Grail

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In quizbowl, a grail is a rare feat wherein one team correctly answers all tossups (usually 20, but this number varies depending on if the match is timed) heard in a game. The team does not need to answer all of the bonus parts correctly to achieve a grail.

Incomplete List of Teams That Have Achieved a Grail

College/Open

High School

Middle School

  • Middlesex Middle A at 2015 Manheim Township Middle School Academic Challenge against Landisville Middle A (785-(-5))
  • Miami Valley School A four times: once against Willis at Olentangy Liberty's AQUILA I (645-(-10)), once at the 2015 Ohio Middle School State Championship against St. Mary B (700-0), once at the 2016 Harvest Prep Fall Challenge against Delaware Dempsey (760-0), and once at the 3rd Annual Copley Middle School Invitational against St. Hilary A (765 -(-10)).
  • Barrington Station twice: at 2017 SMV Fall Gladiator Open against St. Mary's Visitation B 715–0 on November 4, 2017; and at 2018 Northwestern University Jr. Wildcat against St. Giles A 710–(-10) on March 10, 2018

Individual Grail

Even rarer, an individual grail occurs when a single individual, playing solo or with teammates, answers every tossup in a regulation match.

Incomplete List of Solo Teams That Have Achieved an Individual Grail or Near-Grail

College/Open

Grails

Near-Grails

  • Jerry Vinokurov was one tossup short of this mark playing solo against Athens State B at 2006 ACF Nationals.
  • Tom Waters, playing as an individual against GW B at a Maryland tournament in 1995, similarly managed 19 out of 20 tossups
  • R. Hentzel legendarily had an attempt at an individual grail foiled when he failed to identify an "Easy-Bake Oven."
  • Dylan Minarik playing solo at MUT 2016 almost grailed against NIU C, after NIU C answered the first tossup correctly and Dylan got the next 19.

High School

Grails

Near-Grails

  • Nate Kang of St. Margaret's Episcopal came within one correct tossup of grailing against Poway B (620-15) at ReKT II (in Prelims Rd. 3) in 2019. (N.B.: The only tossup he did not get correct came when he neg five'd it early, and Poway buzzed in with the correct answer at the end of the question.) scoreboard

Middle School Individual Grails

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