Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Amnesia - September 2007 BC Open General Quiz - Report

Date: 16 September, 2007
Venue: Dewang Mehta Auditorium, PSPL

Open Quiz - "Amnesia"
Set and Conducted by: Niranjan Pedanekar
Theme: General

Quiz Final Results
(~50 seamless IR)
cutoff: 20.5/45 1st: Meghashyam Shirodkar + Samrat Sengupta (B) - 100
2nd: B.V.Harish Kumar + J. Ramanand (C) - 85
3rd: Avinash Mudaliar + Harikrishnan (F) - 75
4th: Sudarshan Purohit + Abhishek Nagaraj (E) - 60
5th: Anand Sivashankar + Vibhendu Tiwari (D) - 55
6th: Kaustubh Bhat + Aditya Gadre (A) - 20

Best School teams: Nandan Gokhale + Samit, Satyavrat Wagle + Rohit Sahasrabuddhe
Best College teams: Aditya Gadre+Kaustubh Bhat, Yasho Tamaskar+Aniket Khasgiwale
Best Newbies: Arnab + Ramanathan


  • Undoubtedly, the best quiz of the year (even though we have had many good quizzes this year). Perhaps I should say "so far" :-)
  • Terrific elims, one of the best I have ever taken. Almost every question seemed to me to be genuinely workable or at least v. interesting. Only, was too long, thus causing a cascading effect of longer correction and "moderation" and so on.
  • Excellent finals questions - many people would have experienced Niranjan's style of questions for the first time: requiring a heavy dose of lateral thinking, a variety of elements per question, big and structure-intensive questions. I think most of them warmed to it.
  • Some questions were, as happens each time with Niranjan, bordered on the strange ("dard-e-disco" ;-)). Some could have had a few more clues, but then we'd have been there into the wee hours. Some of the split decisions could have been more consistent.
  • Superb performance by Meghashyam, with able support from Samrat. This team had, at the beginning, admitted to not being historically good at connects, Niranjan-style. But if this performance is anything to go by, they have nothing to fear here. Some of the answers were wonderfully intuitive.
  • Perhaps one aspect to a good quiz is how well it can inspire its participants to respond - on that count, we had some very fine answering by all teams, including the rookies Aditya and Kaustubh, making their BCQC Open debut. The audience too was in fine fettle cracking some tough nuts that none on stage could even unwrap.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Trivianomics - September 2007 BC Business Open Quiz - Report

Date: 16 September, 2007
Venue: Dewang Mehta Auditorium, PSPL

Open Quiz - "Trivianomics"
Set and Conducted by: B.V. Harish Kumar
Theme: Business

Quiz Final Results
(22 seamless IR + 4 Pune round + 4 final connects round)
cutoff: 10.5/25 1st: Anand Sivashankar + Vibhendu Tiwari (F) - 50
1.2nd: Samrat Sengupta + J. Ramanand (C)
1.3rd: Vishwajeet Narvekar + Mrs. Narvekar (A)

2nd: Salil Bijur + Harsh Ketkar (B) - 40
2.2nd: Abhishek Nagaraj + Suvajit Chakraborty (E)
2.3rd: Arnab Bhattacharya + Ramanathan (D)


  • The reporting results will clearly show that this quiz was not played in the usual way. It began like a conventional quiz format, with 6 teams. But after a couple of rounds, the bottom two teams were "bought-out" by the top 2, resulting in 4 remaining teams. Finally, we had a face-off between 2 teams of 6 people each. Salil-Harsh rightly called it the "qawwali" format :-)
  • The quiz was nice and not too taxing. Most questions were interesting and workable, presenting a pleasant face of business quizzing
  • The elims were quite good too

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Announcement - Next BC Quizzes

The Boat Club Quiz Club is organising two quizzes on Sunday, 16th Sep 2007. Entry is free.

Venue: Dewang Mehta auditorium, Persistent Systems Pvt. Ltd., Senapati Bapat Road, Pune-16 (see this link for directions)


Quiz 1: "Trivianomics 2007" - Open Business Quiz
Time: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm; reporting at 9.15 am
Teams of 2, 6 teams in the final.
QM: B.V. Harishkumar
No prior registration.
Certificates and prizes for all finalists, as well as audience prizes.

Quiz 2: "Amnesia 2007 - Surviving Factual Harassment"
BCQC September Open General Quiz
Time: 2 pm to 7 pm, reporting at 1:30 pm
Teams of 2, 6 teams in the final.
QM: Niranjan Pedanekar
No prior registration needed.
Open to all.
Prizes for all finalists; Prizes for best all-school, all-college, and newbie teams as well as for audience

All prizes sponsored by Landmark, Pune

Special Prizes:
for the determined efforts to be uncertain regarding the answer

for impeccable passing ability

The 'X-FILES' Award
for providing vague answers that could only be explained through the paranormal

The 'RGV ki AAG' Award
for confusing creativity & creating confusion

The 'ANU MALIK' Award
for gross manipulation of available resources

The 'UPA' Award
for consuming exorbitant time in taking a 'trivial' decision

Email: contact (at) bcqc (dot) org

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