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On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252! (Results Posted)

Post by 9021amyers » Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:37 am

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On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252! The lights of the stadium have been turned on, and conditions are ideal: all signs are pointing toward a fantastic evening of action. This meet has invited some of the world's greatest competitors, and they all have their eyes set on that gold medal. They are prepared to run faster, jump higher, throw farther, and answer more esoteric trivia questions than they ever have before. If that's not enough to get your blood pumped, then here's some inspirational music for you.

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The first event is about to get underway, but first, let's go over the ground rules of this competition:

1. The goal is to provide the least popular answer to each question.
2. Correct responses will receive a score of the number of people who gave the response to that question. The most popular response will be known as the "HARE" at this event. Why hare instead of sheep, you ask? Two reasons: in the fabled race of lore, it was the hare who was outsmarted by the tortoise; and in running, it is the hare that sets the pace for all the other competitors before he is overtaken.
3. Incorrect responses will receive the score of the "hare" for that question, plus five points.
4. The competition consists of three rounds: a preliminary round, a semi-final, and a final. There will be two cuts, upon the conclusion of both the preliminary and semi-final rounds; after each round, the top two-thirds (plus ties) of contestants will advance to the next round. The remaining contestants will take no further part in the competition, and their responses for all subsequent questions will be discarded. The winner will be the player with the lowest cumulative score: point totals will carry over both cuts. (The competition consists of only one round, with no cuts.)
5. The competition follows a modified format of high jump or pole vault competitions. While those athletes have unlimited opportunities to "pass" an attempt to clear the bar and proceed to the next height, contestants are allowed only TWO chances to type a response of "PASS" for a score of zero for that question.
6. Likewise, jumpers and vaulters are allowed to commit two fouls on an attempt without penalty, but are disqualified after committing three consecutive fouls without clearing the bar. Contestants will be allowed TWO chances to type a response "FOUL" to receive the "hare" score for that question; that is, the score of the most popular correct response.
7. Passes and fouls may be taken at any point in the competition, but remember the two cut lines when deciding to use them.
8. For all questions where a lettered list of options is provided (questions 5, 7, 12, and 13 3, 5, 7, and 13), a letter must be included in the response to be considered correct. Question 7 responses should be given as a two-character alphanumeric code.
9. Five bonus questions are provided throughout the competition. Contestants may answer any and all parts of bonus questions without penalty for incorrect responses.
10. NO OUTSIDE RESEARCH IS ALLOWED. Use only your own brain. Those who are found cheating are subject to a two-year ban for doping.
11. Please submit your responses using this Google Form. DO NOT SEND ME YOUR RESPONSES IN A PM. Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 PM (Eastern) on Sunday, July 19.
12. Do not post any answers in this thread prior to the deadline for submissions. If there is an issue with a question that would not give away an answer, feel free to post in this thread; otherwise, PM me for clarification.
13. In case of a tie, the sequence of tiebreakers will be the number of singletons, the number of correct responses given, and the time of entry.

And with that, let the games begin!
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Re: On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252!

Post by 9021amyers » Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:38 am

Please use this Google Form to submit your answers.

PRELIMINARY ROUND (Disregard)

1. The World Championships in Athletics begin next month, and will consist of events including 27 disciplines within track and field, road running, and race walking. One event that will not appear is the distance medley relay (DMR), where teams of four runners alternate legs of 1200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, and 1600 meters around the track. Though the DMR will not be contested at the World Championships, it was recognized as an official event by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in May 2015, making it eligible for world records. Name a non-championship race distance (not held in the World Championships or Olympics) in track, road running, or race walking for which the IAAF certifies official world records. Please follow the standard nomenclature in athletics: track distances are given in meters, and road distances are given in kilometers. Not all events are named for their metric length. Walking events must be specified as such. (26 possible answers; 8 track, 7 road, 6 walk, 5 relay)

