Mega Whats 2009 Final Answer Key

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Mega Whats 2009 Final Answer Key

  1. 1. The Karnataka Quiz Association presents MEGA-WHATS 2009 The National Open Quizzing Championships
  2. 2. MEGA-WHATS 2009 in association with QFI Chennai Bombay Quiz Club Boat Club Quiz Club, Pune Kutub Quizzers SEQC, Goa Hyderabad Quiz Club Grey Cells, Kerala And the quizzing community in Kolkata
  3. 3. <ul><li>OPERATING COVENANTS </li></ul><ul><li>All mobiles off—till the answers are given out </li></ul><ul><li>Quiz will be run for approximately 100 minutes followed by answers & correction </li></ul><ul><li>We will cycle through the questions only twice and no special requests to repeat questions will be entertained </li></ul><ul><li>No negative marking anywhere in the quiz </li></ul><ul><li>No half-points anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>**-questions (which are two-pointers) will separate ties—but you need to get both parts of such questions right for them to count as star-questions </li></ul>
  4. 4. FORMAT Section Description Remarks Section - I <ul><li>Total 50 Qns </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30 Qns - 1-pointers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>12 Qns - 2-pointers & starred </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8 questions – Theme (1-pointer) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No negatives anywhere. </li></ul><ul><li>70 points Total. (30+24+8+8=70) </li></ul>The theme questions are scattered across Section I and are not identified as theme questions. There is a bonus of 8 points for cracking the theme. Teams may enter their theme guess against Qn# 51 Section -II <ul><li>5 questions each with 5 parts (ABCDE) </li></ul><ul><li>Total 5x5 = 25 points </li></ul>No negative marking Section-III <ul><li>5 clues to crack for one point each </li></ul><ul><li>The five answers are 5-letter words and anagrams of each other. </li></ul>No negative marking
  5. 5. Section I 50 Questions 12 two-pointers Some eight of the questions form a theme +8 for cracking the theme No negatives
  6. 6. For scoring the underlined part of the answer is required
  7. 7. 1. Why did the Russian word for Union (a version, perhaps) become a household name in India about twenty-five years ago?
  8. 8. Q:1 The Soyuz T-11 took Rakesh Sharma to space, making him the first Indian in space. Soyuz means ‘friendship’ among other things.
  9. 9. 2. A 9-letter word derived from the Latin for “to run around” is applied to one species of this beast of burden . The Latin form is still used as one part of the biological name. Which word ?
  10. 10. Q:2 DROMEDARY – Camelus dromedarius aka The Arabian camel
  11. 11. 3. (**/2-pointer) This trophy is named after a sportsman and has been won by China, Korea, & Indonesia since its institution in 1989. Identify the trophy. Also identify the architectural tribute in its design. Both parts for getting stars. 1 point per answer. Big Visual next slide
  12. 13. Q:3 ** AND 2-POINTER SUDIRMAN CUP after Dick Sudirman - the world mixed team badminton championship (1 Point) BOROBUDUR (1 Point) – Architectural tribute to the Borobudur temple in Indonesia – slight spelling error acceptable
  13. 14. 4. The Swedish newspaper Afton Dagbladet carried this picture of Kristin Enmark and Birgitta Lundblad in 2003 to mark the 30 th anniversary of the June 1973 event that made them sort of famous. What are we talking about? Bigger pic next slide
  14. 16. Q:4 These are the women who were taken hostage in the Normalmstorg Robbery in Stockhom and turned sympathetic to the criminal—leading to the coining of the term STOCKHOLM SYNDROME .
  15. 17. 5. (**/2-pointer) She went in search of a famous Padukone in 1989—and later turned the documentary into a book . Identify this writer and her subject .
  16. 18. Q:5 ** AND 2-POINTER GURU DUTT (He was Vasanth Kumar Shivashankar Padukone) NASREEN MUNNI KABIR (surname acceptable)
  17. 19. 6 . “ Conventional electro-magnetic energy meters did not record consumption if the load was very small. The indicator tended not to move when at night there was no other electrical load.” What misnomer popular in India does the above quote explain?
