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by Edmund
Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 214
Views: 40067

Re: 2011 HSNCT discussion

Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:"the spin quantum number isn't a thing, and so only one electron per orbital."
I think what you are really testing is: do you know the atomic numbers of H, He, B and Ne? Which is no bad thing to ask, but a different approach is required!
by Edmund
Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 214
Views: 40067

Re: 2011 HSNCT discussion

Having just played this set, heavily adapted by Kyle Haddad-Fonda, in the UK British Student Quiz Championships, I would first like to say that I enjoyed it very much. That said, I am a very long way from being the high schooler it was written for. I have one specific gripe that doesn't seem to have...
by Edmund
Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: British Student Quiz Championships, 11 June 2011 @ Imperial
Replies: 11
Views: 1896

Re: British Student Quiz Championships, 11 June 2011 @ Imperial

This tournament was actually one of the most fun that I have ever attended, since people seemed to be having a good time and there were a lot of really close games with high scores. I thought that the HSNCT set was, for better of for worse, exactly the right level of difficulty for this tournament,...
by Edmund
Thu May 05, 2011 5:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2011 (Non-Specific) Discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 20358

Re: MUT 2011 (Non-Specific) Discussion

Ok, so the first problem was that I misheard "Landau" for "Landauer" which set me thinking about modern statistical mechanics. I also just hit the buzzer on "Shannon theorem" because Shannon is synonymous with entropy, and if we were talking about "information" or anything else I expected a prompt. ...
by Edmund
Wed May 04, 2011 7:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2011 (Non-Specific) Discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 20358

Re: MUT 2011 (Non-Specific) Discussion

In any case, I wrote a bunch of bio, chem, painting and other art and a handful of questions in other categories for this thing, and I'd be glad to hear any feedback on those subjects. After all of five days, I'm afraid I'm struggling to remember specific questions. But my feeling was that these su...
by Edmund
Wed May 04, 2011 3:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl in a fourth English-speaking country
Replies: 19
Views: 3843

Re: Quizbowl in a fourth English-speaking country

Rather than attempt to organize an entirely new international tournament because it is too expensive for Oxford to fly over twice a year, it's a possibility that the University of Gujrat might be able to attend ICT. I will point out on the part of my club that at present it's too expensive for Oxfo...
by Edmund
Wed May 04, 2011 10:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2011 (Non-Specific) Discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 20358

Re: MUT 2011 (Non-Specific) Discussion

Oh, man, it's great that we're having this discussion because nobody can do obsession with one's own country's unremarkable painters like the British. My personal favorite was the UC bonus on Ford Madox Brown. The part about it that I liked was that it came right after a bonus about mythological ra...
by Edmund
Mon May 02, 2011 7:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2011 (Non-Specific) Discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 20358

Re: MUT 2011 (Non-Specific) Discussion

A few of the easy parts seemed a little on the ludicrous side. I can't bring a particular example to mind right now. I think you're referring to bonus parts on answers like "Troy" based on a description of "This city was sacked by a Greek expedition" after naming some famous Trojan figures. Persona...
by Edmund
Sun May 01, 2011 7:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2011 (Non-Specific) Discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 20358

Re: MUT 2011 (Non-Specific) Discussion

For what it's worth, the Canute tossup was buzzer-raced on the first clue in our room in the UK and I imagine it was in the two other matches. By and large I enjoyed the set very much indeed. The openings of a couple of the hard science questions were slightly ambiguous but then as a late-stage doct...
by Edmund
Sun May 01, 2011 6:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Manchester MUT Mirror Results
Replies: 4
Views: 1183

Re: Manchester MUT Mirror Results

This is pretty much all an accurate representation of the facts. Oxford B won with 8-2 and both Manchester A and Oxford A were 6-4. This was a very enjoyable tournament. It was a sunny day and a great pleasure to attend a tournament hosted outside Oxford. Tom Whyman TD'd with aplomb and his Briticis...
by Edmund
Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2011 ICT Question-specific discussion
Replies: 150
Views: 21587

