Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Women's Day quizzes to be held on March 10

The Goa University Women's Day Quizzes will be held on March 10, 2012. As with last year, there will be a Schools quiz (for students up to Class XII) in the morning, and an Open edition in the afternoon.

Both quizzes will be for teams of three, with the caveat that one member must be female. This criterion will be relaxed for all-boys schools during the Schools edition. Participants in the Schools edition can also take part in the Open quiz, with or without the same team composition; however, in this edition, no all-male teams will be allowed.

Entry to both quizzes is free. There will be prizes for winning teams, and for the audience too. Refreshments will be provided to all participants in the break between the two quizzes.

Pre-registration is essential for participation. To register, e-mail shaila@unigoa.ac.in, mentioning names of team members, school (if relevant) and at least one contact phone number, or call 6519294 with the same information between 10.30am and 12.00noon on any day before March 7, 2012.

Monday, February 27, 2012

SEQC March

Date: 4th March 2012
Time: 5.00 pm
QM: Rajiv D'Silva
Flavour: General
Venue: Zuari Hall, The International Centre Goa, Dona Paula
Participation: Open to all, entry free

SEQCm February - Review & Results

By Nitish Wagle

Even for all my interest in quizzing, I would've always thought that travelling all the way to Margao just to attend a quiz a being hosted by a 14-year old kiddo was taking it a bit too far. But then, like the most of us, I have realised long gone that when it comes to quizzing, Julian is much like an ant lifting weight - deceptively tiny. So I decided to forgo a shot at 'prizes worth over1.5 lacs' on offer at WizBiz in favour of Julian's quiz (and Tita's pizza), and a decision well made it turned out to be.

The crowd at the venue was quite healthy by Margao standards. A lot of new faces were to be seen, most of them college students who had apparently only recently come to know that a quiz club existed in Goa.

The quiz format was as simple as it could be - infinite bounce, clockwise before the break, anti-clockwise after. This has come to be the regular format in Margao which makes for a much-welcome change from all the crazy formats being used at the Panjim monthlies. This one was all about straight forward quizzing - no A to Zs, no obscure LVCs and certainly no item numbers.

The quiz had very few pictures and no audio-visuals. Julian got the average level of questions perfectly right with only a couple of 'sitters' in the whole quiz and less than 5 questions going unanswered. Despite the usual 'we always get a tough question' complaints by one of the teams, I would say the consistency was spot on as well. With no Annie or Rajiv in the audience, Doc took the role of a circuit breaker, answering most questions before others could finish reading them. This was particularly frustrating for my team before the break as Doc's team sat before us, but it also made for mypersonal 'moment of the day' when a question that appeared to be about medicine left Doc bamboozled by his own inability to answer it only for it to be snatched by us on the pass.

The high workable quotient of most questions meant there was constant jubilation in different camps when a smart guess proved to be the right answer. I would rate this as the 'happiest' quiz I've seen at SEQC so far with hardly any frustrated souls in the audience. Most people (including me) were enjoying it too much to even keep count of the scores which turned out to be pretty close in the end, I think.

It was probably the shortest quiz in SEQC's history too, with only 49 questions and a runtime ofwell under 2 hours, very thoughtful of Julian given the early closing time ofwatering holes these days. Also very thoughtful was the unannounced last question of the quiz whose answer happened to be 'Thank You', now that's a bit too smart for a 14-year old!! (I bet he is one of those Benjamin Button types. We shall find out in a couple of years I guess.)

All in all, the quiz was a highly enjoyable experience for everyone in the room. A guy in my team, who was at his first SEQC quiz had an almost constant smile on his face and kept saying"wow, this is amazing man!" after every few questions. I guess that is what quizzing should be all about.

Judging by the response of most newcomers, the Margao monthly may well soon have to go the 6-team way. I also hope the baccha party in Panjim takes a cue from Julian and we get to see younger and slimmer QMs at Panjim monthlies. I see no reason why our young comrades can't at least pool their questions and set a quiz together. Going by this week's experience it would have all makings of a blockbuster. Also, though this fact seems to have been lost on our political parties, I strongly believe that youth attracts youth and that young QMs will be a big attraction and an inspiration for other youngsters to be regular SEQCians. That is the only way we can grow as a family and turn into an important vote-bank by the next elections :-)

1st: Amit Naik, Sushrut Chafadkar, Priya Viegas, Neves Soares, Nathan Moniz, Dr. V. R. Muralidharan - 130
2nd: Ashwin Mysore, Jaiprakash Hegde, Rohit Viegas, Sunil Sardessai, Sanjay Parab, Tarun Mascarenhas, Dr. Terrence D'Costa - 110
3rd: Sahil H. Ramchandani, Omeel Mankar, Nitish Wagle, Sairaj Phaldessai, Ravi Carvalho, Kiril Vaz, Rahul Mascarenhas, Lynn Barreto Miranda - 100
4th: Harsh Hegde, Deepa Vedantham, Nikhil Makwana, Tarushka Moniz, Rahul Prabhudesai, Abhijeet Virgincar, Kalpana Satarkar - 60

The next quiz in Margao will be held on the 31st of March, to be hosted byRajiv D'Silva.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

SEQCm February

This weekend, Julian D'Costa will become the youngest quizmaster to host a full-fledged quiz at the SEQC. He has been waiting in the wings for a while, this should be a good one.

Date: 25th February 2012
Time: 5.00 pm
QM: Julian D'Costa
Flavour: General
Venue: Urban Health Centre, opp Hospicio Hospital, Margao
Participation: Open to all, entry free

Monday, February 20, 2012

MusiQuiz 2012 hits the high notes!

