Tanay wrote:Terry Riley wrote two "Persian Surgery Dervishes" and not "Persian Sugary Dervishes", though that's a great title as well.
I apologize; my brain didn't process that correctly. I hope no one was confused by this.
Also, I'd like to thank teams for my favorite submissions. In American lit, my favorite submissions were Quentin Compson, from Alabama's packet, and Richard Ford, from Virginia's packet. In British lit, I really liked Rutgers's tossup on The Revenger's Tragedy and Carleton's tossup on the Prioress's Tale. In Euro and World lit, I appreciated Michigan's tossup on "The Drunken Boat" and Maryland's tossup on the bombing of Hiroshima. All of these tossups needed very little editing and had fine answer lines, so kudos.
For arts, my favorite submissions were Yale's tossup on the symphonies of Sibelius, Ohio State's tossup on William Walton, GMU's tossup on the Battle of Algiers, and Illinois's tossup on Jasper Johns. As for my final category, social science, my favorite tossups were Maryland's tossup on bipolar disorder and Columbia's tossup on Richard Hofstadter (technically your choice, but I used it as social science).
When editing, I tried to keep tossups on reasonable answers as much as possible. Sometimes teams submitted good questions on very hard answers; I tried to make them easier when possible (turning a tossup on the Sienese school of painters to a tossup on Siena, or a tossup on completing The Art of the Fugue
to The Art of the Fugue
). In some cases, I kept a few well-written tossups on fairly hard things (like William Labov or Robert Frank's photography collection The Americans
) instead of writing replacement tossups, but in general, the more reasonable your answer line, the more likely that your question would be kept.
If you'd like to know how your question was edited or why some of your questions weren't used, feel free to email me at email@example.com
. I'll probably go back and explain what I liked about my favorite submissions so people can get a sense for what the editors were looking for in submissions in the next day or so.