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by Kyle
Sat May 05, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: British Student Quiz Championships 2018 (London, May 5th)
Replies: 2
Views: 1380

Re: British Student Quiz Championships 2018 (London, May 5th

There's an extremely sad photo on Twitter suggesting that this tournament had a dispiriting result.
by Kyle
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: 2018 Washington Middle School Classic
Replies: 0
Views: 661

2018 Washington Middle School Classic

Thanks to the organizational efforts of Jefferson and the UW quiz bowl team, today marked the debut of middle school quiz bowl in the state of Washington. Seven teams from five schools came to the University of Washington to play a tournament on NAQT's MS-25. We did a single-elimination playoff with...
by Kyle
Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UK Player Poll 2016: We the East!
Replies: 26
Views: 8096

Re: UK Player Poll 2016: We the East!

Hmm, a second Oxford Varsity loss that Joey can blame on Ewan...
by Kyle
Mon May 30, 2016 2:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 43027

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

The inertia question happened to be in one of the packets that I was helping to edit. I'm not especially up on my physics, so I didn't attempt to make any definitive determination about the question as a whole, but I did spend some time reading about the first sentence. Here is that sentence: "A pre...
by Kyle
Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (Collegiate 2016)
Replies: 46
Views: 17633

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? (Collegiate 2016)

Not sure how pertinent this is either, but I'll be at Oxford in the autumn. Hey, me too! British people: I wouldn't mind attending a few practices or staffing a tournament, if Americans are allowed to do such things in your country. The Cantabs are literally freaking out at the news in this thread ...
by Kyle
Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 30186

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

I really enjoyed Chris's post. I don't want to seem unappreciative of his hard work by immediately asking for more, but I'd be very curious to see something similar written up about middle school quizbowl (a game whose state I don't understand at all and which I have never seen in person). In parti...
by Kyle
Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:06 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 30186

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

I really enjoyed Chris's post. I don't want to seem unappreciative of his hard work by immediately asking for more, but I'd be very curious to see something similar written up about middle school quizbowl (a game whose state I don't understand at all and which I have never seen in person). In partic...
by Kyle
Sun Jun 28, 2015 2:19 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: San Diego Academic League
Replies: 19
Views: 6081

Re: San Diego Academic League

For what it's worth, I successfully enlisted Edmund's help to prove to Joey that British quizbowl vocabulary was different before I adulterated it. Here's the evidence: It is beloved of University Challenge question setters, but even more so of Quiz About Quiz question setters, as an example even ca...
by Kyle
Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: San Diego Academic League
Replies: 19
Views: 6081

Re: San Diego Academic League

While Academic League tossups are necessarily easier relative to pyramidal ones due to their one-line nature, there is a tendency towards "swerving" in questions which does not reward blitzing For the record, these are called "hoses." A hose is a question in which the earlier parts have little or n...
by Kyle
Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 40358

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

In last year's HSNCT, there was a bonus (which I edited) whose hard part was to say the phrase "Chinese dream." The prompt happened to mention, in addition to some more relevant information, that Xi Jinping's appropriation of this phrase was apparently inspired by a Thomas Friedman editorial. The co...
by Kyle
Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 40358

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

El Cool Rectangle wrote:The questions for this set on the whole were very good. There was certainly some history on the easier side, as well as some CE (dropping artificial islands first line for South China Sea notably sticks out).
Not that it matters, but South China Sea was geography rather than CE.
by Kyle
Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 40358

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

Under this {dynasty}, the Black Stone was hidden by the Qarmatians ["car"-MAY-shunz], who {sacked} Mecca soon after the suppression of a {slave revolt} called the {Zanj Rebellion}. This dynasty rose to power after the defeat of Marwan II [mar-wahn "the second"] at the {Battle of the Zab} [zahb]. La...
by Kyle
Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:25 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of press coverage of HSNCT/quizbowl events
Replies: 19
Views: 5539

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!

Granny Soberer wrote:Is it possible that that journalist could be a quizbowl player? I don't know of any journalism majors or freelance writers among the community, but they have to be out there somewhere, right?
It's going to have to be somebody who has no future ambition to be paid money by NAQT.
by Kyle
Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of press coverage of HSNCT/quizbowl events
Replies: 19
Views: 5539

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!

