Select a number (Leaderboard)

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6 years, 10 months ago

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eh, i don't know where else to put this, but @Mursalin Habib what's the trick to winning? Besides staying glued to Zi Song Yeoh's feed 24/7. You are at the top with a lead of more than 20 points.

Justin Wong - 6 years, 10 months ago

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Understanding the game, employing some psychological tactics and dumb luck.

You have to understand the game. If you submit early, you get bonuses. And the bonuses are very important, specially if the interval of selection is short. So, submit early.

Understanding human psychology can also help you here big time. I didn't care about the game that much in the first two rounds. But after that, I tried to pick numbers that the least number of people would pick. Obviously this is not full-proof. But when people see a lot of comments, they don't usually go through all of them; they go with their gut [At least I think, this is what they do. Otherwise I'm screwed!]. So pick a number that wouldn't be the first number that pops to people's mind. Resharing the note at a convenient time can also be helpful [I'm also thinking about how upvoting certain posts can boost my chances. Let's see where that goes].

Finally, the most important thing of all: dumb luck. None of the things I mentioned would work if luck isn't on your side. I shouldn't have a lead of that much. The reason I do is because luckily, Aditya Raut forgot to submit in round 4.

So there you have it! That's my strategy, pretty boring, isn't it? Maybe someone else has a cooler strategy and I'd love to know about it.

Mursalin Habib - 6 years, 10 months ago

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Well it was nice. Even after not participating for the first four rounds, I finished Just after mursalin habib!

Lavisha Parab - 6 years, 9 months ago

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Just about 20 points behind you!!!

Anuj Shikarkhane - 6 years, 10 months ago

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wth i cannot open it!

math man - 6 years, 10 months ago

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Why can't you open it?

Zi Song Yeoh - 6 years, 10 months ago

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