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My opponent for yesterday in my C rundle had a career .621 batting average in art, and it was their 7th best category. I gave them a 3 for de Lempicka, as I was predicting that the answer would be someone obscure.

They were one of the 4% who knew her. Luckily I still escaped with a 5(2)-4(3) win.

I am also kicking myself for picking Djibouti over Somalia, even though they gave me 0 for that one.
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morbeedo wrote: Wed Dec 13, 2023 8:06 am
alietr wrote: Wed Dec 13, 2023 6:39 am Hardest question ever? After seeing the answer, I thought low 2-digits, but wow. One person in my rundle got it right, and it wasn't even the person with the .925 get rate.
There’s a Broadway musical coming this spring about Lempicka.
So, would 'Lempicka' be considered the acceptable last name for an answer, or 'de Lempicka'?
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mahatma wrote: Wed Dec 13, 2023 10:33 am
morbeedo wrote: Wed Dec 13, 2023 8:06 am
alietr wrote: Wed Dec 13, 2023 6:39 am Hardest question ever? After seeing the answer, I thought low 2-digits, but wow. One person in my rundle got it right, and it wasn't even the person with the .925 get rate.
There’s a Broadway musical coming this spring about Lempicka.
So, would 'Lempicka' be considered the acceptable last name for an answer, or 'de Lempicka'?
Unsure. I submitted "De Lempicka"
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Randy G once posted an art quiz either on this board or the Sony board that was, as I recall, "put these images in order of when they were painted." It had a Tamara de Lempicka painting in it, and the art deco style made it very dateable even if you had never seen it before (as I hadn't). I PMed him afterwards because I wanted to show off how many artists (and titles, maybe) I could name of the paintings he had posted, and he filled me in on what I didn't know. I credit him ultimately with my get on the LL question.
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morbeedo wrote: Wed Dec 13, 2023 8:06 am
alietr wrote: Wed Dec 13, 2023 6:39 am Hardest question ever? After seeing the answer, I thought low 2-digits, but wow. One person in my rundle got it right, and it wasn't even the person with the .925 get rate.
There’s a Broadway musical coming this spring about Lempicka.
And, according to my Player Tracker, you are one of the few who got it. Her name is familiar to me, but I couldn't pull it at the time.
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De Lempicka was clearly going to play tough, but I was somewhat impressed that 32% knew what a fresnel lens is.

Not a single person on my player tracker got De Lempicka. Personally I'd never even heard of her.
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This Is Kirk! wrote: Wed Dec 13, 2023 5:57 pm De Lempicka was clearly going to play tough, but I was somewhat impressed that 32% knew what a fresnel lens is.

Not a single person on my player tracker got De Lempicka. Personally I'd never even heard of her.
I sussed out / guessed correctly. Didn't know what a Fresnel lens was, but thought about what very specific type of building could save a lot of things. I feel like I've possibly heard the quote before, but once I thought of ships, figured that I wouldn't come up with a better guess. Or maybe the wording made me think of Helen launching a thousand ships, and that wrong subliminal hint got me there.
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This Is Kirk! wrote: Wed Dec 13, 2023 5:57 pm De Lempicka was clearly going to play tough, but I was somewhat impressed that 32% knew what a fresnel lens is.

Not a single person on my player tracker got De Lempicka. Personally I'd never even heard of her.
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Pic #10. (Nobody chose or guessed it on the TD.)

For the longest time now, if I had the gift of having any painting of my choosing to hang on my living room wall, it would be a Lempicka.
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This Is Kirk! wrote: Wed Dec 13, 2023 5:57 pm De Lempicka was clearly going to play tough, but I was somewhat impressed that 32% knew what a fresnel lens is.
That's one of those ones where it's hard to gauge. I would have put it at 65+%
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Ken Jennings and John Roderick have done a podcast episode about Fresnel lenses. They have not done an episode on Tamara de Lempicka.
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Can't say I've ever heard fulminate used as a verb before.
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econgator wrote: Thu Dec 14, 2023 7:27 am Can't say I've ever heard fulminate used as a verb before.
In contrast, I'd never heard it used as a noun! To be fair, I knew the existence of the word, and that it was a verb, but couldn't have given you the definition.
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Wonder how many stumbled onto the right answer by going for a BWA pun off 'Dijon'... /raises hand
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Volante wrote: Thu Dec 14, 2023 10:15 am Wonder how many stumbled onto the right answer by going for a BWA pun off 'Dijon'... /raises hand
I was close. I figured it had to be something more than just Mustard, so I went with Mustardhead.
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This Is Kirk! wrote: Thu Dec 14, 2023 10:01 am
econgator wrote: Thu Dec 14, 2023 7:27 am Can't say I've ever heard fulminate used as a verb before.
In contrast, I'd never heard it used as a noun! To be fair, I knew the existence of the word, and that it was a verb, but couldn't have given you the definition.
I remember it being used in Breaking Bad. I that's what Walter White used to blow up Tuco's office.
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Volante wrote: Thu Dec 14, 2023 10:15 am Wonder how many stumbled onto the right answer by going for a BWA pun off 'Dijon'... /raises hand
I definitely considered it, but opted to riff on his last name instead and said Mack. I wish I'd gone with the obvious.
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Frickin' Frackin' Fulmination! I dug "fulminate" out of my brain and thought "that's really a hard one". I went through a short list of explosives (C4, TNT, dynamite, Nitro, gunpowder) and figured it could be any obsolete name I'd never heard of. "Castigate" really describes the literary use to a tee and I kind of thought fulminates were sulphur (I don't like the "sulfur" spelling, lol) based. I won anyway and am in the promotion zone again (3rd of 22) with a soft schedule ahead.

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econgator wrote: Thu Dec 14, 2023 10:45 am
This Is Kirk! wrote: Thu Dec 14, 2023 10:01 am
econgator wrote: Thu Dec 14, 2023 7:27 am Can't say I've ever heard fulminate used as a verb before.
In contrast, I'd never heard it used as a noun! To be fair, I knew the existence of the word, and that it was a verb, but couldn't have given you the definition.
I remember it being used in Breaking Bad. I that's what Walter White used to blow up Tuco's office.
Does anybody remember if that was fulminated mercury, or fulminate of mercury?
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econgator wrote: Thu Dec 14, 2023 10:45 am
This Is Kirk! wrote: Thu Dec 14, 2023 10:01 am
econgator wrote: Thu Dec 14, 2023 7:27 am Can't say I've ever heard fulminate used as a verb before.
In contrast, I'd never heard it used as a noun! To be fair, I knew the existence of the word, and that it was a verb, but couldn't have given you the definition.
I remember it being used in Breaking Bad. I that's what Walter White used to blow up Tuco's office.
And in Mister Roberts Ensign Pulver accidentally blow's up the ship's laundry with fulminate of mercury.
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mahatma wrote: Thu Dec 14, 2023 11:45 am
econgator wrote: Thu Dec 14, 2023 10:45 am
This Is Kirk! wrote: Thu Dec 14, 2023 10:01 am
econgator wrote: Thu Dec 14, 2023 7:27 am Can't say I've ever heard fulminate used as a verb before.
In contrast, I'd never heard it used as a noun! To be fair, I knew the existence of the word, and that it was a verb, but couldn't have given you the definition.
I remember it being used in Breaking Bad. I that's what Walter White used to blow up Tuco's office.
Does anybody remember if that was fulminated mercury, or fulminate of mercury?
I remember him saying "fulminated."
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