Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

2016 KQA Ganesh Nayak Open Quiz Finals

Finals of the 2016 Ganesh Nayak Memorial Open Quiz held at KQA on Oct 16. Won by Team Walt(w)o with 255 points.

2016 KQA Ganesh Nayak Open Quiz Finals

  1. 1. 2016 Ganesh Nayak Memorial Open Quiz Finals
  2. 2. Clockwise  +10 on infinite bounce  +10 / -10 on pounce  No part pounces
  3. 3. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims1 This book by ‘Shark’ Daymond John chronicles how he built a brand in the early 1990s with his partners; the brand name was an acronym; when expanded, it evoked a sense of ownership and connect, especially with the African-American community in the US. Which brand, now rebranded in the US as FB Legacy? Which current Bollywood actor got his nickname, apparently due to his appearance in the younger days where he would wear jerseys made by this brand, which were the only ones that fit him?
  4. 4. Answer…
  5. 5. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims FUBU (For us, by us) Arjun Kapoor
  6. 6. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims2 This phrase is now a cliché and is used in the (corporate) context of presenting an idea and assessing what responses it gets. In the 1950s/60s in the US, it was associated with an occupation, and comedians used it to mock corporate culture. A comedy album in 1961, took the phrase literally and had George Washington uttering it after he receives something from Betsy Ross. We also heard the phrase in 1957 as an ice-breaker used by #12 in a group of impatient people; probably quite appropriate, given #12’s occupation. What’s the phrase and what was #12’s occupation?
  7. 7. Answer…
  8. 8. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Let’s run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes Juror #12 was an Advertising professional
  9. 9. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims3 In 1815, this English physician invented the log log slide rule, which included a scale displaying the logarithm of the logarithm that allowed the user to directly perform calculations involving roots and exponents. His most famous work had an even greater utility to people and much more detail. It started in 1805 as a personal project, and was compiled and released to the public in 1852, with 1000 concepts split into six sections relating to abstract relations, space, matter, ideas, volition and morals. The number of sections was a reflection of his obsession with symmetry and tribute to a man he considered his scientific hero. Who and what work? Who/what was the tribute to?
  10. 10. Answer…
  11. 11. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Peter Mark Roget’s Thesaurus (the word means treasure) Carl Linnaeus’ classification of Kingdoms
  12. 12. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims4 Square Root of a Sonnet is a recent play based on Empire of the Stars by Arthur I Miller. The story begins with a young man, at the age of 19, making a presentation to the Royal Astronomical Society in Jan 1935. While many of the attendees are impressed, the most famous scientist there, who the latter chooses as a mentor, ridicules him. The story further explores the continued rejection of his theories in public, and the Cambridge scientist’s attitude, which ends up delaying research and credit to the young man by nearly four decades. Who are the two people involved?
  13. 13. Answer…
  14. 14. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims S Chandrashekar Arthur Eddington
  15. 15. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims5 Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin is set in Edinburgh in July 2005 amidst the events of the controversial G8 summit that happened in reality. The summit was held at a hotel and golf course, 80 kms from Edinburgh—the place-name does not have any reference to birds of prey, but means “church” and refers to the local chapel. The same location played host to a historic agreement 28 years prior to this, which had far-reaching ramifications across the world for about fourteen years. Name the place, and what was this agreement about?
  16. 16. Answer…
  17. 17. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Gleneagles The sporting ban on South Africa
  18. 18. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims6 During the 2016 US Open, this player was asked whether she knew that her initials (three letters) were the same as that of a pop culture sensation who started in 1969, to which she feigned ignorance. The pop culture phenomenon were, for the most time, known by a four-letter name, as they had a fourth member who joined them a few months after they formed. Give the common three-letter name. Expand the name of the pop culture phenomenon.
  19. 19. Answer…
  20. 20. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims CSN Crosby Stills Nash (Young) / Carla Suarez Navarro
  21. 21. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims7 Minarchism is a libertarian political philosophy espousing minimal intervention of the state. One of the key tenets of minarchism is the concept of the _____ ___________ state. According to this, the only roles that the state must play is the prevention of theft, crime and fraud, and therefore the only legitimate institutions would be the military, police and court. The term was originally coined in order to mock the concept of a limited government, but became a model for laissez-faire capitalism. What two-word term that we are familiar with in the context of a stop-gap arrangement, aimed at shielding more valuable ‘resources’ to follow?
