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Re: Learned League 72 - Official Thread

Post by badgerfellow » Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:23 am

I somehow got the 2 questions with the lowest get rates but missed the other 4? Pulled victory there, very lucky. 2-0 to start the rookie campaign.

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Re: Learned League 72 - Official Thread

Post by This Is Kirk! » Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:56 am

dinghammer wrote:Soooo, am I the only one who guessed barnacles for yesterday's Q6? Related to ships, mid-18th century -> Darwin, maybe the names were for their shapes (because I don't think they tend to appear on sails)? Clearly I need to spend more time with Sky Map.
Constellations sure makes sense in retrospect, but it never crossed my mind. The fact the names were in Latin led me to the Catholic Church so I put down "Catholic Church Divisions."

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Re: Learned League 72 - Official Thread

Post by OSXpert » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:09 am

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dinghammer wrote:Soooo, am I the only one who guessed barnacles for yesterday's Q6? Related to ships, mid-18th century -> Darwin, maybe the names were for their shapes (because I don't think they tend to appear on sails)? Clearly I need to spend more time with Sky Map.
Constellations sure makes sense in retrospect, but it never crossed my mind. The fact the names were in Latin led me to the Catholic Church so I put down "Catholic Church Divisions."
I went down the same path and waffled between "Parts of the mass" and "Parts of the liturgical year"

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Re: Learned League 72 - Official Thread

Post by AleBelly » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:39 am

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dinghammer wrote:Soooo, am I the only one who guessed barnacles for yesterday's Q6? Related to ships, mid-18th century -> Darwin, maybe the names were for their shapes (because I don't think they tend to appear on sails)? Clearly I need to spend more time with Sky Map.
Constellations sure makes sense in retrospect, but it never crossed my mind. The fact the names were in Latin led me to the Catholic Church so I put down "Catholic Church Divisions."
I put 'stars,' which is frustrating because it doesn't really make sense and I had the right idea. Grr

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Re: Learned League 72 - Official Thread

Post by morbeedo » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:40 am

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dinghammer wrote:Soooo, am I the only one who guessed barnacles for yesterday's Q6? Related to ships, mid-18th century -> Darwin, maybe the names were for their shapes (because I don't think they tend to appear on sails)? Clearly I need to spend more time with Sky Map.
Constellations sure makes sense in retrospect, but it never crossed my mind. The fact the names were in Latin led me to the Catholic Church so I put down "Catholic Church Divisions."
I went down the same path and waffled between "Parts of the mass" and "Parts of the liturgical year"
I was in the ballpark with stars but wrong nevertheless. Just 2 right but ended up winning on a forfeit.

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Post by morbeedo » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:51 am

StevenH wrote:"Dare" only had a 40% get rate when spotted "Virginia!?" I was seriously expecting that one to go down as one of the easiest questions in regular season LL history.
This qualifies as pure trivia, ergo I got it wrong. NHO Virginia Dare and I watched the entire season of American Horror Story: Roanoke!

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Post by 1stlvlthinker » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:55 am

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StevenH wrote:"Dare" only had a 40% get rate when spotted "Virginia!?" I was seriously expecting that one to go down as one of the easiest questions in regular season LL history.
This qualifies as pure trivia, ergo I got it wrong. NHO Virginia Dare and I watched the entire season of American Horror Story: Roanoke!
I NHO of her either, but figured this was something I should learn.

I also did the NYT Crossword, but didn't quite put 2 and 2 together. Went with "bin" instead, based on a possibly faulty logic of "Bar" in Hebrew as son-of, and "El" as God (which eliminated El or Al in my mind).

I had gone through a lot of older games and average roughly 2 questions correct per day. I figure I'll be in Rundle E after my rookie season. So far, I'm meeting my average!
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Re: Learned League 72 - Official Thread

Post by jfrumkin » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:58 am

Always nice to drink beers with alietr. I'm on pace for 150 CAA. Mostly I'm proud of my defense that is keeping me from giving up 10 or more points per day.
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Post by econgator » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:59 am

1stlvlthinker wrote:I also did the NYT Crossword, but didn't quite put 2 and 2 together. Went with "bin" instead
Nothing faulty. "Bin" is correct.

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Post by bomtr » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:59 am

I wished Thorsten had asked for all six on Q1 (well, at least 3) and both on Q3. Although I think my opponent would have gotten both. Just for general 'hey, i know that stuff' stuff.

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Re: Learned League 72 - Official Thread

Post by bomtr » Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:07 am

reddpen wrote:
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Woof wrote:My opponent didn't get from Tavau to Davos.
That was the one I had to think about the longest. At first I was thinking St. Moritz or Zermatt, but neither of those seemed correct. Then I concentrated on "Tavau" and Davos clicked.
That was my one miss. (Seems almost a victory losing to cbec by only 9(6)-8(5).) I answered St. Moritz just for the sake of saying something. Shoulda paid more attention to "geopolitical", which probably would have led me to Davos. Offhand, I didn't know that it was a fashionable resort town and focusing on "T" as the first letter got me nowhere.
Davos was one of just two that I had on first look (Lloyd's was the other), and I thought the geopolitical clue made it pretty obvious so gave bomtr a 1 for it, so of course that's his lone miss (and he gave me 3). He pulls the occipital lobe for 3 and gives me 2 for my lone miss and an 8(5)-7(5) loss. My defensive score can (almost) only go up.

Interesting set. At first look I thought I might get only two or three, but Ledger soon popped up as the best-known young actor who died around then (can't quite believe it's been nine years), and I dredged up Kim Il Sung's name soon after. The Titans clue was nicely worded, but once I clued in on Houston it came to me.

