FORMAT FOR THE FINAL
Scores carry over from the prelims. Prelims score * 2
1. IR with Limited Pounce– 17 Questions. (10 points)
2. Stage 2 on IR – 8 Questions (10 points each. Theme points
explained on slide)
3. IR with Limited Pounce – 15 Questions (10 points)
10 Pounces available throughout the quiz (+10/-5)
The OED credits an Illinois high school senior, Sharif Ford, with the earliest
published use of this word in the March 8, 1989 edition of the St. Louis PostDispatch.
However, a certain American coach (through his corporate entity) submitted in
November 1988 a trademark application for the use of the word on shirts, jackets
and hats. According to him, a player he coached was the one who coined the term.
The active trademarks in force are registered under numbers 1552980, 1878690,
and 1886018. (A fourth registration, #1977620, expired in 2003.)
The said coach has been minting money through royalties since 1993, including
from the NY Yankees and the LA Lakers
What’s the good word? And who’s the coach?
Three-peat / Pat Riley, who was coach of the Lakers in the late
80s when this happened.
It is a reasonably well-known fact that five countries have been represented at
all Summer Olympic Games – Greece, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, and
Australia, though not always as part of official teams.
France did not send a team to the 1904 Games but a lone Frenchman did
compete for the US and a mixed team. Also, in 1896 Great Britain competed as
part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, while Australia
participated in 1908 and 1912 as part of a combined Australasia team with
New Zealand. Greece is the only nation to have participated under its own flag
in all modern summer Olympic Games.
Switzerland is on this list even though they boycotted the 1956 Olympics
(protesting the Soviet invasion of Hungary)
The equestrian events were held in Stockholm earlier in the
year because of Australian quarantine laws. The Swiss team
competed in Stockholm, winning a bronze medal
Two videos of the same person. Who? Why
will her feat be never emulated?
The East German is the only
person to win medals at the
Winter & Summer Games in
the same year (1988), - gold in
speed skating (Calgary) &
silver in track cycling (Seoul)
This feat is no longer possible
due to the staggering of the
Winter and Summer Olympic
The New York Times released this infographic in
2012. What is it describing?
Based on the athletes’ average speeds, if every Olympic medalist raced each
other, Usain Bolt (the London version) would win, with a wide distribution
of Olympians behind him. Below, where each sprinter would be when Bolt
finishes his race.
“An epidemic of diphtheria is almost inevitable here STOP I am in urgent
need of one million units of diphtheria antitoxin STOP Mail is only form
of transportation STOP I have made application to Commissioner of
Health of the Territories for antitoxin already STOP There are about
3000 white natives in the district”
So read a telegram from a certain doctor to the US Public Health
Service in Washington.
What followed came to be known as the “Great Race of Mercy”.
What did it inspire?
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from
Anchorage to Nome
The race commemorates the 1925 serum run to
Nome, when diphtheria antitoxin was delivered
by sled dog over a 1,085 km relay in just over 5
days in constant -50oC conditions and blizzards.
On Valentine’s Day 1990, Michael Jordan walked into the
Orlando Arena for an away game to the Orlando Magic.
Jordan was his usual self, scoring 49 points, pulling down 7
rebounds, and adding 2 assists and a block to boot. Even though
the Bulls ended up losing 129-135, it seemed to be just another
day at the office for Jordan.
Later, Jordan was supposed to have said to the Orlando Sentinel
at that time, “That has never happened to me before”
What was different about Jordan’s day at the office? What had
never happened to him before?
He wore a no. 12 jersey, the only time he wore
anything other than 23 (with the Bulls) or 45
(with the Wizards). An enterprising thief
swiping his no. 23 jersey from the Bulls locker
What has been
And what is
CG Greenidge –
retired not out,
the only such
notation in test
to retire to tend
to his sick
died 2 days
This is a segment from an F1 qualifying session.
What happened next?
The three fastest drivers - Jacques Villeneuve, Michael Schumacher
and Heinz-Harald Frentzen - had all set the same lap time
(1:21.072), the first time this had happened in the history of the
Formula 1 World Championship.
Under the regulations, in the event of drivers setting equal times in
qualifying, the order in which the times were set is considered.
Villeneuve was awarded pole position, with Schumacher second and
The opening bars from a 1983 song from the pop
duo Alan & Denise. Who’s the footballer with the
With respect to the Tour de France connect the
a) Why aren’t Maurice Garin and Phillippe Thys part of
b) Why would Nicolas Frantz be more equal than the
Yellow Jersey (maillot jaune) from start to finish
a) Maurice Garin and Phillippe Thys were
leaders after every stage, but the maillot jaune
hadn’t been around when they won
b) Nicolas Frantz did it in 1928. He had also won
the race in 1927, so as the defending Tour de
France winner, he actually wore the yellow
jersey from the beginning, even before the
first stage had been won
Watch the video. It’s obvious as to who won the
race. Notice carefully that second place was also
African American. Who came second? Who was
his more famous younger brother?
