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  • The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The BQC open would not have been possible without ....• Rajiv Rai • Srinath TB• Anannya Deb • Atul Mathew• Vikram Joshi • Prasad Sawant• Anil Kothuri • Ashit Hegde• Shrikant Narasimhan • Shubhankar Gokhale• Sumant Srivathsan • Abhinav Dasgupta• Vibhendu Tewari The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • People I’d like to thankAnannya DebPradeep RamarathnamChristina Fernandes The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Finals - Rules• 17 questions clockwise, infinite bounds• Theme round, 9 questions, 3 pounces per team• 17 questions anti-clockwise, infinite bounds• Quick written round, 8 questions• If there are 2 or more answers required, the team that gets all will get the full 10 points. In case no one gets all, then part points will be awarded.• As always, I am an Answer Nazi, so what I say goes… The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • CLOCKWISE (17 Questions, +10 Each Correct) The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The oldest extant bilateral alliance in history started in 1373 and witnessed marriages, transfer of properties, military intelligence sharing, trade alliances and others. It came close to collapse in the 1960s when one country was refused military support from the other to quell uprisings and secession activities in its colonies. Name the two countries and the specific incident which brought about this fissure between them? The BQC Open Quiz1 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Portugal and England (later the UK) The Goa Liberation war in 1961 The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Word X derived from her own name as well as Word Y derived from the name of the place of her birth both came into the lexicon with their current meaning only in the 19th century. The third century philosopher Maximus of Tyre claimed “…For they seem to me to have practiced love after their own fashion, … for they said they loved many, and were captivated by all things beautiful. What Alcibiades and Charmides and Phaedrus were to him (Socrates), Gyrinna and Atthis and Anactoria were to her ...” Give me X and Y. The BQC Open Quiz2 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Sapphic and LesbianThe BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • In the 16th century, Gregory Martin published a Catholic tract in England where he expressed the hope that the Catholic shall triumph and referred to a Biblical story. For this, the printer William Carter was executed as it was seen as sedition against the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I. Which Biblical story is this which has also been depicted by Gustav Klimt (kept in the Belvedere Museum in Vienna) here? The BQC Open Quiz3 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • You will see a painting by Gustav Klimt in the next slide. It is kept in the Belvedere Museum in Vienna. Identify the biblical story that is depicted in this painting. The BQC Open Quiz3 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Judith and the Head of HolofrenesJudith saved the armies of Israel when she slept with the enemy general Holofernes and then when he was asleep, killed him by driving a tent peg through his head The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • If “birthers” are people who believe President Obama was not born in the USA but in Kenya and is hence not qualified to be President and; If “deathers” are people who believe the Osama assassination was staged and he is not really dead; Who are “truthers”? The BQC Open Quiz4 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • 9/11 conspiracy theorists who believe 9/11 was an “inside job” by the CIA and Mossad The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The following three items were utilized during a (two-word) ceremonial event for about a millennium until discontinued in 1978. Name the event and the person who discontinued it. The BQC Open Quiz5 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The following three items were utilized during a (two-word) ceremonial event for about a millennium until discontinued in 1978. Name the event and the person who discontinued it. The BQC Open Quiz5 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The following three items were utilized during a (two-word) ceremonial event for about a millennium until discontinued in 1978. Name the event and the person who discontinued it. The BQC Open Quiz5 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The following three items were utilized during a (two-word) ceremonial event for about a millennium until discontinued in 1978. Name the event and the person who discontinued it. The BQC Open Quiz5 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Papal Coronation ended by Pope John Paul I The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Starting in the 1960’s, Israel launched a unique and very ambitious wildlife program. Targeted species included the Asiatic wild ass (a big success) and the ostrich (a complete failure). Their efforts went to extreme lengths : In one spectacular instance, four Persian fallow deer were smuggled out of Iran. Other species include the Arabian white oryx; four of the antelopes, were purchased