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Quiz Meet on 17.3.12 - Part II


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Quizmasters: Anusha, Namita, Pratyush

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Quiz Meet on 17.3.12 - Part II

  1. 1. Quiz Meet 17-03-2012- Pratyush, Namita,Anusha
  2. 2. Too many X’s here for one’s liking
  3. 3. Birthday Question• Xis a retired American soccer player. Hamm played many years as a forward for the United States womens national soccer team and was a founding member of the Washington Freedom. Hamm has scored more international goals in her career than any other player, male or female, in the history of U.S. soccer (158). She is the second most capped female player in soccer history behind Kristine Lilly, appearing in 275 international matches throughout her career.
  4. 4. Id• He was born on 20 July 1950 in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India where his father was a Judicial Officer. His family hails from Sardhana in District Meerut (Uttar Pradesh).He is a descendant of the 19th-century Afghan warlord Jan Fishan Khan, and related to an Afghan Sufi writer , a Pakistani actor, the Director General of IB, Pakistan and an English cricketer. He has an elder brother who retired from the Indian Army in early 2008 as Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Planning and Systems) and formerly commanded Dimapur based 3 Corps.• In 1998, he played the role of Mahatma Gandhi in a play. With this he finally achieved his objective of portraying Mahatma Gandhi, a role he had auditioned for Richard Attenboroughs Gandhi.
  5. 5. Heretics!
  6. 6. • The term “X prose" is derived from a reference by the Roman poet Horace.• X prose is a term of literary criticism used to describe passages, or sometimes entire literary works, written in prose so extravagant, ornate, or flowery as to break the flow and draw attention to itself. X prose is sensually evocative beyond the requirements of its context. It also refers to writing that employs certain rhetorical effects such as exaggerated sentiment or pathos in an attempt to manipulate a readers response.• The term X Y is also used in a more general, and more unequivocally positive, sense to refer to a period of outstanding achievement. This usage is particularly common in sporting contexts in some countries.
  7. 7. • The phrase, “X", has been used with variations to describe certain global empires.• It was originally used for the Spanish Empire, mainly in the 16th and 17th centuries, and for the British Empire, mainly in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Especially in the 20th century, the metaphor (usually without the word "Empire") has been transferred to refer to American power.• The idea has been traced to a speech in Herodotus Histories, made by Xerxes I of Persia before invading Greece.
  8. 8. Random Guesses, On your way…• The Captain of HMS Beagle, Robert FitzRoy, was about to embark on a survey expedition to South America, but he was afraid of the stress and loneliness of such a voyage (indeed, they have driven the previous captain of the ship to commit suicide). So FitzRoy, who was an ardent follower of Lavart, asked his superiors for a well-educated and scientific gentleman companion to come along as an unpaid naturalist whom he could treat as an equal. The professors at Cambridge recommended then 22-years old Charles Darwin for the trip. Darwin and FitzRoy got on very well but later Darwin came to know that he had almost not got picked for the voyage on account of certain perceived deficiencies by the captain. What influenced the captain’s earlier judgement ?
  9. 9. The Beatles were there..• Chester Barrie• Chittleborough & Morgan• Davies and Son• Dege & Skinner• Gieves & Hawkes• H. Huntsman & Sons• Hardy Amies• Henry Poole & Co• Kilgour• Norton & Sons• Nutters of X• Ozwald Boateng• Richard Anderson• Richard James• Stowers Bespoke• Steed Y Tailors
  10. 10. The list is more or less exhaustive. Though some people say it doesn’t include a green apple. * denotes time spent with, but not ultimately eat.• - bagel (X) -jelly doughnut (Z) - baguette (Y) - lollipop (A) - baked beans (Z) - meatloaf (Z) - bar nuts (A) - meat and potatoes* (O) - battle food, Greek (D) - nachos (A) - carrot, cooked (E) - olive (X) - carrot, raw (Z) - pancakes (X) - caviar (F) - peach (X) - cereal (X) - peanut butter (E) - cheeseburger, bacon (A) - popcorn (F, G) - cheeseburger, regular (G, H) - Popsicle (I) - chewing gum (I, B, C) - pot roast (X) - chicken breast (X) - prison gruel (M) - chili* (H) - ramen or maybe udon noodles (I) - cookies, Christmas (G) - room service (C) - cookies, regular (E) - sandwich, ham, cheese, and sardine* (P) - corn chips (C) - sandwich, turkey (E) - corned beef and cabbage (J) - sandwich, unidentified (J) - cotton candy (A) - shrimp cocktail (A) - dumplings (C) - soup ( M) - eggs and bacon (E) - stir-fry (C) - French fries (G) - sunflower seeds (G) - ham (K) - toast (E) - human blood (L) -- takeout, unidentified* (N) - ice cream/sorbet concoction (G, A) - Tibetan knot pastry (M) - Jamba Juice smoothie (I) - trail mix (M) - takeout, Chinese ( F, H) - Twinkie (G)
  11. 11. Which city ?• The city was founded in 1607 AD by Sheikh X, a.k.a. Baba X, treasurer of Jahangir and a Sufi saint, with the object of protecting the Grand Trunk Road (now NH 2 highway) which passed through the town. Sheikh X built a fort, a tank and a mosque which are now in ruins. Later on, it became the headquarters of a Pargana which was held in jagir by Ballabgarh ruler.• The foundation of the modern city was mainly laid by Hindu refugees. A social worker named Sudhir Ghosh encouraged them to build their own homes. However, the government wanted to build the houses through PWD. In protest, a group of refugees beseiged Prime Minister Nehru’s house and were in turn termed as a “nuisance” by him. In a typically Indian compromise, refugees were alloted 40% of the houses with the PWD constructing the rest.• To power the city a diesel plant was erected at short notice. The plant lay in ruin in Calcutta, where it had come as a part of German war preparations and from where it was brought. Sudhir Ghosh located the German engineer who had built the plant. The engineer came and trained the local men to operate jack-screws and with the help of whom the plant was repaired in 10 months. Nehru himself came to commission it and press the button to light up the city.
