TD 447 - Grab Bag (Final Standings)

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Re: TD 447 - Grab Bag (Q3-Q4 Revealed)

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opusthepenguin wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:50 am
threearruda wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:51 am
In a near record for my games, half of the field skips past one of history’s most celebrated novelists.

Persuasion - 4 (SHEEP!)
Leander
OpusthePenguin
Woof
jfmk
This is the one I would have dropped if I'd remembered the drop. So feel free to deduct 4 points from my score and 1 from the scores of Leander, Woof, and jfmk. :D This really is the obvious one to drop, assuming you know at least one possible answer to all the other questions. There are only 6 possible answers to this one and enough players will know all 6 that it's just a mind game. In retrospect I see how Sense and Sensibility was the obvious choice here. Anyone playing the reverse psychology game will go with P & P. Anyone trying to find the most obscure choice in a field of non-obscure choices will avoid P & P and S & S. Of course, if I had gone with Sense and Sensibility, it would have scored a 2, tying with Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park, thus invalidating my reasoning.
There's the psychology (or reverse psychology) of picking the difficult (or easy) answer...and it looks like that applies to the psychology (or reverse psychology) of picking the question with lots (or few) possible answers. If everyone's going to drop Austen, may as well pick it up, right?

I was vacillating between Emma (a middle-of-the-road answer, but the first one I think of thanks to Clueless) or Pride/Sense (sheepbait). I took the bait, but found no sheep.

Oh, and what kind of person FORGETS to use their drop? :o ;) ;)

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Re: TD 447 - Grab Bag (Q3-Q4 Revealed)

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opusthepenguin wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:50 am
threearruda wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:51 am
In a near record for my games, half of the field skips past one of history’s most celebrated novelists.

Persuasion - 4 (SHEEP!)
Leander
OpusthePenguin
Woof
jfmk
This is the one I would have dropped if I'd remembered the drop. So feel free to deduct 4 points from my score and 1 from the scores of Leander, Woof, and jfmk. :D This really is the obvious one to drop, assuming you know at least one possible answer to all the other questions. There are only 6 possible answers to this one and enough players will know all 6 that it's just a mind game. In retrospect I see how Sense and Sensibility was the obvious choice here. Anyone playing the reverse psychology game will go with P & P. Anyone trying to find the most obscure choice in a field of non-obscure choices will avoid P & P and S & S. Of course, if I had gone with Sense and Sensibility, it would have scored a 2, tying with Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park, thus invalidating my reasoning.
My normal process is to answer all the questions, then go back through and decide which to drop. My original answer before dropping was S&S, so it could have been worth 3. I'm just glad we don't get dinged when the drop option is the sheep.

And then there are the times I forget step two and don't drop one........
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Re: TD 447 - Grab Bag (Q5-Q6 Revealed)

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holy crow I actually found singletons with this crew?

I just picked Thunderbird because my husband used to have one.
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Re: TD 447 - Grab Bag (Q3-Q4 Revealed)

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talkingaway wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:22 am
If everyone's going to drop Austen, may as well pick it up, right?
Dropping Q6 as Opus discussed is probably the right play, but this is why I think there's a case for dropping Q7 as well. There's an equally narrow answer range with questions that, for the most part, are not particularly difficult. If you have a strong inkling that the field is leaning toward dropping 6, then absolutely swoop in and pick up an easy 2 or 3.

A while back I recall a question asking to pick one of the eight Ivy League schools and that's another one where mind games come in. Knowing how TDs usually play out, my process on that one -- and maybe your process for figuring out how to attack a question like this -- was to identify the hardest/least well known and avoid those, assume that someone will pick up the easier ones in that set, and then settle on something in the middle. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

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Re: TD 447 - Grab Bag (Q5-Q6 Revealed)

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7.) Pyramid/Lucky Sevens

My state is one of the last to reopen, which has left me lots of time to watch game shows such as Match Game, The Chase and The Pyramid (among others). You need seven correct answers in a round of Pyramid to achieve a perfect score. Given some hints a Pyramid contestant might give, identify one of these seven famous groups of sevens.
  • Aventine Hill, Viminal Hill Seven Hills of Rome
  • Colossus of Rhodes, Hanging Gardens of Babylon Seven Wonders of the World
  • Asia, Africa, Antarctica Earth's Continents
  • Lundi, Mardi, Mercredi Days of the Week (in French)
  • Dopey, Doc, Bashful The Seven Dwarfs
  • Pride, envy, sloth Seven Deadly Sins
  • Skipper, Ginger, Mary Ann Seven Castaways of Gilligan's Island


Je ne parle pas Français… or Latin, apparently.

