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by Corry
Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Will's Questions (2014 Penn Bowl)
Replies: 41
Views: 8848

Re: Will's Questions

Can I see the Nuwa, Mexico, and Jormungandr tossups? The choice of Nuwa as an answerline seems inordinately hard, and the ox-head clue for Jormungandr seemed way too early considering how famous the Thor fishing story is. I agree that some of the tossups were far too transparent: I buzzed on a wild...
by Corry
Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Will's Questions (2014 Penn Bowl)
Replies: 41
Views: 8848

Re: Will's Questions

I liked your questions (as usual, I guess?). There were a few history tossups in this set that I found rather uninteresting to play, since they involved a lot of incoherent name-dropping and lack of description, but all of the history questions that you wrote were quite easy to listen to. Some thoug...
by Corry
Sun Oct 12, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography and Current Events (2014 PADAWAN)
Replies: 30
Views: 6421

Re: Geography and Current Events

By the way, do you know what the "Hawaiian Islands" tossup was classified as, if not geography? Because it was really really hard. Earth Science. Well, I guess that makes sense. I knew about Kure and the Darwin Point from a geography perspective, in which it's super super obscure, but I'm willing t...
by Corry
Sun Oct 12, 2014 12:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography and Current Events (2014 PADAWAN)
Replies: 30
Views: 6421

Re: Geography and Current Events

By the way, do you know what the "Hawaiian Islands" tossup was classified as, if not geography? Because it was really really hard.
by Corry
Sun Oct 12, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography and Current Events (2014 PADAWAN)
Replies: 30
Views: 6421

Re: Geography and Current Events

I really liked most of these questions, because I would've powered most of these questions (obviously the perfect standard). Like Jacob mentioned, the clue on Julian Castro is repeated in both the "housing" tossup and the "Secretary of Housing" tossup. That should probably be fixed. Also, I personal...
by Corry
Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: STIMPY Global Announcement
Replies: 39
Views: 28046

Re: STIMPY Global Announcement

Will this set have powers?
by Corry
Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Texas Camp/ DISCO discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 7418

Re: Texas Camp/ DISCO discussion

Hey, I know it's really hard to come up with stuff to fill, say, a 1/1 math distro. That just means you should try extra hard to come up with good answers to make people think 1/1 math is doable. That doesn't mean it's a good idea to reach into the olympiad rabbit-hole and pull out redacted terribl...
by Corry
Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Texas Camp/ DISCO discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 7418

Re: Texas Camp/ DISCO discussion - don't open if you are fro

My brother Kevin and I read this tournament while on a road trip this summer. 2. The science seemed to have entirely too much conceptual math for my tastes. I might be biased in that I don't like it, but a lot of other people at our site and other sites too felt there was a lot of math. What did oth...
by Corry
Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 106895

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Dr. Loki Skylizard, Thoracic Surgeon wrote:http://hsqbrank.com/2014/08/27/2014-15- ... -seveteen/
Actually, Canyon Crest Academy only graduates one top scorer, Oliver. Varkey is a sophomore and Nathan is a junior this year.
by Corry
Fri Aug 08, 2014 12:52 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: What Works for High School Set Distributions? What Doesn't?
Replies: 21
Views: 8145

Re: What Works for High School Set Distributions? What Doesn

I don't know anything about philosophy, but my brother who actually knows things tells me that Godel is "wow crap so hard" for regular high school schoolers. The end conversion rates for tossups on Godel would probably be pretty high since everybody would just buzz on "this dude's incompleteness the...
by Corry
Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Richard Montgomery's HERMES available for mirrors!
Replies: 22
Views: 17530

Re: Richard Montgomery's HERMES available for mirrors!

add .5/.5 to geo: too much geo? maybe it's just me, but it seems that the set would get harder not easier if we took out psych which people can and do take a class for (this argument also works to a lesser extent for econ) and replaced it with geo which is really not offered as a class/not taught e...
by Corry
Wed Jul 30, 2014 3:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Richard Montgomery's HERMES available for mirrors!
Replies: 22
Views: 17530

Re: Richard Montgomery's HERMES available for mirrors!

