Saturday, January 31, 2009

Quiz O Mania '09 at VIT

Set and conducted by : Yash Marathe and Maitreyi Gupta

Format : 25 questions elims on ppt followed by 60 questions on seamless IR 10 of which constituted a theme.

1st : Aniket Khasgiwale and Aditya Gadre : 170 pts
2nd : Salil Bijur and Suraj Menon : 135 pts
3rd : Niranjan Pednekar and Yasho Tamaskar : 115 pts
4th : Dr. Chandorkar and Aditya Chandorkar : 95 pts
5th : Amit Dandekar and Yash Sinha : 40 pts
6th : Rahul and Ashok : 20 pts

- Some really good , workable questions
- Good organisation. No major problems , long waiting periods or other events encroaching on the Quiz (like JAM did last year)
- Reasonably clear policy on part points
- The finger of God didn't show itself.
- Nice accessible theme . Another positive about the theme was that it didn't carry too much weightage and thus didn't affect the outcome of the quiz in any way.
- Prize money and certificates available very easily.

- Elims were very simple and had just 25 questions. Last years elims were brilliant . This time they could have been much better.
- Quite a lot of sitters/peters.
- Slightly uneven distribution of questions both in number and in quality.(For eg: The language questions were very good whereas the sports questions were all very easy for an open quiz)

Overall the quiz was well organised , conducted in a very competent manner and most importantly a lot of fun .

Do leave your opinions in the comments section.

Monday, January 26, 2009

BCQC Open Quiz Day - February 1st

The next BCQC Open Quiz Day will be held on Feb 1st (Sunday). The details:

Date: 1st February (Sunday)
Open for all; no prior registration needed; No entry fees
Two member teams
Prizes for Best School and College Teams

Quiz 1: General Quiz
Quizmasters: Suvajit Chakraborty and Yash Marathe
Timing: report at 9:30 am, quiz timings: 9:45 am to 12:45 pm

Quiz 2: General Quiz
Quizmasters: Pradeep Ramarathnam
Timing: report at 2:15 pm, quiz timings: 2:30 pm to 6 pm

Phone: Ramanand (97642 58560), Salil (98231 12258)
Email: contact(at)bcqc(dot)org

Prizes co-sponsored by Landmark, Pune

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Zest Sports Quiz report

Set by :Aditya Gadre with inputs from J Ramanand , BV Harish Kumar ,Abhishek Joshi and PS Sriram . Thanks also to Samrat "Sammy sir " Sengupta for his guidance.

Conducted by : Aditya Gadre

Results (elims score in brackets):
1st : Aniket Khasgiwale and Yash Marathe : 175 pts (24)
2nd : Gaurav Singh and Kaustubh Bhat : 130pts (16)
3rd : Karan Mann and Aditya Pawar : 95 pts (15.5)
4th : Rohits Chandrachud and Bahulekar : 70 pts (19)
5th : Ranajeet and Chinmay : 50 pts (15)
6th : Saransh Verma and Karan Chawla : 20pts (13)

The quiz started 35 question elims which turned out to be a little low scoring.
The finals had three parts: 1st Half (28ques IR), half time entertainment (WAGs round written)and the 2nd Half (28 ques IR , reversed)

Aniket and Yash started as favourites and led from start to finish with some truly awesome answers. Gaurav Singh and Kaustubh had a good start but a late surge from Aditya and Karan kept a bit of uncertainty in the quiz.

Any comments about the quiz are welcome.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Quiztronomy- an astronomy themed quiz.

Quiztronomy- an astronomy themed quiz

Brought to you by The CoEP Astronomy Club- in association with the Boat Club Quiz Club.

The CoEP AstroClub is hosting a one-of-a-kind event on the quizzing calendar. Quiztronomy is an astronomy themed quiz- the trivia being workable for everyone and not aimed specifically at astronomy enthusiasts. The quiz will consist of written prelims, followed by a six team final.


  • All finalists will receive prizes and certificates; Winners will also receive a trophy each
  • The school/college contingent with the best performance will receive a "Best Contingent" trophy.
  • This year, we will be awarding prizes worth a total of Rs.10,000/- (inclusive of vouchers)
  • Date: 7th February, 2009 (Saturday)
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (reporting time: 9:00 a.m.)
  • Venue: Main Auditorium, College of Engineering, Pune – 5
  • Flavour: Astronomy- for everyone
  • Team: Two members per team; Teammates can be from different classes and cross school/ college

Registrations can be done by email.