Matthew MacKenzie “Mack” Robinson. Older brother of
Baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson. Mack won the
silver medal in the 200m at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
behind Jesse Owens
Elias Canetti’s novel, Die Blendung (translated into English with the
name Auto-da-Fé) [written in 1931 and published in 1933] is set in
Vienna around protagonist Peter Kien, a middle-aged philologist and
Among other principal characters is Siegfried ____________, a Jewish
hunchbacked dwarf and pander. A chess addict, he dreams of going
to America, challenging chess champion José Raúl Capablanca and
Once there, he becomes an American national and modifies his
What is the name of this character that became eerily prophetic?
Siegfried Fischerle, who changes his name to Fischer
1802 – André-Jacques Garnerin and Edward Hawke
Locker travel by balloon to Chingford
1844 – A tribe of American Indians from Iowa feature in
George Catlin’s exhibition and show
1868 – A team of Aborigines demonstrate boomerang
1874 – Teams from Boston and Philadelphia play
1939 – Prisoner of war camp
2012 - ???
Alternate uses for Lord’s Cricket
2012- Archery at the Olympics
won the Bronze
medal at the
25m rapid fire
pistol in Doha
finishing 4th in
the event. Why?
The top 3 finishers were
from China. The rules of the
event prevented a single
country from sweeping all
Liu Zhongsheng (CHN)
Zhang Penghui (CHN)
Liu Guohui (CHN)
Vijay Kumar (IND)
"I had barely recovered from the effort when I saw the
scoreboard. Light flashed on it, but soon they were put
off. When they came on again, my name was at the fourth
spot. But they went off again. When the lights returned I
was in the fifth spot. The timing was 14 seconds."
At Delhi he proved his remarkable versatility by also
winning the high jump, javelin and 110 metres hurdles at
the Nationals, breaking four national records over a span
of two days. Also the winner of the Asian Games Jakarta
at Decathlon .Who, the first Track & Field to win Arjuna
He could have become the first ever
European player to start in the
National Hockey League when the
Boston Bruins put him on their
reserve in 1949. Apparently, he was
offered $20,000 to come over to play
for Boston but he refused. Why ?
who chose to
on his tennis
career instead. It
paid off as he
A legend in his discipline, he won two
Olympic Golds well beaten to silver at
Seoul. His technique center was based
on 'pushing' the X left and letting the
------- turn you. Possibly the only man
alive to have both his wives win
Olympic Golds-100m at Moscow, &
shot put at Seoul. ID athlete.
His first wife Lyudmila
Kondratyeva won gold at the
1980 Olympics in the
Women's 100 metres.
His second wife Natalya
Lisovskaya won the shot put
gold in the 1988 Olympics
8 Questions on IP (same scoring, pounces
Points for cracking the theme after each
1-2: 25 points
3-4: 20 points
5-6: 15 points
7-8: 10 points
QUESTION 1 – (25 POINTS)
Listen to the audio. What famous
sporting achievement is being
MIRACLE ON ICE (25 POINTS)
The US win over the Soviet Union in
Ice Hockey at the 1980 Winter
Olympics at Lake Placid
QUESTION 2 (25 POINTS)
20 years after the event, he still had to
defend his show of joy after scoring the
winning goal. "I didn't remember that
there was some problem. I was just
thinking that we could win the cup for our
fans, for our city, for everybody," he says. "I
was not thinking about the trouble. It is
easy to sit in the stand with the press and
say, 'That is not good' but when you play, it
ANSWER 2 (25 POINTS)
Michel Platini, defending his celebration after scoring the winning
goal in the 1985 Cup Final vs. Liverpool at Heysel.
QUESTION 3 (2O POINTS)
Look at this video of football
tricks. Who comes in to join ‘Eli
ANSWER 3 (20 POINTS)
Steve Nash, of the LA Lakers
QUESTION 4 (20 POINTS)
Who am I?
• I was one of the leading middle and long distance
runner in the 1960s
• I set 17 world records in my career
• It has been suggested that I lacked big-match
temperament, considering I won just the one Olympic
bronze, and almost died in the high altitude of Mexico
• My prized possession is an Olympic gold medal given
to me by a multiple Olympic gold medallist, with the
words, “This is not out of friendship, but because you
ANSWER 4 (20 POINTS)
He won the
10,000m bronze in
The gold medal was
given to him by Emil
QUESTION 5 (15 POINTS)
You’ll see a video of a figure skater. What is the
move called? And identify the skater?
