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    St. Stephen's College QC Inter-Dept 2013 (Final Quiz) St. Stephen's College QC Inter-Dept 2013 (Final Quiz) Presentation Transcript

    • Inter-Departmental Quiz 2013 St. Stephen’s College, Delhi
    • Roadside Picnic is a work of fiction based on the aftermath of an extraterrestrial event (called the Visitation) which simultaneously took place in half a dozen separate locations around Earth for a two-day period. Such zones exhibit strange and dangerous phenomena not understood by humans, and contain artifacts with inexplicable, seemingly supernatural properties. The name of the novel derives from an analogy proposed by the character Dr. Valentine Pilman who compares the extraterrestrial event to a picnic. It is a short science fiction novel written by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky in 1971. As of 1998, 38 editions of the novel were published in 20 countries. The film X is loosely based on the novel, with a screenplay written by the Strugatskys. In the film an X is a professional guide to the zone, someone who crosses the border into the forbidden zone with a specific goal. Which film?
    • X is a song by Y. It won the RIAA Gold Disc award in December 1970. Pitchfork Media placed it at number 17 on its list of "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s". Rolling Stone placed it at #99 on its "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list. The song is an anti-war anthem, criticizing militant patriotic behavior and those who support the use of military force without having to pay the costs themselves (either financially or by enlisting in the war). The song, released during the Vietnam War, is not explicit in its criticism of that war in particular, but the clear attacks on the elite classes (the families associated with X) of America and their withdrawal from the costs of nationalistic imperialism are easy to contextualize to that conflict. The song was inspired by the wedding of David Eisenhower, the grandson of President Dwight David Eisenhower, to Julie Nixon, the daughter of President Richard Nixon, in 1968. X and Y, please. 2
    • Creedence Clearwater Revival Fortunate Son
    • X is a Japanese word that literally translates to "strange creature". However, the word X has been translated and defined in English as "monster". Specifically, it is used to refer to a genre of tokusatsu entertainment. X films usually showcase monsters of any form attacking a major Japanese city or engaging another (or multiple) monsters in battle. The most famous X is Godzilla. Other notable X include Gamera, Mothra, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla and Rodan. The term gained popularity again this year after the release of a certain movie in June. Xs are heavily involved. We want X. We’ll give you brownie points if you can tell us the movie in question, too. 2
    • Kaiju 2
    • Connect, or give funda, please. 2
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    • HAI CAN HAS STDIO? VISIBLE "HAI WORLD!" KTHXBYE HAI CAN HAS STDIO? PLZ OPEN FILE "LOLCATS.TXT"? AWSUM THX VISIBLE FILE O NOES INVISIBLE "ERRROR!" KTHXBYE HAI CAN HAS STDIO? IM IN YR LOOP UPPIN YR VAR TIL BOTH SAEM VAR AN 10 VISIBLE SUM OF VAR AN 1 IM OUTTA YR LOOP KTHXBYE So, something is going on here, evidently. Where might I have taken this from? 2
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    • Team of Marvel antagonists here. Third one’s Zzzax. However, in the field of things, all four of these are supposed to represent a part of the whole, thus giving the team a sort of unification. Funda/identification for points.
    • The Unified Field Theory (Supervillians in the Avengers universe) Graviton, Quantum, Zzax, Halflife
    • The story of how X became Y began in 2005. ScanSoft, a software company, was looking for a voice for a new project. It reached out to GM Voices, a suburban Atlanta company that had established a niche recording voices for automated voice technologies. X, a trusted talent who had done lots of work with GM Voices, was one of the options presented. ScanSoft liked what it heard, and in June 2005 X signed a contract for the same. For four hours a day, every day, in July 2005, X holed up in her home recording booth. What was the result of all those hours in July 2005? In other words, give Y.
    • Y: Siri X: Susan Bennett
    • The album – Y’s title is said to encapsulate X’s interest in the past, referencing both ____________ technology and the human experience. Bangalter explained the reasoning behind the name: "We were drawing a parallel between the brain and the hard drive – the _________that ______ are stored." X felt that while current technology allows for an unlimited capacity to store recorded material, the content produced by contemporary artists has diminished in quality. Their goal was therefore to maximize the potential of infinite storage by recording a sprawling amount of elements. X pointed to the process as being further inspiration for the album's title, as they sought to make connections out of the series of ideas. X, and/or Y. Please determine your answer.