  22. 22. Answer…
  23. 23. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Night-Watchman
  24. 24. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims8 This is the original design concept for an establishment that has several records to its name, including the highest and the most expensive. The design is quite appropriately inspired by something that reflects the history and trade of this region. What is it inspired by? In order to maintain the standards of luxury and service in this place, the staff, which includes private butlers on every floor, have been trained in a certain way over the last few years. How?
  25. 25. Answer…
  26. 26. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims The Burj Al-Arab is designed like the sail of a J-Class yacht The staff are trained by watching episodes of Downton Abbey
  27. 27. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims9 Launched in 1970, by Dr. Hale E. Dougherty, a California physician and Democrat, a year after the person depicted unexpectedly rose to a post, this watch, intended as a joke, became a national craze and imitated a trend featuring another character. Who is this and which character? In 1973, the person depicted, kind of set the trend that his boss followed a year later, and became only the second person in his country’s history after John Calhoun to do something. What?
  28. 28. Answer…
  29. 29. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Spiro Agnew (VP to Richard Nixon) watches, imitating Mickey Mouse watches He became only the second VP to resign, after being charged with bribery, conspiracy and tax fraud
  30. 30. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims10 As one would expect, Don Bradman leads this batting cricket stat with 69.05%. An Indian recently entered this dynamic list. There is one other Indian in the Top 10 of this list—a man who just missed a ‘century’ landmark, he has a 51.2% score in this list. If you invert this list, an Indian tops that (with 0% after applying some qualifications) – a nowadays fashionable man, who, in 1981, made a reluctant walk back to the pavilion. What’s the stat? Name the two Indians.
  31. 31. Answer…
  32. 32. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Conversions from 50s to 100s in Tests Mohammed Azharuddin Chetan Chauhan
  33. 33. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims11 A 1975 film starring Anthony Hopkins, it is based on the first two novels If Only They Could Talk (1970) and It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet (1972) by James Herriot. The title of the film is the same as the title of the omnibus collection in the US that contained these two novels, and is taken from the second line of a 1848 hymn by Mrs Cecil Alexander. What’s the title of the film? Herriot’s daughter had originally suggested a punning title based on this hymn, referencing the fact that he is a vet. What is that title?
  34. 34. Answer…
  35. 35. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims All Creatures Great and Small ILL Creatures Great and Small
  36. 36. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims12 This profession originated in France and then spread to Italy and other parts of the world. The professionals found their services particularly in use during operas. Some of them had to thoroughly understand the story and plot, while some had to laugh, and some others, merely provoke merriment. Some of them merely requested repetitions by shouting, Bis Bis. What were these professionals called? One group was the Pleureurs, generally women. What, specifically, did this group have to do?
  37. 37. Answer…
  38. 38. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Claquers / Claque The Pleureurs had to feign tears/cry during tragic scenes
  39. 39. Written Round  Written Round  Visuals from a series of picture books about famous people  Cover visual and one other visual/text is given  In each case, name the person  +5 for each correct answer; stake +5/-5
  40. 40. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims1
  41. 41. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims2
  42. 42. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims3
  43. 43. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims4 He would get on an airplane with two small suitcases filled with everything he owned — a few clothes and some math notebooks. He might have $20 in his pocket. Or less. He flew from New York to Indiana and to Los Angeles. He flew across the world, from Toronto to Australia. “I have no home,” he declared. “The world is my home.”
  44. 44. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims5 She had won much more than her race against the clock… The newspaper described her as “the best known and most widely talked of young woman on earth today.” It wasn’t an exaggeration. Her picture appeared on games, toys, cigars, soaps, and medicines. A racehorse, hotel, and train were named after her.
  45. 45. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims6 Many people came to visit the family in Peru. And all who came admired the little boy’s painting. Since they knew nothing about affairs of the heart, they assumed he had painted a picture of Japan’s national flag. Years later, he would become one of the greatest painters of his time. It is said that his art resembles that of Japan. But what no one knows — other than you and Mrs. X— is that the red sun he painted all those years ago does not represent the flag for a faraway nation. The little boy’s painting of the big red sun is really a picture of Mr. X’s heart.
