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Educational history is the key to the future for children

Looking for a fun and educational way to spend your summer? Check out the national history of the bee and bowl. This unique event offers children of casino players the opportunity to learn about history while participating in exciting tournaments. The National History Bee and Bowl program began in 2006 as a way for online casino teachers to supplement their curriculum. It quickly became one of the most popular [...]

2023-02-20T20:41:33-05:00May 13th, 2021|

King Billy Casino

The King Billy online casino welcomes players to a brand-new world of gaming with an abundance of bonuses and special offers. Despite the fact that the casino only opened its doors in 2017, it has quickly established itself as one of the best places to play online. The fact that the casino is the king when it comes to providing the best slots and video games in Australia and [...]

2023-02-21T13:52:45-05:00June 12th, 2019|

Sixty-Second Rounds

An NHBB sixty-second round is designed to gauge how much a team can quickly recall about a certain subject. The philosophy behind writing sixty-second rounds is very similar to that for writing tossups: we want to reward depth of knowledge while keeping the game competitive for new and novice players. Pyramidal clue ordering makes that happen for tossups; in sixty-second rounds, the job is done by differentiating the difficulty [...]

2017-10-29T12:41:52-04:00October 29th, 2017|

“Description Acceptable” Tossups

The vast majority of NHBB tossups have answers like "the Battle of Gettysburg," "Richard Nixon," or "France". These tossups can, without any worry of confusion, use phrases like "This battle," "This person," or "This country" to indicate what type of answer is being sought. Those answer lines will usually be very brief; there's very little need for specific directions to the moderator on what to do with alternative acceptable [...]

2021-07-22T17:05:29-04:00November 22nd, 2016|

What Makes a Good Clue?

In this lesson, we begin discussing what makes a clue good or bad. This lesson can only serve to start the discussion; it takes an immense amount of experience and writing practice to internalize this lesson. If you’ve only played quizbowl for a year or so, you will struggle with this in your early writing. If you’ve played quizbowl for a long time, you might be used to judging [...]

2016-08-30T13:32:54-04:00August 30th, 2016|

Clue Density

The goal of a tossup is to provide as many helpful clues as possible; the easiest way to make room for more clues is by cutting down on excessive wording that isn't providing clues! In this lesson, we discuss how wording can be condensed, using two example tossups that were taken from the fall 2015 Provisional Writer Program. Example 1: This man once asked to borrow a pinch of [...]

2016-08-30T13:11:00-04:00August 30th, 2016|

NHBB Cultural History

The following is a guide to how NHBB writes its cultural history questions. It's presented to NHBB writers as a means of explaining the job, and is presented to players more for "how to prepare for NHBB competition" purposes than any sort of real writing lesson. Somewhere between 15 and 25% of each NHBB packet is cultural history. Our full list of cultural history topics is Science & Technology, [...]

2021-07-22T17:16:39-04:00August 30th, 2016|


This lesson discusses what it means for a tossup to be pyramidal and dissects an example tossup.   The word pyramidal is used to invoke the mental image of a pyramid to represent the number of people who can buzz in during the tossup. The lead-in is compared to the capstone, and the giveaway is compared to the base. "More bricks at a lower level of the pyramid" serves as [...]

2016-08-29T17:20:08-04:00August 29th, 2016|

Tossup Themes

Quizbowl questions are meant to be both playable and educational; a player should be able to decide whether to buzz during the tossup and able to learn from the clues presented in the tossup afterwards. Therefore, we don't want a tossup to just string together a random collection of facts; the clues should be related to each other by some substantive theme. Doing so makes it easier for players [...]

2016-08-29T16:49:50-04:00August 29th, 2016|

Anatomy of a Tossup

This beginning lesson introduces how tossups are structured and explains some basic quizbowl terminology used in the later lessons on question writing. It's a great general introduction to the game of quizbowl, not just for beginning writers!   A tossup question is meant to determine which player knows the most about the subject at hand. The main difference between a quizbowl tossup and other forms of trivia questions is [...]

2021-07-22T17:01:42-04:00August 29th, 2016|
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