Monday, February 11, 2008

February Open Quiz - "Grindhouse" - Open Sports Quiz

Date: 10 Feb, 2008
Venue: Dewang Mehta Auditorium, PSL, Pune
Set and Conducted by: Aditya Gadre, Aniket Khasgiwale
Theme: Sports

Quiz Final Results
Format: 2 halves of seamless IR; one 6 questions written round, 46 questions
1st: Yash Marathe + Keyur Munot (B) - 125
2nd: B.V.Harish Kumar + Yash Tamaskar (A) - 110
Jt. 3rd: Anand Sivashankar + Vibhendu Tiwari (C) - 95
Jt. 3rd: Niranjan Pedanekar + Samrat Sengupta (E) - 95
5th: Abhishek Nagaraj + Suvajit Chakraborty (D) - 60
6th: Ritoban Sengupta + Subhodeep Jash (F) - 40
Scorers: Avnish Dhondge, Aadinath Harihar

Elims standings (out of 38 questions): Abhishek+Suvajit (28.5), Harish+Yash (28), Niranjan+Samrat (24.5), Vibhendu+Anand (24), Yash+Keyur (24), Ritoban+Subhodeep (23)
Best School team: Sanket Bhilare + Aditya Karve (Abhinava Vidyalaya)
No. of teams: ~25

This was the first Open Sports quiz conducted by the BCQC and was put together by two very good sports quizzers (we have a surfeit of good sports quizzers at the BC). The quiz was won by a relatively new (to the circuit) pair of college students who left the veterans behind with a superb show of sports quizzing, with some very fine answering that had the others applauding.

The questions themselves were very good and interesting. The elims were a tad easy, but did the job of separating the best 6 teams on the day. There was some assured hosting by both the quizmasters.

The main cribs revolved around the expectedly heavy dose of cricket and football (given the leanings of the quiz setters), the rather poor choice of colours for variables (leaving the participants in a purple fug :-)), and some inconsistencies in awarding partial points (as is always the case). However, the "good"-ness of the questions themselves made up for it. Perhaps we shall insist on another sports quiz next year from these two which addresses some of these minor problems.

Some sample elims questions:
1. Bill Lawry used it to clean his pigeon's nest. William Ponsford used it while painting his house. Ian Chappell never kept any of his. What?
2. Formerly: A city in India; Now: ____ House, a large country house in Gloucestershire, the principal seat of the Dukes of Beaufort.


Ramanand said...

--Moving Harish's comment here--

Grindhouse was brilliant. The focus was on Football and Cricket. I'd have liked to see more questions on other sports especially since the questions which were asked on Basketball and Tennis were brilliant. So - either you don't ask good questions (wrong option) or ask more good questions on more topics.
The quiz was conducted by Aniket and Aditya in a very warm, professional and amiable manner.The only possible reason for a grouse would have been the scoring on the connects. On second thoughts I don't think even that was bad.
All in all a great quiz. I'm looking forward to more such theme based quizzes - you can probably do a Cricket/Football only quiz.

Aditya said...

Sorry about the choice of colours(....they looked good my on comp).
We had a lot of good cricket and football questions and much fewer questions of the same quality on other sports..So we figured it was better to have good football and cricket questions than not so good questions on other sports. Hence the imbalance.
Will try to set more balanced quizzes in future.

menino said...

can u post the quiz fer the benefit of those whose missed out??

Harish Kumar said...

Comment from Samrat

It was the best sports quiz I have attended. Very well conducted by two knowledgeable QMs.
thoroughly enjoyed it , and was pleasantly surprised to see the youngsters running away with it showing two clean soles to the geriatric sports quizzers like Anand, Harish,niranjan and me :) .

Elims were a tad chestnutty, but still it was nice to recall the sporting chestnuts,
infact the "badminton,poona " chestnut was packaged very nicely.

though cricket and football predominated but i dont feel the other sports were totally neglected. we had good ques on lot of them.

One crib i had was about the "Oldest football club question? ans:sheffield FC" ? now i dont see the logic why someone who wrote mohun bagan and someone who wrote sheffield united should both get a zero,
atleast 0.5 for sheffield should be given. becoz it is not that easy a question (though maybe an obscure school sports book fact).
but again this can't be a generic rule as this is different from the ramesh and ramanathan krishnan question, where obviously one cannot substitute one for the other, as it is a pretty well known piece of information.

Yash Marathe said...

About the Sheffield question, Sheffield United is a wrong answer because it refers to another club, as does Sheffield Wednesday. But I think they should have given 1/2 points to people who wrote just Sheffield or any other variant (Sheffield City, Sheffield Town) that does not refer to any other football club in the city.

Anonymous said...

can i have a few questions of the quiz pls?

sorry for the belated request..if anyone i hearing..

brijesh here.