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by Kyle
Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should this be prompted?
Replies: 14
Views: 3220

Re: Should this be prompted?

That would be like saying "Mitt R."
by Kyle
Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 41347

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

Well, you could try to get somebody to edit this tournament. That just isn't what you did this year or last year.
by Kyle
Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 41347

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

DumbJaques wrote:the even more lamentable decision to include that tossup in the final 20
To be clear, this was not a "decision." I mostly just copied and pasted without reading the questions. Making decisions wasn't part of my job description.
by Kyle
Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 41347

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

The packet with the most repeats with other packets was the Gerten-Weinreich packet; consequently, they will get to play on the team of three with Charles Hang. Were the repeats edited (sorry, "redacted") out of the other packets, or did this team just get to expect that some number of the question...
by Kyle
Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 41347

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

Congratulations to Jeff and Bruce.

I emailed the packets to George Berry out of habit, but I don't know if that's still the desired method for getting them posted. If you require them more urgently, send me an email and I'll give them to you.
by Kyle
Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 41347

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

If anybody sees this in time, you should tell your moderators to read tossup 21 rather than tossup 20 in the Bollinger-Jackson packet (which should be scheduled for round 8) because I screwed up and left a repeat in it. Also, I emailed the packet for the finals to the same four people as before and ...
by Kyle
Sat Jul 21, 2012 5:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 41347

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

Mike Cheyne, Bruce Arthur, Ryan Westbrook, and Mike Bentley have been emailed password-protected versions of the 17 prelim rounds for tomorrow. Dallas Simons, Chris Ray, and Marshall Steinbaum have been emailed the password. I probably won't be awake when you finish playing today's main event, so yo...
by Kyle
Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 41347

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

Some facts about this tournament: The longest tossup submitted to it was a 1,473-character masterpiece out of the Adams-Butler packet. The packet with the most repeats with other packets was the Gerten-Weinreich packet; consequently, they will get to play on the team of three with Charles Hang. The ...
by Kyle
Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 41347

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

We will need to combine teams, use double byes, or use brackets with 18 teams. My suggestion is that you make one team of three consisting of Charles Hang (who submitted the last packet that I received and who has no teammate) and the two people whose packet contains the most repeats. That leaves y...
by Kyle
Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 41347

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

To Ted's certain delight, we ended up with 18 packets.
by Kyle
Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 41347

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

We're now at 13 submitted packets. I'll continue to accept them until I wake up tomorrow morning, which will be about 3am EDT on July 20. The only team that I will have any sympathy for if it submits a late packet is Ryan and Matt, since Matt has to write it entirely by himself and since Ryan is edi...
by Kyle
Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit and History Scheduling Compromise
Replies: 44
Views: 7815

Re: CO Lit and History Scheduling Compromise

The history tournament is now at 13 submitted packets + finals.
by Kyle
Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 41347

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

Many people have already "paid" for this tournament by writing 12-24 questions. Given that switching times may prevent some of those people from playing, I don't really see it as fair to change things now. I'll continue my streak of passive aggressive posting by pointing out that not playing this t...
by Kyle
Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 41347

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

If there's only one packet that is blind to all the teams, then you're going to have a lot of trouble coming up with a schedule that isn't a full round robin. Aside from that, though, I think part of the reason that people were keen to support the full-round-robin plan is that nobody actually believ...
by Kyle
Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 41347

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

I'd like to remind you of the various deadlines, the first of which is in just over a week. It's not so much that I care whether or not you have to pay $5 or $10 to buy some food for other people attending this tournament –- it's that, for personal reasons, I would like to spend absolutely as little...
by Kyle
Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011-12 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 32
Views: 12417

Re: 2011-12 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

Can you post the Major League Soccer bonus, Truman Capote tossup from IS-110A, East of Eden, Marduk, "I Need a Doctor" tossups from IS-109, the Steve Nash, "Love The Way You Lie" and weak force tossups from IS-108A? Out of curiosity, how is it that you come up with which 6-8 questions you want Jeff...
by Kyle
Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: I propose a quizbowl video project
Replies: 24
Views: 6509

Re: I propose a quizbowl video project

From reviewing my sad attempt to record the finals match of nsc and listening to Mike Bentley's recording, I feel like you should have a camera set on each team (maybe a third camera on the moderator) in order to reduce panning and at least three microphones in order to made a decent high quality v...
by Kyle
Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: I propose a quizbowl video project
Replies: 24
Views: 6509

Re: I propose a quizbowl video project

Mike's proposal that a game be staged in a way useful for illustrating the rules is one that I have considered (mostly in the context of trying to teach quizbowl to British high school students). It would be possible to have one person explain the rules, then cut to footage of a moderator and eight ...
by Kyle
Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: I propose a quizbowl video project
Replies: 24
Views: 6509

I propose a quizbowl video project

It seems to me that somebody who wanted to learn more about what quizbowl is -- say, a new freshman who just attended his first high school quizbowl practice -- would be likely to search for "quizbowl" on YouTube. After all, where else on the Internet can you be more certain of finding an example of...
by Kyle
Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 135888

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

Magdalen and Corpus Christi Colleges in the semifinals of the 2012 Oxford Intercollegiate Quiz. The set was a heavily Briticised version of NAQT IS-107.

