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At practice two days ago:

Coach: (Some NASA probe) recently arrived in orbit around what closest star to the Earth?

Me: *buzzes, enthusiastically* Alpha Centauri!

My teammates nearly had a fight about who got to smack me upside the head.
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Post by Vance »

Wrong Answer: Posting uncleared NAQT IS questions.
Correct Answer: Not posting uncleared NAQT IS questions.

Please stop getting the answer wrong.

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The genetive case answer is darn near the best bad neg I have ever heard.

Eric

Some further editing for NAQT purposes.
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Post by The Toad to Wigan Pier »

It is actually an understandable neg since they both have characters named ________.

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Duh. (sound of smacking forehead).
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Wrong: Spinal Tap
Correct: The Chipmunks (Alvin &...)

Wrong: Spongebob Squarepants
Correct: Matt Leinart
(on a clue about 'his favorite place to eat is Wahoos Fish and Tacos')

There were many more this weekend, I just can't remember them...
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Post by Vance »

rchschem wrote:The genetive case answer is darn near the best bad neg I have ever heard.
Yeah...it started off by making clear it was a linguistic thing, and then gave a couple of examples. One of my teammates, who was completely zoned out, heard "football team of Iowa" and immediately buzzed in.
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BobGHHS wrote:Wrong: Spinal Tap
Correct: The Chipmunks (Alvin &...)
...
The Chipmunks and Spinal Tap actually have a lot in common. The Chipmunks' drummer choked on someone else's puke - just like Spinal Tap. Spinal Tap has Bobbi Fleckman (Fran Drescher) and The Chipmunks have Dave... I can see it.
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Wrong Answer : US Patriot Act
Correct Answer : Facebook
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Post by Vance »

One of the JV guys came up with this during practice...

Wrong Answer: Linear A
Correct Answer: Bullfight
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Vance wrote:One of the JV guys came up with this during practice...

Wrong Answer: Linear A
Correct Answer: Bullfight
I can see that happening. What was the question?
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metsfan001 wrote:
Vance wrote:One of the JV guys came up with this during practice...

Wrong Answer: Linear A
Correct Answer: Bullfight
I can see that happening. What was the question?
He buzzed in at the very beginning, when it said it may have originated in the Minoan civilization. It was only after he buzzed that they actually described the thing in question.
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In Practice:
Name these planets from the descriptions of their Zodiac signs....
Paige: Scorpio.

It was so awesome we mentioned it in our next tournament.
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Practicing on Delta Burke invitationals:

Something about the author of this work being influenced by his reading of Pseudo-dionysius-

*BUZZ*

Aidan: Gerard Manley Hopkins's "Glory be to God for Dappled Things"

Correct answer: Dante's Paradiso
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Post by Sara »

Wrong answer: Sinclair Upton
Correct answer: Upton Sinclair

Wrong answer: Britney Spears
Correct answer: Double negative

And during a speed round:

Painter of "Starry Night"
Answer: da Vinci

Luckily, 2/3 were during practice.
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Post by catsasslippers »

The second and third were funny; however, I beleive NAQT rules accept last name, first name for an author. So, the first one should have been accepted.
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At ER this weekend:

ANSWER GIVEN: "Measure twice, cut once"
CORRECT ANSWER: Murphy's Law

In some defense, the question was talking about an addage that applied to engineering, though my answer was completely stupid.
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Djibouti wrote:At ER this weekend:

ANSWER GIVEN: "Measure twice, cut once"
CORRECT ANSWER: Murphy's Law

In some defense, the question was talking about an addage that applied to engineering, though my answer was completely stupid.
Actually, given just that info, I wouldn't consider Murphy's Law all that bad a guess ..... a bit too fast as you observed, but not by any means a foolish choice (I would more question someone who wrote a toss-up with that correct answer, than someone giving your answer).
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Tegan wrote:
Djibouti wrote:At ER this weekend:

ANSWER GIVEN: "Measure twice, cut once"
CORRECT ANSWER: Murphy's Law

In some defense, the question was talking about an addage that applied to engineering, though my answer was completely stupid.
Actually, given just that info, I wouldn't consider Murphy's Law all that bad a guess ..... a bit too fast as you observed, but not by any means a foolish choice (I would more question someone who wrote a toss-up with that correct answer, than someone giving your answer).
I believe Murphy's Law was the correct answer, while "measure twice, cut once" was the bad neg.
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From today, Charleston Catholic's tournament:
My answer: The Last Samurai
Answer: Comanche (the horse)

That sounds a lot worse that it was. But oh well.

From an online practice off of a published set:
My answer: Arnold Schwarzenneger, I dunno how to spell that
Answer: Chuck Norris
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Post by Maxwell Sniffingwell »

Was that the "If you haven't answered by now, you deserve a roundhouse kick to the face" question, Papa?

Or something else on the venerable Mr. Norris?
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leftsaidfred wrote:
Tegan wrote:
Djibouti wrote:At ER this weekend:
I believe Murphy's Law was the correct answer, while "measure twice, cut once" was the bad neg.
D'oh! I reversed them .....
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Actually, no. It said something about him being pioneering a home gym system or some other random clue. Schwarzenegger wasn't a bad guess, especially considering that the question was probably written before Mr. Norris reached the fame he has today.
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Today at TJ:

A Study in Scarlet for Slaughterhouse Five
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At practice the other day...

