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by jonah
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Johns Hopkins Fall Quizbowl Tournament (NAQT-177X) - 10/13/18
Replies: 4
Views: 197

Re: Johns Hopkins Fall Quizbowl Tournament (NAQT-177X) - 10/13/18

This tournament is using a regular Invitational Series set, with this distribution. (The distribution on this page is for the 12-packet version, though this tournament will be using the 13-packet version.)
by jonah
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 Tarheel Collegiate Novice Tournament
Replies: 2
Views: 428

Re: 2018 Tarheel Collegiate Novice Tournament

While NAQT has just received your request to host (c.f. this tournament we hadn't heard of before you announced it ), we have not yet processed it and, therefore, cannot guarantee that we will provide questions for it. Please do not announce tournaments on NAQT questions before receiving confirmatio...
by jonah
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 10865

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

The question needs to say or imply "most commonly illustrated with" or "classic example of." These clues always run the risk of making such sheer fluke negs: indeed, the bet you make as a writer of this kind of clue is that the proportion of people learning the canonical example is sufficiently hig...
by jonah
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 10865

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

The question needs to say or imply "most commonly illustrated with" or "classic example of." These clues always run the risk of making such sheer fluke negs: indeed, the bet you make as a writer of this kind of clue is that the proportion of people learning the canonical example is sufficiently hig...
by jonah
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 10865

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Regardless of what the rules / correctness guidelines say (and they seem clear to me) I think this particular instance is a good illustration of an interesting philosophical problem with quizbowl questions in general. Let us postulate a player Bob, who has done balance puzzles with pills and only p...
by jonah
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 10865

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Henri Picciotto phrased a problem about these things in terms of boxes of chicken nuggets. Frobenius numbers answer the question "What is the largest amount that can't be made by combining" these things. Balance puzzles ask you to find a cannonball or one of these objects with a (*) different weigh...
by jonah
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Pool Play Format Question
Replies: 3
Views: 508

Re: Pool Play Format Question

You can distribute teams into the playoff pools so that the top two pools are balanced in strength (approximately). For example, if you have twelve teams in two prelim pools of six and after round 5 rank them A1, …, A6; B1, …, B6; and you want playoff pools of four, put A1, A4, B2, and B3 in playoff...
by jonah
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 10865

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Would things be simplified if the conversion data on every question was just publicly available? I apologize if they already are, but if they are, then I don't understand why people keep requesting to see them. NAQT does not, and does not plan to, make all conversion data available, but we're happy...
by jonah
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 10865

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Could you post the conversion stats for the Black Panther Party tossup (sometime in lateish playoffs) Powered in all nine rooms; no negs. (9/0/0) as well as the bonus that had the Socialist Workers Party as a third part (round 13 iirc). Read in 87 rooms. Frederick Douglass (part A) got 51 correct a...
by jonah
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 10865

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Conversion stats are now available (including by individual parts of bonuses), so please let me know if you'd like to see anything. I think the only requests that have been mentioned in this thread so far are the following: Also, if/when conversion stats go up would I be able to see conversion stats...
by jonah
Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Sports Teams as Answerlines
Replies: 15
Views: 1089

Re: Sports Teams as Answerlines

Such guesses (if successful) demonstrate knowledge of what cities have applicable teams, or else they demonstrate luck. Quizbowl is generally happy to reward very minimal levels of knowledge when low-level questions get to the giveaway, and luck is pretty much unavoidable. Sometimes people guess "D...
by jonah
Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Sports Teams as Answerlines
Replies: 15
Views: 1089

Re: Sports Teams as Answerlines

Quizbowl generally favors accepting answers in forms that experts/professionals very commonly use, as long as they are not ambiguous within the domain of discourse (e.g. "NHL teams"). (There might be some other potential deficiencies I haven't thought of, but that's the gist.) It is common in both c...
by jonah
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT is now accepting writer applications
Replies: 3
Views: 1476

Re: NAQT is now accepting writer applications

Tomorrow is the last day to submit a writer application (until next summer).
by jonah
Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Discussion forums for old sets
Replies: 10
Views: 1709

Re: Discussion forums for old sets

It appears that the 2018 FST General and Specific Question discussion was transferred from a usergroup to this forum. The set was not clear and there was still a planned mirror at Virginia Tech in the fall, though now that mirror will need to be cancelled for question security reasons. This is part...
by jonah
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 87
Views: 22719

