Prelims•25 Qs Prelims•Odd numbers Qs will be used for ties•No part points anywhere. If the Q asks two things, one has to g...
1Johannes Brahms was a close friend and admirer of this popularmusician - X. The anecdote goes that when they met for the ...
2    a) Every FA cup final since 1927    b) Every Rugby League Challenge Cup final since 1929 &    c) Apr 25 every year in...
3    For a game (as in the modern version) that’s supposedly    originated in India....one would think it would be common ...
4    The renovated Mumbai’s Taj Mahal hotel’s heritage wing, after    the 26/11 attack, was reopened on 15/8/10 with some ...
5    His books were quite popular    during his lifetime (and still    are), but a rumor had circulated    that his name w...
6    Optical lens takes it’s name from this food item – whose Latin    name is Lens Culinaris. India is the world’s larges...
7    Some Cast Details    Written by : X & Shyam Benegal    Screenplay : Vijay Tendulkar    Dialogue : Kaifi Azmi    Id X?
8    When Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, the assassination    attempt was unsuccessful, largely due to the prompt medic...
9During the years 1919 to 1932, the distribution andconsumption of alcoholic beverages was forbidden in Finland.When the p...
11BenHur was nominated for 12 oscars & won 11. The solo miss wasin “ best writing-screenplay based on material from anothe...
12How did the Bihari, whose bust you see on the left in hisbirthplace, immortalize the river on the right (at least by som...
13On March 1st, 2010, Mayor Bill Bunten of Topeka Kansas, issueda proclamation changing the name Topeka for a month, tosom...
14   What two words connects these paintings ( non – exh)
15 According to an article in ET in Feb, this is the largest e- Commerce site in India with about ½ million transactions p...
16     A collaboration between two     men of artistic temperament –     lead to this sculpture called     “Blood Relation...
17 Erik Axel Karlfeldt was the 1st & an American, last year, was the latest in the list. William Vickrey is somewhere in b...
18 The city of Benaras is at the confluence (or sorts) of three rivers - Ganga being the dominant one & the other two its ...
19 According to an 11th century Korean chronicle, Samguk Yusa, the wife of King Suro of the ancient Korean kingdom of Geum...
20     On 26th Jan, this     year, this airline on it’s     flights to Delhi, had it’s     on-air staff pay tribute     to...
21This English word (a noun) comes from a Portugueseword, which now has a very strong Japanese connotation. ThePortuguese ...
22In the 1667 treaty of Brenda, England & country X called truce totheir spice wars. Among other things agreed upon in the...
23 The epitaph on the grave of this son of Nawab of Arcot lists that his 1st movie was on the theme of untouchability & hi...
24 On March 4th, 1960, a French freighter La Coubre exploded (allegedly by CIA) in Havana port, killing 100s of Cubans. A ...
25     No contemporary pictures of his survive.     Some portraits that are supposed to be his     are now regarded to be ...
ANSWERS
1Johannes Brahms was a close friend and admirer of this popularmusician - X. The anecdote goes that when they met for the ...
2    a) Every FA cup final since 1927    b) Every Rugby League Challenge Cup final since 1929 &    c) Apr 25 every year in...
3    For a game (as in the modern version) that’s supposedly    originated in India....one would think it would be common ...
4    The renovated Mumbai’s Taj Mahal hotel’s heritage wing, after    the 26/11 attack, was reopened on 15/8/10 with some ...
5                     His books were quite popular during his lifetime (and still are), but a rumor had                   ...
6    Optical lens takes it’s name from this food item – whose Latin    name is Lens Culinaris. India is the world’s larges...
7    Some Cast Details    Written by : X & Shyam Benegal    Screenplay : Vijay Tendulkar    Dialogue : Kaifi Azmi    Id X?...
8    When Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, the assassination    attempt was unsuccessful, largely due to the prompt medic...
9During the years 1919 to 1932, the distribution andconsumption of alcoholic beverages was forbidden in Finland.When the p...
11BenHur was nominated for 12 oscars & won 11. The solo miss wasin “ best writing-screenplay based on material from anothe...
12  How did the Bihari, whose bust you see on the left in his  birthplace, immortalize the river on the right (at least by...