Phone: 9890 777 964 OR 9867 814 536

Required Details:

  1. Names and Classes of the participants
  2. Contact details (Faculty in-charge contact details also to be included in case of School participants)
  3. There is no registration fee. All participants must carry valid institute I-Cards.
Participants are requested not to carry food or beverages to the venue

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Landmark Quiz Pune 2009

The next Landmark Quiz in Pune is to be held on February 21, 2009 (a Saturday). Note that the Quizmaster will be Dr. Navin Jayakumar who is very well-known for conducting editions of this quiz at other locations (Chennai and now Bangalore). The winner and runner-up teams will qualify for the National Finals on August 15, 2009 at Chennai.

Please note that the venue (which has been Nehru Memorial Hall in the past) has not been finalised yet.

The venue is Ganesh Kala Krida Manch.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

ZEST - Sports Quiz

The College of Engineering, Pune will be organising a Sports Quiz as a part of 'Zest' , the annual sports meet.

Details: The Quiz is open to all engineering students (undergrads only).Cross college teams are allowed. Participants are requested to get their College I cards . Teams of two. Registration fees : Rs 50 per team.

Time and Venue: 1pm , Friday the 23rd of January in Room NO 13 , Mechanical Dept. COEP.

QM: Aditya Gadre

Sample Questions:
1. Connect : Fred the Red and Captain Fear
2. In 1991 , Bertrand Gachot was arrested for attacking a London cab driver with CS gas. What was the impact of this event on sports?
3. Complete the lyrics of this song by Johnny Wakelin
"Once there was a battle there (Chor: In Zaire, in Zaire) Hundred thousand people there (Chor: In Zaire, in Zaire) All those people gathered there (Chor: In Zaire, in Zaire To see the ________________________- (Chor: The-e-ere - in Zaire"

1. Mascots of Manchester United and Tampa Bay Buccaneers . Thus the connect is sports franchises owned by Malcolm Glazer.
2. Michael Schumacher got his big break in F1
3. Rumble in the Jungle

Contact: Aditya - 9881101291

Monday, January 12, 2009

Requiem for a Theme : Music Quiz this weekend

The next edition of the BCQC's experimental Theme League will be held this Saturday at the Boat Club.

Flavour: Western Music
Quizmaster: Aditya Gadre
Venue: Boat Club , College of Engineering Pune
Time: 1:30 pm , Saturday , 17th January 2009.

For all those interested:

-The quiz will consist of a written round followed by normal passing round . Prelims and Finals if you will. The participants will be put into teams depending on elims score. All participants will be included in the finals .
-Please get a pen/pencil/quill /some other writing instrument . Writing will be involved.
-Though it isn't mandatory , it'd be nice if you could mail me (aditya(at)bcqc(dot)org> to let me know if you are coming so that I have a rough idea about the number of elim sheets to print. For further details and reviews of past quizzes you can visit the Theme league page on the bcqc website. PS: In case you still have any questions , contact me at 9881101291

Saturday, January 03, 2009

BCQC – December 2008 newsletter

BCQC – December 2008 newsletter

After his first Grand Slam victory, asked if he was 6"3' tall, his mother replied he was 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4. Name this Olympic champion.

Happy New Year, or like some of us like to call it, Happy Great Gregorian Calendar Convention Conspiracy.

A cold December saw subdued activity at the BC, but there are a couple of things to mention. Here goes.


1. IIT Bombay's Mood Indigo (20-23 Dec) Some of the BCQC College quizzers took part in several quizzes at Mood-I 2008. Most notably, they won both the General Quiz (Aditya Gadre & Suvajit Chakraborty) as well as the Sports Quiz (Aditya Gadre again, this time with Aniket Khasgiwale).

2. BC “Requiem for a Theme” Business Quiz Suvajit conducted the Business Theme quiz as part of "Requiem for a Theme". A tough elims and a somewhat undercooked final resulted from it. The next set of themes are likely to be on English music, History, and Geography, depending on availability of quizmasters.

