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A battle of brains in memory of a quiz enthusiast

Matching wits: Participants in "The Illuminati Quiz" at the Model Engineering College, Thrikkakara, on Saturday 07th 2010.

KOCHI: There is no better tribute to a dear friend than organising an event that he had always loved to participate in.

Sandeep Menon, a former student of the Model Engineering College (MEC) at Thrikkakara, died of brain tumour on May 3, 2008.

An avid quizzer, the youngster had founded "The Illuminati", the quizzing society of the college in 2005.

Quizzing talents at MEC have been organising "The Illuminati Quiz" in memory of Sandeep and the third edition of the event held on the campus on Saturday afternoon witnessed a full house of vibrant young quizzers fighting it out for top honours.

In a keenly fought competition, the team consisting of Amit R. of RNSIT, Bangalore, and Vineeth Raj of REC, Bangalore, walked away with the first prize and a purse of Rs. 20,000. Pramod of NIT, Trichy, and Hareesh of SVCE, Chennai, emerged runners-up. N. Sadashiv, the quiz master for the event, was Sandeep's team mate in various quiz competitions. Recalling his association with Sandeep, Sadashiv said that Sandeep had this amazing spirit of attending each and every quiz competition held in the State.

"We used to travel to various parts of the State for attending such competitions. There were instances we had reached late for the prelims in quiz events held in places like Idukki but Sandeep used to tell me that we need not worry, as the spirit of quizzing should take us forward always," Sadashiv said.

The Illuminati has organised over 120 intra and inter collegiate quizzes on the campus and outside. Members of the society have also brought home several top honours. Sabarinath, secretary of the Illuminati Quizzing Society of MEC, said that the response to the latest edition of the Illuminati quiz was overwhelming.

The quiz master had taken care to come up some interesting mix of questions ranging from chess openings to names of organisations that hit headlines during the recent times in the preliminary round. It began with an interesting question on the connection between ‘Ruy Lopez de Segura, a 16 {+t} {+h} century Spanish priest, Guco Piano, 17 {+t} {+h} century Italian monk, and Moheschunder Bannerjee from Bengal" (the first two refer to chess openings and Mr. Banerjee, a player famous for his class of openings in mainstream chess).

Students were also told to name the organisation described itself as “having been founded by Chinese dissidents, as well as journalists, mathematicians, and start-up company technologists from the U.S., Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa (Wikileaks).

Students also enthusiastically responded to a question on the connection between Amitabh Bachchan`s film "Deewar" and Ajay Devgan`s "Once Upon A Time in Mumbai" (inspired by the life of Haji Mastan, underworld don).

Six teams qualified for the final leg of the event, which came to an exciting finish at 5.30 p.m.

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