Arch of Constantine
I, ____A____, wrote the Vishnu Purana.
My name is actually ___B___ but I was also known as
___C___ because I was dark complexioned and
___D___ for “island-born” because I was born on the
meeting point of the rivers Seti and Madi.
I, ___E___, was
her eyes in
calm, and I,
to be a
Most people don’t
know me, and only
siblings. I am
___H___ and I
the dying Parikshit
Map of African de-colonisation/independence
Ethiopia and Liberia
• 21 questions
• 10 points per answer on direct or pass on
• +10/-10 on pounce
• Unlimited pounces per team
• Pounce open for 5-10 seconds
1. The “mouse cheese” Emmental’s huge marble sized
holes are familiar to us, as the source of mayhem in Tom
and Jerry cartoons for example. The question is, how
does Emmental get its holes?
They are formed by the gas produced by a
special culture of bacteria. The cheese maker
introduces a bacteria which reacts with the
lactic acid in the cheese to create carbon dioxide
The evening milk is mixed with the morning milk
and warmed in enormous copper vats known as
Kessi. Curd cutting is done using a cheese harp. The
cut curds are then cooked in the whey, wrapped in
cheesecloth and transported to a wooden hoop to
drain. Once pressed and turned several times the
cheeses are taken to the maturing rooms to ripen.
This is when the famous bubbles appear.
Kannada director P Sheshadri
Every film of his has won a national
2000: 48th National Film Awards: Best Film on Other Social
2001: 49th National Film Awards: Best Feature Film in
2004: 52nd National Film Awards: Best Feature Film in
2005: 53rd National Film Awards: Best Film on
Environment Conservation/Preservation: Thutturi
2008: 56th National Film Awards: Best Feature Film in
2010: 58th National Film Awards: Best Film on
Environment Conservation/Preservation: Bettada Jeeva
2013: 60th National Film Awards: Best Feature Film in
Kannada: Bharath Stores
3. The Peterhoff in Shimla has housed many
Viceroys and Governor Generals. When Himachal
Pradesh became a full-fledged state it became
the Raj Bhavan. What took place here from
mid-1948 culminating on November 8, 1949?
The trial of Nathuram Godse was held
After independence, the building served as
the Punjab High Court.
The Arabic and Persian words for “jewel” are similar,
but the Persians spell theirs with a “G” and the Arabs
use a “J”. The Persian word more specifically means
“pearl”. So, in effect a famous father-son pair have the
same name by meaning.
The son also shares his name with X, Gandhi’s comrade
in the Khilafat movement, after whom the south
Bombay thoroughfare that runs along Minara masjid,
Bhendi Bazaar, and Grant Road is named.
Who are the father and son, and who is X?
Jawaharlal Nehru and Motilal Nehru
Y is Mohammed Ali Jouhar, after who
Mohammad Ali Road is named.
The agreement is that the 1920s version of the
traditional folk song ‘Arirang’ will be played when
someone achieves success.
The symbol that will be used is a blue silhouette of a
peninsula, including the island of Jeju-do to the
southwest and Ulleung-do to the east.
However, these complications are usually set aside
because the need for use almost never arises.
North Korea and South Korea
participating as a unified team.
There are only two occasions when this has
happened - in the same year of 1991 at the
World Table Tennis Championships held in
Japan and the Junior World Football
Championships in Portugal
Alfred Hitchcock hired Evan Hunter to
adapt Daphne du Maurier's novella,
Hunter, as Ed McBain, was the author of the
successful 87th Precinct novels.
Philip Noel-Baker, the only person to have won an
Olympic medal and a Nobel, participated in the
formation of the League of Nations and was a
valued adviser to Fridtjof Nansen.
What interests us today however, is his name.
What is unique about Philip Noel-Baker’s name,
a fact that he shares with Richard Kruspe-
Bernstein, guitarist for German band
Rammstein, among other people?
All these people joined their wife’s
surname with their own.
