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by pblessman
Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"
Replies: 35
Views: 5441

Re: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?

I think that's the best way of looking at what happens when people can't follow pronouns--if you don't know the pronoun, blitz. This reinforces my conundrum rather than solve it. If indeed as stated earlier: "If the answer does not fit the pronoun, it's wrong. That's why pronouns are important," bl...
by pblessman
Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 5160

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

Yes, sorry and thanks... So to restate it: SCENARIO: A question is on "The Divine Comedy," with hints about all parts, and a player buzzes on a hint about Inferno (but previous hints are about Paradisio and/or Purgatorio). POSSIBLE RULINGS: NEG: I have seen this NOT given plenty of times, as the ans...
by pblessman
Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"
Replies: 35
Views: 5441

Re: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?

People keep coming back to "Hamlet by Shakespeare" is acceptable for Hamlet. Yes, we all agree with that. BUT: Why is "Hamlet by Shakespeare" acceptable for "Shakespeare" when all hints are about Shakespeare? (THE PLAYER ANSWERED WITH A PLAY!) That's the question. And if that SHOULD be acceptable, i...
by pblessman
Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 5160

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

Thanks, for those explanations, they are helpful. Does the same distinction apply to Work/Part of Work distinctions such as Divine Comedy/Inferno? If there were hints from "Paradisio", should "Inferno" be acceptable? I have seen that NOT given, although that seems analogous. I don't personally thin...
by pblessman
Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"
Replies: 35
Views: 5441

Re: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?

So…. aren't you saying that blitzing should be outlawed because, once the pronoun is specified, answering "Shakespeare" is extra information that isn't correct? EDIT: I mean blitzing with "Hamlet by Shakespeare", not just "Shakespeare". To my knowledge, extraneous relevant information is fine, as l...
by pblessman
Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 5160

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

The general principle here is that if a player hasn't buzzed on a clue, we can assume that it meant nothing to them and shouldn't factor into their thought process—so we can't assume that a player would know anything but a specific instance of a specific kind of tree, and it's fine for them to buzz...
by pblessman
Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Solon Two Day, 4 event Tournament
Replies: 2
Views: 1369

Re: Solon Two Day, 4 event Tournament

Just checking in to make sure these tournaments are still happening- with the weather the way it has been things have gotten cancelled, postponed, etc.
by pblessman
Mon Jan 20, 2014 4:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"
Replies: 35
Views: 5441

Re: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?

Thanks, guys, but both your responses do not address my question. My question was not asking about a question with an author as the answer, but a question that has a work as the answer. This is an important distinction (and it is a bit ironic that both replies which basically say that students shoul...
by pblessman
Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"
Replies: 35
Views: 5441

Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"

As questions are getting longer (and better!), and more and more questions about authors include substantial descriptions of plot lines of some of their works, it seems it becomes easier to miss whether a question is asking for the creator or the work. Would it make sense therefore if an answer of t...
by pblessman
Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 5160

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

Thanks, for those explanations, they are helpful. Does the same distinction apply to Work/Part of Work distinctions such as Divine Comedy/Inferno? If there were hints from "Paradisio", should "Inferno" be acceptable? I have seen that NOT given, although that seems analogous.
by pblessman
Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 5160

Accepting a too specific answer

What is the general consensus on accepting a too specific answer right after a hint mentions that type? Example from last year's LIST tournament: 7. Demeter punished Erysichthon for destroying one of these sacred to her. In the Volsung Saga, Sigmund pulled a sword out of one named Barnstokkr. Hermes...
by pblessman
Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feb.1 Culver Academies (IN) V and FS Tourneys (IS132/IS133A)
Replies: 3
Views: 1949

Re: Feb.1 Culver Academies (IN) V and FS Tourneys (IS132/IS1

Thanks, David. We are now at 14 Varsity plus a couple tentative, and FS is at 13. I have at least one school thinking about entering some teams, so it looks like we'll be around 30 teams total. If there are any more schools out there thinking about attending, please let me know by Monday night (1/20...
by pblessman
Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feb.1 Culver Academies (IN) V and FS Tourneys (IS132/IS133A)
Replies: 3
Views: 1949