    • Taken from a paper from the Journal of General Virology. I’ve edited certain parts to make it more like a question and less like a paper. This is not a science question, per se. The John Cunnigham virus (JCV) is a polyomavirus co-evolving with some things (X) since something (Y). JCV seems to provide new insights into the history of X, as it suggests an expansion of X connected to Y via two paths, each supporting a different variety of JCV. Now, the point is, something we know about Xs, who happen to be really close to us, is an inference due to the virus. This is not that hard to work out, and you almost certainly know this fact (this something). It’d be nice if you know what X and Y are, but really, give us that fact, which is basically Y.
    • One of Japan’s most followed pop singers is Hatsune Miku,a 16year old girl, who at 5.2 ft and 42kg, produces pop, rock, dance, house, techno, cross over music. Her tempo range has been identified under 70-150bpm. The music agency Crypton and artist Kei Garo have been influential to her success. Here, listen to one of her songs. On the next slide, you can even see how she looks in her very own anime series. No weird Japanese porno references. Just what is it that makes us want to include Hatsune Miku in a quiz where barely anyone is Japanese?
    • Stuff we kind of think we know about X 1.Would begin roughly 20 (or perhaps 30-40) years after the end of _________. 2.Only two things: ______ and _______, would make it through the end. 3.Would deal with the rebuilding of __________. 4.___________ would find a romantic interest. 5.The main theme would be moral and philosophical problems, such as the necessity for moral choices and the wisdom needed to distinguish right from wrong, justice, confrontation, and passing on what you have learned. Okay, I think that’s about it. Trek through these clues and maybe you’ll reach the summit and tell us what it is we’re looking for.
    • The solar system, no? Then what are all those red numbers doing there? Explain, please.
    • Wolf Snow Sap Growing Flower Mead Hay Corn Harvest Hunter Beaver Winter If you followed this list in the old times, you’re great. But in times more new than old, there’s a particular element which falls into this category (though not necessarily this list), which, without a doubt, you’ve heard of. In fact, if I told you what this list was, that‘s pretty much the only element you’d think about. Which modern element fits into the funda of this list?
    • Blue Moon (Names given to full moons)
    • This was a particular actor’s reflection when asked to about _______’s death: “I thought everything was managed in excellent taste. I feel proud. When it was first suggested to me that _______ would die, I was hesitant. It seemed exploitative. But now that I've seen how it was accomplished, I think it was a very good idea.” The movie had its first public screening, almost a month before general release, where the producers were concerned that ______'s death would set fans against the movie, the audience actually applauded after the scene. "It was sensational. I hate to be given to superlatives but it absolutely reached everything we wanted it to. I couldn't ask for anything better," said coproducer Robert Sallin of the advance audience's reaction. Insanely famous character. Name and movie, for full points. (Psst: Ask me for more tidbits of trivia.)
