In these last days of this even semester, before the college slips into the daunting end-semester exams regime, the Literary, Debate, and Quiz Club (LDQ) of MIT organised Lingquiztics’18 to wave goodbyes on an affirmative note.
The General Quiz was held on the 30th of March in the customary venue at NLH. MIT was lucky to have hosted two Quizmasters from outside Manipal for the fest. Lucky Kaul, who conducted the General Quiz, hails from BITS Goa and has been an active member of the Manipal/Mangalore quizzing circuit for a year now.
With teams of three members or less, the event began with a good influx of participants. The quiz was divided into two rounds, namely Prelims and Finals, which were eliminatory in nature. As Lucky commenced with his set of curated questions, everybody in the room leaned forward on the paper, trying to connect the dots to the correct response. The Prelims consisted of a total of thirty-one questions, of which the last two were audio-visual in nature. The teams were awarded one point per correct answer, sparing them of the negatives for the incorrect ones. The quiz revolved around movies, art, music, recent events in the news, and a few biological concepts too. The questions were particularly difficult and a lot in the room had a hard time racking their grey matter. Vaidehi Mendhekar, a fellow teammate, laughably remarked with a sarcastic tone, “The quiz could have been more challenging. We chose not to answer most questions.”
After a quick check of the papers, nine teams qualified for the Finals of the quiz. One of the qualifying teams was from not-so-far-away NIT-K. The room reverberated with a greater sense of energy for the last round of the game. The level of the questions punched up along with the numbers. There were a total of forty-two questions scattered over many written rounds. Continuing with the fashion of covering a broad spectrum of topics, the quiz witnessed a lot of brainstorming.
Motley, a rather interesting event under Lingquiztics’18, received a participation of ten teams with three members each. The event comprised three sub-events: Block and Tackle, JAM, and Mafia.
With one member of each team participating in each event, it was a true test of picking the right team-mate for the job. Block and Tackle had participants picking ludicrous topics and then switching sides at the whims of the moderator. JAM was as pretentiously fancy as ever, with participants disrupting each other for a millisecond’s hesitation, or a contraction even the Queen wouldn’t have used. In Mafia, the competitors found a game where they had to lie and deceive their way to the top. The various distinctions of Mafia, Cops, Healers and Villagers made for an exciting round of skullduggery.
In all, Motley was a perfect contest for assessing one’s teamwork, the presence of mind, wit, and creativity.
Creative Writing rendered a platform for the writers of MIT to give life to their imagination and a path for their abstract words. A score of participants learnt to twist words to fit into a story, introduce characters on the spur of the moment, and steer clear of clichéd thoughts. Their creativity painted a picture of a world where they got to play God.
The participants had a combination of both picture and written prompts ranging from ancient Egyptian mummies to tricky poems to choose from. They were designed in such a way that every prompt could be interpreted depending on a writer’s mindset. With no word limit, the participants were tested to make sure their piece wasn’t monotonous while having the freedom to not cut short their train of thoughts and pour their thoughts out onto paper. This event was undoubtedly a perfect concatenation of fiction, imagination, experience and reality.
Potpourri was undoubtedly an amalgam of lexicons which lured in ‘grammar nazis’ and literature enthusiasts of MIT to participate and stimulate their grey matter.
The first round was about puzzles, word games, anagrams, and spoonerisms. Eight teams, of three participants each, battled it out and only six made it to the finals.
The final round consisted of Mirror Charades, Hangman, and even Pictionary. In Mirror Charades, the first member of each team was given a Hollywood song to enact; one person from his team stood in front of him while the other sat in the middle facing the second person. The first person had to try to enact the song, the second one had to mirror his actions, and the person sitting down had to guess. The restriction was that the two people acting were required to have mirror actions. It tested teamwork, coordination, and understanding between the members.
“It was a brilliant experience for there were so many phases of one team getting the edge in one section whilst losing in the next,” says Ishan Gupta, a participant. Testing sleight of hand and mind, this event saw cutthroat competition amongst the finalists culminating in a nail-biting finale.
Travel and Living Quiz
The Travel and Living Quiz witnessed the students of MIT take part in a fun and peppy event. As the title suggests, the event tested the participants’ knowledge on every topic ranging from famous heritage sites to food. The quiz was conducted by Aravind Anil from The Cochin Quiz club. With around 36 participants taking part in groups of three, the event marked the attendance of a lot of enthusiastic students.
