BCQC Questionable Intelligence (Mar 2014) Prelims with Answers

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Prelims of a quiz by J. Ramanand at the BCQC Pune called "Questionable Intelligence" (16 Mar 2014) [includes answers].

Also includes some questions from the General quiz at Antaragni, IIT Kanpur, 2013

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BCQC Questionable Intelligence (Mar 2014) Prelims with Answers

  1. 1. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Questionable Intelligence The March Open Quiz Prelims+Answers 16th March 2014 J. Ramanand
  2. 2. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Prizes by
  3. 3. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com 26 questions 8 teams in the final (Some questions partly from a General quiz I did at Antaragni, IIT Kanpur in Oct 2013) Highest scored: 16 Prelims cutoff: 10
  4. 4. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com In computer science terminology, if a set of eight bits is called a ‘byte’, what is a set of four bits called? 1
  5. 5. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer A Nibble
  6. 6. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Two special (Indian) National Tourism Awards were announced in 2013 to the director of a 2012 film and a writer associated with it, for promoting Munnar and Pondicherry as tourist destinations. Which film? 2
  7. 7. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Life of Pi, to Ang Lee & Yann Martel
  8. 8. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com According to Islam, Iblis was a type of ‘jinn’ who was expelled from Paradise because he refused to obey Allah’s orders to bow to Adam. What word was therefore applied to Iblis? 3
  9. 9. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Shaitan
  10. 10. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com What suffix is applied to monstrously large 100 x 100 Sudoku puzzles? (i.e. they are called “Sudoku-___ puzzles” – fill in the blank). 4
  11. 11. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Sudoku-zilla
  12. 12. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com In which language is the name of Switzerland written on coins of the Swiss Franc? 5
  13. 13. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Latin. Switzerland has four official languages (German, Italian, French, and Romansh), so the coin is language-neutral.
  14. 14. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com This is the flag of which organization? 6
  15. 15. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer OPEC
  16. 16. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com In the Chota Bheem series, this lady is the mother of Chutki and her laddoos are the victim of Bheem’s sweet tooth. Which yesteryear Hindi film singer-actress shares her name with this character? 7
  17. 17. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Tun Tun (originally Uma Devi)
  18. 18. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Identify this avid quizzer who won the 1985 IIT Delhi Director's Gold Medal. Image: IIT Delhi 8
  19. 19. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Raghuram Rajan, present RBI Governor Image: FirstPost.com
  20. 20. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Who is welcoming whom, during the latter’s visit to this centre? (June 1970) Image: Wikipedia 9
  21. 21. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Valentina Tereshkova Neil Armstrong (at the Yuri Gagarin Centre in Russia)
  22. 22. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com This is Malala Yousufzai addressing a conference at the United Nations in July 2013. She is wearing a shawl that once belonged to whom? 10
  23. 23. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Benazir Bhutto
  24. 24. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com This is a bureaucratic rendition of the opening lines of a famous literary work. Which work? “____, ____ with refulgent conflagration in the nocturnal afforestation kindly provide details regarding nature of supernatural identity responsible for your design and technology” 11
  25. 25. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer ‘Tyger Tyger Burning Bright’ by William Blake Tyger, tyger, burning bright. In the forests of the night,. What immortal hand or eye. Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
  26. 26. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com According to the Chicago Manual of Style, an “orphan” line is the first line of a paragraph that appears on the bottom of a page by itself (the rest of the paragraph is on the next page). What name is given to the opposite case where the last line of a paragraph appears alone on the next page? 12
  27. 27. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Widow
  28. 28. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Arjuna, from the Mahabharata, was nicknamed “Savyasachi”. What ability, also seen in sportsmen such as Sachin Tendulkar Kobe Bryant Ronnie O’Sullivan Paolo Maldini Jonny Wilkinson does this refer to? 13
  29. 29. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Ambidexterity (can use both hands/feet equally well)
  30. 30. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com This 2006 Malayalam film is named after its lead character, a tough cop played by Mohanlal. The character’s last name is a tribute to his own mother (this helps the film indulge in what is known in Tamil movies as ‘mother sentiment’). In a strange coincidence, this film’s name is the same as a Pune-based industrialist. What name? 14
