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by Muriel Axon
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 54
Views: 5197

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Sorry, I managed to replace the old link with...itself. Here's the proper link!
by Muriel Axon
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 54
Views: 5197

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

The bottom line is that without a strong showing of support for a Minnesota mirror -- whether underlain by a formal rule directing teams there or not -- it just won't happen. I encourage people who would be likely to play a UMN mirror to list their names or their teams on this spreadsheet . The main...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 54
Views: 5197

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

I'm initiating a conversation about this with our club leadership and with Sam. At this point, I'm speaking for nobody but myself. I'm not too invested in having a Minnesota mirror -- although of course Sam and I would both like to see our questions in play. My take is that: 1. Various folks are rig...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 2743

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I think people are complaining too much about packet 'feng shui.' There are two issues here: (1) Editors only have a certain amount of time, and given more time, the editors of this set should have prioritized proofreading over making sure "metaphysics" and "metaphysical poets" don't appear in the s...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 51
Views: 4295

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

I thought the clue about peat being a great carbon sink was sort of strange/unhelpful (also in general that tu seemed a bit hard for the difficulty) This clue was worded a bit funny, but the fact that peat decomposes slowly -- and thus, stores a lot of carbon -- is perhaps The One Thing You Should ...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 51
Views: 4295

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

Nathan is presumably using a single team name as shorthand for a packet that combines submissions from multiple teams, as well as questions written by editors. (This makes more sense if you can see the packet headers and file names.)
by Muriel Axon
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 2743

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I appreciated that both difficulty and tossup length seemed well-controlled -- these both require considerable discipline. I think players at the UMN site appreciated that care and enjoyed the set. As others have mentioned, I think more attention to detail would have paid off, but I also think the s...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 51
Views: 4295

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

From the TU on spheres (Eds. 1): "the solid that gives the largest surface area for a given volume" is the exact opposite of the truth. A question mentions the "pyridinium atom," which I assume means "pyridinium ion." The centaurs bonus spells "lapiths" as "lapthis." A minor thing that I'm only ment...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18
Replies: 8
Views: 2019

Re: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18

Found the correct score to that round 9 game -- the stats above should now be (more) correct. Please PM or email me with further corrections!
by Muriel Axon
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18
Replies: 8
Views: 2019

Re: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18

I've uploaded stats . I'm guessing the score in game 9 between Greater East Naperville Co-Prosperity Sphere and I Fell During Bite the Box and Now I Have This Scab Team is incorrect, so if any of the participants in that game have the real score, let me know. Otherwise, it will take me a while to ch...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18
Replies: 8
Views: 2019

Re: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18

All three side events will be on Sunday. SNICK will be first. Please sign up soon!
by Muriel Axon
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 3470

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

The good thing about promoting non-Western art as a part of the art distribution is that it creates space for these works to be asked about as art, as Andrew suggests. Many times, I've stuffed questions about music (Western and non-Western) that isn't part of the classical or jazz traditions into "g...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18
Replies: 8
Views: 2019

Re: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18

Update: I'm putting up team formation spreadsheets for potential mirrors of SNICK, WORLDSTAR , and Words and Objects . Please sign up if you're interested. If we don't have at least four teams for each event, we may switch to a shoot-out format, if that's okay with the writers of each respective set...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 3470

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

I found the non-Western auditory art to be uniformly very good. I also appreciate the attention to balance over time and space of the non-Western art in general. I felt like the increase in non-Western art was worth the commensurate decrease in attention to painting and Western classical music, alth...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18
Replies: 8
Views: 2019

Re: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18

Contrary to my claim that we'll host side events not taking place at the Illinois event, we've had interest in mirrors of SNICK, WORLDSTAR, and Words and Objects, most likely on Sunday following the tournament.
by Muriel Axon
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18
Replies: 8
Views: 2019

Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18

UMN Quizbowl is pleased to announce an open mirror of NASAT on Saturday, August 18. Details about the set can be found here . The tournament will have an initial field cap of twelve teams, pending recruitment of qualified staffers. The entry fee with be $90 per team, with $10 discounts for: (1) each...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NASAT Mirroring Thread: List of Dates
Replies: 18
Views: 5573

Re: NASAT Mirroring Thread: Preferred Weekend 6/23-24

Aaron's Rod wrote:
AKKOLADE wrote:Minnesota will be hosting their mirror on August 18.
It's worth noting that this is a week after another open event at Illinois.
Sorry, I never got back to this. Are you suggesting that these two events would be too close together?
by Muriel Axon
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: High School Player Poll
Replies: 42
Views: 8065

