Tips For Winning Time Machine 9/16/14

The September 16, 2014 Time Machine contest features the following question:

How many times will the word “be” appear in World News at 3pm CT October 31, 2014?

Source: http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/World+News

If you have access to an actual time machine, simply travel to October 31st and retrieve the answer.  If not, here are some tips to help ascertain the correct answer:

1. Go to: http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/World+News

2. Use the “find” option on your Web browser (in Safari it’s Command-F), enter the word “be” and see how many times it finds the word on the page.

3. Do this daily to get an idea of how many times the word appears each day.  Once you feel you know, make your entry.

Note: Any word or name that contains “be” also counts.  Examples: words like “believe” or articles from the Belgium Telegraph

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is the deadline for entering?
A: All entries must be in by 3 pm CT on Oct. 30, 2014.

Q: How many predictions can I enter?
A: You may enter up to one entry per day until the deadline.

Q: When will the winner(s) be revealed?
A: Oct. 31, 2014.

Q: Where can I enter?
A: You can learn more about Time Machine and enter your prediction for the above question HERE.

Q: When will the next Time Machine game start?
A: The next Time Machine game should start on October 31, 2014, at approximately 3:05 pm CT.

Q: My time machine is in the shop (Flux Capacitor leak).  Can I borrow a friend’s?
A: Yes, our rules allow you to use another person’s time machine.  However, you must travel to the future yourself.  You cannot send someone else to the future to get the answer for you.

Tips for winning Gold Streak

h-goldstreak-2OVERVIEW

In Gold Streak, your objective is to correctly guess the most and least popular answers to survey questions.  Build the longest streaks of correctly-answered questions to earn cool badges, bragging rights, and compete for the top spots on the Gold Streak leaderboards.

Play free twice daily, and more games for as little as one TCredit. No purchase necessary to win.

Enter to play Gold Streak at:

http://www.tripleclicks.com/games/GoldStreak.php

You can also play Gold Streak in conjunction with our broader “Streakasphere” contest where you can compete for the longest day-to-day streak.  Details on Streakasphere below.

ENTRY COST AND PLAY LIMITS

Each day you may play two games free, plus up to 13 additional games for TCredits or EZ Express tokens, as follows:

  • Game 1 = free
  • Game 2 = free
  • Game 3 = 1 TCredit
  • Game 4 = 1 TCredit
  • Game 5 = 1 TCredit
  • Game 6 = 1 TCredit
  • Game 7 = 2 TCredits
  • Game 8 = 2 TCredits
  • Game 9 = 2 TCredits
  • Game 10 = 3 TCredits
  • Game 11 = 3 TCredits
  • Game 12 = 3 TCredits
  • Game 13 = 1 EZ Express
  • Game 14 = 1 EZ Express
  • Game 15 = 1 EZ Express

PLAY/WIN LIMIT

You may play a maximum of 15 times each day. Players are also limited to a maximum of 5 wins per day (a win is defined as achieving the longest streak of the day).

ROUNDS

There are three rounds of questions. Each time you guess the correct answer, your streak will advance by one and your stack of “gold coins” on the right will get grow taller.

In the first (“bronze”) round, you will be presented with five randomly-chosen survey questions.  For each question, your objective is to guess which of two answers was the most popular.

In the second (“silver”) round, you will be presented with another five randomly-chosen survey questions.  In this round, for each question, your objective is to guess which of three answers was the least popular.

In the third and final “gold” round, the number of questions you can answer is infinite.  That is, the system will keep feeding you new questions and your streak will keep growing as long as you keep guessing the correct answer.  In this round, for each question, your objective is to guess which of four answers was EITHER the most or least popular (as specified for each question).

Remember, as this is VERY important…you will choose the most popular answers in the first round and the least popular answers in the second round.  And in the third round, you will get a mix of questions–some requiring that you choose the most popular answer…and some requiring the least popular answer, so be sure to keep your focus!

DEADLINES

  • For questions in the first (bronze) round, you have 5 minutes to answer
  • For questions in the second (silver) round, you have 4 minutes to answer
  • For questions in the third (gold) round, you have 3 minutes to answer

When the clock is down to 30 seconds, a chime will sound–provided you have sound enabled–to let you know you need to answer soon.

