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ASIASWEEP 2014
ASIASWEEP 2014
ASIASWEEP 2014
Set by
Dibyendu Das & Arul Mani
ASIASWEEP 2014
ASIASWEEP 2014
Our thanks to:
QFI-Chennai, K-Circle, SEQC, BQC, BCQC, Kutub Quizzers,
Coimbatore Quiz Club,
and the quizzing fraternities in
Kolkata, Thrissur, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, and Tezpur.
Thanks also to quizzing communities in Dubai, Singapore,
Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Bay Area, Paris, and Berlin
ASIASWEEP 2014
Rules
Three sections
Section I: 10 questions
Section II: 25 questions
Section III: 25 two-pointers
85 points, not counting bonuses
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SECTION I
10 questions based on Google Doodles
1 point each
Bonus of 2 points if you crack more than 4
Bonus of 3 if you crack more than 7
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1. Identify the director to whom this Doodle
pays tribute.
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2. This is a tribute to the Duanwu observance,
commonly called the ______ ______ festival. Fill
blanks.
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3. The origins of the name of this festival are traced back to
India. The doodles shown refer to two observances—water,
symbolising the new, and the freeing of animals, to acquire
merit. Either name the festival, or identify the Sanskrit
word from which it is derived.
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4. This Doodle pays tribute to a real-life story of
fidelity and dedication that inspired mass adulation
in a certain Asian country, and a Richard Gere film
in 2009. A 7-letter name will do.
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5. This Independence Day tribute appeared on 22
November, and contains a representation of the
Pigeon Rocks, a natural formation in the
Mediterranean Sea, outside the capital. Which
city?
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6. This doodle pays tribute to a certain country’s first that
did not run to a fairy-tale ending. Who?
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7. The subject of the tribute is Honinbo Shusaku,
immortal among followers of a certain pursuit.
What pursuit?
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8. This 2nd October observance is held to mark
UNESCO giving intangible heritage status to a
certain tradition. Name either the tradition or the
country.
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9. This Doodle appeared on 9th October, the date
on which a 15th century monarch announced a
script for the language. By what name is this day
known?
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10. The subject of this Doodle wrote a book on
optics in 1015. His work will receive worldwide
attention as part of the International Year of Light
in 2015. Who?
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SECTION II
25 questions
1 point each
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1.
Ukichiro Nakaya was a physicist who devoted his career to
a fascination with objects that he described as ‘letters sent
from heaven’. The museum dedicated to his memory in
Kaga, Japan was built so as to pay tribute to this
fascination. What did Nakaya study?
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2.
Abu’l Hasan Ahmad ib’n Ibrahim Al-Uqlidisi wrote a
work on the use of decimal fractions in 952 AD.
The title of this work is often translated as
Chapters in Indian Mathematics.
He took (or was given) his name in tribute to
whom?
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3.
This building on Zi Wa Ka Street attracts devout local
Muslims who believe that the man who died here in 1862
had special powers. The numbers grew after the actual
grave was discovered in 1991. Either name this person
OR the city where the building is located?
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4. From this visual, you can see that some effort
has gone into preserving a particular feature of Sir
Charles Pawsey’s residence from the 1940s. Why
OR what are we talking about?
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5.
Ken Jennings, in his book Maphead, refers to an
anomaly caused by socioeconomic factors. A
certain country, viewed from a spaceship, can
seem like an island by night while visibly being part
of a peninsula by day.
Which country are we talking about?
Visuals follow.
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6.
Andy Kirkpatrick’s book PsychoVertical, Robert
McFarlane’s The Wild Places and Audrey
Salkeld’s biography of Leni Riefenstahl have all
been awarded the Boardman Tasker Prize in the
recent past. This prize for a specific book category
was set up in memory of Peter Boardman and Joe
Tasker who passed away in 1982 while pursuing
this interest.
For what is the prize awarded?
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7. If you look at the areas marked in stand-out
colours, these two maps present slightly different
accounts of what phenomenon?
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8.
These are two similar monuments, located in
Baojia Caozi village of Ürümqi city, Xinjiang
province, China and Kyzyl, capital of Tuva.
What middling distinction are these places
battling for? Visuals follow
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9.
