The Dr Vikram Sarabhai Rotating Shield Quiz 2010 (Finals)
DD. The Doordarshan mascot for high-definition
broadcast of the Commonwealth Games.
The currency note of the Free India Govt set up by
the Indian National Army.
• The device shown here was first devised by Captain McClintock as a
means of exploding booby traps and barricades. It has a special
name derived from the city of its origin. The device is still used today,
though in a more sophisticated form. The device and its usage have
been depicted in many war movies, most recently Saving Private
Ryan. What is the name of the device?
Answer : Blood in the Water. The
infamously violent USSR-Hungary water
polo match in the 1956 Olympics. The
player shown is Ervin Zador of Hungary.
Weta Digital, a Wellington, NZ-based
company, was involved in the production
of a well-known movie late last year. The
movie was particularly noted for its
pathbreaking special effects. What was
Weta Digital’s specific role in the movie?
Answer : Conveying human expressions to
animated figures. The movie is of course Avatar.
Weta Digital used an integrated 3-D camera with
sensors embedded at different points on the
actors’ faces to enable the actors’ expressions
and gestures to be directly conveyed onto the
animated figures’ faces. Thus, for the first time
ever, animated figures had actual human-like
expressions, rather than the usual lines and
curves used to denote smiles and other
• This band, founded in 1968 by Ozzy
Osbourne and three others under the
name of Earth, are today considered one
of the most influential rock bands of all
time. They were voted the greatest metal
band of all time by MTV, and are
considered second only to Led Zeppelin
among all rock bands. What is their name
Though the WW-II victory parade was planned to
be the first colour telecast, something else
turned out to be the first colour telecast. What?
[Hint : Irony]
Answer : The funeral of John Logie Baird,
the man who invented TV.
• X’s father lost to Hannibal of Carthage
during the war between Rome and
Carthage. Swearing revenge, X set out to
defeat Hannibal. Through a combination
of intelligence and trickery, he ultimately
succeeded, and expelled Carthage from
Rome for good. Who is X?
• At a tennis match in Hamburg in 1993,
what did Gunter Parche do that changed
tennis definitively at the time?
Answer : He stabbed Monica Seles, the
world no. 1 at the time. Seles was
irreparably traumatised by the incident,
and was never the same again.
X is an ancient Greek word that is used to denote
places where musical competitions, plays etc were held.
It became the name of the first recreational outlet
opened by Y in Brierley Hills in 1928. Later, it expanded
into a chain of outlets all over the UK, in time becoming
the largest of its kind in Europe. It is today owned by
Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd. At the time, Y’s
publicists claimed that the word X as used by them had
a different meaning, and was an acronym for the theme
of the chain. Give X and the new full form of the term.
• Answer : Odeon, founded by Oscar
Deutsch. It was claimed that Odeon now
stood for ‘Oscar Deutsch Entertains Our
X was the king of Epirus, a small state in
modern-day Greece. He led his armies into
battle against the Romans during the siege of
Tarentum (280 BC). At the battles of Heraclea
and Asculum, his armies managed to beat
the invaders back, but at a terrible cost in
terms of men, elephants and resources that
would totally cripple Epirus’ economy. When
the Romans finally retreated, an aide
congratulated X on his victory. X’s reply has
inspired a commonly-used phrase. Name X.
Answer : Pyrrhus, who has inspired the
phrase Pyrrhic victory.
Oracle released Oracle Version 2.0, its
famous database management software, in
1983. The software would later go on to
become their flagship product. What was
unusual about the product?
[Hint : Think different!]
Answer : There was no Version 1. Oracle
named its very first release version 2, as
they felt customers might hesitate to buy a
company’s initial offering.
• X, a famous fictional character, was first
described in the book Red Dragon by
Thomas Harris. According to the author, X’s
evil and sadistic psychology was the result of
trauma he suffered as a ten-year old when he
witnessed the murder of his younger sister by
Nazi thugs in Lithuania in 1944.
• Who is X?
Answer : Hannibal Lecter, immortalised in
The Silence Of The Lambs.
In 1676, a patient popularized the Thermal
Baths of this place as it cured the paralysis in
her hands. Today this place is famous for its
hydrotherapy facilities. During WWII, this
town was the headquarters of a puppet
French government set up by the occupying
Germans. A famous brand takes its name
from this town in central France. Which
• On 1 June 2006, X was posthumously awarded
the Light Of Truth Award by the group
International Campaign for Tibet. The award is
given to people for helping foster globally a
better understanding of Tibet’s people and its
• The Dalai Lama presented the award to X’s
widow, Fanny Rodwell. In her acceptance
speech on behalf of X, she stated : “We never
thought that this story of friendship would have a
resonance more than 40 years later.“
Answer : Herge, for the comic book Tintin In
An account given by Thomas Edison of one of
his famous discoveries. Fill in the blank.
"From my experiments on the telephone I knew
of how to work a pawl connected to the
diaphragm; and this….served to give continuous
rotation to a pulley. This pulley was connected by
a cord to a little paper toy representing a man
sawing wood. Hence, if one shouted :
_____________ etc, the paper man would start
sawing wood. I reached the conclusion that….I
could cause such records to reproduce the
original movements, and thus succeed in
recording and reproducing the human voice."
