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Post by JohnAndSlation » Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:58 pm

How about Lucifer for Quetzocoatl?

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Post by Djibouti » Thu Oct 12, 2006 1:33 pm

Cornfused, it's a bad neg when that was our mythology person. I probably should have said that to begin with.

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Post by fool_by_compulsion » Thu Oct 12, 2006 3:35 pm

Correct answer: Mount Suribachi
Answer given: Pork Chop Hill

Wrong war...dooooh. Had not gotten enough sleep the night before. :razz:

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Post by catsasslippers » Mon Oct 16, 2006 8:43 pm

I was clearly not paying enough attention ...
Me: Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Answer: The Republic

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Post by evilmonkey » Thu Oct 19, 2006 10:39 pm

Wrong Answer: Sandwich Islands
Right Answer: Petri Dish

Given by me, the illustrious captain during practice tonight

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Post by Matthew D » Thu Oct 19, 2006 10:50 pm

Best one for us to date
after the first three words of the question

wrong = Tequila
right anwer astrology..
apparently someone was really not paying attention to what they were doing

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Post by JohnAndSlation » Sun Oct 22, 2006 1:16 am

Two part!!!
Given: Ecclesiastes
Correct: Genesis AND Ecclesiastes

I'm still kicking myself for that...

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Post by evilmonkey » Sun Oct 22, 2006 12:08 pm

Well into the question

Given: Directory
Correct: Three Musketeers

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Post by Siverus Snape » Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:17 pm

This one is pretty damn bad:

"This element, with an atomic mass of (something more than 100), is present in trace amounts in the atmosphere and can be used for radioactive dating--buzz"

Me: Nitrogen

Apparently I had not listened to the entire first part of the question.

Real Answer: Krypton

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Post by Irreligion in Bangladesh » Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:00 pm

JohnandSlation wrote:Two part!!!
Given: Ecclesiastes
Correct: Genesis AND Ecclesiastes

I'm still kicking myself for that...
I hated negging you guys for that one because I know what it's like - it's happened to me as well at Ultima. Even worse is the "buzz in after part two of a three-parter" that plagued me about half a dozen times at last year's tourney.

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Post by link5333 » Sun Oct 22, 2006 8:23 pm

At the Speedway Shootout in NC.

Something like: The common name is required for this sporting event. When a team from the city...
Me: "Subway Series"
Correct: Miracle on Ice

I thought for sure my coach would revoke my lightning round privlages after that (I went on to become the neg champion.) Quite possibly my worst neg ever.

Although this one is close
At Ace Camp:
Given: Robert Frost
Correct: The Quran

And who can forget the time I rang in with Gogli bodies instead of Golgi bodies to blow a shutout on the 19th question of a 20 tossup format.

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Post by Captain Sinico » Sun Oct 22, 2006 10:51 pm

link5333 wrote:And who can forget the time I rang in with Gogli bodies instead of Golgi bodies to blow a shutout on the 19th question of a 20 tossup format.
Not me!

MaS

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Post by DrakeRQB » Sun Oct 22, 2006 11:21 pm

link5333 wrote:At the Speedway Shootout in NC.

Something like: The common name is required for this sporting event. When a team from the city...
Me: "Subway Series"
Correct: Miracle on Ice
Oh geez. Another good one I heard about yesterday was:

Answer: pointillism
Given: Wonder bread

The question says something about dots of primary colors.... but still.
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Post by segregold » Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:19 pm

It's sort of a theme on my team that whenever there is a question on George McClellan, I wil neg with one of the following:

a) Stonewall Jackson
b) Robert E. Lee
c) Edgar Allen Poe
d) William Tecumseh Sherman

This is because they invariably use the opener clue related to when McClellan graduated from West Point. I always instinctively buzz at that point, and always give a general that isn't him.

This isn't that funny by itself but if you consider that it's happened at least 20 times without me getting it... yep...

