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The Rasputin thing is still kind of silly at that point even if you don't know which category it belongs to, because saying "his real name is Gregory" implies that the first name he goes by is something else. If it were "his first name is Gregory" (or the Russian equivalent), then maybe.

Also, during practice we had someone give "tall tale" for "cock-and-bull story." After the clue about its name containing the name of a male chicken.

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This wasn't a neg but it was on a bonus on NAQT round. I'm not sure what the question was but the answer was Bobbie Knight. My answer: Tuesdays With Mory. Yes, the book. Do not ask me what was going thorugh my mind because I don't know myself.
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I'm sorry I accidentally posted twice with the same thing so I'll try to come up with another one of my stupid answers.

Reader: This fortress was built by Philip II...
Me: Kremlin
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Follower of Mr. BrindleeM wrote: Reader: This fortress was built by Philip II...
Me: Kremlin
I know he lived in the Escorial, was that the answer?
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Q. This African country is the continents largest producer of oil.

Answer given. Venezuela
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To answer you mrblinux, the answer was the Louvre. it went to talk about how wings were added and eventually a gallery, which it was then turned into a museum.
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Category: Lit

The month is April *buzz*

me: The Wasteland

correct answer: Canterbury Tales

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Moderator: Answer in lowest terms. The legal limit Illinois *buzz*
Me: Uh, 4/50?
Right Answer: Whatever the simplest fraction form of .08% is (Math isn't exactly my strong suit, and I'm too lazy to figure it out :))

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These earthen structures were built by Native Americans between 600 BC and 1400 AD....
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ziggurauts

ANSWER: mounds

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Trevkeeper wrote:Moderator: Answer in lowest terms. The legal limit Illinois *buzz*
Me: Uh, 4/50?
Right Answer: Whatever the simplest fraction form of .08% is (Math isn't exactly my strong suit, and I'm too lazy to figure it out :))
In our match, a teammate answered 4/5 as the legal BAC.

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I guess I won't be answering that "Phaedrus" tossup at the mirror. No discussion of packets that are still to be used elsewhere, please.

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Tegan wrote:These earthen structures were built by Native Americans between 600 BC and 1400 AD....
BUZZ
ziggurauts

ANSWER: mounds
Haha, that was awesome. I actually knew Mounds, I just wasn't sure.

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I was thinking ziggurats, but someone on the other team negged around there, didn't say mounds, so we got to hear the really cheap candy bar giveaway and our captain got it right.

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Trevkeeper wrote:Haha, that was awesome. I actually knew Mounds, I just wasn't sure.
I'm sorry...I should have prefaced that...I didn't want it coming across as a put down.......I know what its like to think under pressure and sometimes a weird answer pops out......

But as I was reading, and I heard that answer I was thinking...."eep!....that wasn't good!

Of course I think the worst answer of the day (and New Trier dodged an exceptionally minor bullet) was the "Blah blah festival dedicated to this Greek God blah blah"
BUZZ
Bacchus

(insert pounding head on the table and stomping foot that I was sure all but gave the answer away) I had to make sure not to emphasize the word "GREEK" in the rereading of the question. Yet.....they did not come up with Dionysus.

I recall getting (back in my college bowl days) a question asking about the most recent character added to "Married With Children".
The answer was "Seven"
I confidently rang in and answered "Five"....and to this day have no clue why I said that. It just happens sometimes.

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Tegan wrote:
Trevkeeper wrote:Haha, that was awesome. I actually knew Mounds, I just wasn't sure.
I'm sorry...I should have prefaced that...I didn't want it coming across as a put down.......I know what its like to think under pressure and sometimes a weird answer pops out......
No apology necessary. It's not like I answered Ziggarauts. Did you think that was me? No, I was the sophomore on the end who subbed in in the second half (If you need a further hint, you looked mildly surprised when I correctly answered the question about where the Big Horn mountain range is located).

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Post by Sebastian »

With regards to HAHAHA, we had someone on our team answer "4/5" to the BAC question.

My bad neg (I don't remember the question exactly):

Given a board of length <measurement> and volume of one board-foot, find the width.

My answer: "2 by 4"
Correct answer: "One inch"
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Washington Monument for US Bank Tower.
In a round where they specifically said they were asking about skyscrapers.
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the worst neg of all time:

from this year's ihsa sectionals round 2 (mac v carbondale)

name the narrator from erich remarque's all quiet on the western front (thinking we were in the lead):

me: kropp
answer: paul baumer

15 minutes later, carbondale's co-captain comes singing down the hall "we won! we won!"

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Q: Name the perosn who introduced to the Contitutional Convention the New Jersey Plan.
A: Connecticut
This was not by me, but a sophomore on our team.
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NH high school tournament I moderated:

Q: After leaving Harvard, this iconoclast...

buzz: Rivers Cuomo?

A: Henry David Thoreau
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Rivers actually makes sense there, but I seriously doubt that there would be a question on a music figure that obscure in any non-trash QB tournament. However, that would have definitely popped in my head at that time, as well.

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Because I'm not sure if the offender/offender's team posts on this board, I'm a little weary of writing it...therefore, Stevenson, if your captain wants to yell at me for posting this when it's technically your jurisdiction to post it, go for it.

Answer the following about Elvis:

blah...
2: Name the movie he co-starred with Ann-Margaret in.
3: Name Elvis' favorite snack.
blah...
blah...

L-S captain: "#1, um, (says correct answer)...#2...and 3...uh, 'Girls Girls Girls'... (audience breaks up in hysterical laughter)"

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Tegan wrote:These earthen structures were built by Native Americans between 600 BC and 1400 AD....
BUZZ
ziggurauts

ANSWER: mounds
I confused the ancient Mesopotamians with the ancient Native Americans. It seemed like a good enough answer at the time.

