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.