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Post by cornfused » Mon Oct 30, 2006 10:12 pm

...and you just know, the first time you ring in with McClellan, it'll actually be Edgar Allen Poe or somebody. Or even Lee.
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Post by tomburr » Sat Nov 04, 2006 9:24 pm

FTP, Name this ship of Ahab in...buzz

"Battlestar Galactica"

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Post by JohnAndSlation » Sun Nov 05, 2006 12:51 am

In practice... "This actress, blah blah blah-" *buzz* Schwarzenegger

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Post by quizbowllee » Sun Nov 05, 2006 1:36 pm

From a tournament yesterday at Austin High School in Decatur, AL: One of my players:

Answer given: The Three Musketeers
Correct Answer: Dr. Christiaan Barnard

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Post by Philip Marschall » Sun Nov 05, 2006 1:47 pm

How about on the practice test for the Bio Shoot:

Given: Van Gogh
Correct: Hitler

it turns out TWO people did that

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Post by johnboy81918 » Sun Nov 05, 2006 2:01 pm

blah blah blah Shakespearian play, takes place in Rome blah blah blah

My answer? Merchant of Venice :(
I don't think I knew it said anything about Rome until everyone was done laughing at me :(

Oh well ^_^

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Post by swwFCqb » Sun Nov 05, 2006 2:29 pm

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Post by Strongside » Mon Nov 06, 2006 1:01 am

Right answer: Green Monster
Answer given: Liberty Bell
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Post by AndyShootsAndyScores » Tue Nov 07, 2006 6:52 pm

Today in practice:

Given: All Quiet on the Western Front
Correct: Mahabharata

After the Battle of Kurukshetra and other Hindu names.
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Post by DrakeRQB » Tue Nov 07, 2006 7:31 pm

Philip Marschall wrote:How about on the practice test for the Bio Shoot:

Given: Van Gogh
Correct: Hitler

it turns out TWO people did that
No way - one of my kids did the same thing on the same practice test.

Also, one of my A-teamers had this little faux-pas at the REAL Bio Shoot at Duke.

Correct Answer: Kublai Khan
Answer Given: Kublai Kong

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Post by catsasslippers » Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:38 pm

Quite like my teammate's confidant answer of
Alla Turka
for Atta Turk

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Post by mentalchocolate » Wed Nov 08, 2006 12:16 am

swwFCqb, you cannot post about NAQT questions before the end of the year. I'm sure this is an inadvertent mistake.

MOD see above ^^^^

But in practice:

Correct Answer: Anne Frank
Answer Given: Adolph Hitler

The first clue talked about being in hiding toward the end of WWII, but the pure irony of the neg is what makes it bad.

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Post by swwFCqb » Wed Nov 08, 2006 4:37 pm

Sorry for the mistake. I sincerely apologize, and it will never happen again.

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Post by Djibouti » Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:15 pm

Today in practice:

Something about the most common kitchen APPLIANCE.
GIVEN: [Emphatically] Pan
GIVEN 2 (Same Person): I know, [even more emphatically] Spoon!
CORRECT: Refrigerator
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During It's Academic 1st round match by opposing school:

In the third quadrant, what angle has the same sine and cosine?
GIVEN: The Fourth

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Post by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN) » Thu Nov 09, 2006 9:47 am

At UM-Rolla's tournament last weekend:

Given: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Real Answer: Cars (as in the Pixar movie)

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Post by catsasslippers » Thu Nov 09, 2006 7:28 pm

At practice yesterday
Answer given-Stirrups
Correct Answer-Timpani

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Post by cornfused » Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:53 am

Cat, does that line of thought involve the tympanic membrane?

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Post by Djibouti » Sat Nov 11, 2006 1:55 pm

Provided by Boys' Latin today on It's Academic:

(During the opening lighting round - Category "Ends in 'I'")
This type of pasta appears in the song Yankee Doodle.
GIVEN: Tortellini

I was screaming/laughing at the TV for a while after that one.

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Post by catsasslippers » Sat Nov 11, 2006 10:55 pm

I have no idea what exactly was going through my teammate's head when that answer was given, but there was nothing said in the question to suggest that line of thought.

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Post by Alejandro » Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:46 am

On the bot
"Give the first and last names of the character who states, "I hope she'll be a fool- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool"."
Guessed: Holden Caulfield
Correct: Daisy Buchannan

Other (not me):
"Thanks to information theory and Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle[...] What controls a trap door that opens for fast molecules from one side and slow molecules from the other?"
Guess: Trachea
Correct: Maxwell's Demon

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Post by DrakeRQB » Mon Nov 13, 2006 8:03 pm

During a match I read at Vandy this weekend:

Blah blah blah, occurred in colonial New York, blah blah...

