The seventh annual Vancouver Estival Trivia Open (VETO) was held on Saturday, July 16, 2005. For the fifth year in a row, it was at the Harbour Centre Campus of Simon Fraser University in downtown Vancouver, B.C.
Most of the question packets are available for free download! (saved on the Stanford Packet Archive)
This was a guerrilla-style tournament, meaning that all questions were written by members of the participating teams, and there was no central editing. Question packets were shared with a mirror tournament (VETO's Eastern Trivia Open) being held the same day in Toronto. All staff were drawn from the participating teams during their bye rounds.
We had seven teams, one fewer than last year, with a total of 23 players. Teams were:
We worked out the schedule beforehand, assuming eight teams. But then one player called in saying that he would be unable to attend; that player's remaining teammate didn't want to play solo, so he joined one of the other teams. Using the old 8-team round-robin schedule that had eight rounds with three games and two rounds with two games, Daniel worked out a new 7-team round-robin schedule having nine rounds with two games and one round with three games.
Here are the standings for the games in the round-robin (SQBS tables available). Teams are ranked primarily by win-loss record, secondarily by average normalized points per game. The normalized score in a particular game is the game score divided by the average score of all teams that played on the same packet. A team's average normalized points per game is the average of the normalized score over all the games it played. We chose to break ties by average normalized points per game in an attempt to reduce the skew arising from the variation in difficulty levels of packets.
|Foreign Legionnaires' Disease||2||4||0||0.333||157.5||187.5||-30.0||41||12||120||7.88||0.00||41||595||14.51|
|Brad Rutter Fan Club||2||4||0||0.333||152.5||187.5||-35.0||43||6||123||7.44||0.00||43||515||11.98|
The only game that went into overtime was in round 6. In an overtime period of 3 tossups and no bonuses, UBC B beat BRFC.
For leading in the individual stats, Peter retains the title of West Coast Dominatrix of Relevant Knowledge.
The Round Report shows the stats for rounds. These packets were used:
|winning team||score||score||losing team||question authors|
|B2B||225||145||UBC A||University of Toronto|
|UBC A||245||110||B2B||Shauna, Phil, and Tamara from Ottawa|
Congratulations to UBC A for winning the seventh Vancouver Estival Trivia Open!
Here are individual tossup results (+10/-5) and team bonus averages for the
final two games.
UBC A: Luka 7/0 (35.0 PPG), Fred 7/1 (32.5 PPG), Zarya 4/1 (17.5 PPG); Bonus average 10.9.
B2B: Brock 8/0 (40.0 PPG), Bruce 8/3 (32.5 PPG), Alexis 1/1 (2.5 PPG), Joanne 0/0 (0.0 PPG), Meghan 0/0 (0.0 PPG); Bonus average 12.2.
UBC A went on to play in the Trans-Canada Championship Match against the winning team in Toronto.
We show two lines of stats for each packet: The first line gives results in Vancouver, and the second line gives results on the same packet in Toronto. For completeness, the end of the table shows stats for an additional packet that was used in Toronto but not in Vancouver. As you might guess from glancing at the table, the packets were played in a completely different order in Toronto.
|Round||Total points||TUs answered||-5's||Bonus average|
|2||2||370||408||445||18||18.5||19||0||0.5||1||10.6||12.1||13.7||FARSIDE (pack A)|
|0||not used in Toronto|
|0||not used in Toronto|
|6||2||340*||360||380||17||18||19*||3||3.5||4*||10.6||12.1||13.5||FARSIDE (pack B)|
|7||2||420||425||430||19||19||19||3||3.5||4||13.2||13.3||13.4||Teddy Bears (pack B)|
|10||3||335||340||385||14||15||17||2||3||5||13.5||14.0||15.0||Teddy Bears (pack A)|
|F1||1||370||19||3||10.3||U of Toronto|
|-||0||not used in Vancouver||Ben|
|West Coast Dominatrix of Relevant Knowledge||Peter||scoring 74.2 points per game||handcuffs||Peter|
|Worst repeat||Hanson||James Wolfensohn question in round 8, after it came up in round 6||a broken record||Peter|
|Most deserved criticism of the organizer||Daniel||parts of the web page were unreadable with some web browsers, a list of teams he sent out had a repeat, etc.||a giant blue star||Peter|
|Best question on food from non-animal sources||James||visual bonus in the UBC packet with different types of food||a gluten-free, fat-free, GMO-free, vegan ReBAR 100% organic energy bar, made in B.C.||Peter|
|Best audio question||Ross||audio bonus with speeches in French||a CD of FARSIDE team's audio questions||Peter|
|Most imaginative question||James||UBC packet with every bonus a visual||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Adult Edition)||Daniel|
|Player most protective of his or her teammates||Meghan||protecting Bruce, Joanne, and Alexis from Brock||a VHS copy of The Bodyguard||Peter|
|Most ill-mannered player||withheld?||nobody deserved it?||Simon Cowell book||Brock|
|Worst answer to a bonus when your teammates knew the answer||?||?||Treason book||Brock|
|Best history question||Peter||bonus on Third Reich retreats||Dates from Hell book||Bruce|
|Best science question||James||a visual bonus with a diagram labelled in Korean||Ig Nobel Prizes book||Bruce|
"Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it!" famous last words
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