Hyderabad, Aug 09, 2008: ‘It rained cats and dogs’ would perhaps be an understatement for the way rains lashed the twin cities as Tata Crucible entered its first twin track location. What deserves applause is the rather huge turnout of 84 teams wading through knee deep waters. Truly reflects the growing enthusiasm for quizzing in this city.
The prelim was a varied mix of questions from across subjects and the Hyderabad crowd as always did not want any clues from Pickbrain. For the first time all the six teams that made it to the final in the Tata track were from TCS, perhaps a record in itself.
It was an even battle between the TCS teams until the young duo of Manjit Mohanty and Nishit G seized the initiative on the buzzers and moved ahead of the rest to comfortably ensure themselves a slot in the national final. The TCS duo of Srikanth and Ramachandra Rao finished runner up.
The external track final that followed was represented by
Infosys – Amit Kumar & Sridhar Reddy
Satyam Computers – Bhargav & Bhargava
Agro Tech Foods – Gopalakrishnan & Srikanth
Satyam Computers – Murali D & Arjun Siva
KMV Projects- Harshavardhan & Uday Bhaskar
Google India – Krishnamurti & L.Venugopal
The external track final started with all teams going neck and neck prompting the quizmaster to predict as early as the second round that Hyderabad might witness a cliffhanger. As the rounds moved quickly, so did the scores and the tension as teams battled hard to stay ahead.
Satyam Computers (Murali D and Arjun Siva), Infy, Agro Tech and Google all seemed to have a chance to make it to the national final as the quiz moved into the final phases. On the final question, Google went for the buzzer on the first clue and cracked a question on the founder of the first accredited advertising agency from Hyderabad to inch past Infy to the national final.
There was a thunderous applause from the audience for all the finalists who put up such a wonderful show. The sheer quality of the answers prompted Pickbrain to observe that Hyderabad was perceived to be a weak link when Crucible began but over the years the quality of the local teams has improved so much that the migratory birds have gone elsewhere. A truly memorable evening of quizzing, with great questions, superb teams and at the end of it no one was complaining about the rains.