• The Eternal Rule No. 1: The Quizmaster is
• +10 for a correct answer.
• -5 for an incorrect answer.
• Questions can be passed and answered for no
• Ignore the silly comments, the Quizmaster has
a bad sense of humour.
• The X was invented while Walter Hunt was
twisting a piece of wire, trying to think of
something that would help him pay off a
fifteen dollar debt. Walter Hunt later sold its
patent rights to the X for four hundred dollars
to the man that he owed the money to.
• In 2005, a journalist founded The Church of Latter-Day X.
• The Xist system is essentially a modernized form of Taoism,
with the metaphysics and medicinal systems removed.
• This religion holds many connections to the hippie ethos.
• Xism advocates and encourages the practice of "going with
the flow", "being cool headed", and "taking it easy" in the
face of life's difficulties, believing that this is the only way
to live in harmony with our inner nature.
• Simple everyday pleasures like bathing, bowling, and
hanging out with friends are seen as far preferable to the
accumulation of wealth and the spending of money as a
means to achieve happiness and spiritual fulfillment.
• Identify this religion.
• This is Dudeism, as inspired by The Big
• Error 001: Weak or no signal detected. Upgrade transmitter and
• Error 666: Multiple transmitters detected. Silence voices in your
head and try again.
• Error 01: Brainwaves received in analog. Please re-think in digital.
• Error 8P: Unclear on whether your search is about money or
monkeys. Please try again.
• Error 005: Searching on this topic is prohibited under international
• Error CKR8: That information is protected under the National
• Error 144: That information was lost with the Martian Lander.
Please try again.
• Not an exhaustive list, but where and when would you find it?
• When reading older comics, you may have
noticed that swearwords are often depicted as
a variety of punctuation symbols.
• They are used even now for censored versions
of books or comic strips.
• Mort Walker, the creator of Beetle Bailey,
named these faux swearwords “X”
• Name X.
• If you didn’t get this feel free to say
• The original meaning of this word was to
consecrate or install when omens such as the
flight of birds were favourable.
• It has since become the name of something
performed at the beginning of an event.
• What am I talking about?
• Ask QM for a hint, if necessary.
• X showed an aptitude for intellectual challenges at a young
age: at two years, he could solve 50-piece jigsaw puzzles;
and at four, enjoyed assembling Lego sets with instructions
intended for children aged 10–14. His father taught him to
play chess at the age of 5, although he initially showed little
interest in the game.
• Film director J. J. Abrams offered X a role in the movie Star
Trek Into Darkness as "a chess player from the future", but
he had to decline, unable to get a US work permit in time
• X was selected as one of the "sexiest men of 2013"
• For Brownie points, say Shantanu Pant.
• To paraphrase Winston Churchill, X is “a silly
game played with implements ill-suited for the
• Apocryphally, this sport was invented when a
shepherd attempted to hit a stone into a
burrow with his staff.
• Name this sport.
• “The nozzle would send concentrated beams of
particles through the free air, of such tremendous
energy that they will bring down a fleet of 10,000
enemy airplanes at a distance of 200 miles from a
defending nation's border and will cause armies
to drop dead in their tracks.”
• This is the description of the working of a death
ray, or “peace ray” as it was known then.
• Who is the creator of this idea, since I can’t very
well say he invented it?
• The term “X” refers to the layers of
the encryption used. The original data, including
its destination, are encrypted and re-encrypted
multiple times, and are sent through a virtual
circuit comprising successive, randomly selected
“Y” relays. Each relay decrypts a "layer" of
encryption to reveal only the next relay in the
circuit, in order to pass the remaining encrypted
data on to it. The final relay decrypts the last
layer of encryption and sends the original
data, without revealing or even knowing its
sender, to the destination.
• “x” – Onion Routing
“Y” TOR (The Onion Router)
• +10 for correct answer.
• Questions pass to next team if it is not
• Any question that cannot be answered goes to
• The team after the correctly answering team
will get the next question.
