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by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion - 2017 FRENCH
Replies: 2
Views: 701

Re: General Discussion - 2017 FRENCH

This was the best time I ever had playing a quizbowl tournament. It was far from perfect, but brought a lot of cool material into the quizbowl fold - particularly the sort of material that used to keep me endlessly fascinated at night in middle and high school, and which inspired me to start playin...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open 2017: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 17
Views: 2968

Re: Specific Question Discussion

-The tossup on the Covenanters, along with the tossup on Waterford, Ireland, were two examples of the systematic British bias in the set. It seems that though the editors Americanized the set, they either failed to un-Briticize it, or had little idea of what American players know. I wrote the tossu...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open 2017: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 17
Views: 2968

Re: Specific Question Discussion

If it dealt with the ancient world, chances are I wrote it. Various other history was also mine.
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 9650

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

Yeah, the Oates bonus--those are pretty memorable last words but it's very, very hard to pull the exact verbiage. I might have asked for a portion of the words ("Oates said he was just going outside and he may be what?") or given the words and asked for the situation. Amusingly, at the UK site, thi...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 9650

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

Yeah, the Oates bonus--those are pretty memorable last words but it's very, very hard to pull the exact verbiage. I might have asked for a portion of the words ("Oates said he was just going outside and he may be what?") or given the words and asked for the situation. Amusingly, at the UK site, thi...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: FRENCH Open
Replies: 9
Views: 3881

Re: FRENCH Open

I'd say more in detail in a private discussion but: 1) for a 1 man tournament, this was exceptionally well thought out, with a few exceptions. 2) Perhaps my major criticism (which may well have been dealt with by further editing!) was that some answerlines, especially descriptive ones, quite often c...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: HIT (Historically Intensive Tournament)
Replies: 67
Views: 27502

Re: HIT (Historically Intensive Tournament)

Any chance we could get a discussion forum for this?
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: HIT (Historically Intensive Tournament)
Replies: 67
Views: 27502

Re: HIT (Historically Intensive Tournament)

Having just played the UK mirror of this tournament, I would highly recommend playing this set.
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia
Replies: 17
Views: 7220

Re: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia

I'll talk about the ~drakaina~ because it's so rare I get to talk about female dragons and because it illustrates a central point. I will admit, the clue about Herodotus should be worded better, but I would not say it's incorrect, that...thing, is definitely a drakaina even if Herodotus doesn't use...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia
Replies: 17
Views: 7220

Re: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia

Myth is a weird category - it crosses over with pretty much every other category (apart from the Sciences). I do not think it should be treated as a pure literary category, but if it is, then it should be written with same view of testing the knowledge of people who have read the texts as literature...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia
Replies: 17
Views: 7220

Re: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia

First of all, thank you for bothering to read my self-indulgent post, and for engaging with it. I might respond to this when I'm finished with TTIAC writing, but one thing to keep in mind is that, you can't get into a question writer's head. I certainly didn't thumb through Graves's index to bring t...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia
Replies: 17
Views: 7220

περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia

Or: Another Discourse on a much maligned Category The place of the mythology category within quizbowl has been often discussed – in every discussion of the distribution I’ve ever read on these forums, and elsewhere, its relative importance and merits have often been attacked, and often not unfairly...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 10085

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion

For philosophy in particular, it is worth keeping in mind that philosophy is one of the categories people are least likely to be significantly exposed to in their general education, particularly modern philosophy. Going too off the beaten path in that category will put far too many people out of th...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 23626

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

(I read, rather than played the set) I'm going to read through the set again later, and will add comments, but I think the most notably "off" question I read all day was the Masaccio tossup which clued the quote above the skeleton in his Holy Trinity, i.e. his most famous single work, on the second ...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Certamen
Replies: 11
Views: 4978

Re: Certamen

Last weekend was my first time bringing a team to a Certamen tournament (which seems somewhat odd, given that I'm a quiz bowler who's been teaching high school Latin for six years). It was, much as I expected, run on non-pyramidal questions with a bizarre tournament format. Obviously I understand t...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Saving the IRC
Replies: 26
Views: 13112

