Monday, November 21, 2016

Quiz-ire cat Report (IISER)

Floyd and Charles belled the Quiz-ire cat with Dhake and Pranav Pawar(PP) on 2nd, Rahul Mohanty and me(Gokul) on 3rd. 

The prelims were easy and approachable, it was easier to compare scores by how much one missed rather than how much one got. There were 20 questions, with some questions being more equal than the others (read: multiple parts and points). There was an obligatory question with an answer as Caravan referencing the IISER event Karavan where the quiz was held. Top 6 teams qualified for the finals, with possibly the highest cut-offs for any quiz.
Apart the above 3 teams, we had Divij+? from COEP, Rohini+Harshad from IISER and an AFMC team. 

Finals had 2 Long connects(which was 1 too many IMO!) sandwiched between 2 infinite bounce rounds with pounce. The ranks remained steady (with the top 3 teams staying on top) barring a few surges due to a freakish long connect scoring. 

Overall, excellent content and hosting. Clearly, the setters had put in a fair amount of work. Enjoyed the questions. There was a decent audience presence who got to answer the few questions which went unanswered.

There was a big gap between elims(11-12) and finals(4-6) with both having 1/2 hour delays. Organisers had a time-crunch due to external factors and 1 round was skipped. (But we got to see it later, while we waited for the prizes)
Also, rules and scoring for 2 rounds were very skewed. 
For instance,
 the penultimate round had +100/-0 for a 10 slide long connect on which 2 teams got lucky on the first try and hence went on to win the quiz; there was not enough scope for other teams to catch up after this. 
 In contrast, there was also an audio round with written individual hints(direct qs) and an overall theme which was overly complicated by differential scoring and negative points. This ended up as the least scoring round for the teams, despite having about 13 parts to answer.

1: Charles, Pranav Joshi 
2: Omkar Dhakephalkar, Pranav Pawar
3: Gokul Panigrahi, Rahul Mohanty 

CoEP E-Cell’s Biz Quiz Report

QM’s – Vrushabh Gudade & Mihir Mogra

1 st Place – Chinmay Tadwalkar & Divij Ghose (140 points)

2 nd Place – Deepak Chandel & Joel D’Souza (120 points)

3 rd Place – Akshay Parale & Omkar Borate (105 points)

4 th Place – Avaneendra Bhargava & Nikhil Motlag (95 points)

5 th Place – Pranav Joshi & Deven Deshpande (60 points)

6 th Place – Rohan Tikoo and his partner (55 points)

Report written by – Omkar Borate

An Open Biz – Quiz, which was organized by CoEP BHAU’s E – Cell, as a part of their E Weekend, took

place at Academic Complex, CoEP on 23 rd October, 2016. The quiz had some really nice and workable

fundaes, barring few peters and hence was a nice quiz overall.

The QM’s were novices and being an open quiz, they were pried upon by the seasoned quizzers, due to

which they lost control of the proceedings at times, for which they made up by putting up a fantastic set

of workable questions. Also, the turnout was quite low considering the fact that it was an open quiz.

The elims had 20 questions, with few very peters and sitters. The elims were logo heavy and there were

many India Biz fundaes. Few good questions were FICCI, Israel currency, Amul girl whereas the peters

were, Barcode. The highest score was 14 whereas the cut off was 10. Special mention to

Gokul Panigrahi and Supraditya Biswas as they missed the finals on sudden death. Also, special mention

to Mayank Pawar and Nakul Ramakumar as they missed the finals by 1 point. The elims cutoff could

have been higher considering the elims were easy and workable.

The finals had three sets, with the 1 st set being a written round, which was about identifying the

advertiser, which was an easy set. Almost all teams scored high in this set. Next, there were 20

questions in IR form, with some nice fundaes like London Taxi Company, 3D Hologram, Hershey, etc. The

final set was pretty interesting with two parts questions, which too had some nice fundaes like Charles

Darwin, Nike, etc.

