May 20, 2008

Mahaquizzer 2008

The fact that I got 18 points more than last year clearly indicates that this year's Mahaquizzer was easier than last time's. In addition, the questions were less verbose and seemed to have a wider scope of topics. Still, I have a grudging soft corner for the tough sets of the last two years.

Anyway, still continued to forget to guess a couple of answers, picked the wrong option from a choice of two, overwrote answers that would later turn out to be right. I ended up with 68 which enabled me to finish on top in Pune (I think the others are still underperforming severely). But at the end, it was the same old gripes: could have easily got about 5 more (conveniently forgetting the 5 lucky ones that came off).

The only major criticism I had about the questions were that many of the 'workable' questions were 'workable' only due to etymological clues. I don't mind these, but I think this fits into the general observation (Harish concurred) that using etymology ends up being the easiest way to make a question 'workable'. Question 34 (the one about the 'ascertained facts') was a beautifully crafted exception to this, throwing in a bunch of sledgehammer clues with a peach of a subtle one.

Anyway, overall, it was an enjoyable quiz (at least many of the Pune quizzers said so). The fact that close to 400 quiz-geeks (and some from England as well!) took part says something for the popularity and scale of the quiz. Well done, KQA.

Oh, and we're still waiting for the official results to come in.

7 comments:

saurabhsahni said...

Congrats JR :)

Between, I think title of the post should have 2008?

Praj said...

Congrats!!

Ramanand said...

Saurabh: thanks. Indeed, it should have been 2008 - corrected now. The perils of c-c-p from old posts

Praj: thanks.

J@$m!ne said...

Congrats Ramanand! I absolutely love your blog...

Yash said...

The BCQC link isn't working ...forgot kya? :-)

Ramanand said...

j@$m!ne - thanks on both counts.

yash: it will work one day, won't it? :-)

Anonymous said...

The definition of workoutable may differ from person to person, but IMO, the 2007 questions were much more "workoutable" than this year's. For most of the questions this time, it you weren't able to crack it in 10 seconds, chances are that you wouldn't crack it by spending more time on it (No.34 is one of the few exceptions). Such questions were far more numerous in 2007. I would say there is scope for learned guesses in 2008, but not intelligent (or "feel-good") guesses as in 2007.

Most of us ran out of time in 2007 because of the nature of the questions but that is beside the point. But I do hope that they will stick with Udupa & co for a few more years.