Re: High School Player Poll

kammajos000 wrote:I don't want to toot my own horn here, but I think I should be at least top 6.
Thank you for coming to vote for Joe Kammann... one of the top 30 players of our time. At least!
by Muriel Axon
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)
Replies: 16
Views: 3926

Re: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)

The Bollinger-Hirsch team predictably eviscerated the me-Asher-Punyamurtula team in a head-to-head match, after which we elected not to play a final. Big thanks to the writers!
by Muriel Axon
Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 44
Views: 10500

Re: Your Favorite Question

William Franklin is a leading proponent of using the non-lethal guard variety of these super-machines as “a part of integrated sheep protection.” Unfortunately, one prototype of this product, Hemiauchenia, didn't do so great in the North American market. As of 2011, the most advanced single domain ...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21427

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

theMoMA wrote:(I also find Shan's claim that the Haldane question was "kind of dull" to be contradicted by the video record of his obvious amusement at the clue about Haldane's copious consumption of baking soda.)
I concede that that was an amusing clue.
by Muriel Axon
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21427

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

For what it's worth, I think there's a place for a bit of pop science, if it's not overwhelming, and certainly for science history. I appreciate the bits of science history scattered through this tournament, as in the tossup on Airy and others. I didn't find the Haldane question objectionable, altho...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 46
Views: 13065

Re: Players Choice Awards

In the North circuit: While we're talking about things related to Minnesota and Penn (thanks for the shout-out, Alex!), one notable upset was a Wayzata team ("Thinkery") beating a UMN A team with me and Sam Bailey by more than 100 points (330 -- 210) at Penn Bowl. I'll post about my favorite neg (fr...
by Muriel Axon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NASAT Mirroring Thread: List of Dates
Replies: 18
Views: 5573

Re: NASAT Mirroring Thread: Preferred Weekend 6/23-24

Are college mirrors intended to be closed, or can they be open?
by Muriel Axon
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21427

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I think Sam did a good job of articulating what I really liked about this tournament. I've been thinking about this in the context of philosophy, since I was asked for feedback about that subject, but I think it's true across subjects that a lot of questions clued interesting and important things in...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 16003

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Ryan, your chart is a very interesting way to organize this discussion and I think it’s largely correct. I do think that it overranks Isaac (sorry Isaac) for his NAQT ability, at the expense of players like Kenji and Caleb who are much stronger ACF players (remember, ACF is the dominant format, eve...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21427

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I don't have any particular questions/subjects to comment on at the moment, but this was my favorite ACF Nationals that I've played. Thank you to the editors! If Nationals is ever again held at MIT or any similarly labyrinthine campus, I would recommend printing a map and attaching it to the schedul...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: a completely innocuous ict/nats prediction thread
Replies: 14
Views: 3427

Re: Steven Pinker's Rational, Scientific Nationals Barrel

jmarvin_ wrote:
  • archaeology tossup on turkey
  • another archaeology tossup, not about turkey, which everyone negs with turkey
this -- but, like, the bird
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 4356

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

Bensonfan23 wrote:The post-zygotic barriers bonus seemed notably difficult, and gastrulation is probably too hard of an easy part for this level.
I assumed the easy part was the part that said "name this guy who co-discovered natural selection."
by Muriel Axon
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Minnesota 3/31/18
Replies: 2
Views: 1410

Re: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Minnesota 3/31/18

Congratulations to Wayzata, who cleared the field!
by Muriel Axon
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: REJECT
Replies: 5
Views: 2051

Re: REJECT

This is a great idea! I just submitted four pages worth of questions.
by Muriel Axon
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 1019

Re: SMT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I found this tournament quite readable in comparison to many others. Nice work!
by Muriel Axon
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 4356

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

The tossup on migration was a great idea and pulled from good clues. However, it should accept dispersal, which is essentially synonymous with migration. (The main difference is that migration usually implies that individuals move; dispersal can also include movement by seeds or other propagules. Bu...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 39
Views: 7078

Re: Best Film Player

Paul Kirk-Davidoff is quite good, though it seems like his specialties are things like African and Middle Eastern film, which don't come up too often.
by Muriel Axon
Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 3790

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

All the (Senegalese) people interviewed in the Ousmane Sembene documentary I watched a few weeks ago seemed to pronoune Thiaroye as "tya-ROY."
by Muriel Axon
Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 44
Views: 10500

