ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard T-Party - 12/6/08

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard T-Party - 12/6/08

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard T-Party - 12/6/08

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Yeah, I also want to apologize for how late (and below tournament difficulty) Michigan's packet was. It looks like y'all at Harvard did a fine job; I thought that our packet had some wild swings in bonus difficulty and a lot were easily 20 or 30able. I'll be interested to hear what people think of the tossups, as we had a lot of first time writers (I think 5 to be exact, in addition to 4 or 5 slightly more experienced writers) collaborate on that packet.
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I should give a big, big, big thank you to Mike Bentley, Matt Weiner, Jonathan Magin, Dartmouth, and the entire state of California: those five polities wrote packets even though they didn't plan on playing anywhere at all. Further thanks go to Michigan for writing half a packet while it planned to attend the Lawrence mirror and still finishing that packet after learning it would not be attending, and of course Rob Carson Minnesota for writing a packet despite attending the Lawrence mirror.

I also have to thank Chicago, Brown, Hampshire, Brandeis, and Kennedy/Yetman for writing packets. in particular, I have to thank Brandeis, whose packet was in my inbox on 11/9. (Mike Bentley's arrived shortly thereafter, too.) As you can tell, freelance packets and packets from other sites allowed this tournament to happen; packets that arrived early allowed this tournament to avoid being worse.

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I played at the Alabama mirror and I thought the questions were fantastic. Still a bit hard for our team, but we're getting there. This was the most fun I've had at a tournament in a while.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard T-Party - 12/6/08

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I want to thank everyone who wrote free lance packets and questions for this party. I think it is a real testament to the strength of the quizbowl community how many people who weren't playing the tournament helped out so we could reach our ideal number of packets. I also want to say that I was personally extremely satisfied with the questions. I would be interested to hear if people felt the lit, arts, and philosophy met regular difficulty, which was one of my primary goals while editing the set.
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Oh yeah, that's stupid of me. Besides the freelance packet writers, we also had Mike Cheyne and Chris White, among several others, contribute questions, not to mention Donald Taylor. I also have to say that Ike Jose and Charlie Rosenthal wrote some excellent freelance social science and trash, respectively, which bodes well for the circuit next year.
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In case people were not aware, George Stevens from Clemson edited the European and American history and collaborated with me to edit visual arts. He put in many hours and I was impressed by the depth of his research and knowledge.
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