Monday, March 31, 2008

All Hail The BQC Champion: Rajiv Rai

This post must begin with an apology: in my report of the last quiz, I had referred to Rajiv Rai as 'avuncular'. Rajiv has taken offense, and has threatened to inflict unspeakable and eldritch monstrosities on me (such as the company of Govind Grewal). I am, thus, forced to say sorry for my transgression. Forgive me, O Young One.

Back to the report. The season-closing quiz of the BQC last Sunday ended fittingly, with Rajiv underscoring his year-long dominance by winning in a canter. I notched up my eighth second place of the season (pah!) to seal third place in the league table. After 26 quizzes in the season, we were all done and ready to take a break. Except that, um, quizzers don't take breaks. The season begins again one Sunday from now.

Sumant Srivathsan conducted the quiz, and threw in lots of audio and video questions, which was a refreshing change from our mostly-dry quizzes. His theme round was perhaps too high-scoring, and pretty much handed the quiz to the two teams that cracked the theme early. A similar thing happened a quiz before, when I played around with written questions that awarded every team cracking a question points depending on how many other teams didn't crack it. These rounds meant that a team that had a good five minutes could take an almost unassailable lead, and the lesson for the future is not to have rounds that are too high-scoring.

Enough. Here are the results:

1st with 45 points
Rajiv Rai
Kedar Sastry
Rahul Gaur
Amit Sharma

2nd with 30 points
Amit Varma
Sandip Sen
Rangraj Setlur
Francis Rodrigues

3rd with 26 points
Pradeep Ramarathnam
Udatta Duarah
Ananya Deb
+ 1?

4th with 23 points
Vibhendu Tiwari
Arvind Krishnaswamy
+ 2?

5th with 21 points
Prasann Potdar
Mukund Krishnan
Nandan Krishnaswamy
Shujodeep Ghosh

6th with 18 points
S Balakrishnan
Ameya Samant
Sarat Rao
Abilin Mukherjee

7th with 16 points
Ajith Prabhakar
Amit Pandeya
Kaushik Chatterjee
+ 1?

8th with 13 points
Rishi Iyengar
Devang Ghia
Aditya Agarwal
Shivanant Tayal

As you can see, there are some blanks there I'll duly fill in once participants are tortured and information extracted. And now (ta da!) for the final BQC League standings of 2007-08:

Final BQC Season Two Standings (from 26 quizzes, as of March 30, 2008)

150.5 points
Rajiv Rai (from 20 quizzes)

98 points
Rishi Iyengar (22)

86 points

Amit Varma (22)

75 points
Sumant Srivathsan (21)

72 points
Kedar Sastry (17)
Prasann Potdar (20)

67.5 points
Vibhendu Tiwari (23)
AP Alagarsamy (19)

59 points
Ajith Prabhakar (18)
Govind Grewal (19)

48 points
Ashwan Lewis (8)
Amit Pandeya (13)

47.5 points
Mukund Krishnan (14)

47 points
Pradeep Ramarathnam (16)

44 points
Anand Sivasankar (19)

43.5 points
Souvik Basu (?)

42.5 points
Devang Ghia (23)

42 points
S Balakrishnan (17)

40 points

Ameya Samant (20)

31 points
Shambhu Shankar (?)

28 points
Mahesh Murthy (6)

26 points
Sarat Rao (?)

25 points
Udatta Duarah (10)
Francis Rodrigues (13)

24 points
Kartik Srivatsa (5)

18 points
Avinash Mudaliar (9)
Kartik R (?)
Sandip Sen (5)

17 points
Ravi Venkatesh (6)

16.5 points

Dhananjay Shettigar (12)

14 points
Samrat Sengupta (7)
Sritanu Chakravarty (4)
Arvind Krishnaswamy (8)

11 points
Ajay Ravindran (4)
Meghashyam Shirodkar (3)
Nandan Krishnaswamy (7)
Atulya Bharadwaj (2)

10 points
Aravinda Talluri (1)
Neeraj (1)
Nilesh Jain (1)
Tanmay Sharma (2)
Gaurav Singh (1)
Raghu (?)
Sowmya Ramaswamy (1)
Hansraj Singh (1)
John Mascarenhas (3)
Vaibhav Devanathan (1)
Sameer Nair (2)
Movin Miranda (1)
Aditya Agarwal (3
Rahul Gaur (1)
Amit Sharma (?)

8 points
Hanisha Vaswani (5)

7 points
Akshay Mahajan (1)
Rahul Bhaskar (3)
Saurav (?)
Nrupal Choudhari (?)
Harshil Shah (1)
Devangshu Datta (1)
Kaustubh Chakraborty (1)
Rangraj Setlur (1)

4 points
Padma Sinha (3)
Pranav Kukreja (1)
Sireesh Talluri Rao (8)
Sushant Raut (5)
Chitra Raghunath (1)
Sandeep Randery (1)
Kishalaya Bhattacharjee (1)
Brian D'Souza (1)
Ramesh (1)
Arnab Bhattacharya (?)
Ananya Deb (1)

The first quiz of BQC Season 3 begins on April 13. Prasann Potdar will conduct. The slate is clean, and the possibilities are endless...


SG said...


Wondering what is the "induction" process for a n00b quiz enthusiast? I might not know a lot of answers but I would love to be present at the quizes for sure.

Anonymous said...


You need to bring an infant as a sacrificial offering on your first visit.

Apart from that, there are no requirements. Come along for the next quiz- it will be fun.


SG said...

Rishi ... infant can be a problem .. However I can bring a grown up person if that helps :D

Code word would be "aasman main kitne taare hain".

Sajith said...

what time does the 13 Apr Quiz start? couldnt find the time anywhere...


Anonymous said...

>infant can be a problem

Very well then. A battleaxe and a full grown person will do. The youth of today- no initiative. They seem simply incapable of procuring infants.


BQC quizzes always start at 3 PM unless otherwise indicated. There will be a reminder post though, so watch this blog.


Anonymous said...

Guys ..

Want to be a part of this ... been a long time since quizzing ; out of college . What would it take to be a part of BQC?

Anonymous said...


You just need to show up for the quizzes. Everyone is welcome to participate. Teams are formed on the spot through random draws, so you don't have to worry about not finding a partner.