The KQA March Open Quiz

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March Open Quiz conducted by Hari Shenoy, Sai Ganesh, Shashank PS, Sohan Maheshwar and Yours truly.
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The format of the quiz was, in KQAspeak, "Ruckus Tangdi" - a format where teams of 4 are formed on the spot, randomly

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The KQA March Open Quiz

  1. 1. KQA March 2014 Open A Ruckus Tangdi Quiz by Team #9 Sai Ganesh | Sohan Maheshwar | Shashank PS | Varun Shenoy | Hari Shenoy
  2. 2. Don‖t you feel depressed every time you fail to qualify for a KQA open final?
  3. 3. Don‖t worry, we have just the solution
  4. 4. No eliminations! One final. Congratulations, you have all qualified!
  5. 5. Audience prizes sponsored by:
  6. 6. Rules: 3 rounds • Clockwise (35 questions) • Written Round (10 questions) • Anti clockwise (35 questions) W
  7. 7. Rules: Scoring • 10 on direct, 10 on pass • Part points available wherever applicable at QM‖s discretion
  8. 8. Rules: Pounce • A team can pounce on another team‖s direct question to score points • Unlimited number of pounces per team • Two types of pounces available • Civilized Pounce (+10 correct / -5 wrong) • Uncivilized Pounce (+5 correct / -5 wrong)
  9. 9. Say what?
  10. 10. Civilized pounce Uncivilized pounce Get 10 or lose 5 Get 5 or lose 5
  11. 11. Civilized pounce Uncivilized pounce • Raise your hand if you know the answer • Let the QM finish the question • Wait for the QM team to approach your seat to verify the answer Get 10 or lose 5 Get 5 or lose 5
  12. 12. Civilized pounce Uncivilized pounce • Raise your hand if you know the answer • Let the QM finish the question • Wait for the QM team to approach your seat to verify the answer Get 10 or lose 5 • Shout out before question is over. • Approach QM instead of waiting patiently • Create jeejee, general nuisance things and all that Get 5 or lose 5
  13. 13. We may be providing explanations for some questions to make benefit general audience. Serious quizzers, please bear with us.
  14. 14. Clockwise
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  16. 16. For a long time, no one in Bangladesh was allowed to own a 125cc motorcycle [i.e. there was a upper limit on the engine size]. The Bangladesh government had an amusing logic behind this. So when Bajaj entered the market with Pulsar [150cc] they tackled this problem by directly approaching the root of the problem. Because of this, the government changed limit to 150cc and today people are allowed to buy bikes upto 150cc. What is the reason behind this limit?
  17. 17. Answer
  18. 18. You cannot own a motorcycle that‖s more powerful than the ones used by the Bangladesh Police. The police in Bangladesh used to ride 125cc bikes, and the logic is that the police can‖t catch the criminals if they are riding bikes more powerful than theirs. So the first Bajaj Pulsars were sold to the Bangladeshi police, which led to the raising of the limit.
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  20. 20. Story of how a confusion led to a ___Y___ becoming the first English Scholar among the natives of Calcutta. An English man-o-war anchored at Calcutta and the Commanding Officer sent word to the Setts community to send a ____X____ <a word used for a translator>. The Setts thought he was talking about __Y__ a community, many who were employed with the Setts. They could not understand what the English Commander would want with ___Y___.s (continued)
  21. 21. “At length the family [Setts] discussed and decided to send a randomly picked ___Y____ who initially hesitated because he was scared of what the Englishman wanted from him. He took with him plantains, pumpkins and sugar candy. The extraordinary brave man went in a little boat and was received with a salute. After the usual ceremonies, he was discharged with bags of gold and other previous articles. Through frequent interaction with the English sailors the ___Y___ learned their language. Thus he may be considered the first English Scholar among the natives of Calcutta”
  22. 22. Answer
  23. 23. How a Dhobi became the first English Scholar among the natives of Calcutta The Englishman asked for Dubash/ Dhobasia – a translator [X]. He got a Dhobi [Y].
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  25. 25. Combining quotes from a music documentary talking about the death of X <music genre> and birth of Y <another music genre>. "Part of the history of __Y__ music was in stadiums where they were burning __X__. It was a racist act, they were in a way burning black music. A few guys started to sample old __X_- records especially B sides, and produce their own ___X__ records because there was no more production. So t'was just poor black kids who discovered these machines and they would just make these weird music - this dark, sparse, minimal stuff. So the musicians who wanted to play this kind of music would program drum machines and add little pieces _X___ record that they would loop and this is how Y music was born by recycling X music. After the witch-hunt, the rest of the musicians - everyone just picked up and went to England which is where _Y__ really became popular."
  26. 26. Answer
  27. 27. Birth of Y - HOUSE MUSIC from the records of X- DISCO MUSIC, which was killed as part of a anti-black movement. Quotes from David Guetta and Pete Tong from Nothing but the beat.
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  29. 29. He [Image on next slide] campaigned ceaselessly from 1963 to 1967 for the creation of a ___X___, but since he was an independent MP, he could not get any legislation through. Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru had jestfully asked him : "To what zoo does this animal ____X__ belong? Dr.____ you must indigenize it". The young turk, who could converse in Sanskrit, then coined the Hindi word ____Y___ [ and its associate Z].. Idcntify him and solve for X, Y & Z.
