10 questions carrying 1 point each
Stake +1 if you are sure of the answer on any question
Get the staked answer right and you get 1+1
Get it wrong and you score a negative of -1
Answers will appear after Qn. 10
Japanese comedian Pikotaro recently set a Guinness record for the
‘Shortest song to enter the Bill Board Hot 100’ with his 45-
second viral hit PPAP in which he mimics stabbing two fruits with
an object. Name the song.
Considered one of the largest peace-time gatherings
every year of more than 20 million people, Arba’een is a
Shia Muslim pilgrimage held 40 days after the Day of the
Ashura (which falls on the 10th day of the month of the
Which city is the object of this pilgrimage ?
Such wedding photos popular among the Chinese and
shot on actual locations are a result of fondness for
which period drama ?
What does this news photograph capture?
These chorizo sausages from Goa are often called
_______ Sausages on account of their resemblance to a
familiar object. Fill the blank.
George Lucas was a big fan of X’s work and initially
approached him to play the role of Obi Wan Kenobi. X
turned it down as he was concerned about how the film
would look and whether it would cheapen the image of
the warriors on which Lucas had based a lot of the
character and fighting style.
Still keen on including him in the project, Lucas offered
him the role of Darth Vader as the character’s face would
remain covered throughout the film, but in the end he
turned that down too.
Name the legendary actor.
Often referred to as “China’s first supermodel” she is
the first model of East Asian descent to walk the
Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Identify her.
A Bad Spell in ___ is a fantasy novel by C. Dale
Brittain first published in 1991. It takes place in the
fictional kingdom of ____ where Daimbert, a wizard
who has just graduated from the wizards' school,
takes up his post as the new Royal Wizard.
____ is also the Turkic name for a portable, round
tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling
by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia.
What is this name?
______ was originally known as Dhakai named after the city of
Dhaka, one of many ancient textile weaving centres in Bengal
The term is Persian and comes from two words that mean ‘flower’
and ‘vase’/ ‘container’ respectively. The traditional art of weaving
_______ has been declared by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural
Heritage of Humanity. Fill the blank.
1.Pen Pineapple Apple Pen
3. Downton Abbey
4. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
5. Death of the Thai King Bhumibol
6. Rosary Sausages
7. Toshiro Mifune
8. Liu Wen
25 questions carrying 1 point each
No negative marking—feel free to guess
What is the product shown below used to achieve?
Double eyelids or Creased
X is an imaginary childhood disease, used in the
United States and Canada as a rejection term and an
infection tag game. A child is said to "catch" X
through close contact with an "infected" person or
from an opposite-sex child of a similar age.
The word is thought to originate from the
Malay/ Maori word for louse. X?
The upper stretch of the river Mae Klong in
western Thailand was renamed in the
1960’s in order to better match what was
written in a 1952 French novel that was
later translated into English.
What was the English title?
The Bridge over the River
Kwai by French
novelist Pierre Boulle
‘Kurash’ refers to a number of folk
wrestling styles practiced in Central Asia. The
rules require the wrestlers to hold their
opponents with a particular item and attempt
to throw them off their feet.
“____or Bust!” is a book by Ralph Leighton about the
author and his friend Richard Feynman's attempt to
travel to ____.
On one occasion Feynman brought up the topic of
____. Since Feynman had a reputation as a prankster
and had proven himself entirely capable of inventing
a fictional country name to confound friends,
Leighton assumed it was made up. But the place
existed, and the pair became fascinated with this
hard-to-reach destination, at the geographic centre
of Asia, which had become a republic in the Soviet
Union. Fill the blank.
In which country would you find the Pan-Blue coalition
and the Pan-Green coalition ?
These are loose coalitions of political parties with the
former supporting closer ties with its neigbour while the
latter supports independence.
Just name this country.
The Cascade at Yeravan is an open-air staircase
housing several sculptures and an art museum. But
the most interesting part of this staircase is the
amazing view from the top - of a famous mountain.
Which mountain ?