The Greek word for work is a forgotten unit
now, but its Arabic homophone still finds use
as the preferred term for areas of mobile
sand that stretch beyond 125 square
kilometres.
What word?
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10.
The simple explanation is that the locals figured
out a way of using the hollowed out trunks of the
betel-nut species to guide Ficus elastica’s
propensity to traverse small distances rather
elaborately. Each transit may have taken about ten
years, and the entire system is thought to be five
hundred years old or more.
What are we talking about?
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11.
The Dalang must sit behind a screen (kelir) made of white
cotton stretched on a wooden frame.
He sits cross-legged for nine successive hours and cannot
get up from his seat until six o'clock the next morning. He
must strike a rattle with his right foot almost incessantly.
Both his hands are constantly busy; he must speak in
different voices, tell jokes, and even sing every now and
then.
What does the Dalang practise thus, nearly all by
himself?
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12. The subject of this painting by Velázquez is an
Austrian princess who was married off to her own
uncle, Philip IV of Spain. This marriage was
definitely responsible for her one deep claim to
fame. Just name her.
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13.
This company wears its heart not so much on its
sleeve as on its tail—the last letter of their logotype
is a scrawled heart. Their best-known brand first
appeared on a vinyl coin purse, and usually has its
height and weight described in a certain number of
apples.
Name the company or the brand.
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14.
For British historian Neil MacGregor, the
precariously poised boats symbolise the anxieties
of a nation under pressure from foreign gunboats.
For local critics, the three boats symbolise serenity
under pressure.
What are they disagreeing about?
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15.
When Hu Jintao met George W. Bush in 2006,
many believed that his choice of gift was a
delicately poised barb aimed at a helplessly over-
committed man. The gift was several copies of a
6000-word booklet in expensive Zheijiang silk. This
choice drew much comment and analysis.
What did Hu give Dubya?
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16.
Micheline Aharonian Marcom’s book Three
Apples Fell from Heaven, set in the years 1915-
1917 period, is an account of a massacre.
Raphael Lemkin, a Polish lawyer, was explicitly
moved by this annihilation to coin the word
genocide.
Which massacre is the subject of Marcom’s
book?
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17.
This iconic hotel, believed to be the oldest hotel
east of Suez, is named after a five-hectare stretch
of ocean-side urban park along the coast of the
Indian Ocean. The hotel is in news for the death
of its 94-year old popular doorman, Kottarappu
Chattu Kuttan, who has graced the cover of
numerous travel magazines and has personally
ushered famous dignitaries.
Name the hotel. Visuals follow
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18.
His first name means ‘peaceful flight’. Dubbed the
Superman, after winning gold at the London
Olympics he has earned the reputation as one of
the greatest male gymnasts of all time; many even
rate him as the greatest. Identify him.
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19
This 2013 biopic, directed by Halil Erfat,
titled Album 61, is named after the 61 photo
albums his father meticulously maintained till
the championship match that he lost.
Name this person who popularized the
sport to a large extent in his adopted
country.
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20.
The name of this place literally translates to
‘Father of the Deer’ though some of the
Bedouins also referred to it with a name that
means ‘Mother of the Deer’. A branch of
Beni Yas Bedouins now rules this place.
Name it.
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21.
These visuals are projections for the
Doha World Cup 2022 and the Baku
Olympics 2016 stadiums. Which
architect firm, run by the grandson
of the chief architect of the Third
Reich, has done the designs ?
(Visuals follow)
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22.
Considered one of the most dangerous according
to a program titled ‘Most Extreme Airports’ (by
History Channel), the Lukla airport in Khumbu,
eastern Nepal is used primarily by enthusiasts
engaged in a particular activity. The airport was
renamed in 2008 to honour whom in a double-
barrelled way ?
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23.
This chess-set is part of whose first homeware
collection, launched at Harrods in 2014, with the
chess pieces representing city skylines ?
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24
The Epic of ___’ is regarded as the most treasured
expression of the national heritage of the Kyrgz
people. It is considered to be a great example of
epic poetry, that is composed and sung entirely in
oral form by various singers throughout the
centuries. The epic is a biographical cycle of three
generations of heroes, ____, his son Semetei and
grandson Seitek. Identify this great warrior who
united 40 clans of nomads against the Uyghurs. Fill
the blank. Visual follows.