The Engelszell Stift, founded in
1293, is a beautiful monastery
200 km east of Munich in
Germany. Last year it realised
it needed financial input to
restore old paintings and
frescos and for general upkeep
of the place.
What did the monks decide
to do, and what has
The Trappist monks of
Engelszell Still decided to start a
small brewery. It became the 9th
brewery in the world to be given
the honour of using the official
Note: To get the “Authentic
Trappist” label, a brewery must
be of secondary importance
within the monastery, and not be
a profit-making venture. The
income should only cover the
living expenses of the monks and
the maintenance of the buildings
“I was over at his house, you know, looking for stuff to do.
And I didn't like anything there, really. They had a big box
of hats, some with feathers. I thought that was pretty lame.
So I went to the car and got my cricket gear. And he says,
'Oh yeah, I love the white.' And so I put it on. And Stanley
goes, 'Oh put the protector on the outside.' So I wore the
box on the outside like a codpiece. He goes, 'This could be
like the middle ages. I like this look.' And that's how the
look of the _____ came; because I had my cricket stuff in the
back of my car.”
Who, talking about what?
Malcolm McDowell recalling how he and the
film's director Stanley Kubrick were struggling to
come up with a costume for the lead character,
and then the white suits and codpieces worn
by Alex and his Droogs in A Clockwork Orange
In the April 1846 issue of Graham’s Magazine, this author
in an essay called Philosophy of Composition, came up
with three central elements of his writing philosophy:
- Unity of Effect
The author used this to explain a famous 1845 work, in
which, according to him, the central character
represented “Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance”
Identify the author, the 1845 work and explain Unity
Edgar Allen Poe
A work of fiction should be written only
after the author has decided how it is to end
and which emotional effect he wishes to
This is a 2010 film called Abohomaan. The story talks
about an influential film director whose marriage, and his
relationship with his son, become strained due to his close
association with an upcoming actress. The film is a
purported remake of a very famous 1959 Hindi film that
was reported to be semi-autobiographical. (video
a) Who is the director? (2 points)
b) Which director-actress pair is Abohomaan
supposed to portray? (4 points)
c) Name the pair in the 1959 film (4 points)
Satyajit Ray – Madhabi Mukherjee
Guru Dutt – Waheeda Rehman
This concept has been discussed by WADA since 2002.
It gained further momentum as a result of questions
raised during the 2006 Olympic Winter Games
surrounding suspensions of athletes by their
federations following health checks that reported high
The concept is based on the monitoring of selected
parameters over time that indirectly reveal the effect of
doping, as opposed to the traditional direct detection of
doping by analytical means.
Give a two-word term for this concept that’s
possibly borrowed from the travel world.
13. The painting on the right is only surviving solo finished
panel painting by this painter – the style in this painting is
apparently a precursor to his most famous work that
began two years later in 1508. It is also inspired by the
painting on the left. Identify both artists and paintings –
for the painting on the right, give us a name that
denotes the shape of the artwork.
Left (the inspiration) – Leonardo da Vinci’s
The Virgin and Child with St. Anne
Right – Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo
(Tondo means round)
The word has been given two or three etymological
explanations. Firstly, it is deemed to be a corrupt form of
the Sanskrit word ‘mishra’ meaning ‘mixed’ denoting a
mixture of two styles.
Secondly, in Sanskrit, it means a mule which again is a
hybrid of two animals. Thirdly, it means means an area
wherein one takes a long walk.
Identify this architectural style prevalent in Karnataka
and the Deccan that is a combination of two other
styles – name the two other styles as well.
The song The Revolution Will Not Be
- The ad slogans are referenced in the lyrics
- The poster was put up recently in the Greek
broadcaster ERT’s office as they are being
threatened with a shutdown
The list of places covered by this technology include the
Antarctic, the inside of the White House and the Great
Barrier Reef. However, this particular city has posed
difficulties because of the numerous bridges that it has.
