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gpaulbailey
Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 8:28 AM

NEXT TRANSATLANTIC QUIZ SLATED FOR MARCH 15

The next Transatlantic Quiz (won last year by Smoke of these here parts) will take place on Saturday, March 15th 2008. More details coming soon.

geniuswaitress
Geniuswaitress  (Level: 52.1 - Posts: 381)
Sun, 11th Nov '07 1:23 AM

Whuh?

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 11th Nov '07 10:27 AM

You remember Kelly....wasn't that the one where Smoke beat Ken Jennings????

gpaulbailey
Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 8:06 AM

Yes, indeed - last year Smoke finished in first ahead of all the British and American noteables, including Ken.

chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.5 - Posts: 1332)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 8:18 AM

wow, what an honor for smoke.. way to go!!!

but...for those of us who weren't actively here last year, care to enlighten us?

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 10:50 AM


smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 10:52 AM

Oh pshaw. I was extremely lucky. It was a hoot.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 11:19 AM

Of course you were. You only had to go up against THAT Ken

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 11:20 AM

Damn right! And THIS one is too much for me!



chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.5 - Posts: 1332)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 12:03 PM

thanks for posting the link ...

what fun that had to have been, Smoke. not just the jennings thing but the whole experience!

phitzy1
Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Wed, 21st Nov '07 1:13 PM

Will Smoke again be the Mistress of the Trans-Atlantic quiz...

Hope so!

It was great fun!

gpaulbailey
Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 11:59 PM

The 2nd Annual Transatlantic Quiz (www.transatlanticquiz.com) will be coming up Saturday, March 15th 2008. This quiz is conducted in the format of the World Quizzing Championships, but focuses on US/Canada/UK material.

We are looking for organizers that can find a place to hold the quiz and report back results. Organizers can participate in the quiz, which is taken without use of reference materials by individuals. Each half of the test (four categories) will take on hour, and there will be a couple of marking times where folks swap papers for grading, so figure on about 3 hours total. In the past, the event has been held in college classrooms, bars, restaurants, and even an athletic club. This quiz will be provided free of charge, and as it will be held on the weekend leading up to St. Patricks day, it may be attractive to Irish pubs in your area. The key is to have the quiz at approximately the same time (+/- a couple hours) everywhere, so that in North America this would take place mid-day, while in the UK it would be in the evening.

Last year in the US the quiz was taken by 56 people in Boulder, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Jacksonville, Florida; Kansas City, Missouri; Madison, Wisconsin; New York, New York; St. Louis, Missouri; and Seattle, Washington. This year we'd like to quadruple the participation and double the locations. If you are interested in establishing a location for the quiz, please send a message to iqausa@gmail.com with your name, address where hardcopy of the quiz can be shipped priority mail arriving March 13 or 14, your phone number, description and address of the quiz venue, and about how many people you expect or have capacity to entertain. The organizer should report back results via email within 2 hours after the end of the event.

This quiz is good preparation for the World Quizzing Championships to be held Saturday June 7th, 2008. Thus far, the WQC will have participants in Belgium
Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, India, Liberia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, and more that are being added in the coming months. An ideal plan for the USA for this event would be to have 10 locations, including from west to east Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, and New York. Previous event website is at http://www.wqc2007.com

Quiz Categories (30 quesitons each, 120 questions per half, 240 questions total) - a mixture of pop culture and academic trivia.

Culture
[Architecture, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Museums, Religion, Mythology]

Entertainment
[Music (Classical, Blues, Film Score, Jazz, Rock, World), Ballet, Musicals and Operas, Radio, Television]

History
[(

gpaulbailey
Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 12:50 AM

Here are the categories since that got truncated...

The categories [and general content areas] are a combination of academic and popular culture topics including:

Culture
[Architecture, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Museums, Religion, Mythology]

Entertainment
[Music (Classical, Blues, Film Score, Jazz, Rock, World), Ballet, Musicals and Operas, Radio, Television]

History
[(

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 1:26 AM

Very tempting categories, Paul! Dunno if we can do it again or not. So far getting a thundering lack of interest in the weekly announcements I've been doing at the pub, and my own availability is still uncertain.

I'll PM you should anything change.

gpaulbailey
Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 8:59 PM

Thus far we have sites in
Athens, Georgia
Boulder, Colorado
Chicago, Illinois,
and Lakeland, Florida...