    • X included a reference to Y in the original radio version of Z, in which he describes the main characters surveying the landscape of an alien planet, while their companion hums a song by Y. This was cut out of the CD version. X also compared the various noises that the kakapo makes to Y studio out-takes in his nonfiction book on endangered species, W. X’s official biography shares its name with a song by Y. X was friends with Y guitarist A. In fact once, on X's birthday, he was invited to make a guest appearance at Y's 28 October 1994 concert at Earls Court in London, playing guitar on two songs. X chose the name for Y's 1994 album, B, by picking the words from the lyrics to one of its tracks. A also performed at X's memorial service, and what would have been X's 60th birthday party. Give us as many as you can identify. There are X, Y, W, A, and B. 8
    • X: Douglas Adams Y: Pink Floyd Z: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy W: Last Chance to See A: David Gilmour B: The Division Bell 8
    • The text was clearly written from left to right, with a slightly ragged right margin. Longer sections are broken into paragraphs, sometimes with star or flower-like "bullets" in the left margin. There is no obvious punctuation, and no indications of any errors or corrections made at any place in the document. The ductus flows smoothly, giving the impression that the symbols were not enciphered, as there is no delay between characters as would normally be expected in written encoded text. The text consists of over 170,000 glyphs, usually separated from each other by narrow gaps. Wider gaps divide the text into about 35,000 "words" of varying length. These seem to follow phonological or orthographic laws of some sort, e.g., certain characters must appear in each word (like English vowels), some characters never follow others, some may be doubled or tripled but others may not, etc. Statistical analysis of the text reveals patterns similar to those of natural languages. For instance, the word entropy (about 10 bits per word) is similar to that of English or Latin texts. Some words occur only in certain sections, or in only a few pages; others occur throughout the text. There are very few repetitions among the thousand or so "labels" attached to the illustrations. 8
    • On the other hand, the "language" is quite unlike European languages in several aspects. There are practically no words comprising more than ten glyphs, yet there are also few one- or two-letter words. The distribution of letters within words is also rather peculiar: some characters occur only at the beginning of a word, some only at the end, and some always in the middle section. The text seems to be more repetitive than typical European languages, causing single-substitution alphabet decipherings to yield babble-like text. There are only a few words written in a seemingly Latin script. The lettering resembles European alphabets of the late 14th and 15th centuries, but the words do not seem to make sense in any language. Also, a series of diagrams in the "astronomical" section has the names of ten of the months (from March to December) written in Latin script, with spelling suggestive of the medieval languages of France, northwest Italy or the Iberian Peninsula. However, it is not known whether these bits of Latin script were part of the original text or were added later. Simply, what the hell is this thing? 8
    • The Voynich Manuscript
    • Fredric J. Baur, of Cincinnati, died May 4, 2008 at Vitas Hospice in Cincinnati. He was 89. Yeah, yeah, we’re super sad and everything, but what’s really interesting about this guy’s funeral is the way he was buried. It’s certainly cool that he requested for it himself, because he was really proud of his “designs”. Obviously, this makes sense, since Fredric J. Baur is known for his “designs”. Oh, more info: Baur was an organic chemist and food storage technician who specialized in research and development and quality control at Cincinnati. Please try and explain how Fredric J. Baur was buried. 8
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    • After several years with the Royal Military Police, X was attached to the SIB (Special Investigative Branch), the plain-clothes branch of the RMP. He left the military in 2003 and has been working since then in the civilian security industry. The idea for _______ _______ grew directly out of his own experiences and those of his military friends who returned to the civilian world. You know X. Probably, but if you don’t, the truth is only a Google search away, waiting to be exposed. Name X, please. 8
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    • Taken from Snopes: “Here is a true story someone found regarding exams at Cambridge University. It seems that during an examination one day a bright young student popped up and asked the proctor to bring him ________ and ________. The following dialog ensued: Proctor: I beg your pardon? Student: Sir, I request that you bring me ________ and _________. Proctor: Sorry, no. Student: Sir, I really must insist. I request and require that you bring me ________ and ________. At this point, the student produced a copy of the four hundred year old Laws of Cambridge, written in Latin and still nominally in effect, and pointed to the section which read (rough translation from the Latin): "Gentlemen sitting examinations may request and require ________ and ________." Pepsi and hamburgers were judged the modern equivalent, and the student sat there, writing his examination and happily slurping away. Three weeks later the student was fined five pounds for not wearing a sword to the examination.” Just fill in the blanks, which lend their name to the myth itself. 8
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    • Carol Ann Susi (Born in February 2, 1952) is an American actress. Her screen credits include Just Go with It, Becker, CSI: NY - The Game, Grey's Anatomy, That '70s Show, Out of Practice, Cats & Dogs, Just Shoot Me, Married... with Children, Death Becomes Her, Seinfeld, The Secret of My Success, My Blue Heaven (Filomena), Sabrina The Teenage Witch, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker, her first screen appearance which has a cult following. Susi also has extensive experience in live theater. You know Carol, however, for another role in another show, whose name we’ve obviously removed from this list. Her “performance” is kind of weird there, but you still know her because of this show. Which role in which show? 8
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    • X is an extinct genus of fly “named for television, film, and magazine personality, ____. Both namesakes exemplify splendid somal structure for their respective taxa.” The first specimen of X was discovered preserved in amber, and such species often contain the prefix electro-. X’s name is an interesting variation on this tradition. Give X.
