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by Siverus Snape
Thu Jul 17, 2008 10:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161552

Re: Illinois '08-'09

U of I ABT written questions >>>> NAQT IS sets
by Siverus Snape
Tue Jul 15, 2008 12:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 102
Views: 12359

Re: Next Year

I wouldn't really expect anyone out of Illinois or the SEMO ACE camp to know much about them, but Carbondale from Illinois put up a pretty decent showing at PACE (low 20-something-th place, I think), especially for a first-time team that's returning literally everybody. On paper (statistically), the...
by Siverus Snape
Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161552

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Sweet action. We at Auburn will try our darnedest to make it down there. What decent (by which I mean appropriate for strong high school teams; I assume that all will have excellent questions) tournaments does UChicago hold?
by Siverus Snape
Thu Jul 10, 2008 11:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACE Camp
Replies: 87
Views: 18586

Re: ACE Camp

jrbarry wrote:Highest camp test score at MIlligan was 59. Highest at SEMO was 47. (Both are out of a total of 70 questions.) 19 campers at Milligan scored higher than 47 on that test.
Way to take the air out of Illinois' collective balloon.
by Siverus Snape
Thu Jul 10, 2008 11:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: buzzer hesitancy/reluctance/cowardice(?)
Replies: 23
Views: 2601

Re: buzzer hesitancy/reluctance/cowardice(?)

ImmaculateDeception wrote:Ancien régiem
Yo man, if you break out the French, you gotsta do it right. Otherwise it looks all...Eastern European (help me out Guy).
by Siverus Snape
Thu Jul 10, 2008 5:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161552

Re: Illinois '08-'09

I'm starting to feel like we're all trying to decipher the vague, obscure murmurings of a deranged oracle.
by Siverus Snape
Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161552

Re: Illinois '08-'09

How much of these threads ever are comparisons?
by Siverus Snape
Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161552

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Aub-ZH wrote:GIVE ME DEATH!
Be careful what you wish for.
by Siverus Snape
Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161552

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Mr. Egan, I remember you saying that the rep from my district was the deciding vote against changing the bonus format. Would you mind providing me with her contact info? My e-mail address is my posting name here on a Gmail account.
by Siverus Snape
Wed Jul 09, 2008 6:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161552

Re: Illinois '08-'09

IHSA is not forcing you to deal with bad questions. Is this a nonsensical "if you don't like it, quit" statement or something more coded? My interpretation (well, really, my opinion carefully projected onto Mr. Reinstein) is that the IHSA does not force you to choose one-liner tournaments over Earl...
by Siverus Snape
Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161552

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Change is slowly happening. I don't know about computational math ever disappearing, but the Kickoff tournament run by the coaches' association (NOT the IHSA) will be run in mACF bonus format as somewhat of an experiment to test the southern portion of the state. The teams that seek to go beyond IHS...
by Siverus Snape
Wed Jul 09, 2008 11:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161552

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Have fun not being able to get Religion, Mythology, Philosophy, or Social Sciences like anthropology and economics. Note that Zahed emphasized the "Illinois". The math distribution cripples those categories you mentioned. Religion and mythology get shoved into World Literature, and the "hard" (as o...
by Siverus Snape
Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mirroring/collaborating on tournaments info
Replies: 50
Views: 20471

Re: Mirroring/collaborating on tournaments info

dtaylor4 wrote:Why not a delayed mirror of the Harvard tournament?
It looks like the Harvard tournament is 20/20 format, judging from their thread on this board.
by Siverus Snape
Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mirroring/collaborating on tournaments info
Replies: 50
Views: 20471

Re: Mirroring/collaborating on tournaments info

Does anyone know what regular season PACE-format (not just PACE-affiliated) tournaments are running this year? Auburn and a perhaps a couple other Illinois teams would be interested in at least pursuing the possibility.
by Siverus Snape
Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161552

Re: Illinois '08-'09

I'd just like to point out that an undefeated season, even just within the state, depends on too many unpredictable factors to realistically think about it now. If the situation were different (like, if an NFL team played in a middle school league) then we could be having this discussion with no cav...
by Siverus Snape
Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161552

