All right. So, I'll probably have more analysis and things to say following the posting of stats and whatnot, but after being somewhat worried about the way that people would respond to this set, I think I can say that I am reasonably satisfied with the way this set turned out. First of all, I believe (and some people agreed, I'm sure some might disagree) that we did a fairly good job of meeting the announced difficulty. I do not feel that this tournament was back-breakingly hard at all. To put this into perspective, in the prelim rounds, 11 of the 12 teams broke 12 PPB, and the top PPB was Loyola with about 25. This seems roughly correct, but I'm sure the overall statistics will give us a better picture. The easy parts of our bonuses were usually consistently easy, I think, and the hard parts were often challenging for top teams. This is what I wanted. There also wasn't a boatload of first-line powers, expect in cases wherein players really earned it by having deep knowledge. Again, this was about what I wanted. There were, of course, plenty of powers, though; I feel like Loyola averaged around 7-8 per game in the morning.
Of course, this set, like almost every other high school set, was not perfect. There were some fraudable tossups here and there; we will look to rectify this as best as possible. There were also a few bonuses that did not have the distinctly-easy easy part, which I will look to go back and also rectify. I thought the copy-editing was decent; the set was very readable, though there are some typos and awkward wordings here and there that I will also look to go back and fix. Oh, and another thing: A decent amount of tossups in this set are somewhat long. I don't think any were a full 7 lines, but there were several that were 6.5-ish. I guess this isn't a huge deal considering that there were powermarks and whatnot, which slightly inflate the length, but, again, not entirely ideal.
On the whole, though, I'm proud of the product we put out today. There are lots of people to thank for this, of course. First and foremost, I have to thank Lloyd, who wrote tons of questions for this set with incredible efficiency and compiled the packets with equally incredible efficiency. Next, I dunno how many people are aware of this, but the work of Saad Sheikh (Auburn Class of 2011) and Jordan (Auburn Class of 2012) was absolutely critical for this set. Saad wrote almost all of the biology and chemistry, and Jordan wrote all of the math, from what I know. Additionally, though, Jordan took a lot of time out of his (presumably) busy schedule in the last week or two and went through all of Saad's questions with me and looked to tighten up difficulty properly: He made a lot of the "easy" bonus parts easier, and made some of the very-hard bonus parts hard. Whenever I needed something done or edited, Jordan was there to help. Other contributions to this set include Alex Pandya's work on various science topics, and Jacob Balogh and Mike Kikta also submitted questions for this set. Ms. Greene did a lot of useful proofreading as well. Thanks, guys.
As for today itself, I had a really good time. I was quite sick for the last few days, but I was able to read today and have a good time moderating. It helped, of course, that things went smoothly. I'd like to thank Lloyd Sy, Mike Kikta, Samantha George, Paul Gutowski, Jacob Balogh, and Ms. Greene for moderating, and I'd like to thank Will Rupprecht, Alex Pandya, Filip Milovanovic, Mr. Knuth, and Mr. Hargrove for scorekeeping. You guys are all great.
On one more note, it's appropriate that I thank Brad Fischer, Jonah Greenthal, and Donald Taylor for taking the time to hear about/advise me on various logistical things for this tournament.
I've love to hear feedback on the set, of course. If you were at this tournament and want to talk to me about things that we should change/look into fixing, email me at ahaseeeb618 [at] gmail [dot] com.
Auburn High School '12
Brown University '16
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