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1) X was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the
London School of Economics. He is the only person
to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize in Literature
(1925) and an Oscar (1938), for his contributions to
literature and for his work on the film Y (adaptation of
his play of the same name), respectively. X wanted to
refuse his Nobel Prize outright because he had no
desire for public honors but accepted it at his wife's
behest: she considered it a tribute to Ireland. He did
reject the monetary award. Identify X and Y.
2)The company was founded in 1911 as the Computing
Tabulating Recording Company (CTR) through a merger of three
companies: the Tabulating Machine Company, the International
Time Recording Company, and the Computing Scale Company.
CTR adopted the name X in 1924. Identify X.
James Watson and Francis Compton
Crick with their DNA model
6)X is an arcade game developed by Namco and first released in
Japan on May 22, 1980. It was licensed for distribution in the
United States by Midway and released in October 1980.
According to the Davie-Brown Index, X has the highest brand
awareness of any video game character among American
consumers, recognized by 94 percent of them. X is one of the
longest running video game franchises from the golden age of
video arcade games. Besides the main character it has four
antagonists (Blinky,Pinky,Inky and Clyde). Name the game.
7) X won an Oscar for Best Actor for the role of Z in 1972 while
Y won an Oscar for Best supporting actor in 1974 playing the
same role. They are the only two actors winning an Oscar in this
way playing this character. Identify X,Y,Z.
From left to right- Peter Carey,Hilary
Mantel and JM Coetzee. Authors who have
won the Booker Prize twice.
11)Segway polo is a team sport which started to gain some measure
of popularity after being played by members of the Bay Area
Segway Enthusiasts Group (Bay Area SEG) in 2004. The Segway
Polo world championship is the …… Challenge Cup, which was
established in 2006 when the Silicon Valley Aftershocks played the
New Zealand Pole Blacks in Auckland, New Zealand. The result
was a 2-2 tie. After whom is the world championship named?
Woz Challenge Cup named after Steve
Wozniak, co-founder of Apple
12) In 1966 George Harrison married Pattie Boyd, a model he
met during the filming of A Hard Day's Night. During the late
1960s, X and Harrison became close friends. X fell in love with
Boyd and wrote a song Y after getting inspired by the story of
“Y and ______” .Boyd divorced Harrison in 1974 and married X
in 1979. Identify X and Y
Norman Ernest Borlaug- father of
14) “____________________”is an Internet phenomenon that features a
video of Dancing _______ doing a dance "jig" in many different places
around the world in 2005. The background music in the video is the song
Sweet Lullaby Dancing Remix by Deep Forest. The video garnered
popularity on the video sharing site YouTube. In 2007, Jawed Karim,one of
the founders of YouTube, stated that _______ video was his favorite on
YouTube at that time. ________ was also hired by Visa to star in their
Travel Happy campaign.
The campaign is “ Where the Hell Is Matt” by
15)X was born near the small town of Greenbow, Alabama, on June 6, 1944
(the same day the Allied forces began Operation Overlord). His father was
absent during his life; his mother said he was "on vacation". His mother
named X after Nathan Bedford X, a noted Confederate general in the
American Civil War and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, who is
supposedly related to X. A peculiar dancing style that would inspire the
young Elvis's "hip dancing", for "Hound Dog“ is attributed to him. He was
later named to the All-American team football team and got to meet
President John F. Kennedy at the White House. X also called security guard
Frank Wills to inform Wills about the break-in, inadvertently initiating the
Watergate Scandal and leading to Richard Nixon's resignation. X?
18) This is a sequence – of what? It does not start with the first one; it is a
. Composed by Bono and The Edge; Sung by Tina Turner
. Composed by and sung by Sheryl Crow
. Composed and sung by Garbage
. Composed and sung by Madonna
. Composed and sung by Chris Cornell
. Composed and sung by Alicia Keys
Latest entrant in the sequence has not been mentioned.
19)Gary Mark Gilmore was an American who gained international notoriety for
demanding the fulfillment of his own death sentence for two murders he committed in
Utah. He became the first person executed in the United States in ten years. At the time,
Utah had two methods of execution — firing squad or hanging. Believing a hanging could
be botched, Gilmore chose the former, declaring, "I'd prefer to be shot." Gilmore was
executed on January 17, 1977, at 8:07 a.m. by firing squad. When asked for any last
words, Gilmore simply replied,"________”. The last phrase became the inspiration for a
famous brand slogan. Identify it.
Connection- Military operations
Operation Bluestar-eliminate Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale from the Golden
Temple in Amritsar.
Operation Polo-military operation in September 1948 in which the Indian
Armed Forces invaded the State of Hyderabad and overthrew its Nizam,
annexing the state into the Indian Union.