The team of Divij & Chinmay continued their dominance from elims and finished first by leading the

table from beginning. The other teams played well and there was a constant tussle for the remaining

positions. Overall, a good quiz and kudos to QM’s for setting up a nice quiz.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Quiz Report - 'Q' ILS State Level Quiz 2016

'Q' at ILS Law College- 3/9/16
QM(s): Sruthi and Shravya Darbhamulla
Post-quiz discussion.
SCENE: A dimly lit room. Like the BJ auditorium (the backdrop for further SCENES). Pizza slices and empty pizza boxes lying around. A mobile screen with cheesy Thumbprints open on an incomplete review oN Zomato.
Pranav 'Floyd' Joshi (hereinafter referred to as 'Floyd' for the purpose of brevity and convenience): "I felt it was a good quiz. Good fundae." He takes a pause. An ominous pause. "However. . . framing needs a lot of help. Sravya / sruthi lost control of the proceeding." Unpausing and ceaseless, he continued ". . . and a quizmaster should never let that happen." However, an optimist at his cholesterol filled heart, he says in the same laboured breath, "With more experience of hosting they should get better at this. I enjoyed."   
ENTER: A dashing young gentleman, hurriedly closing the door behind his cohorts of female fans. White teeth gleaming in the flittering TV screen. Spectacles shining.                      
 COEP Aman: Not to mince his words he says "Personally felt that quiz was more history biased. Very few ent questions in finals." Adjusts the cable wire. Floyd has yet get a DTH connection. Despite this annoyance, he agrees with Floyd."Need serious help with framing."                         
 BCQC Floyd: Awakens from his recurring Cheese Coma. "Oh yeah. Extreme history / polity bias. Law even"
APPEARS: A mouse-like brainiac till now hidden inside the layers of leather of the sofa.                           
 COEP Divij Ghose: His meek voice, filled with authority speaks out. As usual, words of wisdom fall out in his deadpan tone, "Since I was in the audience, I'd also like to bring up the point of an absolute lack of audience engagement"                        
BCQC SPDP: (Suraj Prabhudesai, referred to as 'BCQC SPDP' for the purpose of brevity, convenience, acronynymity and crispy delicious taste. Also, where did he come from? He was always there) "Yeah, the answers to the written rounds should have been asked to the audience before revealing the answers. By the end of the quiz there were like 6 people in the audience"                         
 AFMC Anmol Dhawan: (Oh he was also always there) Licks his lips. Giving a quiz review: one of his favourite past times. Dishes out two even before breakfast. For this one, he is already ready. Opens his cigarette case. Takes out a thin white cylinder of parchment. Smells it lengthwise. Slowly unrolls it. The ink is still fresh. Everyone stops breathing, as he reads it out, "Good fundas. Topics could have been more representative. Like Pranav said," of course he already knew what Pranav would say, "history-politics was more dominant. One thing where they could have improved was execution and  confidence. They frequently seemed confused and proceeded to consult each other - where they'd discuss whether to give part points or full points etc. They could have definitely been more confident in that regard. All in all, a pretty enjoyable quiz, though. Prelims were really good, in my opinion, though we missed a ton of sitters." Always ready to accept his mistakes, his words carried extra weight. "The quality of questions themselves was good. The topics could have been more representative, like I said before. If they were to host another quiz next month, I would definitely go for it."                         
 COEP Aman: The discussion was its apex. "Extending on the framing point, I felt they were unclear on what they wanted from the question. As in what qualified as bouncing for better answer and what was enough to give points."                         
 AFMC Anmol Dhawan: "I agree."
Fade out. Black out.
1st: NJZ (Nikhil Joseph Zacharias)+1 (SLS):  240 (appox.)
2nd: Aman Shaikh and DJ (Dhananjay Jagtap) (COEP): 190
3rd: Anurag+1 (AFMC): 187.5
4th: Pranav 'Floyd' Joshi and Charles Matthews (Modern+PICT): 180
5th+6th: Two AFMC Teams, one being Anmol Dhawan's

This script was adapted from a Whatsapp conversation by Omkar Dhakephalkar for purposes of general awareness and education. It the author's purpose, belief and hope that it be used by future quizmasters/setters and quizzers for improving their quizzes, learning from opinions and enshrine the glory of Mankind by hearkening a new Golden Age of Pune Quizzing.

Friday, September 30, 2016

BPHC's Enigma Quiz - Report

Host: BITS Hyderabad
Proctor: Omkar Dhakephalkar

1st Place
Finals Score: 122.5
Institution: College of Engineering, Pune 
Divij Ghose
Dhanajay Jagtap

2nd Place
Finals Score: 117.5
Institution: Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce
Shantanu G
Shantanou P

3rd - Charles and Pranav: (95) (Modern+PICT)
4th - Anirudh Anil Kumar Arnabh Sengupta: (90) (AFMC)
5th - 
Omkar Joshi and Hithvik Jha: (65) (AFMC+COEP)
6th - Akshay Parale and Omkar Borate: (32.5) (COEP)
7th - Suraj Prabhudesai and Shubhankar Panse: (27.5) (PVG+PICT) 
8th - Pranav Rao and Ashwin Subramanian: (20)