Given: Pez Dispenser
Correct: Slot Machine
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My best one yet:

Given: Crime and Punishment
Answer: calcite

Don't ask...
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At TJ, one of our team members answered "gypsies" instead of the correct answer, castrati. I believe the tossup started something like: "They were once extremely coveted, and a Russian Prince once traded for one..." :roll:
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At practice a couple of days ago

Given: Sweet Home Alabama
Correct: Jane Eyre
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This is my worst neg I've ever had

Wrong Answer: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Right Answer: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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Given: My Pet Goat
Actual: The Stranger

I think an explanation would cheapen it.
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OK, I'm a coach, not a player, but I'll jump in with the worst answer I've ever heard in a match...

approximate Q: Adjusted for inflation, who was the richest American to ever live?

Wrong Answer: King Tut
Right Answer: John D. Rockefeller

The room positively erupted in laughter on both sides.
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My bad.
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In keeping with the them of this thread. . .

Given:
I just got my information for the seeding meeting. Since I am in Class A, and many of the teams are more than an hour a way from the seeding meeting most have indicated they are not coming to the seeding meeting. In the past, the people who came to the seeding meeting would get a list of the scores, and the name of the teams that they had played. This year all I am getting is the teams record. This is a little disappointing, that we moved to a system with greater technological requirements and get less information than before. For those who are interested in Class A, here are the records of the teams in my subsectional:

Aurora Central Catholic : 1-8
Braidwood Reed-Custer: 9-3
Chicago Latin 20-9
Coal City: 4-6
Timothy Christian: 14-9
Roycemore: 3-11
Gardner-South Wilmington: 1-3
Lisle: 2-10
Ottawa Marquette: 11.5 and 12.5 (I don't know what that means)
Seneca: 19-1
Somonauk: 3-10
Streator (Woodland): 5 -3
Wilmington: 2-10
Correct:
approximate Q: Adjusted for inflation, who was the richest American to ever live?

Wrong Answer: King Tut
Right Answer: John D. Rockefeller
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Zing!
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At Cardinal Gibbons last weekend:

Q. What is the largest city in the state of Kansas?
A. Oklahoma City
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From today at Buzzerpalooza:

This piece of skin in the back of the mouth...<BUZZ>

Incorrect: Urethra
Correct: Uvula

Sadly, that was our JV.

Also:

On video, he was seen having trouble handling an automatic shotgun...

Incorrect: Dick Cheney
Correct: al-Zarqawi
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On the It's Academic match that aired today (during the bonus round for another school):

Full Question: Former President Bill Clinton grew up in what Arkansas town that shares its name with the only quality left in Pandora's Box.

Their Answer: Little Rock

It's a mighty good thing that "Little Rock" was left inside Pandora's Box.
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Today, at H-F:

This president was the only to win two elections by *buzz*
Given: FDR
(question continues)
a margin of less that 10%
Other team: JFK
Correct: George W. Bush
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Question: Something about music, a subject I'm pathetic in. It was asking for the term that describes when a piece increases in volume quickly. This is a bonus and it bounces back. We have no idea, so I say
Answer: "Al Dente," as a joke. The captain glares at me, and says no answer.
Other team: *nods at each other* Al Dente.
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This involved a bad neg, but it was an even worse rebound. I swear, this was the worse played question I've ever seen.

At Wash U against some really bad team that I don't remember.

"You wouldn't want to get into a spitting fight with this animal" [buzz]
Me: Llama
Moderator: incorrect
Other team, without letting the moderator even begin the rebound: Camel

answer: Komodo Dragon.
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Here's a few from several years ago that I don't think I've posted (I might have, but I checked my posts and didn't see these in the thread).

Wrong: Tequila
Right: Venus Fly Trap

Wrong: BK Kids Club
Right: Dudley Boys

Wrong: "Bernice Bobs Her Hair"
Right: Identity Theft

Wrong: Temple of Solomon
Right: Taipei 101

Wrong: Potlatch
Right: Female Circumcision

Wrong: "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?"
Right: Solitaire

Wrong: Ostracism (after the opening clue noted there were forty of them)
Right: Zeno's Paradoxes

Wrong: John Wayne Bobbitt's [insert name of severed body part here]
Right: Get Out of Jail Free Card
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Answer: The Beatles
Correct: James Earl Ray
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charlieDfromNKC wrote:Moderator: incorrect
Other team, without letting the moderator even begin the rebound: Camel
Last year, there was a tossup in the early rounds with the giveaway "...this country named after Simon Bolivar." In one room, it got vultured incorrectly, thus denying the team quite possibly the ten easiest points of the tournament.


From today's Division I sectionals, which are kosher.
Me: Hard drive
Right: Heelies (?)

Others
Question: "...that are not morality plays, and not--" [BUZZ]
Other team: "Morality plays."

Wrong: Kennedy/Nixon debate
Right: Rumble in the Jungle
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How about this:

On an old NAQT set, "Amsterdam?" for "echinodermata."
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Menstruation for conjugation
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From a 6th grader last week who was practicing on NAQT set:

Correct Answer: Golden Temple of Amritsar

Answer Given: Golden Temple of Autism
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DumbJaques wrote:Menstruation for conjugation
How did that happen?
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DumbJaques wrote:
Menstruation for conjugation
How did that happen?
Unfortunately, no one can be told what the chat room is. You have to see it, for yourself.
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Speaking of bodily functions...

Moderator: "In Islam, there are [~]80 different types, and it is considered worse than adultery..."

Me: "masturbation"

Correct answer: "usury"

Quite embarrassing...
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UERD wrote:Me: "masturbation" Correct answer: "usury"
Yeah, that one was funny, but my favorite neg from the various tournaments we've hosted this year is still from our high school tournament:

"In Hamlet, Claudius describes a Norman who has unusual control of one. One named Fru-Fru appears in Anna Karenina, while Don Quixote’s is named Rocinante..."
*buzz*
Wrong: Wife?
Correct: Horse.

I'm still in awe of the Norman with unusual control of his wife.
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