Note: Since the timer on your computer may be off slightly from our official timer due to latency, always try to answer with at least 10 seconds remaining on the clock.

PASS!

At any time during the game, if you don’t think you know the answer, you can pass on a question.  You can pass up to three times total each game.  All passes add to your streak (and also earn you MRP and Poll Points).  The cost to use your first pass is 1 TCredit.  The cost to use your second pass is 3 TCredits.  The cost to use your third and final pass is 5 TCredits.

GRAB SOME HELP

If you need help with an answer, open a second window in your browser and use a search engine like Google or Yahoo.  By searching on one or more of the keywords in the question and/or answers, you may be able to find information that will help you choose the correct answer.

BRAIN TIP

When you encounter the questions that ask you to pick the LEAST popular answer, it can really mess with your head!  But here’s an easy way to deal with it:  Just modify the question in your mind to make it read the opposite way.  For example, if the question is, “What’s the ugliest animal?”…change it in your mind to “What’s the cutest animal?”  Reading it this way out loud will also help.  Using these tricks, it’s MUCH easier to choose the correct answer.

REACH THE STREAKASPHERE!

Achieving the longest streaks each day is fun and challenging, but that’s just the beginning of Eager Zebra “streak fun”  Each day, if you “reach the Streakasphere” in Gold Streak, you’ll extend your broader, day-to-day streak.  That is, you can build a 10-day streak, a 30-day streak, a 90-day streak, or even longer!

So what exactly does it take to “reach the Streakasphere?”  The Streakasphere is defined as the average Gold Streak streak for the last ten days (rounded down to the closest whole number).  So if for the last ten days the average streak achieved in Gold Streak for EVERY player, for every game, was 7.4, then to get credited with reaching the Streakasphere today, you’ll need to achieve a streak of at least SEVEN.

To trumpet your streak prowess, there are several Streakasphere Streak badges (see BADGES section below for more information).

Note: There is a maximum of 12 plays of Gold Streak per day, so if your objective is to extend your Streakasphere streak, make sure you reach the Streakasphere within 12 plays!

POLL POINTS

Just as Trivia Points are awarded for correctly answering Knockout Trivia questions, in Gold Streak you’ll earn Poll Points for each correctly answered survey (poll) question.

  • Earn 5 points for each question answered correctly in the first (bronze) round
  • Earn 8 points for each question answered correctly in the second (silver) round
  • Earn 12 points for each question answered correctly in the third (gold) round

Your total cumulative number of Poll Points you’ve earned are recorded on the Poll Points Leaderboard…and badges, based on your Leaderboard rank, can be attained (see BADGES section below for more information).

Note: So that everyone can compete equally, Poll Points you’ve earned are halved every 30 days.

MRP and VP

Each TCredit spent playing Gold Streak earns you 5 MRP (Member Rewards Points)–which can be redeemed on over 90,000 TripleClicks products.  If you are also an SFI Affiliate, you’ll also earn one VersaPoint for each play of Gold Streak (max. 200/month).

STATUS FEEDBACK

In the sidebar on the left side, starting with your second question, you will see, “XX players today have equalled or exceeded your current streak.”  This little bit of information is valuable because it helps you gauge how close you are to posting a top streak for the day.  A very large number probably means you’re not going to qualify (i.e. there are MANY who have achieved a longer streak than you today).  Conversely, a small number may indicate your streak will qualify as one of the longest of the day.  That said, keep in mind that it’s relative because it can only provide you with feedback for games that have been completed so far today; it cannot be definitive until the last game has been played for the day.

LEADERBOARDS

The Streaks Leaderboard provides rankings for:

  • Longest single-game Gold Streak streak (all-time, today, last 30/60/90 days)
  • Longest Streakasphere streak (current and all-time)

The Poll Points Leaderboard provides rankings for:

  • Most Poll Points

Note: So that all players have the opportunity to reach the top of the leaderboard, Poll Points won are halved every 30 days.

