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by Corry
Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 30915

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

My goal as head editor of this set was to produce a tournament very similar to past three incarnations of NSC, curbing the difficulty of some lead-ins and third parts here and there. My secondary goal, later in the set production process, was to reduce the burden on the writers and editors to think...
by Corry
Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 53839

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

I just remembered something else-- this is the third year in a row that HSNCT has tossed up Measure for Measure . Every time, the conversion stats are pretty cruddy: 17% conversion in 2013 prelims and 47% in 2014 playoffs. So why do we keep tossing it up?! (This is more a rhetorical question than an...
by Corry
Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 53839

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

In last year's HSNCT, there was a bonus (which I edited) whose hard part was to say the phrase "Chinese dream." The prompt happened to mention, in addition to some more relevant information, that Xi Jinping's appropriation of this phrase was apparently inspired by a Thomas Friedman editorial. The c...
by Corry
Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 53839

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

orenji wrote: Round 8: One World Trade Center / Tokyo Skytree / Burj Khalifa
Some dude in my room thought this bonus was a lot of fun. I liked it too. (FYI, I would've accepted this into the geography distro too if you had classified it as such, instead of fine arts.)
by Corry
Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 53839

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

After the fall of Baghdad, the Mamluks imported Abbasid relatives to Cairo, where the dynasty survived to 1517. Welp, I guess I totally forgot about that. I doubt this clue would've necessarily confused any teams, since the 1258 sacking of Baghdad is a pretty well-known thing, but yeah. My bad. Als...
by Corry
Wed Jun 03, 2015 12:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 53839

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

Santa Claus wrote: Abduction from the Seraglio - Alright so this one wasn't science but I feel like briefly saying that this was too hard. It was lame and really shouldn't have been tossed up.
I don't know about all of the science-y stuff, but I generally agree with this.
by Corry
Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 53839

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

FYI, here are the discussed tossups so far (I apologize to NAQT in advance if I'm not supposed to post this stuff): In this body of water, {sailboats} known as {skipjacks} still operate in what were once America's most productive {oyster} grounds. Most of America's {blue crabs} are {harvested} from ...
by Corry
Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 53839

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

Halved Xenon Stinging wrote:The KKK tossup seemed very easy. Force Acts is quite stock but still in power.
Oh yeah, I agree. I was initially expecting power to end on Force Acts, although I guess power marking was out of my control.
by Corry
Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 53839

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

Hey folks, thanks for the feedback you've given me so far! I appreciate it a lot. Addressing a few points: It's true that pretty much all of my tossups in this tournament probably ended up with 90%+ end conversion rates. I did throw a couple of "sort of hard but not really" answer lines into this se...
by Corry
Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Harvard summer practices
Replies: 10
Views: 4174

Re: Harvard summer practices

I can probably make it to these, actually.
by Corry
Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 53839

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

Same as last year, I wrote a ton of questions for this year's HSNCT. In fact, I probably ended up writing/editing up to 60% of the history and 80% of the geography tossups in this set (I don't like writing bonuses as much). When writing/editing the geography in this set, as a general rule, I tended ...
by Corry
Sun May 17, 2015 9:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB / USGO Sets Posted
Replies: 2
Views: 1928

Re: NHBB / USGO Sets Posted

I assume that "USGO National Qualifying Quiz Tournament Set" is referring to the actual quiz bowl packets, but I can't seem to find these. Could we get a direct link?
by Corry
Sun May 17, 2015 7:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography Monstrosity 7 (May 29, Chicago)
Replies: 28
Views: 11045

Re: Geography Monstrosity 7 (May 29, Chicago)

Ok it looks like I'll be dragging the following SoCal people with me onto a team:

Kevin Li
Vincent Doehr
Yuqiao Zhao

And also maybe:
Jason Cheng
Ankit Agarwal
Kevin Jiang
by Corry
Sun May 17, 2015 4:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography Monstrosity 7 (May 29, Chicago)
Replies: 28
Views: 11045

Re: Geography Monstrosity 7 (May 29, Chicago)

Obviously, I will play this. I will probably also try to wrangle some other SoCal people to play this with me, like last year.

