The joy of nerding out, the adrenaline rush of cracking a clue: quizzing is an addictive hobby, one which many don’t realise they have a natural talent for. Whether you’re a curious newbie or a smug pro, December’s lineup of quiz contests has something for everyone. Here’s our list of the most popular events you can sign up for right now:
MahaQuizzer is a solo quizzing championship organised by the Karnataka Quiz Association (KQA). As a contestant, you’ll attempt 150 written questions in 90 minutes, vying for the title and trophy of MahaQuizzer (best performer), or a win in one of four award categories (School, College, Open, or Ladies). This year’s event will unfold in 17 cities on December 11 (Sunday), from 10.30am to 12 noon.
Registration: Sign up on the KQA website with your contact info, city and category. The reporting time at all venues will be 10am.
Another KQA event, AsiaSweep is a team quiz themed on all things Asian. The quiz is held in memory of Arun Veembur, a quizzer who passed away in Kunming while writing a book on the Stilwell Road. Built by the Allies during World War 2, the road connected India to China.
AsiaSweep will have 75 questions, set by quizmasters Dr Arul Mani, Dibyendu Das, Nagaratna Patil, Sujata Sharma, and Urmila Lakshmanan. It will run from 3pm to 5.30pm on December 11 (Sunday) at the same 17 venues as MahaQuizzer.
Registration: Sign up in teams of two on the KQA website. The reporting time will be 2.30pm. If your city isn’t on the list, you can volunteer to host by writing to Hrishikesh Varma (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr Arul Mani (email@example.com)
A day of “lighthearted, heckle-filled, pleasantly buzzy quizzing” awaits visitors at Ender Bender, an offline event by the Quiz Federation of India. Attendees will take turns to run sets of 10 questions, with free-flowing food and drinks to wash away any stress. The event will run from 10am to 5pm on December 18 (Sunday) at the Madras Boat Club in Chennai.
Registration: Sign up solo on this form by December 15. There is a registration fee of Rs 1,000 (inclusive of snacks and a buffet lunch). Drinks tokens will be sold on the day of the event. For queries, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Hosted by scene favourite Major Chandrakant Nair, InQuizzitive will be an inter-college GK quiz run in three online rounds. The event kicks off with a 30-minute elimination (‘Reality Check’), followed by prelims on Zoom (‘Quick Scribe’) and a final showdown. Organised by SPJIMR Mumbai, the elimination begins on December 16 (Friday) at 4pm.
Registration: Sign up solo or in teams of two by 11.59pm on December 15. The quiz is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students. The top three teams will win cash prizes.
XLRI Jamshedpur has announced an online movie quiz on trivia and technology from the world of cinema. The first round will start on unstop.com at 7pm, December 11 (Sunday), while the second round will be held on Zoom on December 16 (Friday) at 11am. Cash prizes are in store for the winning teams.
Registration: Sign up in teams of two or three, by 6pm on December 11. This is an open quiz.
BBA students from any college can sign up for Symbiosis’ DynaQuest, a business and management quiz. The first round begins online on December 10 (Saturday), while the offline finals are slated for December 17 (Saturday) at SIBM Hyderabad. The winner and runner-up will receive cash prizes of Rs 17,000 and Rs 13,000 respectively.
Registration: Sign up in teams of up to three, by 11.59pm on December 9.
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