Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Quiz Reports: BCQC College Quizzes of the Year

Every year the Boat Club Quiz Club conducts the BCQC College Quizzes of the Year. Divided in two segments, the Best College Quizzer of the Year and the Best College Quizzing Team of the Year, the quizzes see the finest of Pune's college quizzers fight it out for the coveted title. The 2017 edition took place on the 6th of August, Sunday, at the College of Engineering, Pune.

Date: 6-08-2017
Quiz: Ekta Tiger, the BCQC College Quizzer of the Year 2017
Venue: COEP
Organized by/Fest: BCQC
QM: UNESCO certified Best QM Suraj Menon

1. College Quizzer of the Year: Divij Ghose, COEP, 195
2. 1st Runner Up: Arnabh Sengupta, AFMC, 170
3. 2nd Runner Up: Shayak Chatterjee, Asoka University, 158
Other Finalists
Karan Kamath, SLS, 120
Anirudh Anilkumar, AFMC, 118
Rohan S, AFMC, 110
Pavan Kumar, AFMC, 110
Hrithvik Jha, AFMC, 30

The quiz was scheduled at 9:30 and started at less-than-standard delay at 10:00. The quizmaster was  UNESCO certified Best QM Suraj Menon and without further ado, the quiz was started. It was a long prelims with 35 questions. This was good as it enabled quizzers to come in late (not-good, that part). With a fair balance of topics, it was quite interesting and fun. Every prime numbered question had two parts, thus going to a total of 46 points. AV was also included to break the monotony, thus preventing such a long prelim from inducing fatigue.

Out of a total 46, the highest was 25 and the cut-off was 12. The top 8 were widely dispersed in between. Personally, I thought the quiz seemed a little on the tougher-side. Would have definitely preferred it to have been a team-quiz. A total of 23 participants showed up.

After a 10 minute break, the finals began. The Finals consisted of 52 questions. 40 in IR (divided in four rounds of clockwise+anti) and 4 X 4 written sandwiched in between. Once again, the set was attuned to a difficulty level of a general Open-level session, if not an Open competitive quiz. However, plenty of oral hints managed to make it college-friendly. Basically a difficulty level worthy of someone aspiring to be the College Quizzer of the Year. Its balance was so noticeable that you could tick-off the number of questions dedicated to each topic/subject.

The written rounds were whimsical themes: Graphic Artistception, Portmanteaux, Sports Cartoons, and 404 pages.

There was not much up-and-down in the quiz with the rankings staying the same throughout the quiz. The usual warhorses of Pune college quizzing maintained their charge throughout the fight. Some brilliant answers, some crafty slimes and a very non-answernazi QM resulted in a generous dispensation of points. Hence, all the excitement was derived from the quiz itself, wherein it did not fail.

Overall, a fine Sunday pre-lunch morning.

Date: 6-08-2017
Quiz: The BCQC College Quizzing Team of the Year 2017
Venue: COEP
Organized by/Fest: BCQC
QM: Punyache Jawai, Shri. Abhinav Dasguptaji

1. College Quizzing Team of the Year: Divij Ghose + Dhanajay Jagtap, COEP, 120
2. 1st Runner Up: Arnabh Sengupta + Anirudh Anilkumar, AFMC, 110
3. 2nd Runner Up: Nikhil Joseph Zacharias + V G Shreeram, SLS, 87.5
Other Finalists
Karan Kamath + Ameya Pillay, SLS+SCo, 77.5
Vishal S + Anirudh B, 50
Rohan S + Saraswat, AFMC, 47.5
Hrithvik Jha + Siddhant R, AFMC, 37.5
Omkar Joshi + Rohan T, COEP 37.5

Due to the late ending of the previous quiz, and thanks to the collective quick lunch at Modern Cafe which was temporarily converted into a BCQC khanaval, the next quiz started only about an hour late.

The prelims were a much more standard one, with 30 Qs and every 5th star-marked. Every star-marked was also a tribute to UNESCO certified Best QM Suraj Menon, as it was a question on UNESCO WHS. The prelims were well-balanced and accessible with plenty of Pune fundae. There was a narrower band this time with the highest being 16 and the cut-off at 11. 13 teams showed up.

The Finals again consisted of two IRs divided in four rounds (two clockwise, two anti-). This was interspersed with four written round giving it the flavour of ADG's exquisite craftsmanship we have all come to expect. There were dedicated to Pune quizzers: BDFL JR (questions on dictators doing benevolent stuff), Ardeshir Jussavala (people with multiple personas), yours truly (questions on the Left, which is always right) and Pranav 'Floyd' Joshi (people who share names).

At first the quiz was slow to pick up, with very few points earned. However, after the first IR, it began to catch steam and questions were answered with plenty of pounces and intelligent attempts by all. There was AV and a few Pune questions too, well-distributed. The quiz was slightly on the tougher side, I believe even for college team quizzers. Chestnuts which are obvious to Open quizzers were not necessarily so for the finalists. There was a bias away from pop-culture (which was fresh, but not so welcoming when it came to points for the finalists). Though that is nothing to complain too much about as it is never too late to learn.

Heartiest congratulations to the love story that is D(G+J) for defending their title successfully. They had won last year too.

What is striking and is to be noted is the similarity in the winners and finalists in both the quizzes. This can be taken in two ways: admiration for the consistency of the quizzers and perhaps to a degree, also a bit of worry regarding the lack of strong and diverse competition. However, the latter is not an affliction and like every other competitive sport, as the wheel of time moves on, fresh blood will water the roots of Pune quizzing. There is always next year when the established become open quizzers and sunlight can reach the growing stalks.

Overall, a fine Sunday afternoon.

Of course, one can't thank thee COEP Quiz Club and the College itself enough for kindly providing and rarely refusing a venue to conduct the quizzes.

Report by: Omkar Dhakephalkar

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