Re: Feb.1 Culver Academies (IN) V and FS Tourneys (IS132/IS1

Field update posted above. Starting to like a good quality field with four states represented in both divisions.
by pblessman
Tue Dec 31, 2013 4:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Indiana NHBB at Culver Academies 2/8/14
Replies: 0
Views: 984

Indiana NHBB at Culver Academies 2/8/14

Culver is hosting the Indiana History Bowl and Bee again this year. We will run it February 8, 2014. Please go to the NHBB website for more details and to register.
by pblessman
Tue Dec 31, 2013 4:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 3/8/14 Rotary Indiana State Championship at Ancilla College
Replies: 0
Views: 1124

3/8/14 Rotary Indiana State Championship at Ancilla College

The Plymouth Rotary Club will host the Rotary Indiana Quizbowl State Championship at Ancilla College on March 8, 2014. There is no entry fee for teams entering by February 8, 2014, and lunch will be provided to all teams. Each team will be guaranteed eight matches, and each match will consist two pe...
by pblessman
Fri Dec 27, 2013 1:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feb.1 Culver Academies (IN) V and FS Tourneys (IS132/IS133A)
Replies: 3
Views: 1949

Feb.1 Culver Academies (IN) V and FS Tourneys (IS132/IS133A)

Culver Academies are proud to announce our 2014 High School Quizbowl Tournaments! The Tenth Annual Culver Academies Varsity Invitational and Ninth Annual Frosh/Soph Tournament will be held on February 1, 2014. Culver is located 1 hour South of South Bend, 2 hours North of indianapolis, 2 hours South...
by pblessman
Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Indiana 2013-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 7830

Re: Indiana 2013-2014

Thanks for taking the time to write about Indiana Quizbowl! I know there are not many people who care! St. Joe had an awesome year 2012-2013, and Nolan and Davide will make sure they're ready for anybody who wants to challenge them this year. The defending champs are ALWAYS the team to beat, so I'd ...
by pblessman
Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feb.2 Culver Academies (IN) V and FS Tourneys (IS124/IS123A)
Replies: 6
Views: 1847

Re: Feb.2 Culver Academies (IN) V and FS Tourneys (IS124/IS123A)

Last minute field adjustment: Varsity (8 teams): Culver, IN Indianapolis Bishop Chatard Kalamazoo Christian, MI Kouts, IN Pioneer, IN South Bend-St. Joe, IN (x2) White Cloud, MI Frosh/Soph (12 teams) Culver, IN (x3) DCC, MI (x3) Harrison, IN (x2) Kalamazoo Christian, MI Kouts, IN North Miami, IN Whi...
by pblessman
Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feb.2 Culver Academies (IN) V and FS Tourneys (IS124/IS123A)
Replies: 6
Views: 1847

Re: Feb.2 Culver Academies (IN) V and FS Tourneys (IS124/IS123A)

FINAL FIELD ABOVE (AND BELOW): Eight teams in Varsity will play full round robin, then re-bracket top 4/bottom 4 with carryovers for a total of ten games (plus advantaged final, if necessary). Ten teams in Frosh/Soph will play full Round Robin for nine games (plus advantaged final, if necessary). WE...
by pblessman
Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feb.2 Culver Academies (IN) V and FS Tourneys (IS124/IS123A)
Replies: 6
Views: 1847

Re: Feb.2 Culver Academies (IN) V and FS Tourneys (IS124/IS123A)

Slight downward adjustment from 22 to 19 overall teams. Anybody else still interested, please register ASAP.
by pblessman
Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feb.2 Culver Academies (IN) V and FS Tourneys (IS124/IS123A)
Replies: 6
Views: 1847

Re: Feb.2 Culver Academies (IN) V and FS Tourneys (IS124/IS123A)

