Monday, May 08, 2017

BC Cup 2017 - 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 2017 edition of the BC Cup was amongst the toughest we've ever seen both in terms of the field as well as the close-ness of the results. The elims itself produced two huge shocks with two time BC Cup winner Anannya Deb and pre-quiz favourite Shouvik Guha both missing out on qualifying. Rahul Kottalgi, Kaushik Koley and Deepanjan Deb narrowly missed out by 1 point. The elims seemed to favour the younger lot with the most of the experienced folk losing out. 

The Quarter Finals:
The Quarter finalists were Shrirang Raddi, Venkatraghavan S (aka Ingit Sir), Gokul S, Shubhankar  Gokhale, Suraj Menon, Pratyush Jha, Prithwish Dutta and Samrat Sengupta 

Gokul performed brilliantly right from the get go and led from start to finish - ending the quarters with a phenomenal 11 points. All results were possible at the end of the first half of the elims, but Suraj, Prithwish and Samrat kept chugging along to finish joint second to make it to the quarters. 

The Semi Finals
The Semi finalists were: Gokul, Prithwish, Suraj and Samrat

The semis were remarkable low scoring with all participants at 1 point at the end of the first half. We saw some excitement towards the end - when in the last 10 odd  questions, all participants scored, and Gokul answered the last question correctly to force aa four way tie! A first in the BC Cup. Suraj and Prithwish won the 3 question tie-breaker and went through to the finals. 

The Finals 
The finals picked up where the semis left off - with both finalists struggling to score. In the last leg, Prithwish came perilously close with two answers off by just a syllable. Sadly this was equivalent of hitting the post, and not good enough for points - especially in the final. In another first at the BC Cup, the finas ended in a tie and we had the first ever penalty shootout. Suraj took the lead on the second kick, and held on for the next three questions to win the 2017 edition of the BC Cup. 

BC Cup Champion 2017 : Suraj Menon
Runner Up : Prithwish Dutta

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
2017: Suraj Menon

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

The BC Cup 2017 - Annoucement

The BC Cup is the BCQC's annual bigly, YUUUUGE open solo quiz to crown the Best Sports Quizzer. This is the 9th edition of the quiz

QMsYash MaratheAniket Khasgiwale and Aditya Gadre
Theme: Sports
Teams: Individual
Restrictions: (or the lack of one) Open quiz. Everyone is welcome
Time: 12:45 pm, Saturday, 6th May, 2017
Venue: The Boat Club, College of Engineering Pune

Prizes: Cash prizes totalling INR 9000 (up almost 40% this year!)
1st place: INR 3000
2nd place: INR 1500
3rd and 4th place: INR 1000 each
5th to 8th place: INR 500 each 
Best U-22 participant (who doesn't qualify for the quarters): INR 500

Format: First, a 30 question elim 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.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Report on Imperio, Open Biz Quiz at COEP

Quiz: Imperio
Flavour: Open Biz Quiz
Date: 9 April 2017
Venue: BHAU Institute, COEP
QM: Vrushabh Gudade


1st: Shantanou Gangakhedkarr and Saahil Sharma (210 points)
2nd: Aranbh Sengupta and Anirudh Anilkumar (150 points)
3rd: Omkar Borate and Deven Deshpande (140 points)

The venue was the posh newly constructed BHAU’s auditorium at COEP campus. The Prelims started on time with the organisers handing over the certificates at the beginning of the quiz itself. There were around 25 teams participating in the quiz. The elims set consisted of 18 questions only, with 13 one pointers and 5 two pointers each.

The questions were quite easy with almost all participating teams at similar scores.
The finals had 8 teams consisting of both open and college teams. The finals consisted of a total of 24 question on IR separated by a written round of 6 questions. The first quarter of the quiz was quite easy with all teams answering simultaneously, thus negating the chance of a lead. The breakthrough point for teams was the written round consisting of three questions each on India and Logos.

The overall question framing was good and some fundae were very well researched. Although it may be pointed out that few peters should have definitely been avoided. The penultimate question on carbonated drinks/soda had the teams in a bit of a tussle which had to be scrapped later on.
The quiz ended with the winners having a healthy lead of around 60 points ahead of second placed team. There was a tie for the 2nd spot which was resolved by Shantanou Gangakhedkarr.

