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Thursday , September 27 , 2012
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A quiz that was no wild ‘goose’ chase.

What: Brainstormer 2012, an annual quiz competition organised by Phoenix, the official tech club of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Engineering College, in association with t2.

Where: Khemka Hall, Ballygunge Shiksha Sadan.

When: September 23.

The first battle: “You get another chocolate if you catch one” was the first challenge that quizmaster Barry ’Brien threw at the audience. In the prelims, which had over 90 teams, ’Brien asked 25 questions. The highest scoring six teams made it to the finals — St. Xavier’s College, MCKV Institute of Engineering, two teams from Calcutta Medical College, Presidency University and the youngest team, Birla High School for Boys, who pleasantly surprised the audience and quizmaster alike.

Mixed bag: “After ages I am conducting a quiz on general topics. It is a treat to get back to this old, traditional way of quizzing,” said ’Brien. Fun began from the first round itself, which was titled ‘Straight from the Master’.

“A dog wags its tail when it is happy, what will a goose do to express happiness?” The question sparked a buzz in the audience that soon turned into guffaws as contestants came up with outlandish answers along with animated demonstrations of a happy dog and a glad goose by the quizmaster himself. [Answer: A goose stretches its neck to express happiness.]

The young contestants fielded questions in the next few rounds of “serious quizzing” until the audio round, which saw both the audience and the teams participating with equal enthusiasm. While the quizzers wracked their brains for the right answers, members of the audience turned “hall singers”, a notch above bathroom singers, matching voices with the tracks played as a part of the quiz. ’Brien soon joined in. If questions like “what is the English translation of Why this Kolaveri Di” [Answer: Why this murderous rage] got easy replies, having to identify the singer of a famous Shyamasangeet foxed the participants. After six rounds of tough competition, it was time to add up the scores and declare the winners.

Tie-breaker: Calcutta Medical College Team 1 and Presidency University scored 115 points each at the end of the finals. Acing the tie-breaker round, the would-be docs took home the winner’s trophy and a Samsung smartphone each.

“Winning is always fun but cracking it in a tie-breaker makes it even more thrilling,” grinned Avradeep Datta of Calcutta Medical College Team 1.

Indrani Banerjee

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