Learned League 74 - Official Thread

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Re: Learned League 74 - Official Thread

Post by Bamaman » Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:35 pm

Yesterday I had three near instagets and three with no plausible guess (beyond Khan for the golden emperor) and never heard of any of the answers.

Still managed to pull out a 3(3)-1(1) win to stay unbeaten on the season. My longest streak ever without a loss.

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Re: Learned League 74 - Official Thread

Post by Linear Gnome » Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:41 pm

For about the first half of LL71, the theme seemed to be "stuff GnomeL knows", but I eventually came back to Earth. So far, LL74 seems to be unusually up my alley, especially considering that the overall percentage is down. Currently, my esteemed referrer, econgator, is leading the division and I'm second. It will be interesting to see what happens from here.

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Re: Learned League 74 - Official Thread

Post by econgator » Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:20 pm

Linear Gnome wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:41 pm
For about the first half of LL71, the theme seemed to be "stuff GnomeL knows", but I eventually came back to Earth. So far, LL74 seems to be unusually up my alley, especially considering that the overall percentage is down. Currently, my esteemed referrer, econgator, is leading the division and I'm second. It will be interesting to see what happens from here.
I'm expecting my Dodger-like regression to the mean to happen soon. I can't keep getting this lucky for much longer.

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Re: Learned League 74 - Official Thread

Post by RandyG » Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:38 pm

georgespelvin wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:48 am
I have now played 49 matches in a row without a tie (OK, I usually play these when I'm in my pajamas, but that is not what I mean). Surely that is some kind of record. :shock:
Quite impressive, even if not a record. I had a 39-in-a-row streak back when.
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Re: Learned League 74 - Official Thread

Post by hbomb1947 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:57 pm

RandyG wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:38 pm
georgespelvin wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:48 am
I have now played 49 matches in a row without a tie (OK, I usually play these when I'm in my pajamas, but that is not what I mean). Surely that is some kind of record. :shock:
Quite impressive, even if not a record. I had a 39-in-a-row streak back when.
When I tied on Match Day 9 this week, it snapped a streak of 45 matches for me without a tie.

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Re: Learned League 74 - Official Thread

Post by ouachiouat » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:18 pm

And I have already tied my record for most ties in a season, with 5.

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Re: Learned League 74 - Official Thread

Post by MarkBarrett » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:27 pm

ouachiouat wrote:
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And I have already tied my record for most ties in a season, with 5.
Check out the record of BowyerP in 4th place: https://learnedleague.com/standings.php ... irie_Div_2

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Re: Learned League 74 - Official Thread

Post by georgespelvin » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:28 pm

Wow! That guy offers more ties than Arthur Chu did! :lol:
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Re: Learned League 74 - Official Thread

Post by Bamaman » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:42 pm

Today I faced someone who was 1-3-6.

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Re: Learned League 74 - Official Thread

Post by CrunchyTaco » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:06 pm

...and I thought my 3-3-4 record was odd.

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Re: Learned League 74 - Official Thread

Post by georgespelvin » Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:49 am

Well, I've got my non-tie streak up to 50 now.

I won yesterday despite getting points on only one question, the "Sex Wax" question (my opponent gave me zero for the Hamilton question). When I first saw that question I was, I'm proud to say, completely perplexed and clueless. I couldn't think of anything and was about to skip the question. Then, when I began to give my defensive scoring, I saw that my opponent was from Los Angeles, and thought that the "Sex Wax" must be a California thing. Then I immediately thought "surfboards?" and typed it in thinking that if I were right, my opponent would surely get it right so it was worth a try. My opponent didn't get it right and I won 2(2)-1(2). :lol:
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Re: Learned League 74 - Official Thread

Post by tiwonge » Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:50 am

Back when I was in middle school, shirts with Mr. Zog's Sex Wax were pretty popular. This question was a blast from the past.

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Re: Learned League 74 - Official Thread

Post by boson » Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:08 am

Martin Scorsese has two equivalents to François Truffaut's Metro, Peter Bogdanovich's Picture Show, John Dahl's Seduction, Wes Craven's House on the Left, Tony Scott's Boy Scout, and Edward Zwick's Samurai. Name either one.
I successfully recognized movie titles missing the first word "Last", and found a movie with Last that wasn't there, but it wasn't Scorsese - Bernardo Bertollucci did "The Last Emperor".

