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Monday, February 27, 2006

Quiz in Bangalore

D and I are doing a KQA quiz on March 12, in Bangalore. Please attend. Finally, we could come up with a stage 2 connect yesterday. Feeling quite good about it.

Putting a quiz together over months (like we did here) is quite a pleasure and quite a pain. Sometimes, when I go over the 100-odd questions that we have made, I can see terrible flaws. Sometimes, they seem perfect for 'working out'*. Sometimes, they seem vague. Sometimes, they seem extremely interesting.

How does one get an objective view on this? My questions are based on things I know, fundaes I have researched. How do I find that inflexion point, where the facts will make the question interesting but not obvious? It's a struggle.

* for the uninitiated and Derek, quizzes are not supposed to be tests of knowledge but tests of problem-solving.


Blogger Srin said...

This word, "funda" (or "fundae"), I don't like it. Why is specialised knowledge "funda", huh?

Wednesday, March 01, 2006 12:17:00 PM

Blogger dhoomketu said...

It's jargon, after all. The moment I say it, other fellow quizzers will recognise it and know what I am talking about. While people 'outside' of our group won't. Another way of marking our territory.

For that matter, even quizzers is jargon, no?

Wednesday, March 01, 2006 9:34:00 PM

Blogger the saint said...

> for the uninitiated and Derek, quizzes are not supposed to be tests of knowledge but tests of problem-solving

hear! hear!

Thursday, March 02, 2006 2:46:00 AM

Blogger dhoomketu said...

Saint and Srin,
I know there's a small matter of a few kilometres between cities. But, try and see, if you can attend.

Friday, March 03, 2006 7:07:00 AM

Anonymous Kaushik said...

Oh, too bad. i'll miss your quiz. This is Kaushik. we met at MI-2002, i was from xaviers. it was the year dibyo and you won all the quizzes. hoow're things with you these days?

Monday, March 06, 2006 3:58:00 AM

Blogger the saint said...

i would love to but am going to delhi 10th to 12th - rishi and i were just discussing questions and 'the Philosophy of Quizzing' as he puts it - i have always been of the opinion that his questions are always abstruse - workable but based on random facts which a jock like me would not know ..

why dont you mail us the questions - after the 12th and let us take a crack at them..

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 1:47:00 AM

Blogger dhoomketu said...

hey, is rishi around? mailing will be a problem, the file's too big. but i'll see where I could post them..

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 2:17:00 AM

Blogger the saint said...

yup, he is around and will be in mumbai later this month, will be catching up with him in delhi..

will wait for your post

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 3:01:00 AM


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