(Note that Jeff said I could put this online after the IS questions were cleared for discussion last week)
by Kyle
Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:53 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Are you allowed to play for more than one team?
Replies: 11
Views: 4884

Re: Are you allowed to play for more than one team?

I suppose it should be pointed out that History Bowl ought not to be considered a substitute for playing regular quizbowl. Anyway, different tournament organizers will have different eligibility requirements. NAQT has their eligibility requirements posted on their website . They suggest, but do not ...
by Kyle
Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:45 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Dallas/North Texas Circuit?
Replies: 9
Views: 3584

Re: Dallas/North Texas Circuit?

Can you co-host a tournament with a nearby school that has more rooms but less playing experience?
by Kyle
Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 6829

Re: NASAT Discussion

Oh right. The second clue was from the baths in Britain, but for some reason it flew over my head. The curse tablets said things like "I suspect X of having stolen my beloved cloak. If X does not return it tomorrow, may Sulis cause eternal impotence upon him." Sulis as in Aquae Sulis, the Roman nam...
by Kyle
Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 6829

Re: NASAT Discussion

Oh right. The second clue was from the baths in Britain, but for some reason it flew over my head. The curse tablets said things like "I suspect X of having stolen my beloved cloak. If X does not return it tomorrow, may Sulis cause eternal impotence upon him." Sulis as in Aquae Sulis, the Roman nam...
by Kyle
Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 NAC
Replies: 189
Views: 51353

Re: 2012 NAC

Well, it takes a special kind of person to win that title. Most people who find themselves so frustrated with the questions that they need to keep protesting just go and attend a superior tournament.
by Kyle
Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Changes for ACF tournaments in 2012-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 5558

Re: Changes for ACF tournaments in 2012-2013

OMG you guys. Please stop drawing attention to how much we don't follow rules designed for American teams.
by Kyle
Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2012 Set Discussion
Replies: 27
Views: 13234

Re: PACE NSC 2012 Set Discussion

Name some creatures from Native American myth, for 10 points each. [10] This trickster and culture hero is credited with bringing fire to mankind and for canoeing to the very edge of the world. ANSWER: Coyote [10] An evil whale was once stopped by this benevolent and gigantic mountain-dwelling crea...
by Kyle
Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Questions about answer acceptance regarding last names
Replies: 29
Views: 8071

Re: Questions about answer acceptance regarding last names

I don't know if I'm supposed to post specific content from the HSNCT outside the HSNCT thread, so let me just say that somebody from Dorman answered the given name of a prominent Chinese leader instead of his surname then was negged without prompting. Eric Huff promptly protested from the audience, ...
by Kyle
Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 41771

Re: 2012 HSNCT discussion

As long as we're correcting things, it isn't true that the Brahmaputra is "called the Jamuna where it merges in to the Ganges delta in Bangladesh." Rather, the Jamuna is only one (albeit the largest) of several distributaries of the Brahmaputra. I'm also intrigued by the tossup beginning "Landforms ...
by Kyle
Sat Jun 02, 2012 7:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 41771

Re: 2012 HSNCT discussion

Wasn't there also a bonus on Sonic the Hedgehog in Packet 1, or did that go under misc.? The notion of "misc" in NAQT does not mean that it can contain anything. The MI: parent code contains questions that bridge multiple subject areas (the tossup on "Brown") and MI:PC: those that contain pop cultu...
by Kyle
Tue May 29, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The best readers
Replies: 32
Views: 9013

Re: The best readers

I'll note that one thing I really dislike is when readers emphasize what they seem to think are buzzwords, as if to indicate "hey, buzz here!" Not only is it annoying, but it's actually unfair. One adult British quizzzing enthusiast pauses at the point in the question where he would have buzzed in....
by Kyle
Mon May 28, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 41771

Re: 2012 HSNCT discussion

It's the third part that didn't age well, not the first part. If I had had Jeff replace the third part with something that is still in the news, this bonus could have been salvaged. There's nothing wrong, incidentally, with the notion that the current events should cover an entire year's worth of cu...
by Kyle
Mon May 28, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 41771

Re: 2012 HSNCT discussion

Re the second comment: Looking over the CE in the set, the only one I can see that of is the "posting nude pictures on the internet" bonus, which I approved as category editor sometime last year. We probably both suspected it would be/stay a bigger deal than it did. Kyle actually seems to have writ...
by Kyle
Mon May 28, 2012 12:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 41771

Re: 2012 HSNCT discussion

The "I'm Kyle Haddad-Fonda, here are a lot of clues about things in the Arab world that I think are important but that the western media dosen't report on" effect seemed to be strong in this set too. One wonders how many people actually buzz on that stuff. I wrote precisely three tossups that invol...
by Kyle
Mon May 28, 2012 10:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 41771

Re: 2012 HSNCT discussion

Can you post the questions and conversion statistics for Geertz (round 15), David Foster Wallace (round 15), Portrait of Doctor Gachet (um, round 16?), Cleveland Browns (round 4, Ohio (round 1) and Stephen Decatur? I'm sure Jeff will post the questions for you, but you do realize that the only way ...
by Kyle
Mon May 28, 2012 8:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 41771

