Venue: Dewang Mehta Auditorium, PSL, Pune
Set and Conducted by: Salil Bijur, Anupam Akolkar
Quiz Final Results
Format: 18 questions in an Aleatory format; 16 (3qns+connect) + 18 questions IR; total: 52 questions
1st: Rishi Iyengar + Sumant Srivathsan (B) - 155
2nd: Samrat Sengupta + Meghashyam Shirodkar (C) - 110
3rd: Anand Sivashankar + Vibhendu Tiwari (E) - 100
Jt. 4th: Aditya Gadre + Niranjan Pedanekar (A) - 80
Jt. 4th: Venkat Srinivasan + Aniket Khasgiwale (D) - 80
6th: Harshal Modi + Suvajit Chakraborty*(F) - 50
Scorers: Mohit Karve, Salil
Elims standings (out of 30 questions): Aniket+Venkat (23), Aditya+Niranjan (20), Meghashyam+Samrat (17), Rishi+Sumant (17), Vibhendu+Anand (15), Saransh Verma* (had to leave before finals; substituted by Suvajit) + Harshal (12)
Best School team: Rohit Sahasrabudhe + Satyavrat Wagle
Best College team not in finals: Samit Sura + Nandan Gokhale
Best Newbie team: Mrinmayi & Sameer Katdare
No. of participants: ~35 teams
Aniket and Venkat's superb crack of the elims raised visions of another upset victory like in the morning's quiz, but the veteran quizzers prevailed in the end. In part, this was due to the quiz being suffused with a few chestnuts, but also their ability to weather the slightly uneven pitch.
The finals began with a round held using a different format. Each team would receive a direct in turn (chosen at random by the audience) and passing would proceed in forward or backward fashion (again chosen at random). Though not so weird in retrospect, it begged the question of what the objective really was. This caused some amount of confusion right at the beginning, and was perhaps largely avoidable.
The second segment of the quiz was more conventional, with the only twist coming in a round where every 4th question was a answer connecting the preceding 3. The connects were thankfully not contrived and one even went unanswered. Some of the other questions were quite nice and tried to touch upon a few new areas, but largely the quiz seemed underwhelming (to me). Some others liked the low intensity and the welcome fact that it did not stretch for too long as some of our other open quizzes have.
Some sample elims questions:
1. Manavikraman Raja, the Saamoothiri of Kozhikode is famous for something he did on May 18th, 1498. How is he better known as?
2. Connect (a) L.A. (b) Bangkok (c) a film directed by Brad Silberling in 1998 which remade the German film "Wings of Desire".