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cmp146 wrote:
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Did any other llamas notice how awesome the new-and-improved player tracker is for the minileagues? It is very sweet!
It looks the same as what I was seeing in the last round of mini leagues unless I'm missing something?

I had a surprising victory in the '60s ML yesterday. My opponent and I both got 2 correct, but he assigned me 3 for Cultural Revolution and I got that. We both got the VW Bug one right and he got Francis Gary Powers. I'm sure I'm not the only one who answered Roger Maris for that one, which was hilariously wrong!

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This Is Kirk! wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:39 am
cmp146 wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:37 pm
Did any other llamas notice how awesome the new-and-improved player tracker is for the minileagues? It is very sweet!
It looks the same as what I was seeing in the last round of mini leagues unless I'm missing something?

I had a surprising victory in the '60s ML yesterday. My opponent and I both got 2 correct, but he assigned me 3 for Cultural Revolution and I got that. We both got the VW Bug one right and he got Francis Gary Powers. I'm sure I'm not the only one who answered Roger Maris for that one, which was hilariously wrong!
I also thought it was a baseball player, but named a different one. :lol: Once I saw the answer, I was like "Oh...that. Duh!" We learned about it in school and everything!

I lost 3 times yesterday. Womp womp.

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This Is Kirk! wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:39 am
cmp146 wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:37 pm
Did any other llamas notice how awesome the new-and-improved player tracker is for the minileagues? It is very sweet!
It looks the same as what I was seeing in the last round of mini leagues unless I'm missing something?

I had a surprising victory in the '60s ML yesterday. My opponent and I both got 2 correct, but he assigned me 3 for Cultural Revolution and I got that. We both got the VW Bug one right and he got Francis Gary Powers. I'm sure I'm not the only one who answered Roger Maris for that one, which was hilariously wrong!
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This Is Kirk! wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:39 am
cmp146 wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:37 pm
Did any other llamas notice how awesome the new-and-improved player tracker is for the minileagues? It is very sweet!
It looks the same as what I was seeing in the last round of mini leagues unless I'm missing something?

I had a surprising victory in the '60s ML yesterday. My opponent and I both got 2 correct, but he assigned me 3 for Cultural Revolution and I got that. We both got the VW Bug one right and he got Francis Gary Powers. I'm sure I'm not the only one who answered Roger Maris for that one, which was hilariously wrong!
My first thought was Roger Maris. Correct time frame, but quickly realized that couldn't be right. Rudolph Abel? Who? I would certainly at least recognize who Maris was traded for. (And I didn't think it was a 1-1 trade anyway... which it wasn't.) Then I thought more about who gets "traded." Aha!!

If MLs had BWAs, I'd vote for that one hands-down. BWA and MCWA for the same answer!

"Couples" is vaguely recognized, though no way was I gonna get that one. (5% get rate!) I knew it was wrong, but I answered Nabokov/Lolita. (New England, but I thought it was 1950s... and I'm not sure that pedophilia is hardly scandalous now.) Curious what others guessed.

For those interested, though Something's Got To Give was never finished, a fair number of scenes were completed and somewhat edited. On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVfKpx-aSRk Looks like it would have been a real stinker. I don't know about Dean Martin, but George Cukor was probably relieved that the project couldn't be completed.

And further.... another remake of the original My Favorite Wife was made in 1963: Move Over Darling with Doris Day, James Garner and Polly Bergen. The original is by far the best, though screwball comedies where Cary Grant overacts can really grate on me, e.g. Bringing Up Baby, Arsenic and Old Lace, Monkey Business. Otherwise I loved him as an actor. When he toned it down a little, his comedies were quite wonderful: His Girl Friday, The Philadelphia Story, Holiday.
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RandyG wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:16 am
This Is Kirk! wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:39 am
cmp146 wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:37 pm
Did any other llamas notice how awesome the new-and-improved player tracker is for the minileagues? It is very sweet!
It looks the same as what I was seeing in the last round of mini leagues unless I'm missing something?

I had a surprising victory in the '60s ML yesterday. My opponent and I both got 2 correct, but he assigned me 3 for Cultural Revolution and I got that. We both got the VW Bug one right and he got Francis Gary Powers. I'm sure I'm not the only one who answered Roger Maris for that one, which was hilariously wrong!
My first thought was Roger Maris. Correct time frame, but quickly realized that couldn't be right. Rudolph Abel? Who? I would certainly at least recognize who Maris was traded for. (And I didn't think it was a 1-1 trade anyway... which it wasn't.) Then I thought more about who gets "traded." Aha!!
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RandyG wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:16 am

"Couples" is vaguely recognized, though no way was I gonna get that one. (5% get rate!) I knew it was wrong, but I answered Nabokov/Lolita. (New England, but I thought it was 1950s... and I'm not sure that pedophilia is hardly scandalous now.) Curious what others guessed.
I tried Peyton Place, though I blanked on the author and just put in some BS. Turns out it was published in the 50s anyway.

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RandyG wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:16 am
"Couples" is vaguely recognized, though no way was I gonna get that one. (5% get rate!) I knew it was wrong, but I answered Nabokov/Lolita. (New England, but I thought it was 1950s... and I'm not sure that pedophilia is hardly scandalous now.) Curious what others guessed.
I'm an Updike fan, but "Couples" never even entered my mind. My initial thought was "Fear of Flying" but I thought that was written in the '70s, so I said "Valley of the Dolls" which it turns out is from the '60s. It was wrong but seemed like a pretty good guess.

