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Post by mentalchocolate » Thu Jan 05, 2006 8:03 pm

Today in practice...
Q: Well, George [buzz]
Me: Sir Edmund Hillary

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Post by Trevkeeper » Sat Jan 07, 2006 7:35 pm

From Wheaton North:

This should go under the "Improbable/stupid but correct buzzes" category.

This Italian *buzz*

Cabot.

The category had been announced as Explorers, by the way.
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Post by harpersferry » Sat Jan 07, 2006 7:46 pm

From Auburn fresh-soph in-house questions

This Amy Proulx short story BUZZ Brokeback Mountain

Coined by Gertrude Stein BUZZ The Lost Generation

After transmogrifying BUZZ Calvin (this actually wasn't right- the answer was Thomas Nast somehow, it still counts because it should have been right.)

Song titles include "Predatory Wasp BUZZ Sufjan Stevens Come On! Feel the Illinoise

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Post by mrs. dalloway » Tue Jan 10, 2006 7:02 pm

It's Annie Proulx.

And that Calvin and Hobbes/Thomas Nast question was awesome; you just don't comprehend the genius yet.
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Post by Tegan » Tue Jan 10, 2006 8:52 pm

"Candida" <Buzz>
Leonard Bernstein

The interesting thing was that I was distracted as the category was read so when I heard the answer I was thinking "literature, how could you name Bernstein, and the moderator can't even pronounce it correctly!"

As it turned out, the announced category was "Arts - musical theater", (missed that), and the word was mistyped on the sheet. Still, pretty good!

(OK, the real story is that my player didn't get credit for this because the author forget to delete "Candida", and was actually listing Stephen Sondheim, so my player knew what was going on, but his dopey coach didn't bring a book to prove it)....so it really wasn't a power, and it wasn't a bad neg...it was a good neg, and now I'm just making excuses.....

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Post by Zip Zap Rap Pants » Wed Jan 11, 2006 12:17 am

"True or False..."
Buzz: False!

Haha that hardly counts; it was a tiebreaker question in a Solon packet we were reading in practice. one of the earliest I've done in a tournament was:

"Discovered by Cabrillo..."
Buzz: California

not that impressive, but there have been others I can't quite remember right now...

Actually here's one that comes to mind:

"The blue lantern award..."
Buzz: Iditarod
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Post by solonqb » Wed Jan 11, 2006 4:02 am

Solon packet? From where?
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Post by harpersferry » Tue Jan 17, 2006 11:56 pm

Stop trying to defend your hose, Colleen. And thank you for the correction.

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Post by HAHAHA » Sun Feb 12, 2006 5:27 pm

pasedpawn wrote:From Auburn fresh-soph in-house questions

This Amy Proulx short story BUZZ Brokeback Mountain

Coined by Gertrude Stein BUZZ The Lost Generation

After transmogrifying BUZZ Calvin (this actually wasn't right- the answer was Thomas Nast somehow, it still counts because it should have been right.)

Song titles include "Predatory Wasp BUZZ Sufjan Stevens Come On! Feel the Illinoise
Just to clarify something that really bugs me. The album is just called "Illinois." I know the album cover says 'Come on! Feel the Illinoise!' but the official title is Illinois. Same with Michigan.

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Post by tomtastic20 » Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:59 pm

No, you can't sell a car *buzz
A: Mythbusters

His son Ascanius *buzz
A: Aeneas

He's a complicated man *buzz
A: Shaft

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Post by Trevkeeper » Thu Feb 23, 2006 6:13 pm

This happened at Solo but I forgot to post it.

Moderator: Category is Literature/American Literature. He was born in Idaho in *buzz*
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Post by DrakeRQB » Sun Feb 26, 2006 6:36 pm

One of my kids yesterday had this one... I can't remember exactly how it was worded, but it was something like...

