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More than 350 students take part in 3rd preliminary of Times of Oman quiz
April 12, 2016 | 10:51 PM
by Times News Service
About 350 students participated in the third preliminary round. -Times photo
 
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Muscat: As the answers were read-out, the din grew louder. “We didn’t know it would be a cake walk. Looks like the ticket to finals is done,” said jubilant Mohammed Sahil and Gokul Harinair to describe Tuesday gathering at the Indian School, Wadi Kabir.

They were among scores of students vying in the third preliminary round of Times of Oman Inter School Quiz Contest (or TOOISQC) - a flagship event - led by celebrated Indian quizmaster Lloyd Saldanha for the third straight day.

Both the students looked content with what they said were a “mixed bag” of “easy questions” posed in senior category contest.

“We think we answered most of the questions correctly,” they said.



It was a typical Lloyd Saldanha quiz that saw the contest sensibly navigated with the forces of fun and jokes. Known for his witty posers and engaging analysis, Saldanha’s direct, audio and visual queries on science, history, arts and sports kept the crowd of students and teachers glued to the contest. “Besides the contest I am liking his rib tickling one-liners,” one school staffer witnessing the challenge told TOO.

For Rahul Ratnakar - winner of 2015 Essa bin Mohammed Al Zedjali Rolling Trophy in the junior category - “todays contest was good but the competition in mega preliminary will get tough.” His partner Keerthan Venkata said their trainers have put in lots of sweat and that “the preparation is working well.”



“We think we answered all the questions correctly. The coaches in the school trained us well,” he said.

About 350 students participated in the third preliminary round. 35 teams from both categories have made it to the mega preliminary round slated for April 19. Teams from 20 schools are participating in the contest while the top 12 schools are expected to lock horns in the final on April 21 at the City Amphitheatre.

Earlier in the contest for junior category students, Chetan Sethu vowed to repeat his past feat.

Sethu had partnered with Ratnakar to clinch the trophy last year. Ratnakar has moved to senior category this year. “I sense the tough opposition will come from ISG (Indian School Al Ghubra). Students there are just brilliant,” Setha said, adding “But I am hopeful my partner (Aditya B) will help us bag the trophy this year come what may.”

Indian School Wadi Kabir

JUNIORS

TEAM NAME PARTICIPANT 1 PARTICIPANT 2

ITHE BENCHNMARKERS ADITYA MANOJ ABHISHEK MANOJ

THE SMARTEINS MOHAMMED FAQRAJ-UR-REHMAN DEBANJAN CHOWDHURY

DUAL STARS CHETHAN SETHU ADITHYA B. NAIR

SABRETOOTH GENUISES ESSA BIN TARIQ ADAM RAFFI

QUIZCUPS AJMAL AKBAR ASHWIN ARJUNAN

THE FREE THINKERS MOTASSIM KAMRAN BAIG ZOHAIR F. ABBAS

LIOZ OF QUIZ OWAIS AHMED HARIKRISHNAN PRAKASH

QUIZIPEDIA JANAV SHETTY ABVHINAV HARI

EXECUTIONERS -B MOHAMMED IRFAN FARHAAN ALI

THE EX-WIKIPEDIANS ABHIJIT PRASAD NAIR TARUN MATHEW THOMAS

THE QUIZ LEGENDS MANISH SHUBHAM

YOUTH ICONS MOHAMMED ARIF MARTIN JOSEPH SCARIA

WARRIOR STARS ROSHIN ROBIN MILAN SHAJU

SPARK MINDS ADITYA ANAND AADITYA BHASKAR

APOLLO FELIX MARTIN ALOK K. GOPINATH

BLUE SAPPHIRES AKASH SANTOSH PRAJITH PALANIAPPAN

QUIZ LEGENDS ATHUL ANIL RAJ GAURANG VIREN MEHTA

THINKINATORS HRUV N. BHAVSAR KSHITIJ CHATURVEDI

SENIORS

TEAM NAME PARTICIPANT 1 PARTICIPANT 2

QUINTESSENTIAL SHANEL GEORGE JEVITA SALDANHA

TENABLE -2 RAHUL R. KEERTHAN V.

THE NEXT EPISODE SHARLENE WADHWA SAURABH SANTOSH

DI-SHAN SYED SHOAIB ISHAAN Z ESHAN ARORA

BUZZER BEATERS ASHLEY TITUS SABAREENATH M.

3+5=8 SOHAM PAREKH DEVESH GULJARANI

QUIZ EXTREMISTS JERRY ANTONY ANIMESH MOHARIA

DOT COM ANJU TITUS KAREN

HA YA GINI NARENDRAN RAGUL VIRUPAK

QUIZZICAL CATASTROPHE NIKHIL PRASAD MAYUKH MISRA

LORDS OF THE QUIZ ABBHAY BIRADAR SARAN RAM

THE DYNAMITES JEYOOS JAISON AARON ANTHONY MONIS

CHALLENGERS AKASH GOPAKUMAR MIGHTY JIJI

LEGACY OF EKATS NAVIN THOMSY HASSAN F. HAIDER

CHALLENGERS GOKUL HARINAIR MOHAMMED SAHIL

DOUBLE BONDS MIHIR JOSHI HARSHIL NIRMAL

THE LEGENDS AKINJAY JHA JERIN JOSEPH

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