Fake trailers which got made into movies.
Machete and Hobo With A Shotgun were fake trailers which were
played along with the Grindhouse double-feature.
Cannibal! the Musical was a 3-minute trailer made by South Park
creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone for ﬁlm class, which then got
made into a ﬁlm.
Clown, whose fake trailer claimed that it is directed by Eli Roth, is
actually being directed by Eli Roth.
Despite his visibly poor results, this 2011 national Russian golf champion is determined to play in the 2016 Olympics, having previously won
an Olympic gold at Sydney in another sport. Who is this persevering
Harold Russell was an army instructor who lost both his hands while
making a training video. He was proﬁled in a video about rehabilitating
veterans entitled Diary of a Sergeant. This impressed director William
Wyler greatly, and he cast him as Homer Parish in his ﬁlm The Best
Years of Our Lives, for which he won the Oscar award for Best Supporting Actor. He also won an honourary Oscar for “bringing hope and
courage to his fellow veterans”.
Haing S. Ngor was a Cambodian gynaecologist and surgeon who played
Dith Pran in The Killing Fields, for which he won the Oscar for the Best
What unique distinction do these two share?
Only two non-professional actors to win Oscars
Pesäpallo is the national sport of Finland. An exhibition sport at the
1952 Helsinki Olympics, it is very similar to baseball, so much so that
it is often called ‘Finnish baseball’.
What is the primary diﬀerence?
The playable characters in this game are archaeologist, barbarian, caveman, healer, knight, monk, priest, ranger, rogue, samurai, tourist,
valkyrie, and wizard.
The aim of the game is to search the Mazes of menace for the Amulet of
Yendor. Successfully ﬁnding the Amulet ﬁnishes the game, and grants
the character immortality and ascension to demi-god status.
The game itself has been in development since 1987, and perhaps due
to this, nearly every action performable by players has been thought
up by the Dev Team, leading to the term TDTTOE – “The DevTeam
Thinks Of Everything”.
During her career, she won 700 matches and lost just 25, winning 148
singles titles (including 21 Grand Slams), spending 688 weeks at World
No. 1, going undefeated for 10 years between 30 January 2003 till she
retired in February 2013, winning 470 consecutive matches, losing only
18 games and being taken to match point only once.
Who is this legendary sportsperson?
The Mumbai-based Hindi ﬁlm industry is called Bollywood, and the
Tamil ﬁlm industry, based in Kodambakkam, is called Kollywood. We
also have Sandalwood for Kannada cinema and Mollywood for Malayalam.
However, there are two such “woods” where Bengali cinema is made.
One of them is Tollywood, named after the Tollygunge area of Kolkata.
Where is the other one located?
It is said to have happened on August 31, 2004. A foul ball hit by
Manny Ramirez struck the then sixteen-year-old Lee Gavin in the crowd,
knocking out two of his teeth. Ramirez was Lee Gavin’s favourite player
and Gavin lived on a farm owned by X. That same day, the team in
question’s fearsome rivals suﬀered their worst defeat in team history.
What is said to have happened?
X can easily be mistaken for his brother Y, who works in the same
ﬁeld. God knows what their parents were thinking. X spent seven years
abroad in Malaysia, Australia, and New Zealand, and claims to have
“closely observed” the “waves of emotions” experienced by hundreds
of NRIs while abroad.
After returning to India, X has, among other things, helped Y script a
Bollywood ﬁlm. While his brother mainly caters to the college-going
crowd, X’s works target married oﬃce-goers in their 20s.
When X ﬁrst announced that he was going to follow in his brother’s
footsteps, there was a collective groan from those who thought that he
was simply trying to cash in on Y’s success. However, X claims that
he has not received any criticism about his works so far. Name X and
This ﬁlm’s opening credits are curiously devoid of any text. Director
François Truﬀaut consciously decided to do so as a nod to both the
ﬁlm’s theme and also the ending.
Since the ﬁlm itself deals with a mostly-illiterate society, it is only ﬁtting
that this eﬀect be reproduced in the credits. It could also be a tribute
to the ending, where the conversion of the written word into speech
Which ﬁlm are we talking about?
