Monday, March 12, 2018

Report on Techbiz quiz at Symbiosis Law School, Pune

Date: Sunday, 25th February 2018
Quiz: Techbiz Quiz
Venue: Symbiosis Law School
Fest/Organized by: Symbhav
QM: Nikhil Joseph Zacharias
Flavour: BizTech

1. Rohan Khanna and Viraj Bake (Open)
2. Sachin Sultanture and Ashish (Open)

Other Finalists:
Anirudh Anilkumar and Arnabh Sengupta (AFMC)
Ankit Choudhury and Akshay (PICT+COEP)
Anit and Samrat (Open)
Nikhil Motlag and Abhishek Kumar Singh (Open)
Kapinjal Choudhary and Sai Karthik (Open)
Omkar Dhakephalkar and Pranav Pawar (Open)

My team-mate, Pranav Pawar and I thought that the time had come to take the plunge, and hence took the momentous decision to participate in a biz quiz. For a while now we had thought that biz quizzes are dry, unexciting and the haunts of pseudo-quizzers whose aim is to rush in for a quick prize-money raid. And though the opinion is yet to fully break (as all prejudices are, I suppose), we were in for a pleasant surprise.

But first the slight horror of a bloated reg-fee. For a while the open reg fees for the techbiz quizzes at Symbhav were significantly high as compared to other fests (INR 500+); and justifiably so. The prize money had always been in the order of INR 10000+. In any case, as non-career biz quizzers (District 12 denizens) we balked when after a long journey to the venue, we were told that the reg fees had almost doubled to 600 from 300. But after a few deft calls by the supremely considerate Nikhil (NJZ henceforth), the matter was sorted and things returned to normal.

Despite being a morning quiz, there was quite an attendance. Being an open quiz, there was a considerable open junta, some who had even driven down from Mumbai. AFMC also sent in its highly active quizzing corp. This was accompanied with the usual smattering of college quizzers from other colleges and home teams. The elims started with less than standard delay, after a photo-op for sponsorship reasons.

The elims were fun and easy. Despite being a biz quiz, it was guessable for us and to our surprise, managed to qualify to the finals alongside professionals. Since it was a biz-quiz, of course names and proper-nouns to be asked was legit; but they too could be answered with a bit of basic knowledge. A total of 28 questions. There was a wide disparity between the first few teams who qualified and the last few in terms of scores.

The finals were a simple affair of two IRs, 32 Questions, and eight teams. We struggled a bit but the outstation biz quizzers were on the top of the game, including the better equipped team from AFMC. Pouncing on almost every question the winning team took and maintained the lead throughout. Because there was no limit on the questions a team can get directly, it was a funny at a time when our team got almost six questions in a row (of course, we could rarely answer them correctly). It was fun though. Despite a bit of an issue with the point-keeping which got some teams up in arms, things were sorted out quickly thanks to the cooperation of the organizers.

One issue I had was the lack of standardization in the slides. There was constant font change, erratic grammar and many a time it was not very clear what was asked. Again, this is very personal problem and ancillary to the quiz, not affecting its integrity. My team-mate felt that a few questions were very verbose and text-heavy when several parts of it could be slashed down (I agree). Also, he was of the opinion that tech was given less than its (ideally 50%) due.

Of course, a very special thanks is due to NJZ and the SLS Quiz Club for adjusting alongside Silhouettes in AFMC and the COEP quiz club over the weekend. Multiple open and college quizzes over three days. NJZ managed to finish his quiz in time so that we could attend the one in COEP later in the afternoon without much trouble. Thank You!

Overall, a very enjoyable first biz quiz for me.

Report by: Omkar Dhakephalkar

Report on Quiz at Symbiosis School of Economics

Date: Friday, 9th February 2018

Quiz: InGenius

Venue: Symbiosis School of Economics

Fest/Organized by: Equililbria 2018

QM: Bhargav Gopal and Team

Flavour: General


1. Omkar Dhakephalkar and Pranav Pawar 
2. Arnabh Sengupta and Anirudh Anilkumar 
3. Ranajeet Soman and Dikshant 
4. Anirudh Balajee and Akshay Ayush

Other Finalists:

Pranav Joshi and Charles Matthews

The quiz began post an opening ceremony where the organizers gave a demonstration of singing 90s pop songs and dancing on a medley of songs ranging from Chura Ke Di Mera to Livin La Vida Loca. The impact of the performance was so deeply felt that it is tough to distill just the quiz from this entire experience and thus finds a mention in this report. 

The quiz was surprisingly dialled down in comparison with the earlier festivities. There was an entire notepad handed to teams in lieu of answer-sheets. They also provided water bottles, albeit 150ml, to everyone. The format was written eliminations followed by a 6 team final.