2. The 2015 World Championships will be held in Beijing, China. The championships will take place in the same stadium that hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, making Beijing the eighth city to host both events. Name a city that has hosted the World Championships in Athletics since its inception in 1983 to the present. Note: Only one World Championships has been held outside of Europe or Asia. (14 possible answers)

BONUS: The main elite competition throughout the track and field season is the IAAF Diamond League, consisting of fourteen prestigious track meets held around the world. Two of these meets, one in Europe and one in North America, share remarkably similar origins: both were founded in the 1970s in the memory of a star middle-distance runner who had recently been killed in a car accident, for whom both meets are still named. For -1 point each, name either city that hosts such a meet, and/or either athlete who provides the meet's namesake. Two bonus points will only be awarded for matching the city with the correct athlete.

13. 3. In addition to the World Championships in Athletics, the IAAF also holds the World Indoor Championships for indoor track and field. The next World Indoor Championships will be held next March in Portland, Oregon, in the backyard of Nike’s global headquarters. Nike and other shoe companies use the World Championships and other major races as opportunities to claim “bragging rights” based on the performances of the elite athletes shod in their footwear. The shoes below were featured in Runner’s World magazine’s spring or summer shoe guide for 2015. Based on the photos, identify the brand of any shoe; specific model names are not necessary. Note: one image has been altered to obscure a brand name. (12 possible answers)
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3. 4. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is track and field’s biggest star by a wide margin. He is the twice-defending Olympic gold medalist and current world record holder at both the 100 and 200 meter dash -- accolades that also apply to the Jamaican 4x100 relay team he anchors. Bolt’s status as the “World’s Fastest Man” netted him $23 million in endorsements in 2014, according to Forbes magazine, yet he only earned about $200,000 in competition earnings, making him only the 45th-highest-paid athlete on Forbes’ rich list last year. Bolt has publicly contemplated starting a second career as a soccer player after retiring from sprinting; name a soccer player who earned more money than Usain Bolt in 2014, or a professional club any of those players played for during the 2014-15 season. (13 possible answers; 8 players, 5 clubs)

5. Perhaps the only female athlete whose dominance on the track can compare to Usain Bolt’s is Ethiopian runner Tirunesh Dibaba. Nicknamed “the Baby-Faced Destroyer,” Tirunesh has won three Olympic and five World Championships gold medals in distance running, as well as currently holding the world record at 5000 meters – the only current women’s track record set since the year 2000. Tirunesh is sitting out the 2015 season while expecting her first child, but her absence in women’s track may very well be filled by her younger sister. Since 2014, Genzebe Dibaba broke has set world records indoors for 1500, 3000, and 5000 meters; just last week, she ran a 1500 meter race at a meet in Barcelona in 3 minutes, 54 seconds -- the fastest time any woman has run since 1997. In honor of the Dibabas, name one of the famous pairs of sisters described below; please provide full names for both sisters, unless otherwise noted. (12 possible answers)
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A. This choreographer was the creative force behind the NBC sitcom “A Different World;” her older sister starred in the series it spun off from.
B. These British sisters, both authors, died within five months of each other in 1848-49; their eldest sister would outlive them by six more years.
C. These Aussies can both claim many hit songs on the U.K. music charts; the older sister went to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988 with a cover of a song written by Carole King, then went 13 years before charting again in America.
D. These two socialites and reality TV stars have both married (and divorced) NBA players.
E. The older sister won a Golden Globe award in 1982 for best actress in a television drama; the younger sister has written novels that have been translated into over forty languages.
F. Born nearly twenty years apart, these sisters have combined for 27 number-one singles on the Billboard country charts as solo artists; their original last name is Webb.
G. These sisters both represented the United States in figure skating at the Winter Olympics; the older sister won gold in 2002.
H. This actress portrays the Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; her older sisters were also actresses from a young age, but have since become more actively involved in the fashion industry. (name the younger sister plus either older sister)
I. This Canadian indie-pop duo, last name Quin, had their most successful song to date in 2014 with “Everything is Awesome,” from the soundrack to The Lego Movie. (full names are not needed)
J. The appearance of this actress’ character on the ABC sitcom “Growing Pains” was frequently compared to her real-life sister, who was a champion swimmer before taking on a career as a sportscaster.
K. The Fox television network's 2015-16 season will include the two series starring these sisters returning to its prime-time lineup for an eleventh and fifth season, respectively.
L. This actress and food personality's "The Real Girl's Kitchen" made its debut on the Cooking Channel in 2014; her sister, a former Disney Channel star, has made four appearances as herself on the show to date.
6. Finland has historically been a power in track and field. In particular, the “Flying Finns” were known for their strength in distance running from the 1920s until the 1970s, with Finnish athletes having won Olympic gold in every distance event: the 1500, 5000, and 10000 meter races, the 3000 meter steeplechase, and the marathon. Name a country that has won Olympic gold medals in at least two of these five events since 1920, the first year all five appeared at the same Olympics. Women's results are included, though women did not begin competing in these events until more recently. Note: historical countries and their successor states are counted separately. (17 possible answers)