  46. 46. Exchange Sheets
  47. 47. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims1 e e cummings
  48. 48. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims2 Jane Goodall
  49. 49. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims3 Pablo Neruda
  50. 50. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims4 He would get on an airplane with two small suitcases filled with everything he owned — a few clothes and some math notebooks. He might have $20 in his pocket. Or less. He flew from New York to Indiana and to Los Angeles. He flew across the world, from Toronto to Australia. “I have no home,” he declared. “The world is my home.” Paul Erdos
  51. 51. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims5 She had won much more than her race against the clock… The newspaper described her as “the best known and most widely talked of young woman on earth today.” It wasn’t an exaggeration. Her picture appeared on games, toys, cigars, soaps, and medicines. A racehorse, hotel, and train were named after her. Nellie Bly
  52. 52. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims6 Many people came to visit the family in Peru. And all who came admired the little boy’s painting. Since they knew nothing about affairs of the heart, they assumed he had painted a picture of Japan’s national flag. Years later, he would become one of the greatest painters of his time. It is said that his art resembles that of Japan. But what no one knows — other than you and Mrs. X— is that the red sun he painted all those years ago does not represent the flag for a faraway nation. The little boy’s painting of the big red sun is really a picture of Mr. X’s heart. Paul Gauguin
  53. 53. SCORES
  54. 54. Clockwise contd.  +10 on infinite bounce  +10 / -10 on pounce  No part pounces
  55. 55. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims13 Initially introduced as a rodenticide, Warfarin is one of the most prescribed anti-coagulant drugs in the US for preventing blood clots. One of the possible effects of overdose is a steep spike in blood pressure, which can lead to a stroke, with stomach hemorrhage being another key indicator—in the early 1950s, these symptoms were exhibited by someone, which led to an urgent call to Felix Dadaev to be ready and available. In a couple of days, it all ended and the final report never mentioned stomach hemorrhage leading to speculation that the person in question was done in by foul means using Warfarin. Who? Why was Felix Dadaev asked to be on stand-by?
  56. 56. Answer…
  57. 57. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Joseph Stalin – the speculation is that he was poisoned with Warfarin Felix Dadaev was his body double
  58. 58. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims14 What name connects? Why is the name given in each case?
  59. 59. Answer…
  60. 60. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Emperor Tamarin and Emperor Penguin Emperor tamarins were named after Emperor Wilhelm II, due to the long, droopy white moustache. Emperor penguins are known so simply because they are the largest of the species
  61. 61. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims15 The earliest accounts of this action/activity date back to the 1920s, closely tied to the history of the objects it was directed at. Considered very American, the Great Crash of 1929, saw a rise in the popularity of this activity, as more out-of-work youngsters started moving out of their hometowns. In 1934, Peter Warne proclaimed himself an expert in this activity, stating that he had mastered the technique and was going to write a book called The __________ Hail about it; in fact, he was quite unsuccessful at it, and it is his companion who memorably proved that “the limb is mightier than the thumb”. Another famous example was Tom Joad, who, in 1939, did this after being released on parole in Oklahoma, before he embarked on a long cross-country road trip. What are we talking about? Who is Peter Warne and who is Tom Joad?
  62. 62. Answer…
  63. 63. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Hitchhiking Warne is Clark Gable’s character in It Happened One Night Joad is the protagonist of Grapes ofWrath
  64. 64. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims16 This is the Northumberland Development Project—a new stadium that is being built by an EPL team with modern design, facilities, 61,000 seats, an Experience Zone, a skywalk and so on. Which team will play its home games at this stadium from 2018? One of the other unique aspects of the stadium is a completely retractable pitch—for the first time in UK. The other changes that have been made for the same specific purpose include the way the seats have been arranged, and the provision of a locker room and a media suite. Why have all these changes been made, as part of a ten-year tie-up?
  65. 65. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims
  66. 66. Answer…
  67. 67. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Tottenham Hotspur NFL will play a minimum of two games per season here
  68. 68. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims17 Founded in 1997, this Canadian magazine is dedicated to covering “horror in culture and entertainment”. The magazine takes its name from a pioneering piece of work originally published in a 19th-century Philadelphia periodical, 156 years earlier. The title of the work was originally going to end with the name “Trianon”, but was later substituted by the author for reasons of imagery and association. The work also brought the Pongo genus to prominence. Name the Canadian magazine /the work, and explain the Pongo genus part.
  69. 69. Answer…
  70. 70. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims The Murders in the Rue Morgue The killer in the story is an Orang-utan
  71. 71. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims18 Connect the reference in the video clip to the visual.
