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How about Lucifer for Quetzocoatl?

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

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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 »

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

I'm still kicking myself for that...

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Well into the question

Given: Directory
Correct: Three Musketeers

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

"Battlestar Galactica"

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

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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 »

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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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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Right answer: Green Monster
Answer given: Liberty Bell
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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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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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Quite like my teammate's confidant answer of
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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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Sorry for the mistake. I sincerely apologize, and it will never happen again.

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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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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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At practice yesterday
Answer given-Stirrups
Correct Answer-Timpani

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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" 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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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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Gotta love them tunneling kangaroos, Eric.

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

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

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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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Given: Prisoner's Dilemma
Correct: Pirates of Penzance
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"...An early supporter of the Nazis..."

Buzz: Leibniz

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