I'll be submitting a packet for this event as well, because my stockpile of hard geo tossups grows by the day.
by Corry
Fri May 08, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 42402

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

Will Alston and I are collaborating on an open set slated for October/November. The target difficulty will be Regionals+, with a distribution and question length limit somewhat similar to NAQT. Shan Kothari has joined the project to work on the Biology + Other Science, but we are still searching fo...
by Corry
Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB Nats: General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 2056

Re: General Discussion

I don't have much to add that other people haven't already said, but I wanted to throw in some general words of encouragement. I liked the set used in the Bee and Bowl quite a bit. In fact, I thought the packets were just as good as (and maybe even a slight improvement over) the NHBB packets in prev...
by Corry
Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB Nats: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 2598

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Bowl Rd. 10 - 10. In 1993, this building was the target of a car bomb set by members of Cosa Nostra. This building was first made public by Grand Duke Peter Leopold of Lorraine. A corridor links this building to the Pitti Palace. This building was originally constructed as an administrative center ...
by Corry
Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ICT: Writer(/editor)-specific feedback
Replies: 23
Views: 5709

Re: Writer(/editor)-specific feedback

I also liked the Huntington tossup although I'm not sure the lead-in was uniquely identifying- if I'm remembering correctly it just talked about this guy emphasizing the importance of institutions to development which a lot of people say (although I may very well be forgetting a key part of the lea...
by Corry
Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division II ICT
Replies: 12
Views: 3702

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division II ICT

Now that I think about it, Hilbert's Problem strikes me as another answer line that wouldn't be converted very well in DII. After all, the tossup on Hilbert's in last year's HSNCT only had a 22% conversion rate.
by Corry
Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ICT: Writer(/editor)-specific feedback
Replies: 23
Views: 5709

Re: Writer(/editor)-specific feedback

Hey Chris, I really appreciate the comments. A few words on some of your points: Sea Islands was an interesting idea, but there are multiple names for various groupings of them and I was also confused at first. It might have been better to have a TU on Georgia and just clue it off the islands (and y...
by Corry
Tue Mar 31, 2015 8:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ICT: Writer(/editor)-specific feedback
Replies: 23
Views: 5709

Re: Writer(/editor)-specific feedback

I wrote 30 questions for this year's ICT, mostly in history and geography. This was the first time I've ever written anything this difficult, so I'm very interested in hearing people's thoughts on my questions. Tossups Japan (early history) Sea Islands French nuclear program Fridtjof Nansen Savannah...
by Corry
Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ICT: general discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 5284

Re: 2015 ICT: general discussion

Jem Casey wrote:"Ivan IV [with England clues]"
I wrote this question, and yay. I was super unsure about submitting it to NAQT initially, so I'm glad it was well received by at least one person.
by Corry
Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ICT: Writer(/editor)-specific feedback
Replies: 23
Views: 5709

Re: Writer(/editor)-specific feedback

I, too, would enjoy/appreciate feedback. DI: Panama (history) Netherlands (CE) DII: Branch Davidians Janissaries Blood and Iron/Bismarck/Caprivi House of Valois John of England Wessex Burgundy Syriza/Greece/Golden Dawn Lecompton Constitution helots Basque (linguistics) Corn Laws My only thought her...
by Corry
Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ICT: general discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 5284

Re: 2015 ICT: general discussion

pushing most of the non-Econ Social Science, Geography, and Current Events far further towards "new"/"interesting" principles than past NAQT fare. I wrote about 20 questions in each of these categories. I won't list it all out here, but some questions that I hope most to have worked well include th...
by Corry
Mon Mar 30, 2015 2:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division II ICT
Replies: 12
Views: 3702

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division II ICT

Overall I liked the set. The only comment that comes to mind immediately was that John Andre is a really really hard answer line for a DII tossup.
by Corry
Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:52 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Ghosts of Quiz Bowl's Past that You (sorta) Miss....
Replies: 28
Views: 15583

Re: Ghosts of Quiz Bowl's Past that You (sorta) Miss....

In SoCal, every tournament still has food in the morning. Sweet, sweet Costco blueberry muffins...