Re: 2012 HSNCT discussion

I realize that teams may not have heard the "eight principles" part depending on moderator speed/quality, but how on Earth could you convince yourself that maybe the Fourteen Points had eight principles? Because, of the Fourteen Points, roughly half (mostly the first half) are general principles to...
by Kyle
Sun May 27, 2012 6:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 41771

Re: 2012 HSNCT discussion

Hello, I'm just stopping by to say that mixed impure academic questions should, in fact, be kept at the HSNCT because it is downright hilarious to hear a bonus segue from short story collections to former baseball players without any warning. Half of the MI, MI:PC, and GK questions were written bef...
by Kyle
Sun May 13, 2012 5:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 British Student Quiz Championships -- 12 May 2012
Replies: 8
Views: 2904

Re: 2012 British Student Quiz Championships -- 12 May 2012

The comparative fortunes of British and American high school quizbowl can pretty accurately be summed up with the observation that four of the eight finalists of this competition were schooled in the USA. And three of the four finished in the top ten of the HSNCT at least once. Perhaps if Britain h...
by Kyle
Sun May 13, 2012 7:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament (MUT)
Replies: 44
Views: 43384

Re: 2012 Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament (MUT)

Here are stats from the Warwick mirror: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/990/stats/all/ I wasn't there, so I can't explain them to you. EDIT -- Oh, since it is not clear from the stats, I should specify that Oxford A, the team with the third-best record, won the tournament. Manchester, the team ...
by Kyle
Sat May 12, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 British Student Quiz Championships -- 12 May 2012
Replies: 8
Views: 2904

Re: 2012 British Student Quiz Championships -- 12 May 2012

Oxford A defeated Oxford C 520-175 in the first game of an advantaged final. Oxford C won the UG title. Sheffield was third at 8-2, followed by Imperial A at 7-3 and Oxford B at 6-4.
by Kyle
Sat May 12, 2012 8:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 British Student Quiz Championships -- 12 May 2012
Replies: 8
Views: 2904

Re: 2012 British Student Quiz Championships -- 12 May 2012

We did well against Manchester. We had our backs to the window and they were seated facing it. Across the street, a nude woman was fixing her hair. This took the entire game.
by Kyle
Sat May 12, 2012 5:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 British Student Quiz Championships -- 12 May 2012
Replies: 8
Views: 2904

Re: 2012 British Student Quiz Championships -- 12 May 2012

My plan to be really nice didn't get off to a great start. I got into a sort of physical altercation when I was refused a schedule, and I had to hold it at arm's length to play keep away long enough to look at which team we would play first. We have a bye now and then I will break out the brownies t...
by Kyle
Sat May 12, 2012 1:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 British Student Quiz Championships -- 12 May 2012
Replies: 8
Views: 2904

2012 British Student Quiz Championships -- 12 May 2012

The eighth annual British Student Quiz Championships are being held today at Imperial College, London. The tournament will be held on a modified version of the 2012 ICT D2 set, heavily Briticized by Edmund Dickinson. I thought I should create a thread for it now because I am likely to have some thin...
by Kyle
Tue May 08, 2012 4:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl
Replies: 55
Views: 14101

Re: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl

David Riley wrote:Just curious...given their stature in college quizbowl, has Brown tried any outreach with the Providence area?
NAQT's newest writer is a high school faculty member from Providence.
by Kyle
Tue May 08, 2012 4:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl
Replies: 55
Views: 14101

Re: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl

Among the metropolitan areas that are not on the list is New York City. This makes sense, since that area has a bunch of dedicated teams, including one of the absolute best teams. It also has no shortage of tournaments, including one of the best high school housewrites. But we all ought to keep in m...
by Kyle
Mon May 07, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Article in Slate about ACF Nationals
Replies: 32
Views: 10234

Re: Article in Slate about ACF Nationals

I really like the latest comment expressing surprise that the game has changed since 1998. I could probably read an ACF packet from my playing days and it probably would still hold up today at most ACF tournaments. I think the part of this comment we should find enlightening is that a current colle...
by Kyle
Wed May 02, 2012 9:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fonts
Replies: 15
Views: 4811

Re: Fonts

dtaylor4 wrote:
Kyle wrote:Perhaps one's font decision ought to depend whether the packet is being read from paper or a computer screen?
The only time a computer screen is an issue is if packets are .pdf, and Acrobat does have a zoom feature.
I meant because of the serifs.
by Kyle
Wed May 02, 2012 9:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fonts
Replies: 15
Views: 4811

Re: Fonts

Perhaps one's font decision ought to depend whether the packet is being read from paper or a computer screen?
by Kyle
Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 41347

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

Chris Chiego and I have joined forces. Does that mean that Chris Chiego and I are not joining forces? EDIT -- I have talked to Chris and confirmed that he is going to be in attendance, so he'll be playing rather than redacting. Consequently, I think I'm going to do this by myself (because I love th...