Are astronomy and earth science the "strike zone of 'what non-elite teams can answer'"? I know that my team has trouble even getting 10s on both of those subjects While I think the math distro is pretty low for a high school set (and the comp sci a little high) I don't think that replacing other qu...
by Corry
Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013-14 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 10440

Re: 2013-14 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

A quick search on the NAQT writer's database reveals about 30 questions mentioning the Chimney Rock in Nebraska, and 1 question mentioning a Chimney Rock anywhere else (take a wild guess as to which question that is). Yes, technically there is nothing wrong the Colorado question, because it makes cl...
by Corry
Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:07 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search
Replies: 131
Views: 107215

Re: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search

I can't get the Study feature to work with bonuses. I input that I want 5 bonuses of any high school difficulty, and I get 5 high school tossups instead. Thank you for working on this great database! I'll be adding this along with the interface mode fix sometime later this week. It seems like Inter...
by Corry
Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 PACE NSC Conversion Stats
Replies: 4
Views: 3269

Re: 2014 PACE NSC Conversion Stats

Hey, thanks for doing this. I've always been a big fan of NAQT's public releasing of conversion stats, and I think this is a really good step for PACE to do too.
by Corry
Thu Jul 10, 2014 3:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NASAT Discussion
Replies: 38
Views: 19614

Re: 2014 NASAT Discussion

As a somewhat unrelated side comment, do any tournaments track question conversion stats besides NAQT? That's always been one of my favorite things about writing for NAQT; otherwise, it seems to me that there's really no reliable way of determining the difficulty of any particular question.
by Corry
Thu Jul 10, 2014 3:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NASAT Discussion
Replies: 38
Views: 19614

Re: 2014 NASAT Discussion

Corry, I completely agree that many things about NASAT this year were far too difficult (for ACF Regionals level), and maybe even this question, but I don't think that this in particular is reasonable. We have plenty of examples of people on this board who have done well at e.g. science olympiads t...
by Corry
Thu Jul 10, 2014 2:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NASAT Discussion
Replies: 38
Views: 19614

Re: 2014 NASAT Discussion

HOWEVAH, my point in making this post is that "these clues weren't on Wikipedia or the first page of Google results" is an astoundingly poor justification for your otherwise-correct argument. NASAT's never been shy about being an ACF Regionals-level tournament, and while it sometimes gets carried a...
by Corry
Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Review of Some Questions I Wrote
Replies: 1
Views: 2341

Re: Review of Some Questions I Wrote

Some of the bonuses are rather oddly connected. For instance, the Belarus bonus is rather funky: the first clue about Operation Bagration doesn't really have anything to do with Lukashenko, but rather refers only to Belarus (sort of-- Operation Bagration is actually associated with a bunch of differ...
by Corry
Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? [Collegiate edition, 2014]
Replies: 34
Views: 11882

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? [Collegiate edition, 2014

bird bird bird bird bird wrote:Yes, it is.
Cool. Is it available publicly yet?
by Corry
Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? [Collegiate edition, 2014]
Replies: 34
Views: 11882

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? [Collegiate edition, 2014

So, is the entering freshman list still a thing this year?
by Corry
Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer Practices in SoCal
Replies: 5
Views: 2614

Re: Summer Practices in SoCal

FYI, I'm definitely going these practices, beginning this week. Hopefully I'll be able to bum a ride from Jason/Kahao (the tables have turned).
by Corry
Sat Jun 14, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search
Replies: 131
Views: 107215

Re: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search

Is there any chance you can make the color scheme simpler? The old color scheme was fine, but with this one I think there are too many colors and it makes the text hard to read + it hurts the eyes. User was reminded to enable a signature --Mgmt. I agree. The main purpose of the site is readability,...
by Corry
Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT conversion stats
Replies: 24
Views: 9805

Re: 2014 HSNCT conversion stats

Could I see the conversion stats for the Gupta Empire, Carbonari, Measure for Measure, XYZ Affair, Italy, and Khyber Pass? Also, what were the specific stats for Chapultepec, mantle plumes, and Satyricon?
by Corry
Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 65889

