The French Connection. • Maurice X was the chief structural engineer of the Eiffel Tower, for which Gustave Eiffel is often erroneously given credit. One of his descendants later found fame in India. Give me the name of the descendant.
Reelin in the years• Rolling Stone called them the perfect musical anti-heroes of the 70s. The bands music is characterized by complex jazz- influenced structures and harmonies played by X and Y along with a revolving cast of rock and pop studio musicians. They toured from 1972 to 1974, but in 1975 became a purely studio-based act. The late 1970s saw the group release a series of moderately successful singles and albums. They disbanded in 1981, and throughout most of the next decade X and Y remained largely inactive in the music world. n 1993, the group resumed playing live concerts; later it released two albums of new material. They have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2001. Name the band.
An Urban Legend?• The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Max, invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner. On July 17, 1946, the temperature in Detroit was 97 degrees. The four brothers walked into old man Henry Fords office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that four gentlemen were there with the most exciting innovation in the auto industry since the electric starter. Henry was curious and invited them into his office. They refused and instead asked that he come out to the parking lot to their car. They persuaded him to get into the car, which was about 130 degrees, turned on the air conditioner, and cooled the car off immediately. The old man got very excited and invited them back to the office, where he offered them $3 million for the patent. The brothers refused, saying they would settle for $2 million, but they wanted the recognition by having a label, The Goldberg Air-Conditioner, on the dashboard of each car in which it was installed. Now old man Ford was more than just a little anti-Semitic, and there was no way he was going to put the Goldbergs name on two million Fords. They haggled back and forth for about two hours and finally agreed on something. What was their agreement?
• The controls Hi, Lo, Max, Norm on the ACs in Ford Cars
The Expendables• There is a recurring phenomenon amongst henchmen in many movies and has been dubbed X. No matter how notoriously dangerous an antagonistic group may be, they cannot seem to injure/kill anyone who may be vital to the plot. We have seen this in Kill Bill, Crouching Tiger, James Bond and many other movies. What is this effect called?
The Man from Earth• This is a 2007 science fiction film about a retiring University Professor who claims to be a cro-magnon who has survived for 14,000 years. The entire film is set in the professors house during his farewell party, with the plot advancing through intellectual arguments between Oldman and his fellow faculty members. The film was made on a budget of $200,000, and was screened at many film festivals. However something related to the distribution of the film is unique, with the producers actually thanking a particular community/group. What is unique?
Who said it?I am not attracted to straight angles or to thestraight line, hard and inflexible, created byman. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensualcurves. The curves that I find in the mountainsof my country, in the sinuousness of its rivers, inthe waves of the ocean, and on the body of thebeloved woman. Curves make up the entireUniverse, the curved Universe of Einstein.
The Cold War• Xs book The Cold War brought the phrase to common currency to describe the political situation post World War II. He was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize(1958 and 1962) for his syndicated newspaper column, Today and Tomorrow. X was an informal adviser to several presidents, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on September 14, 1964 by President Lyndon B, Johnson. He however later had a feud with the President over his handling of the Vietnam War. Xs reputation was so high that a Democrat senator from Idaho who voted against Johnson(a Democrat President) reasoned that he agreed with X. Who is X?
Sahi me? Ye sab?• The End of the Affair is a novel by British writer Graham Greene, published in 1951. The novelist whose works explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world, loosely based the book on his affair with Lady Catherine Walston, and is set during and just after World War II. The book recently gained attention in India, because of something many speculate is loosely based on the novel. What?
• Jab Tak Hai Jaan is supposed to be based on this.
Seriously Black• X was a 1979 seven-part drama spy miniseries for the BBC. It is the television adaption of the 1974 novel of the same name by Y. Starring Alec Guinness in the lead role, the main credits feature a matryoshka doll progressively revealing a doll looking more irate than the previous, with the final doll being faceless, an allusion to Winston Churchills describing Russia as "A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." The miniseries was remade into a film in 2011, and earned Z his first Oscar nomination, before which he was widely described as "the best actor not to have been nominated for an Oscar." Give X, Y and Z
• Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy, John Le Carre, Gary Oldman
The Sopranos is Epic• Bugsy Siegel was an American gangster associated with the Genovese Crime Family. Siegel with associates Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano and Frank Costello formed Murder, Inc.; credited with carrying out many contract killings across US. His desire to be a legitimate businessman led him to gain ownership over the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. He spent extravagantly on his new 93- room Hotel, thereby incurring the displeasure of mob bosses. On June 20, 1947, Siegel was shot in the head, twice. Although there is a general misconception that he was shot through the eye, in fact his left eye was blown out of its socket by the overpressure created by the bullets striking and passing through Siegels skull. The misconception was propagated by the murder of a film character based on Siegel, in a Gangster Classic. Name the Character and the film.
Loose Ends• Born in 1959, this poet has published four poetry collections. Gemini(1992), Apocalypso(1997), English(2004) and These Errors are Correct(2008). In 2006 he told The Hindu that he had been an alcoholic and an addict for almost two decades: "I spent most of that time sitting in bars, getting very drunk, talking about writers and writing. And never writing. It was a colossal waste. I feel very fortunate that I got a second chance." Who am I talking about? And why has he recently become famous?
Yep, he is the man• X is a British mathematician and a Royal Society Research Professor at Oxford University, specializing in Number Theory. X discovered ______ when he found a book about it at 10 years of age. He was puzzled by the fact that the statement was so simple that he, a ten-year old could understand it. He started working on the statement since 1986, in relative secrecy, and came out with a final solution in 1993. It turned out, however, that this solution had a fundamental gap, to circumvent which took X another year. He announced the final solution in 1995, and the solution has withstood the scrutiny of mathematicians for over 17 years now. Simon Singh wrote a book, titled _____, which chronicled attempts to find solutions to _____ since the time it was first stated. Give X and the blank.