It is considered to have the most valuable collection of
Western modern art outside Europe and the United States,
largely assembled under the patronage of the country’s
Empress. Pollock’s ‘Mural on Indian Red Ground’ valued at
around $250 million is the most expensive Pollock painting
held by this art museum.
After an upheaval in 1979, the Western art was stored away in
the museum’s vault until 1999 when an exhibition was
held. Now pieces of the Western art collection are shown for a
few weeks every year but due to conservative nature of the
government, most pieces will never be shown. Which
Teheran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMOCA)
Skeet shooter Abdullah Al-Rashidi raised eyebrows at Rio 2016
after opting to wear an Arsenal shirt while competing for gold.
Though participants are supposed to wear the uniform of the
country, what exception allowed him to do this ?
Since he is a Kuwaiti and Kuwait was suspended from
competing, he was still allowed to appear in his event, but
without the restriction of a specific uniform of his country.
He was officially an ‘Independent Olympic athlete’.
Fans of K-pop buy bags of this item and donate them to
their favorite artists. They often inscribe special or
personal messages or attach photos to these. What two-
word term is used to describe this item ?
Tsuta is the only Michelin starred ____ restaurant in the
world located at Toshima, Tokyo. Fill the blank.
Ramen. (accept Noodles or variations)
Afghan cricket star Gulbadin Naib is seen chasing a boy who
is refusing to do something. What ?
Afghan cricket star Gulbadin Naib is seen chasing a boy
who is refusing to do something. What ?
To take polio drops.
Afghanistani cricketers have been involved in
a polio eradication program in the country
and are working in collaboration with the
Besieged for more than a year by the Assad regime, the Syrian
town of ____ has existed without journalists been unable to get
in, residents been unable to get out and only sporadic aid
reaching the people. ABC News used their sources to find a
woman in the city to chronicle the harsh conditions. But wanting
to add a visual element to her story, they decided to create a comic
book with Marvel – resulting in the free comic titled _____ ____ -
taking its name from the town. Fill the blanks.
Nabi Habeel mosque is located on the west mountains
of Damascus, near the Zabadani Valley. According to some
believers, who is buried here ?
Abel (Habeel in Arabic )
The jewellers Van Cleef and Arpel created this object in
1931 and cited something known as the Douli as their
primary inspiration. What is the Douli?
The Chinese Straw Hat
The man on the right is a tragic/heroic figure from 20th
Century politics on account of his attempts at thinking
independently for the country he led. This is his last public
photograph, from 2 August 1953, in a meeting with Soviet
ambassador Lavrentyiev. Who is this?
Mohammad Mossadegh of Iran
This genre of art featuring a particular species was very
popular among the scholars who entered the Chinese
Civil Services during the heyday of that establishment.
The genre was seen as extending from calligraphy, and
was referred to as Wen Ren.
The species chosen was chosen for its ability to stand
upright while adapting to the strongest winds.
What did these scholar-artists choose to
obsessively render under the name Wen Ren?
This is a representation of a 121-km long network that was active about fifty years ago
and is now a tourist attraction with bits and bobs to make the experience more
authentic. What are we looking at here?
Cu Chi Tunnels/Viet Cong
On the right is the _____-toothed whale found near Timor.
On the left is the logo of Tokyo University. What connects
these far-removed things?
The Gingko Leaf
The logo is a stylised version of the leaf,
while the whale is still called the Gingko-
Philip Beale conceived of a journey from Indonesia to
Seychelles, Madagascar, South Africa and Ghana, and found the
money to build the Samudra Raksha and embark on the journey
in 2003. The project is often identified in reference to the source
of his inspiration. What is this name/inspiration?
This Sanskrit word is familiar to Indians for at least five
different reasons. It means region, but has travelled to
several other Asian countries. There it means’ nation’.
Thus, the Lao word pathet, and the Thai word prathet
are all derived from the Sanskrit word.
What is this word?
When Benigno ‘NoyNoy’Aquino took charge as
President of the Philippines some years ago, many
people noted with approval that he didn’t seem too
tempted by the charms of something called the ‘wang-
What caused all this approval? OR
What is the wang-wang?