Field has been updated above. Looks like a solid mix of Michigan and Indiana teams- we are looking forward to hosting everybody! As things stand we have 10 Varsity and 12 Frosh/Soph teams. Assuming these numbers hold, I am planning on playing a full round robins for Varsity and bracket FS into two g...
by pblessman
Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Indiana 2012-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 5935

Re: Indiana 2012-2013

Thanks, St. Joe (without an 's) for getting this discussion going. First time today I am checking in with this string... Yes, I agree with you, I believe the order is right now is still St. Joe Culver Harrison With all due respect to Harrison, I predict a St. Joe-Culver final at Rotary State. Hopefu...
by pblessman
Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyola Ultima XV - 1/19/2013 (Wilmette, IL)
Replies: 24
Views: 13925

Re: Loyola Ultima XV - 1/19/2013 (Wilmette, IL)

Please put Culver A in Highly Competitive. Thanks!
by pblessman
Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feb.2 Culver Academies (IN) V and FS Tourneys (IS124/IS123A)
Replies: 6
Views: 1847

Feb.2 Culver Academies (IN) V and FS Tourneys (IS124/IS123A)

Culver Academies are proud to announce our 2012 High School Quizbowl Tournaments! The Ninth Annual Culver Academies Varsity Invitational and Eighth Annual Frosh/Soph Tournament will be held on February 2, 2013. These tournaments, using NAQT IS-124 (Varsity) and IS-123A (Frosh-Soph), will feature two...
by pblessman
Thu May 24, 2012 12:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - Herp Derp
Replies: 255
Views: 86946

Re: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - so is this where i complain?

Wow... I stayed up for this coming online...
by pblessman
Sat May 05, 2012 11:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Benjamin Cooper Awards
Replies: 11
Views: 4509

Re: 2012 Benjamin Cooper Awards: Now Accepting Nominations

Congratulations to all the winners, of course, but I want to extend a special "Yay!" to Linda Greene and David Riley, with whom I had the pleasure of working so many times over the past 11 years. Linda and David are amazingly dedicated to the game of quizbowl and are critical pieces in the astoundin...
by pblessman
Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Culver Goldfish TOURNAMENT
Replies: 2
Views: 1328

Re: Culver Goldfish TOURNAMENT

We're still at nine teams- it would be GREAT to get to ten so we at least have an easy to schedule number. Any takers? Last chance!
by pblessman
Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Culver Goldfish TOURNAMENT
Replies: 2
Views: 1328

Re: Culver Goldfish TOURNAMENT

We now have nine teams registered. If you're interested in participating, please email me at blessmp [at] culver [dot] org or post here. It's at least as much fun as just reading questions in practice, so what do you have to lose! :grin:
by pblessman
Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Culver Goldfish TOURNAMENT
Replies: 2
Views: 1328

Culver Goldfish TOURNAMENT

DISCLAIMER: THIS TOURNAMENT IS ONLY INTENDED FOR TEAMS UNABLE TO COMPETE IN A LIVE TOURNAMENT FEATURING NAQT IS-115. IF YOU CAN PLAY IN SUCH A TOURNAMENT, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO SO- A GOLDFISH TOURNAMENT IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR AN ACTUAL LIVE TOURNAMENT. Culver Academies will once again "host" a Goldfi...
by pblessman
Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rotary Indiana State Championship March 3, 2012
Replies: 2
Views: 976

Re: Rotary Indiana State Championship March 3, 2012

2012 Rotary Indiana State Champs are: AAA: Culver Academies AA: Mount Vernon A: North Miami Results can be found here: Class AAA: http://faculty.culver.org/~coill/Quizbowl/2011-2012%20Season/2012%20Rotary%20STate%20Indiana%20AAA_standings.html Class AA: http://faculty.culver.org/~coill/Quizbowl/2011...
by pblessman
Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois NAQT State Championship @ Fenton HS, 2/25/2012
Replies: 22
Views: 5178