Q. "It is certain." "Better not tell you now." ---
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A. Magic 8-Ball!
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Post by ericblair » Mon Feb 27, 2006 1:49 pm

College Bowl regionals this weekend. It's kind of sad that these were opening clues for a college tournament. Nevertheless, they were answered quickly.

Reader: "The shortest of Shakespeare's..."
Me: "Macbeth"

Reader: "Although freed by Ms. Watson..."
Me: "Jim" --This one I thought to be more impressive due to the fact I haven't read Huck Finn in years. I thought I'd forgotten everything about it.
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Post by dschafer » Sat Mar 04, 2006 9:06 pm

At Gonzaga this weekend, both by myself and by Evan/Neel on TJ A:

Q: Garfield often sends his arch-nemesis, Nermal...
A: Abu Dhabi
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Post by solonqb » Sat Mar 04, 2006 10:08 pm

dschafer wrote:At Gonzaga this weekend, both by myself and by Evan/Neel on TJ A:

Q: Garfield often sends his arch-nemesis, Nermal...
A: Abu Dhabi
How the hell was that a leadin on any Abu Dhabi tossup?
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Post by bdavery » Sun Mar 05, 2006 12:50 am

well done on that one! But if you have to ask, you obviously don't read Garfield (or haven't read it enough).
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Post by solonqb » Sun Mar 05, 2006 1:52 am

No, my point was it should be closer to the giveaway, as anyone who has read Garfield or watched the TV show with any regularity would get it, and Garfield was fairly popular before Jim Davis started drawing that steaming pile of feces that passes for it now.
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Post by West Branch » Sun Mar 05, 2006 5:08 pm

Also in that Gonzaga tournament:

"Born on Nov. 2, 1865 near Corsica OH" -BUZZ- "Warren G Harding"

"She grew up on a ranch in southern AZ" -BUZZ- "Sandra Day O'Connor"

(this last one wasn't mine) "While testing a rocket-sled" -BUZZ- "Murphy's Law"

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Post by Zip Zap Rap Pants » Sun Mar 05, 2006 7:07 pm

^^ :lol: lol only Andrew, only Andrew (for those first two)

...for the third one, only Will, only Will (unless it was someone on the other team...)
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Post by NotjustoldWASPs » Sun Mar 05, 2006 10:17 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:...for the third one, only Will, only Will (unless it was someone on the other team...)
In our game vs. RM B, somebody on their team got that at the same point. But I think one from the tournament that was even more impressive was in the consolation game vs. Whitman:

Q: He wears the number 42.
Buzz
A: Mariano Rivera

Yay for sports.
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Post by bigtrain » Sun Mar 05, 2006 10:25 pm

"She grew up on a ranch in southern AZ" -BUZZ- "Sandra Day O'Connor"
Same power with us.
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Post by Trevkeeper » Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:39 pm

"Set at a Mexican seaside resort--"*Buzz*

Answer: Night of the Iguana.
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Post by GreyGhost06 » Thu Mar 09, 2006 10:13 am

The sports thread just reminded me of this. From, I think, last year.

Mod: Born Chukwuemeka *Buzz*

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Post by Sir Thopas » Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:44 pm

"She married architect Max Malloway" BUZZ
Agatha Christie

I know it's just pure trivia, but I was pretty proud of it.

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Post by Snoopy17 » Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:06 am

From practice tonight on an ACF Fall packet:
"At one point in this movie, Tappy Tibbons walks into the living room with his 1-900-976-JUICE ad"

Buzz: Requiem for a Dream

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Post by brownboy79 » Fri Apr 07, 2006 10:21 am

Am I allowed to mention IS-59?

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Post by BuzzerZen » Fri Apr 07, 2006 10:43 am

brownboy79 wrote:Am I allowed to mention IS-59?
Definitely not.

Admins, fix por favor.
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Post by brownboy79 » Fri Apr 07, 2006 5:01 pm

no
that wasn't from is 59
i had another from is 59 that i decided not to post until i heard a response
that was from a thoroughbred league set that has been played

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Post by swwFCqb » Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:08 pm

This was a question I got in West Virginia format, which is just toss-up; so it wasn't a power, but I thought it was pretty impressive anyways...

