Terrapin Invitational Tournament
The Terrapin Invitational Tournament, sometimes formerly referred to as TIT, is an academic quizbowl tournament held at Maryland. It was first held in 1987, when Emory defeated Georgia Tech in the final.
Before 2019 Terrapin in Spring 2019, Terrapins were traditionally numbered with Roman numerals. However, the writers of the January 2008 tournament inadvertently skipped the number XXI, calling their tournament Terrapin XXII. To compensate, the November 2009 collaboration with Illinois was occasionally referred to as Terrapin XXI.
Year by year
The 2006 tournament was edited by Dan Greenstein, and directed by Brittany Clark and Ali Daniels. It was won by Chicago A. A bonus answer in the Masters packet from this tournament incorrectly gave the philosopher Willard Van Orman Quine's name as "William Van Orman Quince," and repeatedly referred to "Quince" throughout the rest of the bonus. This mistake was referenced in the answer space of a tossup from the 2009 Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament.
The 2008 tournament was edited by Jonathan Magin, Mike Bentley, Ray Luo, Eric Mukherjee, Matt Weiner and a few other contributers. It was directed by Mike Bentley and was a mirror of MLK. Brown went undefeated to win the Maryland tournament. It was also mirrored by Georgia, UCLA and Missouri S&T.
Winter 2009 (XXIII)
This tournament was edited mainly by Chris Ray and hosted in January 2009.
Fall 2009 (XXI)
This tournament was edited by Chris Ray, Mike Sorice and others as a combination with Illinois Open at "Regionals-plus" difficulty. It was generally well-received, though 10-line tossups and 3-line bonus parts were routine throughout the set.
Winter 2011 (XXIV)
Fall 2011 (cancelled)
The Fall 2011 iteration was planned but never happened. It was originally to be held on December 3rd, however this proved to be a bad date. Therefore, no packets were submitted. Plans to turn the tournament into a spring or summer event quickly fell through.
After a year's hiatus, a spring 2013 iteration was planned, to be edited by Arun Chonai, Chris Manners, and Brian McPeak. After many logistics, scheduling, and packet-submission snafus (documented here), a tournament materialized around submitted packets edited by Ike Jose, with help from Brian and Isaac Hirsch. A 6-team main site occurred, which UVA-sans-Bollinger won over Penn; relatively open mirrors were held at WashU, Michigan State, and Skype (Mike Bentley directing).
Between 2014 and 2016, Terrapin was replaced by collaborations between Maryland and other schools, such as 2014's SUBMIT (with Berkeley), 2015's STIMPY (with Yale), and 2016's MYSTERIUM (also with Yale).
The 2016 iteration of Terrapin, head-edited by Jordan Brownstein, was widely praised as one of the best regular difficulty tournaments to date.
Table of results
|Terrapin I||Fall 1987||Emory||Georgia Tech|
|Terrapin II||Fall 1988|
|Terrapin III||Fall 1989||College Bowl's attempt to threaten Maryland into canceling this tournament led directly to the formation of ACF.|
|Terrapin IV||Fall 1990|
|Terrapin V||Fall 1991|
|Terrapin VI||Fall 1992|
|Terrapin VII||November 12-13, 1993||Georgia Tech A|
|Terrapin VIII||November 11-12, 1994||Georgia Tech A||South Carolina||Vishnu Jejjala, Jesse Molesworth||18||Stats|
|Terrapin IX||November 3-4, 1995||Harvard||Georgia Tech A||Matt Colvin, Arthur Fleming||19||Stats|
|Terrapin X||November 1, 1996||Virginia A||Illinois||13||Stats|
|Terrapin XI||October 31-November 1, 1997||Virginia A||Chicago A||13||Stats|
|Terrapin XII||October 30-31, 1998||Chicago A||South Carolina||18||Stats|
|Terrapin XIII||November 5-6, 1999||Maryland A||Chicago||John Nam, Jessie Stevens||14||Stats|
|Terrapin XIV||October 28, 2000||Michigan A (Division I), Rutgers (Division II)||Virginia A (Division I), Swarthmore B (Division II)||Shaun Hayeslip||23||Stats|
|Terrapin XV||October 27, 2001||Princeton||Swarthmore||9||Stats|
|Terrapin XVI||October 26, 2002||Michigan||Rutgers||Adam Fine||12||Stats|
|Terrapin XVII||October 25, 2003||Chicago||Rochester||11||Stats|
|Terrapin XVIII||October 23, 2004||VCU||Princeton||Casey Retterer, Dan Goff, et al.||11||Brief results blurb|
|Terrapin XIX||October 23, 2005||Chicago A||Michigan||Ezequiel Berdichevsky, Dan Greenstein||13||Stats|
|Terrapin XX||January 27, 2007||VCU||Virginia A||Jonathan Magin, Mike Bentley, Casey Retterer, Chris Ray, et al.||9||Stats|
|Terrapin XXII||January 19, 2008||Brown||Princeton||Jonathan Magin, Mike Bentley, Ray Luo, Eric Mukherjee, Matt Weiner, Jeremy Eaton, Greg Peterson, et al.||9||Stats|
|Terrapin XXIII||January 31, 2009||Brown||VCU||Chris Ray, Jeremy Eaton, Jeff Amoros||16||Stats
Mirrored at Northwestern and Mississippi State.
|TIT/IO ("Terrapin XXI")||November 14, 2009||Carnegie Mellon||Penn||Chris Ray and Mike Sorice||14||Stats|
|Terrapin XXIV||January 22, 2011||State College||Virginia||SteveJon Guth with help from Chris Ray et al.||11||Stats|
|Terrapin XXV||March 24, 2013||Virginia||Penn||Ike Jose with help from Brian McPeak, Isaac Hirsch et al.||6||Stats|
|Terrapin XXIX||November 19, 2016||Penn||Duke||Jordan Brownstein and Billy Busse||19||Stats
Results from other mirrors available here.
|2019 Terrapin||March 2, 2019||Virginia||Johns Hopkins A||Weijia Cheng et al.||16||Stats|