Nicklausse/Muse wrote:Any criticism of the Amoros-Maxfield packet?
These are insanely nitpicky at some points, so please bear that in mind. I am certain I could do this same thing to my packet. You can interpret "good" as high praise.
This is a good packet overall. If I were editing a tournament to which it were submitted I'd have tweaks, but I wouldn't feel bad about asking any of these questions.
1. (Mr. Bean) I wonder if there is anyone else who would be most likely to know Bean from a movie clue; would that have helped?
3. Very good (FSU); I actually love questions like this about college athletics.
5. (Man of La Mancha) One more middle clue maybe; it goes from hard to easy really fast. I have never seen this play so I have no idea what a middle clue would be.
6. (Clint Mansell) This guy seems really, really hard; am I wrong?
7. (rugby) I know a lot about Friends but I think Friends and Meaning of Life as the first two clues are going to lead to a lot of powers here. A lot of people would remember Ross playing rugby, I'd think. Also the use of "first filmed" after Matt Damon makes that piece easier than you probably want too. I like the "sport with pop culture references" question type but this feels nonpyramidal to me.
8. (Dr. Strangelove) The sentence that begins with Muffley and ends with unsuccessful is wordy and not clue-dense.
9. The Decemberists are a band that a lot of people are pretty geeky about. It may be fine to have an EP collection that close to the beginning, but I'd suggest "describe then name" for that. The Obama reference is probably the leadin; who else played at that rally? That could be your clues. You've got too many album names and not enough tracks-before-that or song descriptions.
10. (I Love the World) Hard, right?
11. (Carmen Sandiego) This seems to start a little easy; the clues are in the right order but (a) you could quote the theme song before you say "Rockapella" (which is also fun) and (b) I think you want to start harder than this and have more game-related clues.
12. Any allusion to "this is the most important early gangsta rap album" should not be that early in a Straight Outta Compton question. Even if that's arguable, you get my point. Additionally, there could be some lyrics or other song descriptions rather than just titles in here.
14. I like the John Landis tossup tons.
15. I like the Pau Gasol tossup tons too.
16. (Titans) It's preferred practice to powermark between Derrick (*) Mason, like that. If it's a TV or Movie character probably do it before, but if it's an athlete probably in the middle. If anyone knows that the Liberty Bowl is in Memphis (which tons of people do) they will receive 15 points; that might be a little easy, especially since not very many franchises had as convoluted a move as the Tennessee Oilers.
19. (Fugitive) "Prosthetic arms" is the clue where you transition from stuff you only remember if you saw the movie recently or a lot of times, to stuff that is easy. It's not an early clue like this for The Fugitive. The jump off the dam is the same thing. The Provasic thing, that's an early clue.
1. (Mario enemies) Bowser is a very easy easy part (though I had some very easy easy parts myself). Goomba or something?
2. (Ben and Jerrys) Jerry Garcia is a pretty easy middle part.
4. (Duke 90-91) 30 points for anybody who knows anything about college basketball in the 90s. The UNLV part could be made harder in itself, but points for K and Laettner seems way easy too. (Not to mention I also had a Laettner b-part, but who was supposed to know that except the editor?)
5. Pretty good.
6/7. None of these parts are quite "hard."
8. (Potter music) In stark contrast, all of these parts are hard, especially Celestina Warbeck. While I love giving points for "Weasley Is Our King" which is fun to remember, you need an easier part to replace Warbeck (or Weird Sisters or something)
10. Brees and Rivers are both super-easy, so one of them has to go; "loud-mouthed tight end" makes Shockey something below medium too. Needs extensive rewriting to distinguish between people who know things about sports.
11. (Tainted Love) I think this question is awesome. Gloria Jones is a nice hard part.
12. (Alan Moore stuff) Seems like Moore fans would know Lost Girls, I guess; I'd get 10 points which is probably right.
14. (Jim Palmer) Two Hall of Famers and the team they played for does not include a hard part, especially when you mention Cal Ripken Jr., identifying the O's and allowing someone to get Palmer without knowing much else about him. Good hard parts could include Ken Singleton or catcher Rick Dempsey. Just toss Orioles in as a clue for Palmer and you've got yourself a bonus.
15. (Mandel) Bobby's World is your medium part; needs something harder. What does Marc Summers actually have to do with this?
16, 17, 18. Easy.