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25
Milky Way-2 (English name) of China leads the
latest list published in November, a list that is
published in June and November every year.
Others in the current Top-10 include Titan, Sequoia
and Mira from US, K from Japan, Piz Daint from
Switzerland and JUQUEEN from Germany.
What is this list about ?
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SECTION III
25 questions
2 points each
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1.
“ _______ dragged us for 40 years through the
desert to bring us to the one place in the Middle
East where there was no ______.”
This is an iconic former Prime Minister talking
about a culture-hero.
Who is she talking about?
Fill the other blank as well.
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2.
In 1974, he was arrested and sentenced to five years in a
hard-labour camp for ‘homosexual behaviour and trafficking
art objects’ and other trumped-up charges. This resulted in
a decade-long hiatus from film-making. He busied himself
with collages and other artistic experiments before making
The Legend of Suram Fortress in 1985. Most notable
among his artistic experiments is a series titled Episodes
in the Life of ____ _____, shown in the next slide.
Name the director. Also fill the blanks.
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3. His office has released released several
pictures in the recent past showing him hard at
work, possibly in response to trending images
such as this one. Who? What is the trend
called?
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4. This group of 230-odd structures was declared a World
Heritage site along with a more well-known location in the
Song mountains. What is the common name for this
location? What is the more well-known location?
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5.
There are at least a hundred different species of
this plant genus listed on Wikipedia. It derives its
English and Latin names from a Persian word.
Botanists/gardening enthusiasts in China found it
unusually difficult to access information about the
genus for some time after January 2011.
Which species? Why?
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6.
He moved to New York and in 1980 became a
photographer for The Times, where he was noted
for his imaginative pictures of city scenes and
news events. He coined a metaphor to describe
events in the country he left behind that has
achieved a kind of immortality. When he returned,
he found that “the trees had grown taller, and
greener”.
Who? What phrase?
Visual follows—from his days with the NYT
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7.
There are approximately 1.33 million X in Burma’s
Rakhine province, but the country's 1982
Citizenship Law denies them citizenship in spite of
the fact that they have lived in Burma for
generations. The government calls them “Y"
instead-- a way of implying that they are illegal
immigrants.
Identify the ethnicity X.
What term Y does the government prefer?
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8.
The water shortages in this sporadically monsoon-
fed country are exacerbated by the fact that 40%
of the available water supply is diverted to the
cultivation of the species Catha edulis.
Which country? How is the species better
known?
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9.
This is one of the symbols associated with a sect
of Christianity. It symbolises the Trinity, but some
people also choose to see it as a representation of
the species Cedrus libani, a national/cultural
symbol.
Which sect? Identify the species.
Visual follows
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10. This port city’s name appears at least twice in
Shakespeare’s plays—probably because it was on
the Silk Route. Read this excerpt and identify
the play it is taken from. Also name the port.
“Set you down this;
And say besides, that in _ _ _ _ _ _once,
Where a malignant and a turban’d Turk
Beat a Venetian and traduced the state,
I took by the throat the circumcised dog,
And smote him, thus.”
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11.
This 2-hour long documentary takes its title from
the Nepal temple which is supposed to grant your
heart’s desire. It is split up into eleven 10-minute
segments because that's how long each trip on the
only available mode of transport takes. It's also the
exact amount of time the directors could film their
subjects with 16mm film.
Name the film/temple. Also name the mode of
transport. Visual follows.
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12. What’s missing? Also explain the left-right
connections.
?
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13.
According to The Economist, there are probably
more people of this ethnicity within one of China’s
provinces than in the country that takes its name
from people of that ethnic grouping.
Name the province and the country.
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14.
Bloggers in Japan made wry remarks about having
to rename a particular group of people flyjin on
account of their responses to the events of March
2011.
Which group of people?
Why was this name proposed?
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15.
15. Who ? Depicted as part of which group ?
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16.
Christopher Doyle is a cinematographer born in
Australia, but has spent most of his adult life in
Asia. Going by the Chinese name Du Kefeng, he
has collaborated with many top-notch Asian
directors. But he has worked fully or partially on
most of this particular director’s movies. Who ?