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This Is Kirk! wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:30 am
RandyG wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:16 am
"Couples" is vaguely recognized, though no way was I gonna get that one. (5% get rate!) I knew it was wrong, but I answered Nabokov/Lolita. (New England, but I thought it was 1950s... and I'm not sure that pedophilia is hardly scandalous now.) Curious what others guessed.
I'm an Updike fan, but "Couples" never even entered my mind. My initial thought was "Fear of Flying" but I thought that was written in the '70s, so I said "Valley of the Dolls" which it turns out is from the '60s. It was wrong but seemed like a pretty good guess.
I was pretty sure Valley of the Dolls was set elsewhere, but I was sorely tempted to submit it just because I remembered both title and author in that case. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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I got to Updike, but I had NHO Couples The best I could come up with was Rabbit is Rich, even though I sort of knew it came along too late and I couldn't see how its title could have been regarded as scandalous. I'm not surprised that question had a 5% get rate. :)

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Volante wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:19 am
RandyG wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:16 am
My first thought was Roger Maris. Correct time frame, but quickly realized that couldn't be right. Rudolph Abel? Who? I would certainly at least recognize who Maris was traded for. (And I didn't think it was a 1-1 trade anyway... which it wasn't.) Then I thought more about who gets "traded." Aha!!
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I can't imagine I would have gotten that FJ from the clue, especially not in 30 seconds. In my mind, (Rudolph Abel + traded) >>> (Rudolph Abel + American + Germany's Glienicke Bridge + Feb. 1962)

Ah.... I just noticed that the LL question has an error. The trade took place in 1962 (as stated in the FJ), not 1960. That would have probably knocked out Roger Maris (and possibly other answers) to many LLamas.
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KellyLasiter wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:19 am
RandyG wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:16 am

"Couples" is vaguely recognized, though no way was I gonna get that one. (5% get rate!) I knew it was wrong, but I answered Nabokov/Lolita. (New England, but I thought it was 1950s... and I'm not sure that pedophilia is hardly scandalous now.) Curious what others guessed.
I tried Peyton Place, though I blanked on the author and just put in some BS. Turns out it was published in the 50s anyway.
Same thought process here. The only other '60s novel that came to mind was Portnoy's Complaint, but I was fairly certain that Roth set it in NYC. Oh, and I dismissed "Sex and the Single Girl" as non-fiction and also probably set in NYC.

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I'm getting totally destroyed in Middle East and '60s. I probably shouldn't have even played, but part of me is a glutton for punishment. The first days I had maybe a clue on 2 out of the 24 questions, and somehow lucked into 4 right over all of them. Doesn't help that I'm playing against a bunch of A rundlers the first 2 days.

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This Is Kirk! wrote:
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I'm an Updike fan, but "Couples" never even entered my mind. My initial thought was "Fear of Flying" but I thought that was written in the '70s, so I said "Valley of the Dolls" which it turns out is from the '60s. It was wrong but seemed like a pretty good guess.
Count me for going with "Valley of the Dolls". I was actually very proud of that answer. Never heard of "Couples".

I knew the Gary Powers answer--my opponent gave me a three for it and I still only managed a tie. I've actually known it since the actual 1960s (I was a big history buff even in my "single year" years). That said, I could also have known it from either the Tom Hanks movie "Bridge of Spies" from a couple of years ago or from the Jules Feiffer play "A Bad Friend", which I was in. Abel is a character in "A Bad Friend".

Ironically, after surviving the U-2 crash, Francis Gary Powers eventually died in a traffic helicopter crash in Los Angeles doing traffic reports for a radio station.
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Kicking myself for missing Julia Child. Those French ladies sounded familiar - I have the cook book and read the memoir a few years ago. Ended up with a 0(0)-0(0) tie- a first!

Chaplin was obvious to me but I’ve spent a lot of time watching him

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OK, how could the MCWA on the Julia Child question have been "Spock"? What would make 11% of the contestants answer him for a question looking for an American author? That's more than weird in my book.

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alietr wrote:
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OK, how could the MCWA on the Julia Child question have been "Spock"? What would make 11% of the contestants answer him for a question looking for an American author? That's more than weird in my book.
Dr. Benjamin Spock, not pointy ears Spock. I nearly WAG'd Spock myself, even though I was fairly sure his book was much earlier (1946 as it turns out). I thought my eventual guess of Rachel Carson had a decent shot, but alas my abysmal food and drink knowledge strikes again.

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morbeedo wrote:
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Kicking myself for missing Julia Child. Those French ladies sounded familiar - I have the cook book and read the memoir a few years ago. Ended up with a 0(0)-0(0) tie- a first!

Chaplin was obvious to me but I’ve spent a lot of time watching him
I put Betty Friedan, WTF?

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Vintsanity wrote:
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alietr wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:53 am
OK, how could the MCWA on the Julia Child question have been "Spock"? What would make 11% of the contestants answer him for a question looking for an American author? That's more than weird in my book.
Dr. Benjamin Spock, not pointy ears Spock. I nearly WAG'd Spock myself, even though I was fairly sure his book was much earlier (1946 as it turns out). I thought my eventual guess of Rachel Carson had a decent shot, but alas my abysmal food and drink knowledge strikes again.
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Mission accomplished! I've got a win in all three MLs. (And 3 in Movies as well! /just jinxed it /will lose horribly now)

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alietr wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:30 am
Vintsanity wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:12 am
alietr wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:53 am
OK, how could the MCWA on the Julia Child question have been "Spock"? What would make 11% of the contestants answer him for a question looking for an American author? That's more than weird in my book.
Dr. Benjamin Spock, not pointy ears Spock. I nearly WAG'd Spock myself, even though I was fairly sure his book was much earlier (1946 as it turns out). I thought my eventual guess of Rachel Carson had a decent shot, but alas my abysmal food and drink knowledge strikes again.
D'oh! (I went with Steinem.)
And I had a similar thought, guessing Helen Gurley Brown (although I didn't think she had any co-authors for Sex and the Single Girl -- and she didn't).
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