Doctor Who Common Entries Contests

DWCE2: 15 April 2009

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50 people elected to play, just slightly down on DWCE1 and DWCE2, and this may have
been at least in part to the lack of variety in the questions. On the other hand,
some people seemed to particularly relish the challenge. It certainly seems as if
this was a tougher game, as the eventual winner couldn't quite get past 2% of the
theoretical maximum which was around 800 trillion; previous winners have scored 17%
and 8.5%.

That 2%er is BeyondTheVoid with a score of 15 trillion, and to whom go hearty
congratulations. Five other players also scored above 5 trillion, including
HolmesBaker who also came third in DWCE1. Here are all six of their answer-slates.
No other players got above 3 trillion or 0.5% of the theoretical maximum.

     BEYONDTHEVOID          ANDREW HODSON          BIGGLES                
0    Davros                 Davros                 Invasion           
1    Time                   Time                   Pirates           
2    Daleks                 Daleks                 Daleks           
3    Doctor                 Console                Police            
4    Gallifrey              Dead                   Dead              
5    Giant                  K1                     Giant             
6    Wars                   Wars                   Wars              
7    Fiction                Wank                   Wank              
8    Ace                    Ace                    Ace               
9    Waterhouse             Dinosaurs              Dead              

     HOLMESBAKER            JESSE SMITH            ICEDUCK
0    Davros                 Exterminate            Exterminate
1    Time                   Time                   Time
2    Daleks                 Daleks                 Daleks
3    Time                   Console                Blue
4    Dead                   Spiders                Gallifrey
5    Giant                  Giant                  K9 
6    Wars                   Omega                  Sun 
7    Wank                   Fiction                Spoilers  
8    Ace                    Ace                    Ace            
9    Died                   Earthshock             Earthshock       

To review the scoring:
The scores on the different questions are MULTIPLIED to produce a final score for
each entrant. High score wins.

Here is the complete table of scores. Use a monospaced font to see proper alignment
(this may mean doing 'view source').

As usual, I have provided a so-called theoretical maximum which is the product of
the highest scores obtained on each question. It is theoretical because it does not
take into account the effect on the scores of an entrant submitting such an
answer-slate.

RANK             SCORE  ENTRANT             Q0 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Q6 Q7 Q8 Q9      RATIO