He was also responsible for the cinematography
of the music video titled ‘Dumbass’. Who is
featured in the video ? (Stills from the video
on next slide
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17.
17. These two legendary players (on the left) shared a
famous rivalry from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.
Identify both.
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18.
The English name of the book may appear like that of a
Clint Eastwood-directed, Angelina Jolie starrer. The plot-line
deals with the relationship of an author (who has a disabled
child) with his brother-in-law, a well-known film director,
who allegedly committed suicide, though several sources
claim that it was staged by a faction of Yakuza. Actually, the
story is a fictionalized account of Kenzaburo Oe’s
relationship with his brother-in-law.
Name the a) the book and b) the famous director, well-
known for films like Tampopo.
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19.
On a trip to Japan in the early 1980s, (a)____ asked Sony's
chairman Akio Morita why everyone in the company's factories wore
uniforms. He found that Sony had asked designer Issey Miyake to
create its uniform.
So (a)____ called Issey Miyake and asked him to design a vest for
him, "I came back with some samples and told everyone it would be
great if we would all wear these vests. Oh man, did I get booed off
the stage.“ In the process, however, he became friends with Miyake.
"So I asked Issey to make me some of his (b) ___ ____that I liked,
and he made me like a hundred of them.“
Who and what did Miyake design for him ?
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20.
a) Who is featured in the ad ? b) Ad for which
company ?
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21.
Located in the Andaman Sea, this island comprises of a dormant
volcano. Some say that its name is derived from the Sanskrit term for
‘pit of hell’. The bird shown in the picture is endemic to this island and
is endangered. Name the island and the bird.
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22.
"Pinoy-grams?“ "Here’s how it works. You are an Overseas Contract Worker.
Before you leave home for Saudi or Singapore, you buy or rent a little gizmo
from us. It’s about the size of a paperback book and encases a video camera,
a tiny screen, and a lot of memory. The components come from all over the
place—they are shipped to the free port at Subic and assembled in a
Nipponese plant there. Whenever you feel like communicating with home,
you turn it on, aim the camera at yourself and record a little video greeting
card. Then you plug the gizmo into a phone line and let it work its magic. …
The difference here is our software. We don’t try to send the video in real
time—that’s too expensive. We store the data at central servers, then take
advantage of lulls, when traffic is low ."
Two parts:
a) Pinoy is a term for the people of which country ?
b) Identify the 1999 techno-thriller by Neal Stephenson from which this
excerpt is taken.
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23.
Which famous person with an endangered species that is found
only in an island province of Indonesia? Also name the species.
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24. He began dating her in 1989 and they starred
in several films together. In 2008, they got married
in Bhutan, after being advised by the 17th Karmapa.
Identify the power couple.
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25.
These two interpretations (roughly) have been at the heart of a
controversy that has been raked up by a world leader:
Remarking on the position of the river and port, to which he gave
the name of San Salvador, he describes its mountains as lofty and
beautiful, like the Pena de las Enamoradas, and one of them has
another little hill on its summit, like a graceful mosque.
October 21, 1492 CE while his ship was sailing near Gibara on the
north-east coast of Cuba, he saw a mosque on top of a beautiful
mountain.
What is the controversy about?
Also name the world leader
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  • 2. ASIASWEEP 2014 ASIASWEEP 2014 Set by Dibyendu Das & Arul Mani
  • 4. ASIASWEEP 2014 Our thanks to: QFI-Chennai, K-Circle, SEQC, BQC, BCQC, Kutub Quizzers, Coimbatore Quiz Club, and the quizzing fraternities in Kolkata, Thrissur, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, and Tezpur. Thanks also to quizzing communities in Dubai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Bay Area, Paris, and Berlin
  • 5. ASIASWEEP 2014 Rules Three sections Section I: 10 questions Section II: 25 questions Section III: 25 two-pointers 85 points, not counting bonuses
  • 6. ASIASWEEP 2014 SECTION I 10 questions based on Google Doodles 1 point each Bonus of 2 points if you crack more than 4 Bonus of 3 if you crack more than 7
  • 7. ASIASWEEP 2014 1. Identify the director to whom this Doodle pays tribute.
