Another Update: The Official reply from Quiz Master Dr. Sumanth C.Raman

Read the review on the Bustle 2008 Quiz. Just thought I would add my two bit here. First of all the aim for me and the Organizers (I check this with them each time) when I conduct a quiz is to ensure that everyone in the hall has a good time and has some knowledge to take back at the end of the quiz. The audience is therefore as important as the participants themselves. The questions are also designed to be at least 75-80% in the category that can be easily answered or would be of moderate difficulty with 20-25% being in the tough category to test the teams. For this quiz there were a fair number of questions that were not answered by the teams on stage and which came to the audience. Further to the comment that all the questions were lifted from various websites is completely incorrect. Yes,as in almost every Quiz across the Country some of the questions were taken from the web AFTER Verification of their authenticity and accuracy from multiple sources. In a Quiz with more than 85 questions asked the reviews speak of just one BSA-SLR Question where the accuracy is questioned-Very Clearly mentioned as in “BSA-SLR CYCLES” on stage as those who were there can attest. By the way those interested can check the following links to see what SLR in Cycles could mean—http://www.infobanc.com/cycle6.htm, http://www.thecommercejournal……/10432.htm.
Better still you could ask the manufacturers of the bicycles themselves to be sure!!!
I am more than game to accept a fair review but the one put up by Rohit Nair in particular seems quite vicious and is unfortunate. I must thank Sylvain who at least acknowledged that the audience had a good time. It is difficult to please everyone and to each his own opinion. We go to an event with an expectation and if it is not met we are disappointed and so Sylvain’s review is perfectly understandable. I have been part of QFI for ages and ironically enough today my aim is to ensure that my quizzes reach everyone across all IQ levels and not just the QFI whiz kids. So I guess the reviews from the brilliant bunch are understandable after all. Maybe this quiz was just not tough enough to test them! Good Luck and All the Best!!!
Sumanth.

Update:

Another Honest and True review of the Quiz from Rohit Nair. I was more diplomatic with the review and he is more open and critical ( or the blatant truth)

I can summarize the whole quiz in a single sentence. What happens when you expect a Chandramukhi and go to the theatre, end up sitting in Kuselan? Thats what happened to lot of quizzers, who attended the Bustle ’08, the annual corporate quiz hosted by MOP Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai.

There was a huge participation for the quiz, although it had a entry fee ( Rs.1000) attached to it. The quiz master was the famed sports anchor of DD, Chennai – Dr.Sumanth C.Raman. The prelims actually started out like a typical Rajini movie with a good introduction ( the first question), with briliant interludes of questions on Symbian, 13th row and Gateway but fizzled out in the last.

After the prelims there were about 8 questions asked to break the tie between 5 Teams. I thought it would not end ever because the questions were damn easy and the teams were good. How about a * Questions concept next time. It works better.

The main picture was a dud. Run of the mill questions except for two questions ( believe me, you can find it in the list of questions below). I don’t think anybody will be so bad to miss LIC’s tag line.

There was a huge problem with the buzzers and I thought it would end up in literal brawl between few teams on stage. May be they could have done the quiz without the buzzers. But the audience had the most fun, commenting for each question, catching chocolates….

Only one comment stayed in my mind after the quiz made by a guy few rows before me when the quiz master said “This is a simple one, You should get it”,

“Tell me, which one was tough?”

MOP Bustle ’08 – Questions

Prelims

1. Which first private sector bank to commence operations in India in 1994?

UTI

2. Which company has partnered with Virgin Mobile to launch it in India?

Tata

3. Which company or group owns the newly launched FM channel Chennail Live 104.8?

Muthoot Group

4. If Nipuna was Satyam’s BPO arm, what is the name of IBM’s BPO arm after it acquired this company?

IBM Daksh

5. This company was originally owned by Nokia, Ericsson, Sony Ericsson, Panasonic and Samsung. A separate foundation was made in June 2008 in order to produce and distribute royalty free software. Its the No.1 brand in its domain and has market share of 60%.What am i Talking about?

