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by Cheynem
Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Selecting Useful Clues
Replies: 1
Views: 1238

Re: Selecting Useful Clues

This is a good thread starter and I was very interested in your comments. As a relatively inexperienced question writer, one of the most difficult things for me is in writing the earliest clues, the first or second lines. It's easy enough to put down two lines of obscure crap (obscure book quotes, o...
by Cheynem
Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs Again
Replies: 494
Views: 97289

Re: Bad Negs Again

You hardly were alone in negging on that question, Auroni!
by Cheynem
Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Policy and Distribution Changes for the 2009 SCTs and ICT
Replies: 20
Views: 2466

Re: Policy and Distribution Changes for the 2009 SCTs and ICT

5% pop culture + 2.6% sports + 4.7% current events (which at least in NAQT forms I'm familiar with, frequently is basically trash) equals more than 12%, more than fine arts. I think that's bad.
by Cheynem
Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:12 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Alternatives to Wikipedia: where to find good material
Replies: 25
Views: 34518

Re: Alternatives to Wikipedia: where to find good material

I like Google Books. I've also gotten into the habit of writing stuff based on the monographs I'm reading in class (obviously works better for history questions and if you're using quality monographs instead of just general survey textbooks).
by Cheynem
Wed Dec 10, 2008 2:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MO Lit packets and discussion
Replies: 52
Views: 7430

Re: MO Lit packets and discussion

I think lead-ins should be "memorable" if memorable means, "has a good chance of being known by someone with deep knowledge." I mean, the point of a lead-in is to reward deep knowledge, not to frustrate people wtih random obscurities. There are books I know inside and out that I ...
by Cheynem
Tue Dec 09, 2008 6:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MO Lit packets and discussion
Replies: 52
Views: 7430

Re: MO Lit packets and discussion

Chris' post raises interesting and very good points about the nature of side events. I wonder if it should perhaps receive its own thread, but I am not sure as to the amount of discussion it would generate. I am especially interested in hearing people's thoughts on how obscure side events should del...
by Cheynem
Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Harvard T-Party Discussion
Replies: 61
Views: 8628

Re: Harvard T-Party Discussion

I wonder if Jerry was referring to the tossup part that said "participants had earlier been part of the Uprising of Twenty-Thousand." In this instance, the word "participants" refers to "victims."
by Cheynem
Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Harvard T-Party Discussion
Replies: 61
Views: 8628

Re: Harvard T-Party Discussion

Holy crap, on paper, that looks like a neg for Reichstag waiting to happen. I think I benefited from being totally confused until I heard Frances Perkins.
by Cheynem
Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:38 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The importance of precise language in question writing
Replies: 10
Views: 13940

Re: The importance of precise language in question writing

I am interested in hearing thoughts about coyness/transparency in giving pronouns. For instance, if I write a toss-up on James Garfield, it would be transparent/non-pyramidal to say "This U.S. President" as the FIRST pronoun. Should I say "This man"? "This politician?" ...
by Cheynem
Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Harvard T-Party Discussion
Replies: 61
Views: 8628

Re: Harvard T-Party Discussion

And the Halloween party was just a big circle jerk! It all makes sense now!
by Cheynem
Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Harvard T-Party Discussion
Replies: 61
Views: 8628

Re: Harvard T-Party Discussion

One of the reasons that Sabrina episode stood out in my mind is the complex ethical lesson it seemed to be teaching children. Sabrina irresponsibly creates a magical duplicate of herself, which gets into trouble by streaking. Rather than owning up to her mistake and taking the penalty (embarrassment...
by Cheynem
Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Harvard T-Party Discussion
Replies: 61
Views: 8628

Re: Harvard T-Party Discussion

I thought the packets were pretty good. I'd be interested in hearing feedback on Minnesota's packet (which I wrote most of the history and some of the lit) and my freelance work (I think they kept the PLEASE MAKE FUN OF ME BECAUSE I SPEAK NEITHER LATIN NOR ENGLISH on 1812 election, As I Lay Dying, t...
by Cheynem
Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 12/6 GINVIT at the University of Minnesota
Replies: 21
Views: 5495

