Sunday, January 31, 2021

InFestYouUs 2021 | InFest 2021


                          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 had the biggest line-up yet: 40 sets were conducted all in all. With a consistent number of at least 50 audience members via the Zoom call, this was surely one of the most well-attended online quiz events so far.

                          There were two winners of InFestYouUs 2021 this year. At 9/10 were Ranajeet Soman (Real Madrid La Liga Winning Coaches set by Yash Marathe) and Samanth S (The Jeeves and Wooster Stories set by J. Ramanand). Both showed uncanny mastery of their topics with Ranajeet showing his football prowess on the field of sports quizzing again. Samanth’s thorough reading of the beloved P G Wodehouse series was marvellous, to say the least. The Mob scored no points in their sets. Close behind them was Arnold D’Souza who had taken a sports set too (Test Cricket Captains set by Aniket Khasgiwale). He also scored 9, but the Mob stole half points from him like rowdy Australian fans for a total of 8.5. A shout-out of course goes to participants at 8 points. These are Naman Jain (Forts in Pune District set by Avaneendra Bhargav) and Sania Narulkar (Indian Handlooms set by Jayshree Mohanka). The Mob did not score anything in either sets. Major Chandrakant Nair’s Infectious Diseases set was acclaimed as one of the Best InFestYouUs Sets.

                        A special mention must be given for participants and quiz masters from Europe, Australia and America who participated despite their diurnal cycles.

                        A sincere thank you to all the quiz-setters for setting such brilliant sets for InFestYouUs. Heartfelt thanks to all the setters who could actually take their sets, the participants for showing up and the awesome Mob. 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

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Report - The Visuals Quiz at Infest 2021

Quiz : The Visuals Quiz  

Day, Date, Time : Sunday, 10th January 2021, 2pm

Venue : The quiz was conducted over Zoom

Format : Elims (35 questions) + Finals (40 IR + 6 written)

QMs : Aditya Gadre, Omkar Dhakephalkar, Ranajeet Soman, Kunal Sawardekar and Pranav Pawar

Scores :

1. Sumant Srivathsan, Yash Tamaskar, Navin Sharma (We Are Googling) - 345 points

2. Rajiv Rai, Vinoo Sanjay, Srinath Bhashyam (WIMWI Manram) - 290 points

3. Aryapriya Ganguly, Rahul Kottalgi, Amrit Pritam Chetia (Aardvarks) - 265 points

4. Jayashree Mohanka, Sania Narulkar, Prithwish Dutta (Is There A Bigger Picture) - 250 points

5. Ritoban, Amlan, Arijit (Khela Hobe Na) - 245 points

6. Varun Rajiv, Bhargava EM, Santosh Swaminathan (Metaquizziks) - 230 points

6. Samanth Subramaniam, Ravi Mundoli, Ashwin Kumar (Aila Jacta Est) - 230 points

8. Chandrakant Nair, Hrishikesh Verma, Jinson (CIDs From Kerala) - 220 points

Report :

The BCQC, much like Simone de Beauvoir, had to adapt to the Force of Circumstance and move the annual Infest to the realms of online quizzing over Zoom and contend with the many perils it entails. Every year the quiz festival has themed quizzes to go along with the much sought-after InFestYouUs. This year, the Theme was kept general but the Medium was changed to visuals to lessen keywords that lead one down the path of Temptation.

We had 75 participants taking part in a closely fought elimination round. The elims were topped by WIMWI Manram with a whopping 32.5 out of 35. The cut-off was 26.5 and it came down to star-marked questions to eliminate the 9th team. 

The finals, which had Infinite Pounce facilitated through the auspices of Whatsapp, were conducted with 2 rounds of 20 questions on Infinite Rebound along with 2 written rounds. The audaciously named We Are Googling comprising of Sumant, Yash and Navin led pretty much from the first question and never looked like being overtaken at any point in the quiz. 

For the other podium positions, however, it was as unsure as the plot of A Suitable Boy, where the teams' standings could be likened to the suitors' fortunes in the race for Lata's affections - constantly changing. There were some contentious moments, where conceptual clarity was evinced by the teams but they sadly could not provide the Proper Noun which would have earned them the points. Overall, the quiz was conducted in an atmosphere of good humour and appreciative sounds with a healthy audience of 50 sticking around till the end.

Just like Cristiano Ronaldo knew that Manchester United had been great but he would have to move to Real Madrid to achieve greater things, the BCQC knows that although the online nature of the quiz enabled pan-India participation and greater outreach, the better experience will be gathering in person in the balmy January mornings of Pune for a weekend of competition, banter, lazy lunches and the pursuit of Happiness.

We hope to see you there. 

Friday, February 07, 2020

Report on Pop Ki Kamai

Day, Date: Sunday, 19-1-2020, Afternoon.
Quiz: Pop Ki Kamai 2020
Venue/Centre: AFMC, Pune
Fest/Organized by: Sai Ganesh and Debasish Mishra from KQA
Flavour: Pop Culture
1. TIE at 115 between
Pranav Pawar, Ranajeet Soman, Kunal Sawardekar (all OPEN) &
Anirudh S, Amita A and Satish
3. Anisha K, Trisha and Bhavesh (all from IISER) + Aditya K (draft, AFMC): 80
4. Hitesh Mahato (OPEN), Sai Krishna Venigalla (OPEN), Advay Aundhekar (AFMC) + Shobhit Chamoli (draft, AFMC): 70
5. TIE at 65 between
Pranav “Floyd” Joshi, Samiran Mondal and Gokul Panigrahi (all OPEN) + Sagnik (draft, AFMC) &
Krishna, Punya and Shomik (all from IISER) + Pranav (draft, AFMC)
7. Nikita Bhakre (ILS), Omkar Joshi (COEP), Prajot patne (COEP) + GG (draft, AFMC): 55
8. Vaibhav Vishal, Aparna Ramchandran, Arnold D’Souza (all OPEN) + Ritvik Joshi (draft, AFMC): 30
9. Yash G, Ashwin V, Srestha Y + Akriti (draft) (all from AFMC): 10

The annual pop culture quiz by KQA was hosted in Pune by Omkar Dhakephalkar at AFMC.

