Teams of maximum 5
40 normal questions and 2 connects after
+10 and no negatives, +5 on the pass
No cross-team talk
Quizmaster is God !
This poem was composed by Te Rauparaha circa 1820
when he was hiding in a village fleeing from the British.
The major emotion of the song is a celebration of life
___! ___! ka ora! ka ora! ___! ___! ka ora! ka ora!
Tēnei te tangata pūhuruhuru
Nāna nei i tiki mai whakawhiti te rā
Ā, upane! ka upane!
Ā, upane, ka upane, whiti te ra!
How is this song remembered today ?
X is a Dhivehi word that stands for a multi-purpose sailboat with a motor
or lateen sails used in Maldives. In structure, it closely resembles the
Arabian Dhow, from which X is derived.
X please ???
Swargarohini is a mountain peak in the Bandarpunch
range in the upper Himalayas, Uttarakhand. Although
not particularly tall by Himalayan standards (6252 m), it
is a daunting climb due to its dramatic relief from the
Why is this peak mythologically significant ??
Herge created the characters Thomson and Thompson with inspiration
from his Father and his Uncle who wore identical clothes and took a walk
with those famous curled cane walking sticks. The only difference
between them was in the moustaches. However Herge never got confused
between the characters because he told them apart by a mnemonic.
What mnemonic ???
Herge named them ‘Dupont’ and ‘Dupond’ in the
initial French editions. He designed the moustache
ends of Dupont as an inverted ‘T’ and that of Dupond
as an inverted ‘D’.
X (also called GB) is an organophosphorus compound
with the formula [(CH3)2CHO]CH3P(O)F, having the
properties of being odorless and colorless.
Even at very low concentrations X can be fatal within one
minute of its inhalation due to suffocation from lung
Production and stockpiling of X was outlawed by the
‘Chemical weapons convention’ in 1993.
Sarin gas !
Recently in news because of its reported use by Bashar
al-Assad against his own countrymen.
There was once a Princess of X, Ratnavati. She was believed
to be the jewel of Rajasthan. On her eighteenth birthday she
began to get offers of marriage from other regions (i.e.
nobility). In the area lived a tantrik, a magician well versed in
the occult, called Singhia, who was in love with the princess
but knew that the match was impossible. The princess foiled
an attempt to woo her. Dying, the tantrik cursed the palace
with the death of all who dwelt in it. The next year there was
a battle between X and Ajabgarh in which the Princess
perished. Legends says that there are ghosts in X and that is
why entry is prohibited for tourists in the fort after sunset
and before sunrise.
It has been named as one of the scariest places on Earth.
X was originally started by an Italian named Felice X. in
1965, it was bought by Jayantilal Mohanlal Chauhan and
introduced in Mumbai in glass bottles in two varieties.
Parle bought it over in 1969 and then switched over to
PVC non returnable bottles and finally to PET
The brand name X is so popular that it is used as a
generic name in its segment.
X is a strategy board game played on a hexagonal
grid, theoretically of any size and any possible
shapes, but traditionally on an 11 by 11 rhombus.
According to the book Y, 14 by 14 was advocated as the
optimal size by Z.
X, Y, Z ???
X is a statue in Volgograd, Russia commemorating the
Battle of Stalingrad. It was designed by Yevgeny
Vuchetich and Nikolai Nikitin and has been declared the
largest statue in the world. It’s construction is
considered to be complex because of a sword held in one
raised hand and a calling gesture with the other.
In the complex is the burial site of a soldier Y, closely
associated with the battle and immortalized in a movie
by actor Z.
Identify X, Y, Z.
The Post box number of the Australian Broadcasting
Corporation in every city is a special number, in honor of
a great Australian.
What number and who ???
Hiram, Lowell, Norman and Max- the Goldberg brothers first patented an
air conditioner that can be fitted in a car. To generate money out of
it, they took this idea to Henry Ford.
The brothers demanded a price and also that the name ‘Goldberg’ be
stamped on every air conditioner that gets fitted into any Ford car.
Ford was an anti-Semitic, you see; and so he didn’t want a Jewish name on
a revolutionary product (at least at that time!) in his car.
So he rejected the proposal and re-negotiated the price but came up with
an idea to have the brothers presence in every air conditioner but in a
It still survives.
What did he think of ???
MAX, HIram, LOwell, NORMan
Every Ford AC has these as the cooling levels
X (Pretending to read a book upside down):
“Since we are not immortal no more, we gotto take care
of our immortal souls.”
Y: “You know you cant read.”
X: “It’s the Bible, you get credit for tryin’. ”
Famous dialogue between which famous but lesser
acknowledged characters ???
The following problem is to be solved by making four straight lines,
contiguous in nature linking all the dots and never lifting the
pencil off the paper.
What famous business jargon arose as a result of the solution ?
Driving sides !!
Note that all British ruled countries drive
on the same side- The right !
33. X is a Raj Kapoor directed superhit 1985 Bollywood
movie which featured debutant actress Y whose role was
similar to that of the female protagonist in a famous play
Z, composed by Kalidasa.
Y is married to Dr. Kagyur Rinpoche Thakur, the news of
which; when it broke out resulted in widespread media
jubiliation of the finding of the W (the nickname which
had made him famous) after so many years.
The W has been fondly recollected in a recent movie
which stars the nephew of the male lead in the movie X.
X, Y, Z, W ??
X : Ram Teri Ganga Maili
Y : Mandakini
Z : Abhijnanashakuntalam
W: The Murphy baby
A ____ ______ is most precisely a confrontation among
three opponents armed with guns. The tactics for such a
confrontation are substantially different than for
a duel, where the first to shoot has the advantage. In a
confrontation among three mutually hostile
participants, the first to shoot is at a tactical
disadvantage. If opponent A shoots opponent B, then
while so occupied, opponent C can shoot A, thus
winning the conflict. Since it is the second opponent to
shoot that has the advantage, no one wants to go first.
FITB and which famous movie incorporates this scene ??
Gonzalo Pizarro, in search of X after having conquered
the Incan kingdom, sent Y in search of food and supplies
as they were camping. Y took a few rafts and sailed down
the river for a couple of days. When he attempted to go
back upstream with the load of supplies, he found the
current too strong for it and had to take the hard
decision of betraying his senior and keep going down the
What resulted because of this ?? X and Y ??
Matamata is a rural town on the North Island, New
Zealand. Although the town was nondescript, it was
catapulted to fame in the early 2000s due to its more
than suitable landscape and unusual dwelling shapes
Why did it become famous ???
James Ormond comes into bat
X: You know you cant bat. You are not even the best
player in the English team.
Ormond: I may not be, but atleast I am the best player in
Who is X – the subject of this famous sledge ???