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Trevkeeper wrote:Hmm. Then, if I committed the cardinal sin of QB and said a first name, would they accept both Francis and Franz?
This is not a case of that. "Ferdinand" is not his last name; his name is "Franz Ferdinand," just as with Franz Josef or Frederick Wilhelm. In fact, you ought to be required to give the entire name (by the way, Franz and Francis should be equally acceptable, as has been noted) at once and probably should not be prompted on a partial answer.

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IIRC, the one time I did give that as an answer, I think I said "Archduke Francis Ferdinand".
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ImmaculateDeception wrote:
Leo Wolpert wrote:From ICT:

Wrong: Astroglide
Right: Buckyballs
I still stand by my terrible, terrible neg.

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I negged with the same answer on that question, so maybe it isn't so awful if multiple people are doing it.
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Mac McGarry: "if a cubic function is third degree, what degree is a linear function?"
Springbrook: "180!"

This lovely little neg can be seen when Springbrook (who somehow made the playoffs) dukes it out against GDS and Gonzaga on May 21st on DC area It's Academic
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How bout a new coach saying to a reporter that he plans to turn his team around 360 degrees?
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DaGeneral wrote:How bout a new coach saying to a reporter that he plans to turn his team around 360 degrees?
That was actually Jason Kidd after he was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks. One of the funnier quotes in NBA history. Another great one was George Rodgers of the New Orleans Saints, when asked how many yards he planned to gain that season, he replied "1500 or 2000. Whichever comes first."
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I have also read that this was said by a high school football coach.
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Raiders of the Lost Ark for Eratosthenes
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DumbJaques wrote:Raiders of the Lost Ark for Eratosthenes
Having recently played that exact question in practice (old NAQT HSNCT set), I can assure you that that is an entirely justifiable neg.
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Wrong: Jennifer Garner
Right: Henrietta Leavitt

This was a completely unjustifiable neg and by far the worst I have ever committed at a tournament, considering that, even though I buzzed after the first clue, it was a clue that uniquely identified the answer as someone other than the answer I gave. Don't ask me what I was thinking.
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Correct: Independence, MO
Other team wrong: St. Louis
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Our team wrong: St. Louis
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question: The Whiskey Rebellion occurred under which President...

our astute captain, zwtipp: grant
answer: washington

question: (something like)-8i times 4i equals...

zwtipp again: 24
answer: 32

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rtmohr05 wrote:question: The Whiskey Rebellion occurred under which President...

our astute captain, zwtipp: grant
answer: washington
If Grant didn't keep his drinking in check, one of those could have occurred.
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Blah blah blah considered man's inherent nature to be savage and brutish-
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cvdwightw wrote:Wrong: Jennifer Garner
Right: Henrietta Leavitt
Boy, would I like to know how that question started...

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Coincidentally, I negged that same question with that same answer...
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Kenny G for Springsteen, after the phrase "explicit lyrics" had been mentioned

Two of my favorites I heard over the weekend in my game rooms:

Wrong: The Rake's Progress
Right: Dogs Playing Poker (it was a pop culture question for those of you concerned.)

Wrong: Menlo Park
Right: The Acme Corporation (another PC question.)
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The only way that I can think of Dogs Playing Poker as a pop culture question is from the online game on clevermedia.
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[obsolete -- most of the mirrors have been played now]
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Raj, considering that audio from the majority of rounds is online, I would think at this point individual players at these summer events would be on the honor system.
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I was just reading a news story about sleep apnea that reminded me of what was probably the most spectacular neg (visually) of my career.


It was my sophomore year of high school, and I had just discovered the game. At my third or fourth tournament of the year, there was a tossup of the form "what do people with <name of a medical condition which I forget> do during sleep?"

Well, I incorrectly thought that they were talking about the condition where you kick in your sleep, so I buzzed in, but, for some reason, perhaps the novelty of the game, perhaps the excitement of the Rick Lazio tossup I had answered moments before (anyone remember him?) but I found myself incapable of expressing my thoughts in words. So I said "they do this with their legs" and I started kicking with my left leg. Finally, after a few seconds, my brain started working and I rushed out "they involuntarily move their legs" before time. It was wrong, of course.
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Not mine:
Wrong: The Yellow Rose of Texas
Right: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom
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bigtrain wrote:Not mine:
Wrong: The Yellow Rose of Texas
Right: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom
There were several more bad negs that came up at this past weekend's PACE NSC. Hopefully someone with the list (Tom? Trish?) can provide us with the juicy details, including something said in FIVE different rooms.
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Dan Greenstein wrote: Hopefully someone with the list (Tom? Trish?) can provide us with the juicy details, including something said in FIVE different rooms.
The five different rooms answer was actually on this bonus part:

[10] Classified into Nozomi, Hikari, and Kodama categories, these help commuters travel around Honshu.

Apparently RICKSHAWS are very popular modes of transportation in contemporary Japan. The right answer is bullet trains.
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Dan Greenstein wrote:
Hopefully someone with the list (Tom? Trish?) can provide us with the juicy details, including something said in FIVE different rooms.