Interestingly enough, when I first heard the question, I thought, "Oh -- aren't those those big mound-y things?" Just goes to show. What, I don't know. But it shows something.
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"...river that runs through Salt Lake City..."

Ans: "River... Phoenix"

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Achernar wrote:Interestingly enough, when I first heard the question, I thought, "Oh -- aren't those those big mound-y things?" Just goes to show. What, I don't know. But it shows something.
That's funny, because my thought process was almost identical..my first thought was, "Oh, they kind of look those hilly mound things...wait, they aren't mounds, are they?" Oh well.

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While we're beating up on poor state champion Stevenson: Toss-up #1 of the Big Match:

This jelly like substance is made from Naphthenic acid.....
BUZZ
vaseline

Answer: napalm

Now, on one level, this is not the worst bad answer in history. However, virtually the same identical question appeared in the octangulars, which Stevenson and Wheaton North had been to one not three weeks earlier. I actually put a mark after the word "acid" thinking someone was going to ring in right there......I didn't expect a wrong answer.

In the end, it made no difference.

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Were there any other important negs in that match?

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DaGeneral wrote:Were there any other important negs in that match?
I don't seem to recall that there were. The last round of the round robin, and the final match were, in my opinion, quite challenging.....certainly the toughest round of questions I have seen in years. I predicted the night before that we could see a AA champion that doesn't score 200 points. Both teams made it passed 200, and I was impressed. The end result was: not many questions allowed for fast rings, and I think that both teams were being quite cautious, for the most part. To give Jordan Silver some credit (after a little razzing on the vaseline answer), he had one really fast (albeit predictable) answer ("Name the novel which asks the question 'Who is John...<buzz>)...he later got a fairly impressive interrupt ("This inventor and aritst was renowned for romantic port"....<BUZZ> Morse. Colleen from Stevenson also had some great answers. Greg from Wheaton North was bringing some thunder too. The match was close, and really well played.

I also predicted that we might crown a Class A champion with only one team reaching 100 points, like in 2001. I was correct, as Latin scored over 200, but Eureka was held to under 50. Eureka's final round robin match was against winless Nashville. Eureka scored only about 130 points to win the match. Combined, I they did not score 180 points out of a possible 900.....that's how tough the questions were!

Wheaton North and Deerfield each got to 300. Auburn had the highest score of any team in the third round, and went over 300 against Deerfield for third place (topping both Stevenson and Wheaton North's scores). Steevnson also had a pretty high score in round 3, and did so with replacements in for a great deal of the round.

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I remember last year, after we had lost to BB in a close match, Auburn was steaming after their 4-point loss to Stevenson and beat us down. I remember because we didn't score till tossup 10 or 11.

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Holy crap -- another Illinois thread?!

Let's get this back on track:
(question was asking something about the painter of Mona Lisa, don't know exact words)
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(with confidence): Leonardo di Caprio

(Notes: Don't complain about question quality, this was in 6th grade; it was also right after the movie Titanic came out)

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Dude, I was just asking about the one match which decided the state champs that was won by less than one full question. If you still wanna whine and moan, then take it to the moderator.

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DaGeneral wrote:Dude, I was just asking about the one match which decided the state champs that was won by less than one full question. If you still wanna whine and moan, then take it to the moderator.
Could you possibly stop posting off-topic so much?

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Dude, I was just asking about the one match which decided the state champs that was won by less than one full question. If you still wanna whine and moan, then take it to the moderator.
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Right: Eli Wiesel
Wrong: Magneto
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Both were Holocaust survivors... who was the perpetrator?
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Me. I actually went in on "his parents died in the holocaust, which caused him to realize his abilities-"

Not unreasonable, but I still answered an X-men bad guy for a well-known author.
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Reader: "This 5-letter word can be placed in front of all these following to make new words or phrases: grip, row, march, valley, trap..."

Our captain: "Booby"

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Back in December.

Moderator: Name this event in Dcember 1770 <I buzz>
Me: *Temporary brain lapse* Uh, that thing, where the 6 British soldiers shot the people throwing stuff at them. You know, the one where Crispus Attucks died...

Yes, I REALLY did say that.
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That belongs under the blitzing thread as the worst blitz ever

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This was the final and deciding tossup in a JV round vs. Ezell-Harding at the Dorman tourney.

Ix: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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I said the extra muppet in the South African edition was homosexual as opposed to HIV positive
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Another from December at a local tournament:

Name the creator of the fictional place Wines*buzz*

my teammate: Whitman
A: Sherwood Anderson

from a bonus earlier at the same tourney:

Name the poet who wrote about the imaginary Tilbury Town

me: Edward Arlington Robinson
A: EdWIN Arlington Robinson

The sad part, the moderator deemed it a correct response and the other coach didn't argue.

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The sad part is, this one wasn't even a neg--the student heard THE WHOLE QUESTION. It came from one of our middle school tournaments.

<blah blah blah>. Name this Japanese movie star who won't be appearing on any talk shows because he's a 500-foot tall fire-breathing lizard.

Kid buzzes in and in all dead seriousness, answers:

Keanu Reeves.

I am not making this up.

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Since it's middle school, I can understand, even though the worst question I've ever heard was about a movie rated xxx (it wasn't porn) that was a part of a bonus I heard in a middle school all-star game.

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DumbJaques wrote:Nero for Diderot (After the player had badly, badly misheard another tell him the answer)
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