Well that was humbling. Alex, as expected, dominated, although Brad Sundstrom gave him a run for his money during the Double Deck O’ Fun, taking him to around 70-75 cards. In addition to Alex’s records mentioned above, young Katherine He scored an out of this world 335 or so in poetry. I think Alex’s scores in poetry were around 240, and he won the Names & Faces event with 170.
I had performance anxiety like you would not believe. After getting a decent 102 in Names and Faces, during speed numbers I just froze, sort of dumbly looking at those numbers which back home come so easily. I creaked out 60, barely. In the second attempt, I tried for 80, but blanked on a locus and couldn’t come up with it, so 60 was my score there. Speed cards was a disaster. I guess I should have practiced with real cards, because I totally bungled the reassambly order during recall, getting a whopping TWO in the first round, then in the second round switching two images on my fifth locus, ending up with an incredible EIGHT. I don’t even want to talk about poetry. Suffice to say, I finished 35th out of the 54 contestants. But I had fun, met some fantastic people, and would love to practice and try to do this again.