Sachin Chatte pulled off another blockbuster with MusiQuiz 2012, the second edition of what has now become SEQC's annual music quiz. Turnout was on the low side again -- SEQC seems to be losing its sheen, and consequently its participants, but the 20-odd teams that participated in the prelims were treated to a symphony of high-quality questions. Once again, Sachin pitched the length of the quiz and the level of the questions just right. The Tonca Boys, consisting of Sunil Sardessai and Charles Rodrigues, won a cliffhanger by clinching the last question. In second and third place were two couples -- Annie and Anjali Sen Gupta, followed by Rajiv and Tallulah D'Silva.

Sachin waits for the sun to go down enough so he can start the quiz.

The Quizmistress and the Quizmystery.

Teams slog it out during the prelims.

The first question of the finals.

The finalist teams in action. Evidently, one team were deemed too ugly to photograph, so we've had to carry another photo of Sachin conducting the quiz :-(

SEQC February monthly -- questions and answers

The SEQC February monthly was preceded by a written 'prelims' whose scores were averaged and carried over into the finals. The purpose of the prelims was to give those who came in time an additional quizzing 'reward', as they waited for the gathering to grow.

To access the prelims paper, click here.

The questions and answers of the main quiz are accessible below:

WizBiz 2012

Date: 25th February 2012
Time: 6.00 pm
QM: Avinash Mudaliar
Flavour: Business
Venue: Goa Institute of Management, Sanquelim
Participation: Open to corporates only. Mixed teams allowed. For more details, visit this link, or call Shawn Menezes on 9850458955.

Idea Inquizitive Goa Quiz

Margao - 21st February, 11.30 am, VVM's Damodar College of Commerce & Economics
Vasco - 21st February, 11.30 am, MES College of Arts & Commerce, Zuarinagar
Panjim - 22nd February, 11.00 am, SS Dempo College of Commerce & Economics, Altinho
Mapusa - 22nd February, 3.00 pm, Saraswat Vidyalaya's Sridora Caculo College of Commerce & Management Studies 
Finals: 24th February, 3.00 pm, Audi I, Maquinez Palace, ESG Complex, Panjim.
QM: Rajiv D'Silva
Flavour: General
Participation: Open to all graduate and post-graduate colleges, in teams of two. For more details, see the poster below.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

SEQC MusiQuiz - Results

The Tonca Boys, new kid on the block Charles Rodrigues and old warhorse Sunil Sardessai pose with chief guest Ms. Nandini Sahay after collecting the first prize. Charles (R) is still a bit breathless after his stunning last-gasp answer snatched his team victory by the slenderest of margins.
QM: Sachin Chatte

1st: The Tonca Boys (Charles Rodrigues & Sunil Sardessai) - 155
2nd: AC/DC ki Aisi ki Taisi (Aniruddha & Anjali Sen Gupta) - 150
3rd: Lady Gaga Googoo (Rajiv & Tallulah D'Silva) - 135
4th: Quizzers of Suburbia (Adish Talwadker & Anant Lawande) - 90
5th: Nitish Wagle & Srijit Kumar - 75
6th: Team Musico (Niraj Prabhu & Pranab Mukhopadhyay) - 35

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

SEQC February - Results

QM: Aniruddha Sen Gupta

1st: Elaine Chatte, Lara Pereira-Naik, Nalin Khera, Rajiv D'Silva, R. Samyak - 131
2nd: Anil Rodrigues, Pranab Mukhopadhyay, Sachin Chatte, Shaswat Salgaoncar, Soham Gaunekar - 104
3rd: Kunal Naik, Mahesh Prabhu, Neil Khera, Nikhil Shirsat, Parind Phadte - 89
4th: Adish Talwadker, Ashwin Mascarenhas, Ashwin Mysore, Tanvi Srivastava, Taran Mukherjee - 80
5th: Akshay Mysore, Jared D'Lima, Jatan Rodrigues, Nitish Wagle, Sunil Sardessai - 67
6th: Anjali Sen Gupta, Eric Correia, Kaivalya Karkare, Kedar Naik, Tallulah D'Silva, Tanmay Naik - 49

The next Panjim monthly quiz will be held on the 4th of March, to be hosted by Rajiv D'Silva.

Monday, February 6, 2012

SEQC MusiQuiz 2012

Date: 12th February 2012
Time: 5.30 pm. Prelims will begin at 5.45 sharp.
QM: Sachin Chatte
Flavour: Music
Venue: Divli Lawns, The International Centre Goa, Dona Paula
Participation: Open to all, in teams of two. Registration on the spot

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Goa Open -- questions and answers

Finals part 2

Finals part 1


Goa Open 2012 -- results

A total of about 25 teams of two members each took the prelims. Eight teams qualified for the onstage finals -- six of them from out of town (Bombay, Pune, Hyderabad), plus two local teams. Here are the final standings:

1st: Fonseca and the Nimbupanis (Ananya Deb and Vikram Joshi) -- 95 points
2nd: Swami and Friends (Krishnamurthi Rao and Priyambad Pattanayak) -- 90 points
3rd: Arse Gratia Artis (Suraj Menon and Aditya Gadre) -- 75 points
4th: The Grateful Dads (Rajiv D'Silva and Harshvardhan Bhatkuly) -- 65 points
5th: The Brahmen (Shubhankar Gokhale and Meghashyam Shirodkar) -- 60 points
6th: HMWG? (Venkat Srinivasan and Avaneendra Bhargav), Mumbai Matinee (Vibhendu Tiwari and Anand S.) and 1460 (Julian D'Costa and V.R. Muralidharan) -- 40 points

With no one in last spot, there literally were no losers on the Goa Open!

The Goa Open 2012 in pictures