Another angle might have something to do with how many planted academies are optimal. And that's dependent on game speed. I was playing on Epic, which means ten academies is more likely to be optimal than in a Quick game. But that's sort of getting a bit into the weeds to be a useful claim anymore. I never play on quick, and rarely play on normal. Anyway, it's worth mentioning in general. New Deal sucks pretty hard if you play on Quick where you should be mass bulbing all your Great Scientists.