“_______ de langosta enchiladas“ is baby lobster tails simmered in hot sauce with Spanish rice. “_________ is little tails, but here the author is referring to 'colas,' the tip of a marijuana branch, where it is more potent and with more sap (said to be the best part of the leaves)." This word appears in the lyrics of a very famous song. Identify the word and the song. one
The Simpsons are well known for their parodies. Here is a clever wordplay which denotes a very famous book . This in turn was made into a very famous movie. Which movie? two
Scott Fahlman is a is a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University. He is notable for early work on automated planning in a blocks world, on semantic networks, on neural networks and a lots of other stuff. In the September of 1982, he posted a message on the message board of the university which would help distinguish the serious posts from the jokes. This message went on to become significant later on and originated in something which is very commonly used nowadays. What was the significance of this message? three
Its origin dates back over 2500 years. The first written record of the insult occurred in ancient Greece, where the playwright Aristophanes made a crude joke mixing up the ____________ and the penis. When the Romans imported the art, music, and culture of the Greeks, the __________ came along, too. During the Middle Ages, the ________ went underground. It was still known, but the Catholic Church frowned upon its use, as the ___________ was supposed to be holy in the Mass. The unholy insult lurked deep within the hearts of filthy- minded folks everywhere, hiding from sight until the 19th century when it began to crop up again thanks to a new invention -photography. All the blanks are the same. Fill them in. four
This is the Tematangi atoll in the French polynesia in the pacific ocean. It has a wonderful and interesting feature which pertains to a certain group of people in the world because of its geographic location. Who are these people and what is the special feature? five
This beetle species from the genus Agathidium is named after X due to the marked resemblance of the beetle to X . What Is X? six
Born in Dharwad, Karnataka in June 1, 1909, he graduated with honours in Physics in 1931 from the then Royal Institute of Science, Bombay. He joined IISc., as Lecturer in Electrical Engineering from 1937 to 1943. Among his colleagues were well known physicists like Nobel Laureate C.V. Raman, HomiBhabha, and Vikram Sarabhai. However, it seems that the politics of the Institute was not favorable to his growth and success. Who is this person and what is his valuable contribution to India? seven
What is this an image of? eight
two word origins 8questions | differential scoring
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Etienne de ________ was a French finance minister who, in 1759, imposed harsh economic demands on the country to fix France’s credit crisis during the seven years war. Some of his measures included taxing “signs of wealth”, such as doors, and seizing, and then smelting, gold and silverware. One of his hobbies was creating paper portraits. Fill in the blank. one
The term X evolved from the Arabic al-zahr, which means the dice. In Western Europe the term came to be associated with a number of games using dice, which were learned during the Crusades whilst in the Holy Land. From very early on, games using dice were associated with the risky business of gambling. What is X? two
This word comes from the Arabic ________, which originally meant a very fine powder of antimony used as eye makeup. It conveyed the idea of something very fine and subtle, and the Arab alchemists therefore gave the name of ________ to any impalpable powder obtained by sublimation. Fill in the second blank. three
Many banks in post-Renaissance Europe issued small, porcelain borrower’s tiles to their creditworthy customers. Like credit cards, these tiles were imprinted with the owner’s name, his credit limit, and the name of the bank. Each time the customer wanted to borrow money, he had to present the tile to the bank teller, who would compare the imprinted credit limit with how much the customer had already borrowed. This practice has led to a phrase used frequently in today’s world. What is the term? four
After the defeat of the mighty monarch, Mithridates, GnaeusPompeius found in his private cabinet a recipe for an antidote in his own handwriting; it was to the following effect: Take two dried walnuts, two figs, and twenty leaves of rue; pound them all together, with the addition of _________; if a person takes this mixture fasting, he will be immune to all poisons on that day. Fill in the blank. five
According to myth, in the 7th century a dragon, named ________- literally throat, rose from the Seine River in France. Unlike the typical dragons of mythology, this one did not breathe fire, but rather was a water dragon. The monster proceeded to lay waste to the countryside by drowning it. St. Romain, the Archbishop of Rouen, accompanied only by a condemned prisoner, set out to stop the beast. Upon confronting the monster, the good saint form a cross with his two index fingers, taming ________. The dragon was laid back to Paris, where it was killed and burned. The head, however, was saved and mounted on a building. Both the blanks are the same. Fill them in. six