An excellent turn-out ensured we started only slightly late. This was because the ppt had to be shifted to the venue computer and there was no mechanism to attach the QM’s laptop. Since there was media-error during transfer, the ppt was run off the shared drive.

One audio question was scrapped due to bad audio, two others had the answer slides along with the question. But groans only spurred the quizzers to be more competitive.

To ensure that everybody present could participate, top 9 teams were taken into the finals. The remaining 3 were split among them as draft picks.

The finals were a very interesting affair. The grid format was a refreshing, where one quizzer even quipped “We’ve come so far along with pounces and bounces that we need to be told how direct and pass works.” The fact that pounce was retained ensured the fairness of the quiz. The spread was clearly defined and wide. Though some were of course audience-specific, rather, city-specific(?), overall there was great brain-searching to derive answers.
All the spots were closely fought for among different sets of teams with 5 point differences and ties being the norm.

The teams decided to split the 40 questions equally and attempt the last 4 only on pounce. That was until one team inadvertently blurted out the answer to a question they pounced on. But that did not affect the proceedings much.

AFMC, as always was an excellent host. Though, the audio system could have been better-suited (the volume when increased tore the audio), the hall, projector etc were great. We could use single chairs to increase the team-size. At this point, the cooperation of Sulci and Gyri, and especially the co-ordinators Yash and Manpreet need a special shout-out. Thank you! This is despite the fact that getting assured rooms, and the confirmation thereof has become a slightly sketchy affair as the process is indeed lengthy. Like before, if quizzing had a dedicated room, it would be awesome to hold more last-minute quizzes there. Also, quizzes need to be run via pen-drive! There has to be a mechanism to use the QM’s laptop!

The publicity to quality ratio was slightly north of 1, all in all a fun quiz, that could’ve been better, and that we were grateful to host in Pune.

Report by: Pranav Pawar, with inputs from Omkar Dhakephalkar

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Report on Sir Visvesvaraya Open at COEP

Day, Date: Sunday, 12-1-2020, Afternoon.
Quiz: Sir Visvesvaraya Open
Venue: College of Engineering, Pune
Fest/Organized by: Sir Visvesvaraya Debate and Quiz Festival
Flavour: Gen
QM(s): BCQC-The COEP Quiz Club

1. Team 1: Sonie Shende and Shrirang Raddi (Batch of ’95), 185 Points
2. Team 2: Aman Shaikh and Omkar Dhakephalkar, 130 Points
3. Teams 6 and 7: Gokul Panigrahi, Samiran Mondal and Shantanou Gangakhedkar, Shantanu Pant. Tied at 110 Points
5. Team 5: Nikita Bhakre and Omkar Joshi (College Team, ILS Law+COEP), 90 Points
6. Team 3: Aaditya Yawalkar and Shounak Joshi (College Team, VIT), 75 Points
7. Team 8: Parth Hasabnis, Aditya Pethe (College Team, COEP), 25 Points
8. Team 4: Sagnik Sarkar, Ritwik Johari (College Team, AFMC), 15 Points

The first edition of the Sir Visvesvaraya Open was a successful one, no doubt. With only a slight delay of about 45 minutes, the elims began in the Mechanical Department. Eight teams would go to the finals.

The elims were fine, with the score difference varying widely. The top score was 20/26, with the eighth team coming in at 8/26.

The structure of the finals was two IRs (Clockwise and Anti) split between three written rounds, of which two were connects. The written rounds had five questions with 10 points per correct answer (and a bonus for the connect). In this case, I will echo the words of Kunal Sawardekar who discourages hefty weightage to written rounds as that can severely disrupt the balance. But to each QM his own.

As the finals began, the lead taken by Team 1 in the first written round quickly became unassailable, as the other teams struggled to put points on the board. Team 5 had a strong start but lost the plot towards the second IR. However, Team 2 and Team 7 were in a cut-throat competition with negatives giving one team a lead or the other until the last few questions of the second IR where Team 2 scored a quick 20 to take the lead. By this time, Team 6 had snuck up for a tie.

The spread was justifiable, almost formulaic. Art, History, Geography, Business, Sports, Science all made an appearance. However, the last written round left a tinge of bitterness due to the flavour and slightly arcane choices. But then I am biased against Sports anyway. The difficulty was definitely towards the higher side, putting the College teams at a significant disadvantage. What was not absent, was definitely the fun all the teams had during the entire quiz. Surely a Sunday well spent in awesome quizzing company.

Overall, there were some excellent fundae which showed in-depth research and the potential to create several ‘Aha!’ moments. But, very often the framing of the questions was not effective enough to derive the answer, creating situations where you either know-it-or don’t. However, this being the first Open set by this batch of quizmasters, this can be readily forgiven. Setting of quizzes over time (and I hope several more) will definitely help. Other than that, the projectors everywhere in COEP definitely need to be upgraded, or their jacks and cables at least.

To conclude, I definitely see this being a bigger and an annual event. 2021 will surely see Sir Vivesvaraya Open attract larger crowds from other cities too.

Report by: Omkar Dhakephalkar