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by Evan Lynch
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 15388

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

The Eyjafjallajökull bonus seemed very easy. Iceland and "air travel industry" are both easy parts in my opinion, and I'm not sure Poland there is a hard part, but maybe it is. Either way, I think most teams would get at least 20 here. The bonus on cossacks/Ukraine/Poland-Lithuania mentioned P-L in...
by Evan Lynch
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?
Replies: 16
Views: 6283

Re: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?

Having a regular set around April/May would allow the UK circuit (and others too, for that matter) to run Deep Bench properly.
by Evan Lynch
Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 13457

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

I couldn't disagree with this more. Having to apply to a committee to have your tournament 'sanctioned' is probably the simplest way to put off a group of new writers. There's clearly a dearth of college quizbowl tournaments at the moment, and I'd like to encourage people to organise their own tourn...
by Evan Lynch
Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 14979

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

I haven't seen the advanced stats yet to confirm this, but on my read-through the set, I recalled early buzzes by basically every team we faced through the day. Personally, my buzzes also seemed pretty evenly distributed throughout the tossups. With that in mind, I'm going to disagree with the notio...
by Evan Lynch
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 11288

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

I haven't seen a copy of the set yet, but here are a few things I remember: Writing a tossup on the " inner mitochondrial membrane " was probably not the best choice of answerline. I buzzed with "mitochondria", was prompted and said "cristae" then "mitochondrial membrane", and I can't help but feel ...
by Evan Lynch
Thu May 11, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MASSOLIT (May 2017) Announcement
Replies: 41
Views: 19031

Re: MASSOLIT (May 2017) Announcement

If anyone is interested in running this on, say, a Sunday/weekend afternoon in June, I'd be very interested in playing - as it is it's too close to finals for me to stay up into the wee hours playing, but I'm certainly keen (and maybe a few more UK people might be too, if we can solve the timezone p...
by Evan Lynch
Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 8915

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion

I'm curious - is there a breakdown of how much British/Celtic mythology was in the set relative to other traditions? It felt like there was *a lot* in the 13 packets I played, and I'm intrigued as to whether I was right to get this impression or not.
by Evan Lynch
Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gauging interest for late spring Oxbridge mirror in NYC
Replies: 16
Views: 5373

Re: Gauging interest for late spring Oxbridge mirror in NYC

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:As an old person, I don't get to play normal NAQT tournaments, so the opportunity to play something that imitates NAQT is exciting. I also like powers, and I take it that the Cambridge set has powers.
Yes, the set will be powermarked.
by Evan Lynch
Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gauging interest for late spring Oxbridge mirror in NYC
Replies: 16
Views: 5373

Re: Gauging interest for late spring Oxbridge mirror in NYC

As far as the current status of the Cambridge set goes: The British history and literature are essentially finished, in case there's a wish to start Americanising this set. It would also be mostly playable unamericanised - that's the approach we take with everything regular and above in the UK, and ...
by Evan Lynch
Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 18095

Re: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion

That's why I'd like to ask again why, given the huge glut of packets received, the editors felt it necessary to have five editors' packets. See my post about ACF Fall packet submission reform. We did have a huge glut of packets received, but not good ones. The poor quality of the submissions made i...
by Evan Lynch
Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 10903

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

LBJ and/or Texas came up a lot in this set. Like, at least three times. (Am I misremembering that "Texas" was an answer line twice?) Texas was an answerline for American history which had some LBJ stuff in, and for a literature common link which included Vernon God Little and Blood Meridian, I thin...
by Evan Lynch
Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)
Replies: 54
Views: 29515

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)

In fairness, some of this tournament will play really well - once it's actually finished. The science was pretty fun.

Is there a private discussion forum available? We have quite the list of errata, which you'll probably want to fix this week. And please, please, please, please, please proofread.
by Evan Lynch
Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:23 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Greatest Upsets in Quizbowl History
Replies: 58
Views: 34452

Re: Greatest Upsets in Quizbowl History

Since I've been waiting far too long to have a worthwhile story to put in here, the upsets thread seems as good a place as any. I can't offer stories of underdogs coming from behind to clinch national championships (though for another five points there might have been a different story), but if I ma...
by Evan Lynch
Mon Sep 12, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall Global Announcement (5 Nov 2016)
Replies: 26
Views: 22758

Re: 2016 ACF Fall Global Announcement (5 Nov 2016)