Symbian

6.Which Indian Pharma company was originally started as Trinity laboratories?

Torrent Pharma

7.With reference to the interiors of their aircrafts, what is common to Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Malaysian Airlines and many other?

There is no 13th Row

8. By what name we know Thiyagaraja Sundaram better?

Murasoli Maran

9. Prius, Prado and Matrix are brands of which company?

Toyota

10. What is the name given to the drugs which can be bought only through doctor’s prescription? Ethical Drugs

11. Hard castle and Connaught Place Restaurant were responsible for which MNC’s entry in to India?

McDonalds

12. Which corporate organisation’s HQ is named “Bush House”?

BBC

13. If Finnacle is for Infosys, what is it for iFlex?

FlexCube

14. What is the new brand of hotels from Taj Hotels which is aims catering to the contemporary traveller?

Gateway

15. If Delhi – Bangalore is Airtel Express, what is Vodafone Express?

Kovai Express

16. Logo of Google Chrome

17. Pic of Simone Tata

18.Kumaramangalam Birla’s Pic – Which Institution is the Chancellor – BITS Pilani

19. BSE Building – Feroze Jeejabhoi Towers

20. iPhone 3G – Name the OS and the Browser – Safari and iPhone OS

Tie Breakers for Selecting the Teams on stage.

1.In the world of Management, what is SWOT?

Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats

2.Inspiring Confidence – Tag Line – Bajaj Auto

3.In all the health drinks, there is abbreviation called RDA. What is RDA?

Recommended Dietary Allowances

4.Industrial City in Honshu, Japan gave the name to a popular brand. Name the brand?

Kawasaki

5. Which book in the Harry Potter Series was published twice?

I think it’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

6.Expand PVR.

Priya Village Roadshow

7.Tony Fernandes in GOA is the CEO of which international Airlines?

Air Asia
8. Usually a defective piece of work is by this word. It was originally called by a certain venetian glass maker.

Fiasco

Finals – 10 Rounds (8+2 Added up later)

Round 1

1. Oldest stock exchange in the world.

Amsterdam

2.This was invented in 1956 by Robert Adler and was called as “Zenith Space Commander”?

Remote Control

3. India’s first medical technology park. Where it is planned and who is promoting it?

Sriperumbadur, Chennai and Trinitron

4. What’s common to Salboni in WB, Dewas in MP and Mysore in Karnataka?

The three places other than Nasik, where currency notes are printed

5. Meghdoot awards are given to people in which public service?

Indian Postal Service

6. Why Chik shampoo is named so?

Named after C.K.Ranganathan’s Father Chinni Krishnan

Audience:

Original Name of Citibank – Citibank of Newyork

Round 2

1. If .in is for India, .kh is for which country?

Cambodia

2. Where is the restaurant Curry Leaves is present and who is the owner ( Cricketer)?

Aravinda De Silva , Colombo

3. Expand BSA SLR

Birmingham Small Arms Sports Light Roadster

4. S.Venkataram Chettiar and Adhi Krishna Chettiar started this with a modest capital of 1 Lakh in 1919. Still it has its HQ in a small town.

Karur Vysya bank

5. What is so unique about fueling technology in Airbus A 380?

The first flight to run in Natural gas

6. In the world of marketing, what are the 4Ps?

Product, Price, Promotion and Place

Audience

He starred in Friends, Baywatch etc., He is dyslexic. His first business is a mail order records business.