Seven Hills of Rome - 8 (SHEEP!)
shambolic
OpusthePenguin
talkingaway
cthulhu
AFRET CMS
Shaquebanisa
sillymonkey
heppm01

Days of the Week (in French) - 5
xabe
Ironhorse
Leander
NYCScribbler
econgator

Snow White’s Seven Dwarfs - 5
MarkBarrett
Flealick
Gamawire
gameshowfandanny
MattKnowles

Castaways of Gilligan’s Island - 3
Rackme32
clt013
gwallace2

The World’s Seven Continents - 2
merica
BrigadierSolo13

Seven Deadly Sins - SINGLETON!
jfmk

Seven Wonders of the World - SINGLETON!
Mollyqmurphy

DROP = 0
Floridagator
Peachbox
Woof


8.) Random Trivia

Grab Bag categories in a quiz contest typically consist of questions that do not relate to one another - random trivia, if you will. Here are questions about random things, or things that are sort of random.
  • This comedian’s TV show, one of the most popular of the 1990s, was the show “about nothing” (Jerry) Seinfeld
  • 1927’s uncertainty principle was posited by which German physicist? Werner Heisenberg
  • This American sports league, which recently resumed its 2020 season in Darlington, SC, has used inversions and quasi-random drawings to determine starting lineups NASCAR
  • As of July 2013, Markus Dohle is the CEO of this book publisher Random House
  • “Random Dancing” was a popular segment on this Nickelodeon sitcom starring Miranda Cosgrove and Jennette McCurdy iCarly
  • This electronic group felt they would “Get Lucky” with 2013’s “Random Access Memories” being a successful album; they were right Daft Punk
  • Marcel Duchamp would know that this art style’s name was picked after two artists found it in a dictionary Dada
  • “Random Notes” is a section on the webpage of this “all the news that fits” music magazine Rolling Stone
  • Partake in a random act of this, perhaps on February 17th when they are celebrated Kindness
  • Tommy Allsup lost a coin flip that kept him off the ill-fated plane on “The Day The Music Died”; in which U.S. state did the plane crash? Iowa
  • The two bars below the search field on the Google homepage read “Google Search” in one and what 3-word phrase in the other? ”I’m Feeling Lucky”
Some of you aren’t feeling so lucky anymore...

INCORRECT - 10
gameshowfandanny (I feel lucky)
Woof (I feel lucky)

I’m Feeling Lucky - 5 (CO-SHEEP!)
Floridagator
MarkBarrett
NYCScribbler
Rackme32
xabe

Iowa - 5 (CO-SHEEP!)
AFRET CMS
cthulhu
gwallace2
Shaquebanisa
clt013

Seinfeld - 3
Flealick
merica
heppm01

Daft Punk - 3
jfmk
talkingaway
MattKnowles

Kindness - 2
Leander
OpusthePenguin

NASCAR - 2
econgator
Mollyqmurphy

Random House - 2
Gamawire
sillymonkey

iCarly - 2
BrigadierSolo13
shambolic

Heisenberg - SINGLETON!
Peachbox

Dada - SINGLETON!
Ironhorse

UNUSED
Rolling Stone


STANDINGS AFTER Q8

RANK - USER - Drop/Sheep Left - Points - Movement

1. BrigadierSolo13 [s] - 14 (--)
T-2. Leander [s] - 17 (-1)
T-2. Gamawire [s] - 17 (-1)
T-2. Ironhorse [s] - 17 (+2)
T-5. econgator [s] - 20 (--)
T-5. jfmk [d][s] - 20 (+1)
7. merica [s] - 21 (-1)
8. Floridagator [s] - 25 (+4)
9. NYCScribbler [s] - 26 (-3)
T-10. OpusthePenguin [d][s] - 27 (-1)
T-10. Rackme32 [s] - 27 (+1)

