• 15 questions.15 questions.
• Infinite Bounce + PounceInfinite Bounce + Pounce
• Flat scoring of 10 points.Flat scoring of 10 points.
• Half points, if any, is totally QM’sHalf points, if any, is totally QM’s
While addressing students at the American University,While addressing students at the American University,
Canadian PM Justin TrudeauCanadian PM Justin Trudeau, a student laughingly, a student laughingly
mentioned that it was really great to see so many ___s inmentioned that it was really great to see so many ___s in
his cabinet, a ripple of laughter ran through the room.his cabinet, a ripple of laughter ran through the room.
Trudeau responded by saying,Trudeau responded by saying, ‘I have more ___s in my‘I have more ___s in my
Cabinet than Modi does.’Cabinet than Modi does.’ In fact,In fact, Canadian govt. has 4Canadian govt. has 4
compared tocompared to 2 in Indian govt.2 in Indian govt.
What is it all about?What is it all about?
(Clue - Maneka Gandhi is one of the two Indians mentioned(Clue - Maneka Gandhi is one of the two Indians mentioned
in the question)in the question)
Rene Francois ArmandRene Francois Armand, son of a, son of a French shopkeeperFrench shopkeeper,,
wanted to become anwanted to become an engineerengineer, but an eye disease, but an eye disease
terminated his training at a polytechnic institute. Heterminated his training at a polytechnic institute. He
then turned tothen turned to philosophyphilosophy and finally to the subject forand finally to the subject for
which became famous, he once declared to put sciencewhich became famous, he once declared to put science
in his field of expertise.in his field of expertise.
He is theHe is the first personfirst person in ain a prestigious listprestigious list which tillwhich till
date hasdate has 112 names112 names..
WhoWho was he?was he?
Sully PrudhommeSully Prudhomme
Noble Laureate in Literature)
X, a picteresqueX, a picteresque islandisland located in thelocated in the Tyrhennian SeaTyrhennian Sea, is, is
well known for the villas owned by Norman Douglas,well known for the villas owned by Norman Douglas,
Emil von Behring, Mariah Carey and Maxim Gorky. X’sEmil von Behring, Mariah Carey and Maxim Gorky. X’s
another claim to fame is aanother claim to fame is a popular dress-itempopular dress-item introducedintroduced
in 1948 by designer Sonja de Lennart. But in recent times,in 1948 by designer Sonja de Lennart. But in recent times,
a person with the surname Y has put this place ina person with the surname Y has put this place in globalglobal
attentionattention as Y etymologicallyas Y etymologically originates from Xoriginates from X too. Atoo. A
group of people (having the family name Y) originallygroup of people (having the family name Y) originally
belonged to X.belonged to X.
WhichWhich family namefamily name is being talked about?is being talked about?
As per theAs per the recently signedrecently signed three-year deal, described asthree-year deal, described as
aa marriage between two iconic namesmarriage between two iconic names, if Mr. Sanjay-, if Mr. Sanjay-
helmedhelmed Gulf OilGulf Oil is the bride who/what is the groom?is the bride who/what is the groom?
Rock hyraxRock hyrax, a small, a small furry mammalfurry mammal that lives in rockythat lives in rocky
landscapes across sub-Saharan Africa and along the coastlandscapes across sub-Saharan Africa and along the coast
of the Arabian peninsula, superficiallyof the Arabian peninsula, superficially resembling aresembling a
guinea pigguinea pig with short ears and tail.with short ears and tail.
WhichWhich land animalland animal is theis the closest living relativeclosest living relative to it?to it?
As per historical records, it wasAs per historical records, it was invented in the Middleinvented in the Middle
EastEast – probably in Persia,– probably in Persia, for horsemenfor horsemen to keep theirto keep their
feet firmly in the stirrups. It made its way to Europe infeet firmly in the stirrups. It made its way to Europe in
the 16the 16thth
Century, when men started to wear them asCentury, when men started to wear them as
fashion statementsfashion statements.. Louis XIVLouis XIV had them decorated withhad them decorated with
battle scenes to show his manliness. Hisbattle scenes to show his manliness. His courtiers usedcourtiers used
red-coloured onesred-coloured ones to show they belonged to the court.to show they belonged to the court.
WhichWhich fashion accessoryfashion accessory, in news because of a 2016, in news because of a 2016
bolly-venture, is being talked about?bolly-venture, is being talked about?