Being amongst the top spots on the Streaks Leaderboard and Poll Points Leaderboard also earns you badges (see following BADGES section for more information).

BADGES

There are 14 total available badges

badges_goldstreak-11. A Gold Streak game entry earns you the “In it to win it!” badge.  Play at least once each day to keep this badge.  Note: Once you’ve earned a “Longest Streak” badge, it supplants the “In it to win it!” badge.

2. Reaching the Streakasphere for the day earns you a “Streakasphere reached” badge (expires at at midnight CT).

3. Finishing as a runner-up or second runner-up earns you the “Streak-Strong” badge.  Add bronze trim with 3 runner-up/second runner-up finishes.  Add silver trim with 10 runner-up/second runner-up finishes.  Add gold trim with 20 runner-up/second runner-up finishes.

4. Finishing a day with the longest streak earns you the prestigious “Top Streak” badge (or an upgraded “X-Times” version of the badge).  Add bronze trim with 3 best record finishes.  Add silver trim with 7 best record finishes.  Add gold trim with 12 best record finishes.

5. Achieving the longest streak for the previous day earns you the “Day’s Longest Streak” badge (expires in 24 hours)

6. Achieving the longest streak during the previous 10 days earns you the “Longest Streak (10 Day)” badge (expires in 10 days or when another player achieves a longer streak–whichever comes first)

7. Achieving the longest streak during the previous 30 days earns you the “Longest Streak (30 Day)” badge (expires in 30 days or when another player achieves a longer streak–whichever comes first)

8. Achieving the longest streak during the previous 60 days earns you the “Longest Streak (60 Day)” badge (expires in 60 days or when another player achieves a longer streak–whichever comes first)

9. Achieving the longest streak during the previous 90 days earns you the “Longest Streak (90 Day)” badge (expires in 90 days or when another player achieves a longer streak–whichever comes first)

10. Achieving the longest streak all-time earns you the “Longest Streak (all-time)” badge (expires if and when another player achieves a longer streak).

There are also four leaderboard badges available:

  • Gold Streak Streak (all-time) …for the GS Streaks Leaderboard
  • Streakasphere Streak (current) …for the SS Streaks Leaderboard
  • Streakasphere Streak (all-time) …for the SS Streaks Leaderboard
  • Poll Points …for the Poll Points Leaderboard

The minimum leaderboard rank to receive a Streaks Leaderboard badge or a Poll Points Leaderboard badge is 500.  Add bronze trim by achieving a top 200 rank.  Add silver trim by achieving a top 50 rank.  Add gold trim by achieving a top 10 rank.

Tips for winning TD Tally

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OVERVIEW

Each week we choose 20 top offensive players from the NFL. Your simple objective is to predict how many touchdowns each chosen player will score.  Finish amongst the top prognosticators (least misses) and you’ll share in the big weekly TCredits “Zackpot.” And if you’re really confident in your predictions, you can “double down” for just 5 TCredits and TRIPLE your Zackpot winnings!  Plus, you can compete for the top spots on the TD Tally Leaderboard and earn cool badges, too!  Details below.

Not sure how a player is going to perform?  You can “bench” up to five different players each week.  Just click the “Bench” button beside the player’s name.  The benefit of benching is that the player’s performance this week will not count on your record–so that’s up to five less misses on your record you can guarantee for yourself each week.  However, benching players costs TCredits.  Benching players is 100% optional.

You can enter TD Tally each week for just one TCredit.  No purchase necessary to win.  Void where prohibited.  See Official Rules for complete rules.


A TOUCHDOWN TUNE-UP

A touchdown is the biggest scoring play in the game of football. It is worth six points. A touchdown is made by running the ball over the opponents goal line into the end zone or catching a pass in the end zone. Any player who runs the ball, catches a pass or throws a pass resulting in a score will get credited with a touchdown.

