Q: Will phrases like "Law of Thermodynamics" be counted under the letter L as the first letter or T? (section: 3/ paragraph: f/ sub-paragraph: / line: 1)
A: It depends on the category. If the category is "law of physics" then the first letter would be T, otherwise, it would typically be L.
Q: If the topic was Glaciers, and students want to say Franz Josef Glacier, would they put this for F or J? (section: 3/ paragraph: f/ sub-paragraph: / line: 3)
A: The answer provided would not work for this category because rule 3.e. states that names of the categories must not be used in the answer.
Q: Will points be given if certain letters (J, Q, Z, etc.) in specific categories do not have a definite answer? (section: 3/ paragraph: i/ sub-paragraph: / line: 3,4)
A: No, points are only given if a correct response is provided by the team.
Q: When supervisors create grids for competition, must they ensure there is a valid entry for each letter/category combination? In other words, may a grid be created where one cell doesn't have a known valid answer? (section: 3/ paragraph: a/ sub-paragraph: / line: 2,4)
A: No, supervisors do not have to ensure there is a valid entry for each letter/category combination. Yes, a grid may be created where one cell doesn't have a known valid answer.
Q: In our answers must our terms be scientific or can we also say common known names or nicknames? Such as would you accept flu instead of influenza? (section: 3/ paragraph: b/ sub-paragraph: / line: 1)
A: It depends on how the category is phrased. If it does not specifically ask for scientific name then either are correct. Rule 3.g prevents students from using different forms of the same term apply. So if the letters in the grid were "f" and "i" the student would only get credit for either flu or influenza, but not both.
Q: Are elemental symbols considered to be abbreviations? For example, could Na be a valid answer for an element beginning with the letter N or must "sodium" be used? (section: 3/ paragraph: i/ sub-paragraph: / line: 4,5)
A: It depends on the description of the category. If the category was "name of element" then the atomic symbol could not be used. If it was "nuclear (atomic) symbol" then the name could not be used. However, if the category was "element" or "chemical element" the student could use either the name of the element or the nuclear (atomic) symbol. Please note that if the category was "name of chemical compound" and the letters were "N" and "S" the student could not use "NaCl" and "sodium chloride" as both terms are different forms for the same substance. (rule 3.g)
Q: If a category requires the name of an organism to be given, should scientific or common name be used? Example: If the category was "Invasive Species", would you write Zebra Mussel or Dreissena polymorpha? (section: / paragraph: / sub-paragraph: / line: )
A: It depends on the category description. If it said "Invasive Species" then either the common or scientific name would be acceptable. Please note if the answer has more than one word, the first letter of the 1st word is used (rule 3.f). Rule 3.g. also allows students to get credit for only one form of a response.
Q: If a famous person is generally known by only one name "Archimedes" or "Galileo", can students use the name? (section: 3/ paragraph: h/ sub-paragraph: / line: 1)
A: No, per section 3.h. "If the category asks for the name of a person, both the given (first) and surname (last) of a person must be written. Archimedes' full name is Archimedes of Syracuse and Galileo's full name is Galileo Galilei.