• This art is known as the “Art of eight
limbs.”(Probably used for fighting octopi)
• A petition was introduced to change its name
to "Sovannaphum boxing" or "S.E.A. Boxing“
• A form of stand-up fighting, it has enjoyed
great success in the field of mixed martial arts,
and has become the style of choice for
• X’s Y is a dystopian novel where books are outlawed
and it is the job of a "fireman" to burn them.
• In the introduction of a 1967 edition, X implies that the
Nazi book burnings drove him to write the short story
"The Fireman" which was the precursor along with the
foundation for his novel Y, stating,
• "It follows then that when Hitler burned a book I felt it
as keenly, please forgive me, as his killing a human, for
in the long sum of history they are one and the same
• Name the book and the author.
• X is Ray Bradbury
• Y is Fahrenheit 451
• X originated in China, dating back to 3000 BC. Around
600 BC during the Zhou Dynasty, the royal house
preferred for the colors gold and silver. However, it
would eventually transition to red and black. During
the Ming Dynasty, X was often made from a mixture
including beeswax, egg whites, gelatin, vegetable
dyes, and gum Arabic.
• In Egypt, the lower classes would wear pale colors and
the high society red.
What are we talking about?
HINT: X today is a refined version of the paint on
• This particular fictional creature was originally
depicted as suffering from a form of
• The best way to ward them off was to spill salt
or a large number of small seeds. The creature
would then fall under a compulsion to count
each grain of salt or each seed.
• Modern depictions suck.
• Vampires. The originals sucked too, but
• As a teenager, X wanted to become a writer. Upon telling
his mother this, she responded with "My dear, your father
is an engineer. He's a logical, reasonable man with a very
clear vision of the world. Do you actually know what it
means to be a writer?“ After researching, X concluded that
a writer "always wears glasses and never combs his hair"
and has a "duty and an obligation never to be understood
by his own generation," amongst other things.
• Between the ages of 16 and 20, he was committed to a
mental institution, from which he escaped three times.
• His books revolve around the themes of self-improvement,
spirituality and personal growth.
• This company was founded in 1902 and was
named after Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur
de X , the founder of the city of Detroit, and the X
crest is based upon his coat of arms.
• General Motors purchased the company in 1909
and within six years, X had laid the foundation for
the modern mass production of automobiles by
demonstrating the complete interchangeability of
its precision parts while simultaneously
establishing itself as America's premier luxury car.
• This is the crest of that guy mentioned
• Name the company, gearheads!
• This particular term was used in ancient maps to
describe unknown or unexplored territories.
• The original term was “Hic sunt leones”, literally,
“here be lions.”
• The word “leones” was replaced with the name
of another creature, a fictional one.
• Name that creature, and for bonus points, name
the new and more famous English phrase, made
famous by the Roger Zelazny novel.
• The creature is a Dragon.
• The phrase is “Hic sunt Dracones”.
• The traditional treatment of dracunculiasis, a
parasite infestation, was to draw the wormlike parasite out of the infected area and wind
it around a stick.
• Even modern medicine uses the same
method, replacing the stick with a piece of
• This treatment led to the creation of a symbol
used for doctors, often confused with another,
• Name the symbol described above.
• The Rod of Asclepius, often mistaken for the
• In the late 16th Century, a rabbi of Prague
created a “X” to protect the ghetto from antiSemitic attacks.
• The rabbi formed the “X” out of clay, and
brought it to life through rituals and Hebrew
• Other methods for bringing one to life include
inscribing the word “emet” on it’s forehead.
• Name this possibly fictional creature.
• This particular substance is used as an
antidote to heavy metal poisoning, most
notably that of caesium and thallium.
• It has lent its name to a certain acid, which is
widely believed to have a faint, almond-like
• The famous artwork on the next slide used a
great deal of this substance in its production.
• This is Prussian Blue. Yes, it’s a paint. That
cures poisoning. And can be turned into
poison. And can be used for art. It’s like the
samurai Leonardo da Vinci of paint.
