Prison Bowl IX Available for April and May Mirrors!

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Prison Bowl IX Available for April and May Mirrors!

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Prison Bowl IX will be available for mirrors starting on Saturday, April 2, 2016. It will then be available for play until Sunday, May 29, 2016 (after which it will be viewable to all on the archive). If you are interested in mirroring our set (or have any questions), please contact us at [email protected].

Set details
Like always, the set will be written and edited by the Hunter College High School quiz bowl team, with contributions from Vanderbilt University's Rohan Nag. The set will consist of thirteen 21/21 packets (20 pyramidal tossups, 20 three-part bonuses, and an extra tossup and bonus for tiebreakers). All packets will be written at uniform, standard high school-level difficulty, without power marks. Each tossup will be 5-6 lines long and each bonus part no more than 2 lines long in 10 point Times New Roman font.

Aside from your standard quiz bowl answer lines, the set will also feature some original common-link questions, descriptive answer-lines, and cross-categorical/interdisciplinary questions. We hope that these non-conventional questions will keep grizzled players who have played many other sets interested. However, the standard difficulty-nature of the set should also allow less experienced players to get and learn stuff. In tandem with our eternal goal to provide high-quality questions, we have taken some new measures to ensure a better-written set compared to last year's iteration. These include finalizing all our collaborations before even starting the set to ensure better communication, starting ~3 months earlier than last year, and providing more packets to fit a wider variety of tournament formats.

The past three Prison Bowls have all been rated as "satisfactory" by PACE. For all past sets, see here.


The set will not feature computational math.

4/4 Literature
> 1/1 American
> 1/1 British
> 1/1 European and Russian
> 1/1 World and Ancient/Classical
4/4 History
> 1.3/1.3 American
> 1.3/1.3 European
> 1.3/1.3 World
4/4 Science
> 1/1 Biology
> 1/1 Chemistry
> 1/1 Physics
> 0.5/0.5 Mathematics (entirely non-computational)
> 0.5/0.5 Astronomy/Cosmology and Earth Sciences
3/3 Fine Arts
> 1/1 Painting and Sculpture
> 0.5/0.5 Other Visual (including Architecture, Photography, Film, Dance, Performance, Decorative, Design)
> 1/1 Classical Music
> 0.5/0.5 Other Auditory (including Opera, Jazz, Musicals, World Music)
2.5/2.5 RMP
> 0.8/0.8 Religion
> 1/1 Mythology
> 0.8/0.8 Philosophy
0.8/0.8 Social Science
0.6/0.6 Geography
0.5/0.5 Current Events
0.6/0.6 Trash and Pop Culture
(.0714/.0714 Sports)
1/1 Tiebreaker (Literature, History, Science, or Fine Arts)

The mirror fee is $10 per attending team. All we ask is that hosts not alter question content in any way, nor release any information about questions to the public before 5/29.

Again, if you have any questions about anything I mentioned above, email us at [email protected]!

Sites Using this Set
Hunter College High School, NY (4/2/16)
Lakeside High School, GA (4/9/16)
University of North Carolina on Chapel Hill, NC
Vanderbilt University, TN
Albert Tai
Hunter College High School '16
Columbia University '20