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by Ben Salter
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Math Monstrosity - General Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 6091

Re: Math Monstrosity - General Discussion

I suffer from the "I'd be happy to write for this tournament, but I'd much rather play it" issue. Yeah, I enjoyed playing these packets so much (even in a super-informal reading over discord) that I'd be loathe to miss MM2 if we were able to hold a proper UK mirror, but if necessary, I should be ab...
by Ben Salter
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 4
Replies: 23
Views: 8622

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 4

Will the set be available to hold a UK mirror? After the very successful mirror of IL3, I am certain there will be the interest to play this too.
by Ben Salter
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Math Monstrosity on the Cloud (June 18th)
Replies: 15
Views: 4878

Re: Math Monstrosity on the Cloud (June 18th)

As much as I was looking forward to playing this, due to a change in plans beyond my control, I'm afraid I won't be able to attend after all. Apologies to any tentative teammates/opponents who were looking forward to witnessing the Mother Of All Negstorms.
by Ben Salter
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Math Monstrosity on the Cloud (June 18th)
Replies: 15
Views: 4878

Re: Math Monstrosity on the Cloud (June 18th)

Assuming I'm actually available for this, I'm a free agent. If you wanna be on a team with someone that refers to this tournament as "Maths Monstrosity", and will potentially neg >50% of the questions, hit me up.
by Ben Salter
Wed May 31, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UK Player Poll 2017: Now With More Tweed
Replies: 27
Views: 14864

Re: UK Player Poll 2017: Now With More Tweed

Since only one Warwick person made the list, I'll controversially provide some flavour for everyone from Warwick that got votes: Ben Salter I like to (ambitiously) think I’m in the UK top 2 for maths and music, and can fraud science against teams that don't have a scientist. Unfortunately, I've gott...
by Ben Salter
Tue May 16, 2017 3:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Reading old Imaginary Landscape packets in the QB Discord
Replies: 11
Views: 4764

Re: Reading old Imaginary Landscape packets in the QB Discor

Thanks Ophir for doing this! I wanted to add that I will be reading a so-called Music Mafia Tournament (MMT) immediately after tomorrow's reading of IL2, consisting of 30 powermarked vanity tossups ranging from the Baroque to the present day. The difficulty on these will range from around Nats-leve...
by Ben Salter
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Math Monstrosity (Preliminary Announcement)
Replies: 31
Views: 11569

Re: Math Monstrosity (Preliminary Announcement)

This sounds delicious. Would definitely play it if it gets mirrored in the UK.
by Ben Salter
Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals at Warwick (18/2/17)
Replies: 1
Views: 1736

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals at Warwick (18/2/17)

This happened. It was great. After clearing the field in the prelims, Oxford A then lost to both Oxford B and Cambridge A, so that after 12 games we had 3 teams on 10/2. By virtue of their higher PPG, Oxford A got a ticket to the final, whilst Oxford B and Cambridge A had to have a play-in game to d...
by Ben Salter
Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Quizbowl in the UK
Replies: 3
Views: 3204

Re: Quizbowl in the UK

George Corfield wrote:informal UK quizbowl FB chat
Ah, so this explains the hive mind we have :lol:
by Ben Salter
Tue Dec 13, 2016 5:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals at Warwick (18/2/17)
Replies: 1
Views: 1736

2017 ACF Regionals at Warwick (18/2/17)

Hello! I am delighted to announce that the UK mirror of ACF Regionals 2017 will take place at the University of Warwick, on the 18th of February, 2017. The tournament will probably be held either in the Humanities or Social Sciences department, and registration will begin at 9:30 for a 10:00 start. ...
by Ben Salter
Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin General Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 4396

Re: 2016 Terrapin General Discussion

Though I managed to miss half of the tournament, I too found this very enjoyable. Aside from the odd dodgy question as mentioned in the other thread, I was relatively happy with the questions on the small number of things I know enough about to comment on. I particularly enjoyed the maths, which see...
by Ben Salter
Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 18521

Re: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion

Also I believe there was a repeat of Kanye or at least on things related to life of Pablo. Actually, this was a Briticisation error - the draft packets had (I believe) no mention of Kanye, so we changed the last part of the "Chance the Rapper" bonus to be on The Life of Pablo. Kanye then appeared i...
by Ben Salter
Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 18521

Re: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion

I agree with much of what has been said here, and more. I should caveat this post by saying that several of my qualms may not have been present in the set that was sent to other sites. As per usual, we planned on Briticising the set, which meant we required the a draft of the set a few days before t...
by Ben Salter
Sat Nov 05, 2016 5:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2016 at Warwick (5/11/16)
Replies: 1
Views: 1647

