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by shmno
Mon May 27, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: CANONEXPANSION @ HSNCT
Replies: 18
Views: 4978

Re: CANONEXPANSION @ HSNCT

This was a lot of fun, despite some logistical hiccups. I think the fact that the set was written with intentional difficulty variability (the 30/50/20 split) threw some people off when clues appeared "too early," but I enjoyed it. The set had a lot of interesting answerline selections and felt like...
by shmno
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 6661

Re: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion

The bonus part on Wernicke said that damage to Wernicke's area could cause expressive aphasia, when I think it meant to say receptive aphasia. The bonus part on "isomer" from the Mossbauer spec bonus seemed to describe isomer shift in the first portion, then define an isotope in the second. The carb...
by shmno
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 38308

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

The biology tossup answerlines seemed to skew heavily towards compounds/proteins/complexes, and towards molecular and cell biology in general. Granted, they were still on important answers that I haven't seen pop up a lot before, but it felt more unbalanced than the other science categories. I'd be...
by shmno
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 8264

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

* Without commenting on difficulty, I thought the set was very well written. There weren't too many terrible typos, and the pronunciation guides were awesome and better to read than anything I've seen before. Seconding this - pronunciation guides made questions a lot easier to read, especially with...
by shmno
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 12019

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

Some thoughts: I definitely remember struggling with the mitochondrial membrane TU, as neither I nor Auroni buzzed even after they described and name-dropped the malate-aspartate shuttle. This probably could be improved with a "location and type of action required" player note, or a specific prompt ...
by shmno
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 6640

Re: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion

a. it seems unlikely to me that someone would have that intuition codified and linked to complex analysis in their head, but not be familiar with the statement of Rouche's theorem. That's me - I've taken two complex analysis courses, but both were at the introductory level (one was a part of a gene...
by shmno
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 6640

Re: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion

Could I see the tossups on "complex analysis" and the music one on "2"? I recall buzzing early on the former because it sounded like going around a boundary gave you information about poles, and I think the latter had a giveaway of something like "this is the number of instruments that play in pairs...
by shmno
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: General Discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 2600

Re: PB 2017: General Discussion

I thought the science was overall good, although some of the tossups and easy bonus parts seemed a bit hard (e.g. Ising model easy part, the aforementioned cryo EM and Hamilton tossups, metallicity, Lorentz-invariance). Thought some of the non-science bonuses had varying easy part difficulty as well...
by shmno
Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division II ICT
Replies: 12
Views: 3501

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division II ICT

Could I see the "electrophile" toss-up? I remember answering "acylium ion" early on and expecting to be prompted for either "cation" or "electrophile."