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What’s the Buzz? · News from NAQT

December 2, 2020

Update on Plans for 2021 National Championships

NAQT has signed contracts with hotels to host in-person versions of all of our 2021 national championships other than the Community College Championship Tournament. We have agreed with the hotels to review the public health situation in January, and we hope to have decisions regarding the 2021 championships by the end of January.

In the meantime, we are working on plans for in-person versions of our championships, and on backup plans for online versions. We will only run an online version of a championship if the in-person version is canceled. We will soon make determinations about the timing and general format each tournament would have if held online, then open registration for qualified teams.

We will not run in-person championships unless we believe we can run them safely and responsibly. If we are unable to run our championships in-person, we are confident we can provide superb online championship experiences.

December 1, 2020

You Gotta Know These Translations and Translators

Our latest You Gotta Know article covers ten translators and their seminal translations of major works of literature.

November 30, 2020

Cyber Monday Sale

For Cyber Monday, we are releasing new practice materials from Seasons 1 and 2 of NAQT’s online individual quiz competition, Buzzword.

For $99 you can get all the questions from Seasons 1 and 2, Levels A, B, and C for Season 1 and Season 2. That’s 2400 tossup questions, new to anyone at your school who didn’t play those Buzzword games. These questions will help your players prepare for team competitions, or Buzzword Season 4, which will start in January.

You can also buy the questions separately by level:

Buzzword Seasons 1–2, Level A: 800 tossups for $40

Buzzword Seasons 1–2, Level B: 800 tossups for $40

Buzzword Seasons 1–2, Level C: 800 tossups for $45

November 24, 2020

Buzzword Season 3 Results

Results for Season 3 of our online game, Buzzword, are now final!

Congratulations to our division winners:

Level A: Kate Ponnambalam (MS), Karsten Rynearson (HS), Alexander Koutsoukos (College), and Michael Laudermith (Open)

Level B: Charles Heydt (MS), Karsten Rynearson (HS), Alexander Koutsoukos (College), and Michael Laudermith (Open)

Level C: Charles Heydt (MS), Avinash Iyer (HS), Alex Schmidt (College), and Neil Gurram (Open)

Level D: Charles Heydt (MS), Kapil Nathan (HS), Eric Wolfsberg (College), and Matthew Jackson (Open)

Popular Culture: Jadon Pandian (MS), Guy Indorante (HS), Benjamin Kitchen (College), and Matthew Marcotte (Open)

Registration for Season 4 is now open!

November 19, 2020

Buzzword Season 4 and Special Events

The fourth season of Buzzword, our online game, starts Thursday, January 14!

We're also pleased to announce our next group of Buzzword special events. In December and January, we'll have events focusing on film, pop music, American history, and European history. We're also offering a special all-subject Buzzword Holiday Extravaganza from December 17 to December 22.

We're thrilled with the blog Defector to bring sports fans a Buzzword event based on the "Let's Remember Some Guys" series (available December 3 through December 8).

Join us for a trip down memory lane in this event focused on athletes who—while they might not make the Hall of Fame in their sport—are just notable enough to make you say “Hey, I remember that guy!” (Despite the title, the athletes covered in this game can be of any gender.)

Registration is now open for Season 4 and the group of special events.

October 12, 2020

In-Person Hosting Moratorium Extended to January 1, 2021

NAQT has decided to extend our moratorium on licensing questions for in-person quiz bowl tournaments in the United States through January 1, 2021.

We welcome proposals from hosts interested in using our question sets for online quiz bowl tournaments.