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Mood Indigo General Quiz 2012 Final

  1. 1. Conundrums mood indigo 2012 omniscience the general quiz Final conducted by j. ramanandmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  2. 2. Results 8 team finalThe quiz was won by Abhishek (IIMIndore) & Suraj (XLRI, Jamshedpur) 2nd place: NIT, Calicut 3rd place: IIT-H+BITS Pilanimood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  3. 3. Gratitude Harish Kumar Aditya Gadre Other QMs Mood Indigo Organizersmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  4. 4. Format 5 rounds one (6) two (16) three (1) four (16) five (7)mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  5. 5. Round 1 written +5 each +5 bonus for getting 5 or more people in scientific nomenclature of organismsmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  6. 6. Carabid beetle“Agra ________”“In reference to the markedly developed(biceps-like) middle femora of the male” mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  7. 7. Jumping Spider“Bagheera _____” mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  8. 8. Horsefly“Scaptia _____”Discovered in 1981, when she was born.Named because of the golden part of theabdomen mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  9. 9. Isopod (a crustacean)“Cirolana _____”Found off the coast of Zanzibar mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  10. 10. BacteriaDiscovered in the stratosphere by an ISROballoon“Bacillus isronensis”“Bacillus aryabhata”“Janibacter _____”Described in a paper by Jayant Narlikar et al. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  11. 11. Lower Keys Marsh Rabbits“Sylvilagus Palustris _____”Named for the funding by the corporation thathe runs mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  12. 12. Arnold SchwarzeneggerRudyard KiplingBeyonce KnowlesFreddie MercuryFred HoyleHugh Hefner mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  13. 13. Round 2 passing 1→8 10 points eachmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  14. 14. The Washington Post awards these ratings.These are most often seen on entries in a Postcolumn called “Fact Checker" run by thePulitzer-winning journalist Glenn Kessler. Thisblog checks facts on various topics, and hasbeen particularly busy during the USPresidential elections. Both sides fib a lot, andso these ratings are awarded depending onthe extent to which they have beeneconomical with the truth.In what units are these facts rated? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  15. 15. Pinocchios mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  16. 16. The MoM, Eng v Ireland, 2011 World CupAdam Gilchrist v India, MCG Boxing Day Test,Dec 2007Matthew Hayden v India, MCG Boxing DayTest, Dec 2007SCG, 3rd day of Test v India, Jan 2012NFL referees, New York Jets v Miami Dolphins,Oct 2012 mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  17. 17. Sporting pink for cancer awareness mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  18. 18. From “2010: Odyssey Two” by Arthur C. ClarkeDr. Floyd (talking about HALs demise in the firstbook): “Dr Chandra informs me that, in techterminology, HAL became trapped in a X-Y loop”X: American scientist, author, the son of aNobel Laureate in PhysicsY: German mathematician mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  19. 19. Douglas Hofstadter, August Moebius Answer behind this Click to see mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  20. 20. What is this Qantas 737-800 plane, firstrevealed in November 2011, nicknamed? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  21. 21. The Movember Plane, in support of the Movember initiative in which men wear moustaches to draw attention to mens health issues. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  22. 22. Both the colour and the association withOriental empires spread from the popularity ofthe product produced by an Austro-Hungariancompany at the end of the nineteenth century.The product was named after one of the mostfamous jewels ever.It is said that the Oriental references echoedthe fact that the principal raw material camefrom mines in Siberia.What product? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  23. 23. Pencils. The popularity of the Koh-i-Noor pencillead to other brands such as the Mongol andthe Mikado. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  24. 24. “Reduplication” is a linguistic phenomenondefined in one source as:“a morphological process in which a root or stem orpart of it is repeated”This phenomenon is seen commonly in manylanguage families, and is often used inlanguages like English, Romance languages,Persian, African languages, East Asian, andSouth Asian languages.What has all this got to do with a lady namedVaishali who runs a pickle business from Pune? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  25. 25. The film “English-Vinglish”. The protagonistsrole is inspired from this lady, director GauriShindes mother. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  26. 26. In the early 2000s, which consumer productwas boycotted in some countries such asEgypt after rumours that it was named after aleader that they opposed, and its logo was amodified form of a symbol that they hated? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  27. 27. Ariel. The then Israeli PM was Ariel Sharon. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  28. 28. This is Rhianna (no, this is the right spelling).As a writer, her primary contributions havebeen to fantasy video game scripts, includingPrince of Persia.She will be inheriting something, once theinevitable happens. She is already co-writing aBBC series based on it.What? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  29. 29. Discworld. She is Terry Pratchetts daughter. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  30. 30. There are only three instances of this.Green: Earth Day, April 2008: Somewhat likethe Iwo Jima photographBlack: ?Silver: September 2011: Tribute in Lightmemorial mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  31. 31. TIME magazine covers not to have a Redborder.Black: September, 2001 mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  32. 32. James Cisco is a meteorologist with the US NationalOceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and credited withcoining the nickname that 2012s Hurricane Sandy was dubbed with.He wrote:“The winds from Sandy will be incorporated into a hybrid vortex[...] should settle back toward the interior Northeast throughHalloween, inviting perhaps a ghoulish nickname for the cyclonealong the lines of Frankenstorm, an allusion to Mary ShelleysGothic creature of synthesized elements."However, given some of the hurricanes attributes, some NASAscientists said the name ought to be tweaked by prefixing a phrase.What? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  33. 33. “Bride ofFrankenstorm” sinceSandy was a femalename in the list ofAtlantic hurricanes. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  34. 34. This is a distributed key-value data store that JayKreps, an engineer at LinkedIn, invented.Of the choice of name, he writes:“I thought, that sounds like a distributed system. I don’tknow whether it is nerdier to be reading _____ or to bewondering what kind of consistency protocol ____ useswhen keeping all his pieces up-to-date, but regardless, thename stuck.”Whats this project called? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  35. 35. Project Voldemort“I should probably also mention how it got its name,since that is something I got a lot of questions about. Iwanted to come up with a name that was distinctive anda little self-deprecating (projects shouldn’t takethemselves too seriously). At the time I was reading thelast Harry Potter book, and Voldemort had split himselfinto many pieces each of which had to be destroyed tokill him. I thought, “that sounds like a distributedsystem”. I don’t know whether it is nerdier to be readingHarry Potter or to be wondering what kind of consistencyprotocol Voldemort uses when keeping all his pieces up-to-date, but regardless, the name stuck.” mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  36. 36. Bush House was the iconic headquarters for the BBCWorld Service for over fifty years. In 2012, the lease ranout and the BBC moved out.It also had a literary connection: an author, who wasbriefly part of the Eastern Service (and reportedlyhated his time there) was inspired by some of therooms (including a canteen) and included them in oneof his best known books.Which author, and which book? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  37. 37. George Orwell, 1984An example is the dreaded Room 101 mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  38. 38. Europe defeated the US on a thrilling last dayof this years Ryder Cup. On that day, all teammembers had donned similar clothes: navyblue sweaters and white shirts. The sweatershad some lettering on it too.Earlier, the US team had planned to wear blue,but after Europe captain José María Olazábalmade a request, they generously deferred tothe Europeans.Why this choice? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  39. 39. A tribute to Seve Ballesteros (who died lastyear), with whom the outfit was associated. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  40. 40. In Sept 2010, the artist Jitesh Kallatunveiled an art installation at the ArtInstitute in Chicago, on the 9thanniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Thisconsisted of some words in fivecolours.This is a reference to something thathappened exactly 117 years ago.What?Why these colours?Images: Timeout Chicago,Newcity.com mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  41. 41. From Swami Vivekanandas speech to theParliament of Religions on Sept 11, 1893Colours from the then five-colour HomelandSecurity Advisory System mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  42. 42. What is the significance of this 2009 prizewinning essay by Clara Ma, a 12 year old:“____ is an everlasting flame that burns in everyones mind.It makes me get out of bed in the morning and wonderwhat surprises life will throw at me that day. ____ is such apowerful force. Without it, we wouldnt be who we aretoday. When I was younger, I wondered[...]” mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  43. 43. The Mars rover was named “Curiosity” afterClara Mas prize winning entry. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  44. 44. In 2012, Nike (which is not an Olympic sponsor)launched its “Find your Greatness” campaignthat featured amateur sportsmen around theworld (in places like Jamaica, Ohio, Qatar,Nigeria, and Norway).This made the IOC mad as it was yet anotherexample of Nikes clever strategy that just fellshort of ambush marketing.What was in the campaign that slylyassociated itself with the Olympics withoutovertly saying so? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  45. 45. All the places were called London or associated withLondon. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  46. 46. Round 3 Connectmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  47. 47. +30/-10 mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  48. 