The MELAS Quiz
Movies | Entertainment | Literature | Arts | Sports
Research: Arindam Dutta & Debanjan Bose
30 questions worth 37 points.
All parts carry 1 point each.
Starred questions – 11 to 20 – used to break ties
Mostly workable questions – take guesses!
Top 6 teams, irrespective of college or not, make it
to the finals. Two spots reserved for all-college
Picture from the 2014 Commonwealth Torch relay.
Which participant nation is shown receiving the torch?
The voice actor quit the show after he was asked to
appear in a Burger King commercial. He rejoined
only after the character turned vegetarian.
He told Newsweek he had never voiced a hippie, but
was ‘hip to what hippies were about’.
In 2010, he came out of retirement to voice the
character’s father – Samuel Rogers.
Which cartoon character?
Which music discovery service, which also sees itself as
a niche social network, throws up this image of
Salvador Dali as the 404 page of its Windows 8 app?
Nobel Prize for Literature:
Youngest and oldest award winners are Brits.
42-year-old Rudyard Kipling was the youngest.
Who is the oldest at 87 - won 100 years after Kipling?
Bizarre longish dance sequence
from 1987 horror flick.
Saat Saal Baad.
Twenty years later, this duo came together to
collaborate on a project in 2008 when they started a
production house called Art Viewers. Their first
television show was called Happy Homes.
If sources like India TV and ABPLive are to be believed,
they run another production house named after their
most well-known roles/ characters.
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What is it called?
In the 2011 Chennai Open, who beat two-time
champion Marin Cilic in the first round before losing
to Janko Tipseravic in the quarter finals?
He is currently coached by Michael Chang and was
nicknamed Project 45 during his quest to surpass
rank no 46.
Shuzo Matsuoka was ranked 46. In 2011, Nishikori
climed to 24.
Nishikori lost to Cilic in the last US Open final.
Studio Zone in LA is a little more than
48-kilometre radius, where most of the major
studios were located in the 50s-60s.
Which entertainment news website and tv show is
named after this area?
What unique feat/ record is shared by these players in
the respective format of the game?
ODIs: Kapil Dev, Bret Lee, Mohammad Sami and
Tests: Shane Warne, Darren Gough, Nuwan Zoysa,
Harbhajan Singh and Stuart Broad.
This author wrote some articles for ESPN during and
after the 2014 Brazil World Cup (e.g - Cash, culture
and the World Cup | England failing time and again)
He also writes lyrics for Ben Folds. Tours with a rock
band called Marah – reads out essays and book
Et tu, ______? is a black bronze bust about 78
inches tall and is installed at the grounds of St James’
Church at Piccadilly in London. It was installed in
The blank is the name of another artist who is
obviously referred through the sculpture.
Two parts: FITB and identify the sculptor.
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Iran in the 1948 and
His son went on to win a Gold in
the1996 Atlanta Games.
Sriram J. Hathwar
In Agatha Christie’s Evil Uunder the Sun, a key plot
element revolves around the culprit anglicising the
name of a composer whose aria he listens to as
The culprit’s translation habits later helps Poirot
to nab him.
Who’s Joe Green?
Which sporting franchise takes
its name from an1871 event
whose aftermath has been
Bigger image on next slide
The Serbian village of Zitiste has been through rough
years - floods, landslides and crime.
In 2007, artist Boris Staparc was commissioned to
create a 10-foot replica to
symbolise the city’s resilience.
Village authorities needed to get approval from
sculptor Thomas Schomberg, whose 1983 original
now resides at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Whose statue/ What sculpture?
The Hospital for Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine,
Arthritis & Trauma (HOSMAT) is a 150-bed specialty
hospital in central Bangalore.
On December 5, 2004, who was announced dead on
arrival at HOSMAT?
This is journalist Basharat Peer speaking to the
The moment X mentioned Y, I thought of one of the
iconic lines from the play, which refers to the political
and moral corruption and an unjust state of affairs in
the setting of the play: Something is rotten in the state
What did Basharat do for X?
Images from an American-French biopic starring
Nicole Kidman on next slide. - ‘worst Cannes film ever’
Film: X of Z
Tagline: The greatest role XY would ever play
What is the name of the film?
Who is XY?
On the next slide is a sculpture that stands in Milton
Keynes, near the MK Dons stadium, called The
The nickname given by fans to their home ground is
based on two things – the sculpture and a
far more formidable home ground located about
1,000 miles southwards.
What nickname is given to Stadium MK, their home
This Chakaia Booker installation on the next slide is
made using her trademark material – rubber.
The installation, called a mournful black star by The
Smithsonian, is in remembrance of a Feb 2003 incident.
What is specific (rubber) material has been used?
Who donated the material?
1966 – A Love Story.
This Knight met A at a private party in Kolkata, he
proposed A and A accepted. However it didn’t
ultimately materialise. In his autobiography, he refers
to her as “… a beautiful young actress, the seventeen
year old…. so beautiful and such a nice person”.
A ‘s last onscreen appearance was The Dirty Picture.
Where can one see them - what are these?
o Remember Sammy Jankis
o Consider the source – Memory is Treachery
o Photograph – House – Car -Friend – Foe
o She is gone – Time still passes
o Condition Yourself – Don’t trust your weakness
o I’m no different
o Find him and kill him
On 24th September, 1977, ABP ran a story headlined
Bharater Nijossho Beckenbauer (India’s very own
Beckenbauer) apropos someone’s exploits
the day before, when he was deployed to do something
The person at the receiving end purpotedly said,
“Your no 14 did not allow me to move.”
What was he asked to do?
In Amitabh Bacchan’s Desh Premee, the plot takes
place in the Bharat Nagar slum - which is divided into
Each section has a don with a regional identity.
If the Punjabi was Shammi Kapoor, ‘Madrasi’ was
Premnath and the Muslim section’s was Parikshat
Sahni, who was the Bengali don?