• X said: ________ is of vital importance to the
• “It is a matter of life and death, a road either to
safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry
which can on no account be neglected.”
• “The ______, then, is governed by five constant
factors, to be taken into account in one’s
deliberations, when seeking to determine the
conditions obtaining in the field.”
• Which iconic book starts with these words, and
who is the author?
• Alister Doyle and Paul Salopek are journalists who
develop new units of measure to explain complex
• The unit of X denotes the amount of aid a
country or a cause receives when it becomes the
cause of a celebrity.
• The unit Y is a measure of attention. Compare a
given search term to Y on the internet, and see
how much attention it gathers.
• Name X and Y
This round is called The Capitalist for a reason.
+20 for correct answers.
No negative marking.
But here’s the twist: any incorrect OR passed
answers give a +5 bonus to all other teams.
• X is a milk solids-based dessert, similar to
a dumpling, popular in countries of the South
Asian Subcontinent such as India, Sri
Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh, also in
the Caribbean countries
of Trinidad, Guyana, Suriname, Jamaica.
In Nepal, it is widely known as LalMohan, served with or without yogurt. It is
made mainly from milk solids, traditionally
from freshly curdled milk. The dessert also
became popular throughout the Ottoman
• “When all else fails, have somebody come
through the door with a gun.” This particular
law was developed by a certain writer.
• This guy is regarded as the father of modern
detective fiction, and created the genre of
• A character from Friends is (partially) named
after him.(this clue put in under protest.)
• Name him, and the law.
• The X-Raute is a hand gesture made by resting one's
hands in front of the stomach so that the fingertips
meet, with the thumbs and index fingers forming a
rough quadrangular shape. As the signature gesture
of X it has been described as "probably one of the most
recognisable hand gestures in the world".
• As a female politician who is also a scientist, X has been
compared by many in the English-language press to
former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
• Forbes has named her the second most powerful
person in the world as of 2012.
• In November 2009, the United Nations General
Assembly proclaimed X's birthday, 18 July, as "X Day”. It
called on individuals to donate 67 minutes to doing
something for others, commemorating the 67 years
that X had been a part of the movement.
• In 1990, he received the Bharat Ratna Award from the
government of India.
• Changing clothes several times a day, after assuming
the presidency, one of X's trademarks was his use
of Batik shirts, even on formal occasions.
• This particular food item is named after a
German specialty liquor, known as
• First mentioned in 1934, it was associated with
Berlin, but was available from confectioners in
• Cherries, cream, and Kirschwasser were first
combined in the form of a dessert in which
cooked cherries were served with cream and
• Name this item.
• Black Forest Cake.
• (The cake is a lie!)
• Identify the event that caused the people who
lived through this time to lose 11 days of their
• The changeover from the Julian Calendar to
the Gregorian Calendar, which we currently
• 2 questions to each team.
• +20 for correct answers.
• Please note down ALL the answers, including those of
the other teams.
• All the answers put together, will form half of the
• If you answer correctly at this point, +40.
• If no correct answers are given, the remaining half will
• At this point, any correct answers will net you +30.
• In Archaic Greece, the X was a sacred sign
• When Julius Caesar secured his rise to sole
power with a victory at Pharsalus, a/an X was
supposed to have sprung up miraculously at
the Temple of Nike, the Greek counterpart of
Victory, in Tralles.
• In many historical cultures, X were symbols for
such ideas as victory, peace, and fertility.
Today, X remains a popular symbol for the
tropics and vacations.
• This particular item is defined by its
• This means that the diameter rarely falls
under its height, and can be classified by the
edge, lip or shape.
• The standard model has a diameter of 18.5
inches, and should be able to hold at least
• Which piece of cutlery am I referring to?
• The twelfth sign of the Zodiac, this
constellation spans the 330° to 360° of the
• Consisting of two X bound by a cord, it is said
that anyone born under this sign is
reasonable, artistic and all-around awesome!
