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by opusthepenguin
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: Monday, November 12, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)
Replies: 41
Views: 1007

Re: Monday, November 12, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)

Opus being the singular form of opera is a datum worth remembering. This is true pretty much regardless of your criteria. There will be no need for an erratum regarding this post. Nor will there be a correction in any of the appendices or indices. A touching reply that brought a tear to my eye. Now...
by opusthepenguin
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: Monday, November 12, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)
Replies: 41
Views: 1007

Re: Monday, November 12, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)

This Is Kirk! wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:24 am
Opus being the singular form of opera is a datum worth remembering.
This is true pretty much regardless of your criteria. There will be no need for an erratum regarding this post. Nor will there be a correction in any of the appendices or indices.
by opusthepenguin
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)
Replies: 32
Views: 818

Re: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)

mfc248 wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:16 am
Upon that particular response, I was hoping she would've instead said "Philosopher's Stone," if for no other reason than to elicit a "we'll accept that" from Alex.
The clue was a list of three choices. Going off-menu would be ill-advised.
by opusthepenguin
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)
Replies: 32
Views: 818

Re: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)

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by opusthepenguin
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: Monday, November 12, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)
Replies: 41
Views: 1007

Re: Monday, November 12, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)

For anyone wondering, Rhea was just fine with plutarchy. Definition 1 is "plutocracy," the response they were going for and the response she switched to when Alex hemmed and hawed.
by opusthepenguin
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: Monday, November 12, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)
Replies: 41
Views: 1007

Re: Monday, November 12, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)

This is the second time I've been a triple-stumper on Jeopardy! https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/HlmHhHMih5-3MTGaleZMioUirkxfb7iWL1wD9NlW8zlp_jhR7TNlBRQzJOdx2gFh8w47hX1hUYzbEinS0bK5fHPzhpedbPIXJ-duuLcAeCLpzAp6nWffaSIKeg6qgiAAE_wjRfSNzHg_SaCubjxEKrVeecAoDt_JHqYXQW0dlEUCAgl-eBu-RB7OFDlKmLIJAL6Qx7cGiB...
by opusthepenguin
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)
Replies: 56
Views: 1656

Re: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)

(13 + 14) x 15 = not even a WAG on my part either. I can't for the life of me see an easier way to do 27 x 15. (Full disclosure: I spun my wheels on this one, and think it was pretty tough to expect someone to do on their feet.) 27 = 30 - 3 30 x 15 = 450 3 x 15 = 45 450 - 45 = 405 I know a four-ste...
by opusthepenguin
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: Thursday, November 8, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)
Replies: 36
Views: 982

Re: Thursday, November 8, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)

specified that the poet was female (and as far as I can tell they only ask about two female sonneteers). Who's the other one? Dickinson didn't write sonnets, so she's out. So... Christina Rossetti? She gets mentioned along with her brother in relation to sonnets in one clue. Edna St. Vincent Millay...
by opusthepenguin
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)
Replies: 51
Views: 1523

Re: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)

Also, a note on Chacko: I recall reading a write-up on the 2000 ToC by an insider or insiders (possibly hosted on Michael Dupée's site) where it was explained that Chacko knew what was probably the correct answer in his SF FJ, and deliberately chose something else because he was in third place and ...
by opusthepenguin
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: FJs for the 11/5/18 week
Replies: 29
Views: 591

Re: FJs for the 11/5/18 week

xxaaaxx wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:54 pm
The fact that the C1 vertebra is not just sub-50%, but running slightly behind Dear Evan Hansen is...fascinating.
I wonder what the overlap is. Anyone get both? I got C1 but not DEH.
by opusthepenguin
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: Thursday, November 8, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)
Replies: 36
Views: 982

Re: Thursday, November 8, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)

This FJ was not a case of knowing a horse's name, or a year. Knowing too much and overthinking was a disadvantage - you just had to go for the pop cultural icon. Russia is helpful if you know Waterloo is there (? is it?), and with the French sounding name (with AT's acccent) gave you up to four Pav...
by opusthepenguin
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: Thursday, November 8, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)
Replies: 36
Views: 982

Re: Thursday, November 8, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)

Caleb is the best argument there's been in a while for putting the TT champion in the ToC. If I ever get on and am in a situation where Jupiter is the correct response, I'm definitely saying "What is Jupiter?" to the tune of the first five notes of the horn part in the Holst piece. Excellent choice...
by opusthepenguin
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)
Replies: 56
Views: 1656

Re: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)

No clue on FJ. If I've heard of Dear Evan Hansen before, it hasn't stuck. I can't even remember now what I guessed. (I do remember briefly considering Suck It, Zuckerberg! as an option.) Mrs P guessed The Social Network , hoping they'd turned that into a show. Not a bad guess when you're flailing. I...
by opusthepenguin
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)
Replies: 51
Views: 1523

Re: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)

"University of Auburn" should not have been accepted. That's definitely an odd way of referring to it, but awkward phrasing doesn't make it wrong. It unequivocally refers to one place, just as, say, University of Harvard or University of Duke do. (University of Cambridge or University of Oxford wou...
by opusthepenguin
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)
Replies: 51
Views: 1523

Re: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)

xxaaaxx wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:13 am
I know nothing about Sailor Moon other than that it's a thing that exists,
Same here. I suspect that's still one more thing than Alex knew.
by opusthepenguin
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: Monday, November 5, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)
Replies: 42
Views: 1242

Re: Monday, November 5, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)

And yes, there are optimal wagers in Jeopardy. That's what game theory is all about. Unfortunately, "optimal actions" in classical game theory assume that the opponent is acting in his/her own best interest. That's why masters sometimes hate playing against tyros -- the master almost always wins, b...
by opusthepenguin
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: Monday, November 5, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)
Replies: 42
Views: 1242

Re: Monday, November 5, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)

John Boy wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:12 am
Fun Fact: Cleveland does not have a sister city, but we do have a suicide pact with Detroit.
:lol:
by opusthepenguin
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: Monday, November 5, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)
Replies: 42
Views: 1242

Re: Monday, November 5, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)

Yet how do you feel if you sit there having gotten FJ right from first place and yet you're going home? An optimal bet is only optimal if you know how others are going to bet. In this case, I don't see anything wrong with either bet. For that to be true, there would have to be situations where my b...
by opusthepenguin
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: Monday, November 5, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)
Replies: 42
Views: 1242

Re: Monday, November 5, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)

Congrats to Mary Ann. We liked her a lot. But that wager was unfortunate and I'm glad it didn't bite her. She would have lost on a double-stumper when there was no need to do so--especially since Jonathan overwagered by $200. Shouldn't she assume Jonathan knows how to bet from second and therefore ...
by opusthepenguin
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Game Discussions
Topic: Monday, November 5, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)
Replies: 42
Views: 1242

Re: Monday, November 5, 2018 Game Recap and Discussion (SPOILERS)

Congrats to Mary Ann. We liked her a lot. But that wager was unfortunate and I'm glad it didn't bite her. She would have lost on a double-stumper when there was no need to do so--especially since Jonathan overwagered by $200.