  30. 30. Answer
  31. 31. L M Singhvi, father of Abhishek Manu Singhvi campaigned for a Ombudsman [X], but had to change the name on Nehru‖s request. Hence coined the term 'Lokpal― [Y]and its associate 'Lokayukt― [Z]
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  33. 33. This is the largest flying bird in North America. [Image on next slide] This photograph however does not capture one unusual visual aspect about this bird. If you see other photographs/videos you will notice something unusual about this bird [with respect to almost all birds of the species today]. Identify the bird, and what is unusual about this bird?
  34. 34. Answer
  35. 35. The Californian Condor It was an endangered species when there were only 22 condors in existence in 1987. All 22 were captured and an extensive recovery plan was made to breed the birds. Since December of 1996, 6-10 birds are released per year. Each condor carries 2 radio transmitters & number tags were affixed to each condor's wing.
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  37. 37. In Iran, even today many of the old Muslim Houses‖ entrance doors have two door knockers. Why?
  38. 38. Answer
  39. 39. One for men and one for women. The bigger knocker is for men, and makes a louder noise. So that the residents know if there is a man or a woman at the door, thus enabling women to be properly veiled while opening the door.
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  41. 41. X Y X is named after a type / item of clothing A type / item of clothing is named after Y
  42. 42. Answer
  43. 43. X- Dress Circle named after cocktail dresses Y- Balcony The term Balconette bra comes from the fact that men would try looking down from the balcony of a theater, and a balconette bra could not be seen from above.
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  45. 45. When his son became famous in 1999, everyone wanted to know “where did this guy come from?”. His father seems to have taken this question too seriously. Couple of months ago, there was a book launch at Le Meridian, Bangalore for “North Africa to North Malabar”, a book that traces the origin of humans to Africa, specifically the author's community in Kerala. [Cover photo on next slide] Based on genetic makeup, humans are classified into groups labelled ―A‖ to ―R‖. The author, born in Mahe and graduated from JIPMER, says he got his DNA tested. “I found that I belong to group ―K‖ and subgroup ―L‖. Further studies showed that the ―K‖ group had migrated from North Africa to central Asia. It inhabited the valley of Tien Shan. From this comes the word ―____Y___‖ <his community>. A section of them (―L‖ group) then moved to north Malabar, Coorg and the Nilgiris via Pakistan and Rajasthan. • Identify the author • And the Community – Y.
  46. 46. Answer
  47. 47. Neliatte Shyamalan – father of M.N.Shyamalan He claims that the name Thiyyas comes from Tien Shan.
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  49. 49. Born Jack Hebner in Florida, he later took on the name Swami Bhakti Gaurava Narasingha. He met Swami Prabhupada of ISKCON in the summer of 1967 in San Francisco, and by 1970 became his disciple. He has started a unique establishment in the village/town of ___X___ , Karnataka that claims to be the only one of its kind in the country to combine two areas of interest. What did he start, and where?
  50. 50. Answer
  51. 51. India's first Surfing Ashram. Mantra Surf Club / Kaliya Mardana Krishna Ashram “Surfin‖ Swamis” For whom the water sport is an extension of the prayers, bhajans and puja
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  53. 53. His remains are buried below this banyan tree about 3 km from Nandagad village in Belgaum district.
  54. 54. Temple in tribute to him. Identify him, and the objects placed next to his idol.
  55. 55. Answer
  56. 56. The two wooden weights used for exercise. The one on the right is an ancient one, used by Rayanna himself and the one on the left was recently added to complete the tradition of maintaining a pair of weights.
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  58. 58. The name of this famous meat Rajasthani Dish is misleading. The name doesn‖t refer to the kind of meat that it serves. Name rather refers to the strength of the main ingredient.
  59. 59. Answer
  60. 60. Laal Maas
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  62. 62. What unusual practice is seen at both these famous temples? Identify both the temples. In M.P. In Kerala
  63. 63. 3/3
  64. 64. Answer
  65. 65. Kal Bhairav Temple in Ujjain Muthappan temple in Parassinikada Bhairav and Muthappan are avatars of Shiva, and at both these temples alcohol is presented to the deities/ the deities consume alcohol.
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  67. 67. When French President Francois Hollande met President Pranab Mukherjee in February 2013 he presented him a special gift - a collection of 6 items: Thierry Fremaux, the man behind the project: “We know exactly what happened in Bombay” Rewinding to the good old times, Fremaux said: “The team came in June and stayed till August. The team was led by Marius Sestier. He was young and coming here was a great adventure for him. But they came during the monsoons. So they could not make anything, which is a pity. I am sorry for that.”
  68. 68. Answer
  69. 69. The 6 short films made by Lumiere Brothers that were showcased at Watson Hotel, Mumbai on July 7, 1896 : ―birth of cinema in India‖. The Sea Bath Entry of Cinematographe Arrival of a Train A Demolition Leaving the Factory Ladies and Soldiers on Wheels .
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  71. 71. Karnataka was one of the pioneering states in this regard. Close to 11 years ago, a small group of tech-savvy Kannadigas first got together at Townhall. Slowly, word got around that a small group was trying to do something and people joined in. Soon, an ―aralikatte‖ was formed. However today its way behind other states and has come under criticism for its slow progress despite a headstart. As on October 2013, Kannada had 13 lakh pvpm, far behind Telugu (21 lakh), Malayalam (36.8 lakh) and Tamil (63 lakh). What are we talking about? Why the name ―aralikatte‖/ what is the English equivalent of “aralikatte”?