Somebody needs to make this a national thing again, ASAP.
by Corry
Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division II SCT
Replies: 18
Views: 4746

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division II SCT

Hidehiro Anto wrote:The palindrome bonus was not fun for my opponents.
Yeah, this bonus was really pretty dumb.
by Corry
Sun Jan 25, 2015 5:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 Regionals: Specific question requests and discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 11491

Re: 2015 Regionals: Specific question requests and discussio

Re: 1890: 1890 has a lot of significance, as hopefully the question made clear!: 5. In January of this calendar year, Democrats who stayed silent in the House chamber were first counted as present against their will to thwart the "disappearing quorum" tactic. The Supreme Court upheld the Edmunds-Tu...
by Corry
Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 Regionals: Specific question requests and discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 11491

Re: 2015 Regionals: Specific question requests and discussio

May I see the tossup on 1890? I really didn't enjoy this particular question, since it was on a year that didn't seem to have any particular significance (as opposed to a presidential election year or something like that). To me, it seemed to reward memorizing random years from Wikipedia rather than...
by Corry
Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 4817

Re: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)

Thanks, again, for providing extended feedback. I'll post the requested questions once I'm back at my computer (or maybe Raynor can). Corry, I actually disagree with you on several of your difficulty assessments, and while this is anecdotal, a lot of the specific difficult answerlines you provided ...
by Corry
Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 4817

Re: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)

I'd be interested in hearing more opinions on whether the problem of super-difficult hard parts was mostly contained to the science—that is, whether it was a systematic problem in any other single category, or in the set as a whole. Sure thing! I can't say whether the problem was systematic, since ...
by Corry
Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 4817

Re: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)

Like... many other people, I also echo concerns that a lot of 3rd parts in this tournament seemed randomly too hard. I realize that the point of HFT is to have "harder to 30" bonuses than a regular-difficulty high school set, but the jump in some cases was quite unusual. I'll probably have specific ...
by Corry
Wed Dec 31, 2014 8:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT SCT: February 7
Replies: 40
Views: 21117

Re: 2015 NAQT SCT: February 7

Echoing Will, I'm reasonably sure that Amherst will be able to send one team to the SCT regardless of where it's held, but my ability to wrangle together enough players for a second team is largely contingent on whether a closer SCT site can be found.
by Corry
Sat Dec 27, 2014 1:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT SCT: February 7
Replies: 40
Views: 21117

Re: 2015 NAQT SCT: February 7

So I'm assuming at this point that there won't be a second Northeast site, right?
by Corry
Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Northern NJ History Bee and Bowl - Nov. 15
Replies: 7
Views: 3353

Re: Northern NJ History Bee and Bowl - Nov. 15

I just wanna say, the new History Bowl website looks pretty kickass. I like it a lot.
by Corry
Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:05 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Fundraising
Replies: 8
Views: 5655

Re: Fundraising

I am a NAQT writer and so is my teammate Devin Shang. Neato! Attending both HSNCT and NHBB will probably cost a little around $1000 per person total, so each you of guys needs to write around 300 tossups for this to work. At 4 tossups an hour, that's 75 hours of work. There are about 25 weeks left ...
by Corry
Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:06 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Fundraising
Replies: 8
Views: 5655

Re: Fundraising

Based on my experiences fundraising for the Arcadia team (which tends to send 2-3 teams every year to multiple nationals), running tournaments is really the most effective way to get money in general. We've also done stuff like selling fruit snacks in school, but honestly doing that kind of fundrais...
by Corry
Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:55 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search
Replies: 131
Views: 107324

Re: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search

I noticed today that Quinterest doesn't convert accented characters into normal characters, i.e. searching "Noël Coward" will get you different results from "Noel Coward". Can this be fixed?
by Corry
Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGED - SoCal DEES Mirror (Open) - Jan. 11 @ UCLA
Replies: 18
Views: 10264

