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Of Words and Wit—Linquiztics by LDQ

The Literary, Debate, and Quiz club (LDQ) held a string of five events under the banner ‘Linquiztics’, where creativity and intellect were the stars.  Infamous for their eccentric enterprises, they spared no expense to transfer the same zeal onto a virtual platform. From 19th to 22nd September 2020, a downpour of riveting responses—be it a speech, quiz, or a literary piece—flooded this lively event.

Potpourri

Dhrubo Chattoraj | Staff Writer

Potpourri was a unique event where teams of two competed in a series of two rounds—the prelims and the finals. The prelims, which were held on 19th September 2020, unveiled the fundamental theme of the event—words. The participants had to enter their answers on a Google form. Six teams racked their brains through a miscellany of riddles and pattern-solving questions, and reached the final round. The organisers were elated by the response. “We received a lot of positive feedback which made all the effort put in seem worth it. Thirty-two teams participated, which was a lot more than we were expecting,” exclaimed Sanjana Rai, the host of the event.

The finale was held three days later, at 7:00 pm, and included various convivial games. One such game was Charades wherein each participant had to enact the word given to the other team member. This elicited bouts of laughter across the online platform, easing everyone’s nerves. To streamline the process, the organisers arranged two ingenious buzzer rounds—Jeopardy and Twenty Questions.

Barring some call drops due to poor Wi-Fi, the event proceeded smoothly. The participants loved the array of questions and claimed the event was thoroughly thrilling. Some of them faced minor issues with the buzzer round due to latency. However, they were trivial in an otherwise successful event. Overall, the organisers were ecstatic, considering it was the first time they organised something like this.

Extempore

Shreyash Rout | Staff Writer

The event Extempore was conducted in two rounds—the prelims on 20th September and the finals on 21st September. The prelims were further divided into two rounds. The first round, Improvs, had participants prepare minute-and-half speeches within a minute of being allotted a topic. The topics were quite quirky, like “Rasode mein kaun tha—Was Rashi Framed?” In the second round, Shipwreck, the participants were grouped into panels of five, and each one had to impersonate a dignitary, such as Donald Trump or Virat Kohli. They had to convince the audience and the judges that they deserved to be saved instead of the others. 

As an organiser, the event was pretty good. We got the participation we were looking for, and I feel like the participants had a lot of fun as well. It was a great experience—both for the participants and us,” commented C V Mehar, an organiser for the event. In the finals, the participants had to “block” and “tackle” a given topic for at least three minutes. They had to defend their stance if the moderator’s command was “block”, and oppose it if he said “tackle”. Moreover, the moderator gave instructions in between sentences, and the participants had to modify their sentence accordingly. 

Laaboni Mukherjee, one of the winners of the competition said, “Like most of the finalists, this form of debate was completely new to me, and although it was not the only new type of event I learnt about, it was the most fun. My topic was the PM of India cares, and the moderator appreciated the humour. With a lot of puns and randomly switching between speaking in favour of the topic to speak against it, the event tests your wits and quick thinking, and how easily you can transition.” The finesse of the event enthralled the participants. To pull off a feat like this online is challenging, and LDQ executed it brilliantly.

Sports Quiz

Dhrubo Chattoraj | Staff Writer

The event, Sports Quiz consisted of two main rounds supervised by quizmasters, Sanchit Sahay and Anish Bharatranjan. The entire event used Google Meet and received a good turnout. The prelims, held on 19th September, consisted of a regular sports quiz with 20 questions and inbuilt tiebreakers. Each team had to submit their answers through a Google form. The participants could get their doubts cleared via the chat option and even ask the quizmaster to block any clues, which helped some teams gain an advantage.

Impressed by the level of the questions, some participants described them as ‘inquisitive’ and ‘mind-boggling’. Few disliked the online way of conducting the quiz since the relative tension in the air was absent. However, they noted minimal issues. Six teams qualified for the finale. The selection was based on the top-scoring teams and other pre-arranged tiebreakers. “We were apprehensive about how the turnout or the quality would be but seeing more and more people register every few hours gave us the motivation to do our best. We are fairly proud of today’s Sports Quiz,” commented quizmaster Anish Bharatranjan.