  72. 72. Answer
  73. 73. Regional Language Wikipedias. In English Wikipedia support mechanisms are called “Village Pump” sections, because village pump formed a community meeting area, like the aralikatte in villages in Karnataka.
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  75. 75. The book Eat Pray Love is divided into X number of chapters [specifically X+1 if you include the introduction which explains why there are X number of chapters]. The reason for X and X+1 is that this book‖s chapters are symbolic reference to an object that is familiar to most of us in India. Identify X, and the object.
  76. 76. Answer
  77. 77. Symbolic reference to the Japa Mala which has 108 beads, and a 109thbead that is an additional bead since counting should begin and end with the beads next to it.
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  79. 79. According to the Ain-i-akbari, at around the 11 century a large ship was wrecked off India―s coast in Kachchh District. Group of 7 and later split and went in two different directions, reaching the two regions shown below. Identify the two regions and explain what resulted because of this?
  80. 80. Answer
  81. 81. 7 Arabian horses from that ship are said to be the origin of the Marwari & Kathiawari horses.
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  83. 83. Manipur has seen an alarming decline in numbers of a the Manipuri Pony over the last 20 years largely due to exodus to the neighbouring Myanmar where it is extensively used to draw carts for transportation of goods & passengers. This has adversely affected Sagol Kangei – an integral part of Manipuri culture since 33 A.D.. What is Sagol Kangei?
  84. 84. Answer
  85. 85. Sagol Kangei = Polo Manipuri Polo Pony Manipur is the birthplace of Polo, and Imphal has the world‖s oldest Polo ground.
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  87. 87. June 2, 1932. According to a police report, 3 men entered a 2nd hand clothes store in Cleveland. One asked to see a suit of clothes and walked out without paying for it. In the commotion of the robbery, Mitchell S. a Jewish immigrant from Lithuania, age 60, fell to the ground and died. The police report mentions a gunshot being heard. But the coroner, the police and Mitchell‖s wife said he died of a heart attack. No one was ever arrested. For a long period of time his family [with some help from the police] held on to this story that he died of a heart attack. Few years back it was discovered that Mitchell actually died of a gun shot wound, and the family deliberately hid this fact to avoid any memory of the incident. This new discovery has led researchers to believe that this incident most likely inspired a specific idea in his young son‖s mind. What idea?
  88. 88. Answer
  89. 89. Bullets bouncing off Superman's chest. • Mitchell Siegel was the father of Superman‖s creator - Jerry Seigel. Since the beginning writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster let people think they dreamed up the bulletproof flying avenger as a way to attract girls because they were a pair of 17-year-old wimps. • According the authors of the biography of Siegel/ Shuster, this incident most likely inspired him to create a character who had a bullet proof body.
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  91. 91. Where, who, what and why?
  92. 92. Answer
  93. 93. Femen, a group famous for topless protests were protesting on the balcony of Indian ambassador residence in Kiev. The Indian government has reportedly asked the country's diplomatic missions in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to tighten the overview of visa applications by women aged 18-40 in an attempt to curb the inflow of sex workers to India.
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  95. 95. There are two watches. Both are kept in now museums. Both point to the same moment in history. However show two different times - one shows 17 past 5 <visual>, another 12 past five. What historic moment? And identify the street on which the museum the watch shown is kept.
  96. 96. Answer
  97. 97. Watch of Mahatma Gandhi, and supposed to show the time of assassination. The location where it happened was the Birla House, which is now called Gandhi Smriti, and is situated on Tees January Lane. The other is kept at the Gandhi museum.
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  99. 99. Steve Martin on SNL on May 17 1980: "What I Believe.“ I believe in rainbows and puppy dogs and fairy tales. And I believe in the family - Mom and Dad and Grandma .. and Uncle Tom, who waves his penis. And I believe 8 of the 10 Commandments. And I believe in going to church every Sunday, unless there's a game on. And I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, wholesome and natural things.. that money can buy. And I believe it's derogatory to refer to a woman's breasts as "boobs", "jugs", "winnebagos" or "golden bozos“ __________________ And I believe you should put a woman on a pedestal.. high enough so you can look up her dress.
  100. 100. Answer
  101. 101. And I believe it's derogatory to refer to a woman's breasts as "boobs", "jugs", "winnebagos" or "golden bozos".. and that you should only refer to them as "hooters".
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  103. 103. My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away. Ozymandias meloncholia is a particular phenomenon that has affected only a certain group of people. Coined by the famous, ___X__. Identify X or the people affected by it. What is Ozymandias meloncholia?
  104. 104. Answer
  105. 105. It's that sad and depressed feeling you get when you realize that no matter how great and majestic and important something is at the time, in time it's going to pass.
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  107. 107. _____X___ was Queen Victoria‖s favourite drink, and was given a royal warrant by Queen Victoria in February 1854 - making the company the official makers of the product for the monarch. Among its adverts from that era is one showing Victoria drinking ____X___ while sitting in a train. In 1941, the firm introduced her favourite colour _____Y____ in their packaging as a tribute to her.