  31. 31. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Baba Kalyani
  32. 32. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com This formerly princely state in Satara district is home to the Shri Bhavani Museum, boasting of several articles of European and Indian art, including works by Henry Moore and Raja Ravi Varma. What is this former state, which shares its name with a part of Pune? 15
  33. 33. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Aundh
  34. 34. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Because his cameos were much anticipated and ruined the mood he was trying to create in his films, Alfred Hitchcock began appearing earlier than before in his films, usually within the first 30 minutes. In an episode of “Koffee with Karan”, Mahesh Bhatt says a similar strategy was used by his production house for something (in some of their films). For what? 16
  35. 35. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Emraan Hashmi’s mandatory kiss in their films was done with as early as possible so as to get on with the rest of the story.
  36. 36. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com The first ever question asked was: “Who are all of the ____ employees” It was answered by Adam D’Angelo as: Adam D'Angelo, Charlie Cheever, Rebekah Cox, and Kevin Der Fill in the blank. 17
  37. 37. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Quora, the Q&A site
  38. 38. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com What does the ‘G’ stand for in this advertisement featuring Novak Djokovic? [video removed] 18
  39. 39. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Graphene, used in the manufacture of racquets by Head.
  40. 40. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Considered by some to be “the most memorable Bond girl ever”, who is seen here receiving an honorary BAFTA award in April 2013 from Sir Kenneth Branagh, for services to film and television? 19
  41. 41. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Queen Elizabeth II
  42. 42. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com This vegetable is an important symbol in Taiwan, because the country’s shape is often compared to it. Which vegetable? Image: Wikipedia 20
  43. 43. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Sweet Potato Image: bonappetit.com
  44. 44. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Edward Tufte is renowned for his data visualizations. He is also a sculptor. He held an exhibit called “All Possible Photons: The Conceptual and Cognitive Art of _____ _____”. Here are some examples from it. What are the words in the blank? Image: Edward Tufte 21
  45. 45. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com …contd. Image: Edward Tufte
  46. 46. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer “Feynman Diagrams”. The physicist Richard Feynman created these diagrams to depict Quantum Electrodynamic concepts. In one instance, he put them on a van (Tufte seen below with Feynman’s van) Image: Edward Tufte
  47. 47. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com What were Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer backing? 22
  48. 48. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Squash’s bid to be included in the 2020 Olympics
  49. 49. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com In 1922, Leonard Jennings, a British sculptor, created a sculpture of soldiers to mark the contributions of the princely states of Jodhpur, Mysore, and Hyderabad to the Empire during World War I. In 1930, another building came up near this landmark to house the Commander- in-Chief of the British military in India. Which place, and who was the last resident of this place? 23
  50. 50. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Teen Murti House, the residence of Jawaharlal Nehru until his death. It now houses a museum to his memory.
  51. 51. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com In Olympic records (Summer and Winter) from 1956 till 1964, this team (represented by a flag with Olympic rings in it) is identified by the code “EUA”. Which region did this team represent? 24
  52. 52. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer The Unified Team of Germany (Équipe Unifiée d'Allemagne)
  53. 53. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com This word of interest to quizzers was created by the writer Norman Mailer and defined as: “facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper” And anecdotally as: “something that everyone knows is true, except it ain't!” What word? 25
  54. 54. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Factoid
  55. 55. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com “___ ____ syndrome : idiopathic facial paralysis during pregnancy” This 2006 paper by Hellebrand et al studies the increased incidence (“up to 3.3 times”) of Bell’s Palsy during pregnancy. (Bell’s Palsy: weakness or paralysis of muscles on side of the face) The missing words are the name of the person and “Bell’s Palsy” is an explanation of a mystery associated with the person. Which person? 26
  56. 56. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Answer Mona Lisa One conjecture is that the enigmatic Mona Lisa smile is because the subject was pregnant and had Bell’s Palsy Image: Wikipedia
  57. 57. questionable intelligence . BCQC. 2014 . ramanand@gmail.com Questionable Intelligence Prelims End I quiz-blog at Infinite Zounds J. Ramanand

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