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KQA Pilferages 2013 Popular Fiction Quiz answers

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A quiz on popular fiction for teams of 2 held on Oct 20, 2013 at the KQA by Venkatesh Srinivasan and Vivek Karthikeyan

A quiz on popular fiction for teams of 2 held on Oct 20, 2013 at the KQA by Venkatesh Srinivasan and Vivek Karthikeyan

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  • 1. PILFERAGES 2013 Our Books,Their Books A Quiz on Popular Fiction by VENKATESH SRINIVASAN and VIVEK KARTHIKEYAN
  • 2. THIS QUIZ IS ABOUT  James Joyce Hadley Chase  Sidney Poitier Sheldon  John Steinbeck Grisham  Harold Pinter Robbins ……….
  • 3. SOME GROUND RULES  42 questions, all-written, for Teams of 2  *-marked questions to resolve ties  No negatives, please take guesses  Prizes for the Top 3 teams
  • 4. This quiz was held at the KQA on Oct 20, 2013 for teams of 2 The winning score was 30.5 on 42 ANSWERS FOLLOW….
  • 5. 1. Paper magazines of the late 19th century, such as Weird Tales and The Strand, Argosy Magazine and The Popular Magazine, which featured the work of authors like H.G. Wells, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, gave rise to which term?
  • 6. The Answer is….
  • 7. Pulp Fiction
  • 8. 2. Why did this 1969 book become familiar to Indian cinema viewers in 2007?
  • 9. The Answer is….
  • 10. Johnny Gaddaar
  • 11. 3. The Pierpont Inn was a hotel built in Ventura, California back in 1910, by Josephine Pierpont. It soon became a haunt of the elite crowd, especially filmmakers who took breaks from their shooting. In 1933, which lawyer set his first book at the Pierpont Inn, since it was just down the road from his office? Name the book as well
  • 12. The Answer is….
  • 13. Erle Stanley Gardener The Case of the Velvet Claws
  • 14. 4. Identify the publishing house from its logo. The advertising for their second book in 2010 went like this, “A young woman’s fascination with blue films leads to A BIZARRE MURDER! A bloodline of debauched maharajas falls prey to AN EVIL CURSE! A beautiful girl uses karate to retrieve A STOLEN IDOL! 7 THRILL- ING tales .....from 7 Indian and Singaporean masters of ACTION, SUSPENSE, and HORROR!”
  • 15. The Answer is….
  • 16. Blaft Publications
  • 17. *5. Identify the creator of this TV series that ran for 5 seasons from 1965-70. The story is about a United States astronaut finds his life vastly complicated when he stumbles on to a bottle containing a female genie.The creator also won an Oscar in 1948 for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.
  • 18. The Answer is….
  • 19. Sidney Sheldon
  • 20. 6. Connect
  • 21. The Answer is….
  • 22. Books in Jeffrey Archer’s A Prison Diary series are named Hell, Purgatory and Heaven
  • 23. 7. Identify the author behind this app
  • 24. The Answer is….
  • 25. Ian Rankin
  • 26. 8. An extract from a New York Times article in 2009. Fill in the blanks with two names There are certain writers whose prolificacy seems to have little connection with supply and demand. In this category are people like _____ _____, the author of 1,500 pulp paperbacks, written in (an Indian language), and Kathleen Lindsay (aka Mary Faulkner), who once made it into the Guinness Book of World Records with 904 books written in 45 years. The romance novelist ______ _______seems positively idle by comparison. She wrote, in many cases dictated, about 700 books, achieving the inconceivable feat of leaving 160 novels “unpublished” at the time of her death.
  • 27. The Answer is….
  • 28. Rajesh Kumar Barbara Cartland
  • 29. 9. This is Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå – the largest news agency in Scandinavia. Who, after his return from Eritrea, where he was training a squad of female Eritrean People's Liberation Front guerrillas, served as graphic designer in this agency from 1977-1999?
  • 30. The Answer is….
  • 31. Stieg Larsson
  • 32. *10. What do winners of a literary award, sharing its name with this 1942 film, get on winning it?
  • 33. The Answer is….
  • 34. The award, named after the novel The Glass Key by American crime writer Dashiell Hammett, is a real glass key given every year by the members of the Crime Writers of Scandinavia
  • 35. 11. Three books by Jill Walsh, which feature an English aristocrat detective, created in 1923. Name the character and the original author
  • 36. The Answer is….
  • 37. Lord Peter Wimsey Dorothy Sayers
  • 38. 12. A 2009 book that won an award for the author. What is the main plot element in the book?
  • 39. The Answer is….