  18. 20. Q:6 ZERO-WATT BULBS ZERO WATT
  19. 21. 7. In which European country did a Nazi-clone known as the Arrow Cross Party rule for a short while under this flag?
  20. 22. Q:7 HUNGARY
  21. 23. 8. (**/2-pointer) This is a photograph of the main thoroughfare in an Asian city around the 1930’s . Identify the city . The thoroughfare takes its name from a Urdu word meaning ‘to stop or prevent’ —the sense in which the word is used in India is also applicable to the thoroughfare in relation to its surroundings . Name the city and the thoroughfare . ( Bigger pic next slide)
  22. 25. Q:8 ** AND 2-POINTER SHANGHAI THE BUND
  23. 26. 9. At the Manifest Station , you could catch a train from the city X to Parisn’t, or Sans Francisco, or Hong Gone, or Romeless, or Helsunki, or No York, or even to Lost Angeles. Name the work of children's literature (X) where all this is possible.
  24. 27. Q:9 UN LUN DUN Notice that all the cities were opposites.
  25. 28. 10. She made legal history when the case she against a pickle manufacturer named George Isaac resulted in a Supreme Court decision in 1986 . Who? Full name please
  26. 29. Q:10 MARY ROY She fought against the laws of inheritance that were in force among Syrian Christians. In 1986 the Supreme Court gave Christian women an equal share in their father's property. Until then they were governed by the provisions of the 1916 Travancore-Cochin Christian Succession Act promulgated by the maharaja under which a daughter was eligible for a quarter of the son's share or Rs 5,000, whichever is less, when the father dies intestate. The wife was entitled only to maintenance. George Isaac happens to be Mary Roy’s brother! No points for Arundhati Roy’s mother
  27. 30. 11. What exotic culinary item from Asia takes its name from the fact that it tastes best when it has been taken from oak logs/oak trees ?
  28. 31. Q:11 SHII-TAKE MUSHROOMS ‘ SHII’ IS OAK
  29. 32. 12. Either identify the subject of this song or name the album ?
  30. 33. Q:12 Subject TAJ MAHAL Album ONE LOVE , A.R. RAHMAN
  31. 34. 13. (2-points/**) Which sad story of friends-turned- business-rivals does this picture narrate? (ID both individuals) Next slide for bigger pic.
  32. 36. Q:13 (2-points/**) HERSHEY AND MARS SURNAMES WILL DO Both required
  33. 37. 14. (2-points/**) This is one of the four portraits that Godfrey Kneller painted of a late 17 th /early 18 th century personality. Kneller was later commissioned to do about forty portraits, for which the specification was that they must be less than half-size (36x28 inches) but must include the hands . This gave rise to a term in art , specifically in portrait-painting . Identify celebrity and provide term . Next slide for bigger pic.
  34. 39. Q:14 ISAAC NEWTON KIT-KAT SO CALLED BECAUSE KNELLER WAS ASKED TO PAINT THE MEMBERS OF THE KIT KAT CLUB. As the Kit-Kat Club building had very low ceilings, it could accommodate only paintings which were wide but not too high. In the art world, such paintings became known as 'kitkats'. 1 point per ID. Both need to be correct for Tie Break Stars
  35. 40. 15. (**/2-pointer ) This statue of a writer stands outside the beach house where he wrote one of his most overtly autobiographical works in 1962 . The location also inspired the title of that work. Identify Work and writer? Bigger pics in 2 subsequent slides.
  36. 43. Q:15 PABLO NERUDA ISLA NEGRA Surname – Neruda accepted. Literal translation of Isla Negra – Black Island is not acceptable. 1 point per ID. Both need to be correct for Tie Break Stars
  37. 44. 16. In 2003, MF Hussain made use of posters for a painting that protested the US invasion of Iraq . Which film ? Bigger pic next slide.