I'd love for someone from a national media outlet to prove me wrong since quizbowl has tons of amazing stories that just a little bit of reporting effort could turn into solid features, but unless we get some reporter who has some connection to quizbowl I doubt there's going to be anyone eager to c...
by Kyle
Wed May 20, 2015 7:33 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 9058

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

Harvard for a time in the mid to late 2000's played "Speed Rounds", which would be where tossup 1 is worth 1 point, tossup 2 is worth 2 points, etc. Negs are worth as much as the tossup value. This would traditionally be played on an NAQT IS set. This is a pure gimmick format, generally played at t...
by Kyle
Wed May 20, 2015 7:33 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 5262

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

Harvard for a time in the mid to late 2000's played "Speed Rounds", which would be where tossup 1 is worth 1 point, tossup 2 is worth 2 points, etc. Negs are worth as much as the tossup value. This would traditionally be played on an NAQT IS set. This is a pure gimmick format, generally played at t...
by Kyle
Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT state championships 2015
Replies: 8
Views: 6167

Re: NAQT state championships 2015

The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi wrote:
Kyle wrote: Missouri:
Hallsville won the NAQT Qualifier, and is likely to win their class of MSHSAA State.
The state of Missouri confuses me. Which of these is the "state championship"? I hope it is whichever one required me to edit 150-character questions about driver's ed for three years.
by Kyle
Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT state championships 2015
Replies: 8
Views: 6167

Re: NAQT state championships 2015

I thought it would be nice to highlight the teams that won state championships, so I tried to put this together. I may well have misinterpreted some of the results, especially for states with multiple divisions -- sorry in advance! 2015 State Champions: Alabama: Hoover Arizona: Desert Vista Californ...
by Kyle
Thu Apr 02, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences
Replies: 77
Views: 38945

Re: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences

That might be the worst bonus part I've ever heard. I love it. You're right -- this could definitely be an entire bonus, and the people who write Knowledge Bowl questions should learn to recognize the merits of a format with thirty-point bonuses: For 10 points each, complete these sayings about bac...
by Kyle
Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:09 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quizbowl in Foreign Languages?
Replies: 15
Views: 5244

Re: Quizbowl in Foreign Languages?

The game that approximates quizbowl in Morocco is in French. There's a fairly competitive group of universities that compete. I never actually watched a real game -- I just attended the tail end of some sort of team selection event. I was in touch briefly with the people who ran it about the possibi...
by Kyle
Tue Jul 15, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quiz Bowl Skill and Income
Replies: 18
Views: 4943

Re: Quiz Bowl Skill and Income

I don't know a single member of my team that lives within 15 km (10 miles) of the school. What if you used income data by county rather than by ZIP code? Only a very few schools draw from multiple counties. I mentioned on the original post wanting to do it by school district. But some are from priv...
by Kyle
Tue Jul 15, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quiz Bowl Skill and Income
Replies: 18
Views: 4943

Re: Quiz Bowl Skill and Income

Theodore wrote:I don't know a single member of my team that lives within 15 km (10 miles) of the school.
What if you used income data by county rather than by ZIP code? Only a very few schools draw from multiple counties.
by Kyle
Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2014 MSNCT survey results
Replies: 4
Views: 2395

Re: 2014 MSNCT survey results

How is it that Minneapolis is the city where the highest percentage of survey takers would not attend the MSNCT?
by Kyle
Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where the Chip Teams Are
Replies: 13
Views: 4282

Re: Where the Chip Teams Are

I made a chloropleth.
by Kyle
Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT Consolation Rounds Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 4970

Re: 2014 HSNCT Consolation Rounds Discussion

What would happen if you awarded a trophy to the winner of the consolation tournament?
by Kyle
Wed Jun 04, 2014 12:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 49737

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

I have split off the discussion of the consolation rounds; you can find it here.
by Kyle
Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 49737

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

Corry wrote:[*] Italy: Isn't "bonga bonga" is a well-known thing about Italy now?[/list]
Perhaps this did not play as I had hoped, but do remember that there is a distinction between "bonga bonga" and "bunga bunga."
by Kyle
Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 49737