  72. 72. Answer…
  73. 73. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims The reference to Lennie in the first clip is to the character Lennie from Of Mice and Men shown in the second visual
  74. 74. Anticlockwise  +10 on infinite bounce  +10 / -10 on pounce  No part pounces
  75. 75. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims1 This company is named after the southernmost province of Sweden— a peninsula and a number of small islands around it. It makes several products but is a pioneer in one particular area—it produced the DLa Special, with a 24-metre detachable ladder, back in 1912 when the rather inefficient method of choice to transport the water was to use horse-drawn wagons. The company later innovated with turntable-based elevating equipment, stuff with special hydraulics and so on. Which company, and what is this thing that they make?
  76. 76. Answer…
  77. 77. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Scania Fire Trucks
  78. 78. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims2 A look at the regions around Nepal or Central Africa will help us understand the question. Was four the minimum number? It was a matter that has had mathematicians hooked for many years. In 1890, it was proven that no more than five were needed, but proving the four took a lot more time. In 1970, Kenneth Appel and Wolfgang Hakken wrote code that parsed 2000 different configurations over 50 days to conclusively prove that four sufficed. Sadly, their effort was greeted with scepticism and did not receive the accolades it should have—they were put down because they used a computer. What was the question they were seeking to prove?
  79. 79. Answer…
  80. 80. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims What is the minimum number of colours required to illustrate a map to help identify neighbours?
  81. 81. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims3 In August 2005, in a special ceremony at Dryden Flight Research Centre in California, NASA awarded these to three civilians; for two of them it was posthumous (they were dead by then). The survivor and the families of the other two, each received a certificate, this object, and the actual flight logs. It was a belated recognition of their efforts, after nearly 45 years, though they had achieved the 264,000 feet height recognised by the USAF as the entry barrier. What is the recognition? Who were these men and what did they achieve?
  82. 82. Answer…
  83. 83. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims They were civilian researchers on X- 15 test flights, the first manned space mission before the Apollo project began. They were awarded astronaut wings noting that they had officially crossed into ‘space’ The other pilots who were with USAF received their wings, but these civilians were ignored.
  84. 84. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims4 In Atlanta, where India finished 71st in the medals table, courtesy a bronze for Leander Paes, Britain were in 36th place with just one gold. With far-sighted individuals at the helm, and with a lot of money poured into sports (around Rs.47.4 crore has been invested on every medal won in Rio), Britain finished second only to the US at Rio. It goes back to a decision John Major took. If India were to use the same approach, Kerala would be a good place to begin. Since the state launched its own ________ in 1967 under a CPI(M) government — the first state in the country to do so — they have never made a loss! What did John Major do?
  85. 85. Answer…
  86. 86. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Use Lottery money to fund sports
  87. 87. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims5 What is being made, and from what, in this stop-motion animation?
  88. 88. Answer…
  89. 89. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims A Charango from an Armadillo Traditional charangos are made from the shell of an armadillo
  90. 90. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims6 Popular thought has attributed this to many people, chiefly Winston Churchill. It is also said that the Belgian politician, de Laveleye, promoted its use because it appeared like it represented “vrijheid” which meant “freedom” in Dutch. Historians have us believe that it came from the use of this object, the chief weapon of English armies from the 14th century. Gruesome tales of what their opponents—the French—did to captured Englishmen, preventing them from using the weapon again, are also plentiful. What do the legends refer to? What is the connection with the weapon?
  91. 91. Answer…
  92. 92. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims The ‘V for Victory’ sign Longbowmen used two fingers to draw and fire. Allegedly, the English would show the French the two fingers as if they meant to say they only needed that much to vanquish them
  93. 93. SCORES
  94. 94. Written Round  In each question we have a clerihew with some part(s) blanked  +5 for each question; no part points  Bonus of +5 for getting all correct  In all the questions, blanks are NOT indicative of length
  95. 95. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims1 _______ _______ Promotes callipygian fashion. Or perhaps it’s just the way she stands That seems to accentuate her Netherlands.
  96. 96. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims2 Olympian ______ ______ Is a natural for clerihews; On both ski boots and pedals She’s been showered with medals. The lady is one of only five people ever to win medals in both winter and summer Olympics.
  97. 97. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims3 Rene Descartes Was definitely ______. Nobody ______ Could think up “Cogito, ergo sum.”
  98. 98. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims4 _______ _______ — E bello latino! For the Lady in Black, sans the sheik, Life was bleak.