This annual list was ﬁrst compiled in 2004 by an executive called
Franklin Leonard, who contacted his friends who worked in studios
across Hollywood to ﬁnd out the top movie scripts which hadn’t yet
been produced. While it may not be any indicator of the quality of the
scripts themselves, it is a collection of the most-liked screenplays of the
year. Graduates of this list include Juno,The King’s Speech, Slumdog
Millionaire, Argo, and Stoker.
Considering that featuring in this list is one of the best possible things
that can happen to an unproduced screenplay, what is this list called,
The name is derived from a similar event in horse racing, where horses
and riders raced from one town’s X to the next, which were used as
markers due to their visibility over long distances. Along the way, they
inevitably had to jump streams and low stone walls separating estates.
The modern version originated at the University of Oxford sports in
1860 and has been an Olympic event since the inception of the modern Olympics.
Name the event.
The toys came ﬁrst; the cartoons later. Mattel had been approached
by George Lucas for a licensing deal, which they declined due to the
large advance which Lucas asked of them. Created in an eﬀort to boost
lagging toy sales, he quickly became of the company’s best-selling toylines.
However, after the release of a certain movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1982, rumours began to spread which claimed that he was essentially a sanitised version of the movie’s titular character, with changes
made so that this children’s toy could not be accused of promoting a
ﬁlm containing nudity and violence. This was compounded by the fact
that Mattel was the oﬃcial toy-partner for the movie, and culminated
in a lawsuit against Mattel from a company called CPI (__ properties).
Mattel won the lawsuit, and continues to produce him.
He was British Chess Champion in 1923 and 1934 and became an International Master in 1950. He reached the Wimbledon Men’s Doubles
semi-ﬁnals in 1911. However, he was most successful in Badminton,
having won the All England Championships 21 times (4 Singles, 9 Doubles, 8 Mixed Doubles).
Who is this polymath, after whom the Badminton World Men’s Team
Championships Cup is named?
Branwell was a painter, poet, and a writer. He was supposed to be
the genius of the family, but ended up the black sheep. Leaving home,
he left for London to make a name as an artist, but quickly became
addicted to alcohol and opium. He never really came back to leading
a productive life, and died without having made much of a name for
His biggest claim to fame is perhaps through his siblings, whose debut
novels came out in the year 1847, after they had had trouble ﬁnding
publishers. Today, he has been immortalised in a statue near the Luddendenfoot railway station, where he worked as a clerk for a couple of
Who are Branwell’s more popular siblings?
It was originally created by Steve Chmelar in 1971 out of hardware
cloth and papier-mâché for the 1971 Iowa High School Athletic Association Boy’s State Basketball Finals. A photo was subsequently
published in the Des Moines Tribune. In 1978, Geral Fauss picked up
the idea and set up Spirit Industries to produce them in mass. Today,
they are widely used by American sports fans.
What is being talked about?
Instructions for taking care of what?
1. Never take your __ swimming. They are known to be poor
swimmers and will sink to the bottom. It is ok to give them an
occasional bath in shallow water.
2. Feeding – No one knows what __ like to eat, but they seem to
thrive without food. It is not necessary to feed your __.
3. Exercise – __ can be quite lazy. They do enjoy being tossed in the
air sometimes, but should never be thrown at anything.
4. Training – __ are easy to train. They can quickly learn to “sit”,
“stay”, and “play dead”. “Roll over” usually requires a little help
from the trainer, as does “attack”. “Come”, “stand”, and “shake
hands” are impossible to teach.
Nicknamed the ‘Bombay Tiger’, this 3-time Amateur World Champion
won his ﬁrst World Amateur Billiards Champion title in 1977 and followed it up with the World Open Billiards Champion title in the same
year. In 1978, he became the ﬁrst amateur to break the barrier of 1,000
points, creating a new amateur world record by scoring 1,149 points.
He refused the Padma Shri in 1981, contending that Sunil Gavaskar
was oﬀered the Padma Bhushan. He was eventually bestowed with the
Padma Bhushan in 1983.
