Friday, July 25, 2014

July quizzes - a College quiz and an Open Cricket Quiz

The BCQC is organising two open quizzes in July. Details:

Date: 27 July 2014 (Sunday)
Venue: Academic Complex., COEP, Pune (next to the BC). Given the venue, we have to declare a dress code: no shorts, as COEP has become finicky about not allowing people wearing shorts in the Complex.

Quiz 1: College Quiz

Set & hosted by: Vibhav Bhave
When: 10:30 am to 1:00 pm 
Theme: General
Format: written prelims, followed by finals
Registration: free, open to college students (cross-college teams allowed)
Teams: teams of two members each
Certificates for all the finalists

Quiz 2: The July Open

Set & hosted by: Arnold D'Souza
When: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm 
Theme: Cricket
Format: written prelims, followed by finals
Registration: free, open to all
Teams: teams of two members each 
Certificates for college finalists, top college team

Monday, June 16, 2014

June Open Quizzes - Results

When: 15 June 2014 at COEP

Quiz 1: Flags of the World
Set and Conducted by Kunal S
Format: 25 questions; random pairing of teams for some participants

Joint 1st: Saikat Sarkar+Kshitij Jyoti & Samrat Sengupta+Suyash Thite (16.5)
Joint 2nd: Aniket Dass+Rujul Godse, Anmol Dhawan+Ashwin Mahesh, Omkar Dhakephalkar+Ranajeet Soman (16)

Report: Nice set of questions with some very interesting facts, ending with an other-worldly twist.
Questions here.

Quiz 2: "Attaa tu MELAS"
Set and Conducted by Ranajeet Soman
Flavour: Music, Entertainment, Language, Arts, Sports
Format: 25 qns written prelims, 2 IR + 1 written round in the final on '(not naughty) nautical phrases (which had nothing to do with Notting Hill)', draft picks

1st: E: Samrat Sengupta, Tadatmya Vaishnav, Omkar Yarguddi (85)
2nd: D: Omkar Dhakephalkar, Pranav Pawar, Anmol Dhawan (70)
3rd: F: Rohan Danait, Vibhav Bhave, Alok Kulkarni (60)
Other finalists: (A) Kunal S+Debanjan Bose+Sumit (55), (C) Sahil Gupta+Payas Awadhutkar+Karan Gunjal (45), (B) Saikat Sarkar+Kshitij Jyoti+Ashwin Mahesh (5)

Prelims cut-off: 6 (1 star) for the top 6, 4.5 for the draft picks

Report: The only disappointment of the quiz was, contrary to what was displayed on the quiz's publicity material, there was no question on a certain Ajay Singh Deol (there was a question on "Deool", though). A tough prelims for the participants, with only one team getting into double figures (Kunal & Debo, who veered to the other extreme of scariness scoring 17, whereas the 2nd highest team had 9). In the final, Team D looked comfortable in the first 2 rounds, but went off the pace in the last. The exact opposite happened to Team E, resulting in their win.

Some very interesting questions - my favourites being the ones on the Emmy Awards, the one about Boris Becker, and "the Kiss".

What could have been better? some of the answer explanations.

Questions: Prelims

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July quizzes:
- Cricket Open by Arnold D'Souza
- College General Quiz by Vibhav Bhave
- World Cup Quiz by Anannya Deb & Aditya Gadre

Schedule will be put up on our calendar and our FB group

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

June Open Quizzes

The BCQC is organising two open quizzes in June. Details:

Date: 15 June 2014 (Sunday)
Venue: Seminar Hall, Academic Complex., COEP, Pune (next to the BC). For the first ever time in BCQC history, we have to declare a dress code(!): full-length trousers for guys, as COEP has become finicky about not allowing people wearing shorts in the Complex.

Quiz 1: "Flags of the World"

Set & hosted by: Kunal Sawardekar
When: 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm 
Theme: um, flags of the world
Format: written, for all teams
Registration: free, open to all
Teams: teams of two members each, but we're going to experiment this time by randomly pairing together all participants (gives you a chance to team up with someone new)
Certificates for the top three college participants

Quiz 2: "The June Open"

Set & hosted by: Ranajeet Soman
When: 3:30 pm to 5:45 pm 
Theme: Music, Entertainment, Literature, Arts, Sports (i.e. a Lt. General Quiz)
Format: written prelims, followed by final for 6 teams
Draft Picks: participants from the best three college teams not to qualify will join the top 6 teams 
Registration: free, open to all
Teams: teams of two members each (no random pairing here)
Certificates for members of the top three college teams

Monday, June 02, 2014

World Quizzing Championships (Pune)

What: World Quizzing Championships, a written solo competition conducted by the IQA and held simultaneously around the world.

When: 7 June, 2012 (Saturday), 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Where in Pune: AFMC, Wanowrie (exact venue to be updated)

Proctor: Dr. Anurakshat Gupta,

Registration: free, Rs. 100/- charge; suggest you use this FB event page to tell us if you are attending, so that the organisers know how many answer sheets to get.

This will be preceded by an informal session: 2 pm till 3:30 pm, to be conducted by Krishnamurthi Josyula and Debanjan Bose. (
contact: . Prizes for the top 2 and best college quizzer.

Venue for both events: New Lecture Hall, AFMC, Pune

Monday, May 19, 2014

Abhimanyu 2013 - Results

"Abhimanyu" is the annual solo contest for COEP's quizzers. This began with a preliminary round held last year, from which 6 quizzers qualified. The final was delayed for several months and was finally held in May 2014. The finalists took part in a common written general round, which was followed by a Mastermind-style set of specialities (picked in advance).

