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  1. Kaito

    Cryptic Sumo

    ?, Endo, chanko afraid I can't quite untangle the wordplay for the first one
  2. Kaito

    New game! -What's that Acronym?

    Took easy road until nearing Ozekihood, fighting untold jobbers initially.
  3. Kaito

    Cryptic Sumo

    Well now that the enumeration's right, it's an anagram of join future, Terunofuji.
  4. Kaito

    Cryptic Sumo

    It's not jumping out at me, but I'll contribute an easier one for now. Surprising performer might talk out loud. (6)
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    Superbanzuke Masters Series Haru 2021

    My word, Joaoiyama. Huge congrats!
  6. Kaito

    Games Talk Haru 2021

    Hi, welcome! (I already recognize you from the grand sumo discord, but hey, welcome to the forums.) So each game has its own banzuke. Your first efforts in TTT and JG had you debuting at ms6e and ms5w, respectively. And you need to make it to Makuuchi to earn any points on the Super Banzuke! It seems to take a pretty long time to get to where you belong, in my experience so far. However, you'll definitely be appearing on the SB Masters and World Championship rankings after scoring such a nice haul this basho.
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    Games Talk Haru 2021

    Oh yeah, the 15-0 in Bench is amazing. Well done, Chelseayama!
  8. Kaito

    Games Talk Haru 2021

    Bah, I had to go for Tochinoshin to have a chance for the ISP yusho. Threw away some SB points there. In hindsight, I needed to make my move when Takakeisho faced Asanoyama, but I wouldn't have guessed picks would be so incredibly lopsided. Also, grats in Odd, Jaku. I mean, I can't promise nobody else passed you, but I sure didn't. I thought I had a pretty easy chance to retake on day 9, and then thought I had it after the first matches of days 11 and especially 12, but nahhh. Pretty bad basho overall!
  9. Kaito

    March basho 2021

    Ah, I apologize. I think I read your statement as saying Asa had reached sanyaku faster than Hoshoryu reached Juryo.
  10. Kaito

    March basho 2021

    I thought this was interesting and went to fact-check it. It's not quite true. It's almost true if you go by age, rather than number of tournaments (Hoshoryu was ~4 months older upon entry). If comparing number of basho, Asashoryu didn't even get out of Juryo before Hoshoryu got in. If Hoshoryu had had the banzuke luck to reach Juryo with a 4-3 from Ms4w, he would have beaten his uncle in.
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    March basho 2021

    Minor correction - Hakuyozan won their day 1 match.
  12. Kaito

    March basho 2021

    Yeah, I also think Takayasu's mindset would be in a better place if he's granted an extra chance now. It can be hard to avoid "fighting not to lose" when you're the surprise leader and suddenly have a lot of expectations being placed on you, but it's not his basho to lose anymore. I'll be rooting for him to get it done the hard way tomorrow.
  13. Kaito

    Games Talk Haru 2021

    You don't say... I've gone from 6-1 to 6-7. gg.
  14. Kaito

    Hokuseiho - Shot at a record?

    Reminder, the only person who had ever started 7-0, 7-0, 7-0 at Hokuseiho's age was future Ozeki Tochiazuma, who then went 3-4 at ms23e. Hokuseiho unfortunately drew Tokisakae for his first match in Makushita (currently 6-0), but now sits at 4-2 at ms15w. He's still on a phenomenal path. (Although he'll need to go back to 7-0 next basho to keep pace with the former Ozeki!) As for that "slow tachiai" in his last match, I thought that was the most ridiculous matta, but it seems like the gyoji always gives up after calling two. Asakoki didn't even begin to move his hand towards the ground before charging early and he caught Hokuseiho right at the moment that he was beginning his own movement towards the ground.
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    March basho 2021

    You can do what you want, but I'm not holding it against Shodai that he started his first basho at Ozeki 3-0 and had to drop with a legitimate injury. Saying he's averaging 7 with no context is not giving a fair representation of his sumo when he's basically performed at a Yokozuna level on the dohyo since the start of 2020. Obviously you can say the same for Asanoyama, who hits 10+ wins every time like clockwork. Takakeisho's had the most consistency/injury concerns but his ceiling's still very high coming into any given tournament. All 3 Ozeki are far from bad imo.