The eleventh annual Vancouver Estival Trivia Open (VETO) was held on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at the Harbour Centre Campus of Simon Fraser University in downtown Vancouver, B.C.
This year, most of the question packets were edited by a team of volunteers led by Jerry Vinokurov. The original packets were written by teams playing in Vancouver as well as by teams playing at mirrors in Ottawa and Hamilton, Ontario. We also played on three additional unedited packets written by teams participating in Vancouver.
All staff were drawn from the participating teams during their bye rounds. We are grateful to Tara, Geoff, Brittany and the rest of the newly reconstituted SFU quiz bowl club for getting us space at Harbour Centre, to the Washington team and Rajon for providing laptops, and of course to the writers in Ontario and to Jerry and the other editors for providing questions. The Washington team and the SFU quiz bowl club provided buzzers.
We had six teams, with a total of 19 players. These included former members of the quiz bowl teams of SFU, the University of British Columbia, the University of Oregon, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Maryland, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
First we played a single round-robin, with the following schedule. Parentheses in the "packet" column indicate that the team(s) read a packet originally written by VETO players at a mirror in Ontario.
time room 2280 room 2520 packet other staff ---- --------- --------- ------ ----------- 9:00 YLdp-BAD. | (FrSd) B2B. Oreg Wash 9:30 YLdp-FrSd Oreg-BAD. | B2B. Wash 10:00 Wash-YLdp B2B.-BAD. | FrSd Oreg 10:30 Oreg-YLdp FrSd-BAD. | Wash B2B. 11:00 Oreg-FrSd Wash-B2B. | YLdp + BAD. 11:30 Wash-BAD. B2B.-YLdp | Oreg FrSd ------------------------------------------------------- Lunch downstairs at the food court ------------------------------------------------------- 1:00 FrSd-B2B. Oreg-Wash | (YLdp + BAD.) 1:30 Oreg-B2B. FrSd-Wash | (YLdp + BAD.)
Teams were ranked by win-loss record, with the following tie-breaking criteria:
|1||FARSIDE||4||1||1070||beat Washington (by 20), lost to Oregon (by 15)|
|2||Washington||4||1||1035||beat Oregon (by 15), lost to FARSIDE (by 20)|
|3||Oregon||4||1||1035||beat FARSIDE (by 15), lost to Washington (by 15)|
|4||Battery Acid Digesters||2||3||620|
Then we played a split-pool round-robin. The top three teams went to room 2520 to play against each other, and the bottom three teams went to room 2280 to play against each other.
Here are the final results including both the full round-robin and the
SQBS tables are available.
|4||Battery Acid Digesters||4||3||0||0.571||123.6||125.7||-2.1||48||15||140||6.18||48||460||9.58|
Since Oregon had a strictly greater win-loss record than any other team, it was declared the champion.
The Oregon-FARSIDE game was the last one played, and was not decided until the last bonus question. If FARSIDE had won that game, we'd have had another circle of death among the top three teams, which we'd have to break by playing two additional games.
For leading in the individual stats, Peter retains the title of West Coast Dominatrix of Relevant Knowledge.
|West Coast Dominatrix of Relevant Knowledge||Peter||scoring 82.86 points per game||handcuffs||Peter, but selection determined by stats alone|
|Awesomest trash question||Mike of Washington||tossup on Tropic Thunder||Bubblegum: The History of Plastic Pop||Hanson|
|Worst repeat||Peter||?||a broken record||Peter, but selection by crowd at the end|
|Worst neg||Brock||answered "Slobodan Milosevic" for Omar Bongo||a bag of marbles||Sean|
|Best finance/economics question||Peter||tossup on Brent crude||transfer pricing advice||Ross|
|Best multicultural question||Peter||bonus on East Asian ethnic groups||Menu and coupon for Lucky's Chinese Restaurant||Ross|
|Greatest distance travelled from outside Canada||Amy||coming all the way from San Diego, Calif.||Wacky Canada: Fun Facts and Activities||Peter|
"Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it!" famous last words
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