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Official thread of scrag

Post by Charlie Reams » Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:42 am

The much-requested counterpart to the Thread of Brag. Obviously I've never done anything bad so I can't contribute further.

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Post by JimBentley » Sun Oct 12, 2008 11:07 am

Excellent! I'll soon fill this thread up with examples of my rank incompetence. I was going to kick off with the game I just played - a thrashing from Apterous Caesar - but I realised at the end that he got 13/15 maximums and would've dropped only 2 points had I not beaten him in one round, so maybe it wasn't so bad. Never mind, I'll play some more this afternoon and I'm bound to come up with something ;)

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Post by Martin Gardner » Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:59 pm

My brilliant one today was a target of 897 with a 100, 9 and 3 in the selection. I typed in 100*9-3 into the box but declared 900 instead of 897. Unsurprisingly, my opponent got it right...
If you cut a gandiseeg in half, do you get two gandiseegs or two halves of a gandiseeg?

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Re: Official thread of scrag

Post by Paul Howe » Thu Oct 16, 2008 7:14 pm

I don't think I played too badly, but here's my worst humbling ever:

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=5723

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Post by Charlie Reams » Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:41 am

Ouch.

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Post by Joseph Bolas » Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:36 pm

Nothing too bad, but in round 13 of this Goatathon game, it was my turn to pick and the selection before picking the last letter was RCSUEINM. I almost ran out of time, before picking A, as I had at the last second remembered the word MANICURES.

I quickly clicked on A and entered MANICURES in the box and then clicked on the "end the round early button"... only to find out that I had typed MAINCURES (which ain't allowed) instead :roll:

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Post by Charlie Reams » Fri Nov 14, 2008 4:21 pm

Wow, that has to be the nastiest set of conundrums I've ever seen.

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Post by Joseph Bolas » Sat Nov 15, 2008 5:41 am

Charlie Reams wrote:
Wow, that has to be the nastiest set of conundrums I've ever seen.
I agree, but there are some unusual words there, so it makes for good learning, just incase these come up again, especially if it's a crucial conundrum too :D

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Post by Kai Laddiman » Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:08 am

I have just looked at my history and I am absolutely gutted that I, except in a marathon game, have never got a century on apterous :cry: :oops:
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Post by Lee Simmonds » Sat Nov 15, 2008 12:50 pm

Kai Laddiman wrote:I have just looked at my history and I am absolutely gutted that I, exceptin a marathyon game, have never got a century on apterous :cry: :oops:
Play against Prune, you should be able to get a century then :)

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Post by Howard Somerset » Sat Nov 15, 2008 12:57 pm

I've only just noticed this thread. I think that every one of my games could probably feature here. :( Even the ones against Prune.

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Post by Joseph Bolas » Sat Nov 15, 2008 8:35 pm

Just had a 9-rounder where the conundrum was HORSESHIT, but after 15.6 seconds, I guessed SHORESHIT :oops:
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Post by Kai Laddiman » Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:12 pm

Lee Simmonds wrote:
Kai Laddiman wrote:I have just looked at my history and I am absolutely gutted that I, exceptin a marathyon game, have never got a century on apterous :cry: :oops:
Play against Prune, you should be able to get a century then :)
I am :oops: :oops: :oops:
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Post by Ben Wilson » Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:12 pm

Joseph Bolas wrote:Just had a 9-rounder where the conundrum was HORSESHIT, but after 15.6 seconds, I guessed SHORESHIT :oops:
Twice in the same week I've missed PACEMAKER, going for CAPEMAKER (!!!!) on one occasion and PEACEMAKER on the other :oops:

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Post by Joseph Bolas » Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:42 pm

Ben Wilson wrote:
Joseph Bolas wrote:Just had a 9-rounder where the conundrum was HORSESHIT, but after 15.6 seconds, I guessed SHORESHIT :oops:
Twice in the same week I've missed PACEMAKER, going for CAPEMAKER (!!!!) on one occasion and PEACEMAKER on the other :oops:
The best conundrum has to be COUNTDOWN, I don't know though how many times this has appeared as a conundrum (I think I've come across it twice now).