The tech firm in question used a very simple method to
solve this problem and additionally used a device called
the Trekker, which has been used in the past to cover
the Grand Canyon hiking paths, the Burj Khalifa and
inside the Alhambra palace.
Explain all elements. There is also an alliteratively-
named service that the tech company is launching
specially for this city. Name that as well.
Google Street view in Venice using employees
- The internet firm sent physically fit
technicians to walk Venice's alleys wearing a
Google is also planning to snap Venice from a
boat as the vessel plies the city's canals, a service
which has been dubbed "Google gondola"
Name and connect the following:
• A rare intestinal condition in humans resulting from
tricophagia, or the abnormal urge to eat one’s hair
• People with an excessive preoccupation with their
physical appearances and youth, thus having
problems in terms of coping with aging
• A condition characterized by intense and often
delusional distrust of their partners; also called
morbid jealousy and is often associated with
alcoholism and sexual dysfunction
• People who claim that they know something even if
they don’t, in order to avoid being judged as stupid or
intellectually inferior to others
A whimsical look at comparing manliness and fashion,
along with a team’s cricketing progress, the book
contains portraits of people like Herbert Sutcliffe,
Hedley Verity, Geoff Boycott, Darren Gough and Michael
Which team is the book about? Fill in the blank with
the name given to disk shaped beads used for
Queen Elizabeth II usually hands out the Royal
Ascot Gold Cup winner’s trophy to the horse owner.
In 2013 – the Queen’s horse won the trophy as a
result of which she received the trophy from her son
One technique is just round or off-square surfaces,
while a more elaborate technique involves a mercury
drop in a reservoir in the centre with a capillary tube
to another reservoir at a side and shifting the mercury
drop by tapping gently.
More complex techniques involve a low melting point
semi solid embedded inside that melts on body heat,
or an embedded magnet that gets attracted to a coil of
wire on the table.
All of them lead to what phrase that implies unfair
In the mid 18th century, wildfowl hunting was a very
popular sport in Scotland and hunters often faced
difficulty in crossing ponds and rivers to pick up their
With improved weapons and firearms in the 1800s,
the problem was only amplified as the game could be
shot from longer ranges but would not necessarily be
What breed of dog takes its name since it was bred
with the singular purpose of addressing this
Retriever – of which Labrador Retriever,
Golden Retriever are varieties.
Listed among the top 50 must visit places in the USA
for literary fans, this windmill at Stony Brook
Southampton, NY campus was the 1957 residence of a
Pulitzer prize winning writer who wrote the play “The
Day on Which a Man Dies” in response to the death of
his artist friend.
Name the writer and the artist.
Larger pic follows
• The term given to shabby urban areas with
dilapidated pubs and houses, frequented by
• Song 1 was ‘18 and Life’ by the band “Skid
• Song 2 was by Nirvana, who were once known
as Skid Row
An exchange between a fan and a brand on the brand’s FB page:
Query: Dear ________, For the last 18 months, every time I buy one of your
packages of _____, the to share/not to share sticker has been reversed. So
when I go to open the to share side, and share the ____ with all my friends, the
hole is so small for us all to fit our fingers in there. Please if you guys can fix
this MAJOR issue in my day to day life, I would really appreciate it. Thanks,
Response: Thanks for reaching out, Dylan, and don't worry, your eyes aren't
deceiving you! We actually decided to turn the label after our fans told us
they prefer to use the smaller opening when sharing the _____ with friends.
This way you don't have to share all of your _______! But we'll certainly keep
your request in mind.
Name the brand
• 21 questions
• 10 points per answer on direct or pass on
• +10/-10 on pounce
• Unlimited pounces per team
• Pounce open for 5-10 seconds
In principle these devices are something akin to dead
man’s handles. The DMH must be kept pressed down by
the hand to continue contact and keep the engine
These, called “kill cords,” however work a little
differently, given the nature of the environment in which
they are supposed to protect people.