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Re: Learned League 74 - Official Thread

Post by Woof » Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:10 am

boson wrote:
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:08 am
Martin Scorsese has two equivalents to François Truffaut's Metro, Peter Bogdanovich's Picture Show, John Dahl's Seduction, Wes Craven's House on the Left, Tony Scott's Boy Scout, and Edward Zwick's Samurai. Name either one.
I successfully recognized movie titles missing the first word "Last", and found a movie with Last that wasn't there, but it wasn't Scorsese - Bernardo Bertollucci did "The Last Emperor".

This question is a piece of question writing art: lots of different ways to figure out the puzzle, lots of different ways to be wrong, super satisfying to get it right. This is the reason I pay for LL.
I almost did the same thing, but then remembered that Scorsese had done Kundun and doubted that he'd also done Last Emperor. I finally got Last Temptation, but no way was I going to recall that he directed Last Waltz, shameful since I was at the show.

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Re: Learned League 74 - Official Thread

Post by KellyLasiter » Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:20 am

I'm excited that my defense finally mostly worked! I won 5(3)-3(3).

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Re: Learned League 74 - Official Thread

Post by MinnesotaMyron » Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:39 pm

Was very surprised to discover that my opponent yesterday was also in South Dakota, albeit in Rapid City, so I was pretty excited for the East River/West River Showdown. I ended up victorious in a close match, but I was a little concerned that my horrible defense would be the death of me.

Interestingly, of the 4 South Dakotans currently playing LL, 2 attend(ed) the 2 private Universities here in town, and the other 2 both went to Princeton.

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Post by Vermonter » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:51 pm

Got a lucky tie against cmp146 yesterday – our first draw in six matches (she leads, 3-2). I shooed away my first instinct of Emmentaler and went with gruyere, but (rightly, I think) got 0 for it. Educated guess on surfboard for 3. Thought about giving the Canadian 3 for Alexander Stephens, but figured it was a well-known name in quizzing circles.

Speaking of which: "(which would have been rather incongruous, considering)" – what incongruity was the Commish going for here? Hamilton's possible black heritage? Tearing the Union apart? (I favored the latter, but figured Stephens could be considered a Founding Father, as well.)
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Re: Learned League 74 - Official Thread

Post by seaborgium » Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:45 pm

After submitting my responses, I looked up Alexander Stephens on Wikipedia and found he bore some resemblance to Jeff Sessions, causing one of those moments where some LL-inspired research led me to something I wanted to share on social media, but couldn't because it was directly related to a question that was still live.

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Re: MD10

Post by cmp146 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:56 pm

Vermonter wrote:
Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:51 pm
Got a lucky tie against cmp146 yesterday – our first draw in six matches (she leads, 3-2). I shooed away my first instinct of Emmentaler and went with gruyere, but (rightly, I think) got 0 for it. Educated guess on surfboard for 3. Thought about giving the Canadian 3 for Alexander Stephens, but figured it was a well-known name in quizzing circles.

Speaking of which: "(which would have been rather incongruous, considering)" – what incongruity was the Commish going for here? Hamilton's possible black heritage? Tearing the Union apart? (I favored the latter, but figured Stephens could be considered a Founding Father, as well.)
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Post by boson » Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:47 pm

Vermonter wrote:
Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:51 pm
Speaking of which: "(which would have been rather incongruous, considering)" – what incongruity was the Commish going for here? Hamilton's possible black heritage? Tearing the Union apart? (I favored the latter, but figured Stephens could be considered a Founding Father, as well.)
My thought was that it would be "incongruous" (MorisetteA might call it ironic) for the VP of the confederacy to be named after a founding father of the US, since the confederacy strove to break apart the country. I guess that is your second possibility.

I never thought of "Founding Father" of the US as having a precise definition. I would have said anyone important to the revolution and founding of the republic could be given that title... Am I wrong?

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