Richard Branson

Round 3 – Visual Round

1. Pic of Large Hadron Collider – What other invention did the organization involved in this gave to the world?

www

2.Logos of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
3.Connect Coffee cup and SM Krishna  – Amalgamated beans co, owning Coffee Day is started by VG Siddhartha, the son-in-law of SM Krishna
4.Pic of Shanmugam Chetty – First Finance Minister
5.Amazon.com logo – Funda Behind it – they have all the titles from A to Z and they have a vision of smiles in the customers faces.
6.Pic of Antilia – Mukesh Ambani’s House

Audience:

Pic of Dale Carnegie

Round 4 – Visual Round II

1. Connect Emerging Media logo and a Sardar Pic – Rajasthan Royals – Emerging media owns it and the mascot – Moonchu Singh
2. Indian Rubber Board HQ – Kottayam
3. Largest Indian Yacht – Indian Empress – Vijay Mallya
4. A pic of bungalow – whose it is and how much he bought for in 1958
Warren Buffet and $31,500
5. Connect GuruRaj Desh Pande and Jerry Rao – Narayanamurthy – Gururaj is the brother in LAw and Jerry is the Nephew
6. Wikimedia Logo and Wales map – Jimmy Wales

Audience

Pic of two people – K.S.Thirupathi Raja and Murali. – Adyar Ananda Bhavan.

My doubt with this question is How does Krishna Sweets Murali is connected to Adyar Ananda Bhavan – except for sweet shops

Jaggi Vasudev and ISB – Inner Management program by jaggi Vasudev in ISB

Round 5 – Logos

1.Starbucks
2.IRCTC
3.NSE
4.Cisco – What does it represent – San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge
5.IATA
6. Centrino

Audience
Carlsberg
Chevron
Chase Manhattan

Round 6 – People

1.Mark Zuckerberg
2.Subroto Roy
3.Sylvaster Da Cunha – What did he create ? – Amul Poppat Girl
4.Jack Welch
5.Deming
6.Fed bank Logo
7.LIC logo – What’s missing – Yogekshema Bahmiyam

Round 7

1. What are the official languages of Pudhucherry?

Tamil, French, Telegu and Malayalam

2. Two football clubs in news for possible buy out by Anil Ambani?

New Castle and everton

3. What is neploitana with respect to coffee?

Filter Coffee

4. Docutalk is the in house journal of which company?

Xerox

5. Currency used in Reunion Islands

Euro

6. In entertainment industry what is Q-factor?

Value for money in proportion to the like-ability of the product

Round 8

1. marketing wing of ISRO – Altrix
2. NIMEX – New York Mercantile Exchange
3. Salim Group was invited for making a petrol plan. BUPC is very active in this place and forms part of HDA. What?

Nandigram

4. Sense and Simplicity – tagline – Philips
5. What is Weebok?
Shoes for children below 5 from Reebok

6. Main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing – Whose Quote?

Stephen Covey

Round 9

1. When is a movie theater is called a Multiplex?

3 or more screens

2.BPO of British Airways?

WNS – World Network Services

3.What is PEST in marketing?

Political, Economic, Social and technological

4. Parent Company of Inox

Gujarat FluroChemicals

5. Who instituted Noble Prize for Economics?

Sveriges Riksbank

6. Unscramble Villain Neck

Calvin Klien

Round 10

Taglines

1. “What are you made of” – Tag Hauer

2. “Honestly Impressive” – Peter England

3. “Men are back” – SX4

4. “Refreshingly Orange. Surprisingly Pulpy” – Minute Maid Pulpy Orange

5. “Live Every Moment” – Airtel

6. “Red is in your Head” – Red FM

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40 Comments

  1. good work compiling the qns Patrick… looks and feels like a pretty easy and the same time one of those tip of the tongue quizzes. Chah, i missed some qns and hearty laughter..

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  2. @ Karthik

    Thanks Karthik, May be we would have done better together. And of course you missed a lot of fun.

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  3. 3. Expand BSA SLR

    Birmingham Small Arms Sports Light Roadster

    hey dude r u sure abt this SLR xpansion

    bcos in one of pick brains quiz he told its “self loading rifle”

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  4. @ Santhosh

    Thanks for the Comment Santhosh. I have just given the answer that the quiz master gave on the stage, although I personally feel that ‘Self Loading Rifle’ is the right answer.

    There are two things here.The original Birmingham Small Arms company was a Gun Manufacturer as all the normal quizzers know and I believe the QM didn’t know that, as he was asking Why everybody on the Gun route.

