Tuesday, July 10, 2007

July 2007 BC Open Quiz - Report

Date: 1 July, 2007
Venue: Dewang Mehta Auditorium, PSPL

Set by: Ganesh Hegde and Shivaji Marella
Conducted by: Ganesh Hegde
Theme: General

Quiz Final Results

(60 seamless IR)

1st: Sudarshan Purohit + J. Ramanand (A) - 100 - (Elims: 23.5)

2nd: Kunal Sawardekar + B.V.Harish Kumar (E) - 90 - (Elims: 24)

Jt 3rd: Niranjan Pedanekar + Meghashyam Shirodkar (F) - 80 - (Elims: 20)
Jt 3rd: Manish Manke + Abhishek Nagaraj (C) - 80 - (Elims: 17.5)

5th: Daniel Ghevarghese + Anubhav Chatterjee (A) - 50 - (Elims: 20)

6th: Salil Bijur + Harsh Ketkar - 40 - (Elims: 20.5)

Elims cutoff: 17.5 out of 35

Best school prizes: Mayuresh+Nikhil (Muktangan), Aastha+Anmol (Indian School, Al-Ghubra)

Best college team: Kaustubh Bhat + Aditya Gadre

Best newbies: Nilay Puntambekar + Rohit Khaladkar

Attended by: about 25 teams


Ganesh and Shivaji provided a very nice quiz last Sunday, covering different areas and asking some good questions. A few questions were a little eyebrow-raising in their arbit-ness, but overall, it was very good. Shivaji couldn't make it to the quiz. So Ganesh conducted the entire quiz, and did so with commendable patience, especially for one who hasn't really done many formal quizzes before.

The final was a tight affair with at least 4 teams in the hunt throughout. Ganesh will hopefully post the questions before leaving for his post-grad studies. The Shivaji-Ganesh pair first came into prominence with their shock 2nd place in Verve 2000, and have been stealth hunters on the circuit ever since. Good luck to Ganesh for the days ahead. Thanks to everyone who participated, despite the heavy rains that hit these parts that weekend.

Our next open quiz will be in September.

As usual, please leave comments if you have any feedback.

Tag cloud of themes:

arts(1) biz(2) ent-misc(1) ety(3) films-india(2)
films-west(6) gen(9) geo(7) history(10) india(3)
lit(2) military(4) music-west(3) myth(3) pol(1)
scitech(5) sports(12) tv(2)

(note: some questions have been tagged with multiple tags; don't have a roll-up to more general categories such as Entertainment. Though Sports seems the highest, the quiz didn't have any bad skews overall, with many of the sports questions being part of multi-tagged questions.)


Harish Kumar said...

Make that sports (11+1) - ouch!

niranjan said...

Quite a few irrational answers ;))

Abhishek said...

I enjoyed the quiz. had fun - was quite audience unfriendly IMHO though.

Harish Kumar said...

The two PPTs part was slightly irritating. But the audience questions were good. They were not afterthoughts. They wouldn't have stayed back if the quiz was so audience unfriendly. Its not just special rounds that keep the audience interested. Good questions can also hold their attention.
The presentation could have definitely been better off. We may think about an official Creatives in-charge who can make the presn. look good in case the QMs need one. (Abhishek, you know who I am pointing to)
On the topic of the special rounds, IMO,the 'writing down the answers on a piece of paper'/'whispering in the QM's ear' for the theme rounds is highly irritating. As Kunal suggested, we may as well have the whole quiz as a written paper if fairness was the only objective.

Ramanand said...

I didn't find it too audience-unfriendly, but then I wasn't in the audience - so hard for me to be sure. I liked some of the stuff he asked the audience.
It helped that Niranjan was performing Pi-Lates :-)

BTW, why are we talking about special written rounds in this thread when Ganesh didn't have any?

Ganesh Hegde said...

Thanks for the comments people, Bouquets and Brickbats.
Harish- the 2 presentation thing was to avoid Finger of God. I believe I succeeded in doing it at the expense of consuming more time. Presentation, well, less said the better, I had a hard time making even such a simple presentation, essentially because I had never ever made a presentation before in my life :-)
IMHO the audience stayed back for the finals because they had fun in the elims and not because of the Audience Questions...they could have been better.
Questions and answers will be posted soon.
JR - Thanks for the good wishes.
Niranjan - Please keep entertaining people at quizzes with your brand of humour. The Pi thing was hillarious :-)