Re: Illinois NAQT State Championship @ Fenton HS, 2/25/2012

Amazing stat line for Ben Chametzky vs. Loyola B: 14-4-2 for 240 points. Zowser!
by pblessman
Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY 3 @ Northern Illinois University (4/28/12)
Replies: 52
Views: 19494

Re: ATROPHY 3 @ Northern Illinois University (4/28/12)

I must've missed something... I thought this was originally scheduled for 4/21... If it's on 4/28, we can't play as we will be in DC for History Bowl. Any chance of moving the date? :-)
by pblessman
Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Highest PP20TUH in a high school game
Replies: 11
Views: 2925

Re: Highest PP20TUH in a high school game

Very cool! Thanks for the quick posts! Somebody should maybe collate this info in a QBWiki page so it doesn't get lost in the mists of history? Volunteers?
by pblessman
Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Highest PP20TUH in a high school game
Replies: 11
Views: 2925

Highest PP20TUH in a high school game

The Culver Academies team scored 680 points on 18 TUs heard Saturday, January 28, which converts to a PP20TUH of 755.6 (stat line was 10-7-0 with a PPB of 27.1). NAQT has listed this as the highest PP20TUH in a high school game they have stats for ( http://www.naqt.com/stats/team-game-ppth-records.j...
by pblessman
Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Culver (IN) Jan. 28, 2012 Varsity and Frosh/Soph Tourneys
Replies: 6
Views: 1815

Re: Culver (IN) Jan. 28, 2012 Varsity and Frosh/Soph Tourneys

Thanks to all teams for a great tournament! We finished thirteen rounds by 4:45 pm! Results below: [*][*]Varsity: DCC A finished the round robin 10-0, Culver 9-1. Culver won the first game of the advantaged before losing the second game. Congrats to DCC A! Frosh Soph: DCC A was 11-0 and finished two...
by pblessman
Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Culver (IN) Jan. 28, 2012 Varsity and Frosh/Soph Tourneys
Replies: 6
Views: 1815

Re: Culver (IN) Jan. 28, 2012 Varsity and Frosh/Soph Tourneys

Live updates of standings are regularly being posted at: bit.ly/CulverQB

Current Standings:

Varsity:
DCC A 7-0
Culver A 6-0
Harrison A 5-2

Frosh/Soph:
DCC A 6-0
Culver A 6-0
Northmont 5-1
by pblessman
Sat Jan 28, 2012 1:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Culver (IN) Jan. 28, 2012 Varsity and Frosh/Soph Tourneys
Replies: 6
Views: 1815

Re: Culver (IN) Jan. 28, 2012 Varsity and Frosh/Soph Tourneys

Top teams at lunch:

Varsity:
DCC A 6-0
Culver 5-0
DCC B 4-1

Frosh Soph:
DCC A 5-0
Culver A 5-0
Northmont 4-1
by pblessman
Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2/11/12 NHBB B Set Bowl and Bee at Culver, IN
Replies: 3
Views: 1335

Re: 2/11/12 NHBB B Set Bowl and Bee at Culver, IN

Three weeks out to this event, so I thought I'd give this a bump. David mentioned several schools who are interested, so I encourage them (and anybody else) to sign up!
by pblessman
Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Culver (IN) Jan. 28, 2012 Varsity and Frosh/Soph Tourneys
Replies: 6
Views: 1815

Re: Culver (IN) Jan. 28, 2012 Varsity and Frosh/Soph Tourneys

We have 11 Varsity and 12 Frosh/Soph teams signed up. I will cap the field at 12 per division at this point to be able to plan for next Saturday. That means one spot is left for Varsity. We will play a full round robin in both Varsity and Frosh/Soph, so everybody gets to play everybody, which should...
by pblessman
Sun Dec 18, 2011 8:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Varsity: ELEGANT — 12/17/2011 (Winnetka, IL)
Replies: 74
Views: 28640

Re: New Trier Varsity: ELEGANT — 12/17/2011 (Winnetka, IL)

