Charge of the youth brigade at the 39th Patton Argus Open Quiz, with The Telegraph

Knowledge, brainstorming, a few wild guesses and a lot of humour marked the 39th Patton Argus Open Quiz, presented by Bengal Quiz Foundation in association with The Telegraph. The chilly evening of November 26 at Dakshin Kalikata Sansad was buzzing with enthusiastic quizzers from around the city who had gathered at “one of the oldest quiz 

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Knowledge, brainstorming, a few wild guesses and a lot of humour marked the 39th Patton Argus Open Quiz, presented by Bengal Quiz Foundation in association with The Telegraph. The chilly evening of November 26 at Dakshin Kalikata Sansad was buzzing with enthusiastic quizzers from around the city who had gathered at “one of the oldest quiz competitions of the city”. After the preliminary round consisting of 32 questions, eight teams — Shaukeens the A team, Three Good Fellas, Answering Service, Lateral Thinkers, Quiz Lovers of Kolkata, Hastily Put Together, Khichudi and Dutta Kule Partha — made it to the final round.

Shaukeens the A team clinched the trophy with 160 points. “Definitely Lady Luck was on our side, but we are also absolutely amazing!” laughed Arijit Sen (first from left) with teammates (l-r) Arnab Banerjee, Abir Bhattacharya and Ruru Chowdhury. 

(L-R) Former DKS president Prasadranjan Ray, Argus Open Quiz founder Ram Mihir Sen and Abhijit Banerjee, trustee, Bengal Quiz Foundation, with the four-member Answering Service team — (r-l) Sanjay Mukherjee, Jayashree Mohanka, Somasish Ghosh and Soubhadra Chakrabarty, who placed second. “We are always so grateful to be a part of this event. We are also glad that a team comprising young talents won today. The vibe of this open quiz has always been different. They are so energetic and the deserving team has won,” said Mohanka. The evening brought back many a fond memory for Prasadranjan Ray. “Our team has also emerged winner in the past. Though I am in no position to continue active quizzing, I hope this event will go on for years,” said Ray, who conducted The Telegraph Round. “I feel really happy that this quiz is going on even after so many years,” said Ram Mihir Sen. 

From the discovery of pipes during the Crimean War to Glen Campbell’s last single before his death (I Am Not Gonna Miss You) to the music director (Ali Akbar Khan) of the 1960 Tapan Sinha film Khudito Pashan — there was so much to learn. Here are some t2 faves...

1 Latin and Aramaic — these two ancient languages were used in the script of which 2004 hit Hollywood movie? 
2 Which was the first film in which Amitabh Bachchan starred opposite Jaya Bhaduri? 
3The 2015 Oxford Dictionary word of the year was an emoji. What is it? 
4 Shubham Jaglan, son of a milkman and a champion golf player, inspired which two Bollywood films in 2016 and 2017? 
5 ‘One night with Venus, followed one thousand nights with Mercury’ — in older days people used this statement to warn about which disease? 
6 Name this weapon, which was discovered in 1822 and was last used in Iraq and Syria? 
7 What is known as the ‘Sudairi Seven’ in global current affairs? 
8 In which movie franchise do we get to see the Aurebesh script? 

The Passion of the Christ; Bansi Birju; Laughing face with tears; Freaky Ali (2016) and Secret Superstar (2017); Syphilis; Mustard gas; The seven sons of King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud and his wife Hussa Sudairi and the alliance in power in the House of Saud; Star Wars

THE QUIZMASTERS

“No phones and definitely no googling! This evening, let your brains take charge,” said quizmaster Anil Vaswani. 
Samanway Banerjee
“Our team won the quiz last year... donning the hat of quizmaster is always exciting for me,” said Shouvik Guha.
Kinshuk Biswas

Text: Ahana Bose
Pictures: Koushik Saha

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