• Name X.
• This widely consumed product can be divided
into six categories based on how it is
• The most commonly known varieties are
white, yellow, green, wulong, black and postfermented.
• It was introduced in India by the British, for
whom the consumption of this product is a
• In 1996, Fidel Castro started a certain enterprise
in Cuba, for two reasons.
• The first was to share his love for dairy products
to the masses, and the second was to show that a
communist enterprise could outperform
• At the time, it boasted an impressive list of 26
flavours. Now it has two. (Score one for
• Name the product sold here.
• In the Middle Ages it was a plain, undyed
garment worn next to the skin and under
regular garments. In medieval artworks, the x
is only visible (uncovered) on humble
characters, such as shepherds ,prisoners
and penitents. Eighteenth-century costume
historian Joseph Strutt believed that men who
did not wear x’s to bed were indecent. Even as
late as 1879, a visible x with nothing over it
was considered improper.
• X reacts as apart of somatic senses and hence
is an important aid for exploring unknown
objects for babies and toddlers.
• The X also serves for creating different
• In birds and turtles, the X are hard
and keratinous, forming a solid rostrum.
• In 1969-70, The Container corporation of America
sponsored a contest for art and design students
to raise environmental awareness.
• It was won by a certain Gary Anderson, who
designed a particular symbol.
• This symbol was originally designed in a vertically
flipped manner, as compared to the way we know
• Name this symbol.
• When the recipe for this X was first mixed, it was
so strong as to be inedible.
• The creators of this X, John Wheeley
Lea and William Henry Perrins, abandoned the
resulting mixture in the basement.
• While clearing out the basement a few years
later, they tasted it and discovered that
fermentation had mellowed it down considerably,
and improved the flavour.
• What do we know this famous product as?
• In Greece, off the coast of X island, a
particular device was found.
• This device is widely known as an OOPArt, or
Out of place artifact.
• After analysis, it was concluded that it was an
analog computer designed to predict eclipses.
• Name this device, which is named after the
island mentioned above.
The x communications protocol in devices such
as computers, mobile phones, PDAs, printers is
named after the king Harald Blåtand
Gormsen, ostensibly due to his abilities to make
diverse factions communicate with each other.
The x logo consists of the Nordic runes for his
initials, H ( ) and B
(The Runic character berkanan, meaning
• Visualisation of the internet. All those lines are
hyperlinks; little starbursts are websites, best I
• This term is used to describe a large number
of computers connected through a real-time
• Another definition of this term is distributed
computing, i.e., the ability to run the same
programme on many connected computers at
the same time.
• Name this term.
• A bit of info: This is a map of the position of a
certain planet’s orbit relative to the
Earth, over a period of 8 years. Name this
• Of particular note is the flower in the centerwhich planet would you associate with
flowers? It’s the same planet as the above
point in case you got confused.
• The word for this day is derived from the Latin
dies Veneris, or “Day of Venus”.
• Its current name is derived from the German
name for that day, after Venus was identified
with the German goddess Frigg.
• Name this day.
• Friday. I wanted to put a picture of Rebecca
Black here, but you can see why that’s a bad
• “His man Friday” is a term used to refer to a
personal assistant or servant, especially one
who is highly competent.
• Which novel does this term come from?
• This individual created an investment opportunity
for the people of US by creating profits using the
exchange rates. The system was a total scam out
of which X earned millions.
• Caught, he was deported to the county he had
come from. He convinced the “famous dictator”
to give him a position in the country’s Treasury
department, which he almost emptied and fled.
• A certain type of scam still pulled today is named
• Charles, or Carlo Ponzi, of the infamous Ponzi
• Who was the fascist dictator of Italy around
the time of World War II into whose asylum
Charles Ponzi fled?
• A famous Italian dish, its name is derived from
the Latin verb pinsere, to press.
• The original form of this dish has been
safeguarded in the EU as a Traditional
Specialty Guaranteed dish.
• Name it.