Report by: Shantanou Gangakhedkarr

Report on Lumiere, College Quiz at Impressions 2016. COEP

Date: 10th & 11th December, 2016
Quiz:   Lumiere
Venue: COEP
Fest:    Impressions 2016, COEP Cultural Fest
QMs: Akshay Parale & Omkar Borate

1st – Arnabh Sengupta & Anirudh Anilkumar, AFMC
2nd – Pranav ‘Floyd’ Joshi & Charles Matthews, Modern+PICT
3rd – Pranjal Gupta & Rishabh Mehta, AFMC
4th – Shantanou Gangakhedkarr & Shantanu Pant
5th – Dhruv Sahastrabuddhe + 1
6th – Ankit & Anurag Choudhary, PICT

The quiz was spread over two days i.e. Elims on 10th and Finals on 11th. In a closely contested elims the cutoff was 17.5, with the highest score being 22.5.

Next day, we were greeted by Abbott and Costello on Arrival (From Arrival) and taken on a b(+p)ouncy ride by the Quizmasters Akshay Parale & Omkar Borate. It was a quiz that kept us on the edge of our seats with repeated pounces and close competition between the teams in the finals. With all teams playing all out from the start, it was bound to be a close call and it do go down to the wire with a mere 5/10 points separating the podium finishers. 

The quiz was a bevy of Q's that were all workoutable, enabling most non sporty quizzers to indulge in some lifting too. One Question that stuck with me months after the quiz (which is when this report is being written) was about the outfits inspired by the characters in FBAWTFT, looking at you, Seraphina Picquery. The gigglewater is indeed non-negotiable.

Report by: Arnabh Sengupta

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Report on the Sustainability Quiz

Venue: PICT
QM: Ankit Chaudhary and brother, Charles Matthews
Date: 24/3/17

Sustainability was the name of the game, and many thanks to our intrepid quizmasters for allowing us to sustain our attempts at quizzing by allowing a generous general flavour to creep into the quiz. A very workoutable preliminary round coupled with generous hints and a thankfully non pedantic QM (which is rampant among certain quizmasters nowadays) meant that the finals were fun.
With questions spread across literature, the sciences, history and vexillology, the quiz did manage to promote sustainable quizzing at the end of the day.

Interesting fundae spanned from the sound dampeners next to Schipol airport to the presence of the Orient Express and hockey sticks in environmental sciences, there was much to learn about how humans have been studying mother Earth. Harambe (RIP) put in an appearance, beautiful music by Einaudi mourned our melting glaciers and places named after people ended the quiz.

It looked to be a photo finish from the very beginning, requiring a tiebreaker for first. I cracked the tiebreaker, not because I knew the answer, but because I had slept with Charles many times in the past (just kidding, I knew the answer).
Good show by all teams and it was well organised.

1st: Arnab and Aniruddh (AFMC)
2nd: Shantanu and Shubhojeet (BMCC)
3rd (tied): Sameer and Ritwick (PICT) + AISSMS Team

Report By: Arnabh from AFMC

Monday, March 20, 2017

Quiztronomy 2017 Report

Date: 12-03- 2017
Quiz: Quiztronomy
Venue: COEP
Organized by/Fest: COEP Astronomy Club
QM: Vinod Ganesh 

Result: (Out of 300 Points (30Q*10 Points)) 

1st: 205 Points, Prachetas Nayse (Open, Lone Wolf) 
2nd: 175 Points, Rohit Dhanorkar (Open, Lone Wolf) 
3rd: 135 Points, Parshuram and Yogesh (FC+Open) 
4th: 120 Points, Omkar and Pranav (Open) 
5th: 70 Points Anirudh and Hrithvik (AFMC) 
6th: 25 Points Shomik and Rahul (IISER) 


