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The Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground
(Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex),
conforms to the various norms and
specifications prescribed by International
Cricket Council (ICC) .
It is thus a home ground for which country’s
People with _____are prohibited from
entering Japanese hot springs and public
bathhouses. This is because ____ are
normally associated with the Yakuza, the
Japanese organized crime syndicates.
Fill the blank.
Among Koreans taking photographs,
what word replaces ‘cheese’ while
reminding people to smile?
Sapporo (1972) and Nagano (1998) were
the first two Asian cities to achieve this
Which city is going to be the third (in
What modern convenience gets its name by a
logical extension of purpose from the local name
for existing structures such as this one—in
countries like Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan?
With a population of 135 million, it is the
most populous island in the world.
Name this island?
Its habitat once extended from eastern reaches of India
to the coast of Senegal. Their numbers have stabilized
in parts of southern Africa but they have practically
disappeared in Asia.
The Asian subspecies Acinonyx jubatus venaticus is
critically endangered and Iran is the last Asian country
to have about 50 of them largely due to their National
Which animal ?
Gotsu Totsu Kotsu is a death metal band from Saitama,
Japan. But they prefer to call the music they play as “ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ Metal”. Provide the missing word.
Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau moved from Germany to
Pakistan and spent more than 50 years of her life
fighting leprosy. She is more famous by her nickname.
What is this name ?
Which world champion in a different mood ?
Xenophon, was an ancient Greek soldier and
mercenary who went on to become a philosopher and
historian. As a soldier, he spent some time in the
Persian army. In his works, he recorded a word X which
he had come across during his time in the army. X
originally meant, “a wall enclosing a garden or orchard",
but Xenophon used it not to refer to the wall itself but to
the huge parks that Persian nobles loved to build and
X evolved into which English word?
Kabosu is a female Shiba Inu living with 51-
year-old Atsuko Sato, a kindergarten teacher in
What resulted from a 2010 blog post by Sato
The exploits of X, whose name means magnolia,
were originally described in a poem known as The
Ballad of X. While the original work no longer exists
the text of this poem can be found in an 11th or 12th
century anthology known as the Music Bureau
It was recently announced that Chinese actress Liu
Yifei will portray the role of X in a film remake that is
scheduled to be released in 2019. Name X?
X, the youngest of the four, is often heard
shouting words such as "Fi dit!", “mun”
and "yāt, yih, sàam!". Though viewers
may - based on context - mistake them for
gibberish/baby talk, they’re actually
Cantonese for “faster!”, “slow” and “one,
Who is X?
X is a series written and illustrated by Machiko Hasegawa between
April 22, 1946 February 21, 1974. An anime television adaptation
by TCJ, and later Eiken, began airing in Japan in October 1969 and
holds the Guinness World Record for the longest running animated
television series. Identify X.
It has been continuously in use since
1844, and is often referred to as Ay Yildiz
or Moon Star.
Which country’s flag are we talking
This famous American novel from 1960 is
usually available in Japanese translation
under the title Arabama Monogatari.
If Monogatari means ‘story’, which
book are we talking about?
Which ancient ruin is also
known by the name Chel Minar,
or Chilminar, meaning “Having
Apart from the more well-known 8000 or
so, there are 130 chariots X4=520 horses
and 150 cavalry horses that we shouldn’t
What do these numbers refer to?
O’ akash, mor logorik tumi jano dekhisa?/Teonr jainsem-
khani bijulire bowa/Ronga onth-juri mou-re bolowa/Tumi
jano mon korisa?” These lines by Bhupen Hazarika
translate to “O Sky, have you ever seen my girlfriend?/
Her jainsem is woven of lightning/ (Her) red lips
smeared with honey/ Have you really noticed that?
With which ethnicity would you associate the
25 questions carrying a minimum of 1 point each about Asian capital cities
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These places of worship are termed Mashriq-u’l-adhkar, meaning
“Dawning-place of the remembrances of God”. The first such anywhere in
the world was built in 1908 in a Central Asian city. It was turned into a
museum and an art gallery after the Soviet came to power, and was
demolished after damage due to an earthquake.
