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Raffles Institution wins first place in Straits Times Big Quiz again

The team from Raffles Institution (left) rejoices after answering a question correctly in the finals of The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel on Wednesday, July 31, 201
The team from Raffles Institution (left) rejoices after answering a question correctly in the finals of The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
The team from Raffles Institution (left) rejoices after emerging tops with a score of 210 in the finals of The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
The team from Raffles Institution (left) rejoices after emerging tops with a score of 210 in the finals of The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
The participating teams take a photo with The Straits Times associate editor Sumiko Tan and guest-of-honour Senior Minister of State (law and education) Ms Indranee Rajah after the finals of The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Curre
The participating teams take a photo with The Straits Times associate editor Sumiko Tan and guest-of-honour Senior Minister of State (law and education) Ms Indranee Rajah after the finals of The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. It was a 30-point "sabo" that gave Raffles Institution the edge it needed to clinch the championship in The Big Quiz - for the second time in a row. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

It was a 30-point "sabo" that gave Raffles Institution (RI) the edge it needed to clinch the championship in The Big Quiz - for the second time in a row.

In the finals of The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz, the NYJC team had directed its question to RI using its "Sabo King" card, as part of its strategy. RI correctly answered this question: Which is the first woman author to win the Man Booker Prize twice? The answer: Hilary Mantel.

The team held on to its lead, eventually scoring 210 points to beat Hwa Chong Institution, which scored 180 points, for first place. After weeks of intense competition, RI won $5,000 and a trophy in the second edition of The Big Quiz. The finals were held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel on Wednesday. Third place went to River Valley High School while Nanyang Junior College came in fourth.

The event was organised by The Straits Times and the Ministry of Education. It was sponsored by Singapore Press Holdings Foundation and innovation partner Shell. The guest-of-honour was Senior Minister of State (law and education) Ms Indranee Rajah.