KQA Lone Wolf Prelims - August 7th 2011


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KQA Lone Wolf Prelims - August 7th 2011

  1. 1. Lone Wolf Contest<br />Prelims<br />QMs: KVK, Vineeth S, Sid Sen and Ashwan Lewis<br />
  2. 2. Rules<br />40 questions – why should only the finalists have fun?<br />1 point each, no negatives<br />Multiples of 5 are starred (*) and will be used to break ties<br />Questions 21-40 form a non-exhaustive theme<br />+2 for getting the theme (write it down as answer 41)<br />
  3. 3. 1.<br />Most Japanese samurai were trained to be right handed swordsmen, and so too was OgamiItto, at least till such time as he went to the US (and the West). Why the sudden change?<br />
  4. 4. 1.<br />Lone Wolf and Cub like all other manga was supposed to be read from right to left. When the graphic novel went West, instead of redrawing the frames to read left to right, the publishers very simply reversed the frame along a vertical axis. Consequently all the right handed swordsmen in Lone Wolf and Cub suddenly became left handed swordsmen.<br />
  5. 5. 2.<br />Fill in what’s been blurred out with a 3-word phrase<br />
  6. 6. 2.<br />
  7. 7. 3.<br />Connect<br />
  8. 8. Peter Higgs + Satyendranath Bose<br /> Higgs Boson<br />3.<br />
  9. 9. 4.<br />Name the animation studio that helped create this music video?<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyELxeR3QSQ<br />
  10. 10. Aardman Animations<br />4.<br />
  11. 11. 5*<br />“One day I was in San Francisco in a coffee shop, and I was thinking X is a good name. And then a waitress came, and I said do you know about X? And she said yes. I said what do you know about X, and she said ‘Open _____’. And I said yes, this is the name! Then I went onto the street and found 30 people and asked them, ‘Do you know X?’ People from India, people from Germany, people from Tokyo and China… They all knew about X. X is a kind, smart business person, and he helped the village. So…easy to spell, and globally known.”<br />Which Chinese entrepreneur and what is X?<br />
  12. 12. Jack Ma, founder and CEO of Alibaba.com<br />5*<br />
  13. 13. 6.<br />José was born in Candolim, Goa and studied in Portugal and Rome where he managed to impress both the Pope and the Queen of Portugal. He was forced to flee to France when his father was caught conspiring to free Goa from Portuguese rule.<br />In France he led a revolutionary battalion, but later for unknown reasons, he was imprisoned in solitary confinement. After his release he was appointed a Professor of Philosophy at the University of France at Nîmes. <br />His book On the cause of Lucid Sleep in the Study of Nature of Man caused much controversy and he died shortly after its publication<br />Who/What did he inspire?<br />
  14. 14. 6.<br />Abbe Faria in The Count of Monte Cristo<br />
  15. 15. 7.<br />The website www.yadayadayadaecon.com started by 3 academicians (Linda Ghent, Alan Grant and George Lesica) attempts to explain economic concepts using what medium?<br />
  16. 16. 7.<br />The Economics of Seinfeld<br />
  17. 17. 8.<br />One of SathyaSai Baba's biggest donors was the man who started ____, Isaac Tigrett, in whose dreams SathyaSai Baba appeared and saved him from a fatal disease, as the tale goes. In return, Tigrett sold ____ for $108 million and gave the entire proceeds in 1991 to SathyaSai Baba to start his hospital in Puttaparthi. Which establishment fills the blank?<br />
  18. 18. Hard Rock Cafe<br />8.<br />
  19. 19. Which room in a house/building was originally named from Latin for ‘bread room’? By the mid-nineteenth century, it had come to signify a place of general food storage.<br />9.<br />
  20. 20. Pantry (from 'panna').<br />9.<br />
  21. 21. Ivan's Childhood, Andrei Rublev, __________, The Mirror, Stalker, Nostalghia, The Sacrifice. <br />Fill in the blank.<br />10*<br />
  22. 22. Solaris <br />(Andrei Tarkovsky’s films)<br />10*<br />
  23. 23. A pack of six HotShots would cost 7.6 Swiss Francs, and would be 0.7 cm lesser in diameter than the standard. Introduced subsequent to a report from the Swiss Federal Commission for Children and Youth in 2010, what are HotShots?<br />11.<br />
  24. 24. Condoms for 12-14 year olds<br />11.<br />
  25. 25. When RamanandSagar adapted 'One Thousand and One Nights' for the Indian television, the name he chose was based on its Arabic title. What name?<br />12.<br />
  26. 26. AlifLaila<br />12.<br />