Re: Illinois '08-'09

So how did Illinois folks perform at SEMO? Any firsthand accounts?
by Siverus Snape
Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161552

Re: Illinois '08-'09

It's a good thing that the PAC didn't score Mike on his ability to write with proper grammar. ;) Mike and John pretty much said what I think about the pre-season rankings, but that just reminds me that the pre-season rankings very, very rarely accurately reflect the best teams (or best-performing te...
by Siverus Snape
Thu Jun 12, 2008 5:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!
Replies: 163
Views: 38516

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge updates

Panasonic has its merits, and I would hate to see it disappear. I would never, in a million years, make the claim that our (Team Illinois) victory means much in the realm of actual quiz bowl, but the Panasonic tournament can provide other benefits that regular quiz bowl cannot as a largely insular, ...
by Siverus Snape
Wed Jun 04, 2008 2:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro Area 2007-08
Replies: 164
Views: 45552

Re: DC/Metro Area 2007-08

The little I know about Quint from hearing about him and playing against him at PACE leads me to believe that that statement is at least a little bit facetious.
by Siverus Snape
Wed May 21, 2008 8:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ITT suggest your handy memory tricks/devices
Replies: 12
Views: 1503

Re: ITT suggest your handy memory tricks/devices

My favorite mnemonic for remembering geologic periods (edited from ACE camp).

Can Ollie See Down My Pants Pocket? Tom Jones Can. Tom's Queer
Cambrian Ordovician Silurian Devonian Mississippian Pennsylvanian Permian Triassic Jurassic Cretaceous Tertiary Quaternary
by Siverus Snape
Sat May 03, 2008 7:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 207236

Re: Illinois '07-'08

Way to go, West! Let's hope that middle school success in Rockford continues to lead to high school success. :)
by Siverus Snape
Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: (Correct) Answers that made you hang your head in shame.
Replies: 80
Views: 16081

Re: (Correct) Answers that made you hang your head in shame.

manary wrote:I buzzed "Seto Kaiba" on a five word description from the abridged series.
Hey, the abridged series is hilarious. There should be no shame.
by Siverus Snape
Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment
Replies: 105
Views: 44489

Re: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment

...time was a mitigating factor... Correct me if I'm wrong, Mr. Price, but it doesn't sound like you meant that the game was timed in the normal way but rather that they were going to stop play at a certain clock time regardless of the match--perhaps because of lateness issues. That doesn't make it...
by Siverus Snape
Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 207236

Re: Illinois '07-'08

How many more negs does Auburn have than Greg? Ouch, John. That hurts. But seriously, thanks for the kind words, everyone. We've been waiting for this moment a long time, and we are indebted to all of the dedicated people who work so hard to make something worthwhile out of the morass that is Illin...
by Siverus Snape
Sun Mar 09, 2008 11:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Frequency lists
Replies: 34
Views: 8639

Re: Frequency lists

Here's something I've always wondered: has anyone ever gotten a music question about a work based on information about chord changes and movements and all that technical stuff? Or to rephrase that, have any of you ever?
by Siverus Snape
Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: 5th Annual Gonzaga Academic Tournament (GAT) 2/9/08
Replies: 54
Views: 10156

Re: RESULTS: 5th Annual Gonzaga Academic Tournament (GAT) 2/9/08

We've never even seen a PACE format set, but we are planning to go to nationals this year. Are we eligible to buy a set from you even though we didn't attend your tournament?
by Siverus Snape
Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: NAQT Illinois State Championships @ UIUC
Replies: 17
Views: 4033

Oh, okay. Where did I get that idea from then?
by Siverus Snape
Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: NAQT Illinois State Championships @ UIUC
Replies: 17
Views: 4033

NAQT is writing the questions. Every year, they write a set for use in state-championship level tournaments. As I understand, the difficulty should be somewhere between regular IS sets and nationals.
by Siverus Snape
Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 207236

Yeah, but I don't think the upstate schools will be willing to give up a chance at some money.
by Siverus Snape
Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 207236

