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Illinois Open hijinx:

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This is one of those negs where i thought one thing, it was right and i buzzed in...then i said something else taht was horribly wrong.

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From practice:

"Academy Award" for "Harvey Keitel's penis"
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"Shrek 2" For "The Russian Five" Claimed to have heard something about "Puss in Boots" in clue.
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Something about "this naval battle" and the quote "You may fire when ready, Gridley"...

<buzz>Waterloo.

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Carl Rove for George Ryan (after stating he was a Nobel nominee)
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Not exactly negs, but humerous. From the New Trier Schobo Solo, which proves even among some great players, not all are experts in everything:

Spell the adjective beginning with the letter "V" that refers to instinctive feelings. A synonym of "inner", it means "felt deep down".

<BUZZ>: V-E-N-E-R-E-A-L (correct: V-I-S-C-E-R-A-L)

What contains big holes on each side called obturator foramen? This combination of fused bones holds the sacrum and coccyx.
<BUZZ>: rectum (correct: pelvis)

Which theorem states that over a continuous closed interval and analogous differentiable open interval there is at least one point in that interval such that the derivative at that point is equal to the average slope over the entire interval? It is abbreviated MVT.
<BUZZ>: Slope-Tangent Theorem (correct: Mean Value Theorem)

Some variations include dioxane and THF, and a monument to it can be found in Boston. First used in 1841, for a time it played a major role in medicine, but it is no longer used because it is an irritant to some patients, and can be dangerous. Name this anesthetic.
<BUZZ>: Penicilin (correct: diethyl ether)
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Give the sum of the even numbers from 2 to 40.
Buzz: 399
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In practice, after a clue about a large find in upstate New York:

Correct answer: Cardiff Giant
Given answer: Fat Utica Hoax
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George Washington for Dwight Eisenhower -

We here at Eisenhower HS pride ourselves on our uncanny ability to always miss questions where the answer is "Eisenhower".

I bet if one of the questions was "What school do you go to?", someone would buzz in and say MacArthur, or William Jennings Bryan, or something like that.

Must be a curse...
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airmale007 wrote:George Washington for Dwight Eisenhower -

We here at Eisenhower HS pride ourselves on our uncanny ability to always miss questions where the answer is "Eisenhower".
Was that a question regarding farewell speeches?

And I remember some years back, one of the Paul Lawrence Dunbar teams missed a question about, yep you guessed it, Paul Lawrence Dunbar. =D It happens.
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airmale007 wrote:George Washington for Dwight Eisenhower -

We here at Eisenhower HS pride ourselves on our uncanny ability to always miss questions where the answer is "Eisenhower".

I bet if one of the questions was "What school do you go to?", someone would buzz in and say MacArthur, or William Jennings Bryan, or something like that.

Must be a curse...
Don't worry, I missed a question on a MacArthur quote in high school (Loyola JV freshman year), the weird part is that we were playing Von Steuben and a Von Steuben quote came up in the exact same bonus. I think Riley planned that...
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Isn't it just John Cage?
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Not in Mortal Kombat!
(And PS, I'm pretty sure I or someone I played with made the exact opposite neg -- the MK guy for the Man in Black)

(PPS--I win, DumbJaques!)
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Isn't it just John Cage?
Clearly someone didn't play enough Mortal Kombat. . .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Cage
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At CBI Tampa 2005:

Right: Lee Ann Rimes

Wrong: Missy Ellitot

Or perhaps vice versa, I cant remember. Either way, it was funny.
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practice...math tossup, got to 50/ 400 = x degrees / 360

buzz! 90 :roll:
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This one happened in practice:

What is the meaning of the acronym BD?

BUZZ

Player: venereal disease.

Explain that one.
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From 1) a Catholic school; 2) the tournament at *Oklahoma State* University a couple of years ago, which makes it even better:

right: Popemobile
wrong: the Sooner Schooner
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"His 1989 funeral drew millions of supporters, though many Americans had still failed to forgive him...."<BUZZ>

Answer given: Richard Nixon

Correct answer: Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini
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TU: ...(don't remember the exact wording, but it's a music tossup talking ambigiously about the ending to his final work)...until his death in 1945. Name this composer, who wrote the Hungarian--

Answer: Liszt (on a reflex buzz)
Correct: Bartok (it finishes "word for 'the end' on his final work")
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styxman wrote:TU: ...(don't remember the exact wording, but it's a music tossup talking ambigiously about the ending to his final work)...until his death in 1945. Name this composer, who wrote the Hungarian--

Answer: Liszt (on a reflex buzz)
Correct: Bartok (it finishes "word for 'the end' on his final work")
I did that, except it was a guess after the question ended. Carlo (rightfully) got mad at me.
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Trevkeeper wrote:
styxman wrote:TU: ...(don't remember the exact wording, but it's a music tossup talking ambigiously about the ending to his final work)...until his death in 1945. Name this composer, who wrote the Hungarian--

Answer: Liszt (on a reflex buzz)
Correct: Bartok (it finishes "word for 'the end' on his final work")
I did that, except it was a guess after the question ended. Carlo (rightfully) got mad at me.
The only way you could be rightfully mad about it if it came after the TU is if it came RIGHT after the end of the TU. It's not that bad if he doesn't buzz in with Bartok before you if you give him enough time.

