There is no talking allowed when you are judging. No hand gestures, no face gestures and almost no eye contact. We are allowed to discuss only AFTER the score cards go in. In CT, we did not discuss scores, we did talk about which we thought best, worst or odd.
We were told in CT to start at 6. "6 being average, 9 better than mom's apple pie and 2 being rot gut" were the exact words used. The old scoring system started at 9 and worked down.
I know that i gave one entry a 6,3,3 and no one questioned me about it. It is subjective and somewhat the luck of the draw.