Teams must consist of at least three, but no more than five, players.
One player must be designated as the Team Captain, and will be responsible for
representing her/his team in random drawings.
Calculators may be used.
Structure of the Contest
A random draw for seating positions will be held.
The final round will consist of 40 questions.
Rules for Answering Questions
Responses to questions may be made only via pressing the InterwriteTM clicker buttons.
No voice responses are allowed.
Each team is allowed only one response per question. Thus, once a response is made, it
cannot be changed.
After a question is presented, each team has 60 seconds to respond. Responses made
after 60 seconds will not be recorded.
Information on the elapsed time, and on how many teams have responded by that time,
will be available on the problem-viewing screen.
The responses of the teams already responding will NOT be available during the 60-seconds
The wireless clicker system records the responses in the order in which they are made. Since it
is possible that more than one team may respond with the correct answer, the following scoring
system will be used:
The first team to respond with the correct answer will be awarded three points.
The second team to respond with the correct answer will be awarded two points.
The third team to respond with the correct answer will be awarded one point.
Teams responding with the correct answer, but not among the first three correct
responders, will receive no points.
Teams responding with an incorrect answer will lose one point, regardless of their position
Operating the InterwriteTM Clickers
To send a response, the letter (A, B, C, D or E) must be keyed, followed by hitting the
ENTER button (green arrow). The response is not sent to the system until the
ENTER button is pressed!!!
Do NOT turn the power off!!! This will disconnect your clicker from the system and
prevent you from sending responses.
Avoid pressing keys other than A-E and the ENTER key. This may prevent you from sending
your responses to the questions.
If for some reason your clicker disconnects from the system, the judge will help you
reconnect AFTER the current question is finished.
Dealing with the "Sleep Mode" feature of the clickers: The sleep mode interval has been set
at two minutes. If your clicker goes into sleep mode, pressing any key (only once) will
General Rules of Operation
For each question, after 60 seconds (or after all teams have responded) the responses will
be displayed. The correct answer will be announced and the scores updated per the rules
There are two score verifiers in the audience keeping a written copy of the score as the
game progresses. If an error is made on the scoreboard, it is the duty of the score verifiers
to stop the game AT THE END OF THE QUESTION to correct the scoreboard. THE
DECISIONS OF THE SCORE VERIFIERS ARE FINAL!
In the unlikely event of failure of the clicker system, play will continue using hand-held cards.
In that case, the team captain (only) raises her/his team card to indicate the order of
response, which will be recorded by the judge. At the end of one minute, the judge calls on
each team captain for her/his team's response. The score is tallied as described above.
Determining the Winning Team
To win the contest, a team must:
have the highest score after 40 questions in the final round; OR
be in a tie after 40 questions and win the ensuing tie-breaker (see below).
Ties for first place in the final round.
If two or more teams are tied for first place after 40 questions, ONLY THESE TEAMS will
continue in a sudden-death tie-breaker of up to five more questions.
If EXACTLY TWO teams are tied for 1st place, then the loser of the tie-breaker is
awarded 2nd place and the winner of the tie-breaker is awarded 1st place. If the two teams
are tied at the end of the tie-breaker, then the winner will be determined by random
If MORE THAN TWO teams are tied for 1st place, the first team to move ahead will be
declared the winner and the remaining teams will continue to compete for 2nd place. Any
team falling behind will be immediately eliminated from the competition. The tie-breaker
continues until the 1st and 2nd place teams are unambiguous, or up to five questions. Any
remaining ties will be resolved by random draw.
Ties for second place in the final round
If the 1st place team is determined after 40 questions, but there are ties for
2nd place, the tied teams will continue as above in a sudden-death tie-breaker.