Was in Chennai last night (Aug 11) for a personal reason and dropped by the corporate crucible edition too… A lot of people were complaining that I’ve become a bit too dormant.. I apologize. I now lead a strenuous life thanks to the senior professors of my esteemed autonomous college 😉
Anyway, getting to the Crucible, the hall was the same, the sets were bigger and the crowd seemed bigger.. 180+ teams from the beginning city really ‘ups’ the tempo of a nationwide business quiz challenge or so I guess.
Crucible seems to be spreading its wings to unheard cities like Cochin, Indore etc taking the non tata track tally to 12 cities. If this is just to upstage BEQ as the Nation’s ‘biggest’ (Giri, will explain in each of your cities why he’s using that I guess) Quiz or a step to harness latent talent in the so-called tier-II cities or just another chance for the Chennai-Bangalore-Mumbai- Delhi powerhouses to travel to another city and participate, only time will tell…
For now, the Chennai edition…
25 prelim questions (which I personally thought were extremely good.. kudos to the research team for that)
Oh!! U question mongers, I’m getting there.. If you’re in a hurry, just click here…
The Tata Track as usual was dominated by TCS.. Out of the 6 finalists 4 TCS teams, 1 VSNL and 1 Tata Teleservices team on stage..
The Tata cut-off was around 11-13..
Error Scan- 3 options, 1 right answer (team wise)
View Point- Visuals on the buzzer- on the buzzer
Ask for T- A T pops up after 10-15 secs- on the buzzer
Tata World- On the buzzer about Tata Companies
The team comprising Jayakanthan and Venkatesh from TCS marched to victory pretty convincingly although they were forced some nervous moments towards the end.. Just to note- Jayakanthan was last year’s runners up (lost to Taj, who we heard from the QM have been transferred to Hyderabad).. So, Jayakanthan- Good news is, you’ve done it.. From runners-up to winner.. The Bad news is- there’s no more of an upswing to take, unless you decide to quit TCS or something 😉
As for the non Tata Track, only 6 finalists on stage, no eliminations after every round (as against the rumours being spread on the quiz communities) [Cut-off 15 on a tie breaker]
Finalists- 2 iRevna teams, 1 Cognizant, 1 Citibank, 1 KPMG and 1 Wipro..
I’d say, not a great performance by KPMG (Ramki and Dhamu are a fantastic and mind-blowing team on their day), but at the same time they were never threatened during the course of the whole quiz. Wipro (Lijoy+Kiran V) and iRevna team 2 (Goutham and Krishna Prasad) had a tie break for the runners up position, with Wipro winning the stakes..
Three major Rounds…
L1: 16 Questions- 6 CW, 6 ACW, 4 on the buzzer.. 5 points each.. Relatively easy questions, mainly based on ads and advertising (with 4 Tata Questions)..
L2: 12 Grids with individual topics ranging from Brands to Controversy
L3: 4 Questions on the buzzer (1st clue-15 pts, 2nd clue-10 pts, 3rd clue- 5 pts)
A good quiz altogether, especially the prelim.. Pickbrain was his flamboyant best, with quite a few good digs after the main quiz..
Oh!! And my moment of the night.. A photo with Hemu from Landmark!! [that’s just called photo finish isn’t it 😉 ]
For Team Quizkrieg