Report - Written by Divij Ghose, CoEP
Tl;dr : A MELA Quiz disguised as a General Quiz. Some great fundaes, some poorly framed questions but all in all an enjoyable quiz and a great effort by the BPHC Quiz Club.
The Quiz: Pune regional qualifier of BPHC’s Enigma Quiz. Pune was not one of the cities in which the quiz was originally supposed to be conducted, but due to some persuasion and effort by the COEP Quiz Club, it was conducted in Pune with one day’s notice.
Prelims: 30 questions. MELA heavy. 4-5 great fundaes. A couple of poorly framed questions (like the question on one rupee notes). A couple of sitters and a couple of questions which I would call trick questions. The tribute question on COEP was appreciated. Considering it was a 30 question set, highest score (16) and cut-off (7.5) were low. Top 8 teams qualified for the finals.
Finals: Largely a MELA quiz, with a considerable amount of military questions and a few general questions here and there. Decent questions in the IR rounds, with a few sitters in each IR round. The AFMC team dominated the first IR, but lost their lead in the second one. Most questions were on things we’ve heard of. I can’t say the same about the themed written round on “Illusions and Paradoxes”, but I can’t complain either (got to know about things like the Ship of Theseus paradox). Themed written rounds are not easy to set, and since they were going for a theme related to Enigma, I’d say they did a good job, even if it was a low scoring round (with the BMCC team being an exception). What I can complain about is the LVC : it single handedly brought down the level of the quiz. The connect was prizes named after people, but I don’t think anyone present in that room knew what John Charles Fields or Joseph Pulitzer look like. A couple of brave teams did go for the connect, but were promptly awarded negative points. While Charles and Floyd made up for it in the next attempt, the AFMC team of Arnabh and Co. were awarded another -5, which made them slide to 4th place. The BMCC team did well throughout, but slid to second place because of an incorrect pounce.
BITS quizzes have always been enjoyable, and this wasn’t an exception. This quiz was described as a “Pretty OK” quiz, but I’m not being too harsh on them because I can only imagine how hard it must be to organize a national quiz with qualifiers which suit each city’s quizzing style.
Note : This quiz was conducted after Chakravyuh, and all of us (at least the COEP guys) were visibly exhausted. This was a very long quiz, but Omkar Dhakephalkar conducted it smoothly enough for us to not complain about how long the quiz is. Props to him for that.

Mindspark '16 Quizzes - Report

The Technical festival College Of Engineering Pune hosted a set of three mega quizzes from 23rd –25th September. The quizzes each year draw a variety of audience with a taste of everything for everyone.

Torquest - The Sci-Tech Quiz
QM- Divij Ghose
Set By- Ipshita Paul & Divij Ghose
Winners- Shantanu G. and Shantanu P. (BMCC)
              Known for its status quo of hi-tech fundas and you-know-it-or-you-don’t questions, Torquest ’16 had been an interesting affair. The 21 question Prelims with 4 two part questions seemed tough, the quiz had high-school familiar scientists fundas and relatively easy tech questions, with the very first question bearing the answer ‘Torque’! The two-part questions and long framing added to the difficulty of the Elims and the teams were seen tickling their brains.  The quiz had a participation of more than 85 teams which jam packed the Mini Auditorium. Finals went smooth at a slow pace with the same question pattern as that of the Elims, the rounds in finals were interestingly named after Coldplay songs. As the quiz progressed a close fight was worth a watch then eventually BMCC proving to be victorious.
QM’s word- “The teams performed as expected but missed out a few simple questions despite enough clues overall a high scoring finals was an indicative of their immense knowledge”

Qonnoisseur - The MELA Quiz
QM- Rohan Tikoo
Set By- Dhananjay Jagtap & Rohan Tikoo
Winners- Pranjal Gupta & Rishabh Mehta (AFMC)
                The MELA Quiz on Day 2 of the fest began with a fresh Saturday but had a low turnout despite the love of Pop Culture among students. The prelims were an easy set of straight-forward 25 questions. The quiz was lighted by the goodness gracious presence of the then Quiz Club head Chinmay Tadwalkar. The finals had an engaging confluence of Western and Indian fundas which were workoutable with many oh-damn-I-knew-that moments. Some historical questions like the one asking about the artwork around the Preamble of India kept the interest going. The quiz ended with two first positions by Pranav & Charles and Pranjal & Rishabh (AFMC) but just for the sake of winner trophies and documentation the AFMC team got the (third) tie-breaker correct about Indian Spiderman Pavitra Prabhakar. Pranav & Charles had the funda but couldn’t name the character. The quiz was set on the lines of known fundas which needed to be cracked from the clues in the questions.
QM’s word – “There were a lot of questions to which people thought the answers were obvious eg. Grauman’s Egyptian Museum, Que Sera Sera, Peter Sellers. Top 3 teams were fierce as there was an extended tie-breaker round

