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2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 9:59 am
by Important Bird Area
This set is clear for discussion.

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 7:51 pm
by High Dependency Unit
Can I see the tossup on Frozen/Let it Go?

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 8:51 pm
by Important Bird Area
There was no such tossup, but we did have a bonus part:
MSNCT round 1 wrote:For 10 points each--name these 2014 Academy Award winners:

B. Best Original Song went to this Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez tune from ~Frozen~, which Elsa sings as she leaves her kingdom.

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 8:58 pm
by MichaelFalk
How did the overall P% stats compare between the first day and the second day?

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 9:36 pm
by Anuj
Can I see the tossup on Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher?

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 9:45 pm
by Important Bird Area
MSNCT round 12 wrote:This story's narrator hears noises that resemble those described in an "antique volume" titled "The Mad Trist." Madeline emerges from her tomb after being buried alive in this story, whose title (*) structure eventually collapses into a "tarn." For 10 points--name this story by Edgar Allan Poe.

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 9:50 pm
by jonah
MichaelFalk wrote:How did the overall P% stats compare between the first day and the second day?
Powers/TUH:
Prelim: 3198/11300 = 0.283
Playoff: 719/2115 = 0.340
(Overall: 3917/13415 = 0.292, but I don't take this to mean much because the prelims account for almost all of the TUH)

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 9:58 pm
by MichaelFalk
jonah wrote:
MichaelFalk wrote:How did the overall P% stats compare between the first day and the second day?
Powers/TUH:
Prelim: 3198/11300 = 0.283
Playoff: 719/2115 = 0.340
(Overall: 3917/13415 = 0.292, but I don't take this to mean much because the prelims account for almost all of the TUH)
Thank you!

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 6:55 pm
by jeremylu
can i see michael jordan, rockets, biden, gingrich and DESPIVALBE ME 2

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 6:59 pm
by Important Bird Area
MSNCT round 6 wrote:In 2003 this man broke Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record for career scoring in the All-Star game while playing for the Wizards. He hit a shot over Bryon Russell to lead his team over Utah in the (*) 1998 NBA finals. For 10 points--name this six-time NBA champion as a guard for the Chicago Bulls.
MSNCT round 9 wrote:In the 1990s this NBA team led by center Hakeem Olajuwon won two championships. Currently it is led by former Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard James Harden and 2013 free agent acquisition (*) Dwight Howard. For 10 points--name this NBA team whose home city is on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
MSNCT round 8 wrote:He was forced to withdraw from the 1988 Democratic presidential primaries after it was discovered that he plagiarized a speech by British politician Neil Kinnock. In 1972 he was elected to the Senate from (*) Delaware. For 10 points--name this current vice president.
MSNCT round 18 wrote:A Daily News cartoon called this man a "Cry Baby" after he led a 1995 government shutdown. A year earlier, he helped the GOP gain 54 seats in the House with his "Contract with America". (*) For 10 points--what former Georgia Representative won the 2012 Republican South Carolina primary?
MSNCT round 10 wrote:The Pharrell Williams song "Happy" was released on the soundtrack of this sequel, which features a character that uses a lipstick taser. Steve (*) Carell reprises his role as Gru in--for 10 points--what 2013 film which sees the return of small yellow henchmen called minions?

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Fri May 16, 2014 2:10 pm
by Lefty734
Can you post the tossup on the Congo River? Thanks.

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Fri May 16, 2014 2:32 pm
by Important Bird Area
MSNCT round 11 wrote:The central part of this river joins with the Ubangi River. Lake Tanganyika is one source of this river, which widens at the (*) Malebo Pool before its passes through Brazzaville, a capital of a namesake nation. For 10 points--name this river of Central Africa.

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Sat May 17, 2014 10:57 pm
by themanwho
From this post:
Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN) wrote:This was only my second time ever reading at the middle school level, but I actually found many of the questions to be rather difficult, for example, a leadin about TORCH in placenta that my scorekeeper noted was something he learned in med school.
I'd be interested to see this question.

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Sat May 17, 2014 11:39 pm
by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant
TORCH infections and IgG can cross this organ, but IgM cannot. It secretes hormones to maintain the endometrial lining, and deoxygenated blood reaches it via the (*) umbilical arteries. For 10 points--name this temporary organ that forms on the uterine wall and nourishes a developing fetus.
The clues on antibodies were probably a bit much, too.


While we're at it, I'd also like feedback on the bio questions I wrote for this set:

kidney/renal/epinephrine
New Zealand/parrot/kiwi
iodine/Gram stain/thyroid
flagella/ATP/algae
shark/cartilage/swim bladder
hemoglobin/malaria/heterozygous
chlorophyll/magnesium/vitamin A
virus/tobacco/RNA

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 2:32 am
by TSIAJ
Can I see the Boxer Rebellion tossup? Thanks in advance.

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 12:24 pm
by Important Bird Area
MSNCT round 12 wrote:This event continued despite an "expedition" led by Edward Hobart Seymour. The Eight Nation Alliance put down this event, which occurred during the rule of Empress Dowager Cixi and began in (*) 1899. For 10 points--name this anti-foreign uprising in China led by a society of "harmonious fists."

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 2:23 pm
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
What would it take for NAQT to be convinced to change the math questions at msnct in the ways I outlined in the other thread?

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 2:29 pm
by Important Bird Area
At a minimum, we would want to make sure that middle school coaches and players wanted to see changes in our policy toward math questions. (We haven't finished tabulating the surveys from MSNCT yet; policy change for all 2014-15 tournaments is something to discuss after the 2014 HSNCT is concluded.)

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 6:50 pm
by Nick
(I apologize if this is answered elsewhere) Will the results of the MSNCT and HSNCT surveys be made public?

Re: 2014 MSNCT discussion

Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 7:01 pm
by jonah
Nick wrote:(I apologize if this is answered elsewhere) Will the results of the MSNCT and HSNCT surveys be made public?
Yes, but I probably won't get to it until after the HSNCT. (In the latter case this is obvious.)