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by Tower Monarch
Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Mid-Atlantic at Swarthmore (2/28/09)
Replies: 57
Views: 13783

Re: ACF Regionals Mid-Atlantic at Swarthmore (2/28/09)

It's amazing what happens when you hold a tournament in the actual Mid-Atlantic. :party: What does this even mean? Are noted hosts Maryland, VCU, and even William and Mary NOT in the Mid-Atlantic somehow? He is obviously referring to the caption of the diagram on the right at this reliable site .
by Tower Monarch
Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dropping Titles in Literature Questions
Replies: 76
Views: 7738

Re: Dropping Titles in Literature Questions

Maybe if Josh Hahm (author of said ridiculous bonus and Oe question at MOHIT) had been there for the finals of WJIAT, we'd have gotten the Oe question off the Pinch Runner Memorandum... Except for the fact that you played Maggie Walker whose notable player Tommy buzzed off it to beat you... EDIT: T...
by Tower Monarch
Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Mid-Atlantic at Swarthmore (2/28/09)
Replies: 57
Views: 13783

Re: ACF Regionals Mid-Atlantic at Swarthmore (2/28/09)

aestheteboy wrote:I will play at this tournament. I'm pretty excited.
ieppler wrote:I'm 99% sure that I will play this, and I will most likely be playing solo.
Wow, in two minutes time, this tournament just passed 1:3 high school:college teams ratio.
by Tower Monarch
Mon Feb 23, 2009 4:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT VA State Championship?
Replies: 3
Views: 572

Re: NAQT VA State Championship?

Does anyone have any info about the NAQT VA State Championship? It is listed on the NAQT website as happening March 7 at UVA, but I've not seen any announcements for it in the Tournament Announcements forum, nor have I received any other email, snail mail, or anything else about it. I tried to emai...
by Tower Monarch
Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 8684

Re: Prison Bowl Discussion

The question on Achebe bothered me because I think that starting a tossup with a title without providing a description is asking for a buzzer race especially when the work is (I think) fairly famous. I hardly believe Achebe's poetic titles can ever be a buzzer race in more than 3 rooms even at Nati...
by Tower Monarch
Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 8684

Re: Prison Bowl Discussion

All right, I will just flip through my notes and the first round just to clarify the minor issues I had with the set as a whole: Plasma- This is kinda what I am saying about useless early clues- Kruskal-Shafranov and Vlasov-Poisson constitute a double lead-in at ACF Fall, but in high school, the thi...
by Tower Monarch
Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 8684

Re: Prison Bowl Discussion

I might have some things to say later, but I thought the Tossups were generally accessible, so it became a great set for the younger teams. With respect to bonuses, I will have to look through my notes to find examples, but there did seem to be some variability that made me wonder what the goal was ...
by Tower Monarch
Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: MUT Mirror at Maryland (03/07/09)
Replies: 14
Views: 1906

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: MUT Mirror at Maryland (03/07/09)

Will any "open" teams be allowed, as I will be staffing Weekend but definitely could not afford to play this alone?
by Tower Monarch
Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Spring Tournament 2/21/09 Richmond VA
Replies: 46
Views: 7803

Re: VCU Spring Tournament 2/21/09 Richmond VA

If we look at what it says in the original post, it seems like the tournament would be 8 prelim games over 9 rounds, followed by 3 cross-over games and finals. In any case, I'm sure Matt will come up with something we would all enjoy. Sorry, I didn't sound sure. What I meant was, I have seen the th...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Feb 20, 2009 3:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Cardinal Classic XVIII (2/14/09) at Stanford
Replies: 63
Views: 29271

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Cardinal Classic XVIII (2/14/09) at Stanford

That link's no good. I believe you want this one . Well, it's comforting to see there are at least a couple teams of 4 that can beat Matt Weiner's bonus conversion, even if it is by less than 2 points. Solid performance by Chicago to beat at least four teams that would likely be top two at the othe...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Spring Tournament 2/21/09 Richmond VA
Replies: 46
Views: 7803

Re: VCU Spring Tournament 2/21/09 Richmond VA

Caesar Rodney HS wrote:What will be the tournament format now with 18 teams registered?
It sounds like it will be three brackets of six with a 5-game round robin, then rebracketing, with the likely guarantee of 10 games plus any necessary top final.
by Tower Monarch
Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT XVIII (3/28/2009) at Yale (New Haven, CT)
Replies: 45
Views: 22136

Re: BHSAT XVIII (3/28/2009) at Yale (New Haven, CT)

