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

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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.

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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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Re: Fun with Fox's "Mental Samurai"

Post by bkellysky » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:57 am

I agree on the Ava swings taking too much of the contestant's time.
Rob Lowe is yelling 'Hurry up, little time left,' while Ava is casually making wide swings to the next clue.

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Re: Fun with Fox's "Mental Samurai"

Post by jeff6286 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:43 pm

One problem with the show’s format is the existence of “garbage time”, where the contestant has lost too much time to have any chance to win yet still has 2-3 minutes on the clock. This has to be very frustrating for the contestant and no fun for the home viewers. It could be mitigated if they got money for each question they solve, so at least there is something to play for. Maybe $1000 or $500 each, so a non-winning player could still take home up to $11000 or so.

This would also allow them to put in a pass option, maybe after you are stuck for a full minute on the same question. You obviously can’t win after passing but at least you can win a few bucks and avoid these awkward situations where someone is left staring at something they just aren’t going to know for upwards of four minutes.

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Re: Fun with Fox's "Mental Samurai"

Post by MarkBarrett » Wed May 01, 2019 1:32 am

The 4/30 episode could be titled,
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"A Comedy of Errors or Emojis"

recalling number of letter Us in the short text message :lol:
Unable to identify all 3 famous Jessicas to alphabetize them :roll:
Unable to spot the third instrument in the small word grid :shock:
Unable to rearrange FINDERS to get the beloved TV show :o
Failing to put in order Beijing, London and Rio for hosting the Olympics :(
Minutes in an hour plus hours in two days equal 104 :P
In the mix one player went all the way to Mental Samurai & $100K, so that gets a :mrgreen:

The best moment of the show was Roz (a woman older than 50) solving the two pictures to figure out the grunge band, followed by the the audience going crazy.

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Re: Fun with Fox's "Mental Samurai"

Post by LucarioSnooperVixey » Wed May 01, 2019 1:40 am

60 + 48 = 104: Curb Your Enthusiasm music.

DERFINS!!! My sister loves Friends and she probably would have said, "Are you f***ing kidding me?" :lol:

Rob's reaction to Roz getting the Pearl Jam question was hysterical.

Oh dUde!!!

Yeh for Chris Yeh for becoming Mental Samurai!!!
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Re: Fun with Fox's "Mental Samurai"

Post by Jeopardy_fan » Sat May 04, 2019 12:32 pm

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Roz (a woman older than 50)
Older than 70!

To which, I noticed she was being swung around significantly gentler than usual and with no superfluous extra motions during the transitions. I had wondered aloud if they would tone it down for her as soon as the intro package mentioned her age, so it didn't surprise me to see, but I thought it seemed unfair to other contestants who have time wasted from their clock as was just being discussed.

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Re: Fun with Fox's "Mental Samurai"

Post by LucarioSnooperVixey » Wed May 08, 2019 1:47 am

Arius George obviously either hasn't seen or doesn't remember the $1,000,000 win from 1 vs. 100.

Rob Lowe: I like that(Ava's FAIL Interrupts) oh ... no!!!

Rob among many others in the audience were completely shocked. Just like the 15 women in the mob in that particular 1 vs. 100 question. Consider this question as negbaity as Do Not Dry Clean/Do Not Bleach and "The Road Not Taken"/The Road Less Traveled.
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Re: Fun with Fox's "Mental Samurai"

Post by SweepingDeveloper » Tue May 21, 2019 10:33 pm

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And Heather Hurley's the champ! Congratulations to her!

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Re: Fun with Fox's "Mental Samurai"

Post by LucarioSnooperVixey » Tue May 21, 2019 11:44 pm

YAY HEATHER WON!!!! :D :D :D

By the way, I got 16/16 of the questions tonight. It really is easy when you are playing at home.
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