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by aescandell
Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 31
Views: 9973

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

Once at CBI nationals there was a tossup on Kiribati. If you don't know, the "ti" sound at the end of "Kiribati" is pronounced with an "s" type sound. Apparently, this is not a thing you would know if you chose to write a one sentence geography tossup by flipping open an atlas and letting your finge...
by aescandell
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quiz Bowl ESL Student
Replies: 3
Views: 2742

Re: Quiz Bowl ESL Student

I've coached a good number of ESL students to play quizbowl over the years and it is challenging. I made a lot of mistakes and every student's situation is different. Also all of the students I coached also had been in the United States for at least a year, so it's possible my experience won't speak...
by aescandell
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NHBB Nats: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 3722

Re: Specific Question Discussion

After dreaming of a golden man in the sky, Emperor Ming summoned two of these people to translate a book with twenty-four chapters. One of these people, Ennin, was deported to Japan during a (+) campaign against these people by Emperor Wuzong. The travels of one of these people, (*) Xuanzang, inspi...
by aescandell
Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NHBB Nats: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 3722

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Could you please post the question on Buddhist monks from the Bee and the question on Incitatus from the Bowl?
by aescandell
Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 51990

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

Out of idle curiosity, is there a rationale for the 17-20% range for power rate? I think I like the more generous rate we saw at this year's HSNCT more. At 25% I suspect that it is much more likely for lower level teams and players to score an occasional power, without making them so common as to be...
by aescandell
Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACFNATIONALS - A JRPG tournament
Replies: 99
Views: 47344

Re: ACFNATIONALS - A JRPG tournament

Speaking from the other side of the standings, these questions were really fun for us also. They were hilarious and very well written with a lot of consideration put into how to make them pyramidal. I especially appreciate the tolerance displayed for my long, rambling, overly descriptive wrong answe...
by aescandell
Tue May 12, 2015 2:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '15 - '16
Replies: 64
Views: 30091

Re: Illinois '15 - '16

This actually happened at NASAT 2013 when Ladue was down after the first five or six tossups to our Texas team. Granted, clearly the intent was not to intimidate, but rather that Max and Charlie thought it was really funny. It was actually really funny and Missouri won both the game and the tourname...
by aescandell
Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On the Clock, and how to play with it
Replies: 26
Views: 10033

Re: On the Clock, and how to play with it

There are situations when a team is behind and it's in their interest to kill the clock. For example, let's say you just answered a tossup to close the gap to 35ish with around one minute to go. Assuming you know any portion of the bonus at all it's in your interest to kill. Hearing two more tossups...
by aescandell
Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:19 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: All-time all-state teams
Replies: 61
Views: 37252

Re: All-time all-state teams

I also vaguely recall that Susan Mitchell graduated from (or at least attended) Lafayette High School. Susan Mitchell graduated from Houston Memorial. Texas is odd in that you either have to take players from the last two years or go way back into the early 2000s or late 90s. Just considering folks...
by aescandell
Sat Dec 21, 2013 2:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Schools that have Quiz Bowl as an elective credit?
Replies: 7
Views: 1801

Re: Schools that have Quiz Bowl as an elective credit?

Speaking as someone from Texas, I'm shocked at the idea that there are schools which don't have football athletics classes. :grin: I think the objection to a class period dedicated to competition is a little silly. It's not like schools offer programs like athletics or academic competitions for no r...
by aescandell
Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2012 Discussion
Replies: 119
Views: 34970

Re: ACF Regionals 2012 Discussion

In Texas, we moderators had a long discussion about the antiprompts. For example, in the two treatises of government tossup there was an instruction to antiprompt players who buzzed with the answer "second treatise of government". To me, such an answer seems like it should just be wrong since the t...
by aescandell
Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2012 Discussion
Replies: 119
Views: 34970

Re: ACF Regionals 2012 Discussion

In Texas, we moderators had a long discussion about the antiprompts. For example, in the two treatises of government tossup there was an instruction to antiprompt players who buzzed with the answer "second treatise of government". To me, such an answer seems like it should just be wrong since the to...
by aescandell
Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where do you think questions come from?
Replies: 25
Views: 13343

I should have been clear that I essentially agree with both Jerry and Matt, that question writing is a good thing and more people writing more questions is a good thing. I also agree that questions now are as good or better than they've ever been before, and think still further improvement is possib...
by aescandell
Tue Mar 21, 2006 4:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where do you think questions come from?
Replies: 25
Views: 13343

Therefore, if you write 1/1 per day (something that should take half-an-hour at most), your team will finish a packet in under a week. Obviously there are exceptions since sometimes teams don't have a full contingent or whatever, it's obvious that for most cases, putting together a full packet is q...