from the Phoenix Zoo in 1978. What was Israel trying to do? The BQC Open Quiz6 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The program aimed to bring back “the animals of the Bible to theland of the Bible” by reintroducing species that became extinct in Israel in the past 2 millenia The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The “Black Museum” was founded in 1875 and visitors started going there from 1877 onwards. The collection grew from an Act of the UK Parliament allowing the curators to take what they deemed interesting and study-worthy from people they came across on their daily job. In 1951, a radio series hosted by Orson Welles called The Black Museum, inspired by the catalogue of items on display went on air. Each week, the programme featured an item from the museum and a dramatization of the story surrounding the object to appeal to the macabre interest of listeners. Where would you find the Black Museum and what is so special about it’s exhibits? The BQC Open Quiz7 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • New Scotland Yard, London Features criminal memorabilia including Jack the Ripper’s letter, assorted hangmen’s nooses and death masks and the fake de Beers diamond The BQC Open Quiz7 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • This song “Jealous Guy” (originally sung by John Lennon) is a cover sung by this singer for the Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. The singer is now the Culture Minister of his country. Who? ID this singer and his native country. The BQC Open Quiz8 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Youssou N’Dour of SenegalThe BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The campaign against the “Four Pests” in China to save valuable grain in the late 1950’s resulted in the near-extinction of X in mainland China. Chairman Mao had failed to see the importance of X in controlling other pests and the rice yield actually stated falling in the years since. Due to this event, the resulting ecological imbalance resulted in millions of additional deaths during the Great Chinese Famine following the Cultural Revolution in the late 1960’s. What is X? The BQC Open Quiz9 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The Eurasian Tree Sparrow The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • In January 1933, when the Nazis took control of Germany, his books were prominently identified, burnt and destroyed. He quipped “ What progress we are making! In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now, they are content with burning my books.” He escaped the Nazis but his 4 elderly sisters didn’t – all 4 died in extermination camps. Which Goethe prize winning (for contributions to German literary culture) personality is this? The BQC Open Quiz10 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Sigmund FreudThe BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • AUDIENCE QUESTION The BQC Open QuizA Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The following people have something in common. Connect themthrough that connection. (Non-exhaustive list) The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The following people have something in common. Connect themthrough that connection. (Non-exhaustive list) The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The following people have something in common. Connect themthrough that connection. (Non-exhaustive list) The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The following people have something in common. Connect themthrough that connection. (Non-exhaustive list) The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The following people have something in common. Connect themthrough that connection. (Non-exhaustive list) The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The following people have something in common. Connect themthrough that connection. (Non-exhaustive list) The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • All Bollywood actresses who were Jewish by religion Firoza Begum alias Susan Solomon Pramila alias Esther Victoria Abraham Sulochana alias Ruby Meyers Nadira alias Florence Ezekiel Pearl Padamsee The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • AND BACK TO THE FINALS….. The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • She initially wrote her NY Times bestselling book under the penname “Snowqueens Icedragon” as fanfiction for another book. However, she removed her fanfic after she received several complaints about the explicit sexual nature of the relationship she created between the leading characters (including scenes of BDSM). She then rewrote the original book with changes in character names, set it in a city and released the fanfiction as a book. In 2012, she was included in Time’s 100 Most Influential People of the Year. ID the author (5) and her inspiration (5). The BQC Open Quiz11 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • E.L. James (Erika Leonard)Author of “Fifty Shades of Grey” Twilight The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Identify this Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and a leading figure in postcolonial philosophy. Also identify his seminal work in postcolonial studies (1978) for which he is best known. He passed away in 2003 after a battle with leukemia. The BQC