  108. 108. Answer
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  110. 110. Connect: Movie: The Paradine Case Gay Keane, the wife of the defense attorney Anthony Keane. She knows her husband is infatuated with his beautiful but guilty client, Mrs. Parradine, yet trusts he will see his way through his misguided obsession. Movie: I Confess Alma., the wife of the Church handyman Otto Ketter who shares her husband's guilt over his murder, a crime committed because Otto wanted to provide his Alma with a better life, even if it meant violating the Church's laws. Movie: Frenzy Detective Oxford's unnamed wife, who figures out that the anti-hero suspect Richard Blainey couldn't possibly be the "neck tie murderer" way before her husband comes to the same conclusion.
  111. 111. Answer
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  113. 113. ".... at the banner's bottom is the character for "farmer" representing the Village; the 6 circles above represent the group of people; followed by a triangle for the last one who was mocked: “you‖re so special that I made you a triangle." <followed by heavy laughter>, and the triangle man walks off. CLUE 
  114. 114. Answer
  115. 115. Flag of the Seven Samurai
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  117. 117. The first happened in Blue Bolt #5 (Oct- 1940). Old grainy photographs of Quasars (astronomical objects discovered in 1963)are said to be the inspiration. What landmark element of comic-book art was first seen in this particular panel? The first happened in Blue Bolt #5 (Oct-1940). Old grainy photographs of Quasars (astronomical objects discovered in 1963)are said to be the inspiration. CLUE 
  118. 118. The first happened in Blue Bolt #5 (Oct- 1940). Old grainy photographs of Quasars (astronomical objects discovered in 1963)are said to be the inspiration. What landmark element of comic-book art was first seen in this particular panel? The first happened in Blue Bolt #5 (Oct-1940). Old grainy photographs of Quasars (astronomical objects discovered in 1963)are said to be the inspiration.
  119. 119. Answer
  120. 120. Kirby Crackle
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  122. 122. Where will you find the road leading up to the airport named after the man who led the charge to bomb the same airport, and was also a ―son of the soil‖?
  123. 123. Answer
  124. 124. Dabolim Airport Air Vice Marshal Eric Pinto who led the air force in the 1961 Invasion of Goa.
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  126. 126. What is graphic novelist Sarah Glidden tweeting about?
  127. 127. Answer
  128. 128. Bechdel test: It is a test pertaining to a work of fiction in which two women in conversation are talking about something other than a man. Borgen: An award-winning critically acclaimed Danish television drama that features female characters in prominent roles.
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  130. 130. The next slide shows the image of a document (relevant elements blurred) in which person X is trying to come up with names for something he was involved with. Identify X and the work he was trying to name. Part points available.
  131. 131. Answer
  132. 132. Carl Sagan, brainstorming for what is eventually named Cosmos: A Personal Voyage
  133. 133. Acceptable answers: Carl Sagan and Cosmos OR Carl Sagan and Cosmos: A Personal Voyage
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  135. 135. Identify. Why does this person sound so familiar? Part points available.
  136. 136. Answer
  137. 137. Hal Douglas. He was the narrator of many prominent movie trailers like this one.
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  139. 139. From back in the day, identify the two people pointed out to in the image. Part points available.
  140. 140. Answer
  141. 141. PULL MY FINGER I DARE YOU Mayawati and Kanshi Ram
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  143. 143. Movie star AB appeared in the second edition of this movie franchise. His villainous character in the movie was named AX and as was expected, AX died in the end. Rumour has it that he will resurface as his twin brother, BX in one of sequels. Identify: Movie star AB His characters AX and BX Movie franchise 5 points for 2 parts, 10 points for all three.
  144. 144. Answer
  145. 145. Jean Claude Van Damme The Expendables Jean Vilian and (hopefully) Claude VIlian
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  147. 147. If you turned over the original manuscript of this book, you would see this image (slide 1) that was drawn by the author‖s son. Slide 2 contains one of the illustrations within the book made by the author himself. Identify the author.
  148. 148. Answer
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  150. 150. What did [image on next slide] inspire in the world of music?
  151. 151. Answer
  152. 152. This is a popular 1965 French book named Belle et Sebastien (later adopted for TV and anime) that gave its name to the Indie band Belle and Sebastian
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  154. 154. This is an exhaustive list of 43 buildings that includes: - The Empire State Building - The Metlife Building - 666 5th Avenue - Chrysler Building - Woolworth Building - Seagram Building - A&D Building - Graybar Building What is unique about these and the 35 others on that list? Why will One World Trade Center not be a part of this list?
  155. 155. Answer
  156. 156. These 43 buildings have their own vanity ZIP codes. Before they fell, WTC1 and 2 had their own ZIP codes, but the new One World Trade center will have to make do and share with other buildings in its vicinity.
  157. 157. SCORES
  158. 158. WRITTEN ROUND 10 questions, 10 points each 10 points bonus if all questions are answered correctly
  159. 159. W1 Staffordshire is the industrial hub of England(or whatever is remaining of it). Lord Anthony Paul Bamford‖s father Joseph Cyril Bamford broke away from the family agriculture business in 1945 to start on his on in a garage in Uttoxeter, the market town in Staffordshire. The business that came out of this garage is now headquartered in Stafforsshire(a different location) and recently advertised "Celebrating 1,000,000 Machines May 2013” outside their headquarters
  160. 160. W2 An excerpt from Julian Barnes‖ Sense of an Ending(A novel set in 1960s England) how, when we were discussing __ ____‖s poetry, he put his head at a donnish slant and murmured, ―Of course, we‖re all wondering what will happen when he runs out of animals.‖ Id the poet whose name has been blanked out.