13 On March 1st, 2010, Mayor Bill Bunten of Topeka Kansas, issued a proclamation changing the name Topeka for a month, to ...
14             Self Portraits                  P. Gaugin     F. Kahlo Titian                                N. Rockwell   ...
15 According to an article in ET in Feb, which is the largest e- Commerce site in India with about ½ million transactions ...
16                         A collaboration between two                         men of artistic temperament –              ...
17 Erik Axel Karlfeldt was the 1st & an American, last year, was the latest in the list. William Vickrey is somewhere in b...
18 The city of Benaras is at the confluence (or sorts) of three rivers - Ganga being the dominant one & the other two its ...
19 According to an 11th century Korean chronicle, Samguk Yusa, the wife of King Suro of the ancient Korean kingdom of Geum...
20          On 26th Jan, this          year, this airline on it’s          flights to Delhi, had it’s          on-air staf...
21This English word (a noun) comes from a Portugueseword, which now has a very strong Japanese connotation. ThePortuguese ...
22In the 1667 treaty of Brenda, England & country X called truce totheir over spice wars. Among other things agreed upon i...
23 The epitaph on the grave of this son of Nawab of Arcot lists that his 1st movie was on the theme of untouchability & hi...
24 On March 4th, 1960, a French freighter La Coubre exploded (allegedly by CIA) in Havana port, killing 100s of Cubans. A ...
25              No contemporary pictures of his survive.              Some portraits that are supposed to be his          ...
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  1. 1. Prelims•25 Qs Prelims•Odd numbers Qs will be used for ties•No part points anywhere. If the Q asks two things, one has to get both to get points.•Top 6 teams in final•Scores of the prelim to be carried to the final
  2. 2. 1Johannes Brahms was a close friend and admirer of this popularmusician - X. The anecdote goes that when they met for the 1sttime with their families, X’s wife approached Brahms with acustomary request that he autograph her fan. It was usual forthe composer to inscribe a few measures of his best-knownmusic, and then sign his name. Brahms, however, inscribed a fewmeasures from X’s best known work, and then wrote beneath it:"Unfortunately, NOT by Johannes Brahms”. Id X?
  3. 3. 2 a) Every FA cup final since 1927 b) Every Rugby League Challenge Cup final since 1929 & c) Apr 25 every year in Australia & NZ There is an Indian connection to this list because of all people – Gandhiji. Which date?
  4. 4. 3 For a game (as in the modern version) that’s supposedly originated in India....one would think it would be common in India. Its not. Though Kolkata (where else!) does have oldest club dedicated to this sport in the world. So the task is to id the only head of state (used in a broad & historical context) who died while playing this sport (not necessarily the modern version)?
  5. 5. 4 The renovated Mumbai’s Taj Mahal hotel’s heritage wing, after the 26/11 attack, was reopened on 15/8/10 with some new suites. One of the suite is named after a living person – only person to have received this honor. This is because this person stayed in that suite(then a luxury room) to do something particular. What did this person do?
  6. 6. 5 His books were quite popular during his lifetime (and still are), but a rumor had circulated that his name was merely a pseudonym, and the books true author was the man to whom he had dedicated most of his works - his patron the Earl of Derby. The frustrated author dispelled this rumor in many public forums (e.g. the attached cartoon), but the rumor never died down during his lifetime. Who?
  7. 7. 6 Optical lens takes it’s name from this food item – whose Latin name is Lens Culinaris. India is the world’s largest producer of this food. Which food item?
  8. 8. 7 Some Cast Details Written by : X & Shyam Benegal Screenplay : Vijay Tendulkar Dialogue : Kaifi Azmi Id X?
  9. 9. 8 When Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, the assassination attempt was unsuccessful, largely due to the prompt medical attention and the quick surgery conducted. When First Lady Nancy Reagan arrived in the emergency room, he famously remarked to her, "Honey, I forgot to duck." Reagan borrowed this line from a famous sportsman, who had said this to his wife many years ago. Explain the context?
  10. 10. 9During the years 1919 to 1932, the distribution andconsumption of alcoholic beverages was forbidden in Finland.When the prohibition was lifted by the Finnish government in1932 following a referendum, Govt. created a company calledOy Alkoholiliike Ab. This company which later became famousfor mass producing Molotov cocktails, opened it’s 1st store on5th April, 1932 at a specific time for a certain reason. Whattime & reason?
  11. 11. 11BenHur was nominated for 12 oscars & won 11. The solo miss wasin “ best writing-screenplay based on material from anothermedium”. The screen play was originally written by KarlTunberg, but the producer Sam Zimbalist got in Christofer Fry & Xto re-write it. Zimbalist died before the movie ended & in theprocess Fry & X went uncredited. This lead to a dispute, which theWriter’s Guild settled in the favor of the original writer – Tunberg.This lead a strong public protest by X; which many claim was thereason that BenHur did not get the screenplay Oscar. Id X?
  12. 12. 12How did the Bihari, whose bust you see on the left in hisbirthplace, immortalize the river on the right (at least by somepopular accounts)?
  13. 13. 13On March 1st, 2010, Mayor Bill Bunten of Topeka Kansas, issueda proclamation changing the name Topeka for a month, tosomething else, to garner publicity. This lead to something amonth later, which lasted for a day. What?
  14. 14. 14 What two words connects these paintings ( non – exh)
  15. 15. 15 According to an article in ET in Feb, this is the largest e- Commerce site in India with about ½ million transactions per day, garnering about $160 M, last year. Which website?
  16. 16. 16 A collaboration between two men of artistic temperament – lead to this sculpture called “Blood Relations”. Id both?
  17. 17. 17 Erik Axel Karlfeldt was the 1st & an American, last year, was the latest in the list. William Vickrey is somewhere in between. Who is the only other person in this list?
  18. 18. 18 The city of Benaras is at the confluence (or sorts) of three rivers - Ganga being the dominant one & the other two its tributaries. Name both?
  19. 19. 19 According to an 11th century Korean chronicle, Samguk Yusa, the wife of King Suro of the ancient Korean kingdom of Geumgwan travelled by boat to a faraway Buddhist center in 48 AD. Historians were initially of the view that this place was in Thailand, but now there is a consensus that it is in India – a town also known in ancient times as Saketa. Recently it was announced by the local state & Korean government that a statue of this princess will be erected on the banks of the river adjoining the town. This town is very famous, but not for necessarily for Buddhism. Which town?
  20. 20. 20 On 26th Jan, this year, this airline on it’s flights to Delhi, had it’s on-air staff pay tribute to India’s republic day. They danced to the tune of Om Shanti Om (apt!) in flight. Id this airline, whose staff sang & danced on air. The you-tube video of this approach has gone viral.
  21. 21. 21This English word (a noun) comes from a Portugueseword, which now has a very strong Japanese connotation. ThePortuguese word itself is derived from a Malayalam or Tamilword. The word in 18th century also became a verb meaning topickle due to commerce between India & USA. What’s the goodword?
  22. 22. 22In the 1667 treaty of Brenda, England & country X called truce totheir spice wars. Among other things agreed upon in thetreaty, one island – Run, in Banda islands in Indonesia, wasagreed to be left with X who had occupied it from the Britsbefore & similarly Brits were allowed to keep another island - Ywhich they had wrested from X. Id X &Y?
  23. 23. 23 The epitaph on the grave of this son of Nawab of Arcot lists that his 1st movie was on the theme of untouchability & his last movie on the theme of polio vaccination, which was directed by son. Id this director (son)?
  24. 24. 24 On March 4th, 1960, a French freighter La Coubre exploded (allegedly by CIA) in Havana port, killing 100s of Cubans. A doctor who was at the port at that time, rushed out & helped as many victims, as he could. The next day, the doctor also took part in the memorial service & demonstration called by Castro. In the ceremony, Alberto Korda, a member of Castro’s staff immortalized this doctor in what way?
  25. 25. 25 No contemporary pictures of his survive. Some portraits that are supposed to be his are now regarded to be later interpretations of what he looked like. Historians now agree that the only possible contemporary iconography is a statue supposedly erected by his fellow citizens some years after his death. This statue was later removed and again after many years later was put back in it’s original location - Camposanto Monumentale – within walking distance from the Leaning tower of Pisa. Whose statue?
  26. 26. ANSWERS
  27. 27. 1Johannes Brahms was a close friend and admirer of this popularmusician - X. The anecdote goes that when they met for the 1sttime with their families, X’s wife approached Brahms with acustomary request that he autograph her fan. It was usual forthe composer to inscribe a few measures of his best-knownmusic, and then sign his name. Brahms, however, inscribed a fewmeasures from X’s best known work, and then wrote beneath it:"Unfortunately, NOT by Johannes Brahms”. Id X?Johann Strauss the younger
  28. 28. 2 a) Every FA cup final since 1927 b) Every Rugby League Challenge Cup final since 1929 & c) Apr 25 every year in Australia & NZ There is an Indian connection to this list because of all people – Gandhiji. Which date? Jan 29 – Beating Retreat ends with “Abide with me” coz Bapu loved the song. The sports events & Anzac day listed also always play this song
  29. 29. 3 For a game (as in the modern version) that’s supposedly originated in India....one would think it would be common in India. Its not. Though Kolkata (where else!) does have oldest club dedicated to this sport in the world. So the task is to id the only head of state (used in a broad & historical context) who died while playing this sport (not necessarily the modern version)?Qutubuddin Aibak. Died whileplaying polo ( Persian version).Modern polo is originated fromManipur polo game – salol kangjei
  30. 30. 4 The renovated Mumbai’s Taj Mahal hotel’s heritage wing, after the 26/11 attack, was reopened on 15/8/10 with some new suites. One of the suite is named after a living person – only person to have received this honor. This is because this person stayed in that suite(then a luxury room) to do something particular. What did this person do? Ravi Shankar…who taught Sitar to the Beatles
  31. 31. 5 His books were quite popular during his lifetime (and still are), but a rumor had circulated that his name was merely a pseudonym, and the books true author was the man to whom he had dedicated most of his works - his patron the Earl of Derby. The frustrated author dispelled this rumor in many public forums (e.g. the attached cartoon), but the rumor never died down during his lifetime. Who? Edward Lear. Supporters of this rumour offered as evidence the facts that both men were named Edward, and that "Lear" is an anagram of "Earl".
  32. 32. 6 Optical lens takes it’s name from this food item – whose Latin name is Lens Culinaris. India is the world’s largest producer of this food. Which food item? Lentils
  33. 33. 7 Some Cast Details Written by : X & Shyam Benegal Screenplay : Vijay Tendulkar Dialogue : Kaifi Azmi Id X? V. Kurien
  34. 34. 8 When Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, the assassination attempt was unsuccessful, largely due to the prompt medical attention and the quick surgery conducted. When First Lady Nancy Reagan arrived in the emergency room, he famously remarked to her, "Honey, I forgot to duck." Reagan borrowed this line from a famous sportsman, who had said this to his wife many years ago. Explain the context? Jack Demsey said this to his wife, after losing 1st time to Gene Tunney
  35. 35. 9During the years 1919 to 1932, the distribution andconsumption of alcoholic beverages was forbidden in Finland.When the prohibition was lifted by the Finnish government in1932 following a referendum, Govt. created a company calledOy Alkoholiliike Ab. This company which later became famousfor mass producing Molotov cocktails, opened it’s 1st store on5th April, 1932 at a specific time for a certain reason. Whattime & reason? 10am. So that the date and time form the number 543210
  36. 36. 11BenHur was nominated for 12 oscars & won 11. The solo miss wasin “ best writing-screenplay based on material from anothermedium”. The screen play was originally written by KarlTunberg, but the producer Sam Zimbalist got in Christofer Fry & Xto re-write it. Zimbalist died before the movie ended & in theprocess Fry & X went uncredited. This lead to a dispute, which theWriter’s Guild settled in the favor of the original writer – Tunberg.This lead a strong public protest by X; which many claim was thereason that BenHur did not get the screenplay Oscar. Id X?Gore Vidal
  37. 37. 12 How did the Bihari, whose bust you see on the left in his birthplace, immortalize the river on the right (at least by some popular accounts)?Eric Arthur Blair, born in Motihari, Bihar, by some, tookthe name Orwell from his favorite River Orwell in Suffolk
  38. 38. 13 On March 1st, 2010, Mayor Bill Bunten of Topeka Kansas, issued a proclamation changing the name Topeka for a month, to something else, to garner publicity. This lead to something a month later, which lasted for a day. What?Google has a tradition of playing a April Fool’s prank on1st April every year. Topeka, an obscure town decided toget publicity, by formally changing it’s name to Googlefor the month. Google responded by changing it’s nameto Topeka for a day on Apr 1st.
  39. 39. 14 Self Portraits P. Gaugin F. Kahlo Titian N. Rockwell Rapheal E. Degas
  40. 40. 15 According to an article in ET in Feb, which is the largest e- Commerce site in India with about ½ million transactions per day, garnering about $160 M, last year. Which website? Irctc : Indian railways website
  41. 41. 16 A collaboration between two men of artistic temperament – lead to this sculpture called “Blood Relations”. Id both?Anish Kapoor & Salman Rushdie
  42. 42. 17 Erik Axel Karlfeldt was the 1st & an American, last year, was the latest in the list. William Vickrey is somewhere in between. Who is the only other person in this list? Dag Hammerskjold. Only folks to win Nobel, posthumously.
  43. 43. 18 The city of Benaras is at the confluence (or sorts) of three rivers - Ganga being the dominant one & the other two its tributaries. Name both?Varuna & Assi > Varanasi
  44. 44. 19 According to an 11th century Korean chronicle, Samguk Yusa, the wife of King Suro of the ancient Korean kingdom of Geumgwan travelled by boat to a faraway Buddhist center in 48 AD. Historians were initially of the view that this place was in Thailand, but now there is a consensus that it is in India – a town also known in ancient times as Saketa. Recently it was announced by the local state & Korean government that a statue of this princess will be erected on the banks of the river adjoining the town. This town is very famous, but not for necessarily for Buddhism. Which town?Ayodhya
  45. 45. 20 On 26th Jan, this year, this airline on it’s flights to Delhi, had it’s on-air staff pay tribute to India’s republic day. They danced to the tune of Om Shanti Om (apt!) in flight. Id this airline, whose staff sang & danced on air. The you-tube video of this approach has gone viral.Finnair
  46. 46. 21This English word (a noun) comes from a Portugueseword, which now has a very strong Japanese connotation. ThePortuguese word itself is derived from a Malayalam or Tamilword. The word in 18th century also became a verb meaning topickle due to commerce between India & USA. What’s the goodword?Mango from Manga ( Portuguese), which itself is fromMangai (Tamil) or Manna (Mallu)
  47. 47. 22In the 1667 treaty of Brenda, England & country X called truce totheir over spice wars. Among other things agreed upon in thetreaty, one island – Run, in Banda islands in Indonesia, wasagreed to be left with X who had occupied it from the Britsbefore & similarly Brits were allowed to keep another island - Ywhich they had wrested from X. Id X &Y?Dutch / New Amsterdam = New York
  48. 48. 23 The epitaph on the grave of this son of Nawab of Arcot lists that his 1st movie was on the theme of untouchability & his last movie on the theme of polio vaccination, which was directed by son. Id this director (son)? Mehmood
  49. 49. 24 On March 4th, 1960, a French freighter La Coubre exploded (allegedly by CIA) in Havana port, killing 100s of Cubans. A doctor who was at the port at that time, rushed out & helped as many victims, as he could. The next day, the doctor also took part in memorial service & demonstration called by Castro. In the ceremony, Alberto Korda, a member of Castro’s staff immortalized this doctor in what way?Korda clicked Doctor Che…..and…
  50. 50. 25 No contemporary pictures of his survive. Some portraits that are supposed to be his are now regarded to be later interpretations of what he looked like. Historians now agree that the only possible contemporary iconography is a statue supposedly erected by his fellow citizens some years after his death. This statue was later removed and again after many years later was put back in it’s original location - Camposanto Monumentale – within walking distance from the Leaning tower of Pisa. Whose statue? Fibonacchi

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