  12. 12. X is a phrase. Guess it.• The ”X” rule is a historical colloquial term in the United States for the social classification as black of individuals with any African ancestry. The principle was an example of hypodescent, the automatic assignment of children of a mixed union between different socioeconomic or ethnic groups to the group with the lower status. The rule was not adopted as law until the 20th century: first in Tennessee in 1910 and in Virginia under the Racial Integrity Act of 1924 (following the passage of similar laws in numerous other states). This defined a person as legally "colored" (black) for classification and legal purposes if the individual had any African ancestry.
  13. 13. Headless Chicken!• X hails from Ottapalam in Palakkad district of Kerala. He comes from a family of diplomats and aristocrats. His father was also a career diplomat and served as the ambassador to Yugoslavia in his last days. His grandfather was Indias first foreign secretary, while his uncle was the former Indian ambassador to China.• In spite of his busy schedule in the Indian Foreign Service he has managed to keep up with his interests in classical music and the Himalayas. The Scindia School conferred on him "Madhav Award" as an alumnus of eminence for the year 2000.
  14. 14. One of its first demonstrations in mainstream media was in the David Letterman show in 1999 by a high school teacher Lee Marek. It didn’t catch the popular imagination till 2006 when a video showing this went viral. By September 2007, one of the video showing this reached 10 million views. It has also been the subject of a 2006 Mythbuster episode.What am I talking about ?
  15. 15. • Meyrick Edward Clifton James (born 1898 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia; died 8 May 1963 in Worthing, Sussex, England) was an actor with a slight drinking problem.• This average guy, in the words of British Lieutenant-Colonel, J. V. B. Jervis-Reid, it seemed, had rescued a failing patriotic show by appearing in it, quite briefly, as Monty’ .• What important role did he play in the WW-II ?
  16. 16. What has been blanked out ?
  17. 17. The place blanked out ?
  18. 18. X and the work he appears in.• The film Taxi Driver (1976) follows Travis Bickle, who seems to be a representation of X, only older and more confrontational. The list of similarities is long, from analyzing the fact that both of them obsess over women and try to protect the innocence of children, to the fact that both of them purchase a prostitute without actually having sex with her. They both live in New York City, and though they only see all of the filth in the city (as they are incredibly pessimistic), and vow to leave, neither of them actually departs.
  19. 19. The two movies being referencedhere. One of them would be quiteapparent. The other’s a cult movie.
  20. 20. • The practice dates back to 1924, when 70 per cent of total government expenditure was meant for a certain infrastructure ministry.• There have been calls to end this somewhat outdated tradition but it still goes on.• What am I talking about ?
  21. 21. What is X, in news recently ?• With regard to transfusions of packed red blood cells, individuals with type O Rh D negative blood are often called universal donors, and those with type AB Rh D positive blood are called universal recipients; however, these terms are only generally true with respect to possible reactions of the recipients anti-A and anti-B antibodies to transfused red blood cells, and also possible sensitization to Rh D antigens. One exception is individuals with hh antigen system (also known as the X phenotype) who can only receive blood safely from other hh donors, because they form antibodies against the H antigen present on all red blood cells.• This very rare Phenotype is generally present in about 0.0004% (about 4 per million) of the human population, though in some places locals can have occurrences in as much as 0.01% (1 in 10,000) of inhabitants.
  22. 22. The gentleman on the left holds a unique distinction with respect to our noisy neighbour. Who is he and what is the distinction ?
  23. 23. A scene from the trailer of MIB –III. Who is the character on the left ?
  24. 24. • Madhu Dandavate was a pragmatic railway minister in Morarji Desai’s government whose socialism eschewed rhetoric against the rich in favour of policies for the poor. In his own words: ‘what I want to do is not degrade the first class, but elevate the second class’• He initiated computerization of railway reservations, reduced corruption among booking clerks and uncertainty among passangers. He set in motion the repair of 5000 km of worn-out tracks. But his most far- reaching initative was something else. What was it ?
  25. 25. • Alan Moore stated in a 2008 interview with Entertainment Weekly :• I was also quite heartened the other day when watching the news to see that there were demonstrations outside the Scientology headquarters over here, and that they suddenly flashed to a clip showing all these demonstrators wearing ____________. That pleased me. That gave me a warm little glow.
  26. 26. The long Family Tree Connect• X, also known as Ambarish Das is the great grandson of a legendary industrialist Y who even has a modern economic and social system named after him.• X’s wife shares her first name with an Indian actress A , the great- grand niece of a famous poet B.• A’s daughter is also an actress and used to work for an organization run by X’s family before she embarked on her film career.• A’s brother C was once married to D, the daughter of E, a socialite- cum social worker who was one of Sanjay Gandhi’s close associates and played an important role in his sterilization drive.• D is the great grand daughter of F, a famous civil contractor and builder. F’s son G is a very famous writer.Give A-G and X-Y.