Friday, June 02, 2017

Report on Quiz Weekend at COEP, Pune

Date(s): 20 and 21st May 2017
Quizzes: 6, Assorted
Venue: College of Engineering, Pune
Organized Under: Quiz Weekend '17
Quizmaster(s): from BCQC-The COEP Quiz Club

BCQC The COEP Quiz Club hosted a set of six quizzes as part of the Quiz Weekend '17 on the 20th and 21st of May. There was a range of quizzes on various topics with quizzes being open as well as restricted to college students. This weekend introduced many new quizmasters, who set quizzes according to their interests. The weekend was a success thanks to the combined efforts of the entire club. Moreover it presented an opportunity for all colleges to quiz, on the brink of holidays.

Day 1: Saturday, 20th May 2017

I. Delightful farrago of facts, fundas and fun
Chinmay Tadwalkar (2016 pass out) conducted a General Quiz for the COEP-BCQC members. It was a short solo written quiz with 38 questions out of which eight questions were on airlines. It was an interesting quiz with equal distribution of medium, moderate and difficult questions. The QM was very generous and conducted the session in a lenient way giving out enough hints.

II. Literature Quiz
Ravina More and Omkar Borate conducted an open Lit Quiz post lunch break. A total of 40 questions to be answered was conducted in a written from. The quiz had a fair share of easy questions that leaned the quiz more on the gen side. The topic did not restrict itself to hardcore literature but also touched the business, movies and other aspects.

1st: Pranav Pawar + Sahil Gupta
2nd: Pranav Joshi + Ranjeet Soman and Gokul Panigrahi + Aditi
3rd: Arnabh Sengupta + Anirudh Anilkumar

Day 2: Sunday, 21st May 2017
III. Fandom Quiz
Shashank Gandham and Akshay Parale did an open written Fandom Quiz that consisted of 25 questions. The questions were extensively focused on Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and there was special round on Harry Potter. The fundae and the connect questions were appreciated by the participants. The framing, facts, and clues were effective in bringing back memories and made everyone to scratch their heads throughout the quiz.

1st: Arnabh Sengupta + Anirudh Anilkumar
2nd: Omkar Joshi and Rohan Thombre
3rd: Saraswat + Rohan

IV. India Quiz
Saurabh Kulkarni and Akshay Hatwar conducted a college India Quiz with 40 questions on Infinite Rebound. The quiz covered all the topics like movies/ personalities/ politics/ literature/ mythology, etc. - and was very engrossing and was liked by everyone. A lot of questions had a simple thought process behind them while many questions narrowed down the answer to a few guesses. Overall, a high-scoring quiz.

1st: Ankit Choudhary + Omkar Borate
2nd: Akshay Parale solo
3rd: Arnabh Sengupta + Anirudh Anilkumar and Ruturaj + Pratyusha

V. Mrityunjay - Mythology Quiz
Akshay Parale, Shashank Gandham and Aman Shaikh presented an Open Mythology Quiz with a total of 32 questions and a themed round where Ramakein (the epic from Thailand) was linked to the characters of Ramayana. The quiz seemed accessible and was enjoyed by the participants. The questions varied from Indian, Greek and Roman mythologies. Simple elements of everyday life, geography, connections of various mythologies and stories bound the quiz together.

1st: Pranav Pawar + Omkar Dhakephalkar
2nd: Arnabh Sengupta + Anirudh Anilkumar
3rd: Hritwik Jha + partner

VI. The General Quiz
The new inductees to the club: Rohan Thombre, Sanyukta Chougale, Omkar Joshi, Swapnil Khedkar and Karan Agarwal did a General Quiz that concluded the Quiz Weekend. A 20 question elims followed by top 9 teams (including a draft system) competed in the finals that had 30 questions on IR. The quiz was found out to be easy with very basic fundae and a lot of peters. Despite this, all the teams missed out on answering some interesting questions. The quiz was enjoyed by all.

1st: Arnabh Sengupta + Anirudh Anilkumar + Pawan
2nd: Rohan S. + Saraswat C. + and Ruturaj
3rd: Mayank Pawar + Akshay Parale + Drishti and Aman Shaikh + Omkar Borate + Devansh

        Many new QMs showcased their talents over the weekend. Day 1 saw decent participation as both the quizzes were open. On Day 2 the participation increased for the open Mytho Quiz and the General Quiz as well. Despite short notice, it turned out to be a successful Quiz Weekend for the club.

