KOZHIKODE: The Tagore Centenary Hall in Kozhikode that was packed to capacity with quiz enthusiasts was rocked by loud applause as some of the best quizzing minds from the schools in north Kerala reeled out answers to questions during the Kozhikode edition of The Hindu-Young World Quiz 2006 on Monday.
Some questions were quite easy for the local lads. What was the anglicised word of "Samoothirippadu or Samoothiri", the hereditary rulers of Kozhikode, was an example.
There were questions drawn from a wide range of subjects - arts, science and sports in the preliminary round.
A few of the questions were not so easy. Write in Roman numerals the silver jubilee year of the man's first landing on the moon was a case in point.
The participants were no novices to politics either. Most of them were quick to state correctly that the public figure whose permanent address was Velikkakathu House in Alappuzha was Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan.
After the preliminary round, Silver Hills Higher Secondary School, Veda Vyasa Vidyalayam and Malabar Christian College Higher Secondary School, all from Kozhikode city, Rani Public School from Vadakara and Dayapuram Residential School and Spring Valley from Chathamangalam in the suburbs were the six teams that qualified for the final round.
Excitement reached a crescendo in the finals. The contest was close. The first round of the finals gave a dateline and the teams were asked to frame headlines based on it. So, when the dateline `Chempu, September 18, 1953' flashed across the screen on the stage the answer came quickly, "Mammootty is born".
There was a question to the audience in this round with the dateline "Thiruvananthapuram, January 4, 1750," and one from the audience came up with the answer "Marthanda Varma dedicates kingdom to Sri Padmanabha".
The Topsy Turvy round that followed was the reversal of the first - participants were asked to frame a question based on the answer given. For example, the statement was "I=V\R", then one of the teams came up with the answer "State Ohm's Law?".
Jumbled Jack where the scrambled words were to be `unscrambled' to find out the answer was well received. A question `A Funny duo on TV' with a clue of jumbled words `Trendy Major' was answered by the team as Tom and Jerry.
The fourth round `Reynolds Spectrum' with video and photo clippings tested the knowledge of participants. The audience were at their best as the quiz went on to an exciting finish.
Collector A. Jayathilak, who was the chief guest, also turned a quizmaster when he posed a question to the audience during his speech.
Quoting from an illustrious son of Kozhikode - "the sun does not set on the British empire because God does not trust the Englishman in the dark". One of the audience responded with the answer "V.K. Krishna Menon".