Which Asian capital? And for bonuses, tell us what religion such
houses were built for.
These paintings by Liza Hirst reflect her fascination with the
narrow alleyways characteristic of a certain capital city,
often enhanced by their distinctive sloping roofs.
Which city? What are such passages/lanes called?
This fancy building houses the National University of the Arts in a
Central Asian capital, built in the 1990s after the country became
independent. The name of the city means capital in the local language,
and might be closer than we know to similar Indian words.
Identify the capital. Which city did it replace, for extra bonuses?
This Roman ruin is called the _ _ _ _ _, after the Latin word for a place
of public performance, especially of formal poetry. This term is now a
default name for theatres, whether given to drama or film.
Give this name, and identify the West Asian capital for extra
The structure from which this photograph was taken was
completed in 1982, in time for the Great Leader’s 70th
Identify the capital. For extra bonuses, name the
structure from which this photograph was taken OR
explain why is the building constructed out of precisely
25,550 granite blocks?
Chief mode of public transport in a Central Asian capital.
Name the capital. For extra bonuses, what 10-letter word is
used for this mode of public transport?
This capital city, created in 2006, has a name meaning Abode of the
The term has a long history of being used as a title preceding the names
of other cities that have served as royal capital. Identify.
Betawi is a creole that originated among immigrants
brought in to a particular city by colonisers as
In which Asian capital?
Bonus if you can explain how you worked it out.
In this representation, X is pointing to the Khentii Mountains where he was born.
Some would have it that the gesture acknowledges that this place is where he
found the whip that would define his career. Outside which capital? Who is X,
On his tomb are found these words:
“The tomb was erected for the light-garden of the God-
forgiven angel king whose rest is in the garden of Heaven.”
In the vicinity of which capital? Who is buried here, for
The location seen in this painting was used by Dutch colonisers to house
slaves brought in for sale, and is still called Slave Island. Malays brought
here called it Kampong Kertel, kertel being a corruption of the Portuguese
for quarters or barracks.
Now a suburb of which city?
This associate of Lenin’s died young, and so the city where he was born
was named after him. It then went through a name-change,.
What is the capital city called now? Name him, for bonuses.
This is the logo of the Intramuros, a historic section
with an Asian capital.
Which capital city? For bonuses, tell us what
the intramuros is?
Known to the locals as Pasar Puthi, it has acquired the name Jesus
Backside beach since the mid-1990s.
Off which capital? Explain the beach’s new name for bonuses.
Its days as a commercial capital are evident in locality names such as in
Farashganj and Postogola. This is from an area called Armanitola.
Which city? For bonuses, after which ethnic group is Armanitola
Fa Ngum, seen here, was a military genius whose conquests
were instrumental in setting up the Lan Xang empire in the
In which capital city would you find this statue? For
bonuses. which country derives its identity from this
Aerial view of which capital city?
Bonus if you can explain how you worked it out.
This is the entrance to Zhoukoudian, the site of a major discovery that is
today a heritage site.
In the vicinity of which capital would you find this site?
What was the discovery popularly called?
The city in question is often considered the oldest continuously occupied
capital in the world.
Identify the city.
Also name the event that this statue acknowledges—one that
happened not far from here, for bonuses
This is probably the only time that the city has been visited by
an in-office US President.
Which capital city?
If the president is Dwight Eisenhower. then name the
gent seated beside him.
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The object in his hands may lead you to the
title of one of his books. Identify the best-
When Maryam Al Subaley, a Qatari woman, took
part in an event on Feb 24, 2017 with of Comedy
Night and stood 11th among 14 competitors she
became the first Qatari woman _ _ _ _ _ _. FITB.
This 4000-year old clay tablet found in Turkey at
Kultepe-Kanesh deals with a man named Laqipum and
his bride Hatala.
