The fourth annual Vancouver Estival Trivia Open (VETO), was held on Saturday, July 20, 2002, at the swank Harbour Centre Campus of Simon Fraser University in downtown Vancouver, B.C.
This was a guerrilla-style tournament, meaning that there was no central editing. Unlike in previous years, all questions before the finals were written by members of the participating teams. For the two packets used in the finals, we are grateful to Gabe Desjardins for writing one of them and to Adam Bishop, Steven Nunes, and Bethany Wiseman of UWO for writing the other one.
Questions are available for free download! (saved on the Stanford Packet Archive)
UWO was supposed to host a VETO mirror with a packet swap, but it was cancelled for lack of interest. Consequently, the third annual Trans-Canada Championship Match was also cancelled.
We had ten teams, with a total of 36 players. In both number of teams and number of players, this was a record turnout for a quiz bowl tournament in Western Canada. Thus continued an unbroken trend in which each year's VETO has either matched or exceeded the Western Canadian records for both teams and players. Teams were:
Actually, Brock and Bruce from B2B wrote most of the Maple Ridge packet as well. I was fully aware of this, and I knew that it would be easy to schedule a bye for B2B during the Maple Ridge packet, but then I simply forgot about this when I made the team assignments in the schedule. This was the biggest fiasco of the tournament. Nobody noticed the error until the Maple Ridge round was about to be played, and it was too late to shift the schedule around. UBC's surplus players, Jonathan and Ambrose, substituted for Brock and Bruce on the B2B team in this round.
A schedule had been constructed with letters A through J for the ten teams. But the actual matching of letters to teams was not made until VETO morning, because this being a guerrilla tournament, circumstances would likely arise that would require us to shift things around. The assignments were made pseudo-randomly based on fulfilling staffing needs and also took into account that:
In each round, at least two teams had byes. These teams staffed the round.
|#||winning team||score||score||losing team||question authors||other byes|
|1||B2B||265||35||Maple Ridge||FOMO||FPC, Washington, Mixed-Up|
|2||Mixed-Up||235||30||FPC||SFU Junta||FARSIDE, Washington, FOMO|
|3||SFU Junta||260||25||FPC||B2B||Chicago, Maple Ridge, UBC|
|4||Mixed-Up||240||90||Washington||Maple Ridge, plus Brock and Bruce from B2B||FOMO|
|10||FOMO||245||125||Washington||B2B (an all-Canadian packet)||FPC|
|SFU Junta||255||105||Maple Ridge|
|11||FARSIDE||200||115||SFU Junta||FPC||Maple Ridge|
* As noted above, Brock and Bruce sat out the Maple Ridge round while Ambrose and Jonathan from UBC took their place on the B2B team.
We had reserved our rooms until 6 p.m., thinking that that is when the building would close. Since we didn't start playing games until after 10 a.m. after setting up the schedule, announcing prizes, and playing an abbreviated demonstration round and since the initial rounds went slowly, we didn't reach the end of the fourth round until 1 p.m. So we had five hours to eat lunch (only half an hour, at the food fair downstairs) and also play eight more regular rounds, plus the finals. We figured that if necessary, we could play the finals at the downtown apartment of one of our players, but all of the other rounds required four game rooms. We tried to pick up the pace a bit, but by 6 p.m. we still had one regular round to go. Uh-oh, what now? Security left us alone. We found out that Harbour Centre does indeed close normally at 6 p.m. on Saturdays, but on this day there was an Anime Evolution festival at Harbour Centre until 10 p.m. Whew. We played the last regular round in our game rooms, had our prize ceremonies in the main meeting room, and then, a bit late, we left our rooms because our reservations had expired.
The top two teams from the round-robin, Chicago and SFU Junta, faced off in a best-of-three series, in which the round-robin game counted retroactively as the first game in the series. Since Chicago had won that first game, SFU Junta would have to win both games 2 and 3. Results:
|winning team||score||score||losing team||question authors|
Congratulations to SFU Junta for winning the fourth Vancouver Estival Trivia Open!
Individual tossups in the final two games (+10/-5):
SFU Junta: Hanson 1/1, Carlos 8/0, Mike 3/2, Sarah 2/0
Chicago: David 0/0, Peter 11/1, Susan 0/2
The finals were completed at 8:45 p.m.
TH: number of Tossups Heard
TP: Total Points
PPG: average Points Per Game
+10: number of tossups answered correctly
-5: number of incorrect interrupts
TUP: TossUp Points
BP: Bonus Points
B: number of Bonuses received
BAvg: average points per bonus
PPTH: average Points Per Tossup Heard
PA: total Points Against
Diff: average score difference
* Three tossups were played in overtime in the game between Mixed-Up and UBC.
The last three columns indicate in which of the three previous VETOs the person played (Y if yes, or M if in the Ontario mirror).
