Tips for winning Time Machine 2/5/17

The February 5, 2017 Time Machine contest features the following question:

the_lego_batman_movie_promotionalposterWhat will the all-time box office rank for the LEGO Batman movie be on March 14?

If you have access to an actual time machine, you can of course simply travel to the future and retrieve the answer.  If not, you should familiarize yourself with BoxOfficeMojo.com and, specificallythis chart–which gives you the all-time box office (worldwide gross) ranks for over 650 movies.

On March 14, 2017, at 11 AM CT, will the LEGO Batman movie be ranked 1st, 250th, 660th…or somewhere in between?  Learn more about the LEGO Batman movie, which opens February 10th, here.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is the deadline for entering?
A: All entries must be in by 11:30 pm CT on March 10, 2017.

Q: When exactly will the ranking for Time Machine be considered final?
A: March 14, 2017 at precisely 11 AM CT –per BoxOfficeMojo’s All-Time Box Office chart.

Q: Do I have to hit the number exactly or can I win by just being close?
A: This isn’t the game Horse Shoes.  To win Time Machine, you must provide the exact, right answer.

Q: When will the winner(s) be revealed?
A: The winner (or winners) will be revealed here on the evening of March 14, 2017.

Q: What should an entry look like?
A: Your entry should be a one-, two-, or three-digit number.  For example, if you think the movie will be ranked 99th all-time on March 14th, enter the number “99.”

Q: Where can I enter?
A: You can learn more about Time Machine and enter HERE.

Q: When will the next Time Machine game start
A: After the entry period ends for the LEGO Batman movie predictions, a new Time Machine contest will start on or about March 10, 2017.

Q: What if the movie doesn’t chart at all?
A: If the movie doesn’t make the BoxOfficeMojo’s All-Time Box Office chart, no winners will be named and the Zackpot will “roll over” to the next Time Machine contest.

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 Time Machine 12/23/16

The December 23, 2016 Time Machine contest features the following question:

How many total points will be scored in Super Bowl 51?

super_bowl_li_logo-svgSuper Bowl LI will be the 51st Super Bowl and the 47th modern-era National Football League (NFL) championship game. The American Football Conference (AFC) champion will play the National Football Conference (NFC) champion to decide the league champion for the 2016 season.

The game is scheduled for February 5, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

If you have access to an actual time machine, you can of course simply travel to the future and retrieve the answer.  If not, use the above links and do other Internet research to come up with your prediction.


 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is the deadline for entering?
A: All entries must be in by 5:30 pm CT on Sunday, February 5th, 2017.

Q: Do I have to hit the number exactly or can I win by just being close?
A: This isn’t the game Horse Shoes.  To win Time Machine, you must provide the exact, right answer.

Q: When will the winner(s) be revealed?
A: The winner (or winners) will be revealed here no later than February 6th, 2017.

Q: What should an entry look like?
A: Your entry should be a one-, two-, or three-digit number.  For example, if you think the total score (scoring by both teams) in the Super Bowl will be 77 points, enter the number 77.

Q: Where can I enter?
A: You can learn more about Time Machine and enter HERE.

Q: When will the next Time Machine game start
A: After the entry period ends for Super Bowl 51 predictions, a new Time Machine contest will start on February 5th, 2017.

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 Time Machine 11/4/16

The November 4, 2016 Time Machine contest features the following question:

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What will the all-time box office rank for the Doctor Strange movie be on December 27th?

If you have access to an actual time machine, you can of course simply travel to the future and retrieve the answer.  If not, you should familiarize yourself with BoxOfficeMojo.com and, specifically, this chart–which gives you the all-time box office (worldwide gross) ranks for over 650 movies.

On December 27, 2016, at 11 AM CT, will Doctor Strange be ranked 1st, 250th, 660th…or somewhere in between?  Learn more about Doctor Strange movie, which opens November 4th, here.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is the deadline for entering?
A: All entries must be in by 11:30 pm CT on December 23, 2016.

Q: When exactly will the ranking for Time Machine be considered final?
A: December 27, 2016 at precisely 11 AM CT –per BoxOfficeMojo’s All-Time Box Office chart.

Q: Do I have to hit the number exactly or can I win by just being close?
A: This isn’t the game Horse Shoes.  To win Time Machine, you must provide the exact, right answer.

Q: When will the winner(s) be revealed?
A: The winner (or winners) will be revealed here on the evening of December 27, 2016.

Q: What should an entry look like?
A: Your entry should be a one-, two-, or three-digit number.  For example, if you think the movie will be ranked 99th all-time on December 27, enter the number “99.”

Q: Where can I enter?
A: You can learn more about Time Machine and enter HERE.

Q: When will the next Time Machine game start
A: After the entry period ends for Doctor Strange movie predictions, a new Time Machine contest will start on or about December 23, 2016.

