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by Muriel Axon
Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 45
Views: 23309

Re: Your Favorite Question

William Franklin is a leading proponent of using the non-lethal guard variety of these super-machines as “a part of integrated sheep protection.” Unfortunately, one prototype of this product, Hemiauchenia, didn't do so great in the North American market. As of 2011, the most advanced single domain ...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 46435

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

theMoMA wrote:(I also find Shan's claim that the Haldane question was "kind of dull" to be contradicted by the video record of his obvious amusement at the clue about Haldane's copious consumption of baking soda.)
I concede that that was an amusing clue.
by Muriel Axon
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 46435

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

For what it's worth, I think there's a place for a bit of pop science, if it's not overwhelming, and certainly for science history. I appreciate the bits of science history scattered through this tournament, as in the tossup on Airy and others. I didn't find the Haldane question objectionable, altho...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 30085

Re: Players Choice Awards

In the North circuit: While we're talking about things related to Minnesota and Penn (thanks for the shout-out, Alex!), one notable upset was a Wayzata team ("Thinkery") beating a UMN A team with me and Sam Bailey by more than 100 points (330 -- 210) at Penn Bowl. I'll post about my favorite neg (fr...
by Muriel Axon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NASAT Mirroring Thread: List of Dates
Replies: 18
Views: 8149

Re: NASAT Mirroring Thread: Preferred Weekend 6/23-24

Are college mirrors intended to be closed, or can they be open?
by Muriel Axon
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 46435

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I think Sam did a good job of articulating what I really liked about this tournament. I've been thinking about this in the context of philosophy, since I was asked for feedback about that subject, but I think it's true across subjects that a lot of questions clued interesting and important things in...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30035

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Ryan, your chart is a very interesting way to organize this discussion and I think it’s largely correct. I do think that it overranks Isaac (sorry Isaac) for his NAQT ability, at the expense of players like Kenji and Caleb who are much stronger ACF players (remember, ACF is the dominant format, eve...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 46435

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I don't have any particular questions/subjects to comment on at the moment, but this was my favorite ACF Nationals that I've played. Thank you to the editors! If Nationals is ever again held at MIT or any similarly labyrinthine campus, I would recommend printing a map and attaching it to the schedul...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: a completely innocuous ict/nats prediction thread
Replies: 14
Views: 6131

Re: Steven Pinker's Rational, Scientific Nationals Barrel

jmarvin_ wrote:
  • archaeology tossup on turkey
  • another archaeology tossup, not about turkey, which everyone negs with turkey
this -- but, like, the bird
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 14812

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

Bensonfan23 wrote:The post-zygotic barriers bonus seemed notably difficult, and gastrulation is probably too hard of an easy part for this level.
I assumed the easy part was the part that said "name this guy who co-discovered natural selection."
by Muriel Axon
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Minnesota 3/31/18
Replies: 2
Views: 2088

Re: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Minnesota 3/31/18

Congratulations to Wayzata, who cleared the field!
by Muriel Axon
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: REJECT
Replies: 5
Views: 3263

Re: REJECT

This is a great idea! I just submitted four pages worth of questions.
by Muriel Axon
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 2999

Re: SMT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I found this tournament quite readable in comparison to many others. Nice work!
by Muriel Axon
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 14812

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

The tossup on migration was a great idea and pulled from good clues. However, it should accept dispersal, which is essentially synonymous with migration. (The main difference is that migration usually implies that individuals move; dispersal can also include movement by seeds or other propagules. Bu...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 44
Views: 22197

Re: Best Film Player

Paul Kirk-Davidoff is quite good, though it seems like his specialties are things like African and Middle Eastern film, which don't come up too often.
by Muriel Axon
Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 11657

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

All the (Senegalese) people interviewed in the Ousmane Sembene documentary I watched a few weeks ago seemed to pronoune Thiaroye as "tya-ROY."
by Muriel Axon
Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 45
Views: 23309

Re: Your Favorite Question

Adam's pottery wheel question is superb! It's curious to me how many of these responses seem like nothing special today. The "diols" question, the tossup on "finishing the Unfinished Symphony," the various Gatsby things -- these questions are all good,* but I never really gave (or would give) them a...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 11657

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

[10] The phenomenon that rare species are common can be explained by this theory, which is often called the “null hypothesis” of evolution, since it contends that evolutionary changes are caused by random genetic drift rather than natural selection. ANSWER: neutral theory of molecular evolution Neu...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 11657

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

Since ecology / evolution is my hobbyhorse: - I liked the bonus on urban environmental sciences! - Could I see the bonus on species abundance distributions? It felt like the part on "neutral" conflated two related, but distinct ideas, and the part on Fisher's log-series was definitely a deep cut! - ...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Detailed stats
Replies: 6
Views: 2447

Re: CMST: Detailed stats

At the Minnesota site, I was given buzzes on "Opus Dei" and "sectors" which were actually Sam's.

