With only two quizzes scheduled for the 3rd day of ASKQANCE, we began a little later in the day. This also meant some of us could get a precious extra hour or two of sleep before turning up for the quizzes.
SON OF LUMIERE – OPEN FILM QUIZ
QMs: Anustup Datta & Arun Hiregange
With almost every question containing video or audio clips, this quiz was literally packed with entertainment. The question ranged over different eras of cinema and covered the gamut of cinema from Bollywood to Hollywood to foreign languages to Indian regional.
The team calling themselves Keep Distance topped the preliminary round with an astounding 30 out of a possible 36 points. They went on to come second in the final round, but were always close on the heels of the eventual winners, Metaquizziks.
- Metaquizziks – 185 points.
- Keep Distance – 165 points.
- Travelling Pillsburies – 130 points.
- Waltobama – 105 points.
- Insignificant Others – 100 points.
- Cunning Stunts – 85 points.
- Inglorious Bastard Son of Lumiere – 80 points.
- We May Die But It’s Worth It – 80 points.
The Wing Commander G.R. Mulky Memorial Trophy for Quizzing Excellence was presented to Ms. Jayashree Jayakar Mohanka from Kolkata for being the top scorer in Mahaquizzer 2012. Ms. Mohanka has been consistently among the top few scores for the past few years and her winning the trophy this year also makes her the first lady to win it in the short history of Mahaquizzer.
The KQA Founders’ Trophy was presented to QED (Jayakanthan, Samanth S, Gopal Kidao & Swaminathan G) from Chennai, the team that won the finals of Mega-Whats held on June 30.
SESAME, OPEN! QUIZ
QM: Arul Mani
The annual open quiz held at ASKQANCE sees participation from the best teams from across the country and so the prelims are not just high scoring but also hard fought for the 8 places in the finals. The final line up this year had teams from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore with a team from Goa just missing the qualification mark.
The finals proved to be both interesting in content and exciting in competition as teams frequently changed places in the scoring. Metaquizziks (Varun Rajiv, Mitesh Agarwal, Santosh Swaminathan & Kiran Vijaykumar) from Bangalore overtook QED early in the quiz but then slumped for a while before finally finishing second. QED, the eventual winners lagged for a bit too but then pounced on a series of questions in the fourth round to create and unassailable lead. We Are Like This Wonly (Movin Miranda, Anustup Datta, Ochintya Sharma and Thejaswi Udupa) from Bangalore who were placed last for a couple of rounds bounced back spectacularly towards the end of the quiz to pip the Kolkata team Hammer and Tongs (Kinshuk Biswas, Jayashree Jayakar Mohanka, Shouvik Guha & Anil Vaswani) by 5 points for third place.
Click the graph below for an idea of how the teams’ scores progressed through the quiz.
- QED – 275 points.
- Metaquizziks – 225 points.
- We Are Like This Wonly – 215 points.
- Hammer and Tongs – 210 points.
- Travelling Pillsburies – 205 points.
- Champions of Breakfast – 135 points.
- Mad O’Wot – 130 points.
- Dilli Ke Thugs – 115 points.
June 30, Day 2 of ASKQANCE 2012 had a packed schedule with 2 open quizzes and the second semi-finals and the finals of Mega-Whats.
MEGA-WHATS SEMI-FINAL 2
QMs: Arul Mani and Kiran Vijaykumar
In the second semi-finals, We Are Like This Wonly secured their spot in the finals winning by a comfortable margin but there was a close fight for the other 3 spots.
- We Are Like This Wonly – 285 points.
- Travelling Pilsburies – 255 points.
- Dilli Ke Thugs – 215 points.
- Mad O’Wot – 200 points.
- Metaquizziks – 185 points.
- Mega-WTFS – 130 points.
- Cunning Stunts – 115 points.
- Two and a Half Men – 30 points.
BY HOOKE OR BY CROOKES – THE SCIENCE QUIZ
QMs: Rajagopal P.S., Vivek Karthikeyan & Siddhartha Shanker
The quizmasters kept the participants on their toes, answering questions about elements, identifying equations and even filling in blanks in poetry! The scoring was so close that two teams tied for first place and decided to split the honours instead of breaking the tie.
- Insert Cool Name Here – 104 points.