Q: What if the movie doesn’t chart at all?
A: If the movie doesn’t make the BoxOfficeMojo’s All-Time Box Office chart, no winners will be named and the Zackpot will “roll over” to the next Time Machine contest.

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 Time Machine 9/28/16

The Sept. 28, 2016 Time Machine contest features the following question:

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What will the all-time box office rank for the Masterminds movie be on November 7th?

If you have access to an actual time machine, you can of course simply travel to the future and retrieve the answer.  If not, you should familiarize yourself with BoxOfficeMojo.com and, specifically, this chart–which gives you the all-time box office (worldwide gross) ranks for over 650 movies.

On November 7, 2016, at 11 AM CT, will Masterminds be ranked 1st, 250th, 660th…or somewhere in between?  Learn more about Masterminds movie, which opens September 30th, here.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is the deadline for entering?
A: All entries must be in by 11:30 pm CT on November 4, 2016.

Q: When exactly will the ranking for Time Machine be considered final?
A: November 7, 2016 at precisely 11 AM CT –per BoxOfficeMojo’s All-Time Box Office chart.

Q: Do I have to hit the number exactly or can I win by just being close?
A: This isn’t the game Horse Shoes.  To win Time Machine, you must provide the exact, right answer.

Q: When will the winner(s) be revealed?
A: The winner (or winners) will be revealed here on the evening of November 7, 2016.

Q: What should an entry look like?
A: Your entry should be a one-, two-, or three-digit number.  For example, if you think the movie will be ranked 99th all-time on November 7, enter the number “99.”

Q: Where can I enter?
A: You can learn more about Time Machine and enter HERE.

Q: When will the next Time Machine game start
A: After the entry period ends for Masterminds movie predictions, a new Time Machine contest will start on or about November 5, 2016.

Q: What if the movie doesn’t chart at all?
A: If the movie doesn’t make the BoxOfficeMojo’s All-Time Box Office chart, no winners will be named and the Zackpot will “roll over” to the next Time Machine contest.

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 Time Machine 8/18/16

The August 18, 2016 Time Machine contest features the following question:

What will the NYSE spot price for silver be at market close on October 5, 2016?

If you have access to an actual time machine, simply travel to October 5th and retrieve the answer.  If not, the following Webpage will help you make your prediction:

http://www.kitco.com/charts/livesilver.html

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Here’s another valuable resource for determining what the price of silver will do in the future:

http://www.macrotrends.net/1333/gold-and-silver-prices-100-year-historical-chart

The above Webpage actually tracks the price of silver for the last 100 years!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is the deadline for entering?
A: All entries must be in by 11:30 pm CT on September 28, 2016.

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: October 6, 2016.

Q: How many decimal places should answers go to?
A: Two.  For example, 19.61, and we’ll round up or down if necessary (i.e. 19.792 would be rounded down to 19.79).

Q: Where can I enter?
A: You can learn more about Time Machine and enter your prediction for the above question HERE beginning at 11:30 pm CT on Thursday, August 18th, 2016.

Q: What’s “NYSE?”
A: NYSE is the abbreviation for the New York Stock Exchange.

Q: When will the next Time Machine game start?
A: The next Time Machine game should start on or about September 29, 2016.

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 Time Machine 5/2/16

The May 2, 2016 Time Machine contest features the following question:

PrintWhat will the all-time box office rank for the Angry Birds movie be on June 21?

If you have access to an actual time machine, you can of course simply travel to the future and retrieve the answer.  If not, you should familiarize yourself with BoxOfficeMojo.com and, specifically, this chart–which gives you the all-time box office (worldwide gross) ranks for over 640 movies.

On June 21, 2016, at 11 AM CT, will The Angry Birds Movie be ranked 1st, 250th, 640th…or somewhere in between?  Learn more about The Angry Birds Movie, which opens May 20th, here.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is the deadline for entering?
A: All entries must be in by 11:30 pm CT on June 17, 2016.

Q: When exactly will the ranking for Time Machine be considered final?
A:  June 21, 2016 at precisely 11 AM CT –per BoxOfficeMojo’s All-Time Box Office chart.

Q: Do I have to hit the number exactly or can I win by just being close?
A: This isn’t the game Horse Shoes.  To win Time Machine, you must provide the exact, right answer.

Q: When will the winner(s) be revealed?
A: The winner (or winners) will be revealed here on the evening of June 21, 2016.

Q: What should an entry look like?
A: Your entry should be a one-, two-, or three-digit number.  For example, if you think the movie will be ranked 99th all-time on June 21, enter the number “99.”

Q: Where can I enter?
A: You can learn more about Time Machine and enter HERE.

Q: When will the next Time Machine game start
A: After the entry period ends for The Angry Bird Movie predictions, a new Time Machine contest will start on June 17, 2016.

Q: What if the movie doesn’t chart at all?
A: If the movie doesn’t make the BoxOfficeMojo’s All-Time Box Office chart, no winners will be named and the Zackpot will “roll over” to the next Time Machine contest.

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 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).