The eliminations had 25 questions. The difficulty of the questions swung wildly from fairly easy to multiple choice to unguessable. That being said, the questions were of an acceptable quality considering the organizers’ inexperience in the matter and also considering the backdrop of horrendous quizzes with maths problems masquerading as quiz questions faced by the writer in the past.

After the break, it turned out that there were only 5 teams in the finals. There was more drama to come when it was announced one team would be eliminated from the finals after 2 rounds. This was because there were questions in multiples of 4 set in the following rounds and have 5 teams would skew the carefully tailored format.

The finals had all the usual suspects qualifying along with 2 young law students who gave some good answers. The finals began with 2 general rounds but had no infinite bounce (any variation). Instead there was direct and pass, but only if a team passed on the answer. If the team got the answer wrong, the question died an unceremonious death then and there and the team was slapped with negative points.

After 2 rounds, the guillotine fell on Pranav ‘Floyd’ Joshi and Charles’s team. This wasn’t received well by the team eliminated but they stayed around to heckle the remaining participants.

There were some controversies in the quiz with the pronunciation of Shintoism, if abductor muscle was an individual muscle or a class of muscles (which was clarified by the student doctors of AFMC by gallantly performing exercises highlighting the said muscles), and also whether there were spoilers on an airplane. Hand of God also struck a couple of times, which meant that one team had lost their chance to answer a direct question and since there were only 8 questions in the round, the round had to be turned into a written one.

Team 1 was leading till the last round but some poor misses meant they conceded the lead and tied for second. Since it still hadn’t been determined if airplanes had spoilers and it was 4.30pm, Team 5 was granted 2nd place (rightly so).

The quiz was enjoyed by the teams in the finals because of the non-stop banter. The organizers did well to keep their cool till the end. We hope they continue to do this quiz with a rising standard each year.

Report by: Ranajeet Soman

Monday, February 26, 2018

Report on The Shyam Bhatt Memorial Open Quiz 2018

Date: Saturday, 23rd February 2018
Quiz: The Shyam Bhatt Memorial Open Quiz 2018
Venue: Armed Forces Medical College, Pune
Fest/Organized by: Silhouettes 2k18
QM: Major Chandrakant Nair
Flavour: General
Format: Written elims of 30 questions to decide 8 qualifying teams. Finals had 34 questions on Infinite Bounce/Rebounce and two ‘themed’ written rounds with 7 questions each.

First Place -Suraj and Ramanand (258 points)
Second Place – Shaswat Salgaocar and Kavin Adhithyan (155 points)
Third Place – Kunal Malhotra and Apratim Mukhopadhyay (143 points)

Other Finalists (in order of scores):
Anirudh Anilkumar and Arnab (AFMC) – 138 points
Kunal Sawardekar and Arnold D’Souza – 115 points
Debanjan Bose and Prithwish Dutta – 105 points
Ranajeet Soman and Srirang Raddi – 60 points
Omkar Dhakephalkar and Pranav Pawar – 58 points 

Pune’s oldest and arguably biggest Open Quiz – The Shyam Bhatt Memorial didn’t seem to suffer too much from being conducted on a Friday afternoon – with about 35 odd teams in attendance! While outstation teams didn’t quite throng the event like they have in past years, a large number of the Pune regulars (presumably through honest means and not through sudden illness), did turn up. A hard-fought prelim of 30 questions with 37 points at stake, saw 8 finalists go through without any unexpected twists and turns involving sudden death/starred questions and so on. For the statistically inclined, the highest score was 30 with the ‘cut-off’ being 21 on 37 – with a bunch of teams clustered around the 25-26 mark towards the middle of the pack.
Major Nair is by far India’s most prolific quiz master and certain folk, the report writer included – consider him the best in the business. It was easy to see why that is a very popular opinion among quizzers as he walked through an excellent final set to cap an accessible prelim set. Questions as usual, were interesting, workable and included the trademark old ‘funda’ repackaged tastefully to bring to light something new about an older established fact. One minor crib that was heard on stage was that the theme for the second written round – words used to refer to people – led more than a few teams down the wrong garden path, but I think safe to say it did not impact the final standings too significantly – while the individual questions in the round themselves were quite interesting and well set.
The final saw a raging battle for the second, third and fourth positions – with very little separating these teams right up to the end. The young college team of Anirudh and Arnab could consider themselves unlucky to have just missed out on a podium finish, but can take considerable cheer in the fact that they almost ran a bunch of very strong open teams ragged in the process.
Overall kudos to Major Nair on an excellent quiz. As young Floyd is won’t to say “Much fun was had” and we look forward to next year’s edition as always.