Chakravyuh - Pune’s largest Open General Quiz
QM- Aman Shaikh
Set By- Omkar Borate & Aman Shaikh
Winners- Aniket Khasgiwale and Aditya Gadre
                 Most of the Quizzing janta showed up for the quiz which made the Chakra this year massive. The Elims had a mixed-bag of questions a lot of which were not meant for the commoners but for the stalwarts. The finals were a small set of two rounds of 16 questions each (total 32 questions) that included everything under the sky and beyond. A strong set of finalists made the finals intriguing with current affairs, sports and major general questions. The quiz was set keeping in mind the standards of the legacy of Chakravyuh and its importance in the quizzing scene. Special mention to team 6 led by Maitreyi Gupta and Anannya Deb who were at zero after round one of finals because of many positive and negatives but finished runner-ups also the AFMC team who missed getting into the top 6 by only one star marked question led by Pranjal Gupta and Rishabh Mehta. The winners are Alumni and great quizzers Aniket Khasgiwale and Aditya Gadre.
QM’s word- “Setting and open Quiz had been quite a challenge considering the standard one needs to maintain as participants are the ones quizzing as the same age as we are right now. The teams performed well which was as expected, we tried to keep the quiz safe without ambiguity which explains the short finals. It was a good experience as a whole and we have improved a lot in the categories in which we were weak.

Overall the quizzes were having a low scoring prelims than expected by the quiz setters with teams cracking questions in the finals. The event was a success, special mention to Akshay, Soumaditya, Ipshita, Karan for the event management, scoring and logistics. Accolades to Rohan Jr and Omkar Jr for their help.

Right after Chakravyuh, ENIGMA – The National Quiz by BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus was conducted which saw a participation of 10 teams with 8 advancing into the finals. Omkar Dhakephalkar being the enthusiastic QM, the quiz was a high scoring one which Divij and Dhananjay won.

We would like to thank all the participants in the quizzes it could not happen without you.
We will soon have the quizzes on Slideshare.

by Vrushabh Gudade

Monday, September 26, 2016

Qonnoisseur 2016 - Report

Report- Qonnoisseur 2016, CoEP MELA college Quiz
Report written by Pranjal Gupta, AFMC.

Set by: Dhananjay Jagtap and Rohan Tickoo
Conducted by : Rohan Tickoo
Date: 24th September 2016

1st - Pranjal Gupta and Rishabh Mehta(AFMC)
2nd - Pranav Joshi(Modern College) and Charles(PICT)
3rd - Arnabh Sengupta and Anirudh Anilkumar(AFMC)

PRELIMS-  Thanks to the previous day's events, it was a relief that the Prelims started on time. (Quiz was delayed by 3 and a half hours the previous day) Only 20 questions though, with some nice questions on Moulin Rouge, Kahlil Gibran, Greta Garbo mixed with easy ones like Feluda and a few from the Marathi category.
But some of the  weirdly framed questions on 'Take Me To Church' and the Grauman's Egyptian Theatre(yup, not the Chinese!) combined with no part points on offer reduced the cut off to 6.


The finals began with a written round on Simpson movie references, and teams generally scored well with two teams getting all correct.
This was followed by 2 infinite rebounds with a LVC in between.
The LVC was about artworks with Vladimir Putin performing the Labours of Hercules. Two teams got it on the second slide itself scoring a 50. But the SLS team waited too long and had to play catch-up throughout the remaining quiz. I felt the nature of the connect deserved not more than 30 points.
The remaining quiz was actually quite good, with some stand out questions being about Peter Sellers playing an Indian, Japonism, Yayati complex etc. But it was really surprising to see a total lack of questions on post 2000 TV shows and movies in a college MELA quiz.
As expected, it was tightly contested with Rishabh & I tied with Pranav & Charles for the top spot with 175 points, closely followed by Arnab & Anirudh at 170.
A tie breaker gave us the technical 'first position'.
Thoroughly enjoyed it and kudos to the organisers!

BJ Medical Quizzasm - Report

Report is written by Anmol Dhawan from AFMC.