T-12. clt013 [s] - 29 (+3)
T-12. Peachbox [s] - 29 (+13)
T-14. AFRET CMS [s] - 30 (-5)
T-14. MattKnowles [s] - 30 (+3)
T-16. MarkBarrett [s] - 31 (-1)
T-16. gwallace2 [d][s] - 31 (+3)
T-16. heppm01 [s] - 31 (-4)
T-19. shambolic [s] - 32 (-2)
T-19. Mollyqmurphy [d][s] - 32 (+8)

T-21. cthulhu [d][s] - 33 (-9)
T-21. sillymonkey [s] - 33 (-2)
23. talkingaway [d][s] - 34 (-4)
24. Flealick [d][s] - 36 (+1)
T-25. Shaquebanisa [s] - 37 (-3)
T-25. Woof [s] - 37 (-2)
T-25. xabe [s] - 37 (-2)

ALL SHEEP LINE - 48

28. gameshowfandanny [s] - 63 (--)


We’re nearing the end of this game - as we enter the final turn, BrigadierSolo13 has moved into a three point lead over a trio in second place. Come back tomorrow and see what happens!

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Re: TD 447 - Grab Bag (Final Standings)

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9.) Food

On the heels of the last question, another name for random categories is potpourri. In French, potpourri translates to rotten pot. Answer a question relating to pots of various kinds, or foods with odors.
  • YouGov and a 2019 Huffington Post article shared that this fish is the least favorite pizza topping among respondents -- 49%! anchovies
  • A livescience.com article asks; why does (this green vegetable with a folk name meaning sparrow grass) make your pee smell funny? Asparagus
  • Bela Lugosi and Robert Pattinson would know that garlic is an archenemy of these creatures Vampires
  • A common idiom is “the pot calling the kettle _____” (this color) Black
  • Philadelphia Pepper Pot stew features this ingredient, the stomachs of various animals Tripe
  • This type of flat-bottomed pan shares a name with a Jon Cooper rock band that has Memphis origins Skillet
  • Martin Yan is familiar with this “w”, a bowl-shaped cooking pot used in Chinese cuisine Wok
  • Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods compared the smell of this excessively smelly southeast Asian fruit to “completely rotten mushy onions” Durian
  • This veggie with a western European capital in its name makes some some lists of pungent foods Brussels Sprouts
  • One of the stinkiest cheeses is this one that traces its origins to Belgium and what is now the Liege province Limburger
Not a popular pizza topping (apparently), but a popular answer!

INCORRECT - 11
xabe (Seinfeld - typos happen to the best of us :))
gameshowfandanny (Blue)

Anchovies - 6 (SHEEP!)
jmfk
Ironhorse
AFRET CMS
merica
MattKnowles
sillymonkey

Wok - 5
clt013
Rackme32
talkingaway
shambolic
Floridagator

Vampires - 4
gwallace2
NYCScribbler
OpusthePenguin
MarkBarrett

Skillet - 3
BrigadierSolo13
cthulhu
Gamawire

Limburger - 2
econgator
Peachbox

Tripe - 2
Mollyqmurphy
Leander

Durian - 2
Shaquebanisa
Woof

Black - SINGLETON!
Flealick

Asparagus - SINGLETON!
heppm01

UNUSED
Brussels Sprouts




10.) Scrap Heap

To wrap up, here are some questions and/or topics that were shelved for a variety of reasons. A true melange to wrap up the grab bag quiz.
  • The Fig Newton was created in and named after a town in which state? Massachusetts
  • This sandwich cookie lost out to Oreo and was discontinued in 2003; over a decade later, it was reintroduced by Leaf Brands Hydrox
  • From SpongeBob SquarePants: Why did the 11-year old get turned away at the Pirate movie? It Was Rated “Arrrr” (R)
  • This New Zealand singer found chart success in early 2020 with “Supalonely” Benee
  • Patton Oswalt provides the voice of Remy in this 2007 animated film Ratatouille
  • Tybalt, Benvolio and Friar Laurence are characters in this Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet
  • Pete Alonso is the featured athlete for Topps’ 2020 “Series One” release, advertising what collectibles? Baseball Cards
  • Stupid Answers for $1000, please: What’s the capital of Djibouti? Djibouti (City)
  • Popularized in a Christmas song bearing his name, he was the Duke of Bohemia until a 935 assassination (Good) King Wenceslas
  • This actor plays Frank Reynolds on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Danny DeVito
  • What’s the square root of 144? 12

Good King Wenceslas was not good for your scores... and perhaps Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy goes unused.