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Post by Jimmy Gough » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:19 am

Ben Wilson wrote:
Joseph Bolas wrote:Just had a 9-rounder where the conundrum was HORSESHIT, but after 15.6 seconds, I guessed SHORESHIT :oops:
Twice in the same week I've missed PACEMAKER, going for CAPEMAKER (!!!!) on one occasion and PEACEMAKER on the other :oops:
Ha ha yeah, you went PEACEMAKER and I still didn't guess it. Stupidly I put that in the brag section....

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Post by Jimmy Gough » Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:42 pm

Ok, Plum must have been really pissed at me when I kept beating him on conundrum attack - just check this out

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=10972

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Post by Charlie Reams » Tue Nov 18, 2008 11:01 am

Jimmy wrote:Ok, Plum must have been really pissed at me when I kept beating him on conundrum attack - just check this out

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=10972

:!:
Wow, 14 maxes from Plum... This almost belongs more in "weird games" than the thread of scrag, you can't feel too bad about losing when your opponent plays like that.

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Post by Jimmy Gough » Sat Nov 22, 2008 1:19 am

You're unlikely to see anybody cock up a game as fantastically as this :(

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=11686

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Post by Kai Laddiman » Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:24 am

Kai Laddiman wrote:I have just looked at my history and I am absolutely gutted that I, except in a marathon game, have never got a century on apterous :cry: :oops:
I am now super happy, as I have discovered I scored 107 in a 15 round game! Whoopee! http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=5945

And BTW how do I hyperlink the 107?
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Re: Official thread of scrag

Post by Innis Carson » Sat Nov 22, 2008 5:37 pm

This could be a candidate for "Worst Performance Ever":

http://apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=11790

No fewer than 6 invalid letters game offerings. Not sure where exactly my brain was for most of that.

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Re: Official thread of scrag

Post by Phil Reynolds » Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:38 am

I still haven't managed to beat Apterous Plum, but I noticed today that Caesar is now ranked lower than Plum (although still higher than me) so I optimistically had a go. This was the result. :cry:

http://apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=12501

Beaten in each of the first three rounds by words I'd never heard of. By round 8, as you may surmise, desperation was setting in. At least I got the (pathetically easy) conundrum.

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Post by Ben Hunter » Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:02 pm

Phil Reynolds wrote:I still haven't managed to beat Apterous Plum, but I noticed today that Caesar is now ranked lower than Plum (although still higher than me) so I optimistically had a go. This was the result. :cry:

http://apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=12501

Beaten in each of the first three rounds by words I'd never heard of. By round 8, as you may surmise, desperation was setting in. At least I got the (pathetically easy) conundrum.
Caesar and Plum can be freakishly good sometimes. I've noticed their ratings fluctuate between 300 and 600,

I also often declare PURDIEST (too much reading John Steinbeck when I was little). If you ever find PURDIEST, it means you've also found STUPIDER

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Post by Joseph Bolas » Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:24 pm

Two games worthy of scrag... I think.

My first game was against Kirk and I had two successive word rounds, where I declared words that could not be made with the selections (in other words I saw letters that wern't there).

My second game was against Prune and I couldn't even think of a word for round 3. Luckily though an obscure conundrum ensured me a win and not had to go into a tiebreaker conundrum.

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Post by Charlie Reams » Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:44 pm

Ben Hunter wrote:Caesar and Plum can be freakishly good sometimes. I've noticed their ratings fluctuate between 300 and 600,
Yeah, I think I made them a little too random. Need to sort that out some time.

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Re: Official thread of scrag

Post by Ben Wilson » Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:49 am

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=12748

and

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=12752

Methinks the settings for the Collins dictionary could use a tweak or two.

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Re: Official thread of scrag

Post by Kirk Bevins » Fri Nov 28, 2008 10:46 am

Ben Wilson wrote:http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=12748

and

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=12752

Methinks the settings for the Collins dictionary could use a tweak or two.
This reminds me: Can it be put onto those reviews, Charlie, that he was using a different dictionary as I like learning words from other people's reviews and don't want to end up learning non-ODE words. Thanks.

