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Mood Indigo General Quiz 2012 Prelims (with answers)

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  • 1. Conundrums mood indigo 2012 omniscience the general quiz preliminaries conducted by j. ramanandmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 2. BackgroundBombay Prelims conducted at Conundrums, Mood Indigo, Dec 2012 Highest score: 25 Cutoff: 15.5 mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 3. 1. Whosetomb is this? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 4. Auguste Rodin.A cast of his celebratedsculpture “The Thinker”was placed on top of itImage:http://flickrcc.net/art/showtitle.php?productID=665925 mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 5. 2. Tribute issue for whom?mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 6. 2012 is fifty years since Monroe died.mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 7. 3. According to Hindu mythology, thesage Vishwamitra made this tree longand straight so as to prop up his friend,the nutty king Trishanku, who had beenunceremoniously booted out of heavenby Indra.Which tree? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 8. The coconut tree.mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 9. 4. This Pondicherry born film-makerwas supposed to direct the “Life of Pi”movie, before saying no.He did so because the storys twistending would lead to skewedexpectations because of hisassociation.(Incidentally, in the story, Pi comesfrom Pondicherry) mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 10. M. Night Shyamalan mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 11. 5. Which article of clothing, that hasgone from Asia to the rest of theworld, gets its name from thePersian for “foot” and “clothing”? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 12. Pyjama (“Pai” + “Jama”)mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 13. 6. If you made the 2300-odd feetjourney up the Corcovado mountainin Brazil, you would meet CristoRedondo at the summit.How do we better know him? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 14. Christ the Redeemermood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 15. 7. Whose final movie?mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 16. Jaspal Bhattimood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 17. 8. Whose first two lines came in a storycollection titled “The Man With Two LeftFeet” and were as follows: “Mrs. Gregson to see you sir” “Very good, sir. Which suit will you wear?” mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 18. Jeeves, in the story “Extricating Young Gussie”mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 19. 9. Which musical instrument waslegally declared an instrument ofwar in the 18th century? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 20. Bagpipesmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 21. 10. He is the first IITian to be ChiefMinister of an Indian state, andgraduated in metallurgicalengineering in 1978 from IITBombay.Who is he? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 22. Manohar Parrikar of Goamood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 23. 11. Ananda Samarakoon studiedart and music at Santiniketan inthe 1910s, and was influenced byTagore. He returned to his nativecountry, where he wrote andcomposed its national anthem.Which country? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 24. Sri Lankamood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 25. 12. The first American to win anEconomics Nobel (in 1970), he is alsoknown to students of Economics asthe author of an introductory bookon the subject.Who? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 26. Paul Samuelsonmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 27. 13. Kaushik Basu is Chief Economist forthe World Bank. He writes about aninvention of his: “I have wasted a lot of time on ____ and so developed the game of Dui-___ to help double the wastage of time by drawing two persons at a time into it.” “I have called the game Dui-____ because this is a two-player game, ‘dui’ or ‘dvi’ in Sanskrit means two, and all such games are considered to be of no value unless they have a mysterious oriental name.”Which game? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 28. Sudokumood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 29. 14. During a dinner with Pink Floyd members NickMason and David Gilmour, this radio personalitymade a suggestion that they title their upcomingalbum “Division Bell”.In return, they made a sizeable donation to theEnvironmental Investigation Agency, where he hadmade a speech earlier that day.Who? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 30. The author Douglas Adams. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 31. 15. Perhaps the last time JawaharlalNehru wore his lawyers robes waswhen he joined the team ofBhulabhai Desai along with TejBahadur Sapru, Asaf Ali, andKailashnath Katju.They were defending a triobelonging to which organisation? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 32. Officers of the INA on trial in 1945 at theRed Fort. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 33. 16. The National Award for Best Book onCinema for 2011 (which had anintroduction by Shammi Kapoor) wasawarded to a biography written byAnirudha Bhattacharjee and Balaji Vittal.Ironically, the subject of their book neverwon a National Award himself, much tothe disappointment of his fans.Who is the subject? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 34. R D Burman. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 35. 17. Who heads a faction in a politicalparty in the Ukraine called theUkrainian Democratic Alliance forReform? (which convenientlyabbreviates to “UDAR”, meaning“punch” in Ukrainian). mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 36. Vitali Klitschko, the boxermood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 37. 18. In Japanese mythology,Takachiho is the mountain on topof which the deities live. Anelectronics company named itselfafter this in 1919.In 1949, it changed its name towhich other mountain? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 38. Olympusmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 39. 19. The name of this 1968 bookwritten by Brigadier J P Dalvi aboutthe Indian debacle in the 1961 war isnow used as a metaphor for amassive error.Whats the book called? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 40. “Himalayan Blunder”mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 41. 20. In the books by Thomas Harris, thecharacter Hannibal Lecter was said tohave a condition called “polydactylywith mid-ray duplication”. This wouldhave enabled him to provide the “digitusimpudicus” two times over.What did he have two of? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 42. Middle finger mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 43. 21. What is the common name of thesebirds, which may be a traffic hazard attimes?Image: rspb.co.uk, Animal Planet mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 44. Jays.(Jay-walking is when someone tries tocross a street without following trafficrules) mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 45. 22. Who is he inviting you to shine with (afew months ago?) mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 46. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 47. 23. A demonym is a word used todenote a person from a place. Such as“Indians”, “Spaniards”, “Mumbaikars”etc.The demonym for which place is“Mancunian”? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 48. Manchester mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 49. 24. In Latin they are: superbia avaritia invidia ira luxuria gula pigritia or acediaWhat are they better known as? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 50. The Seven Deadly Sins(pride, avarice/greed, envy, wrath,lust, gluttony, and sloth) mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 51. 25. Identify thismusician with thehelp of thisanagram:AH, PANHALL SONGImage: davidphilipson.com mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 52. Pannalal Ghoshmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 53. 26. This British scientist was a child prodigyin physics, completing his Ph.D by age 20.He conceptualised “Mathematica”, asoftware program for scientificcomputing, and this question answeringsystem (you see an example).Coincidentally, his last name is analternative name for a chemical element.Who is he? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 54. Stephen Wolframmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 55. 27. The lady in themiddle is often seen inRoger Federers boxat matches. She is theinspiration for a book(later a movie) writtenby her formerassistant, LaurenWeisberger.Who? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 56. This is Anna Wintour, the editor ofVogue (the American edition). mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 57. 28. A 2012 commemorative coin markingwhat event? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 58. Armistice/Remembrance/Poppy Day(end of World War 1) mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 59. 29. The name of which place is common to this Tintincharacter and this type of blue cheese from Italy?Image: tintin.wikia.com, tastingsgourmetmarket.com mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 60. Gorgonzola(Rastapopoulos has an alter ego called“Marquis di Gorgonzola”; the cheese isGorgonzola cheese) mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 61. 30. What duology begins with aninvocation to this triumvirate? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 62. Gangs of Wasseypurdedicated to the “Madurai triumvirate”of Bala, Ameer Sultan and M Sasikumar.Anurag Kashyap was inspired by therooted movies made by this trio. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  • 63. Conundrums feedback?ramanand@gmail.com (product placement) Infinite Zounds: thedaily topical quiz blogmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz

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