The eighth annual Vancouver Estival Trivia Open (VETO) was held on Saturday, July 15, 2006. For the sixth year in a row, it was at the Harbour Centre Campus of Simon Fraser University in downtown Vancouver, B.C. Some of us found it interesting that in an adjacent room there was a workshop on Parenting Your Child with Asperger's Syndrome, but as far as I know there was no relationship between anyone attending that event and anyone attending VETO.
Most of the question packets are available for free download! (saved on the Stanford Packet Archive)
A separate web page lists all answers (only) to the questions in the eight publicly available packets for this tournament.
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.
Thanks to Tara for reserving the rooms, to the SFU Quiz Bowl Club for signing for them, to Germán Pareja for printing out the finals packets, and to everyone who helped while not playing.
We had seven teams, with a total of 24 players. Teams were:
Every team except Jumper and BGTJ wrote a packet. FARSIDE wrote two packets. Jumper, BGTJ, and UBC Pseudo each brought one packet from Toronto. Here is the schedule we used for the round-robin:
room 1500 room 1520 room 1525 bringing packet other staff --------- --------- --------- --------------- ----------- 1. FrSd-JMPR UBC.-BARD BGTJ-SFUJ | B2B. (authors) none 2. FrSd-BGTJ UBC.-B2B. BARD-JMPR | SFUJ (authors) none 3. BGTJ-UBC. SFUJ-B2B. FrSd-BARD | JMPR (Toronto) none 4. UBC.-JMPR BARD-SFUJ | FrSd (authors) BGTJ B2B. 5. BGTJ-JMPR UBC.-SFUJ | BARD (authors) FrSd B2B. 6. BGTJ-B2B. SFUJ-JMPR | FrSd (authors) UBC. BARD 7. FrSd-B2B. BGTJ-BARD | UBC. (authors) SFUJ JMPR 8. FrSd-UBC. BARD-B2B. | BGTJ (Toronto) SFUJ JMPR 9. FrSd-SFUJ JMPR-B2B. | BARD (Toronto) BGTJ UBC.
We could have shortened the round-robin by one round, by having two of the teams UBC, UBC Pseudo (BARD), or BGTJ each staff three game rooms at a time, the way B2B, SFU Junta, and Jumper did in the first three rounds.
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.
For leading in the individual stats, Peter retains the title of West Coast Dominatrix of Relevant Knowledge.
|2 (SFU Junta)||214.17||8.17||15.00|
|3 (Humboldt's Wooly Monkey, in Toronto)||185.83||7.50||14.46|
|4 (FARSIDE first packet)||182.50||6.51||14.52|
|5 (UBC Pseudo)||122.50||6.12||9.07|
|6 (FARSIDE second packet)||120.00||5.25||11.25|
|8 (McMaster, in Toronto)||161.25||5.88||15.77|
|9 (Athenian Tragedies, in Toronto)||82.50||2.62||13.24|
First round of finals
on packet by UBC In Exile:
available in PDF format
Listen to this match (duration 25:50) in format: 128Kbps MP3, Ogg Vorbis, 64Kbps MP3
SFU Junta 190, UBC Pseudo 80
UBC Pseudo: Daniel 2 0 20, Brendan 3 1 25, Richard 0 0 0
SFU Junta: Carlos 0 0 0, Hanson 2 0 20, Mike 3 0 30, Shaun 4 1 35
Bonuses: UBC Pseudo 5 35 7.00, SFU Junta 9 105 11.67
Second round of finals on packet by UOTT Are We?: text and visuals available in PDF format
Listen to this match (duration 25:12) in format: 128Kbps MP3, Ogg Vorbis, 64Kbps MP3
UBC Pseudo 230, SFU Junta 125
UBC Pseudo: Daniel 2 0 20, Brendan 6 1 55, Richard 0 0 0
SFU Junta: Hanson 5 0 50, Mike 1 1 5, Shaun 1 0 10
Bonuses: UBC Pseudo 8 155 19.38, SFU Junta 7 60 8.57
Congratulations to UBC Pseudo for winning the eighth Vancouver Estival Trivia Open!
On the left, SFU Junta: Shaun, Mike, Hanson.
On the right, champions UBC Pseudo: Daniel, Brendan, Richard.
Mischa ("dress rehearsal") keeps score beside the moderator, Brock, who co-founded SFU's quiz bowl team, the first in Western Canada. Bruce, at the blackboard, is the co-founder of Queen's University's quiz bowl team, the first in Canada, and also defending champion on Jeopardy!. Both Bruce and Brock have played in every VETO since its inception in 1999.
UBC Pseudo went on to play in the Trans-Canada Championship Match against the winning team in Toronto.
|West Coast Dominatrix of Relevant Knowledge||Peter||scoring 68.33 points per game||handcuffs||Peter|
|Door prizes||Tariq, Paul, and Brendan||random draw among all participants||copies of the 3rd edition of An Incomplete Education, published in 2006||Bruce|
|Worst repeat||Paulman||"Giffen good" question in round 3, after it came up in round 2||a broken record||Peter|
|Worst science question||Peter||bonus about titration curve||Ig Nobel Prizes book||Hanson|
|Best question on food from non-animal sources||Brock||tossup about Long Island Iced Tea||a gluten-free, fat-free, GMO-free, vegan ReBAR 100% organic energy bar, made in B.C.||Peter|
|Greatest Canadian question||Peter||tossup about Kokanee Glacier||National Post article about "THE DARK SIDE of medicare's champion"||Ross|
|Fewest negs, with ties broken by highest score||Daniel||got 16 tossups correct and no negs||a copy of Secrets of the Jeopardy Champions||Bruce|
|Paulman displays a broken record he received for the worst repeat that he forgot to remove from the packet he brought.||Ross presents Peter with a National Post article about "THE DARK SIDE of medicare's champion" for writing the greatest Canadian question of the tournament.||Brock shows off a ReBAR he was awarded for having written the best food question.|
None of the four previous VETO champion teams has had the exact same members over the years. FARSIDE has always included Peter, B2B has always included Brock and Bruce, but SFU Junta has had only Hanson as a constant member. "UBC" as shown on the chart is actually whichever self-labelled UBC (non-Pseudo) team performed better if there was more than one, and there's actually not one person who has been a consistent member of this team. This year, FARSIDE, B2B, SFU Junta, and UBC all averaged between 52% and 57% of the points in their round-robin games, but it was SFU Junta that made the finals against UBC Pseudo. SFU Junta averaged 54% in the round-robin, more than double its average last year when it finished 7th of 7, but actually less than B2B with its 57%. As stated above, UBC Pseudo averaged 65%.
"Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it!" famous last words
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