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Princeton Fall Tournament: Dec. 3, 2005

Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 10:17 am
by DanTheClam
The Princeton College Bowl Club is pleased to announce Princeton's Annual Regional Fall Academic Invitational Tournament (PARFAIT).

The tournament will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2005 and is open to all teams affiliated with a college and other teams at my discretion.

Dan Benediktson and Jordan Boyd-Graber will be co-editing, and Dan Benediktson is the Tournament Director.
We plan to have a single round robin followed by a bracketed round robin playoffs, but this may change depending on the number of teams. We're setting a preliminary cap of 15 teams.

Fees are:
First team: $100
Each additional team: $80
Working buzzer discount: -$10/buzzer
Minimum fee per team: $60
Travel discounts are also available at my discretion.

Packets:
All teams (A and B) are expected to submit a packet in order to play, but B teams may request an exemption. All exemptions will be handled on a case-by-case basis and will most likely result in a request for a partial packet rather than a full exemption.
Each packet must be 25/25 (tossups/bonuses) and should be approximately the difficulty of ACF Fall. Feel free to refer to Princeton's Buzzerfest 2004 packets (available at the Stanford Archive) for a good idea of difficulty and style, but be sure to err on the easier side in answer selection.

Deadlines for packets to be submitted are as follows:
October 14: -$40
October 28: -$20
November 4: -$10
November 11: no penalty
November 18: +$20
November 25: +$40
After November 25: +$50 and a team may only enter at my discretion.

The packet distribution is to be
Literature [5/5] (At least 1/1 American, 1/1 British, 1/1 European, 1/1 World)
History [5/5] (At least 2/1 or 1/2 American, 2/1 or 1/2 European, 1/1 World)
Science [5/5] (At least 1/1 Bio, 1/1 Chem, 1/1 Physics, 1/1 Astro/Earth/Computer/Math)
Religion/Mythology/Philosophy [3/3] (1/1 Each)
Fine Arts [2/2] (1/1 Art, 1/1 Music)
Social Science [2/2]
Geography [1/1]
Your Choice [1/1] The Your Choice category should be purely academic and should NOT include Geography. Any other category is fair game, and cross-category questions are encouraged.
Trash [1/1]

Please do not write 30/20/10 bonuses or binary bonuses.
Tossups should generally be 5-8 lines in 12-pt Times New Roman and bonus parts should be about 2 lines.

Formatting: Keep questions ordered by category (headers for each category are fine).
All acceptable answers should be underlined and bold, and answers should be on a new line and prefaced by "ANSWER: ".
Bonus questions should be prefaced by the question value in parentheses, as in:
Some bonus
(10) Some question.
ANSWER: _Some Answer_
You can of course refer to the Buzzerfest 2004 packets mentioned above as a reference for tossup/bonus formatting.
Please submit your packet to dbenedik (at) princeton (dot) edu as an RTF or Microsoft Word document, or use the Jerome online packet submission system which Jordan will post about.

Send an e-mail to dbenedik (at) princeton (dot) edu to register or to ask any questions you may have about the tournament.

Dan Benediktson
Princeton College Bowl

Jerome Information

Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 10:52 am
by ezubaric
http://jbg.princeton.edu:8080/jerome/

Jerome is still an experimental system, but it does have some advantages. It will allow you to get instant feedback on questions and to watch what the editors do to your packet. It does require that the questions be formatted in LaTeX (there are template available, though); in addition, an RTF importer is in the works and should be finished by the end of the summer.

Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 8:57 am
by DanTheClam
This is a notice that the super-early deadline for the recently-christened PARFAIT (worth a discount of $40) is tomorrow night (Friday, October 14th) at 11:59:59 PM. Submit your packets to dbenedik (at) princeton (dot) edu. The next deadline, for a $20 discount, is October 28th, and the no-penalty deadline is November 11th.

As a reminder, the tournament is December 3rd, and we still have plenty of space for teams available, so sign up and send in those packets.

Dan Benediktson
Princeton College Bowl