Open Quiz12 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Edward Said Author of the groundbreaking work “Orientalism” in 1978 which contended that Orientalist scholarship was and continues to beinextricably tied to the imperial societies that produced it, making much of the work inherently politicized, servile to power, and therefore suspect. The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • This habit is an import from another country – and is rarely carried out in the original country except for tourist areas. It’s original purpose is described either as disinfecting the rim of the bottle or to prevent flies from settling on the bottle. However, marketing experts believe it to be more of a “ritual”, to make you closer to the brand and mark you out as “in the know” when you do it. What is this “ritual”? The BQC Open Quiz13 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Serving Corona beer with a wedge of lemon in the neck of the bottleThe BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • This natural phenomenon, according to research presented in February 2012, suggests that phytoplankton blooms are triggered by the blue part of the sunlight’s spectrum. Why this happens is as yet unknown. In a phytoplankton bloom, these unicellular algae start secreting toxins which can significantly harm marine life and through consumption of seafood harm humans as well. What is the colloquial name, now no longer considered correct, of this phenomenon that comes from the specific species of algae Karenia brevis found in the Gulf of Mexico along the coast of Florida and Texas? The BQC Open Quiz14 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • This natural phenomenon, according to research presented in February 2012, suggests that phytoplankton blooms are triggered by the blue part of the sunlight’s spectrum. Why this happens is as yet unknown. In a phytoplankton bloom, these unicellular algae start secreting toxins which can significantly harm marine life and through consumption of seafood harm humans as well. What is the colloquial name, now no longer considered correct, of this phenomenon that comes from the specific species of algae Karenia brevis found in the Gulf of Mexico along the coast of Florida and Texas? (image on next 2 slides) The BQC Open Quiz14 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • This natural phenomenon, according to research presented in February 2012, suggests that phytoplankton blooms are triggered by the blue part of the sunlight’s spectrum. Why this happens is as yet unknown. In a phytoplankton bloom, these unicellular algae start secreting toxins which can significantly harm marine life and through consumption of seafood harm humans as well. What is the colloquial name, now no longer considered correct, of this phenomenon that comes from the specific species of algae Karenia brevis found in the Gulf of Mexico along the coast of Florida and Texas? (image on next 2 slides) The BQC Open Quiz14 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Red Tides The more correct term for this is algal blooms (and wherenecessary - harmful algal blooms). Not all such blooms are red in colour and this phenomenon has nothing to do with tides. The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • This lady’s achievement was overshadowed by a major event that happened the day before. By profession, she was a journalist and scriptwriter for DFW Griffiths. Name her achievement and the reason it was overshadowed. The BQC Open Quiz15 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • This lady’s achievement was overshadowed by a disaster that happened the day before. By profession, she was a journalist and scriptwriter for DFW Griffiths. Name her achievement and the reason it was overshadowed. The BQC Open Quiz15 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Harriet Quimby who was the first woman to fly across theEnglish Channel, on April 16 1912, did so the day after the sinking of the Titanic. The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • You will hear an excerpt from a speech made in 1968 by Enoch Powell, Conservative MP for Wolverhampton South West. This speech – called by Powell as “The Birmingham speech”– was considered instrumental in the Conservatives surprise victory in the 1970 general election. How do we better know this speech (the result of a misquote as you can hear in the audio) and what was the subject of this speech? The BQC Open Quiz16 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The “Rivers of Blood” speech A speech criticizing Commonwealth immigration, as well asproposed anti-discrimination legislation in the United Kingdom The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Considered the best wood when it comes to strength and hardness together, it is used for diverse purposes like baseball bats, tool handles, drum sticks, rowing paddles, lacrosse sticks and many others. Its use in the making of a key implement in a particular sport was widespread till the late ‘20s before replaced by steel, titanium and graphite. Today, only collectors and those with a love for the past use this wood. In Musselburgh, Scotland, anyone can participate in the Scottish Championships because these wood-based implements are available free of charge to anyone. Name the wood and the sport. The BQC Open Quiz17 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Hickory wood used to make golf club shafts The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • CONNECT ROUND The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Scoring for Theme RoundTheme on view 1 : +30/-20Theme on view 2 / view 3 : +20/-15Theme on view 4 / view 5 : +15/-10Theme on view 6 / view 7 : +10/-5Theme on view 8 / view 9 : +5/0Direct Correct Answer : +10Correct Answer on Pounce : +10Incorrect Answer on Pounce : -53 Pounces per team The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • All Things Bright AndThus Spake Zarathustra Beam Me Up Scottie Beautiful The Boys From Brazil I Am Become Death Abbaesque Between Gemini AndMoney, Money, Money Simon Says Leo