It states that if Hatala is unable to have a child, she
would buy a slave woman for her husband. Should
Laqipum choose to divorce her, he must pay Hatala five
minas of silver and should Hatala choose to divorce
him, she must pay the same amount.
This tablet is now thought to be the oldest known
This graphic novel by Sonny Liew, a Eisner award
winner, is a fictional and allegorical account of which
The crowd began stoning her first, but finding her
exoskeleton more durable than thought, they then tied a
chain around her neck and the other end to a trailer
hitch, driving her through the streets until her head
separated from the body.
“She went strutting around the city without a male
escort, fluttering her plastic eyelashes at married men
while expressing opinions of her own. What did she
expect would happen?”
Which incident being described – which later turned
out to be a piece of fake news created by Duffel
One of the first vividly recorded battle in history
in 15th century BC has Egyptian sources –
primarily the hieroglyphs in the Hall of Annals in
the Temple of Amun-Re at Karnak, Luxor.
The battle was fought between Pharaoh
Thatmose III and the King of Kadesh in a place
close to the Sea of Galilee.
According to Christian myth, this is the location
of the final battle. Name the place—and use
only the seven-letter form.
The nine day Liwa-Moreeb festival attracts the region’s
most powerful four wheel drives and bikers.
The highlight of the festival is the adventurous race to
the top of one of the world’s highest sand hills – the
Moreeb Dune, which means ‘Terrifying Mountain’. At
over 300m high and with a 50° angle, the dune is
contested over various categories for different car and
Name the desert where Moreeb is located.
Started by Adina Tal and Eran Gur at Jaffa it’s the first
theatre company of its kind where the actors possess
certain characteristics. The first production was titled
‘Light is Heard in Zig Zag’. The second production ‘Not
By Bread alone’ (see pic) has been performed world-
What’s special about the actors ?
A condiment used in the Philippines, X’s natural color is
brownish-yellow, but it is often dyed red to resemble
tomato ketchup. A shortage of tomato ketchup during
World War II, due to lack of tomatoes and a
comparatively high production of Xs led to its creation.
Today, this condiment is used on many assorted dishes
- omelettes, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, fish, charcoal-
grilled pork barbecue and chicken skewers, and other
meats. It’s even used in the Filipino-style bolognese
sauce, which is known for being sweeter than the
traditional Italian bolognese sauce. What is X?
First published in 1964, the title of X’s autobiography translates to "The
First Half of My Life". The English version had a more melodramatic
title. The autobiography was ghostwritten by Li Wenda, an editor at the
People's Publishing Bureau. Name X, or give the English title.
Hoping to give the people something to rally and shout about
besides his regime, and keeping in line with his 3S (Sex, Screens
and Sports) policy, X brought professional baseball to the country.
The images, show X throwing the first pitch at the inaugural game
on March 27, 1982. Who is X?
One story is that in 326 BC, Alexander the
Great was making his way across Pakistan and
when his army reached the Jhelum and
Mianwali region, his horses began licking the
stones. This drew the attention of the soldiers
and led to the discovery of what is the second
largest of its kind in the world today.
What was discovered thus?
Since 1994, Bhutan has prohibited a particular
activity because the locals believe that they are
the dwelling places of spirits who don't wish to
be disturbed. Due to this, Gangkhar Puensum,
which lies on the border between Bhutan and
Tibet is generally believed to be the _______
__________ ____ in the world.
What distinction does Gangkhar Puensum
The Black Coat is a 2013 novel by Neamat
Imam set in the country when it was under X.
Who is X?
The rise in popularity of the name ‘Aoyun’ among
Chinese babies could be seen as a sign of support for
The first surge in Aoyuns came in 1992. About 680
Aoyuns were registered at the time.
In 2001 another 553 babies were named Aoyun, and in
2008, a total of 4783 babies were named the same.
What does the name mean?
This area has had many names
throughout history, including Al-
Jazira, which means “the island”, as
this region was formed in between
What was it called in Greek?