3. BC Quizzes
BC quizzes were conducted by Suraj Menon, Yash Tamaskar, Aditya Gadre, with contributions from others.

Upcoming Quizzes in January

1. BC Infest 2009 – Jan 4th: Quizzes on Religion, Science and Philosophy (Ganesh Hegde), Comics and Cartoons (Yasho), and General (Aditya). Details here.

2. SIIB Clairvoyance 2009 – Jan 10-11th: As part of Ignisense 09, the Symbiosis Institute of International Business is organizing a business quiz for B-School students and to be conducted by Dhananjay Shettigar. Two member teams from the same college. See their website for details.

3. VIT’s Quiz-o-Mania – Jan 30th: VIT’s Annual General Open Quiz. Watch this link for details. Previous quiz reports here.

4. The next BCQC Open Quiz is likely to be held on the 1st of Feb. Please let us know if there are other quizzes/exams scheduled around that time.

I've started so I'll finish

* Questions from the making of Balls, Ballots, Bollywood are now available. Read this to know how to get them.

* The next edition of the Pune Landmark Quiz is scheduled for the 21st of February. We’ll keep this post updated as details emerge.

* The Odyssey Quiz, one of the biggest open quizzes in India, was scheduled to be held on the 26th of Jan in Chennai. The event has been cancelled.

* The industrious Rohit Nair has a bigger list of upcoming quizzes from around India.

* If you are organizing a quiz and want to let people know about it, write into us ("contact"-at-"") with the salient details and we'll put it up on our website.

* We love to hear comments about quizzes, especially those that we do. Use the comments sections on our blog posts to do so, or write to us.

Happy third day of January to everyone!

Answer to Oblig Question: Boris Becker (after his 1st Wimbledon; he won the Olympic doubles gold with Michael Stich in 1992)

Previous BCQC newsletters here.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Balls, Ballots, Bollywood - Questions!

There are two ways to get hold of the questions from Balls, Ballots, Bollywood:

1. View them on Slideshare at this link, where you may note:
a. To download, you will need a (free) Slideshare account
b. Some of the conversion to flash isn't very good, with text spilling over to the footer. However, if you are on the page of the presentation, you will see a transcript below that you can read from.

2. Download them from our Google Sites link (may be available for a limited period of time - about a couple of weeks only). Here, the elims are ~10 MB because they have a couple of the audio-visuals.

Please note that:
1. This set contains all the questions asked - prelims, finals (3 segments), final-within-final.
2. The size of the ppts are big. Audio-visual, being big, have not been uploaded, but paraphrased. (However, the 2nd link has a couple of audio-videos in the elims, leading to the big size).
3. Warning: the ppts have answers at the end.

Suggested order: Elims, Elims Answers, Rules and a Tribute, Finals-Balls, Ballots, Bollywood, Final Round. But you can mix it up and surprise yourself.

Please leave a comment or email me in case of meta-questions, clarifications, comments, corrections, and/or commendations. Please be kind.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

BCQC InFest 2009

Firstly everyone at the BCQC wishes you a very Happy New Year.

And getting on to business , the Boat Club Quiz Club will be ringing in the new year with our annual InFest Quiz Session. InFest involves a two or three full length quizzes as opposed to just the one that usually takes place at normal sessions . It generally lasts for about 5-6 hours and promises to be great fun .


Time : 2 pm ; 4th Jan , 2009
Venue: Boat Club , College of engineering Pune

1. Ganesh Hegde , who has come all the way from the US, will be doing a Religion, Philosophy and Mythology quiz. The topics may seem intimidating but the quiz will be filled with great workable questions . Basically , you don't need to know a lot about the topics to do well at this quiz.
2. Aditya Gadre will be doing his " Not-so-general General Quiz" . Name of quiz to be explained at Infest.
3. Yasho Tamaskar will be doing a Comics and Cartoons Quiz.
4. Suvajit Chakraborty will also be doing some questions

We may just have other people doing quizzes. If anyone else wants to bring questions , you are most welcome.

You don't need to be teamed up while coming to a BCQC session. Everyone takes part in the quizzes. There are no formalities as such. Just show up if you want to have some fun and great quizzing in a casual atmosphere.

Everyone's Invited!

Cheers, Aditya.

PS: In case of any queries , you can contact me at 9881101291.