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  • 1. 30 questions  Each correct answer gets 2 points  Questions 15-20 are D- marked questions  D-marked questions will be used to settle tie  breaks. Persons wearing clothes predominantly  yellow in colour get +3 points
  • 2. In Asterix the Legionnary, the real name of  Julius Caesar’s spy is given as Vitriolix. What was his code name given as?
  • 3. Fill in the blanks. quot;Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around — nobody big, I mean — except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff — I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the _______ __ ___ ___ and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy.quot;
  • 4. In Japan, a group of people known as the hibakusha and their children face severe discrimination as people are afraid to contract the genbaku from them. Who are the hibakusha, and what is genbaku?
  • 5. This is a sculpture by artist Guy Portelli, titled ‘Excess’. Who is the inspiration?
  • 6. The Financial Times turned 100 years old on  4th Jan 1993. How did it celebrate this occasion?
  • 7. Jenna Jameson  for?
  • 8. The winter of 1708-09 was until then the  coldest recorded in the town of Gdansk, Poland. What was the temperature?
  • 9. Identify the naked gentleman. 
  • 10. In the early '70s, some British music shops  banned or fined patrons for playing this song because it was played so often. What song?
  • 11. Upon calling 022-61424800, callers are  greeted by a husky female voice. Upon confirming that you are over 18 years of age, the voice proceeds to say all the things you want to hear out of a woman’s mouth. Who is the woman, or why is she doing it? 
  • 12. X wrote and article for The Wisden as a tribute to Y titled ‘Trying to  melt the Iceman’. I can't say I have ever got to know Y well. He never let his guard slip for fear of letting anything penetrate his veneer of inscrutability. The nearest I came to cracking it was in a bar in Adelaide [….], when I picked Y's brain over his attitude to batting. Now for me there is no point in trying to talk to Lara or Tendulkar about things like that; to them it is just natural. But I have always found Y intriguing. How did he make himself so good? He told me that the most important aspect to him was body language. He liked to almost sprint to the crease to emphasise that he was relishing the battle ahead; he liked to give off an aura of aggression. Identify X and Y. 
  • 13. Teddy bear  designed by him in his own likeness. Who?
  • 14. When Ferdinand Magellan and his 18  remaining crew members returned to Spain after their successful circumnavigation of the earth, they had experienced one fewer night than they had expected to, and that their calendars were infact a day behind. What did this lead to the creation of? 
  • 15. Born on the first day of the last  quot;Timeless Testquot;, between England and South Africa, which became the longest Test ever played (the game was abandoned after 9 days' play spread over 12 days. )  Funeral took place on 13 February 2009, the day of the shortest Test; the second Test between England and the West Indies was abandoned after just 10 balls Identify this doyen of statisticians.
  • 16. Plato's answer to this famous question:  “ …themselves. We must tell them a ‘noble lie’. The noble lie will inform them that they are better than those they serve and it is therefore their responsibility to guard and protect those lesser than themselves. We will instill in them a distaste for power or privilege; they will rule because they believe it right, not because they desire it.” What is the question being referred to here?
  • 17. What is the symbol of the United Kingdom's  National Lottery, as well as the Oregon Lottery and Virginia Lottery in the United States?
  • 18. “_______ always reminds me of an old  maiden lady, very prim and proper, who is shocked if a naughty word is used in her presence. … eminently of the bourgeois, comfortably settled in life. Not for it is the shady side of existence, the rough and tumble and conflict of public life. “ Jawaharlal Nehru’s words about? 
  • 19. Lifted straight from +tin. Fill in the blank.  “The Dutch in general prefer their french fries  with __________.”
  • 20. Which (recently) popular activity is also called l'art du déplacement (the art of movement)?
  • 21. Thank you to Larry Charles, thank you to Jay Roach,  thank you to Isla Fisher, my fiancee. Thank you to Peter Baynham, Anthony Hines and Dan Mazer; thank you to Ari Emanuel; Matt Labov; Erran, my brother who did the music; and to Jason Alper. And thank you to every American who has not sued me so far. Thank you.” Who, Where? 
  • 22. If you receive this video, you have been  __________.
  • 23. Published in the New York Times, October 19, 1931  “He had no hobby, cared for no sort of amusement of any kind and lived in utter disregard of the most elementary rules of hygiene ... His method was inefficient in the extreme, for an immense ground had to be covered to get anything at all unless blind chance intervened and, at first, I was almost a sorry witness of his doings, knowing that just a little theory and calculation would have saved him 90 percent of the labor. But he had a veritable contempt for book learning and mathematical knowledge, trusting himself entirely to his inventor's instinct and practical American sense.” Who wrote this about who?
  • 24. Bloggers for ______
  • 25. Famous lines of which Indian actor?  quot;Sweetheart, I didn't try for the Time cover, these things just happen to me,quot;
  • 26. Where would you find this? We did not invent the algorithm. The algorithm consistently finds Jesus. The algorithm killed Jeeves. The algorithm is banned in China. The algorithm is from Jersey. The algorithm constantly finds Jesus. This is not the algorithm. This is close.
  • 27. Connect, and give the most recent addition to the list.  * Diego Latorre * Ariel Ortega * Juan Román Riquelme * Pablo Aimar * Andrés D'Alessandro * Javier Saviola * Carlos Marinelli * Carlos Tevez * Sergio Agüero * Ezequiel Lavezzi * Mauro Zarate * Franco Di Santo

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