Re: 2011 ICT Question-specific discussion

Ok - I would say that macrocyclic comes in too early there. I've never even heard of a bite angle. Maybe that just reflects my background as a chemist, though. Good to include the template effect but I think the first part of the clue is confusing, because while a cation can direct the synthesis of ...
by Edmund
Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2011 ICT Question-specific discussion
Replies: 150
Views: 21587

Re: 2011 ICT Question-specific discussion

I had figured that you just didn't know that; it would have been a great clue if it actually were a quotation. I think some of the rest of my team had some equally minor criticisms. I'll ask around. On the whole, I really liked the science, especially some of the physics and math (adiabatic theorem,...
by Edmund
Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2011 ICT Question-specific discussion
Replies: 150
Views: 21587

Re: 2011 ICT Question-specific discussion

I wonder if I could just flag up what I consider to be an error in the Hideki Tojo tossup. The opening sentence mentioned him describing his starting something as "a leap from the verandah of Kiyomizu" - I don't have the exact wording to hand. The question writer obviously didn't know that this is n...
by Edmund
Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago
Replies: 107
Views: 15970

Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

I think the low cloud in Chicago is causing chaos at the moment. One of our team is stuck in Denver. But we'll be down in the lobby at 8.30.
by Edmund
Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago
Replies: 107
Views: 15970

Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Details on where to submit your packets will be forthcoming. I was wondering where this might be. Oxford are flying to the States on Wednesday and it would be nice to get this sorted before then as our internet access is bound to intermittent thereafter. Or would you rather I just bring a flash dri...
by Edmund
Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago
Replies: 107
Views: 15970

Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Univ of Oxford will take part. We aim to produce a "British Dream Packet"; I hope this will be acceptable since none of us will play it.
by Edmund
Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago
Replies: 107
Views: 15970

Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

Since it doesn't like Oxford are going to be able to partition ourselves into different teams, we'll probably enter as a four and write a packet. I'll confirm in the next couple of days.
by Edmund
Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago
Replies: 107
Views: 15970

Re: GUERRILLA III - Friday, 4/8/11 - ICT Hotel, Chicago

I think I can say with certainty that all four of the Oxford team will be interested. This was a great way to get to meet some bona fide Americans last year and those of us who took part thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. In the interest of being sociable and getting to know people, I think it might be m...
by Edmund
Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Region 1 (Europe) SCT at Oxford (February 5th, 2011)
Replies: 8
Views: 1409

Re: Region 1 (Europe) SCT at Oxford (February 5th, 2011)

EDIT -- Also, Tom has a way with words. The questions are from an American source and are unedited Be nice to Tom. I wrote that. I don't think any British reader will understand it to say that they weren't edited in the first place, rather, they haven't been edited since reaching us, in contrast to...
by Edmund
Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:24 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words
Replies: 49
Views: 43048

Re: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words

the Goethe is rather more accurate than "Gerta", which I personally can't stand Yeah, I prefer "Gerta" with a British (non-rhotic) accent. It hadn't occurred to me there was more than one way to pronounce Gerta. In answer to Rob, clearly there is always room for refinement, but the point of this ex...
by Edmund
Mon Dec 13, 2010 8:46 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words
Replies: 49
Views: 43048

Re: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words

> An a not accompanied by an umlaut or another vowel is a schwa. Pronounce it like the a in, well, schwa. An a with an umlaut not followed by another vowel is a short a like in cat. I would agree that "a" is longer than a schwa, and more importantly, ä is more an "eh" sound, as in "hello". So for e...
by Edmund
Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:50 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words
Replies: 49
Views: 43048

Re: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words

Extremely useful. Thank you. I do not want to tread on Bruce's point about correctness being the enemy of comprehension, and there will be someone out there more qualified than I am to write the below, but, in brief, I hope this helps if there is an intention to compile these. I'm not quite sure how...
by Edmund
Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: British ACF Fall @ Oxford, 20/11/10
Replies: 33
Views: 6837

Re: British ACF Fall @ Oxford, 20/11/10

Just popping in to say hello from Cambridge, and to thank the Oxford guys again for an excellently-run tournament. Hopefully the Varsity match will give us a chance to reciprocate. ... I should say thank you for the thank you, too. We're all looking forward to Varsity since it keeps getting more an...
by Edmund
Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: British ACF Fall @ Oxford, 20/11/10
Replies: 33
Views: 6837

