Sunday, February 08, 2009

BCQC February 2009 Morning Open Quiz "Gnosolalia" - Report

Date: 2 Feb, 2009
Venue: Dewang Mehta Auditorium, Persistent Systems Ltd.
Conducted by: Suvajit Chakraborty and Yash Marathe
Flavour: General
Turnout: ~25 teams

Final Results
Joint 1st: Aditya Gadre, J. Ramanand, Rohan Jain (A): 125
Joint 1st: Anand Sivashankar, Sumant Srivatsan, Keyur Munot (B): 125
3rd: Vibhendu Tiwari, Sarat Rao, Atulya (D): 115
4th: Yash Tamaskar, Suraj Menon, Pradeep Ramarathnam (F): 110
5th: Aditya and Abhishek Chandorkar, Aadinath Harihar (E): 75
6th: Aniket Khasgiwale, Salil Bijur, Saransh Verma (C): 60

Scoring: Aditya Bhedasgaonkar

A very competent quiz, the morning open had a mix of some very interesting trivia, quite a few easy ones, and a last round of specialities that didn't receive universal acclaim because of its format. The elims were not taxing, and were reasonably well-pitched even for the not-so regular quizzer (with a couple of nice red-herring questions). There were a couple of questions in the finals that drew applause.

As for the negatives, Suvajit's curious habit of tailing off into silence while reading out a question was observed. The last round consisted of 2 'speciality topics' per team; there were two sets of topics (randomly decided, I think). One of them had to be doubled (no -ves). The catch was that if unanswered on the direct, the question would pass clockwise or the other way depending on which set it belonged to. Teams felt this could lead to a lot of imbalance in attempts and value for answers. Perhaps the QMs could explain what their thinking was here.

Organisationally, no SNAFUs that I can think of, so a good organisational job done by the quiz masters.


Ramanand said...

One more criticism that came to my mind: the audience was almost completely forgotten during the quiz. There were no audience-specific qs and no effort to engage them. Some of the answers were not explained in detail either. Not very good.

Yash Marathe said...

We'll see to it that this does not happen in future quizzes.

The problem with audience questions was that one of the quizmasters... OK, moi... did not bring the additional rejected questions along that were to be used as audience questions.

As for the name of the quiz, it was Gnosolalia, from Glossolalia (gift of tongues).

Anonymous said...

And the afternoon quiz?

Ramanand said...

Corrected the name. 'twas a slip of tongue :-)

anon: afternoon quiz report should be up soon.

SURAJ said...

i personally think the last round was a bit unfair...... all i can say is fuddruckers!!!!!!!!!!!

Yash Marathe said...