  38. 47. Q:16 THIEF OF BAGHDAD
  39. 48. 17. (**/2-pointer ) The clip (Audio) caused a famous 20 th century moment when Lenin declared that listening to it caused him to lose some of his revolutionary ardour . This incident inspired a director to start work on a film about a Government spy whose views begin to change when he is put on the job of monitoring a bunch of artists. Which film that did well at film festivals & won many awards thus came into being? (1Point) Id the piece (1Point) Big pic next slide
  40. 49. Still from the film
  41. 50. Q:17 2 POINTER AND ** Beethoven’s Appassionata ( Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor) The Lives of Others Florian Von Donnesmarck was inspired to make The Lives of Others after hearing about Lenin’s famous line about not wanting to hear the Appassionata so much that it took away his capacity to be a revolutionary. The film is about a government spy whose belief in GDR Marxism is transformed when he is asked to spy on a bunch of artists. 1 point per ID. Both need to be correct for Tie Break Stars
  42. 51. 18. The first use of this phrase goes back to 22 September 1792, when the Republic was proclaimed in France . The Convention decided that all public documents would be dated ____ ____ of the French Republic. Fill in the Blanks (2 word answer pls)
  43. 52. Q:18 YEAR ONE
  44. 53. 19. What contest have these ladies just completed?
  45. 54. Q:19 SHIRLEY TEMPLE LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST!
  46. 55. 20. (**/2-pointer) This proposed link across an 18-mile stretch of sea takes its name from the two regions that it links . Name the structure and the two countries that it links. Expected completion=2020. Bigger pic next slide.
  47. 57. Q:20 2-POINTER AND ** STRUCTURE BRIDGE OF THE HORNS COUNTRIES YEMEN AND DJIBOUTI (No half points)
  48. 58. 21. This dummy, named Stooky Bill —from Glasgow slang for anything made of wood —had to be used in the 1920s for the first set of experiments because the heat generated by the equipment was too great for human subjects to bear . Whose experiments ? Big Pic – Next Slide
  49. 60. Q:21 JOHN LOGIE BAIRD ’S FIRST ATTEMPTS AT BUILDING A TELEVISION Surname accepted
  50. 61. 22. This photograph was in the news earlier this year. Identify the man in the picture. Full name please Big Pic – Next Slide
  51. 63. Q:22 MUKUL SHIVPUTRA Hindustani musician and son of Kumar Gandharva who was found in a disoriented state among beggars at Bhopal Station Kumar Gandharva’s son not accepted Full name required.
  52. 64. 23. (**/2-pointer) What phrase denoting a kind of ultra-realism in representation is traced back to a direction given by the sitter for this portrait to the artist Peter Lely ? Also identify the subject of the portrait . Next slide.
  53. 66. Q:23 2-POINTER AND ** OLIVER CROMWELL He is supposed to have said “ Paint me warts and all ”. Not entirely true, apparently. Accept – Cromwell, Warts and All .
  54. 67. 24. Which Mulk Raj Anand novel has a title that evokes the tea gardens in Assam where the narrative is set?
  55. 68. Q:24 TWO LEAVES AND A BUD
  56. 69. 25. The first place where this expression was used was in a song on a TV episode, in a sort of rap parody coming from the 'Bhangra Muffins'. It's about who they are and what they do, with their catchphrase popping up in several lines (&quot;And ya uncle says do your studies, we say ____ ____ _____!&quot; &quot;And even though we're bruised & bloody, we still say uh ____ ____ _____&quot; &quot;And if they look like teletubby just say hey po, ____ ____ _____” What memorable three-word phrase are we missing?
  57. 70. Q:25 KISS MY CHUDDIES (FROM GOODNESS GRACIOUS ME)
  58. 71. 26. “An ancient connection exists between public business and the______ ____ as between its huge overarching shade and its deep intertwining roots . In South-East Asia, and Java in particular, the shade was a place of learning and a site where rulers vowed justice. Those are Asian values to which ____ will happily subscribe.” Justification issued in 2009 for what decision? Both dashes are more or less the same thing
  59. 72. Q:26 The Economist explaining their decision to give their new Asia column the title BANYAN BANYAN TREE/BANYAN Both underlined phrases are required for points
  60. 73. 27. (**-2-pointer) “ That unfortunate homonymy has never ceased to haunt me - like a ghost&quot; he once wrote. &quot;Not a year goes by without my receiving an order for jeans - usually from Africa.&quot; Identify this European thinker whose best known work was translated into English as A World on the Wane . This book begins with the celebrated lines “I hate travels and explorers” . Identify thinker—full-name—and name the book .