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

I have never been a fan of Ginseng's automatically generated pronunciation guides, and I felt vindicated while reading Packet 18. Ginseng's PG suggestions cannot handle words or names that can be pronounced in different ways. Consequently, packet 18 instructed readers to pronounce the name of the my...
by Kyle
Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 49737

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

North Carolina There were two NC questions (in the same round, no less). Was this the geography/history one, or the current events/politics one? I realize that this wasn't your fault, but it made some teams hesitant to buzz in with NC on the second question. Corry wrote the geography one; the other...
by Kyle
Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:36 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: All-time all-state teams
Replies: 61
Views: 24833

Re: All-time all-state teams

Washington State = Kyle Haddad-Fonda and his former HS teammates reunion tour? Chris Grubb and Mike Bocek (both UW players, although I think Bocek is at Stanford now) would probably join this team with Kyle. Steven Diamond (Stanford) probably the 4th player on that team. I suspect that Ben Bishop i...
by Kyle
Thu May 29, 2014 1:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSNCT 2010 Difficulty - Is my team crazy?
Replies: 5
Views: 1833

Re: HSNCT 2010 Difficulty - Is my team crazy?

Northern Central Railway wrote:You're not crazy.
Well, he still might be crazy if his team is doing better on 2009 than 2010.
by Kyle
Sun May 18, 2014 5:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: British Student Quiz Championships 2014 (17th May, Oxford)
Replies: 4
Views: 1930

Re: British Student Quiz Championships 2014 (17th May, Oxfor

This result should silence any complaints about how Oxford A always wins this tournament.
by Kyle
Fri May 02, 2014 2:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 84
Views: 32431

Re: community question clinic

I find it sad that nobody has come to Jerry's clinic, so I am going to kick things off by posting a tossup. This tossup was part of a packet submitted for Oxford Open by a completely inexperienced writer who asked for feedback on the packet. I did give fairly extensive feedback on the history questi...
by Kyle
Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:30 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg
Replies: 169
Views: 69594

Re: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg

I also remember the 5/10/20/30 where you got points based on the number of parts you got right. These were brutal when they were "A, B, both, or neither" bonuses. This seemed to happen most in science and math. Here's one from the 2005 HSNCT: For 5 points for one, 10 for two, 20 for three, or 30 fo...
by Kyle
Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How successful has NHBB been at promoting regular quizbowl?
Replies: 18
Views: 4863

Re: How successful has NHBB been at promoting regular quizbo

so taking the step of inviting the press to national championships can go a long way in increasing quiz bowl's cachet. When I did the liveblogs for HSNCT, I sent press releases and emails to all the media outlets in the Chicago/Atlanta areas that I could find. The only thing I got was a blogpost on...
by Kyle
Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals congratulations, thanks, and discussion
Replies: 169
Views: 33069

Re: ACF Nationals congratulations, thanks, and discussion

No Rules Westbrook wrote:I think the one thing we agree on in this case is that the Coral Castle tossup was immaculate. I mean, just immaculate.
What a great idea for a tossup -- was there a clue in it about how he'll record your answering machine message?
by Kyle
Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Late Game
Replies: 16
Views: 2611

Re: Late Game

Also: many national championship games have come down to final tossups. Endgame strategy is a legitimate thing to be asking about, especially if you're a newer player. So in other words, lets totally not encourage younger players to get better and instead teach them how to strategize like LASA and ...
by Kyle
Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The greatest quizbowl photos
Replies: 123
Views: 45240

Re: The greatest quizbowl photos

Here is a photo of the winning team at the 2012 British Student Quiz Championships. From left to right, it's Alison Hudson, Chris Savory, me, and Alex Bubb. Many of you may remember Alison for playing on several of the great State College teams from 2004-2007. http://i.imgur.com/eMU7tUj.jpg There's ...
by Kyle
Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:26 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The greatest quizbowl photos
Replies: 123
Views: 45240

Re: The greatest quizbowl photos

The following picture of the 2008-2009 Harvard quizbowl team appeared in the Boston Globe. What I've found most striking about this picture is how it appears that Adam Hallowell is either the primary source of light, or is in the process of either being abducted by aliens or ascending to a higher p...
by Kyle
Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Role of a Moderator
Replies: 41
Views: 5730