Khitans were nomadic people from the
Northeast parts of China. They founded
the Liao dynasty, which ruled much of
Northern China from 907AD to 1125AD.
After successive defeats in wars, they
migrated to the west.
What familiar term is derived from
Asanee–Wasan is a Thai rock band
founded by the brothers Asanee "Pom"
and Wasan "Toe" Chotikul. Their 1989
number "Krung Thep Mahanakhon“ was a
What was this song about?
The Qanats of Gonabad, a UN heritage site, consist of
427 water wells with a total length of 33,113 meters.
These Qanats ( or Kariz, which is a small Qanat) were
used for irrigation in olden times. Objects called
Fenjaan were an integral part of this system. What is a
An eye shaped atrium space, floor-to-ceiling terraced
bookshelves, with a capacity of 1.2 million books, and a
large, luminous sphere in the center that serves as an
auditorium with a capacity of 110 people are some of
the features of a recently opened library called The Eye.
Two different passports issued by UAE.
What has been blanked out in the
picture on the right?
Some residents were told to wait for 2 extra
minutes, while others had to wait a minute
longer before breaking their fast during the
holy month of Ramadan in 2011 because they
were able to see the sun longer than those
below or on the ground.
To whom was this advice given by religious
There were only two countries which boycotted both
the Moscow Olympics (1980) and the LA Olympics
(1984). One country was Albania. The other gave
different reasons as shown:
1980 Moscow Games: Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
1984: United States interference in the Middle East, its
support for the regime occupying Jerusalem, and the
crimes being committed by the U.S.A. in Latin America,
especially in El Salvador.
Which was this country ?
Wonder Woman was banned in Lebanon for
reasons that had nothing to do with the
storyline or the content of the film.
What very specific reason did they give for
A series of events which took place in 7th century,
Arabia, are described in the 12th century book Panj Ganj
(five treasures). A man named Qays was given the
epithet ‘X’, which means possessed by a genie. What
is this name X?
This viewing platform at the Ishiyamadera temple in
Japan commemorates a moment of inspiration under
the full moon in 1004 AD. What are they paying tribute
to/what came of the inspiration?
The Alaya Rengin, or colourful flag, contains a 21-point
Sun known as the Roj, a symbol of rebirth that goes
back to the Yezdan tradition. Similar versions have been
used by short-lived attempts at setting up similar ethnic
states such as the Republic of Ararat (1927-30) and the
Republic of Mahabad (1946). Which about-to-be
state/disputed territory uses this flag?
On whose grave would you have found
this grim litany?
“Turan, Iran, Rum, Magrib, Shom, Misr,
Iraq, Mizandaran, Gilon, Shirbon,
Azerbaijan, Fars, Khorson, Jete, Dashti,
Khorezm, Khotan, Kabulistan,
Bakhtarzamin and Hindustan”.
This country was somehow able to fend off
After a brief period of hostilities, they signed a
treaty with the British on terms such as a tribute
of Tangun Ponies, five a year, and assuring the
British rights to extract timber. They escaped
Connect the author of the book to this
music festival in Ukhrul.
The meaning of these characters in Japanese is
literally “strike against each other”.
What would you get if you tried writing them in
When Shailendra Maharjan was asked to design a now
familiar logo, one of the elements he embedded in it was a
reference to the Buddha’s eyes—a symbol of peace and
compassion. What logo are we talking about?
The use of this generic term connecting several
systems through a patriarch is traced back to
several such references in the Quran.
It is a category that includes Bahaism,
Sabaeanism, Mandeanism and perhaps even
Which empire's vicissitudes does this
changing image capture?
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Infernal Affairs is a 2002 Hong Kong
crime-thriller film directed by Andrew
Lau and Alan Mak.
A story between a mole in the police
department and an undercover cop.