       802,436,544,000  MAXIMUM             26 21 27  9 14 16 12  9 25 10 
 1      15,872,371,200  Beyondthevoid        9 21 27  9  4 16 12  6 25  3    1.9780%
 2      13,226,976,000  Andrew Hodson        9 21 27  8 10  4 12  9 25  3    1.6484%
 3       9,331,200,000  Biggles              4  5 27  4 10 16 12  9 25 10    1.1629%
 4       8,817,984,000  HolmesBaker          9 21 27  4 10 16 12  9 25  1    1.0989%
 5       8,491,392,000  Jesse Smith         26 21 27  8  5 16  1  6 25  6    1.0582%
 6       7,164,612,000  Iceduck             26 21 27  9  4  9 10  1 25  6    0.8929%
 7       2,264,371,200  DoctorBrownCoat     26  5 27  4 14 16 12  2  5  6    0.2822%
 8       1,415,232,000  Starfighter Pilot   26 21 27  1  6 16 10  1 25  4    0.1764%
 9       1,273,708,800  Fortmap             26 21 27  8  6  9  4  2 25  1    0.1587%
10       1,069,915,392  Simon Kinnear       26 21 27  3 14  9  4  4  4  3    0.1333%
11         551,124,000  David Ainsworth      9 21  2  9  1  9 12  6 25 10    0.0687%
12         524,160,000  Will OZOO James     26 21  5  4  4 16 10  1 25  3    0.0653%
13         442,260,000  Iain Rylands        26  1  3  9 14  9 10  2 25 10    0.0551%
14         363,916,800  Froo                26  5 27  8 10  9 12  3  2  2    0.0454%
15         235,872,000  Peter Morris        26 21  5  1 10  9  4  6  4 10    0.0294%
 =         235,872,000  Vegetables          26 21 27  1 10 16  2  2  5  5    0.0294%
17         199,017,000  TheOther            26  3 27  1 14  9 10  1 25  3    0.0248%
18         194,400,000  Matthew Bradford     9  3  4  9  5 16 10  1 25 10    0.0242%
19         100,776,960  Trevor Gensch        1  3 27  9  6 16 12  6  2 10    0.0126%
20          80,372,250  JCCMMBailey          9 21  5  9 14  9  3  1 25  1    0.0100%
21          79,606,800  Badgers             26 21 27  4  1  1  3  9 25  2    0.0099%
22          70,761,600  Ged Sweeney         26 21  5  8  1  1 12  9  5  6    0.0088%
23          61,916,400  Trollface           26 21 27  3 14  1  1  2 25  2    0.0077%
24          49,128,768  Carl Wood           26  1 27  9  6  9  4  9  4  1    0.0061%
25          37,908,000  Vgrattidge-1        26  3 27  1  5  4  4  9 25  1    0.0047%
26          25,272,000  Mark Welsh          26  2  1  9  4  9  2  3 25 10    0.0031%
27          22,044,960  Gavin Morgan         9  1 27  4 14  9 10  3  1  6    0.0027%
28          21,432,600  Martin Ingham        3 21 27  9 14  1 10  1  1 10    0.0027%
29          20,995,200  Gordon Ridout        4  3 27  4  5  1 12  9  5  6    0.0026%
30          20,412,000  Magicbaboon          1  3 27  4 14  9 10  1 25  2    0.0025%
31          19,906,560  Wilf                 4  1 27  8 10 16  1  9  4  4    0.0025%
32          19,656,000  Daniel McGrath      26 21  2  9  5 16  1  1 25  1    0.0024%
33          18,200,000  Aloysius            26  5  5  4 14  1  2  1 25 10    0.0023%
34          15,163,200  Vislor              26  1  3  9  4  9 12  1 25  2    0.0019%
35           6,048,000  Nsullivan            1 21  2  2 10 16  3  2 25  3    0.0008%
36           4,147,200  Jonathan Morris      2  3 27  8 10  1  4  4  5  4    0.0005%
37           3,369,600  TheMonitor          26  1  3  8  4  9  1  3 25  2    0.0004%
38           3,359,232  Barnaby Salton       3  4 27  9  6 16  4  1  3  1    0.0004%
39           3,024,000  Dave Jones           1  4  4  9 14  2  1  3 25 10    0.0004%
40           1,259,712  Llama Roddy          4  3 27  9  4  9  1  6  2  1    0.0002%
41             931,840  Chriskelk           26  4  1  4 14  2 10  4  1  2    0.0001%
42             842,400  BaselSorian         26  1  4  9 10  9  2  1  1  5    0.0001%
43             158,760  Peter Scandrett      9 21  4  3 14  1  1  1  1  5    0.0000%
44             138,240  Haydon Dennison      9  2  2  4  6  4  4  1  2  5    0.0000%
45              36,288  Stacey01             1 21  1  9  1 16  1  1  3  4    0.0000%
46              22,464  Graymalkin          26  3  1  2  1  9  2  4  1  2    0.0000%
47              12,096  Binro_The_Heretic    3  1  1  4 14  4  2  3  3  1    0.0000%
48               7,680  Ben Goudie           2  5  1  1  4 16 12  1  1  1    0.0000%
49               4,860  Matthew Warren       1  4 27  9  1  1  1  1  1  5    0.0000%
50                  26  Phil Evans          26  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1    0.0000%

Of the 500 answers submitted, 96 were unique, scoring one point. Again, this is
considerably more than for DWCE1 and DWCE2, even though more people played in those
contests. Of the 50 entrants, only 6 had no one-point answers, and another 16 had
only one.

As usual, we also have an entrant who wins not so much the wooden spoon as the
cardboard spoon. With one exception, all of Phil Evans' answer-words were the
question words repeated (and he was very clear in his submission email that this was
intentional). Why he thought this would be a winning strategy, and why he did not
apply it to the first question, he did not reveal, but he was the only one thinking
along those lines, and so he scores one point for nine out of ten of his answers
giving him a magnificently poor score of 26 and a last-place finish.

Here is the complete list of answers given.  Each list shows correct answers in the
order best to worst (most to least popular).

