Friday, March 28, 2014

2014 Norwegian Open solo written quiz

The 2014 Norwegian Open solo written quiz will be held on Apr 5 2014 at 3pm. The venue will be Boat Club as usual. Please register at this link (registration mandatory). To be proctored by Avaneendra Bhargav.

1st Prize - LM Vouchers worth 300
2nd Prize - LM Vouchers worth 200

Quiztronomy - The Annual Astronomy flavoured quiz presented by the COEP Astronomy club.

Quiztronomy - The Annual Astronomy flavoured quiz presented by the COEP Astronomy club.
When - March 30, 2014 (Sunday)
Where - College of Engineering Pune.
Teams of 2
*OPEN TO ALL* (The poster says students only, but this is a correction)
Registration charges - INR 50 per team
For registrations contact:
Sarang - +91 90284 72187

More details here.

Monday, March 17, 2014

BCQC March Open Quizzes 2014 - Report

Quiz 1: Written History Quiz 

Set by Vikram Joshi
Proctored by Aditya Gadre
Format: 100 questions to be answered in 60 minutes

A total of 30 people took the quiz in Pune. Here are the results (Only Top 5 scores). Full results from all centres will be published soon

1st: Kunal Sawardekar : 55 pts
2nd: Suraj Menon 43.5 pts
3rd: Anannya Deb: 40.5 pts
4th: Anurakshat Gupta: 38.5
5th: Aniket Khasgiwale: 24.5

Quiz 2: Extra! Extra! - The Typical Chennai Quiz 

Set and Conducted by Kunal Sawardekar
Format: 22 question written quiz
Flavour: Current events and news

1st: Anannya Deb and Aniket Khasgiwale : 13 pts
2nd: J Ramanand and BV Harish Kumar: 12 pts

Quiz 3: Questionable Intelligence

Set and Conducted by J Ramanand
Flavour: General
Format: Written prelims. 8 teams in the final. A total of 39 questions in the final across 4 rounds and one Visual connect

1st: Kunal Sawardekar and Anannya Deb: 185 pts
2nd: Aditya Gadre and Aniket Khasgiwale: 115 pts
3rd: BV Harish Kumar and Navya: 110 pts
Jt 4th: Srisha Haridas and Utsab Saha: 100 pts
Jt 4th: Aniketh Rallabhandi and Vibhav Bhave: 100 pts
6th: Suraj Menon and Maitreyi Gupta: 50 pts
7th: Samridh Kapur and Nirmoh B: 20 pts
8th: Suraj Prabhu and Mustafa Abbas: 10 pts


The quiz began with an "old school" pen and paper elims on a printed sheet which certainly helped the QM to get the elims done in a short time. The elims cut off was 10/26 while the toppers got 16/26

The finals started with a short written round on Puneri tropes - such as Puneri Patya, Hou de Kharcha and Political Hoardings - which gave everyone some points and some laughs.

The first round of 10 IR questions with JR's now-standard "One-Finite" pounce variation (You can pounce as many times as you like, but once you get a pounce wrong, no more pounces for you in the round) was fairly low scoring with no team crossing 30 pts at the end of the round.

The second round involved picking quirky topics for other teams in a unsymmetrical order ('cause BDFL said so!). Topics ranged from Indian documentaries to Karl Marx to Australian Arts. This round had an added feature of a normal pounce on +15/-5 scoring. This round too was fairly low scoring.

Team C (Kunal and Anannya) then cracked the visual theme on the very first clue and surged into the lead which they would keep for the rest of the quiz.

The second and third places were still up for grabs with Aniketh and Vibhav chugging along quite nicely and Harish and Navya putting in a briliiant performance.

At the end of the 2nd IR round and the 2nd Topics round, Kunal and Anannya had pulled away from the rest and won the quiz comfortably. Aniketh and Vibhav seemed to just slow down enough for us (Aniket and Aditya) as well as Harish & Navya to go past and take the 2nd and 3rd places. Srisha and Utsab performed extremely well in the last round to take a very commendable 4th place.

Overall the quiz, not surprisingly at all, was excellent. Great questions, innovative rounds and exemplary audience involvement from JR.

A special mention of Navya who (after becoming the youngest ever participant in a BC Open Quiz) now becames the youngest ever finalist in an Open quiz in Pune

Monday, March 10, 2014

Announcement: BCQC March Open Quizzes 2014

First, it was just one quiz. Then it became two. Now it's three! (we decided to get this announcement out before it became a pile-up on the quizzing highway).


Date 16 Mar, 2014 (Sunday)
Venue Room 101, Academic Complex, COEP (this is next to the Boat Club) (see on Google Map)
Eligibility Open to all, no registration fees
Prizes sponsored by Landmark, Pune
Contact Avaneendra (90110 40388); Ramanand (9764258560)

The Quizzes

1: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm - "100 years, 100 questions" - Vikram Joshi - written, solo
2: 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm - "TCQ" - Kunal Sawardekar - written, teams of 2
3: 3:15 pm to 6:30 pm - "Questionable Intelligence" - J. Ramanand - written prelims+8 team finals, teams of 2

(we will make every attempt to stick to the timings)

100 questions on the 100 years since World War I

Set by Vikram Joshi, Proctored by Aditya Gadre.
Format: 1 hour written quiz; solo quiz
Flavour: General
Registration: required (fill this form)
Timings: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

TCQ Written

A written quiz on really current current events and an homage to the very recently departed, decommissioned and discontinued.
Set and Conducted by Kunal Sawardekar
Format: written quiz; teams of two
Flavour: Questions on entities in the recent news
Registration: on the spot
Timings: 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm
Prizes: top two teams

Questionable Intelligence

Set and Conducted by J. Ramanand
Format: written prelims for teams of two; stage finals for 8 teams (of which 2 will be college teams; a third college team will be 'drafted' in); trivia crossword for the audience during the finals
Flavour: General
Registration: prior registration encouraged (fill this form); 26 teams have registered so far
Timings: 3:15 pm to 6:30
Prizes: all 8 finalists