  27. 27. This plant is grown primarily for its oil-rich seeds which are also used in certain baked foods. The Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada words for it share the root with the native word for 'oil'. Identify its English name.<br />13.<br />
  28. 28. Sesame<br />13.<br />
  29. 29. A planchette is a heart-shaped object associated by scientists with the ideomotor effect. Where would one use a planchette?<br />14.<br />
  30. 30. Ouija boards.<br />14.<br />
  31. 31. 15*<br />In 1929, Danish scientist Henrik Dam investigated the role of cholesterol by feeding chickens a cholesterol-depleted diet. After several weeks, they developed haemorrhages and started bleeding. These defects could not be restored by adding purified cholesterol to the diet. It appeared that—together with the cholesterol—a second compound had been extracted from the food. The compound's common name came about because it was first reported in a German journal. What?<br />
  32. 32. Vitamin K (initially reported as Koagulationsvitamin).<br />15*<br />
  33. 33. What’s special about this picture?<br />16.<br />
  34. 34. First photo uploaded to the World Wide Web<br />16.<br />
  35. 35. “Write down the problem. Think real hard. Write down the solution.”<br />This algorithm was facetiously suggested by Murray Gell-Mann in a New York Times interview. Who is it named after?<br />17.<br />
  36. 36. Richard Feynman<br />17.<br />
  37. 37. Since every KQA quiz needs to have an animal question, here's one. What is this called?<br />18.<br />
  38. 38. Cat o’nine tails<br />18.<br />
  39. 39. Late last year, a NASA-funded study showed that some bacteria could replace the phosphorus in DNA with another element not generally associated with life. While the findings of that study is disputed now, just name that element.<br />19.<br />
  40. 40. Arsenic<br />19.<br />
  41. 41. 20*<br />Counting in 60s, they would use 2 styluses of different diameters, one about 4 mm, and the other about 1 cm. According to the angle at which the stylus was held, either a circular imprint, or a notch would be obtained, and its size would depend on the diameter of the stylus. This form of the stylus, cylindrical at one end, and pointed at the other would gradually be replaced by a flat stylus. What am I talking about?<br />
  42. 42. Sumerian numbers<br />20*<br />
  43. 43. Theme questions begin…<br />The next 20 questions have a running theme through the answers.<br />Crack the theme and write it down after the 40th question. <br />2 points for cracking the theme – takes the total to 42 – no H2G2 is not the theme.<br />No extra points for cracking the theme early but if you crack the theme you can always use it to work backwards to derive answers.<br />
  44. 44. Take the female form of an Italian male name derived from the old Middle High German given name ‘Haimirich’ (the root form of derived form names such as Heinrich (German), Henry (English), Emeric (Hungarian), etc.), give it to M/s. Martin Waldseemüller and Matthias Ringmann to get what?<br />21.<br />
  45. 45. America<br />Haimirichis the root for Americh/Amerigo. The female form of Americh is America.<br />Martin Waldseemüller and Matthias Ringmann were cartographers who first used the term America to name the new land discovered.<br />21.<br />
  46. 46. 22.<br />Identify the archaic 1878 Act of law, which inter alia provides that anything of any value hidden in the soil, or in anything affixed thereto exceeding in amount or value ten rupees is found, the finder shall, as soon as practicable, give to the Collector notice of the same, who may thereafter acquire the same in the name of the Government, and is in the news recently, in light of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple vault findings.<br />
  47. 47. Indian Treasure Trove Act, 1878<br />22.<br />
  48. 48. She had a poem written about her lover (which also took the liberty of naming her Cynthia), had her name appropriated towards naming an element (since a previously discovered element of the same family had been named after the earth). Identify.<br />23.<br />
  49. 49. Selene – the poem being Endymion by John Keats<br />23.<br />
  50. 50. 24.<br />The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the game’s most vigilant custodian, in February 1971, sent a cable to one of its members, admonishing him stating “Warmest congratulations to all of you on your great achievement and safe return. Please refer to rules of golf on etiquette, paragraph 6, “before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully fill up all holes made by him therein”." <br />Who received the telegram and for which round of golf? No part points.<br />