Ok, trying one more time on the categories since they keep getting left off.
Culture: Architecture, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Museums, Religion, Mythology]
Entertainment: Music: (Classical, Blues, Film Score, Jazz, Rock, World), Ballet, Musicals and Operas, Radio, Television]
History: (

gpaulbailey
Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 9:01 PM

argh - one more try (must be some code from the less than signs)

Culture: Architecture, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Museums, Religion, Mythology]
Entertainment: Music: (Classical, Blues, Film Score, Jazz, Rock, World), Ballet, Musicals and Operas, Radio, Television]
History: (before 450AD),(450-1492),(1492-1900),(1900-date), Current Affairs, Explorations, Famous People, Civilizations
Lifestyle: Costume, Design, Fashion, Food & Drink, Handicrafts, Health & Fitness,Human Body, New Age Beliefs, Products & Brands, Tourism
Media: Movies: (1900-1980), (1980-2000), (recent), Literature (before 1900),(1900-1980),(recent), Poetry, Drama, Comics, Language
Science: Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Social Sciences, Fauna, Flora]
Sport: Track and Field, Team Sports, Motor Sports, Winter Sports, Games, Hobbies & Passtimes, Records
World: Geography, Cities, Space, Technology, Transport, Inventions


smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 18th Jan '08 12:08 AM

Okay, that's a more intimidating list.

Lakeland, you say? Calling Osuzanna, Maurlin, Bravegator, Phitzy, and anyone else who can reach central Florida in a couple of hours! Good chance I may be able to make Lakeland. I could pick Phitz up on the way.

Details, man!

gpaulbailey
Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 1:44 AM

The contact in Lakeland is Grace L. Veach gveach AT seuniversity DOT edu -the venue there will be in a conference room of the university library.

Other sites almost confirmed include Kansas City, St. Louis, and Sioux Falls.

Working on Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.

gpaulbailey
Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 2:29 AM

So far the sites are...

Athens, Georgia
Boston, Massachusetts
Boulder, Colorado
Chicago, Illinois
Kansas City, Missouri
Lakeland, Florida
New York, New York
Phoenix, Arizona
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
San Francisco, California
St. Louis, Missouri

And working on one for LA and Seattle - anybody else??? email iqausa at gmail dot com

gpaulbailey
Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Sun, 17th Feb '08 2:45 PM

Location: Athens, Georgia
Host: Robin Richards
Contact: richardsr AT clarke DOT k12 DOT ga DOT us
Venue: Cedar Shoals HS, 1300 Cedar Shoals Drive, Athens, Georgia 30605
Web: www.clarke.k12.ga.us

Location: Boulder, Colorado
Host: Paul Bailey
Contact: Bouldertaq AT gmail DOT com
Venue: Albums Bistro, 1124 13th St, Boulder Colorado 80302

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Host: Mitchell Szczepanczyk
Contact: mitchell AT szcz DOT org
Venue: Albany Park Branch library, 5150 N. Kimball Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60625

Location: Lakeland, Florida
Host: Grace Veach
Contact: gveach AT seuniversity DOT edu
Venue: Steelman Library - Southeastern University, 1000 Longfellow Blvd, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Web: www.seuniversity.edu/library

Location: New York, New York
Host:Tony Hightower
Contact: mistert A Tgmail DOT com
Venue: Jimmy's 43, 43 East 7th Street (btw. 2nd & 3rd Ave.), New York, New York
Web: http://jimmysNo43.com

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Host: Alan Baratta
Contact: pacificwerxgraphicdesign AT yahoo DOT com
Venue: Scottsdale Civic Center Library - Gold Room, 3839 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
Web: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/departments/Community_Services/Library.asp

Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Host: Myron Meyer
Contact: myronmmeyer AT yahoo DOT com
Venue: Siouxland Main Library, 201 North Main Avenue, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57117
Web: www.siouxlandlib.org

Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Host: Rob Severson
Contact: pancakemaster AT juno DOT com
Venue: The Scottish Arms, 6-10 South Sarah Street, St. Louis, Missouri, 63108-2819
Web: http://www.thescottisharms.com

Location: Seattle, Washington
Host: Randall Bart
Contact: iqa AT randallbart DOT com
Venue: Metro Seattle Gamers, 1600 W Armory Way, #C-106, Seattle Washington 98119-2730


foogs
Foogs  (Level: 267.4 - Posts: 848)
Sun, 17th Feb '08 3:59 PM


I read the linked posts, but I'm still a bit confused. What does "written test" involve?
I took the old written Jeopardy test once. Is it like that: Timed, rushed, one-word
answers, big room, lots of waiting around? Are we talking essay here?

