QUARK “NATIONAL” QUIZ ‘14
Rules of the prelims
16-20th questions star marked for tie breakers.
Don’t use electronic devices during the quiz.
5 teams to the finals.
It refers to the downward-facing viewing geometry of
an orbiting satellite.
It can also be used to represent the lowest point
reached by a celestial body during its apparent orbit
around a given point of observation.
In oncology, it is used to represent the lowest level of
a blood cell count while a patient is
Give me this term of Arabic origin.
Identify the name of the
company that has been
Everything on this site was written, drawn, and coded
The Y's real name is X and he lives in Seattle,
Washington. He subsists on a steady diet of crickets
and whiskey. He enjoys long walks on the beach,
gravity, and breathing heavily through his mouth. His
dislikes include scurvy, typhoons, and tapeworm
X's description of himself . ID both.
It is said that the only game that he ever plays is the
original Gameboy Tetris.
He is so good at the game that he constantly
dominated Nintendo Power's monthly high score
In 1988 his name was on the high scores list so many
times that Nintendo refused to publish his scores
He then decided to get them published under a
pseudonym Evets Kaiznow.
Who are we talking about?
In 1992 this world famous character uttered “math
class was just too tough” and drew a lot of flack.
In 2009 ironically, this character became a computer
engineer. The character’s 126th profession.
In 2013 the character also made a bollywood
Who are we talking about?
Mephedrone, is a synthetic stimulant drug of
the amphetamine and cathinone classes.
Reportedly manufactured in China, it comes in the
form of tablets or a powder, which users can
swallow, snort or inject, producing similar effects
to MDMA, amphetamines and cocaine.
Recently, a 19 yr old reportedly cut of his penis &
stabbed his mother while high on this drug.
Give me its rather innocuous sounding slang name.
The following is one of the earliest instances of
complaints against it. The Roman senates issued several
edicts to prohibit ____ as it lead to the loss of precious
gold to the Chinese.
“ I can see clothes of ___, if materials that do not hide
the body, nor even one's decency, can be called clothes…
Wretched flocks of maids labour so that the adulteress
may be visible through her thin dress, so that her
husband has no more acquaintance than any outsider or
foreigner with his wife's body.”
Complaints against what and how is it relevant in
These are inert, synthetic polymers that include Y
along with carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and sometimes
They have low thermal conductivity, chemical
reactivity & toxicity. They also do not support
Typically heat-resistant and rubber-like, they are
used in sealants, adhesives, lubricants, cooking
utensils & insulation.
I haven’t given its most well known use, but what set
of compounds am I speaking of?
Recently researcher have reasoned that the answer
to this question is to reduce the energy requirements
by using the upwash while avoiding the downwash
by carefully synchronising their flaps.
The extra bit of upwash air which passes through the
wingtips allows a free boost. This was observed by
lowered heart beat rates.
What did the answer?
The old way was the breaking wheel, also known as the
Catherine wheel, where the condemned would be
strapped to a wheel to be clubbed to death.
The problem with this, however, was that the prisoner
could be freed. This is precisely what happened in 1788,
when a mob released the prisoner and broke the wheel.
This led to the invention of what was considered one of
the most humane devices and one that brought equality
Identify this device named after a professor of anatomy.
X, which has been a pioneer in its field since 1946, was
the main forerunner to the direct marketing strategy.
A technique called ‘carrot calling’ helped promote the sale
of X artifacts. Representatives would travel door to door
in a neighborhood and ask housewives to “run an
experiment” in which carrots would be placed in an X
artifact and compared with anything else which would
result in people choosing X over the ordinary ones.
The main feature which distinguishes X artifacts from its
competitors is it’s formerly patented “burping seal”.
X created a means for the housewife to maintain her
obligations in the domestic sphere of the household while
creating an independence. X?
With a revenue of over $ 3.5 billion, the Welspun
Group is an Indian multinational company whose
core industry is Steel, Energy, Oil & Gas, and textiles.
Welspun acquired Christy, a Manchester based
textile firm in 2006 and shifted manufacturing to its
facilities in Anjar in Kutch and Vapi in Valsad.
What sporting association did the acquisition of
Christy bring to Welspun?
Cast by J W Singer & Sons in the English town
of Frome, to a design by Henry Poole RA, they had
quickly become part of the Shanghai scene, and
passers-by would affectionately stroke them in the
belief that power and money would rub off on them.
They were known as Stephen and Stitt, a reference to
two of the Shanghai division managers. While one is
roaring, the other is quiet, representing the
personalities of the two persons after which they are
What is being spoken about?
Shitala Mata was both worshipped and feared during her
reign. It was believed that this goddess was both evil and
kind and had the ability to inflict victims when angered.
Portraits of the goddess show her holding a broom in her
right hand and a pot of cool water in the other hand in
an attempt to soothe victims. Shrines were created where
many India natives, both healthy and not, went to
worship and attempt to protect themselves from her.
Some Indian women, in an attempt to ward off Shitala
Mata, placed plates of cooling foods and pots of water on
the roofs of their homes.
So who or what exactly is Sitala Mata?
This bird of Greek legend which is commonly
associated with the kingfisher gives rise to a phrase
denoting fourteen days of calm weather which were
to be expected around the winter solstice - usually
21st or 22nd of December in the Northern
Hemisphere as that was when the bird calmed the
surface of the sea in order to brood her eggs on a
During World War 2 chocolate became expensive and
scarce due to rationing in Europe. In 1946, an Italian
pastry maker named Pietro ____ started adding
chopped hazelnuts to chocolate to stretch the supply as
much as possible and created Pasta Gianduja,
renamed “X” in 1964. What is X?
This company was founded by Dr. Khwaja Abdul Hamied in
1935 in Mumbai and is run now by K.A. Hamied’s son, Dr.
Yusuf Khwaja Hamied.
This company is the world's largest manufacturer
of antiretroviral drugs. Roughly 40 percent of HIV/AIDS
patients undergoing antiretroviral therapy worldwide take
drugs manufactured by this company.
Former head of Johnson and Johnson India, Ajit Dangi once
famously said "In Africa, X is a temple and Dr. Hamied is
Give me the name of the company.
The _____ ______ problem is a paradox in probability
theory loosely based on the American Game Show Lets Make
A Deal in which contestants need to choose the right door
from several to get prizes. The name of the problem was
based on the show's host. The famous statement of the
problem was via a letter from Craig F. Whitaker to Marilyn
vos Savant's column in the Parade magazine in 1990 (which
is turn is a restatement of the problem as given by Steve
Serbin in a letter to the American Statistician in February
What is this problem in probability theory?
Isolated first in 2004, this material is a 2-D crystalline
allotrope of Carbon. On account of its structure, it is the only
form of solid material in which each single atom is in exposure
for chemical reaction from two sides.
It is very strong, an excellent conductor of heat and electricity
and is predicted to transform mobile devices by making
flexible cell phones & tablets a reality.
Besides, it is also expected to have extensive applications in
fields like medicine, solar power, transistors & electrodes.
Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov at the University of
Manchester won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010 "for
groundbreaking experiments in this material”
Give me the name of this revolutionary material.
Forbes ranked this luxury brand No.57 on its 2012 list of
the world's most powerful global brands.
Besides its own brand, it also sells products under the
‘Tudor’ brand name.
Founded by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in London, in
1905 as Wilsdorf and Davis, this company moved its base
of operations to Geneva, Switzerland in 1919. It was felt
that the new location would be more conducive to the
image of the brand.
It has had a very visible association with Switzerland ever