Good King Wenceslas - 7 (SHEEP!)
Shaquebanisa
sillymonkey
Mollyqmurphy
jfmk
Peachbox
AFRET CMS
Floridagator

Ratatouille - 5
MattKnowles
Leander
MarkBarrett
Rackme32
talkingaway

Djibouti (City) - 4
clt013
gameshowfandanny
xabe
NYCScribbler

Baseball Cards - 4
merica
econgator
BrigadierSolo13
gwallace2

Hydrox - 3
heppm01
Flealick
shambolic

Because It Was Rated “Arrrr” - 3
Woof
Gamawire
Ironhorse

12 - SINGLETON!
cthulhu

Massachusetts - SINGLETON!
OpusthePenguin

UNUSED
Benee
Romeo and Juliet
Danny DeVito


FINAL STANDINGS

28. gameshowfandanny - 78 (--)

ALL SHEEP LINE - 61

27. xabe - 52 (-2)
T-25. Shaquebanisa - 46 (--)
T-25. sillymonkey - 46 (-4)
24. talkingaway - 44 (-1)
23. AFRET CMS - 43 (-9)
22. Woof - 42 (+3)
T-20. MattKnowles - 41 (-6)
T-20. Mollyqmurphy - 41 (-1)

T-17. MarkBarrett - 40 (-1)
T-17. shambolic - 40 (+2)
T-17. Flealick - 40 (+7)
16. gwallace2 - 39 (--)
T-14. clt013 - 38 (-2)
T-14. Peachbox - 38 (-2)
T-11. Floridagator - 37 (-3)
T-11. Rackme32 - 37 (-1)
T-11. cthulhu - 37 (+10)

10. heppm01 - 35 (+6)
9. NYCScribbler - 34 (--)
8. jfmk - 33 (-3)
7. OpusthePenguin - 32 (+3)
6. merica - 31 (+1)
T-4. Ironhorse - 26 (-2)
T-4. econgator - 26 (+1)

…..and our podium finishers!

3. Leander - 24 (-1)
2. Gamawire - 23 (--)

1. BrigadierSolo13 - 21 (--) - TD 447 CHAMP!



Congrats to BrigadierSolo13 for coming away with a second straight TD victory (3rd in 4 games). Kudos as well to Gamawire and Leander for their respective podium finishes.

As always, thanks are in order to all of the participants this week for playing and for leaving your input and general comments. clt013 has a new game on Monday so be sure to check that out; I’ll be hosting again next month and I look forward to seeing you there!

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Re: TD 447 - Grab Bag (Final Standings)

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Thanks for hosting - and for plugging next week's quiz as well. ;)

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Re: TD 447 - Grab Bag (Final Standings)

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Thank you very much theearruda, and great job hosting!

I certainly left the door open for Gamawire or Leander to pass me with a 7 on the last two questions, but fortune favored me there. Great game everyone.

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Re: TD 447 - Grab Bag (Final Standings)

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threearruda wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:23 am
7. OpusthePenguin - 32 (+3)
This may be my best finish ever in a TD. I've probably played fewer than 10, so that's not as impressive (or pathetic) as it might seem.

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Re: TD 447 - Grab Bag (Final Standings)

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That was extremely generous scoring on Q10, boss. I'll take it, but I'll also take a penalty on further review.

(I took the "Stupid Answers" part literally and said D was the capital of Djibouti.)
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Re: TD 447 - Grab Bag (Final Standings)

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Thanks for the TD.

Winners list updated:
Http://jboard.tv/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5380
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Re: TD 447 - Grab Bag (Final Standings)

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That's three good finishes for me in a row - really scared about the next one!!

Anyway - thanks for the fun game, threearruda, and congrats on the back-to-back wins, BrigadierSolo13!
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Re: TD 447 - Grab Bag (Final Standings)

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My “all-sheep all-the-time” strategy fell apart at the end with I think my best TD finish so far. If I’d thought to use my drop, I might have cracked the Top 10. Thanks for the game, threearruda.

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