One of the sites is not too far from here, in Sioux Falls, which surprises me a bit. I'm
curious, but a 3-hour sit-down test sounds a whole lot like the ACT. Can someone
disabuse me of this belief?

phitzy1
Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Mon, 18th Feb '08 1:23 PM

Last one in Jax, we drank beer and ate BBQ...and a good time was had by all

gpaulbailey
Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Tue, 19th Feb '08 4:00 AM

What is the Transatlantic Quiz?

This quiz is a written test taken by individuals with no access to reference materials or any other assistance. Questions in the English language from four of the following eight categories make up the first half, with the remaining four categories composing the second half.

Categories (30 questions each, 120 questions per half, 240 questions total) - a mixture of pop culture and academic trivia, including:

Culture: [Architecture, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Museums, Religion, Mythology]

Entertainment: [Music (Classical, Blues, Film Score, Jazz, Rock, World), Ballet, Musicals and Operas, Radio, Television]

History
[(

gpaulbailey
Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Tue, 19th Feb '08 4:01 AM

Lifestyle: {Costume, Design, Fashion, Food & Drink, Handicrafts, Health & Fitness,Human Body, New Age Beliefs, Products & Brands, Tourism{}

Media: Movies {(1900-1980), (1980-2000){}, (recent), Literature {(

gpaulbailey
Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Tue, 19th Feb '08 4:02 AM

sorry - formatting problems again - the genres are listed earlier in the thread..

In general, but not exclusively, the material relates to the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.

. You have 60 minutes per half to answer as many of these questions as possible. If you have finished before the time expires you may leave your seat, but may not add or change answers upon return. Please then respect the need for other players still quizzing to be free of distractions. There are only points for correct answers, no penalty for wrong answers.

. Unless stated in the question, last names are acceptable and phonetically correct answers will be accepted. Answers are concise, composed at most of a few words, a short formula, or diagram.

. Papers will be swapped with another player for marking at the end of each 60 minute half.

. After the four genres from one half have been marked, you will get your paper back and you have 5 minutes to check you agree with the marking. Disputes must be referred to your proctor in this time. Please indicate which answer(s) you are querying with a large “?” question mark. The proctor will provide official adjudication on the matter. The proctor’s decision is final.

. Your checker should then copy your scores into the table on the cover sheet. If you agree with their marking, sign next to the score(s) to show your approval. Your complete script should then be handed in. Once this has been done, no further discussions will be entered into about your score. The score signed for will be considered to be correct. Scripts will be returned once the officials have logged your scores etc..

. Your score will be determined from your best 7 out of 8 categories. In the event of a tie, the score you dropped from your lowest scoring genre will be taken into consideration. If there is still a tie, the person with the highest score in any single genre will win. If there is still a tie the player whose next best genre score is highest (and so on) will be deemed the winner.

. The overall highest scoring player on any 7 out of 8 categories (with tiebreakers if necessary) from all participating venues will be the Transatlantic Quizzing Champion 2008.

. In the event of any unprecedented occurrence or unforeseen circumstances arising in the course of the quiz, the proctor may give a ruling on the matter and their decision shall be final.

. Your commencing to answer questions in the quiz indicates your complete and unequivocal acceptance of these rules.


gpaulbailey
Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Wed, 20th Feb '08 7:34 AM

Austin, TX has been added - contact is Ed Toutant austinquiz AT gmail DOT com.

gpaulbailey
Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Fri, 29th Feb '08 1:22 AM

www.transatlanticquiz.com was down for a bit (switching servers) but now is back and has the details for the event.

gpaulbailey
Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Sun, 16th Mar '08 6:05 PM


smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Mon, 17th Mar '08 9:55 AM

What? No Ken Jennings?

I really wanted to go to Lakeland but I'm pretty much confined to my bed at present.

Any results available for the UK et al?

gpaulbailey
Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Mon, 17th Mar '08 11:26 PM

The full results are at: http://www.iqagb.co.uk/trivia/viewtopic.php?t=6904&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15 (see pace 2)

Ken was traveling for his new book tour, but he took the test as an exhibition (not at a regular site) and got a 133 (see page 2 of thread http://www.ken-jennings.com/messageboards/viewtopic.php?t=3557&start=25)


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