BONUS: For -2 points, name one of the two countries whose ONLY Olympic medal to date is a gold medal in a track and field event.


SEMI-FINAL ROUND (Disregard)

7. The “Flying Finn” nickname is also famous on another kind of track: in Formula 1 racing, eight Finnish drivers have qualified for an official Grand Prix race. While other countries have produced more racing drivers than Finland, none can match its F1 success per capita; three Finns have won the World Drivers’ Championship, and all but one of the Finns to compete in Grand Prix racing have achieved at least one podium finish. The names of the eight Finns to compete in Formula 1, the constructors they drove for, and their years active are listed below, as are pictures of each driver. Match the driver to his picture. Beware: one of the pictures is of a current Formula 1 driver who does not race with a Finnish license. Extra hint: none of the drivers in the top row drove for Ferrari. (8 possible answers)
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A. Leo Kinnunen; Surtees (1974)
B. Keke Rosberg; Theodore, ATS, Wolf, Fittipaldi, Williams, McLaren (1978-1986)
C. JJ Lehto; Onyx, Dallara, Sauber, Benetton (1989-1994)
D. Mika Hakkinen; Lotus, McLaren (1991-2001)
E. Mika Salo; Lotus, Tyrrell, Arrows, BAR, Ferrari, Sauber, Toyota (1994-2000; 2002)
F. Kimi Raikkonen; Sauber, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus (2001-2009; 2012-present)
G. Heikki Kovalainen; Renault, McLaren, Lotus, Caterham (2007-2013)
H. Valtteri Bottas; Williams (2012-present)

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BONUS: As mentioned previously, one of the drivers pictured is a current Formula 1 driver who does not race with a Finnish license. For -1 point each, A: identify the photo of the non-Finnish driver, B: name him, and C: give the reason why he would be included among the eight other drivers shown.

8. The pole vault can claim the first athlete to be featured on the front of a Wheaties box: “Vaulting Vicar” Bob Richards, two-time gold medalist in the event, achieved that milestone in 1958. It appears that athlete endorsements don’t have the same selling power they used to; Wheaties only generated $17 million in sales in 2014, a paltry sum compared to the $994 million in sales generated by its General Mills sister brand Cheerios. Name a variety of Cheerios breakfast cereal currently for sale in the United States. (15 possible answers)

9. Out of the four field events that involve throwing, the only one that does not make up part of the decathlon is the hammer throw. The event has its origins in Scottish soldiers resorting to hurling sledgehammers after conventional weapons were banned by occupying English forces at the end of the 13th century; the object thrown has evolved so that it bears little resemblance to the tools you have lying around your garage. Name a retail company ranked among the top 100 retailers in sales for 2014 by the National Retail Federation that specializes in home improvement or automotive supplies, excluding department and discount store chains. Note: the NRF's sales criteria excludes wholesale and non-retail service business activities from its revenue estimates. To avoid obvious neg-bait, I'll reveal straight away that NAPA Auto Parts, which has a significant wholesale operation, does not reach the NRF's top 100 threshold on retail sales alone; in addition, no automotive chain whose locations typically include garages for tire or maintenance services made the top 100 on retail sales. (10 possible answers)

