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by jewtemplar
Wed Sep 08, 2004 4:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Predictions this year...
Replies: 20
Views: 10956

A note on Mr. Tyson: He was, I believe, serving as principal of Thurgood Marshall HS in DC last year. However, this year he holds an administrative intern position at Thomas Jefferson. I'm not exactly sure what his job is, but I can assure you he's at TJ (I was surprised to see him in the hall the f...
by jewtemplar
Thu Aug 19, 2004 11:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Free QB Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 2974

The ACF website, which is linked to from stanford, had some decent high school tournament sets last time I checked. If you're feeling adventurous, acf fall tournaments might be a very challenging and higher quality alternative to most of the stanford packets. If the acf site is up; not bothering to ...
by jewtemplar
Mon Aug 16, 2004 5:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic
Replies: 5
Views: 3581

bigtrain wrote:My coach told us that assuming both teams make it, WJ would be playing TJ in the third round...how fun :roll:
TJ making it to the third round? That's quite an assumption.
by jewtemplar
Fri Aug 13, 2004 6:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best National Tournament
Replies: 3
Views: 3074

Picking one is tough. I voted NAQT, basically for reasons of consistency. NAQT readers are rather consistently great, and NAQT also has more consistent and unambiguous questions. These factors boost NAQT a hair over PACE despite the trash and a few inconceivable leadins ("It begins in the forest pri...
by jewtemplar
Thu Aug 12, 2004 5:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Knowledge v. guessing
Replies: 18
Views: 10131

Hosing is a different thing. I define hosing as the early use of an essentially uniquely identifying clue in a question about something else. "A compatriot of his tutor, Aristotle, Alexander the Great conquered much of the mediterranean and west asia. What was the name of his horse?" Chip-style hose...
by jewtemplar
Thu Aug 12, 2004 12:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Knowledge v. guessing
Replies: 18
Views: 10131

In quiz bowl yes, guessing is as important as knowledge. That is one of the great faults of current questions, one which I try to remedy when I write questions or have my team write them. It is not a skill that should be rewarded, although it is often found in players with a good knowledge base as w...
by jewtemplar
Wed Jul 28, 2004 5:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACE Camps in 2004
Replies: 20
Views: 11546

I understand that the purpose of the camp is to improve competitive skills, which do entail crap formats, but still a lot of that seems to be missing the point of the game, which is to encourage knowledge and learning. When I "study," I get books and do in depth research on topics that intrigue me,...
by jewtemplar
Mon Jun 14, 2004 12:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pace Nationals Results
Replies: 62
Views: 44665

I'll only echo the praises already stated and thank the tournament staff, writers and moderators for an excellent tournament. The questions were truly hardcore, and for the most part very well written. Congratulations to all teams, especially Gov for one of the most impressive comebacks I have witne...
by jewtemplar
Sun Apr 25, 2004 10:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Arkansas Quizbowl: The Irony, The Irony
Replies: 14
Views: 9855

wampus04 wrote:they missed Russian and Ludmilla by Glinka...
Glinka was the founder of Russian musical nationalism, but he was not that blatant. It's Ruslan. Sorry to quibble, but perhaps I am saving someone out there from an unfortunate neg by doing so.
by jewtemplar
Sat Mar 13, 2004 11:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MI NAQT States
Replies: 11
Views: 10475

Everyone expects DCC to dominate, which I take it has not occurred this year, and whether you have peaked or not is not discernible on the basis of one performance. Congratulations, nonetheless, and I am glad to see you entered this forum in a blaze of maturity.
by jewtemplar
Mon Mar 01, 2004 7:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Distribution
Replies: 18
Views: 12975

Biology 4, Chemistry 2.5, Earth science 2, Physics 1.5 The science questions for vhsl (at least states) were quite good, but I am vexed as to why physics got such short shrift. I know most tournament distributions with which I am familiar have about one tossup for each of the big three (physics bio ...
by jewtemplar
Tue Feb 03, 2004 8:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT 2004 High School Championship
Replies: 31
Views: 20542

there are plenty of test centers in the houston area. it's theoretically quite possible to take one or two tests and be back to prelims with only 1 or 2 rounds missed. also, if you don't foresee making playoffs, you could pretend that you're orthodox jewish or seventh day adventist or something and ...
by jewtemplar
Fri Dec 26, 2003 11:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Transition from High School to College
Replies: 54
Views: 44168

It is disturbingly sad in practice, when we may read a few rounds of NAQT invitational sets, and have a combined score of 700-800 or more, with powers on a good third of the questions. Shift to acf style (we've been reading terrapin; I'm not sure how good/difficult that is) and combined score defini...
by jewtemplar
Tue Dec 16, 2003 11:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Nationals Poll
Replies: 6
Views: 5025

Nationals Poll

This should mean something. Kindly only respond if you have played hs qb within the current era of PACE, NAQT, ASCN, QU, and PAC.
by jewtemplar
Sat Nov 08, 2003 12:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Do you know a Beethoven ballet about a Titan?
Replies: 21
Views: 14463

I would submit that Fidelio is one of the most consistently overused clues or answers in high school quizbowl. It just plain pisses me off to hear "Beethoven opera" anywhere before the end of the question.
by jewtemplar
Fri Nov 07, 2003 12:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Do you know a Beethoven ballet about a Titan?
Replies: 21
Views: 14463

I dare say anyone who has tried to purchase more than one cd of beethoven symphonies is likely to have seen creatures of prometheus. I think most people with more than a casual interest in classical music may fit that description.
by jewtemplar
Thu Nov 06, 2003 11:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Do you know a Beethoven ballet about a Titan?
Replies: 21
Views: 14463

I always get beethoven ballet music and incidental music mixed up. I believe he composed more than one suite of ballet music, though. However, I am an avid reader of deutsche grammaphon cd labels, so I probably know more than your average joe about classical, but I would say for college that mention...
by jewtemplar
Tue Aug 12, 2003 8:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The future of the WHSQB national poll
Replies: 20
Views: 15258

The rankings don't look to have changed that much. I like the idea of a poll, and I think a panel of regionally selected coaches or people active in high school qb is the way to go, but 6 people is just ridiculous.
by jewtemplar
Wed Apr 23, 2003 8:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best teams in your state?
Replies: 188
Views: 119213

In VA, there are a few teams who have both beaten and lost to each other in semifinal and final rounds. St. Anne's Belfield, Maggie Walker Gov, and Thomas Jefferson seem to be jockeying for hegemony at every tournament. Langley, Princess Anne, and Oakton seem to be consolidating their power as well....
by jewtemplar
Wed Apr 23, 2003 8:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What is YOUR favorite invitational or regular season tourney
Replies: 19
Views: 13563

I'd have to say Yale, although I hear it wasn't up to par this year (we had to miss it because of regionals). UMD always has great tournaments. Good questions and good administration. Swiss pairings really is the way to go.