  99. 99. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims5 _____ _____ _____ Left the bog To star in movies bikin’, dancing’ and fencin’. And was the first to mourn Jim Henson.
  100. 100. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims6 ______ ______ Had a morbid obsession With death. Did she know It was just another door?
  101. 101. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims7 _______ _______: Not quite the norm; and For her portrayal of a state trooper The Academy said “Super!”
  102. 102. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims8 In later life _______ Became a hopeless foozler. After he was 765 He practically never hit a decent drive.
  103. 103. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims9 ______ ______ ______, By a mighty effort of will, Overcame his natural bonhomie And wrote ‘Principles of Economy.’
  104. 104. exchange sheets…
  105. 105. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims1 _______ _______ Promotes callipygian fashion. Or perhaps it’s just the way she stands That seems to accentuate her Netherlands. Kim Kardashian
  106. 106. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims2 Olympian ______ ______ Is a natural for clerihews; On both ski boots and pedals She’s been showered with medals. Hint: The lady is one of only five people ever to medal in both winter and summer Olympics. Clara Hughes
  107. 107. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims3 Rene Descartes Was definitely ______. Nobody ______ Could think up “Cogito, ergo sum.” Smart; Dumb
  108. 108. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims4 _______ _______ — E bello latino! For the Lady in Black, sans the sheik, Life was bleak. Rudolph Valentino
  109. 109. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims5 _____ _____ _____ Left the bog To star in movies bikin’, dancing’ and fencin’. And was the first to mourn Jim Henson. Kermit the Frog
  110. 110. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims6 ______ ______ Had a morbid obsession With death. Did she know It was just another door? Emily Dickinson
  111. 111. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims7 _______ _______: Not quite the norm; and For her portrayal of a state trooper The Academy said “Super!” Frances McDormand
  112. 112. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims8 In later life _______ Became a hopeless foozler. After he was 765 He practically never hit a decent drive. Methuselah
  113. 113. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims9 ______ ______ ______, By a mighty effort of will, Overcame his natural bonhomie And wrote ‘Principles of Economy.’ John Stuart Mill
  114. 114. SCORES
  115. 115. Anticlockwise contd.  +10 on infinite bounce  +10 / -10 on pounce  No part pounces
  116. 116. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims7 The modern pentathlon has no reason to exist, other than that Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympics, thought it should. Like its predecessor, Coubertin made the modern version based on military tasks. The idea, he said, was to produce the “ideal, complete athlete, or at least someone capable of being a highly-functioning soldier.” What was done to the rules of one of the five disciplines, to bring the conditions as close to a real-life battle as possible, and make the athlete expect the unexpected?
  117. 117. Answer…
  118. 118. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims For the riding discipline, competitors are only assigned a random horse 20 minutes before competition is to begin
  119. 119. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims8 Few things in art are more spectacular than this. It hangs in the building next to San Marco’s Cathedral. At 74 x 30 ft, it’s about the size of a tennis court, and was painted when the painter was 70 years old. The room where this hangs was originally decorated with frescoes by Di Arpo, but those were destroyed in a fire in 1577. The government wanted to redo the place, and held a contest. Many people submitted sketches, and this painter and Veronese were selected. They were expected to collaborate, despite their different styles. This plan changed though and this painter did the work by himself. Where will you find this painting? Who is the painter? Why did the plan change?
  120. 120. Answer…
  121. 121. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Doge’s Palace Tintoretto Veronese died Incidentally, it also turned out to be Tintoretto’s last work
  122. 122. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims9 The BBC Radio Shipping Forecast is broadcast four times a day. For the purpose of the reports, the waters around the British Isles is divided into 31 sea areas, and the wind speed, direction etc. is announced for each of those areas. The areas are named after sandbanks, islands, estuaries and so on. Only one of them is named after a person—a graduate of the Royal Naval Academy, he was an able surveyor and expert hydrographer. Who is this man who went looking for a suitable companion in August 1831? Why was he in particular chosen for this honour?
  123. 123. Answer…
  124. 124. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Robert FitzRoy, who was captain of HMS Beagle He founded the Met office
  125. 125. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims10 The pattern to the left originated in the Sassanid dynasty in the 16th century. In that period and after, it was used to decorate royal regalia, court garments, as well as textiles used by the general population. While the design itself is originally Persian, the name by which we know it is of Scottish origin—from the town in Scotland where they were produced. The other one, characterised by abstract four-pointed shapes, originated in woven wool cloth of the Scottish Lowlands. It is a common design in casual hats and caps, notably in Sherlock Holmes’ deerstalker. Name both.