  • 40. A cricket Test match (between India and England) the events in the book are set over the five days of the match and the title refers to the score at the start of the final day of the match
  • 41. 13. A film slated for release in 2014 film, will be the fourth of its kind and will star these actors. Name the 2009 book on which it is based and the author
  • 42. The Answer is….
  • 43. Two States by Chetan Bhagat
  • 44. 14. Carl Laemmle was a pioneer in American film making and a founder of one of the original major Hollywood movie studios – Universal. Which 1949 book, set in the early 20th century, a "rags-to-riches" story of a penniless young man who goes to Hollywood and builds a great film studio, is based on Laemelle? The title of the book is a colloquial / media term used to describe people in the film business.
  • 45. The Answer is….
  • 46. The Dream Merchants by Harold Robbins
  • 47. *15. Inspector Virkar has made his debut recently in a book called Compass Box Killer, by film director Piyush Jha. His first book had three crime novellas compiled into one, all set in the same city. It was described as, “3 fiction stories+ one real city+ one author cum explorer= A brilliant piece of work.” Name the book
  • 48. The Answer is….
  • 49. Mumbaistan
  • 50. 16. Connect
  • 51. The Answer is….
  • 52. Irving Wallace – the movie is based on his book; David and Amy are his children
  • 53. 17. A pictorial representation of the titles of a series of crime thrillers featuring which detective by which author?
  • 54. The Answer is….
  • 55. Harry Hole Jo Nesbo
  • 56. 18. Connect with a name
  • 57. The Answer is….
  • 58. Elmore Leonard, who wrote westerns before turning to urban criminals.
  • 59. 19. A biography, and a subject’s letter to the writer. Who is the subject?
  • 60. The Answer is….
  • 61. Hunter S Thompson
  • 62. *20. A 66-year old author’s response below to an oftenasked question, “Are you still writing?”. The author is considered the fourth best-selling author of all time and holds the record for the best-selling author alive. Who? “What this does is that it immediately puts my writing into the category as a hobby. As in, are you still taking piano lessons, doing macrame, have a parrot? I don’t have a huge ego about my work, but let’s face it, for me it is a job. A job I love, and I have been doing it since I was 19 years old. I have been in the Guinness book of world records repeatedly for having a book on the bestseller list for more weeks consecutively than whoever.Yes, for Heaven’s sake, I am still writing.”
  • 63. The Answer is….
  • 64. Danielle Steele
  • 65. 21. What connects these two books? Just an author will not do, need a specific connection
  • 66. The Answer is….
  • 67. Michael Crichton’s books that were posthumously published
  • 68. 22. Which character features in the stories in these two omnibus volumes? This is an exhaustive set of stories
  • 69. The Answer is….
  • 70. Ariadne Oliver
  • 71. 23. These are banners for the winning entries in the 2012 Dobby Awards. What are they given for?
  • 72. The Answer is….
  • 73. Harry Potter Fan Fiction
  • 74. 24. Founded by Barry Sheck and Peter Neufeld in 1992, the Innocence Project is a non-profit legal organization that uses DNA-evidence to free wrongly convicted prisoners. Which author is on its Board of Directors and profiled a case in one of his non-fiction books? Name the book
  • 75. The Answer is….
  • 76. John Grisham The Innocent Man
  • 77. *25. Who is the most famous name missing from this list of people from the late 19th/early 20th century? • Frederic Dorr Steele • Richard Gutschmidt • Josef Friedrich • Frank Wiles • W. H. Hyde • Frederic H. Townsend • Arthur Twidle • Gilbert Halliday • Joseph Simpson • H. M. Brock • Alec Ball • Walter ____ • Alfred Gilbert • Howard K. Elcock
  • 78. The Answer is….
  • 79. Sidney Paget – illustrators for the Sherlock Holmes canon
  • 80. 26. This character was never referred to by his Christian name until it was revealed on the last page of the penultimate book, 'Death is Now My Neighbour' in 1996. While the publishers insisted the author should reveal the character's name, the author admitted he didn't have the faintest idea – a fact which led to intense speculation and considerable odds at the bookmakers William Hill. It was the author's wife who came up with the answer, partly inspired by a famous explorer's ship and finding a list of names drawn from Christian virtues. Name the character (full name) and the author
  • 81. The Answer is….
  • 82. Endeavour Morse Colin Dexter
  • 83. 27. Name the character
  • 84. The Answer is….
  • 85. Byomkesh Bakshi
  • 86. 28. They are the ancestors to today’s popular paperbacks. The correct name for them according to some historians should be just X novels and not Y novels. This is because the first Y, was opened by F. W. Woolworth in 1879, but the X (which was unlikely to be found in a respectable establishment like Woolworth's) had a long history reaching back well over a generation before that. What are X and Y?
  • 87. The Answer is….
