Quiz Answers

Camp’s over and no new replies, so I’ll just post up on the answers!

Quiz 5

The very first thing that should be noted is that the scorelines are really very close. This move should have a dual emphasis on score and leave – you still don’t need a bingo to win. Z(A) wins this simulation easily because (1) leave of AEILRT bingos with a B, C, E, G, H, M, N, O, P, R, S, T, W on the board, which accounts for 29/46 of the tiles in the bag, (2) score catches up with Kian Boon, so even if you get a bad draw you can do something else and keep the margin close and (3) you don’t need to open lines for yourself, given the 3 main spots your bingo can play at (/IDE, to the R or Y).

In other words, any other fish is unnecessary and too risky.

Quiz 6

I was pretty surprised no one guessed I(D), which is what I played. Again the same mentality applies, you now can bingo with 28/43 of the tiles in the bag. However Quackle simulations rate I(O) higher than I(D), which seems to be so because it takes out potential scoring opportunities with the TLS.

I simulated it one more time today (with Alpha’s suggestion of LIG), and it presented me with a different result:

I’d still go for the 1 extra point given that there really isn’t much risk of score to THAT TLS. Which one would you go with and why?

Quiz 7

Another pretty interesting result here – why is BL(E)W better than B(O)WS (and etcetera etcetera)? I have two guesses about this: First the bag is lacking a decent vowel/consonant ratio, with 10 vowels in the bag out of 30, so throwing an extra consonant may make a difference. And maybe the EILNT leave is valued lower than EINT because of LN synergy (I’m also guessing that it isn’t that good compared to NT and etcetera), though I doubt any of these reasons would affect the simulation so much to put it below LENTI which keeps an unnecessary BW leave.

One for all, All for one, Venturez’ 06

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