Friday, December 31, 2010

Dempo Biz Quest

Date: 6th January 2011
Time: 9 am
QM: Harshvardhan Bhatkuly
Flavour: Business
Venue: SS Dempo College of Commerce and Economics, Altinho, Panaji.
Who can participate: College students, in teams of two. Both team members must be from the same college.
Prizes: Rs 10,000 for the winners, 6,000 and 3,000 for the second and third places respectively.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Twenty Paces - Round 1 results

All the Round 1 matches have now been completed. Here are the results of the matches that took place on the 19th of December.

1. Akash Kulkarni (1) bt Amit Shet (-2)
2. Shubham Tiwari (3) bt Ameya Mardolkar (0)
3. Paul Gatward (6) bt Mahesh Prabhu (5)
4. Sachin Chatte (3) bt Ashwin Mysore (1)
5. Prajakt Kamat (1) bt Saheel Wagh (-1)
6. Aniruddha Sen Gupta (7) bt Kanchan Gatward (3)
7. Shaswat Salgaonkar (4) bt Anil Rodrigues (2)
8. Paola Mambro (3) bt Mangesh Sonawane (-1)

Here is the updated draw. Round 2 matches will take place on the 16th of January 2011.

An Affair to Remember

A review of the Goa Open Quiz held on 18th December 2010.
The second edition of the Goa Open Quiz promised to be much a bigger and better affair than the first, and it was. Firstly, an eleventh hour crowdsourcing drive had managed to round up considerably attractive prizes in cash and kind, and secondly, a few outstation teams, well-known names in the quizzing world, had confirmed their participation. 25-odd teams lined up for the prelims, which was a nice mixture of toughies and workable ones with the odd sitter thrown in.
The prelims saw the four outstation teams - all from Bombay - make their way into the final, where they were joined by two teams of the more local variety.
The content in the final was set a couple of notches higher, and there wasn't much separating the top 3 or four teams after the first couple of rounds. But once Kartik Bose FC (Annanya Deb & Srinath TB) got into the swing of things there was no stopping them, and midway through the quiz they began to pull away from the rest of the pack. A few nice cracks and bonuses pocketed meant that the other teams were left to fight for second place, a battle eventually won by Banker & Shoe-Banker (Abhinav Dasgupta and Shubhankar Gokhale) with a couple of fine answers right when it counted. The other two Bombay teams - Vikram aur Vetaal (Vikram Joshi and Vibhendu Tiwari) and By the Boat Club (Meghashyam Shirodkar and Anand Shivshankar) finished third and fourth to round up a productive evening for the visitors, while the two Goa teams - Lumbar Puncture (Adish Talwadker and Anant Lawande) and Over-the-Hill Brothers (Rajiv D'Silva and Harshvardhan Bhatkuly) played good hosts by bringing up the rear.
Nandini Sahay, Director of The International Centre Goa, gave away the prizes, the top 3 finishers taking away a booty of Rs. 16,000/, Rs. 10,000/- and Rs. 6,000/- respectively. The audience was not left wanting, and a few nice answers from the audience were suitably rewarded. All in all, a memorable evening.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Shootout at Dona Paula

A review of the Twenty Paces round 1 matches by Anjali Sen Gupta

The second round of the preliminaries was as exciting as the first one. The audience had come prepared to see violence and gore, and they got their money’s worth! Each match had the audience cheering and rooting for the players.

The first match saw Amit being ousted by Akash after some tense back ’n’ forth by the two. Ameya then met his end at the hands of Shubham. And then there was a perceptible tension in the air as the QM, Rajiv D’Silva, announced the next match, perhaps the most eagerly-awaited one of the evening.

A hush descended as Mahesh and Paul walked to their appointed places. The two took aim… points went flying back and forth… as the dust settled, the onlookers saw that it was Paul who had survived.

In the other shoot-outs, Sachin downed Ashwin, Prajakt won against Sahil, Kanchan went down fighting to Annie, Anil lost to Shashwat, and Paola beat Mangesh.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Goa Open 2010 questions and answers

The prelims

The finals

Goa Open 2010 results

The Goa Open 2010 quiz saw the Bombay teams come, see and conquer. Time for Goa quizzers to raise the bar, and get their own back.
  • 1st: Kartik Bose FC (Anannya Deb and Srinath TB) -- 100 points
  • 2nd: Banker and Shoe-Banker (Abhinav Dasgupta and Shubhankar Gokhale) -- 45 points
  • 3rd: Vikram aur Vetaal (Vikram Joshi and Vibhendu Tiwari) -- 35 points
  • 4th: By the Boat Club (Meghashyam Shirodkar and Anand Shivshankar) -- 30 points
  • 5th: Lumbar Puncture (Adish Talwadker and Anant Lawande) -- 15 points
  • 6th: Over the Hill Brothers (Rajiv D'Silva and Harshvardhan Bhatkuly) -- 5 points

Friday, December 17, 2010

Goa Open 2010 sponsorships and prizes

In the interests of transparency, here is the list of all the contributions received for prizes in cash and kind for the Goa Open from friends and supporters of SEQC, some of whom have preferred to remain anonymous. Also listed is a break-up of how these funds were utilised.

