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The Kolkata quiz festival in association with The Telegraph
Quizmaster Joy Bhattacharya (picture, top), team director, Kolkata Knight Riders, conducts a round; hosts Calcutta Boys’ School emerge on top in the school quiz category

The second edition of the Kolkata Quiz Festival in association with The Telegraph brought together more than 50 teams, 10 quizmasters, six different categories and some nail-biting moments on Saturday and Sunday. The quiz, held at the Calcutta Boys’ School auditorium, had schools like Calcutta Boys’, La Martiniere for Boys, Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, Don Bosco and many others, besides bigwigs like TCS, Rourkela Steel Plant and Sebi. And there were colleges and management institutions 末 Presidency University, Jadavpur University and IIM Calcutta, to name a few.

With an eye on the Rs 35,000 cash prize, the participants tried to tackle every question. The quizmasters 末 Atri Bhattacharya (IAS officer), Debashish Mukherjee (Mjunction), sports journalist Boria Majumdar, among others 末 made a learning experience out of every question.

Day 1: Calcutta Boys’ School stole the show from 50 other teams, answering questions that delved into Indian/ Egyptian history to rock bands, business, science and technology. That’s not all folks the “quizzer of the day” contest attracted 120-odd people but it was P. Shrikanth, pursuing his PhD from IIM Calcutta, who stole the show.

Day 2: A sports quiz, hosted by Boria, kicked off the second day. But the high point was the grand KQF Quiz, hosted by Joy Bhattacharya, team director of Kolkata Knight Riders. The winning team was Imaniac. Quizzing legends Souvik Guha and Abhijit Banerjee, and Inmaniacs, the longest-surviving quiz team from the city, were felicitated.

“We want to take quizzing to a different level a fun level. We are happy with the amazing response and are looking forward to a bigger and better festival,” said Saurav Ranjan Datta, one of the organisers.

Mind-bogglers

Who once famously said: “I was only three when Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak released and now I am paired opposite him”? Asin (they starred in Ghajini)

Which was the first Indian state to ban all forms of smokeless tobacco? Mizoram

Two words form the brand name Camlin. One is camel, a symbol of endurance. What is the other? Ink

Kennilworthy Whisp is better known as... J.K. Rowling

Hippophobia is the fear of... Horses