Report by: Suraj Menon

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

BCQC InFest 2018 Reports | The Maazical Mystery Tour

Slot: Sunday, 21-1-2018, Morning
Quiz: The Maazical Mystery Tour
Flavour: Music
QM: Aditya Gadre and Debanjan Bose
Format: Written elims to decide 6 main teams and draft picks. Elims scores 3 carry over to finals. Seamless Infinite Re-pounce in finals.

Aditya Gadre and Debanjan Bose set an excellent, accessible and nicely distributed quiz to open Day 2 of InFest 2018. While the start of the quiz was delayed to accommodate quizzers recovering from the previous day's festivities, only 10 teams made it to the start of the quiz. A mysterious errand that came up for Shubhankar Gokhale after the elims meant that all remaining 19 quizzers were able to make it to the finals, with only one 4-member team. In recognition of the fact that (nearly) all teams that wrote the elims made it to the final, all six directly qualifying teams had their elims score (multiplied by 3) carry over to the finals.

There was quite a nice mix of musical styles, periods and personalities throughout the quiz, without venturing into the gratuitously esoteric. Questions were workable and based on interesting fundae, and the use of audio-visual clues was judicious. There were 4 written rounds of three questions each, which was the only departure from the otherwise seamless IR(p).

QM Aditya Gadre kept the proceedings at a brisk clip, despite this being perhaps one of the longest quizzes at InFest, and definitely the most AV-heavy (with the possible exception of the InFestYouUs set on Female Non-Acting Oscar Winners taken by Vibhendu Tiwari). The quiz was completed within an acceptable tolerance of its scheduled end-time.

Vibhendu and Aniket topped the elims by a large margin, and their team (augmented by the Upcoming Quizzer of the Year 2016 Omkar Dhakephalkar) carried the resultant lead through the finals. The other teams were quite evenly matched, which was made starkly evident by the three-way tie for second place.
Winners - Vibhendu Tiwari, Aniket Khasgiwale & Omkar Dhakephalkar (draft) - 180 pts
Jt. 2nd - Ranajeet Soman, Navin Sharma & Rohan Jain (draft) - 155 pts
Jt. 2nd - Annanya Deb, Anand S & Venkat S (draft) - 155 pts
Jt. 2nd - Pranav Pawar, Kunal Sawardekar & Omkar Yarguddi (draft) - 155 pts
5th place - Nadeem Ansari. Shaswat Salgaocar + Nikhil Motlag (draft) - 125 pts
6th place - Ananya Menon, Advay Aundhekar, Nikhil Nair and Aditya Lewis (points to be updated)

Report by: Kunal Sawardekar

Monday, January 29, 2018

BCQC InFest 2018 Reports | The Supplies Quiz

The Supplies Quiz 

Set by UNESCO Best QM Suraj Menon and Pranav 'Floyd' Joshi 
Format: Written elims followed by a team final in a University Challenge format

1st: Aditya Gadre, Aniket Khasgiwale and Shubhankar Gokhale
Jt 2nd: Kunal Sawardekar, Omkar Dhakephalkar and Ranajeet Soman
Jt 2nd: Anannya Deb, Anand Sivashankar and Pranav Pawar

Other finalists:
Vibhendu Tewari, Maitreyi Gupta and Safal Mohammad
Shrirang Raddi, Arnold D'Souza and Sandeep Shankar
Abhinav Dasgupta, Nadeem Ansari, Saahil Singh and Shashwat Salgaoncar

For starters, let me clarify that the quiz was not about drugs or inventory management - but a surprise to all who took part.

The quiz started with a 25 question elim. At the time of writing the elims - no one knew what the format of the quiz was - but we started getting an idea when every single elims question had the name of a university in it. It also nicely ended with a quesion on University Challenge which also was the theme of the quiz format going forward. Great touch!

We made 6 teams with draft picks - and much painful wire and cable and bench movements later - we had the set up with buzzers (kindly made and provided by Shubhankar) ready for the quiz. The format was identical to University Challenge - with a starter for 10 followed by bonus questions if the team gets the answer right on the buzzer. The additional quirk added was that other teams could atempt the bonus questions by writing down the answer - this got a lot of the teams very close to each other without hitting the buzzer too often. The QMs also read out the questions as opposed to putting them on the slide which further made the experience more authentic. This also added the constraint of making the questions small enough to be read and understood for a buzzer round while keeping the workoutability intact. UNESCO Best QM and Floyd delivered a great set of questions and ran proceedings at a good clip. Hope to see more innovative, experimental formats at InFest next year as well.

Report by Aditya Gadre