10. Onto a completely different kind of field event: name a film (including TV movies), TV series, or miniseries for which Sally Field has been nominated for an Oscar, Emmy, or Golden Globe award for acting. (13 possible answers)


FINAL ROUND (Disregard)

11. British marathoner Paula Radcliffe retired from the sport after the 2015 London Marathon, a decade after setting the women’s world record at the same race. While most mortals will never come close to her 2005 time of 2:17:42, that has not deterred many men and women from conquering the 26.2-mile distance anyway. In its 2014 annual report, the non-profit group Running USA reported that over 550,000 Americans completed a marathon last year. Name one of the fifteen marathon races in the U.S. with the largest number of finishers in 2014. Note: ten of these races are named after the city where they are run; the others can be identified by either their official name or a major city along the route. One race is entirely run on private property. (15 possible answers)

4. 12. Between August 26, 1977, and June 4, 1987, American sprinter Edwin Moses ran 122 races in the 400 meter hurdles without a defeat. Moses’ mastery of the event brought a sense of stability to the sport that other sports would have dreamed of over the course of that decade. Professional boxing's heavyweight division, for one, spent all but the first seven months of that span without an undisputed champion. Name anyone who held the title of World Heavyweight Boxing Champion during Moses’ winning streak. Note: includes WBA and WBC title belts, plus IBF belt after 1983. (17 possible answers)

12. 13. Race walking is usually only mentioned in popular culture as the butt of jokes, but it has been the subject of at least one major motion picture: 1966's Walk, Don't Run, which is also notable for being Cary Grant's last appearance in a feature film. (The movie still doesn’t portray the sport in high esteem: the athlete character spends most of the movie evading questions about what sport he competes in, and it suggests a 60-year-old Grant could race competitively in the Olympics with no training at all.) Listed below are the final films of ten actors and actresses. Based on the details provided, name who made their last credited film appearance in one of these films. (10 possible answers)
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A. Brainstorm (1983) – After her 1981 drowning death during a break in this film’s production, a body double was used for her character’s remaining scenes.
B. The Deer Hunter (1978) – Though he only appeared in five films before dying of cancer at age 42, four of those movies – including this one – currently appear on IMDB’s Top 250 list.
C. Network (1976) -- Although posthumously awarded the Oscar for his role, he was later nominated posthumously for an Emmy for his portrayal of Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin in the 1977 TV movie Raid on Entebbe.
D. The Misfits (1961) – This film’s troubled production contributed to the dissolution of her marriage to the film’s screenwriter.
E. War Requiem (1989) – Though War Requiem features the last role of this stage master, archived footage of him was notably used to construct a character in 2004’s Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
F. The Delta Force (1986) – Negative reviews for this military action movie unfavorably compared it to his earlier work in The Dirty Dozen; coincidentally, his next-to-last role was for a made-for-TV Dirty Dozen sequel.
G. Always (1989) – After her final film appearance, she released a documentary series and children’s album for which she would receive posthumous Emmy and Grammy awards, respectively.
H. High Society (1956) – She retired from acting at the age of 26, yet remained one of the world’s most visible women until her death in 1982.
I. The Killers (1964) – Depending on your political leanings, you may find it fitting or unfortunate that his last role before changing careers was in the only film where he played a villain.
J. The Flintstones (1994) – In what could be considered an unworthy send-off for a screen legend, she played Fred Flintstone’s mother-in-law.
BONUS: For -1 point, name the other acting great (besides the answer to clue D) who last appeared on film in 1961’s The Misfits.

