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Edge 2014 MELA Quiz Finals

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Finals of the MELA Quiz held at Techno India, Salt Lake, on 5th April, 2014.

Finals of the MELA Quiz held at Techno India, Salt Lake, on 5th April, 2014.

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  • 1.  Written Round.  Infinite Bounce and Limited Pounce.  List-It Round.  Infinite Bounce and Limited Pounce.
  • 2.  Written Round.  8 IMDb Error 404 : Webpage Not Found Messages.  Name the movie being referenced.  +5 for every correct answer.  +20 for a full house.
  • 3.  20 Questions.  Infinite Bounce.  Maximum No. of Pounces : Seven.  +10/0 on bounce.  +20/-10 on Pounce.  Clockwise.
  • 4.  Which Oscar-winner's directorial debut was the short film 'I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal at Disney'?
  • 5.  New York City (January, 2013)  Rio de Janeiro (February, 2013)  Rome (March, 2013)  Sydney (April, 2013)  Tokyo (May, 2013)  Miami (June, 2013)  Paris (July, 2013)  Beijing (August, 2013)  Moscow (September, 2013)  New Orleans (October-November, 2013)  London (November-December, 2013)  Mumbai (January, 2014)  Miami (January, 2014)  Seoul (February, 2014)  New York City (March, 2014)  Mexico City (March, 2014) Whose ongoing “World Tour” is this?
  • 6. Connect.
  • 7. This is a scene from the closing credits of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. What is the name of the character in the green coat?
  • 8.  Geldrop is a town in the Dutch province of North Brabant. It is located in the municipality of Geldrop-Mierlo.  It is known for having a neighbourhood with something unique about its street names. What is unique about the street names?
  • 9. ID the two missing movies and the role Morgan Freeman played in them.
  • 10.  Paul Ribera is a painter from Bairstow, California. In a recent interview to Huffington Post, he said : “I, personally, have been interested in the effects of drugs and what it does to people and, unfortunately, in the town I live in, it‟s a way of life. I want people to know what goes on in the boarded up houses and how it‟s not all Kim and Kanye and happy stadium proposals the media tends to give off.”  Using his paintings as a commentary on the substance abuse problem in his hometown, he “decided to go as dark as hell with it and let the popular images the world knows turn into what I've seen on a daily basis for the past twenty years.” What does he paint?
  • 11. Recent agitations against the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott have produced a large number of hilarious banners. Seen here is one that says “I‟d prefer X over Tony Abbott.” ID X.
  • 12. Glenn McDuffie passed away on March 9th, 2014. McDuffie once said that he had to pass five polygraph tests to verify his claim to be a certain individual, before he was finally confirmed to be that person. What is his claim to fame?
  • 13. These are some of the options X might have had before he settled for Y :  Motor Marvel Dildo.  Immortal Love Rodd.  Mortal Dildo Mover.  Old Immortal Lover.  Mild Doormat Lover.  Dermal Drool Vomit.  Mr. T. O. Dildo Removal.  Mom – Dildo Art Lover. ID X and Y.
  • 14.  X was born in Russia on January 16, 1948. He graduated from the Lenin Komsomol Chernigov Higher Military Aviation School in 1972.  He has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including, the Hero of the Soviet Union, the Order For Merit to the Fatherland, the Order of Lenin, and the Order of the October Revolution.  He holds a world record that someone was “determined to break” in 2013. ID X and his world record.
  • 15. Reviews for X:  “Besides „The Killing‟, X also has elements of Y and „Breaking Bad.‟” – New York Post.  “It can be seen as more Murdered Girl TV or baroquely religious serial killer misogyny (See: Y for reference).” – InsideTV.  “Will X fully give in to its genre urges a la „Hannibal‟ and Y?” – IGN.  “Wildly entertaining and likely the most original cop show since Y.” – Aintitcool.com.  “I got a Y kind of vibe while watching the trailer.” – Bubblews. ID X and Y.
