Eighteenth Annual
Vancouver Estival Trivia Open
August 6, 2016

The 18th annual Vancouver Estival Trivia Open (VETO) was held on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the University of British Columbia.

This was a guerrilla-style tournament, meaning that all questions were written by members of the participating teams, and there was no central editing. Or that was the intent, anyway: only one team came with a packet of questions, and the other teams were made up of people who wanted to play VETO but didn't find the time to write any questions. Fortunately, we had enough question packets from the mirror tournament (VETO's Eastern Trivia Open: full stats available) being held the same day at the University of Toronto.

Thanks to Mischa for getting us space at UBC. We ended up needing only one room. The whole tournament took place in Buchanan D221.

We had three teams:

In VETO's 18-year history in Vancouver, this year we set several records:

Round-Robin Results

With one packet by the FARSIDE team, and 8 packets received from Toronto, we decided to play a triple round-robin, which would use all 9 packets.

Results of first round-robin:

So after the first round-robin, every team had a 1-1 win-loss record.

Things were going so slowly at this point that we decided that we wouldn't have time to do a triple round-robin, but would instead end the tournament after a second round-robin.

Results of second round-robin:

The last game would be between Taming of the Sandshrew and FARSIDE. If Taming of the Sandshrew were to win that game, it would have an overall 3-1 win-loss record, compared to 2-2 for Master and Charmander, and 1-3 for FARSIDE, so it would become the winner of the tournament. But if FARSIDE were to win that game instead, all three teams would have the same 2-2 record.

The last game (and hence the tournament) was decided on the last bonus, as Taming of the Sandshrew's correct answer to the last tossup put it just 5 points behind FARSIDE. The entire FARSIDE team walked out of the room because they couldn't handle the tension. However, Taming of the Sandshrew failed to get any points on the bonus, so the result was:

Since every team had the same 2-2 win-loss record, it was agreed that every team won.

[photo of the winners]
The winners of VETO 2016.
FARSIDE: Peter (middle row, far left).
Taming of the Sandshrew: Mike (top left), Carlos (middle row, second from left), Hanson (bottom centre).
Master and Charmander: Amy (middle row, second from right), Philip (middle row, far right), Jo (bottom right).

Here are the standings for the double round-robin (full SQBS tables are available).
Rank Team W L T Pct PPG PAPG Mrg 10 -5 TUH PPTH G/N BHrd BPts P/B
1 [T] Taming of the Sandshrew 2 2 0 0.500 201.2 173.8 27.5 33 6 80 10.06 5.50 33 505 15.30
1 [F] FARSIDE 2 2 0 0.500 176.2 176.2 0.0 33 2 80 8.81 16.50 33 385 11.67
1 [M] Master and Charmander 2 2 0 0.500 153.8 181.2 -27.5 32 8 80 7.69 4.00 32 335 10.47

Individual Statistics

Here is how individual players ranked on tossups in the double round-robin. The last seventeen columns indicate in which of the seventeen previous VETOs the person had played (Y if yes, or M if in the mirror in Ontario).

Rank Player Team GP 10 -5 TUH P/TU G/N Pts PPG '99 '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14 '15
1 Peter [F] 4.0 33 2 80 4.00 16.50 320 80.00 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
2 Philip [M] 4.0 27 6 80 3.00 4.50 240 60.00 - - - - - - - - - Y Y - Y Y Y - -
3 Mike [T] 3.0 13 5 60 1.75 2.60 105 35.00 - - - - Y Y Y Y Y Y - Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 Carlos [T] 4.0 10 0 80 1.25 inf 100 25.00 - - M Y Y - - Y Y Y Y Y Y - - - Y
5 Hanson [T] 4.0 10 1 80 1.19 10.00 95 23.75 - - Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y - Y -
6 Amy [M] 4.0 4 0 80 0.50 inf 40 10.00 - - Y - - - - - - Y Y Y Y Y Y - -
7 Jo [M] 2.8 1 2 55 0.00 0.50 0 0.00 - - - - Y Y Y Y Y - Y Y - - Y Y Y

For leading in the individual stats, Peter retains the title of West Coast Dominatrix of Relevant Knowledge.


Some players received prizes. Unless otherwise indicated, honourees were selected by the sponsor of each prize.

Honour Honouree Prize Reason Sponsor
West Coast Dominatrix of Relevant Knowledge Peter of FARSIDE handcuffs averaging 80 points per game Peter of FARSIDE
Most incorrect interrupts Philip of Master and Charmander Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates And What You Can Do About It, by noted Vancouver physician Gabor Maté having 6 incorrect interrupts Peter of FARSIDE
Answering the most current current-events question Carlos of Taming of the Sandshrew an extra-large Twitter T-shirt answering a bonus about the Rio Olympics Hanson of Taming of the Sandshrew
Worst repeat Philip of Master and Charmander a broken record forgetting to remove a bonus question about certain Canadian national parks from the packet he was reading, after some of the same clues with the same answers had come up in an earlier packet Peter of FARSIDE

General observations and lessons learned

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