Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Inquizitive (FC) 2012 - Report

Report by Avaneendra

What: Inquizitive General Quiz, Fergusson College
When: 24 Jan, 2012
QM: Suraj Prabhu
Questions set by: Suraj Prabhu and Ruchik More

1st: Akshay Vaidya & Gautam Sondur : 177 (won on tie-breaker):Team 3
2nd: Ranajeet Soman & Rohan Jain : 177 : Team 5
3rd: Avaneendra Bhargav & Samir Deshpande : 170 : Team 2
4th: Rohan Danait & Siddhartha Phule : 145 : Team 6
5th: CVR Shastry & Tushar Jha : 103 : Team 1
6th: Rohit Sahasrabudhe & Satyavrat Wagle : 90 : Team 4

Quiz started at 11.15 AM. Elimination round had 31 questions. Thirty first question was identifying the theme. Cut off was 12. It was a good college quiz biased towards pop culture. Quiz master intended to avoid tie break at the end hence he had random scoring system for lvcs and svcs. In all finals had 4 written rounds and 2 IR (with 3+3 pounces per team).

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

COEP Zest Sports Quiz 2012 - Results

When: 15 Jan 2012
Where: COEP
What: Sports Quiz, part of COEP Zest
Conducted by: Rohan Danait and Vibhav Bhave

1st: Omkar Nene and his partner: 125
2nd: Ranajeet Soman and Sameer Deshpande: 90
3rd: Vikram Keskar and his partner: 80 pts
4th: Rohit Sahasrabudhe and Alok Kulkarni
5th: Rishi Deshpande and his partner
6th: Aniketh Rallabhandi and his partner

Got feedback or can fill up the missing info to complete this report? Use the comments for this post.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

"Tum mein se J. Ramanand Kaun Hai?"

It's rather strange to be one of those visiting a BC session from pastures of a greenish hue elsewhere, given the fond memories of welcoming the stalwarts every December while I was still an earnest COEP lad, clad occasionally in that surprisingly office-worthy grey and white uniform. But attend a BC session is exactly that I did, when I showed up on Sunday afternoon at the BC for the first time in two years.

I arrived 20 minutes after announced time, but tardiness standards seemed to have only gotten worse. Quorum of about 7-8 people was achieved only by 2:20 or so (I was the second person on the scene) and questions for the day were being set by Avaneendra, a face who I have gotten to know recently as someone whose enthusiasm for the sport is second only to the great Dada who many here will fondly remember (he finally graduated!). But apart from Suraj there was no really familiar faces -- and a few were completely new.

Part of the charm of these old visits would be the Old Stalwarts Still in Town (OSSiTs) telling us stories about Old Stalwarts Visiting Towns (OSViTs) and warning us of fantastical proclivities that these question bearing, quiz-starved fiendish OSViTs would bring. I would lap it up with relish. There was none of that here unfortunately, and while the group was a motley bunch, no of them seemed fledgling or in need of any particular instruction. They all seemed rather accomplished and sure. None of that old edgy class structure.

My initial queasiness was however soon put to bed. First was the mention of Tim TeBow. Pre-BC session banter is always a discussion to behold. Each person would come bearing stories of newspaper articles they had read, movies they had watched, British TV shows from the BCL they had borrowed and these stories and recommendations would then be swapped. There was a lot of that, albeit the sources were almost always some person's twitter feed or some facebook page, that erm, I'm ashamed to admit am "too busy" to peruse. I was happy however to be witness to this live social bookmarking / recommendation engine in action. Much fun was had. In particular, there was this hilarious recounting of jokes about the Chennai couple who published an ad asking for IIT sperm donors. (What's common between a sperm and an IITian? They have a one in a million chance of becoming a human being.) -- After more dissecting of Dhoni's ban, and commentary from the India-Australia series the session began in earnest.

