8. It is a Sanskrit compound word for a particular seed consisting of
the name _____ and akṣa, the Sanskrit word for 'teardrops'. Some
interpret it to mean 'eye'.
Thus the seed’s name means _____’s teardrops or _____’s eye.
What are we talking about?
11. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
publishes a ‘Red List’, which is the world’s most complete
inventory of the status of plants & animals. It puts them into 9
groups, based on their population, decline, distribution etc.
If EX stands for ‘extinct’ on one end of the scale, and LC for
‘least concerned’, what does EW stand for?
14. He first appeared in the illustrated letters that Hugh Lofting
wrote to his children from the trenches during WWI.
He lives in the fictional English village of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh
in the West Country; Polynesia the parrot, Gub-Gub the pig, Jip
the dog, Dab-Dab the duck, Chee-Chee the monkey, Too-Too
the owl and the Pushmi-pullyu are some of his close friends.
Who is this character?
33. Written Round
5 questions – identify the portmanteau word
+10 for each; no negatives
+15 bonus if you get all five correct
34. 1. Word meaning –
When you choose to remain & do activities in & around your
home, instead of going somewhere else during a holiday.
35. 2. Word meaning –
A small lodge, or accommodation specifically designed with a
parking area for vehicles.
36. 3. Word meaning –
Space-saving hybrid form of cutlery, that combines the features
of two common items. Pre-packaged meals often come with a
disposable version of this.
37. 4. Word meaning –
Genre of movies/TV shows filmed in the style of a non-fictional
story or report, although the story is actually fictional. Often
used for satirical effect.
Examples: The Office, Spinal Tap, Parks & Recreation etc.
38. 5. Word meaning –
Pejoratively used to refer to people who can’t think for
themselves, and just ‘follow the crowd’.
45. Modern versions use cotton or linen fibre blended with polyvinyl
chloride (PVC). Historically, this type of coarse, plain-weave cloth
was made from hemp (Cannabis plant).
Name this fabric that gets its name from the Greek/Latin word
for the hemp plant.
48. The “mighty & auspicious” humah/homa bird is a creature from
Persian mythology, and is believed to never come to rest, flying
invisibly high above the Earth.
This magnificent representation sat atop the throne of an
Indian ruler, until it was ransacked by British forces in a final
war in 1799.
52. A member of the lute family, this instrument’s name is derived
from the Italian for ‘almond’. It usually has 4, 5 or 6 pairs of
doubled metal strings, and is played by plucking with a plectrum.
Name the instrument.
To make it more suitable for Indian classical music what change,
other than switching to an electric version, did this musician
You can also just identify him.
60. One name for this god comes from
the fact that when he was being
born, the river Ganga carried him
down & secreted him in a forest of
Six celestial nymphs (associated with
the Pleiades) came upon the boy &
wanted to nurse him. The god is
supposed to have split into 6 babies
to help them do so. This gives rise to
Give either name.
63. Though use of the term dates from the mid-18th century, its
use has been dated to prehistoric times.
Indian literature from the late medieval period has references
to its usage during ritual Hindu worship. Poetry composed by
Annamayya, the earliest known Telugu musician and poet,
references domatera, which means " _______ ___ " in Telugu.
What simple, yet highly effective method of protection from
pests are we referring to?
66. The Bibi ka Maqbara in Aurangabad was commissioned in 1660 in
memory of Dilras Banu Begum, the first & most favoured wife of
the emperor. It bears a striking resemblance to another
monument, one which initially had the same purpose, and is
therefore called the Dakkhani ___.
Who was the Emperor?
What older monument does it resemble?
70. Written Round
5 Q – identify the people featured on the stamps
+10 for each correct answer; no negatives
+10 bonus if you get all five correct
+10 bonus if you tell us what links all these people