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garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 10:29 AM

CROSSING MY FINGERS

I've been a sploofus member for nearly three years and a gold member for over two.
During that period of time I've played most of the contests and at times finished quite high up the various monthly leaderboards.
Of course most contests are not attempted by that many people except for the QOTD...notwithstanding that, I've never won a monthly award second a bunch of times (thank you slicko!).

TQOTD is especially hard thanks to weyoun and gossage who never seem to be out of the top ten -- if either of them ever used their wagers by turning gold I think we'd have a new leader?

Anyway this month has gone well in TQOTD. With 15 hours to go I'm waiting to see who has kept daily questions up their sleeve to pounce and move to the top of the board -- 'swooping' as someone referred to it in a WR/WM context. If not... I might break my duck. So I'm crossing my fingers.

I did take some randfom statistics in case anyone is interested in how the players at the top end of the leaderboard perform, on TQOTD. (All of which shows how much time I have on my hands)

I took a printout at end Jan and one at near end March -- about 54 days....

Apart from Philkon (who missed a bunch of questions by not answering any for a few weeks)
The top ten players scored between 36 and 45 right out of 54 -- that's between 2/3 and 5/6 right.
Kravfighter dropped out of the top ten by ONLY going up 3 billion in that period!

Barry

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 118.4 - Posts: 1745)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 1:26 PM

I thought I had too much time on my hands....wow.

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 1:30 PM

You have to understand, Bo, that Barry is British although he is a transplant and he often talks in "British Speak" that American commoners cannot fathom- Linda

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 1:50 PM

This American commoner understands him most of the time - as long as he's not talking bridge or math.

Good luck, Barry! Hard to believe you've never had a first when you're consistently excellent at everything.

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 2:04 PM

Good for you, Smoke, you are OBVIOUSLY much more intelligent than I am. You not only understand Ken's Humor (?) but Barry's pontificating on all kinds of things- Linda

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 2:08 PM

Well, we pontificators have to stick together. And I did admit I often DON'T understand Ken's humor!

Don't take it that way, please, I meant no offense to you, just wanted to wish Barry luck.

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 2:14 PM

Sorry, Smoke, you know how my feathers get ruffled. Appreciate your pm-Linda

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 2:18 PM

You bet. We're good.

foogs
Foogs  (Level: 267.9 - Posts: 848)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 2:25 PM

I'm curious about Barry's Weyoun comment.

He's at level 113. Do you suppose if I paid for his gold
membership he'd give it a shot?

You out there Weyoun?

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5883)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 2:35 PM

Actually, he is platinum now...........

berylm
Berylm  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 478)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 4:47 PM

I'm curious as to what makes you think he's platinum, 1mks? I just looked at his profile and there's no plat logo on it?

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 4:52 PM

Plats are blue, I do believe like golds are gold and unpaying are gray or grey depending on if you are British or American-been through that one with a Brit now living in the Us who was critical of spelling on a word puzzle- not naming names LOL Linda

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 4:55 PM

Am I missing everyone's humor? There is a sign on Barry's profile that says PLATINUM as well as his blue background on his posts.

jeannette
Jeannette  (Level: 111.1 - Posts: 1736)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 5:10 PM

keep my fingers x for you barry

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 5:17 PM

My Vugraph says you're a shoo in - Congratulations on what is without doubt the most difficult monthly win.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 5:35 PM

Rooting for ya too!

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5883)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 6:11 PM

Funny, when I click on "garrybl" it shows that he is platinum.........does that not show up for anyone else?

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 6:22 PM

See my post back a bit on this thread, Marsha-very clear on my screen-Linda

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5883)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 6:29 PM

Happy to know that I have not become senile.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 6:49 PM

It's easy looking at the posts to think you're referring to Weyoun, who Foogs had just posted was gold, right before you said "he" is plat. It was a little confusing, perhaps if you'd been less subtle...

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5883)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 7:09 PM

LOL.........I'm not sure I know HOW to be subtle.

lucimoore
Lucimoore  (Level: 183.4 - Posts: 1684)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 7:11 PM

This is like Who's on First! Barry said that neither Ggossage nor Weyoun were gold so didn't wager. Foogs said he wondered if he paid for Weyoun to go gold if he (Weyoun) might give a shot at first place in Leaderboard for TQOTD since he is at level 113.0. Beryl couldn't see where Weyoun was at Platinum and neither could I since that's what I thought the thread said too. So at the risk of sounding like a nutcase I'll just stop right here.

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 7:18 PM

Say again who the h--- understands anything Barry says?-wish him luck though on whatever the h--- he is attempting- Linda

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 7:25 PM

Of course there are some people we'd rather not understand....

dyenamite
Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 7:32 PM

You will always be number 1 to me Bazz ... Of course I say that to all the guys and glams! Fingers and eyes crossed for you

berylm
Berylm  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 478)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 7:51 PM

LOL - Sorry, looks like a massive misunderstanding - I thought we were talking about Weyoun, not Barry!