Quizzasm, General Quiz  at BJ Govt Medical College, Pune
Date: 11th September 2016

QM - Omkar Dhakephalkar

1st - Anmol Dhawan & Pranjal Gupta (AFMC)
2nd - Anirudh Anilkumar & Hritvik Jha (AFMC)
3rd - Omkar Borate & his partner (COEP)

Other qualifiers - Sruthi & Sravya Darbhamulla (ILS Law College), and one team each from BJMC & SKNMC.

- Anmol Dhawan & Pranjal Gupta

Prelims - generally easy workable questions. Omkar had obviously toned it down from his usual quizzes at ILS/BCQC allowing for easier guessing. Questions were good, well framed and fundas were nice too.

Finals - again a great set. We felt there were some sitters in the finals which probably could have been asked in the prelims instead (new iPhone not having headphone jacks, Canonisation of Mother Teresa, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory etc). Could have been more representative - there weren't many questions from literature or sports.

The questions themselves were interesting, and considerably more workable than Omkar's usual quizzes, which was great and thoroughly enjoyable. A lot of great fundas too. The quiz also saw a bunch of first time quizzers work out questions, pounce and get them right, which we think is excellent.

The QM was also confident, explained the rounds clearly and crisply, and was fairly certain regarding what exactly he needed in the answer.

All in all, great quiz. Really enjoyed it.

Chakravyuuh 2016 - Report

Set by Omkar Borate and Aman Shaikh
Conducted by Aman Shaikh

Format: 25 question elims followed by a 32 question final on IR

Attended by ~ 100 teams

1st: Aniket Khasgiwale and Aditya Gadre : 85 pts
2nd: Anannya Deb and Maitreyi Gupta: 75 pts
3rd: Vibhendu Tewari and Avaneendra Bhargav : 70 pts
4th: Abhinav Dasgupta and Shubhankar Gokhale: 65 pts
5th: Venkat Srinivasan and Samrat Sengupta: 60 pts
6th: Omkar Dhakephalkar and Pranav Pawar: 40 pts

The quiz started with a 25 question elim. The questions were a bit long and while workable, they could have been crisper. Some questions in the elims were totally know it or you don't. Overall the set was competent. The highest score was 19 while the cut off was 13.5 with one star

The finals had 32 questions on Infinite rebounds with half passing clockwise and the other half anti clockwise. The questions themselves were good and one notable point that the QMs should be proud of is that there were almost no Gawd awful peters. One major issue for me was that the quiz had only 32 questions in the final. Would have been nice if a couple of written rounds would have been added.

The finals had a good balance of questions (by topic) and were of a good difficulty level that didn't leave much to be desired. However, a general theme in the finals was that the fundas uncovered were great but the QMs tended to ask for the wrong thing - choosing to not ask a nice workoutable funda in favour of asking a tough know-it-or-you-dont . Also several cases of wildly varying difficult levels. Perhaps a function of inexperience more than anything else.

Another issue which may not have been in the QM control is the logistics.The projector died at least 7 times during the quiz requiring a replacement. Perhaps the organizers should have pushed for M13 which is significantly more reliable as a venue than SH2.

Overall the quiz was good - good questions, good time management (elims started *only* 15 minutes late and finished in exactly 45 minutes!) and fairly good questions. Aman conducted the quiz well and save for a few questions where I felt that part points policy (while clear) was arbit and unfair, the quiz was well designed.

Kudos to the QMs for keeping up the standard by not succumbing to pressure to include questions for the heck of it and ensuring only quality, standard questions made the quiz.

As for the performance in the quiz - all teams led the quiz at least at one point in the quiz. Abhinav and Shubhankar started well and built a good lead by the end of the first half. Samrat and Vcat and Dhake and PP too started well but ran out of steam. Anannya and Maitreyi started with multiple negatives but had a stellar a second half to finish second just 10 points behind the winners. Aditya and Aniket started slowly but chugged on and finished strongly to win the quiz for the second consecutive year.