  • Thus Spake ZarathustraAs a divinity Aredvi Sura X is of enormous significance to theZoroastrian religion, for as a representative of Aban ("thewaters"), she is in effect the divinity towards whom the Yasnaservice – the primary act of worship – is directed. To this dayreverence for water is deeply ingrained in Zoroastrians.As the Goddess of the Waters, she is associated withfertility, healing and wisdom similar to another Indo-IranianGoddess Saraswati.According to Yasnas 5 & 105, Zarathustra prayed to X for theconversion of King Vistaspa – the first royal to convert to the newfaith. The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • AnahitaThe BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Beam Me Up Scottie!The Star Trek movie franchise has garnered 14 nominations forAcademy Awards till date with both “Star Trek IV: The VoyageHome” and “Star Trek” receiving the most with 4.However, it has only won 1 Academy Award out of thesenominations (in 2010).What did they win the Academy Award for? The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Academy Award for Best Makeup (Star Trek) The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • All Things Bright And BeautifulThis is a compact region in the center of a massive galaxysurrounding its central supermassive black hole.They are among the most luminous, powerful, and energeticobjects known in the universe. They tend to inhabit the verycenters of active young galaxies and can emit up to a thousandtimes the energy output of the Milky Way.The most luminous of them emit radiation across thespectrum, almost equally, from X-rays to the far-infrared with apeak in the ultraviolet-optical bands, with some of them alsobeing strong sources of radio emission and of gamma-rays.How do we better know them? The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Quasars (or quasi-stellar radio source) The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The Boys From BrazilHis original surname was “da Silva” but as it was a very commonlast name in Brazil, he decided on taking his mother’s maidenname X as the name he would be known by.He was instrumental in bringing Audi cars into his nativecountry, both as an import and manufacturing business. Audientered Brazil in 1994 via his company, X Import, founded in 1993.Sales began in April that year, just a month before his death. In1999, Audi X was created as a joint venture of Audi with X Import.Give me X. The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • SennaThe BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • I Am Become Death..This billboard was put up outside the main facility in X – the sitewhere most of the work on the Manhattan Project was done.Where is X? The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • I Am Become Death..This billboard was put up outside the main facility in X – the sitewhere most of the work on the Manhattan Project was done.Where is X? The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Oak Ridge, TennesseeThe BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • AbbaesqueThe song you are about to hear is in French titled “Bravo, tu asgagne” (Bravo, you’ve won) sung by the famous Frenchchanteuse X as a cover version of another song by ABBA.The recording uses a slightly remixed version of the original ABBAbacking track & the lead as well as backing vocals (by X, Anni-FridLyngstad, Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus)Who is X? The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Mirielle MathieuThe BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Money, Money, MoneyHer first appearance was on a Roman sestertius minted on theorders of the Emperor Hadrian. She reappeared on Englishcoinage during the reign of Charles II and was reputed by SamuelPepys to have been modeled after a Duchess who refused tobecome one of the King’s mistresses.Since then, she appeared on all British coinage till 2008. In thespring of 2008, the Royal Mint unveiled new coin designs“reflecting a more modern twenty-first century Britain” which didnot feature her image anywhere. This decision courted somecontroversy, with tabloid press campaigns, in particular that ofthe Daily Mail, launched to "save ____".Who is this? The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • BritanniaThe BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Simon SaysWhat is the title of Simon Cowell’s autobiography?Hint: The title is the same sentence he uses to preface everycritique of singers on American Idol and on the X Factor – acatchphrase of sorts for