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

I would actually be suprised if Michael Romanov wasn't powered in many rooms in that stage of the playoffs. Michael Romanov has been established in the high school canon, especially in History Bowl, and the clues from the beginning are all pretty much what is repeated in every Michael Romanov quest...
by Corry
Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 65889

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

I wrote things for this. If you had feedback, post here or PM me. [2] Newfoundland, Bangladesh/East Timor/Aceh [5] Baffin Bay/Davis Strait/marginal sea [6] Greenland, Edward III [7] Gingrich [8] Restoration/Charles II/Dec. of Breda [10] 2048 [11] Thurmond [12] "Dewey Defeats Truman" [15] Guernsey/E...
by Corry
Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scholastic Bowl Summer Camps
Replies: 3
Views: 2904

Re: Scholastic Bowl Summer Camps

Unfortunately, I don't believe there are any others.
by Corry
Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 65889

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

Schmidt Sting Pain Index wrote:I really liked the Geo tossups especially Charlotte Amalie...
You are a geography god.
by Corry
Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 65889

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

I also feel like tossing up Malcolm Gladwell is a bit of a stretch for HSNCT, but I have a less clear idea of how that tossup went over in Saturday play. I wrote this tossup. I wasn't sure about it at first, but I felt more comfortable tossing it up after I found out that other tossups on Gladwell ...
by Corry
Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 65889

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

I finally did a quick read-through of the whole HSNCT. As usual, I liked most of the set (or at least, most of the history that I didn't write myself). However, also as usual, there were a few tossups answer lines that just struck me as somewhat ill-considered. Regarding this, I have a question abou...
by Corry
Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 65889

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

Some observations: I think a tossup on Buenos Aires shouldn't have the big avenue as its lead-in. I thought the Chiang Kai-shek tossup was a little too easy. I wrote these 2 tossups. In response: 1. I didn't know that the Avenida Nueve de Julio was particularly known. I'll wait for HSNCT conversion...
by Corry
Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 65889

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

Dr. Loki Skylizard, Thoracic Surgeon wrote: 27: Hotel California TU*
The first line of this tossup seemed quite easy to me. In my mind, "we haven't had that spirit here since 1969" is actually one of the most recognizable quotes of the entire song Hotel California, on par with the lines in the actual chorus ("such a lovely place etc.").
by Corry
Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 65889

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

I wrote a boatload of history and geography questions for this tournament, including a few questions that I suspect were probably bad ideas. If you think any of the following tossups were a "bad idea", please tell me: Ulysses S. Grant Haiti Democratic Republic of Congo Estonia Kazakhstan peace New Z...
by Corry
Fri May 23, 2014 10:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Writing MS Sets
Replies: 28
Views: 5997

Re: Writing MS Sets

I powermarked this question here: This figure drove out thieves from his father’s temple and had citizens place palm leaves when he rode on a donkey. He fed thousands with 5 loaves of bread (*) and 2 pieces of fish and preached the story of the Prodigal Son. For 10 points, name this central figure ...
by Corry
Thu May 22, 2014 9:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography Monstrosity 6 (May 30, Chicago)
Replies: 35
Views: 15031

Re: Geography Monstrosity 6 (May 30, Chicago)

New SoCal players:
- Yuqiao Zhao from Arcadia
- Austin Mendoza from Madison
by Corry
Thu May 22, 2014 2:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography Monstrosity 6 (May 30, Chicago)
Replies: 35
Views: 15031

Re: Geography Monstrosity 6 (May 30, Chicago)

Ok, I have wrangled a bunch of SoCal people into this, as follows:

- Kevin Li from Westview
- DoWon Kim from Torrey Pines
- Vincent Doehr from La Jolla

Possibly more to come.
by Corry
Thu May 22, 2014 12:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography Monstrosity 6 (May 30, Chicago)
Replies: 35
Views: 15031

Re: Geography Monstrosity 6 (May 30, Chicago)