[b]0. Dalek[/b]

26   Exterminate
9    Davros
4    Invasion
3    Skaro
2    Masterplan
1    Cyberman
1    Death
1    Empire
1    Evil
1    Pepper
1    Stairs

We begin with one of the easiest questions, with over half the field going straight
for the Daleks' battle-cry. A pattern is shown here which can also be seen in most
of the rest of the questions, with entrants split between a related word, like
"Exterminate" or a connected word which forms a phrase or part of phrase. Other
"related" examples here are "Davros" and "Skaro", whereas "connected" words include
"Invasion" (as in "of Earth") and ("Masterplan"). A few people went for what I
suppose are antonyms - "Cyberman" and, at a push, "Stairs".

[b]1. Space[/b]

21   Time
5    Pirates
4    Ship
3    Big
3    Museum
3    War
2    Ark
1    Black
1    Colony
1    Frontier
1    Man
1    Planet
1    Relative
1    Space
1    Spaceship
1    Station

This was the one I [u]expected[/u] to be the easiest. My original draft included
"Time" as a question, but I figured everyone would put "Lord" so I took it out.
Then I realised that some people might put "Space" and then I wondered if I should
take "Space" out because everyone would put "Time" as the answer to that.
Eventually I decided that there were enough other plausible "Space" answers to
make that worth leaving in, and so it proved to be. Story titles turned out to
be a low-percentage play because there are so many of them. Having decided to go
with a story title should it be "Museum"? Or "Colony"? Or "Frontier"? Or "Pirates"?
Or if you're a Target fan, "War"?

[b]2. Evil[/b]

27   Daleks
5    Dalek
4    Master
3    Planet
2    Good
2    Mind
1    Davros
1    Evil
1    Face
1    Genius
1    K9
1    Of
1    Twin

Because there are no (potentially controversial) judgments of equivalence by me in
this contest, "Daleks" and "Dalek" are marked as separate answers, with I suppose
those who submitted the former thinking of the 1967 serial and those who submitted
the later just thinking descriptively. So, mysteriously, here an episode title was
the way to go, despite the distractions of "Mind" and "Face". I guess you just can't
beat Daleks. I have no idea what the entrants who submitted "K9" and "Of" were
thinking (well I imagine the "Of" person was thinking of story titles, but... wuh?).
"Twin" might have been a good answer if evil twins were a common device in Doctor
Who, but they aren't. Dopplegangers do appear once every three or so seasons, but
they tend to be benign or robotic (or both).

[b]3. TARDIS[/b]

9    Blue
9    Doctor
8    Console
4    Police
4    Ship
4    Time
3    Box
2    Travel
1    Big
1    Bigger
1    Huge
1    Inside
1    Key
1    Policebox
1    TARDIS

This question marks the first appearance of the answer "Doctor" which struck me as
odd. This after all is a Doctor Who Common Entries Quiz. "Doctor" is a plausible
answer to every question, so it was surprising for me to see it come up at all, more
surprising that it would be given as an answer at least once for four different
questions (one entrant gave "Doctor" as an answer three times) and staggering to
see it as joint best answer for this question. Again, the field is divided between
related and connected words, with the two best answers being related, but the next
best answer being connected.

[b]4. Planet[/b]

14   Earth
10   Dead
6    Daleks
5    Spiders
4    Evil
4    Gallifrey
1    Alien
1    Giants
1    Home
1    Impossible
1    Of
1    Planet
1    Space

Daleks again do well here, both the word itself and the episode title which
introduced them. Other story titles again divide the field, but we all know where
home is - planet Earth.

[b]5. Robot[/b]

16   Giant
9    Death
9    K9
4    K1
2    Dog
1    Android
1    Baker
1    Chumblie
1    Cleaner
1    Kettlewell
1    Machine
1    Metal
1    Raston
1    Robot
1    Tom

Here it's good luck to be a target fan. If, for you, the first adventure of the
fourth Doctor is "Doctor Who and the Giant Robot" then this was an easy question.
If you're more of a Chris Boucher, season 14 type of fan, then "Death" still
scores you a decent 9 points, or finally if you're a Bob-and-Dave seasons 15
type then it's "K9" who comes to your rescue. I ruled that "K-9" and "K9" were the
same answer if you ignored punctuation, which I trust also answers the question
about compound words. The real answer to the compound words question was "no-one
has submitted any" which I didn't feel was an appropriate answer to give at that
stage in the contest. At the close of the contest, it was still the case that
nobody had submitted any, including those who enquired about their interpretation.