Aaron wrote:Very latest field update:
(2/19/09)
Gonzaga College HS
Is Gonzaga going to both Yale and Robinson on this date, or am I missing something?
by Tower Monarch
Sat Feb 14, 2009 8:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: WJIAT (2/14/09) at Bethesda, MD
Replies: 54
Views: 9674

Re: WJIAT (2/14/09) at Bethesda, MD

We did pretty decent it seemed (13th before consolations or something?) so i'm happy with that. Yeah, these guys did well. I am wondering why they were not the team to be bumped up to the top playoffs when our team was removed as they probably would have fit better among the 9-11 teams than the 14-...
by Tower Monarch
Sat Feb 14, 2009 8:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: WJIAT (2/14/09) at Bethesda, MD
Replies: 54
Views: 9674

Re: WJIAT (2/14/09) at Bethesda, MD

This was a great question set and rather well-run tournament. Just a couple comments on the posted prelim stats: Quint and I played as "Cameron" and "Quint", respectively and I enjoy how Tommy and Greg did so well while hearing no TUs in their round against Richard Montgomery, though I'm afraid that...
by Tower Monarch
Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAPPoff Inaugural Tournament 4/4/09 at Rappahannock County
Replies: 47
Views: 6435

Re: RAPPoff Inaugural Tournament 4/4/09 at Rappahannock County

Hey, we will be using NSC-1, which was used at VCU on December 13, so teams who went to that won't be able to be G with us. :sad: I don't think this will be too much of a problem as that was only an 8-team tournament and at least three of those teams (Cosby included) have not traveled an hour for a...
by Tower Monarch
Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: WJIAT (2/14/09) at Bethesda, MD
Replies: 54
Views: 9674

Re: WJIAT (2/14/09) at Bethesda, MD

I would probably rank a team of you two somewhere around 5th at this tournament. I don't think it would be fair for us to let an open team fill a potential playoff spot, so we can't have Quint and Cameron A as an official team. However, you should still plan to come anyway play on Q&C as an exhibit...
by Tower Monarch
Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals West (2/28/09)
Replies: 9
Views: 2338

Re: ACF Regionals West (2/28/09)

I might be going to this on my own; is there a team I could potentially join? I think the "UW" team will just be myself and maybe Brittany, so perhaps we could combine if this is allowed by the TD/ACF. I was under the impression that ACF is going to take a hard stance against mixed teams starting a...
by Tower Monarch
Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BATE Mirror (March 21, 2009) Midlothian, VA
Replies: 19
Views: 2500

Re: BATE Mirror (March 21, 2009) Midlothian, VA

OK, here is some more official information: Fee Structure: Base Fee for 1st teams from a School: $60 Base Fee for 2nd teams from a School: $50 Base Fee for 3rd teams (and later) from a school: $40 Buzzer Discount (system must have at least 8 functioning buzzers): $10/school Short-Handed Team discoun...
by Tower Monarch
Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: WJIAT (2/14/09) at Bethesda, MD
Replies: 54
Views: 9674

Re: WJIAT (2/14/09) at Bethesda, MD

So, as it appears Quint will not be playing for Gov this weekend, is the opportunity available for a reincarnation of "Quint and Cameron A"?? I will note that this is hardly a "superteam" by any definition, so the question is really will small "open" teams be permitted. If the answer is yes, I can a...
by Tower Monarch
Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Mid-Atlantic at Swarthmore (2/28/09)
Replies: 57
Views: 13783

Re: ACF Regionals Mid-Atlantic at Swarthmore (2/28/09)

jsokswarthmore wrote:Our current field:
Cameron Orth
I'll just confirm here that this is now pretty much definite.
by Tower Monarch
Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT 2009 discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 8930

Re: SCT 2009 discussion

if I were doing this again I'd certainly be happy to have Mike Bentley and any other recently-graduated people playtesting the questions (perhaps also some confirmed staffers at host sites?). For future years (or even for ICT), consider some high school students who are definitely not playing on th...
by Tower Monarch
Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: WJIAT (2/14/09) at Bethesda, MD
Replies: 54
Views: 9674

Re: WJIAT (2/14/09) at Bethesda, MD

jbarnes112358 wrote:Maggie Walker would like to register one team (sans buzzers). Thank you.
Any word on the members of this team??
by Tower Monarch
Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Private Discussion Forum
Replies: 129
Views: 15450

Re: SCT Private Discussion Forum

Tower Monarch
by Tower Monarch
Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT 2009 discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 8930

Re: SCT 2009 discussion

I understand that the set is going to be used at CCCT, but to have to not be able to discuss specifics because high schools are going to play it seems a little absurd. Also, what sets could potentially overlap that have not been played? Did high school staffers automatically cede their rights to pl...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Feb 06, 2009 11:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Pronunciation Guide Free NAQT Packets?
Replies: 19
Views: 3197

Re: Pronunciation Guide Free NAQT Packets?

