Thursday, May 19, 2022

FAQs - BCQC Informal Sessions

Wish to attend a BCQC Informal Sunday session? Have a doubt regarding the same? Here are answers to some FAQs. If you still have a doubt, you can mail us at

Q. Is registration required?
A. No, this is an informal quiz. Just show up!

Q. Where is the venue, and what time do sessions start?
A. Generally the sessions start at 4, but this is subject to change, so please read the announcement. The quiz takes place at the Boat Club of the College of Engineering, Pune.

Q. What is the team size?
A. We will form teams on the spot based on how many people attend. There will be no pre-formed teams.

Q. Is there any registration fee? Is there prize money?
A. No and no. This will be an informal quiz.

Q. Can I also conduct a session?
A. Sure! Just write to with your topic (if any) and when you'd like to do the session (we do these Sunday afternoons).

Q. Can I do a session with questions I have asked in a quiz somewhere else?
A. Yes, although we'd refer questions that have not been seen in Open quizzes conducted in Pune previously (or online quizzes that Pune quizzers might have seen). If you want to run a set someone else has set/conducted, please obtain their permission first.

Q. Is there a dress-code?
A. Not really. But it is an educational institution, so please use your discretion regarding the same.

Q. How do I get updates regarding the sessions and when they are conducted?
A. Follow us on twitter (@bcqc) and on Facebook.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

BCQC’s College Quizzing Team of the Year 2022

Date & Time: 1 May 2022, Morning
VIT, Pune
Elims + Finals
Omkar Dhakephalkar

1st: Naman Jain and Sagnik Sarkar (VIT+AFMC) at 192.5
2nd: Chinmay Deshpande and Ritoban Maitra (SLS) at 188.5
3rd: Giridhar Gopal and Saurabh Singh Bisht (AFMC) at 174.5
4th: Atharva Soman and Prajot Patne (COEP) at 149.5
5th: Yash Gupta and Ritwick Johari (AFMC) at 107
6th: Zoha Fatima and Naman Chaturvedi (AFMC) at 41
7th: Palak Shah and Amol Mule (VIT) at 40
8th: Vedant Jaiswal and Satyam Kumar (AFMC) at 36.5
9th: Manas Soni and Rahul Choudhury (AFMC) at 16

The Boat Club Quizzing Team of the Year 2022 was held on 1st May, 2022 at VIT Pune. The quizmaster was Omkar Dhakephalkar.

With nine teams turning up for the prelims, it was decided that scores will be carried forward to the finals. There were 25 questions in the prelims.

The team from SLS topped prelims with 13.5, followed by the cross-college team of VIT and AFMC at 12.5.

Finals had a unique theme as Omkar decided to turn the clock back and included rounds which he had endured during his college quizzing days. Long Visual Connects, List It, Amul Hits - his set had them all. The finals Were like Tour De France, with the variety of rounds analogous to different stages.
The scoring pattern of the IRs was also beguiling as it allowed the finalists to take risks and reap bigger rewards in return. There was a system of doubling on pounce and bounce if you were sure. This would grant double the points, but correspondingly raised penalties if you were wrong.

Ritoban and Chinmay from SLS raced ahead, early in the finals, and garnered a lead which everyone thought would be impregnable. Giridhar and Saurabh from AFMC were in a comfortable second position. However, dynamics changed in the last two rounds and Sagnik and Naman came from nowhere to win the quiz by a slender margin, after playing aggressively and taking risks. Ritoban and Chinmay finished second while Giridhar and Saurabh came third. Prajot and Atharva from COEP finished a close fourth.

Report by: Naman Jain

BCQC’s College Quizzer of the Year 2022

Date & Time: 1 May 2022, Afternoon
VIT, Pune
Elims + Finals
Pranav ‘Floyd’ Joshi

1st: Prajot Patne at 125
2nd: Chinmay Deshpande at 95

3rd: Ritwick Johari at 65 (on tie-breaker)
4th: Ritoban Maitra at 65

5th: Naman Jain at 45
6th: Palak Shah at 40

7th: Atharva Soman at 30
8th: Sagnik Sarkar at 15

After a long (and relatively dry) hiatus of 2 years, we finally had the annual BCQC College Quizzer of the Year competition in a physical setting. Held in VIT, the solo quiz was held after the Teams quiz with a small lunch break in between.

The Prelims were relatively long with 27 questions, consisting of 21 single pointers and 6 double pointers. Floyd took special efforts to keep the prelims as general as possible, with minimal amount of obscure fundaes. The prelims cut-off was surprisingly low at 7, probably because we had 8 teams in finals.

The finals consisted of four rounds - 2 Written rounds and 2 IRs.

