The Illuminati Quiz 2013 at Model Engineering College, Kochi - The Prelims


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The Illuminati Quiz 2013 at Model Engineering College, Kochi - The Prelims

  1. 1. Ze Prelims
  2. 2.  37 questions  Questions 11-20 are starred and will be used to resolve ties, if any  Top 8 teams in the finals
  3. 3.  This ominous composition titled ‘Approaching Menace’ is the most famous work of British composer Neil Richardson.  Where has it most famously been used?  Audio Removed.  Link -
  4. 4.  Pictured is an exhibit at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.  What is it a memorial to?  Image in the next slide.
  5. 5.   In the 1970s, police cars in the UK changed from the traditional blue and white colour scheme to white with a broad orange/red reflective stripes along the side. What nickname did they earn as a result?
  6. 6. This device, used very rarely, was the subject of a lot of media coverage a few months back. What purpose does it serve?
  7. 7.  They trace their roots to rudimentary versions worn by farmers in Scotland and Ireland using leather with perforations so as to allow water to drain while crossing wet terrains.  Today, these perforations serve decorative purposes and also distinguish between different types of the item in question.  What are we talking about?
  8. 8. What do these road signs (found in specific European/Asian locations) signify? OR What has been blanked out?
  9. 9.  The term was first used to describe spherical glass particles with one of the hemispheres hydrophilic and the other hydrophobic. Today, the term applies to nanoparticles whose surfaces have two (or more) distinct physical properties that allows two different types of chemistry to occur on the same particle.  What term?  Image in the next slide.
  10. 10.  Madonna performed at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on 9 Oct 2012. One of the featured songs was Human Nature, that has “Express yourself, don't repress yourself” as its theme.  Madonna dedicated this song to X, in news earlier in the day, and turned her back to the audience to reveal the name X stenciled across it. X is also one of Time magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People In The World” for 2013, the write-up prepared by none other than Chelsea Clinton.  Identify X.
  11. 11.  Couroupita guianensis is a tree belonging to the Brazil-nut family and native to the rainforests of Central and South America. The fruits are woody and spherical, measuring up to 25 cm in width, and fall to the earth with a pop. The tree is sacred to the Hindus because the flower petals resemble the hood of the ‘Naga’.  By what common name do we know this species?
  12. 12.  Inside a pantomime horse – 12.05 seconds Piggyback – 16.97 seconds Moonwalk – 32.06 seconds Tightrope – 44.05 seconds  Normal – ? OR What is this a list of?
  13. 13.  It was originally one out of a group of 25 and has 18 sub-units. It was perfected to the modern, internationally recognized form by a German medical-doctor-turned-computer-applicationsprogrammer named Gerhard Lengeling using the GarageBand/ LogicPro software. Recently, indie band Mars Argo used it as the principal element on their track “Don’t Call Me.”  What, named after the gadget pictured?  Image in the next slide.
  14. 14.  Answer video removed  Link -
  15. 15.  The first ones made their debut in July 1935 in Oklahoma City and were given the nickname “Black Maria.” Around 200 of them featured initially, the key component being a red flag indicator. Shops next to them reported increased sales, prompting establishments on the opposite side of the street to beg for them. The following year, a New Republic editorial praised their effectiveness, calling them “the next great American gadgets.”  What are we talking about?
  16. 16.  This is the life-size model of an organism at the Smithsonian. This animal was famously and incorrectly quoted as the answer to a question on an episode of QI.  Identify the organism. What should have been the correct answer?
  17. 17.  Tracy Chevalier is most famous for a 1999 book that tells the story of a 16-year-old household maid called Griet who always covered her wild hair. The family she worked for owed Griet and her husband 15 guilders for their meat bill, but she finally makes 20 guilders by selling the items the master of the family leaves her upon his death.  The book was adapted into a movie in 2003 and went on to receive 3 academy award nominations.  How do we popularly know Griet?
  18. 18.  This sports club in Mumbai, founded in 1918, was one of the first of its kind to admit indigenous Indians prior to partition. The club, in 1954, hosted the first ever Filmfare awards banquet, an event that was attended by Gregory Peck. The club follows a very strict dress code and people who’ve been shown the door for not following it include Bimal Roy (for wearing a dhoti) and MF Hussain (for arriving barefoot).  What in Kochi shares its name with this club?  Image in the next slide.