    • Carmenelectra shechisme, after Carmen Electra
    • X studied theoretical physics at Moscow State University, with future Nobel Prize winner Vitaly Ginzburg. In 1990, X became the first non-émigré from the Soviet Union to go to the United States to receive an MBA at the Wharton School of Business. The press quoted him as saying that he made this decision after "being disappointed in myself as a physicist". X is famous for being a major internet investor, and for funding very generous prizes for advanced physics and life science research. He envisages the development of the internet into a “global brain”, and eventually the development of an “internet of things.” Who is X?
    • What inexhaustive list are the following headlines members of? “98 Homosexual-Recruitment Drive Nearing Goal" "Sean Penn Demands To Know What Asshole Took SeanPenn@gmail.com" “Study: 58 Percent Of U.S. Exercise Televised" "New Anti-Smoking Ad Warns Teens 'It's Gay to Smoke'" "Kim Jong-Un Named Sexiest Man Alive For 2012.“ "Obama Openly Asks Nation Why On Earth He Would Want To Serve For Another Term“ "Denmark Introduces Harrowing New Tourism Ads Directed By Lars Von Trier"
    • The Onion headlines that were taken seriously
    • Connect http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Qd2Nb-oh4I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWC_WZ7gd6g http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0r0jznFjA8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXu-2l_fBfA
    • Pulp Fiction connects the four audio clips
    • The lighthearted “Treaty of Park Avenue” between X and Y stipulated that X was the best science fiction writer in the world (reserving second best for Y), while X was required to insist that Y was the best science writer in the world (reserving second best for himself). Who (in order) are X and Y?
    • X is Arthur C. Clarke, Y is Isaac Asimov.
    • Switch
    • Both the following individuals had the same name, X. - A Scottish engineer who developed a popular method of roadlaying involving layers of equally sized stones held together with a binder. These roads are known as Y roads or as tarmac when the binder is tar. - A Scottish-born Australian chemist, an important figure in the invention of Australian-rules Football, who had a genus of nutbearing plant, Z, named after him. Give X.
    • John McAdam
    • X were a political faction in Revolutionary France, who opposed the monarchy, but were uncomfortable with the tremendous momentum of the revolution. They were responsible for the killing of Jean-Paul Marat, and counted American Founding Father Thomas Paine among their allies. Here and now, the word X is probably best known for being part of the name of a Ligue 1 football club in southwest France. The club has won 6 league titles since being founded in 1881. Jean Tigana, Zinedine Zidane, Alain Giresse, Bixente Lizarazu, and Sylvain Wiltord have played for it. Give X.
    • In February 1995, one of the most bizarre stoppages in a cricket match took place between Boland and Border in a Castle Cup match at Paarl. Daryll Cullinan hit Roger Telemachus into the stands for six, and this was followed by a ten-minute delay. The ball had to be cooled, wiped and eventually replaced because it was still too slippery for Telemachus to hold. What happened/What did the event come to be known as?
    • Quote number 42 from the AFI’s list of the top movie quotes of all time is “Plastics” from The Graduate. Number 17 is the only other single-word quote on the list. What is it?
    • The chorus of a song by G. H. MacDermott (singer) and G. W. Hunt (songwriter) commonly sung in British pubs and music halls around the time of the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878) gave birth to a term used to describe extreme nationalism. The lyrics were: “We don't want to fight but by X if we do We've got the ships, we've got the men, we've got the money too We've fought the Bear before, and while we're Britons true The Russians shall not have Constantinople.” The phrase "by X" was a long-established minced oath, used to avoid saying "by Jesus". What is the term?
