Reach Scores Audio #10

2017 Lisgar tournament, Almonte vs Merivale

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The last round of the day! From the 2017 Lisgar Reach-style tournament, this round 10 match has Almonte DHS against Merivale HS. Moderating and production by Ben Smith.

Here is the link to the episode.

Notes:

  • Since audio does a poor job of portraying what happened with the Titanic/Avatar answer: An Almonte player buzzed in, then two players on the team gave answers. “Avatar” was said by the buzzing player and “Titanic” was said by the other teammate. I was hemming and hawing not about what I’m supposed to do, but whether I should apply rules strictly in the context of the importance of the game (lower bracket playoffs). I decided to follow rules and deem that the “Titanic” answer was consultation after the buzzer.
  • A wrap-up post with links to all games and some overall recording notes will be written in the near future – probably the weekend.

Thanks for listening!

Reach Scores Audio #9

2017 Lisgar tournament, Merivale vs Colonel By

We have a rematch! From the 2017 Lisgar Reach-style tournament, this round 9 match has Merivale HS against Colonel By SS. Moderating and production by Ben Smith.

Here is the link to the episode.

Notes:

Thanks for listening!

Reach Scores Audio #8

2017 Lisgar tournament, UTS vs Glebe

Sorry about the hosting issue, but it’s back up with new links and still free. From the 2017 Lisgar Reach-style tournament, this round 8 match has UTS against Glebe CI. Moderating and production by Ben Smith.

Here is the link to the episode.

Notes:

  • We’ve got Glebe for three games in a row and their fourth overall. Nothing against Glebe, but the scheduling didn’t give as much team variety as it could.
  • Questions on the “Trudeau cabinet shuffle”: “Which one?” Because all high school students know the portfolio maneuvers of Pierre Trudeau…
  • “Which one?” reappears as a joke on the plots of Taken films. And now if you ask about the audio host, I can say, “which one?”
  • Liam Neeson was not in Les Miserables. Didn’t affect the player getting the right answer, though.

Thanks for listening!

Audio hiccup

Overnight, four (but not all) Reach Scores Audio episodes disappeared from the host. There is no record of them and the links to the episodes are dead. I have also discovered there is no direct way to contact the web host. Oh, the consequences of using a free service…

Anyway, I am smart enough to save original copies. I will trying re-uploading tonight, along with the ready-to-go episode 8. Sorry about this.

Reach Scores Audio #7

2017 Lisgar tournament, Almonte vs Glebe

Fun with foreign phrases! From the 2017 Lisgar Reach-style tournament, this round 7 match has Almonte DHS against Glebe CI. Moderating and production by Ben Smith.

Here is the link to the episode.

Notes:

  • Foreign words/names/phrases come up in questions; that’s normal. It’s okay if a reader struggles through it if it is part of the context of a larger question where the players can figure out roughly what was said. Translating foreign phrases is tricky, though. Many foreign languages have critical pronunciation differences that aren’t necessarily obvious to an English speaker. When a question simply asks for a translation of a foreign word, an actual speaker of said language (ie: someone who should be very knowledgeable) can be confused when a reader mispronounces. This is why direct foreign translation questions should be frowned upon.
  • My clarification of consulting during questions is correct. SchoolReach and Reach for the Top allow consulting at any point in the question except when your team’s buzzer is lit (you are also, perhaps foolishly, permitted to consult while the opponent’s buzzer is lit). Any talking during a team’s lit buzzer – except for the correct answer from the buzzing player – is ruled incorrect (including fixing a mistake partway through delivery of an answer). Quizbowl forbids consulting during tossups, but most quizbowl rules allow some fixing of your answer before you have completed saying it.
  • A Glebe player left mid-game. Interestingly, they came from behind and took the lead after that…

Thanks for listening!

Canadian History Bee & Bowl

For when players are stuck in the past.

Four regional tournaments are being played today for the Canadian division of the International History Bee & Bowl. Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver all have events today, with Montreal and Saint John scheduled later.

The IHBB is the international branch of History Bee & Bowl in the US. It was established by former Jeopardy! champion David Madden, and holds competitions in several countries. The Canadian regional sites lead to a national championship (held in Montreal for 2017), and many top participants qualify for a History Olympiad in the summer.

The team event is the History Bowl. Two teams face off to compete in a four-round game. Three of the rounds are variations on quizbowl’s tossups. The third round is a unique lightning round where each team selects a category they prefer, then get exclusive access to answer as many snapper-style questions (up to 10) that they can in one minute.

The individual event is the History Bee. Usually, 4-8 players compete on the same buzzer set, with multiple rooms occurring simultaneously to accommodate everyone. Everyone competes individually to answer from 30 multi-clue tossups worth one point each. If a player reaches 8 points, they step aside (“shootout” style) and get some bonus points based on how quickly they reached 8 points. The preliminary phase usually has several rounds, with players shuffling between rooms to vary the competition, and the players with the highest combined point totals proceed to playoff games.

Canadian History Bowl has hit off best in the GTA, bringing in the biggest fields and attracting teams that don’t even play SchoolReach or quizbowl. Other cities still struggle for attendance, but get by.

For today, Lisgar should win the senior division in Ottawa. They will probably also get the JV title, but few teams are competing for it. Toronto will be a clash between UTS, Royal St. George’s, and Westmount. I will respect player anonymity, but the Toronto Bee will likely preview two top contenders for the 2018 Reach for the Top national title.

Good luck to the participating teams!

Disclosure: I received money from IHBB for tournament directing services in 2015. I no longer participate in IHBB events.

Reach Scores Audio #6

2017 Lisgar tournament, Lisgar B vs Glebe

Everyone talks about playing when the chips are down, but what about when they are up… at your mouth? From the 2017 Lisgar Reach-style tournament, this round 6 match has Lisgar CI “B” against Glebe CI. Moderating and production by Ben Smith.

Here is the link to the episode.

Notes:

  • A pretty sloppy round, production wise. The buzzer reset button was definitely on the fritz, everyone (except me) was eating from crinkly bags of chips, and I was slowing down through a combination of sleepiness and anticipating lunch.
  • The team question about movie remakes was poorly worded. Michelle Pfeiffer played Catwoman in Batman Returns, for example. The answers were implying the common character, but the questions were looking for a film title.
  • I’m no birthstone expert, but to clarify the error that was raised: February’s stone (the question) is amethyst; garnet (the answer on paper) is for January. Neither team answered any combination of those, though, so the score wasn’t affected.
  • Dunkirk is at 51° N. Saint Boniface (Winnipeg) is at 50°N. I guess Dunkirk is a more northerly francophone city. It is also more northerly than Hearst and Sept-Iles.

Thanks for listening!