him. The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • I don’t mean to be rude, but… The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Between Gemini And LeoIn an interview to the NY Times, the author claims two of hisinfluences for his book to be Randy Shilts “And the Band PlayedOn” and Richard Rhodes “The Making of the Atomic Bomb” –both histories of research into different fields (the AIDS epidemicin the USA and the race for nuclear weapon developmentrespectively).He also claims that the defining moment for him was "when heconceived of his book as a biography". This allowed him to makea very readable book out of a dry subject.ID the book and the author. The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer By Siddhartha Mukherjee The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Answer for Theme Round The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce Miuccia Prada Louis Vuitton Coco Chanel Giorgio ArmaniHubert de Givenchy Calvin Klein Louis VuittonValentino Garavani Hugo Boss Ralph Lauren Christian Dior
  • Answer for Theme RoundThe connect of course is…People who have lent their names to high fashion brands. The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • AUDIENCE QUESTION - CONNECT The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Answer for Audience Theme RoundVisuals from left to right are:Kaalia, Jaadugar, Andha Kanoon, Coolie, Bombay to Goa, Sattepe Satta, Trishul, Deewar, Black, Sholay and ZanjeerThe connect of course is…Amitabh Bachchan movies. The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • ANTI CLOCKWISE (17 Questions, +10 Each Correct) The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • ID this famous picture of a decked out woman and ID what she is wearing. To draw attention to his discovery (which needed none), her husband made up a story about her hiding away this jewelry in her shawl and smuggling it out of the country. The BQC Open Quiz18 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • ID this famous picture of a decked out woman and ID what she is wearing. The BQC Open Quiz18 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Sophia Schliemann wearing “Priams treasure” (will also accept the “Jewels of Helen”). Her husband Heinrich Schliemann claimed to have excavated ancient Troy at Hisarlik in modern day Turkey. The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Prof Richard Binzel of MIT first presented this at the UN conference in 1995. A revised version was discussed at another conference in Torino in 1999. The Torino Impact Hazard Scale was thus approved by the international community. It measures the probabilistic impact of an event using integer values on a scale of 0 to 10. So far, there has been one event rated 8 in 1908 and one event rated 10 which occurred over 65 million years ago. There are two events currently set at Level 1 and are likely to occur in 2040 and 2048. What does the Torino Impact Hazard Scale measure? The BQC Open Quiz19 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Impact of Near-Earth objects colliding with earth The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • If you travelled through France, you’d see many store fronts with unique depictions of horse heads and horseshoes featuring above them. What do these stores sell and why do they have to do this? The BQC Open Quiz20 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • If you travelled through France, you’d see many store fronts with unique depictions of horse heads and horseshoes featuring above them. They arose from a need to distinguish the stores from the others as they were not allowed to advertise in any other way. What do these stores sell? The BQC Open Quiz20 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • These are the boucheries chevalines (Horse-butchers) selling horsemeatThey have to use this method as traditionally they have not been allowed to sell or advertise their products with other meat and produce The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • AUDIENCE QUESTION The BQC Open QuizB Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The original version of the film “Guess who’s coming to dinner?”that played in theaters in 1968 contained a moment in which thesassy maid Tillie responds to the question "Guess whos comingto dinner now?" with the sarcastic one-liner: “X?"After X’s “premature death” on April 4, 1968, this line wasremoved from the film, so by August 1968, almost all theatersshowings of this film had this line omitted.Who was X? The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • AND BACK TO THE FINALS….. The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • This 1915 painting “A Discussion of the Piltdown Skull” by John Cooke of the men involved in the Piltdown Man hoax played its part of glorifying the alleged hoaxers. A significant element that added to the gravitas was the portrait on the wall and the man standing in front of him. It seemed as if the legacy of the man in the portrait was being passed down to this gentleman who had originally reported the findings. Name both - the man in the portrait and the man who found the Piltdown Man? The BQC Open Quiz21 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • This 1915 painting “A Discussion of the Piltdown Skull” by John Cooke of the men involved in the Piltdown Man hoax