    • By Jingo / Jingoism
    • The city X is the site of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, and is considered sacred by Shi’a Muslims. Owing to the great distance between India and X, Indian Shi’i couldn’t make pilgrimages to the tomb or be buried near it. So, soil from X was brought and sprinkled on plots of land designated as future cemeteries. These plots are also known as X. Among several etymologies for X, one suggests that X comes from the Aramaic for “near God.” Give X.
    • Karbala
    • Andrew Johnson played for Birmingham City from 1998 to 2002, and his home ground was St. Andrews Stadium. Similarly, Paolo Di Canio played at Napoli’s Stadio San Paolo and Nicola Legrottaglie at Bari’s Stadio San Nicola. This pattern is continued in Danny Cannon’s 2005 movie ‘Goal!’ starring Kuno Becker. What is the common Spanish name for the apostle St. James?
    • Santiago
    • X and Y travelled to Spain in 1936 to document the civil war. During her coverage of the Republican army retreat at the Battle of Brunete, X hopped onto the footboard of a car that was carrying wounded soldiers when a Republican tank collided into its side. X suffered critical wounds and died the next day, July 26, 1937. In the early 1950s, Y travelled to Japan for an exhibition associated with Magnum Photos. While there, Life magazine asked him to go on assignment to Southeast Asia, where the French had been fighting for eight years in the First Indochina War. The Alt-J song, X, covers the following incident - “On May 25, 1954 at 2:55 p.m., the regiment was passing through a dangerous area under fire when Y decided to leave his Jeep and go up the road to photograph the advance. About five minutes later, Mecklin and Lucas heard an explosion; Y had stepped on a landmine. When they arrived on the scene, he was alive but his left leg had been blown to pieces, and he had a serious wound in his chest. Mecklin called for a medic and Y was taken to a small field hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.” What song?
    • The song is ‘Taro’ X is Gerda Taro, and Y is Robert Capa.
    • The Americans think X is from X. The Scots and Greeks think it’s French. The Turkish and Italians think it’s from India. Russians relate it to another kind of Indian. Bulgarians think it’s from Egypt. The Dutch are certain it’s from Calicut. The Portuguese think it’s from Peru, and the Indians seem to agree. The Peruvians don’t seem to care all that much. They call it Pavo, which is actually something quite different, but still points back to India. Just give us X.
    • X is Turkey. The turkey, Meleagris sp. is called cearc frangach in Scottish Gaelic; gallopoúla in Greek (both allusions to France). In Italian it is known as pollo d'India, and as Hindi in Turkish. The Dutch word is "kalkoen", derived from the city of Calicut. Bulgarian – misirka. Portuguese – Peru. Hindi - Piru (पीर), a borrowing from Portuguese.
    • This iconic 1998 crime-comedy-thriller was responsible for the rise of Jason Statham, gave former Chelsea and Wales international footballer Vinnie Jones a shot at cinema stardom, and cast Gordon Sumner as a bartender. It also made a cult hero out of its director. Who?
    • Guy Ritchie
    • Bal Thackeray drew this cartoon for Outlook on what occasion?
    • The death of Indira Gandhi
    • The final phase of Chadian-Libyan conflict, in 1987, ended in a comprehensive Chadian victory. Chad received support from the French Air Force, with the result that Libyan aircraft did not take off. The French also provided the Chadian troops with 400 X for mobility, equipped with anti-tank missiles. The war finally came to be known as the X war. Give X.
    • In 1802, Madras got one. Later, Bombay and Calcutta got their own, with the one in Madras as an intermediate. The thing these were all replaced with came into existence in 1906. On gaining independence, it was decided that the country needed only one, so the 1906 one was made National. Bombay and Calcutta kept theirs (in their own small way) until 1955 and 1948 respectively. What are we talking about? Points for Funda.
    • The history of time zones in India, and the creation of IST.
    • X was a composer, music arranger and teacher from Majorda who, during the mid-1950s, attempted to merge the symphonies of his Goan heritage with the Hindustani melodies and rhythms in films of the day. He taught Indian music greats such as R.D. Burman and Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma the violin, and has been associated with B.R. Chopra, Naushad, Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey. He is probably best known to us by a tribute that Pyarelal paid him in a 1977 film. Who is X?