It consisted of corncobs, corn silk, rice and
wheat husks all ground together and, apart
from becoming a byword for building
character, took its name from a 1958 event.
What three-word name are we looking
Leap Forward Flour
Accept Great Leap etc.
25 questions carrying 2 points each
Name this person and his famous subject who re-
surfaced in 2016.?
Steve McCurry and Sharbat
Tsagaan Khas is a Mongolian neo-Nazi organization
with strong nationalist views. A three-word codename
is used by its leader Ariunbold Altankhuum.
He took this name by combining the title of a work and
the name of a notable character from the book.
Give us this title and the character which form the three-
Badminton power-couple - Lin Dan & Xie
This master director’s 2016 film is named after a famous Pulitzer-
winning play. In the film a young couple, Emad and Rana, play the
lead roles in a local rendition of the play. One day Emad is attacked
in the shower by an unknown man; a possible client who thought
the house was still inhabited by the previous tenant, ‘a woman of
many male acquaintances’. This leads to a rift in their personal
relationship. Name the director and the film.
Asghar Farhadi. The Salesman.
The Pakistan government issued a permit allowing a
Qatari prince, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-
Thani, to hunt an endangered bird in the country (pic
below), leading to a major controversy. It was alleged
that the government was returning a favor due to the
prince as he bailed out Nawaz Sharief in a certain
scandal. Name the bird and scandal.
Houbara Bustard. Panama Papers.
The prince has been in the news following his letter to the Supreme Court in connection
with the Panama Papers case describing his father's business relations with Sharif's family
and his involvement in the London apartments that are at the centre of the controversy..
In this book by a Bangaldeshi-born author, Zubaidah
Haque experiences a liberated life at Harvard where
she becomes a paleontologist and participates in a dig
at Baluchistan, to search for the ’walking ____ that
swims’, Ambulocetus natans. Fill up the blank and
name the author.
Whale. Ambulocetus Natans – walking whale
that swims. Thought to be a predecessor to
Author – Tahmima Anam
Name this young painter who grew up to become a
famous author and did this drawing for the first
edition of one of his books. Also identify the book.
Two classic shots by the Chinese photographer Fan
Ho. The right one shares its title with a David Lean film
released in 1945. The left one is also a Somerset
Maugham novel considered largely autobiographical.
Brief Encounter. Of Human Bondage
Which political figure wrote this ‘offensive’
limerick targeting somebody from another
country? Incidentally, it even won a prize.
There was a young fellow from Ankara
Who was a terrific wankerer
Till he sowed his wild oats
With the help of a goat
But he didn’t even stop to thankera
Name poet and target.
Boris Johnson. President Erdogan.
Manga creator Masamune Shirow chose a particular title as an
homage to a 1967 book by Arthur Koestler from which he had
For his title, Koestler used a phrase that was coined by the
Oxford philosopher Gilbert Ryle to describe the Cartesian
dualist account of the mind–body relationship.
What was the title that Shirow selected? And what was
Koestler’s original title?
“Ghost in the Shell” based on
“The Ghost in the Machine
Known locally as Gyalam, this 1400-mile trade route seems to have takes its
name from the two most precious commodities transacted between the
interested parties—one had to keep warm presumably while the other
needed a certain kind of mobility to protect their borders. What were these
two commodities/or name the route.
These are different stages in the mnufacture of something known as
Nam Pla in Thailand, and Nước chấm in Vietnam. It calls for salt and
enough representation from species of the Engraulidae family, and time.
What are we talking about? What is the common name for
Fish Sauce and Anchovies
The smaller formation in white takes its name from its position
relative to the larger formation in white. The latter is not known
to be excessively given to nationalism, or vice-versa in those
parts. Identify both.
Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon
It was X’s last major commission, in his 90s. It houses
manuscripts, textiles, ceramics sourced from a broad
area spanning Spain to Egypt to Iran, Iraq, Turkey,
India and Central Asia. Who is X? Identify the
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
The Jesuit priest Alexandre de Rhodes is one of the few
Europeans to have a road named after him in Vietnam. Take a
look at the tribute and figure out why. When the Jesuits were
short-handed, his efforts resulted in the founding of another
order. What order was this?