Re: Your Favorite Question

Adam's pottery wheel question is superb! It's curious to me how many of these responses seem like nothing special today. The "diols" question, the tossup on "finishing the Unfinished Symphony," the various Gatsby things -- these questions are all good,* but I never really gave (or would give) them a...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 3790

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

[10] The phenomenon that rare species are common can be explained by this theory, which is often called the “null hypothesis” of evolution, since it contends that evolutionary changes are caused by random genetic drift rather than natural selection. ANSWER: neutral theory of molecular evolution Neu...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 3790

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

Since ecology / evolution is my hobbyhorse: - I liked the bonus on urban environmental sciences! - Could I see the bonus on species abundance distributions? It felt like the part on "neutral" conflated two related, but distinct ideas, and the part on Fisher's log-series was definitely a deep cut! - ...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Detailed stats
Replies: 6
Views: 1261

Re: CMST: Detailed stats

At the Minnesota site, I was given buzzes on "Opus Dei" and "sectors" which were actually Sam's.

Thank you for making these available!
by Muriel Axon
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 7321

Re: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum

As a person who has been playing since approximately the Hadean, I've seen real change happen and hope it continues to happen. As someone who's only been around since the late Proterozoic -- and hasn't been as active -- I would like to hear more from older players about what kinds of changes you al...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 6378

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

I think we all agree that a lead-in can have multiple functions: (1) Including clues that players very knowledgeable about the answer line can plausibly buzz on; (2) giving context for later clues and ruling out particular classes of answers; and (3) introducing knowledge that fascinates listeners a...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 4495

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

I don't have any more specific comments to make without having the set in front of me, but I thought the philosophy and social science were very good. The social science, in particular, seemed to do an exemplary job of asking about things that modern scholars care about without overreaching on diffi...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:42 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: A, B, C teams
Replies: 13
Views: 4420

Re: A, B, C teams

While I don't know why any teams actually want to do this, it only causes problems when rosters aren't used/carefully scrutinized or whatnot and it leads to improper seeding. The solution is to require rosters if you're going to be creating brackets. Not denying that rosters are a good thing to hav...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Two Visions of ACF Fall
Replies: 9
Views: 3523

Re: Two Visions of ACF Fall

In the Minnesota circuit, ACF Fall and (DII) SCT are the two tournaments that bring a lot of teams that wouldn't come to other tournaments. (More than twice as many teams attended as at NAQT Novice, EFT, or Penn Bowl.) As such, I really quite like the easier approach taken by the editing team this y...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The Dark History of UChicago Quizbowl
Replies: 5
Views: 3746

Re: The Dark History of UChicago Quizbowl

I don't know how much weird white supremacist stuff is coming from within classics, but classicists are certainly having to put up with some nonsense (where by "nonsense" I mean "death threats") from the white supremacist general public these days; see the reaction to Sarah Bond's really interestin...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 5491

Re: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion

More minor issues: The guy who co-wrote the book on voting was Donald Green, not David Green. The Tugwell book clue in the Grover Cleveland TU should say "Honesty and Integrity," not "Integrity and Integrity." The Strauss Sr. / Sousa / Gladiator March bonus has a screwed up intro. Also, I agree with...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 2486

Re: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion

15. With Sasaki and Ubeda, this scientist proposed the idea of “pacemaker islands” that restore genetic diversity in models of host-parasite evolution. Okay, the rest of this question clues good and important things, and of course seeing Hamilton-Zuk clued gave me great joy, as Penn Bowl is unwitti...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 2486

Re: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion

Some random other comments: Could I see the question on W. D. Hamilton? I recall enjoying it -- Hamilton was extremely influential and made many contributions beyond the few that regularly come up, so it was a good idea and the clues seemed to be well thought-out. I just want to see what the first c...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: EFT 2017 University of Minnesota (10/14/2017)
Replies: 4
Views: 1593

Re: EFT 2017 University of Minnesota (10/14/2017)

This tournament was won by a team going by the name "Malbork." Stats will come when they come, in the longstanding tradition of Upper Midwest quizbowl.
by Muriel Axon
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Penn Bowl 2017 at UMN (10/21/17)
Replies: 1
Views: 1148

Re: Penn Bowl 2017 at UMN (10/21/17)

This tournament ended up having seven teams and was won by Minnesota A. Stats will come when they come, in the longstanding tradition of Upper Midwest quizbowl.