When I was in school, I used to always watch the Bournvita Quiz Contest. I’ve seen, I now admit with shame, almost every episode between 1997 and 2001. This includes all the special episodes and the behind the scenes episodes etc. On one such special episode, they showed the kids asking the celebrity guests some questions. One kid asked Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia about different types of flutes etc. One kid however asked Derek O’Brien ” How does one decide what is an easy question and what is a difficult question?”. The point of this question was, I presume, to figure out how they decide what goes in elims and what goes in finals of a quiz. Derek’s answer was, ” Any question to which you know the answer is an easy question and any question to which you don’t know the answer is a difficult question.”. At the time this answer meant nothing to me, but now that I am exposed to so many facets of quizzing (largely thanks to the BCQC) the true impact of this answer becomes obvious.This answer explains a lot about why Derek quizzes are the way they are i.e. why they suck so much.
As far as Derek O’Brien is concerned, any question can be asked in a quiz. As far as he is concerned ” What is the capital of India?” and “What is the capital of former Soviet Oblast of Tatarstan?” is the same question. Whether its easy of not depends on whether the person answering is insane geography freaks like Yash Marathe or anyone else.
This means that all Derek quizzes are decided on luck.What question you get may be common knowledge or obscure trivia that only a few people in the country would know.
Isn’t it sad that the biggest money quizzes in India are done by Derek and are the ones where many a times the team that deserves to win loses simply because the companies that sponsor these quizzes are too idiotic and lazy to even check if what Derek is doing still qualifies as a quiz or not ?