|1||Peter||FARSIDE||87||16||9||87.8||Y||Y||Y||2||Peter||Chicago||44||2||9||47.8||-||-||-||3||Drew||Mixed-Up||45||10||9 *||43.7||-||-||-||4||Bruce||B2B||37||7||8||41.9||Y||Y||Y||5||Brian||Washington||40||5||9||41.7||-||-||-||6||Susan||Chicago||38||5||9||39.4||-||-||-||7||Luka||UBC||34||5||9 *||34.4||-||-||-||8||Herre||FOMO||31||6||9||31.1||-||-||-||9||Ross||Mixed-Up||22||2||9 *||23.0||-||-||-||10||Carlos||SFU Junta||23||8||9||21.1||-||-||M||11||Hanson||SFU Junta||21||7||9||19.4||-||-||Y||12||Brock||B2B||20||9||8||19.4||Y||Y||Y||13||Mike||SFU Junta||18||3||9||18.3||-||-||-||14||Shaun||FPC||17||4||9||16.7||-||-||Y||Sarah||SFU Junta||15||0||9||16.7||-||-||Y||16||Idris||FOMO||14||2||9||14.4||-||-||-||17||Tara||FOMO||15||5||9||13.9||Y||Y||Y||18||James Leong||UBC||16||13||9 *||10.4||-||-||-||19||Mischa||Mixed-Up||12||6||9 *||9.8||-||-||-||20||Dianna||Maple Ridge||10||3||9||9.4||-||-||-||21||Sarah||FPC||8||1||9||8.3||-||-||-||Victoria||FPC||8||1||9||8.3||-||Y||-||23||Ryan||Washington||8||3||9||7.2||-||Y||-||Danny||FOMO||8||3||9||7.2||-||-||-||25||Grace||UBC||5||3||5 *||6.8||-||-||-||26||Paulman||Mixed-Up||7||2||9 *||6.6||-||-||Y||27||Larry||Washington||7||4||9||5.6||-||Y||-||David||Chicago||5||0||9||5.6||-||-||-||29||Neal||Maple Ridge||12||15||9||5.0||-||Y||Y||30||James Lam||UBC||2||0||5||4.0||-||-||-||31||Zhan||B2B||4||2||9||3.3||Y||M||M||32||Ambrose||UBC **||2||1||5 *||2.9||-||-||-||33||Julianna||Maple Ridge||2||1||9||1.7||-||-||Y||34||Brian||B2B||1||0||9||1.1||-||-||Y||35||Jonathan||UBC **||1||1||5||1.0||-||-||-||36||Teresa||Maple Ridge||1||1||9||0.6||-||-||-|
* This person heard an additional 3/20 of a game's worth of tossups in overtime.
** Ambrose and Jonathan from UBC each played one round on the B2B team.
For leading the individual scoring, Peter from FARSIDE retains the title of West Coast Dominatrix of Relevant Knowledge (WC-DORK).
|Round||Total points||TUs answered||-5's||Bonus average|
|4||3||240||305||330||14||14||16||0||1.5||6||9.3||10.9||13.6||Maple Ridge, plus Brock and Bruce from B2B|
|10*||4||310||365||370||12||16.5||18||1||2.5||6||12.9||13.6||16.7||B2B (all-Canadian packet)|
* One game of Round 10 went into overtime, so 23 tossups were read.
|Longest trip to VETO, according to the indo.com distance calculator||Zhan||visiting from Toronto||a double-sided painting showing the Krakatau volcano on one side and a traditional sailing boat of the Makassar and Bugis people on the other||Peter from FARSIDE|
|Best edible bonus||SFU Junta||guess the flavour of Jelly Bellies||a No-Cholesterol, Low-Sodium, Fat-Free Fruit-Filled Bar Made With Real Fruit||Peter from FARSIDE|
|Best overall packet||FARSIDE team||the FARSIDE packet||squirt guns||Hanson|
|Best question||Drew||a bonus that used a model skeleton||?||Hanson|
|Best trash question||Ryan||question about Rick James||?||Hanson|
|Best neg||Hanson||answering "Backstreet Boys" for a question on the Calgary Stampede||?||Hanson, but winner selected by players|
|Best-written Canadian sports question||Hanson||1986 Canadian World Cup soccer bonus||?||Mischa|
|Best numerical answer given in the tournament||Brock||"1982 Constitution Act"||Three copies of Vector||Bruce|
|Team that makes the biggest successful comeback during a game||FOMO||was down 85 points against Mixed-Up, but ended up winning||a model skeleton||Drew|
|Best auditory question||FOMO||Christian Bök reading bonus||a tape of the FARSIDE team's audio questions||Peter from FARSIDE|
|Best Canadian Literary Question||Bruce||title conjunction bonus||poster||Coach House Books, but winner selected by players|
|Most photogenic team||Flying Penguin Circus||missing a player who was supposed to be there||painting placemat||Drew, but winner selected by players|
|Most points on a particular Canadian authors bonus in a B2B packet||SFU Junta, on a showdown with Flying Penguin Circus||5 out of 6 answers correct||a copy of the Men With Brooms soundtrack, still in its shrinkwrap||Bruce|
|Best Visual Question Not Written By Bruce||Drew||the skeleton question||a copy of Stay as you are #8, a comic book zine||Bruce|
|Best individual performance on the UBC packet||Bruce||answered 7 tossups correctly, no incorrect interrupts||A Shania Twain CD||UBC team|
|Best Junta shootout||Washington team||the Nom-ah Garciaparr-ah tossup||?||SFU Junta team|
|Best religion question||Victoria||deism tossup||comic books about the Pope, Mother Teresa, and Madonna||SFU Junta team|
|Best comic book/ organic chemistry question||Chicago team||a 21st tossup that did not get read||Dazzler comic||SFU Junta team|
|Brock Stephenson award for negging||Peter from FARSIDE||16 negs in 9 games||a bubble-blowing kit||SFU Junta team|
|Out of Towners award||Peter from Chicago, Susan, Drew, Zhan, the Washington team||visiting Vancouver||postcards of SFU||SFU Junta team|
|Most bored player||Neal||taking a cell phone call during a game||magic writing board||Zhan|
|West Coast Dominatrix of Relevant Knowledge||Peter from FARSIDE||averaging 87.8 tossup points per game||handcuffs||SFU Junta team|
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