Breaking away from aBreaking away from a 90-year old tradition90-year old tradition, it has been, it has been
decided to implement thedecided to implement the full versionfull version from thefrom the halfhalf
onesones. The. The colour schemecolour scheme is also going to be changedis also going to be changed
from something which was originally prepared fromfrom something which was originally prepared from aa
dye made from the native mazari palmdye made from the native mazari palm to somethingto something
whichwhich ‘‘looks good and is available in all places’looks good and is available in all places’. The. The
acceptability factor to the younger generation is alsoacceptability factor to the younger generation is also
projected as a major reason.projected as a major reason.
What theWhat the changechange is all about?is all about?
RSS has decided to introduce brown fullRSS has decided to introduce brown full
pants in place of khaki half pantspants in place of khaki half pants
Consisting of half gas and half rock and ice,Consisting of half gas and half rock and ice,
Kepler-16bKepler-16b is anis an extrasolar planeextrasolar planet which orbits the start which orbits the star
Kepler-16 and is theKepler-16 and is the first of a particular kindfirst of a particular kind of planetof planet
due to a very special feature.due to a very special feature.
To explain this unique case ofTo explain this unique case of reality-imitating-fictionreality-imitating-fiction,,
whatwhat nickname for Kepler-16bnickname for Kepler-16b has been proposed byhas been proposed by
the Smithsonian Center?the Smithsonian Center?
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This song from aThis song from a critically acclaimed moviecritically acclaimed movie whichwhich
shares its name withshares its name with a laboratory devicea laboratory device used toused to connectconnect
the oxidation and reduction half-cellsthe oxidation and reduction half-cells of a galvanic cell,of a galvanic cell,
is one of seven songs from its soundtrack that wereis one of seven songs from its soundtrack that were
submitted in thesubmitted in the Original Song category for the 88Original Song category for the 88thth
Academy AwardsAcademy Awards. This is the highest number of songs. This is the highest number of songs
submitted from any film this year.submitted from any film this year.
NameName the singer & the film.the singer & the film.
Subhamita & Salt BridgeSubhamita & Salt Bridge
According to one theory, which annual sporting eventAccording to one theory, which annual sporting event
is supposed to have got it’s name from this toy?is supposed to have got it’s name from this toy?
Loosely based on aLoosely based on a
traditional Inuit greetingtraditional Inuit greeting
calledcalled kunikkunik, the act of, the act of
pressing the tip ofpressing the tip of one’sone’s
nose against another’snose against another’s was was
documented for the firstdocumented for the first
time in time in Robert Flaherty’sRobert Flaherty’s
1922 docu-film 1922 docu-film Nanook ofNanook of
the Norththe North..
WhatWhat is it called?is it called?
One of the main reasons for not using any harmfulOne of the main reasons for not using any harmful
gases during WWII was the widespread publicgases during WWII was the widespread public
abhorrence. After the huge no. of casualties in WWI,abhorrence. After the huge no. of casualties in WWI,
gas masksgas masks were produced and distributed generouslywere produced and distributed generously
by both the sides. Theby both the sides. The shape and sizeshape and size of these gasof these gas
masks was said to bemasks was said to be chiefly responsiblechiefly responsible for a subtlefor a subtle
change in appearancechange in appearance of someone which gainedof someone which gained iconiciconic
statusstatus in the years to come.in the years to come.
Put funda.Put funda.
Hitler’s MoustacheHitler’s Moustache
(Earlier it used to be very bushy and ‘Kaiser Style’.
He had to trim it to fit it into the mask)
Through this number, Lady Gaga paid herThrough this number, Lady Gaga paid her tribute totribute to
two geniusestwo geniuses – one through the– one through the lyricslyrics and anotherand another
through thethrough the imageryimagery..
Identify both of them.Identify both of them.
Stanley Kubrick & Alfred HitchcockStanley Kubrick & Alfred Hitchcock
As the legend goes,As the legend goes, VenusVenus - the goddess of love, once- the goddess of love, once
stayed at the local tavernstayed at the local tavern in the town of Castelfrancoin the town of Castelfranco
Emilia. The innkeeper spied on his guest through theEmilia. The innkeeper spied on his guest through the
keyhole of her room and got akeyhole of her room and got a partial glimpsepartial glimpse of herof her
beautiful body. Struck by what he saw, he rushed tobeautiful body. Struck by what he saw, he rushed to
his kitchen and made something.his kitchen and made something.