The finals started with a 6-question set on 'Typography'. As opposed to what the subject choice may have you believe, it was a very accessible set with well framed questions. Next, we had the IR Round with 12 questions in total, which consisted of some very brilliant answers by participants on equally brilliant questions.

After this we had a Floyd special written round on Food with 5 questions, presented with his signature style. Chinmay from SLS was leading towards most of the first half of the quiz, followed by Prajot and Ritoban from SLS.

In the final round of Reverse IR however, a decent number of pounces by Prajot and Ritwik of AFMC ensured that the former finished on top, followed by Chinmay in second place, and Ritwik and Ritoban tied for third place. Omkar Dhakephalkar took the initiative of resolving the tie with a question set. This went on for some time before a brilliant answer by Ritwik ensured that he sealed the finish.

All in all, it was a great ‘welcome back’ to physical quizzing with appreciable efforts taken by Omkar and Floyd, along with other behind-the-scenes personnel. Special thanks also to Naman for providing the venue.

Report by: Prajot Patne

Monday, January 31, 2022

InFest 2022 | WYGW - The InFest General Quiz in memory of Vcat Srinivasan

Quiz: WYGW - Who You Going With, the InFest General Quiz in memory of Vcat Srinivasan
Date: 9th January 2022, Sunday, Day 2 of InFest 2022
Venue: Held over Zoom
Format: Elims + Finals
QM: Suraj "Pheno" Menon

1. 210: King Kong vs Godzilla (Santhosh, Preetham, Navin)
2. 198: WIMWI Manaram (Vinoo, Srinath, Rajiv)
3. 168: Chete Chete Khabo (Manav, Alok P, Brajendu)
4. 160: RoTF (Kiran, Ravi, Manu)
5. 125: Peter Panchali (Sachin, Debanjan, Prithwish)
5. 125: Covid positive otherwise negative (Shantanu, Shashank)
7. 120: Hello Hello G (Navin Sharma, Nikhil Sonde)
7. 120: Maris Troika (Raju, Thejaswi, Ramkey)
9. 95: ZEF (Anannya "Dada" Deb, Aditya Gadre, Ingit Sir)

UNESCO Best QM Suraj Menon conducted the general quiz at InFest 2022. The quiz was held in memory of Vcat (a prominent and unforgettable BCQC quizzer) who tragically passed away last year. One minute of Iron Maiden was a nice tribute to someone who was always larger than life and a minute of silence would have just been wrong.

The quiz started with a fast paced elims which resulted in a predictable bloodbath. The questions, as always, were fun, interesting, wide ranging and very well framed.

The top 9 teams qualified for the finals - which had 36 questions on the pass (with pounce) and a short written round. Suraj had set questions based on books he had read over the last year (more or less) and yet, the quiz was extremely well balanced and general - just shows the sheet range of the man's reading and research.

There was the added gimmick of teams choosing a book (from a very well formatted array on the screen) and getting a question based on it. The questions were general enough without really requiring any in depth knowledge - and most of them were nicely framed and workoutable.

My one small crib was that while the fundas were fantastic, many questions were missing the one clue that would lead one to the answer - which reduced some potentially brilliant questions to merely nice fundas in "Know It Or You Don't' packaging. 

Report by: Aditya Gadre

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

InFest 2022 | InFestYouUs 2022

          InFestYouUs, the flagship event of the annual InFest, is a Mastermind-style quiz in which participants choose a specialized topic on which they are asked ten questions. They play against everyone else, who collectively form the 'Mob'. The participant gets +1 per correct answer, and -0.5 for every answer they pass/get incorrect and the Mob answers correctly.

         This year we surpassed all records (so far) with 67 sets spread over a day and a half. With so many participants and QMs, we had a consistent audience, ready to give negatives as the Mob, as well as patiently waiting hours for their turn. 

         There were two winners at InFestYouUs 2022 too. At 9/10 were Nikhil Sonde (Nobel Prizes in Physics set by Sania Narulkar) and Mukilan Ayyapparaj (Akira Kurosawa set by Avaneendra Bhargav). Both showed how they knew their topics like the back of their hand, with Nikhil Sonde earning particular praise, being a last-minute replacement. Mukilan (debut at InFestYouUs) also answered rapidly, missing only one despite coming close to the answer. The Mob got no opportunity to score in their sets.
At 8 points was Srinath Bhashyam (National Anthems by Omkar Dhakephalkar) who missed two, without the Mob stealing anything.
His gaddi was not safe however, with a crowd at 7. Abhinav Dasgupta’s keen literature prowess was seen
(The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction by Vivek Tejuja) as well as debutant Arjun Siva’s was in the ring (The History of, and, Contemporary MMA by Atul Mathew). Another last-minute minute replacement, Ramesh Natarajan (Cricket Stadiums in India by Venkatesh Srinivasan) also features in the honourable mentions at 7. They all lost a point to the Mob.
Thejaswi Udupa’s Karnataka Set, Rajiv Rai’s History of Photography in India set and Shubhanker Gokhale’s Currencies in Circulation sets were particularly appreciated.