TD Tally features players playing four positions:

  • Quarterback (QB)
  • Running Back (RB)
  • Wide Receiver (WR)
  • Tight End (TE)

Quarterbacks are the primary ball handlers in the game of football. They also tend to be the highest scoring players in the game. The reason for this is that they can score by passing or running the ball. Last year, one quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) averaged three touchdowns per game. Fourteen quarterbacks averaged two TDs (touchdowns) per game. The rest of the starting quarterbacks in the NFL averaged 1 to 1 1/2 TDs per game.

As the name implies, running backs (RBs) specialize in running the ball, but they can also catch passes. Last year, the top running back in the NFL averaged scoring just over one touchdown per game. Four running backs were just shy of scoring one touchdown per game while many others averaged closer to scoring one touchdown in every two games (0.5 TDs per game).

Wide receivers (WRs) primarily catch passes from the quarterback. They score touchdowns at almost the same frequency as running backs. The best receivers average close to one touchdown per game while many others, on average, score a touchdown once every two games.

Tight Ends (TEs) primarily catch passes from the quarterback. They score touchdowns the least frequently of the four offensive positions featured in TD Tally.

To learn more about football, here’s a helpful guide:

http://www.nfl.com/rulebook/beginnersguidetofootball


 STRATEGIES

The chances of a player scoring a touchdown can effected by any number of things including the strength of the offense he plays for and the prowess of the defense against whom the player is trying to score.

The top scoring team in the NFL last year averaged 4.5 touchdowns per game while twelve other teams averaged around three TDs a game. The bottom five teams in the 32 team league scored slightly under two TDs per game. Players who play for good offenses will get more opportunities to score touchdowns.

The top defenses in the NFL usually give up around an average of two TDs a game. The worst defenses give up around 3 1/2 TDs a game. If you have a player going up against a good defense, you may predict a lower TD total for him. If a player is going up against a bad defense, odds are greater that he could score a touchdown.

There are numerous other factors involved. Sometimes a player does not get as much playing time due to injury or a coach’s decision. Other times, the opposing defense may pay special attention to a certain player making it tougher for that player to score.

We will be providing links to updated stats so that you can check the offensive firepower and defensive strength of each team.

Play it safe strategy

Keep your predictions close to the player average. If a QB (quarterback) is averaging 2.9 touchdowns per game, predict three TDs. If a RB (running back) is averaging 0.7 TDs a game, predict one touchdown. This strategy is conservative and, mathematically, you are predicting the most likely result. In theory, it should also give you a good shot at winning. However, you also should keep in mind that many others will be using the same strategy and TDs are difficult to predict!

Watch the injury reports

Does a player have an injury that could affect him? If so, you may want to  turn in a lower prediction for him. This is especially true if it is a leg injury for a player who needs to run well, such as a running back or wide receiver. However, a quarterback may still be able to throw TD passes even on a bad leg!

NFL teams are required by the league to submit injury reports. Those reports can be found here:

http://www.nfl.com/injuries

Aggressive strategy

To win a share of the weekly Zackpot and the coveted badges that comes with it, you need to predict each total correctly. The aggressive strategy consists of making several unusual predictions out of the list of 28-32 players. If a wide receiver averages one TD a game, predict that he will score two or three this week. It may be less likely to occur, but your prediction will stand out from the pack and it could put you in a position to share a much larger slicer of the Zackpot than those playing conservatively!

Zig Zag strategy

Here is another strategy that could help your predictions win the day. As the name implies, whenever everyone else is expecting a “zig”, you predict a “zag”. For example, let’s say a running back is going against a defense that gave up several rushing TDs the prior week. If you anticipate others predicting the RB to rush for one or two TDs, you can “zag” and predict no TDs. This will be going against the grain, but there is some logic behind this strategy. It makes sense to assume that the defense will be trying extra hard after having a bad game.


LEADERBOARD

The NFL Leaderboard provides rankings for NFL Points scored playing TD Tally and Pick Or Punt:

  • Earn 350 points for finishing a week with the best record in TD Tally
  • Earn 100 points for finishing a week with the second-best record in TD Tally
  • Earn 50 points for finishing a week with the third-best record in TD Tally

Note: So that all players have the opportunity to reach the top of the leaderboard, points won are halved every 30 days.