14. As the “Blue Riband” of track and field, the mile run is traditionally the last event on the schedule at track and field meets. Though Roger Bannister famously broke the four-minute barrier in 1954, sub-four-minute times have been achieved thousands of times in the decades since. In 1985, former world record holder John Walker became the first man to run 100 sub-four-minute miles in competition. Despite having a name that brings to mind a certain type of potent potable, Walker hails from New Zealand, not Scotland, and is of no relation to the Johnnie Walker whisky concern. Name one of the five categories of Scotch whisky defined by the Scotch Whisky Regulations of 2009, or one of the five traditional whisky-producing regions of Scotland. Note: a whisky's category is determined by the ingredients of the mash, and the composition of the finished product upon bottling. (10 possible answers)

BONUS: When John Walker set the world record of 3:49.4 in 1975, he became the first athlete to run a mile in under 3 minutes, 50 seconds; this time is now the standard for world-class middle-distance runners. For -1 point, name a country (besides New Zealand) whose current national record in the men’s mile run is under 3:50; for an additional -2 points, also name the athlete who currently holds that country’s record. Note: current country names only.

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Re: On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252!

Post by 9021amyers » Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:39 am

Clarifications

On Question 1, "track and field" refers to outdoor events only. Indoor track and field has its own set of standard events that deviates from outdoor competition in a few areas; some of those are recognized outdoors (and would be valid answers), and some aren't (which would not be valid answers). The 26 possible answers include 8 track races, 7 road races, 6 race walks, and 5 relays; with the exception of one race walk and one relay on roads, all events in those respective categories are held on a track.

On Question 2, all but one of the host cities of the World Championships in Athletics are located in Europe or Asia.

For the bonus to Question 2, players may name one city and one athlete, but it must be the correct match to receive two bonus points. City A and Athlete A gets two points; City A and Athlete B only gets one.

On Question 4, the 13 possible answers include 8 players and 5 clubs.

On Question 5, option H, any combination of younger sister and older sister will be counted as one and the same; naming both older sisters without naming the younger sister would be counted as wrong.

Question 7 is better approached as a logic puzzle than whether or not you recognize any of them. There are certain details that can put every picture in a certain time and place; compare those to the information provided for each driver and the hint I gave within the question, and work from there. It's not impossible!

On Question 10, TV movies are included as possible answers.
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Re: On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252!

Post by 9021amyers » Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:39 am

Contestants (as of 7/20 at 12:00 AM EDT)
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  1. MarkBarrett
  2. dnbguy
  3. Gamawire
  4. Rackme32
  5. Peachbox
  6. Caboom
  7. quarterrican
  8. Ryno
  9. Magna
  10. patkav
  11. mennoknight
  12. mahatma
  13. colonialrampage
  14. econgator
  15. Coolcah36
  16. whatisbishkek
  17. coachp
  18. Vermonter
  19. dott888
  20. Bamaman
  21. BigDaddyMatty
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Re: On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252! (Questions Posted)

Post by immaf » Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:44 am

These questions are (in my opinion) incredibly hard. (In the first round, I knew an answer for #5. That's it.) They are also very long. (I actually only bothered to read through the first round. There's little point in slogging through all that text when I'm pretty sure I won't know any answers.)

In fairness, track and field is NOT my thing. I watch a little during the Olympics, but I don't follow it. The rest of y'all have fun!
Teems with quiet fun.

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Re: On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252! (Questions Posted)

Post by 9021amyers » Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:16 am

immaf wrote:These questions are (in my opinion) incredibly hard. (In the first round, I knew an answer for #5. That's it.) They are also very long. (I actually only bothered to read through the first round. There's little point in slogging through all that text when I'm pretty sure I won't know any answers.)

In fairness, track and field is NOT my thing. I watch a little during the Olympics, but I don't follow it. The rest of y'all have fun!
I'll admit I've been concerned that the level of difficulty on this quiz was a big step up from what has been the norm for the last few weeks; I started working on this quiz in a couple of months ago, during a stretch of harder TDs. It's a learning process. I'll be keeping an eye on the responses over the next day or so, and see if I need to re-work the questions to trim down the exposition and tease out the answers a little more.

