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by Nicklausse/Muse
Fri Jul 29, 2016 5:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 22620

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

(warning: opinion from no longer current player) As Will alluded to earlier, I did take deliberate steps with Religion and Mythology to stake out areas of future exploration for those categories. Among them, I: 1. put a decent number of questions on scholarship of religion and mythology under those ...
by Nicklausse/Muse
Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 3 Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 4079

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 3 Discussion

No, there was another Requiem excerpt (Pie Jesu) and two motet clues
by Nicklausse/Muse
Sun Jun 05, 2016 12:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 3 Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 4079

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 3 Discussion

dwd500 wrote:Speaking of the choral side, again, THANK YOU for the Durufle question. He's massively important for us, but so little-known outside vocal circles he feels like our pet secret composer. He never comes up.
Wooo! (When did you buzz?)
by Nicklausse/Muse
Thu Jul 30, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: some numbers about Chicago Open
Replies: 9
Views: 3180

Re: some numbers about Chicago Open

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by Nicklausse/Muse
Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: questions about Judaism
Replies: 15
Views: 3988

Re: questions about Judaism

I'd be interested in seeing some questions from previous tournaments that people would consider "receive 15 points if you are Jewish." This example is from a high school tournament, but it illustrates the point: This holiday sees the singing of the Chad Gadya, and some observants use an orange to r...
by Nicklausse/Muse
Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: questions about Judaism
Replies: 15
Views: 3988

Re: questions about Judaism

I'd be interested in seeing some questions from previous tournaments that people would consider "receive 15 points if you are Jewish."
by Nicklausse/Muse
Mon Apr 20, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 69615

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Mind posting the questions on Grotowski, Patience, and Virgil Thomson? I'm especially interested in the Patience question since people are saying it was very hard.
by Nicklausse/Muse
Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Matt J's Stuff (2014 Penn Bowl)
Replies: 11
Views: 3933

Re: Matt J's Stuff (2014 Penn Bowl)

Ehhh, while it's obviously moot now, I'm iffy about the wording of that lead-in; asking for a ruler while requiring a player to finish, in their head, the line the ruler of the Queen's Navee, the first ruler being Victoria and the latter being Sir J...idk, reference error. How did it play?
by Nicklausse/Muse
Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Matt J's Stuff (2014 Penn Bowl)
Replies: 11
Views: 3933

Re: Matt J's Stuff (2014 Penn Bowl)

I'm late to the party, but can I see the "queen of England (Gilbert and Sullivan)" question? For whatever it's worth, I like the dream ballet question and would probably have powered it off the minor seventh; "There's a Place for Us" is well-known enough as starting with that interval to be a common...
by Nicklausse/Muse
Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:07 am
Forum: Women in quizbowl discussion
Topic: Stats on women's participation at ICTs (open for discussion)
Replies: 13
Views: 4715

Re: Stats on women's participation at ICTs (open for discuss

If this perception is correct, I'd be particularly interested in hearing from women who played high-school quizbowl but chose not to play quizbowl in college, since that seems like a group for whom the obstacles at the two higher levels (cultural attitudes as a whole, quizbowl as a whole) were not ...
by Nicklausse/Muse
Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape discussion
Replies: 5
Views: 1571

Re: Imaginary Landscape discussion

I want to apologize for not responding in this thread sooner; there's a duplicate thread. Joe, I'm glad to hear that you liked the Messiah tossup. Re Folk Song Suite: is there any particular reason you think the third movement is more recognizable than the second? Obviously a buzzer race was not my ...
by Nicklausse/Muse
Tue Aug 12, 2014 4:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape no. 2 Discussion
Replies: 5
Views: 3307

Re: Imaginary Landscape no. 2 Discussion

I had a great time writing this (or rather, writing the ones I did). Would definitely appreciate feedback, if anyone has any. Mine were: Les Contes d'Hoffmann, the Devil (already aware that due to a miscommunication, certain alternate answers weren't accepted -- sorry), Dido and Aeneas, Folk Song Su...
by Nicklausse/Muse
Tue Aug 12, 2014 4:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape no. 2 at VCU Open
Replies: 11
Views: 4083

Re: Imaginary Landscape no. 2 at VCU Open

Mirrors are over and discussion is now in the discussion forum
by Nicklausse/Muse
Mon May 05, 2014 9:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 84
Views: 32431

Re: community question clinic

In one speech, this character describes himself as “the king of courtesy” and states that he is “a Corinthian, a lad of mettle” and that he shall eventually “command all the good lads in Eastchap.” With Pointz, this character robs Bardolph and Petro of money they had stolen from some “grand-jurors....
by Nicklausse/Muse
Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals congratulations, thanks, and discussion
Replies: 169
Views: 33069