    But what he meant was the BSA SLR cycle from TI Cycles ( Chennai). He could have made the question like this, “Expand BSA SLR as in the Cycles?” May be, SLR in cycles meant “Sports Light Roadster”.

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  5. Sylvian, Sumanth C Raman ripped off questions from this website – http://www.businessquiz.com/bq/business/biz.html. The cheat!

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  6. @ Andy

    Thanks for the link. Seems at least 10 – 15 questions were there from this site. Actually he has ripped of questions from lot of places. For a quiz with so much prize money at stake, the quality was really bad.

    Even the winners would have thought so, they need a good quality quiz and not ripped of questions.

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  7. […] Anyway, I can’t talk more.. Here’s Patrick’s post giving you all the questions, enjoy !!! […]

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  8. BSA SLR was a bike I owned as a teenager (I am talking like the 1970s). At that time BSA was part of the Birla group if i remember right (they also had a brand called Speedking).

    But yeah, the questions seem fairly simple even for an amateur enthusiast like me. I mean, like 4Ps of marketing, or SWOT.. what was the level? undergraduate or what?

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  9. i think the questions were from various links to websites…as truly pointed out…..i was in ambatur and didnt get the permission from my boss to attend the quiz, but then it was ok that i missed it…:)
    thanks for the questions, need indeed patience for writing this long a set…by the way any idea who won da…

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  10. @ Sukrit

    Thanks for Comment. It was a Corporate Quiz my friend. And it had a prize money of worth 35K i believe.

    @Aditya

    Thanks Aditya. It was good that you missed it. I think it was won by a Team Combo of – KPMG Ramki and People First Varadha.

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  11. […] the action of last saturday’s Double Bill; here is an engrossing write-up by Partick both on Bustle and on Tata Crucible 2008 – Chennai […]

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  12. Sumanth C Raman September 25 at 11:01 pm

    Read the review on the Bustle 2008 Quiz. Just thought I would add my two bit here. First of all the aim for me and the Organizers (I check this with them each time) when I conduct a quiz is to ensure that everyone in the hall has a good time and has some knowledge to take back at the end of the quiz. The audience is therefore as important as the participants themselves. The questions are also designed to be at least 75-80% in the category that can be easily answered or would be of moderate difficulty with 20-25% being in the tough category to test the teams. For this quiz there were a fair number of questions that were not answered by the teams on stage and which came to the audience. Further to the comment that all the questions were lifted from various websites is completely incorrect. Yes,as in almost every Quiz across the Country some of the questions were taken from the web AFTER Verification of their authenticity and accuracy from multiple sources. In a Quiz with more than 85 questions asked the reviews speak of just one BSA-SLR Question where the accuracy is questioned-Very Clearly mentioned as in “BSA-SLR CYCLES” on stage as those who were there can attest. By the way those interested can check the following links to see what SLR in Cycles could mean—http://www.infobanc.com/cycle6.htm, http://www.thecommercejournal.com/Other-Advertising-Marketing/10432.htm.
    Better still you could ask the manufacturers of the bicycles themselves to be sure!!!
    I am more than game to accept a fair review but the one put up by Rohit Nair in particular seems quite vicious and is unfortunate. I must thank Sylvain who at least acknowledged that the audience had a good time. It is difficult to please everyone and to each his own opinion. We go to an event with an expectation and if it is not met we are disappointed and so Sylvain’s review is perfectly understandable. I have been part of QFI for ages and ironically enough today my aim is to ensure that my quizzes reach everyone across all IQ levels and not just the QFI whiz kids. So I guess the reviews from the brilliant bunch are understandable after all. Maybe this quiz was just not tough enough to test them! Good Luck and All the Best!!!
    Sumanth.

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  13. Dear all,

    I sincerely agree with Dr.Sumanth on the part that the quizzes should be fun, answerable and at arm’s lenth – answerable by those who apply a bit of logic and in some cases, pure retention power. It should never cater to one segment of the world.