played its part of glorifying the alleged hoaxers. (image on next slide) A significant element that added to the gravitas was the portrait on the wall and the man standing in front of him. It seemed as if the legacy of the man in the portrait was being passed down to this gentleman who had originally reported the findings. Name both - the man in the portrait and the man who found the Piltdown Man? The BQC Open Quiz21 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Charles Darwin and Charles Dawson The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • You will hear a composer playing an excerpt from his Symphony No. 7 in C Major which when composed in December 1941 was dedicated to a particular city. Starting an hour before it was first broadcast throughout the city on loudspeakers in August 1942, aerial bombing and artillery silenced enemy guns long enough to hear it over a quiet day. When it was first played, listening audiences openly wept with emotion – that the world remembered them. Identify the composer and the city it was dedicated to. The BQC Open Quiz22 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Dmitri Shostakovich playing an excerpt from the Leningrad symphony on the piano. The symphony is still played everyday at the main cemetery inLeningrad (St. Petersburg) to commemorate the close to 1 million victims of the 900 day siege of the city in 1941-44 The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • In a paper published in Environmental Research Letters, a group of academics led by Damo Matthews of Concordia University did a study of the impact of increasingly warm winters on a key popular activity of Canada. They took up 142 locations where this activity happens and noticed a significant decline in the amount of time available annually. They predict that soon there will be no more of this activity. What activity and what were the 142 “research subjects” that were observed? The BQC Open Quiz23 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Outdoor skating and natural skating rinks(lakes, plains, rivers, etc.) which support the outdoor skating season. The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Cirque de Soleil is, of course, the well known circus that originated in Quebec. One of Cirque de Soleils shows, "O", has been playing at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas from 1998. It was developed by Sylvie Frechette (Canada) who won gold with the womens synchronized swim team at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, and silver in Atlanta in 1996. Why did she pick “O” as the name of her show? The BQC Open Quiz24 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Eau is the French word for water – and the show is a water-based show taking place in a 1.5 million gallon tank of water The BQC Open Quiz24 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The image shows a conspicuous isolated hill with steep, often vertical sides and a small, relatively flat top. In some regions, such as the north central and northwestern United States, the word is used for any hill. The word for it comes from a French word meaning "small hill"; its use is prevalent in the western United States – and has given it’s name to a city in south-western Montana state. What’s the good word? The BQC Open Quiz25 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The image shows a conspicuous isolated hill with steep, often vertical sides and a small, relatively flat top. In some regions, such as the north central and northwestern United States, the word is used for any hill. The word for it comes from a French word meaning "small hill"; its use is prevalent in the western United States – and has given it’s name to a city in south-western Montana state. What’s the good word? The BQC Open Quiz25 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • ButteThe BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Marie Antoinette has often been accused of showing her contempt for her subjects through the sentence “Let them eat cake”. However, there is ample proof that she didn’t say this – and various combinations of the sentence have been attributed to other hated Queens of France. She is attested and recorded however as making the rather banal observation “There are a lot of people at Versailles today” apropos of nothing. This is the only recorded sentence she is said to have spoken. Why specifically did she say this? The BQC Open Quiz26 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • She addressed the sentence in the “general direction” of Madame du Barry – the mistress of Louis XVThis conferred on du Barry the right to “not be ignored” by all other members of the French court. The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Celebrated on the 5th of January every year, it is traditionally the evening when the traditional order of things was reversed – a Christian usurping of the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Roman festival of Saturnalia. On this day the King and all those who were highborn would become peasants and vice versa. Midnight signaled the end of his rule and the world would return to normal. Shakespeare wrote a play to be performed as part of the entertainment on this evening - The play has many elements that are reversed, such as a woman dressing as a man, and a