  19. 19.  The IWCC was facing difficulties finding sponsors for the seventh women’s cricket world cup in 2000. However, an agency X that saw itself as a potential benefactor, pitched with $60,000 and a deal was struck.  Thanks to the X’s sponsorship, the tournament could afford live ball-by-ball text commentary of every game (the first such instance in the women's game), every match was filmed and broadcast live, the IWCC finances were finally in surplus and the women’s world cup had its best coverage ever.  Just identify X.
  20. 20.  Allergic rhinitis is an allergic inflammation of the nasal airways. It is a result of the of the antibody immunoglobulin E (IgE), which binds to mast cells/basophils to release histamine.  When specifically caused by grass pollens, it is called X.  X is also the name given to the children’s version of an annual event Y that began in 1988 and takes place at around 10 places around the world today. Y was famously compared by Bill Clinton to Woodstock in 2001.  What are X and Y?
  21. 21.  They are of two main types – Optical and Ionization.  The former uses a light source (bulb/infrared LED), and the fact that light passes in a straight line in the absence of substances that cause scattering.  The latter contains a button of a radioisotope like Americium-241 which ionizes the air around and produce a small electric current. When these ions are absorbed by the target material, the current drops and this produces the intended response.  What are we talking about? Image in the next slide.
  22. 22.  In 1952, a committee of the CSIR comprising of A. C. Banerjee, K. K. Daftari, J. S. Karandikar, Gorakh Prasad, R. V. Vaidya and N. C. Lahiri, among others, was constituted.  They were tasked to deal with 30 models from all over the country, and the local sentiments and traditions associated with them. However, in spite of the difficulties, they succeeded in preparing an accurate final product based on scientific study, which then was adopted uniformly. This product, however, had a discrepancy that was a result of king Gautamiputra Satakarni’s victory over another dynasty.  What did they come up with? Who was the leader of this group?
  23. 23.  On 22 May 2002, David Blaine performed the Vertigo stunt in Bryant Park, New York City. A crane lifted him onto a 105 ft. high pillar and he remained on the pillar for exactly 35 hours.  Which group of people did he cite as his inspiration for the stunt?  Video removed  Link -
  24. 24.  “That culture is manifest in their rich language, creativity, and solidarity, and, above all, in their pioneering struggle for social justice. Situated in the remote desert Pampa, one of the driest deserts on earth, thousands of pampinos lived and worked in this hostile environment, for over 60 years, from 1880 to process the largest deposit of __________ in the world and produce great wealth for Chile”, is the description of the UNESCO World Heritage site Humberstone and Santa Laura Works. Other such locations include Chacabuco, Maria Elena, Pedro de Valdivia, Puelma and Aguas Santas.  What are these places collectively known as? OR FITB. Images follow.
  25. 25.  It is found on the coat of arms of the region (being its national symbol) and named after the king pictured (who was so handsome that the Assyrian queen Semiramis waged war against the region just to get him).  Which famous destination?  Image in the next slide.
  26. 26.  “Kiss with a Fist” is the debut single by English indie rock band Florence and the Machine. It is featured on their debut 2009 album Lungs. The song has been featured on the OST of movies like Jennifer's Body and Wildchild, and sitcoms like Community, Cougar Town etc. The song contained lyrics such as “broke your jaw once before”, “your slaps don’t stick”, “you smashed a plate over my head”, “you broke my leg in return” etc. and was thought to be about domestic violence.  The song was (and still is) in news for a reason that did perfect justice to its lyrics. What?
  27. 27.  Answer video removed  Link -
  28. 28.  Aepyceros melampus is an antelope found in the African savannas, with the largest numbers in the Masai Mara, Serengeti, Okavango and Kruger reserves. They are reddish-brown, have lighter flanks and white underbellies with a characteristic "M" marking on the rear. The males have lyre-shaped horns which the females lack.  Which brand, launched in 1958 and was quite the rage in India sometime ago (with numerous Bollywood appearances, for e.g. in the lyrics of the Kishore Kumar number Meri lottery lagne wali hai from the 1970 movie Holi Ayee Re) is named after the common name of this antelope?  Image in the next slide.