Winners list so far:
2001: Shrirang Raddi and Amalesh Mishra
2002: Shrirang Raddi and Amalesh Mishra
2003: Niranjan Pedanekar and Samrat Sengupta
2004: Gaurav Sabnis and Neeraj Sane
2005: Sudarshan Purohit and Amit Garde
2006: Gaurav Sabnis & Shamanth Rao
2007 (Apr): Kunal Sawardekar and Shamanth Rao
2007 (Oct): Avinash Mudaliar and Harikrishnan Menon
2008: J. Ramanand and B.V.Harish Kumar
2009: Anand Sivashankar and Amit Garde
2010: J. Ramanand and B.V.Harish Kumar
2011: Meghashyam Shirodkar and Yash Marathe
2012: Kunal Sawardekar and Avaneendra Bhargav
2013: Meghashyam Shirodkar and Amit Garde
2014: Anannya Deb and Anirudha Sen Gupta
2015: Aniket Khasgiwale and Aditya Gadre 

2016: Aniket Khasgiwale and Aditya Gadre 

Sunday, May 08, 2016

BC Cup 2016 - Report

Set by Aniket Khasgiwale, Yash Marathe and Aditya Gadre

Format: 30 question elim to determine the 8 quarter finalists. Then a 60 question quarter final to determine the top 4 i.e. the semi finalists. A 40 question Semi final to narrow down to the top 2 in the finals. A 24 question Finals played over two legs (home and away) to determine the winner. 

The elims were slightly easier than the previous year with more participants making double digits. Shrirang topped the elims with 14 points. The cut off was 8.5 with two stars. The field was quite strong and the youngsters Snehasis Panda and Rishwin Jackson put in a great performance to qualify for the Quarter finals. Seasoned sports quizzers Anand Sivashankar, Harish Kumar, Kaushik Koley, Sameer Deshpande and Deepanjan Deb all narrowly missed out on qualification. 

The Quarter Finals:
The Quarter finalists were Shrirang Raddi, Venkatraghavan S (aka Ingit Sir), Snehasis Panda, Shubhankar  Gokhale, Anurag Danda, Arnold D'Souza, Rishwin Jackson and Anannya Deb (Dada)

Rishwin started strongly and was leading for a while but as time went on he seemed to run out of steam. Shrirang and Ingit kept giving good answers and comfortably finished the quarters on 7 and 8 points respectively to book their place in the Semi finals. Dada kept missing questions he would normally have got and we ended the quarter with Dada, Arnold and Snehasis tied on 6 points. Dada easily won the regular tie breaker. After a lengthy sudden death tie breaker - Arnold finally prevailed over Snehasis to take the last slot in the Semis.  

The Semi Finals
The Semi finalists were: Shrirang, Ingit, Arnold and Anannya

Ingit continued his sublime form from the quarters to win the semi final and book his place in the final. Shrirang, Anannya and Arnold were locked in a back and forth battle for the second slot - finally Shrirang won with 4 points to Anannya and Arnold's 3. 

The Finals 
Shrirang and Ingit in the final meant we would definitely have a new BC Cup Champion. Shrirang won the toss and went first. The final turned out to be extremely tough with both contestants struggling to score points. Ingit came close with a half answer twice but couldn't strong together enough to score a goal. Just as it looked like we were heading to a penalty shootout for the title, Shrirang answered the second last question of the quiz on Ingit's home leg to seal a very hard fought victory. 

BC Cup Champion 2016 : Shrirang Raddi 
Runner Up : Venkatraghavan S 

List of BC Cup Winners: 
2009: Sameer Deshpande and Suraj Menon
2010: Anannya Deb
2011: Anannya Deb
2012: Sumant Srivathsan
2013: Ramkey V
2014: Prithwish Dutta
2015: Samrat Sengupta
2016: Shrirang Raddi

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The BC Cup 2016 - Announcement

The BC Cup is the BCQC's annual solo, open, loooooooong quiz to crown the Best Sports Quizzer in Pune, perhaps Maharshtra (probably India). This is the eight edition. 
First, a 30 question prelim determines 8 qualifiers (or Quarter Finalists). These 8 people take part in a 60 question quarter final. The top four go through to the semi final. The semi-final will consist of 36 questions with scoring reset to zero. The top two then go to the Final where they face off one-on one for a 24 question final. 
The top college finisher (UG only, we may ask for ID cards) will get a prize in addition to all the top eight open finishers
QMs: Yash Marathe, Aniket Khasgiwale and Aditya Gadre
Theme: Sports
Teams: Individual
Restrictions: (or the lack of one) Open quiz. Everyone is welcome
When? 12:45 pmSaturday, 7th May, 2016
Where? The Boat Club, College of Engineering Pune
Prizes: The top 8 in the Open category and the top two College participant get cash prizes. The total prize money will be INR 6500

Monday, February 15, 2016

Shyam Bhatt Open Quiz 2016 - Report

Shyam Bhatt Open Quiz 2016

Set by J Ramanand, BV Harish Kumar and the Choose to Thinq team

Conducted by J Ramanand (with a little help from Deven Deshpande)