The company was listed on the Calcutta stock
exchange till 1953, even after partition. It was
the leading company in its category. It was
one of the favorite beverages of the allied
troops stationed in Calcutta. The company /
beverage is named after a hill resort near a
famous town of one of our neighbouring
countries. Name the product or company.
This online media company was founded in
2006 by Shawn Colo and Richard Rosenblatt. It
tracks topics on the internet that have high
advertising potential, usually in the how-to and
advice field, and then creates corresponding
text or video content. This company has
emerged as one of the largest suppliers of
videos to YouTube. It is the owner of many self-
help sites such as eHow, Livestrong.com and
Cracked.com. Currently owned by Rupert
Murdoch. Name the company.
Answer : Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre.
These are all books authored by them.
• Freedom At Midnight (Map of India)
• O Jerusalem! (Temple Mount)
• Is Paris Burning? (Eiffel Tower)
• City Of Joy (Victoria Memorial)
Answer : Rodgers and Hammerstein, the music
• They were the composers for the music of
The Sound Of Music.
• They composed the song You’ll Never
Walk Alone, which is the anthem for both
Liverpool FC and Celtic FC.
Answer : The Crimean War
• Florence Nightingale, who became
famous as a nurse during the Crimean
• The Charge Of The Light Brigade.
• A map of the Crimean Peninsula.
Answer : Rufus Porter, inventor and painter
• Invented the mechanism of the revolving
gun (revolver), which he later sold to
• Established the Scientific American
magazine in 1845.
• This is a booklet on airship experiments
written by Rufus Porter.
• Answer : When Icarus flew over the
Icarian Sea (since renamed after him) by
means of the wings made for him by his
father, the sun caused the wax in the
feathers to melt, and he fell into the sea
and drowned. The other is Jatayu’s wings
being cut by Ravana.
Answer : The connect is Cecil Rhodes
• Founded De Beers mining company.
• Rhodesia was named after him. The country was later
divided into Northern and Southern Rhodesia, today
known as Zambia and Zimbabwe. These are the flags of
• During the Boer War, he allowed the British Army to use
his factories to produce weapons for the war effort. This
gun was named Long Cecil in his honour.
• All the personalities shown - Edwin Hubble, Girish
Karnad, Bill Clinton, George Ingnatieff – are Rhodes
• Business 1
• Entertainment 1
• Literary 1
• Tech 1
• Mythology 1
• Sports 1
(Arranged randomly in this ppt. In the
actual quiz, they were all in separate ppts)
This company was started in 1947 in an
old mill in Amalner, Maharashtra. It was
originally a consumer goods company,
but has since diversified into other
products as well. Today, they own
brands such as Santoor Talc, Sanjivani
Honey and Sunflower Vanaspati. Name
X is a stock character of mime and commedia
dell'arte. X is physically nimble but has little or no
intelligence. He is typically cast as the servant of a
young man in love, who acts to the detriment of his
master’s plans. X’s love interest is Columbine, for
whose attentions he must compete with Pierrot. He is
shown wearing a motley costume of clothes of
different colours. In some versions though, he is
shown as a servant of the devil as well.
X in his lifetime wrote only two science
fiction short stories, With The Night Mail
and As Easy As ABC. In both he
envisages the setting up of a fictitious
organisation called the Aerial Board of
Control to regulate air travel globally, and
also the setting up of a world govt to
control this traffic.
X is a famous author, though not for this
genre. Who is X?
Answer : Ferranti Mark I, also known as
Manchester Ferranti. The world’s first
commercially available general purpose
She was of the Titans. The first great spouse
of Zeus, and the mother of Athena. Known as
the goddess of wisdom and deep thought,
she was predicted to bear two children, one
of whom was a son who would eventually
overthrow Zeus himself. To prevent this
eventuality, Zeus turned her into a fly and
swallowed her. Who?
Answer : Shailen Manna, adjudged India’s
footballer of the millennium by the AIFF
• Business 2
• Entertainment 2
• Literary 2
• Tech 2
• Mythology 2
• Sports 2
This company believes in 'Celebrating
Life'. In 1989 it launched a product X that
captures the imagination of children and
established a large market share. Today
the company's website describes it as
something zingy that's fun to have, any
time of the day.
In 1980, the band Eagles broke up. At that time, Don
Henley commented that the band would play together
again "when __________” (3 words). When the band
reunited in 1994, their comeback album was titled
with the same words. What were they?
This 1974 thriller novel, written by Frederick Forsyth, draws
its title from a phrase mentioned in a famous play by
Shakespeare. The book chronicles a group of mercenary
soldiers planning and carrying out an attack on a fictitious
West African country. The plot of the book is said to have
inspired actual coup attempts in African countries – most
recently one in Equatorial Guinea in 2004!
The title of the book was also later the title of a Pink Floyd
song in their 1987 album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason,
where they mocked politicians and secret armies
destabilizing small countries for personal profit, much the
same way Forsyth did in his book. Name the book.
Answer : The first is Google’s tribute to
Pac-Man on its 30th
second is the Pac-Man split-screen
problem that occurred whenever anyone
reached level 256 (a perfect score). The
game wasn’t designed for anyone to reach
that level, and it triggered a bug.
The tale of Krishna and Sudama is
well known. In which guru’s ashram
did they study in their childhood?