In a outstanding return to custom, Dr. Navin Jayakumar carried out Smartacus Seniors 2022, an open quiz for adults, on August 14, 2022, on the Chinmaya Heritage Centre, Chennai. The quiz was a reinvention of the 25-year-old Landmark Quiz that was synonymous with Independence Day and the quizmaster par excellence, Dr. Jayakumar. Smartacus Seniors 2022 was hosted by HT College and Hachette India in affiliation with the Quiz Basis of India (QFI). 201 champion quizzers from throughout the nation shaped 67 groups of three to take part within the Preliminary spherical of the quiz.

Visibly thrilled, Dr. Jayakumar was all smiles on his return to the stage after a hiatus of two years. “After a two-year drought in offline quizzing, the Smartacus Seniors Open Quiz 2022 was like the very best drink of water for everybody who attended the occasion. The palpable pleasure of the viewers, the crackle of pressure of the finalists on stage, and the spectacular stage set confirmed how an internet quiz may by no means substitute the actual factor. Simply watch the YouTube dwell stream of the occasion and see for your self!” he says, his voice brimming with enthusiasm.

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Visibly thrilled, Dr. Jayakumar was all smiles on his return to the stage after a hiatus of two years (Picture: HT)

Eight groups, comprising a few of the most famed quizzers from throughout the nation, made it to the Finale. The group ‘Remembrance of Issues Quick,’ with Kiran Vijayakumar, Preetham Upadhya, and Manu Sudhakar, scored a stellar 37 out of 40 and cruised its method into the Finale as the primary finalist. The thrilling Finale included a mélange of written, pounce and cross, and buzzer-based questions. The viewers and finalists waited with bated breath as Dr. Jayakumar weaved magic on stage. His multi-layered questions that contain a mixture of logic, reasoning, and recall ensured a nail-biting end. Dr. Jayakumar, who is thought for asking questions pertaining to Indian Independence, to swimsuit the event, added an fascinating twist with mind ticklers on Pakistan’s independence, marking the importance of August 14.

Whereas the finalists revelled within the pleasure of aggressive, offline quizzing, the viewers weren’t left far behind. The written questions posed to the finalists, have been additionally offered to the viewers, who have been rewarded with books from Hachette India. The ‘A Font By Any Different Identify’ spherical had the viewers delighted, as they vied to get the logos proper. Up till the penultimate query, the group ‘Travelling Pillsburys, from Mumbai, which consisted of Rajiv Rai, Srinath Bhashyam, and Sumant Srivathsan, retained the higher hand. Nevertheless, the group ‘CIDs from Kerala,’ which comprised Chandrakant Nair, Hrishikesh Varma, and Praveen VR, received the quiz by placing up a tricky combat and scoring part-points within the final query of the Finale. Nair shouted ‘Sure!’ in pleasure, as his teammate offered the proper reply, ‘AO Hume,’ to the ultimate query, which propelled them to victory. ‘Travelling Pillsburys’ secured the second place, whereas ‘BMQJ,’ comprising Varun Rajiv, Krishnamurthi Ganesh, and Vikram Rajan, got here third.

Ganesh from the group ‘BMQJ’ was excited a few podium-finish and the truth that he was lastly in a position to take part in an in-person quiz with is mates. “It was such a rush to have the ability to quiz dwell,” he says. Rajiv, his teammate added, “It was a typical Dr. Jayakumar quiz with twists and turns, with nobody group pulling away, and the quiz happening to the final query. The most effective group received by the barest of margins.”

Along with the prize cash, the profitable groups have been additionally awarded a hamper of handpicked books by Thomas Abraham, Managing Director, Hachette India. The group ‘Ex Bankers, We Misplaced Curiosity’ comprising Ashwin Prabhu, Srinivasan Rajagopal and Karthik C, received the Wackiest Staff Identify award. The group ‘Quiz Sir? Okay Sir!’ (Aditya Kannan, Udbhav Krishnamani and Nitish Kumar) and the group ‘F27DA32’ (Ujjwal Kiran Das, Rohan Dharmadhikari and Advait Phadnis) received the Greatest Faculty Staff and the Runner-Up Faculty Staff awards, respectively.

Varma from the profitable group, says, “I’m simply so glad to expertise so many issues we missed over the pandemic: the agony over just-a-little-late guesses, the fun of figuring out a solution, and most significantly, assembly buddies. Hope this continues yearly!”

Gopal Kidao, one of many finalists and the President of QFI, Chennai, concludes, “Dr. Jayakumar’s intriguing questions preserve all people captivated.The pin-drop silence in the course of the Prelims adopted by the ‘ooohs’ and ‘aahs’ when the solutions are revealed are an expertise in itself that leaves you with a passable feeling of a night nicely spent.”

With that, the curtain drew on enjoyable, brains, and pleasure. Cheers to many extra open quizzes within the years to return!

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