We left early, so can anyone tell me the results of the Wheaton North fresh-soph tournament?
by Siverus Snape
Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs--we miss you!
Replies: 182
Views: 31942

Nostradamus for Jules Verne I suppose that technically, given the information in the question up to that point (basically that he was a French novelist and predicted all sorts of technology in his works), the answer is slightly (just slightly) less of a brain fart. It still is funny, though. Another...
by Siverus Snape
Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs--we miss you!
Replies: 182
Views: 31942

Is the answer Squib?
by Siverus Snape
Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 207236

Yeah, I remember those worksheets. We tried to go for something similar at the Auburn Knights' Challenge (our f/s tourney). I was busier writing the regular questions, so I didn't see too much of the worksheets, but I'm pretty sure we did the same thing. I remember being kind of dismayed when I was ...
by Siverus Snape
Sun Dec 16, 2007 12:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NT Varsity III (12/15/07) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)
Replies: 35
Views: 9268

I honestly could not recognize Sorice sans flowing locks until I heard his trademark subcontrabass voice.
by Siverus Snape
Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 207236

Is it stealing if I take it from myself?
by Siverus Snape
Mon Nov 12, 2007 7:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 207236

I've heard the term mashup, but only in reference to the pop-culture usage, not programming. The only times before the Solo that I had heard mashup, the word was used in reference to a video (like the anti-Hillary ad adapted from the classic Apple '1984' ad) that was created from other sources of vi...
by Siverus Snape
Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scobol Solo (Nov 10, 2007) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)
Replies: 15
Views: 8024

2. Siva Sundarum, Auburn
Sundaram*

Thank you, Mr. Reinstein, for another successful execution of one of the most fun tournaments of the year. I still can barely imagine how you write all those questions (I figured at least 500 per year) by yourself.
by Siverus Snape
Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Wildcat (10/27/07) at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
Replies: 7
Views: 3076

Have you been able to compile the stats from the tournament yet?
by Siverus Snape
Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scobol Solo (Nov 10, 2007) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)
Replies: 15
Views: 8024

I wouldn't mind doing that, actually.
by Siverus Snape
Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NT Varsity III (12/15/07) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)
Replies: 35
Views: 9268

I'm fairly sure we at Auburn are going.
by Siverus Snape
Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Team
Replies: 9
Views: 2787

Auburn High School in Rockford, Illinois (extremely close to the Wisconsin border) runs a fresh-soph tournament every January with pyramidal questions, which helps prepare young players for the type of questions used for the major/legit national competitions. Rock Valley College, also in Rockford, i...
by Siverus Snape
Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 207236

Who exactly is Verity? I feel like I've heard his name before and that he's on the Loyola team, but I don't know his first name or who he is.
by Siverus Snape
Thu Oct 25, 2007 8:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC News
Replies: 42
Views: 12622

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by Siverus Snape
Mon Sep 03, 2007 11:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 207236

I'm fairly sure Auburn's going.
by Siverus Snape
Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 207236

So it was YOU, Mr. Reinstein, who taught Da Brat how to get it poppin'!
by Siverus Snape
Tue Jul 03, 2007 2:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACE Camps 2007
Replies: 72
Views: 27560

At the risk of sounding foolish, I am really excited that the nightly tourney questions are going to be DACQ. I do wonder though; does this mean that all nights will have the same format? It was at the very least interesting to sample the different formats from other states.
by Siverus Snape
Sun Mar 18, 2007 11:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 06-07
Replies: 802
Views: 260673

Man, those fine arts at the beginning of the champ round....Oh wow. Rather ridiculous, to say the least. And wasn't it oddly clumped for one subject area?
by Siverus Snape
Sun Mar 18, 2007 4:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 06-07
Replies: 802
Views: 260673

Well, out of the wind band composers, our coach had only heard of one of them, and just in passing at that. So no, I don't remember any of them.
by Siverus Snape
Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 06-07
Replies: 802
Views: 260673

Seriously...If you neg before they even answer in that situation, and they do get the tossup, they only need two bonus parts. That's a much higher likelihood than you getting the tossup, zeroing on the bonus, and having them sweep it.