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Techies quiz capital cradles

Try this riddle for starters. A University in Nottingham offers a masters’ course on X. Harvard Pyle wrote a book on X. Russell Crowe played X in a movie. Identify this X.

A capital school quizzing team identified X correctly as “Robin Hood”, proving that the city’s good schools can hold their own with India’s best.

Six best quizzing teams of Ranchi battled it out for the champions’ title during the inter-school quiz contest Impulse 2.0 at Bridgeford School, Tupudana, on Thursday, with JVM-Shyamali scoring a handsome win.

Organised by LogicGate, an outfit of tech students of IIT-Kharagpur, BIT-Mesra and BITS-Pilani, the gala event on Thursday saw six schools — host Bridgeford, DAV Public School-Bariatu, Kairali School, St Xavier’s School, Delhi Public School and JVM-Shyamali — with three-member teams in each, make it to the grand final.

Earlier on different days, several reputable ICSE and CBSE Ranchi cradles had taken the preliminary round of 25 questions held across 10 schools.

The final day had four rounds — theme, clues, simple and dwelling — with quizmaster Shiraz Hasan throwing a volley of questions at the 18 youngsters of the six teams.

Shiraz, an engineering student of BITS-Pilani, struck a rapport with participants with cerebral questions such as: “On whose epitaph is written ‘He Lies Here, Somewhere (as a joke, of course)?”

Again, schoolchildren did not disappoint. They knew the answer — Werner Heisenberg, Nobel-winning German physicist.

Youngsters, however, loved posers related to Shah Rukh Khan during a theme round. They rattled off the names of his children (Aryan and Suhana), his home (Mannat) and production house (Red Chillies Entertainment with a lal mirch logo).

JVM-Shyamali, Bridgeford School and Delhi Public School were the top three teams.

Heritage Academy was the event sponsor while Exel International funded the prizes.

The last word went to Shiraz. “We designed the questions to check how well-informed and smart participants were. We had hosted a similar event last year that was a huge hit with students, which is why we did it again this year,” he said.