1st: Shrirang Raddi and Aditya Gadre :185 pts
2nd: Abhinav Dasgupta and Shubhankar Gokhale: 145 pts
3rd: Balakrishnan satyam and Rahul Kottalgi: 140 pts
4th: Omkar Dhakephalkar and Pranav Pawar: 100 pts
5th: Meghashyam Shirodkar and Varun Suresh: 75 pts
6th: Anurakshat Gupta and Kaushik Chatterji: 65 pts
7th: Rohan Danait and Anand: 60 pts
8th: Aman Sheikh and Divij Ghosh: 40 pts

The 30th edition of the oldest quiz in Pune, started with a 30 question elim, divided into three sections of quicks (short questions), deliberates (longer questions) and two pointers (well, two parts per question for a point each). Overall I liked the elim for the fundaes it covered, but felt it was a bit too tough. The cut off was 14/35 and the top score was 22/35. On the content, my general feeling was that a lot of the questions had a good hook, but gave one clue too less and the teams were left with too many legit guesses (not a good situation to be in for an elims IMO)

The finals were a very crisp set of 30 questions on Infinite Rebounds with JR's now-standard Chetan pounce system - 3 mistakes and you're out. The double deterrent of a minus 10 for a wrong answer + losing a pounce, coupled with typically complex but well framed questions and BDFL* using a firm consistent approach in dealing with split points as well as vague answers meant we saw almost no pounces in the final. I particularly liked the written round with their little gimmicks - especially the magic square and not-so-obvious theme at the end.

On the content of the finals - the questions were well framed - crisp and clear on what was expected as an answer. The quiz covered a lot of accessible areas for the audience which is always desirable.

A couple of negatives for me were the undue importance given to social media - with 2 questions in the elims and a whole round on emojis in the final. Also the general lack of balance in the finals - almost no sports questions for example. Like the elims - a few questions had a good hook, but gave too few clues and thus became completely know-it-or-you-dont.

Overall, it was a fine quiz, and BDFL was a masterclass in keeping control of a quiz  without resorting to rudeness or shouting. Teams trying to do maaz were comfortably out-maaz'd by BDFL

Team E (Shrirang and Gadre) topped the elims and led from start to finish in the finals. Team G (Meghashyam and Varun) started strongly but fell away after the written round. Team H (Bala and RSK) seemed to be well on course for second place - but Team C (Shubhankar and Abhinav) pulled off a remarkable late surge to leapfrog both Team B(Omkar and Pranav) and Team H into second place.

A shoutout to Omkar, Pranav, Aman and Divij - the all college teams on stage for a great performance. One hopes to see them qualify and win opens in the future.

* For infidels who don't know - Ramanand is BDFL

Monday, January 25, 2016

BC InFest 2016 - Report

BC InFest 2016 went off quite smoothly and as usual there were some great quizzes and more importantly a lot of laughs and general merriment. Here is what happened: 

(All reports by Aniket Khasgiwale)

Day 1:


InFestYouUs 2016 in its shorter avatar saw 22 people take part on topics of their choice (some even took part in topics not of their choice as some people didn't show up)

This time, InFest took place in a room and not on BC lawns which IMO took away from the "mob effect". None-the-less the quizzes were enjoyable - with no set being inordinately difficult or easy skewing the results.  

Kunal justified his military god tag was on target for 7 of his 10 questions on Fighter Aircraft of the Cold War to finish with the top score.

Results (only scores above 5/10)

Kunal Sawardekar (Fighter Aircraft of the Cold War) - 7 points 
Omkar Yarguddi (Sitar in Hinudstani Classical Music) - 6 points
Sampuran Singh (Flags of the World) - 6 points
Pranav Joshi (Life and Times of Alexander the Great) - 5 points
Arnold D'Souza (Eponymous Etymology) - 5 points
Omkar Borate (Indian Badminton) - 5 points 

Days of the Year Quiz by Omkar Dhakephalkar
Omkar finished his highly anticipated "Days of the year" series of quizzes by asking questions on each day of the year from 1st October to 31st December. The quality of questions varied a bit, but to be fair to the QM this was something he had warned us against. Most of the questions were quite good with a lot of good trivia and only a few peters. Omkar also conducted it quite well and the quiz was quite enjoyable on the whole.
Winners: Suvajit Chakraborty, Rishwin Jackson, K Chakraborty, Uday Bansal
First runners up (tied): Kunal Sawardekar (sub), Pranav "Floyd" Joshi, Snehashish Panda & Kunal Sawardekar, Anurag Danda, Gokul Panigrahi
Day 2