For a while, there was a trend of putting the guides before the question began; I was a big fan of that. It allowed you to internalize the pronunciation before you randomly ran into something that couldn't be parsed. I liked reading from the few packets I have seen with this. I would recommend any ...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BATE Mirror (March 21, 2009) Midlothian, VA
Replies: 19
Views: 2500

BATE Mirror (March 21, 2009) Midlothian, VA

This is a general announcement for Cosby High School's mirror site of Bloomfield's BATE ( see original post ). More details will follow in the next few days, but the goal for our fee structure will be accessibility among the local teams, especially those whose experience has been limited to VHSL in ...
by Tower Monarch
Thu Feb 05, 2009 10:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Interested in Mirroring BATE?
Replies: 6
Views: 881

Re: Interested in Mirroring BATE?

Cosby High School can definitely mirror this on March 21st, so expect an email shortly.
by Tower Monarch
Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: WJIAT (2/14/09) at Bethesda, MD
Replies: 54
Views: 9674

Re: ATTN: Dabney Jefferson Carr V

Lapego1 wrote:
Tower Monarch wrote:So, I will play this tournament (probably solo, maybe w/1-2 Cosbyites) iff Quint Carr shows up. People who know him, make this happen.
If it's iff, then you can make this happen by playing.
Nice catch, Dr Barnes would be proud; for the record, it was a typo.
by Tower Monarch
Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: WJIAT (2/14/09) at Bethesda, MD
Replies: 54
Views: 9674

ATTN: Dabney Jefferson Carr V

So, I will play this tournament (probably solo, maybe w/1-2 Cosbyites) if Quint Carr shows up. People who know him, make this happen.
by Tower Monarch
Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: TIT XXIII at Maryland: 1/31/09
Replies: 90
Views: 25693

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: TIT XXIII at Maryland: 1/31/09

http://results.scobo.net/SQBS.aspx?org=UMD&id=4&page=standings For what its worth, the top bracket was Brown, VCU, Columbia, Harvard, "Former Maggie Walker Players", and Dan. I think those are the top six in order. This was great, if a bit longer than expected. Without specifics, I'll just say I ea...
by Tower Monarch
Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Interested in Mirroring BATE?
Replies: 6
Views: 881

Re: Interested in Mirroring BATE?

Just to give an update, the school should get back to us on building availability tomorrow. The goal is for March 21, with the possibility of the 28th. I'll contact you directly at that point.
by Tower Monarch
Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 6735

Re: Penn Bowl Discussion

One part of the discussion I would like to hear as someone who has not seen the questions: how did this end up comparing to ACF Winter in terms of difficulty and/or variability? Just a scan of the stats says that MD A and VCU put up a bit higher PPG against a harder field than the Reynolds Winter si...
by Tower Monarch
Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scholastic bowl=math team
Replies: 20
Views: 3064

Re: Scholastic bowl=math team

the fact that almost 100% of people in quizbowl who are currently in collegiate math-major programs, or who hold BA or advanced degrees in mathematics, advocate the total elimination of math calculation tossups and their replacement with conceptual math tossups. As someone soon to be of the former ...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Interested in Mirroring BATE?
Replies: 6
Views: 881

Re: Interested in Mirroring BATE?

There is flexibility on the date, of course. As long as the moderators don't allow discussion of the questions to take place until ever mirror finishes. And yes, it means what it says. No mirroring fee. OK, I will look into my ability for securing a location when I get back to school next week. Thi...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Interested in Mirroring BATE?
Replies: 6
Views: 881

Re: Interested in Mirroring BATE?

farther down in the Mid-Atlantic (Virginia area) would like to mirror I'm willing to listen to any offers. Is there great flexibility on date? I think UVa hosts NAQT States that Saturday, and then Weekend prevents the next week. If there is the opportunity to do it later than that I can very tentat...
by Tower Monarch
Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter discussion
Replies: 106
Views: 12709

Re: ACF Winter discussion

Second, I reject that notion that math/computer science/astronomy/earth science must all be represented equally. I just don't see why this should be the case. I'm not saying they should be unequal, but I'm basically satisfied with any subdistribution that doesn't end up with one category dominating...
by Tower Monarch
Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter discussion
Replies: 106
Views: 12709

Re: ACF Winter discussion

My experience has been that tossups on math words are some of the most loathed in quizbowl, and I would like to see more tossups on mathematicians with things named for them. The tossup on Hilbert was well done, for example. I'm not sure which tossups on math words you are referring to. If you're t...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008-09 Mid-Season Poll!
Replies: 34
Views: 4466

Re: 2008-09 Mid-Season Poll!