        A special mention must be given for participants and quiz masters from Europe, Australia, Singapore and America who participated despite the Earth rotating and trying to play spoilsport.

       A sincere thank you to the huge number of quiz-setters for setting such diverse and excellent sets for InFestYouUs. Heartfelt thanks to all the setters who could take their sets in-person, from sickbeds, and through half-sleeps. The participants for showing up and staying with us, and the awesome Mob all deserve praise. We would also like to thank Eric Yuan and Zoom Video Communications for their cloud-based peer-to-peer video conferencing software platform, Zoom, which enabled this fest. Cheers until next year!

Top 10 scores:


Report by: Omkar Dhakephalkar

Monday, November 29, 2021

BC Cup 2021 - Report

 Set by Aditya Gadre, Aniket Khasgiwale and Yash Marathe

Format: After no tournament last year on account of the pandemic, this year we decided to the take the BC Cup online. Hence the format was sligtly modified for this year. 

For starters we had a 40 question elim to determine the 8 quarter finalists. The elim was specially designed to deter googling - with automatic transitions every 40 seconds and significant efforts put to ensure questions are not google-able. For the first time ever, we used guinea pigs for a BC Cup set - from the point of view of google stress testing. (On that note, many thanks to Sumant, Rajiv, Abhinav and Yasho). 

The rest of the quiz was the same format - 60 question quarter to determine the top 4 for the semi finals. 40 question semi-final to determine the top 2. A 28 question final to determine the winner. The only difference was that we also shared the question in the chat window so that people could read the question (another BC cup first) which was necessary for time management. 


The 12th edition of the BC Cup saw the strongest field ever with 60 stalwarts from all over the country taking part. The elims were intentionally on the tougher side and in our opinion did a great job to identifying the best quizzers to go ahead to the Quarter Finals. Prithwish Datta and Kinshuk Biswas joint top scored with 18 points. We has a bit of a snafu with 1 question which impacted 2 individuals - hence we took 10 quarter finalists for this year. The cut off was 12 points with 2 stars.  Venky Srinivasan actually qualified with 13.5 pts but unfortunately had another engagements and had to pull out of the quarters. 

The Quarter Finals

The top 10 in the quarter finals were:

Prithwish Datta, Kinshuk Biswas, Gokul S, Arnold D'Souza, Suraj Menon, Anannya Deb, Deepanjan Deb, Venkatraghavan S (Ingit Sir), Samrat Sengupta, and Ranajeet Soman. 

The quarters as expected were a very close affair - with at least 5 different people in the lead at various points of time. Most of the time all 10 people were separated by 1-2 points across the 60 questions. Over time Prithwish, Deepanjan and Ingit sir pulled away and had secured qualification spots, with all 7 other individuals in contention with 3 questions to go. Suraj and Samrat both pulled out clutch answers to stick their nose ahead (6 pts) leaving 4 others tied on 5 going into the last question. Ranajeet - routinely called BFQI (Best Football Quizzer in India) - got the last question on direct - and somehow missed a question around his pet topic and favourite club in football - to ensure that only Suraj and Samrat go into the tie breaker to decide the last semi final slot. 

Suraj won the 3 question tie breaker 2.5 - 1 and booked his spot in the Semi. 

The Semi Finals: 

The top 4 were: Suraj, Ingit sir, Deepanjan and Prithwish

All participants started well and everyone was close by with one third of the semis gone. But then Deepanjan and Prithwish both started pulling brilliant answers out of nowhere to build a lead over the other two. Deepanjan took it to another level all but booking his slot in the final with a few questions to spare. Suraj then made a good comeback with a few great answers and was just 1 point behind Prithwish with about 5 questions to go. But then Prithwish got 2 of the last 5 and comfortably booked his slot in the final. 

