Sunday, 28 March, 2010

Top 4 worshht quizzes I have been to

Quizzing has been an integral part of my college days. A great way to spend your time and you get to learn about a lot of stuff as well. Oh yeah, most quizzes have decent cash prizes. So in times of economic turmoil, these reserves come in very handy. We have been to some really nice quizzes, but then, nice stories never make for interesting reading, do they? So here are some of my most umm.. entertaining quizzing experiences so far.

Before I forget, this post is a dedication to a fellow quizzer, a veteran of over 200 quizzes, his daring exploits ranging from the very tip of Kanyakumari to the far reaches of Kashmir. ( He also has detailed information about food stalls and canteens in most of the Engineering colleges in South India )

MNM Jain does a Cronje :
After writing a prelims replete with UKG trivia, which incited eye-ball rolls and similar expressions from the participants, the finalists were announced, with most of the usual suspects, joined by an unknown team. Before the finals started, those chaps gave us some gyan - Hey dude, see countries and capitals. You will have questions on that". We gave him a pitying look. However, when the finals commenced, they were iding arbit individuals whom we didnt even know after the names were displayed, and in the rapid fire round, they pipped all the other teams by correctly naming the capital of Nicaragua and similar such stuff.
That was the last time we saw/heard from those awesome quizzer dudes, as they disappeared from the quizzing scene, retiring with the spoils garnered at MNM.

Techofes Ent :
It's kind of embarrassing, but one of my worst quizzing experiences was in my own college. After a hotly contested battle for who gets to host the quiz, three guys landed the contract, pipping an ent legend to the finish line. We all expected a below par quiz, but boy were we surprised!! The prelims had such awesome questions like "pick the odd one out : Billa, Aasal, Vaali and Aegan". Another question had the contestants grappling for the answer, and when it was announced, we could only stare, lost for words. It was another find-the-odd question, the answer being, only 1 film's music was scored by Yuvan, while the rest were not. The quizmaster's charm was evident, with quips like "You gaav to dentify this paamus actor" ( Heath ledger would have rolled in his grave had he heard this).

Et tu NIT? :
If you thought it was bad havin a sad quiz in CEG, well, eat this. Me and my afore mentioned veteran co-quizzer travelled all the way to NIT-Trichy to attend a biz quiz there. When you have been to quite a few quizzes, you'll know just by the atmosphere in the hall, that a quiz is going to go downhill right from the start. It was one such day there. 2 things were insanely irritating about the quiz. 1- it was fixed. 2- the quizmaster. An outfit, complete with blazer, cuff links et al, our suave ( read Gay ) QM assumed his place on the podium, casting mischievous sidewise glances at the participants, with remarks like " minus five, is not what you get" in a round that has no negatives, said in such a nasal monotone, that it was kind of freaky! We had to show them evidence from the internet to prove 3 of our answers were right! The QM, however stole the show with his "that's mostly perfect answer. All, give clappings" , delivered in the same high pitched monotone with a gay glint in the eye!

And the pick of the lot... The MIT Sports quiz :
This was a true gem. Here again, the essence was the amazing Quiz master, who for some strange reason, found it fashionable to bellow in to the mike with a garbled tone that sounded zoological! He seemed to take things really personal when someone gave a wrong answer, as he snatched the mike away from the teams hands, with a disgusted "NOOOOO!! THAT'S WRRRROOONG", coming just short of clubbing them on the head with a cudgel. The quiz in itself, was a spectacle, the pick of the lot being this one - A video of Yuvraj hitting a six in that famous over where he raped Stuart Broad, was shown. And the question - Of the six sixes he hit, which one was this?

Many other quizzes deserve a place on this list, and might have barely missed out on some criterion. However, one question deserves special mention :

Connect :

Contact for answers :P

I will leave the answer to your imagination.
@ other quizzers : Kindly comment about your interesting quizzing experiences as well, guys :) . Lets try making this an exhaustive collection of (un)forgettable quizzing experiences


Abhi said...

That was a real fun post :) ID the Yuvi six was hilarious... as was the "sharp" connect :P You should add the AC Tech quiz to the list!

The Insomniac said...

Lol yeah. The AC Tech quiz, with a video round that had questions on Ayrton Senna's crash, with the filename being - ayrton-senna-crash.flv lmao. And just to introduce competition in the end, each question when rightly answered, will double your scores :P. Historic, that was

Hannibal said...

1) I am a symbol of Love
2) I am located at Agra
3) I am one of the seven wonders of the world

Too difficult a question. And don't talk about the financial advantages of winning a quiz (Courtesy Greenics OPEN quiz)

Dinesh said...

Awesome post da :)

A Few quizzes that Deepak has either missed (read not attended) or has forgotten about :-

1. MMC gen :-

Now this quiz was one ABSOLUT comedy. Aside from the fact that the quiz was fixed, the quiz master was equally hostile, with kicha suggesting walking out as an option during the quiz. Lads from KMC made out the face of Shashi Tharoor from a pic which frankly seemed like a totally dark room taken with a low resolution camera :D

2. INDCON Biz @ ceg :-

Prelims 20 qns
Finals 15 qns, all taglines, ID not just the companies, but the products too :)

N did i say the finals was written?

3. Crescent IT dept quiz :-

Qn : What was the growth rate of blah blah blah?

ANS : 17.3423.


These spring to mind instantly. will add upon these as n when something strikes :)

N mama ROFL @ Kicha's legendary SHARP connect :D

The Insomniac said...