Operation Cactus- 1988 Maldives coup d'état, whose rescue efforts were
code-named Operation Cactus by the Indian armed forces
Operation Neptune spear-Death of Osama bin Laden
21)The Golden Team refers to the “Y” national football team of the 1950s. It is
associated with several notable matches, including the "Match of the Century"
against England in 1953, and the quarter-final ("Battle of Berne") against Brazil,
semi-final (against Uruguay) and final ("Miracle of Berne") of the 1954 FIFA World
Cup. Between 1950 and 1956, the team recorded 42 victories, 7 draws and just one
defeat, in the 1954 World Cup final against West Germany. Under the Elo rating
system they achieved the highest rating so far recorded by a national side (2166
points, June 1954). The team is generally credited for successfully implementing an
early form of "Total Football", later used by the Dutch in the 1970s. Give Y.
22) Peng Liyuan has been one of China's best known
singers for a couple of decades, though she no longer
performs actively. Somewhat of an early bloomer
when it came to music, she soon progressed to
becoming a top performer (with the rank of a general)
in the Chinese army , entertaining the troops on
important occasions in the eighties.
Lifestyle magazines believe she's still overshadowing
her husband. Who is the husband?
23)The company received unwanted media publicity in the 1980s when
rumors spread that the moon-and-stars logo was a satanic symbol. The
accusation was based on a particular passage in the Bible, specifically
Revelation 12:1, which states: "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven;
a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her
head a crown of 12 stars." X logo consisted of a man's face on the moon
surrounded by 13 stars, and some claimed that the logo was a mockery of the
heavenly symbol alluded to in the aforementioned verse, thus construing the
logo to be satanic. Where the flowing beard meets the surrounding circle,
three curls were said to be a mirror image of the number 666, or the reflected
number of the beast. At the top and bottom, the hair curls in on itself, and was
said to be the two horns like those of a ram. The moon-and-stars logo was
discontinued in 1985 because of the controversy.
24) “The crucial mechanism through which the scam was effected was the ready
forward (RF) deal. The RF is in essence a secured short-term (typically 15-day)
loan from one bank to another. Crudely put, the bank lends against government
securities just as a pawnbroker lends against jewellery. The borrowing bank
actually sells the securities to the lending bank and buys them back at the end of
the period of the loan, typically at a slightly higher price. It was this ready forward
deal that Mehta and his accomplices used with great success to channel money
from the banking system.” What is being described here? (Hint- This scandal was
referenced in a Hindi movie- Gafla)
26)His initials contribute fifty percent to the name of the famous company he
founded in 1943, while another twenty five percent comes from the farm where he
was born. He resigned from the company's board in June 2013 after a very
Which businessman, also author of "A Testament of a Furniture Dealer", is this?
27) "Ek Thi Daayan" was a 2013 Hindi film starring Emraan Hashmi, Konkona Sen
Sharma, and Huma Qureshi, and contained a plot about magicians and witches. As
the film neared release, a lady named Ipsita Roy Chakraverti wrote to the National
Commission for Women, complaining that the film's content was offensive to
witches, and asked them to take action against it.
Which religion does Chakraverti profess, that explains why she took such a position?
28)This international sportsman has signed a deal to write books for
children as part of a 5-book series called "Frankie's Magic Football", with
the first one called "Frankie Versus the Pirate Pillagers". The series will
centre around football-mad Frankie, and is derived from the sportsman's
experiences of reading to his daughters and making up stories based on
friends and colleagues.
29)Haroon is a British-Pakistani singer who has roped in several Pakistani
singers to promote an animated TV series that airs on the Pakistani TV
channel "Geo" in August 2013. The series features a superhero, who is a
schoolteacher when not in crime-fighting gear.
Part of the superhero's name is from the attire used by the character: this
has led to some debate on whether this is a subversive choice or not. What
attire, and what's the superhero's name?
J. Robert Oppenheimer after witnesssing the first
artificial nuclear explosion quoted from the Bhagvad
Gita “I am become Death, the destroyer of the worlds”
32)In March 2013, this territory conducted a referendum amongst its citizens:
should they continue being a part of the United Kingdom, or should they look
for alternatives? In the end, 1513 out of 1517 voters chose to continue. Just
three people voted against (one vote was invalidated) surprising many, who
thought the number would be higher.
All this happens thirty one years after the last military conflict
involving the territory. Which one?
33) What precipitous and calamitous phrase was made
popular by Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the US Federal
Reserve, when he warned the House Financial Services
Committee of something that would happen on
January 1, 2013?
The bus he is sitting in is an integral part of the civil rights movement in the
USA. In 1955 (when blacks were segregated from whites and given lesser
status), a lady named Rosa Parks refused to vacate her seat in this bus for a
white passenger. This act inspired many others in their struggle
37)What is this list about?
2005: Mariano Puerta (Argentina)
2006: Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2007: Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2008: Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2010: Robin Soderling (Sweden)
2011: Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2012: Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2013: David Ferrer (Spain)
38) This video game is another offering by Rovio in the "Angry
Birds" game series, and released in September 2012. With
segments such as "Ground Hog Day" and "Flight in the Night",
the objective is to help make a transport system for the erstwhile
Which puzzle-oriented game is this?
39)This is a 2012 documentary on the life of William G. Wilson, who was
better known as "Bill W.". Many of the people interviewed in the film are
not shown, to maintain their anonymity. In 1935, Bill W. founded
something with Dr. Bob (Dr. Bob Smith), who had a similar issue to
overcome as Bill.
What did Bill W. co-found?