  61. 74. Q:27 2-POINTER AND ** CLAUDE LEVI-STRAUSS TRISTES TROPIQUES Just Levi-Strauss is not accepted.
  62. 75. 28. (**/2-pointer) Denmark's separatist problems come from two territories--one, a groups of islands favours separation because their position on whaling is not respected . The other simply says that it is big enough to take care of itself. Name both.
  63. 76. Q:28 2-POINTER AND ** GREENLAND FAROE ISLANDS
  64. 77. 29.Conspiracy-theorists see in it the Runic letter for death while people who disapprove of the hippies have described it as a chicken’s foot . The looniest interpretation comes from the ultra-conservative John Birch Society, which describes it as a Satanist device—‘ an upside-down, broken cross ’. What ?
  65. 78. Q:29 The Peace Symbol
  66. 79. 30. One part is actually a reference to the story of Tristan and Isolde- -we must remember that Tristan deceives the senile King Mark of Cornwall. The other keyword is both part of a toast , but is also meant to imitate the screeching of gulls and other sea birds. It is quite possible that the author who was living in Zurich at that time, also had the German word for Cottage Cheese in mind while creating this word. Full quote please ?
  67. 80. Q:30 Three Quarks for Muster Mark From Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce The line from which Murray Gell-Mann took the term quarks. Just Quarks is not accepted.
  68. 81. 31. A 1962 book by Robert Ettinger resulted eventually in a business enterprise where the leaders are Alcor and CI , based in Michigan.. They refer to their clients as patients —perhaps a really terrible pun--and have charged them between 75000 USD to 100000 USD for services provided. One of the key challenges these companies have had to deal with is crystal-formation . Their response has been to research chemicals to replace naturally occurring material that could form crystals. What field ? Specific one-word answer please.
  69. 82. Q:31 CRYONICS Need exact spelling – CRYOGENICS is not accepted
  70. 83. 32. Connect: Bigger pics coming. No individual ID required.
  71. 87. Q:32 ONLY CONNECT NO POINTS FOR ID These waterways lend their names to ship-sizes ; the maximum size that can pass through the Panama Canal, The Straits of Malacca and the St. Lawrence Seaway. They are called Panamax, Malaccamax and Seawaymax Keyword – SHIP SIZES.
  72. 88. 33. One of the less significant events of 2006 was the modification of a name to include the number 134340 . What are we talking about?
  73. 89. Q:33 On relegation from the status of planet in 2006, Pluto was assigned this number by the Minor Planets Union. Keywords – PLUTO NOMENCLATURE
  74. 90. 34. Which water-body where India has a biosphere reserve takes its name from an island/district in Sri Lanka ?
  75. 91. Q:34 GULF OF MANNAR Just Mannar won’t do!
  76. 92. 35 .(2pointer **) This person is testing an instrument favoured by Yemeni Jews. Name the instrument and the animal from which it is sourced .
  77. 94. Q:35 2-POINTER AND ** SHOFAR TAKEN FROM THE KUDU
  78. 95. 36. This question is here only because this is the first ever question Arul answered in a KQA quiz (way back in 1985). What sport ?  Next slide, for bigger visual.
  79. 97. Q:36 FIVES ALSO ACCEPT ETON FIVES
  80. 98. 37.The area marked in brown is one of the biodiversity hotspots of the world. It takes the first part of its name from the vegetation found here and the latter part from the Khoisan word meaning hard or dry . Identify.
  81. 100. Q:37 SUCCULENT KAROO
  82. 101. 38. This unique lily takes its name from a hill range in North East India . In 1982, a National Park was established to protect this species , among others. Identify .
