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by Bensonfan23
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason Poll 2019-2020
Replies: 6
Views: 1297

Re: Preseason Poll 2019-2020

Texas brings back our A team from last year and adds a good number of incoming freshmen and grad students (a few more than there are spots on the spreadsheet, which is mainly why I'm posting this). Texas B also wasn't ranked last year, but I'd argue that they should be considered this year. Incoming...
by Bensonfan23
Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Ad Hoc Texas Side Event Weekend (8/10/19)
Replies: 2
Views: 631

Re: Ad Hoc Texas Side Event Weekend (8/10/19)

This tournament happened yesterday, thanks to everyone who has able to be there, and I hope everyone had a great time! After 9 rounds, our SuperAcronym champion was "Here Come the Pretzels" (Flowers, Escandell, Ugolini, Fritz), and the runners-up were "waging a senseless vendetta against America's t...
by Bensonfan23
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Ad Hoc Texas Side Event Weekend (8/10/19)
Replies: 2
Views: 631

Re: Ad Hoc Texas Side Event Weekend (8/10/19)

A few quick updates on this. 1. Based on the amount of interest indicated so far, this event will definitely be happening this Saturday! 2. Our rooms have also been confirmed in Mezes Hall. Opening meeting will be from 8-8:30, with games starting promptly at 8:30 to get through as many rounds as pos...
by Bensonfan23
Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Ad Hoc Texas Side Event Weekend (8/10/19)
Replies: 2
Views: 631

Ad Hoc Texas Side Event Weekend (8/10/19)

After some discussion with members of UT Austin's club, we decided that there was enough interest in the area for a small side-event tournament to take place on August 10th, at UT Austin. Location This event will take place in MEZES Hall. Registration will be from 8am to 8:30 on the 10th, with games...
by Bensonfan23
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Longhorn Invitational Tournament (LIT, Spring 2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 723

Longhorn Invitational Tournament (LIT, Spring 2020)

I'm excited to announce the 2020 iteration of Longhorn Invitational Tournament (LIT), a medium-difficulty set that will be available for mirrors beginning in March 2020! This tournament will be written by the current members of UT Austin’s Quizbowl team, with some assistance from outside subject edi...
by Bensonfan23
Thu May 30, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: UT Austin Summer Practices
Replies: 0
Views: 649

UT Austin Summer Practices

This is announcement that UT Austin will be having weekly summer practices starting next Wednesday (6/5/19) in the NMS building (at the corner of Dean Keaton and Speedway) in room 3.106. These practices will be open to anyone in the Austin area and will run from 6 to 8 or 8:30. The doors to the buil...
by Bensonfan23
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 20054

Re: Player Poll 2019

In the spirit of posting about your teammates, I will post about mine, past and present, since no one played Texas, Duke, or UNC much outside of Nats/ICT this year. Jas Singh is already the best history player I've ever played next to, and that's in no way a slight to any of my old teammates. Jas' c...
by Bensonfan23
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NAQT SCT at Rice (2/9/19)
Replies: 1
Views: 1243

Re: NAQT SCT at Rice (2/9/19)

Thanks to Rice's club for hosting this tournament! This event was well-run and finished at a reasonable time in the evening, I hope Rice's club continues to host more tournaments.
by Bensonfan23
Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2019 at UT Austin (January 26, 2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 1240

Re: ACF Regionals 2019 at UT Austin (January 26, 2019)

Thanks to everyone that attended this tournament! Texas A ran the field to finish 10-0 and win the overall title without a final. Rice A was the undergraduate champion. Texas A&M B finished 2nd in undergraduate and won the division 2 title after a one game final with UNT. North Texas finished runner...
by Bensonfan23
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2019 at UT Austin (January 26, 2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 1240

ACF Regionals 2019 at UT Austin (January 26, 2019)

I am excited to announce that UT Austin will be hosting ACF Regionals on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Question Set: This tournament is a mirror of the 2019 ACF Regionals set, a regular difficulty college set. More information about the set can be found here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic...
by Bensonfan23
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSQBRank 2018-19: Is Happening
Replies: 34
Views: 11629

Re: HSQBRank 2018-19: Is Happening

LASA A played Penn Bowl at the Texas mirror (http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/53 ... ete_stats/). Taylor and Strake Jesuit played Sun God at the UT Austin mirror (http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/53 ... /combined/
by Bensonfan23
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Is Festivus happening?
Replies: 11
Views: 4516

Re: Is Festivus happening?

