Wednesday, March 19, 2008

"The BCQC College Quizzer of the Year" - a solo quiz

(This announcement is for the college quizzers of Pune)

We'll be conducting a quiz meant exclusively for all Pune college quizzers. Details:

Who can participate: Any (full time) college student from a Pune college. 11th standard onwards.
When: tentatively scheduled for 29th March (Saturday). Time: 9:30 am
What: A general quiz. Written eliminations (30 mins), Finals (~2 hours). This is a solo quiz.
Venue: BC Lawns, COEP

Further logistical details will follow later. The quiz is aimed at encouraging college quizzers in the city, so we aren't inviting entries from outside. Also, the quiz is meant for young student quizzers, so we will not be able to accomodate part-time students or professional quizzers with an identity card :-) At any rate, we don't want to get into all that!

What you need to do if you are eligible and interested:
1. Register by sending me (and only me) your name, your college's name, what you study (leave a comment with your email id and I'll get in touch). Registration is necessary because I will get elims sheets only for those who have. I may get only a couple of extra ones, so anyone appearing on the spot will have to be a little lucky.

2. Let me know if you cannot attend at the given date and time (default assumption is that you can). We may not be able to reschedule except in the most pressing of circumstances because others already have clashing engagements for the afternoon (previously, our preferred slot). If you cannot make it on the 29th, indicate whether you can come on this Sunday (i.e. 23 March) in case we are somehow able to reschedule it so.

Will confirm the details by Sunday.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Announcement - March Open BC Quizzes

The Boat Club Quiz Club is organising two quizzes on Sunday, 30th March 2008. Entry is free.

Venue: Dewang Mehta auditorium, Persistent Systems Pvt. Ltd., Senapati Bapat Road, Pune-16 (see this link for directions)

Preliminary Details:
Quiz 1: The "LAME" quiz - Entertainment quiz Time: 9.45 am to 12.30 pm; reporting at 9.30 am
Teams of 2, 6 teams in the final.
QMs: Yash Tamaskar and Suvajit Chakraborty

No prior registration.
Prizes for all finalists, as well as for best school, college teams and audience prizes.

Quiz 2: Open General Quiz Time: 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm, reporting at 2:15 pm
Teams of 2, 6 teams in the final.

QMs: Samrat Sengupta
No prior registration needed. Open to all.
Prizes for all finalists; Prizes for best all-school, all-college, and newbie teams as well as for audience

All prizes sponsored by Landmark, Pune

Contact: Email: contact (at) bcqc (dot) org

Keep visiting for updates and online quizzes. More details will be posted later.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Prahelika - Quiz at PICT

Set and Conducted by Amit Dandekar

1st: Abhishek Nagaraj and Aditya Gadre
2nd: Suvajit Chakraborty and Yash Marathe
3rd: Aniket Khasgiwale and Yasho Tamaskar
4th:Rohit Khaladkar and Aditya Kulkarni
5th: Swanand Gadgil and Abhishek Khandelwal
6th: Bharat Marathe and Samir Deshpande

The quiz started with a 40 question ,fairly simple elim. This time however there were no ridiculously easy questions and the elims were quite good . The cut off was 20.

The quiz was quite enjoyable and well set. The main quiz consisted of 60 questions , seamless IR. The quiz had quite a few very easy questions , some chestnuts and some good questions. The quiz setters cannot be blamed for the chestnuts since their effort with making the quiz was apparent. It all evened out in the end so no complaints about the questions as such. They were better than what we see in most college quizzes.

There was a bit of confusion and indecision with regards to part marking for some of the questions , but thankfully it did not affect the result. Next time we hope the QMs take care to decide prior to the quiz which answers they are going to accept and which they are not.

The only major crib about this quiz was the organisation. The elims started at 11am and ended at noon. The final of the quiz started at 4pm. So basically we had to wait doing nothing for 4 hours.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Dear Quizmaster


Nice to know that you are organising a quiz. We would just like to inform you that every last one of us is genetically pre-programmed to chase you down and tear you to bits if you ask that question about how Led Zeppelin were named.

We just thought, that we should ask you to inform your loved ones and watch all the movies on your "100 movies before I die list" before you ask this question.

Abhishek Nagaraj
for the BCQC

PS : More intolerance

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Mastermind- Quiz at MIT- COE

Quiz was set and conducted by Keyur Munot

1st : Suvajit C and Sayak Dasgupta :190
2nd: Abhishek Nagaraj and Aditya Gadre : 170
3rd: Yasho Tamaskar and Aniket Khasgiwale :125
Other finalists : Karan Chawla and Saransh Varma , Siddharth and Kaushik and one team from MIT

Quiz had 6 rounds. The first round was 12 questions of IR. The next rounds were all D&P (+20 , +10). The other rounds included a 'Frame the Question ' round , Speciality round, 2 general rounds and a buzzer round.

The flaws of D&P came to the forefront in this quiz with the outcome largely dependent on seating position and luck. There was a very skewed number of attempts and inspite of the top three answering about the same number of questions there was a vast difference in points.

The questions were mostly good. Some were chestnuts while some were simply bad , very easy questions.

The organisation was distinctly better this time as were the questions. There were no controversies as to the operation of the buzzer round like last time. All in all it was a decent effort though in my opinion a simple no-gimmick seamless IR quiz would be great next year.

Saturday, March 08, 2008


Set and Conducted by Karan.

1st: Abhishek Nagaraj and Aditya Gadre : 110 pts
2nd: Aniket Khasgiwale and Yasho Tamaskar : 70 pts
3rd: Saransh Verma and Maulik Patel : 60 pts
4th: Siddharth and Kaushik : 40 pts
5th: Yash Marathe and Vipul : 20 pts
6th: Aditya and Karan : 15 pts

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Ganesh, former BC regular, reopens his blog with a post on quizzing.