He created the Vietnamese Roman script.
Also instrumental in founding the
Mission Etrangeres Paris—erroneously
referred to as the French Foreign Mission.
The use of brands like the Toyota Dolphin for an
unusual purpose has led to a descriptive phrase
becoming a verb in a certain Asian country.
What is this verb? —you might need to
explain a little. In which country?
Disappearances of political
opponents by van-borne agents
in Sri Lanka.
On the left is the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Kestrel. On the right is the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Night-Heron.
The name comes from the colouring, reminiscent of a certain fabric. What name?
Also, how does the fabric get its name?
This agricultural product has a name given erroneously. But
some people call it X Sanani, which is a far more accurate name.
What is X? Why is the latter name more accurate?
More accurate because it was
sourced from around Sana’a
In 2008 an attempt was made to rechristen this memorial in the
name of democracy rather than a dictator, but the move wasn’t
very popular. Whose name does it continue to bear? It has
89 steps leading up to the entrance. Why?
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
He died at the age of 89.
This tongue-shaped territory came into existence for reasons that may make
no sense now. Identify the country or the reasons, and name the
territory or the great Asian river that originates here
Afghanistan/ The Great Game
Wakhan Corridor or
Identify the artist/literary work for which this illustration was
produced. And name the Asian species that seems to have
inspired the work.
Poison Tree by Blake
The Upas Tree
The flag of the House of Mohammad was
always green in colour. Dynasty X always
favoured Colour 1 while Dynasty Y favoured
Colour 2. This is probably why most countries
in West Asia have flags that use these colours
in various permutations and combinations.
Name either the dynasties or the colours.
Abbasid and Umayyad
Black and White
Guiseppe X, seen here, was not as famous as his younger brother
Gaetano who took it upon himself to read Walter Scott, and
follow the lives of Anne Boleyn and Lucrezia Borgia. Their
shared talent however caused him to receive a lucrative
commission from an unlikely foreign country. What was their
shared surname? What was this commission?
The Ottomans hired him to
write music for parades and a
This is an example of an art form called Tsian Tsui or ‘dotting
with X’. It required the use of a material that never lost its
iridescent blue, and the demand essentially allowed a
neighbouring kingdom to make a lot of money and commit it to
architectural splendour. What was this commodity X ? Name
the other country?
Kingfisher Feathers and
Section IV - Bonuses
Three sets of four/five questions
Each answer carries one point
Bonus of +1 if you get all correct in any set.
Each answer carries one point
Bonus of +1 if you get all correct in any set.
Take a logo featuring an animal paw, and set aside a persistent search to go to a
posh city (5,5)
Turn the capital of a central Asian country into an evil female character from the
Marvel universe. (6, 6)
Turn Potala location into a notion of prayer in another religion. (5, 5)
Spin the top-half of a hyphenated trouble-spot in the Caucasus to yield the
capital city of one of India's neighbours. (7, 7)
Monkey around with a feminine Lithuanian name to get a whiff of Paris in Asia.
Thank You Vary Much
Each clue leads to two answers that differ from each other by one letter
Take an Asian country and find out about an avatar of
Vishnu. (5, 5)
Flip an Asian capital into the smallest emirate. (5,5)
Shake a capital city till it yields silk cotton. (5, 5)
Bash dried coconut till you've driven out a reptile.
Bonus of +1 if you get all 4 right.
5.+1 if all 4 are right
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon revealed which genre of
narrative/film to the rest of the world?
Which 20th century faith founded by a colonial-era
bureaucrat counts Victor Hugo and Sun Yat Sen amongst its
The Indonesian part of the island of New Guinea--now
Western New Guinea-- was known by a slogan-like name
from 1973 to 2001. What was this name?
Which underperforming scion of a political family do we see
here in conversation with Manmohan Singh?
And now show that you've figured out how this set works
with the name of an Asian capital city, and an explanation.
1. Wu Xia
2. Cao Dai
3. Irian Jaya
4. Anura Bandaranaike
Answers that begin with
adjacent letters in the alphabet