Re: ACF Nationals congratulations, thanks, and discussion

Is the set not posted yet? Not meaning to breathe down anyone's neck about it, I want to make sure that I'm not being a dumbass and missing where it is.
by Nicklausse/Muse
Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:29 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words
Replies: 49
Views: 28883

Re: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words

And it surely varies with dialect too, like everything. I guess it would be more like that in the north?
I don't know much about dialectal variation in Welsh, so no idea about north/south, but you're probably right about it varying, in any case.
by Nicklausse/Muse
Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:25 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words
Replies: 49
Views: 28883

Re: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words

It's true that the a in, for example, Vater is pronounced like the a in schwa. But it's not a schwa itself, it's [ɑ], right?
Yeah.
by Nicklausse/Muse
Mon Dec 13, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words
Replies: 49
Views: 28883

Re: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words

An a not accompanied by an umlaut or another vowel is a schwa. Pronounce it like the a in, well, schwa.
Er, what?
by Nicklausse/Muse
Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:46 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words
Replies: 49
Views: 28883

Re: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words

Man, that is confusing. If you'd just told me to read that aloud, I would have been totally confident that it was the same "eu" as in neu and dweud. So I guess that must be some weird vestigial spelling from an earlier orthography or something? It's probably just me rounding things down to English ...
by Nicklausse/Muse
Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:57 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words
Replies: 49
Views: 28883

Re: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words

I already said that.
Blodeuwedd - another one with the "eu" that sounds like "oi," but possibly more importantly, a double d. The "dd" is a voiced "th," like in "there."
by Nicklausse/Muse
Sun Dec 12, 2010 2:04 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words
Replies: 49
Views: 28883

Re: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words

I feel as though I ought to add a few things about Welsh. However, Welsh names don't come up all that often, so rather than give rules and examples, I'll do it in reverse order. (Without diacritics, as this is how they will probably appear.) Owain Glyndwr - His surname looks as though it's got no vo...
by Nicklausse/Muse
Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 4384

Re: Minnesota Open Discussion

Gilbert, in [i]Patience[/i], wrote:In that case unprecedented
Single I must live and die –
I shall have to be contented
With a tulip or lily.
I'm not that worried.
by Nicklausse/Muse
Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 4384

Re: Minnesota Open Discussion

I think MO could be summed up as the model of a very competent hard tournament. I initially read this wrong...... It is the very model of a competent hard tournament Not yet Chicago Open, there's bandleader Woody Herman in't A tossup done on Tolstoy in a categ'ry not heard before Sevastopol had Rag...
by Nicklausse/Muse
Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Discussion
Replies: 156
Views: 16766

Re: ACF Fall Discussion

Fair enough, though IIRC that did not come up later in the question.
by Nicklausse/Muse
Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Discussion
Replies: 156
Views: 16766

Re: ACF Fall Discussion

I guess my assumption is that when assessing difficulty level for history questions, it would do to keep in mind both that clue ordering is important, and that - unlike math/science or music - most players have taken years and years of history, including at least one world/Euro class. The problem is...
by Nicklausse/Muse
Sun Nov 07, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Discussion
Replies: 156
Views: 16766

Re: ACF Fall Discussion

Any thoughts as to the tossup on the Brothers Grimm that called the two "this author"? I know it's trying to avoid transparency, but it's a bit odd. That made me a little bit crazy - I recognized the plot straight away, but did not buzz because the question had said "this author." Avoiding transpar...
by Nicklausse/Muse
Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion
Replies: 117
Views: 12555

Re: Discussion

What was the question?
by Nicklausse/Muse
Fri Oct 22, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Wording in Questions
Replies: 49
Views: 4561

Re: Wording in Questions

Do people still italicize "this" when it isn't followed by a referent? That seems like it could be good practice if for some reason it doesn't work to say "this [thing]."
by Nicklausse/Muse
Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Wording in Questions
Replies: 49
Views: 4561

Re: Wording in Questions

Dangling modifiers tick me off to no end (Chris, I hope that was intentional). It's really not difficult: if you include the phrase "name this [thing]," you can't have a modifier. If you want a modifier, use "this is" instead of "name this [thing]."
by Nicklausse/Muse
Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion
Replies: 117
Views: 12555

Re: Discussion

Likewise, if you're writing a bonus, don't link it together with something superficial like "people who won Pulitzers." I'm thinking here of that Michael Chabon bonus that randomly had Alice Walker as the third part. Huh? Third part was originally a detail from Kavalier and Clay , though I admit to...
by Nicklausse/Muse
Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion
Replies: 117
Views: 12555

Re: Discussion

Props to whoever wrote the Bar Mitzvah tossup, but it got easy fast. "This ostensibly Jewish event is succeeded by a party in which..." is a giveaway on its own, so maybe information about the chair-lifting (and perhaps candy-throwing) should precede, rather than succeed, the fact that they're asso...
by Nicklausse/Muse
Fri Sep 24, 2010 6:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Potential Full Time Job Offer in Quiz Bowl
Replies: 56
Views: 13877