48. +20/-10 mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  49. 49. +15/-5mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  50. 50. +10/0 mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  51. 51. Hosts of TV Quiz ShowsSet 1: Sue Barker (“A Question of Sport”), John Humphries (“Mastermind”),Groucho Marx (“You Bet Your Life”), Magnus Magnusson (“Mastermind”),Hamid Sayani (“Bournvita Quiz Contest”)Set 2: Jeremy Paxman (“University Challenge”), Govinda (“Jeeto ChappadPhad Ke”), Chris Tarrant (“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”) UK), BamberGascoigne (“University Challenge”), Victoria Coren (“Only Connect”), AnneRobinson (“The Weakest Link”)Set 3: Tom Berenger (“Hollywood Squares”), Stephen Fry (“QI”), RegisPhilbin (“…Millionaire?” (US)), Alex Trebek (“Jeopardy!”), Ameen Sayani(“Bournvita Quiz Contest”)Set 4: Amitabh Bachchan (“KBC”), Suriya (“KBC” (Tamil)), Sourav Ganguly(“Dadagiri Unlimited”), Shah Rukh Khan (“KBC”, “Paanchvi Paas…”),Neena Gupta (“Kamzor Kadi Kaun”), “Siddhartha Basu (“Quiz Time” et al.) mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  52. 52. Round 4 reverse passing 8→1 10 points eachmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  53. 53. Bru Exotica is a range of premium coffees from Bru. There are threeversions, denoting where the source is from. Two are Bru Exotica –Colombia and Bru Exotica – Brazil. The third is named for a geographicalfeature, where Bru claims the coffee is cultivated “under the shade ofbanana trees”. Whats the third name? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  54. 54. “Kilimanjaro” mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  55. 55. The reason Frank Neuhauser was often sought for his autographwas because he was the first winner of something in 1925, wherehe won a bike, some gold, and a trip to the White House.That experience also began a life-long associated with thegladiolus flower: he was greeted with bouquets of gladioli athome after his win, and raised them later in life.What was he the first winner of? Image: Washington Post mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  56. 56. Americas first Spelling Bee. He spelled“gladiolus” to win the contest. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  57. 57. On the next slide, you will see a special editionMonopoly board that was created in 2012, withsupport from Google, who sponsored the first1000 boards. This is named after a person whoonce theorised about ways to win atMonopoly. He played the game with WilliamNewman, who has co-designed this specialedition set.Who is the person? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  58. 58. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  59. 59. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  60. 60. What do these symbols stand for? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  61. 61. Geological Periods:Pre-Cambrian, Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian,Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic,Jurassic, Cretaceous, Paleogene, Neogene mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  62. 62. "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965) wasdirected by George Stevens & tells the story ofJesus Christ. The person who played the leadrole as Christ is, arguably, best known for twofamous screen appearances. In both, he isbattling spiritual antagonists.Who? (and name any one film) mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  63. 63. Max von SydowThe Seventh Seal, The Exorcist mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  64. 64. Abbe Gosset of the Catholic University of Louvain introduced them to each other. The first image is earlier in life, the second after their reunion in the 80s. Identify both.mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  65. 65. Georges Remi aka Herge and Zhang Chongren(Tchang Tchong Jen).The character of “Chang” in the Tintin comicswas based on the latter. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  66. 66. This hereditary post remained in the Sansonfamily of Paris from the 17th to the 19thcentury. It began with Charles Sanson in 1684,and passed to his namesake son.The third in line Charles John Baptiste Sansonwas only 6 when his father died, and so theday-to-day duties were conducted by FrancoisPrudhomme until the boy became 20.The last Sanson to hold the post did so until1847.Which post? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  67. 67. Executioner of Paris. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  68. 68. Though most people know him for hissomewhat dreamy short stories, he was also aillustrator for The New Yorker, producingcovers and other sketches for the magazine.This despite being near blind. Who? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  69. 69. James Thurber, who wrote stories such as“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  70. 70. Considered one of the bestexamples of the work of PietMondrian, this art piece isnamed after two things:1. a street2. a type of music related tojazzFrom MoMAs description:“These atomized bands ofstuttering chromatic pulses,interrupted by light gray,create paths across thecanvas suggesting the citysgrid, the movement of traffic,and blinking electric lights, aswell as the rhythms of jazz.” mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  71. 71. “Broadway Boogie Woogie” mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  72. 72. One of the fairy tales of the 1992 Olympics was the bronze medalwin of the Lithuanian Basketball team. A team was hastily puttogether after the Soviet Unions dissolution, but they hardly hadany money to fund practice and uniforms. Help arrived from anunexpected direction, from a group that had nothing to do withthe sport until then. Who? (one more image on the next slide) mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  73. 