Friday, February 13, 2009

...and Annie gave it to us ones

A report on the February 2009 Quiz by Harshvardhan Bhatkuly.

What an evening that was! (silly me, that I can't include the OTR dinner bit in this reflection as I had to leave early). The February '09 version of SEQC is widely looked upon as the magnum opus for this season. What with Anniruddha – SEQC's leading quiz light doing the honours at his Porvorim residence. In tow were the gracious hostess – wife Anjali and the four four-legged members of SEQC who are yet to feature on the leaderboard – Bhalu, Hero, Jaya and Chipko. As promised, the quiz was a heavy dose of audio visual extravagance. Annie would have stretched for another hour or so, if not for the time restrictions that some members had.
The session started well on time and went on for a mammoth 2 and a half hours. The length of a standard Hindi feature film. Yes there were song and dance too – albeit among the questions. Annie's forte as the master quizzer comes to fore, when you realize the body of subjects that he attempts. And there were usual Annieisms – the first question for instance (the answer being ANNIES) which was lapped by the eventual winning team led by Rajiv with Sunil, Renuka and young Jayant in tow who incidentally gave a cracker of a 'Papua New Guinea' answer.
Another aspect of the quiz which had everyone eating out of the QMs was the quality of questions that had answers in the 'aaha' factor into it. Annie also wonderfully meshed a supplementary question when he thought a question could have something more hidden into it. The 'Who dis? Wat that?', 'Flag March' 'Other Lives' and 'A sense of Place' were extremely interesting, interactive (remember Josef Mengele and the lost/removed 'one'?) and educative. All at the same time.
The quiz had some serious firsts. It had, as mentioned earlier, broken the humans-only barrier; there were more people in the room than ever before at a SEQC event; the lengthiest quiz so far; the only all visual quiz, the use of J L Baird's Idiot Box as an interface – a welcome change from the laptops or chits. Frankly, this is the quiz to beat. Annie has raised the bar of the club and more power to him.
Also let me welcome on board all the newcomers Devinder Nagi, Smita Kaushik, B.S. Nagraj, Ulrike Rodrigues, Esperance Rolt and Rohan Rolt.

1 comment:

Dr Faustus said...

As we used to say in my younger days: That was a quiz-and-a-half!!

What I propose (so that timid wannabe quizmasters like me can summon up the courage) is that veteran QMs share at least their thought process, in collating all the data. At quizzes like these, one can't help but wonder "how did they think of the question?" Often the question asked is as staggering as the answer, and I'm left feeling I can't possibly do a sequel to such a quiz. This has been true of every SEQC I've attended, & especially so with Annie.

Do you guys have a databank already up your sleeve? If not, how do you manage to put together a quiz in just a few weeks? I think I'd need months and months and months!!

Then there's all the software wizardry, audio visual clips, which I'm very basic at. But that's the smallest hurdle, I feel.

For now, I'm going to try & put together at least one round, so I can pull it out of a hat in an emergency. Wish me luck! :-)

Good luck to all the Pune-bound SEQC quizlings. I have a feeling it's gonna be a Landmark event!