When the Normans conquered England, French language became the dominant language of law and the courts. There was also a dominant separation of class, and the common folk who worked the fields and lived in the rural areas were looked up with some disdain by their French noble neighbors. There was a common sentiment that the people who live in the village were somehow beneath the nobility, that these people could not be trusted, that they would often steal from the nobility. What word owes its origin to the above? seven
From Greek _____ meaning “other” and ______ meaning gathering place (especially the marketplace). In times past, it was common to do one’s chatting at the marketplace. Some of the topics discussed were clandestine in nature and when people spoke about them, for fear of being punished, they would speak indirectly. That is to say, they would speak about one thing in such a way as to intimate the actual information to the listener. Thus, the persons discussing clandestine matters were said to be speaking of “other things” in the marketplace. What word? eight
three modified infinite bounce| mega connect 10 points flat | 8 questions | anti-clockwise mega connect points as on the slide
+40/-20| + 35/-20 | +30/-15 | +25/ -15 | +20/-10 | +15/-10 | +10/-5 | +5/0 It grossed a total of $6,712,361 on its opening weekend and ranked fourth in the country for that time period. It went on to make $29.1 million in North America and $31.2 million in the rest of the world for a total of $60.3 million worldwide, significantly lower than its $90 million budget. The film was considered to be a commercial disappointment. Disney executives had hoped that the film would have the same commercial and critical success as All the President's Men, a film in the same vein. However, it had limited appeal to younger moviegoers (studio executives reportedly said the prime audience was over the age of 40.) and the subject matter was "not notably dramatic", according to marketing executives. Then-Disney chairman Joe Roth said, "It's like walking up a hill with a refrigerator on your back. The fact of the matter is we're really proud we did this movie. People say it's the best movie they've seen this year. They say, 'Why don't we make more movies like this?'“ Which movie? one
+40/-20| + 35/-20 | +30/-15 | +25/ -15 | +20/-10 | +15/-10 | +10/-5 | +5/0 Who and where? two
+40/-20| + 35/-20 | +30/-15 | +25/ -15 | +20/-10 | +15/-10 | +10/-5 | +5/0 In 1730, the Maharaja of Jodhpur wanted a new palace constructed in Khejarli, Jodhpur district and needed wood to fuel lime kilns for the cement to build it. His plan to use the neighborhood forest for this purpose was opposed by the local Bishnoi women, led by Amrita Devi. The opposition was crushed brutally and the king had his way, but the opposition did not go in vain. What did it serve as an inspiration for? three
+40/-20| + 35/-20 | +30/-15 | +25/ -15 | +20/-10 | +15/-10 | +10/-5 | +5/0 In the US, X control over 80% of personal financial assets and more than 50% of discretionary spending power. They are responsible for more than half of all consumer spending, buy 77% of all prescription drugs, 61% of OTC medication and 80% of all leisure travel. In 2004, the UK X held 80% of the UK's wealth and bought 80% of all top of the range cars, 80% of cruises and 50% of skincare products.There were theories that suggested an economic slowdown when the X start retiring during 2007–2009.In addition to the size of the group, Steve Gillon has suggested that one thing that sets the X apart from other groups is the fact that "almost from the time they were conceived, X were dissected, analyzed, and pitched to by modern marketers, who reinforced a sense of distinctiveness.“ Give me X. four
+40/-20| + 35/-20 | +30/-15 | +25/ -15 | +20/-10 | +15/-10 | +10/-5 | +5/0 The parable of Y is a parable told by Jesus and is mentioned in only one of the Canonical gospels. According to the Gospel of Luke (10:25-37) a Jewish traveler is beaten, robbed, and left half dead along the road. First a priest and then a Levite come by, but both avoid the man. Finally, an X comes by. X and Jews generally despised each other, but the X helps the injured Jew. Jesus is described as telling the parable in response to a question regarding the identity of the "neighbor" which Leviticus 19:18 says should be loved. Portraying an X in positive light would have come as a shock to Jesus' audience.It is typical of his provocative speech in which conventional expectations are inverted. Give me Y. five