Where will you find them, and how do they work?
They are attached to the
driver in speed boats. In
the event of the driver
falling overboard -which
is a common accident in
these type of vehicles- the
cord disengages the
engine and the boat
stops, thereby preventing
the boat from running
over the person(s) in the
After marinating, boiling and other formalities, the
meat (usually mutton pieces from the leg) is ground to
a fine paste without adding water.
Yogurt, garam masala, coriander, mint and lime juice
are added and mixed well with the meat. Balls of the
mixture are flattened slightly, and in an indentation in
the centre of the meat, yogurt is filled, the mix sealed
and fried in hot oil.
Name the dish, and explain the moniker.
Shikampuri kebab, meaning “belly-full” in
reference to the stuffing.
To break with the country’s British colonial past,
one 1961 morning Ne Win decreed that henceforth
the other side should be used.
The pitch, or ‘macadam’ rather, was queered by the
fact that due to embargo reasons, the only models
available in the country were from Japan. Total
Explain what was the decree, and how were
matters made more difficult.
Ne Win imposed right-hand driving in
Burma. However the cars in the country all
had the steering on the right side.
To this day, the Burmese drive on the right, in
right-hand drive cars
When the Cholas were in power from the 9th to 13th
century they constructed huge stone temple
complexes with sculpted representations of the
However, some of the best-known artistic remains
from this time period are the bronzes that were
commissioned for each temple.
What change in religious concept was a trigger
for the increase in bronzes during the Chola
While the stone sculptures and the inner
sanctum image empowering the temple
remained immovable, changing religious
concepts demanded that the deities take part
in a variety of public roles similar to those of
a human monarch.
As a result, large bronze images were created
to be carried outside the temple to
participate in daily rituals, processions, and
5. Connect and explain. More pics follow.
La Grande Chartreuse, a monastery got its name after the
The liqueur “Chartreuse” got its name because it was first
made by the Carthusian monks in the monastery (pic
The colour “Chartreuse” (pic 3) got its name from the
“Chartreuse” is also a type of house in southern France,
which is referenced in the Stendhal book.
He was from Cappadocia, later lived in Palestine and became
a Roman soldier in the third century AD. Opposing a
campaign of persecution against Christians by the emperor
Diocletian he resigned from the army in protest and was
imprisoned, tortured and beheaded.
The popular image of him _______ a ______ started to achieve
mass appeal after it was published in 1483 by William
Caxton, the English printer, in a book called The Golden
Who is this that also lends his name to a Black Sea
nation? What are the blanks?
In the 17th century Sultan Ahmet commissioned
Mehmet Aga to build the blue mosque. It is said that
Aga was briefed by the Sultan to make something out
of gold (altin) but Aga misheard it as alti and the end
result was something unique.
What resulted was unique but it caused a scandal and
the Sultan had to solve the problem by rushing his
architect to Mecca.
What was the misunderstanding, and what was the
Aga misheard the Sultan and thought he said
six (alti) minarets instead of gold
The scandal was that only the Al-Haram
mosque in Mecca, the holiest mosque, had
Aga was quickly sent to Mecca and a seventh
minaret was built for the Al-Haram Mosque
to ensure it had the maximum minarets!
I fired him because he wouldn't respect the authority of the
president. That's the answer to that. I didn't fire him because
he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that's not
against the law for generals. If it was, half to three-quarters
of them would be in jail. - Harry S. Truman, quoted in Plain
Speaking : An Oral Biography of Harry S Truman
[a] Who is Truman referring to?
[b] Name the artefact in the person’s mouth, something
that was made to his precise instructions.
[a] General Douglas MacArthur
[b] Corncob pipes
Their cobs are grown to exacting specifications. After
proper curing, they are transformed into genuine
Missouri Meerschaums. Originally made to the
precise instructions of famous World War II General
Pfaff is a 150 year old, Kaiserslautern, Germany based
company. Its first product was designed to help in the making
of shoes. 30 years ago one of the company executives
happened to spot a news report from India showing an image
of a company product being ‘rescued’ so to speak, and
promptly dispatched a new one to the rescuer, making an old
man very happy.