  161. 161. W3 ID this “Doctor”
  162. 162. W4 Puyol is shown with two flags. Id the country/region/area that the flags represent.
  163. 163. W5 What is this t-shirt paying tribute to?
  164. 164. W6 Identify the Goddess shown in the picture.
  165. 165. W7 The current band members originate from a pop group, but formed a sub-unit of the band and called it X in 2010, despite having no idea at the time what metal music was. Interestingly, members are only allowed to be in the group until they finish junior high school, so when the band members leave school they also "graduate" from the band. X?
  166. 166. W8 X made it to the under 22 cricket team for his state and was a good friend of Arun Lal. "For Arun Lal, making it to the Ranji team was just the beginning" - X. X‖s cricketing career didn‖t take off. He claims to have held only two jobs in his life. The first one was as a tea taster. Id X.
  167. 167. W9 This stretch of land has been the bone of contention between Japan and Russia since 1855. However, since WWII, Russia overthrew Japan to gain complete control. The area is inhabited predominantly by Russians (83%) and Koreans form a significant minority. This resource rich strip is usually in the news because of interest from large multinationals. Identify.
  168. 168. W10 He is the CEO of SumZero. His co- conspirators from an earlier ―venture‖ are arguably more famous. Identify.
  169. 169. WRITTEN ROUND ANSWERS Please exchange sheets
  170. 170. W1 Staffordshire is the industrial hub of England(or whatever is remaining of it). Lord Anthony Paul Bamford‖s father Joseph Cyril Bamford broke away from the family agriculture business in 1945 to start on his on in a garage in Uttoxeter, the market town in Staffordshire. The business that came out of this garage is now headquartered in Stafforsshire(a different location) and recently advertised "Celebrating 1,000,000 Machines May 2013” outside their headquarters
  171. 171. A1
  172. 172. W2 An excerpt from Julian Barnes‖ Sense of an Ending(A novel set in 1960s England) how, when we were discussing __ ____‖s poetry, he put his head at a donnish slant and murmured, ―Of course, we‖re all wondering what will happen when he runs out of animals.‖ Id the poet whose name has been blanked out.
  173. 173. A2 Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath‖s husband.
  174. 174. W3 ID this “Doctor”
  175. 175. A3 Dr. A.Q.Khan
  176. 176. W4 Puyol is shown with two flags. Id the country/region/area that the flags represent.
  177. 177. A4 Basque and Catalonia
  178. 178. W5 What is this t-shirt paying tribute to?
  179. 179. A5 Sochi Olympic Ring fail.
  180. 180. W6 Identify the Goddess shown in the picture.
  181. 181. A6 Annapurna Devi
  182. 182. W7 The current band members originate from a pop group, but formed a sub-unit of the band and called it X in 2010, despite having no idea at the time what metal music was. Interestingly, members are only allowed to be in the group until they finish junior high school, so when the band members leave school they also "graduate" from the band. X?
  183. 183. A7 Babymetal
  184. 184. W8 X made it to the under 22 cricket team for his state and was a good friend of Arun Lal. "For Arun Lal, making it to the Ranji team was just the beginning" - X. X‖s cricketing career didn‖t take off. He claims to have held only two jobs in his life. The first one was as a tea taster. Id X.
  185. 185. A8 Piyush Pandey
  186. 186. W9 This stretch of land has been the bone of contention between Japan and Russia since 1855. However, since WWII, Russia overthrew Japan to gain complete control. The area is inhabited predominantly by Russians (83%) and Koreans form a significant minority. This resource rich strip is usually in the news because of interest from large multinationals. Identify.
  187. 187. A9 Sakhalin
  188. 188. W10 He is the CEO of SumZero. His co- conspirators from an earlier ―venture‖ are arguably more famous. Identify.
  189. 189. A10 Divya Narendra of Facebook fame.
  190. 190. SCORES
  191. 191. Anti clockwise
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  193. 193. Connect the lines from a particular movie on the next to slides to an image shown subsequently. Looking for a two word answer.
  194. 194. General: Now each battalion has a specific code-name and mission. Battalion 5, raise your hands! [all the African American members put up their hands including A] General: You will be the all important first defense wave, which we will call "Operation Human Shield". A: Hey, wait a minute... General: Now keep in mind, 'Operation Human Shield' will suffer heavy losses. But don't lose your spirit men! Stay until the bitter end. Battalion 14? [all the White soldiers raise their hands]
  195. 195. General: Right, you are 'Operation Get Behind The Darkies'. You will follow Battalion 5 here and try not to get killed for God's Sake. Are there any questions men? [A raises his hand] General: Yes Soldier? A: Have you ever heard of the ________X________(2 words)? General: I don't listen to hip-hop!
  196. 196. Connect the words in the blank with this image.
  197. 197. Answer
  198. 198. Emancipation Proclamation. The character “A” is Chef in the movie South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut Chef expresses his indignation by trying to invoke the Emancipation Proclamation which the General thinks is the name of a hip hop band. The image shown is the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
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  200. 200. At France‖s Bibliotheque National, you need to wear special gloves and enter a climate controlled room, after signing off a waiver of liability should anything happen to you when you‖re about to witness certain artifacts / remnants that belonged to someone. To view and scrutinize what would you have to sign the waiver of liability?