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Monday Begins on Saturday, and Sunday Comes Afterwards (Matt Bollinger, Shan Kothari, Adam Silverman, and Matt Weiner) defeated A Dead Meme Isn't Art (Ike Jose, John Lawrence, Jakob Myers, and Andrew Wang) in the first game of an advantaged final. I don't have the scoresheet for the final yet, so I...
by jonah
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 87
Views: 22719

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Monday Begins on Saturday, and Sunday Comes Afterwards (Matt Bollinger, Shan Kothari, Adam Silverman, and Matt Weiner) defeated A Dead Meme Isn't Art (Ike Jose, John Lawrence, Jakob Myers, and Andrew Wang) in the first game of an advantaged final. I don't have the scoresheet for the final yet, so I...
by jonah
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 87
Views: 22719

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Prelim standings are complete at the above link. Playoff standings will be here.
by jonah
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 87
Views: 22719

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Preliminary standings will be here. Jonah, will you ever take the stats for this tournament and 2015 CO and have them uploaded to the main HSQB database? I don't have access to do so, but anyone who does is welcome to do it. The data files are in the same directories ("2015_Chicago_Open.sqbs", "pre...
by jonah
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 87
Views: 22719

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Cheynem wrote:Is this the lot/structure near the George Segal Visitors Center and the Paul Ryan Center for the Musical Arts?
Patrick Ryan! And yes, and yes it's free.
by jonah
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT is now accepting writer applications
Replies: 3
Views: 1476

Re: NAQT is now accepting writer applications

There are approximately two weeks left in the writer application period. We've received a number of promising applications and would be thrilled to receive more!
by jonah
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Appropriate Use of Potentially Ambiguous Identifiers
Replies: 5
Views: 1533

Re: Appropriate Use of Potentially Ambiguous Identifiers

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:Tangentially, specific prompts are a thing that should be used more often!
I strongly agree. (ACF rules don't seem to explicitly allow for this, though. NAQT rules do, but I've never seen it used.)
by jonah
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 5436

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

Deviant Insider wrote:somebody who was on the MSNCT Championship team
somebody
by jonah
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 10865

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Quick question regarding application of the rules: After completing 20 tossup/bonus cycles in Round 19, my team (Santa Monica B) and our opponent (Olympian A) had heard 19 bonuses (1 tossup went unanswered). We correctly answered tossup 21 for 10 points. Since there were only about 20 seconds left ...
by jonah
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 10865

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

I recall a sports question where the first clue was about a player retiring due to blood clots (think it was hockey?). Could I see that please? In December 2015 a player on this team was forced to retire due to persistent blood-clot issues. A player on this team is the only teenager to have won a s...
by jonah
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Plymouth Academic Quiz Tournament 2 (PAQT)
Replies: 11
Views: 1809

Re: Plymouth Academic Quiz Tournament 2 (PAQT)

There is no IS #177A. Please contact hosting@naqt.com to discuss your needs.
by jonah
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Location of Powermarks
Replies: 7
Views: 2934

Re: Location of Powermarks

Hello, I'd like to revisit this thread since I'm writing some HS questions with powermarks. So, for each question I have, do I need to have like a definite point (not necessarily a cliff) where the question transitions from 15 point material to 10, as referencing the Ethan Frome example from above?...
by jonah
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 3009

Re: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread

Curious Homunculus wrote:Specifically for Psalms, there are no other Biblical texts that people would write music for
I haven't seen the question, but this site lists dozens of musical settings of Biblical texts other than Psalms, and here's another listing, etc.
by jonah
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 10865

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

If I recall correctly, there was a question that referred to John Kasich as the former governor of Ohio. This is wrong, as he is the current governor. I think the team I was reading to converted it anyway, but wanted to point that out. Mitch Hedberg thinks it's fine , but you recall correctly. Than...
by jonah
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 10865

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Cheynem wrote:In Round 11, there's a bonus part on the James-Lange theory of emotion, and in Round 12 James is asked for and James-Lange theory is a clue. I think these were both afternoon rounds.
Yep, that is an accidental repeat.
by jonah
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 10865