Given: Boston Tea Party
Correct: Albany Congress

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Post by Lapego1 » Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:58 pm

Our captain in a match at UVA this weekend:
...chosen best-dressed man in the world BUZZ
Incorrect: Hamid Karzai
Correct: Pharrell
At that early point in the question, it was valid, but after the best-dressed part, the question painted the picture of a Virginia Beach rapper...

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Post by dyetman89 » Mon Nov 13, 2006 11:07 pm

A teammate of mine at UVa. on 10/11, during a quarterfinal game against RM A:

Answer given: King Abdullah II
Correct answer: The Rock


Different teammate in a previous playoff round:

Answer given: Dutch East India Company
Correct answer: British East India Company

This was after the question had mentioned "Cornwallis," and a number of other distinctly British (or at least unmistakably non-Dutch) names.

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Post by jonpin » Fri Nov 17, 2006 1:41 am

Wrong: Contract With America
Correct: Triple-A

"...FTP, name this man who was the governor of New England."
Wrong: Oliver Cromwell.
Everyone else: "That's Old England."

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Post by rchschem » Fri Nov 17, 2006 12:52 pm

" Their name originates from the language of the Eora aboriginal tribe and these animals are primarily nocturnal, using rodent-like claws and front teeth to dig extensive tunnel systems..."

Buzz: Kangaroos
Correct: Wombats

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Post by VornVolken » Fri Nov 17, 2006 8:37 pm

I had a fairly horrible one yesterday.

"This process, which involves hexokinase and pyruvic acid..."
*buzz*

Given: Photosynthesis
Answer: Glycolysis

We had just learned about it the other day in AP Bio too.

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Post by cornfused » Sun Nov 19, 2006 12:53 am

Gotta love them tunneling kangaroos, Eric.

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Post by Siverus Snape » Sun Nov 19, 2006 12:29 pm

Given: Alexander the Great
Correct: Xerxes

In my defense, the question talked about Herodotus chronicleing him and noting that he took the family business a bit too far.

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Post by Alejandro » Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:24 pm

(paraphrased) "This person kidnapped a movie star for his country..."
*buzz*
Given: Borat
Correct Answer: Kim Jong-Il

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Post by Irreligion in Bangladesh » Sun Nov 19, 2006 10:26 pm

NCRedhawks wrote:(paraphrased) "This person kidnapped a movie star for his country..."
*buzz*
Given: Borat
Correct Answer: Kim Jong-Il
My room did that one as well...a closer version of the text:

When you or I enjoy a movie, we may see it again or buy the DVD. When this man enjoys a movie, he may abduct the director and lead actress to build his country's film industry. (continues into text about nuclear proliferation)

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Post by mlaird » Sun Nov 19, 2006 10:35 pm

The real reason why this was a bad neg is that it had category introductions, so it said "Social Studies" before the tossup.

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Post by Alejandro » Sun Nov 19, 2006 10:40 pm

I don't want to justify my answer, but the category was "Current Events", and the Borat movie is current.

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Post by theMoMA » Mon Nov 20, 2006 2:44 am

Practice is time to sit back, let loose, buzz on first instinct, and of course, make hilarious negs.

A pretty hilarious one was when a teammate (strifeheart) buzzed in early on a question (answer: Sauna) and negged on "Tarred and feathered." It would have been even more hilarious if I hadn't been right behind him with the same answer :oops:

One time practicing NAQT questions there was a leadin about a title character and a girl who "does ballet." I buzzed with "Sk8r Boi by Avril Lavigne" thinking this is either going to be the best power ever, or quite possibly the worst neg ever. Luckily it was right. Not exactly a bad neg story, but I definately was afraid I'd never live it down if I was wrong.

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Post by Zip Zap Rap Pants » Mon Nov 20, 2006 8:30 pm

Disclaimers or not, don't post stuff from packets still being used.

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Post by AndyShootsAndyScores » Tue Nov 21, 2006 1:35 pm

Given: Prisoner's Dilemma
Correct: Pirates of Penzance
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Post by rchschem » Wed Nov 29, 2006 9:02 am

"...An early supporter of the Nazis..."

Buzz: Leibniz

That would be a VERY early supporter of the Nazis...
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