  51. 51. 24. Alan Shepard and the Moon shot<br />24.<br />
  52. 52. 25*<br />On August 2, 2011, Microsoft revealed its dedicated Policy and Enforcement team for Xbox Live, consisting of an ‘elite’ group which patrols the Xbox network daily for hackers, cheaters, phishers, account thieves, game code modifiers and foul-mouthed gamers. What is the job ‘title’ of the individuals working in the Xbox Policy and Enforcement team (supposedly since they are the keepers of purity like X and masters of hiding and stealth attacks like Y)?<br />
  53. 53. A 25. Unicorn Ninja<br />25*<br />
  54. 54. The death of Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace, covered with black crude oil is a tribute to which famous movie in the series, also supposedly through an intelligent nod to the fact that crude oil is also referred to as __________. Which movie and fill in the blank.<br />26.<br />
  55. 55. 26.<br />Goldfinger and Black Gold <br />Jill Masterson is found dead covered in gold paint in Goldfinger; Strawberry Fields in black gold<br />
  56. 56. 27.<br />“This is the history of a failure” are the words with which Che begins recounting his disastrous attempt to create a revolution in which country?<br />
  57. 57. Congo<br />27.<br />
  58. 58. 28.<br />The Chinese title of the 2002 Hong Kong movie “Mougaandou”, literally means “the non-stop path,” is a reference to Avici/Continuous Hell, the lowest level of hell in Buddhism. The English title is derived from the term used to refer to the division of a law enforcement agency which investigates incidents of law-breaking and professional misconduct attributed to officers on the force; and the first part of Dante’s Divine Comedy. In other news, as per the 2006 Oscars, this is the Japanese movie that the winning best picture of the year was based on.<br />
  59. 59. Infernal Affairs<br />28.<br />
  60. 60. 29.<br />On April 27, 2011, LobsangSangay, a research scholar at the Harvard Law School, was elected (having secured a 55% majority at the polls) as the prime minister of which government? He will be officially assuming office, after the present incumbent Lobsang Tenzin, resigns from office, a week from now, on August 15, 2011, after a ten year two term stint in office.<br />
  61. 61. Tibetan Government in exile<br />29.<br />
  62. 62. 30*<br />Contrary to popular belief, the ____ ___ is actually made of jadeite. According to the legend, the object in question, was created in India in 43 BC by Nagasena, and taken to Sri Lanka (around 343 BC). In 457, King Anuruth of Burma sent a mission to Ceylon to ask for Buddhist scriptures and the object in question, in order to support Buddhism in his country. These requests were granted, but the ship lost its way in a storm during the return voyage and landed in Cambodia. Finally when the Thais captured Angkor Wat in 1432, the object in question was taken to Ayutthaya, whereafter subsequent to a long journey through various other places, it came to its final resting place in WatPhraKaew, on the grounds of the Grand Palace, Bangkok. Identify.<br />
  63. 63. The Emerald Buddha<br />30*<br />
  64. 64. Identify the genre of prose fiction which is usually satirical and depicts, in realistic and often humorous detail, the adventures of a roguish hero of low social class who lives by his wits in a corrupt society, getting its name from the Spanish word for ‘rascal’.<br />31.<br />
  65. 65. Picaresque<br />31.<br />
  66. 66. Which single word (placed in front) would work for each of the following words – boomer, pup, mom, girl, male, earner, geek.<br />32.<br />
  67. 67. Alpha<br />32.<br />
  68. 68. “_____” is derived from a Russian word signifying council, advice, harmony, concord.<br />33.<br />
  69. 69. Soviet<br />33.<br />
  70. 70. 34.<br />Similar to the use of cougars to refer to hot older women: lawyers on account of (the perceived belief in) their nose for a good bite, their ambulance chasing skills, and their extraordinary predatorial skills, instincts and nature, are often metaphorically referred to as a cartilaginous animal of the super order Selachimorpha. On a more industry localised slur, super ambitious lawyers (usually women lawyers, who are seen as back stabbing, in their pursuit of success), are metaphorically referred to as a giant cephalopod of the genus Architeuthis; on account of the once belief that ‘only a giant cephalopod could kill a cartilaginous animal’. Which are these two animals being so maligned with reference to the lawyers?<br />