The person who captured the image was one of the first
people to cross the border into Afghanistan during the soviet
invasion of 1979.
Who is the ‘reporter’ and what was the ‘rescue mission’?
Steve McCurry’s iconic photo, “Tailor in
Influenced by an 1892 visit to the site shown, he is said to
have experienced the religious contrast of the East with the
West and created something. In particular 3 stanzas were
picked from this creation for use elsewhere –
• the first stanza attempts a softening of the Christian
distaste for other religions alluding to the peaceful
nature of Eastern mysticism
• the second praises Western, non-orthodox free-thinkers
open to “other creeds”
• The third is an ambiguous verse suggesting that the
conservative, old order must give way to a peaceful one
Who is the individual in question, what site is this and
how were these 3 stanzas used elsewhere? Pic follows
Buddha at Kamakura
The 3 stanzas serve as the introductions to
the first 3 chapters of Kim
The smallest of their kind, these creatures take their generic
name from the Arabic word for ‘fox’, making their 2 word
name a tautology in some sense.
Abundant in North Africa and Asia, they are quite popular as
house pets, lending their name to the Algerian football team.
A letter written in 1918 by a stranded aviator documents him
raising this pet, while in 1935 he claims to have encountered
the same animal while lost in the Sahara, leading to fans
suggesting an inspiration in a later work.
What animal and what work has it possibly found
The fox in Antoine de St-Exupery’s Little
Prince is said to be inspired by a Fennec fox
While the American press has had a field day poking fun at
these novelties, it turns out that this approach was not quite
alien and was popular in 1982 New York City under the
approval of mayor Ed Koch.
These ‘innovations’ are in the news because of their
appearance in the quaint town of Fermanagh, Northern
Ireland, under a £1M sanction plan by the local government.
What is their purpose and why is this particular town of
Fermanagh in the news?
Fake storefronts with artwork to hide
derelict/shut down shops and retail stores -
The G8 summit happened at Fermanagh and
the city wanted to hide its economic troubles
and present the illusion of fake activity.
In 1938, Louis B. Mayer purchased the screen rights to
the Wonderful Wizard of Oz and entrusted English
novelist Noel Langley with the job of adapting it to
In accordance with Mayer’s wishes to popularize
something, Langley made a small but conspicuous
change in the script as opposed to the original book.
Two options were designed to accommodate this change
– one with a distinct Middle Eastern feel and the other
involving sequins and dyeing.
What was the change in script and why did Mayer
want this change?
Dorothy wears silver slippers in the books, but in
the movies she wears ‘ruby slippers’
Louis B. Mayer wanted to promote Technicolor
and felt silver would not show as prominently on
screen as a bright red color in contrast with the
Yellow Brick Road.
Its origins go back to the 1858 Act of France that mandated
a uniform dress code for sailors to distinguish them from
the waves so you could find them easily if they fell
Coco Chanel visited the coast and was inspired to introduce
the design to the fashion world, making it a symbol of haute
bourgeois that adorned the likes of Monroe, Picasso,
Brigitte Bardot, Hepburn, Warhol and even the Beatniks.
What piece of attire, named after a region in France
and how is a feature on it connected to Napoleon
Breton Shirt, from Brittany
The original 21 stripes on the shirt symbolized
Napoleon’s 21 victories
In 1948, Ruth Williams Khama, a former WAAF ambulance
driver, married Prince Seretse Khama, a law student and
Lloyd’s clerk in London. Khama and Ruth lived as exiles in
London before moving to Botswana, where Seretse became
the country’s first President.
In 1953, Peggy Cripps, a Labor leader and daughter of Sir
Stafford Cripps married Joseph Appiah, a London law
student who went on to become PM of Gold Coast (Ghana).