Greed is good• X is an American business magnate and head of the high- yield bond department of Drexel Burnham Lambert, till his indictment in 1989 on 98 counts of racketeering and securities fraud, and was convicted on 6 counts of securities violations. At Drexel, his compensation exceeded $ 1 billion over a four year period, and as of 2010 he had a net worth of $ 2 billion, making him the 488th richest man in the world. Drexel went bankrupt in 1990. Critics cite X as the epitome of wall street greed in the 1980s, and nicknamed him Junk Bond King. The character of Gordon Gekko is acknowledged to be partly inspired by X.
Them Italians• This is an Italian neo-realist film, co-written and directed by Federico Fellini. The film portrays the journey of the two main characters, the brutish strong man Zampano (played by Anthony Quinn) and a naive young woman Gelsomina (played by Giulietta Massina) whom he buys from her mother and takes to see the world as part of his travelling show. The film won the inaugural academy award for best foreign film in 1956. Bob Dylan has cited the influence of the film on his song Mr. Tambourine Man.
One dreadful movie.• This lake is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of 4,350 m. Its circumference is 134 km, and its maximum width is 5km. The lake passes through the India-China border and requires an inner line Permit for travel from Leh, which is a five-hour drive. The lake entered into popular culture when it was the site for the final scene in the Bollywood blockbuster Three Idiots. Name the lake.
3. Connect• Silkwood Mulholland Drive• Gia Brokeback Mountain• Monsters Ball Eyes Wide Shut• The Wrestle On the Road• Monster The Sessions• Lawless The Accused• Boys Dont Cry Vanilla Sky• Heavenly Creatures Jude• Hamlet Titanic• Iris Little Children• The Reader
4.• In 533 AD, a gentleman called Mercurius did something because he felt that his name was inappropriate for his profession. His actions were also followed by a number of others who came after him (and is a tradition that is followed to this day). What did he do?
5. ID X.• The ________ is an oil painting by Thomas Gainsborough. An outfit of a character in the movie X was chosen based on the outfit worn by the person in the painting.• German director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnaus debut movie was called Der Knabe in Blau, which was inspired by the painting. Murnau innovated a technique to get shots from cameras in motion enabling them to use pan shots, tracking shots, tilts, crane shots etc.• This technique was called the Y technique, which has partly inspired the name for X.
7.• What innovative technique was used for the first time in the following dialogue ?• Video link :• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjeRCsouf II
8. A song and video in which various high profile musicians are mocked for endorsing brands such as Pepsi and Michelob - MTV placed a station-wide ban on the video due to "problems with trademark infringement." In response, X offered to re-shoot the video; however, MTV claimed the lyrics were just as problematic. Furious, he wrote the following open letter to the stations executives. 6th July, 1988 MTV, you spineless twerps. You refuse to play “Y" because youre afraid to offend your sponsors. What does the "M" in MTV stand for: music or money? Long live rock and roll. X and Y?
10.• Penthouse founder and publisher Bob Guccione agreed to finance the project on two conditions: that the film would be transformed into a flamboyant, luxurious spectacle akin to Hollywoods sword-and- sandal epics of the 1950s and 1960s, and that extra sex and nudity would be added to the script in order to promote Gucciones magazine.• Roger Ebert gave it a rare zero stars rating, calling it "sickening, utterly worthless, shameful trash.“ It is one of only three films Ebert ever walked out of ("two hours into its 170 minute length"), the other two being Tru Loved and Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
11. • A painting by Raja Ravi Verma depicting characters/event which marks the begginning of the epic mahabharata. • Who are they ?
12.• The name “Amiya Productions” was based on names of X and Y as production partners.• It came into existence when Z was in financial crisis and both X and Y supported it by becoming producers. The credits though featured Pawan Kumar (X’s then Secretary) & Sushila Kamath (Hrishida’s Chief Assistant Director, assisted inZ too) as producers.
13.• Y won the national award for best female singer for the film Abosheshe in year 2012.• Y became popular after playing X in the hit television series.• Y is among the Panch-Kanyas (five virgins) of ancient indian texts. Ahalya, Tara, Mandodari, Kunti, X
14.• X was the grandson ofAbhimanyu and the great- grandson of Arjuna, the valiant warrior hero of the Mahabharata.• According to legend, his father Parikshit, the lone descendant of the House of Pandu, had died of snakebite. He had been cursed by a sage to die so.• X bore a deep grudge against the serpents for this act, and thus decided to wipe them out altogether. He attempted this by performing a great Sarpa satra - a sacrifice that would destroy all living serpents.• Who is X?
15.• Born Harikrishna Giri Goswami, As a youth, admired Dilip Kumar, and decided to name himself X after Dilips character in Shabnam (1949).• X once told : In my childhood days, I went to watch a movie with my mother, in which the hero dies at the end. The next movie I watched had the same hero. When I asked my mother that how could a dead person come back in movie again she told me that the hero never dies and that day I decided to become a hero.
15. ID X and Y.• X’s book (a political fable) Y is based on Marxian philosophy. A Pink Floyd album, written by Walters is loosely based on Y. Whereas the novella focuses on Stalinism, the album is a critique of capitalism. The album was developed from a collection of unrelated songs into a concept which, in the words of author Glenn Povey, "described the apparent social and moral decay of society, likening the human condition to that of mere animals”.