Tuesday, January 30, 2024

InFestYouUs 2024 | InFest 2024

InFestYouUs, the flagship event of the annual BCQC quiz fest, InFest, is a Mastermind-style quiz in which participants choose a specialized topic on which they are asked ten questions. They play against everyone else, who collectively form the 'Mob'. The participant gets +1 per correct answer, and -0.5 for every answer they pass/get incorrect and the Mob answers correctly.

This year we had 28 sets and a new venue  – Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Pune. InFestYouUs 2024 also featured several debutants from colleges around Pune and Open quizzers from other states.

This year’s winners were Annway Ghosh and Arnold D’Souza, both scored 9 straight with the Mob not answering anything. Annway’s topic was History of the Electric Guitar, set by Thejaswi Udupa and Arnold’s was The Wars of the Roses, set by Kunal Sawardekar. Once again debutants showed their mettle at InFestYouUs in Annway’s performance. Arnold’s mastery of his topic was well-appreciated. In second place is the upcoming master of quizzing circuits, Ranajeet Soman, fondly called “Rana”. Rumours say that this year the IOC finally gave him his topic of Travis (the Band). In this set by Aditya Gadre, Rana scored a straight 8, with the Mob not getting anything (answers or the music). In third place too, we had a tie. Another debutant, Meghana Iyengar from the IISER quiz club, scored a straight 7 in Kanye West’s Discography and Personal Life set by Pranav Pawar with the Mob not answering anything. She tied with Abhinav Dasgupta, a frequent of these reports. He answered 8, with the Mob answering in 2, for a 7 in his favour. His topic was Latin American Literature of the 20th Century set by Sachin “Talent” Deshpande.

Like every year, this year too we had diverse topics including Peppa Pig Official, Marathi Poetry of the 20th Century, The NBA Career of Michael Jordan, the Bijapur Sultanate, Etymology of Names of World Capitals just to name a few. The Mob, whose numbers during the course of the session swelled to above 40, even won a few sets.

A sincere thank you to the huge number of quiz-setters for setting such excellent sets for InFestYouUs. The participants for showing up and staying with us, and the awesome Mob all deserve praise. I would be remiss in not thanking Pranav Pawar, Prashant Bhagwat, and Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Pune, and its director and staff for such a beautiful venue. 

Until next year!

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 Report by: Omkar Dhakephalkar



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