Re: ACF Fall 2016 at Warwick (5/11/16)

So this happened, and despite a few fairly hefty logistical issues, it ran pretty well (much credit is due to the moderators, whose ability to remain calm and adapt to the less-than-ideal situation was admirable). Congratulations to Cambridge Catesby for clearing the field with style, and to Stanley...
by Ben Salter
Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 11500

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

I might be misremembering, but I think the bonus set on "The Wanderers" didn't have "Peredvizhniki" listed as an acceptable alternative (I'm fairly sure they're the same thing). Was this the case, or was it just moderator error?
by Ben Salter
Fri Aug 19, 2016 3:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2016 at Warwick (5/11/16)
Replies: 1
Views: 1647

ACF Fall 2016 at Warwick (5/11/16)

Hello! I am delighted to announce the UK site of ACF Fall 2016 , to be held at The University of Warwick on Saturday, 5 November 2016 . ACF Fall is the year's premier introductory-level collegiate quizbowl tournament, and we do hope that you join us at this event. The tournament will be held in the ...
by Ben Salter
Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UK Player Poll 2016: We the East!
Replies: 26
Views: 11040

Re: UK Player Poll 2016: We the East!

14.) Sophie Rudd (WAR) (174 pts, highest 10th, lowest 21st) I have never been able to get a grasp on when Sophie is likely to buzz, but she's definitely a really good jazz player. We're all just as clueless as you. I'm sure she won't mind me saying that she certainly has the best knowledge of "rand...
by Ben Salter
Mon May 30, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 3 Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 6774

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 3 Discussion

I’ve been busy for the past few weeks so haven’t had time to post about this, but I just want to take a moment to thank Eddie and the crew for putting together a polished, very enjoyable tournament. I think everyone at the UK site enjoyed it greatly, and it’s definitely the most fun I’ve had playing...
by Ben Salter
Sun May 01, 2016 5:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Specific question discussion
Replies: 52
Views: 12073

Re: Specific question discussion

Could I see the tossup on integrating over time? Our opponents negged with "integration" fairly early and couldn't figure out the time part; I don't remember the exact wording but I'd like to make sure the first clue was uniquely identifying. I and at least one other person ended up doing the same ...
by Ben Salter
Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4666

Re: Specific Questions

Could I see the question on "Tristan" please? I may have just misheard the question, but the clues pertaining to the Turangalîla-Symphonie seemed like they could have also applied to Isolde.
by Ben Salter
Sun Nov 08, 2015 9:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall UK 2015 at Warwick
Replies: 5
Views: 3555

Re: ACF Fall UK 2015 at Warwick

So this happened, and ran pretty well (we were 20 minutes ahead of schedule before the finals - madness!) For the prelims, the teams split into two brackets of 8 and 7 teams. Both Oxford A and Cambridge C cleared their field in their respective brackets. In the afternoon, a few surprise results nece...
by Ben Salter
Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 11368

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

This piece shares its key and genre with Alban Berg’s Op. 1. For 10 points each: [10] Name this 1853 piano piece whose four interconnected sections serve as both an exposition, development, recapitulation, and as the movements of a symphony. ANSWER: Piano Sonata in B minor [DONT READ THIS OUT LOUD ...
by Ben Salter
Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 11368

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

Could I see the "Sonata in B minor" bonus set please?
by Ben Salter
Mon Oct 19, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 11368

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

The algebraic connectivity of a graph can be found by calculating one of these for the graph Laplacian. One algorithm for finding these things in big O of n-squared involves iteratively factoring an input into an orthogonal and triangular component. A condition for all of them to have negative real...
by Ben Salter
Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 11368

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

If I recall correctly, there were 2 bonus sets on fluid dynamics, both of which used "incompressibility" as an answer line. I suppose this isn't necessarily wrong on principle, but it did strike me as somewhat strange. On an unrelated note, would it be possible to see the tossup on _eigenvalues_ ple...
by Ben Salter
Sat Aug 22, 2015 5:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall UK 2015 at Warwick
Replies: 5
Views: 3555

ACF Fall UK 2015 at Warwick

Hello! I am pleased to announce the UK site of ACF Fall 2015, to be held at the University of Warwick on Saturday, 7 November 2015 . ACF Fall is the year's premier introductory-level collegiate quizbowl tournament, and we do hope that you join us at this event. The tournament will most likely be hel...