Reader: Jebel Toubkal... BUZZ

Me: Atlas Mountains

You should have seen our opponent's faces. PRICELESS!!!!!!!

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Post by BobGHHS » Thu Apr 13, 2006 9:26 am

This was a question I got in West Virginia format, which is just toss-up; so it wasn't a power, but I thought it was pretty impressive anyways...

Reader: Jebel Toubkal... BUZZ

Me: Atlas Mountains
Yeah, well between Steve and Kyle this year, I've seen you guys tear up some of the best powers I've ever seen.

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Post by swwFCqb » Thu Apr 13, 2006 7:42 pm

No, we aren't going to NAQT nationals because our seniors' graduation is that weekend. :cry: We were toying with the idea of taking myself, along with 3 other juniors to the NAQT tournament, but we finally scrapped it. Instead, we're going to Chip Beale's tournament the weekend after. It really is disappointing that we're not going. I really would like to see how we stack up against everyone else in NAQT. I would have liked to get another shot at you guys as well. I wish we could have played you at states just for fun, but it was already late and we had a 3 1/2 hour drive ahead of us. Oh well. Best of wishes though. You guys got a great team.

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Post by JohnAndSlation » Sat Apr 22, 2006 12:27 am

Back to cheating, and I know, Coach, we promised to forget this match, but I had to....
(not naming the team/tournament, but our team's still steamed about this) "This blind G-"
"Teiresias"

The entire match went like that. Needless to say, they drilled us into the ground.

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Post by JohnAndSlation » Sat Apr 22, 2006 12:32 am

This could possibly win the award for worst question EVER! "This red-nosed reindeer-"

Great guess work for a bonus (same tournament) - all about hungary...something about a flat region "Hungarian Plain" prompt "...Great Hungarian Plain?" Bingo!

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Post by DrakeRQB » Sun Apr 30, 2006 3:26 pm

Both of these occurred in matches that I moderated at our state championship yesterday, and both involved Raleigh Charter.

Q. Peptido... pep....[no pronunciation key]... ya know I'm just gonna spell it. P-E-P-T--- (buzz)
A. gram staining

Q. Valentine---- (buzz)
A. Stranger in a Strange Land

Now, granted, the last two questions had been about sci-fi, but impressive all the same.
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Post by yoda4554 » Sun Apr 30, 2006 5:08 pm

The buzz on Valentine is unwise, even if there's a high probability of sci-fi. It could just as easily be Ender's Game.

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Post by ProsperoSMS » Sun Apr 30, 2006 5:34 pm

I was coaching the opposing team on this speedy buzz. The first two sf questions had been on I, Robot and The Martian Chronicles, so I think the Heinlein move was logical. I also think the buzz might have more been on Valen- than even the full name.

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Post by brownboy79 » Sun Apr 30, 2006 6:08 pm

The worst tournament ever-Derby Challenge
"August 4, 1964<Buzz>"
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Post by DrakeRQB » Sun Apr 30, 2006 6:39 pm

ProsperoSMS wrote:I was coaching the opposing team on this speedy buzz. The first two sf questions had been on I, Robot and The Martian Chronicles, so I think the Heinlein move was logical. I also think the buzz might have more been on Valen- than even the full name.
Yeah, I don't think I'd even gotten the whole name out yet. Sick, sick, sick.
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Post by cvdwightw » Mon May 01, 2006 2:43 am

DrakeRQB wrote:Q. Peptido... pep....[no pronunciation key]... ya know I'm just gonna spell it. P-E-P-T--- (buzz)
A. gram staining
This reminds me of my all-time favorite buzz, made by my teammate at 2003 HSNCT. We had just put the game out of reach, and there were about 10 seconds left in the game, so I had made a signal not to buzz.