servant imagining that he can become a nobleman. Identify this festival. The BQC Open Quiz27 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Twelfth Night – the night that concludes the 12 days of Christmas and marks the coming of Epiphany The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Hanno the Navigator, during the famous exploration of the west coast of Africa, says that after rounding the Horn of the South, they came upon an island full of savages, mostly females full of hair and based on the interpreters explanations, they were called ________ which was Greek for “tribe of hairy women”. The males ran away climbing up rocks and hurling stones at Hanno’s men. Three females were caught but they kept fighting and therefore had to be killed. Their skin was brought back to Carthage. However, when Carthage was destroyed, these skins were lost and with it any evidence of what Hanno might have encountered. In 1847, what name did the American physician and missionary Jeffries Wyman bring back into modern usage? The BQC Open Quiz28 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Wyman was studying primate specimens from Liberia and from the physical features assumed these are the “people” Hanno might have encountered. So he called them “gorillas”. The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The dance you see is a traditional English folk dance performed with sticks, handkerchiefs and bells. The name of this dance/dancers commemorates an event that happened in the Mediterranean in the 15th century and was hailed by the Christian world at large then. The original dance used swords which are replaced by sticks in the English version. Identify this dance and the event that is commemorated through it. The BQC Open Quiz29 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Morris Dancing (From the original “Moorish” dancing)Commemorates the Spanish conquest of Muslim Granada in 1492 The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • X was founded in 1991 by the treaty of Asuncion and amended by the 1994 treaty of Ouro Preto. It’s official languages are Portuguese, Spanish and Guarani. It’s Parliament of 81 members met for the first time in 2007. What is X? The BQC Open Quiz30 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Mercosur / MercosulThe BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • New Yorkers feel very strongly about their area code 212 – and those who are determined to have a 212 area code now must rely on luck of the draw when they establish their service or rely on websites where they can purchase the highly coveted area code. However, a few years ago, thousands of 212 numbers suddenly became available to Manhattanites leading many new 646 area code people to be able to switch. Why did this happen? The BQC Open Quiz31 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The events on 9/11 caused thousands of 212 area code numbersfrom downtown Manhattan to no longer have any subscribers – freeing them up for others The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Instituted in 1934, Nikolai Melnik won this award in 1986 for placing nuclear reactors at the Chernobyl Nuclear plant. Georgi Zhukov and Leonid Brezhnev have won it the most number of times (4). Rakesh Sharma became the first and only Indian to win it in 1984. Which foreign national won this award in 1961 and for what "achievement"? The BQC Open Quiz32 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Ramon Mercador won the Hero of the Soviet Union medal for assassinating Leon Trotsky The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • In an interview to a chronicler of his works he said “Contemporary poets in India generally write in English when they have gone through English medium schools. I write in English for this reason and cannot write in any Indian language.” Though Marathi speaking, you can see a glimpse of his genius for using “regular Gujarati English” in his poem “A very Indian poem in Indian English” “I am standing for peace and non-violence. Why world is fighting fighting Why all people of world Are not following Mahatma Gandhi, I am simply not understanding. Ancient Indian Wisdom is 100% correct. I should say even 200% correct.” Who is this amazing poet and what “language” did he claim to write in? The BQC Open Quiz33 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Nissim Ezekiel – a chronicler of Bombay through “Swadeshi Angrezi” ( The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The video is Marion Anderson performing in front of 75,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial on Easter 1939. Open air concerts were not allowed at that venue, but the Roosevelts led by Eleanor practically bulldozed their ways through permissions to get her to sing there. This concert was in response to an incident that had just happened a few weeks before which led Eleanor Roosevelt to take such a hard stance. What incident was this? The BQC Open Quiz34 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Marion Anderson was not allowed to perform at the Daughters of the American Revolution hall or at any “white” public school halls in segregated Washington DC Appalled by this, Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from her post at the DAR and arranged for a new venue for Anderson The BQC Open Quiz34 