I never knew about your vignettes, but am glad you sent out that PM about it. It's nice to see a tourney have a theme and then see the host go the extra mile to enhance it.
Hear, hear! One of the reasons I'm a major fan of Duk. I was grumbling about the size of that pm until I got involved reading it. It's a shame I waited until I was a looooong way past my school years to develop an interest in history. It's great that there are such things as PBS and Duk to help feed that interest.
It is week 18. The final game goes out today, and in preparation for it I have done the last interim scoreboard. The next scoreboard will the the last, and I will do it only after all games have finished.
First the bad news: two more players, Gromph and osujacket, have managed to work their way into a negative score and are eliminated.
Mviola and benga continue to dominate, with 60 and 53 points respectively. Aspalm has clawed his way into 3rd place with 42. Iron Maid, who not so long ago was leading the tournament, has fallen into a tie with br4nd0n2002 for 4th place, while badmunkay and Kingm share 5th.
I made an executive decision and dropped Breal from the list, despite the fact that he still has a respectable score. He has deadbeated 2 games so far, but more importantly has not been online since March 31st, and I think would be a risk for not accepting his invite for this game. This leaves us with 90 surviving players, and a perfect 15 games of 6 as long as everyone accepts their invites.
Alexander Litvinenko was murdered by the (allegedly disbanded) KGB in 2006. Today, it's still news, as the Russian continue to frustrate all attempts by the British authorities to bring his killers to justice.