The Samuel Beckett memorial quiz by Aditya Gadre

This was an experimental quiz where all questions were on the secondary claim to fame of famous personalities, hence the tribute to Samuel Beckett who was a First Class cricketer. The presentation of the quiz was also quite good with a grid being used to go through the questions which made it more interesting. Some questions were peters, but that was expected as the theme itself restricted the content available to the QM. The winners were quite appropriately given the Brian May trophy - named after the famous British Astrophysicist.
Winners (tied): Suvajit Chakraborty, Sumeet Pai, Pranav "Floyd" Joshi, Omkar Yarguddi & Aniket Khasgiwale, Anurag Danda, Robin and Omkar Borate

Autobiographical Quizzes

The Autobiographical quizzes featured 10 questions based on things that the QMs had personally experienced. The QMs for this year's edition included Avaneendra Bhargav, Navin Sharma, Kunal Sawardekar and VCat. Although the mandate mentioned that they ask questions on event in the last year, many QMs went beyond that, asking questions on everything from their birth to their travels
Avaneendra Bhargav: This was the most offbeat of the four sets, featuring  locations such as Ratnagiri and Khandesh along with very local questions as well. Also kudos to Avaneendra for sticking to the theme of things he has experienced in 2015 and not going beyond.
Navin Sharma: This was the quiz where you felt bad about your life as Navin asked questions from his travels ranging from Melbourne to California and covering exotic places like Brazil on the way. Navin unfortunately couldn't make it to InFest to conduct the quiz in person since he was running the Marathon in Mumbai on that day - something which featured in the quiz as well.
Kunal Sawardekar: Kunal's set made no attempt to stick to events from 2015, in fact his set included questions from 5 million years ago as well. But Kunal covered a wide range of topics by including questions on Food, Business, Education and Travel, thus making for a very interesting quiz.
VCat: VCat also went beyond 2015 to make this set with questions predictably featuring Newcastle, China, Malaysia and Hong Kong but disappointingly not featuring Bhubaneshwar or the Trans Siberian railway. The quiz was also unique in two aspects: it was the only quiz where the QM danced after giving out the answer and it was also the only one to feature a multiple choice question, which somehow still passed two teams. As expected, this was a highly entertaining set by BCQC's QM of the year.

Jai Hind Jai Maharashtra by Aniket Khasgiwale:
This was an India quiz with a greater focus on the state of Maharashtra, since the QM felt that the topic was not adequately explored in the usual BCQC quizzes. It started with a written round which checked the participant's awareness about the state of Maharashtra, with most teams doing quite well. This was followed by 42 questions on IR. 4 teams were quite close to each other at the halfway stage before Team 1 pulled away by answering a few Army themed questions and managed to hold on to their lead till the end.

Team 1 - Anurag Danda, Omkar Dhakephalkar, Anurakshat Gupta: 126 points

Team 5 - Kunal Sawardekar, Vrushabh Gudade, Shantanu G: 96 points

Team 3 - Pranav "Floyd" Joshi, Sumeet Pai, Omkar Borate: 95 points

Friday, January 08, 2016

BC InFest 2016 - Schedule announcement

This is the schedule for InFest 2016:
Saturday, January 16th:
10 AM - 1:30 PM: InFestYouUs: the quiz where you take on the mob in your topic of specialty. The participants and topics are as follows: 

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Lunch break
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM: A quiz by Omkar Dhakephalkar
Sunday, January 17th:
10 AM - 12 PM: An Unreal Quiz by Aditya Gadre
12 PM - 1 PM: Lunch break
1 PM - 3 PM: The autobiographical quiz. QMs Navin Sharma, VCat, Kunal Sawardekar and Avaneendra Bhargav will ask a few questions based on things they have seen or done over the last one year.
3 PM - 5 PM: Jai Hind Jai Maharashtra by Aniket Khasgiwale. An India quiz with a special emphasis on my homeland of Maharashtra.

Other administrivia:
The venue for all quizzes will be the Boat Club at the College of Engineering, Pune.
Teams, if at all, for all quizzes will be made on the spot. All quizzes are open to everyone, so feel free to drop by and attend the quizzes.
In case of any queries, you can reach out to the IOC (InFest Organizing Committee) - Aniket Khasgiwale, Samrat Sengupta and Aditya Gadre by either sending us an email at <> or by commenting here