The team romped home in the national-level quiz contest
CHENNAI: The scoreboard just before the last round of the Landmark Quiz drew a collective gasp from the audience, followed by a rousing applause. The stage was set for a thriller with QED and Quizzing Goramis tied at 90 points each. What followed was a haze of buzzer sounds and rapid questions with the see-saw of points oscillating to the tune of exclamations and groans.
At the end of the last question, Quizzing Goramis, the team of G.Swaminathan, S.P.Rajan and Gopal Kidao, emerged triumphant in the national-level Landmark Quiz, held here on Friday.
But, the excitement which Chennai’s cerebral hobby generated was visible hours earlier. The Music Academy witnessed groups of quizzing enthusiasts streaming in as early as half past one in the afternoon.
The halls were packed when the preliminary rounds began.
For many, this event has become an annual ritual. “I have been participating since my IX standard,” said Arjun of `Biryani Boys,’ now in second year of engineering. Arun and Aditya, now working professionals started attending the quiz at school.
The quiz began 15 years ago in Chennai has witnessed a growing patronage. “More than 800 teams have taken part this year,” said Himanshu Chakrawarti, Chief Operating Officer, Landmark.
Pune and Bangalore have their own editions of the quiz. For the first time this year, a national-level final was conducted with the winners and runners-up from Pune and Bangalore and Chennai competing with each other.
The Family T(h)ree, comprising Rohit Kamat, Sushila Kamat and Renuka Shenoy, were the runners-up from Bangalore. “Between me, my mother and cousin, we have all the time periods covered,” said Rohit. A family of quizzers, they said that quizzing needed no special preparation.
“Ability to recollect what you’ve read helps,” said Ms. Kamat, who was a quarter-finalist in the Mastermind quiz series on television, making it sound disarmingly simple.
And the questions of Naveen Jayakumar, the quizmaster, did seem simple.
Try this: What is the slang word in Tamil that came from a British term for an officer who was not working any more? The answer, ‘OB,’ that implied ‘Off Business.’
A voice vote decided the best team name for ‘Singh maybe King,’ but ‘Iyer is Higher,’ a team who was runners-up in the Chennai round. QED, team of V.V. Ramanan, Samanth Subramaniam and Jeyakanthan, was the Chennai winner.
‘The only difference between martyrdom and suicide is press coverage,’ a team from Bala Vidya Mandir won the best school team and ‘Hardly Cognizant’ won the best Corporate team.
“I have come to all the Landmark quizzes since inception,” said Mr. Ramanan, speaking for all those who have been charmed by the magic of quizzing, who keep returning to taste the joy of answering those teasing questions.