I will play this. I'll probably make a team once I can drag enough other SoCal players into this. Also, I will write questions because I have infinite free time right now.
by Corry
Wed May 21, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Online mirror of College History Bowl
Replies: 49
Views: 16316

Re: Online mirror of College History Bowl

When will the set be posted? I was hoping to read it to a couple of my high school friends this week.
by Corry
Tue May 20, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Writing MS Sets
Replies: 28
Views: 5997

Re: Writing MS Sets

I mean when I should mark the end of a power in my sets. Also, I would rather do something like: Lit 4/4 History 4/4 Science 4/4 Sports 1/1 Trash 1/1 Fine Arts 2/2 Geography 2/2 Religion 1/1 Philosophy 1/1 Could you guys review my packets here later? I would certainly not recommend 1/1 philosophy e...
by Corry
Sun May 11, 2014 10:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Online mirror of College History Bowl
Replies: 49
Views: 16316

Re: Online mirror of College History Bowl

I will play this. My team will be me and Boyang Jiao.
by Corry
Sun May 11, 2014 2:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Online mirror of College History Bowl
Replies: 49
Views: 16316

Re: Online mirror of College History Bowl

If this is happening on Sunday, I'd also actually be interested in playing.
by Corry
Wed May 07, 2014 12:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANHALT at North Hollywood (5/17)
Replies: 3
Views: 2072

Re: ANHALT at North Hollywood (5/17)

RyuAqua wrote:Does this tournament have a date conflict with this year's Triton Spring?
Nope, Triton Spring was moved one week ahead. http://www.socalquizbowl.org/tournament-schedule/
by Corry
Fri May 02, 2014 9:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle
Replies: 203
Views: 87458

Re: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle

Which tournaments have had high schoolers play MUT? http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/2186/ (Minn. - EP) http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/2225/ (UIUC - "Panda Express") http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/2169/ (Claremont - Arcadia) http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/2085/...
by Corry
Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT-format submission tournament
Replies: 13
Views: 4660

Re: NAQT-format submission tournament

I know that there is a subset of the quizbowl community that rarely attends anything besides NAQT tournaments, and I think that an event like this would be a good way to get them to play more tournaments besides just SCT I'm pretty sure a main reason teams only go to SCT is that it's not packet sub...
by Corry
Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT-format submission tournament
Replies: 13
Views: 4660

Re: NAQT-format submission tournament

I would definitely do this.
by Corry
Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to Study American History
Replies: 21
Views: 7427

Re: How to Study American History

Find a textbook commonly used for APUSH (AP US History), and read it. My high school American History class was essentially just a "read the textbook" class. You guys can easily replicate the experience outside of a classroom environment.
by Corry
Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Field Set for 2014 National History Bowl / Updated Seeds
Replies: 19
Views: 5920

Re: Field Set for 2014 National History Bowl / Updated Seeds

Will the National History Bowl plan to have double-elimination playoffs on Saturday evening, anytime down the line? I've always felt that the current single-elimination playoff system was rather harsh. The double-elimination system used by HSNCT is noticeably more complicated, but it certainly doesn...
by Corry
Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT Mirror @Claremont Colleges (April 12th)
Replies: 6
Views: 4050

Re: MUT Mirror @Claremont Colleges (April 12th)

nadph wrote:Didn't realize this was happening. How'd it go?
Caltech A won. Still waiting for stats...
by Corry
Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How much do you study?
Replies: 10
Views: 3004

Re: How much do you study?

It depends on the time of the year. For me, if there's a national tournament coming up in a month or so, I would usually study around 10-12 hours a week. Otherwise, maybe half of that.
by Corry
Sun Apr 06, 2014 12:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Possible Lexington House Write 2014-15 Season
Replies: 7
Views: 2055

Re: Possible Lexington House Write 2014-15 Season

I'd also recommend against it. To a lot of high school teams, writing their own quizbowl packet set often sounds like a pretty neat idea (I actually tried it myself about a year back). However, the novelty of the idea really wears off after... the 50th tossup or so. And then, you're stuck with a set...