  • 16.  “How Ya Like Me Now?” is a portrait by artist David Hammons, depicting X as a blue-eyed, pink-cheeked blonde man. On November 29, 1989, moments after the 14 x 14 ft. work was installed on a Washington D.C. street, some angry young black men attacked it with a sledgehammer, knocking it down.  Hammons, saddened by the assault, said, “I just wanted people to see how racism in America works."  X himself viewed the painting after its dismemberment and admitted that, at first, he was a bit startled, but he believed that "The portrait is not an attempt to degrade me. It is a statement of the white solution to the race problem. White folks want all of us to be white like them." ID X, who was in news in Kolkata a couple of months back.
  • 17.  Swara Bhaskar is a Bollywood actress, most famous for her role as Bindiya in Raanjhanaa.  She is the narrator of a 2014 TV show, X, directed by Y. The first look of the show was officially launched on 20th February 2014, the penultimate day of 15th Lok Sabha by Pranab Mukherjee in the Parliament House, New Delhi. ID X and Y.
  • 18.  The Moroccan actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni was cast as X in the History Channel series, The Bible (2013). He was also supposed to reprise his role of X in Son of God (2014), the corresponding movie adaptation of the show.  But after a controversy, the filmmakers have edited his scenes out of Son of God. ID X. And what was the controversy?
  • 19.  Red = Drama. Orange = Fiction. Yellow = Miscellaneous. Green = Crime Fiction. Dark Blue = Autobiographies. Purple = Essays. Cerise = Travel and Adventure. Grey = World Affairs. Put funda.
  • 20.  In the Rapid Fire round of Koffee With Karan Season Four, Anurag Kashyap was asked by Karan Johar to complete a set of sentences.  One of them was “X is..”. Anurag‟s reply to which was a blunt “X was.” ID X.
  • 21.  “Twenty-four hours which is mainly spent smoking the drug marijuana, in an effort to end boredom. May have originated in California in the mid-80's.” According to urbandictionary.com, what is this the definition of?
  • 22.  In February 2014, the Editors‟ Guild of India condemned barbs on the media hurled by politicians and other public figures.  The trigger was a statement by former army chief V.K. Singh who used a pejorative term „X’ to describe journalists over a report on the movement of army units that he felt had caused concern to the government. What is X?
  • 23.  X, created by Y, first appeared in a comic strip in May, 1965. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the first issue, Y said, “In my mind, X is aged about 19. It is his name that came to me first. Then I fleshed out the character, puffed chest and all.”  Although X initially fought local goons, when a war broke out in real life, the publishers demanded that X should be send to the battlefield. Thus his superhuman powers got accentuated and he started blowing off tanks and blocking torpedoes with his bare hands. ID X and Y.
  • 24.  Written List-It Round.  Question and Rules on the next slide.
  • 25. List all the official Disney princesses.  11 official Princesses.  The „official‟ Disney princesses are the ones whose merchandise are marketed by Disney.  The QM wants the names of the princesses, and NOT the franchise they belong to.  +5 for each.  +20 for a full house.  -5 for each extra name if any team writes more than 11 names.  Total time : 5 minutes.  Clarification : Anna and Elsa, from Frozen, have not YET been added as Disney princesses. Hence, they do not feature in the list.
  • 26.  20 Questions.  Infinite Bounce.  Maximum No. of Pounces : Seven.  +10/0 on bounce.  +20/-10 on Pounce.  Anti - Clockwise.
  • 27. Each of these is a video game series. Connect them. Which is the most famous one that is missing?
  • 28.  An excerpt from Pratim D. Gupta‟s review of Ragini MMS 2 : “And in the film when Sunny goes to meet the Ragini from the first film in the asylum to research her character, someone quips: „Research? Yeh X se Y kaise ban gayee?‟ Now, who would have imagined Sunny Leone to be mentioned with Y? Blame it all on the chaar botal vodka.” X is something we associate Sunny Leone with. ID both X and Y.