  • 8. ASIASWEEP 2014 2. This is a tribute to the Duanwu observance, commonly called the ______ ______ festival. Fill blanks.
  • 9. ASIASWEEP 2014 3. The origins of the name of this festival are traced back to India. The doodles shown refer to two observances—water, symbolising the new, and the freeing of animals, to acquire merit. Either name the festival, or identify the Sanskrit word from which it is derived.
  • 10. ASIASWEEP 2014 4. This Doodle pays tribute to a real-life story of fidelity and dedication that inspired mass adulation in a certain Asian country, and a Richard Gere film in 2009. A 7-letter name will do.
  • 11. ASIASWEEP 2014 5. This Independence Day tribute appeared on 22 November, and contains a representation of the Pigeon Rocks, a natural formation in the Mediterranean Sea, outside the capital. Which city?
  • 12. ASIASWEEP 2014 6. This doodle pays tribute to a certain country’s first that did not run to a fairy-tale ending. Who?
  • 13. ASIASWEEP 2014 7. The subject of the tribute is Honinbo Shusaku, immortal among followers of a certain pursuit. What pursuit?
  • 14. ASIASWEEP 2014 8. This 2nd October observance is held to mark UNESCO giving intangible heritage status to a certain tradition. Name either the tradition or the country.
  • 15. ASIASWEEP 2014 9. This Doodle appeared on 9th October, the date on which a 15th century monarch announced a script for the language. By what name is this day known?
  • 16. ASIASWEEP 2014 10. The subject of this Doodle wrote a book on optics in 1015. His work will receive worldwide attention as part of the International Year of Light in 2015. Who?
  • 17. ASIASWEEP 2014 SECTION II 25 questions 1 point each
  • 18. ASIASWEEP 2014 1. Ukichiro Nakaya was a physicist who devoted his career to a fascination with objects that he described as ‘letters sent from heaven’. The museum dedicated to his memory in Kaga, Japan was built so as to pay tribute to this fascination. What did Nakaya study?
  • 20. ASIASWEEP 2014 2. Abu’l Hasan Ahmad ib’n Ibrahim Al-Uqlidisi wrote a work on the use of decimal fractions in 952 AD. The title of this work is often translated as Chapters in Indian Mathematics. He took (or was given) his name in tribute to whom?
  • 21. ASIASWEEP 2014 3. This building on Zi Wa Ka Street attracts devout local Muslims who believe that the man who died here in 1862 had special powers. The numbers grew after the actual grave was discovered in 1991. Either name this person OR the city where the building is located?
  • 23. ASIASWEEP 2014 4. From this visual, you can see that some effort has gone into preserving a particular feature of Sir Charles Pawsey’s residence from the 1940s. Why OR what are we talking about?
  • 25. ASIASWEEP 2014 5. Ken Jennings, in his book Maphead, refers to an anomaly caused by socioeconomic factors. A certain country, viewed from a spaceship, can seem like an island by night while visibly being part of a peninsula by day. Which country are we talking about? Visuals follow.
  • 27. ASIASWEEP 2014 6. Andy Kirkpatrick’s book PsychoVertical, Robert McFarlane’s The Wild Places and Audrey Salkeld’s biography of Leni Riefenstahl have all been awarded the Boardman Tasker Prize in the recent past. This prize for a specific book category was set up in memory of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker who passed away in 1982 while pursuing this interest. For what is the prize awarded?
  • 28. ASIASWEEP 2014 7. If you look at the areas marked in stand-out colours, these two maps present slightly different accounts of what phenomenon?
  • 31. ASIASWEEP 2014 8. These are two similar monuments, located in Baojia Caozi village of Ürümqi city, Xinjiang province, China and Kyzyl, capital of Tuva. What middling distinction are these places battling for? Visuals follow
  • 34. ASIASWEEP 2014 9. The Greek word for work is a forgotten unit now, but its Arabic homophone still finds use as the preferred term for areas of mobile sand that stretch beyond 125 square kilometres. What word?