Re: The Role of a Moderator

The fact that Wilmington Charter has participated in the discussion in a reasonable way makes them look better. I agree that the leadership of the Wilmington Charter club has looked better in this thread by being willing to apologize publicly for the behavior of some of its club's members. In the i...
by Kyle
Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: general discussion
Replies: 75
Views: 7864

Re: 2014 ICT: general discussion

Madagascar Serpent Eagle wrote:For example, I wrote a bonus on la Quenelle that was in the DII packets several rounds after the DI bonus that had at least one, maybe two parts the same.
I wrote the D1 CE bonus without having seen the MI bonus you wrote for D2.
by Kyle
Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Don't power-mark question sets without the editors' consent
Replies: 44
Views: 4474

Re: Don't power-mark question sets without the editors' cons

Doesn't the [10] before every ACF-format bonus (and most housewritten bonuses) proscribe anything besides 10-point bonuses? (Except for when it specifies something like [5,5]) Right, but the argument was made earlier in this thread that adding powermarks constituted an editorial decision, in contra...
by Kyle
Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Don't power-mark question sets without the editors' consent
Replies: 44
Views: 4474

Re: Don't power-mark question sets without the editors' cons

Hypothetically, if somebody were to decide without permission to use the "British" scoring system of having five-point bonus parts rather than ten-point bonus parts, would that provoke the same ire as illicit powermarking? Or would that not be an "editorial" change to the questions? (Note that I'm n...
by Kyle
Mon Jan 27, 2014 7:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open 2014 Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 5977

Re: Oxford Open 2014 Discussion

More important, Tris and Hugh wrote what was far and away the best submitted packet, and the editors would have had a much more difficult time getting the tournament ready but for their efforts. Thank you, but at the risk of sounding self-serving, I am going to point out that Tris didn't write any ...
by Kyle
Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open 2014 Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 5977

Re: Oxford Open 2014 Discussion

If I may, I'd like to avoid addressing any of the issues previously mentioned in this thread and instead focus on two very positive things that came out of this tournament. Tris Cole and Hugh Bennett were part of the Sheffield team that beat mine in the quarterfinals of University Challenge in 2011....
by Kyle
Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2013 Global Announcement
Replies: 46
Views: 24854

Re: ACF Fall 2013 Global Announcement

I lied about the half-hour but I'm writing the email now. This was very frustrating for the UK site and happened last year as well. I'm confused -- did the extra half-hour really screw things up? I sent the British answerlines to Ewan earlier in the week so you guys could Briticize, and as I unders...
by Kyle
Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Reverse Powering: An exercise in Game Theory?
Replies: 15
Views: 2459

Re: Reverse Powering: An exercise in Game Theory?

You can get a similar effect to this if you play with poker chips and pause periodically in the question to place bets on whether you will be the first person to answer correctly, since it's better to buzz in after people have bet than when only the antes are in the pot. Actually, this is the chief ...
by Kyle
Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT conversion stats
Replies: 46
Views: 7580

Re: 2013 HSNCT conversion stats

fett0001 wrote:What was the overall neg rate for the tournament?
Year, Power Rate, Neg Rate

2013, 23.8%, 19.0%
2012, 25.7%, 17.4%
2011, 20.5%, 17.1%
2010, 15.7%, 17.3%
by Kyle
Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT conversion stats
Replies: 46
Views: 7580

Re: 2013 HSNCT conversion stats

Can I see the stats on the tossups for the Arabian Sea and the United Arab Emirates? UAE was read in 80 rooms. It was powered 5 times. 64 teams got 10 points on it. 37 teams negged. That's 86.3% total conversion, a 7.2% power rate, and a 46.3% neg rate. Arabian Sea was read in 79 rooms. It was powe...
by Kyle
Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 149
Views: 43841

Re: 2013 HSNCT discussion

The only thing I might suggest on the South Island tossup is changing "the name of its most populous" to "the name of this island's most populous" just to drive in the point in every sentence "WE ARE LOOKING FOR AN ISLAND, DON'T SAY NEW ZEALAND", but again, given that the very first two words of th...