Thank you for making these available!
by Muriel Axon
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 13603

Re: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum

As a person who has been playing since approximately the Hadean, I've seen real change happen and hope it continues to happen. As someone who's only been around since the late Proterozoic -- and hasn't been as active -- I would like to hear more from older players about what kinds of changes you al...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 13169

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

I think we all agree that a lead-in can have multiple functions: (1) Including clues that players very knowledgeable about the answer line can plausibly buzz on; (2) giving context for later clues and ruling out particular classes of answers; and (3) introducing knowledge that fascinates listeners a...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 8976

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

I don't have any more specific comments to make without having the set in front of me, but I thought the philosophy and social science were very good. The social science, in particular, seemed to do an exemplary job of asking about things that modern scholars care about without overreaching on diffi...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:42 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: A, B, C teams
Replies: 13
Views: 6954

Re: A, B, C teams

While I don't know why any teams actually want to do this, it only causes problems when rosters aren't used/carefully scrutinized or whatnot and it leads to improper seeding. The solution is to require rosters if you're going to be creating brackets. Not denying that rosters are a good thing to hav...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Two Visions of ACF Fall
Replies: 9
Views: 5169

Re: Two Visions of ACF Fall

In the Minnesota circuit, ACF Fall and (DII) SCT are the two tournaments that bring a lot of teams that wouldn't come to other tournaments. (More than twice as many teams attended as at NAQT Novice, EFT, or Penn Bowl.) As such, I really quite like the easier approach taken by the editing team this y...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The Dark History of UChicago Quizbowl
Replies: 5
Views: 9130

Re: The Dark History of UChicago Quizbowl

I don't know how much weird white supremacist stuff is coming from within classics, but classicists are certainly having to put up with some nonsense (where by "nonsense" I mean "death threats") from the white supremacist general public these days; see the reaction to Sarah Bond's really interestin...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 9907

Re: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion

More minor issues: The guy who co-wrote the book on voting was Donald Green, not David Green. The Tugwell book clue in the Grover Cleveland TU should say "Honesty and Integrity," not "Integrity and Integrity." The Strauss Sr. / Sousa / Gladiator March bonus has a screwed up intro. Also, I agree with...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 7345

Re: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion

15. With Sasaki and Ubeda, this scientist proposed the idea of “pacemaker islands” that restore genetic diversity in models of host-parasite evolution. Okay, the rest of this question clues good and important things, and of course seeing Hamilton-Zuk clued gave me great joy, as Penn Bowl is unwitti...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 7345

Re: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion

Some random other comments: Could I see the question on W. D. Hamilton? I recall enjoying it -- Hamilton was extremely influential and made many contributions beyond the few that regularly come up, so it was a good idea and the clues seemed to be well thought-out. I just want to see what the first c...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2017 University of Minnesota (10/14/2017)
Replies: 4
Views: 2319

Re: EFT 2017 University of Minnesota (10/14/2017)

This tournament was won by a team going by the name "Malbork." Stats will come when they come, in the longstanding tradition of Upper Midwest quizbowl.
by Muriel Axon
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl 2017 at UMN (10/21/17)
Replies: 1
Views: 1498

Re: Penn Bowl 2017 at UMN (10/21/17)

This tournament ended up having seven teams and was won by Minnesota A. Stats will come when they come, in the longstanding tradition of Upper Midwest quizbowl.
by Muriel Axon
Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Gettier Problems in Quiz Bowl
Replies: 3
Views: 2505

Gettier Problems in Quiz Bowl

WARNING: moderately frivolous post Two or three times as a quizbowl writer, I've written clues where it was conceivable that: 1. A player might buzz in and give the correct answer, and 2. The player arrived at that answer through a train of thought that seems reasonable and justified, but 3. Their b...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on Book Prizes
Replies: 8
Views: 4012

Re: Thoughts on Book Prizes

I agree with much of this post. Hentzel-run NAQT tournaments in Minnesota have often had a wide selection of books to choose from, including lots of non-fiction -- and while many of those are not the sorts of books I would choose, I've been trying to follow that spirit by bringing books on philosoph...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 7345