  • 35. ASIASWEEP 2014 10. The simple explanation is that the locals figured out a way of using the hollowed out trunks of the betel-nut species to guide Ficus elastica’s propensity to traverse small distances rather elaborately. Each transit may have taken about ten years, and the entire system is thought to be five hundred years old or more. What are we talking about?
  • 36. ASIASWEEP 2014 11. The Dalang must sit behind a screen (kelir) made of white cotton stretched on a wooden frame. He sits cross-legged for nine successive hours and cannot get up from his seat until six o'clock the next morning. He must strike a rattle with his right foot almost incessantly. Both his hands are constantly busy; he must speak in different voices, tell jokes, and even sing every now and then. What does the Dalang practise thus, nearly all by himself?
  • 37. ASIASWEEP 2014 12. The subject of this painting by Velázquez is an Austrian princess who was married off to her own uncle, Philip IV of Spain. This marriage was definitely responsible for her one deep claim to fame. Just name her.
  • 39. ASIASWEEP 2014 13. This company wears its heart not so much on its sleeve as on its tail—the last letter of their logotype is a scrawled heart. Their best-known brand first appeared on a vinyl coin purse, and usually has its height and weight described in a certain number of apples. Name the company or the brand.
  • 40. ASIASWEEP 2014 14. For British historian Neil MacGregor, the precariously poised boats symbolise the anxieties of a nation under pressure from foreign gunboats. For local critics, the three boats symbolise serenity under pressure. What are they disagreeing about?
  • 41. ASIASWEEP 2014 15. When Hu Jintao met George W. Bush in 2006, many believed that his choice of gift was a delicately poised barb aimed at a helplessly over- committed man. The gift was several copies of a 6000-word booklet in expensive Zheijiang silk. This choice drew much comment and analysis. What did Hu give Dubya?
  • 42. ASIASWEEP 2014 16. Micheline Aharonian Marcom’s book Three Apples Fell from Heaven, set in the years 1915- 1917 period, is an account of a massacre. Raphael Lemkin, a Polish lawyer, was explicitly moved by this annihilation to coin the word genocide. Which massacre is the subject of Marcom’s book?
  • 43. ASIASWEEP 2014 17. This iconic hotel, believed to be the oldest hotel east of Suez, is named after a five-hectare stretch of ocean-side urban park along the coast of the Indian Ocean. The hotel is in news for the death of its 94-year old popular doorman, Kottarappu Chattu Kuttan, who has graced the cover of numerous travel magazines and has personally ushered famous dignitaries. Name the hotel. Visuals follow
  • 46. ASIASWEEP 2014 18. His first name means ‘peaceful flight’. Dubbed the Superman, after winning gold at the London Olympics he has earned the reputation as one of the greatest male gymnasts of all time; many even rate him as the greatest. Identify him.
  • 47. ASIASWEEP 2014 19 This 2013 biopic, directed by Halil Erfat, titled Album 61, is named after the 61 photo albums his father meticulously maintained till the championship match that he lost. Name this person who popularized the sport to a large extent in his adopted country.
  • 48. ASIASWEEP 2014 20. The name of this place literally translates to ‘Father of the Deer’ though some of the Bedouins also referred to it with a name that means ‘Mother of the Deer’. A branch of Beni Yas Bedouins now rules this place. Name it.
  • 49. ASIASWEEP 2014 21. These visuals are projections for the Doha World Cup 2022 and the Baku Olympics 2016 stadiums. Which architect firm, run by the grandson of the chief architect of the Third Reich, has done the designs ? (Visuals follow)
  • 52. ASIASWEEP 2014 22. Considered one of the most dangerous according to a program titled ‘Most Extreme Airports’ (by History Channel), the Lukla airport in Khumbu, eastern Nepal is used primarily by enthusiasts engaged in a particular activity. The airport was renamed in 2008 to honour whom in a double- barrelled way ?
  • 53. ASIASWEEP 2014 23. This chess-set is part of whose first homeware collection, launched at Harrods in 2014, with the chess pieces representing city skylines ?
