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Tharunya and Arnav: Winners from Coimbatore.
Tharunya and Arnav: Winners from Coimbatore.

ANASUYA MENON

Winning smiles and euphoric spells were aplenty at The Hindu Young World quiz.

Nectarine is a cross between plum and which fruit?

In which city would one find the tallest occupied building? Name the building.

What is the name of the instrument used to measure the speed of the wind?

“All children, except one, grow up,” this is the opening line of which classic?

Which of these teasers do you have the answer for? These were some of the questions asked at this year’s The Hindu Young World Quiz, a yearly event organised by The Hindu to provide an opportunity for bright young students to display their IQ.

The participants, this time a total of 600 from 109 schools from Coimbatore, Erode and the Nilgiris, were an eager lot. They knew the answers to practically all the questions, including those that seemed unbelievably obscure. Needless to say, the finalists waltzed through the entire contest, answering quiz master V.V. Ramanan’s questions at top speed.

Like every other time, the quiz (both the preliminary and the final rounds) contained audio and visual clues, which made it interesting for the audience too. Sourced from history, geography, animal world, politics, mythology, science, automobiles, IT and literature and cinema, the questions formed a comprehensive package that also tested the participants’ presence of mind, language skills and confidence levels.

The six teams that qualified for the finals were from Vidya Niketan, Coimbatore; Raja Rajeshwari School, Erode; Carmel Garden Matric H.S. School; Chinmaya Residential School; G.D. Matric H.S. School; and Srinivasa Vidyalaya.

Some of the answers had the audience in splits. With the entry of S.A.C. Vasanth, magician and television star, the crowd went into euphoric spells of cheering. His nimble fingers first turned a Rs.10 note into a Rs.500 note and then he solved a Rubik’s Cube in just two minutes and 25 seconds.

D. Tharunya and C. Arnav from Vidhya Niketan Matric H.S. School emerged winners with 45 points. Harsh Jayesh Shah and Utkarsh Venkatkrishnan of Chinmaya Residential School, came second with 18 points, P. Tony Nirmal and M. Hari Hara Ganesh of Srinivasa Vidyalaya came third with 15 points and S. Navin and K.S. Rajshri Bharath of Carmel Garden Matric H.S. School came fourth with 10 points.

Prizes were in store for those who came up with interesting names for their teams. The prize for the best name went to R.N. Vimal Kumar, T. Sarath Kumar of Carmel Matric H.S. School, Erode, for their ‘Kelvikku Bathila Sollu, Parisa Allu, Quizla vellu.’ The second place went to Karthik Narayan and P. Ajay of Air Force School, Coimbatore, for ‘Jab We Quiz.’ The third prize went to K.A. Suruthika and S. Adhithyan of GKD Matric H.S. School for ‘Pirates of Young World Quiz ’08.’

The award for the best outstation teams went to P.A. Sakthi Sneha and P.K. Uthara from Sri Lathangi Vidhya Mandir Matric H.S. School, Pollachi, and N.M. Revannth and Arjun Menon of Satchidananda Jothi Nikethan, Mettupalayam.

Sponsors

The title sponsor for this year’s quiz was Extramarks.com. The associate sponsors were DC Books Mango, Vizag Steel Plant, Pepsico Cheetos and Kissan Amaze Brainfood. The national sponsors were State Bank of Travancore, Firefox Bikes, Lotte Caramilk, G.M. Pens Reynolds, Penguin, Cycle Pure Agarbathies and Encyclopedia Britannica. The beverage sponsor is Dabur Real Fruit Juice. The event is managed by Quizwalahs.

Eastman Exports were the regional prime sponsor. The other regional sponsors were ARC Aqua Pura Water, Banaanaa Slice, Big Bazaar, CBR’s Masala, Ideal Stores, Kondaa’s Automation, Milka Wonder Cake, Savithri Photo House, Sri Krishna Sweets, Vaamaa Virgin Coconut Oil, Venus Chemicals, and Zimson Watch World.

And, the answers to questions in the opening lines are Peach, Taipei World Financial Centre (Taiwan), Anemometer, Peter Pan.


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