Thursday, July 31, 2008

BCQC July Open

Set by : Sumant Srivathsan, Rajiv Rai, Avinash Mudaliar (Bombay Quiz Club)
Conducted By : Sumant

1st: J Ramanand and Suvajit Chakraborty : 53 pts
2nd: Vibhendu Tiwari and Sarat Rao :48pts
3rd: Kunal Sawardekar and Aditya Gadre :47 pts
4th: Amit Garde and Anand Sivashankar :43 pts
5th: Bikash and Roshith :17pts
6th:Arnold D'souza + Saransh Verma : 16pts

Format: 48 seamless IR , 4 mini-themes of 3 questions each , one long connect and one written round.
Elims cut-off: 16.5pts

The quiz was very good to say the least.The elims were very all very well framed , interesting questions .In the finals all the questions were excellent , most of them were workable and not obscure. It was nice to see the heavy use of audio-visuals in the quiz. Sumant did a great job of conducting the quiz.
Another good thing about this quiz was the length. I loved the fact that this quiz was not wrapped up in a hurry and none of the teams were pressurised into answering quickly. The whole thing was conducted at a very relaxed pace which ,in my humble opinion, goes a great way in making the quiz fun.
Ramanand and Suvajit put in a great performance to win this extremely closely fought quiz with barely 3 questions separating the first four teams.

Please give us your views on the quiz in the comments section. Any comments , opinions or suggestions are welcome.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

BCQC July Open Quizzes

Quiz 1: “The Interrogative” School Quiz – 2008 Edition

Date 27th July, 2008 (Sunday)
Time 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (reporting time: 9:00 a.m.)
Venue Dewang Mehta Auditorium, Bhageerath, Persistent Systems Pvt. Ltd. (Behind Dominos Pizza), Senapati Bapat Road, Pune – 16
Flavour General
Teams Two members per team (from Class VII to X); Teammates can be from different classes
Conducted by Maitreyi Gupta, Yash Marathe, Rohit Khaladkar

* All finalists will receive prizes and certificates; Winners will also receive a trophy each; Audience prizes
* The school contingent with the best performance will receive a “Best School” trophy.
* Prizes worth a total of Rs.12,000/-
* The prizes are co-sponsored by Landmark, Pune.

How to register
Prior registrations are required, though some on-the-spot registrations can be accepted. Schools have been sent invitation letters. Interested participants are requested to contact their principal/teacher-in-charge. If your school has not received an invitation, please get in touch with us to register directly.

The last day for registrations is Friday, 25th July, 2008.

* Registrations can be done over the phone or by email:
- Phone: J Ramanand: 97642 58560 / Salil Bijur: 98231 12258 / Maitreyi Gupta: 98224 77068
- Email: (with a copy to,,
* Required Details:
- Names and Classes of the participants
- Contact details of a Teacher-in-charge.
* There is no registration fee. All participants are requested to carry their School I-Cards. Participants are requested not to carry food or beverages to the venue. Parents and teachers are also welcome to come and watch the quiz.

Quiz 2: Open General Quiz

Date 27th July, 2008 (Sunday)
Time 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (reporting time: 2:15 p.m.)
Venue Dewang Mehta Auditorium, Bhageerath, Persistent Systems Pvt. Ltd. (Behind Dominos Pizza), Senapati Bapat Road, Pune – 16
Flavour General
Team Size Two members per team
Conducted by Sumant Srivathsan (Bombay Quiz Club)

Prizes For all finalists, audience prizes, best school and college teams
Co-Sponsor Landmark, Pune

Phone: J Ramanand: 97642 58560 / Salil Bijur: 98231 12258

Entry is free for all quizzes. The afternoon quiz needs no prior registration.

Thursday, July 03, 2008


Amit Varma was kind enough to pick up some fragments of mine for an interesting article on quizzing. Serious quizzing still remains very niche, a masonic sub-culture of sorts, but it takes a quiz-geek to know there are three ways of looking at every intersection, even if it only seems to be a straight road.

Anyway, as Amit mentions in the end of his post, check out Niranjan's primers (1, 2, 3.) on setting quizzes (to which I've made a small contribution). Perhaps they need a little touching-up, but they're perennially relevant.

In other news, a certain Salil Bijur catapulted into top spot in the rankings of the local BCQC Page 3 Quizzers League given his recent appearance in this pub quiz (scroll past the large expanses of skin to the bottom - I must admit that doesn't sound very decent). It didn't go all according to plan since he missed the question on the country with the oldest flag (Denmark), a sitter if there ever was. Too bad they weren't serving chestnuts with the drinks :-)