Both ladies adopted their respective countries until their
Both these real life stories were influential in setting
up what uncomfortable meal in 1967?
Sidney Poitier’s “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”
On November 17, 1954, just after 2 pm, then Vice
President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan entered the US
Senate and was introduced to the President, Richard
Dr. Radhakrishnan gave a short speech on the rich
tradition of democracy in both countries and stated his
hope that this gift to the US Senate in this time of need
would continue this legacy of debate with freedom.
Nixon thanked India and Dr. Radhakrishnan for this gift,
possibly embarrassed that this whole situation had been of
his own making.
What was the gift and why did the US turn to India?
Nixon broke the old gavel in the US senate when he
banged it too hard during a nuclear energy debate
The US could not find a piece of ivory large enough to
replace it and appealed to India – this gavel has no
handle so as not to repeat the act
This 1971 event is called “The Fight That Almost Was”.
For X, it represented an attempt to prove that he was the
greatest all round athlete of all time, going beyond his
chosen sport. For Y, it was less rosy and was more of a
comeback after his conviction and exile from the sport.
The much hyped meeting didn’t happen because of 3
reasons - X’s father asked him to focus on his free throws
vs. throwing punches, the winner’s purse was way too low
and events leading up to the meeting reduced the incentive
for X to fight Y.
Who were X and Y and what events caused X to
reconsider the matchup?
X- Wilt Chamberlain vs. Y – Mohammad Ali
Ali lost his 1971 Heavyweight title match to Joe
Frazier, and even if Chamberlain had beaten Ali
he could not have claimed the title of
The two overnight celebrities in this incident had
contrasting resumes – Philippe Cozette was a small time
worker from Peuplinges and had applied in the hope of a
long term job, while Graham Fagg was an experienced
hand and had returned home so he could stay closer to
In 2010, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary, Cozette, a
locomotive driver and Fagg, engaged in projects elsewhere,
were asked to recreate the historic incident and posed in a
much more comfortable setting.
What were they recreating?
Chunnel Handshake – Fagg and Cozette were
respectively the first Englishman and
Frenchman who drilled through either side of
the Chunnel and broke through to shake hands
The first version of this luxury concept is said to have
been architected in the early 1600s at the Stag
Fountain in the Palace of Versailles, overlooking a
A more modern version of this, as seen today, is said to
have originated in Bali, Indonesia where the
inspiration directly came from the dramatic effect
created by the sawah - ubiquitous terraced paddy/rice
What concept, much bandied about in traveler
The San(m)pietrini, literally little St. Peters, came into
being on a dark night in 1585 when an ornate carriage
carrying Pope Sixtus V almost met with an accident in
St. Peter’s square, prompting the aggravated Pope to order
the selciaroli, an ancient cutters’ guild to solve the problem.
Since then, they have been blamed for almost costing
Dennis Menchov his 2009 Tour of Italy crown and
polarizing a city’s population into supporters that consider
them a part of local heritage, and detractors who have
cited reasons ranging from public safety to inconvenience
for fashion sensitive women.
What are the Sanpietrini and how are they (ironically)
liable to damage the city’s local heritage?
Cobblestones in Rome, which still form a large
portion of the roads in the city.
Aside from being slippery when wet, high
speed and heavy traffic on the stones leads to
noise and vibrations that have been known to
damage surrounding buildings
Gilbert Stuart painfully created this work because the
‘muse’, having acquired a fresh pair of false teeth, was
extremely restless and had to be calmed down by
discussing horse racing, a favorite topic.
One of Stuart’s three famous works on the same subject,
this 1796 creation gets it name from the suffix attached to
the East Coast institution that first acquired it – the suffix
from Greek means a place of intellectual pursuits.
Gilbert never finished this version intentionally, but the
portrait went on to become more famous in other ways.
Whose portrait, which institution (including suffix)
acquired this portrait and what is the painting’s claim