The current approach is to say that bonus prompts are meant to be heard in their entirety; if a team interrupts a prompt and says something that fits the clues they've heard but not some later clues, that's the penalty (sometimes) paid for the risky strategy of interrupting bonuses.

Two concrete examples:

-suppose Harrison had yelled out "Sheldon Glashow" right after hearing "Abdus Salam" in the following bonus part:

At that point in the bonus, his response is correct: Sheldon Glashow is a physicist who shared a Nobel with Abdus Salam.2013 SCT Round 9 wrote:B. This physicist shared a Nobel with Abdus Salam and Sheldon Glashow for work on unifying the electromagnetic and weak forces.

answer: Steven _Weinberg_

-suppose a Mystery Player, who I will call Shmeric Shmukherjee, yelled out "Hamiltonian" after hearing the first sentence of the following bonus part:

At that point in the bonus, Shmeric's answer is correct: the Darwin term is a relativistic correction to the electron potential energy, and since the Hamiltonian equals the potential energy plus the kinetic energy, the Darwin term is also a relativistic correction to the Hamiltonian.2013 SCT Round 5 wrote:B. The Darwin term gives a relativistic correction to this quantity for the {electron}. The Hamiltonian is the sum of this quantity and the {kinetic energy}.

Should NAQT's bonuses be set up so that either of these answers would be accepted?

-Seth