smoothgrh
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May 17th, 2018 at 1:50:59 PM permalink
There's a free mobile app in which you have to answer 12 trivia questions correctly. Winners split a prize pool of typically $5,000 (though sometimes they have winner-take-all games of $20,000). The winners get on average $2-$4, though I've seen people win $0.69 and $84. It depends on how tough the questions are and how many are playing.

Anyway, the first two questions are gimmes—like the first question of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" I can get 7 others correct on average. You have to choose among 3 provided answers within 10 seconds. So if I get 9 questions correct and have to guess on 3 questions, would my odds of winning (assuming the answers are evenly randomized) be (1/3)*(1/3)*(1/3)=.037 or about 4 times in 100 games if I just randomly tapped the answers I don't know?

I think taking "educated guesses" actually would work against me, because some answers "sound" true. For example, a question today asked which body part has a cuticle, medulla, and something else. I guessed "nail," but the correct answer is "hair."

It's a fun game, and I've been tuning in lately, but there's a lot of window dressing around the 12 trivia questions. Should I say the name of the app?
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May 17th, 2018 at 1:55:47 PM permalink
I know what app you're taking about and i have also found that educated guessing is difficult. I've found that the last 4 or 5 questions are meant to trick you. So the "educated" portion of the guess is where you choose the value that isn't the most obvious.
michael99000
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May 17th, 2018 at 2:42:36 PM permalink
I started playing about a week ago and I think it’s fun. So far I’ve gotten to the 8th question twice. They definitely get tough around that level.

I’ve not yet seen the winner take all. How does that work ? They keep asking questions until all but 1 person is remaining ?
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May 17th, 2018 at 4:00:00 PM permalink
I've been playing this for a few months, and have won three times (for a grand total of nine dollars). It's pretty fun, and the sunday night one can be worth a lot. A couple of weeks ago winners got $550 each.

As far as winner takes all, yes, until one person remains. I've seen twice where two people were down to the last question and neither answered correctly, so it rolled over.
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May 17th, 2018 at 4:59:02 PM permalink
I believe there is a way to include each other as "friends" and we can see each other's answers. Not sure how much of an advantage that is with only 10 seconds, but it could be worth forming a WOV team.
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May 17th, 2018 at 6:01:47 PM permalink
Quote: smoothgrh

...Anyway, the first two questions are gimmes—like the first question of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" I can get 7 others correct on average. You have to choose among 3 provided answers within 10 seconds. So if I get 9 questions correct and have to guess on 3 questions, would my odds of winning (assuming the answers are evenly randomized) be (1/3)*(1/3)*(1/3)=.037 or about 4 times in 100 games if I just randomly tapped the answers I don't know?...




Yes--I agree with your calculation of (1/3)*(1/3)*(1/3)=.037 for the probability of guessing three questions correctly.


By the way, aren't there two of these cash trivia apps?
smoothgrh
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May 17th, 2018 at 9:47:03 PM permalink
Quote: ChesterDog

Yes--I agree with your calculation of (1/3)*(1/3)*(1/3)=.037 for the probability of guessing three questions correctly.


By the way, aren't there two of these cash trivia apps?



I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s another one. Mrs. smooth informed me that the one I’m playing is the “hot” new app.
smoothgrh
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May 19th, 2018 at 7:20:47 PM permalink
Yesterday I got the first 11 questions correct, but flubbed the final question. The correct answer was—ironically for me on this forum—Jennifer Lopez. I just couldn't pull the trigger on a random guess and chose Eminem instead (which performer simultaneously had a #1 song and #1 movie?).

But then, I actually did randomly guess on one in which I had no clue and got that one correct. Oh well, the $6.84 wasn't mine to have.

I'll try my best to randomly guess and see how often I win out of 100 games.
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May 19th, 2018 at 8:33:41 PM permalink
What's it called?
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May 19th, 2018 at 10:06:25 PM permalink
Quote: GlenG

What's it called?

A Google search for "free trivia apps" + "12 questions" indicate they are probably referring to HQ Trivia.

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