Saturday, March 24, 2012

The BCQC March 2012 Open Quiz - Results

Date: 24 Mar 2012

Set and Conducted by: Kunal Sawardekar

Teams of 2 for elims. 25 teams participated. 25 questions written elims.
Top 6 teams in finals. Participants from 7th-9th top teams joint finalist teams. Teams of 3 for finals.
Finals: 19 questions on Infinite Bounce clockwise, 5-image Meme Theme written round, 20 questions on Infinite Bounce anti-clockwise; In the IB rounds, teams were allowed to 'pounce' upto 4 times in the entire quiz.

1st: Team B - Anand Sivasankar, Vikram Joshi and Vikram Keskar (draft) - 195pts
2nd: Team F - Suraj Menon, Saibal Das Mahapatra and Sameer Deshpande (draft)- 75pts
3rd: Team C - Debanjan Bose, Hari Nair and Farhaz Iqbal (draft) - 70pts
Joint 4th: Team D - J. Krishnamurthy, Maitreyi Gupta and Rohan Jain(draft) - 65pts
Joint 4th: Team E - Samrat Sengupta, Aditya Gadre and Hitesh Mahato (draft) - 65pts
5th: Team A - Salil Bijur, Avaneendra Bhargav and Arnold D'Souza(draft) - 55pts

Best College Team: Ranajeet Soman and Rohan Jain
Best Newbie Team: Sanchida and Ramesh

Prizes sponsored by Landmark and BCQC

Elims cutoff: 8

Please leave your opinions in the comments section.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The BCQC March 2012 Open

Quizmaster: Kunal Sawardekar

Flavour: General

Format: Written prelims; Finals with 6 teams (but with the Draft Pick system: after prelim, top 6 teams to qualify for finals, members of next 3 teams will be distributed among them.) Up to two members per team; no prior registration needed; no entry fees

Date & Time

24th March (Saturday, not Sunday)

Timings: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm (report by 2.45 pm)


Seminar Hall II, College of Engineering, Pune

How to get to the venue

The College of Engineering, Pune (also known as COEP or just "Engineering College") is located very close to other landmarks such as Pune Station, Sancheti Flyover, and the RTO. The Seminar Hall is on the opposite side of the Boat Club (where our informal weekend sessions take place), near the Main Building.


Phone: Suraj (98903 59065), Avaneendra (9011040388), Email:[at]


Prizes for each finalist, for the Best College Team, the Best School Team, and the Best Newbie Team. Lots of audience prizes.
The BCQC is on Facebook and Twitter as well.

some questions from previous BC Opens are now available at the BCQC Questions Blog.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

[College] Dr. D.Y.Patil College of Engg, Akurdi - General Quiz

There is a quiz in Dr. D Y Patil College of Engg, Akurdi. Rohan Jain and I (Ranajeet) will be doing the quiz. Details follow. (May be subject to slight changes. Changes will be updated.)

Venue : Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Engineering, Akurdi
Date and Time : 11th March, 11 am (tentative)
Registration Fee : 50 Rs
Prize money : 3k , 2k , 1k for 1st 2nd and 3rd respectively
Registrations can be done on the spot. For colleges (UG/PG) only. Teams of 2. Cross college allowed.
For details contact : Swapnil Pandit 8149333678

From Ranajeet Soman on the FB group

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Landmark Quiz, Pune, 2012 - results

(writing this from memory and 2nd hand reports - kindly add/correct)

What: Landmark Quiz, Pune Round
When: 3 Mar, 2011
Where: Dhanvantri Auditorium, AFMC, Pune
Conducted by: Dr. Navin Jayakumar

1st: Nawabs of Mahabs [Rajiv, Gopal, Vibhendu]
2nd: Haseena ka Paseena [Vikram, JK, Sumant]
3rd: Well of Course [Bala, Anannya, Atul]
Other finalists: [Srinath, Abhinav, Shubhankar], [Avaneendra, Kunal, Navin], [Anand, Amit Garde, Meghashyam], [Priyambad, Amit Pandeya, Ameya Samant], Dark Horse and Black Sheep [Ranjiv Ravi,Vansa David,Bharath S]

Other Results
Best Corporate Team: TCS ("Born Losers", Suresh Kumar, Aniruddha Dutta and Pravin Varma)
Best Two School Teams : Army Public School ( V Soumya, Abhimanyu Bhadauria, Rishiraj, Baruni Goel, Alok Gupta, Arjun Gade)
Best College: Quizkanths (IIM Indore: Abhishek Upadya, Rameen Khan and Prasnna Patange)

Review comments can be posted in the comments section for this blog

Photos of the event (from the Landmark FB page)

Call of the wild

The BCQC had its origins in the early 90s, when a group of COEP students began quizzing at the Boat Club of COEP every Saturday.

It was meant to be an informal way to indulge in a pursuit that very few take to, like Jesus fish to water (or Dharmendra to whiskey). Somehow, each year, there were just about enough people to keep it going, and along the way, the caravan only became larger (hello Monica!).

Spurred by that, the motley group picked up a confusing acronymic-name, grew beyond COEP to a pan-Puneri nature, and picked up a unique and authentic character of its own.

All this was made possible by a large group of quizzers who gave their time, interest, effort, and their eccentricities in order to help the BCQC sustain these 2+ decades. All without expecting anything in return, except to ensure there was always a platform for those who wanted to quiz. For all its warts, moles, and freckles, this has been a reasonable success.

Each year, old BC quizzers leave: some graduate (finally! and usually with distinction), some escape torturous jobs to find new roles (like with the Spanish inquisition), and some simply have had enough of long visual connects. Like in any ecosystem, the BCQC also needs fresh legs, fresh ideas, and fresh meat to move ahead.

Old BC fossils will have noticed the relative lack of regular BC activity in recent times. This post is a call at large for people who can help change that.

We're looking for people (especially student quizzers) who can take on the following roles for the BC:

1. Be Quizzing impresarios: schedule open quizzes regularly, get the venues booked, arrange for prizes, do basic publicity

2. BC Session coordinators: schedule BC sessions

3. Take the anti out of our social media: update our blog/FB/email group/twitter with announcements & reports of quizzes

All of these activities demand almost no strenuous activity, only loads of quizzing enthusiasm. The returns are likely to be a warm & fuzzy glow in your heart before you go to sleep each night, proximity to some of the most devious minds in the city, and perhaps, if you're that cold-hearted, a line or three in your CV to impress an FMCG recruiter or two hundred (they move fast).

And best of all, you'll have the satisfaction of contributing to a remarkable group and keeping it going into its 3rd decade.

Interested? Write in to Suraj Menon/Avaneendra Bhargav/me/leave a comment. We'll help you with getting started.


A History of the BCQC, according to many historians.

And with apologies to Suraj, Lord Kitchener.