FJs for the 2/25/13 week

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Which FJs did you solve correctly for the 2/25/13 week?

Poll ended at Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:53 pm

In 1925 she visited a floating theater docked in North Carolina to research her next novel
29
24%
One of the 2 years in which 3 men served as president of the United States
87
72%
To the question "Did you write the best-known line in JFK's inaugural?", Ted Sorensen would smile & say these 2 words
86
71%
In 2006 it was moved to a new list that includes Ceres & Eris
119
98%
In 1938 his company began installing instruments in U.S. homes to record the frequencies to which a radio was tuned
100
83%
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: I checked all five above.
21
17%
:( :( :( :( :( I missed all the FJs.
1
1%
WORLD UNIVERSITIES $1600: Also known as the University of Dublin, it's Ireland's oldest university
60
50%
TRAINS $1600: Chartered in 1859, the railroad we know by the names of these 3 places didn't get to the New Mexico capital until 1880
81
67%
PLACES IN TEXAS, PLUS $200: It's the seat of Ector county & in a novel the name of an organization for ex-Nazis with a "File" on it
41
34%
I figured out the Monday FJ novel was "Show Boat", but I did not know the author's name.
20
17%
I knew both correct years for the Tuesday FJ clue.
62
51%
 
Total votes : 121

Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby seaborgium » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:04 am

:( :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
:mrgreen: :( :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

No clue on Edna Ferber, though I did figure out the clue was looking for the author of Show Boat, which I hadn't previously known had been anything before it was a musical. I found it similar to my performance on the FJ in Tom Nissley game 5, where it was clear what novel was alluded to, but I was clueless on the author.

I knew the railroad cities were in a song, but I got off on the wrong foot when I tried to think of a title with Albuquerque in it, and never recovered. I might have pulled it out if I'd gone straight to Santa Fe, but my mental process never got past that left turn.

I wouldn't have gotten Odessa without question #2 on LearnedLeague just over a week earlier. I lucked into getting that question right by naming the only Ukrainian city I could think of besides Kiev. Otherwise, I wouldn't have known about the organization for ex-Nazis, and would have been at sea for the J! clue.
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Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby This Is Kirk! » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:06 am

I'm a little shocked that Trinity College is polling under 50% right now. Thought that was an easy one. I guess the ones you know always are!
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Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby TenPoundHammer » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:56 am

Well, of COURSE I remain the spoiler on Thursday.
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Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby marpocky » Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:35 am

Ms. Ferber prevented my sweep for the week.

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: I checked all five above.
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Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby nlw44 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:19 am

:D :D :D :D :D
:D :D :evil:

As others have stated, I have heard of "The Odessa File" and Odessa, Texas, but I certainly couldn't put them together that fast. On the other hand, as a big-time and life-long fan of movie musicals, the railroad was right there for me, with no eye to brain to mouth delay at all.

It's not that I object to all the (relatively) easy FJs lately, because I certainly do like having a long string of gets, but it feels like TPTB have lost all sense of the easy-to-difficult gradient. That 1841/1881 one was the most egregious, IMO, but my usual get rate is 60-80 %. For the last few months, I've been doing much better. Probably jinx myself with this post, however. :D
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Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby seaborgium » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:21 am

nlw44 wrote:It's not that I object to all the (relatively) easy FJs lately, because I certainly do like having a long string of gets, but it feels like TPTB have lost all sense of the easy-to-difficult gradient. That 1841/1881 one was the most egregious, IMO, but my usual get rate is 60-80 %. For the last few months, I've been doing much better. Probably jinx myself with this post, however. :D

It seems to me like TPTB try to err on the side of easiness for the last FJ for a ToC. (Too bad that didn't work out for me!)
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Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby nserven » Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:30 am

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
:( :( :(

Knew both years, and knew the Santa Fe part for railroad.
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Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby Johnblue » Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:13 pm

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :geek: N/A :mrgreen:
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Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby opusthepenguin » Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:33 pm

This Is Kirk! wrote:I'm a little shocked that Trinity College is polling under 50% right now. Thought that was an easy one. I guess the ones you know always are!

Nah. I reasoned my way to Edna Ferber, but it wasn't easy. And more than once, I've gotten a clue right while thinking it's too obscure to be a good clue. Sometimes I yell at the TV, "Oh, come on! Who knows that?!?!" There are plenty of things I happen to know that I don't expect most contestants to know. The author of the Second Helvetic Confession. Edgar Allan Poe's birthday. The mascot for Baton Rouge High School. My favorite color.
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Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby gsn93 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:40 pm

5/5 for Finals.

I said Transcontinental Railroad on "Trains" clue (even though I knew it was wrong).
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Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby ElendilPickle » Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:20 pm

:( :mrgreen: :( :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :(

I guessed on the Presidential question; fortunately, it was right.

I also came up with Katherine Anne Porter and Ship of Fools for Monday's FJ.

My brain tried really hard to come up with Odessa, but failed.
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Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby jmenjes » Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:55 pm

(Howdy. Hope there's room for one more new person here...)

:( :mrgreen: :( :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
:( :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


Had to think for about 20 seconds, but came up with 1841.
Thursday's and Friday's FJs came to me instantly.

Odessa also came to me instantly, as well as the question for the Trains clue (kinda helped that I am a train buff).
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Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby bpmod » Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:47 pm

jmenjes wrote:(Howdy. Hope there's room for one more new person here...)

Always!

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Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby TenPoundHammer » Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:01 pm

Okay, I see 73/75 on the Pluto clue now. Who else missed it?
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Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby alietr » Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:12 pm

bpmod wrote:
jmenjes wrote:(Howdy. Hope there's room for one more new person here...)

Always!

Welcome.

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Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby Vanya » Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:41 pm

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Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby Volante » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:11 pm

:( :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :( :( :mrgreen:

Mon - Woolf, because To the Lighthouse, because North Carolina has lots of them. (Conveniently forgetting the floating theater bit and the whole Woolf being English bit. Other than that though!...)

Negged with Ipcress here too. Feh, top row, it was worth the shot.
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Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby StrangerCoug » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:49 pm

:( :( :( :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
:( :mrgreen: :(
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Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby TryphonTournesol » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:03 pm

:( :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :(
:mrgreen: :( :(

Monday: had no great guess, went with Margaret Mitchell as "Southern female author I knew was active in that general time frame" but figured it was unlikely to be right. Wife knew it was the author of Show Boat but didn't have the name.
Tuesday: knew 'em both without even having to think. Presidential history is kind of a thing of mine.
Wednesday: wrote "Don't Ask" first because it was more conversational, then quickly figured I was overthinking and corrected in time.
Friday: best guess was Marconi, though I knew that wouldn't be it. Wife came up with Nielsen.

Railroad: only had Santa Fe from the obvious clue; wife came up with "Atkinson/Topeka/Santa Fe" at which point I was able to correct her to Atchison.
Odessa: like Craig, my first thought was Ipcress!
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Re: FJs for the 2/25/13 week

Postby davey » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:18 am

:mrgreen: :( :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
:( :mrgreen: :(

I can't remember not knowing Edna Ferber wrote Show Boat - she's mentioned so often in crossword clues, even if I didn't know about the musical...but then I'm no good at mid-19th C. presidential dates, so it all evens out...
Did not know Trinity College was synonymous with U. of Dublin...The Ipcress File is what leaped to mind, even though I actually read The Odessa File many, many years ago...
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