Re: Saving the IRC

As someone whose first venture (along with a lot of other British quiz bowlers [britbowlers?]) onto the IRC was this year's Festivus,one thing I would note is that for a lot of people, especially newer players, IRC is something before their time which requires somewhat archaic programmes to use and ...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 2734

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

This set was pretty great, and I've got very few criticisms or quibbles, at least in the areas on which I have a vague qualification to talk about.
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sam Brochin Presents™ Packet 2 (full name wouldn't fit here)
Replies: 26
Views: 8999

Re: Sam Brochin Presents™ Packet 2 (full name wouldn't fit h

Auks Ran Ova wrote:You could, theoretically, just read it at Festivus tomorrow.
Festivus is today though, is it not?
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Continuing to rethink the distribution
Replies: 54
Views: 18412

Re: Continuing to rethink the distribution

Will Alston has reminded me that archaeology belongs in my list of "things we need more of in the history distribution." This is very true. Also not all archaeology covers pre-historic subjects - mix in archaeological clues with historical. I also believe, from Regular difficulty upwards, I feel th...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WAO @ Oxford
Replies: 2
Views: 2129

Re: WAO @ Oxford

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(I'm going to neg so much of my degree in this tournament)
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 95
Views: 61366

Re: community question clinic

One of this man’s works begins with the landing of Aeneas in Italy and ends with the death of Drusus. For 10 points each: [10] Name this Roman historian who names a set of vertú-exhorting “Discourses” by Machiavelli. ANSWER: _Livy_ [or Titus _Livius_] [10] Livy’s only surviving work is titled for t...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to be a Good College History Player + other stuff
Replies: 6
Views: 3283

Re: How to be a Good College History Player + other stuff

I'm comically rusty at this point, but I used to be a pretty good history player. One thing I've seen younger players make mistakes with when studying history questions is to get too narrowly focused. I've seen lots of players commit to things like "knowing everything about the Civil War" or "knowi...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 13129

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

I'm also not sure that Sciron clue is great - it's the turtle that does the eating, while Sciron throws them off the cliff, which misled at least the team I read to (for amusement, here is a tiny turtle eating Sciron himself) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/74/Drinking_bowl%2C...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Sat Oct 29, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB2016: Will's Questions (Painting, Religion, Music, etc.)
Replies: 17
Views: 2223

Re: Will's Questions (Painting, Religion, Music, some others

I was reading rather than playing, but I very much enjoyed the Cimabue bonus set, especially the clue on "Maesta", based on the room in the Uffizi. It was nice to hear a question based on how the paintings are displayed.
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT correctness guidelines revisions
Replies: 1
Views: 1622

Re: NAQT correctness guidelines revisions

I'd just like to note that your example of Pluto/Hades is a really bad one to pick, given Attic and wider Greek usage of the 5th century onwards: " τὸ δὲ Πλούτωνος, τοῦτο μὲν κατὰ τὴν τοῦ πλούτου δόσιν, ὅτι ἐκ τῆς γῆς κάτωθεν ἀνίεται ὁ πλοῦτος, ἐπωνομάσθη: ὁ δὲ ‘Ἅιδης,’ οἱ πολλοὶ μέν μοι δοκοῦσιν ὑπ...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Tue Jun 07, 2016 4:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UK Player Poll 2016: We the East!
Replies: 26
Views: 11629

Re: UK Player Poll 2016: We the East!

b. And what was the furthest? (As above.) Whoever put me second. https://i.somethingawful.com/u/garbageday/2015/Avatars/taylorboom.gif Someone who doesn't have finals should do a quick explanation of this list - I imagine some non-UK players might want to know more about these players beyond their ...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Thu May 19, 2016 10:35 am
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 65
Views: 41704

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

I can confirm that Oxford Open will be going ahead in late January at some point! :dance: It will be the same difficulty as last year which was probably Regular-minus, although these things are always subjective. We will also be producing an American version of the set, and as we will have at least...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Tue May 17, 2016 6:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (Collegiate 2016)
Replies: 46
Views: 25503