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Post by Charlie Reams » Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:33 pm

Kirk Bevins wrote:This reminds me: Can it be put onto those reviews, Charlie, that he was using a different dictionary as I like learning words from other people's reviews and don't want to end up learning non-ODE words. Thanks.
Done.

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Post by Kirk Bevins » Fri Nov 28, 2008 1:02 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:
Kirk Bevins wrote:This reminds me: Can it be put onto those reviews, Charlie, that he was using a different dictionary as I like learning words from other people's reviews and don't want to end up learning non-ODE words. Thanks.
Done.
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Post by Kai Laddiman » Fri Nov 28, 2008 5:51 pm

Ben Wilson wrote:http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=12748

and

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=12752

Methinks the settings for the Collins dictionary could use a tweak or two.
Yeah, that's the reason.
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Post by Kai Laddiman » Sat Nov 29, 2008 4:40 pm

Joseph Bolas wrote:Two games worthy of scrag... I think.

My first game was against Kirk and I had two successive word rounds, where I declared words that could not be made with the selections (in other words I saw letters that wern't there).
PETUNIA...

BTW, it was against Plum (your other one).
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Post by Kirk Bevins » Sun Nov 30, 2008 4:18 pm

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=13075

I shouldn't be posting other people's games but is this the first genuine score of 1? Awesome.

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16/10/2007 - Episode 4460
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Post by Dinos Sfyris » Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:43 am

Kai Laddiman wrote:D'oh!
LOL at Plum getting the conundrum in 41.3 seconds

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Post by Kai Laddiman » Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:45 pm

Dinos Sfyris wrote:
Kai Laddiman wrote:D'oh!
LOL at Plum getting the conundrum in 41.3 seconds
I got the conundrum wrong because my computer didn't register that I'd pressed the D.
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16/10/2007 - Episode 4460
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Post by Ben Wilson » Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:53 pm

http://apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=14101

Quite easily the worst I have ever played in recent memory. :( Despite the difficulty of the last two spots.

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Post by Jimmy Gough » Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:23 pm

It's sickening to think I've played 700+ games and still get beaten by a newby....

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=14487

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Post by Kai Laddiman » Sat Dec 13, 2008 12:59 pm

I was 32-0 up after Round 3 (with a max of 32) and I slumped to a below 100 score. :oops:

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=14641
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Post by Jimmy Gough » Sat Dec 13, 2008 3:51 pm

Kai Laddiman wrote:I was 32-0 up after Round 3 (with a max of 32) and I slumped to a below 100 score. :oops:

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=14641
Why put good games in scrag, I don't really get that. Quality spot with FABRICATE :D

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Post by Phil Reynolds » Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:44 pm

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=15275

Not really sure whether to post this as Scrag or Brag! Astonishingly, I won the game - but only after five of my first six words were disallowed. (The one that passed muster - OUTFLEW - was the only one of the six I thought might not be legit...)

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Post by Callum Laddiman » Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:35 pm

Today I lost a standard nine round game to apterous prune which was very embarrasing! :oops:
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Post by Jimmy Gough » Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:03 pm

I was particularly pleased with rounds 7 and 9

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=15346

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Post by Kirk Bevins » Sat Dec 20, 2008 2:32 pm

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=15809

How did I lose this? So far ahead at differing points. Annoyingly, I'm 3-0 up in rounds and then the next round he has a 9 and so I'm 3-1 up but only 4 points ahead! :(

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Post by Jacob Sutton » Sat Dec 20, 2008 11:44 pm

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=15947

All well and good in victory - however, missed out on bagging 10 points in the last numbers by taking 2 away from 707, thinking, for some reason, that I was going for 705 :oops:

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Re: Official thread of scrag

Post by Oliver Garner » Sun Dec 21, 2008 1:37 pm

Definitely not playing unlimited again http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=16032

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Post by Joseph Bolas » Sun Dec 21, 2008 2:03 pm

Oliver Garner wrote:Definitely not playing unlimited again http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=16032
It gets harder when you play Waldorf :shock:

I am a bit pissed off about round 4 :lol:, I should've got the max :x (it probably only applies to me in this forum too anyway :P)

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Post by Kirk Bevins » Sun Dec 21, 2008 3:55 pm