__ poems focus on the individual in the context of familial relationships. Most tend to be about the love between a man and a woman.
They can deal with premarital, marital, and extramarital love in any of
their phases – meeting, waiting, sulking, lamenting, and parting. Typically, they deal with the essence of the romantic experience, and not
just particular events.
On the other hand, __ poems, which are usually presided over by
men, and celebrate the wartime exploits and bravery of heroes. In the
words of one expert, “they explore the relationship between man and
the world around him horizontally, that is, historically, with reference
to a speciﬁc place and time.”
The Indiana Pacers-Detroit Pistons brawl of 2004 was an altercation
which has been dubbed as the most infamous brawl in the history of
the NBA. With less than a minute left, a ﬁght broke out on court,
with Ron Artest (so much for the Peace) and Ben Wallace as the serial
oﬀenders. As usual players and staﬀ from both teams joined in and
were huddled at mid-court. Artest was lying on the scorer’s table, and a
drink was thrown from the stands prompting Artest to enter the crowd
and a massive brawl between the players and fans ensued.
The repercussions led to nine players being suspended without pay for
a total of 146 games, which led to $11 million in salary being lost by
the players. The ﬁght also led the NBA to increase security presence
between players and fans, and to limit the sale of alcohol.
What is this brawl colloquially known as?
“For a golden girl knows when he’s kissed her
It’s the kiss of death from Mister __”
“He looks at this world and wants it all
So he strikes like __”
“This dream is for you, so pay the price
Make one dream come true, __ __ __ __”
“But if this ever-changing world we live in
makes you give in and cry
Say __ __ __ __”
This modern art movement involving the creation of perspex sculptures
in speciﬁc shapes was started by the Jamaican artist Ramó Nash. Nash
exhibited his works in a gallery owned by Henri Fourcart, whose “death”
under mysterious circumstances prompted an investigation by a Belgian
journalist and brought the movement into the public eye. Links were
later found to a mystic named Endaddine Akass, who was apparently
using Nash’s work as a front for an art-forgery racket.
What movement was Ramó Nash the pioneer of?
All subjects for Rupert Mccall’s poems
• Steve Irwin
• New York Fireﬁghter
• Black Caviar
• A dream match between Federer and Laver
XY was an alumnus of the University of Ingolstadt in Germany. During
his time at college, he proved himself exceptionally brilliant at science,
especially in chemistry, and developed the secret technique we know
him for today.
Just before he left for college, XY saw his mother die of scarlet fever.
This, and his seeing lightning strike an oak are believed to be one of
the factors which led him to work in a particular ﬁeld, culminating in
the creation of something which is often erroneously simply called Y.
Who is XY, and how does one correctly identify his creation?
ODI #453: 9 October 1987, Australia v India, M. A. Chidambaram
Stadium, Madras, India
ODI #725: 1 March 1992, Australia v India, The Gabba, Brisbane,
These are the only two instances, both incidentally involving India and
Australia, of what? (very speciﬁc)
While Noel-Baker may have been the only Nobel-winning Olympic
medallist, this mathematician was not far oﬀ. Though he didn’t win
the Nobel, his brother and his nephew did. An excellent footballer,
he played in Denmark’s ﬁrst oﬃcial international football match at the
1908 Olympics. The team beat France 17–1 (an Olympic Record) en
route to a silver medal. So popular a footballer was he that when he
defended his doctoral thesis, the audience was reported as having more
football fans than mathematicians.
For many years, this rock duo were believed to be brother and sister,
until it emerged in 2001 that they had been married and divorced. In a
rather unconventional move, the guy had taken the girl’s surname. He
had previously been a musician, and they began to play together after
she learned to play the drums.
Many years later, in an interview with Rolling Stone, the male half of
the band had this to say about the whole my-wife-is-my-sister aﬀair:
“When you see a band that is two pieces, husband and wife, boyfriend
and girlfriend, you think, ’Oh, I see...’ When they’re brother and sister,
you go, ’Oh, that’s interesting.’ You care more about the music, not
the relationship—whether they’re trying to save their relationship by
being in a band.”