Submitted packets- Received before 11.59 PM PST September 10 U. Connecticut Caltech A Lawrence A Duke C Johns Hopkins A Johns Hopkins B U South Carolina U Florida A UC Berkeley A UC Berkeley B UC Berkeley E UGA A UGA B UGA C Toronto A Notre Dame A I submitted three half-packets for Cambridge A/B/C ...
by Evan Lynch
Fri Jul 29, 2016 4:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Specialization
Replies: 13
Views: 4490

Re: The Barbarism of Specialization

On the lever rule, it was my opinion after a couple years of Materials Science that nobody actually bothered to remember the equation - because it's so simple I found it becomes instinctive when you're looking at a phase diagram. Could I then answer that hard part from visualising a phase diagram in...
by Evan Lynch
Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 3 Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 6606

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 3 Discussion

Leading in with Land of the Mountain and the Flood for the Scotland tossup was majestic - excellent choice, even if I did spend the rest of the question in a rage trying to remember what it was. On another note, I was disappointed that the set didn't include anything from brass bands, though I imagi...
by Evan Lynch
Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer Skype Practices
Replies: 16
Views: 5160

Re: Summer Skype Practices

Joker wrote:
Xochicuicatl Cuecuechtli wrote:
Gonzague Truc wrote:
Cheynem wrote:Would there be any interest in a Skype mirror of NASAT (for those who are not playing one of the in person mirrors)?
Yes
by Evan Lynch
Fri May 20, 2016 1:54 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 65
Views: 33545

Re: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.

I helped organise the British version of VCU Novice last year, and I'm looking to run another iteration of a novice tournament at some point in the autumn. Given that there's a conspicuous lack of a novice set this year, I'd be happy to spend some time this summer writing and editing a similar tourn...
by Evan Lynch
Sun Feb 07, 2016 8:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 General Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 11835

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 General Discussion

--The "Turning into a rhinoceros" and "seance" questions were good ideas and well-thought questions. I'm glad to hear people enjoyed the "turning into a rhinoceros" question! The idea came to me as I was reading the play last summer and I initially wrote it out of amusement, but eventually I realiz...
by Evan Lynch
Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search
Replies: 131
Views: 103435

Re: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search

I'm getting a slight issue when I use Quinterest in a Chrome window resized to about half my monitor (resolution 1920x1080, and resized so I can use a Word document in the other half or something). Whenever I click on the search bar to start a new search/enter text it instead misses the bar and clic...
by Evan Lynch
Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 55
Views: 19467

Re: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion

Upon reviewing the set, I discovered that these tossups of mine made it in - I would welcome feedback on them (though I think the editors did a great job with these compared to my original submissions). Lit: Candide, Ben Jonson, Rubaiyat History: Boston, Ferdinand Magellan Science: Cretaceous period...
by Evan Lynch
Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 55
Views: 19467

Re: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion

I noticed that a significant portion of the world lit tossups had an answerline of 'this country' - examples including South Africa, Australia, Cuba etc. I actually thought this was a pretty good way to get a lot of authors into the lit distribution, though there was also a tossup on Gordimer later ...
by Evan Lynch
Mon Nov 09, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 55
Views: 19467

Re: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion

The difficulty was inconsistent in parts, and I'll talk about more specific questions later, but in my opinion 'reaction rates' was a god-awful tossup, and I'm pretty sure that the first two clues also refer to 'rate constant' (which wasn't accepted or prompted) and that means the TU is non-specifi...
by Evan Lynch
Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 55
Views: 19467

Re: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion

The difficulty was inconsistent in parts, and I'll talk about more specific questions later, but in my opinion 'reaction rates' was a god-awful tossup, and I'm pretty sure that the first two clues also refer to 'rate constant' (which wasn't accepted or prompted) and that means the TU is non-specific...
by Evan Lynch
Fri Oct 23, 2015 2:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 11077

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

Could I see the tossup on fragile-x syndrome please?
by Evan Lynch
Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 11077

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

I didn't write down many specific answerlines at the weekend so I can't really remember issues with questions until I see the set, but I do recall a bonus on West Germanic languages being mangled grammatically making it difficult for mods. Also whoever wrote the Firefly tossup needs a medal. :)
by Evan Lynch
Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 11077

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

The cross section of reactive collisions over the total number of collisions gives a “factor” named this, which is multiplied by the collision frequency to find the pre-exponential factor. Auxiliary groups can direct addition to the re or si face of a compound through this effect. A term for this k...
by Evan Lynch
Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 11077

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

I've been waiting my whole life for a bonus set on Parade's End!

Beyond that, I'd quite like to see the 'sterics' question again as the first line seemed unusually transparent and Arrhenius-related.