They raised their hands even before the quiz master could complete his question and ran behind the microphone with all the enthusiasm of youth. . Quiz master V.V. Ramanan was handling a boisterous crowd of school students on Thursday at Kamaraj Memorial Hall here. Whether the correct answer was a result of some good guess work or sound knowledge of the subject, it was an action packed day of quizzing and excitement.

A total of 701 teams from 163 Chennai schools took part in the preliminary round of The Hindu Young World Quiz, of which six teams were shortlisted for the regional finals.

Vrshank Subramanian and Nandan Bhaskaran, class VIII students of Vidya Mandir, Mylapore, were the Chennai Regional winners but lost in the national semi-finals. But that's not something they are upset about. “On Wednesday, around 7 p.m. when I was returning from Maths class I got to know that Nandan and I would be among the teams who would represent the school,” says Vrshank. “It was an absolute surprise and with no preparation (although a week ago we participated in a science quiz) we are thrilled to have won the regional finals,” he adds. The two are friends and say they played safe, making sure they did not press the buzzer if they were unsure for the answer.

The teams from Kola Perumal Chetty Vaishnav Higher Secondary School, Arumbakkam and Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Higher Secondary School, Nungambakkam came second and third respectively.

The other teams who contested in the fiercely-fought finals were P.S. Senior Secondary School, Hindu Senior Secondary School and Gateway School. Some of the more innovative rounds included ‘Multimedia Masala', ‘Anything Goes', ‘Click' and ‘Topsy Turvy' and teams had to frame a question or identify the person in frame or listen to the multimedia. Questions such as ‘What is the significance of the phrase and the speaker in ‘Mr. Watson, come here, I want you' had even the audience jumping from their seats to give the right answer. The answer: It was the first call made by Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant. Plenty of prizes for every correct answer from the audience made sure it was a fun-filled informative outing for the students. Students who stayed till the end were happy they got Formula One racer Karan Chandok's autograph on their class note books.

The regional sponsors of the Young World Quiz 2010 are Shriram Chits, Rajan Eye Care, Balaji Dental, Crocs, India Post, Textile India, Anushka, Globus, Lotte, Medimix, Flora, Jeans Park, Mahavir Optics, Pix-delite, Reebok, Viveks and Techknowledge Education. Hospitality partner is Deccan Plaza; Food Partner Sri Krishna Sweets; Travel Partner Parveen Travels and Water partner Repute.

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