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by Sniper, No Sniping!
Fri Jun 12, 2015 2:49 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Accurate Timing during Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 8075

Re: Accurate Timing during Tournaments

In standard 20/20 tossup:bonus format, your perceived difference between five seconds and five and a half or six seconds is rather trivial. Similar to basketball refereeing and the ten-second count, no two five-second counts are going to be alike or precise. What does matter is the reader's applicat...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Thu Jun 11, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC
Replies: 75
Views: 55441

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC

I second Jack. Very few squads coming in have a realistic chance at winning an NSC title. I think every team recognizes that, but they still play the game anyways. I would much rather be "under-ranked" than not "under-ranked" (don't want to say perfectly-ranked, or over-ranked) because then there's ...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Fri Oct 24, 2014 1:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FKT 2014 Seeking Mirrors (easy side of regular difficulty)
Replies: 32
Views: 13406

Re: FKT 2014 Seeking Mirrors (easy side of regular difficult

So I'm finally here. In many ways I have messed up, and in several instances I could've rectified or handled more appropriately things that I ultimately did not. One of the ways I could've handled this better was to check this board (which I didn't) and respond to posts (which I didn't). I'm not sur...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FKT 2014 Seeking Mirrors (easy side of regular difficulty)
Replies: 32
Views: 13406

Re: FKT 2014 Seeking Mirrors (easy side of regular difficult

OP should be updated to reflect current mirror situations.
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Fri Aug 08, 2014 3:35 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: What Works for High School Set Distributions? What Doesn't?
Replies: 21
Views: 7468

Re: What Works for High School Set Distributions? What Doesn

--Including more than one philosophy question per packet. While there are some high schoolers who are naturally interested in the subject (I was one such high schooler), and some topics in philosophy come out through, virtually no high schools teach it as a subject and it's much harder to read, dis...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013-14 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 9207

Re: 2013-14 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

The designation took place a year and a half ago back in April when the set was played and did not get a ton of media coverage/hoopla when it happened; considering there are a hundred or so national monuments and the Chimney Rock in Colorado isn't as widely famous as the one in Nebraska, I'm not sur...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013-14 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 9207

Re: 2013-14 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

I played a couple of the tournaments back in my head the other night, and there was one question that really is sticking out to me that is bothersome; there was a tossup on Colorado (IS-136) that mentioned Chimney Rock in the first line. I negged instantly with "Nebraska", because the site in Nebras...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 173
Views: 118129

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

I learned who Jeffrey Dahmer is from Juicy J in a Katy song Similarly I learned who John Wayne Gacy was from listening to Sufjan Stevens. I also learned who Guy Fisher was from listening to Cam'Ron. Robin Williams more or less acted Milgram's Shock experiment on an episode of Law and Order SVU, so ...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2014-15
Replies: 45
Views: 18228

Re: Kentucky 2014-15

Piarist is also within driving distance of many Ohio tournaments.
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue Jul 15, 2014 5:17 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quiz Bowl Skill and Income
Replies: 18
Views: 6804

Re: Quiz Bowl Skill and Income

I wonder how many of these public schools have enrollment policies that allow students that do not physically live within the school district to attend said school anyway. That's a thing in Ohio, along with large city school districts that allow intra-district enrollment to any non-selective admissi...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FKT 2014 Seeking Mirrors (easy side of regular difficulty)
Replies: 32
Views: 13406

Re: FKT 2014 Seeking Mirrors (easy side of regular difficult

bird bird bird bird bird wrote:
Sniper, No Sniping! wrote: Possible Mirrors
Vanderbilt - Knoxville, TN [TBD]
Which of these sites is correct?
It should be Vandy in Nashville, mea culpa.
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FKT 2014 Seeking Mirrors (easy side of regular difficulty)
Replies: 32
Views: 13406

