The quizmasters cracked jokes and the participants reached out for the plate of snacks now and then. But it was serious business at the Indian Life Saving Society on Saturday evening.
The occasion? The Telegraph presents the 35th Annual Argus Open Quiz 2013, an event where the city’s best quizzing brains come under one roof.
This year, of the 54 teams that participated in the preliminary round, eight made it to the finals. They are Lateral Thinkers, Inmaniacs, Fusion is the Future, Nostalgia, Quiznorance, Answering Service, Rag Tag and Ensemble, and Hammer and Tongs. Testing them were last year’s winners Byapok Byatha, comprising doctor Ranjan Raychowdhury, professor Abhijit Gupta, bureaucrat Atri Bhattacharya and KKR team director Joy Bhattacharya.
The final round was divided into two parts where each quizmaster conducted a round. There were questions for the audience too. Members of the audience got chocolates for correct answers while the tough ones fetched them book coupons.
At the end, Inmaniacs was ahead of everyone.
The members of the team, Abhijit Banerjee, Sudip Kalyan Dey, Devdan Mitra and Anirudh Chari are going to be the quizmasters next year. “I have been a part of Argus since 2003. And the last time I won was in 2010. The questions this time were nice, balanced and pleasant,” said Banerjee, a marine engineer.
R.M. Sen, the 81-year-old one-man army behind Argus Open Quiz, said: “Once during a chat with Sanjay Budhia (of Patton), he came up with the idea of making the winners, the quizmasters of the next year. This way we can also ensure that there is no monopoly on the prize.”