The quiz was scheduled to start at 9:30 but started around 10:15 (standard delay). The venue was Seminar Hall 2, and I was apprehensive due to the abysmal projector performance during Chakravyuh last year. However the projector did not give any problems. The laptop did. Some VGA port problem and the laptop that was chosen had a version of ppt which would crash after every question. Luckily they got a replacement by the 7th/8th question of the 25 Q prelims. The prelims was a standard written format with scattered stars about. Overall, the prelims was not bad. I would it rate it higher than the finals. This is because well, it was shorter and hence it had less scope to ask hardcore Astronomy questions ("which any astronomy enthusiast would definitely know", which I was clearly not). These include things like V808 Monoclitoris and Arcturus and stuff which was KID (Know-It- or-Die). However other questions which were derivable were well-framed and there were plenty of oblique hints in the framing. 

The prelims results were the exact same as the final results. Cut-off was 13. Prachetas got 22/25, Pranav and I qualified fourth with 15 (to give you an idea of the spread). 

Because it was Sunday, the canteens were closed. Hence we had to walk a considerable distance for wada-pav. Perhaps next time they could increase the registration to 100 and provide us snacks? In the finals, we were made to seat according to our prelims position; which surprisingly, nobody argued about. The QM was a first-timer and so was his team. This was clear from their inexperience. There were at least three score-keepers. The fifteen seconds for the pounce was timed. The pounce-checkers often consulted each-other and the QM. Many-a- times the answer expected on the ppt was much more in details than what people showed while pouncing. 

The finals had 30 Qs was divided into five 'rounds' of six questions each. The rounds were not different but just sets of six questions. Except the last which were Google Doodles. In between there seemed an abandoned slide of a proposed Astronomy in Pop-Culture Round but that was just one question. Moreover it was a not in IR format but Direct style. Which meant that Q1 was for team 1 and Q30 for team 6, irrespective of any team answering it on pass. Points were +10 for direct, +10/-10 for pounce and +5 for passing. Which also meant that after a question was debarred due to a person answering before pounce closed, they had to use the tie-breaker to substitute it. This would not have been a problem if it was just a normal IR. 

The positions of the teams did not change throughout the quiz except when Team 3 crossed Team 4 sometime in the fourth set after the latter took a negative. A majority of the questions were names of scientists, specific and scientific names of phenomena or stellar bodies. There is always the justification that after all it IS an astronomy quiz, but I disagree to the extent at which it should only be for astronomy enthusiasts. Or even if it is, fundae can be found around them or what they did. There were some which were derivable, and were nicely framed and not 100% astronomy, but they were too far and too few. Many questions were too long and latter parts contained information which would only confirm your answer if you already knew it from the first part. 

The questions were ok. The ones we did not get did not rouse curiosity. Except sungrazers. Team 1 and 2 however liked the quiz, and I felt not only because they won it, but also because they were astronomy enthusiasts. Personally, I have attended better Quiztronomies. 
One thing that was later brought to notice was the complete lack of any India question especially post the ISRO awesomeness. The take-away of the day was the Russian tradition of urinating on the wheel of the truck before lifting off got us the astronaut Yurine Gagarin. 

Report by: Omkar Dhakephalkar

1 st Edition of Invictus – The Sports Quiz


1 st – Snehashis Panda and Rishwin Jackson
2 nd – Ankit Choudhury and Arnabh Sengupta
3 rd – Shantanou Gangakhedkarr and Saahil
4 th – Rahul Kulkarni and Francy
5 th – Mayank Pawar and Nakul Ramakumar
6 th - Akshay Parale and Kaushik Koley

Report (Written by Snehashish Panda)

There couldn’t be a more fitting clash – An Open sports quiz, on a day when the flagbearers of men’s tennis ensure a flood of nostalgia. As the Raging Bull and Fedex geared up for yet another titanic clash, Rishwin Jackson and I made our away across the expressway for the inaugural edition of Invictus, COEP’s open sports quiz. Making the most of a trip that had us attempting Magister, KQA’s lone wolf quiz for college students, in the morning as well, we made our way to the auditorium just as the first question flashed on screen. 