Re: FKT 2014 Seeking Mirrors (easy side of regular difficult

The original post has been edited to reflect mirrors already in place and likely to happen. Also, we have decided to produce two versions of this set. Version 1 will be the set marketed as "regular difficulty", 6-7 line toss-ups intended for more seasoned teams. Version 2 will be the same set in ter...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FKT 2014 Seeking Mirrors (easy side of regular difficulty)
Replies: 32
Views: 13406

FKT 2014 Seeking Mirrors (easy side of regular difficulty)

The sixth annual iteration of the Fall Kickoff Tournament is seeking mirrors for the 2014-2015 school year. FKT is a tournament traditionally written by educators, coaches, and former quiz bowl players from the state of Ohio. This year's iteration will be written primarily by Thomas Moore (Ohio Wesl...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013-14 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 9207

Re: 2013-14 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

I actually loved the rose bowl toss up, as well as the Andrew Luck tossup in is 128. Could I see the Hubert Humphrey and Common Core toss ups from IS 128? I remember negating both of them for rather stupid reasons and would like to see where I went wrong. Two problems I saw with the Rose Bowl tossu...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Fri Jul 04, 2014 4:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013-14 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 9207

Re: 2013-14 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

I actually loved the rose bowl toss up, as well as the Andrew Luck tossup in is 128. Could I see the Hubert Humphrey and Common Core toss ups from IS 128? I remember negating both of them for rather stupid reasons and would like to see where I went wrong. Two problems I saw with the Rose Bowl tossu...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013-14 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 9207

Re: 2013-14 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

IS-136 I really liked, however The Rose Bowl tossup was a mess.

Big ups to the person who wrote the Wuthering Heights tossup in IS-136; what were the conversion stats on that?
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:10 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: New quizbowl team from History Bowl
Replies: 8
Views: 5585

Re: New quizbowl team from History Bowl

Our team for the past three years were all big on history and when we first got involved in quiz bowl that has one subject we as a team really had down. We weren't terrible at other subjects and we all had some background in our own subjects but we weren't by any means dominant as a team, so we impr...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Sun Jun 29, 2014 2:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: This year's sets missing from archive
Replies: 27
Views: 10592

Re: This year's sets missing from archive

Don't post DB please, I think there's an event in Ohio interested in using it.
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Sat Jun 21, 2014 11:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: So Panasonic is back...
Replies: 32
Views: 17297

Re: So Panasonic is back...

Also, who were the teams? CO - Grand Junction FL - "Team Florida" (all-stars team) LA - Jesuit ME- I have no idea NC - North Carolina School Sci&Math / NCSSM OH - Fisher OK - all-stars team, but players from Edmond Memorial, Edmond Santa Fe, and I believe a school called Oklahoma Math and Science (...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Sat Jun 14, 2014 11:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: So Panasonic is back...
Replies: 32
Views: 17297

Re: So Panasonic is back...

Teams that are competing, it appears: Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:15 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences
Replies: 77
Views: 48781

Re: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences

Muriel Axon wrote:
merv1618 wrote:Watkinsgate happened
Don't you mean Watkinsghazi?
NEVER FORGET
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:29 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT conversion stats
Replies: 24
Views: 9190

Re: 2014 HSNCT conversion stats

Can you post stats and question text for U of Texas, memorizing the Q'uran, Thomas Hardy, and Egypt? Thanks.
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)
Replies: 34
Views: 19685

Re: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)

Two years removed from our last media feature, it appears we're getting interviewed tomorrow by the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette for an in-depth story about our season and our trip to NTAE. Accomplishments I think we'll plan on mentioning include our OAC state runner-up finish, our octofinalist finish at...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: So Panasonic is back...
Replies: 32
Views: 17297

Re: So Panasonic is back...