  201. 201. Answer
  202. 202. Marie and Pierre Curie‖s notes and other personal effects. Long after they passed away, their material is still radioactive and can potentially cause harm.
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  204. 204. This image shows monks prostrating before an installation put together by an artist named Tenzing Rigdol. Where is this located and what is the funda behind this art installation? Part points available.
  205. 205. Answer
  206. 206. Tenzin Rigdol smuggled 20 tonnes of native soil from Tibet to India for an art project to bring Tibet closer to its people. He ran a successful kickstarter campaign to make a documentary film titled “Bringing Tibet Home”. Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tenzinc/bringing- tibet-home-documentary-film
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  208. 208. According to the BBC Show QI, the number of exceptions to the rule outnumber the instances where the rule is followed by a multiple of 21. So if the rule is followed once, it is not followed 21 times over. What precise rule?
  209. 209. Answer
  210. 210. “i before e except after c”
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  212. 212. On the following slide is a ―Breton shirt‖ that was made the official uniform for French sailors to identify them easily if they fell overboard. The original Breton shirt, commissioned in the 1850s had 21 stripes. What is the funda behind the number of stripes in this shirt?
  213. 213. Answer
  214. 214. 21 stripes to commemorate Naopleon‖s 21 victories
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  216. 216. The following people were identified and handpicked to come together for this particular photo shoot conducted recently. One face intentionally blanked out. Who are these people and whose face has been blanked out?
  217. 217. Answer
  218. 218. Descendants of Solomon Northup featuring Steve McQueen
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  220. 220. German polymath Fritz Kahn is considered the father of modern ________. He was a medical scientist by training, gynaecologist by early occupation, artist by inclination, writer, educator, amateur astronomer, and humanist by calling. He sought to strip scientific ideas of their alienating complexity and engage a popular audience with those essential tenets of how life works. He is best-known for his iconic 1926 work Man as Industrial Palace. FITB.
  221. 221. Answer
  222. 222. Infographic
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  224. 224. X and Y were classmates at St. Columba's High School in New Delhi. Despite being extremely successful and popular in his own right, X described Y as the "smartest guy" around and that Y was destined to be #1 in whatever he chose to do. A very famous billionaire had this to say about X - "You will see a bit of X in every piece of technology around you". X died of a drowning accident in 2009. Id X and Y.
  225. 225. Answer
  226. 226. X – Rajeev Motwani Y - Shah Rukh Khan
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  228. 228. “Don‖t fall in love with ______. He turns against lovers and chops them off,” someone once told Andrew Neil, the former editor of Sunday Times. And that‖s what happened: on June 13, without warning his wife, _______ filed for divorce in a New York court. “It was classic ______: go on the attack,”. “It‖s King Lear-ish. He can‖t take it if a loved one turns on him. Rather than have that happen, he went for the pre- emptive strike and got rid of her.”
  229. 229. Answer
  230. 230. Rupert Murdoch Wendi Deng
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  232. 232. A and B are collaborating on a book titled “The World of Fake Values”. A asks B if he can foresee an "optimistic scenario" for the world's future. B mentions a vision of a world that is saved by technological progress that fuels the development of liberal democracy, whereupon A scoffs, "Let's wait for Martians to save us. That's more realistic than what you described." While A believes that technological progress is indeed the solution, he is very pessimistic that this solution is going to be applied in time. Identify A and B – they make an eclectic pair.
  233. 233. Answer
  234. 234. Garry Kasparov and Peter Thiel
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  236. 236. Born of mixed parentage, X was the son of an Anglo-Indian Christian mother and the biological son of a Gujarati Hindu Non- Resident Indian. His parents were estranged before he was born and he was subsequently raised by his mother and maternal grandmother but due to his biological father having been a Hindu, he was given the freedom to decide which religion he wished to pursue if any. His mother entered "Indian" in the then-contentious column for Religion/Caste in his birth certificate. His most famous works were borne out of his curiosity to understand why his father‖s family and their religion forced them to hate his mother. Who?
  237. 237. Answer
  238. 238. Ashok Banker
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  240. 240. In 1905, Bolshevik printers of St. Petersburg protested for a certain cause. Their protest and the events that followed, supposedly, directly precipitated the first Russian Revolution. What was their cause?
  241. 241. Answer
  242. 242. They demanded to be paid the same rate for punctuation marks as for letters.
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  244. 244. When the French began making ________ for the British, the makers quickly learned that the Brits preferred much drier _______ than the French did. In fact, the French found this version to be unpalatable. They named this inferior version X Y, for who could have such unsophisticated preferences other than a ~Y X? The joke was eventually on the French: X is now the most popular variety of _______ in the world.
  245. 245. Answer
  246. 246. Brut Sauvage (Champagne)
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  248. 248. About 50,000 people share the _________ family name in Japan, written here using at least five different combinations of characters, according to Hiroshi Morioka, an expert on the study of Japanese surnames. In its most common rendering — using the characters for “middle” and “main,” — ________ is Japan‖s 487th most common family name out of over 100,000 known surnames. Id the blank.
  249. 249. Answer
  250. 250. Nakamoto. Bitcoins, anyone?