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Re: On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252! (Questions Posted)

Post by gamawire » Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:34 am

immaf wrote:These questions are (in my opinion) incredibly hard. (In the first round, I knew an answer for #5. That's it.) They are also very long. (I actually only bothered to read through the first round. There's little point in slogging through all that text when I'm pretty sure I won't know any answers.)

In fairness, track and field is NOT my thing. I watch a little during the Olympics, but I don't follow it. The rest of y'all have fun!
You might want to try - I think the questions got easier as it went along (but it could just be me!).
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Re: On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252! (Questions Posted)

Post by Bamaman » Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:12 pm

9021amyers wrote:
immaf wrote:These questions are (in my opinion) incredibly hard. (In the first round, I knew an answer for #5. That's it.) They are also very long. (I actually only bothered to read through the first round. There's little point in slogging through all that text when I'm pretty sure I won't know any answers.)

In fairness, track and field is NOT my thing. I watch a little during the Olympics, but I don't follow it. The rest of y'all have fun!
I'll admit I've been concerned that the level of difficulty on this quiz was a big step up from what has been the norm for the last few weeks; I started working on this quiz in a couple of months ago, during a stretch of harder TDs. It's a learning process. I'll be keeping an eye on the responses over the next day or so, and see if I need to re-work the questions to trim down the exposition and tease out the answers a little more.
I think it would be best if you left it as it is. Re-wording the questions in the middle of the game would be unfair to those who had already entered.

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Re: On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252! (Questions Posted)

Post by Caboom » Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:24 pm

Bamaman wrote:I think it would be best if you left it as it is. Re-wording the questions in the middle of the game would be unfair to those who had already entered.
Agreed.

I don't think this is much harder than most of the previous TD's, at least if you go back more than just a couple of weeks. And there have been a few that have been way harder than this. But then I'm from Finland and I follow track and field, so YMMW. :lol:

Besides, being able to use 2 drops and 2 sheeps is more than is allowed in most TD's.

A few questions:
For the bonus of question 2, are we allowed to guess one city and one athlete?
For 5H, are the sisters counted as separate answers?

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Re: On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252! (Questions Posted)

Post by Category 13 » Sun Jul 12, 2015 4:57 pm

gamawire wrote:
immaf wrote:These questions are (in my opinion) incredibly hard. (In the first round, I knew an answer for #5. That's it.) They are also very long. (I actually only bothered to read through the first round. There's little point in slogging through all that text when I'm pretty sure I won't know any answers.)

In fairness, track and field is NOT my thing. I watch a little during the Olympics, but I don't follow it. The rest of y'all have fun!
You might want to try - I think the questions got easier as it went along (but it could just be me!).
Well, I made the effort to slog through all of the questions, and they did get easier in the later rounds. But out of the six questions that I knew at least one answer to, only one of them was in the Preliminary Round. Even if I used two PASSes and two FOULs, I don't like my chances of advancing to the Semi Final.
So if the majority of my answers are going to end up discarded, I see no incentive to submit an entry.

It's too bad (for me, anyway) that the most interesting/fun questions were in the Final Round.

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Re: On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252!

Post by econgator » Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:06 pm

9021amyers wrote:7. The “Flying Finn” nickname is also famous on another kind of track: in Formula 1 racing, eight Finnish drivers have qualified for an official Grand Prix race. While other countries have produced more racing drivers than Finland, none can match its F1 success per capita; three Finns have won the World Drivers’ Championship, and all but one of the Finns to compete in Grand Prix racing have achieved at least one podium finish. The names of the eight Finns to compete in Formula 1, the constructors they drove for, and their years active are listed below, as are pictures of each driver. Match the driver to his picture. Beware: one of the pictures is of a current Formula 1 driver who does not race with a Finnish license. Extra hint: none of the drivers in the top row drove for Ferrari. (8 possible answers)
Ahhh, the wheelhouse of all wheelhouses. I could have given you all 9 names outright. :)

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Re: On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252!

