Saturday, January 13, 2007

January 2006 BC Regular Open Quiz - Report

Date: 7 Jan, 2007 (Sunday)
Venue: Dewang Mehta Auditorium, PSPL
Set and Conducted by: Gaurav Sabnis

Quiz Final Results
(50 questions, Modified IR with reversals from F, 2 pts for correct answers)
1st: Niranjan Pedanekar, J. Ramanand, Meghashyam Shirodkar (A): 21
2nd: Anand Sivashankar, Vibhendu Tiwari, Ganesh Hegde (E): 19
3rd: Sudarshan Purohit, Amit Garde, Shivaji Marella (B): 18
4th: Amit Varma, Rishi Iyengar, Kunal Sawardekar (C): 17
5th: Shamanth Rao, Salil Bijur, Abhishek Nagaraj (D): 11
6th: B.V.Harishkumar, D. Dharmendra, Arnold D'Souza (F): 8

(4 out of 50 questions went unanswered)

Quiz Elim Results (out of 30 questions)
First 6 Teams cutoff: 13
(in order) Anand-Vibhendu (17), Shamanth-Salil (16), Ramanand-Niranjan (15), Amit Garde-Sudarshan (14), Amit Varma-Rishi and Harish-Dhammo (13)
next 3 cutoff: 9
(in order) Kunal S-Arnold(12), Meghashyam-Abhishek (11.5), Ganesh-Shivaji (9)

BC Theme Attic Quiz: "Assassinations and India at the Olympics" by J.Ramanand


* Our first quiz where prizes were sponsored by Landmark.
* Please give feedback on questions, organisation, etc.
* The next set of open quizzes will be in March

* If you want a copy of the elims and finals, please send me an email or leave a message in the comments.
* Thanks are again due to PSPL and Landmark.

Sample Elims questions:
1. Which term, coined by Indian demographer Ashish Bose in 1980, is an acronym and also a pun?
2. In the 1984 Lok Sabha election, whose campaign catch-phrase was "Mere anganey me.n tumhaaraa kyaa naam hai?"
3. Martin Speckter, the head of an advertising agency and an advocate of precision in communication, put forth this idea in an article in 1962. It was supposed to convey in print an attitude of curiosity and wonder. The WSJ called the idea exactly right for a statement like "Who forgot to put the gas in the car". What name did Speckter give this idea?


brijesh said...


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Harsh said...

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Thanks in advance.

Rishi said...

The prelims were a [lot] better than the finals. The finals had questions that would have been considered sitters in any decent *school* quiz. There was a bizarre lack of balance. You had whole series of questions going unanswered, followed by a series of absurd sitters. Even worse, some of these decided the final positions, when it was down to a question separating the top few teams. Perhaps the QM didn't have much time to prepare the quiz, I don't know.

And too much trivia on American TV shows. But that is just a personal preference, I suppose.

Ramanand said...

I agree. The exploration of themes was quite narrow, and the sitters made it russian roulette. Balance was off-kilter.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Sudarshan said...

*cough* Jabberwock *cough* :)

Gaurav Sabnis said...

In hindsight, it WAS a sitter-filled quiz. Sorry for that. Will strive for greater standards in the future.

And while yes, sitcom trivia is a personal preference thing, there were only 2 out of 50 questions on the subject. But they were early on and closely placed so I can see why that impression might be conveyed.

Ramanand said...

I did a quick breakup of topics from gaurav's quiz finals and saw it as (a qn can have multiple tags, so this will exceed count of questions):

Non-ckt Sports: 4, Ckt: 5, Graphic Novels: 2, Tech: 4, India: 3, Trivia: 10, US: 3, Sitcom: 2, Politics: 6, Ind. Entertainment: 5, Western Ent: 10, Etymology: 2, Lit: 7, Comics: 1, History: 3, Current Affairs: 2

Etymology:8, Lit: 4, Ckt: 1, Pol: 4, US: 2, Ind. Ent: 2, West. Ent: 3, Curr. Aff: 2, Arts: 2, Trivia: 6, India: 4, Sitcom: 1, History: 1

Ramanand said...

Sud: as I said that day, 'y' complain? ;-)

Rishi said...

Gaurav: fair enough on the sitcoms. It is just something that I associate with you, so I probably have a cognitive bias. ;)

As for the rest of it: positions shouldn't be decided on "Jabberwock". They really shouldn't.

But there were some genuinely good questions, new to me, at least, in the quiz. Not enough, though.

Vam C said...

No complaints...I had fun.

Plz questions at

Samanth said...

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Badri said...

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Anonymous said...

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