3. • 25 questions in the prelims
• 1 point for a correct answer
• No negative marks - be liberal with guesses
• Multiples of 4 are starred
• Sudden death (first wrong answer) will be used in
case of a tie
• 8 students make it into the finals, with a maximum of
2 from one school
4. 1.The English name for
this plant is a corruption
of the French for ‘tooth
of the lion’ – a reference
reference to it’s coarsely
In modern French, it is
called pissenlit, meaning
‘urinate in bed’ –
referring to it’s diuretic
5. 2. This dance move gets its name as it resembles
an act of dental hygiene.
7. 4. The New Academy Prize was instituted as a
‘replacement’ for Y. Public voting was used to
reduce a longlist of 47 authors to 4 finalists, with a
jury then selecting Guadaloupean author Maryse
Conde as the first recipient of the New Academy
Prize earlier this year.
Just tell us what Y is.
8. 5. Balsara Hygiene launched X in 1987 and Y in
X is the common name for the Vachellia nilotica
tree, and Y is one of the common names for
another tree,Salvadora persica. In 2005, Balsara
sold the brands X, Y and ‘Promise’ to Dabur in a
₹1.43 billion deal.
Give us X and Y.
9. 6. The moth Neopalpa ____________ was recently
discovered in the swamps of Southern California
and Northern Mexico. It got its species name due to
a resemblance to a famous personality. Who?
10. 7. Originally he was illustrated as black & white,
with hints of pink & red. The illustrator Chuck Jones
supposedly rented a car painted an ugly shade of
green, and this inspired him to give the character
his iconic colouring.
Which fictional character?
11. 8. Titled Huchu Manasina
Hatthu Mukhagalu, this is
artists KK Hebbar’s
representation of which
award winner from
12. 9. The first compact discs had a disc diameter
of 110mm (Sony) or 115mm (Philips) with a
playing time of 60 minutes. However, the vice
president of Sony at that time, Norio Ohga got
the standard changed to ensure that the
compact disc had a playing time of 74 minutes.
What musical choice was behind this
13. 10. They were ferried as slaves by Abyssinian
ships, and hence got one of their names from
Al-Habsh, the Arabic name for Abyssinia.
The origin of another name for the tribe is said
to be from the Sayyids, descendents of the
prophet Mohammed, who also ferried them as
What tribe/group of people are we talking
14. 11. He was a French World War I pilot, whose
name now lives on in the sports complex in
Paris which hosts the French Open tennis
A former CM of Orissa, he became a hero to
Indonesians when he flew their PM Sutan
Sjharir out of Jakarta despite fierce opposition
from the Dutch colonialists in 1947.
Identify both men.
15. 12. Which rap singer/artist based his stage
name off this cartoon character.
16. 13. Monster that is
the title character of a
famous poem by
Lewis Carroll in his
classic Through the
looking glass and
what Alice found
What is its name?
14. One was a German priest who
translated the Bible from Latin to German in
the 16th century, and is considered one of
the key figures in the rise of the Protestant
The second was an American priest and a
key figure in the American Civil Rights
Movement in the 20th century.
Give us both names.
19. 15. It bears the species name maritimus
because it spends a good part of the year
hunting in the vicinity of the sea. The common
English name for this animal refers to the
specific geographic location where it may be
found. Global warming is listed as the biggest
threat to the survival of this species.
20. 16. The constellation Aquila is referred to in
ancient Indian astronomy by the name of a
mythical being. The word aquiline refers to
anyone with an eagle-like nose.
So which mythical being does Aquila represent?
21. 17. The Gur-e-Amir in Samarkand and the tomb
of Itmaduddaulah were the two primary
inspirations for which building that took 21 years
to complete, starting from 1632?
22. 18. It is a term with different meanings in geology,
weather studies, psychiatry and economics. One
of its uses is as a short-hand term for low
atmospheric pressure over a specific area.
What 10-letter term?
23. 19. The takin is a goat-antelope that is
venerated as a symbol of national pride in which
24. 20. This word, used for a colour between brown
and red, is derived from the French word for
‘chestnut’ – seen in the picture.
What six-letter word?
25. 21. This Asian capital is built on the banks of the
Buriganga River in the Ganges delta, and has a
whopping 400,000 cycle-rickshaws running on
its streets every day – leading to its informally
being known as Rickshaw Capital of the World.
26. 22. This UP emblem has fish representing the
Nawabs of Oudh.
What do the Y and the bow & arrow represent?
28. 24. We tend to use the terms X and Y as if
they are synonyms. They are not.
X is the older term, and refers to a mix held
together by a glue. Y is a much later term,
and refers to a dry powdery mass compacted
into solid shape.
What are the terms X and Y?
29. 25. In the next slide you will see a map with
countries marked A to E.
Just identify each country.