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The Great Escape - KQA MinsdSweep 2.0

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:32 pm
by Chris
The Karnataka Quiz Association is back with another MindSweep quiz, imaginatively named MindSweep 2.0. It’s being run this coming Sunday, 9th December. And once again iQa GB & the British Quiz Association have secured permission to run a supervised venue allowing UK quizzers to participate, and compete.

UK Venue/Plans

This Sunday then, on or around 11.30 I propose to conduct the Quiz at the Hilton House Hotel (nothing to do with Paris Hilton’s family firm) in Hilton, Derbyshire. The venue is conveniently located for people travelling from most compass points, since it sits a couple of miles off the A50 dual carriageway linking the M1 and M6 motorways. It is also right on a bus route (V1 connecting Derby and Burton) and is not too far from Tutbury train station (convenient for anyone travelling from the North West).

The licensees of the hotel (quiz fans Colin and Zoe) are looking forward to greeting some of our regular quizzers, not least because the venue is set to host the 2013 British Quizzing Championships (7 September).

If you plan to come along please let me know as soon as possible. The cost for the event is just £10, and includes a Sunday roast carvery lunch. The Quiz is 200 questions over 2 hours and if we kick-off around 11.30 we can eat at 1.30 before marking our papers. All business should be concluded by 3.00pm and most of us home before it’s gone dark!

Hilton House Hotel
1 Mill Lane
DE65 5GP


A Slice of History

Before it was a pub, the Hilton House Hotel was home to none other than Group Captain Herbert Massey - after being shot down in in June 1942 he became Senior British Officer at Stalag Luft III (in Sagan) where, under his authority, plans for a mass escape were instituted which would become immortalised as ‘The Great Escape’. In the famous movie of the same name, Massey was the basis for the character Group Captain Ramsey, played by actor James Donald.

The Hilton House Hotel recently launched its own 'house real ale', brewed by the Derby Brewing Company (£2.85 a pint). This lovely drop is named ‘Great Escape’ in Massey’s honour. Do come and enjoy some!

For you ze qviz is not yet over!

Other confirmed venues (outside India) include, Germany, Norway, Estonia, Dubai, Singapore and in the US: Stanford U/Bay Area, Philadelphia, Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, NY/NJ area.

Impressions of the Quiz

Those of you who stayed late at our January 2012 Grand Prix will remember taking the original version of this quiz. There’s been some slight changes made since then, and the questions are intended this time round to be somewhat easier. This is what has been said by the KQA organisers regarding MindSweep and v.2.0…

“MindSweep, our international solo championship, is intended as a vehicle for the things that are distinctive about the quizzing that happens in some (if not all) Indian cities.
So, what the devil is distinctive about Indian quizzing? A privileging of good guesswork over memory; the triumph of generalists over specialists; bombing a syllabus, rather than using one; the pleasure of parsing, or unknotting, or sometimes being pythoned by a carefully coiled question; a festive relationship with the English language; and the strange appetite for knowing joy and defeat in one instant–a mystical state known as AJM, or Goddamn-it-I-was-that-close.

The setters (Navin Rajaram, Kiran Vijayakumar, Dibyendu Das and Arul Mani) have enjoyed taking (and bulbing at) the World Quizzing Championships, perhaps because Indian quizzing is a wee bit different from its international cousin. MindSweep is our attempt at sharing the things we enjoy about quizzing with an international audience.

After the first edition of MindSweep in Jan 2012, several embittered souls sent in their punning suggestions (not all of them were polite) for what we should actually have called the quiz. We laughed, and carried on. The first edition of a quiz, like a first kiss, must elicit some reaction, some ‘hubbub, babel, shindy, hullabaloo, stramash, charivari, and total contempt of repose,’ or what’s a contemptibly long zindagi for?”