Crowdsourced contributions

  • Anonymous donor, through SEQC: Rs 1,000
  • Anonymous donor, through SEQC: Rs 1,000
  • Vidyadhar Gadgil, through SEQC: Rs 2,000
  • Anjali/Annie Sen Gupta, through SEQC: Rs 6,000
  • Anonymous donor, through SEQC: Rs 2,500
  • Sanchita/Anil Rodrigues, through SEQC: Rs 3,000
  • Anonymous donor, through SEQC: Rs 1,000
  • Anonymous donor, through Mahesh Prabhu: Rs 5,000
  • Unicorn Developers, through Raunaq Rao: Rs 5,000
  • GoaCAP, through Annie Sen Gupta: Rs 1,500
  • Anil Nair, through Annie Sen Gupta: Rs 5,000
  • Anonymous donor, through Annie Sen Gupta: Rs 500
  • Anonymous donor, through Sanchita Rodrigues: Rs 5,610*
  • Costa Constructions, through Ira Almeida: Rs 5,000
  • Costa’s Time Collection, through Ira Almeida: Rs 1,000

Total inflow: Rs 45,110
* Rs 8,000 was contributed in cash, of which Rs 2,390 was used to purchase audience prizes


  • Cash prizes handed out: Rs 42,000
  • Refreshments (paid to ICG): Rs 1,436
  • Buzzers (paid to Wilson Vaz): Rs 1,500

Total expenses: Rs 44,936**
** Rs 174 was transferred to the SEQC kitty

Prizes detailing

  • 1st place: Rs 16,000
  • 2nd place: Rs 10,000
  • 3rd place: Rs 7,000
  • 4th, 5th and 6th place: Rs 3,000 each

Total cash prizes: Rs 42,000

Audience prizes (received in kind)

  • Dinner for two at La Fontana, Baga, through Kanchan Gatward
  • One pair of Titan Fastrack sunglasses, through Anjali Sen Gupta
  • One-night stay for two at Hotel Fidalgo, Panjim (two prizes), through Kanchan Gatward
  • Welcome lunch for family of four at Hotel Fidalgo, Panjim, through Kanchan Gatward
  • Sapphire Almonds chocolate boxes (five prizes), through Sanchita Rodrigues
  • Arcor Butter Toffee boxes (two prizes), through Sanchita Rodrigues

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Twenty Paces - The Battle Resumes

Rounding off the quizzing double-header this weekend, the second set of Round 1 matches take place this Sunday with the following quizzers facing-off against each other:
1. Aniruddha Sen Gupta vs Kanchan Gatward
2. Shaswat Salgaonkar vs Raj Kunkolienkar
3. Ameya Mardolkar vs Tallulah D'Silva
4. Paul Gatward vs Mahesh Prabhu
5. Amit Shet vs Akash Kulkarni
6. Joseph de Sousa vs Akshay Thatte
7. Prajakt Kamat vs Saheel Wagh
8. Sacheen Chatte vs Ashwin Mysore

Shubham Tiwari, who qualified for the main draw but missed his Round 1 match last month, will be on standby to take the place of any no-shows.

Date: 19th December 2010
Time: 5 pm. Please be at the venue by 4.45 pm.
QM: Rajiv D'Silva
Flavour: General
Venue: Zuari Hall at The International Centre Goa, Dona Paula.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Prizes for Goa Open

The crowdsourcing drive for sponsorship of prizes for the Goa Open seems to have worked quite well, with more than Rs 30,000 in the bag already, and the possibility of a substantial chunk coming up soon. Thank you, all who have contributed so far. A complete list will be uploaded on the blog by Friday.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Announcing the Goa Open 2010

A good quiz, great prizes and Goa too!

The Sunday Evening Quiz Club (SEQC) is organising the Goa Open 2010 quiz on the evening of Saturday, December 18. We are hoping that the quality of the quiz, the promise of great prizes and the added bonus of a trip to Goa will bring in a decent lot of outstation quizzers as well.

Date: Saturday, December 18, 2010
Timings: Registration 5pm, prelims 5.15pm, finals 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Venue: International Centre Goa (ICG), Dona Paula, Goa
QM: Aniruddha Sen Gupta
Flavour: General
Participation: Open, teams of two. Entry free
Registration: To pre-register, mail details of your team (both team member names, plus a teamname if you can come up with one) to with the subject line ‘Goa Open 2010 registration’
Prizes: Rs 32,500 in cash and counting, plus goodies like hotel stays, free meals, etc

More details, as and when they become available, will be put up here and on the Goa Sunday Evening Quiz Club group on Facebook.

