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by bdavery
Tue Feb 27, 2007 11:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer Technique
Replies: 5
Views: 3241

buzzer

I think it is possible that the index finger may be a tiny bit faster; you should be able to research that online a bit somehow. FWIW, I personally always used a thumb because it felt more comfortable, but I had a teammate who tried to keep the buzzer halfway down with his thumb all the time-- to re...
by bdavery
Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Are trash questions inherently unfair?
Replies: 52
Views: 18089

trash

I agree with theMoMa. The "200" answer is ridiculous. The CBS answer is a good answer, but the dates don't help anyone as clues, especially HS kids.
by bdavery
Sun Feb 18, 2007 6:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 06-07
Replies: 802
Views: 260552

Mason Bowl

The problems people have complained about with Masons questions for the last 3 years didn't come up in the 2 years before that, when we wrote them. (/shameless plug). If someone else who is good were to write them, that would be good for IL quizbowl in general, as it's a good experience for teams th...
by bdavery
Wed Jan 24, 2007 10:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Deaf Teams Participating in Quiz Bowl
Replies: 14
Views: 5282

deaf quiz bowl

Gallaudet runs an annual tournament for deaf schools nationwide. It's set up on the CBI format, where you play at a regional and regional winners go to nationals at Gallaudet. The Gallaudet people have a system they use to convert Word-file questions into PowerPoint slides and then just e-mail the s...
by bdavery
Sat Jul 29, 2006 2:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Science Bowl--NAQT style?
Replies: 6
Views: 3522

Science Bowl

I'll save Shawn the e-mail.

The problem is not who writes the questions, as I thought. The problem is that DOE is the final arbiter. After even the world's best porterhouse steak goes through the DOE meatgrinder, you're left with horse meat.
by bdavery
Mon Jun 19, 2006 12:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer malfunctions
Replies: 29
Views: 11988

buzzer malfunctions

Back in the day... 1) My team lost a CBI regional final because someone accidentally kicked the buzzer plug-in out of the outlet before the first tossup. So a buzzer check before every game (and perhaps before every half or round, in a two-half or multi-round game at a championship level) should be ...
by bdavery
Sat Jun 03, 2006 2:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 59386

plagiarism

After QU had used 2 or 3 of mine off the Stanford Archive, I wrote to Chip and said if it didn't stop, he'd have to start writing me checks. He responded that he'd had one writer who had been using the Stanford Archive regularly over a period of time, and that he had finally sacked that writer. Assu...
by bdavery
Mon Apr 10, 2006 8:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 183628

Well, two out of three's not bad: your Babar and math examples do seem to have multiple answers, but I see no problem with not accepting "Toqueville" (sp) for Alexis de Tocqueville.
by bdavery
Sun Mar 05, 2006 12:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Powers
Replies: 161
Views: 69243

well done on that one! But if you have to ask, you obviously don't read Garfield (or haven't read it enough).
by bdavery
Sat Feb 11, 2006 3:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 183628

It is a very impressive feat and a tribute to your coaching. Congratulations!
by bdavery
Sat Feb 11, 2006 3:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 281692

I did see Kenny, and he did indeed know many answers. It was unfortunate that he didn't grasp the concept that he didn't need to win in order to get to the next round. Had he bet so as to have $10,000 left after Final Jeopardy (my long-honed estimate as to the minimum amount that pretty much guarant...
by bdavery
Fri Feb 10, 2006 11:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ridiculously hilarious protests/protest arguments
Replies: 56
Views: 22315

another ridiculous protest

Back in the Stone Age (1986), CBI divided the 15 regional winners that year into 4 sectional groups. One group was Utah, UC Irvine and Alaska-Anchorage. As I was the only spectator with a clue who was not affiliated with one of the 3 teams, I ended up as the judge. The first tossup answer of one gam...
by bdavery
Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl/Sword Bowl blew ass
Replies: 79
Views: 50280

editing

My 2 cents: It is nearly impossible for even the best editors to catch all duplicates when editing the packets individually, in the text/Word files they arrived in. On the flip side, players, who only hear each round once, tend to have really bad memories about what they heard (unless they're charti...
by bdavery
Mon Jan 23, 2006 6:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Variable question difficulty
Replies: 10
Views: 3999

question difficulty

One way to help with difficulty is to put one subject at a time into a tournament. For example, if you're doing 10 rounds and each has to have a US history question, then rounds 1-3 might include George Washington and Bill Clinton as answers, while rounds 8-10 might have Battle of Chickamauga and th...
by bdavery
Mon Jan 23, 2006 6:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 281692