Q: (moderator horribly butchers the third or fourth word in the question; in any case, the first few words are enough to realize the answer is a non-national geograpic entity)
A: It's Comodoro Rivadavia and the answer's Patagonia

Also, when you play CBI, you get to win buzzer races after four words. "Musicians Gabriel and Frampton." BUZZ Peter

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Post by Byko » Mon May 01, 2006 9:52 am

cvdwightw wrote:Also, when you play CBI, you get to win buzzer races after four words. "Musicians Gabriel and Frampton." BUZZ Peter
Four words? Bah, that's nothing. Who can forget Dwight Kidder's called buzz:

Dwight: "I'm going to buzz in after one word in the next question."
Moderator: "Cardiopulmonary..."
*BUZZ*
Dwight: "R-E-S-U-S-C-I-T-A-T-I-O-N"
Moderator: "10 points"

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Post by dschafer » Mon May 01, 2006 7:12 pm

By Neel at Science bowl this weekend:

Q: "Math, Short Answer. Name all polygons that can..."

A: "Triangles, Squares, Hexagons"
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Post by BuzzerZen » Mon May 01, 2006 7:27 pm

dschafer wrote:By Neel at Science bowl this weekend:

Q: "Math, Short Answer. Name all polygons that can..."

A: "Triangles, Squares, Hexagons"
Pray tell, Dan, can do what?
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Post by Lapego1 » Mon May 01, 2006 7:41 pm

I'm assuming form tesselations...?
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Post by NotjustoldWASPs » Mon May 01, 2006 7:56 pm

Lapego1 wrote:I'm assuming form tesselations...?
Exactly. I was amazed at science bowl the extreme differences from easily predictable questions like this to questions where the eventual champions were even guessing...quite a weird competition...I'll stick with normal quizbowl in the future.
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Post by Zip Zap Rap Pants » Mon May 15, 2006 7:57 pm

At RM this past weekend:

"His first letter was addressed 'Dear Boss'..."

Buzz: Jack the Ripper

In the trash round:

"His chain lights up like a lamp 'cuz now he's back with the camp. He's crawlin similar to an ant..."

Buzz: Paul Wall

haha, the only rap question all day. the other music question I got was "Smoke Two Joints" by Sublime only because my brother owns that CD. I'll look forward to playing some college trash with Dave Porter next year...
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Post by blazer06 » Mon May 15, 2006 8:17 pm

At RM...
Matt Morrison wrote: haha, the only rap question all day. the other music question I got was "Smoke Two Joints" by Sublime only because my brother owns that CD. I'll look forward to playing some college trash with Dave Porter next year...
Acutally, there was round 1:
"His first album, The College Dropout *buzz"...kanye west.

also, the one on "What's your Fantasy" from ludacris we had in the round we played you.

other fun stuff:
"The best strategy is tit-for-tat *buzz*" prisoner's dilemna.

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Post by Zip Zap Rap Pants » Tue May 16, 2006 6:10 pm

Yea, forgot about those. Paul Wall was unfortunately the only one I got though. And yea the Kanye West one was the buzzer race of buzzer races. We were playing TJ E and probably 5 of the 7 players who were playing at the moment all tried to buzz in, but I was beat. I think TJ E only got about 3 other tossups that round.
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Post by Auks Ran Ova » Tue May 30, 2006 9:45 pm

At practice earlier this year, on either a Patrick's Press or QU question:

"A man leaves his house. He walks five miles south, five miles east--"
*buzz*
White.

...not that a bad joke/riddle has any place being a quiz bowl question anyway, but it was still pretty cool.
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Post by DumbJaques » Tue May 30, 2006 9:56 pm

At practice earlier this year, on either a Patrick's Press or QU question:

"A man leaves his house. He walks five miles south, five miles east--"
*buzz*
White.

...not that a bad joke/riddle has any place being a quiz bowl question anyway, but it was still pretty cool.
No.
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Post by Auks Ran Ova » Tue May 30, 2006 10:02 pm

That's basically what I said. No one on our team much cares for those questions any more.
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