+40/-20| + 35/-20 | +30/-15 | +25/ -15 | +20/-10 | +15/-10 | +10/-5 | +5/0 It was initially used to denote equipment made from iron that was galvanized, such as metal trash cans, in U.S. Army inventories and supply records.During World War I, U.S. soldiers sardonically began referring to incoming German artillery shells as “X cans." In that same war, X started being interpreted as _____________ and said as an adjective of anything having to do with the Army. 5 points for X and 5 for the blank. six
+40/-20| + 35/-20 | +30/-15 | +25/ -15 | +20/-10 | +15/-10 | +10/-5 | +5/0 This portrait of Jacquard was woven in silk on a Jacquard loom and required 24,000 punched cards to create. It was only produced to order. X, who owned one of these portraits, usedit as an inspiration for something he made. What did he make? X will do too. seven
+40/-20| + 35/-20 | +30/-15 | +25/ -15 | +20/-10 | +15/-10 | +10/-5 | +5/0 He stated in 2008 that he became interested in the U.S. Presidential elections and hosted a show, Capitol Hill Gangsta, discussing what he thought of the elections. While it received a moderate response, it is not what made him famous. He started two bands before this, Hanover Fist and Fatty Spins, both of which have since been dismantled. His third band, whose name I will give you only if no team objects, was formed recently and became famous through the show that followed Capital Hill Gangsta. Give me his name or the name of his show. eight
four three hints round 4questions | written | points as on slides
+20/ -10 | +10/-5 | +5/0 The movie X directed by the man pictured below and starring Shahrukh Khan was based on a book X written by me. one
+20/ -10 | +10/-5 | +5/0 I was incarcerated on 23 April 1849 for being part of a liberal intellectual group. I, along with other members, was sentenced to death. After a mock execution, in which I and other members of the group stood outside in freezing weather waiting to be shot by a firing squad, my sentence was commuted to four years of exile with hard labour at a prison camp . In describing the dilapidated barracks which "should have been torn down years ago", I wrote “In summer, intolerable closeness; in winter, unendurable cold. All the floors were rotten. Filth on the floors an inch thick; one could slip and fall... We were packed like herrings in a barrel... There was no room to turn around. From dusk to dawn it was impossible not to behave like pigs... Fleas, lice, and black beetles by the bushel.” This experience inspired me to write The House of the Dead. one
+20/ -10 | +10/-5 | +5/0 Iwas a Russian writer of realist fiction and essays. I am best known for my novels Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov. one
+20/ -10 | +10/-5 | +5/0 I was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. I completed my schooling from Holy Angels AIHSS, Chennai. I received a Bachelor's degree in Physics, Chemistry and Maths from Madras Christian College in 1974 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (MBA) from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 1976. two
+20/ -10 | +10/-5 | +5/0 I held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and textile firm MetturBeardsell. I was admitted to Yale School of Management in 1978 and earned a Master's degree in Public and Private Management. While at Yale, I completed my summer internship with Booz & Company. Graduating in 1980, I joined the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and then held strategy positions at Motorola and Asea Brown Boveri. two
+20/ -10 | +10/-5 | +5/0 I joined PepsiCo in 1994 and was named president and CFO in 2001. I have directed the company's global strategy for more than a decade and led PepsiCo's restructuring, including the 1997 divestiture of its restaurants into Tricon, now known as Yum! Brands. I also took the lead in the acquisition of Tropicana in 1998,and merger with Quaker Oats Company, which also brought Gatorade to PepsiCo. In 2007 I became the fifth CEO in PepsiCo's 44-year history. two
+20/ -10 | +10/-5 | +5/0 I was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi to an unmarried teenage mother. I later said that my conception was due to a single sexual encounter and the couple broke up not long after. My mother, Vernita Lee (born c. 1935) was a housemaid. I had believed that my biological father was Vernon _____ __(born 1933), a coal miner turned barber turned city councilman who had been in the Armed Forces when I was born. Decades later, Mississippi farmer and World War II veteran Noah Robinson Sr. (born c. 1925) claimed to be my biological father. three
+20/ -10 | +10/-5 | +5/0 In 1985, I co-starred in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple as distraught housewife, Sofia. I was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for my performance. The film went on to become a Broadway musical which opened in late 2005, and I was credited as a producer. In October 1998, I produced and starred in the film Beloved, based on Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name. To prepare for her role as Sethe, the protagonist and former slave, I experienced a 24-hour simulation of the experience of slavery, which included being tied up and blindfolded and left alone in the woods. Despite major advertising, including two episodes of ___________dedicated solely to the film, and moderate to good critical reviews, Beloved opened to poor box-office results, losing approximately $30 million. three
