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by Ben Fry
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)
Replies: 11
Views: 5005

Re: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)

I negged tossup 49. The point total through 50 is correct, though (I ended with 8).
by Ben Fry
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)
Replies: 11
Views: 5005

Re: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)

I may not have been the first to notice this, but it seems that Sumesh Sundaresan from Metea Valley has lost two of his games, and Archan Das of IMSA may have found them.
by Ben Fry
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019-2020 Illinois Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 8801

Re: 2019-2020 Illinois Discussion

Anybody have predictions about Scobol Solo in a couple weeks? People who might make finals in order of the field list here (and erring on the side of including more, not fewer players): Arjun Nageswaran Govind Prabhakar Justin Abel Abraham Holtermann Liam Starnes Roxanne Tang John Paul Taylor Me (?)...
by Ben Fry
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019-2020 Illinois Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 8801

Re: 2019-2020 Illinois Discussion

I appreciate your confidence in my abilities. We'll have to see whether it is well-placed. I'm quite interested in Latin's results. Tejas put up good stats last year, and it's unclear how much he was shadowed by Matt and Chetan. If he worked as hard this summer as he did the last, he could emerge as...
by Ben Fry
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019 Masonic/Reinstein Set Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 9075

Re: 2019 Masonic/Reinstein Set Discussion

Quietly resurrecting this thread to note that Extra Question 4 of Packet #1 is probably harder than any of the other lit questions mentioned here. The only hits I got on Quizdb for Marilynne Robinson as an answerline were a CO tossup and a hard part of an EFT bonus.
by Ben Fry
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019 Masonic/Reinstein Set Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 9075

Re: 2019 Masonic/Reinstein Set Discussion

A total score for both teams below 320 in this format is a bad match, and it's my fault when that happens more than once or twice, which it did. Honestly I think it's more the fault of the Masonic Class system than the packets. In particular, 1A schools are just so small that none of them are reall...
by Ben Fry
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019 Masonic/Reinstein Set Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 9075

Re: 2019 Masonic/Reinstein Set Discussion

To be honest I enjoyed the NYT v Sullivan tossup. It was a little bit strange to hear "Topic: Miscellaneous" followed by "This court case," but it makes sense with the topics you were given, and I certainly agree it's preferable to make the Miscellaneous a little less trashy (as opposed to removing ...
by Ben Fry
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019 Masonic/Reinstein Set Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 9075

Re: 2019 Masonic/Reinstein Set Discussion

I agree here with Dylan on pretty much all points, especially that literature was a bit too tough at times. While most of the Miscellaneous category was well executed, choosing W-2 as an answerline was somewhat frustrating. In my room at least it seemed like by the second or third line pretty much e...
by Ben Fry
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019 Masonic/Reinstein Set Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 9075

Re: 2019 Masonic/Reinstein Set Discussion

Honestly, I thought the set was quite good. It seemed a little easier than last year's to me, but this may be just due to our team being better this year. On the tossups I enjoyed some of the tougher clues while keeping to reasonably canonical answerlines. Every once in a while there was a pair of t...
by Ben Fry
Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019 Masonic/Reinstein Set Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 9075

Re: Set Discussion

Could I see the "islands" tossup from (I believe) Round 2? I heard "barrier" and reflex-buzzed with "reefs." I was somewhat confused when later in the question I think it mentioned the "coral" type of these things, which to me still indicated reefs. I don't really know too much about coral reefs or ...
by Ben Fry
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Upper/Competitive Divisions
Replies: 6
Views: 5488

Upper/Competitive Divisions

A few times at different tournaments, our team has been asked to join "Upper" or "Competitive" Divisions. Generally if we stay in the Lower Division we're usually in the top 10-ish, but entering a competitive division will most likely place us at the bottom. I understand that using tougher packets i...
by Ben Fry
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Staying Alert/Focused after Lunch
Replies: 11
Views: 7078

Re: Staying Alert/Focused after Lunch

Got it. You're right, I sometimes overestimate other factors and underestimate simply which questions are asked and which aren't.
Thanks for all the input everybody!
by Ben Fry
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Staying Alert/Focused after Lunch
Replies: 11
Views: 7078

Re: Staying Alert/Focused after Lunch

This sort of makes me wonder: what are you and your teammates eating/drinking for lunch? Generally we've had pizza... Maybe we just need to change our lunch choice? Also: if you are playing well before the break, chances are decent that you are facing relatively stronger opponents after the break t...
by Ben Fry
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Staying Alert/Focused after Lunch
Replies: 11
Views: 7078

Staying Alert/Focused after Lunch

This may or may not be the correct place for this post, so please feel free to move it to a better board. Our team is in a tough spot: we are better than many teams in our area, but we haven't made it to the point where we can beat the best teams. One of our biggest problems is... Lunch. At tourname...