 (three years ago) link

hope for another velocity of money question?

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 21:37 (three years ago) link

invite them over for dinner

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 21:41 (three years ago) link

I faced the rundle leader yesterday, who ended up forfeiting. I know that other players often voice dismay at forfeit wins, but it's lifted me into the middle of the pack out of the relegation zone.

RZA Minnelli (Leee), Thursday, 4 March 2021 16:59 (three years ago) link

i shouldn't complain bc i've been on a hot run but i boned myself out of a 9(6) yesterday by misreading "formally" as "formerly"

na (NA), Thursday, 4 March 2021 17:05 (three years ago) link

Saw people talk about that on the LL Message Board.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 4 March 2021 17:10 (three years ago) link

And some of us who read it correctly were still thrown off by the word "formally."

(I feel like "formally" must have been included to guide people away from Seward's Folly, but it created the impression that the question was looking for something other than the common name of Alaska.)

jaymc, Thursday, 4 March 2021 17:15 (three years ago) link

yeah, i kinda hedged my bets with "Alaska Territory" which was taken. Having a lucky start to my season so far and cracked the top five.

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 March 2021 17:30 (three years ago) link

let me tell you, i spent half the day trying to figure out the clay question and was deeply happy when my subconscious spat up "potsie"

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 March 2021 17:33 (three years ago) link

After I submitted and read the question again and saw his last name I felt kind of bad.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 4 March 2021 19:02 (three years ago) link

Also I put the Gadsden Purchase, although I probably spelt it wrong, was hoping that was when they bought Alaska.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 4 March 2021 19:03 (three years ago) link

Also knew it was Alaska, took "formally" to mean I was supposed to say something else, got hosed

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 5 March 2021 18:46 (three years ago) link

I thought yesterday's was gonna be hard and my 5/6 was a sure win, but no! How did all those people know Olivia Newton-John and semaphore? I was lucky to escape with a tie, lots of eggroll in my rundle.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 5 March 2021 18:47 (three years ago) link

i slightly misread the question and put "alaska purchase" but they gave it to me

little johnny juul (voodoo chili), Friday, 5 March 2021 18:50 (three years ago) link

I guessed Dolly for the ONJ question, but semaphore was the first visual communication system that popped into my head, and the word looked appropriately Greek.

RZA Minnelli (Leee), Friday, 5 March 2021 18:59 (three years ago) link

props to monty python for teaching me about semaphore

little johnny juul (voodoo chili), Friday, 5 March 2021 19:02 (three years ago) link

5/6 for me too. for some reason i confused diebold and dominion.

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Friday, 5 March 2021 19:05 (three years ago) link

the "(and appropriately so)" on semaphore was more confusing than helpful

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Friday, 5 March 2021 19:06 (three years ago) link

i got ONJ based solely on her being in the biggest movie musical in 1978. once i remembered her, the country music stuff sounded familiar, like i had heard she was originally a country artist at some point, but i never would've gotten it based just on that info.

na (NA), Friday, 5 March 2021 19:10 (three years ago) link

itt: many people who have never been mellow

little johnny juul (voodoo chili), Friday, 5 March 2021 19:22 (three years ago) link

NA that was my ON-J experience exactly.

I still don't get what work "and appropriately so" was doing for semaphore.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 5 March 2021 19:25 (three years ago) link

flagbearer and signal flag i guess

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Friday, 5 March 2021 19:29 (three years ago) link

i interpreted that as just being that someone doing semaphore is literally bearing (holding) the signal (flags)

na (NA), Friday, 5 March 2021 19:34 (three years ago) link

Knowing a couple of hundred Greek roots yields an inordinate amount of points over a few years of quizzing. Sem- = sign, as in semiotics (the study of signs) or semantics (signification); phero/phor = carry/carrier, as in phosphor (light-carrier), metaphor (over-carrier), pheromone (carrier-hormone), Christopher (Christ-carrier).

"and appropriately so" I took to indicate that practitioners of semaphore need to quite literally carry their signs with them.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 5 March 2021 19:34 (three years ago) link

xpost exactly

anatol_merklich, Friday, 5 March 2021 19:35 (three years ago) link

props to monty python for teaching me about semaphore

otm

only really thought of ON-J because i'd just posted a photo of her with joe torre and phil niekro on the baseball board

mookieproof, Friday, 5 March 2021 19:39 (three years ago) link

let's throw knuckleball, knuckleball
we're gonna throw knuckleball, knuckleball

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 5 March 2021 20:30 (three years ago) link

Knowing a couple of hundred Greek roots yields an inordinate amount of points over a few years of quizzing. Sem- = sign, as in semiotics (the study of signs) or semantics (signification); phero/phor = carry/carrier, as in phosphor (light-carrier), metaphor (over-carrier), pheromone (carrier-hormone), Christopher (Christ-carrier).

Good shout -- I don't think I gave much thought to it, but if I had, I would've "translated" sem- as "meaning," as in "polysemous." Off to see if there are any Anki decks that have Greek roots.

RZA Minnelli (Leee), Friday, 5 March 2021 21:54 (three years ago) link

Yeah, the "meaning" interpretation of sem- is also reasonable for most derived compounds I can think of, I didn't mean to imply the path from "sign" was obvious or anything.

Oh and consider doing some Latin roots as well; often very close to either ancient Greek or modern English (phero=fero, sem-=sign-); not free lunch, but lunch at massive discount.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 5 March 2021 22:03 (three years ago) link

Sometimes it feels like a cheat code really; another very boring cheat code is to actually, once and for all, cram the mapping from atomic numbers to names of chemical elements. For some reason, setters all over the world seem loath to write a question on an element without including the atomic number. I feel this is bad question setting, but it's not like I'm gonna refuse the points. (You probably kinda knew this already, but unless you've actually done the job, I'm not sure you realize how free-lunch this bit feels.)

anatol_merklich, Friday, 5 March 2021 22:09 (three years ago) link

re: atomic numbers and elements, not so much in LL though? (I've tried studying those a couple times but gave up pretty quickly.)

RZA Minnelli (Leee), Friday, 5 March 2021 23:34 (three years ago) link

never heard of anki, is it free/safe as a download?

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 6 March 2021 00:14 (three years ago) link

well i see it is. anybody wanna give me a primer on using it?

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 6 March 2021 00:23 (three years ago) link

You can either download decks you find that you like or create your own.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 6 March 2021 00:29 (three years ago) link

A lot of them are hit or miss but they have star ratings, if that helps.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 6 March 2021 00:30 (three years ago) link


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