Venue: Dewang Mehta Auditorium, Persistent Systems Ltd.
Conducted by: Suvajit Chakraborty and Yash Marathe
Turnout: ~25 teams
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.