  • 54. ASIASWEEP 2014 24 The Epic of ___’ is regarded as the most treasured expression of the national heritage of the Kyrgz people. It is considered to be a great example of epic poetry, that is composed and sung entirely in oral form by various singers throughout the centuries. The epic is a biographical cycle of three generations of heroes, ____, his son Semetei and grandson Seitek. Identify this great warrior who united 40 clans of nomads against the Uyghurs. Fill the blank. Visual follows.
  • 56. ASIASWEEP 2014 25 Milky Way-2 (English name) of China leads the latest list published in November, a list that is published in June and November every year. Others in the current Top-10 include Titan, Sequoia and Mira from US, K from Japan, Piz Daint from Switzerland and JUQUEEN from Germany. What is this list about ?
  • 57. ASIASWEEP 2014 SECTION III 25 questions 2 points each
  • 58. ASIASWEEP 2014 1. “ _______ dragged us for 40 years through the desert to bring us to the one place in the Middle East where there was no ______.” This is an iconic former Prime Minister talking about a culture-hero. Who is she talking about? Fill the other blank as well.
  • 59. ASIASWEEP 2014 2. In 1974, he was arrested and sentenced to five years in a hard-labour camp for ‘homosexual behaviour and trafficking art objects’ and other trumped-up charges. This resulted in a decade-long hiatus from film-making. He busied himself with collages and other artistic experiments before making The Legend of Suram Fortress in 1985. Most notable among his artistic experiments is a series titled Episodes in the Life of ____ _____, shown in the next slide. Name the director. Also fill the blanks.
  • 61. ASIASWEEP 2014 3. His office has released released several pictures in the recent past showing him hard at work, possibly in response to trending images such as this one. Who? What is the trend called?
  • 63. ASIASWEEP 2014 4. This group of 230-odd structures was declared a World Heritage site along with a more well-known location in the Song mountains. What is the common name for this location? What is the more well-known location?
  • 64. ASIASWEEP 2014 5. There are at least a hundred different species of this plant genus listed on Wikipedia. It derives its English and Latin names from a Persian word. Botanists/gardening enthusiasts in China found it unusually difficult to access information about the genus for some time after January 2011. Which species? Why?
  • 65. ASIASWEEP 2014 6. He moved to New York and in 1980 became a photographer for The Times, where he was noted for his imaginative pictures of city scenes and news events. He coined a metaphor to describe events in the country he left behind that has achieved a kind of immortality. When he returned, he found that “the trees had grown taller, and greener”. Who? What phrase? Visual follows—from his days with the NYT
  • 67. ASIASWEEP 2014 7. There are approximately 1.33 million X in Burma’s Rakhine province, but the country's 1982 Citizenship Law denies them citizenship in spite of the fact that they have lived in Burma for generations. The government calls them “Y" instead-- a way of implying that they are illegal immigrants. Identify the ethnicity X. What term Y does the government prefer?
  • 68. ASIASWEEP 2014 8. The water shortages in this sporadically monsoon- fed country are exacerbated by the fact that 40% of the available water supply is diverted to the cultivation of the species Catha edulis. Which country? How is the species better known?
  • 69. ASIASWEEP 2014 9. This is one of the symbols associated with a sect of Christianity. It symbolises the Trinity, but some people also choose to see it as a representation of the species Cedrus libani, a national/cultural symbol. Which sect? Identify the species. Visual follows
  • 71. ASIASWEEP 2014 10. This port city’s name appears at least twice in Shakespeare’s plays—probably because it was on the Silk Route. Read this excerpt and identify the play it is taken from. Also name the port. “Set you down this; And say besides, that in _ _ _ _ _ _once, Where a malignant and a turban’d Turk Beat a Venetian and traduced the state, I took by the throat the circumcised dog, And smote him, thus.”
  • 72. ASIASWEEP 2014 11. This 2-hour long documentary takes its title from the Nepal temple which is supposed to grant your heart’s desire. It is split up into eleven 10-minute segments because that's how long each trip on the only available mode of transport takes. It's also the exact amount of time the directors could film their subjects with 16mm film. Name the film/temple. Also name the mode of transport. Visual follows.
  • 74. ASIASWEEP 2014 12. What’s missing? Also explain the left-right connections. ?
  • 75. ASIASWEEP 2014 13. According to The Economist, there are probably more people of this ethnicity within one of China’s provinces than in the country that takes its name from people of that ethnic grouping. Name the province and the country.