WhichWhich variation of a popular food itemvariation of a popular food item is thus born?is thus born?
AroundAround 4,500 people4,500 people inhabiting in one of theinhabiting in one of the remotestremotest
placeplace havinghaving world’s most isolated hospitalworld’s most isolated hospital,, policepolice
stationstation, prison, distillery, cathedral and a cricket, prison, distillery, cathedral and a cricket
ground is going to have it’s ownground is going to have it’s own international airportinternational airport
after mooting the idea for 70 years.after mooting the idea for 70 years.
Identify this place ofIdentify this place of historical importancehistorical importance whosewhose
residents are known as ‘Saints’residents are known as ‘Saints’..
In countries likeIn countries like MalaysiaMalaysia,,
suchsuch arrow-marksarrow-marks are seen onare seen on
the ceilings and/or at otherthe ceilings and/or at other
prominent places in the hotelprominent places in the hotel
rooms. These are known as therooms. These are known as the
QiblahQiblah, also transliterated as, also transliterated as
QiblaQibla,, KiblahKiblah, Kible, Kiblat or, Kible, Kiblat or
What do these signsWhat do these signs indicateindicate??
Fixed as the direction of the Kaaba inFixed as the direction of the Kaaba in
Mecca, the arrow shows the direction thatMecca, the arrow shows the direction that
a Muslim should face while prayinga Muslim should face while praying
Evidently disturbedEvidently disturbed
by the alleged anti-by the alleged anti-
national activitiesnational activities
at the JNU, whichat the JNU, which
Padma ShriPadma Shri
awardee hasawardee has
written thiswritten this heartheart
touching poemtouching poem??
• Non-exhaustive clues.Non-exhaustive clues.
• One try for the theme answer after each clue.One try for the theme answer after each clue.
• Marks for theMarks for the Theme-AnswerTheme-Answer is given in everyis given in every
• Individual answers will fetch 5 marks each.Individual answers will fetch 5 marks each.
• 15 questions.15 questions.
• Infinite Bounce + PounceInfinite Bounce + Pounce
• Flat scoring of 10 points.Flat scoring of 10 points.
• Half points, if any, is totally QM’sHalf points, if any, is totally QM’s
A phrase traditionally used in U.S. prisons toA phrase traditionally used in U.S. prisons to
announceannounce a condemned prisoner being taken to thea condemned prisoner being taken to the
place of executionplace of execution, has come into prominence for, has come into prominence for
whichwhich eponymously titled venture in 1995eponymously titled venture in 1995??
As revealed in an official enquiry, a split-secondAs revealed in an official enquiry, a split-second
decision to decision to replace David Blairreplace David Blair with more experiencedwith more experienced
Charles LightollerCharles Lightoller started the whole drama asstarted the whole drama as BlairBlair
forgot to hand over a keyforgot to hand over a key to him. The key, auctionedto him. The key, auctioned
in 2014 with similar remaining artefacts,in 2014 with similar remaining artefacts, forced Fredforced Fred
Fleet not to use a particular itemFleet not to use a particular item which could havewhich could have
avoided a history-changing event.avoided a history-changing event.
What was it all about?What was it all about?
Titanic Disaster might be avoided ifTitanic Disaster might be avoided if
the key to the locker room havingthe key to the locker room having
binocular was available to the crewbinocular was available to the crew
According to some sources, theseAccording to some sources, these emotionsemotions were thewere the
responsible factors : anger, pride, jealousy, happiness,responsible factors : anger, pride, jealousy, happiness,
sadness, fear, selfishness, passion, ambition andsadness, fear, selfishness, passion, ambition and
intellect. Some other sources said, these wereintellect. Some other sources said, these were
symbolization ofsymbolization of 6 Shastras6 Shastras andand 4 Vedas4 Vedas..
Put funda.Put funda.
On 16On 16thth
Dec, 1965, asDec, 1965, as US astronauts Wally Schirra andUS astronauts Wally Schirra and
Tom StaffordTom Stafford were preparing to re-enter the Earth’swere preparing to re-enter the Earth’s
atmosphere inatmosphere in Gemini VIGemini VI, Stafford contacted Mission, Stafford contacted Mission
Control to report an UFO. Before any reply from theControl to report an UFO. Before any reply from the
Control Room, they startedControl Room, they started playing X on harmonica,playing X on harmonica,
accompanied by sleigh bellsaccompanied by sleigh bells. Thus, X,. Thus, X, originallyoriginally
commissioned for Thanksgiving Day celebrationscommissioned for Thanksgiving Day celebrations,,
became the first tune played live in space.became the first tune played live in space.
