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i also found it pretty easy - i haven't listened to the podcast regularly in years, aside from the end-of-year best-ofs, so i expected it to be harder

na (NA), Friday, 26 April 2024 15:19 (one month ago) link

was "lloyd webber" the required answer?

I assume so. It's a double-barreled surname.

jaymc, Friday, 26 April 2024 15:23 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

So yesterday's literature question...

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 June 2024 13:31 (one week ago) link

Use your words, please?

Scott Baculum (Leee), Tuesday, 11 June 2024 15:31 (one week ago) link

Yeah, what about it?

jaymc, Tuesday, 11 June 2024 15:32 (one week ago) link

I know it's technically frowned upon to ask about low get rates but I thought more people might know that

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 June 2024 16:30 (one week ago) link

WECIB?

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 June 2024 16:31 (one week ago) link

Literature is already a sub-0.500 topic among the entire player base, and then add in French AND poetry, and yeah, that's going to tank CA%. Like I said on the boards there, I have a hard time with French writers (if I'd remembered Baudelaire, I would've gotten it wrong), and my undergrad was in literature (albeit English), and really the only reason I got it was because of Dum Dum Girls.

Scott Baculum (Leee), Tuesday, 11 June 2024 16:52 (one week ago) link

I think I probably first learned about Verlaine and Rimbaud as a teenager interested in the Beat Generation writers (and their influences). I don't know very much about either of them, but the reference to one triggered the other. I was a little surprised at the get rate, too, but yeah, it makes sense that French poets would be a blind spot for a lot of folks.

jaymc, Tuesday, 11 June 2024 17:24 (one week ago) link

Okay, y'all's responses are very reasonable, thanks.

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 June 2024 17:37 (one week ago) link

iirc, Leee smithed a 1DS about one of the most famous books ever and maybe 125 people played.

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 June 2024 17:38 (one week ago) link

TBH, I had a split second at the very beginning where my brane was telling me to put Paul Valéry but I quickly recovered.

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 June 2024 17:39 (one week ago) link

one of those kinds of questions where a little bit of knowledge is more useful than a lot

bad season for me so far!

na (NA), Tuesday, 11 June 2024 17:45 (one week ago) link

iirc, Leee smithed a 1DS about one of the most famous books ever and maybe 125 people played.

Snob-famous, and 236 players.

Scott Baculum (Leee), Tuesday, 11 June 2024 18:13 (one week ago) link

Oh, okay, sorry for low-balling you!

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 June 2024 18:35 (one week ago) link

And sorry for unnecessary hyphen in “lowball.”

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 June 2024 14:06 (one week ago) link

Yesterday’s literature question played much easier, because of the film, I presume.

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 June 2024 14:07 (one week ago) link

Apocalypse Now? I don't know how many know about the connection to HOD, and I think it's more because it gets taught in HS.

I forgot that the real point I was making able my Ulysses 1D was that it did get more players than the John Grisham one, but a little fewer than Gabriel Garcia Marquez, so I think that novelists aren't the main thing that players care about. (Surprisingly, Faulkner got nearly double, but the point still kind of stands. )

Scott Baculum (Leee), Wednesday, 12 June 2024 14:17 (one week ago) link

I think 1DS participation is probably influenced by things like the day of the week, the other 1DSes on that day, etc. Personally, I tend not to look at the site during the off-season as regularly as I do during the main season, so I miss some 1DSes I might otherwise have been interested in.

As for Ulysses specifically, I'm sure a lot of people skipped the quiz because they've never read the book and assumed they wouldn't do well. (Yes, it is famous, but its fame is in part due to its reputation for being challenging. It's a book many people know about but few have read.) I might've done the same, but I think Lee mentioned it on here, so I decided to give it a go. FWIW, the general James Joyce 1DS from 2018 had 417 players, maybe because that one didn't require as much knowledge of a specific work.

jaymc, Wednesday, 12 June 2024 14:38 (one week ago) link

Apocalypse Now? I don't know how many know about the connection to HOD, and I think it's more because it gets taught in HS.