The finale was held on 21st September, at 8:30 pm. The quiz had various conventional levels. The quizmasters efficiently managed the multiple rounds with different scoring patterns, which made it rather enjoyable. Some teams held the upper hand by nailing most of the questions in a particular round. Sometimes, minor miscommunications occurred which were easily handled via the chat, and significant issues were avoided. The participants gave their best, especially when a particular team had gained the lead. However, it didn’t last long due to the unique scoring system. This incentivised them to answer tactfully.

The organisers kept the participants engrossed throughout the event, even though its online execution presented a significant challenge in curbing any malpractices. They also mentioned how keeping the teams synchronised through a video call was taxing. Despite the setbacks, the quiz was extraordinarily entertaining and tested the participants’ presence of mind.

MELAS Quiz

Shreyash Rout | Staff Writer

The MELAS quiz started with a preliminary round on 20th September, at 11 am. An abbreviation for Music, Entertainment, Literature, Arts, and Sports, the quiz entailed questions on the same. “The Quizmaster was an LDQ alumnus, and we had no doubt that it would be a fantastic set. After a successful turnout yesterday, we were hoping for something similar, and we are glad to say that we weren’t disappointed. We were kind of anxious about the quiz timings but, people decided to break their Sunday slumber and joined us for what was an amazing quiz,” exclaimed Anish Bharatrajan, an organiser, on the overwhelming turnout of the quiz.

A total of fifty teams participated, with each team having two members. Out of the multiple teams neck-and-neck in the fight for the finals, three tied-teams triumphed. The finals consisted of two written rounds and two rounds of dries with an extremely balanced set of questions. LDQ had never conducted the finals for a quiz online before, and the organisers spent hours on the day before the event assaying various methods to allow efficient communication and prevent any scope of copying simultaneously. 

“The major challenge with an online quiz is the fact that unfair means are nearly impossible to avoid. Even keeping all the teams in sync through a video call can be taxing. We did our best to throw people off or keep things vague while having a specific procedure for people to submit their grievances to us,” said Anish Bharatranjan. The quiz was awesome, and the questions were great. I am looking forward to more quizzes like these,” said Siddhanth Pai, a contestant. All in all, this was an exceptional event.

Creative Writing

Praharsh Snehi | Staff Writer

The Creative Writing event inspired a blend of creative and vital compositions. This online event provided the writers with ample time to explore the prompts. The first prompt was a supervillain’s memory wipe-out narrative, which conjured fantastic write-ups from the contestants. Out of the many exceptional entries, eight ascended to the final round.

“There were a good number of entries for Creative Writing. Everyone had their respective interpretation of the prompt, coming up with great ideas like the period of memory wiping being the current pandemic or an Indian rendition of the superhero stereotype. I would call Creative Writing as an online event an absolute success. Writing is about what new you bring to the table, structuring the plot, ensuring the story reaches through to the reader, and having the event online didn’t take anything away. Minor network issues led to a few late submissions. Apart from that, the event went smoothly,” said Sanjana Rai, the Literary Head of LDQ, regarding the success and challenges surrounding the online event.

Sculptures in the Eastern Islands, Chile. Image Credits: travelguideline.net

The conclusive round’s prompt was a picture of sculptures in the Easter Islands, Chile, without a backstory. The contestants were required to frame a theory of the statues’ journey to the place. Ritwik Pattnaik stood second while Devangshi Debraj emerged as the winner. Devangshi won the event with a stunning piece about how the Ma’oi got turned to stone as punishment for being profoundly attached to humans because of their inherent compassion and humour. The structure and glow were an absolute ten, which sealed the deal in her favour,” remarked Sanjana Rai when inquired what swayed the win in her direction. Overall, this event allowed the contestants to dwell deep into their minds and craft masterpieces of their own.

Featured Image Credits: LDQ, Manipal

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