    I refer to this portion of Sumanth’s reply: “I have been part of QFI for ages and ironically enough today my aim is to ensure that my quizzes reach everyone across all IQ levels and not just the QFI whiz kids. So I guess the reviews from the brilliant bunch are understandable after all.”

    I do not know of the quality and authenticity of the questions asked at the quiz (since i was absent) – but I should say that rather than ripping apart someone by saying he did not do a good job, he cheated etc, let’s get together as a quiz enthusiast and work together towards bringing the standards and ethics.

    I am sure that an emotional outburst can easily decimate the confidence of a quizmaster (I have been party to that).

    So, when you write a review, ensure you give credit for the good parts and suggest improvements and way forward. If there are dubious questions, put forth the viewpoint but do not accuse!

    I may sound like Jesus or Buddha but I hope my points are taken.

    To conclude, let me quote Ratatouille and Shiv Khera’s slogans – Anyone can cook/ you can win. That should be the intention with which quizzes should be set.

    Thanks,
    Karthik Narayan

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  14. @ Patrick – well done, u getting good hits 😉

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  15. Ramkumar Shankar September 26 at 3:09 pm

    Some more hustle to the bustle – from someone who was there.
    On the SLR question, methinks people are being unfair to Sumanth. SLR as an abbreviation, has different meanings in different industries. It is Self Loading Rifle in the arms sector, Sports Light Roadster for cycles,Single Lens Reflex in the photography area and Statutory Liquidity Ratio in Indian financial circles. The confusion between the Rifle and the Roadster is because of the original business of BSA. I believe that the Roadster is the right expansion from the cycle’s point of view.

    There was a question on what was the name for a drug which is sold only on prescription. The answer given was ethical drug. While technically the QM is right, another name for the drug is prescription drug. Please see this link http://moneyterms.co.uk/ethical-prescription/. This was not accepted by the QM. This could have been the difference between qualifying/not qualifying for some teams (you can sense angst here). Maybe, some more research would have helped.

    Also, the buzzer round went out of control. That is something Sumanth will need to ponder. The buzzer round consisted of very very simple visuals (like the LIC logo) and, having seen how easy it was, participants started buzzing even before the visual came on screen – but were still permitted to take the question. Went to the extent where participants buzzed for the next question even when the answer to the previous question was being discussed – while it was hilarious to watch, it also detracted from the seriousness of the quiz and made it something of a farce. The point here is this – in a buzzer round, it is always better that the questions are not on the screen. If it has to be, there have to be very strict rules, else the QM could lose control of the proceedings as it happened that day.

    Anyways, at the end of the day, it was a quiz. Not the end of the world.

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  16. About the plagiarism, this is my personal opinion, but Sumanth’s statement that “as in almost every Quiz across the Country some qns were lifted” is inaccurate. Avinash, Giri, the Acumen team, Dhananjay and many other manage to do some pretty good quizzes without lifting qns.
    And even if some QMs do lift, I don’t understand how Sumanth can justify his lifting just becoz some others do it. 2 wrongs do not a right make.

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  17. […] The Quizmasters across the country seem to be following my blog very intently- I wonder if they constitute half of the hits on my page.. Anyway, my above said review has been read by QM Dr Sumanth and has been extremely kind to express his views about it too. You can find his esteemed reply here. […]

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  18. Hi All,
    Like the Rumble in the Jungle – here is some more hustle in the bustle.
    I was there (I must in hindsight say, unfortunately).
    While Dr. Sumanth has his justifications & we the participants have ours – it was obvious that Dr. Sumanth was out of sorts w.r.t the quizzing standards expected of a corporate quiz. At the risk of a lot of flame, here are some points why I think so:

    1. Just because we are from QFI or from any other quizzing fraternity does not mean we should not expect a standard. Of course, “standard” is subjective but then so is quizzing opinion. The very reason someone bothered to cover the quiz is because quizzers are a passionate lot. For one, I travelled from Bangalore, my partner from Mumbai & I know several others who travelled from Cochin, Hyderabad & Bangalore.