+20/ -10 | +10/-5 | +5/0 Time magazine wrote about me, “Few people would have bet on her swift rise. In a field dominated by white males, she is a black female of ample bulk. What she lacks in toughness, she makes up for in plainspoken curiosity, robust humour and, above all empathy. Guests with sad stories to tell are apt to rouse a tear in her eye. They, in turn, often find themselves revealing things they would not imagine telling anyone.” three
+20/ -10 | +10/-5 | +5/0 “X was overeducated in those fields, which lie outside the scientific tradition, such as his interest in religion, in the Hindu religion in particular, which resulted in a feeling of mystery of the universe that surrounded him like a fog. He saw physics clearly, looking toward what had already been done, but at the border he tended to feel there was much more of the mysterious and novel than there actually was ... [he turned] away from the hard, crude methods of theoretical physics into a mystical realm of broad intuition.” four
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+20/ -10 | +10/-5 | +5/0 “Now I am become death, the destroyer of the worlds. ” four
X was born in 1883 in Mönchengladbach, Germany. His father was a prize-winning gymnast of Greek ancestry, and his mother worked as a naturopath. His name cause X much grief as a child because older boys taunted him calling him “______, killer of Christ“ X was a sickly child and suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever, and he dedicated his entire life to improving his physical strength. Besides skiing frequently, he began studying body-building, yoga, Kung Fu and gymnastics. By the age of 14, he was fit enough to pose for anatomical charts. X came to believe that the "modern" life-style, bad posture, and inefficient breathing lay at the roots of poor health and devised a series of exercises and training-techniques and engineered all the equipment, specifications, and tuning required to teach his methods properly. The method carries his name. Way too many hints if you know his name and just one if you have no idea. Give me X. one
X is a metaphor for deliberately proceeding past a point of no return. The phrase originates with Julius Caesar's invasion of Ancient Rome (January 10, 49 BC), when he led his army across a river in violation of law, thus making conflict inevitable. Therefore the term “__________" is used as a synonym to the "point of no return". Aleaiactaest ("The die is cast"), which is reportedly what Caesar said during the aforementioned X, is an expression with the same meaning. Give me X. two
In 1973, IBM introduced the IBM 3340 ______ disk drive, the first significant commercial use of low mass and low load heads with lubricated media. All modern disk drives now use this technology and/or derivatives thereof. Project head Kenneth Haughton named it after the _______ because it was planned to have two 30 MB spindles; however, the actual product shipped with two spindles for data modules of either 35 MB or 70 MB. Fill in the blank. three
The shape of this product is modeled after a hyperbolic paraboloid. This design characteristic is beneficial as it keeps the product from breaking during distribution by eliminating lines of stress along which a small crack may easily propagate. Further, it keeps a stack of the product highly interlocked or nested during distribution. The name of the product came from a street in Cincinnati. It was simply chosen for its sound and appeal. What is being talked about? four
Israel Israel Israeli U.K., Australia and New Zealand Joe Bloggs U.S.A. and Canada ? five
It is believed the majority of self-reported _____ claimed the religion for their own amusement, to poke fun at the government, or as a protest against the inclusion of the religion question on the census form. In England and Wales, 390,127 people (almost 0.8%) stated their religion as ______ on their 2001 Census forms, surpassing Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism, and making it the fourth largest reported religion in the countries. ______ was assigned its own code in the United Kingdom for census processing. Officials from the Office for National Statistics in the UK pointed out that this merely means that it has been registered as a common answer to the “religion” question, and that this does not confer on it the status of official recognition. In 2001, over 53,000 people listed themselves as _______ in New Zealand’s census. New Zealand had the highest per capita population of reported _______ in the world that year, with 1.5% marking _______ as their religion. New Zealand treated _____ responses as “Answer understood, but will not be counted.” If ______ were counted it would have been the second largest religion in the country. Fill in the blank. six
What be X? The Lords Temporal The Lords Spiritual The House of Commons X seven
