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Postby Skepticism and Animal Feed » Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:49 am

So I am currently editing some questions for 2010 T-Party. In the spirit of my ELVIS thread, does anyone have any recollections or memories of the earlier generation of T-Parties?

When I came to Harvard, the tradition of hosting a tournament called "T-Party" was long dead, but people generally remembered that at some point Harvard used to host such things. So we revived it in 2008 when we needed a name for a new packet-submission tournament we decided to create.
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Re: T-Party

Postby Skepticism and Animal Feed » Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:57 am

I downloaded 1998 and 1999 T-Party from the Stanford Archives; it seems that the 1999 edition had powers and current events tossups, while the 1998 edition did not. Both were packet submission events.

1998 T-Party featured this exciting tossup:
It is a lute shaped stringed instrument popular in the Middle Ages. It has two to four drone strings sounded by a hand-cranked wheel. The melody is played on the strings by depressing keys. For 10 points, name this instrument that is sometimes confused with the barrel organ.

Answer: _HURDY-GURDY_


I seem to recall reading/mocking a 1995 T-Party set at one point, but I can't find it.
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Re: T-Party

Postby Mechanical Beasts » Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:31 am

The 1995 T-Party contains gems like

It's among the thinnest of America's major papers, but studies show it's the one whose readers devote the most time daily to it. It's based in New York, but has more subscribers in California, and is in fact printed at 17 plants around the U.S. At 1.8 million copies a day, it has the largest circulation of any U.S. newspaper. FTP, name it.

answer: WALL STREET JOURNAL
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Re: T-Party

Postby theMoMA » Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:09 am

No Winterreise clues in that Hurdy-Gurdy tossup? Bummer.
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Re: T-Party

Postby staloff » Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:25 pm

I ran the 1996 T Party and probably reviewed a lot of the packets. I think that was the second event. Yes, there were probably some real winners among the questions.
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