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

If i recall correctly there was a tossup on tides both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning that included a common clue between them.. May I please see the tossups on tides? Here is the only tide-related tossup I can find: The Magellanic Stream is a "tail" named for this phenomenon, caused by inte...
by jonah
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Power Matching
Replies: 14
Views: 2181

Re: Power Matching

In case it helps, here is the preliminary master schedule from the 2018 HSNCT (in two different formats). The 2018 SSNCT Open Division preliminary card system had a few matches in which teams might have played a team with a record two off from their own (because there was no way to keep the at-most-...
by jonah
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 10865

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

If I recall correctly, the answerline of French Resistance was repeated in two games which I played, was this intentional? I can't find any evidence this happened. I see one tossup on the French Resistance in packet 22 (second round of the playoffs); do you have any memory of when the other might h...
by jonah
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 10865

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Were there repeated answerlines (but not repeated question content necessarily) between the morning and afternoon rounds? I recall playing Keats and Ishiguro tossups, although I do believe they were slightly different in terms of question content. Yes. To a first approximation, in the sense of repe...
by jonah
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 10865

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Can I see the tossup on Logan Paul and the first part of the Italian facism/Pirandello/six characters in search of an author bonus? Thanks. This man's conduct was described as "abhorrent and mutton-headed" in a letter from Maverick Apparel that demanded he change the name of his clothing line. This...
by jonah
Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 10865

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Can I see the Brandenburg Gate tossup? One of my players negged the Brandenburg Gate tossup with the Reichstag. Given that they are next to each other and the thing on the top mentioned in the leadin is on both the Recihstag and the Brandenburg Gate (according to people who have actually been in Ge...
by jonah
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 10865

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Can I see the tossup on "relatively prime"? I negged it with "a + b = c" on the leadin, but I might have misheard what exactly it was asking for. Three numbers must have this property in a claim, possibly proven in 2012 by Shinichi Mochizuki via "interuniversal Teichm\"uller theory," called the abc...
by jonah
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Plano West!
Replies: 47
Views: 14479

Re: 2018 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Plano West!

Jeff (or anyone else who may know), has there been a discussion of splitting the HSNCT into TPS and Open Divisions like at the SSNCT? I looked at a few forums and didn't see anything mentioned, but I may have missed it. Just curious if it's been brought up before. Thanks. There has been no such dis...
by jonah
Thu May 17, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: My Health
Replies: 9
Views: 2317

Re: My Health

We love you.
by jonah
Mon May 14, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 564
Views: 202470

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I wrote some questions about the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. Tossups, bonuses (including deprecated bonus formats), and just for the hell of it, lightning rounds. It's ridiculous and probably not much fun to play for most people, but a few people asked about it, so I have posted it (with slight tweaks for...
by jonah
Tue May 01, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 4105

Re: QBNotify: A email notification system for tournaments

It would also be nice if I could input a ZIP or address instead of having to look up my lat/lon. Americans have a pretty poor sense of how many meters they'd be willing to travel for a tournament. This or this may be useful to you (disclaimer––I haven't personally used either). The Google Maps API ...
by jonah
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 14306

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Is this helpful for ICT PATH? Note the "Phase" and "Round" filters. I'm sorry if I did this wrong; I've never computed PATH before.
by jonah
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 14306

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Feel free to send me (detailed, specific) requests for things to look up/calculate from the ICT stats. I can't promise timely responses, especially with the SSNCT coming up this weekend and the MSNCT and HSNCT following soon, but in general I'm happy to try to help and I'll try to be timely.
by jonah
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 14306

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

My number one is Jacob Reed. He was the second scorer in the top bracket at ICT (based on overall, since NAQT doesn't have a separate page for individual playoff stats) Top ten PP20TUH in 2018 ICT Division I playoffs only: Itamar Naveh-Benjamin, 73.48 Jakob Myers, 69.47 Chris Ray, 68.23 Hidehiro An...
by jonah
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The new naqt.com
Replies: 14
Views: 3797

Re: The new naqt.com

This may or may not be intentional, but there are certain national championships missing from that national championships page when you open the naqt site on mobile. See below: It's working for me in Safari on iOS 11.4. Given the cutoff point I suspect this is a scrolling issue—can you scroll and s...