Triple Axel. And the skater is
Midori Ito, the first woman to
have accomplished it in
QUESTION 6 (15 POINTS)
Watch the video. You’ll see something
written behind both the nets. What’s the
ANSWER 6 (15 POINTS)
99. “Gretzky’s Office”
Wayne Gretzky became known for setting up with the
puck behind the net, an area that was nicknamed
"Gretzky's Office" because of his great prowess there.
He could pass to an open teammate, jump out for his
own shot on a wraparound, or even try to shoot the
puck over the goal to bounce it off the goaltender's
back and into the net.
In honour of his abilities, a large "99" was painted on
the ice behind the goal at each end of the rink for his
This video is from his final NHL game for the New
York Rangers against the Pittsburgh Penguins
In a scene straight out of ‘12 Angry Men’, these 12 gents met in 2012 to discuss a
long running controversy with Director Rory Karpf as part of a ‘30 for 30’
documentary. After reviewing the evidence and deliberating for an hour, they
decided to take a vote on what course of action to take next. They reached a
unanimous decision and adjourned for the day. Who are they? What were they
This is the 1972 US Olympic Basketball Team. They voted
against accepting the Silver Medals from the Games. The
medals remain locked up in a vault in Lausanne. Theme
connect: USSR Team 1972
QUESTION 8 - (10 POINTS)
A famous photograph of the American novelist, Norman
Mailer, arm-wrestling someone? Who?
ANSWER 8 (10 POINTS)
Mohammed Ali. Mailer happens to be his
STAGE 2- THEME
All have lit the cauldron at the Olympic Games
a) The 1980 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team – 2002 Winter Olympics
at Salt Lake City
b) Michel Platini – 1992 Winter Olympics at Albertville
c) Midori Ito – 1998 Winter Olympics at Nagano
d) Muhammad Ali – 1996 Summer Olympics at Atlanta
e) Ron Clarke – 1956 Summer Olympics at Melbourne
Steve Nash – 2010 Winter Olympics at Vancouver
g) Wayne Gretzky – 2010 Winter Olympics at Vancouver
h) Sergey Belov– 1980 Summer Olympics at Moscow
“The Neapolitans must remember one thing. Italy
makes it feel important one day of the year, but
forgets about it the other 364”
Whose words ahead of a famous World Cup football
Diego Maradona on the eve
of the Italy-Argentina World
Cup Semi-Final in Naples.
Maradona was a hero at
Napoli and created a stir
before the match by asking
the Naples crowd to support
Argentina over Italy.
Argentina went on to win
the match on penalties.
In September 2013, Frank Sedgman
was just waking up at his home in
Melbourne when he received a text
from his daughter to let him know
his 62 year-old record was still
What was the record? How did it
Frank Sedgman and Ken
McGregor remain the only
Men’s Doubles Team to win
the Grand Slam.
Stepanek defeated the
Bryans in the US Open
Semi-Final to preserve the
Oliver Kirk is an
who achieved a
boxing feat at the
1904 Games in St.
change ensured his
record stayed intact?
He won the Gold Medal in the
Bantamweight and Featherweight
categories in Boxing. The rules at the time
allowed boxers to enter in multiple weight
categories as long as they didn’t exceed the
This was changed in 1908 and now boxers
can only enter one weight category.
The 1994-1995 player’s strike lead to
the cancellation of the entire Baseball
post season. Before the season was
cancelled, many MLB Owners
planned to use replacement players
in place of MLBPA players . However
Peter Angelos, owner of the
Baltimore Orioles refused to
entertain the idea. What was his
justification for this?
To ensure Cal Ripken’s
pursuit of Lou Gehrig’s
record for most consecutive
MLB games stayed in tact.
In 1997, Mark Webber and his Ford team were
struggling for money for the upcoming British
F-3 season. He approached X, an old teammate
of his father’s at Queanbeyan Whites for a loan
and managed to secure his seat.
Identify X, often called the Bradman of his
sport, who led his country to glory in 1991.
This club played 3 straight Intercontinental Cup finals from 19681970. After beating Man United over 2 legs in 1968 (courtesy a goal
at Old Trafford from their star player X), the club gained notoriety
for their actions during the 1969 final versus Milan.
Hot coffee was thrown on the Milan players prior to the warm up by
the local fans. During the game, Alberto Polleti punched Milan’s star
player Rivera and also kicked Nester Combin. Ramon Suarez went on
to break Nester Combin’s nose. Events took a turn for the surreal
when stretcher-bound AC Milan striker Combin was arrested by
local police for draft dodging.
The match is also partly to blame for a subsequent boycott of the
tournament by European teams. The club only returned to the Final
of the World Club Cup 39 years later courtesy X’s son Y, who had a
pivotal role in their qualification to the tournament.
Club – Estudiantes
Players – Juan Roman Veron,
Juan Sebastien Veron
• 2 points per correct answer
• 12 elements in this exhaustive
• No negative points.