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  252. 252. “In 1959, the British scientist C. P. Snow gave a famous lecture called The Two Cultures where he bemoaned the fact that many intelligent and well- educated people of the time had almost no knowledge of science. He used knowledge of the Second Law of Thermodynamics as a kind of dividing line between those who were scientifically literate and those who weren't. I think we can similarly use knowledge of the _ ________ (two blanks) as a dividing line between programmers who are "functionally literate" (i.e. have a reasonably deep knowledge of functional programming) and those who aren't. There are other topics that could serve just as well as _ (notably monads), but _ will do nicely.” – Mike Vanier The blanked out phrase has arguably gained popularity only in the last few years.
  253. 253. Answer
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  255. 255. The picture shows a car surrounded by recording equipment. What‖s going on here or in other words what‖s the good funda?
  256. 256. Answer
  257. 257. Electric cars run nearly silent, which is great for minimizing noise pollution, but bad for pedestrians who can't hear a vehicle approaching. Audi is developing an electronic engine roar so the company's e-Tron vehicles can still be heard.
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  259. 259. EMI‖s rejection letter to which pioneering 80‖s band?
  260. 260. Answer
  261. 261. Venom after winning a KQA Open
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  263. 263. Peter Jamieson (MD of EMI) was so impressed with Virgin Music‖s ideas, music and enthusiasm that he immediately agreed to a partnership. The deal was finalised on Richard Branson‖s boat moored in Little Venice. Branson found an old 1920s Danish Bacon poster of a pig singing <BLANK>! to a chicken, producing an egg ! He thought the poster was perfect for his cousin (the then head of A&R at Virgin and later Managing Director) Simon Draper. It was at a later meeting in Simon‖s office with Peter Jamieson that they were discussing potential names when the poster caught Peter‖s eye. “Seeing the poster with the same title on it that had become so familiar to me was serendipity, ―fate‖ even, and I knew then that this had to be the title of our series. It was a powerful and meaningful statement in its own right, and when abbreviated to ―<BLANK modified>‖, gave the ultimate contemporary message”.
  264. 264. Answer
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  266. 266. As per research by Redditor babycarrotman, this “phenomenon” started thanks to an overplayed Comedy Central promo. Comedy Central advertised the hell out of Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn which aired from 2002-2004. It was a panel comedy show featuring 4 comedians (and Colin Quinn as host) discussing topical news stories. One of their promos that they played a lot was a clip of comedian Brian Posehn responding to a prompt about a study published on May 5, 2003 tying violent lyrics to violent behaviour. He then made a joke which still exists as a meme of sorts. What?
  267. 267. Answer
  268. 268. Hating on Nickelback “No one talks about the studies that show that bad music makes people violent, but listening to Nickelback makes me want to kill Nickelback"
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  270. 270. In a paper in the American Sociological Review, UCLA professors Gabriel Rossman and Oliver Schilke reviewed nearly 3,000 films released between 1985 and 2009, and developed an algorithm to assess what makes a film _____ . The factors include when a film is released; whether it‖s being distributed by a major studio, whether, according to IMDb, it features certain genres and plot keywords etc. The movie that came out on top was 1990‖s barely remembered Come See the Paradise, starring Dennis Quaid as a Los Angeles movie theater projectionist who is drafted into the army during World War II—while, back home, his Japanese-American wife and daughter are placed in an internment camp. What?
  271. 271. Answer
  272. 272. Algorithm to figure the likelihood of a movie to get an Oscar Nomination.
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  274. 274. The first image is that of the old jersey of a Chilean football club Club Deportivo ______. It was banned recently after it was found to be a violation of a prohibition on a soccer team making political or religious statements. The team defied the league and unveiled their new jersey in the second image. FITB or funda.
  275. 275. Answer
  276. 276. Club Deportivo Palestino. They have the map of Palestine (according to the Palestinians) on their jersey.
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  278. 278. According to an article in the now-defunct rock mag Creem, this classic rock guitarist earned his moniker while relieving himself outside a recording studio. X who had been mistakenly locked out of the session, was outside just minding his own business--and doing his business--when someone inside opened a door, stepping into his line of fire. " 'You _____!' the [wet] one kept repeating," according to the Creem piece. Ergo, a nickname was born. Interestingly his interest in music recording technology, led him to work as a defense consultant and he currently chairs a Congressional Advisory Board on missile defense. Who?
  279. 279. Answer
  280. 280. Jeff ―Skunk‖ Baxter who played with Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers.
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  282. 282. All the following images are examples of what? Looking for something generic and not specific to the show in question.
  283. 283. Answer
  284. 284. These are the tricks used by TV shows to hide real- life pregnancies.
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  286. 286. Contributors to? [Specific answer needed here]
  287. 287. Answer
  288. 288. India‖s hockey team for the 1936 Olympics.
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  290. 290. Nelson Monfort, a famous journalist for France Télévisions says this: “However I know the reason for it. It is done to mark the end of the international broadcasting signal. This is also the reason why the interviews are conducted after the match. Since until the __________, the broadcast is international, then it becomes local. Symbolically, it is similar to the ending credits of a movie; it shows the end of the match.” Production assistant, and colleague of Nelson, Frederic Tabourin says: “For me, it was tested in France at Bercy in the 90s..” This is done on a small plate of polymethylmethacrylate. What?