  83. 103. Q:38 THE SIROI LILY MANIPUR
  84. 104. 39. Sometime in the 1830s, Edwin Beard Budding , who worked in a woollen mill near Stroud, the baize capital of England, saw a rotary cutter at work on fabric and decided to apply the same principle in another context. The result revolutionized several sports . What did he invent ?
  85. 105. 39 THE LAWN MOWER
  86. 106. 40. One was caused by the tour of South Africa by the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team, the second by the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the third was in revenge, though the official reason was “ Americans whipping up chauvinist hysteria ”. What are we talking about?
  87. 107. Q:40 BOYCOTTS OF THE OLYMPICS IN 1976, 1980 AND 1984 Dates not necessary.
  88. 108. 41. The herbs English Mace and Yarrow are known for their medicinal properties. As a result, they are called A. millefolium and A.ageratum . After which character from Greek myth who was taught these arts by centaurs are they named?
  89. 109. 41 ACHILLES
  90. 110. 42. What long name was used for this coin?
  91. 112. Q:42 PIECE/S OF EIGHT
  92. 113. 43. “ It is said that they used the powers of absolution entrusted to them to frighten or cajole the penitent into political actions approved by them. It was said that they were masters of casuistry, able to argue that sins considered mortal were not really so; that they were willing to condone any crime; that not only were their consciences' elastic but they promoted the elasticity of the consciences of others; because no special habit was prescribed for them, no one even knew who they were; since they were unknown, all sorts of conspiracies were attributed to them. The ____ menace was as firmly believed in in the 16 th and 17 th centuries as the Communist Menace in the 20 th .” Historian Stewart Easton writing about whom ?
  93. 114. Q:43 THE JESUITS
  94. 115. 44. Aficionados of this product will tell you that if you want quality stuff, everything depends on the relationship between the two B’s—Bean, and Burn . What product?
  95. 116. Q:44 COFFEE
  96. 117. 45. This European poem originally had just a one-word title , given by the poet because it began in sadness and ended in supreme happiness. Contemporaries used a complimentary term while referring the poem which over the years has become part of the title. Which poem ?
  97. 118. 45 Dante’s Divine Comedy The word Divine, or its Italian equivalent, was added later.
  98. 119. 46. These seeds are called X in Latin. When food critics write about this Indian ingredient in Britain , they are quick to reassure their readers that these seeds have nothing do with a local celebrity. Give me the biological name.
  99. 121. Q:46 Nigella The celeb being Nigella Lawson
  100. 122. 47. Jonathan Hutchinson and Hastings Gilford described this rare medical condition in 1886 and 1897 respectively. Since they were working independently, the condition is often referred to by both their names. What do we call this condition which results from a genetic mutation leading thus to an unusable form of the Lamin A protein ? Single word answer pls.
  101. 123. Q:47 PROGERIA A DISORDER BY WHICH PEOPLE AGE RAPIDLY No points for describing the disorder.
  102. 124. 48. Identify this controversial movie from 2004. This still was also used on the poster.
  103. 126. Q:48 THIRTEEN
  104. 127. 49. In the next slide you will see two illustrations of the puppets Nanette and X --popular among French children during the early 20 th century. When American soldiers fought in France during World War I, children would run up and give them these dolls as good luck charms. This explains how X’s name travelled back to the US, specifically to Hollywood, soon after. What name ?
  105. 129. Q:49 This is how the dog Rin-Tin-Tin (The Dog that Saved Hollywood) got his name.
  106. 130. 50. According to Gordon Pirie , who was both a devout fan and an arch rival : X and Y had the gayest, merriest house he ever visited—they romped like children or like beautiful young animals in the perfect fitness of body. Once in fun, X threw Y into a stream, and Y suffered a broken ankle. While the foot was in plaster, X ran with Y on his back, to get a little extra practice. Their other favourite pastime was to throw a javelin full tilt at each other, aiming to catch it above their heads and return it as fast as possible. Name this power couple . Both names required for a point.