If this ends up happening, I have a sports in media packet (sports in tv, movies, and videogames) that's roughly 25-30 tossups that I can read. If it doesn't happen, I'll still read this in discord at some point.
by Bensonfan23
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9
Replies: 27
Views: 11475

Re: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9 - registration open

Could we get some confirmation of exactly which regions are still to be determined that you expect to have sites? I assume Texas is one of them, considering that the closest site to us right now is more than a 12 hour drive away, but some confirmation would be appreciated for planning.
by Bensonfan23
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun God Invitational @ UT Austin (12/01/2018)
Replies: 1
Views: 1903

Re: Sun God Invitational @ UT Austin (12/01/2018)

This tournament happened yesterday, thanks to all teams that showed up. UT-A went 9-0 to finish first, Taylor went 6-3 to finish second. William Golden was the top individual scorer.

Full stats can be found here: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/53 ... /combined/
by Bensonfan23
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun God Invitational @ UT Austin (12/01/2018)
Replies: 1
Views: 1903

Sun God Invitational @ UT Austin (12/01/2018)

I am excited to announce that UT Austin will be hosting a mirror of Sun God Invitational on Saturday, December 1st, 2018. Note: This is a date change from the original announcement to not conflict with the Texas EFT mirror. Question Set: This tournament is a mirror of the 2018 Sun God Invitational s...
by Bensonfan23
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Texas Penn Bowl Mirror - LASA
Replies: 1
Views: 1011

Re: Texas Penn Bowl Mirror - LASA

This tournament happened! Thanks for LASA for hosting and to Penn for writing an enjoyable set.
Stats can be found here: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/53 ... ete_stats/
by Bensonfan23
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Texas Penn Bowl Mirror - LASA
Replies: 1
Views: 1011

Texas Penn Bowl Mirror - LASA

The Texas mirror of Penn Bowl will take place at LASA in Austin, Texas on October 20. NOTE: The original Texas mirror for this tournament was cancelled due to a lack of interest/sign-ups, so this tournament is now being held at LASA as an informal tournament between teams from UT Austin and LASA. Re...
by Bensonfan23
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: New Google Sheet for a Collegiate Contact List: 2018/2019
Replies: 6
Views: 3098

Re: New Google Sheet for a Collegiate Contact List: 2018/2019

I think it would be a good idea to have an annual top-down project in which we go through every school on the list and verify that the contact info is current and actually works. Plenty of people forget to update the old list when they leave their club, I've been burned by outdated contact info in ...
by Bensonfan23
Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason poll 2018–19
Replies: 25
Views: 13550

Re: Preseason poll 2018–19

For what its worth, next year UT Austin's team will be gaining myself, Jaskaran Singh from Plano West, Ashwath Seetharaman from Taylor, and Graham Stockton from LASA, among other freshmen. As it stands now, I believe all of those listed intend to keep playing. Its obviously hard to say if that team'...
by Bensonfan23
Sun May 20, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open Matchmaking...for Those that Suck
Replies: 11
Views: 6983

Re: Chicago Open Matchmaking...for Those that Suck

After a change of plans, it turns out I can be at CO this year after all. So, if any partially-formed teams need a science player (mainly bio/chem) who can also get the occasional visual art or thought question, let me know. I'll gladly help write whatever's left for the packet as well.
by Bensonfan23
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 13126

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

Sorry if any of these comments have already been addressed up thread, but here are some comments on various, predominantly science questions that stood out while playing this set. The bonus part on the TERT gene should accept "hTERT" as an alternate answer. This was a protest that very nearly matter...
by Bensonfan23
Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 2687

Re: SMT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

Thanks to the writers and editors for producing a great set that I had a blast playing! I'd say this set is a great example of what a regular-minus set should be, and if the difficulty the editors were aiming for was "past MUT's", then I'd say this was pretty spot on. To echo a few other comments, i...
by Bensonfan23
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2018)
Replies: 27
Views: 15740

Re: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2018)

I will be starting a PhD program for Cell & Development Biology at UT Austin in the fall. I definitely plan on continuing to play while at UT, and I hope to continue writing and editing as well. I look forward to getting to know a new circuit in Texas and the southeast in the fall.
by Bensonfan23
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 10349

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

8. A film from this decade includes a scene in which two strangers fight a duel in a gymnasium, but instead of showing the outcome, the camera pulls out of the building to focus on snow falling on the roof. In that film, a character is captured while relaxing in a Turkish bath after a training exer...
by Bensonfan23
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT field expansion discussion
Replies: 8
Views: 2898