In 1880, X left Providence for New York City, realizing that the ideal location for business and financial reporting was there. The 29-year-old found work at the Kiernan Wall Street Financial News Bureau, which delivered by messenger hand written financial news to banks and brokerages. When John Kiernan asked X to find another reporter for the Bureau, X invited Y to work with him. Y and X had met when they worked together at the Providence Evening Press. Y, a Brown University dropout, could skilfully and quickly analyze a financial report. He, like X, was committed to reporting on Wall Street without bias. Other reporters could be bribed into reporting favourably on a company to drive up stock prices. X and Y refused to manipulate the stock market. Give me X and Y. No part points. eight
The award, highly regarded as it indicates a premier degree of peer recognition, is a bronze statuette titled The Fascinated Wanderer. It had its genesis in 1967 with accredited journalists voting. The awards were given away uninterrupted until the year 1988. The award resumed in 1995. Since then, it has been coordinated by the magazine 64. What is it popularly known as? one
John Walter Edward Douglas-Scott-Montagu, (second Lord Montagu of Beaulieu after 1905, a pioneer of the automobile movement, and editor of The Car Illustrated magazine from 1902) is known to have had an affair with Eleanor Velasco Thornton. Eleanor was John Walter's secretary, and their love was to remain hidden, limited to their circle of friends, for more than a decade. The reason for the secrecy was Eleanor's impoverished social and economic status, which was an obstacle to their love. John-Walter, succumbing to family pressures, married Lady Cecil Victoria Constance, but the secret love affair continued. Eleanor died on 30 December 1915, going down with the SS Persia, when the ship was torpedoed off Crete by a German submarine, whilst she accompanied Lord Montagu on his journey to India. How did Charles Sykes immortalize her? two
Lighting a pocket lighter using an excavator's shovel (19 February 1983).
Assembling a V8 engine from parts and make it run within 9 minutes (2 November 1991)
13 swimmers towing a 312 ton ship over a distance of 25 meters (7 October 1995)
Recognizing 5 of 6 (out of a total of 75) species of birds blindfolded by feeling a single feather (9 November 2002).
A Chinese martial artist pushing a car with a spear, the tip of which resting on his throat
A nine-year-old boy from Vienna computing the shortest bus and railcar routes throughout the city from memory
A blindfolded farmer recognizing his cows by the sound they made while chewing apples
Some examples. The entire list is huge. What? Hint : Think European. three
X (from Greek συνεκδοχή, meaning "simultaneous understanding") is a figure of speechin which a term is used in one of the following ways:
Part of something is used to refer to the whole thing (pars pro toto), or
A thing (a "whole") is used to refer to part of it (totum pro parte), or
A specific class of thing is used to refer to a larger, more general class, or
A general class of thing is used to refer to a smaller, more specific class, or
A material is used to refer to an object composed of that material, or
A container is used to refer to its contents.
Give me X. four
This is the character ‘Red Lynx’ from Swat Kats : The Radical Squadron. The character is shot down by ‘Blue Manx’ (the great grand father of Mayor Manx), but comes back to life when his lost plane is discovered under the sea on the shores of Megakat city. Who/What was Red Lynx a parody of? five
2006- Aaron Neville and Aretha Franklin 2007- Billy Joel 2008- Jordin Sparks 2009- Jennifer Hudson 2010- Carrie Underwood 2011- ? Hint: "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming". six
This American political term derives from the Dutch _______, or free-booter, a term applied to pirates in the Caribbean in the 16th century. The modern legislative sense was common by the 1850s, probably adopted because the ________ers were hijacking the debate much like a pirate would hijack a ship. Fill in the second blank. seven
X is a word recorded in English from 1918 onwards as a derogatory term. Its earlier meaning in English was as a synonym for sauerX, a traditional central European food. In its native language, the term is rarely used alone. It means "herb", or designates the leaves and stem of a plant as opposed to the root. The term is more often used in compound nouns for herbs, and also for cabbage and cabbage products. X may have been used as a term for ________ sailors, who carried SauerX on board in an effort to battle scurvy.Although recorded as a colloquial term by the mid-nineteenth century, it was during World War I that X came to be used in English as a derogatory term for a _______. The stereotype of the sauerX-eating _______ dates back long before this time, and can be seen, for example, in Jules Verne's depiction of an evil ________ industrialist, an avid sauerXeater, in The Begum's Millions. X please. eight