The Best-in-Goa Quizzer (BiG Q) this year turned out to be someone from outside Goa. Arun Hiregange, a Bangalore quizzer acknowledged as being among the top 10 in India, was in Panjim for the weekend, and scored 78 points to emerge on top in the quiz held on Sunday, October 17.
A Karnataka Quizzing Association counterpart of Hiregange's, Thejaswi Udupa, took the Best Open Quizzer prize at Panjim (the BiG Q not being eligible for both prizes), with a score of 77, while Rajiv D'Silva finished close behind at 73. Other top finishers were Dr V. Muralidharan (Best Open Quizzer in Margao with 66 points), Ajachi Chakrabarti (who topped in Vasco with 65) and Anirudha Borkar (the Ponda winner with 58).
In the Schools category, Raj Kunkolienkar of Mushtifund Higher Secondary won the top spot in Panjim with 44 points, fending off a close challenge from Julian D'Costa, the Best School Quizzer (BSQ) in Margao with 43. The Schools category toppers in Vasco and Ponda were Anurag Panicker (31 points) and Shraddha Moye (16), respectively.
The inaugural edition of BiG Q, held in September last year, saw more than 80 participants take the challenge in Panjim, Vasco and Margao. This year, Ponda was added to the list, and the number of participants across the four venues rose by 50% to top 120.