@ Arthu :

Rofl :) mama, antha quiz la kooda nee 2nd vantha paathiya? athu than da gethu! Greenics rocks :) . That definitely, is a serious contender for top spot

Hannibal said...

mayirla gethu.. yaaravadhu inga 100 Rs cash prize vaangirukengala da.. pesunga!! CMON TALK ME I SAY X-(

The Insomniac said...

MIT Quizzes :
3rd prize - Trophy
2nd - Bigger Trophy
1st - Really really big trophy.

Beat this mama :)

And KMC :
Gift voucher worth Rs 500, which you cant use unless you spend 1k :P

Yagnyesh said...

Last year MIT quiz sports quiz -- this was one that happened before avinash mudaliar did his gen quiz.

15 q prelims -- top 6 teams on stage.. they ran thru the 15 questions and then on the last slide put all 15 questions together

I think Harish, mani , kcg all were in the finals, one team suddenly answers a questions about the roll of kubica... they didnt answer anything else... I think I have a pic of the last slide with 15 questions on it.. will upload it if i can...

for more info ask jack...

dinesh said...

LOL!! awesom post mama :D u forgot actech sports quiz..there were four teams in the finals and it was the year wen F1 had very few winners..namely Massa,Hamilton,Alonso and Barichello i the question was Who won the Turkish grand prix or somethin..after 3 wrong answers the QM was surprised and awestruck wen the 4th team answered :|
* This was the same quiz wher deepak and avinash thru away the chairs and walked out bcos last round was if u get it right u get 200 points and if u get it wrong u get minus 100 :P

BQC said...

you guys seem to have some ultimate quizzing experiences . cha i missed most of the comedy da. hei wat about sen krishna's HIGH FUNDA quiz this year?????

The Insomniac said...

@BQC : Mama, Senkrish's quiz had a few nice qs da. For a quiz to qualify to this list, it should suck end to end :P

Harish said...

@ yaggy : cut off was 14 for that quiz. lol. and they answered best 8th wicket partnershipp in tests! wtf!
@deepak : great post da. here's mine
1. tourism quiz 2 years back :
female qm (ewww). in the prelims there is a qn which has 6 parts to it and she tells that in case of a tie, teams which answer the most number of questions in that qn, will go through. the idiots who correct see ONLY THAT QUESTION and regard the remaining 19 as tie breakers! we (kabbalah) didnt quali thought we topped.
2. sai ram symposium 2 years back :
mostly fixed. a team ids ronnie o sullivan at the back of the grid with just the bottom right part of his chin and gets 30 points and wins by 25 points.
3. the 2 mit sports quizzes

Vijay said...

Cks post mama! Thanks for dedication and everything. Proud to have been part of almost every worshht quiz anyone in chennai has been to!

I could have mentioned all the quizzes said above actually!

Anyway, the Sairam quiz 2 years back, the answer given was ronnie o sulaiman whoever the hell that is.

MIT sports always a fan favorite.

Also part of the Greenics and Civilisation OPEN Quizzes where the entire bunch of organizers seemed as if they were perennially suffering from PMS.

And with respect to the awesome SRM dudes from MNM, I happened to meet em a year later at another event there, this time of course the lack of countries/capitals put them on the backfoot!

I probably a truck load of such quizzes to share.. unfortunately attending too many pathetic quizzes has caused a significant loss of memory!

Vijay said...

There is a certain bulls eye quiz from Velammal which I am sure a certain anirudh would be better qualified to explain about!

The Insomniac said...

@ Vijay :
Lol. You could probably write a book about sad quizzes da :) . With a separate chapter dedicated to the folks from Maharashtra :P

The Insomniac said...

or is it bihar

Vijay said...

Actually can write a 7 part book! So many el patheticos in life. Will try to dig more stuff up!

Govind Paliath said...

There was this awesome quiz i attended in jeppiar. After one round in the finals, they announce that the second round would be Dumb-c! Wtf?! And our chit read MNC :|
The final round was an audio ID round and this random fixed team won by identifying the VOICE of some chap who had won the nobel prize tat year or something :|
And the vijay reference was hilarious, although I'd say 200 is a conservative estimate :D

The Insomniac said...

@govind :
Talking about Jeppiar, Mario got chucked out for wearing a T-Shirt and their resident Bouncer tried to hit me and another guys as well :P. And lol, I should have put [citation needed] beside the 200 da

Vijay said...

I was in a quiz at Jeppiaar where there was a pictionary round in between the quiz which went on for 45 mins and the answers evaluated by the staff of that dept.

dinesh said...

@deepak..i remember tat one..mario had asked everyone to wear shirts and come..n this guy wore t shirt..mario kekave theva illa..over ah sound vitan..adika vandhutanga...odane mario " ANNA PESI THITHUKALAM na.edhuku kai vekarenga" ROFL!!

Vijay Krishnan said...

I guess all you guys who were so eager to attend The not-so-tech quiz of INDCON'10, forgot about it entirely. What a crack by ND and Ijaz, who won the quiz handsomely with a bulls-eye strike of Deming as an answer, when the QM had made it perfectly clear that Deming is not at all among the answers! And most important of all, nothin else will serve as a better guide than that quiz, for MCQs from TQM!!

@Mass: ICON-09 rocked da!!! Moustambeikos (OR PERHAPS, A MORE ARBIT NAME THAN THAT) is a form of what type of art?
Arbit guesses, like Egyptian paintings crept up.. And one team got it perfectly, "DANCE", add this to that 17.342378 :|

Pinko said...

Which Dinesh is this ?
Allow me to access your profile da