Being amongst the top spots on the NFL Leaderboard also earns you badges (see following BADGES section for more information).


BADGES

There are 5 total available badges for TD Tally:

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1. Entering TD Tally earns you the “in it to win it!” badge.  Play each week to keep this badge.  Note: Once you’ve earned a “Best Record” badge, it supplants the “In it to win it!” badge.

2. Finishing as a runner-up or second runner-up earns you the “TD-Terrific” badge.  Add bronze trim with 3 runner-up/second runner-up finishes.  Add silver trim with 5 runner-up/second runner-up finishes.  Add gold trim with 10 runner-up/second runner-up finishes.

3. Finishing a week with the best prediction record earns you the prestigious “Best Record” badge (or an upgraded “X-Times” version of the badge).  Add bronze trim with 2 best record finishes.  Add silver trim with 3 best record finishes.  Add gold trim with 5 best record finishes.

There is also one NFL leaderboard badge available for NFL Points (see details in the leaderboard section above).  The minimum leaderboard rank to receive a leaderboard badge is 1000.  Add bronze trim by achieving a top 200 rank.  Add silver trim by achieving a top 50 rank.  Add gold trim by achieving a top 10 rank.


MRP and VP

Each TCredit spent playing TD Tally earns you 5 MRP (Member Rewards Points)–which can be redeemed on over 90,000 TripleClicks products.  If you are also an SFI Affiliate, you’ll also earn one VersaPoint for each play of TD Tally (max. 200 Game AVP/month).

Tips for winning Pick Or Punt

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OVERVIEW

Think you know the NFL?  Predict the winner of each game each week.  Survive the upsets and finish amongst the top prognosticators (least misses) and you’ll share in the big weekly TCredits “Zackpot.”  And if you’re really confident in your picks, you can “double down” for just 5 TCredits and TRIPLE your Zackpot winnings!  You can also compete for the top spots on the Pick Or Punt Leaderboard and earn cool badges, too!  Details below.

Not sure how a game is going to go?  You can “punt” on up to two games each week.  To punt, click the “Punt” button beside the game.  The benefit of punting is that the game will not count on your record, so that’s up to two less misses on your record that you can guarantee for yourself each week.  However, punting does cost TCredits.  Punting is completely optional.

You can enter Pick Or Punt each week FREE.  No purchase necessary to win.  Void where prohibited.  See Official Rules for complete rules.


NFL ROOKIE TRAINING

What if I don’t know a lot about football (American football)?

Even if you are not a football expert, you should not be afraid to play Pick or Punt. For one thing, it’s a free contest with the opportunity to win shares of the Zackpot and earn some of those cool badges that are all the rave these days! In addition, a reason for the popularity of the NFL is the unpredictability of many of the games. By following a few basic guidelines, anyone can be competitive in this contest!

National Football League

The American version of football is the most popular sport in the United States. The most popular league in the U.S. is the National Football League (NFL). It is a professional league that has 32 teams play a season of 16 games. Since each team gets one week of rest called a bye week, the NFL regular season lasts 17 weeks. The Pick or Punt Contest will be asking you to predict the winning NFL teams each week.

Favorites and underdogs

A “favorite” is a team that oddsmakers have predicted to win. If a team is the favorite to win by seven points, that team will be listed at “-7” in newspapers and websites.

An “underdog” is a team that oddsmakers have predicted to lose. If a team is a seven point underdog, that team will be listed at “+7” in newspapers and websites.

Pick Or Punt does not use point spreads, but point spreads are a great way to know how strongly the experts think of a team’s chances to win. Generally, the more points a team is favored to win by, the greater the likelihood that team will win. Don’t have time to research player injuries and other information pertaining to a game? That’s fine. The point spread is usually adjusted to account for those situations. We will be providing a link to point spread information.

Comparing point spreads with the chance of winning

A general rule of thumb is for every point a team is favored by, they have a 3% better chance of winning. A “pick’ em” game, or game where neither team is favored, would have both teams at 50% likelihood of winning. A team favored by one point would have a 53% chance to win. A team favored by two has a 56% chance to win, and so on. A 10 point favorite, by this measure, has an 80% chance to win.