The five different rooms answer was actually on this bonus part:

[10] Classified into Nozomi, Hikari, and Kodama categories, these help commuters travel around Honshu.

Apparently RICKSHAWS are very popular modes of transportation in contemporary Japan. The right answer is bullet trains.
Wasn't there something in the question about "...moving at around 160mph..." (or similar)
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I'm also reminded of a great neg from my high school days.

"This strait... (clues about geographical location)"
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Dan Greenstein wrote:
bigtrain wrote:Not mine:
Wrong: The Yellow Rose of Texas
Right: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom
There were several more bad negs that came up at this past weekend's PACE NSC. Hopefully someone with the list (Tom? Trish?) can provide us with the juicy details, including something said in FIVE different rooms.
Aye, Dan, they have been posted to the PACE NSC thread... I've been a bit slow, since I have only occasional net access while on vacation...

http://www.hsquizbowl.org/phpBB2/viewto ... 3427#23427

Will edit if I get any competing info, but here it is so far...

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Tamiami Trail, NOT Trail of Tears – Stephen – St. John’s

Herman Hesse, NOT Freud + Adler – St. John’s + ASFA

Saudi Arabia, NOT Illuminati – Kyle – Brindlee Mountain B

When Lilacs Last…, NOT Yellow Rose of Texas – Adam – Walter Johnson

Bullet Trains, NOT Rickshaws – FIVE different people, including at least once who buzzed after hearing “they go 120 mphâ€
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I used to know someone who used to say John Williams if he didn't know that answer. It was seriously bad. Especially when he forgot to consult the team... :mad:

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some French poet for Chopin
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We have one guy in brindlee mountain B, that always said 'illuminati' if he didn't knwo the answer to the question. even when it was clear that the question asked for a country for example, he would still say illuminati. This occured at the pace nationals and was quite annoying.
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I had a friend who always said "Johnny Cash" for his random guess, when it was obvious that no one from our team had any idea about the answer. Then, in the State finals, we actually got a question with the answer "Johnny Cash." He was quite pleased with himself.
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we did something like that too, way back in the day. our answer for two years running was "bob dole." forgot what it was after that...
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Yeah, we had a stand-by like that for Greek myth we didn't know (which didn't happen too often). Ours was Testicles, but we said it TESS-tik-leez as opposed to TESS-tik-els. And we always said it earnestly, like we didn't know better. The couple of times we got to use it, it was incredibly funny.

That's about as bad a neg as they come.
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Leo Wolpert wrote:From ICT:

Wrong: Astroglide
Right: Buckyballs
If this had come up in my room, I might well have done a spit take. It's an eminently plausible guess, but still completely off base. :grin:

For those of you wondering, the question began as follows:

"Discovered during experiments on how long-chain molecules form in outer space, in its pure form it is relatively useless as a lubricant. . . ."

[One of those counterintuitive chemistry facts: even though buckyballs resemble little ball bearings, in and of themselves they are nearly useless as lubricants.]
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Some good ones from the Chicago cornucopia of tournaments:

Wrong: Westminster Dog Show
Right: Tony award for best musical

Wrong: Super Happy Fun Ball
Right: Alonzo Mourning's kidneys

Wrong: I Saw the Figure 6 In Gold
Right: I Saw the Figure 5 In Gold
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Matt Weiner wrote:Some good ones from the Chicago cornucopia of tournaments:

Wrong: Super Happy Fun Ball
Right: Alonzo Mourning's kidneys
Do not taunt Alonzo Mourning's kidneys.

At trash I had toucan sam for Bud Ice and an opponent had that 5 part R. Kelly rap whose name escapes me for a certain hsqb list posted by Martin Faber.
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Me at ACE SEMO this last week: Ginger Rogers for Salome.

I think that's my worse neg ever.
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Burial at Ornans for Alabama (the state)...courtesy of ACE camp.
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When asked for the author of Anna Karennina during practice Freshman year, I spent several minutes acting smug before I asserted the correct answer was Trotsky.

Interestingly, I don't think I had any bad negs at ACE. I must be just about the only one, eh?
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Freshman year at Districts

Q. What name was given to the series of radio addresses delivered by FDR- BUZZ
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Bad buzz that happened to be right back in middle school.

Q. In what island capital would - BUZZ
me... you s.o.b.
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our Coach who was reading --- you s.o.b.

I guess this could be a decent crossover thread from the negs. I suppose I'll start one.
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From the J'ACCUSE and friends packet-swap tournament, hoping all the mirrors for that thing are done:

Wrong: Lady Godiva
Right: Lizzie Borden
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after hearing name this animal, considered man's best friend*buzz
"snakes!"
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after hearing name this animal, considered man's best friend*buzz
"snakes!"
Was that from the NAQT states packet? That was the worst NAQT set I heard this year and that specific question was probobaly its worst question.
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Yep, they were not the best, but any NAQT is far from the worst
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