Re: ICT field expansion discussion

Agreed, this is great to see. Hopefully the field is able to continue to expand to match the demand in future years. Between the D-value modifications and this field expansion, its nice that community feedback from the ICT bid debacle last year was ackowledged and acted on so quickly.
by Bensonfan23
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WAO II & Delta Burke @ VCU (02/17/2018; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 23
Views: 8026

Re: WAO II & Delta Burke @ VCU (11/18/2017; Richmond, VA)

I'm kind of surprised that this tournament doesn't have more sign-ups. Yeah, I genuinely wasn't expecting us to be the only team in the field when I asked for a field update. Mid-Atlantic teams should definitely sign-up for this! Especially considering its the only non-ACF/NAQT regular difficulty s...
by Bensonfan23
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WAO II & Delta Burke @ VCU (02/17/2018; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 23
Views: 8026

Re: WAO II & Delta Burke @ VCU (11/18/2017; Richmond, VA)

Sit Room Guy wrote:Could we please get a field update on this? We're trying to figure out which team owes what for WAO II.
With this tournament just over a week away, I'd also like to see a field update for this if possible.
by Bensonfan23
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at North Carolina (October 28)
Replies: 4
Views: 1939

Re: Penn Bowl at North Carolina (October 28)

This tournament happened over the weekend. Duke A ran the field (10-0) to win, UNC Law finished in second (7-3). Complete stats can be found: Here
Thanks again to UNC for hosting this!
by Bensonfan23
Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at North Carolina (October 28)
Replies: 4
Views: 1939

Re: Penn Bowl at North Carolina (November 18)

Very glad to see a Carolina's mirror of this set happening, and UNC's team hosting tournaments again! Just a quick notice though, November 18th is the same date as VCU's WAO-II & Delta Burke mirror. If its still possible to move the date for this up to November 11th or October 21st/28th, you would l...
by Bensonfan23
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: UMD Fall at Duke University (Sep 30, 2017)
Replies: 3
Views: 2944

Re: UMD Fall at Duke University (Sep 30, 2017)

This tournament happened yesterday! After nine rounds of prelims and playoffs, the tournament ended with an exciting two-game final in which Guilford A overcame a disadvantage to defeat East Chapel Hill B in back-to-back games (both coming down to tossup 20!) to win Duke's mirror of Maryland Fall 20...
by Bensonfan23
Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT and ICT policies for 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 18113

Re: SCT and ICT policies for 2018

I also just wanted to jump in and say thanks for the positive changes regarding ICT qualifying bids, and the untimed SCT rounds. Especially as one of the main people who complained about the bid issues in particular, these are great improvements.
by Bensonfan23
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition
Replies: 25
Views: 14717

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition

Just adding that George Washington was definitely at HSNCT last year, they went 4-6. It was their first time there since 2014 though. Its also worth noting that while basically only GW regularly attends HSNCT, several high schools in West Virginia send teams to NHBB nationals annually, which while ...
by Bensonfan23
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition
Replies: 25
Views: 14717

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition

West Virginia: B (up from C+) West Virginia continues to plug away towards progress with a growing number of small-to-medium-sized tournaments that maintain a fairly steady, if not too large, circuit. Since I'm one of the only active players on here that played high school quizbowl in West Virginia...
by Bensonfan23
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: UMD Fall at Duke University (Sep 30, 2017)
Replies: 3
Views: 2944

Re: UMD Fall at Duke University (Sep 30, 2017)

Teams may be interested to know that the field cap for this tournament has now been increased from 18 to 24. Teams interested in registering should contact me at my email address listed above in the announcement. EDIT: The field will still be capped at 18 after all, after which a waitlist will be ke...
by Bensonfan23
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: North Carolina 2017-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 9013

Re: North Carolina 2017-2018

Duke University's quizbowl team is excited to be hosting a mirror of the Maryland Fall set on September 30, 2017. The full announcement thread can be found: here. We look forward to seeing teams in Durham on September 30th!
by Bensonfan23
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: UMD Fall at Duke University (Sep 30, 2017)
Replies: 3
Views: 2944

UMD Fall at Duke University (Sep 30, 2017)

Duke University’s Quiz Bowl team is excited to announce that it will be hosting a mirror of the 2017 Maryland Fall set on September 30, 2017. I will be the tournament director for this tournament. The question set played at this tournament is being head-edited by Jordan Brownstein, the head editor o...
by Bensonfan23
Sun Jul 02, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017
Replies: 31
Views: 13494

