High IQ

Since I can’t think of a witty opening this week, I’m going to start off by saying, “I don’t have a high intelligence quotient.” (At least as far as I know. I took a test once, but I’m pretty sure the proctor never contacted my parents with the score, or my mother would’ve told me.) (Besides, who gives those tests out of their home?!) Now, if “IQ” stood for “imagination quotient”, my number might be rather high. I may not be a famous, best-selling author like Stephen King or Suzanne Collins (yet!), but I knew that I had a huge, vivid imagination even before a psychic told me so last month. (Both my mothers and more than a few of my friends have mentioned it, and I may have even had an inkling when I was a little girl. After all, what better company can an only child have than her own mind?)

But I’ve drifted. Off to this week’s game.


While I’ve never solved a Rubix cube (the only person I’ve seen do it other than Celeste re-stuck some of the stickers–she claimed it was necessary), the puzzle element reminded me of those…ah…I think you’d call them “spatial reasoning” tests that some employers give you. (When they get into complicated figures, pattern sequences and algebra, it makes you wish for the personality tests of old…and wondering what the hell it has to do with retail!) If I was in the mix, I’d probably stand back and allow someone like Celeste to take the lead; but if I really had to, I’d try to figure it out. If I can manage those spatial reasoning puzzles with a bit of thinking, surely those cubes wouldn’t be too hard.

My heartmom (yes, I converted her!) mentioned Thursday night that SFO crowded Moo when she was trying to solve the Sudoku puzzle. While the crowding wasn’t quite as bad as I imagined, I do agree that the good doctor should have been left alone. She solves those puzzles for relaxation, for the sake of the Goddess! What the hell did y’all think you were doing, getting in her way?! I though Rob’s reaction to the teams going through the fountain was funny. Yes, one would think that the teams would go around the fountain, especially since they wouldn’t have to worry about crashing into each other, but who says nerds have to be logical?! *giggle*

The big topic of the week seemed to be “drunk Moo”. (Okay, so that’s all Doc seemed to be tweeting about Thursday night. HA!) As someone who has only gotten drunk once in her life (in Ireland, of course), I can see where this might be a big deal. At least I know when I finally meet her that I can happily accept all the hugs she promises, but will have to politely deny any alcohol that isn’t prepackaged. I may not like Josh, but I’m going to trust him when he says Moo makes a kickass drink!

I think this is the first week where I’ve had no idea what the Nerd-Off was ahead of time. While matching is a reasonable game that even I can handle, I’m used to viewing the board from above, as with traditional matching games. I’m not sure how well I would’ve done with the puzzle at eye-level and the Gauntlet of Distraction was–as promised–quite distracting. (I would’ve muttered Kan’non wa watashi o tasukete!* when I was heading for the sumo!) That being said, the funniest part of this week’s episode was Josh being tossed around like a rag doll, especially since he had the audacity to claim he was immovable! Hey Josh…how ’bout you have a few dozen bowls of chanko-nabe** and come back and try that again, hm?

Now that we’re more than halfway through competition, it’s time for the unenviable task: running down who should be in the final four. So I don’t play favorites, I’m going to take the remaining competitors in alphabetical order.


Celeste Anderson: My heartmom pointed out that she doesn’t think Celeste has any real talents other than solving cubes. Whether or not this is actually true, I still like Celeste. She has a certain no se por que and she might surprise us with her abilities in the end.

Danielle Mackey: I’ve developed a bit of a love/hate relationship with Danielle. I thought she was a decent player at first, but now there is just something about her that is getting on my nerves. If she has to go to the end, fine, so be it…I’m certainly not going to cry foul over it. But otherwise, let’s see her out in week seven. 

Genevieve Pearson: has pep and drive. I can’t point out any specific reason why she should be in the final, yet I can’t readily pinpoint a weakness that might make her an ineffective competitor for the crown, either. (I only recently realized she’s a fellow novelista. If she has books, I’d like to read them!)

Ivan Van Norman: As much as I’m disinclined to see SFO lose for three weeks straight, some serious paring needs to be done in order to have the best team for the final four. Although I would settle for week seven, I would like to see Ivan out next week. He is becoming progressively cockier as the weeks go on and I am surprised at the temerity he demonstrated when he visited Blextrophy’s sleeping chamber to demand whether they felt that he was truly the right choice for this week’s Nerd-Off. Not only that, but if he is allowed to stay, he will continue to attempt to form new alliances behind everyone’s backs–and that is something that cannot be permitted.

Moogega Cooper: I have a “womance” going on with Moo. Do I really need to defend her? I don’t think so. I’m just going to say that I don’t like the fact that the good doctor was mentioned as a possibility for the Nerd-Off this week, but that I find it necessary for her to be mentioned (and possibly even put at risk) if I intend to see her take the crown at the end of the game.

Virgil Griffith: I stand by my earlier statement that while screwing Viv over wasn’t the best idea in the world, the whole issue got blown out of proportion in the end. Virgil has worked hard to redeem himself in the past few weeks and has done an excellent job of blending into the background lately. I agree with my heartmom that an all-female final would be great, but if I had my way, I would choose Virgil over Danielle to go all the way to the end.


Your thoughts on the final four are welcome. Hit me up at @DayaRyelle on Twitter…or if you’re really lucky, I might answer you at my new Tumblr. 😉




*”Kannon help me!” (Kannon is more popularly known as Kwan Yin)

**The protein rich stew famously consumed by sumo.

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