Their objectives are the same: to find
out who is the mole, and who is the
Which 2006 Hollywood movie is a
Yojimbo by Akira Kurusowa (1961)
A crafty ronin comes to a town divided
by two criminal gangs and decides to
play them against each other to free the
The unofficial remake is an international
co-production between Italians, West
Germans, and Spaniards, in 1964.
Under what title was this film remade in an
English-language version via Sri Lanka?
Satoshi Kon's colourful 2006 fantasia Paprika
was a source of inspiration for which 2010
Akira and Otomo's manga work Domu inspired
which 2012 movie?
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Though close to the Impressionists he was known for
painting fashionable women and spent the last part of
his life creating watercolours depicting the life of Christ.
He travelled to the Middle East in 1886, 1889 and 1896
to study the landscape and people. ID the painter and
name the painting below.
Termed as a ‘magical vision of refugee
crisis’ the novel deals with secret doors
via which the protagonists Nadia and
Saeed turn up at places like Mykonos,
London and Marin County, California.
Shortlisted for the 2017 Booker.
Identify the novel and the author.
“Arnold Palmer and I were playing in Japan on a new
course and the greens were bumpy and I needed some
loft. So we got into a store in Tokyo and there’s a dram
of putters. I picked one I liked and it had a $5 tag on it.
We looked some more but finally I went back for the
earlier one. Now it had a six in front of 5. Smart
salesman. Best $65 I ever spent. I won over 100
tournaments worldwide and the Grand Slam with my
_____ _____blade putter.”
Name the player and FITB with the player’s
The last two Presidents have chosen not to stay at the
official residence (shown on the left) but used the one
shown on the right across the river. People believe that
the house on the left is haunted.
Identify the country and the name the haunted
This new primate species has been discovered
in south-west China, adding to the two existing
ones. Though the species has a scientific name
which means ‘Heaven’s movement’, its more
common name derives from the scientists’
interest in a famous film franchise. Identify a)
primates species and b) the popular name
Born in Lebanon, X apparently made his fortune from building
projects across the Gulf while working as a civil engineer based in
Riyadh.He moved to England in 1975, buying Wimbledon FC in
1981 as they began their ascent from non-league football to the
First Division, then the top flight of the game. They reached it in
1986 and won the FA Cup in 1988. After selling the team to two
Norwegian businessmen, he bought Y in August 2000 for £3.1m.
Notorious for his unusual antics at matches and strange contract
stipulations, X left Y after six crazy years. Despite attempts to
remove him from the position, he remains Y’s life president.
X and Y?
Xs began to be used in the early 2000s but were
cumbersome and weighed as much as 30 pounds.
They were eventually replaced by smaller, lighter and
lowerpriced models that could be produced locally
(the ones seen in the images on the next slide).
What is X? For what are they used?
The death of X’s father in a 1939 car crash sent X to the throne at
age three.From childhood until death, X’s life was chronicled in
photos and articles in big-name US magazines like Time, Life and
National Geographic. A 1941 National Geographic story with a
picture of X at the age of six, inspired Y to create a character based
on X. He drew on the anecdotes published about X to fashion his
character Prince Abdullah of the imaginary kingdom of Khemed.
X and Y?
X coffins can be found in various locations including China,
Indonesia and the Philippines.One belief is that the
practice would allow the deceased to be brought closer to
heaven/their ancestral spirits. Other likely reasons include
keeping the bodies safe from wild animals and head
In addition to this, members of the Igorot tribe in northern
Philippines also bury the corpses in a certain position
because of their belief that a person should depart the
same way he entered the world.
X? What position?
X, who is half Y and half Dutch was on the first
cover of Vogue Arabia, which was released in
March, 2017. X’s modeling career began at the
age of two, when she modeled for Baby Guess.
She made her New York Fashion Week debut in
February 2014, and walked for Victoria's Secret
Fashion Show in December 2015.
X and Y?
The _________ horse is the national animal of Azerbaijan.
_______ is the name of a geographic region, generally believed to
originate from Turkic ("Black") and Iranian ("Garden"), literally
meaning "black garden“. The Armenian population of the region
speaks the ______dialect Give us an 8-letter name.