Re: 12/6 GINVIT at the University of Minnesota

It was very enjoyable to read for this tournament and I thank all the teams I read for in regards to their patience for a few (minor) gaffes made along the way. Teams displayed, at least the ones I encountered, very fine sportsmanship and competitiveness. In a minor but important point, I would like...
by Cheynem
Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Making A Great Leap Forward
Replies: 33
Views: 6169

Re: Making A Great Leap Forward

Here's what's worked for me (and I'm obviously in a different situation, being in my seventh year of college, not high school). I will use not question specific examples from the most recent tournament I was at, T-Party, to support my points. I WILL NOT MENTION ANSWERS OR DETAILS. 1. Pay attention i...
by Cheynem
Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Lawrence - 12/7/08
Replies: 70
Views: 9131

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Lawrence - 12/7/08

Greg: Thanks for hosting this and for doing a good job with the logistics. Obviously one would like to have more teams, but most of the matches our team played in were of very high quality. Things moved along nicely with a lot of games being played.
by Cheynem
Thu Dec 04, 2008 3:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Anouncement: Missouri Open (06/06/2009)
Replies: 81
Views: 26691

Re: Anouncement: Missouri Open (06/06/2009)

Charlie: I've heard talk of a comic book themed event perhaps around the time of Nationals (written by George Berry?), so I hesitate to suggest this so as not to step on anyone's toes, but I've begun writing a 6 packet (20 TU/Bonus) set of comic book questions. The packets would take an extremely br...
by Cheynem
Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs Again
Replies: 494
Views: 97289

Re: Bad Negs Again

From practice Answer: Mahabharata Me: The Twilight Zone The lead-in (of which I flaked out on the pronoun) was talking about a guy who is rewarded for refusing to enter heaven without his dog. This is the exact plot of the Twilight Zone episode "The Hunt." Wikipedia claims the episode &quo...
by Cheynem
Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Lawrence - 12/7/08
Replies: 70
Views: 9131

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Lawrence - 12/7/08

That's the spirit, Greg! Accentuate the positive!

If my 5/5 somehow becomes an issue (which I doubt), I could just sit out/read that packet. None of my teammates has seen my freelance 5/5.
by Cheynem
Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter North @ Carleton College (1/18/09)
Replies: 46
Views: 6326

Re: ACF Winter North @ Carleton College (1/18/09)

Another possible hit to my Sabbath-observing regimen. :neutral:
by Cheynem
Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Lawrence - 12/7/08
Replies: 70
Views: 9131

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Lawrence - 12/7/08

Awesome. We could all just sit in one room and all play together.
by Cheynem
Sun Nov 30, 2008 3:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Lawrence - 12/7/08
Replies: 70
Views: 9131

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Lawrence - 12/7/08

Hey, I sent you my dubious freelance 5/5! :neutral:
by Cheynem
Sat Nov 29, 2008 8:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The mystery of stepping stone theory.
Replies: 77
Views: 9947

Re: The mystery of stepping stone theory.

I'm not an elite player, so I don't speak for them, but I can say personally I like to play against any team that enjoys playing. I don't like playing against teams who have a negative attitude, whether they be "good" or "bad" teams. If you're enjoying yourself, making an effort ...
by Cheynem
Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard T-Party - 12/6/08
Replies: 106
Views: 27989

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard T-Party - 12/6/08

Whoops--thanks, Greg, for reminding me that I'm a moron. Yeah, I'm playing this.
by Cheynem
Sat Nov 29, 2008 2:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard T-Party - 12/6/08
Replies: 106
Views: 27989

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard T-Party - 12/6/08

So, Andy, do you officially want freelance 5/5's? I can send you some, depending on what categories you would especially need (especially if it's history).
by Cheynem
Fri Nov 28, 2008 2:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The mystery of stepping stone theory.
Replies: 77
Views: 9947

Re: The mystery of stepping stone theory.