You can find all the quizzes attached on our Slideshare page here.
Thanks for the read.

Report by: Vrushabh Gudade

Monday, May 08, 2017

BC Cup 2017 - Report

Set by Aniket Khasgiwale, Yash Marathe and Aditya Gadre

Format: 30 question elim to determine the 8 quarter finalists. Then a 60 question quarter final to determine the top 4 i.e. the semi finalists. A 40 question Semi final to narrow down to the top 2 in the finals. A 24 question Finals played over two legs (home and away) to determine the winner. 

The 2017 edition of the BC Cup was amongst the toughest we've ever seen both in terms of the field as well as the close-ness of the results. The elims itself produced two huge shocks with two time BC Cup winner Anannya Deb and pre-quiz favourite Shouvik Guha both missing out on qualifying. Rahul Kottalgi, Kaushik Koley and Deepanjan Deb narrowly missed out by 1 point. The elims seemed to favour the younger lot with the most of the experienced folk losing out. 

The Quarter Finals:
The Quarter finalists were Shrirang Raddi, Venkatraghavan S (aka Ingit Sir), Gokul S, Shubhankar  Gokhale, Suraj Menon, Pratyush Jha, Prithwish Dutta and Samrat Sengupta 

Gokul performed brilliantly right from the get go and led from start to finish - ending the quarters with a phenomenal 11 points. All results were possible at the end of the first half of the elims, but Suraj, Prithwish and Samrat kept chugging along to finish joint second to make it to the quarters. 

The Semi Finals
The Semi finalists were: Gokul, Prithwish, Suraj and Samrat

The semis were remarkable low scoring with all participants at 1 point at the end of the first half. We saw some excitement towards the end - when in the last 10 odd  questions, all participants scored, and Gokul answered the last question correctly to force aa four way tie! A first in the BC Cup. Suraj and Prithwish won the 3 question tie-breaker and went through to the finals. 

The Finals 
The finals picked up where the semis left off - with both finalists struggling to score. In the last leg, Prithwish came perilously close with two answers off by just a syllable. Sadly this was equivalent of hitting the post, and not good enough for points - especially in the final. In another first at the BC Cup, the finas ended in a tie and we had the first ever penalty shootout. Suraj took the lead on the second kick, and held on for the next three questions to win the 2017 edition of the BC Cup. 

BC Cup Champion 2017 : Suraj Menon
Runner Up : Prithwish Dutta

List of BC Cup Winners: 
2009: Sameer Deshpande and Suraj Menon
2010: Anannya Deb
2011: Anannya Deb
2012: Sumant Srivathsan
2013: Ramkey V
2014: Prithwish Dutta
2015: Samrat Sengupta
2016: Shrirang Raddi
2017: Suraj Menon

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

The BC Cup 2017 - Annoucement

The BC Cup is the BCQC's annual bigly, YUUUUGE open solo quiz to crown the Best Sports Quizzer. This is the 9th edition of the quiz

QMsYash MaratheAniket Khasgiwale and Aditya Gadre
Theme: Sports
Teams: Individual
Restrictions: (or the lack of one) Open quiz. Everyone is welcome
Time: 12:45 pm, Saturday, 6th May, 2017
Venue: The Boat Club, College of Engineering Pune

Prizes: Cash prizes totalling INR 9000 (up almost 40% this year!)
1st place: INR 3000
2nd place: INR 1500
3rd and 4th place: INR 1000 each
5th to 8th place: INR 500 each 
Best U-22 participant (who doesn't qualify for the quarters): INR 500

Format: First, a 30 question elim determines 8 qualifiers (or Quarter Finalists). These 8 people take part in a 60 question quarter final. The top four go through to the semi final. The semi-final will consist of 36 questions with scoring reset to zero. The top two then go to the Final where they face off one-on one for a 24 question final.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Report on Imperio, Open Biz Quiz at COEP

Quiz: Imperio
Flavour: Open Biz Quiz
Date: 9 April 2017
Venue: BHAU Institute, COEP
QM: Vrushabh Gudade


1st: Shantanou Gangakhedkarr and Saahil Sharma (210 points)
2nd: Aranbh Sengupta and Anirudh Anilkumar (150 points)
3rd: Omkar Borate and Deven Deshpande (140 points)

The venue was the posh newly constructed BHAU’s auditorium at COEP campus. The Prelims started on time with the organisers handing over the certificates at the beginning of the quiz itself. There were around 25 teams participating in the quiz. The elims set consisted of 18 questions only, with 13 one pointers and 5 two pointers each.