Re: Potential Full Time Job Offer in Quiz Bowl

However, I don't know how much of the website you've read, but I am very clear under "Tournament Philosophy" about looking at history from a very broad perspective. Some huge history buffs may get slightly upset here, but I think it's important to keep the appeal broad. There is nothing wrong with ...
by Nicklausse/Muse
Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Giveaways
Replies: 16
Views: 1899

Re: Giveaways

I agree with Bentley and would also like to add that giveaways along the lines of "Name this thing whose name translates to X" are abominable.
by Nicklausse/Muse
Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussions
Replies: 126
Views: 18545

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussions

I can't name any player who is an electrical engineer
Aaron Rosenberg?
by Nicklausse/Muse
Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QBDB thread
Replies: 75
Views: 20754

Re: QBDB thread

Cool. Thanks again for maintaining this, by the way, it's really useful.
by Nicklausse/Muse
Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QBDB thread
Replies: 75
Views: 20754

Re: QBDB thread

QBDB appears to be having a few issues again; on some searches all the ACF Fall questions come up under ACF Fall 2006, for example. I was also surprised to find that "The Entertainer" was composed by Great Zimbabwe (do not accept Zimbabwe). (among other such humorous answers and questions missing an...
by Nicklausse/Muse
Thu Jul 29, 2010 12:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 25099

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

Sorry!

Also (obviously) ignore The Bells in my comment earlier, I was typing classical pieces I'd listened to recently and clearly forgot to take out all the vocal ones. Nice job, self.
by Nicklausse/Muse
Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 25099

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

There are some pieces for which neither theory nor key signature clues will be helpful, because neither of these features are significant or unusual for that piece. trigger/confirmation And of course that's just like in any other question - clues that could apply to a lot of things are not helpful,...
by Nicklausse/Muse
Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 25099

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

The Brindisi clue you cited is made more useful by the fact that the key is mentioned. This allows one to rule out the more famous first act Brindisi from La Traviata from the moment one hears the word Brindisi. Otherwise, one has to wait to find out stuff that rules out La Traviata at the end of t...
by Nicklausse/Muse
Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 25099

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

Time to revive a dead topic. (This is because I'm writing music questions, if anyone was wondering.) How useful are key signatures, as clues for pieces? I don't have perfect pitch and there's about one key signature I can recognize from hearing it (A-flat major, overrepresented in coloratura arias) ...
by Nicklausse/Muse
Tue Jul 27, 2010 12:53 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Top 10 Memes in Quizbowl History
Replies: 19
Views: 9353

Re: Top 10 Memes in Quizbowl History

Oh, I thought QBWiki was just for writing about what Charles Hang had for breakfast today.
Well, alternately there is just explaining them.
by Nicklausse/Muse
Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:36 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Top 10 Memes in Quizbowl History
Replies: 19
Views: 9353

Re: Top 10 Memes in Quizbowl History

someone make a QBWiki page about memes so n00bs know what this is all about, please
by Nicklausse/Muse
Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2010 Chicago Open, Chicago, IL (July 23-25)
Replies: 135
Views: 32773

Re: Announcement: 2010 Chicago Open, Chicago, IL (July 23-25)

Seconding that request, I'd like to see how mine were edited. (...or one of the editors could send me an e-mail.)
by Nicklausse/Muse
Mon Jul 05, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ECSO2 @ Hunter College (7/10/10)
Replies: 70
Views: 13293

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ECSO2 @ Hunter College (7/10/10)

Beezly Kiernan and Grace Chan appear to be joining us.
by Nicklausse/Muse
Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ECSO2 @ Hunter College (7/10/10)
Replies: 70
Views: 13293

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ECSO2 @ Hunter College (7/10/10)

Playing with Kazim Panjwani; we'll probably scrounge up a couple of teammates.
by Nicklausse/Muse
Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial
Replies: 275
Views: 76387

Re: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial

You've still got me on a team with Magin; I dropped out.
by Nicklausse/Muse
Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open matchmaking thread
Replies: 57
Views: 10805

Re: Chicago Open matchmaking thread

I'm out of this tournament (due to scheduling and other concerns). I was going to be playing with Carsten Gehring, David Seal and Stephen Liu, and as I've nearly finished with my part of the packet, this spot would involve no writing.
by Nicklausse/Muse
Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit 2010
Replies: 124
Views: 27829

Re: CO Lit 2010

I'm out; this leaves Ahmad Ragab without a teammate.
by Nicklausse/Muse
Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial
Replies: 275
Views: 76387

Re: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial

I'm out; this leaves Jonathan Magin without a teammate.