Fremd event

Shawn is very kind to take the arrows for the questions, but he was only the sub. I did the final editing/putting in games, etc. , so you can complain to me about the set. Looking at the set again, several current-events questions would have been quite difficult now (as noted, they were intended for...
by bdavery
Mon Jan 23, 2006 6:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Home school teams
Replies: 32
Views: 15805

home schooling and quiz bowl

Lee, 80% of the kids in America would be _infinitely_ better off being homeschooled than going to public school. The only reason the other 20% shouldn't is that their family lives are so disadvantaged or screwed-up that government-run schools are actually an improvement over their daily lives. These...
by bdavery
Sun Jan 08, 2006 7:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '05-'06
Replies: 452
Views: 183628

QU tournament

Far be it from me to praise Chip questions (though he finally did fire the writer who'd been plagiarizing my stuff from the Stanford archive)--and especially those examples submitted. But I have to comment on one statement: 'First tossup of round 2: "In 1598 France's King Henry IV..." Mark buzzes he...
by bdavery
Mon Dec 26, 2005 1:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Home school teams
Replies: 32
Views: 15805

home-school quiz bowl

The laws vary in every state, both as to how a homeschool can be legally done (it is legal in all 50 states now) and the athletic rules pertaining thereto. My wife and I have homeschooled our 6 kids for their whole lives. In Colorado, where we live, we haven't checked the athletic rules for fielding...
by bdavery
Wed Nov 16, 2005 7:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Toss-up and Worksheet Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 8012

Worksheet rounds

Worksheets are $10 each. Please specify whether these are tournament or practice (it will make a difference as to which ones I send you).
by bdavery
Sun Nov 06, 2005 6:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Toss-up and Worksheet Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 8012

Questions for Ironminds

Rounds of 20 tossups, 20-question worksheet round, 20 tossups are $45 each and are available within 72-96 hours of your order (because they're already written, which means you even get 2005 current-events questions, no extra charge) grin: Rounds of 25 tossups, 20-question worksheet round, 25 tossups...
by bdavery
Tue Oct 25, 2005 10:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Toss-up and Worksheet Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 8012

Ohio format questions

We also have Ohio-format questions available from our website http://www.averyenterprises.net, including the last 2 Ohio regional/state championship tournaments.

best, Bryce
by bdavery
Sat Oct 09, 2004 8:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question writing help: American Literature
Replies: 5
Views: 4059

OAC rounds

You may purchase the 14 rounds in OAC format we wrote for this year, which would be 40% of your work done. Plus since we wrote the state tournaments last year, it will give you experience with our style in case we get the job again this year (no word yet). e-mail is bda@averyenterprises.net best, Br...
by bdavery
Sat Oct 09, 2004 8:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National Science Bowl warmup tournament
Replies: 3
Views: 3245

National Science Bowl warmup tournament

Avery Enterprises of Johnstown, Colorado is the official writer for both the middle-school and high-school competitions of the 2005 National Science Bowl, run by the U.S. Department of Energy! As you know, thousands of past Science Bowl questions are available for free on the Internet. However, expe...
by bdavery
Wed Oct 06, 2004 10:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National Science Bowl writers needed!
Replies: 3
Views: 3241

NSB format

My plan is 60% short-answer and 40% multiple choice this year. I do know the government person in charge of the questions; however, he would not appreciate e-mail on the issue of format (yet). My personal suspicion as to format (just a theory) is 2-fold: a) someone was familiar with tossup-bonus for...
by bdavery
Tue Oct 05, 2004 4:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National Science Bowl writers needed!
Replies: 3
Views: 3241

National Science Bowl writers needed!

(Moderator: please move if this is the wrong place) Avery Enterprises of Johnstown, Colorado is pleased to announce that it will provide questions for both the middle-school and high-school competitions of the 2005 National Science Bowl! We are looking for several freelance writers to help us with t...