Friday, January 29, 2010

Quark Open Quiz

"Knowledge is power supreme, and so shall be proven at the Quark Open Quiz this summer. Buzzers buzzing, scoreboards ticking, and hearts racing, this business and sci-tech quiz is a test not only of intelligence, but also the ability to stay calm under pressure. It's an arena where only the best minds can survive, so oil your cogs and set the wheels of your mind in motion. Also, in the spirit of our constitution which ensures equality to all and sundry, any one, irrespective of their caste, creed, sex, gender, college degree, marital status and/or incarceration records, can participate. We hope you have fun!!"

Date: 6th February 2010
Time: 2 pm
QM: Jai Kishore
Flavour: Biz-Tech
Venue: LT-2, BITS Pilani - Goa Campus, Zuarinagar
Participation: Open to all, in teams of 3
Prizes: Worth 15k

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Nestle Rotary Panjim Midtown Quiz results

QM: Harshvardhan Bhatkuly

1st: Shashwat Salgaonkar & Gauri Kenkre (Mushtifund High School) - 100
2nd:Samyak & Atharv Joshi (KV, INS Mandovi) - 65
3rd:Rahul Sabnis & Kunal Naik (Sharada Mandir School) - 45
4th:Anurag Panicker & Tanmay Naik (Navy Children's School) - 40
5th:Vaibhavi Prabhudesai & Julian D'Costa (Vidya Vikas Academy) and Varun Devjani & Mohnish Sardessai (Sharada Mandir School) - 5

Baskin Robbins 'What's Your Flavour?' Quiz Game

Date: January 31, 2010
Time: Spot registrations open at 9 am. Prelims will begin at 9.30 am.
QM: Aniruddha Sen Gupta
Flavour: General
Venue: 5th Floor, Mushtifund High School, near Mahalaxmi Temple, Panaji
Participation: Separate quizzes for school students in two groups -- Standards 5 to 7 and 8 to 10. Teams of three, mixed teams allowed.
Prizes: Sponsored by Baskin Robbins ice-creams

To pre-register, fill in the forms at your school, or e-mail

Thursday, January 21, 2010

SEQC Cricket Match

It's official. We have caved. Up against the gazillion-dollar BCCI marketing machine that assures us that cricket is our religion, we didn't stand a chance. So this Republic Day, the only questions that will be asked will be those screamed at the umpire, the only workable ones will be those that can be steered past point for a single, and the only googlies will be, well, the real ones. NO quizzing.

Date: 26th January 2010
Time: 9 am
Venue: Goa University Ground, Bambolim
Participation: Open to all

For details & queries, call Mahesh on 9823010242.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Nestle Rotary Midtown Panjim Quiz

Date: 23rd January 2010
Time: Registrations open at 2.30 pm. Prelims will begin at 3 pm.
QM: Harshvardhan Bhatkuly
Flavour: General
Venue: Institute Menezes Braganza Hall, Panaji
Participation: Students up to class IX in teams of two.
Prizes: 1st - Rs. 10,000, 2nd - Rs. 6,000, 3rd - Rs. 3,000, 4th - Rs. 2000.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Dempo Biz Quest Results

QM: Harshvardhan Bhatkuly

1st: Nitiksh Srivastava & Pooja Kamath (GIM) - 100
2nd: Adish Talwadker & Anant Lawande (GMC) - 45
3rd: Ajay Parasuraman & Sunil Thomas (BITS) - 40
4th: Akhil Kamat & Vijay Kulkarni (GIM) + Omkar Rege & Vinayak Mahale (Don Bosco) - 25
6th: Ralph da Silva & Vibhav Kamat (Dempo) - 20

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

SEQC January Quiz - Results

QM: Navin Pai

1st: Aniruddha Sen Gupta, Lucy James, Paola Mambro, Sanchita Rodrigues, Sarajit Sen, Tallulah D'Silva - 120
2nd: Ashray Adappa, Jatan Rodrigues, Jayant Karn, Mariette Correa, Rajiv D'Silva, Sunil Sardessai - 105
3rd: Ameya Mardolkar, Mahesh Prabhu, Raj Kunkolienkar, Reuben Rodrigues, Vernon Fernandes, Vidyadhar Gadgil - 85
4th: Adish Talwadker, Akash Kulkarni, Anant Lawande, Anjana Sen, Leroy Veloso, Neville Monteiro, Shubham Tiwari, Soraya Mukherjee, Trusha Ganesh - 80
5th: Akshay Mysore, Amit Shet, Anil Rodrigues, C. G. Nitash, C. G. Niyati, Prateek Nayak, K. S. Reshika - 60
6th: Anjali Sen Gupta, Bennita Ganesh, Jayanti Manohar, Nikhil Arolkar, P. D. Mukherjee, Sachin Chatte, Sunaina Sen, Sunil Nayak - 50

The next monthly will be held on the 7th of February, Rajiv D'Silva will QM.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Navin chweetly rocks SEQC

Putting together a quiz that 'rocks' -- to use Ameya's phrase -- is not easy. You need to put in something for everybody, to make sure that you grab your audience. The questions must be at the right level of difficulty: challenging without being incomprehensible. And at the end of it, one should feel that one has learnt something. If you can get the 'A-ha' factor in, you're certainly rocking. And if you have what was probably the highest number of participants ever for a SEQC monthly, and if they give you the thumbs up... well, you're in QM heaven.

In SEQC we have been very fortunate, with QMs like Annie, Rajiv and Harsh providing top-class treats, and the newer QMs dishing out groovy fare as well. But one of the very best SEQC quizzes, IMHO, was the one provided by cho-chweet Navin Pai, one of our younger members, on Sunday, 3 January 2010.

On all the above-mentioned counts, Navin scored high, setting a high bar for others to aim at. The questions were challenging, and when some answers were provided, people said, "Wow" -- for example, the first question on TASER (Navin was confident enough about this deceptively easy-looking question to write 'gotcha' on the slide) and the question on henna. For many of the questions, you felt that you knew the answer but didn't come close (TASER qualifies on this count too, as does 'Les Horribles Cernettes').

Great going, Navin, and we expect to see more of you in your QM avatar!

Okay, now that I've got all this rubbish out of the way, let's cut to the chase and start grouching. One wishes that our young QMs would conduct their quizzes standing up -- it makes things go better, as well as being more respectful to the audience. Also, turkeys like the connect about Star TV channels should be directed to Arul Mani for inclusion in Go Ogle and not inflicted on SEQC. Furthermore, QMs -- if male -- must dress properly, with a suit and tie and well-polished shoes.

(The remaining 3000 words of this grouch will be posted when I have time. While I write it, searching for suitably scathing remarks to put young upstart Navin properly in his place, go and try the quiz.)

SEQC January 2010 monthly