Re: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017

I'd also prefer the idea of NASAT on the first weekend followed by academic side events on Sunday, and the second weekend focusing on trash/pop culture side events.
by Bensonfan23
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017
Replies: 31
Views: 13494

Re: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017

People have pointed out in this thread that side events attract a different audience than a NASAT mirror might. This is true and it's a good reason not to shoehorn in a full day of NASAT on Saturday rather than playing side events that the people sticking around for Sunday might be interested in pl...
by Bensonfan23
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017
Replies: 31
Views: 13494

Re: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017

On the other hand, the decision to not have a NASAT mirror is still pretty outrageous. A cross-section of the current slate of possible side events (description-wise): - History and History-oriented lit - Food - Trash - Rock music - Vanity packet-submission event - Hard thought/social science - Mod...
by Bensonfan23
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017
Replies: 31
Views: 13494

Re: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017

We would strongly encourage another club running NASAT and ACRONYM, which are easier, full-format tournaments, as a separate weekend, which will enable us to run more of the true “side” events at VCU and give players in the greater Mid-Atlantic the chance to play every set. So...NASAT is being rail...
by Bensonfan23
Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan NASAT Mirror?
Replies: 17
Views: 7678

Re: Michigan NASAT Mirror?

I'll be playing NASAT at the Virginia mirror, but as long as this was held before August I would definitely show up to play Cambridge Open.
by Bensonfan23
Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)
Replies: 21
Views: 7993

Re: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)

May I see the tossup on David? I remember hearing some painting that I saw at the Met and was wondering what it is. 10. Chemical instruments sit on a velvet cloth in this artist’s double portrait of Monsieur and Madame Lavoisier. A woman in white stands with her arms outstretched above her children...
by Bensonfan23
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT: Ryan's Questions (Science and Several Others)
Replies: 3
Views: 2833

Re: Ryan's Questions (Science and Several Others)

I also loved the Kim Jong-Nam question. Glad to hear it! That was the only CE I wrote for this, and I was worried about it being a bit transparent, so I'm glad it seemed to have played well. Yeah, the distance running one was crazy hard. I'm surprised I even 10'ed it. Sorry, this was fixed for late...
by Bensonfan23
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 17310

Re: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion

Whoever wrote the SMBC bonus: Thank you. You have no idea how happy that made me feel. I really can't decide what I think about the "Grayson Allen tripping people" question. On the one hand, I do like creative answerlines, but on the other hand, it seemed more appropriate for a trash packet. Then a...
by Bensonfan23
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)
Replies: 21
Views: 7993

Re: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)

I thought this set did a great job with clue gradation... Appreciate this comment, I know this was something I definitely spent a lot of time on when editing my questions. ...with the exception of the Taylor surname tossup. After thinking about it, I'm going to defend this question as being perfect...
by Bensonfan23
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 17310

Re: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion

The tossup on "Michael Jordan at the Washington Wizards" was appalling. I negged it, but I negged it because of a lack of actual knowledge about basketball, so I'm not going to complain about that. My complaint is that a majority of the clues had nothing to do with Michael Jordan, and were just est...
by Bensonfan23
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT General Discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 8134

Re: 2017 EMT General Discussion

cell phones (was this current events? It was categorized as "other", from the PopCulture/Other category. Additionally, I thought this problem plagued the trash and geography distributions as well with the very problematic questions on Grayson Allen's tripping, MJ on the Wizards, the same comic stri...
by Bensonfan23
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 17310

Re: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion

Can I see the tossups on MJ on the Wizards, Law of Large Numbers, Rawls, and Cities? I'd like to offer some commentary on these tossups (all of which I either got or I negged on)? Thank you. Sure, here you go! I wrote the first and last of these, if you have any critiques, I'd be happy to hear them...
by Bensonfan23
Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 17310

Re: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion

The Petals of Blood/Ngugi/English bonus showed up in both Packets 5 and 8.
The Pennsylvania tossup implied that Philadelphia was the capital of the state, which it's not.
These two things have been fixed now. Very sorry about that.
by Bensonfan23
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT: Ryan's Questions (Science and Several Others)
Replies: 3
Views: 2833

2017 EMT: Ryan's Questions (Science and Several Others)

Hey everybody, thanks again for playing this tournament! So, I ended up writing a pretty significant amount of questions for this tournament across a large number of categories. My chief responsibility for this tournament, however, was as the head science writer/editor; I also helped out with editin...