Re: British ACF Fall @ Oxford, 20/11/10

Those of us who are shortly leaving education would appreciate a regular open tournament in the UK, I think! Also I have been less down on American geography ever since I beat KHF and Minnesota to the Nevada question at ICT, based entirely on my knowledge of the locations of world speed record attem...
by Edmund
Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: British ACF Fall @ Oxford, 20/11/10
Replies: 33
Views: 6837

Re: British ACF Fall @ Oxford, 20/11/10

How did this work? Was this a matter of changing "color charge" to "colour charge" and the like, or did the clues/questions change? We replaced 16/16 over the course of the set with house-written questions on British history and trash, with the intention of making the set more enjoyable for the Bri...
by Edmund
Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: British ACF Fall @ Oxford, 20/11/10
Replies: 33
Views: 6837

Re: British ACF Fall @ Oxford, 20/11/10

Preliminary results:

Oxford Pennyfeather (Peter Berry, Kyle Haddad-Fonda, Tim Hele, George Woudhuysen) win with 10-0.

Cambridge (captain Alex Guttenplan) and Oxford Belacqua (captain Simon Spiro) tie on 8-2, Oxford B beat Cambridge in second place play-off.

Full stats will follow in due course.
by Edmund
Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: British ACF Fall @ Oxford, 20/11/10
Replies: 33
Views: 6837

Re: British ACF Fall @ Oxford, 20/11/10

What exactly people are "practicing" for each Monday night I have never totally understood. But it's not like our team suddenly ballooned in size -- it was huge long before I got here. What we were practising for was twenty minutes of competition every year vs. Cambridge, an engagement which the re...
by Edmund
Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Accent marks on foreign words
Replies: 36
Views: 8613

Re: Accent marks on foreign words

edit: on a moment's reflection, I can imagine a similar thread where a hypothetical math/science person argues that we should write formulas using actual mathematical notation. Certainly anyone with a mathematics background will know how to read such a thing, but for the majority of moderators it w...
by Edmund
Sun Oct 24, 2010 4:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Accent marks on foreign words
Replies: 36
Views: 8613

Re: Accent marks on foreign words

As a first-timer there, I found the consistent and total mispronunciation of foreign languages by some moderators at the ICT (although some others were excellent!) to be one of the most difficult aspects of that tournament. I would be very interested in hearing any details you could provide about t...
by Edmund
Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Accent marks on foreign words
Replies: 36
Views: 8613

Re: Accent marks on foreign words

This is an interesting discussion - as someone who can pronounce German and most Romance languages, I find the regular exclusion of accents from packets extremely difficult because I am faced with a bunch of non-English options on how to say a name but if I'm not familiar with the clue, I won't know...
by Edmund
Sat Feb 20, 2010 7:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: NAQT SCT Europe in Oxford, 6 Feb 2010
Replies: 43
Views: 15897

Re: Announcement: NAQT SCT Europe in Oxford, 6 Feb 2010

...many of whose countries fought for their independence against Spain as distinct from precisely one who fought a War of Independence against Great Britain. Thank you.

"Latin American wars of independence..." if you prefer. I struggle to think of a better collective term.
by Edmund
Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: NAQT SCT Europe in Oxford, 6 Feb 2010
Replies: 43
Views: 15897

Re: Announcement: NAQT SCT Europe in Oxford, 6 Feb 2010

I'm genuinely curious about this. Could you elaborate? For what it's worth, American quizbowl does have definite and strong biases towards certain areas(modern Japanese literature in particular is heavily overrepresented) but not necessarily(although frequently) Central/South America. I would argue...
by Edmund
Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: NAQT SCT Europe in Oxford, 6 Feb 2010
Replies: 43
Views: 15897

Re: Announcement: NAQT SCT Europe in Oxford, 6 Feb 2010

Hi, to introduce myself before I weigh in with my tuppence worth, I'm one of the staff who moderated the SCT and I'm part of the Oxford team training for the ICT this year. I think what Kyle has said about bonus conversion issues in Europe is very much an issue of perspective and practice rather tha...