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • AUDIENCE QUESTION The BQC Open QuizD Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • One of silent movie star Dorothy Gibsons most famous screen roles was that of herself in X, based on her true life experiences travelling from Italy to New York during a particular event. X was released a month after the event. Gibson was convinced by her manager to appear in a film based on it. She not only starred in the one-reel drama, but wrote the scenario. She even appeared in the very same clothing she had worn then – a white silk evening dress topped with a cardigan and polo coat (image attached in next slide). Although X was a tremendous success in America, England, and France, the only known prints were destroyed in a fire 2 years later. ID movie name X. The BQC Open Quiz36 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • One of silent movie star Dorothy Gibsons most famous screen roles was that of herself in X, based on her experiences during a legendary event. X, released a month after the event, was the first of many films about this over the years. After arriving in New York from Italy after the event, Gibson was convinced by her manager to appear in a film based on it. She not only starred in the one-reel drama, but wrote the scenario. She even appeared in the very same clothing she had worn then – a white silk evening dress topped with a cardigan and polo coat (image attached in next slide). Although X was a tremendous success in America, England, and France, the only known prints were destroyed in a fire 2 years later. ID movie name X. The BQC Open Quiz40 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • Saved from the TitanicThe BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • AND BACK TO THE FINALS….. The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • A QUICK WRITTEN ROUND (8 Questions, +5/-5 Each) The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • You’ll find huts like this on the Nilgiri plateau belonging to which tribe which numbered about 1100 individuals in 2011? The BQC Open Quiz1 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • You’ll find huts like this on the Nilgiri plateau belonging to which tribe which numbered about 1100 individuals in 2011? The BQC Open Quiz1 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • ID this lawyer and domestic partner of Anna Nicole Smith (and alleged father of her baby daughter Danielynn) who shares his name with a famous radio shock-jock. The BQC Open Quiz2 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • ID this lawyer and domestic partner of Anna Nicole Smith (and alleged father of her baby daughter Danielynn) who shares his name with a famous radio shock-jock. The BQC Open Quiz2 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • ID this famous street – the crookedest street in the world. The BQC Open Quiz3 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • ID this famous street – the crookedest street in the world. The BQC Open Quiz3 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • ID the only woman in this picture of the famous Solvay conference held in Brussels in 1911. The BQC Open Quiz4 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • ID the only woman in this picture of the famous Solvay conference held in Brussels in 1911. The BQC Open Quiz4 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • ID the town/city this famous picture was clicked in. The BQC Open Quiz5 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • ID the town/city this famous picture was clicked in. The BQC Open Quiz5 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • What do you call this sculpture on top of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin? (It is the generic name for any image/sculpture for a 4-horsed chariot) The BQC Open Quiz6 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • What do you call this sculpture on top of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin? (It is the generic name for any image/sculpture for a 4-horsed chariot) The BQC Open Quiz6 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The famous picture of “Lunch atop a skyscraper” from 1932 shows lunchtime atop which famous New York City landmark? The BQC Open Quiz7 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • The famous picture of “Lunch atop a skyscraper” from 1932 shows lunchtime atop which famous New York City landmark? The BQC Open Quiz7 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • ID the two (need both) people in this Annie Lebowitz photograph for a Rolling Stone magazine cover. The BQC Open Quiz8 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • ID the two (need both) people in this Annie Lebowitz photograph for a Rolling Stone magazine cover. The BQC Open Quiz8 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • AND THE ANSWERS ARE ….. The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • 1. Todas 2. Howard Stern 3. Lombard Street 4. Madame Curie 5. Yalta 6. Quadriga 7. The RCA / GE building (at Rockefeller center) 8. Yoko and John Lennon The BQC Open Quiz8 Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • AND THE FINAL SCORES ARE ….. The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012
  • THANK YOU The BQC Open Quiz Vikram Joshi | 29 April 2012