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No Trivial Matter


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I am writing this letter to concur with The Source's letter complaining about the Trivia Bee competition held February 20th and its procedural, factual and typographical faults. In my opinion, it was actually worse than that. I have played in various trivia competitions for 35 years, and I left the Trivia Bee that night more frustrated and angered than I have ever been at similar games. Not only do I take exception with the poor question writing, but in my heart-of-hearts feel that with all the missteps I have seen at the last two Trivia Bees the event seems [untrustworthy].

At a minimum, a question should be factual and clear. A good trivia question includes a balance of being interesting and entertaining to the audience. The majority of the questions I witnessed were not good. I sensed that the authors were either generally lazy, and just reported on current events available in recent press, or were tone deaf in figuring out what are fair questions.

I suspect the Trivia Bee in the Court of Public Opinion would state a defense of "Hey, it's for charity," or "Hey, it's just for fun." I would counter that for a business-sponsored entry fee of $500 per team we should expect a better and more enjoyable event and a certain amount of fairness for the participants. I applaud comments made in The Source noting previous faults made in the last five years of the Trivia Bee, but remain amazed at why the competition cannot improve its product. If not improved, I predict the Trivia Bee will dissolve and lose out in being a stalwart fundraiser for those who depend on the charity.

I agree with [the writer] that Zydeco restaurant provided wonderful food. I disagree with [the writer] that allowing teams to buy a correct question for $50 is a good idea (with the money likely coming out of the participants' pockets). With a competition fraught with poor questions, blown calls by the judges and the possibility of team favoritism, why add an option making the competition even more unfair for those not being able to afford the $50?

And, oh yeah ... to the member of the audience who was a "marine biologist" and affirmed that a killer whale is a whale and not a dolphin as we learned in school: WTF!?

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