  29. 29.  The Great Indian Novel is 1989 work of satire by Shashi Tharoor which recasts and resets the Mahabharata story in the context of the Indian Independence Movement and the first few decades post-independence.  Most of the characters in the book are representative of real persons and vice versa, with Dhritarashtra being Nehru, Ved Vyas representing C Rajagopalachari, Yudhishtir as Morarji Desai etc.  Who/What is Bhima symbolic of?
  30. 30.  Matthew Parker was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1559 until his death in 1575. He was the main force behind The ThirtyNine Articles of Religion, the historically defining statements of doctrines of the Church of England. As a reforming cleric, he was famous for detailed instructions relating to the conduct of his diocese. Obsessed with finding the roots of the Christian Church in England, he was granted a warrant by the Privy Council which enabled him to send out enquiries to manor houses, churches and officials. Some sources suggest that he had a physical flaw in addition to these practices.  This is regarded as one of the main theories about the origin of what? Image in the next slide.
  31. 31.  “I was in despair. Deep despair. I drew myself: the representative of an individual in despair, in the manner of Goya’s peasant before the firing squad.”  Speaking is Gerald Holtom, a British professional designer and artist about the genesis of an idea, that first featured in the 1958 Aldermaston March.  What idea?  Image follows.
  32. 32.  In July 2013, a few items of clothing went under the hammer at Heritage Auctions, a privately owned company based in Dallas. These were promptly purchased (and tried on) by a Japanese businessman named Masao Watanabe (who cited the original owner’s popularity in Japan) for a sum of $21,510. Watanabe also happened to be the Japan head of something the original owner of these clothes had set in motion in 1952.  Just identify the original owner.  Image follows.
  33. 33.  This work of art was created by Hollywood producer Michael Uslan in 1980, using black marker, red pen and Wite-Out.  He worked on a newspaper photo and finally managed to turn it into what he wanted.  What was the original photograph about? What did this artwork finally result in?
  34. 34.  Originally, names of annoying politicians, places, saints etc. were found to be suitable. The first official version, globally, dates back to 1945. The corresponding rendition pertaining to India was conceived only in 2004. Today, predetermined lists exist for this purpose, entries in the list subject to retirement.  A member of one of these lists, named after the Urdu word for Sapphire, caused the scaling down of the three-city music launch of this movie (audio clip) from the original 15,000 people in openair stadia to a much lower number in covered areas.  What practice? Also, name the member in question. Audio removed. Link -
  35. 35. Diagrammatic representation of?
  36. 36.  Bes is an Egyptian deity worshipped as a household protector, responsible for such varied tasks as killing snakes, fighting off evil spirits, watching after children, and aiding women in labour. Bes’s grotesque expression in imagery also contributed to the grisly appearance of the Devil/Satan in Christian iconography.  In 7th century B.C., Phoenician settlers in a particular location (referenced in a famous 1999 song), amazed at the lack of any sort of venomous creatures there, named it after Bes.  Which place? Image follows.
  37. 37.  They will be united over 3 days in early 2015 (kicking off a year of celebrations marking an octocentennial) by the British Library in collaboration with Lincoln Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral.  What are they?  How many free tickets are on offer to this event?
  38. 38. Parliament building of which country?
  39. 39.  Song from the 2013 Malayalam road movie Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi.  Just identify the landmark shown, that was dedicated to the nation on 9th August 2002 by Chandrababu Naidu.  Video removed  Link - (Between 3.55 and 4.10)
  40. 40.  According to Greek folktales, which group of people lopped off their right breasts in order to hurl spears and shoot arrows more efficiently?
  41. 41.  Edward Nashton is the heroic counterpart of Riddler, the DC comics super villain, in the antimatter universe. Nashton is a part of Lex Luthor's Justice Underground which opposes the evil Crime Syndicate of Amerika. He carries a staff in the form of a question mark and is fascinated by puzzles.  What alias did Nashton fight crime under?
  42. 42. QUIZMASTER