[b]6. Star[/b]

12   Wars
10   Sun
4    Ship
4    Trek
3    Adric
2    Baker
2    Guest
2    System
1    Badge
1    Beast
1    Bright
1    Constellation
1    Fish
1    Kylie
1    Light
1    Omega
1    Rassilon's
1    Star
1    Twinkle

This question continues the theme of related vs connected answers, with the added
wrinkle that the best connected answer, which was also narrowly the best answer
overall for this question, was a non-Doctor Who answer! "Wars" also left "Trek" for
dead for reasons which are not clear to me. Those who answered "Adric" were
obviously thinking of the lad's badge and may have been influenced by the Alzarian
teenager's presence in question 9.

[b]7. Fan[/b]

9    Wank
6    Fiction
4    Boy
3    Club
3    Geek
2    Anorak
2    LINDA
2    Whovian
1    Anal
1    Breeze
1    Ceiling
1    Convention
1    Doctor
1    Dom
1    Fan
1    Fanatic
1    Fandom
1    Fic
1    Forum
1    Hot
1    I'm
1    Levine
1    Nerd
1    Obsessed
1    Spoilers
1    Who
1    Zine

This was an interesting and possibly controversial question for a couple of reasons.
It was clearly the most difficult, with almost 30 different answers given. Some fell
foul of my not judging similar answers as equivalent, so "Fic" and "Fiction" get
marked as separate answers and so do "Fandom" and "Dom". The top answer was
particularly interesting, for the number of people who gave it and the number of
people who didn't. One entrant answered this question with "I'm not willing to
disclose the word that immediately comes to mind: there may be ladies present" and
so was deemed to have answered simply "I'm". Several others indicated in their
emails that they had considered "Wank" and rejected it. At least one of these
entrants denied themselves a top three finish by this manoeuvre. One entrant gave
their answer as "W a n k" and directed me to ignore the spaces which were simply
there as a defense against firewalls and the like, which I had no problem with.

[b]8. Professor[/b]

25   Ace
5    Yana
4    Doctor
3    Zaroff
2    Chronotis
2    Marius
1    Boom
1    Haaaa-aaa-aaaace!
1    Lazarus
1    Mad
1    Professor
1    School
1    Science
1    Song
1    Travers

Again, two schools of thought here. One was to ask "who is that word associated
with?" to which there is one answer - "Ace". The other was to ask "who is that
word used to refer to?", which gives you any number of Professors, mad and
otherwise, which split the votes between them. The entrant who submitted
"Haaaa-aaa-aaaace!" told me I should "feel at liberty to count this as the same
word as 'Ace'" but I felt that this was going beyond the clearly stated rules
of the contest, and having not marked "Dalek" as equivalent to "Daleks" I
couldn't see on what grounds I could possibly mark "Haaaa-aaa-aaaace!" as
equivalent to "Ace", so I didn't.

[b]9. Adric[/b]

10   Dead
6    Earthshock
5    Companion
4    Badge
3    Dinosaurs
3    Waterhouse
2    Alzarius
2    Annoying
2    Crap
2    Death
1    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHAHA
1    Adric
1    Boom!
1    Died
1    Dies
1    Doctor
1    Genius
1    Git
1    Maths
1    Star
1    Twat

And finally, Adric seems to be most famous for his demise, with a number of other
coarse words also appearing as answers. One entrant told me "I don't mind Adric,
but that was by far the hardest question, with words like "die", "kill", "hate" and
"twat" all seeming likely to me. I'm reasonably sure that the top-scoring word will
be a negative one, it's just trying to guess which one." I don't know if "Dead"
counts as negative, but all the obviously pejorative words like "twat" and "git"
were one or two point answers, even if there were quite a few of them. The entrant
who submitted "AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHAHA" gave no other indication that
this answer should be interpreted in any way other than literally (even if the
rules permitted such a thing).

That wraps it up for DWCE3 and will be my last common entries contest for a while.
I have DWRE14 almost ready to go, so look for that early next week, and then I
anticipate letting the contests rest for a while, unless anyone else wants a go
of course.

Cheers

Tom

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