If you are someone who gets bored from sitting through 5 lines of question at ACF Fall, then frankly, I don't think quiz bowl is right for you. Perhaps I was in the wrong room, but at ACF Fall and EFT these years, I did not see teams bored and frustrated. Your argument about buzzer races is mystifyi...
by Cheynem
Fri Nov 28, 2008 2:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Lawrence - 12/7/08
Replies: 70
Views: 9131

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Lawrence - 12/7/08

So are we indeed doing a double/triple round robin?
by Cheynem
Fri Nov 28, 2008 2:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The mystery of stepping stone theory.
Replies: 77
Views: 9947

Re: The mystery of stepping stone theory.

I respectfully disagree with my esteemed teammate "Ulric." 1. I don't think quiz bowl is better as it gets more fun for more people. To use your sports analogies, bowling is more fun for more people if you use bumper lanes. Softball is more fun for more people if you play slow-pitch. Colle...
by Cheynem
Thu Nov 27, 2008 1:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 17113

Re: ACF Fall discussion

I guess the big question regarding Biblical characters, books, and events is how far from the Bible itself one wants to go. If you write a BIble toss up like a literature one where you only describe events that happen in the Old and New Testaments, I think it can get difficult. Like the Paul toss-up...
by Cheynem
Wed Nov 26, 2008 5:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl vs. Extracurriculars - The Neverending Battle
Replies: 21
Views: 3209

Re: Quizbowl vs. Extracurriculars - The Neverending Battle

It does not get any easier in college. Especially graduate school. Go away, 400+ pages of reading a week.
by Cheynem
Wed Nov 26, 2008 12:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 17113

Re: ACF Fall discussion

After rereading some of the questions: -Aaaagh, I can't believe it took me as long as it did to get that "Love" common link trash toss-up. Buddy Love is referenced right in the first line. -The SNCC question seems a mite too easy, what with references to John Lewis and civil rights very ea...
by Cheynem
Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:30 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: ADVERTISING for attendance at NAQT
Replies: 5
Views: 2622

Re: ADVERTISING for attendance at NAQT

Clearly it is a reference to Pope Sixtus.
by Cheynem
Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Regs general discussion
Replies: 3
Views: 1064

Re: TRASH Regs general discussion

Oh yeah, I forgot the CPR toss-up. That would have benefited from giving more specific examples instead of talking about it in generalities...I knew they were talking about a procedure that can hurt you if done wrong and when they started describing the motions, yeah, that was buzzable.
by Cheynem
Mon Nov 24, 2008 12:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Regs general discussion
Replies: 3
Views: 1064

Re: TRASH Regs general discussion

I enjoyed this tournament a great deal. Some general comments (if this is NOT clear for discussion, delete this obviously): *The question writers must really like The Avengers, as it came up in a bonus (the John Hollis common link one), plus it provided the lead-ins for the John Cleese TU and the &q...
by Cheynem
Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Open Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 2172

Re: Illinois Open Discussion

Yeah, the Agincourt toss-up actually was pretty good--I just conflated it with the others because it was something that I buzzed in with no real concrete knowledge. In retrospect, I guess it was just more of a lucky hunch than a bad toss-up. In this regard, NOT having a lot of knowledge about the me...
by Cheynem
Sat Nov 22, 2008 9:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Open Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 2172

Re: Illinois Open Discussion

General Comments -First of all, this was a very fun tournament, and I actually liked the lack of common link stuff. It was well run and enjoyable. -I kinda agree with the history. As opposed to the other disciplines, it felt like "my first guess" based on time period/nationality generally ...
by Cheynem
Sat Nov 22, 2008 12:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cancellation of ABD (from ACF Winter Midwest thread)
Replies: 10
Views: 1654

Re: Cancellation of ABD (from ACF Winter Midwest thread)

