Fun with Fox's "Mental Samurai"

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Re: Fun with Fox's "Mental Samurai"

Post by MarkBarrett » Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:43 am

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Two head scratching loses in Episode 3
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One contestant gave up because they didn't know who the third photo was to get his initials. You didn't have to know that one the first two were enough, I only know one U.S. capital that starts with "ALBA"

Another spent the entire time on his second question, a picture puzzle he said the answer to four or five times but never locked in because he didn't recognize it.
Pretty darn funny (not that I'd say it to his face) when MMA fighter
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Frankie Bam Bam Bloise could not figure out the music duo when looking at a picture of a hallway and a picture of a bowl of oats.

Yes, Jaimi Alexander could not identify Neil Young to get the NY needed even when she had the first 2/3rds solved with ALBA.

Nathan Gonzales insured a spot in the finals becoming the first mental samurai. My impression is his feat will be matched before the season is over.

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Re: Fun with Fox's "Mental Samurai"

Post by Jeopardy_fan » Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:01 pm

It was funny in a way, but I mainly felt bad for him since he had it but there was just no way to realize. There's just nothing you can do about something like that. Tough break.

Rob's reactions to camera throughout the incident though were hilarious!

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Re: Fun with Fox's "Mental Samurai"

Post by MarkBarrett » Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:26 am

Game show trivia Ten Commandments: Thou shalt know thy Seven Dwarfs

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Stephanie Thornton (Mensa member) answered true for Doc being the only member of the Seven Dwarfs not ending with the letter Y. Next up, her husband, Jameson. Stephanie missed on Q7.
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Re: Fun with Fox's "Mental Samurai"

Post by LucarioSnooperVixey » Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:30 am

The woman in the audience's reaction to Matt Potts missing the very last question was hysterical. :lol:

Stephanie is smarter than 99.9% of people and Jameson is smarter than 98% of people. My IQ is 130, which I believe puts me in at least 90%.
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Re: Fun with Fox's "Mental Samurai"

Post by Johnblue » Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:11 am

MarkBarrett wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:43 am
Jeopardy_fan wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:29 am
Two head scratching loses in Episode 3
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One contestant gave up because they didn't know who the third photo was to get his initials. You didn't have to know that one the first two were enough, I only know one U.S. capital that starts with "ALBA"

Another spent the entire time on his second question, a picture puzzle he said the answer to four or five times but never locked in because he didn't recognize it.
Pretty darn funny (not that I'd say it to his face) when MMA fighter
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Frankie Bam Bam Bloise could not figure out the music duo when looking at a picture of a hallway and a picture of a bowl of oats.

Yes, Jaimi Alexander could not identify Neil Young to get the NY needed even when she had the first 2/3rds solved with ALBA.

Nathan Gonzales insured a spot in the finals becoming the first mental samurai. My impression is his feat will be matched before the season is over.
Tonight a dancer tried to prove that dancers are smart. He failed.

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Re: Fun with Fox's "Mental Samurai"

Post by MarkBarrett » Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:18 am

LucarioSnooperVixey wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:30 am
The woman in the audience's reaction to Matt Potts missing the very last question was hysterical. :lol:

Stephanie is smarter than 99.9% of people and Jameson is smarter than 98% of people. My IQ is 130, which I believe puts me in at least 90%.
Yes, was funny.

Music again causes trouble. Put in order:
Baby Got Back
Baby One More Time
Baby
Ice Ice Baby

It's Vanilla, Mix-a-Lot, Britney, Bieber for earliest to latest (or perhaps the show asked the other way - can't recall)

Later: Jay-Z's Problems + Nena's Balloons = ? She ran out of time and was going to guess 102 as 99 for Jay-Z and 3 for Nena. Half right as Nena is 99 for a total of 198.

How embarrassing for Andrew Ames to go out on Q1 for being unable to decipher the image of an eye wrapped in twisted cellophane = eye candy.

Congrats to
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Matthew Potts for getting through the initial 12 questions and adding $65K to his total for getting the first extra three right including the [sarcastic] extremely difficult Titanic over Avatar as Best Picture Winner worth $25,000 of the bonus total. He missed Mental Samurai status on the Baby music above when he had Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Back Got Back" as earliest. It's 1992 and Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby is 1990.

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Re: Fun with Fox's "Mental Samurai"

Post by MarkBarrett » Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:17 am

Comments about the 4/16 episode:
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Ouch on Glenn Hetrick on the last of 12 questions with only time to say the sea without time to spell it.

Olympic swimmer Ed Moses had the nightmare that could hit anyone when the crossword for the actor's name took forever to come to him eating up way too much time. Even halfway to it getting Ford from the car company was not enough.

Jack Vomacka had me right with him unable to work out the four letter word to complete _ _ _ _ port & over _ _ _ _
When it happens there is no pass even when a player really needs a pass.

Unscrambling the anagrams can be tough and when it is one-word movies it only becomes more difficult. From the comfort of home I was able to work the jumble to see INCEPTION while Nancy Jo Perdue could not under stage conditions.

Jackie Boehme needs to appear on J! as she was great all around earning the M S title, $100K, and invite to return.

That sucks for the contestants who bowed out early and only appeared in the quick montage.

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Re: Fun with Fox's "Mental Samurai"

Post by Prizes » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:47 am

I love this show for the fun aspects, and some of the feel goods of the players, less so the brain stimuli that others in this genre provide. That said, like Jeopardy!, I find there to be an increasing number of underutilized strategies on pretty much every minigame.

One minor complaint is how much swinging, by duration, around Ava does, to the point where it's probably upwards of 30 seconds per 12 maingame tasks. 10% of allotted solve time is too much.

If only to be eligible, likely not the case, having known one of the fact checkers. Different under the lights but gee, the difficulty overall feels like free money every go.
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Jack Vomacka had me right with him unable to work out the four letter word to complete _ _ _ _ port & over _ _ _ _
When it happens there is no pass even when a player really needs a pass.
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Genuinely wonder if they were trying to create a moment. Draws some parallels to one of my favorite Quizbowl stories: The question asked what the name of the third baseman was in Abbott and Costello's Who's on First? routine. The intention was for someone to genuinely be in befuddlement, and inadvertantly give the correct answer of I Don't Know.

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