Saturday, March 23, 2013

Quiztronomy - Report

Set and Conducted by : Rohan Danait, Omkar Yarguddi and Payas Awadhutkar
Flavour : Astronomy quiz
Format : 25 question elims
6 teams in the finals. 36 question IB. 1 written theme round. 1 LVC.

1st : Varad Naik and Aniketh Rallabhandi - 85 pts
2nd : Albert Paul and Rohit Chaoji - 85 pts (2nd on tie-break)
3rd : Ranajeet Soman and Aditya Chandorkar - 60 pts

Other teams on stage were : 
Supreeth Ravish and Aditya Mitkari - 50 pts
Nilay Mokashi and Ramchandra Karanje - 50 pts
Chinmay Kirtane (solo) - 45 pts

We were assured the quiz would not be theoretical (boring) astronomy and it was indeed so. The elims were excellent with a few hardcore astronomy questions, some which were 'workoutable' and some astronomy fundae seen in pop-culture. People who are not astronomy buffs (like our team) also had a decent chance of qualifying. 
The finals were also good. More questions here needed a slightly more-than-average knowledge of astronomy which is how it should be in the finals. Still there were a considerable amount of questions which had clues pointing to the answers and some questions with references seen in pop-culture. The theme round was excellent and the individual questions were nice. I don't like LVCs and this one was no different. Only one team got it on the last slide. 
There were a couple of negatives. Some questions could have been framed better. The clues in some questions could have been presented in a way people could have guessed at least. Also, there were a couple of questions with absolutely nothing to do with astronomy ( Chandrasekhar being the nephew of C.V.Raman has nothing to do with astronomy nor do the mortal offspring of Zeus). 
Overall, it was a very good effort by the quizmasters. Even for non-lovers of astronomy (myself being an example) it was interesting till the end. The quiz started and finished more or less on time which is rarely to be seen nowadays. Hope the next quiz is even better.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The March Open 2013 - Report

Set and Conducted by : Hari Nair, Debanjan Bose and Suraj Prabhu
Flavour : General
Format : 23 question elims worth 25 points
6 teams + drafts in finals. 3 written rounds and 3 sets of 12 IB questions. Infinite Pounce.

1st : Team 5 : J Ramanand, Aniket Khasgiwale and Omkar Yarguddi (draft) - 210 pts
2nd : Team 2 : Ranajeet Soman, Aditya Chandorkar and Payas A. (draft) - 160 pts
3rd : Team 4 : Omkar Dhakephalkar + 1, Samrat Sengupta (draft) - 125 points

Other teams on stage were : Rohan Danait, Vibhav Bhave and BV Harish Kumar (draft)
Ramesh Gopalakrishnan, Debashish Padhee and Venkat Srinivasan (draft)
Parminder Singh, Pritesh Sinha and Arnold D'Souza (draft)

The elims were decent but a little entertainment heavy. There were a couple of really good questions and no obvious peters. The highest was 14 (our team) followed by JR and Khasgi (13) and there was a clutch of teams on and around 8.
The finals had 3 written rounds all of which were good and most questions could be worked out. The 3 slabs of IR were with infinite pounce but the abundance of QMs helped in going through checking pounces. For the first half it was very close with Ramanand's team, our team and Vcat's team separated by 5 points. By the last IR round Ramanand's team had a decent lead over us but weren't out of reach. We had consolidated our second position. The winners did so comfortably in the end and the second and third spot too were decided well before the end.

There were some questions which raised eyebrows (BDFL prominently) because of NSFW material and The Mother Rule was clearly not followed.The quiz was Ent heavy but most questions were interesting and the quiz was enjoyable.

PS: 10 points are not worth giving some answers as was seen today (unfortunately experienced first-hand by me). :)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Pop-Culture Quiz on hiatus

We regret to inform you that due to issues with the venue, the Pop-Culture Quiz will not be taking place on 17 March 2013 as originally scheduled. We will be doing the quiz along with the April 2013 opens.

Debanjan's and Suraj's General Quiz will continue as scheduled on 17 March 2013.

Watch this space for more.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The General BC Joshi Quiz - Report

Set and Conducted by: Meghashyam Shirodkar
Teams of 2. ~20 teams participated.
Top 6 teams in finals.  Infinite Pounce format for the finals.
1st: Shubhankar Gokhale and Avaneendra Bhargav - 172.5 points

2nd: Rohan Danait and Vibhav Bhave - 123.5 points

3rd: Ranajeet Soman and Aditya Chandorkar - 122 points

4th: Parminder Singh & Pritesh Sinha 

5th: Anshuj Sharma & Ashish Kumar

6th: Nirmoho Banerjee & Anugrah Nayar


The quiz had a lower turnout than expected for reasons not very clear. The elims questions were on printed sheets (which I personally prefer). The questions were overall good, a few great questions, a couple not-so-great (read: Jaitapur, Alandi weddings). 
The finals evinced some nice fundae and the pounce did not take up much time as we feared. Shubhankar and AB lead from pretty much the beginning. Our team was second for the majority  of the finals till a negative on the pounce set us back and it ultimately cost us with a good answer by Rohan and Vibhav on the last question of the finals. 
I am not a big fan of LVCs and this one was cracked by only two teams (1 on the last slab).
The quiz was fun overall and the auditorium was filled with audience for the finals which was a novel experience for us teams on stage. Looking forward to the next edition.

January Lit Quiz - Report

Date: 13 Jan 2013

Set and Conducted by: Ranajeet Soman & Avaneendra Bhargav

Teams of 2 for elims. ~30 teams participated.
Top 6 teams in finals. Participants from 7th-9th top teams were asked to join finalist teams. Teams of 3 for finals. Limited Pounce format for the finals.

1st: Team A - Kunal S, Maitreyi, and Debanjan (draft)

2nd: Team B - Samrat, Ramanand, and Gokul (draft)

Prizes sponsored by Landmark & BCQC

(apologies on this late report publication - so late that most of my mental notes on the quiz have been erased; please add to this account, including the rest of the teams)

We had a Lit quiz after a long time, and it made a welcome change from other themes. The prelims were quite nice - some questions were quite good. The finals were reasonably good, though I personally felt the first half of the quiz was a little tough and sometimes obscure. The second half was more accessible. I'm not a big fan of the minimalist posters theme - these visuals can be a little subjective in interpretation.

Our team made a stirring comeback in the second half, but only to miss out on top spot by 5 points.

Please leave your opinions in the comments section.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The First Annual Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Pop-Culture Quiz is here!

March Open Quizzes


17 March 2013, 10:30-1:30 and 2-5 pm


COEP (Seminar Hall II and Academic Complex)

The March edition of the BC Open will have two quizzes.

Quiz 1

Quizmasters : Aditya Chandorkar & Kunal Sawardekar

Flavour : Pop-Culture / Entertainment

Venue : Seminar Hall II, COEP.
Timing : 10.30 am to 1.30 pm

Quiz 2

Quizmasters : Debanjan Bose & Suraj Prabhu
Flavour : General
Venue : Academic Complex (Boat club side), COEP.
Timing : 2 pm to 5 pm

See you there.