• Only the first 12 answers will be
In the history of Test Match cricket there
have been 73 instances of a century in
each innings being scored.
Of the above, there have been 12 players
who have achieved the feat at least twice.
Name them all.
1. Herbert Sutcliffe
2. George Headley
3. Clyde Walcott
4. Sunil Gavaskar
5. Greg Chappell
6. Allan Border
7. Aravinda de Silva
8. Rahul Dravid
9. Matthew Hayden
10. Ricky Ponting
11. Jacques Kallis
12. Kumara Sangakkara
The first of its type was the ‘Pilgrim’ in 1925.
Starting 1928, the naming convention changed
as company CEO Paul Litchfield was inspired by
another sporting event. Names over the years
have included Reliance, Defender and Mayflower.
This convention changed in 2005.
What am I talking about? What is the other
sporting event in question?
Names of Goodyear Blimps
From 1928-2005, they were usually named after
names of Americas Cup winning yachts.
This Judoka became
an instant celebrity
in her home country
after winning their
first ever Medal at
Poignantly, it came
20 years after a
landmark event in
Israel’s first Olympic Medalist. She won Silver at
Barcelona, which marked the 20th anniversary of
the Munich Games. She dedicated the medal to
the athletes who died in the attack.
This is Novak Djokovic with the Paris Bercy
Masters Trophy. What inspired the design of the
The branches of
this bronze tree,
designed by Italian
artist Lucio Fanti
was inspired by a
mirror image of a
tennis draw sheet,
features the names
of the 48 players
A physician by training, he
rowed for the victorious
Cambridge team in the Boat
Races from 1934-36 before
the War interrupted his
career. In 1948,he teamed
up with Jack Wilson to win
Gold in the Coxless Pairs at
the London Games. His son
would later row for
Cambridge in 1980 but
went on to make a name for
himself in another field.
Ran Laurie. His son Hugh Laurie raced
During the 1950-60 F1 seasons, it
was a common occurrence for
most teams to score points in all
but one race. Why?
The Indy 500.
The Indy500 was part of the F1 calendar
but most European teams decided to give
the event a miss. Ascari entered in 1952
but spun out and finished 32nd. It was the
only race he failed to win that season.
Jay-Z owns a series of clubs in the United
States called the 40/40 club. A Dominican
MLB player attempted to set up a chain of
restaurants with the same name in his
home country before Jay Z threatened
a. What is the inspiration behind the name
of the restaurants, a rare feat in Baseball?
b. Who is the Dominican player?
40 Home Runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season.
The setting is Lord's. It is the 4th ODI between England and India, in
what will prove to be an eminently forgettable overseas tour in 2011.
The following is a transcript from the Cricinfo commentary of the match.
Broad to Rahane, OUT, gone! Broad strikes in his first over. He
aimed for a surprise yorker, and Rahane played over the top of what
turned out to be a low, dipping full toss. Broad appeals, the umpire's finger
quickly goes up. Strangely, Rahane never really looked comfortable in this
AM Rahane lbw b Broad 38 (60m 53b 5x4 1x6) SR: 71.69
What happened next? What is its significance?
Parthiv Patel, his opening partner, had been injured for a
brief while then (on account of having slipped and
fallen), and Rahane remained on the pitch as Parthiv's
runner. This would be the last time that a "runner" would
be employed in international cricket.
The phrase was coined by the Herbert Warren
Wind in an April 21, 1958, article in Sports
He is said to have been inspired by a 1930s jazz
song by Milton "Mezz" Mezzrow (recordings of
which have been proven to be elusive). This
phrase has evoked feelings of serenity for
decades, a sanctuary of majestic pines, vibrant
pink azaleas, white dogwoods and a soundtrack
provided by chirping birds and a murmuring
What is the phrase?
The second shot at the 11th, all of the 12th, and the first
two shots at the 13th hole at Augusta are nicknamed
In 1958 Arnold Palmer outlasted Ken Venturi to win the
tournament with heroic escapes at Amen Corner. Amen
Corner also played host to Masters moments such as
Byron Nelson's birdie-eagle at 12 and 13 in 1937, and
Sam Snead's water save at 12 in 1949 that sparked him
The 1888 British Isles tour to New Zealand and Australia was the
first organized Rugby Union tour to the Southern Hemisphere. This
is sometimes considered the first ever Lions squad.
Two English Cricketers played a prominent role in organizing the
a) Tour Manager X, who along with WG Grace was considered the
finest batsman of the 1880s. Grace himself, when asked who he
would most like in his side, replied simply, "Give me _____”
b) Tour Manager Y, a Nottinghamshire bowler who is often the
subject of many a quiz question.
Id the two gents in question.
X- Arthur Shrewsbury
Y – Alfred Shaw, who bowled the first
ball in Test Cricket