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*Definition of a Locked Quiz

Locked quiz - A quiz is officially locked at the concluding of the question in which two components are fulfilled:

  1. One team (team A) has lower points than another team (team B) and cannot win without the help of the other team (team B);
  2. A team (Team B) no longer has to participate in the quiz against another team (Team A) in order to win the quiz.
Example 1:
After Q# 19, Team B has 170 points and Team A has 120 points. Unless Team B incorrectly answers an interrupted Q# 20, Team A cannot win. The quiz is a locked quiz.
Example 2:
After Q# 19, Team B has 170 points and Team A has 135 points. Unless Team B incorrectly answers an interrupted Q# 20, Team A cannot win. However, if Team A has one quizzer (Quizzer A1) with 7 correctly answered questions, the quiz is not locked because there is still a chance for Team A to win the game if Quizzer A1 correctly answers the question and gains ten bonus points for quizzing out. Team A can avoid losing the quiz without help from Team B. After Q# 20, this quiz is not a locked quiz.
Example 3:
Team A has two quizzers. Without interrupting a question, quizzer A1 misses Question numbers 1 through 5 and is subsequently taken off the board for having 5 errors. Quizzer A2 then misses Question numbers 6 through 10 without interrupting a question. The score is now 10 to -50 in favor of Team B. This quiz is now a locked quiz since “Team B no longer has to participate in the quiz against Team A in order to win the quiz.”
Example 4:
After Q# 19, Team B has 170 points and two quizzers left and Team A has 130 points with one quizzer who has 7 questions correct left. Quizzer A1 correctly answers Q# 20, gaining the 30 points for the question and 10 points for quizzing out with 8 correct. The game is now going into overtime tied 170 to 170 with Team B having both quizzers and team A having no quizzers at the board. The quiz is NOT locked since it does not meet both definitions of a locked quiz. In this overtime example, there are four scenarios that can happen: 1.) Team B answers OT Q#1 correct and locks the quiz, 2.) Team B answers OT Q#1 incorrect, but OT Q#2 correct and locks the quiz; 3.)Team B incorrectly answers all three OT questions, the quiz is finished and locked and Team A has won; or 4.) Team B answers OT Q # 1 and 2 incorrect, but OT Q#3 correct and goes into double over time.

Unlocking a quiz - The entirety of the quiz will be read through even if a quiz is locked before the final question. That said, a quiz CAN be unlocked. If a team who has locked the quiz (Team B) incorrectly answers questions sufficient to allow the losing team (Team A) to answer enough questions correctly to win the quiz. Team B can only unlock a quiz by incorrectly answering one or more interrupted questions. Team B cannot unlock a quiz if the remainder of the questions they (Team B) answer are uninterrupted. For scorekeeping purposes, the officially recognized quiz lock will be the last time the quiz is locked according to its definition.

Example 1:
Team B correctly answers Q#18. After Q#18, Team B has 150 points and Team A has 80 points and no quizzers with 6 correct. The quiz is locked in favor of team B. However, Team B interrupts question Q# 19 and incorrectly answers the question. This gives Team A the reread. If Team A correctly answers the question, the quiz is unlocked and the previous lock is disregarded. Team A now has the opportunity to win the quiz without the help of Team B and Team B must participate
Example 2:
Team B correctly answers Q#18. After Q#18, Team B has 150 points and Team A has 80 points and no quizzers with 6 correct. The quiz is locked in favor of team B. However, Team B interrupts question Q# 19 and incorrectly answers the question. This gives Team A the reread. If Team A incorrectly answers the question, the quiz remains locked. The point of the quiz lock will remain after Q#18. Even though Team B gave Team A the opportunity to unlock the quiz, Team A didn’t. Since the definition of a locked quiz is “at the concluding of the question in which one team (team A) has lower points than another team (team B) and cannot win without the help of the other team (team B)” and the officially recognized lock will be the last official lock, Q#19 could not be considered a locked quiz as it was not the first question that ended in an official lock.
Example 3:
Team B correctly answers Q#17. After Q#17, Team B has 150 points and Team A has 55 points and no quizzer with at least 5 correct. The quiz is locked in favor of Team B. Team B interrupts Q#18 and incorrectly answers it. Team A correctly answers the reread and unlocks the quiz. After Q#18, Team B has 135 points and Team A has 85 points. Team B then correctly answers Q#19 and the game is locked.

* This document was provided in its entirety by Ryan O'Neil.