The General round was set by Ramanand, while the 6 specialities were set by the previous Abhimanyu winner, Gautam Akiwate.


Winner: Payas Awadhutkar (4 + 10), topic: Border-Gavaskar Trophy
2nd: Vibhav Bhave (7+4.5), topic: Downton Abbey
3rd: Rujul Godse (4.5+6), topic: Current Affairs
4th: Rohan Danait (6+2), topic: Quentin Tarantino
5th: Chinmay Tadwalkar, topic: Lok Sabha elections
6th: Omkar Yarguddi, topic: Scrubs Season II

Payas had a sensationally perfect 2nd round to clinch the title.

List of winners so far
2001 - Rahul Srinivas - Asterix Comics
2002 - Sumeet Kulkarni - Formula-One
2003 - Siddharth Natarajan - Archie Comics
2005 - Akshay Palve - The Mahabharata
2006 - Gaurav Singh - The Harry Potter series
2007 - Aniket Khasgiwale - World Cup Cricket
2008 - Abhishek Nagaraj - XKCD Comics
2009 - Aniket Khasgiwale - Sherlock Holmes
2010 - Nischay Mhatre - The History of Computing
2011 - Mohit Karve - Freaks and Geeks
2012 - Gautam Akiwate - Presidents of India
2013 - Payas Awadhutkar - Border-Gavaskar Trophy

(can someone help fill in the winner of 2011, and give the winning topics in 2011 and 2012?)

KQA Mindsweep 2014 - Results

City results from the KQA Mindsweep written quiz (scores reported as follows: best 8 sections, all 10 sections):

1. Rahul Kottalgi (76, 90)
2. Aditya Gadre (53, 59)
3. Suraj Menon (52, 58)
4. Samrat Sengupta (38, 42)
5. Gaurav Sabnis (32, 37)

13 people attempted the quiz in Pune.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

BCQC May Open 2014 - Report

Set and Conducted by Gaurav Sabnis

Flavour: General

Format: Written elims of 35 questions + Finals of 48 questions

1st: Suraj Menon, Aditya Gadre and Divij Ghose
2nd: Samrat Sengupta, Navin Sharma and Srisha Haridas
3rd: Venkat S, Arnold D'Souza, Vibhav Bhave
Other finalists: Kunal Sawardekar, Gokul, Supreeth Ravish ;  J Ramanand, Samridh Kapur, Rohan Danait;  Avinash Mudaliar, Rahul Suhas Kottalgi, Utsab Saha

The quiz started with an interesting "old fashioned" pen and paper elims with a wide range of scores - the top scorers had 25/ 35 while the 9th team had 12/ 25

The finals had 48 questions - 42 general questions with 6 questions on a Dissertations 

The finals were light and interested, peppered of course with some stuff which none of us had a clue about, but overall , a very good quiz by Gaurav  who made it look like he's almost not been out of mainstream Indian quizzing for 8 years. 

Just a few peters, very interesting fundaes, very simply framed, fun questions - It certainly was a treat for us. 

PS: Please post your feedback in the comments. 

PPS: I have forgotten some of the people who took part in the finals. Please tell me names asap - I'll edit  post.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The BC Cup 2014 - 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 28 question Finals played over two legs (home and away) to determine the winner.

The quiz started with a 30 qn elims set - the elim seemed much simpler this year and we had a lot of people crossing double digits. Defending Champion Ramkey topped the elims with a phenomenal 21 pts. Ramanand cleared the elims but had to leave so he gave up his spot. The Cut off was 13.5 - with Venkatraghavan (aka Venky) beating Kaushik Koley in a tiebreaker to enter the Quarter finals.

The Quarter Finals:

The Quarter finalists were :
Shrirang Raddi, Ramkey, Suraj Menon, Shubhankar Gokhale, Suvajit Chakraborty, Prithwish Datta, Venky and Anannya Deb 

The Quarters were very even till the first half with most people on 3 -4 points. Suraj answered practically every cricket question and topped the QF with 8 points. Anannya had a good second half and ended on 7 points to tie with Shubhankar, Shrirang and Prithwish. Last year's finalists Ramkey and Venky would have both been disappointed with their performances and crashed out with 3 and 4 pts respectively. 

We needed a tie breaker as 4 people were tied and 3 spots were open. At the end of a 3 question tie breaker Shrirang was eliminated and Anannya, Shubhankar and Prithwish were through to the semis 

The Semi-Final
Anannya was in vintage form throughout the semi and scored 8 points to win comfortably. Shubhankar missed a few questions on his pet topic of cycling and finished on 3 points. Suraj lost some of his form from the Quarters and finished on 2 points. Just as we seemed to be headed for a tiebreaker for the second final spot - Prithwish scored a point on the second last question to finish on 4 points and book his place in the final.

The Finals 
Prithwish won the toss and went first. In his first home half he scored 1 goal and and followed this up by scoring an away goal in Anannya's first home half. The second half for Prithwish turned out to be tougher than the first and no-one scored any goals. Anannya went into his second home half trailing 2-0 on aggregate and 1-0 in his home leg, thus needing 3 goals to win. Anannya lost the plot a bit as Prithwish scored another away goal and more or less sealed his victory. Anannya then needing to score all his last 4 attempts - missed and could not make it a third triumph at the BC Cup

BC Cup Champion 2014 : Prithwish Datta
Runner Up : Anannya Deb 

As for the review of the quiz, I request those who attended to share their feedback in the comments section.