Okay, so there were a few glitches. But it wasn't all bad. Eventually, we settled on a steady rhythm and then things went smoothly.
Game 1 of 'Around the World in 30 Questions' played out with much raucous fun. A 30-question prelims helped sort individuals into teams, all of them named after adventurous or wayfaring creatures. The six teams then started around the world, with four of them surging distinctly ahead of the other two.
In the end (about two hours in, when we ran out of questions), things were awfully tight at the top and at the bottom, meaning that the game will be keenly afoot in future editions.
Here are the results of Game 1:
1st: The Pilot Whales (Rajiv D'Silva*, Ameya Mardolkar, Deepsee Salgaonkar, Ravi T, Sanjay Parab, Srijit Kumar, Viola Rodrigues) – 19 stops (13 answers)
2nd: The English Bulldogs (Vidyadhar Gadgil*, Akash Kulkarni, Avedika Arudrya, Parind Phadte, Rajeev Nedumaran, Raunaq Rao, Tom Matthews, Vikram D'Silva) – 18 (12)
3rd: The Leopard Seals (Anjali Sen Gupta*, Aakash Timmapurkar, George L.V., Leroy Veloso, Lynn Barreto Miranda, Omkar Naik, Ronnie J. D'Mello, Saahil Sharma) – 18 (12)
4th: The Amur Falcons (Nitish Wagle*, Amod Kolwalkar, Andrew Williams, Ashwin Mascarenhas, Devansh Cholera, Dhanaraj Naik, Kenneth Alvares) – 18 (11)
5th: The Clouded Leopards (Veenu Vas*, Astrid Vas, C.N. Prabhakar, Neil Balthazer, Ramchandra Prabhu Salgaonkar, Suhani A. Prabhu, Suraj Kamat) – 8 (7)
6th: The Tasmanian Devils (Keith Alvares*, Anant Prabhu, Harsh Hegde, Kv Gouthami, Mahesh Prabhu, Nipa Shetty, Sanchit Mahajan, Vishal Malapati) – 8 (5)
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