    2. What seems to be ignored is the fact that the organizers themselves were clueless about the quiz. Infact, even before the event, several of us called to check the following:
    a. Is there an entry fee?
    b. What are the prizes?
    c. Is the quiz a business quiz?
    To our utter dismay no one had a clue. So springing a surprise Rs. 1000/- entry fee meant that we expected atleast a decent quality quiz.
    The organizers gave us the impression (and this is my perception) that they virtually made the participants sponsor the quiz!
    My Simple math (and again this is my guesstimate) is as follows:
    Approx 50 teams x 1000 = 50K
    F&B cost at GRT = 200 bucks a head – about 200 ppl incl MOP folks showed up… 200x 200 = 40K
    QM fee (dunno)
    Sponz obviously took care of the prizes
    Of course, there were other events also as part of the fest (which I am not sure had entry fee)

    3. Apart from the BSA SLR question (which should have been clarified- somehow I am not convinced still about the responses on this as the TI Grp website does not say anywhere that it is Sports Light Roadster. AFAIK the BSA logo reflects the fact that they were an arms mfg& hence SLR as Self Loading Rifle shud have been accepted), there were some more equally dubious ones:
    1. Ethical Drugs was the answer given for a qn – wherein Prescription Drugs is also perfectly right (a simple search on google will tell u that)
    http://moneyterms.co.uk/ethical-prescription/
    2. Somebody should tell Dr. Sumanth that almost every airline in the world does not have a Row 13!
    3. The love for chennai only questions continued throughout – showing that MOP or the QM anyway did not have a clue about the teams travelling for quizzes (which I think should be seriously re-looked at)
    4. The iPHONE OS question & answer were dubious – The answer is not iPhone OS but OS X
    See any iPhone related link
    5. nepolitana question – again love for chennai blinds the QM – what makes him think it can’t be anything else – of course nepolitana is also a pasta sauce preparation & not just filter coffee….infact the Neapolitan flip coffee pot or the Napoletana coffee (yes the spelling makes a difference in such qns) …see link
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neapolitan_flip_coffee_pot
    If he was expecting Filter Coffee then he should have atleast given a clue or clarified!

    While I agree Dr. Sumanth’s point on questions being accessible & not only for whiz kids, it still doesn’t justify the blunders & the clear lack of command during the buzzer rounds. And if he thought, people were having fun, I can assure you it was at the cost of the teams on stage & the QM -:(

    The reason why we have all brought this up is also ‘coz we want the quizzes to improve. And if you peg a level of a quiz knowing whiz kids will turn up then I think it makes sense to adjust the quality accordingly, else just make it a school quiz!

    Rgds
    Mitesh

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  19. After a review, I wouldn’t usually comment/pingback but as my name has been conspicuously mentioned, I will let the readers know what I feel about Dr Sumanth’s reply in this rather ‘crisp’ note- http://rohitnair.wordpress.com/2008/09/26/re-bustle-corporate-quiz-review/

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  20. Well, I don’t suppose the original poster is a QFI regular and it pains me to see so many mentions of ‘QFI whiz kids’ etc when no one from QFI professed an opinion about the quiz except Andy who said qns were lifted etc..

    It may have been an easy quiz and there may have been repeats, but it is still a quiz where I failed to qualify and so did many of the others who’ve posted on this blog. So please keep that in mind.

    And moreover, (Dr. Sumanth if you’re reading this, this goes for you as well). Please stop generalizing QFI members as being snobs. I’ve read enough of this shit for quite a while now and just can’t take it anymore. I joined QFI as a very average college quizzer and it has made me the quizzer (however good or bad) that I am now. I have met some super fun guys who never let my ‘non-super quizzer’ status affect their relationship with me.

    The same goes for all the claims that only the usual guys keep qualifying etc. That’s because they’re good enough to. The first time they qualified, it represented a major breakthrough for them as well. If anyone keeps focused and has the common sense to not blame the quizzes, then I’m sure they can qualify as well. It’s not some conspiracy.