Re: SoCal DEES Mirror (Open) - Dec. 6th @ UCLA

If this actually happens on January 10, Amherst will send a team (me and Boyang Jiao). Seriously. Neither of us can attend the MIT mirror of DEES this month, but we're both going to be back in California until past mid-January for winter break. This sounds fun. On a similar note for me, if it's on ...
by Corry
Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGED - SoCal DEES Mirror (Open) - Jan. 11 @ UCLA
Replies: 18
Views: 10264

Re: SoCal DEES Mirror (Open) - Dec. 6th @ UCLA

If this actually happens on January 10, Amherst will send a team (me and Boyang Jiao). Seriously. Neither of us can attend the MIT mirror of DEES this month, but we're both going to be back in California until past mid-January for winter break. This sounds fun.
by Corry
Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2014 - General Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 21779

Re: ACF Fall 2014 - General Discussion

I haven't thoroughly read through the set, but one thing I remember in particular was the tossup on Tiananmen Square. The first line said that "this location" displayed a statement claiming that a man was "30% right and 70% wrong". I'm assuming this clue refers to Democracy Wall, which isn't really ...
by Corry
Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion (Maryland Spring 2014)
Replies: 35
Views: 5872

Re: Question Specific Discussion

It's not that subjective and this is dumb. Yes, the Chicago question is much harder; the fact that a very widely read piece published in MAY TWENTY-FOURTEEN doesn't show up means literally nothing. Reverse clue lookup is a poor way to judge clue difficulty (especially with any current events clue!)...
by Corry
Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion (Maryland Spring 2014)
Replies: 35
Views: 5872

Re: Question Specific Discussion

I didn't write either question, and may have a weird knowledge base, but I really don't see why the second question is so self-evidently harder than the first. Well I guess judging difficulty is a pretty subjective process, but I'll give it a shot, through reverse clue lookup. For this, I'll be usi...
by Corry
Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion (Maryland Spring 2014)
Replies: 35
Views: 5872

Re: Question Specific Discussion

To illustrate what I'm saying: Here's a tossup in Packet 11 on Napoleon's invasion of Russia, which I felt was very difficulty appropriate. I actually like this question quite a bit: although the first line was really really hard (like most of the first lines in this set), there are quite a few buzz...
by Corry
Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion (Maryland Spring 2014)
Replies: 35
Views: 5872

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Thanks for taking the time and effort to post that, Jason. I agree with many of your criticisms of the set and we have worked on fixing the errors and toning down the hard parts. I will say that, in general, I find criticism of the placement of power markings a bit inane and not super helpful. That...
by Corry
Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General Discussion (Maryland Spring 2014)
Replies: 27
Views: 4646

Re: General Discussion

The SoCal field for this set was gutted, with the first place team (Arcadia A) missing their science specialist, but I still find cause for concern when North Hollywood, a team that averaged 23.5 on several NAQT IS-sets last year with the same lineup, only scored 21.06 PPB on this set. Keep in mind...
by Corry
Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2014 Penn Bowl Discussion forum
Replies: 43
Views: 15561

Re: Welcome to the 2014 Penn Bowl Discussion forum

UlyssesInvictus wrote:Also, I'd bet money that way more people know who he is in qb from Rick and Morty than by studying film theory...
I am this person.
by Corry
Sun Oct 19, 2014 11:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Matt J's Stuff (2014 Penn Bowl)
Replies: 11
Views: 4937

Re: Matt J's Stuff

Could I see the Elgin Marbles tossup? I remember it sounding somewhat transparent.
by Corry
Sun Oct 19, 2014 11:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Will's Questions (2014 Penn Bowl)
Replies: 41
Views: 8853

Re: Will's Questions

Will, I thought your history questions were, for the most part, really creative and interesting. However, there were a few ideas that just didn't work. The Tanzimat reforms tossup definitely falls into this category--that answer is both too hard for regular difficulty and almost impossible to execu...
by Corry
Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Will's Questions (2014 Penn Bowl)
Replies: 41
Views: 8853

Re: Will's Questions

Oh, speaking of that Russian myth answerline, I'd consider swapping Slavic to be the main answerline and Russians as an acceptable answerline--when you say "these peoples," that made me think you wanted Slavs, and there was a tense few seconds while the mod figured out if Slav was acceptable (which...