Bentley Like Beckham wrote:I have some videogame questions written for some to be determined tournament in the future. I'd write some sort of videogame tournament or something, but I don't know if there's interest in having more than one of those a year.
Yes. There is.
by Cheynem
Fri Nov 21, 2008 7:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cancellation of ABD (from ACF Winter Midwest thread)
Replies: 10
Views: 1654

Re: Cancellation of ABD (from ACF Winter Midwest thread)

One possible suggestion would be doing pop culture-related but smaller-scale events, along the lines of the recent RMPFest and Impossible Speedcheck, which just required toss-ups. If you end up doing something like this, I would be delighted to write toss-ups.
by Cheynem
Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Lawrence - 12/7/08
Replies: 70
Views: 9131

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Lawrence - 12/7/08

Oh boy, can we have a triple round robin? :grin:
by Cheynem
Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RMPFest Discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 3807

Re: RMPFest Discussion

After looking through the packets, some other comments: -It seemed a little annoying that saying "Loving" as the answer for "Loving v. Virginia" was not accepted. -My partner became violently angry at the vast number of common link toss-ups. I really didn't care. -I really liked ...
by Cheynem
Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RMPFest Discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 3807

Re: RMPFest Discussion

I liked this set. Wendigo was indeed awesome. In terms of questionable toss-ups, I can only speak to my area of knowledge (Bible)--of this, I felt that there were some good questions (1 Corinthians) and some bad ones (a Daniel toss-up that mentions the statue with feet of clay in the second line?). ...
by Cheynem
Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs Again
Replies: 494
Views: 97289

Re: Bad Negs Again

Not THAT awful a neg, but it sticks in my head more than six years later from high school, when I said "Henry Fielding" wrote Moll Flanders instead of Defoe. This was in a game where my HS team was trying to pull a major upset and we ended up blowing a lead and losing on the last question....
by Cheynem
Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Rise of NFL-esque Parity in QB?
Replies: 16
Views: 1948

Re: The Rise of NFL-esque Parity in QB?

As a Lions fan, I want to resent your analogy, but I cannot. Damn you, Matt Millen! Damn you all to hell!

The Rams did beat the Cowboys and the Redskins this year though.
by Cheynem
Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (11/15/2008) RMP Fest at UIUC
Replies: 50
Views: 16179

Re: (11/15/2008) RMP Fest at UIUC

Thanks for writing this. Despite sucking at it, it was very fun to play and surprisingly accessible. It was worth not sleeping to play.
by Cheynem
Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Regionals Midwest: 11/16/08 at Illinois
Replies: 30
Views: 5184

Re: TRASH Regionals Midwest: 11/16/08 at Illinois

This was an enjoyable tourney--thanks to those running it and those who wrote the questions. Without discussing specifics, I will just say they were very solid and definitely did not live up to the horrifying reputation I have sometimes heard of TRASH packets. Makes no difference, either, but the &q...
by Cheynem
Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Masterplots?
Replies: 7
Views: 2265

Re: Masterplots?

Hee hee, I remember when I was a high school sophomore and tried to read through the first volume of Masterplots. I spent weeks (years) waiting for a question about Hervey Allen's Anthony Adverse to come up.
by Cheynem
Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Regionals Midwest: 11/16/08 at Illinois
Replies: 30
Views: 5184

Re: TRASH Regionals Midwest: 11/16/08 at Illinois

You did get me down, right?
by Cheynem
Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (11/15/2008) RMP Fest at UIUC
Replies: 50
Views: 16179

Re: (11/15/2008) RMP Fest at UIUC

I think Joe Hansen (from Minnesota) will probably play this, so I'll partner with him if he does. If not, then I'd be willing to partner with anyone who knows something about M or P.
by Cheynem
Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 17113

Re: ACF Fall discussion (don't read, players at U Wash. site)

SepiaOfficinalis wrote:But good set, a lot of fun (couldn't say that for MO.)
Yeah, not as much of those damn clues, huh, Tom? :grin: