Bert Lahr who played the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of OZ (1 point) If you reverse the idea of the Cowardly Lion—you might have a Courageous Lion and that leads to our dedication.
I began watching Kannada movies at the age of 12 because I was charmed by the aplomb that he brought to his role as an insurance agent writing under a woman’s name in Makkala Sainya. This quiz is dedicated to ‘Sahasasimha’ Vishnuvardhan Points for Bert Lahr and role (1) and dedication(1) .
ANSWER The fungus Daldini concentrica is called commonly known as King Alfred’s Cakes in the UK. The name is a reference to the story where Alfred let a batch of cakes burn while taking refuge with a peasant woman after a military defeat. Points for name and explanation
3. He left, though he never did run away. So, both people.
ANSWER Ayatollah Montazeri led the opposition to the Shah of Iran while Khomeini cooled his heels in exile. He had a falling-out with the big man and spent the last years of his life in some obscurity. Montazeri came out in support of the protestors in Iran following the rigged elections. He passed away a few weeks ago. Montazeri and Khomeini for a point apiece.
4. Not asking for much—just four or five comforting syllables.
ANSWER This is a shot from Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story . Such shots—used to establish an emotional landscape or to link sections—are called Pillow Shots in tribute to the Makurakotoba or Pillow Words much beloved of poets of the Man'yô Era in Japan. Pillow Words are essentially circumlocutions which contribute texture to poetry. To quote a source: “Single words or phrases, usually of five syllables, associated in poems with certain other fixed words or phrases, makura kotoba formed links in terms of meaning, association or sound and provided a means by which a poet could add depth to his/her poems or heighten the tone of his rhetorical style.” Ozu never used the term himself—it originated among Japanese film writers and entered film studies at some point. Roger Ebert popularised the term in the United States. A point each for Pillow Shots/Pillow Words and Ozu/Tokyo Story.
ANSWER The Israeli word for what we call the Prickly Pear or Cactus Pear ( Opuntia ficus-indica) is Sabra . It came to be applied to young native-born Israeli fighters because they were prickly on the outside (taciturn, and not much given to words) while being soft on the inside . Points for Sabra and explanation.
ANSWER What we see in the foreground is a balloon thingy advertising the restaurant’s specialty—Fugu , or Puffer Fish . This is the Shinsekai area in Osaka, Japan. Points for fugu, and explanation.
ANSWER In Feb 2006, a salvage team recovered the stern Eagle of the Admiral Graf Spee , which was scuttled by its captain Hans Langdorff off Montevideo during World War II. The salvage is authorised by the Urugayans because the wreck is now a hazard for shipping. Points for ID and location . See below for Eagle.
ANSWER The connection is China , or cultural practices in Kerala that owe their origins to borrowals from China, to be precise. We see the fishing nets that travelled from China to Kerala in the second visual ( Cheena-vala ). Appams/Hoppers can be made any old way nowadays, but traditionalists use a wok that came from China (called a Cheena-chatti ). Points for connect and explanation.
10a: A painting showing the Lorelei Rock off the Rhine, by Turner. 10b: A costume-sketch for the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, where Marilyn Monroe played a character looking for love, named Lorelei Lee. The reference is to a mythical maiden called Lorelei who threw herself off a rock after being dumped by her lover. Points for ID and explanation.