One you can write pyramidal questions around. I understand that. However, I can also write a pyramidal question about many things we DON'T ask about in "good quizbowl." More than 10 powers between top teams? My goodness, I do believe I have the vapors. Absolutely... I have the "vapors." I am a Sout...
by pblessman
Sun Dec 18, 2011 8:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2/11/12 NHBB B Set Bowl and Bee at Culver, IN
Replies: 3
Views: 1335

2/11/12 NHBB B Set Bowl and Bee at Culver, IN

Culver Academies are proud to announce our 2012 High School History Bee and Bowl Tournaments, using the NHBB B Set! The tournaments will be held on February 11, 2012, and we hope your school will be able to send teams and/or individuals to compete in our tournaments! Field size is limited to a total...
by pblessman
Sun Dec 18, 2011 8:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Varsity: ELEGANT — 12/17/2011 (Winnetka, IL)
Replies: 74
Views: 28640

Re: New Trier Varsity: ELEGANT — 12/17/2011 (Winnetka, IL)

Ditto on much of what has been said: 1. Kudos for a VERY well-run tournament, including great moderators and excellent seeding (even though the wait for the afternoon was a tad long). 2. More packets would have been good- going 3x8 and then 4x6 or vice versa would have been better for the Uebercompe...
by pblessman
Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Midwest Championship April 14, 2012 at Culver Academies (IN)
Replies: 1
Views: 704

Midwest Championship April 14, 2012 at Culver Academies (IN)

Culver Academies will host the Sixth Annual Midwest Championship on Saturday, April 14, 2012 (we moved away from the AP's to avoid conflicts). Culver is located in North Central Indiana, about fifty miles South of South Bend, and about 100 miles Southeast of Chicago. This tournament is meant as a wa...
by pblessman
Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Culver (IN) Jan. 28, 2012 Varsity and Frosh/Soph Tourneys
Replies: 6
Views: 1815

Culver (IN) Jan. 28, 2012 Varsity and Frosh/Soph Tourneys

Culver Academies are proud to announce our 2012 High School Quizbowl Tournaments! The Eighth Annual Culver Academies Varsity Invitational and Seventh Annual Frosh/Soph Tournament will be held on January 28, 2012, and we hope your school will be able to send one or more teams to compete in our tourna...
by pblessman
Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rotary Indiana State Championship March 3, 2012
Replies: 2
Views: 976

Rotary Indiana State Championship March 3, 2012

The best and the brightest of Indiana high schools will convene at Ancilla College and Culver Academies on March 3, 2012 to compete for over $10,000 of cash and other prizes! The Plymouth Rotary Club will host the Rotary Indiana Quizbowl State Championship at Ancilla and Culver. There is no entry fe...
by pblessman
Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC 2011
Replies: 149
Views: 28126

Re: NAC 2011

:grin: Did Indiana quizbowl really just register as more than a blip on the national radar, even if it's negative? :grin: Let me make a few comments: 1. Northern Indiana is actually pretty engaged in quizbowl (good or bad), with 67 schools members of quizbowl conferences. For historical reasons, mos...
by pblessman
Mon May 23, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Midwest Championship Dates: Three Options
Replies: 12
Views: 2097

Re: 2012 Midwest Championship Dates: Three Options

I was unaware of these MO restrictions. Couple questions:

1. How early would we have to hold the tournament?
2. Which MO team(s) would seriously consider coming if we moved the tournament early enough to allow MO teams to attend?
by pblessman
Mon May 23, 2011 1:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Midwest Championship Dates: Three Options
Replies: 12
Views: 2097

Re: 2012 Midwest Championship Dates: Three Options

Thanks, David. We are considering April 21 as a serious option...
by pblessman
Thu May 19, 2011 2:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Midwest Championship Dates: Three Options
Replies: 12
Views: 2097

2012 Midwest Championship Dates: Three Options

Next year the calendar shifts so that there is only one week between the end of AP's and Memorial Day Weekend (and HSNCT). This means that the perfect day for holding the Midwest Championship doesn't exist anymore (i.e. AFTER AP's end and two weeks before HSNCT). There are therefore three options: 1...