  126. 126. Answer…
  127. 127. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Paisley and Houndstooth
  128. 128. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims11 Commercial ketchups being sold during the second half of the 19th century were often filthy and decomposed. A research article on condiments states that a study conducted in 1896 found 90% of all ketchups on the market were found to contain “injurious ingredients that could lead to death.” Henry J Heinz started selling the product in 1876, but he was a visionary. His factories were models of progressiveness. Visitors were allowed to tour the factory round the year. Heinz felt he had absolutely nothing to hide. In what other way did he ensure that this sentiment was evident at all times?
  129. 129. Answer…
  130. 130. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Through transparent bottles He refused to sell in the brown opaque bottles common at the time.
  131. 131. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims12 Historians identify four possible occasions when this has happened, either partially or completely. The most cited one is during Julius Caesar’s time in 48 BC. The others are the attack of Aurelian in AD 270–275; through a decree of Coptic Pope Theophilus in 391 AD; and during the Muslim conquest of Egypt in (or after) AD 642. The building/location involved was set up around 300 years before Caesar, because the local rulers felt that becoming the patrons of scholarship and learning would earn them goodwill (and it was a good way to show off one’s wealth too!). What are we talking about?
  132. 132. Answer…
  133. 133. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Burning/destruction of the Library of Alexandria
  134. 134. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims13 The first New York City Marathon—in 1970—was organized at a small scale by Fred Lebow and Vince Chiappetta. There were only 127 entrants, of which only 55 men finished; the sole female entrant dropped out due to illness. Winners were given inexpensive wristwatches and recycled baseball and bowling trophies. In subsequent planning Lebow wanted to use the marathon as a way of promoting the city and celebrating its diversity. He realised that the first race did not receive enough publicity due to a major flaw. The 1976 race took the first step in correcting this. What was the major change between the first race and the one in 1976, specifically in terms of the route design?
  135. 135. Answer…
  136. 136. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims The first race was run entirely inside Central Park. The 1976 race route covered all the five boroughs.
  137. 137. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims14 It was created by Granada Television and was first aired on 9-Dec, 1960. It centres on a particular stretch in Weatherfield, a town based on Salford. In the show’s fictional history, the stretch was built in the early 1900s and named in honour of the 1902 event shown here. Which show are we referring to? What record does the show have?
  138. 138. Answer…
  139. 139. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Coronation Street Britain’s longest running soap
  140. 140. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims15 This plant, Poa pratensis, is not native to the Americas and does not come from the US state seen in its common name. Also, the plant does not exhibits the colour that forms the other part of its common name—that name is from the flower heads that appear when the plant grows to its full height. What is the plant called, that also happens to have a musical connection?
  141. 141. Answer…
  142. 142. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Kentucky Bluegrass
  143. 143. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims16 This man was a was a Spanish explorer, governor, and conquistador. He is best known for becoming the first European to lead an expedition to have seen or reached the Pacific from the New World. A number of monuments bear his name in the main place he discovered. The local currency (which is used along with the US Dollar) is also named after him. Who is he, and how is he remembered geographically?
  144. 144. Answer…
  145. 145. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Vasco Núñez de Balboa Panama’s main port city, and the entry to the Panama Canal is called Balboa
  146. 146. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims17 Arrange these geological time scales in the correct order with the largest division on top: • Period (Jurassic, Triassic, …) • Age (Danian, Lutetian, Calabrian, …) • Eon (Hadean, Archean, …) • Epoch (Holocene, Eocene, …) • Era (Mesozoic, Palaeozoic, …) No part points
  147. 147. Answer…
  148. 148. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims Eon Era Period Epoch Age
  149. 149. Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims18 This font—ITC Charter—was designed in the mid-1980s by Matthew Carter. The typeface was designed with some limitations in mind, and hence the squared off serifs and the economy of diagonals and curves. The limitations for which it was designed meant that most people never actually got to know this type face very well. What was the reason that led to its thin spread?
  150. 150. Answer…
  151. 151. Answer Collected Works – asKQAnce 2014Ganesh Nayak 2016 Prelims It is used predominantly for fine print, which most people never bother to read
  152. 152. SCORES

×