The questions were quite easy with almost all participating teams at similar scores.
The finals had 8 teams consisting of both open and college teams. The finals consisted of a total of 24 question on IR separated by a written round of 6 questions. The first quarter of the quiz was quite easy with all teams answering simultaneously, thus negating the chance of a lead. The breakthrough point for teams was the written round consisting of three questions each on India and Logos.

The overall question framing was good and some fundae were very well researched. Although it may be pointed out that few peters should have definitely been avoided. The penultimate question on carbonated drinks/soda had the teams in a bit of a tussle which had to be scrapped later on.
The quiz ended with the winners having a healthy lead of around 60 points ahead of second placed team. There was a tie for the 2nd spot which was resolved by Shantanou Gangakhedkarr.

Report by: Shantanou Gangakhedkarr

Report on Lumiere, College Quiz at Impressions 2016. COEP

Date: 10th & 11th December, 2016
Quiz:   Lumiere
Venue: COEP
Fest:    Impressions 2016, COEP Cultural Fest
QMs: Akshay Parale & Omkar Borate

1st – Arnabh Sengupta & Anirudh Anilkumar, AFMC
2nd – Pranav ‘Floyd’ Joshi & Charles Matthews, Modern+PICT
3rd – Pranjal Gupta & Rishabh Mehta, AFMC
4th – Shantanou Gangakhedkarr & Shantanu Pant
5th – Dhruv Sahastrabuddhe + 1
6th – Ankit & Anurag Choudhary, PICT

The quiz was spread over two days i.e. Elims on 10th and Finals on 11th. In a closely contested elims the cutoff was 17.5, with the highest score being 22.5.

Next day, we were greeted by Abbott and Costello on Arrival (From Arrival) and taken on a b(+p)ouncy ride by the Quizmasters Akshay Parale & Omkar Borate. It was a quiz that kept us on the edge of our seats with repeated pounces and close competition between the teams in the finals. With all teams playing all out from the start, it was bound to be a close call and it do go down to the wire with a mere 5/10 points separating the podium finishers. 

The quiz was a bevy of Q's that were all workoutable, enabling most non sporty quizzers to indulge in some lifting too. One Question that stuck with me months after the quiz (which is when this report is being written) was about the outfits inspired by the characters in FBAWTFT, looking at you, Seraphina Picquery. The gigglewater is indeed non-negotiable.

Report by: Arnabh Sengupta

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Report on the Sustainability Quiz

Venue: PICT
QM: Ankit Chaudhary and brother, Charles Matthews
Date: 24/3/17

Sustainability was the name of the game, and many thanks to our intrepid quizmasters for allowing us to sustain our attempts at quizzing by allowing a generous general flavour to creep into the quiz. A very workoutable preliminary round coupled with generous hints and a thankfully non pedantic QM (which is rampant among certain quizmasters nowadays) meant that the finals were fun.
With questions spread across literature, the sciences, history and vexillology, the quiz did manage to promote sustainable quizzing at the end of the day.

Interesting fundae spanned from the sound dampeners next to Schipol airport to the presence of the Orient Express and hockey sticks in environmental sciences, there was much to learn about how humans have been studying mother Earth. Harambe (RIP) put in an appearance, beautiful music by Einaudi mourned our melting glaciers and places named after people ended the quiz.

It looked to be a photo finish from the very beginning, requiring a tiebreaker for first. I cracked the tiebreaker, not because I knew the answer, but because I had slept with Charles many times in the past (just kidding, I knew the answer).
Good show by all teams and it was well organised.

1st: Arnab and Aniruddh (AFMC)
2nd: Shantanu and Shubhojeet (BMCC)
3rd (tied): Sameer and Ritwick (PICT) + AISSMS Team

Report By: Arnabh from AFMC