"What Not To Do" - March 27, 2020

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Jazzvibist wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:17 am
Al Sisti wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:59 am Maybe it'll be post #400...
Let’s see if Mike takes the bait.
399. Close.
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Jazzvibist wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:17 am
Al Sisti wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:59 am Maybe it'll be post #400...
Let’s see if Mike takes the bait.
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mheberlingx100 wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:09 am
KayW wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:20 am
Nlobb wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:48 am Did we hear the total number of submissions and correct answers from Mike this week? I didn't see it if we did.
Not yet. Mike Miller's email must have gone to my spam filter ;) Mike, I'm here!!
I always check my email and spam folders. I’m like a 4 year old kid waiting for Santa to arrive.
Or like Eisenberg/Zuckerberg at the end of Social Network...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRmE2AiabUY

(I was just discussing this with someone)
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Well even if I arrived at the wrong shore it was WAY too crowded for safety. I'm applying large amounts of alcohol in a few hours to insure my health, and for now admonishing myself to wash my hands. See you all Thursday afternoon. Stay safe, don't stand to close to others, don't touch others and...what; you say I'm repeating what has already been said, don't start with me and stop interrupting!

Oh, and since the virus obviously invades the bloodstream I am applying the alcohol there instead of worrying abut the middleman. :lol:
NUDGES! If you see that I have solved, feel free to PM me, along with what you have done so far, and I'll be happy to nudge you onto the right track.

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Posts like this one from Dr Tom are a pleasure to read and a good chuckle! So much fun keeping up with all the muggles posts. Keep safe everyone!!
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MikeMillerwsj wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:22 am Hello!

Congrats to this week's winner, Adam Breech of San Rafael, Calif. Stay safe, solvers!
Congratulations - that's getting very close - a mug coming to my city.
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billkatz wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:46 pm
MikeMillerwsj wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:22 am Hello!

Congrats to this week's winner, Adam Breech of San Rafael, Calif. Stay safe, solvers!
Congratulations - that's getting very close - a mug coming to my city.
They are just having pity on the places hit the hardest
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Nlobb wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:45 pm Posts like this one from Dr Tom are a pleasure to read and a good chuckle! So much fun keeping up with all the muggles posts. Keep safe everyone!!
Why thank you for that. I have now come out of my admonished funk and, as I have been since the first day I started on here, am delighted to be in the company of such a diverse, experienced and multi-talented group. I fell kind of honored to even be considered a Muggle.

Oh, and I would join a club that would have me as a member but I'd insist they check my references periodically and call me before the membership committee on a regular basis.
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MikeMillerwsj wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:22 am Hello!
This was a tricky one! We had 1587 entries, and only 36% correct, a good deal lower than usual.
Is 36% one of the lowest ever?? If I don't know the answer or have a good idea I just won't post. Only a few times has my "guesstimate" been correct.
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bhamren wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:45 pm
MikeMillerwsj wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:22 am Hello!
This was a tricky one! We had 1587 entries, and only 36% correct, a good deal lower than usual.
Is 36% one of the lowest ever?? If I don't know the answer or have a good idea I just won't post. Only a few times has my "guesstimate" been correct.
Thank you to all here who are keeping track of these sorts of statistics!

Also, I just realized. . . someone at WSJ is counting all the correct and incorrect submissions, bless them!
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bhamren wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:45 pm
MikeMillerwsj wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:22 am Hello!
This was a tricky one! We had 1587 entries, and only 36% correct, a good deal lower than usual.
Is 36% one of the lowest ever?? If I don't know the answer or have a good idea I just won't post. Only a few times has my "guesstimate" been correct.
One of the lowest, yes. In fact the fifth lowest since 4/29/16 (when my data starts). The lower ones were:
12/29/17 "Play Grounds" by Marie Kelly (Mike Shenk) PAGEANT with 1863 submissions 13% correct
03/01/19 "Puzzle People" by Matt Gaffney YMA SUMAC with 357 submissions 26% correct
08/04/17 "Mismatch" by Matt Gaffney CHANGE EAGLES TO BEARS with 1022 submissions 33% correct
12/01/17 "Toy Box" by Marie Kelly (Mike Shenk) CLUE with 296 submissions 33% correct

And here's another good Covid quarantine video:

https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/vi ... is-parody/
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BarbaraK wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:34 pm
bhamren wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:45 pm
MikeMillerwsj wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:22 am Hello!
This was a tricky one! We had 1587 entries, and only 36% correct, a good deal lower than usual.
Is 36% one of the lowest ever?? If I don't know the answer or have a good idea I just won't post. Only a few times has my "guesstimate" been correct.

https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/vi ... is-parody/
Excellent!
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BarbaraK wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:34 pm
bhamren wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:45 pm
MikeMillerwsj wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:22 am Hello!
This was a tricky one! We had 1587 entries, and only 36% correct, a good deal lower than usual.
Is 36% one of the lowest ever?? If I don't know the answer or have a good idea I just won't post. Only a few times has my "guesstimate" been correct.
One of the lowest, yes. In fact the fifth lowest since 4/29/16 (when my data starts). The lower ones were:
12/29/17 "Play Grounds" by Marie Kelly (Mike Shenk) PAGEANT with 1863 submissions 13% correct
03/01/19 "Puzzle People" by Matt Gaffney YMA SUMAC with 357 submissions 26% correct
08/04/17 "Mismatch" by Matt Gaffney CHANGE EAGLES TO BEARS with 1022 submissions 33% correct
12/01/17 "Toy Box" by Marie Kelly (Mike Shenk) CLUE with 296 submissions 33% correct

And here's another good Covid quarantine video:

https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/vi ... is-parody/
Fond (ahem) memories of Dec 17 - Feb 18, when I was wee, tiny Muggle!
'tis... A lovely day for a Guinness!
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bhamren wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:45 pm
MikeMillerwsj wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:22 am Hello!
This was a tricky one! We had 1587 entries, and only 36% correct, a good deal lower than usual.
Is 36% one of the lowest ever?? If I don't know the answer or have a good idea I just won't post. Only a few times has my "guesstimate" been correct.
Some of the low ones were
March 3, 2017 Go Down for the Count answer Rock Lobster 37%
August 4, 2017 Mismatch answer Eagles - Bears 33%
December 1, 2017 Toybox correct answer Clue 33%
The record low is our favorite December 29, 2017 Play Grounds answer Pageant 13%
Another favorite is March 1, 2019 Puzzle People answer Yma Sumac (who???) 26%

Average over 205 weeks is 75%. Weighted average over 216,935 submissions is 79%

Many thanks to Barbara K for the data
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Bob cruise director wrote: Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:29 pm
bhamren wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:45 pm
MikeMillerwsj wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:22 am Hello!
This was a tricky one! We had 1587 entries, and only 36% correct, a good deal lower than usual.
Is 36% one of the lowest ever?? If I don't know the answer or have a good idea I just won't post. Only a few times has my "guesstimate" been correct.
Some of the low ones were
March 3, 2017 Go Down for the Count answer Rock Lobster 37%
August 4, 2017 Mismatch answer Eagles - Bears 33%
December 1, 2017 Toybox correct answer Clue 33%
The record low is our favorite December 29, 2017 Play Grounds answer Pageant 13%
Another favorite is March 1, 2019 Puzzle People answer Yma Sumac (who???) 26%

Average over 205 weeks is 75%. Weighted average over 216,935 submissions is 79%

Many thanks to Barbara K for the data
Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Bob and BarbaraK. I know I missed at least 4 of those 5. It’s the ones we miss that stick in our brains and help us learn. Kudos to the select few who solved those!
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I wonder if he is a muggle?
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