Three Dunedin boys were two points shy of a perfect quiz
score last night.
Logan Park High School pupils Max Riddle, Ben Clayton and
Cameron Bayne scored the highest of the 45 teams, from nine
schools, which competed in the Otago Daily Times
Extra! Otago regional current events quiz at the Kaikorai
Valley College gymnasium in Dunedin last night.
Ben said the team dropped the two points because they had
difficulty hearing a geography question.
And geography was the team's strongest subject, he said
Besides geography, Ben's specialty subject was birthdates,
Max's was history and Cameron's current affairs.
Collectively, the team had studied for 120 hours for the
The boys studied individually for about four hours a night
and then ''communicated'' their progress the next day, Ben
The team agreed on most answers yesterday but had ''some
debate'' on whether the answer to one question was Pakistan
or Afghanistan, and more debate on the date of the race to
the South Pole.
Max said a celebratory pizza dinner had been planned.
Two teams tied for second place, Columba College and Otago
Girls' High School - both with 92 points.
Columba College pupil Alice Jones (14) said she, Selena
Ballantyne (14) and Maxine Bainbridge (14) had improved in
the face recognition quiz category this year.
Otago Girls' High School pupil Edie Benny (15) said that she
and schoolmates Amelia Meredith (14) and Charlotte
Becconsall-Ryan (14) had lost crucial points by making
An example was answering with the name of a country, when the
name of a city was asked for, she said.