A well-set collection of 30 questions followed, with a fair share of TCQs and nice fundae. The only qualm would be a little too much focus on the Rio Olympics, in particular, but we can give that to the QMs. 4 college teams and 2 open teams made the finals, out of a pool of 20 odd teams, with Rishwin and yours truly, leading the pack. The open regulars were missed, QFiesta and the Nadal-Federer match playing their part. 

The finals followed immediately and a long extended set lay before us, 24 +24 questions on IR. Overall, almost every major sport had it’s fair share of representation and there were a couple of gems. A couple of questions had us going “TIL”, but on the whole, it was a great effort by Omkar and Co. The finalists were bunched together at the start, but Rishwin and yours truly got hold of the lead and never let go of it. Ankit and Arnabh made a last gasp finish to finish second right ahead of Shantanu and Saahil. 

The added bonus of getting live updates from the Nadal- Federer match courtesy the organising team was pretty nice of them. Here’s to another edition. Cheers!



Set and Conducted by: Anmol Dhawan

Report written by : Pranav Joshi

Final Results:

1st - Arnold D'Souza and Pranav Pawar
2nd - Kaushik Chatterjee and Suchishree Chatterjee 
3rd - Charles Mathew and Pranav Joshi
4th - Rishwin Jackson and Aneesh
5th - Prateek Vijayavargia and Parantap Singh
6th - Shantanou Gangakhedkar and Partner

The quiz started with a 25 question preliminary round where the top 6 teams qualified into the finals. The dynamic duo of Surg Capt. Kaushik Chatterjee and his better half Suchishree Chatterjee cruised through the prelims with a 14 point header while two college teams comprising of Prateek + Parantap and Charles + Pranav followed closely behind. The cut-off for the prelims was 8 points. The prelims was a set of well framed questions albeit a bit on the tougher side. The first question started off with all teams taking the most obvious guess which turned out to be biggest Alan Davies moment. The prelims, pretty much like the entire quiz, hardly had any Peters. Overall a good start to the quiz. 

Kaushik and Suchishree Chatterjee continued their form from the prelims with a lot of early pounces in the finals. Arnold and PP upped their game for the finals, often clashing and going ahead of Kaushik and Suchishree in terms of points only to be overtaken by them again. The four other college teams on stage struggled to find their openings to attack. The short finals consisted of only 3 rounds. 2 Rounds on infinite bounce and 1 written round in between. The IR rounds had some really brilliant questions, pretty evident from the resounding applause they got from the people on and off the stage. The written round was interesting for it had 10 photos showing aerial views of different places and cities. The lack of open teams on stage meant that the QM Anmol Dhawan had to give out quite a few hints for the questions. The only thing one could complain about was the shortness of the quiz. 

The final was quite one-sided (two-sided if you're being pedantic) with the first two spots being sealed between the two Open teams right from the start. However Arnold and Pranav Pawar managed to recover from their comparatively low score in the prelims and clinch the winner's title. The third position was a hard fought battle between three college teams with Charles and Pranav pulling ahead with 5 points on the penultimate question and coming third. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

BCQC InFest 2017 Results | In-Fest-You-Us

A report by Omkar Prasannevich Dhakephalkarov
InFestYouUs, the flagship event of the annual 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. 
With an attendance of over 30 attendees, we had a strong mob to challenge and answer in case the participant could not. The venue was a classroom in the Academic Complex at the College of Engineering, Pune, next to the COEP Boat Club.
The winner of InFestYouUs 2017 with a score of 8.5 was Omkar Yarguddi whose set was 'Spongebob Squarepants' set by Omkar Dhakephalkar. Close behind at joint second were Rahul Mohanty and Rahul Kottalgi with a score of 7 in 'Life and Works of Kanti Shah' and 'Hitchcock Films Post 1950s' respectively.
A special shout out to Yasho Tamaskar for 'Life and Works of Kanti Shah' set, Pranav 'Floyd' Joshi for 'Food History of India' set. They were well-appreciated by the participant and audience to be nominated for the 'Best InFestYouUs Set' Boatie. A special mention also to Gaurav Kohale and Prathamesh Pawar who caught everyone's attention with their performances in 'Maratha Confederacy' and 'Natural Disasters in Ancient History'.
A sincere thank you to all the quiz-setters for setting such brilliant sets for InFestYouUs. Heartfelt thanks to all the setters who could actually come and take their set. Special thanks to Samrat Sengupta who set a set despite having a surgery. Extra-special thanks to Divij Ghose, Vrushabh Gudade and COEP for providing such prompt facilities on time so early in the morning.
Proxy QMs included Pranav 'Floyd' Joshi, Aditya 'Fidel' Gadre and Omkar Dhakephalkar.

