Yes, Virginia, there is a Big Lots. (Or maybe I should say Little
In past years the Big Lots trash tournament has been a mirror of the
excellent FOGHAT tournament. As you may know, FOGHAT was postponed
indefinitely. We were on the verge of canceling due to a lack of
questions, but Michael Kearney came galloping to the rescue. So
there will be a Big Lots Clearance Open trash tournament at UT-
Chattanooga on Sun., Oct. 21. 2007. That's the day after COTKU,
which is an academic collegiate tournament (see previous announcement
There will be some house packets written mostly by Michael with a
little help from your genial quizmaster. But Big Lots this year will
essentially be a guerrilla tournament, meaning the questions will get
little or no editing beforehand. Therefore, we are dramatically
altering the fee structure:
If you submit a full packet to SteinhiceC [at] comcast [dot] net for
our review by Wed., Oct. 17. your team's fee will be $10.
If you don't submit the packet by Oct. 17 but bring a full packet
(with seven copies) with you on Sun. 10/21, your team's fee will be
If you provide no packet, your team's fees will be $50.
Packet specification details are below.
Tournament registration will begin at 8:30 AM EDT on 10/21 in Holt
Hall, room 124. At 9 AM we will release a schedule, based on who
actually shows up, and then begin tournament play. The tournament
length depends on how many teams and how many packets we get, but I'd
guess a length of 7-9 rounds and a finishing time between 4 and 6 PM.
If you plan to attend, please send the following information:
* How many teams you'll bring
* Whether and when we can expect packets
* The relative experience level of your team
Please send this information to BOTH SteinhiceC [at] comcast [dot]
net AND utcquizbowl [at] gmail [dot] com.
* From Atlanta and points south -- take I-75 to Chattanooga, then
I-24 west towards downtown, then follow the freeway splitoff for U.S.
27 North, downtown Chattanooga. From 27 North take the 4th Street
exit, within sight of the Tennessee Aquarium. Go right on 4th St.
(you have no choice) and follow it for ca. 1 mile. Go past the UTC
Arena, after which E. 4th St. becomes part of E. 3rd St. After that,
take the second right onto Palmetto St. Go two blocks and turn right
onto Vine St. (just past the EMCS Building.) Just before the place
where Vine St. is blocked off, the parking lot for Holt is on the
* From Knoxville and points north -- take I-75 to Chattanooga,
then I- 24 West; directions from there same as above.
* From Nashville and points west/north: Take I-24 east to
Chattanooga. As you round Moccasin Bend (freeway goes alongside
river) watch for two exit lanes on the right; take the less rightward
of the two, which will have signs above it for U.S. 27 N. Rest of
directions are the same as above.
* From Birmingham and points southwest: Take I-59 to the outskirts
of Chattanooga, where it dead-ends into I-24. Get on I-24 East and
follow the Nashville directions from there.
PACKET SPECIFICATIONS: First, some format preferences: If at all
possible, please send me packets in MS Word or RTF. Please place the
required parts of each answer in bold, please put answers on a
separate line from the question, and please precede them with the
word "Answer:". If you want to save me some more time, make the font
11 pt Times New Roman and the margins 1/2" all around.
To allow for bonus laming and to simplify editing of the
inevitable numerous duplicates, each packet submitted needs to
contain at least 25 tossup and 25 boni. Visual, tactile, and even
gustatory boni will be accepted if possible; due to equipment issues,
audio questions won't. We will consider physical challenge questions,
provided they do not conflict with giving every team a fair shot
regardless of individual members' physical limitations. Keep in mind
when you are preparing packets and considering unorthodox boni that
these questions will be used at mirror events elsewhere in the
country, and whatever we do here needs to be replicable there.
General distribution guidelines (in each case, we need
that many tossups and that many boni):
3 - 4 Movies
3 - 4 TV
3 - 4 Sports
3 - 4 Music
[Note: for the four categories listed above, please make sure you
have at least one pre-1990 and at least one post-2000 of each.]
At least 1 each, but no more than 2 each, of:
Food & beverages
No minimum requirement, but no more than 2 each:
Videogames & computer games
Other computer stuff
Trashy current events
Road trip effluvium
Anything else you think of is fine as long as there are no more
than two questions per as-yet-unnamed category.