    I completely agree with the Dr. Sumanth’s views on questions for the audience to relate to. Did you see the joy in the girl’s voices when they heard the SWOT question. One or two like that are perfectly ok, imho. You may be the kind of people who mug the ET every day and go to every business quiz there is and note the questions but that doesn’t mean everyone has to.

    A lot of the questions were new to me and if Dr. Sumanth felt they hadn’t been asked in a public forum yet, as far as his knowledge is concerned, then he is perfectly welcome to ask them. Do you want me to point out repeats in Pickbrain’s quizzes, because I can. Im sure Dr. Sumanth has taken this feedback on board and will keep it in mind the next time.

    Sorry about the long and maybe even excessive rant. But just had to.

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  21. Sumanth C Raman September 26 at 10:40 pm

    Two more points to make. One is to own up to the confusion on the Buzzer Round which I should have done in the previous post. Yes, teams did start to press the buzzer before the question was asked and this did lead to some confusion as no team was penalized for this. This should have been handled more firmly.
    The second point and this I reiterate again is that almost ALL QM’s use the web as a source of questions. I am not justifying this practice but merely stating that virtually every QM does this in almost every quiz. The web is simply the fastest way to get to information on a variety of sources and any QM who says he does not use the web to get any of his questions is unfortunately not telling the entire truth. It would be easy to put up the web sources/URL’s of some of the questions that have featured at many of the premier quizzes not just in Chennai but anywhere in the country but then I do not believe it would be in the right spirit and it hardly serves any purpose. Thanks for the feedback!!! Cheers!!!
    Sumanth.

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  22. well it’s true and the organizers would have a fairly good reason to look at the target audience and keep a quiz, sometimes i think the level also depends on the organizers and the crowd that they are tending to….the question of lifting, well i did verify the websites, and i say is that there is a high probability of a question comin from any website given the vast popularity of the blogosphere, for example some questions even though made well researched would also be found in some quizzin leagues….well if the point is that the crowd had fun and got somethin from the quiz be it knowledge and fun then its a quiz well done, well appreciated that a quiz master came forward and clarified this… these are my two cents….

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  23. Is there a reason why my comment wasn’t approved when there have been two comments after it?

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  24. If that’s the case, every blogger/ quiz league question provider must be paid royalty for each and every question lifted (yes, lifted) with a special courtesy:Name at the end of the question..

    How convenient..

    I agree Quizmasters are ‘inspired’ by questions/content on the net but that does not imply you just copy paste to make your weekend pocket money!

    Please! Har aadmi ko ek galti maaf, as long as you accept it.. Not if you try to justify it when you are wrong!

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  25. As Ramkumar Shankar said, it is never a good idea to have a buzzer round for visuals. Maybe if you have a visual that unravels gradually (as in Harsha Bhogle’s Champions of the World in Star Cricket) and which you could freeze when a team hits a buzzer, it would make more sense.

    In addition to the visuals being simple, the +15-5 made a gamble very rewarding. Perhaps if it was +5-5 teams would have been more cautious.

    Personally, I dislike it when buzzer questions are worth more than normal questions. If you get four or five right in the buzzers, that alone may be sufficient to win a quiz with this format.

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  26. >> The questions are also designed to be at least 75-80% in the category that can be easily answered or would be of moderate difficulty with 20-25% being in the tough category to test the teams.

    Doc, you seem to imply here that to make the questions interesting for the audience, you have dumb down the questions. Have to disagree with that.

    The really good quiz question that appeals to both the quizzers and the audience is one whose answer is something that the listeners can relate to, but which is phrased in a non-obvious fashion. You would often encounter several such questions at the Landmark quiz (the regional finals this time, more that the nationals).

    Of course it is not easy, and a person like you may not be able to spare enough time to compile too many questions that fit the description, but it is such questions that gives most satisfaction to everyone concerned.