  291. 291. Answer
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  293. 293. A Blue Hand is a recent book by Deborah Baker largely about X. In 1961 X left New York by boat for Bombay, India along with X‖s troubled lover, Peter Orlovsky. X ?
  294. 294. Answer
  295. 295. Allen Ginsberg
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  297. 297. All these stamps honoring Marie Curie got one little detail wrong. What?
  298. 298. Answer
  299. 299. That‖s not Marie Curie but a photo of Susan Marie Frontczak who is a professional storyteller, writer and actor who for 13 years has made a living portraying Marie Curie on stage.
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  301. 301. The House of Commons released thousands of MPs' receipts - 700,000 individual documents contained within 5,500 PDF files covering all 646 members of parliament. It's an enormous potential dataset - four years worth of expenses and every claim. How did The Guardian uncover frauds within these documents?
  302. 302. Answer
  303. 303. They made a web game out of it and asked their users to play to help detect fraud.
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  305. 305. The London Olympics wanted to protect official sponsors, so they orchestrated a ban on ambush marketing. X weren‖t an Olympic sponsor but they created custom national <product> in the colors of all of the competing teams. They ran this campaign (pic next slide) to promote this. The IOC ruled that there was a difference between “someone using equipment with a logo and someone promoting a brand” thus making this campaign a resounding success as this was seen being used by athletes everywhere. What product ?
  306. 306. Answer
  307. 307. Beats by Dr.Dre
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  309. 309. Playboy Portugal paying tribute to which famous author?
  310. 310. Answer
  311. 311. Jose Saramago, the Portguese Nobel Laureate. The picture has the text which translates to “Gospel according to Jesus Christ”, Saramago‖s most famous work.
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  313. 313. on July 17th 1969 — the day after the launch of Apollo 11 — The New York Times published a short item under the headline "A Correction." The three-paragraph statement summarized its 1920 editorial where X was mocked and concluded: Further investigation and experimentation have confirmed the findings of Isaac Newton in the 17th Century and it is now definitely established that a rocket can function in a vacuum as well as in an atmosphere. The Times regrets the error. Who was mocked in 1920?
  314. 314. Answer
  315. 315. Robert Goddard
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  317. 317. This is an editorial from the The London Times in 1865: (Authorship not available). What policy is this editorial talking about? A precise term is needed “If that mischievous financial policy which had its origin in the North American Republic during the late war in that country, should become indurated down to a fixture, then that Government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debt. It will become prosperous beyond precedent in the history of the civilized governments of the world. The brains and wealth of all countries will go to North America. That government must be destroyed or it will destroy every monarchy on the globe.”
  318. 318. Answer
  319. 319. The original greenbacks published by Lincoln because he(the union) couldn‖t afford the interest rates demanded by banks to sponsor the war
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  321. 321. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland to a Protestant family, ___ ____was an active member of the Irish Revivalist Movement and a close companion of W.B. Yeats, George Russell (AE), and James Joyce. He was an avid actor and produced well-received plays such as ―The Sleep of the King‖. Drawn to occultism and Indian spirituality, he was influenced by Madame Blavatsky and travelled to India in November 1915 at Annie Besant‖s invitation. Among other things he, in a sense, ―changed‖ the direction of Kannada literature. Identify.
  322. 322. Answer
  323. 323. James Cousins. He was husband of Margaret Cousins who set Jana Gana Mana to tune. He also convinced Kuvempu to write in Kannada. (Kuvempu originally wrote in English)
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  325. 325. The virtue of _____ is that it is the spectacle of excess. Here we find a grandiloquence which must have been that of ancient theaters. And in fact ____ is an open-air spectacle, for what makes the circus or the arena what they are is not the sky (a romantic value suited rather to fashionable occasions), it is the drenching and vertical quality of the flood of light. Even hidden in the most squalid Parisian halls, _____ partakes of the nature of the great solar spectacles, Greek drama and bullfights: in both, a light without shadow generates an emotion without reserve. (continued)
  326. 326. There are people who think that ____ is an ignoble sport. _____ is not a sport, it is a spectacle, and it is no more ignoble to attend a _____ performance of Suffering than a performance of the sorrows of Arnolphe or Andromaque. Of course, there exists a false _____ , in which the participants unnecessarily go to great lengths to make a show of a fair fight; this is of no interest. True ___, wrongly called __X__ , is performed in second-rate halls, where the public spontaneously attunes itself to the spectacular nature of the contest, like the audience at a suburban cinema. FITB (all blanks except X), id the philosopher(the author) and the 1957 work from which this excerpt is taken.
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  328. 328. Wrestling X- Amateur wrestling Roland Barthes Mythologies is the work
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  330. 330. _________ was the name given to the new literary movement by its detractors. It means one who expressed only the shadows and was indifferent to anything substantial and wholesome and turned his backs on reality. The name stuck to the movement, partly because the new poets adopted the nomenclature with enthusiasm and aplomb. This movement was inspired by Romanticism and the poets were deeply influenced by the poetic creations of Shelley, Keats and Wordsworth and Rabindranath Tagore.
  331. 331. Answer
  332. 332. Chaayavaad movement in poetry which stressed the importance of expressing the poet's own sensibilities.
  333. 333. Fin. Phew! A Sai Ganesh, Sohan Maheshwar, Shashank PS, Varun Shenoy and Hari Shenoy presentation.

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