…yeah, whatever, Pat Gibson won it! :)

MindSweep 2.0: The Topics

1. The Arts: Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Design, Architecture, Installation Art, Dance, Theatre
2. Science and Tech: Concepts in the Sciences, History and Philosophy of Science, History of Technology, The Environment, Astronomy, Medicine, Inter-disciplinary work, Popular Science Writing
3. Literature: Poetry, Literary Fiction, Non-Fiction, Drama, Genre Fiction, Graphic Novels, Critics, Literary History, Translation
4. Social Sciences: History, Anthropology, Cultural Studies/Social History, History of Ideas, Economics,The Philosophers
5. Business: Brands, Fashion, Business History, Advertising
6. Sports and Leisure: Sporting History, Games, Television, Gaming, Sports-Writing, Sports-Coverage, Hobbies–Collecting, Gardening, Fan-communities, The Internet
7. Cinema: Hollywood, National Cinemas, World Cinema, Film Genres, Film-Technology, Film-language, Cinema & Society, Film-writing
8. Music: Instruments, Performers, Genre Music, World Music, Tech Innovations, Music-magazines, Music industry, Music-journalism
9. Food & Drink: From all over the world
10. Travel: Places, Peoples, Languages, Landmarks, Journeys, Voyages, Means of Transport

Re: The Great Escape - KQA MinsdSweep 2.0

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:48 am
by Chris
Iwan Thomas is the first to sign up for this.

Scott Dawson and Barry Simmons are coming as well.

Re: The Great Escape - KQA MinsdSweep 2.0

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:27 pm
by Bronson
I am afraid that I am going to have to give this a miss. The earliest train from Derby does not get to Derby until 11:39.



Re: The Great Escape - KQA MinsdSweep 2.0

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:47 pm
by Chris
Hi John,

If you mean "The earliest train from Derby does not get to BURTON until 11:39." perhaps I could pick you up in Derby?

It would take around 15 minutes to get from Derby station to Hilton. What time does the train get into Derby? I'm guessing with connections etc., by the time the Derby/Burton train gets set to leave, we could be happily seated in the Hilton House Hotel ready to quiz...

P.S. I'd run you back to Derby for your return train as well (no need for Taxis/buses etc.).

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Re: The Great Escape - KQA MinsdSweep 2.0

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:22 am
by Chris
Latest confirmed line-up is...

Andy Tucker
Anne Hegerty
Barry Simmons
Chris Jones
Diane Hallagan
Eric WIldsmith
Iwan Thomas
Martin CRoke
Pat Gibson
Scott Dawson

Double figures!

Re: The Great Escape - KQA MinsdSweep 2.0

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:07 am
by AnotherAnne
Yes, me too, please.

Re: The Great Escape - KQA MinsdSweep 2.0

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:12 pm
by ericwildsmith
I'll be there



Re: The Great Escape - KQA MinsdSweep 2.0

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:36 pm
by neilmac
Visiting Mum in Newcastle.... so not this time......

Re: The Great Escape - KQA MinsdSweep 2.0

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:25 pm
by andrewteale
Can't make this one, it clashes with the Christmas Fair at Broughton House.

["Broughton House"? This one?]

[Yes, that one.]

Re: The Great Escape - KQA MinsdSweep 2.0

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 3:14 pm
by Chris
I thought it might be helpful to put up some of the instructions issued to proctors, since this relates to information/explanation to be given to participants. I'll repeat this tomorrow but there's now harm telling you now that...

1. ... 4. ...

5. ... each section of the quiz will take approximately 60 minutes to run.

6. ...the format of the quiz as given below.

.......a. Part 1: 5 topics x 20 questions =105 points (The Arts, Literature, Cinema, Music .......and Sports and Leisure). The last question in each section is a two-pointer.

.......b. Part 2: 5 topics x 20 questions=105 points (Business, Science and Technology, .......Food and Drinks, Social Science and Travel), Last question in each is a 2-pointer.

c. The winner is decided on the basis of cumulative score across all 10 sections.

7. ... no halves [half marks] will be given at any point.

8. Please ask persons correcting to carefully total each of the five sections, and to sign ...on the first sheet for having done so.

9. Please ensure that answers with surnames get points unless otherwise specified, or if ...a notability issue is at hand. (Gandhi will not do, e.g. if the answer is Rajiv Gandhi.)

10. No variation on answers accepted unless specified in the key. Those who would like to .....raise a point should be advised to mail [the organiser].

11. In case of ties, please compare their lowest scores—the participant with the higher ....score in that low-scoring category wins.

12. ... 14. ...