fourplustwo wrote:After finally looking through the questions this looked like a pretty well written tournament. I think, in places, it may have suffered from excessive underlining though, but I'm interested to know if I'm wrong. For example:
- requiring "plant" in the tossup on the cell wall. If someone were to buzz in halfway through or before with "cell wall" and not be sure what you are prompting them for (as I don't think I've ever seen this prompt required) you would be severely punishing them and basically handing the tossup to the other team.
- I'm also wondering about the underlining in the Titanic bonus that required "S.S." in the name of the Californian, given that whenever a question on, say, ships like the Merrimack or Virginia come up, they almost never require anything beyond the name of the ship. Is there some other super-important famous Californian that I don't know about?
These are only two examples but I'm sure I could come up with more. I'm just unsure what excessive underlining really adds to a tournament when you are trying to differentiate between teams.
(Am I nitpicking? On the contrary, I've seen this occur in other tournaments too and I think it needs to be addressed)
Harvard wrote:The presence of rhamnogalacturonan II in this structure is thought to mark a major evolutionary shift, while Peter Albersheim investigated the biological impact of the presence of oligogalacturonans in this structure. The EXPA and EXPB genes code for proteins that reside in this structure, one of whose components is attacked by EPG. Xyloglucan also plays a major role in this structure. It is made up partly of pectins, which are particularly prevalent in the middle lamella. The apoplast lies immediately inside of it. This structure can make up a Casparian Strip and is the location of expansin, which is influenced by auxin and mediates acid growth. These structures, which have been modeled using the diffuse layer model and the covalent cross-link model, also make up tracheids and often are interrupted by plasmodesmata. For 10 points, identify these structures, secondary types of which contain a lot of lignin, that make up xylem and are composed of hemicellulose and cellulose.
ANSWER: plant cell wall (prompt on cell wall)
Tokyo Sex Whale wrote:Isn't it kind of self-evident that all that stuff is going on in plants (thus making the "plant" part not necessary for the answer)? It reminds me of that "operas by Smetana" question, which was bad because it's pretty trivial to deduce that all those works were operas.
fourplustwo wrote:- I'm also wondering about the underlining in the Titanic bonus that required "S.S." in the name of the Californian, given that whenever a question on, say, ships like the Merrimack or Virginia come up, they almost never require anything beyond the name of the ship. Is there some other super-important famous Californian that I don't know about?
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