The Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Rotating Shield Quiz 2010 (2nd round)


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The 2nd round of the 2010 edition of the Dr Vikram Sarabhai RS Quiz, conducted at BVCOE by yours truly. This was for the top 30 teams (pyramidal format). Top 6 from this made it to the final round (also uploaded).

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The Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Rotating Shield Quiz 2010 (2nd round)

  1. 1. Archie as Pureheart the powerful, Jughead as Captain Hero and Betty as Superteen consist of an organisation called P.O.P which has its HQ at Pop Tate's Choklit Shoppe. What does P.O.P stand for?
  2. 2. <ul><li>Answer : Protect Our Planet </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>X was an American by birth. Early on, he established himself as a chess prodigy, defeating Donald Byrne in a match nicknamed “Game Of The Century”, when only 13. His more memorable victory, however, came in 1972 when he beat the then World champion in the most famous chess match in history. He later designed and patented a digital chess clock known as the X clock, which has since been adapted for use in other sports as well. X later suffered from a mental illness that led him to behave erratically. He wrote a letter to Osama bin Laden on their “shared hatred” for the US and Israel, and on them being fugitives from the US justice system. He died in Iceland in 2008. Name X </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Answer : Bobby Fischer </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>National Allied Publications was founded in 1934. The company’s first publication was the tabloid-sized New Fun the following year. In this company’s field of specialisation, eras are referred to as Golden, Silver and Bronze Ages. How is this company better known today? </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Answer : DC Comics </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>X’s characteristic look is believed to have initially been inspired by that of German actor Conrad Veidt. In later years, the role of X was played by several iconic actors, among them a two-time Oscar winner who featured in movies such as One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and A Few Good Men . The most recent actor to play this role imitated the gestures and mannerisms of musician Sid Vicious for the role. Who is X? </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Answer : The Joker from Batman </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>In June 2008, Germany played Poland in a football match that ended 2-0. </li></ul><ul><li>This match is now known for someone who made his debut. Who? </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Answer : Paul the Octopus </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>X’s real name was Edward Teach and he was a compulsive sadist, obsessed with violence. Said Daniel Defoe 'He frightened America more than any comet'. Killed by Maynard of the Royal Navy on the James River, his last words after a swig of rum were 'Damnation take my soul, if I give it up or take any quarter'. </li></ul><ul><li>In a fantasy movie made in 1968, X’s ghost was conjured up and forced to perform a good deed before his soul could be set free. This movie was remade in Hindi and starred Naseeruddin Shah and Shah Rukh Khan. </li></ul><ul><li>Who is X? </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Answer : Blackbeard </li></ul><ul><li>(The movie is of course Chamatkar , a remake of Blackbeard’s Ghost ) </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>The creature is the same in all three. What is the significance of the process being shown here? </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Answer : The world’s only known “immortal” creature. A jellyfish, it is capable of returning to it’s polyp stage and then evolving back into the medusa (intermediate) stage, then into the fully evolved state. It does this multiple times over… it a lifespan of 150-160 years. The name is Turritopsis nutricula. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Identify the scientist below, who recently conducted a very strange experiment on himself. </li></ul><ul><li>[Hint : Artificial Intelligence - Extreme!] </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Answer : Dr. Mark Gasson, who recently became the first person known to inject himself with a computer virus. </li></ul>
  17. 17. What did this depict?
  18. 18. <ul><li>Answer : A 1967 Soviet postage stamp that depicted an artificial satellite from an extraterrestrial civilisation. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>X and Y were two dogs taken into space on August 19, 1960 along with a grey rabbit, 42 mice, 2 rats, flies and a number of plants and fungi. All passengers survived – making them the first Earth-born creatures to go into orbit and return alive. An animated Russian feature film was released this year to commemorate 50 years of their journey. </li></ul><ul><li>Name the movie. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Answer : Belka and Strelka : Star Dogs </li></ul><ul><li>Their flight established the physical conditions necessary for travel in outer space, paving the way for human spaceflight. Yuri Gagarin’s space shot occurred the very next year (1961). </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Established in 1931 in Ahmedabad by the Lalbhai Group, this company is a leading composite manufacturer of textiles such as cotton shirting, denim and knits. It markets several iconic brands, such as Newport, Ruf & Tuf, Excalibur and Flying Machine, as well as the license to manufacture Arrow and Lee in India. Name the company. </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Answer : Arvind Mills </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>In 1836, during the Texas Revolution, the invading Mexican forces besieged a small Texan garrison in ________. Despite being heavily outnumbered by the Mexicans, the Texan defenders heroically fought on to the last man. The story of their courage in the face of certain death inspired many to join the resistance and fight back the invaders; American troops for several years used the rallying cry “Remember the ________!” to encourage mates onward. This famous battle, a turning point in the war, was later immortalized in the 1950s Disney miniseries Davy Crockett. Name the battle. </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Answer : Alamo (Remember the Alamo!) </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>This car company was started by a bicycle manufacturer in Cowley, UK in 1910 with the initial aim of making a light car. The company soon established a reputation for high-quality, low-cost cars. Within a few years it rose to be the biggest car manufacturer in the UK. This company’s creations inspired the designs of several vehicles built in India, among them the Baby Hindustan, the Hindustan Landmaster and most famously the Ambassador. </li></ul><ul><li>This company was later merged with a rival car manufacturer to form the British Motor Corp. </li></ul><ul><li>Name the company </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Answer : Morris Motor Corp. </li></ul><ul><li>Morris Minor – Baby Hindustan </li></ul><ul><li>Morris Oxford Series II – Hindustan Landmaster </li></ul><ul><li>Morris Oxford Series III – Hindustan Ambassador </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>Idea Cellular was originally known by the hyphenation of the names of the three corporate giants who co-founded the company in 2000; the renaming to Idea occurred in 2004. However, the company had in the interim period been popularly known by a name X that was the acronym of the three co-owners’ names clubbed together. The widespread use of the acronym X by the public is said to be one of the reasons for the name change. What was X ? </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Answer : Batata  </li></ul><ul><li>Idea was originally formed by Birla, AT&T and Tata, all having a one-third stake each. They kept this name for the first few years - leading people to nickname it Batata Telecom! </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>This man, a naval officer, was involved in a major legal case in 1959 that became one of independent India’s first ever media trials. Although largely forgotten now, this case had a major impact on the way court trials are conducted in India. What? </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>Answer : Jury system was abolished in India after this case. The naval officer is Cmdr KM Nanavati. </li></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>The man shown played a major role in cracking the encryption of a highly complicated cipher machine several decades ago. An award was instituted in his name, for members of the computing community who make lasting contributions to the field. Name him. </li></ul>
  32. 32. <ul><li>Answer : Alan Turing, who cracked the Enigma cipher machine. </li></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>The king of X (an Indian princely state) was visiting London when he realised he had left his riding trousers at home. These were stitched especially for him by a tailor at home. Left with no choice, the king disclosed to a tailor in London the secret of the trousers. These consequently became popular in England for outdoor activities and have since been known by the (slightly changed) name of the state. Name the state. </li></ul>
  34. 34. <ul><li>Answer : Jodhpur ( Jodhpurs ) </li></ul>
  35. 35. <ul><li>Identify this well-known comedian and Filmfare awardee. </li></ul>
  36. 36. <ul><li>Answer : Ravi Baswani of Chashme Buddoor and Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron fame. </li></ul>
  37. 37. <ul><li>X was born in New York in 1919. He became a professional writer after dropping out of college, and his first published short story was The Young Folks , in Story magazine. He wrote a series of short stories on the fictional Glass family, the first and most famous of which was A Perfect Day for Bananafish, published in 1948. His first and only single-story novel was a bestseller and is still considered one of the all-time greats in literature for its depiction of the turbulence within the adolescent protagonist, named Holden Caulfield. Name X. </li></ul>
  38. 38. <ul><li>Answer : JD Salinger </li></ul>
  39. 39. X, an accomplished Bharatnatyam dancer and film and television actress, met with an accident in May 1981, as a result of which she was crippled. She overcame her disability with the help of a prosthetic tool. A Telugu film Mayuri, based on her story, was released in 1984. In the movie she plays herself. In 1986, the Hindi version, Nache Mayuri, was released where again she played herself.
  40. 40. <ul><li>Answer : Sudha Chandran </li></ul>
  41. 41. <ul><li>X, whose latest movie is Endhiran (Robot in Hindi) debuted in Bollywood with the movie Dhund. He has since played a number of different roles in Hindi movies. He is also the owner of the Dansberg breweries and Dansberg alcohol brand. Name X. </li></ul>
  42. 42. <ul><li>Answer : Danny Denzongpa </li></ul>