  • 29. The singer of this song is known by a certain moniker. What?  Audio from : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh0A hrY9GjA
  • 30.  A controversial plot decision in the movie X provoked a lot of heated arguments in comic book stores.  While most comic book lovers denounced the plot decision, a few who stood by it used a panel from The Price, the 22nd issue of a comic book series, that released in 1988, to justify their point.  Most of them were perhaps unaware of the fact that even though, in the comic book, Y‟s decision is arguably just, for a year afterwards his comics were all about Y being so eaten up with guilt and shame that he goes half-crazy and exiles himself. ID X. What was there in the issue being talked about?
  • 31.  X, an electrician by profession, was born in 1950, and died on 12th September, 1992. X once famously said : “I am my own physician.” Who is X? What illegal organization did he start?
  • 32. The first is a photograph by Andres Serrano. The second is a sculpture by Tania Kovat. Why are they controversial?
  • 33. If the one in the left was the second and the one in the right is going to be the third, who was the original?
  • 34. If the one in the left was the first one and the one in the right was the second, which was the third?
  • 35. This band was formed in 1998, and became a rage in Asia after the release of their first single in 2002. Their first album sold more than 40,000 copies in their native country and more than 2,50,000 copies in Asia. After the failure of their second album, they disbanded and has not been in news since. Here the band is singing in chorus. ID the band.  Audio from : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LbE wd246Uo&feature=kp
  • 36. Connect :  A reality game show produced in many countries throughout the world where contestants are isolated in the wilderness and compete for cash and other prizes.  To check or block normal breathing by compressing or obstructing the trachea or by poisoning or adulterating available air.  “Wherever you go in the world, women use the same tones. Rhythmically, there are shared patterns. They are usually in triple metre or 6/8 time, giving them a characteristic swinging or rocking motion.” says Sally Goddard Blythe of The Institute for Neuro- Physiological Psychology.  The motion picture genre that depicts the actual murder of a person or people, without the aid of special effects, for the purpose of distribution and entertainment or financial exploitation.  A tribe of diminutive humans in Greek mythology who were involved in a constant war with the cranes, which migrated in winter to their homeland on the southern shores of the earth-encircling river Oceanus. [The list is inexhaustive here, but can be made exhaustive.]
  • 37. Connect and explain.
  • 38.  At the start of a meeting with tech industry CEOs on NSA surveillance, Barrack Obama quipped, “I‟m just wondering if Reed Hastings brought advance copies of X.”, according to a pool video camera in the room.  He said further, “I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient. It‟s true. It‟s like Y, man, this guy‟s getting a lot of stuff done.” ID X and Y. Who is Reed Hastings?
  • 39.  X conceived an earlier version of Y when he was taking a high school German class and producing a two- page comic. When he was in college, he reworked the strip, but decided not to publish it for various reasons.  Later on, after finishing college, X came up with the name Y and made what he hoped was a professional strip with Y as a hero. Y was a “diminutive loudmouth” with a Charlie Chaplin moustache who explored space with his sidekick.  All the newspaper syndicates rejected this early strip and Y was never made into a comic strip. ID X and Y.
  • 40. This graphic shows which production house has the film rights of which Marvel character. The rights to X and Y have been acquired by both Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox, which will lead to a weird situation as the characters would appear in both X-Men : Days of the Future Past (2014) and Avengers : The Age of Ultron (2015) but will be played by different actors. ID X and Y .
  • 41.  On 24th March, 2014, which famous group completed thirty years of their meeting for the first time on a Saturday morning at the Shermer High School in the Chicago suburb of Shermer, Illinois?
  • 42. Connect.
  • 43. A joke doing the rounds on the Internet. FITB.
  • 44.  Lysistrata is a comedy by Aristophanes. Originally performed in Athens in 411 BC, it is a comic account of one woman's extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War.  It contains the first recorded instance of a certain strategy to force soldiers to negotiate peace. Which strategy?
  • 45. They are the most popular examples of being tagged by a certain moniker by the critics and the media. What moniker?
  • 46.  This is artist Nick Hoffman‟s interpretation of an extremely famous group. Which group?