It is the most worn pendant among the women
folk of this country and it has become a sort of
national symbol. What is this symbol? Which
The meaning of this word in Arabic (and a very similar word
in Persian) is an administrative division, usually translated as
"state“ or "province“.
For example USA is al-______ al-Muttaḥidah al-Amrīkīyah
In many African and Asian countries, this term denotes an
administrative region. In Urdu, the word (X) was used to
denote anything foreign in general. Its variant in Bengali was
used to denote anything British. So this way, this word
became a slang term in English (Y) to mean homeland for
the English, specially as a term of endearment by the
expatriate British community .
Give X and Y.
These creatures have been an essential ingredient of
French cuisine, the most popular dish being ________
de Bourgogne. The two most popular varieties are the
Helix pomatia and the petit gris (Helix aspersa Müller).
A new beauty treatment which originated and became
popular in Thailand involves Helix aspera muller
glycoconjugates or the mucus or the fluid excreted by
the creatures under stress. As these creatures walk on
your face, the skin gets replenished and rejuvenated by
the antioxidants present in the mucus. This treatment is
called _____ facial, named after the creatures.
Fill both blanks (9, 5).
A new town called Sanweng is being planned near the
city of Fuzhou. Sanweng literally means three masters.
This town is dedicated to three people who died in
1616. One of them is the Chinese writer Tang Xianzu. A
replica of the structure shown in this picture is being
built to honour the second master. There will also be a
“Little Alcala” to honour the third master.
Name the two masters.
The first Israeli passports bore the
limitation: "Valid to any country except
_____". In 1952, the limitation was
withdrawn and passports became "valid to
and what happened in 1952?
The ‘door to hell’ natural gas crater has
been burning since 1971.
In which country? What simple but
evocative name does it have in the
This pickled salad called Lahpet Thohk originated in an
Asian country. Here is an often quoted local expression
: “Of all the fruits, the mango’s the best; of all the meat,
the pork’s the best; and of all the leaves, lahpet‘s the
Which country? What leaves are these?
The two books referred to coin this word are the Shiji
and Shangshu. Shiji is also known as the Records of
the Grand Historian and contains the history of ancient
China. Shangshu is known as the Book of Documents
or Classic of History and is one of the five classics of
literature. By combining the meanings of two particular
sentences from these two classics, a new word X ,
meaning “peace everywhere” was announced on 7
This word will cease to be operative on 30 April 2018.
What word? Why?
Manuel Antonio Vassalo e Silva, seen right, was
disgraced because he refused to follow two direct
orders on the grounds that they went against this
conscience. What were these orders?
The Asian Games, since inception, were
held in capital cities till 1994. When the
choice of host city seemed to be an
emotional one, aimed at an anniversary.
The next time this happened was in
2002, at a city in South Korea.
Name the 1994 and 2002 hosts.
This is an Asian community called the Balamon Cham.
Their name should point you in two historical directions,
if their practices haven’t already done so. What do the
two parts of their name refer to?
She now works outside her country, but is remembered
in India for having played party pooper in 1982. Who?
A certain World Heritage site features paintings
of these beauties. The space immediately
below has inspired much graffiti thus, over
many centuries, and is an invaluable record of
the written language. Name the site, and the
This 1967 film by Patrick Lung Kong, titled The Story of a Discharged
Prisoner (in English), inspired an entire generation of film-makers. Two of
them came together to produce and direct a 1986 film that made a star out
of a Hong Kong actor. Its intentions as tribute begin with the fact that it has
the same Chinese title meaning True Colours of a Hero.
By what title is the 1986 film known in the English-speaking world?
Identify either the producer, famous also for directing Once upon a
Time in China, OR the director of the 1986 film..
In the 1820s, Britain and a number of
local rulers signed a treaty to combat
piracy along a sensitive coast, giving rise
to a plural name that was replaced only in
1972. By another plural name.
What are these two names?