So far it appears Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Ohio are confirmed. A quick search reveals on Google that New Mexico and Iowa might be sending teams. NTAE's Facebook page isn't particularly resourceful either. I'll check with my coach tomorrow night and see if the field is mentioned in any emails.
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Virginia 2013-14
Replies: 16
Views: 7602

Re: West Virginia 2013-14

It's my hope the GW team gets their rightful praise and publicity for them doing as well as they did in Chicago. The WV state quiz bowl page mentions nothing of it, and considering the state of WV quiz bowl, I'd say it's a pretty big deal and really awesome how well my friends at GW did. Hopefully i...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 62012

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

To even further Vasa's point, not only is the Treaty of Stolbovo an overused clue, but depending on how literal you want to get, if I'm correct Gustav Adolf and Michael just signed the treaty, while James Stuart (the first) actually plays a role in the negotiations and actual arrangement in the trea...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: So Panasonic is back...
Replies: 32
Views: 17297

Re: So Panasonic is back...

It's June 4th and still no listed field of participating states.
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 62012

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

For the Fujita scale bonus, can someone explain why the answer of "F5" is not acceptable or promptable? I haven't seen the question, but the writer/editor would have to mess up pretty hard to create a situation in which a value on the Fujita scale is acceptable/promptable for the Fujita scale itsel...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 62012

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

The Wilhelm II tossup, University of Texas, and Pythagoras tossups were enjoyable. Thumbs up to whoever wrote the Angels in America tossup.
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 62012

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

For the Fujita scale bonus, can someone explain why the answer of "F5" is not acceptable or promptable? I haven't seen the question, but the writer/editor would have to mess up pretty hard to create a situation in which a value on the Fujita scale is acceptable/promptable for the Fujita scale itsel...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 62012

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

For the Fujita scale bonus, can someone explain why the answer of "F5" is not acceptable or promptable?
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderators at HSNCT
Replies: 36
Views: 8019

Re: Moderators at HSNCT

We had one moderator who forgot to start the clock at the beginning of the second half. We called it to his attention after he had already read an entire tossup/bonus cycle that our opponents got. He started the clock after that first cycle. We preceded to lose by 15 points when our opponents got t...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Power Matching
Replies: 17
Views: 4184

Re: Power Matching

How many games that featured two teams with different records (coming into the game) were played Saturday?
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Thu May 29, 2014 1:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSNCT 2010 Difficulty - Is my team crazy?
Replies: 5
Views: 2368

Re: HSNCT 2010 Difficulty - Is my team crazy?

I have our team's copy of HSNCT 2010 from when they went there in my possession. Just by relooking over some questions, a few sound goofy today, like Hugo from the TV show Lost , Cornwall, the percent sign, Akron, while others seem hard (Cleisthenes, Phillip Sidney). It seems like the hard parts of ...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Wed May 28, 2014 6:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 34737

Re: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion

I'd like to see the text of the Saki tossup (because Brandon got it particularly early and I want to see any clues that came after his buzz). Also, if the tossup on David's army can be posted, that'd be cool. Our freshman went for it early, negged it with "Alexander's army" based on a clue about wat...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue May 27, 2014 7:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 48915

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

If one removed all of the objectionable, perpetually weird fetish stuff and the similarly tasteless misogyny/racism from the set, about how many questions in terms of packets would be playable (with the obvious conservatism and then without)? If there's a decent number of quality tossups on the "Mod...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue May 27, 2014 6:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 34737

Re: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion

This is just an observation but, round 15 I believe had three poetry tossups which sort of struck me since I've don't think I've encountered it before. Is that a generally acceptable packetizing practice when writing a tournament?
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Mon May 26, 2014 3:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 34737

Re: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion

I really enjoyed this set, I thought it was a very difficulty appropriate and challenging, yet entertaining set. Thanks to all who made it possible. Sniper's Alley was a neat bonus part. The literature tossup on "Greek" was very refreshing, and the tossup on "Ports" was cool as well. The only two bo...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Sat May 24, 2014 12:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: So Panasonic is back...
Replies: 32
Views: 17297

Re: So Panasonic is back...

Northmont won the right to represent Team Ohio at Panasonic by winning OAC state, but turned it down due to the fact that it conflicted with NASAT, which Sam prioritized way higher. Also, the chance to play 2 games wasn't worth the ridiculous cost per person of the trip. I know why Fisher decided t...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Fri May 23, 2014 7:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: So Panasonic is back...
Replies: 32
Views: 17297

Re: So Panasonic is back...

