Conundrums   mood indigo 2012               omniscience             the general quiz                     preliminaries    ...
BackgroundBombay Prelims conducted at Conundrums, Mood Indigo,         Dec 2012        Highest score: 25          Cutoff: ...
1. Whosetomb is this?         mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
Auguste Rodin.A cast of his celebratedsculpture “The Thinker”was placed on top of itImage:http://flickrcc.net/art/showtitl...
2. Tribute issue for whom?mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
2012 is fifty years since Monroe died.mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
3. According to Hindu mythology, thesage Vishwamitra made this tree longand straight so as to prop up his friend,the nutty...
The coconut tree.mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
4. This Pondicherry born film-makerwas supposed to direct the “Life of Pi”movie, before saying no.He did so because the st...
M. Night Shyamalan mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
5. Which article of clothing, that hasgone from Asia to the rest of theworld, gets its name from thePersian for “foot” and...
Pyjama (“Pai” + “Jama”)mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
6. If you made the 2300-odd feetjourney up the Corcovado mountainin Brazil, you would meet CristoRedondo at the summit.How...
Christ the Redeemermood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
7. Whose final movie?mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
Jaspal Bhattimood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
8. Whose first two lines came in a storycollection titled “The Man With Two LeftFeet” and were as follows:    “Mrs. Gregso...
Jeeves, in the story  “Extricating Young Gussie”mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
9. Which musical instrument waslegally declared an instrument ofwar in the 18th century?  mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand |...
Bagpipesmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
10. He is the first IITian to be ChiefMinister of an Indian state, andgraduated in metallurgicalengineering in 1978 from I...
Manohar Parrikar of Goamood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
11. Ananda Samarakoon studiedart and music at Santiniketan inthe 1910s, and was influenced byTagore. He returned to his na...
Sri Lankamood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
12. The first American to win anEconomics Nobel (in 1970), he is alsoknown to students of Economics asthe author of an int...
Paul Samuelsonmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
13. Kaushik Basu is Chief Economist forthe World Bank. He writes about aninvention of his: “I have wasted a lot of time on...
Sudokumood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
14. During a dinner with Pink Floyd members NickMason and David Gilmour, this radio personalitymade a suggestion that they...
The author Douglas Adams. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
15. Perhaps the last time JawaharlalNehru wore his lawyers robes waswhen he joined the team ofBhulabhai Desai along with T...
Officers of the INA on trial in 1945 at theRed Fort.       mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
16. The National Award for Best Book onCinema for 2011 (which had anintroduction by Shammi Kapoor) wasawarded to a biograp...
R D Burman.       mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
17. Who heads a faction in a politicalparty in the Ukraine called theUkrainian Democratic Alliance forReform? (which conve...
Vitali Klitschko, the boxermood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
18. In Japanese mythology,Takachiho is the mountain on topof which the deities live. Anelectronics company named itselfaft...
Olympusmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
19. The name of this 1968 bookwritten by Brigadier J P Dalvi aboutthe Indian debacle in the 1961 war isnow used as a metap...
“Himalayan Blunder”mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
20. In the books by Thomas Harris, thecharacter Hannibal Lecter was said tohave a condition called “polydactylywith mid-ra...
Middle finger                mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
21. What is the common name of thesebirds, which may be a traffic hazard attimes?Image: rspb.co.uk, Animal Planet         ...
Jays.(Jay-walking is when someone tries tocross a street without following trafficrules)        mood indigo 2012 || j rama...
22. Who is he inviting you to shine with (afew months ago?)        mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the gene...
mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
23. A demonym is a word used todenote a person from a place. Such as“Indians”, “Spaniards”, “Mumbaikars”etc.The demonym fo...
Manchester    mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
24. In Latin they are:  superbia  avaritia  invidia  ira  luxuria  gula  pigritia or acediaWhat are they better known as? ...
The Seven Deadly Sins(pride, avarice/greed, envy, wrath,lust, gluttony, and sloth)       mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand ||...
25. Identify thismusician with thehelp of thisanagram:AH, PANHALL SONGImage: davidphilipson.com               mood indigo ...
Pannalal Ghoshmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
26. This British scientist was a child prodigyin physics, completing his Ph.D by age 20.He conceptualised “Mathematica”, a...
Stephen Wolframmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
27. The lady in themiddle is often seen inRoger Federers boxat matches. She is theinspiration for a book(later a movie) wr...
This is Anna Wintour, the editor ofVogue (the American edition).         mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – th...
28. A 2012 commemorative coin markingwhat event?       mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
Armistice/Remembrance/Poppy Day(end of World War 1)  mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
29. The name of which place is common to this Tintincharacter and this type of blue cheese from Italy?Image: tintin.wikia....
Gorgonzola(Rastapopoulos has an alter ego called“Marquis di Gorgonzola”; the cheese isGorgonzola cheese)        mood indig...
30. What duology begins with aninvocation to this triumvirate?     mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the gene...
Gangs of Wasseypurdedicated to the “Madurai triumvirate”of Bala, Ameer Sultan and M Sasikumar.Anurag Kashyap was inspired ...
Conundrums     feedback?ramanand@gmail.com (product placement) Infinite Zounds: thedaily topical quiz blogmood indigo 2012...
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  1. 1. Conundrums mood indigo 2012 omniscience the general quiz preliminaries conducted by j. ramanandmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  2. 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. 3. 1. Whosetomb is this? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  4. 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. 5. 2. Tribute issue for whom?mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  6. 6. 2012 is fifty years since Monroe died.mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  7. 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. 8. The coconut tree.mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  9. 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. 10. M. Night Shyamalan mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  11. 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. 12. Pyjama (“Pai” + “Jama”)mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  13. 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. 14. Christ the Redeemermood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  15. 15. 7. Whose final movie?mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  16. 16. Jaspal Bhattimood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  17. 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. 18. Jeeves, in the story “Extricating Young Gussie”mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  19. 19. 9. Which musical instrument waslegally declared an instrument ofwar in the 18th century? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  20. 20. Bagpipesmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  21. 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. 22. Manohar Parrikar of Goamood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  23. 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. 24. Sri Lankamood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  25. 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. 26. Paul Samuelsonmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  27. 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. 28. Sudokumood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  29. 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. 30. The author Douglas Adams. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  31. 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. 32. Officers of the INA on trial in 1945 at theRed Fort. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  33. 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. 34. R D Burman. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  35. 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. 36. Vitali Klitschko, the boxermood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  37. 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. 38. Olympusmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  39. 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. 40. “Himalayan Blunder”mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  41. 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. 42. Middle finger mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  43. 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. 44. Jays.(Jay-walking is when someone tries tocross a street without following trafficrules) mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  45. 45. 22. Who is he inviting you to shine with (afew months ago?) mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  46. 46. mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  47. 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. 48. Manchester mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  49. 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. 50. The Seven Deadly Sins(pride, avarice/greed, envy, wrath,lust, gluttony, and sloth) mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  51. 51. 25. Identify thismusician with thehelp of thisanagram:AH, PANHALL SONGImage: davidphilipson.com mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  52. 52. Pannalal Ghoshmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  53. 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. 54. Stephen Wolframmood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  55. 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. 56. This is Anna Wintour, the editor ofVogue (the American edition). mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  57. 57. 28. A 2012 commemorative coin markingwhat event? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  58. 58. Armistice/Remembrance/Poppy Day(end of World War 1) mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  59. 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. 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. 61. 30. What duology begins with aninvocation to this triumvirate? mood indigo 2012 || j ramanand || conundrums – the general quiz
  62. 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. 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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