I don't know if this is the normal standard these days, but Avaneendra's questions were really good. The actual quizzing was equally fun, though it would have been nicer to have more people. The guessing was fun and witty like in the old days.
The only aberration was when it struck me that no one was scoring! (my old job). I was aghast at this sudden friendliness amongst the quizzing fraternity in Pune, but I let it pass. There was also the usual peter where someone asked a question that everyone except the QM thought was obvious (this time, Led Zeppelin's logo/emblem thing). Ah, it was exactly like old times!

I missed JR and some of the old gang though. I was not alone. BC sessions at this time of the year often co-incide with training for Punt Formation, a program where COEP first years are trained to punt boats I presume but these fierce looking nazi-style commanders. One of these commander types walks up to me and asks quietly while the questions are in progress:

Authoritarian Leader : "Tum mein se J. Ramanand kaun hai?"
Me (a little surprised : "Woh aaj nahi aaya hai"
Authoritarian Leader : "Haan, main jaanta usko"

and quietly leaves. Clearly a few of us left an impression.

Despite my enthusiasm, there is stuff that has changed. At least as observed in my one session. Most strikingly, past low brow habits of misal-pav and chai at Shabree after sessions has been replaced by, hold-your-breath, beer at Bamboo House! I even hear of entire sessions being conducted at the Bamboo House with beer and food in tow. While this seems like a most pleasurable experience on paper, I must strongly protest this violation of tradition. I as a hazy eyed oldtimer am willing to put up with most changes but this one? It strikes at the very roots of the T-Shirt I had excavated for this very purpose.

It said, in white pretty embroidered letters along my breast pocket 4 distinct words:

"Boat Club Quiz Club"

Thursday, January 12, 2012

COEP Zest Sports Quiz 2012

Quoting from the BCQC Facebook Group:
CoEP is organising a inter-college sports quiz as a part of its sports fest Zest'12.

When: 15th Jan
Where: Room 6 (Seminar Hall 2),CoEP
Time: 10 am

More details at this link (you can disregard the team formation rules, which are a result of using the overall sports competition template).

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Mindsweep 2012 quizzes - results

When: 8th Jan, 2012
Where: SCIT, Pune (many thanks to the institute and Nikhil Motlag for arranging the venue)
What: a solo general written quiz by the KQA

Results: Debanjan Bose (SIMC) and Hari Nair (SIBM): 26, Joint winners in Open and College categories.

Please see this KQA page for results and the quiz (coming in a couple of days).

Friday, January 06, 2012

Mindsweep 2012 - Pune details

Mindsweep 2012 is the first edition of the KQA's International Solo Championship.

When: 8th Jan, 2012 (Sunday)
Reporting Time: 9:30 am; must be seated by 9:45 am; Quiz will begin at 10:00 am sharp. The organisers have asked that no one be allowed into the hall after 10:00 am.

How long: ~2.5 hours (includes time for checking answers)

Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT),
Plot 15, Rajiv Gandhi InfoTech Park, Hinjawadi, Phase 1
Nearby Landmarks: 1 km from Infosys Circle and next door to Cognizant Tech. Solutions and I2IT
Pune – 411057
Format: General Solo quiz. For details, please see this link.
Proctor: J Ramanand (contact: 9764258560)

For Best quizzers in the Open, College, School, and Ladies categories.
For Runners-up in the Open category. College and school students must carry valid ID to be considered for their respective categories.
Prizes sponsored by the BCQC.

Note for unregistered participants: you will be permitted to take the quiz depending on availability of question papers and seating. Preference will be given to registered participants. Please write to me asap if you plan to register on the spot so that I can try to ensure both.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Mindspark 2011 quizzes - results

COEP's Mindspark 2011 saw three quizzes in the last week of December. Here're the results (compiled by Himanshu Panandikar). If you have any comments on the quizzes, please use the comments option.


Set by Himanshu Panandikar and Gaurav Keskar with inputs from Aditya Gadre, Mohit Karve, Neelima Jha, Mihir Khatwani, Amit Patil, Vibhav Bhave and Ashutosh Bokhare.