- We Are Like This Wonly – 104 points.
- Pouncing As Science (aka Metaquizziks) – 95 points.
- Nexus – 77 points.
- Questionable Characters – 64 points.
- Travelling Pillsburies – 64 points.
- Cunning Stunts – 47 points.
- Swami’s Friends – 42 points.
KIBITZ SIMPLE – THE SPORTS QUIZ
QMs: Thejaswi Udupa and Venkatesh Srinivasan
Metaquizziks going under the alias of Metal-Quizziks in a surprise result qualified for the finals of a sports quiz. They also bravely participated in the absence of Arul Mani who was busy setting questions for the Mega-Whats finals for later in the day.
- Insignificant Others – 235 points.
- Flibberti-Kibitz – 175 points.
- Swami Obamananda – 165 points.
- We Are Like This Wonly – 160 points.
- CIDs from Mumbai/Kerala – 155 points.
- Untitled – 130 points.
- MAAZ FC – 125 points.
- Metal-quizziks – 85 points.
MEGA-WHATS FACE OFF
QMs: Arul Mani & Kiran Vijaykumar
After a short break for tea and snacks, quizzers poured into the hall to witness the finals of Mega-Whats. With teams from Kolkata, Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Bangalore & Delhi, it had a truly national flavour.
QED, a team from Chennai took an early large lead and kept it through the quiz to win by very large margin. This didn’t mean there was no excitement at all; The teams in 2nd, 3rd and 4th places though frequently exchanged places as the quiz progressed, and even before the last couple of questions, there was a chance for teams to surge ahead to get 2nd place.
An interesting round on connections where teams could also stake confidence on their answers to take higher points helped some teams get a nice leg up in the scoring.
- QED – 390 points.
- Insignificant Others – 265 points.
- Dilli Ke Thugs – 250 points.
- We Are Like This Wonly – 237.5 points.
- Feni, Vidi, Vici, Bitchy – 215 points.
- Travelling Pillsburies – 215 points.
- Hammer and Tongs – 190 points.
- Mad O’Wot – 155 points.
KQA ANNIVERSARY YEARBOOK 2011-2012
The President of the KQA, Ochintya Sharma also released the yearbook for 2011-2012 containing questions from many of the quizzes conducted by the KQA in the past year. He thanked the efforts of the many quizmasters that contributed questions to the yearbook as well as those that helped edit it. The KQA school quiz book for 2011-2012 will be released at the ASKQANCE School and College quizzes to be held in July 2012.
KQA Yearbooks including older copies can be purchased at most KQA events held in Bangalore.
It’s that time of the year again, when quizzers from across India descend upon the IAT Hall on Queen’s Road for KQA’s anniversary festival of quizzing, ASKQANCE.
MEGA-WHATS SEMI-FINAL 1
QMs: Arul Mani and Kiran Vijaykumar.
We kicked off the quizzing with the first semi-final of the Mega-Whats Face Off with 8 teams from Coimbatore, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Goa fighting for the 4 places in the finals. Here are the final scores:
- Insignificant Others – 290 points.
- QED – 275 points.
- Hammer and Tongs – 235 points.
- Feni Vidi Vici Bitchy – 200 points.
- Swami and Friends – 190 points.
- Questionable Characters – 135 points.
- Insert Uncool Name here – 105 points.
- Tiruppur Tughlaqs – 85 points.
HOARSE LATITUDES – The Travel Quiz
QMs: Dibyendu Das, Mitesh Agarwal & Rajath Krishna
The prelims for the travel quiz was closely fought and 9 teams qualified for the finals with the difference between the 1st team and the 9th being just 4 points.
The finals also went on to be in a similar vein, with Hammer and Tongs, the team from Kolkata winning by a narrow margin and the difference between the 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams being just a point or two.
- Hammer and Tongs – 269 points.
- Excess Baggage (the travel quiz avatar of MetaQuizziks) – 255.5 points.
- We Are Like This Wonly – 254 points.
- QED – 251 points.
- Delhi Sucks – 175 points.
- Feni, Vidi, Vici, Bitchy – 172 points.
- Tough Luck – 132 points.
- Insert Cool Name Here – 113 points.
- Pass the Ketchup – 71 points.