    • Anthony Prabhu Gonsalves
    • Vivian Mary Hartley was born in the campus of St. Paul's School, Darjeeling in the then Bengal Presidency of British India, on 5 th November 1913. At the age of three, young Vivian made her first stage appearance for her mother's amateur theatre group, reciting "Little Bo Peep". At the age of six, Vivian Hartley was sent by her mother to the Convent of the Sacred Heart (now Woldingham School) in Roehampton, southwest London, from Loreto Convent, Darjeeling. One of her friends there was future actress Maureen O'Sullivan, two years her senior, to whom Vivian expressed her desire to become "a great actress". She married H. Leigh Holman on the 20th of December 1932. She pursued a career in acting and engaged an agent, John Gliddon, who believed that "Vivian Holman" was not a suitable name for an actress. After rejecting his suggestion, "April Morn", she took X as her professional name. What is X?
    • Vivien Leigh
    • The name of X is derived from the Latin for “island”, presumably because of the structure of the cells that produce X. These cells take their name from German pathological anatomist Paul Langerhans, who discovered them in 1869, aged 22. Give X.
    • Insulin, from the Islets of Langerhans
    • The tune of the ‘Major-General’s song’ (Gilbert and Sullivan) from The Pirates of Penzance has been re-used a number of times. The most notable of these was by a Harvard mathematics lecturer to deliver a certain kind of list, a rendition which gained immense pop-cultural currency through channels such as The Big Bang Theory. The singer recites 102 members of the list, although there are more. Web-comic xkcd uses the same tune for their song ‘Every Major’s Terrible’. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYZM__VdEjk Which song / listing what?
    • The Elements, by Tom Lehrer.
    • Yakov Smirnoff was one of the best-known comedians of the 80’s. Today, he is best known for coming up with a joke format that was based on the political climate he grew up in. What format of joke?
    • The Russian Reversal
    • The dimensions of the city of Dholavira are 771m x 617m. This is early evidence of how important the idea of X was. The Persians also gave this idea some importance, since the Iron Pillar of Delhi has a total length of 7.67m, while 6.12m are above ground. The concept of X was so important that the Mughals bestowed the title of ‘X’ on someone, whose flag also illustrates our concept. Give the title/X.
    • Sawai
    • “Mother cow is in many ways better than the mother who gave us birth. Our mother gives us milk for a couple of years and then expects us to serve her when we grow up. Mother cow expects from us nothing but grass and grain. Our mother often falls ill and expects service from us. Mother cow rarely falls ill. Here is an unbroken record of service which does not end with her death. Our mother, when she dies, means expenses of burial or cremation. Mother cow is as useful dead as when she is alive. We can make use of every part of her body-her flesh, her bones, her intestines, her horns and her skin. Well, I say this not to disparage the mother who gives us birth, but in order to show you the substantial reasons for my worshipping the cow.” - Who?
    • Mahatma Gandhi
    • X invented the first vacuum-tube diode, then called the kenotron, in 1904. This marked the beginning of electronics, and the first solid-state electronics came some 50 years later. Still, chances are you don’t know this. What you know of X came from a hand-gesture he made while explaining the way motors work. Give X.
    • John Ambrose Fleming
    • What Australian pejorative term for British people allegedly comes from the reddening of British people’s skin in the harsh outback heat?
    • “Poms” – from pomegranate
    • “Follow! Nay, I’ll go with thee, _______.” This is one of the earliest instances of the phrase, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The phrase is used to refer to unsatisfactory living conditions, and essentially consists of two words for the same part of the human anatomy. What phrase?
    • Cheek by Jowl
    • The flag of Gran Colombia was based on a design by the revolutionary Francisco de Miranda and served as the model for the current flags of Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela after the breakup of Gran Colombia in 1830. The inspiration for this design came to him from a late night conversation he had during a party in Weimar in 1785. With whom?
    • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    • The ‘Triangle Below Canal Street’ is a neighbourhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City. It is known by a slightly different name. The name of the neighbourhood is mentioned in Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind, and the locality has an eponymous film festival. It is considered the most expensive part of New York City. What is it called?
    • Tribeca