Something about TJ-- I expect TJ to perform significantly better at NAQT than at PACE. This. Along those lines, I believe Dan's list is as close to anything I could come up with for NSC, but NAQT would change the order for many of these teams, likely including a demotion for Maggie Walker (while Gr...
by Tower Monarch
Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008-09 Mid-Season Poll!
Replies: 34
Views: 4466

Re: 2008-09 Mid-Season Poll!

aestheteboy wrote:My top 8 would be exactly equivalent to Dan's except for a switch between Gov and SC.
Unfortunately, from stats and secondhand accounts, I have to agree with this.
by Tower Monarch
Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: TIT XXIII at Maryland: 1/31/09
Replies: 90
Views: 25693

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: TIT XXIII at Maryland: 1/31/09

A.F. wrote:You're welcome to catch a ride up with George and I, if you don't mind sticking around for the comics tournament after.
This sounds great. Maryland management: count me in, assuming you still want the help.
by Tower Monarch
Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: TIT XXIII at Maryland: 1/31/09
Replies: 90
Views: 25693

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: TIT XXIII at Maryland: 1/31/09

This puts us at 18-19 teams, which is great but is into the area where staff and scheduling starts to become something of a concern. On a similar note, if there are any moderators out there in the audience who would be interested in helping us out, we have some of the finest pizza ordering abilitie...
by Tower Monarch
Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Middle school quiz bowl tournaments
Replies: 11
Views: 2324

Re: Middle school quiz bowl tournaments

You're certainly welcome at HAVOC. This. As a former Manchester Middle Student, I remember Longfellow (and Frost, so is there is a possibility they would play??) for MathCounts successes. As I will soon be starting an email campaign among the less active Chesterfield high schools and the inactive m...
by Tower Monarch
Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Mid-Atlantic @ JS Reynolds CC (Richmond) 1/17/09
Replies: 57
Views: 8392

Re: ACF Winter Mid-Atlantic @ JS Reynolds CC (Richmond) 1/17/09

I'm totally fine with your decision, I just wanted to clarify.
by Tower Monarch
Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Mid-Atlantic @ JS Reynolds CC (Richmond) 1/17/09
Replies: 57
Views: 8392

Re: ACF Winter Mid-Atlantic @ JS Reynolds CC (Richmond) 1/17/09

He was at one point attending Maggie Walker this year, if I remember correctly. Officially, I skipped the optional AP week at the end of August and dropped out the Thursday before mandatory schooling; I was not officially enrolled anywhere until the second week of school. (thanks to bureaucracy) So...
by Tower Monarch
Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT
Replies: 175
Views: 17770

Re: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT

Looking at the weaknesses in these questions is helpful, and definitely prompts me to be more careful when similarly problematic questions are submitted in future. (If you're an experienced writer pondering working for NAQT, I should say that you don't generally have to worry about editors introduc...
by Tower Monarch
Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT
Replies: 175
Views: 17770

Re: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT

Basically no quarrels with anything else you said, but what is it specifically that makes questions about geography bad for quizbowl? I've never had this one explained to me before, and being a big fan of geography (and all legitimate social studies content in general), i'm curious as to what makes...
by Tower Monarch
Sat Dec 20, 2008 6:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Class of 09, Where Will You Be Playing Next Year
Replies: 79
Views: 17329

Re: Class of 09 University Destinations

I am heading to Dartmouth.
by Tower Monarch
Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Mid-Atlantic @ JS Reynolds CC (Richmond) 1/17/09
Replies: 57
Views: 8392

Re: ACF Winter Mid-Atlantic @ JS Reynolds CC (Richmond) 1/17/09

Matt Weiner wrote:You should be eligible for the shorthanded team discount as well.
This would be cool...
by Tower Monarch
Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Mid-Atlantic @ JS Reynolds CC (Richmond) 1/17/09
Replies: 57
Views: 8392

Re: ACF Winter Mid-Atlantic @ JS Reynolds CC (Richmond) 1/17/09

So yeah, I will be playing solo (with 1-2 Cosby players if they are willing to play as "learning experience").
$70 is pushing it for me, but I think I can manage, so count me in.
by Tower Monarch
Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Barrington Invitational Tournament VI (3.14.09) - jr high
Replies: 45
Views: 9662

Re: Barrington Invitational Tournament VI (3.14.09) - jr high

Hopefully, this year's edition will be even better. To that end, are there any pyramidal toss-up experts who are willing to review a set or two of the toss-ups some time in January or February? I don't want to ask Reinstein to do it all again. Any others? If you want help in January (i.e. before yo...