Hat tip on the win to my longtime nemesis and TCONA traveling buddy, against whom I'm now 1-7-2 lifetime. Bring it today, slam--my record is muuuch better against you: 1-4-1.
Once again, I get lucky. I had Ledger and Lloyd's right off and it took moments to massage my initial Kim Sung-Il to its proper form. Tennessee Titans was within the 4 minute magic line and occipital maybe just outside, but not much. For some reason, Davos was just something that had never entered my ken. A tie was deserved, but that's LL, I guess.

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Re: Learned League 72 - Official Thread

Post by This Is Kirk! » Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:13 am

bomtr wrote:I wished Thorsten had asked for all six on Q1 (well, at least 3) and both on Q3. Although I think my opponent would have gotten both. Just for general 'hey, i know that stuff' stuff.
You're an evil man. :twisted:

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Post by 1stlvlthinker » Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:42 am

econgator wrote:
1stlvlthinker wrote:I also did the NYT Crossword, but didn't quite put 2 and 2 together. Went with "bin" instead
Nothing faulty. "Bin" is correct.
The potentially faulty part was me thinking it has a link to Hebrew somehow. I might have backed into the correct answer.
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Re: Learned League 72 - Official Thread

Post by georgespelvin » Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:29 pm

I was all excited that comic book legend Len Wein is in my rundle, but he appears to have forfeited his first two matches. I hope that he isn't being held captive by the Joker or Dr. Octopus.

I was shut out on the first day because I was clueless on the first five and was so traumatized that I missed Lloyd's on the last because I thought that Lloyd's was too easy. Still won on a forfeit. Then I got three right yesterday and lost. I still don't understand the wording of the constellation question.
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Re: Learned League 72 - Official Thread

Post by econgator » Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:35 pm

georgespelvin wrote:I still don't understand the wording of the constellation question.
Argo Navis was a gigantic constellation (over 150 visible stars), so when people would talk about a star, they'd talk about "the one in the keel" or "the one in the sail", so finally just just said the heck with it and broke it up into 3 separate constellations.

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Re: Learned League 72 - Official Thread

Post by reddpen » Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:49 pm

countyguy wrote:On Q6, I instagot the correct answer, thinking "constellations" at first glance (before reading the whole question) even though I am not really familiar with any constellation listed. Probably the category helped.

That's the trouble with playing along and tracking TCA, getting something and realizing maybe you were unfairly advantaged by the extra info.

I usually try not to take into account the category while answering, but that is very difficult to do sometimes.

I used to have similar troubles with the get rates helping me choose whether or not to go for the obvious, but now I either play on my phone (and keep get rates out of view until I've answered the questions), or immediately copy the questions onto a word document so I am not tempted to look at the get rates. The categories, however, are far more difficult to address.
Perhaps I'm misreading something, but if you're seeing categories of questions when answering them, please share how. Categories don't appear till the answers get posted. Maybe you're playing along after they're posted?

Those Q6 names sounded sufficiently spacey to me, but I tried and failed with dwarf planets, perhaps relying too much on 1930 (the year Pluto was discovered). Luckily for me, slam didn't know it either, and he also missed gnocchi so my D stat is back over .700.
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Post by seaborgium » Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:57 pm

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countyguy wrote:On Q6, I instagot the correct answer, thinking "constellations" at first glance (before reading the whole question) even though I am not really familiar with any constellation listed. Probably the category helped.

That's the trouble with playing along and tracking TCA, getting something and realizing maybe you were unfairly advantaged by the extra info.

I usually try not to take into account the category while answering, but that is very difficult to do sometimes.

I used to have similar troubles with the get rates helping me choose whether or not to go for the obvious, but now I either play on my phone (and keep get rates out of view until I've answered the questions), or immediately copy the questions onto a word document so I am not tempted to look at the get rates. The categories, however, are far more difficult to address.
Perhaps I'm misreading something, but if you're seeing categories of questions when answering them, please share how. Categories don't appear till the answers get posted. Maybe you're playing along after they're posted?
That confused me too. I actually posted a response like yours, then deleted it once I realized countyguy must be talking about playing along as a non-member. And only the live questions, which you have to be logged in to see, are presented without categories.

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Post by mcsheffrey » Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:08 pm

StevenH wrote:"Dare" only had a 40% get rate when spotted "Virginia!?" I was seriously expecting that one to go down as one of the easiest questions in regular season LL history.
I think one contributing factor here is that it's the sort of fact that is very obscure for non-American players.

For Argo Navis I went with stars thinking that what had appeared to be a single star was discovered to be a cluster when telescopes improved. Was very frustrated to see the correct answer.

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Re: Learned League 72 - Official Thread

Post by Blue Lion » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:48 pm

OSXpert wrote:IBN was an answer in the NYT crossword puzzle yesterday as well. I always do the crossword puzzle at 10PM the night before, so I was well primed for LL, but I would have answered "BIN" without the puzzle, which was apparently also accepted. Hopefully no one was put into the awkward position of doing the puzzle in between reading the questions and answering them.
The NYT crossword is excellent practice for both Jeopardy and LL. Tackling the Sunday puzzle is one of my favorite pastimes.

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Post by dinghammer » Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:15 am

In a world where Marina Abramovic (who I'd heard of but didn't know) had a 24% get rate, I thought My Bed would be significantly more well-known. It might be the only piece of contemporary art I know by name. I also thought this one would be well over 50%, so maybe I tend to overestimate how well-known the so-called Young British Artists are in most of the world.

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