Twelve teams took part in the first round, which was a preliminary written round. The first round was conducted for a total of thirty points, with twenty-three questions being asked in total. All the questions were set by Aravind Anil himself, and the difficulty level was a little high. The questions were asked from a wide range of topics, all related to travel and living. Some of the topics included were famous heritage sites around the world, sports, food, art, movies, adventure sports, and even company logos. Based on the participants’ response, hints were provided for a few questions, along with video slides and pictures being shown for most of the questions.
Out of twelve teams which took part in round one, eight teams qualified for the finals. The cut-off points were set quite low owing to the difficulty of the rounds. The eight qualifying teams moved on to the finals, which consisted of five rounds. The first round tested the team’s knowledge on Bollywood music. Video slides of iconic Bollywood songs were shown, along with a description of the location. The teams were asked to guess either the location of each song or the name of the film. Round two was called the ‘Clockwise Round’. The questions were asked separately to each of the teams, moving in a clockwise direction. The questions included a lot of topics like campaigns, transport, tourism logos, monuments etc. Arguably the quickest round, the third round was called ‘List it’. Nicknames of nine flags of different countries were listed and the teams were given ten minutes to guess the names of the countries. The hints were mostly descriptions of the flags. The penultimate round, called the ‘Anticlockwise Round’, was quite similar to the ‘Clockwise Round’. The teams were asked questions in an anticlockwise order, with topics quite similar to the second round. The final round essentially catered to the ‘living’ part of the Travel and Living quiz. Popular minimalist posters were shown and the teams were required to make a food pun out of it. ‘Breaking Bread’ and ‘Game of Cones’ were few of the creative puns the teams came up with. The teams were judged on the basis of their creativity and knowledge of trivia.
The Travel and Living Quiz received a great response from the participants for its diverse rounds and varied questions. The teams racked their brains, trying to answer the questions put forward, and by the end of the event, they were surely left eager for more.
If pizza, coke, and ESPN is your favourite trio and you know more football than Messi and Ronaldo, then a Sports Quiz is surely your thing. LDQ served its guests a tray full of events to choose from at Lingquiztics. Both, the preliminary and final rounds, were held on 31st March.
Shreyan Datta Chakraborty, currently in his third year, assumed the role of the quiz-master. With a decent influx consisting of teams of three or less, the prelims began on the foundations of simple rules. There were a total of twenty-three questions, each to be rewarded with a positive point against every correct response. The quiz took care to cover most of the games played. To quote Utkarsh Sinha, a fellow teammate, “It was a really fun albeit challenging quiz, with questions from every sport imaginable. A great experience, props to the quizmaster!”.
After all the teams had played their best moves, the top six entered the Finals. As the best of the sports enthusiasts gathered around to hit the shuttle hard, the difficulty of the questions had seemingly climbed many rungs of the ladder themselves. The themes covered a wide spectrum in the sports field, some of which are easily neglected. A few of the questions even contained audio and videos. There was a standalone section for Women and Sports, where teams identified famous sportswomen. One of the most knowledgeable rounds revolved around the famous phrases in the arena of sports. It also threw light on their origins. All in all, the Sports Quiz didn’t let watching all those 2 A.M. football matches go in vain.
The Vices Quiz, the first of its kind, was quite different from the other quizzes of Linquiztics’18. The main focus of the quiz, as the title suggests, were the seven deadly sins. The inspiration for the quiz was derived from the Bible which tells us about the seven deadly sins and why we should avoid them. The participants were tested on their knowledge of vices in general, and their representation in various books and movies.
The first round was a preliminary written round where topics from everywhere were covered including art, movies, literature, and politics. Out of the many teams which took part, the top six teams made it to the final round. The finals comprised four rounds: two written and two verbal. One of the written rounds was on famous occurrences of vices and the other round was on their prevalence in films.
“The quiz didn’t have the ideal turnout I had expected, but the finals was a very close fight which was a spectacle to witness. It was incredibly fun to make and I hope the participants had as much fun as I did.” says Adhiraj Ghosh, the quizmaster of the quiz.