SEQC December Quiz - Results

QM: Harshvardhan Bhatkuly

1st: Abhijeet Virginkar, Aniruddha Sen Gupta, Jatan Rodrigues, Sachin Chatte, Shubham Tiwari, V. Sundarajan Iyer - 80
2nd: [Akash Kulkarni, Conrad Fernandes, Mahesh Prabhu, Pradeepkumar Pednekar, Rajiv D'Silva, Siddharth Shetty], [Aaron Fernandes, Agastya Keni, Ajachi Chakrabarti, Atharv Joshi, Kiril Vaz, Raunaq Rao] & [Akshay Rege, Joseph de Sousa, Kanchan Gatward, Kunal Naik, Paola Mambro, Prajeet Madkaikar, V. R. Muralidharan] - 70
5th: Akshaya Sundararajan, Anmol Naik, Kedar Naik, Leroy Veloso, Omkar Borkar, Sunil Sardessai, Valmiki Naik - 65
6th: Anil Rodrigues, Anjali Sen Gupta, Priyesh Pandey, Raj Kunkolienkar, Shivam Tiwari, Soham Gaunekar - 40

The next monthly will be held on the 9th of January 2011, to be hosted by Atharv Joshi and Raj Kunkolienkar.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sponsors required for Goa Open prizes

It's been our intention to make the Goa Open an event that attracts quizzers from all over India. Two major factors are already in the bag in this respect -- a high-quality quiz is guaranteed, and there's always the charm of coming to Goa. The third -- great prizes -- is something we've been struggling to put together.

We've managed to collect a reasonably good haul of prizes in kind -- stay offers at hotels, meals at top restaurants, salon treatments, book coupons, things like that. But the cash component we were hoping to put together for the prizes have proved to be more elusive. We have now decided to try another route -- crowdsourcing.

We'd like to appeal to anyone who's interested in propagating the cause of a knowledge culture in Goa to put their hands up, and donate anything from Rs 1,000 to Rs 10,000 for us to put together a sizeable pot. This will all be distributed as prizes for the teams that participate, or used for essential production costs. To whoever's reading this: we hope you will support us, and will also send this message onwards to other people who might be willing to contribute for the cause.

Pledges can be made by e-mail to Anjali Sen Gupta (, who handles finances for SEQC, or to the SEQC mailbox ( You can also call or SMS Anjali at 9860089733 to pledge a contribution. She will then get in touch with you about how, when and where to transfer the money. Contributions will be welcome in cash, by cheque or Demand Draft made out to Anjali's name, or by electronic transfer to her account.

Blast from the past

A report on the December 2010 SEQC monthly

In starting off on this report, I decided to check back on when Harsh Bhatkuly, a founder-member of SEQC, had last conducted a monthly at the club. I knew it had been a while, but the answer astonished me nevertheless. The last SEQC monthly that Harsh conducted was in November 2008! That was much before the SEQC monthlies moved to their permanent address at the CCP Building. It was held at his Savoir Faire office in Mala. All of 9 people participated!

Compare that to how it's been at the more recent monthlies -- the November 2010 one had 60 participants, the October edition had 59 and the September one set the record with 71. The December monthly wasn't quite as well-attended, but still a quantum leap from the last one that Harsh conducted.

By his own admission, Harsh's quiz lacked the vintage flavour that most of his quizzes have. All the other ventures he now has his fingers in -- Harsh is rapidly becoming Goa's big media baron -- perhaps prevented him from devoting as much time as he normally might to a quiz. Still, Harsh being who he is, it was a quiz that everyone enjoyed, and that most people found both accessible and challenging enough to stimulate their brains.

It was a close-fought affair, but Annie's team squeezed through in top position, beating off a couple of close challengers.

December has a lot more quizzing for people to look ahead to, with MegaWhats, the Goa Open and the remaining first-round matches of Twenty Paces coming up on subsequent weekends. It is the winter of our content.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

BIOTAG Environment Quiz 2010

Date: December 6, 2010
Time: 10 am
QM: Aniruddha Sen Gupta
Flavour: Environment and ecology
Venue: Vividha Higher Secondary School, Navelim Sanquelim
Participation: For students of higher secondary only, in teams of two. To apply through the school.
Organised by: Biology Teachers Association of Goa (BIOTAG)

Omniscience: Mood Indigo's Quizzing Festival

20th-21st December

Brace yourself for the ultimate quizzing experience at Mood Indigo this year! Cash Prizes as you've never seen before, quizzes set by some of the best quizmasters in the country and participation from all over the nation all in one place!
Come, be a part of this extravaganza of epic proportions.

Team Size for each quiz: 2

The Big Five:
Cash Prizes for each of the 6 qualifying teams
1. General Quiz
Quizmaster: Dr. Navin Jayakumar
Total cash prizes worth INR 32,000
2. Sports Quiz
Quizmaster: Mr. Charanpreet Singh
Cash Prizes worth INR 32,000
3. India Quiz
Quizmaster: Mr. Ramanand Janardhanan
Cash Prizes worth INR 25,000
4. Business Quiz
Quizmaster: Mr. Charanpreet Singh
Cash Prizes worth INR 25,000

5. Entertainment Quiz
Cash Prizes worth INR 25,000

BTW Quizzes:
Kind Prizes for the top 3 teams.

1. Bottoms Up!
The Alcohols Quiz
2. XEROX Quiz
A Quiz about plagiarism/everything copied
3. Burnout
The Automobiles Quiz
4. 200 Not Out
The Sachin Tendulkar Quiz

For more details and registrations, visit
Last date for registrations: 5th December, 2010.

For any queries, contact
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