What is X?What is X?
The cities ofThe cities of HalifaxHalifax andand WindsorWindsor in Nova Scotia bothin Nova Scotia both
stake a claim of thestake a claim of the first recorded instancefirst recorded instance, as do, as do
MontrealMontreal andand KingstonKingston. But the earliest record is an. But the earliest record is an
engravingengraving which showed somewhich showed some activities on theactivities on the
ThamesThames. Some of the earliest known exponents were. Some of the earliest known exponents were
Charles DarwinCharles Darwin,, Prince AlbertPrince Albert andand Edward VIIEdward VII..
Soldiers later took it to Canada.Soldiers later took it to Canada.
TheThe first Earlfirst Earl was given a choice of towns to namewas given a choice of towns to name
himself when he washimself when he was offered a peerageoffered a peerage. He couldn’t. He couldn’t
pick thepick the city of Portsmouthcity of Portsmouth as there had already beenas there had already been
an existing Lord Portsmouth. So he went for hisan existing Lord Portsmouth. So he went for his
second choicesecond choice, a, a coastal towncoastal town, because his fleet was, because his fleet was
anchored nearby.anchored nearby.
This particular incident, years laterThis particular incident, years later came intocame into
consideration during the namingconsideration during the naming of what in theof what in the
One suggestion is thatOne suggestion is that lower temparature during thelower temparature during the
Little Ice AgeLittle Ice Age of the late 17of the late 17thth
Century lad to slower treeCentury lad to slower tree
growth, producinggrowth, producing denser wooddenser wood. Others believe that a. Others believe that a
secret ingredient was addedsecret ingredient was added to the varnish. Anotherto the varnish. Another
school of thought wasschool of thought was magically endowed wood frommagically endowed wood from
ancient churchesancient churches were responsible.were responsible.
All these areAll these are probable reasonsprobable reasons for what?for what?
High quality of Stradivarius ViolinsHigh quality of Stradivarius Violins
Tennis sensation Johanna Konta whoTennis sensation Johanna Konta who represents Britain,represents Britain,
was born in Australia to Hungarian parentswas born in Australia to Hungarian parents. She. She
jokingly refers herself as thejokingly refers herself as the female version offemale version of
David WebbDavid Webb whom we first heard of in a 1980 novel.whom we first heard of in a 1980 novel.
How is David WebbHow is David Webb better knownbetter known to us?to us?
Named because of aNamed because of a 100-ft bronze statue100-ft bronze statue of anof an
Emperor in the vicinity, this place has had a variedEmperor in the vicinity, this place has had a varied
career. Starting from its use as acareer. Starting from its use as a ChurchChurch and aand a
CemeteryCemetery, it became a, it became a quarryquarry, a, a rubbish pitrubbish pit and alsoand also
an earlier form of aan earlier form of a shopping mallshopping mall. Moreover, Pope. Moreover, Pope
Sixtus V tried to convert it into aSixtus V tried to convert it into a wool factorywool factory toto
address employment issues of the local prostitutes.address employment issues of the local prostitutes.
WhichWhich well-known landmarkwell-known landmark is this?is this?
‘‘‘‘Everything was shut down for four days. NoEverything was shut down for four days. No
newspapers, no radio, no TV...and the athletesnewspapers, no radio, no TV...and the athletes
weren’t allowed outside their rooms, so I guess thereweren’t allowed outside their rooms, so I guess there
was me’’was me’’ --- which--- which Olympic medal winnerOlympic medal winner, in a, in a
lighter veinlighter vein, said these words about himself/herself?, said these words about himself/herself?
Leander Paes talking about MunichLeander Paes talking about Munich
Olympics where Vaes Paes & JenniferOlympics where Vaes Paes & Jennifer
Paes both represented IndiaPaes both represented India
First used in the 1960s, it was theFirst used in the 1960s, it was the doctor’s slangdoctor’s slang forfor
elderly femaleselderly females. At times, doctors extended it to show. At times, doctors extended it to show
that thesethat these ladies were in not any kind of distressladies were in not any kind of distress..
NASA’s Apollo mission computers in the 1960s & 1970sNASA’s Apollo mission computers in the 1960s & 1970s
usedused ___ Memory___ Memory, named thus for the former, named thus for the former femalefemale
textile workerstextile workers who literally wove the software togetherwho literally wove the software together
out of copper wireout of copper wire..
