NUS teams dominate quiz final

NUS teams dominate quiz final
Winners of the Tata Crucible 2013 was the team of Rohan Naidu and Abhimanyu from National University of Singpore. Here in the picture they are with Citibank's Vikram Sud and the quiz master Giri Balasubramaniam.

Do you know what is 1283, of which only 1,283 copies exist in the world? Or what famous term Estee Lauder's chairman Leonard Lauder coined to describe increased cosmetic sales in the recession of early 2000?

Eight teams at the seventh edition of the Tata Crucible final in Singapore had to work out these and more such tricky questions, which made for a riveting quiz session on Nov 11. The final was held at the National University of Singapore's (NUS) University Cultural Centre.

At the end of the 45-minute final, NUS' Rohan Naidu and Abhimanyu Sarvagyam emerged champions.

They received prize money of $7,000 and will now take on winners from the Tata Crucible's editions in the UK and India in the International Finals next year.

They will be joined in the finals by the Singapore competition's runners- up Shivam Bhardwaj and Karan Prasad, also from NUS, who walked away with $3,000 in prize money.

This year's final in Singapore was dominated by teams from NUS, six of which made it to the eight-team finals. The other two teams to make it to the finals were from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU).

The quiz master for Tata Crucible was Mr Giri Balasubramaniam, better known as Pickbrain.

Mr Naidu from the winning team is a first-year undergraduate student of liberal arts at Yale-NUS, while his partner, Mr Sarvagyam, is doing his master of technology in knowledge engineering.

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