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? (Collegiate 2016)

Kouign Amann wrote:I'm joining the American exodus to Oxford in the fall, and I'll be staying for the rest of the year too. #shoethetabs?
:party:
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Wed May 04, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 65
Views: 41704

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

Though someone more official will post at some point, I believe Oxford hopes to mirror its eponymous Open, with the more egregious British parts Americanized.
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 8814

Re: Thanks and general discussion

This tournament was fun and good, and there was some fun history in there. One day there will be an ancient Greece toss-up where the city is not Thebes, but it is not this day :razz: the Mali tossup led in with the Catalan Atlas (which - checking Quinterest - has been a lead-in at least three times...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 8814

Re: Thanks and general discussion

This tournament was fun and good, and there was some fun history in there. One day there will be an ancient Greece toss-up where the city is not Thebes, but it is not this day :razz: the Mali tossup led in with the Catalan Atlas (which - checking Quinterest - has been a lead-in at least three times ...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Errata
Replies: 16
Views: 4004

Re: Errata

cruzeiro wrote:In Pack 5, bonus 8 (Carthage/Rome), the bonus seems to suggest (or did when I played this set) that the Battle of Cannae came after the Battle of the Metaurus River, which is incorrect.
Though it went to the other team, this question also suggested Carthage was a kingdom, which is...bold.
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Fri Apr 29, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Map of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 21
Views: 15311

Re: Map of Quiz Bowl

Well, all the UK circuit (small as it is) for one! :grin:
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Sat Apr 16, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - University of Michigan, 04.16-17.2016
Replies: 104
Views: 52839

Re: ACF Nationals - University of Michigan, 04.16-17.2016

Just want to state my appreciation for being able to follow regularly updated stats from the other side of the Atlantic!
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO 2016 Editor Search/Discussion
Replies: 22
Views: 8567

Re: CO 2016 Editor Search/Discussion

I have a decent amount of packet editing experience having worked quite significantly in the last two Oxford Opens. I'd be more than happy to help edit some history, religion(especially Islam) and social science ( I can do economics but I'm dubious as to whether doing it all on my lonesome at CO le...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 10707

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

Firstly, thanks for the detailed reply! Here's the Paton essay: https://www.jstor.org/stable/694770. It's entitled, "The Armour of Achilles." If you don't have a JSTOR account, you can also find it by searching for The Classical Review, Vol. 26-27 on Google Books. The second page of the essay is whe...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 10707

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

Before I get onto the specific question, just want to say there was some fantastic Classics in this packet - it was a pleasure to hear "Nicias" as an answerline, given his importance. Psamtik was perhaps too hard (a team with two classicists who've done a specific period paper which covers this bit ...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Mon Feb 15, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Errata
Replies: 5
Views: 973

Re: Errata

I'm pretty sure Mary's not breastfeeding in Gerard Davi'ds Rest on the Flight into Egypt , at least not the one in DC (is there another one?). It seems you're right, I don't remember where I got that from, but I evidently should have looked more closely at the painting. She is in Caravaggio's paint...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 Individual Question Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 11435

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 Individual Question Discussion

As much as I enjoyed buzzing on it, the first clue for Meleager is definitely too easy. It's a major point in Homeric scholarship, the importance of paragdeigmata in the Iliad of which Phoenix's elaboration and alteration of the Meleager myth is the best example.
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections
Replies: 38
Views: 11191

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections

On the toss-up on Celts, I was negged for answering "La Tène" - as far as I can tell, the only clue given that doesn't apply definitely to this I can remember (rather than to the out-of-date academically designation "Celts") was the clue on the Arras culture, but their difference from La Tene is pre...
by Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone
Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 10978

Re: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion

Could I see the Cleruchies bonus set? I seem to recall two mistakes in the final part, in which Megara is called an Attic city - it's part of the modern region of West Attica, but it was founded by Corinthians, who were Dorians, rather than the Ionian/Attic Athenians, and was generally counted as pa...