Post by Bamaman » Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:10 pm

econgator wrote:
9021amyers wrote:7. The “Flying Finn” nickname is also famous on another kind of track: in Formula 1 racing, eight Finnish drivers have qualified for an official Grand Prix race. While other countries have produced more racing drivers than Finland, none can match its F1 success per capita; three Finns have won the World Drivers’ Championship, and all but one of the Finns to compete in Grand Prix racing have achieved at least one podium finish. The names of the eight Finns to compete in Formula 1, the constructors they drove for, and their years active are listed below, as are pictures of each driver. Match the driver to his picture. Beware: one of the pictures is of a current Formula 1 driver who does not race with a Finnish license. Extra hint: none of the drivers in the top row drove for Ferrari. (8 possible answers)
Ahhh, the wheelhouse of all wheelhouses. I could have given you all 9 names outright. :)
I may take the hare option for this question. You will be the only one to get it right, my score will be one.

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Re: On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252! (Questions Posted)

Post by Caboom » Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:19 pm

May I suggest removing the division of this TD into three rounds?

I can see dividing the TD into three parts adds an element of strategy into using the FOULs and PASSes, but it's also unfair to those who do know answers for the beginning questions (and might have trouble later on), as it then forces to use the helps in the beginning or else risk disqualifying for the later rounds. Also, as it seems many find the first round to be the hardest, shutting people out might make it less likely for them to enter, as their answers for the latter questions would go to waste.

Or if you decide to keep the division, how about not shutting anyone out from the latter stages, but instead for example rewarding the winners of individual rounds with some bonus points.
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Re: On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252!

Post by Caboom » Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:25 pm

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9021amyers wrote:7. The “Flying Finn” nickname is also famous on another kind of track: in Formula 1 racing, eight Finnish drivers have qualified for an official Grand Prix race. While other countries have produced more racing drivers than Finland, none can match its F1 success per capita; three Finns have won the World Drivers’ Championship, and all but one of the Finns to compete in Grand Prix racing have achieved at least one podium finish. The names of the eight Finns to compete in Formula 1, the constructors they drove for, and their years active are listed below, as are pictures of each driver. Match the driver to his picture. Beware: one of the pictures is of a current Formula 1 driver who does not race with a Finnish license. Extra hint: none of the drivers in the top row drove for Ferrari. (8 possible answers)
Ahhh, the wheelhouse of all wheelhouses. I could have given you all 9 names outright. :)
Yeah I was bummed out when I realized the names were also given, after initially only seeing the pictures. :lol:

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Re: On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252! (Questions Posted)

Post by Category 13 » Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:36 pm

Caboom wrote:May I suggest removing the division of this TD into three rounds?

I can see dividing the TD into three parts adds an element of strategy into using the FOULs and PASSes, but it's also unfair to those who do know answers for the beginning questions (and might have trouble later on), as it then forces to use the helps in the beginning or else risk disqualifying for the later rounds. Also, as it seems many find the first round to be the hardest, shutting people out might make it less likely for them to enter, as their answers for the latter questions would go to waste.

Or if you decide to keep the divisions, how about not shutting anyone out from the latter stages, but instead for example reward the winners of individual rounds.
I just thought of a way to re-arrange it that might benefit some borderline entrees:
Flop the order of questions upside down, and have 9 thru 14 (14-9) be the first six questions. 8-5 the next four, and 4-1 the Final Round.

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Re: On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252! (Questions Posted)

Post by 9021amyers » Sun Jul 12, 2015 7:44 pm

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

I came up with the two-cut format for this TD with the intent of making people think about the value of the non-response options available to them. I still like that idea, but unfortunately, the sequence of questions I compiled wasn't right for what I wanted to do. You can see the progression of the theme as you go through the questions one-by-one (sprinting, distance running, field events, marathon, race walking), but that top-loaded the first half of the quiz with most of the wonkier sports-related questions. I certainly didn't mean to discourage people from taking part because the first round played against their weaknesses; not balancing the difficulty of the questions in a more equitable way is my fault.