What, from theWhat, from the world of lexiconworld of lexicon that has been part ofthat has been part of
OED since 2011OED since 2011 because of itsbecause of its modern usagemodern usage, is being, is being
referred to?referred to?
Contrary to popular belief –Contrary to popular belief – a metronome, a buzzer, aa metronome, a buzzer, a
harmonium and even electric shocksharmonium and even electric shocks were used butwere used but
not the most popular itemnot the most popular item the venture was mostlythe venture was mostly
associated with. British philosopher Bertrand Russellassociated with. British philosopher Bertrand Russell
hailed this particular venture ashailed this particular venture as essential to ouressential to our
understanding of the philosophy of mindunderstanding of the philosophy of mind. Aldous. Aldous
Huxley used it as aHuxley used it as a major theme inmajor theme in ‘Brave New‘Brave New
WhichWhich projectproject was this?was this?
It began as a ‘It began as a ‘small garden structuresmall garden structure’, but ambitions’, but ambitions
soared as the local authorities realised that it couldsoared as the local authorities realised that it could
makemake SwiebodzinSwiebodzin, a sleepy town, a site of, a sleepy town, a site of pilgrimagepilgrimage
for Polish Catholicsfor Polish Catholics. Finally, the town-people decided. Finally, the town-people decided
to make itto make it 108 ft tall108 ft tall which eventually make it to top awhich eventually make it to top a
certain list.certain list.
What is theWhat is the significance of 108 ftsignificance of 108 ft mentioned in thismentioned in this
108 ft is equal to 33 mts, which was the108 ft is equal to 33 mts, which was the
age of Jesus Christage of Jesus Christ
ThisThis model-cum-best selling author-cum-lifestylemodel-cum-best selling author-cum-lifestyle
guruguru’s love affair was’s love affair was strangely cut shortstrangely cut short because ofbecause of
her thenher then boy friend’s Oscar winning performanceboy friend’s Oscar winning performance as aas a
‘good man, trapped in an insane mind’‘good man, trapped in an insane mind’..
Identify theIdentify the actor-boyfriendactor-boyfriend of this lady.of this lady.
(Clue - The film became the 3(Clue - The film became the 3rdrd
, and so far the last, movie, and so far the last, movie
in a certain elite list of achievers.in a certain elite list of achievers.))
(vis of the lady during her modelling days – next slide)(vis of the lady during her modelling days – next slide)
X once told that he was writing copy for a St. LouisX once told that he was writing copy for a St. Louis
ad-agency and came across an invoice ofad-agency and came across an invoice of NationalNational
Association of Retail DruggistsAssociation of Retail Druggists (now known as(now known as
National Community Pharmacists Association). TheNational Community Pharmacists Association). The
namename of the organisationof the organisation sounded pretty appealingsounded pretty appealing toto
him and afterhim and after a little changea little change to it he tried to put in histo it he tried to put in his
latest work.latest work.
Who/what was thusWho/what was thus createdcreated??
According to one school of thought, this geographicalAccording to one school of thought, this geographical
entity isentity is namednamed after theafter the sounds of parrotssounds of parrots thatthat
inhabited the region. Others say, that it got its nameinhabited the region. Others say, that it got its name
from thefrom the Sanskrit word for Lobster or crabSanskrit word for Lobster or crab..
Identify this entity which can also be found in a veryIdentify this entity which can also be found in a very
celebrated work of artcelebrated work of art..
DespiteDespite losing the first matchlosing the first match of the ICC T20of the ICC T20 versusversus
New ZealandNew Zealand, the ever-hopeful Indian supporters are, the ever-hopeful Indian supporters are
wishing that the losswishing that the loss will bring good resultswill bring good results in future.in future.
Their predictions areTheir predictions are based on India’s performancesbased on India’s performances
in two earlier premier championshipsin two earlier premier championships which Indiawhich India
Precisely, what are thePrecisely, what are the two specific incidentstwo specific incidents cited bycited by
the fans?the fans?
In 2011 50-overs WC, India lost just 1In 2011 50-overs WC, India lost just 1
game, that to South Africa. It wasgame, that to South Africa. It was
played inplayed in NagpurNagpur..
In 2007 WC, the only team India lostIn 2007 WC, the only team India lost
on the way to winning theon the way to winning the
inaugural World T20, wasinaugural World T20, was NZNZ..