  107. 131. Q:50 Points only if you have both names EMIL AND DANA ZATOPEK
  108. 132. 51. Enter your Theme Guess here.
  109. 133. 51. THEME QNS 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42 AND 48 FORM THE THEME THE FIBONACCI SEQUENCE ZERO-WATT, ONE LOVE, YEAR ONE, TWO LEAVES…,THREE QUARKS, FIVES, PIECES OF EIGHT, THIRTEEN
  110. 134. Section II AZED Each question has five letters A-E which require identification Please mark your answers as 51 A-E 25 points (5x5)
  111. 135. 52. The name A given to this planet B in its twilight aspect has in turn led to the coining of a term for evening prayers C . C is part of the name of a compromised femme fatale D , last played by Eva Green, whose name is also a pun on a compromised city. C is also used in the two-word term E which is applied to the rebellion in 1282 against the Angevin kings of Italy.
  112. 136. 52 A: HESPERUS B VENUS C VESPERS D VESPER LYND E SICILIAN VESPERS
  113. 137. 53. The1988 book A opens with a musical duel featuring these two songs B and C . B is from the 1955 film D while C normally provides the finale to an event E that normally occurs on the Second Saturday in September . B C
  114. 138. 53 A: SATANIC VERSES B MERA JOOTA HAI JAPANI C RULE BRITANNIA! D SHRI 420 E LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS
  115. 139. 54. This word A is derived from Greek for high up in the air. B , a form of the word A , is used for A s before they enter our world. The term A can be used only after B s enter our world. Another form of A , called C , is used for these objects when they reach the ground successfully. In Yucatan, a small town of 5000 people D lends its name to the biggest known such event. The term E is normally used for A s when they are brighter than the visible planets.
  116. 140. 54 A: METEOR B METEOROID C METEORITE D CHIXCULUB E FIREBALL
  117. 141. 55. Ignore Rekha. Identify A, B, C and D. Also provide the connect E. A B C D
  118. 142. 55 A
  119. 143. 55 B
  120. 144. 55 A: REHANA SULTAN B NAVIN NISCHOL C DANNY DENZONGPA D ASRANI E FTII ALUMNI/AE
  121. 145. 56. Located on Videy Island in the country A , the structure B is built in the shape of a wishing well and is marked by the use of several lights that converge to form a single beam and mirrors. This structure bears inscriptions such as Shanti Ki Kalpana Kare in Hindi and Samadhaanatthai Ninaiyungal in Tamizh. The structure is normally in operation between 9th October and 8th December, two crucial dates in the life of C , who is considered something of an icon. The structure B takes its name from a 1971 song D . The artist E located this structure in the country A in appreciation of their skilful use of geothermal energy.
  122. 147. 56 A: ICELAND B THE IMAGINE PEACE TOWER C JOHN LENNON D IMAGINE E YOKO ONO
  123. 148. Section III 5 clues to crack for one point each The five answers are 5-letter words and anagrams of each other. POINTS ONLY FOR THE SPECIFIC WORD!
  124. 149. 57. 5 letters Bunch of guys who you could say were Veni and Vidi but definitely not Visi.
  125. 150. 57 OSTRO AS IN OSTRO GOTHS, WHO WERE NOT VISI-
  126. 151. 58 . 5 letters : Nebulous Dutchman, also possessive.
  127. 152. 58 OORT’S JAN OORT, AFTER WHOM THE OORT’S CLOUD IS NAMED (THEREFORE NEBULOUS)
  128. 153. 59. 5 letters . What he does, perhaps?
  129. 154. 59 ROOST ROOSTERS DO THAT
  130. 155. 60. 5 letters Turn a Latin stalk to find a section of your body
  131. 156. 60 TORSO DERIVED FROM THE LATIN THYRSIS, MEANING STALK
  132. 157. 61. 5 letters Where the man came from?
  133. 158. 57 ROOTS STATUE OF ALEX HALEY
  134. 159. MEGA-WHATS TEAM Research: Arul Mani With a Little Help from: Venky, Mitesh Agarwal

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