73. Mario Miranda cartoon figures were used todepict the customers. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  74. 74. The Grateful Dead mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  75. 75. The painter Henri Matisse was fond of keeping birds.One of them was even used as a model by a friend ofhis. Who was the friend, and more importantly, howwas it immortalised?Images: http://lisawallerrogers.wordpress.com, Henri Cartier Bresson mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  76. 76. The friend was Pablo Picasso who created alithograph called “La Colombe” (Dove) whichwas adopted by the World Peace Congress asits emblem of peace. He developed the themefurther in many other drawings. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  77. 77. This is Suman Sridhar, whose Bollywood forays includea remix of “Khoya Khoya Chand” (“Shaitan”) in 2011and “Muskanein Jhoothi Hai” (Talaash) in 2012.She has a long-standing musical collaboration withsomeone who was also in the news in 2012. (Some maysay, given his name, only somewhat victoriously.)Who?Image: nh7.in mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  78. 78. Jeet Thayil. Called “Sridhar/Thayil”, she singshis poetry while he strums the guitar and doessome vocals.He was nominated for 2012s Booker for hiswork “Necropolis” and won some otherliterary awards.Image: b69.in mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  79. 79. Film critic Roger Eberts audio commentariesfor films such as Citizen Kane and Dark Cityhave often been listed in the bestcommentaries of all time.To what other use have they been put to? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  80. 80. Roger Ebert lost his voice after being operatedfor thyroid cancer. A company called CereProccreated a speech synthesis model for him thatcould speak in his voice. For this, they usedsamples from his audio commentaries. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  81. 81. The Swahili word for “blessing”+The Arabic for “handsome” or “good”+Swahili for “to bend”; those Luos whoconverted to Islam mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  82. 82. Barack Hussein Obama mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  83. 83. Michael Bierut, a design consultant about a logomade by a company:“They’ve eliminated the common element, the vertical stroke, soit’s only the horizontals that differentiate the two letters. I think it’sa nice balancing act — the idea of tradition with this serif font andmodernity with the missing parts of the letters, asking your mind’seye to fill in what’s not there.”(The image shows the only other time something like this hasbeen made by the company) mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  84. 84. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  85. 85. “Yaadein” was an experimental film by Sunil Dutt: experimental for being a one man film. On two occasions, there is the presence of other people. One one occasion, we hear and see the silhouette of a lady (both Nargis Dutt). The second happens when Sunil Dutt visits a restaurant. What method was used to indicate other customers?mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  86. 86. Mario Miranda cartoon figures were used todepict the customers. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  87. 87. Round 5 Buzzers +10/-5 in case of a negative, other teams attempt the answer for +5 7 questions with a linking thememood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  88. 88. 1. Fill in the blanks:You aint been blue; no, no, no.You aint been blue,Till youve had that ____ ____.That feelin goes stealin down to my shoesWhile I sit and sigh, "Go long blues". mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  89. 89. “Mood Indigo”From the lyrics to the song. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  90. 90. This is the flag of which region in the South ofAfrica which was independent from 1854 to1902? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  91. 91. Orange Free State mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  92. 92. What is the segment in blue commonlyreferred to as? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  93. 93. The Green Line mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  94. 94. The US President lives in the White House.Where does the South Korean President stay? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  95. 95. Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  96. 96. The German physicist Johann Ritter calledthem “oxidising rays” and then “chemicalrays”. How do we know them today? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  97. 97. Ultra-violet rays mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  98. 98. Aedes aegypti, the vector for diseases likedengue is also known as the ______ mosquito.What? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  99. 99. Yellow-fever mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  100. 100. Which story? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  101. 101. The Red-Headed League[The underlying theme for the buzzers wasVIBGYOR – not in order] mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final
  102. 102. Conundrums feedback? ramanand@gmail.com (product placement) Infinite Zounds: the daily topical quiz blogmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz || final

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