The Finals:

Prithwish and Deepanjan faced off in the BC Cup final. Prithwish in his fourth consecutive final and Deepanjan in his first. Deepanjan won the toss and decided to go second. Prithwish missed his first question and Deepanjan scored a crucial away goal to put the pressure on right from the outset. He then scored another away goal - to take a commanding 2-0 lead with just 7 questions gone. Deepanjan started his set well scoring a goal on his question to make it 3-0 but then Prithwish pulled back two quick away goals on consecutive questions to make it 3-2. Prithwish's second home set started familiarly with Deepanjan scoring an away goal on the first question to make it 4-2, but the rest of the set was a washout, fatigue surely now setting in as we entered out 6th hour of quizzing for the day. Deepanjan's last set started with an away goal from Prithwish to make 4-3. Prithwish now ensured that he just needed to tie to win since he had matched Deepanjan on 3 away goals with this answer. Deepanjan duly answered the next question to make it 5-3. The next few questions were unanswered, and we came to the last 2 questions both of which Prithwish had to score to win. He missed the second last question and Deepanjan won the highest scoring BC Cup final in years. 

BC Cup Winner 2021: Deepanjan Deb  

Runner Up: Prithwish Datta 

List of BC Cup Winners:

2009: Sameer Deshpande and Suraj Menon

2010: Anannya Deb

2011: Anannya Deb

2012: Sumant Srivathsan

2013: Ramkey V

2014: Prithwish Datta

2015: Samrat Sengupta

2016: Shrirang Raddi

2017: Suraj Menon

2018: Suraj Menon

2019: Prithwish Datta

2020: No tournament

2021: Deepanjan Deb 

Monday, September 27, 2021

BCQC September Open | Report on the Science-Fiction Quiz

 Quiz: Sci-Qi (a Science- and Speculative Fiction Quiz)

Date & Time: 26 September 2021 at 10 am Pune time / 25 September 2021 at 11:30 pm Austin time
Venue: A series of tubes (a.k.a the QM's and participants various homes, connected via Zoom)
QM: Mohit Karve

Winner: Sumant Alone (Sumant Srivathsan) - 110 pts
Runners Up: Swadeshi House Mafia (Abhimanyu Badhauria, Rishiraj S) - 82 pts
3rd: Rohirrim (Srijon Sen) - 80 pts
Jt 4th: KatsuCurry (Arpita Shetty, Siddarth Raman) - 65 pts
Jt 4th: TLJ Was Good, Actually (Avaneendra Bhargav, Kunal Sawardekar) - 65 pts
6th: The H Squad (MV Harshavardhan, Harish V) - 58 pts
7th: ILAM (Akshit Mehra, Akshat Kukreja) - 45 pts
8th: The Pramans (Abhinav Dasgupta, Vivek Tejuja) - 40 pts

Mohit Karve is a old BCQC hand, being part of the COEP Quizzing Renaissance of 2006-2012, and is well remembered by people who were quizzing in Pune during that period (both for the excellent quizzes he set as well as for being the victim of the most egregious Hand of God incident since Peter Shilton). While we have missed his quizzes these past 10 years, the present circumstances and the online nature of all quizzing these days allowed us to participate in one of his quizzes (with him very kindly agreeing to conduct at an un-earthly hour for him).
We started out with a 25-question elims that had 20 1-part question and 5 2-parters. The questions had a nice spread of topics, including some based on Hindi science fiction shows that aired in the 1990s.
8 teams made it to the finals, which had two sets of 17 questions on IR, each preceded by a 4-question written round on linked topics. The quiz had no pounce - a rarity these days but a necessity to ensure the quick completion of a quiz that was already stretching into the wee hours of the morning for the QM. However, the drawbacks of a pounce-less quiz did show in that the almost inevitable disparity in difficulty between the questions made itself felt very keenly. The finals had a great spread of questions as well, ranging from the very first appearance of a key sci-fi mechanic to actual inspiration behind a beloved Indian entry in the sci-fi genre. 
Sumant kept up a lead throughout the entire quiz, maxing both written rounds and scoring 40 and 30 in each of the IR sets. KatsuCurry (Arpita and Siddarth) and Rohirrim (Srijon) put up a strong showing in the second half of the quiz, equaling (in KatsuCurry's case) or nearly equaling Sumant's score in that half, but they could not overcome the large lead he had built up in the first half. KatsuCurry's burst of form in the second half did catapult them from the last position they occupied at the halfway mark to joint 4th place, with the rest of the standings staying pretty consistent through the whole run of the quiz.
My one quibble with the topics covered would be that for an event billed as a Science- and Speculative-Fiction quiz, the topics tended to stick very closely to the Sci-Fi end of the scale and there was very little of fantasy, alternate history and other spec-fi genres. Within Sci-Fi though, the coverage was quite good with questions on sci-fi concepts and classics going back over a century, and including all your favourite science fiction franchises along with lesser-known entries in the genre as well.
All in all, the quiz made for a very enjoyable Sunday morning, even for those of us who do not normally rise so early in this part of the week. We hope to see more of Mohit (and other BCQC alums) setting quizzes like this in the future.