nationalhistorybeeandbowl wrote:I agree with the thrust of Tom's points here, and apologize for this set, which should never have been submitted as such. It has been considerably reworked for future uses of it, including this Saturday's NJ State Championships. Going forward, starting with Nationals, NHBB will be taking a much more hands on approach to participating in the editing, and for future years, we will be reviewing our agreements with HSAPQ accordingly so that incidents of this sort do not happen ever again.
Regarding the A set as it was at this Saturday's NJ State Championships: It was definitely not even close to the state of disrepair that Tom thought it was in, and overall was very good, though I did notice a few issues:
There were a couple of repeat answerlines, which in a couple of cases were fine because there truly were no overlaps in the clues, though there was one case where between the Bee and the bowl I noticed an almost identical clue in a 60 second round and a Bee question.
There were a couple of issues where the questions had incorrect grammar and sentences that just didn't work, but it happened only a handful of times and the issues where minor enough that the sentences could be understood.
There seemed to be a few cases of 60-second rounds not being very balanced in difficulty...but this is more of a general issue with 60-second rounds than the set itself, as it is impossible to make sure 3 rounds are exactly the same in difficulty.
There was one fact that a teammate says he research to be incorrect...if Matt Weiner or anyone else with the power to change it wants to know what it is, send me a private message on this or something, as I obviously don't want to give away an answerline publicly.
There seemed to be more fine arts in the Bee than the Bowl...this could just be my perception though, I don't know.
Also, I don't know if my team has just gotten that much better since October, but the Superpowers seemed to be gotten far more frequently, and seemed to be available later in the questions, than they were on the B set we played in October.
My only other comment would be that, as people always complain about trash, there was very very little trash, I would say I counted only about 4 true trash questions throughout the Bee and Bowl, and only a couple more if you include what at least I find to be culturally significant but still significant stuff like jazz musicians and sports.
But in summary, the set must have been vastly improved from its first incarnation, all the things above are just minor critiques.