Joseph Bolas wrote:
Oliver Garner wrote:Definitely not playing unlimited again http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=16032
It gets harder when you play Waldorf :shock:

I am a bit pissed off about round 4 :lol:, I should've got the max :x (it probably only applies to me in this forum too anyway :P)
I used to be a teetotaller when I was younger and I could never understand why people drank for. Then, at 16, I drank champagne at a wedding and enjoyed the feeling of being under the influence. It made me happy and wanted to dance (never violent). Then coming to university, I drank on nights out to boost confidence to dance etc and the best nights tend to be the ones where you drink as you have no inhibitions. I don't like people that drink and get violent from it - just don't bother. I also don't understand those that don't touch alcohol for non-medical reasons.
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:32 pm

Kirk Bevins wrote:I could never understood why people drank for.
I also don't understand those that don't touch alcohol for non-medical reasons.
No middle ground then.

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Post by Charlie Reams » Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:36 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:No middle ground then.
What would the middle ground between drinking and not drinking be? I'm sure Aristotle would love to know.

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Post by Kirk Bevins » Mon Dec 22, 2008 3:09 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Kirk Bevins wrote:I could never understood why people drank for.
I also don't understand those that don't touch alcohol for non-medical reasons.
No middle ground then.
I'm not with you (again). My post was like a timeline. I didn't understand why people drank but now I've grown up and seen the error of my ways, the story has reversed - why do people stay sober all the time!?

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Dec 22, 2008 3:22 pm

Kirk Bevins wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Kirk Bevins wrote:I could never understood why people drank for.
I also don't understand those that don't touch alcohol for non-medical reasons.
No middle ground then.
I'm not with you (again). My post was like a timeline. I didn't understand why people drank but now I've grown up and seen the error of my ways, the story has reversed - why do people stay sober all the time!?
My point is that considering that you were once someone who not only didn't drink, but also couldn't understand why people did, you should at least still be able to understand why some people don't drink, or do you look on your past with complete bafflement?

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Post by Kirk Bevins » Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:49 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote: My point is that considering that you were once someone who not only didn't drink, but also couldn't understand why people did, you should at least still be able to understand why some people don't drink, or do you look on your past with complete bafflement?
If you read, it implies I look on my past with complete bafflement. My viewpoint on alcohol was it makes everyone do stupid things and become violent but I was wrong.

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Re: Official thread of scrag

Post by Callum Laddiman » Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:23 pm

You may laugh if you want cause i just lost 137-111 in a numbers attack against Apterous Prune. My rating unfortunately went down by 30! Very embarrassing! :oops:
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Post by Kai Laddiman » Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:24 pm

Callum Laddiman wrote:You may laugh if you want cause i just lost 137-111 in a numbers attack against Apterous Prune. My rating unfortunately went down by 30! Very embarrassing! :oops:
Hahaha, I am laughing. (Of course I'm not - I would never do anything like that to a fellow Laddiman :? )
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Re: Official thread of scrag

Post by Charlie Reams » Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:26 pm

Callum Laddiman wrote:You may laugh if you want cause i just lost 137-111 in a numbers attack against Apterous Prune. My rating unfortunately went down by 30! Very embarrassing! :oops:
In fairness Prune is nowhere near as bad at numbers as he is at letters. But keep practising, you'll get there.

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Re: Official thread of scrag

Post by Kai Laddiman » Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:39 pm

I really shouldn't be posting this, but is John Bradley the only person to have 'lost' to The Duellist?

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=11959
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Re: Official thread of scrag

Post by Ben Wilson » Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:42 pm

Kai Laddiman wrote:I really shouldn't be posting this, but is John Bradley the only person to have 'lost' to The Duellist?

http://www.apterous.org/viewgame.php?game=11959
Hell no, not even close. Can't recall specific cases off the top of my head but a few people have blanked entire duels before.

In the old days, though, if you blanked an entire duel it would then throw you up a sudden death conundrum, which would of course count for ten points. So when, one day, the duel was a solitary letters round, many people forfeitted in favour of the guaranteed, and likely superior, ten points.

Only the ten points weren't superior, as the letters round had a niner available. :D

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