  • 76. ASIASWEEP 2014 14. Bloggers in Japan made wry remarks about having to rename a particular group of people flyjin on account of their responses to the events of March 2011. Which group of people? Why was this name proposed?
  • 77. ASIASWEEP 2014 15. 15. Who ? Depicted as part of which group ?
  • 78. ASIASWEEP 2014 16. Christopher Doyle is a cinematographer born in Australia, but has spent most of his adult life in Asia. Going by the Chinese name Du Kefeng, he has collaborated with many top-notch Asian directors. But he has worked fully or partially on most of this particular director’s movies. Who ? He was also responsible for the cinematography of the music video titled ‘Dumbass’. Who is featured in the video ? (Stills from the video on next slide
  • 80. ASIASWEEP 2014 17. 17. These two legendary players (on the left) shared a famous rivalry from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. Identify both.
  • 81. ASIASWEEP 2014 18. The English name of the book may appear like that of a Clint Eastwood-directed, Angelina Jolie starrer. The plot-line deals with the relationship of an author (who has a disabled child) with his brother-in-law, a well-known film director, who allegedly committed suicide, though several sources claim that it was staged by a faction of Yakuza. Actually, the story is a fictionalized account of Kenzaburo Oe’s relationship with his brother-in-law. Name the a) the book and b) the famous director, well- known for films like Tampopo.
  • 82. ASIASWEEP 2014 19. On a trip to Japan in the early 1980s, (a)____ asked Sony's chairman Akio Morita why everyone in the company's factories wore uniforms. He found that Sony had asked designer Issey Miyake to create its uniform. So (a)____ called Issey Miyake and asked him to design a vest for him, "I came back with some samples and told everyone it would be great if we would all wear these vests. Oh man, did I get booed off the stage.“ In the process, however, he became friends with Miyake. "So I asked Issey to make me some of his (b) ___ ____that I liked, and he made me like a hundred of them.“ Who and what did Miyake design for him ?
  • 83. ASIASWEEP 2014 20. a) Who is featured in the ad ? b) Ad for which company ?
  • 84. ASIASWEEP 2014 21. Located in the Andaman Sea, this island comprises of a dormant volcano. Some say that its name is derived from the Sanskrit term for ‘pit of hell’. The bird shown in the picture is endemic to this island and is endangered. Name the island and the bird.
  • 86. ASIASWEEP 2014 22. "Pinoy-grams?“ "Here’s how it works. You are an Overseas Contract Worker. Before you leave home for Saudi or Singapore, you buy or rent a little gizmo from us. It’s about the size of a paperback book and encases a video camera, a tiny screen, and a lot of memory. The components come from all over the place—they are shipped to the free port at Subic and assembled in a Nipponese plant there. Whenever you feel like communicating with home, you turn it on, aim the camera at yourself and record a little video greeting card. Then you plug the gizmo into a phone line and let it work its magic. … The difference here is our software. We don’t try to send the video in real time—that’s too expensive. We store the data at central servers, then take advantage of lulls, when traffic is low ." Two parts: a) Pinoy is a term for the people of which country ? b) Identify the 1999 techno-thriller by Neal Stephenson from which this excerpt is taken.
  • 87. ASIASWEEP 2014 23. Which famous person with an endangered species that is found only in an island province of Indonesia? Also name the species.
  • 88. ASIASWEEP 2014 24. He began dating her in 1989 and they starred in several films together. In 2008, they got married in Bhutan, after being advised by the 17th Karmapa. Identify the power couple.
  • 91. ASIASWEEP 2014 25. These two interpretations (roughly) have been at the heart of a controversy that has been raked up by a world leader: Remarking on the position of the river and port, to which he gave the name of San Salvador, he describes its mountains as lofty and beautiful, like the Pena de las Enamoradas, and one of them has another little hill on its summit, like a graceful mosque. October 21, 1492 CE while his ship was sailing near Gibara on the north-east coast of Cuba, he saw a mosque on top of a beautiful mountain. What is the controversy about? Also name the world leader
  • 92. ASIASWEEP 2014 Hand your sheets in Thank you!