Foogs said did [we] think Weyoun would use some of his wager tokens if he paid for a gold for him, and 1mks immediately followed with the comment that "actually, he is platinum now". I read that as Marsha's "he" was Weyoun - and Weyoun is definitely still a freebie player!

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 8:16 PM

BE nice to me, Barry. I haven't made a political post all day and it is almost my bedtime so be thankful for small favors LOL Linda

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 8:22 PM

Does that mean that you got your dog, Linda ?

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 8:29 PM

LOL not yet but in the works-practicing patience but very difficult for me Linda

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 9:29 PM

For those of us who've so much looked at the top of the monthly TQOTD charts, we know that Weyoun and Ggossage are month in, month out, TQOTD savants. They seem to do nothing else here, just answer their daily question and answer it right. Again and again and again.

I used to be a contender. Did the Creedence thing and got as high as #2 one month. Never got over the top. And won't this month. For the first time in ages, I've gagged on four straight TQOTDs this week.

Can't complain, though. I made perfect work of my birthday presents and my winning from WP Contest 1

foogs
Foogs  (Level: 267.9 - Posts: 848)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 10:22 PM

Yes, I was offering a gold membership to Weyoun
(are you out there, man?). I'll PM him, but he may
not be interested. Wagers might make the site
less fun.



crazy4games
Crazy4games  (Level: 123.0 - Posts: 1020)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 10:36 PM

Good luck Barry. Crossing my fingers for ya.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Tue, 31st Mar '09 10:38 PM

Hey Linda - Watch it when you talk about ruffled feathers!

crazy4games
Crazy4games  (Level: 123.0 - Posts: 1020)
Wed, 1st Apr '09 12:22 AM

I'm assuming you achieved your goal, Barry. Congrats!!

sherilynn1962
Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Wed, 1st Apr '09 1:19 AM

I just looked at the leader boards for March. Congrats, Barry!

daveguth
Daveguth  (Level: 254.2 - Posts: 1636)
Wed, 1st Apr '09 1:39 AM

Congratulations, Barry. By the way, crossing your fingers, or any other form of luck, had nothing to do with it.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Wed, 1st Apr '09 5:52 AM

His choice of computer may have. I've already been lagged out of 400 April points.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Wed, 1st Apr '09 8:26 AM

I resemble that remark Ken
I've been on the road most of the month -- some in Houston some in Australia and probably played on 10 different computers in that time. My trusty laptop came with me for some of the trip -- but its 3 seconds slower per WR than my home one so I've no idea how many points I lost every time I used it on TQOTD.

lucimoore
Lucimoore  (Level: 183.4 - Posts: 1684)
Wed, 1st Apr '09 9:19 AM

Way to go Barry. Congratulations Mr. March!

barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Sat, 4th Apr '09 3:04 AM

Congrats Barry. About time you improved your article in PBM though LOL. You should live in Spain, then you would have room to complain about computer speeds, and rubbish ADSL.

weyoun
Weyoun  (Level: 230.2 - Posts: 36)
Tue, 7th Apr '09 10:47 AM

Hi,

How do these tokens work? If I wager one, do I get a certain number of points if I am correct? Is it based on my level? Am I playing against someone else? I would like to do more Sploofus, but I'm rather busy, and am afraid of getting sucked in.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Tue, 7th Apr '09 10:57 AM

Weyoun check your messsages

(login andc you'll find it waiting for you)

Barry

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 7th Apr '09 11:04 AM

Be afraid, Weyoun. Be very afraid.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 3778)
Tue, 7th Apr '09 11:06 AM

Key Point. You need to be a paying member to use them after about Level 5.

crazy4games
Crazy4games  (Level: 123.0 - Posts: 1020)
Tue, 7th Apr '09 7:25 PM

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think it matters if a player is a paying member or not. Sure, you can only use your wager tokens as a paying member, but those points you may win or lose on your wagers do not count in your monthly score.

weyoun
Weyoun  (Level: 230.2 - Posts: 36)
Sun, 12th Apr '09 10:47 AM

Foogs was nice enough to give me a membership, and I'll bet every day (unless it's vocab, if I miss one it is that). So we'll see how high the ceiling is.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Sun, 12th Apr '09 11:23 AM

Anyone want to take odds against weyoun being in the top ten by the end of the year?
Not me!

Better watch out Larry!

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sun, 12th Apr '09 3:41 PM

Congrats, Weyoun! I noticed that you wagered (or had a showdown) that netted you enough to move up 25 spots! WTG!

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 12th Apr '09 4:57 PM

Hey Weyoun, need to update your profile now that you're a paid member and have the power of Sploofus Messaging

weyoun
Weyoun  (Level: 230.2 - Posts: 36)
Mon, 13th Apr '09 12:01 AM

How do I Sploofus message?

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Mon, 13th Apr '09 5:59 AM

Go to the profile page of the person you want to message. You'll see a link, "Send private message".

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 14th Apr '09 2:10 PM

Good news on the Weyoun front.
When he started his wager quest a couple of days ago, he was a 334,913,307. Today, he's at 866,510,176.
Woot woot, Wayoun!!


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