Sunday, April 30, 2017

Report on Imperio, Open Biz Quiz at COEP

Quiz: Imperio
Flavour: Open Biz Quiz
Date: 9 April 2017
Venue: BHAU Institute, COEP
QM: Vrushabh Gudade


1st: Shantanou Gangakhedkarr and Saahil Sharma (210 points)
2nd: Aranbh Sengupta and Anirudh Anilkumar (150 points)
3rd: Omkar Borate and Deven Deshpande (140 points)

The venue was the posh newly constructed BHAU’s auditorium at COEP campus. The Prelims started on time with the organisers handing over the certificates at the beginning of the quiz itself. There were around 25 teams participating in the quiz. The elims set consisted of 18 questions only, with 13 one pointers and 5 two pointers each.

The questions were quite easy with almost all participating teams at similar scores.
The finals had 8 teams consisting of both open and college teams. The finals consisted of a total of 24 question on IR separated by a written round of 6 questions. The first quarter of the quiz was quite easy with all teams answering simultaneously, thus negating the chance of a lead. The breakthrough point for teams was the written round consisting of three questions each on India and Logos.

The overall question framing was good and some fundae were very well researched. Although it may be pointed out that few peters should have definitely been avoided. The penultimate question on carbonated drinks/soda had the teams in a bit of a tussle which had to be scrapped later on.
The quiz ended with the winners having a healthy lead of around 60 points ahead of second placed team. There was a tie for the 2nd spot which was resolved by Shantanou Gangakhedkarr.

Report by: Shantanou Gangakhedkarr

Report on Lumiere, College Quiz at Impressions 2016. COEP

Date: 10th & 11th December, 2016
Quiz:   Lumiere
Venue: COEP
Fest:    Impressions 2016, COEP Cultural Fest
QMs: Akshay Parale & Omkar Borate

1st – Arnabh Sengupta & Anirudh Anilkumar, AFMC
2nd – Pranav ‘Floyd’ Joshi & Charles Matthews, Modern+PICT
3rd – Pranjal Gupta & Rishabh Mehta, AFMC
4th – Shantanou Gangakhedkarr & Shantanu Pant
5th – Dhruv Sahastrabuddhe + 1
6th – Ankit & Anurag Choudhary, PICT

The quiz was spread over two days i.e. Elims on 10th and Finals on 11th. In a closely contested elims the cutoff was 17.5, with the highest score being 22.5.

Next day, we were greeted by Abbott and Costello on Arrival (From Arrival) and taken on a b(+p)ouncy ride by the Quizmasters Akshay Parale & Omkar Borate. It was a quiz that kept us on the edge of our seats with repeated pounces and close competition between the teams in the finals. With all teams playing all out from the start, it was bound to be a close call and it do go down to the wire with a mere 5/10 points separating the podium finishers. 

The quiz was a bevy of Q's that were all workoutable, enabling most non sporty quizzers to indulge in some lifting too. One Question that stuck with me months after the quiz (which is when this report is being written) was about the outfits inspired by the characters in FBAWTFT, looking at you, Seraphina Picquery. The gigglewater is indeed non-negotiable.

Report by: Arnabh Sengupta

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Report on the Sustainability Quiz

Venue: PICT
QM: Ankit Chaudhary and brother, Charles Matthews
Date: 24/3/17

Sustainability was the name of the game, and many thanks to our intrepid quizmasters for allowing us to sustain our attempts at quizzing by allowing a generous general flavour to creep into the quiz. A very workoutable preliminary round coupled with generous hints and a thankfully non pedantic QM (which is rampant among certain quizmasters nowadays) meant that the finals were fun.
With questions spread across literature, the sciences, history and vexillology, the quiz did manage to promote sustainable quizzing at the end of the day.

Interesting fundae spanned from the sound dampeners next to Schipol airport to the presence of the Orient Express and hockey sticks in environmental sciences, there was much to learn about how humans have been studying mother Earth. Harambe (RIP) put in an appearance, beautiful music by Einaudi mourned our melting glaciers and places named after people ended the quiz.

It looked to be a photo finish from the very beginning, requiring a tiebreaker for first. I cracked the tiebreaker, not because I knew the answer, but because I had slept with Charles many times in the past (just kidding, I knew the answer).
Good show by all teams and it was well organised.

1st: Arnab and Aniruddh (AFMC)
2nd: Shantanu and Shubhojeet (BMCC)
3rd (tied): Sameer and Ritwick (PICT) + AISSMS Team

Report By: Arnabh from AFMC