Thursday, November 10, 2005

November (League) Quiz

Date: 5th November 2005.

Venue: Dewang Mehta Auditorium.

Organised by: Abhishek Nagraj, Kapeesh Saraf, Aniket Khasgiwale (I hope I spelled that right) & Gaurav Singh.

Main Quiz Results:

1st: Shamanth Rao + Kunal Sawardekar.

2nd: Anand Shivshankar + Meghashyam Shirodkar.

3rd: Maj. Brijesh Nair + Manish Manke.

Also: Gaurav Sabnis + D. Dharmendra; Niranjan Pedanekar + Sudarshan Purohit; Shivaji Marella + Ganesh Hegde

Picture Quiz Results:

1st: Niranjan Pedanekar.

2nd: Ganesh Hegde.


Ramanand said...

pic quiz - what was that all about?

Salil said...

25 pics to be identified...a wide variety from Ameen Sayani, P.G.Wodehouse to the flag of Mozambique. It was great...should be done more often.

niranjan said...

A very good set of points by Nupur, though I personally do not think that ones needs to do something special about increasing participation at BCQC. I have already posted a reply to Ramanand.

Some questions in this regard: How many people have taken up quizzing for the first time at BCQC and have continued doing it in a competitive manner for a sizeable amount of time?

Do we really think that people who have turned up at the BCQC in the hope of 'taking up quizzing' as a possible 'new hobby' should return in large numbers owing to the interest that was generated in the BCQC sessions? IMO, quizzing is related to an individual's choice of having a good time, not a past-time that is cultivated at short notice, which he/she can be lured into or driven to.

niranjan said...

But the wrong place to say it all ;)))

Abhishek said...

'quizzing is related to an individual's choice of having a good time, not a past-time that is cultivated at short notice, which he/she can be lured into or driven to. '

I don't quite agree - I think JR would be a good example for that. I know the interests are dormant somewhat - but the BCQC has to provide an outlet - you don't need to actually quiz before to know you can.

niranjan said...

I don't think that JR has cultivated quizzing over a short period (if that is your point). He was doing quizzing since school days, if I am not mistaken. As far as can remember, he was an enthusiastic as well as a mature quizzer since his first year. That cannot be called cultivation of quizzing interests.

Ramanand said...

AN & NP: It is true that I didn't really quiz a great deal while in school and COEP was where I started to quiz regularly [I had gone to only 3 quizzes until I came to COEP]. However, this was not because I was not into it, it was merely that the places/schools I was in didn't provide the opportunities. I was into "GK" quite vigorously even as a kid and it just got the perfect outlet at the BC.

I agree with Niranjan: most people who have come and stayed back forever have been into quizzing even if not formally. Look at some of the late bloomers (if i can call them that): Harish, Sammy, Sud - I'm sure they always had that bent of mind.

BC quizzing helped all of us improve tremendously - at an accelerated pace, irrespective of where we started from.

Abhishek said...

exactly! so the BC has to be place where people get an opportunity. I am a bit concerned about not having enough COEP crowd - and prob i see a few people who might make good quizzers(dunno if they are interested for that is quite another matter) and not coming.

Abhishek said...

and btw, any comments on my quiz??

That would help in making a better Chakravyuh.

Harish Kumar said...

A nice 'first-time' effort.
The packaging,scoring systemm and the Pic quiz were great.
Now, the areas of improvement :
1. Too many questions.
2. Too many 'direct' questions - which could be answered by the first or the second team.
3. Too many questions which weren't processed much - straight off the net with a proper noun replaced with an X.
4. Inconsistent 'pitch' - a great Question (don't remember which one it was) followed by the Trevor C one.
5. Some questions were very long.
The effort that went into the quiz didn't deserve the dull response it was getting because of the lack of passing,length of questions and non-workability of the questions.

Salil said...

The quiz was good (I liked the elims especially), but I feel that if we're having a long quiz (say 100+), then the focus should be on 'Breadth', rather than 'Depth' - more topics should be covered rather than more questions on one or two topics. I myself have been guilty of such a practice, but a Breadth can be achieved when there is more than one person setting the questions.
The questions were mostly workable, but some were workable for only experts in those fields (eg. the nicknames-of-EPL-teams connect).
I'd elaborate Harish's point of processing the question: If the question is to identify the person X with some given info, details like the birthdate are unnecessary. They not only make the question long, but tend to be useless (and may be misleading).

Waiting for a better Chakravyuh!

Abhishek said...

what's the ideal length??
As for the first time stuff - it's really hard to judge what ppl will get and what they won't - so more experience would help one get better at judging that. The consisteny will similarly get better with more 'stirring'.

I totally agree as for the processing part. Maybe a more 'spunkier' question presentation - cutting out the crap. But sometimes it's better to let the participants dig out the necessary parts.

Sudarshan said...

I'd like to suggest an ideal length for a question (figured out the hard way during my own debut effort ;) ) :
If the quizmaster is hesitant to read out the entire question during the quiz, then it's too long. I was myself guilty of having too-long questions in my quiz, and I noticed Abhishek too pointing out the 'relevant' parts of the Qs during the quiz. That implies that there are non-relevant parts too.

It's true what you say, though - some questions deliberately require people to dig out the relevant part - but these Qs shouldn't be in the majority.

Harish Kumar said...

yes - as you very aptly put, the stirring should make for a perfect 'broth'.