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guessing game: Students keenly watch the unfolding drama at the regional final of The Hindu Young World Quiz -- 2008 in Fr. Devaiah Auditorium of Andhra Loyola College in Vijayawada on Tuesday.
guessing game: Students keenly watch the unfolding drama at the regional final of The Hindu Young World Quiz -- 2008 in Fr. Devaiah Auditorium of Andhra Loyola College in Vijayawada on Tuesday.

Staff Reporter

382 teams from 502 schools take part in The Hindu Young World quiz regional finals

VIJAYAWADA: The anxiety level was relatively high among the young warriors heading for a battle of brains on the card. Eager to exhibit their remarkable intelligence quotient on an extremely decisive platform provided by the annual quiz organised by The Hindu Young World, hundreds of schoolchildren thronged the teeming campus of Andhra Loyola College on Tuesday.

The spark was evident as each child tried to prove that he was a cut above the rest. In an attempt to prevail over the worry and fear that shrouded their young minds, the children, drawn from different schools in the region, connected to one another in a friendly talk. There were a total of 382 teams (two members in each team) from 502 schools in the region.

The written preliminary round with 25 questions was aimed at selecting six teams that had the privilege to participate in the regional finals. The round, which was open to all the children, saw all kinds of answer patterns – accurate, close to correctness, wild guesses and wacky presumptions. Students of Teja Talent School in Nalgonda district displayed a clear edge in the initial round by claiming a major share of the ‘finals’ pie by constituting three of the six final teams.

The magical aura that surrounds the annual fair was intact with the ‘Quizwalahs’, the organisers of the event, straining their every nerve to make the event a grand success. Quiz Master V.V. Ramanan threw new challenges at the finalists by introducing them to innovative rounds like ‘Snakes and Ladder’, ‘Anything Goes’, ‘Be the Quiz Master’, ‘Click’, ‘Headlines’, ‘Jai Hind’, ‘Multimedia’, ‘Take Your Pick’ and ‘Unscramble’. But the young ones picked up the gauntlet with matching gusto. After informing that the buzzer questions were open to all teams, he pronounced a set of instructions to be carefully adhered to by the team members in order not to lose marks or avoid negative marking.

Replete with pauses, falters and vacillations, which marked the initial hiccups, the six rounds of quizzing led to frequent fluctuations in the scores making it difficult for the audience to guess the winners.Not many among the finalists knew that Madapati Hanumantha Rao was called ‘Andhra Pitamaha’. “What is the largest living member of the cat family?” asked Mr. Ramanan, triggering a wild guess game among the audience. The answer ‘Siberian Tiger’ eluded for quite some time before a boy got it right. ‘Frame a question’ round was tricky and so the students wavered before spelling out their minds.

‘Shoot Out’ was the decisive round that saw V.P. Siddhartha Public School team trouncing its opponents to emerge champions of the regional finals. Interestingly, barring the winning team, all the other five teams that made it to the regional finals were from outside the city, from places like Nuzvid, Vuyyuru, Kodad and Huzurnagar.

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