Fannish Inquisition

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A pun on "Spanish Inquisition," the Fannish Inquisition is a convention program item featuring a Q&A with bidders for Worldcons or other traveling conventions or the concoms of upcoming seated conventions. Originally, it was all done as an oral Q&A, but this was so dominated by "boilerplate" questions (e.g., "How far is it from your prime hotel to the convention center?") that all the routine questions are now asked in a questionnaire, with the audience being given the opportunity to ask additional questions, including tough ones.

The first one with this name was held at Noreascon Two in 1980, although such grilling took place previously at Business Meetings and in Smoke-Filled Rooms.

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