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  27. @Vinod

    Thanks for the Comment Vinod. It’s better that i compile all the comments and reply. But before that I should clarify, why your didnt’t comment show up. It’s like this, once I approve a comment, that mail id can comment without being moderated the next time he comments on my blog. It’s a one time approval system. Aditya and Sumanth have already commented, So their mail ids have been approved. So that’s the reason it didn’t show up. Sorry for the inconvenience caused and i didn’t expect a Friday evening to be more active in my blog.

    I assure all the quizzers and bloggers that all the comments will be approved and posted irrespective of whatever the comment be, as long it is not porn.

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  28. Sylvain,

    Cool. Sorry I misunderstood.

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  29. @ Vinod – I agree that winners should not be marked out like communities/ religions. We should not differentiate the participants as representing QFI or IQL when they quiz out there – we all quiz because we feel good doing it. I mean at the end of the day, if someone wins, they won on their own merits. Who dares wins, that’s it!

    @ others – having said the above, there are questions and quizzes which do not cater or flatter the common man / the average quiz enthusiast. Why was Landmark Quiz 2008 liked by one and all? A quiz is, in a way, like an ODI match – we all like to see high scores against our names, at least that way everybody is happy. Instead of expecting everyone to up their levels to a very broad spectrum of topics, let’s have topics that each of us read, feel and do in our daily lives. A good quiz is one that makes us say – Ah, I learnt something new today; not by seeing questions to which nobody gets answers and finally we say, so what…

    Just my two cents…

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  30. I think the whole point of this post is being lost in the midst of all that mud-slinging (QFI vs the rest of the quizzers and such like). The bottomline is this:

    1. The quiz was a disaster.
    2. The questions were not properly set or researched. Hiring a research team would have helped.
    3. There was no attempt at crowd control by the QM.
    4. The QM should have thought of the fact that Rs 25k in prize money and the Crucible the next day meant this quiz would be taken by many folks as a prep quiz and would attract a lot of quizzers. Sadly, it turned out to be an entertainment fest.

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  31. How was the high tea btw – any comments on that? 🙂

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  32. Pretty bad tbf

    only mini pizzas and carrot halwa 🙁

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  33. Mini pizzas? lol how mini is mini? hmmm carrot halwa doesnt sound too bad…

    BTW – IQL Champs league edition two this sunday at 11am at the Brio, TNagar. QM – Mr.Jayakanthan. Those interested are most welcome to join in…

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  34. cool quiz man.thanks for all the questions

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  35. attavyObtaivy July 6 at 6:25 pm

    Excellent blog! Very interesting themes. I will regularly read it.

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  36. Guys.. i'll be happy if u reviewed BUSTLE 2009 … Mr. Mitesh Agarwal was the anchor… personally i felt the event was swell… the quiz master was excellent,….the questions were really really good and interesting , and participants were awesome…

    as for BUSTLE 2008
    "There was a huge problem with the buzzers and I thought it would end up in literal brawl between few teams on stage. May be they could have done the quiz without the buzzers."… the participants just didnt know that the "first team to hit the buzzer their bulb glows green… the other teams bulb just switches off.. small gap in miscommunication…

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    1. I will definitely review Bustle 2009 for the sheer reason that i enjoyed it as much as i didn't enjoy last year's quiz. I am just compiling the questions, should be up by tonight.

      And with the buzzers in 2008 quiz, i think there were technical problems with that ( i had been quizzing and watching quizzes for all these years) and in 2009 it was managed better..More importantly Mitesh was completely in control of the quiz.

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  37. […] important that I should do the review for this quiz, because i am still remembered for the most infamous review of last year’s quiz. “Hey, you are the guy who wrote the review right, hell of a quiz man” was usual. […]

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    […] The Quizmasters across the country seem to be following my blog very intently- I wonder if they constitute half of the hits on my page.. Anyway, my above said review has been read by QM Dr Sumanth and has been extremely kind to express his views about it too. You can find his esteemed reply here. […]

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