Regarding question source: no clue. All I know so far is they really are standing a lot on ceremony. We've had to personally fill out kinda long questionnaires (they ask for SAT/ACT and AP scores, what you want to be when you grow up etc), we make a team motto (we think ours is pretty good), we get ...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Fri May 23, 2014 7:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: So Panasonic is back...
Replies: 32
Views: 17297

Re: So Panasonic is back...

Fisher Catholic is representing Ohio. Tom: was there some kind of financial incentive/sponsorship offered for playing in it? Any indication of the question source? I'll be pretty candid that our decision to go isn't necessarily a matter of money influencing us to go. Our willingness to go basically...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Fri May 23, 2014 11:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: So Panasonic is back...
Replies: 32
Views: 17297

Re: So Panasonic is back...

Fisher Catholic is representing Ohio.
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Thu May 22, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Writing MS Sets
Replies: 28
Views: 5219

Re: Writing MS Sets

Is there anything else i could do with these sets, besides handing them down for coaching, and this being a useful way to spend time. I don't think making money is an option unless someone has a good idea You can always end up using the packet writing as a learning tool, because there's always a LO...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue May 20, 2014 11:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Writing MS Sets
Replies: 28
Views: 5219

Re: Writing MS Sets

wait I think we shuold make sure what we mean by philosopy. What I'm thinking is stuff like Descartes, Locke, Rousseau, etc... Also, I realized I forgot about math, which I am planning to have 1 computional in odd numbered packets and 1 concept/mathemetician in even numbered packets. I could replac...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue May 20, 2014 10:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Writing MS Sets
Replies: 28
Views: 5219

Re: Writing MS Sets

I mean when I should mark the end of a power in my sets. Also, I would rather do something like: Lit 4/4 History 4/4 Science 4/4 Sports 1/1 Trash 1/1 Fine Arts 2/2 Geography 2/2 Religion 1/1 Philosophy 1/1 Could you guys review my packets here later? 1/1 philosophy is hard enough for high school, n...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue May 20, 2014 8:52 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 273304

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

something similarly dumb wrote:This happened. We were tied 45-45 between Matts Weiner and Bollinger at the end, so I read an unrelated tossup on Peter Gabriel Music Videos
Where could one find this tossup?
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Sun May 11, 2014 10:24 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Harmony-Excellence!
Replies: 86
Views: 34033

Re: 2014 NAQT MSNCT: May 10-11, Atlanta

A runner-up team barely clearing 300PP20TH is certainly weird... but not too surprising if you look at St. Mark's playoff run(all of their wins were by less than 100 points) and their two final games, both lost by a margin of more than 300. I obviously wasn't there, but I can't help but think that ...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Mon May 05, 2014 10:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is there a space between "quiz" and "bowl"?
Replies: 29
Views: 11661

Re: Is there a space between "quiz" and "bowl"?

Logic would imply that since we don't play in the Rosebowl or the Orangebowl, we don't play quizbowl, either. The bowl half of the phrase is, I would assume, referring to the prize would be awarded for the competition, and quiz is the adjective describing it. But heck, I'm from Alabama, and we play...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Fri May 02, 2014 12:59 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Japanese Literature
Replies: 18
Views: 7580

Re: Japanese Literature

Casey's got the right idea: while it may not come up very often (and rightfully so, in my opinion), it's worth knowing these are actual dudes that question writers will write about. Obviously, it wouldn't be time well spent if you try to read every Oe book and try to reach the level of scholarship ...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Fri May 02, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Japanese Literature
Replies: 18
Views: 7580

Re: Japanese Literature

It's counter-intuitive to tell someone not to learn something. It's Japanese lit, and while it may not come up all the time or even at every tournament, it's worth knowing for the times that it may come up. Most of the authors that you'd need to know on the high-school level have been posted. Most ...