So here's what I'm going to do. First of all, the rounds are hereby suspended: there will be no cuts, and every player's responses will count for the entire game. Second of all, I'm changing the order of a few questions.
  • the original Question 13(about shoe brands) is now Question 3;
  • the original Question 3 (about soccer players) is now Question 4;
  • the original Question 4 (about boxers) is now Question 12;
  • and the original Question 12 (about actors' last films) is now Question 13.
Give me a bit of time to edit the quiz to reflect these new changes, but it shouldn't take long. The big thing will be copying and pasting the new questions into TD Tracker (thanks, Vermonter!) to reflect the new order. To anyone who has already submitted their answers and may want to make changes to their responses due to the change in format, PM me, and I will make sure to edit your responses in the spreadsheet.

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Re: On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252! (Questions Posted + Format Change))

Post by Caboom » Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:08 pm

That's a good decision.

Even though I like formats with added strategic elements (having to choose carefully when to use the helps), being able to participate to the whole quiz seems more important to me. Certainly makes it less fun if you're booted out before the half way point and your answers go to waste. Perhaps there's some other way to add some extra strategy to using the helps.

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Re: On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252!

Post by Rackme32 » Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:22 pm

Bamaman wrote:
econgator wrote:
9021amyers wrote:7. The “Flying Finn” nickname is also famous on another kind of track: in Formula 1 racing, eight Finnish drivers have qualified for an official Grand Prix race. While other countries have produced more racing drivers than Finland, none can match its F1 success per capita; three Finns have won the World Drivers’ Championship, and all but one of the Finns to compete in Grand Prix racing have achieved at least one podium finish. The names of the eight Finns to compete in Formula 1, the constructors they drove for, and their years active are listed below, as are pictures of each driver. Match the driver to his picture. Beware: one of the pictures is of a current Formula 1 driver who does not race with a Finnish license. Extra hint: none of the drivers in the top row drove for Ferrari. (8 possible answers)
Ahhh, the wheelhouse of all wheelhouses. I could have given you all 9 names outright. :)
I may take the hare option for this question. You will be the only one to get it right, my score will be one.
I PASSed on this question... Went on the shoulder to do it on the right, and didn't use my blinker :)

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Re: On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252! (Questions Posted + Format Change)

Post by 9021amyers » Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:28 am

Incentive Time! I want people to play my game, so here's an opportunity for some bonus points.

In 2014, the prospects of breaking the 21-year-old high jump world record of 2.45 meters (8'0-1/4") set by Cuba's Javier Sotomayor went from virtually impossible to nearly inevitable. After two decades of nearly no one coming within two inches of the tall Cuban's record, no fewer than six athletes cleared 2.40 meters last year. To date, Sotomayor is still the only man to have jumped over eight feet, but he won't be for long. The favorite to break the record must be Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim, who became the second-best high jumper of all time by clearing 2.43 meters at the Diamond League meet in Brussels last September. One French television commentator was so elated by Barshim's leap, he broke out in song upon the Qatari athlete clearing the bar.

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The song is ubiquitous, and I shouldn't have to tell you who originally performed it. It is that singer's signature song, yet it only peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. However, two other songs of his have gone to number one on the Hot 100; for -1 point each, name either of the songs by that artist that were number one Billboard hits. Send me your answer by PM before the end of the day on Tuesday, and you will receive the points.

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Re: On Your Mark, Get Set...It's TD 252! (Questions Posted + Format Change)

Post by 9021amyers » Wed Jul 15, 2015 1:10 am

I'm going to keep this bonus question available for one more day, so I'd encourage anyone who hasn't sent me an answer to do so on Wednesday.

I have one more trick up my sleeve for bonus opportunities I'm planning to unveil on Thursday. If you haven't made a submission because you think the questions are too difficult, I'd suggest that you reconsider, because this one will be a game-changer -- like at Mexico City in 1968, when the world was introduced to the Fosbury Flop. Over half of the submissions thus far include at least one incorrect response, and at least two of those entries currently have lower scores than one of the error-free submissions; no matter how badly you think you might do, you will not be alone.

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