Score Sheet:

Monday, January 09, 2017

BCQC InFest 2017 Results | History-Geography Quiz

Set and conducted by: Omkar Dhakephalkar & Kunal Sawardekar
Scoring by: Pranav Joshi

Winners - Team 2 - Vinoo Sanjay, Pravin Varma and Khagendra Narayan (Draft) - 253 points
Runners up - Team 3 - Ajai Ragde , Sandeep Shankar, Pranav Pawar (Draft) - 186
Runners up - Team 4 - Aniket Khasgiwale, Aditya Gadre, Omkar Yarguddi (Draft) - 186
4th - Team 1 - Avinash Mudaliar, Rahul Kottalgi, Nadeem Ansari (Draft) - 159
5th - Team 5 - Annanya Deb, Krishnamurthi J, Ayush Agrawal (Draft) - 117
6th - Team 6 - Maitreyi Gupta, Abhinav Dasgupta, Vibhendu Tiwari (Draft) - 108

The quiz started with a 25-question written prelims, with the top 6 teams qualifying and the next 3 teams having their members drafted to the others. Team 3 took an early lead in the first third of the quiz, but by the round reversal Team 2 (who had topped the prelims) overtook them and stayed in the first position for the rest of the quiz. Team 1 put in a strong showing to reach the second place by the last third of the quiz, but some negatives on pounce let Teams 3 and 4 move past them into joint runners-up. Teams 5 and 6 also put in some inspired guesses, but lost out due to the high penalties for wrong pounces.

BC InFest 2017 Reports | Solo Open Quiz

Set and Conducted by Aditya Gadre
Scorer: Pranav Joshi

Final Results 

1st: Kunal Sawardekar - 395 pts
2nd: Rahul Kottalgi (RSK) - 330 pts
3rd: J Krishnamurthi (JK) - 295 pts
4th: Aniket Khasgiwale - 250 pts

Other Semi Finalists:

Omkar Dhakephalkar - 175 pts
Vibhendu Tiwari - 165 pts
Pranav Pawar - 165 pts
Shubhankar Gokhale - 150 pts

Other Quarter-finalists:

Kunal Thakar - 101 pts
Ajai Ragde - 94 pts
Charles Matthew - 82 pts
Divij Ghose - 77 pts
Ashwini Natu - 69 pts
Mayank Mazumdar - 67 pts
Gokul Panigrahi - 64 pts
Omkar Yarguddi - 39 pts

The quiz started with a 40 question prelim where the top 16 qualified. JK topped the elims with 23 points and Kunal and Khasgi came second with 20 points. The other 13 participants were clustered in a range of 7 points. The cut off was 13 with 3 stars (Ranajeet Soman just missed out on stars). All participants started with a score of (elims score * 3). This was followed by a a 40 question quarterfinal for the top 16. Rahul, JK and Kunal S started strongly and held their performance throughout to comfortably finish as the top 3. Rahul was leading at the end of quarters. Shubhankar and Vibhendu just scraped in with a few good answers towards the end while Kunal Thakar, making his return to Pune quizzing after years, just missed out by 10 points.

RSK, JK and Kunal continued their form from the Quarters. The semis brought slightly tougher questions - Aniket had a good run and comfortably pulled away to cement fourth place and qualification to the next round. There was quite a big gap between the top four and the next four. Kunal S really ramped up and overhauled Rahul's lead to go into the final in first place with a cushion of 25 points over Rahul. JK slipped away a bit finishing  15 points behind Rahul.

the final wsa quite one-sided (or rather one-personed) - with Kunal growing even stronger and pulling away considerably to win the quiz with 5 questions to spare. Rahul successfully held off JK to finish second quite comfortably.