Questions reviewed and moderated by Aditya Gadre, Mohit Karve and Aadinath Harihar

Theme: General

Date/Venue: 28th December 2011, College of Engineering, Pune
Format: 30 Question Elims, 48 Question Finals (24 IR + 24 IR Rev)
Total Teams: 171

1st Place: Yash Marathe and Meghashyam Shirodkar (Team F) [Elims: 22.5 (4*) || Finals: 80]
2nd Place: Vinit Atel and Vikram Keskar (Team C) [Elims: 21.5 (3*) ||Finals: 75]
3rd Place: Hari S. Nair and Suraj Menon (Team B) [Elims: 22.5 (3*) || Finals: 70]
4th Place: Nandan Gokhle and Samit Sura (Team E) [Elims: 21 (3*) || Finals: 65]
5th Place: Kshtij Jyoti and Saikat Sarkar (Team A) [Elims: 22 (3*) || Finals: 55]
6th Place: Ranajeet Soman and Rohan Jain (Team D) [Elims: 22 (3*) || Finals: 40]

Best College Team 1(outside the finalists): Rahul Harapanahalli and Neel D’Souza
Best College Team 2(outside the finalists): Suraj Prabhu and Abhinav Pathak
Additional Credits: Himanshu Panandikar for developing the entire finals on Flash (template provided by Shravan Aras)

Qonnoisseur Report
Set by Neelima Jha, Himanshu Panandikar and Ashutosh Bokhare with inputs from Gaurav Keskar, Mihir Khatwani, Amit Patil and Rohit Patil.
Questions reviewed and moderated by Mohit Karve
Theme: Music, Entertainment, Literature, Arts (MELA)
Date/Venue: 29th December 2011, College of Engineering, Pune:
Format: 30 Question Elims, 37 Question Finals (18 IR + 19 IR Rev)
Total Teams: 52

1st Place: Suraj Menon (Team F) [Elims: 20.5 (4*) || Finals: 90]
2nd Place: Avaneendra Bhargav and Meghashyam Shirodkar (Team C) [Elims: 20 (5*) ||Finals: 45]
3rd Place: Sachin Ravi and Vikram Keskar (Team E) [Elims: 19.5 (4*) || Finals: 30]
4th Place: Ranajeet Soman and Rohan Jain (Team D) [Elims: 16 (3*) || Finals: 25]
5th Place: Kshtij Jyoti and Saikat Sarkar (Team B) [Elims: 14.5 (2*) || Finals: 25]
6th Place: Hari Nair and Nikhil Chitlangia (Team A) [Elims: 18 (3*) || Finals: 10]

Best College Team (outside the finalists): Rohan Danait

Torquest Report
Set by Mihir Khatwani and Amit Patil with inputs from Himanshu Panandikar and Gaurav Keskar.
Questions reviewed and moderated by Mohit Karve
Theme: Science and Technology (Sci-Tech)
Date/Venue: 27th December 2011, College of Engineering, Pune:
Format: 30 Question Elims, 36 Question Finals (18 IR + 18 IR Rev)
Total Teams: 63
1st Place: Sachin Ravi and Raghav N.C. (Team A) [Elims: 14 (1*) || Finals: 60]
2nd Place*: Abhishek Nagaraj (Team D) [Elims: 12 (0*) ||Finals: 60]
3rd Place: C.V.R Shastry and Vikram Keskar (Team E) [Elims: 18 (1*) || Finals: 55]
4th Place: Avaneendra Bhargav and Arnold (Team F) [Elims: 11.5 (0*) || Finals: 30]
5th Place: Sanket Bhilare and Rohan Danait (Team C) [Elims: 10.5 (2*) || Finals: 30]
6th Place: Nandan Gokhle and Samit Sura (Team B) [Elims: 12 (0*) || Finals: 25]

*Decided on the basis of elimination round score
Best College Team (outside the finalists): Harshal Sarda and Shantanu Hadgekar
Best School Team: Abhishek Gupta and Alok Gupta