To learn more about football, here’s a helpful guide:

http://www.nfl.com/rulebook/beginnersguidetofootball


STRATEGIES

The goal of Pick Or Punt is to predict the winner of each NFL game each week. Below, are a few strategies for you to keep in consider using:

Conservative

A conservative approach would be to simply pick favorites since they are perceived to have a greater chance of winning. This is especially true with teams that are favored by a touchdown (seven points) or more since those teams are expected to win 70% of the time or more. Since this strategy is the most popular way to go, you may want to mix in other approaches to help your predictions rise above the crowd.

Contrarian

Reject the popular opinion! Dare to go the other direction. This strategy requires you to identify a couple games where you feel that the underdog may be getting too little respect. If a favorite has a 60% chance to win but over 80% of the crowd has predicted them to win, a play on the underdog is just what the contrarian is looking to do. A 40% chance to win can look more appealing if you believe that you are one of the few to make such a prediction!

Zig Zag

Like the contrarian strategy, here is another strategy that could help your predictions stand out from the crowd. As the name implies, whenever everyone else is expecting a “zig”, you predict a “zag”.  Look for ways to stand out from the crowd. Since home teams have an advantage, picking home underdogs would be a key component of the Zig Zag strategy. Choosing a team that is coming off a loss is another popular “zag”. Since last week’s loss is still fresh in everyone’s mind, you can take advantage of that by predicting that a recent loser will come back and try extra hard for a win!

Situational

Because this strategy requires you to look at the circumstances surrounding a game, this method may require a bit of research on your part. However, it could give you the edge you need to win a share of the Zackpot! Sometimes a favored team may overlook their opponent and be ripe for an upset. Maybe an underdog team is particularly focused in a given week to avenge an earlier loss. Another angle is to look at opposing styles– one team has the better offense while the other has the better defense. You may choose a philosophy on how you will predict some of those match-ups.

Go with the home team!

Home field advantage is nice in any sport, and in football, it can make a big difference. Home teams have won 58% of the NFL games since 1990. Fan support can vary from team to team however, and some veteran teams seem to play well on the road. So while you may want to use this strategy sparingly, keep it in mind especially if you’re looking to pick some upsets that may help your entry rise above the crowd!


LEADERBOARDS

The NFL Leaderboard provides rankings for NFL Points scored playing Pick Or Punt and TD Tally:

  • Earn 350 points for finishing a week with the best record in Pick Or Punt
  • Earn 100 points for finishing a week with the second-best record in Pick Or Punt
  • Earn 50 points for finishing a week with the third-best record in Pick Or Punt

Note: So that all players have the opportunity to reach the top of the leaderboard, points won are halved every 30 days.

Being amongst the top spots on the NFL Leaderboard also earns you badges (see following BADGES section for more information).


BADGES

There are 5 total available badges for Pick Or Punt:

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1. Entering Pick Or Punt earns you the “in it to win it!” badge.  Play each week to keep this badge.  Note: Once you’ve earned a “Best Record” badge, it supplants the “In it to win it!” badge.

2. Finishing as a runner-up or second runner-up earns you the “Pick-Prolific” badge.  Add bronze trim with 3 runner-up/second runner-up finishes.  Add silver trim with 5 runner-up/second runner-up finishes.  Add gold trim with 10 runner-up/second runner-up finishes.

3. Finishing a week with the best prediction record earns you the prestigious “Best Record” badge (or an upgraded “X-Times” version of the badge).  Add bronze trim with 2 best record finishes.  Add silver trim with 3 best record finishes.  Add gold trim with 5 best record finishes.

There is also one NFL leaderboard badge available for NFL Points (see details in the leaderboard section above).  The minimum leaderboard rank to receive a leaderboard badge is 1000.  Add bronze trim by achieving a top 200 rank.  Add silver trim by achieving a top 50 rank.  Add gold trim by achieving a top 10 rank.


 MRP

Each TCredit spent playing Pick Or Punt earns you 5 MRP (Member Rewards Points)–which can be redeemed on over 90,000 TripleClicks products.