LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by mrparadise » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:36 am

I was pretty sure I had one of my rare six packs but sitcom was wrong as was grappa ( I would have bet a lot on this one).Managed a 5(4) 2(3) win anyway. It would have been closer had not Thorsten accepted my misspelling defenestration as defrenestration. It actually was a typo as I knew and meant to type the correct spelling.

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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by morbeedo » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:49 am

I'd like to celebrate my 4th 9(6) in 7 seasons, and it couldn't have come at a better time!

Defenestration took a while, but finally got there after reading the question a few times (tough way to go...)

Got credit for "Z"ambuca, happily, because that's how my Italian-American family always said it (which doesn't make it right, I know)

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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by seaborgium » Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:12 pm

I'm friends with my opponent from yesterday on Facebook, so I knew he was a booze connoisseur (he's been "brand ambassador" for two businesses with "spirits" in their name, and another job title on his profile is "drinks writer"), and that he's currently traveling through Italy, so I gave him 0 for the sambuca question (which ended up being the only thing I didn't know). He proceeded to miss it and tied me 6(3)-6(5).

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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by Volante » Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:24 pm

seaborgium wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:12 pm
I'm friends with my opponent from yesterday on Facebook, so I knew he was a booze connoisseur (he's been "brand ambassador" for two businesses with "spirits" in their name, and another job title on his profile is "drinks writer"), and that he's currently traveling through Italy, so I gave him 0 for the sambuca question (which ended up being the only thing I didn't know). He proceeded to miss it and tied me 6(3)-6(5).
I wonder what his answer was, with those credentials. I flubbed with Galliano, myself.

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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by Woof » Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:47 pm

Volante wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:24 pm
seaborgium wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:12 pm
I'm friends with my opponent from yesterday on Facebook, so I knew he was a booze connoisseur (he's been "brand ambassador" for two businesses with "spirits" in their name, and another job title on his profile is "drinks writer"), and that he's currently traveling through Italy, so I gave him 0 for the sambuca question (which ended up being the only thing I didn't know). He proceeded to miss it and tied me 6(3)-6(5).
I wonder what his answer was, with those credentials. I flubbed with Galliano, myself.
Thinking about other Italian spirits, you've got Amaretto (almond flavored, not an anisette), grappa (a brandy), Frangelico (hazelnut/herbs) and, yes, Galliano (herbs)

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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by badgerfellow » Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:52 pm

Woof wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:47 pm
Volante wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:24 pm
seaborgium wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:12 pm
I'm friends with my opponent from yesterday on Facebook, so I knew he was a booze connoisseur (he's been "brand ambassador" for two businesses with "spirits" in their name, and another job title on his profile is "drinks writer"), and that he's currently traveling through Italy, so I gave him 0 for the sambuca question (which ended up being the only thing I didn't know). He proceeded to miss it and tied me 6(3)-6(5).
I wonder what his answer was, with those credentials. I flubbed with Galliano, myself.
Thinking about other Italian spirits, you've got Amaretto (almond flavored, not an anisette), grappa (a brandy), Frangelico (hazelnut/herbs) and, yes, Galliano (herbs)
I went Amaretto. For some reason, I thought ouzo had almonds. Wrong A flavor.

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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by teapot37 » Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:27 pm

I knew ouzo was an anise-flavored liqueur, and I figured that was probably the connection, but I wasn't sure what the Italian analogue was. I said grappa because I knew that was a thing that was Italian.
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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by jjwaymee » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:49 pm

I answered with Limoncello, not thinking hard enough about the specific flavor of the liqueur.

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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by econgator » Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:31 pm

badgerfellow wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:52 pm
I went Amaretto. For some reason, I thought ouzo had almonds. Wrong A flavor.
Amaretto, too. I've never heard of grappa.

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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by Johnblue » Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:50 pm

I was sure it was anisette. I don’t enjoy bitter liqueurs. I did get the other 5 correct but my opponent got all 6!

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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by classicroadster » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:10 am

I wonder how many spellings of pyrrhus were accepted yesterday. I wasn't sure if it ended in us or os, but ended up guessing right.

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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by morbeedo » Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:08 am

Great books I’ve never read:
  • O, Pioneers!, Willa Cather
  • Pioneers in Venice, Thomas Mann
  • A Pioneer in the Family, James Agee
  • Pioneers of the Heart, Elizabeth Bowen
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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by teapot37 » Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:38 am

The only books I remember by Willa Cather are My Antonia and O Pioneers.
So that would make it Pioneers.
But I can't imaging 'pioneers' being in the title of that many books.
What about Ship of Fools?
That was Catherine Ann Porter.
Wait... wasn't there a book called Death Comes for the Archbishop? Wasn't that Willa Cather?
Yeah, maybe. Didn't James Agee write A Death in the Family?
I think so!
Sure, let's go with that.

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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by mennoknight » Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:53 am

I knew, and have read, precisely one things Thomas Mann did - and I was pretty sure Willa Cather hadn't written any books with Venice in the title. Sometimes it pays to not be well-read.
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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by This Is Kirk! » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:14 am

LearnedLeague: the beatings will continue until morale improves!

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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by Johnblue » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:36 am

I read O Pioneers! & I think I own My Antonia. I’ve heard of Death Comes For the Archbishop but it took me some time to get there. Death in Venice & Agee’s book helped. I’ve never heard of the last one. Is it any good? I knew most of the others except for the YouTube guys. I read about them briefly.

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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by Woof » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:56 am

The Hesse question (that I muffed) last week got me thinking about his bud Thomas Mann. Although I've read The Magic Mountain and Faustus, I have only heard about one novella he wrote, Death in Venice. Having no clue about the others (My Antonia and O, Pioneers were so unlikely to be it), I went with Death. Fortunately, he kindly stopped for me.

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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by morbeedo » Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:05 am

Is Learned pronounced with 1 or 2 syllables? I was listening to the Trivial Warfare podcast and all the guests were saying Learn-Ed League

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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by This Is Kirk! » Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:14 am

morbeedo wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:05 am
Is Learned pronounced with 1 or 2 syllables? I was listening to the Trivial Warfare podcast and all the guests were saying Learn-Ed League
Yes, two syllables: learn-ed.

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Re: LearnedLeague 78 - Official Thread

Post by badgerfellow » Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:51 am

I make dumb mistakes a lot in LearnedLeague, but yesterday may have taken the cake on the Penn question...I currently have about 6-7 cans of Penn racquetballs in my gym bag. Somehow, I knew that was the "similar or accessory item" but went with the "tennis racquets" MCWA instead. Nope, that's Penn's parent company Head that does the racquets. *face palm X 3*

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