  • 88. X – Dime Y – Dimestore
  • 89. 29. Name the series and the author; the first book (published in1992), of a series of 62 books, is seen below
  • 90. The Answer is….
  • 91. Goosebumps RL Stine
  • 92. 30*. Identify the author from his lesser known works A historical novel set in 12th century Europe and the Middle East A sci-fi novel set in the ruins of the Anasazi civilization A Memoir
  • 93. The Answer is….
  • 94. Louis L’Amour
  • 95. 31. Geoffrey Yates was originally a PR person for Qantas Airlines in Australia, before turning to writing pulp. He wrote westerns, sci-fi space operas, and romance weepies. His novels were the Swinging Sixties at their sleaziest. His success even spawned a French award for ‘The most whiskies drunk in a single round’ He was truly prolific as ______ _____, writing 322 books. Fill in the blanks
  • 96. The Answer is….
  • 97. Carter Brown
  • 98. 32. His book Striptease was made into a movie. The book was ok. The movie was not – It won the Razzie for Worst Picture of 1996. He is also the author of a book on a corporation that according to him “…is so good at being good that it manifests an evil; so uniformly efficient and courteous, so dependably clean and conscientious, so unfailingly entertaining that it's unreal”. Who? What’s this book about?
  • 99. The Answer is….
  • 100. Carl Hiaasen Disney
  • 101. 33. The series has a lot of similarities to the James Bond novels. Like M, there’s David Hawk as the head of AXE, Hawk's personal secretary Della Strokes, a character similar to Moneypenny - flirtatious but serious, and Poindexter, AXE's equivalent to Q. This spy series was published from 1964 until 1990. Either give the author’s name, or the name of the series.
  • 102. The Answer is….
  • 103. Nick Carter / KillMaster
  • 104. 34. I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through ____ than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. - Matthew 19:23-26 What five word phrase will fill the blank to give a 1979 Edgar Award winning novel, that revolved around an Allied counter-intelligence operation during World War II?
  • 105. The Answer is….
  • 106. Eye of the Needle
  • 107. *35. He looks much like one of the classier hoods in one of his books. He began his career translating James Hadley Chase into Hindi. Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap reportedly grew up wanting to be him. Who is this grandmaster of Hindi Pulp, who allegedly coined the word ‘company’ that is common in underworld slang today?
  • 108. The Answer is….
  • 109. Surender Mohan Pathak
  • 110. 36. Gulshan Nanda apparently copied the story from the Cornell Woolrich book. The movie based on his book got a slew of nominations and won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for Asha Parekh. What was it called?
  • 111. The Answer is….
  • 112. Kati Patang
  • 113. 37. A graphic designer has tried to recreate the imagery around the William Irish novel It Had to Be Murder (that was made into a successful movie). What was the name of the film?
  • 114. The Answer is….
  • 115. Rear Window
  • 116. 38. • Dashiell Hammett’s first was "The Road Home", December 1922 under name Peter Collinson. • Erle Stanley Gardner's first was "The Shrieking Skeleton," under the pen name Charles M. Green in the December 15, 1923 issue • Raymond Chandler’s first was "Blackmailers Don't Shoot", published in 1933. What publication connects?
  • 117. The Answer is….
  • 118. Black Mask Magazine
  • 119. 39. Lester Dent, who wrote most of the adventures, described his hero as a cross between “Sherlock Holmes with his deducting ability, Tarzan of the Apes with his towering physique and muscular ability, Craig Kennedy with his scientific knowledge, and Abraham Lincoln with his Christliness.” Which character, who was created in order to capitalise on the success of The Shadow?
  • 120. The Answer is….
  • 121. Doc Savage
  • 122. *40. The picture and text are from a 2005 obituary: Befitting an author who lived most of his 78 years primarily under two different identities -- those of ___ _____ and Evan Hunter -- although neither of those was his real name. He was born to Italian parents as Salvatore Alberto Lombino… Who are we talking about?
  • 123. The Answer is….
  • 124. Ed McBain
  • 125. 41. Once, when T.S. Eliot was asked by an interviewer what were the two most important changes in his life, he responded “I prefer Claret to Burgundy and I prefer X to Y”. In doing so Eliot had moved on from someone with a Gallic style and panache, who often did good while operating on the wrong side of the law, to a Belgian who was a strong believer in moral justice. Identify X and Y.
  • 126. The Answer is….
  • 127. X – Inspector Maigret Y – Arsene Lupin
  • 128. 42. What is this?
  • 129. The Answer is….
  • 130. Cartier Diamond Dagger Award Given to authors who have made an outstanding lifetime's contribution to the crime genre; past winners include the likes of Sue Grafton, Elmore Leonard, and Frederick Forsyth.

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