On a random note, is it ethical to ask a tournament director for placing a certain team with you in the morning pool for a tournament?
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styxman wrote:On a random note, is it ethical to ask a tournament director for placing a certain team with you in the morning pool for a tournament?
I've put my reply here:

http://www.hsquizbowl.org/phpBB2/viewto ... ght=#27847

I figured it would preserve some thread coherence.
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styxman wrote:The only way you could be rightfully mad about it if it came after the TU is if it came RIGHT after the end of the TU. It's not that bad if he doesn't buzz in with Bartok before you if you give him enough time.
I only got mad at him because he should have known I was likely to know the answer (I thought of it just as he buzzed), and he buzzed in (with only a guess) immediately after the tossup ended -- AND the other team was already locked out. Had he given me a few seconds, I would have blamed only myself. We won the match anyway, though.

But to keep this on topic, I will nominate the other team's earlier buzz as a bad neg. (Sorry I don't remember much of it.)

"[something about a composer]...his death in 1945..." BUZZ
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From Brookwood this past weekend:

"He was born on (such and such date)..."
*BUZZ*

Wrong answer: The Greatest Game Ever Played
Correct answer: John Roberts
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Post by Red-necked Phalarope »

Now that all the TRASH regionals are finished (I believe?), some of my more spectacular negs from Maryland last weekend:

Wrong: Tyler Durden
Right: Walt Disney

Wrong: Edsel
Right: Batmobile
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Post by mrs. dalloway »

I also made the Liszt-for-Bartok mistake.

Also from the Sterling kickoff:
"Although he served as governor of Ohio, he is better known for his later political career..."
Buzz: "Jerry Springer"

The question went on to say that he went on to become president in a controversial election race against Samuel Tilden, blah blah, during which my team, responsible for the neg, sat and hated that player while the other team let the question die.
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^Lol, I remember that question...

Came up in our match against Athens.

I nailed it after they guessed "Grover Cleveland."

I guess I can understand; Ohio = Cleveland, though in a different way...
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At the fall Vanderbilt tournament-

Moderator: Name these generals from their nicknames: "The Swamp Fox."
Me: *turns to the other SS major on my team* "Marion Anderson, right?"

Now I've been doing this all day, where I'll say something that I know is right and just cursorily verify to my teammates that I'm not about to say something stupid. However, this time, it just passes us by....

Her: *nods*
Me: "Marion Anderson"
Moderator: "I'm sorry that's incorrect."
Me: *stares blankly while the other team says, "Francis Marion."*
Me: *lowers head in shame*
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leapfrog314 wrote:
"[something about a composer]...his death in 1945..." BUZZ
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Hmm, my first thought was Webern upon seeing that, but something tells me they were aiming for Bartok instead.
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At last year's Michigan MLK:

Wrong answer: Kobe Bryant
Right answer: Nat Turner's Rebellion
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airmale007 wrote:^Lol, I remember that question...

Came up in our match against Athens.

I nailed it after they guessed "Grover Cleveland."

I guess I can understand; Ohio = Cleveland, though in a different way...
James, should we include your captain's Anontillado screw-up that cost you guys 1st in the group?
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Wrong: O.J. Simpson
Right: Patrick Henry
enough said...
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Playing an old (1997 NAQT college SCT) packet, lead-in of " 'We Report, You Decide' --" [BUZZ] "Umm..." (thinks it can't possibly just be FOX News) "Al Franken?"

It was in fact FOX News, and I felt stupid.
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jonpin wrote:Playing an old (1997 NAQT college SCT) packet, lead-in of " 'We Report, You Decide' --" [BUZZ] "Umm..." (thinks it can't possibly just be FOX News) "Al Franken?"

It was in fact FOX News, and I felt stupid.
If it was Al Franken, the lead in would probably be "Fair and Balanced", and the question set would be newer.

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In Practice last thurs. The question was:

coach: What vitamin saves eyesight?
Me: Rabbit!


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DaGeneral wrote:
jonpin wrote:Playing an old (1997 NAQT college SCT) packet, lead-in of " 'We Report, You Decide' --" [BUZZ] "Umm..." (thinks it can't possibly just be FOX News) "Al Franken?"

It was in fact FOX News, and I felt stupid.
If it was Al Franken, the lead in would probably be "Fair and Balanced", and the question set would be newer.
Which is what makes it such a terrible neg on my part.
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