It seems not many children in Kozhikode know what a scrabble board is. A question that racked the minds of around 600 people at the Tagore Centenary Hall was on the number of squares on a scrabble board and two chess boards put together.
When a large number of students went on wild guesses, it was finally up to quizmaster V.V. Ramanan to give the answer as well.
The venue of the regional-level The Hindu Young World Quiz on Thursday was a scene of vibrant activity with more than 400 children taking part in the preliminary round and later jumping up from the seats to answer the questions and grab attractive prizes. The questions were a bit tough for the adults, but for the kids they were easier as a number of questions were related to cartoons, children's literature and sports.
However, even the biggest cartoon buff could not identify the cartoon series in which Officer Charlie Dabble was a character. The final round proved to be more interesting with its unusual format. The teams could select their questions from a grid.
The number of the question flipped to reveal an image which was part of the photograph of a famous personality. The image would become clear with the flipping of each question. The teams that identified the person at the earliest got the points.
The questions were framed in five groups — ‘Anything Goes' for direct questions, ‘Topsy Turvy' for which one had to frame questions, ‘Click' based on visuals, ‘Mera Bharat Mahan' based on India and ‘Multimedia Masala' based on audios and visuals.
There were questions for the audience as well, which also carried attractive prizes. The winning team received more points by means of the buzzer than through direct questions.