Re: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion

I wouldn't otherwise comment on an individual bonus's difficulty, but since Christopher brought it up -- I think you (Jason) are, in fact, overestimating how hard "translating hieroglyphics" is. Ok, I believe that. Would it be better if I had _Champollion_ as the hard part? That would certainly be ...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 7345

Re: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion

I wouldn't otherwise comment on an individual bonus's difficulty, but since Christopher brought it up -- I think you (Jason) are, in fact, overestimating how hard "translating hieroglyphics" is. Could I see the religion tossups on powder and water? They may have been fine, but for some reason, in-ga...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 7345

Re: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion

Did the bonus part on Celibidache really describe him as Roman, or was that a reader / player problem?
by Muriel Axon
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2017 EFT: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 3935

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Thanks for the comments; I think I was just overly ambitious in using those clues. For now I will replace R* with a late-middle clue. Any comment on rewording the Grime clue is appreciated too. I'm sorry if this swung any games or otherwise gave you a worse experience. I was reading, so no worries!...
by Muriel Axon
Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2017 EFT: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 3935

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Bonus 4 in Packet 7 mentions economic anthropologist "Doug Graeber." Oof! 3. J. P. Grime noted that this process occurs at a very high level for the species labeled “C” and “R” in the CSR triangle of plant strategies. David Tilman described how this process depends on a quantity labeled R* [R-star],...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 32
Views: 18183

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

I'm curious about the motivation behind answer lines like "photography books by Robert Frank" and "essays by George Orwell" -- especially the latter, since Robert Frank hasn't really done much else, as far as I know. Why not just "Robert Frank" or "George Orwell"?
by Muriel Axon
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 32
Views: 18183

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

I agree with what's turned out to be the emerging consensus -- that this was a fun, exciting set that was also punishingly hard at times. It's not bad for a set to be that hard, but I don't think we were set up to expect it -- unlike, say, Arrabal. I like playing tournaments like this for two reason...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement
Replies: 33
Views: 9826

Re: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement

I've tried showing quiz bowl psychology questions to my friends in the field and the consistent objection that comes up to the all too frequently written tossups on Freud and Jung is that "This isn't about psychology." I can't speak for other fields of social science, but in Psychology, the "let's ...
by Muriel Axon
Tue May 23, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UK Player Poll 2017: Now With More Tweed
Replies: 27
Views: 15440

Re: UK Player Poll 2017: Now With More Tweed

Meanwhile, Americans will be conducting the "most stereotypically British-sounding name" poll, in which Oliver Sweetenham is an early favorite.
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 32396

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask about this, but is there any word on the reasoning behind the apparent decision to accept "Secret Chronicle" for the tossup on the "[Mongol] Secret History" protest?
by Muriel Axon
Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school
Replies: 41
Views: 17232

Re: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school

I think I can do this.
-- Shan Kothari, Class of 2010
by Muriel Axon
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 23307

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

Questions on the Catholic Church should accept "the true Holy Mother _Church_."

--Shan(tanu Jha)
by Muriel Axon
Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Division I SCT: specific question discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 3095

Re: 2017 Division I SCT: specific question discussion

I'd be interested in seeing the question on Aristotle's Physics . In past question-writing, I'd struggled to distinguish the Physics from the Metaphysics , and true to form, I negged with Metaphysics yesterday. Yeah, I'd believe that the end of this question might have this effect—I included "eight...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Division I SCT: specific question discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 3095

Re: 2017 Division I SCT: specific question discussion

I'd be interested in seeing the question on Aristotle's Physics. In past question-writing, I'd struggled to distinguish the Physics from the Metaphysics, and true to form, I negged with Metaphysics yesterday.
by Muriel Axon
Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: Religion and Other Academic
Replies: 12
Views: 2279

Re: 2017 WAO: Religion and Other Academic

The tossup on sausage, which I assume was Geography or Other, did not accept or prompt on "bologna" despite including a clue on Lebanon bologna. The answerline actually said to accept specific types of sausage, so that's down to moderator error. As a very enlightened vegetarian, I did not know unti...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 65
Views: 41324

Re: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.

For what it's worth, many of the past MUT writers had an interest in writing this year -- it's just that the amount that we'd be able to write, given our other commitments, adds up to far less than a full tournament. If someone is really driven to wrangle together a full below-regular tournament, yo...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:17 am
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 65
Views: 41324

Re: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.

cruzeiro wrote:
Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote: Spring: MUT?
Minnesotans, is there any word one way or another on if MUT will happen this year?
Doesn't look like it. We're all a bit over-committed, either in quiz bowl or other endeavors.