  71. 71. Sharks and squids<br />34.<br />
  72. 72. 35*<br />Edith Piaf: La Vie En Rose (1946) <br />Johnny Cash: I Walk the Line (1957) <br />Ritchie Valens: La Bamba (1958)<br />Bob Dylan : I’m Not There (1967)<br />Loretta Lynn : Coal Miner’s Daughter (1969)<br />Bobby Darin : Beyond the Sea (1959)<br />Tina Turner : Whats Love Got to Do with It (1984)<br />Frankie Lymon : Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1956) <br />Billie Holiday : Lady Sings the Blues (1956)<br />Jerry Lee Lewis : __________ (1957).<br />Fill in the blank<br />
  73. 73. 35*<br />Great Balls of Fire<br />These are all biopics of singers which are named after songs of the said singer<br />
  74. 74. 36.<br />Which superstar has had his roles reprised by (inter alia): Ajay Devgan (2004), Aamir Khan (2008), Ajay Devgan (2011), John Abraham (2011?). <br />Additionally rumours have it that his role: <br />in a 2008 film, proposed be reprised by Aamir Khan; <br />in a 2009 film, proposed to be reprised by John Abraham/AbhishekBachchan; and <br />in a to be released 2011 film, proposed to be reprised by ShahidKapoor.<br />
  75. 75. 36.<br />Suriya<br />AayuthaEzhuthu – Yuva- Ajay Devgn<br />Ghajini – Ghajini - Aamir Khan<br />Singham – Singham - Ajay Devgn<br />KaakhaKaakha – Force - John Abraham<br />VaaranamAayiram – Aamir Khan<br />Ayan - John Abraham/AbhishekBachchan<br />7am Arivu – ShahidKapoor<br />
  76. 76. 37.<br />Which 1947 movie, featuring the debuts of Raj Kapoor and Madhubala, shares its name with a 1968 reincarnation movie staring Raj Kumar and WaheedaRehman. <br />
  77. 77. 37.<br />Neel Kamal<br />
  78. 78. 38.<br />Belonging to the Polish literary tradition of political fiction, __________ by Boleslaw Prus is a "novel on the mechanism[s] of state power and, as such, probably unique in world literature of the nineteenth century, and being set in the reign of Ramses XIII in the eleventh century BCE, sought a perspective that was detached from pressures of [topicality] and censorship." Also Stalin’s favourite book. Id.<br />
  79. 79. Pharaoh<br />38.<br />
  80. 80. 39.<br />A representation of which weapon, named after its designer, and invented to defend the seaward portion of Syracuse's city wall against amphibious assault during the second Punic War<br />
  81. 81. Archimedes’ Claw<br />39.<br />
  82. 82. 40*<br />A Ruth-Aaron pair, which consists of two consecutive integers (e.g. 5 and 6) for which the sums of the prime factors of each integer are equal (5 = 5x1; 6 = 2x3; 2+3=5), was first discovered on April 8, 1974, just as Hank Aaron overtook Babe Ruth’s record career regular-season home run total, when a mathematician at the University of Georgia noticed that the sums of the prime factors of these two consecutive numbers were equal, and was obviously named after Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron. The original Ruth-Aaron pair (the super set of whose primes consists of 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, and 17) consists of which two consecutive numbers (one of the numbers also obviously being Babe Ruth’s career home run total).<br />
  83. 83. 714, 715<br />40*<br />
  84. 84. Theme?<br />41.<br />
  85. 85.
  86. 86. Adventures of Tintin<br />America - Tintin in America<br />Neel Kamal – The Blue Lotus (Neel Kamal is Blue Lotus is Hindi)<br />Pharaoh – Cigars of the Pharaoh<br />Archimedes’ Claw – Crab with the Golden Claws<br />Picaresque – Tintin and the Picaros<br />Unicorn Ninja – Secret of the Unicorn<br />Indian Treasure Trove Act, 1878 – Red Rackham’s Treasure<br />Selene – Destination Moon (Selene is alternative name for the Moon (Goddess)) <br />Congo – Tintin in Congo<br />Tibetan Government in Exile – Tintin in Tibet<br />Alan Shepard and the Moon Shot – Explorers of the Moon <br />Alpha – Tintin and the AlphArt<br />714and 715 - Flight 714<br />The Emerald Buddha - The CastafioreEmerald<br />Infernal Affairs – The Calculus Affair<br />Great Balls of Fire – Seven Crystal Balls<br />Soviet – Tintin in the land of the Soviets<br />Sharksand Squids – Red Sea Sharks<br />Suriya – Prisoners of the Sun (Suriya is Sun in various languages)<br />Goldfinger and Black Gold – Land of the Black Gold<br />
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