Name this duo, whose most-famous music video was inspired by a
poster for A Clockwork Orange.
Often touted as the greatest Asian golfer ever, this guy, aﬀectionately
called ‘Jumbo’ on account of his height and length oﬀ the tee, featured
in the top ten of the Oﬃcial World Golf Rankings for almost 200 weeks
between 1989 and 1998. He is the most successful player of all time
on the Japan Golf Tour, having led the money list a record 12 times
and won 94 tournaments, more than 40 more than the second highest
tally. He was inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.
In this 1895 novel set in the American Civil War, Henry Fleming, a
low-ranking soldier in the Union Army deserts his regiment when he
fears that they are losing a battle. However, the Union wins that battle
and, feeling remorseful, rejoins his regiment.
The title of the book derives from Fleming’s desire for a war wound or
a __ __ __ ___, to make up for his former cowardice.
This ﬁeld hockey player played for India at the 1948 London Olympics
winning gold, but later represented Pakistan at the 1956 Melbourne
Olympics winning silver, thus becoming one of the few sportspersons
to have one Olympic medals for diﬀerent countries.
Who is this quite-a-bit-post-Independence shifter?
When X was 35 years old, he got lost in a dark wood, and was attacked
by 3 (metaphorical?) animals, which stood at the edge of the wood
and prevented him from exiting it.
When he was wondering how to escape, X was saved by a man much,
much older than him, whose works he had read and whom he considered
X and his mentor then took a third, longer path, which brought them
face to face with the worst and then the best of humanity in a lifealtering journey. Who is X?
Diana Nyad is a woman of many talents. She is an author, journalist
and motivational speaker. She was also a national squash player in the
United States. Nyad gained her reputation as a long-distance swimmer
when she swam from the Bahamas to Florida in the 1970s. In September 2013, at the age of 64 and on her ﬁfth attempt, she successfully
completed a certain feat and became the ﬁrst person to do so. However
since her feat occurred at a time when artiﬁcially enhanced heroes like
Lance Armstrong and Alex Rodriguez keep falling, Nyad’s record feat
was distrusted by her fellow athletes. What is this record feat?
X was relegated in 2001 experiencing ﬁnancial problems, with the club’s
president and the city’s mayor representing opposite sides of the political spectrum. Another relegation followed in 2002 because of on-pitch
failures coupled with non-payment of wages. However, the fans rebelled,
protested and raised money. Since relegation, X has never gone under
10,000 season-ticket holders. Facing further threat of administration
in 2012, they again pulled through, with the fan-share concept and
help from former players Santi Cazorla, Juan Mata and Michu. Shares
were bought by more than 20,000 people from over 60 countries. Carlos Slim also bought €2m worth of shares and holds over 30% of the
stake. Small shareholders and fans own over 40% of the shares. X?
• Bruno Podalydès
• Alfonso Cuarón
• Paul Mayeda Berges and
• Olivier Assayas
• Gus Van Sant
• Joel and Ethan Coen
• Walter Salles and Daniela
• Christopher Doyle
• Isabel Coixet
• Nobuhiro Suwa
• Sylvain Chomet
• Oliver Schmitz
• Richard LaGravenese
• Vincenzo Natali
• Wes Craven
• Tom Tykwer
• Frédéric Auburtin and
• Alexander Payne
An author on a movie made from a book he wrote. Which author, and
“Summing up, as __’s author I shall allow myself to repeat that I only
wanted to create a vision of a human encounter with something that
certainly exists, in a mighty manner perhaps, but cannot be reduced to
human concepts, ideas or images. This is why the book was entitled
__ and not Love in Outer Space.”
The X was originally presented at the University of Cambridge as a kind
of prize awarded by the students to the man who achieved the lowest
exam marks but still earned a junior optime in the Mathematical Tripos.
The term X was also applied to the recipient and the prize became quite
And while he lives, he wields the boasted prize
Whose value all can feel, the weak, the wise;
Displays in triumph his distinguish’d boon,
The solid honours of the X
What is this X which as now found its way into sporting culture, especially in the Six Nations Championship, County Championship and
various sports of the Commonwealth Countries?