Rules etc• 35 questions in the elims• In case of ties – 6 starred questions (q11-16) – Then 4 double starred questions (q17 -20) – Then a tie breaker – Then Sudden death – Ask BDFL• Unless specified last names will do• Minor spelling mistakes allowed
Q1• As if any quiz today could start in any other way….• Identify
Q2• It is not possible to zero in on the exact location or individual.• As per Plan International the choice was made to focus attention on the ills of female foeticide• Name this ‘choice’.
Q3• The Thailand national football team is called the ‘Changsuk’• Changsuk refers to the main form of transport to and from the battlefield, as well as the main force of an army.• The number of Changsuk often determined the ultimate winner of the war• What does ‘Changsuk’ mean?
Q5• Hacktivist group The Cult of the Dead Cow, in support for ‘Students for Free Tibet’, issued a press release about a campaign, wherein it described Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, and Cisco as the “__________" due to their respective policies of compliance with the Beijing governments Internet policies.• Fill in the blank
Q6 This word when referring to people means “runaway slaves” and comes from the Spanish cimarrón When referring to a colour the etymology of this word is from the french for ‘chestnut’ (pic)What word?
Q7• The movie , X&Y, revolves around the Dec. 21, 1970 meeting between the two.• X had requested a meeting with the former president through a six-page letter, in which he asked to become a "Federal Agent-at-Large" in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.• X presented Y with family photos and a Colt 45 pistol during the meeting.• This movie marks the directorial debut of Cary Elwes and Eric Bana was confirmed to play X about a week ago.• X and Y?
Q11• This script is created by "breaking" some of the characters of the alphabet (to make them simpler) and also by making them more "circular” in shape, which aided in moving from one character to the next without lifting the pen from the paper.• Which script?
Q12• He was not a particularly good commentator which provoked Rohan Kanhai to ask: How do you kill these tigers? “I shoot them”, he is said to have replied. Kanhai responded: I heard that you leave transistors lying around and the tigers listen to your awful commentary and drop dead.X?
• Vijayananda Gajapathi Raju• Maharaj of Vizianagram• Vizzy
Q13• This is a sponge cake in the shape of a cuboid, coated in a layer of traditionally chocolate icing then desiccated coconut. They are sometimes served as two halves with a layer of cream and/or strawberry jam between.• Most accounts of the creation of this food item agree it was named after the chap who served as Governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901.• Name this cake.
Q14 Prior to the 1880’s medicine was usually taken in powder form. A London based pharmaceutical company Burroughs Wellcome & Co. was among the first to sell medicines in a compressed form under a brand name which is used today in another context to refer to “compressed material”What was the brand name?
Q16• This is an island country spanning an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, some 1,500 kilometres east of mainland Africa• It was named after this guy (pic), a French finance minister .• Name the country
Q21• Jonbeel Mela is a 3-day-long community fair held at the weekend of Magh Bihu at a historic place known as Dayang Belguri.• This mela is famous as the only festival in India that still uses a certain system for all commercial activity.• What system?
Q22This story is the origin of what phrase? One of the Argonauts returns home to his winery. A local soothsayer had previously predicted the Argonaut would die before he tasted another drop of his wine, thus the Argonaut calls the soothsayer and toasts him for the Argonaut had survived his journey. As he finishes his toast, the Argonaut raises a cup filled with wine to his lips but is called away to hunt a wild boar before he could take a sip. The Argonaut is killed hunting the boar.
Q23• A monument in Horse Guards Avenue, outside the Ministry of Defence, City of Westminster, London has the following inscription.• What has been blanked out? __________________ Bravest of the brave, most generous of the generous, never had country more faithful friends than you. Sir Ralph Turner MC
Q24 The morning of that day, a Friday, Shankar, Chadda and tabla maestro Allah Rakha huddled with other musicians in a shed, waiting for their helicopter. “There were chickens there, and this guy was chasing the chickens. Then in the helicopter, he sat in front of me and started pulling hair out of his chest,” Chadda says. “I asked Raviji what was going on, and he said: ‘Pagal aadmi hai. Maja dekho.’”So who was this ‘pagal admi’ ?
Q27• Mohammad Khaleequr Rahman, recently announced that he would pen two books on his sons life. One of these books will be on the close bond that Ajmal shared with his cousin.• Both Ajmal and this cousin died recently in a road accident.• What was the cousin’s name?
Q31• Founded by Count Volpi in 1932, it’s the oldest film festival in the world.• Seen in the pic is Tim Burton with the award for Lifetime achievement.• Name the city in which this film fest takes place