Yeah, I was thinking more about the Rimbaud question and how Americans aren't very likely to come across him in a standard school curriculum, in which most literature taught is work originally written in English (except for ancient Greek lit, perhaps).

Whereas I did read (at least part of) Heart of Darkness in high school -- in 12th grade, iirc, which is when we focused on British literature. The fact that it's short and packed with symbolism lends itself to the classroom.

jaymc, Wednesday, 12 June 2024 14:54 (one week ago) link

i got the verlaine/rimbaud question from reading about television/tom verlaine/richard hell

na (NA), Wednesday, 12 June 2024 15:11 (one week ago) link

^this

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 13 June 2024 14:48 (six days ago) link

Speaking of 1DSes, for various reasons I didn't complete my recaps within a reasonable amount of time for two of my last three (my friend was the main smith on the third one) so they never happened. I usually really enjoy doing the recap, maybe as much as or more so than the actual quiz. People seem to like and want the recaps but they don't often actually post much on those threads and once it's a few days late there doesn't seem to be any point at all, the thrill is gone.

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 13 June 2024 14:55 (six days ago) link

Nov. 21, 2022: LL95 Match Day 11 Question 6

Tom Verlaine, Richard Lloyd, Billy Ficca, and Richard Hell were founding members in 1973 of what cult-favorite punk rock band and CBGB regular that was named after a technology invented a few decades prior?

TELEVISION

Leaguewide Correct %
31%

jaymc, Thursday, 13 June 2024 15:15 (six days ago) link

Oh I know where I got that number from. It was for P.G. Wodehouse.

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 13 June 2024 18:24 (six days ago) link

But that was 2016, so maybe less players

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 13 June 2024 18:24 (six days ago) link

I mean overall of course

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 13 June 2024 18:24 (six days ago) link

I'm doing pretty well this season overall, except for a rare 1(1) on MD14. Pop music and film are among my best categories, but I've never seen The Incredibles and wasn't familiar with "Sandstorm" at all. (Having listened to it just now, I'm guessing I've probably heard it at some point, but neither the artist nor title rang a bell. The "dust devil or haboob" clue only got me so close; I guessed "Windstorm.") Virginia Woolf saved me from a ignominious 0(0).

jaymc, Thursday, 13 June 2024 18:54 (six days ago) link

I'm doing remarkably well, too -- managed to reach second place yesterday after the previous #2 forfeited. That said, luck has been a HUGE part of my season, as I have the lowest CAA in my rundle, and my remaining opponents have an average of 73 TCA (compared to my middling 68), so I'm not that confident at securing promotion. (I also have an outside chance at getting to my long-time goal of reaching 100 TCA.)

With that in mind, I kind of think that league expansion has made things easier in the last couple seasons. I was a perennial sub-0.500 B player, but now I've won more in consecutive seasons (small sample size, of course).

Scott Baculum (Leee), Thursday, 13 June 2024 20:46 (six days ago) link

5% correct rate on the amy beach question yesterday!

na (NA), Friday, 14 June 2024 16:06 (five days ago) link

(i didn't get it either tbc)

na (NA), Friday, 14 June 2024 16:54 (five days ago) link

I got it! I recall learning about her in a college class I took on the history of American music -- although I'm sure I must've come across the name some other time in the past 25 years, so as to reinforce that memory.

Another (more recent) female composer I learned about in that class: Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music.

jaymc, Friday, 14 June 2024 19:34 (five days ago) link

I know that I objected earlier to saying more people should've gotten a question right, but the MLK question being only a little over 50% is kind of astonishing. It has the THIRD highest CA%.

Scott Baculum (Leee), Saturday, 15 June 2024 14:26 (four days ago) link

Did you look at the MCWA?

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 15 June 2024 15:57 (four days ago) link

The site doesn't list one.

Scott Baculum (Leee), Saturday, 15 June 2024 16:01 (four days ago) link

I'm facing the rundle leader today who already has 110 TCA. Pray for me.

Scott Baculum (Leee), Tuesday, 18 June 2024 14:46 (yesterday) link

🙏🤲🧎‍♀️‍➡️

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 19 June 2024 00:59 (nineteen hours ago) link


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