Bert and Ernie (from Sesame Street)
Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage /
Defense of Marriage Act
6. There are two precedents from
post-Independent Indian history where a city was
operated as common capital for two states. One is
Chandigarh – for Punjab and Haryana.
Name the other city and the two states for which
it served as a common capital from 1971 to 1972.
7. The organization whose logo you see awards an
annual prize named after the person whose
picture you see. The first winner was George
Dantzig in 1975 and another notable winner was
John Nash in 1978.
Name the organization (or) the prize
• Institute for Operations Research and the
• John Von Neumann Theory Prize
8. Complete this descending order list for
England. Who was the most recent entrant to this
Andrew Strauss, Graham Thorpe
• Alec Stewart
• Kevin Pietersen
100 or more Test appearances for England
9. This is the post announcing a recent muchhyped launch of an app to go along with an
album. Name the album and the singer
"Altering the human experience with social media, we bring
Xculture into Y in a reverse Warholian expedition.
Exploring ____’s existence as a cultural interface, the user will
share in the 'adrenaline of fame; as they build and share their
own projects, chat with one another, and watch in real-time
on a virtual globe as XY explodes onto the physical and virtual
universe at once on November 11, our 'BIG BANG!' On this
day, HAUS OF ____ venges with forte to bring the music
industry into a new age: an age where X drives Y, and the
artist once again is in control of the 'icon'."
*10. This was a 1320-km narrow gauge railway built
to originally connect Constantinople to Mecca. The
railroad was funded entirely by subscriptions
starting in 1901 from Muslims throughout the
world. However, the rail was only laid as far as
Medina, as Bedouin tribes would not provide
access to the remaining region. It is also famous for
being the target of a British archaeologist and army
officer who repeatedly tried to blow up sections of
it. Name it.
March 2014 will see the revival of the detective
character Philip Marlowe through a new book.
Who is the author who created Philip Marlowe?
Which Irish Booker-prize-winning author is writing
under the pseudonym Benjamin Black? (pic below)
Dear Mr. X,
We have been carrying out our usual summer
house-cleaning of the manuscripts on our anxious bench
and in the file, and among them I find the three papers
which you have shown me as samples of your work. I am
sincerely sorry that no one of them seems to us well
adapted for our purpose. Both the account of the bombing
of Dresden and your article, “What’s a Fair Price for Golden
Eggs?” have drawn commendation although neither one is
quite compelling enough for final acceptance.
Who received this rejection letter from The Atlantic
Monthly in 1949?
In Hindu mythology, who has the following alternate
“Son of Vishrava”, Vaisravana
“Son of Ilavila”, Ailavila
"one who has one yellow eye“, Ekaksipingala
"king of kings" Rajaraja
"king of Yakshas" Yaksharajan
"king of men" Nararaja
"Lord of the hidden” Guhyadhipa
19. In 1932, the American psychologist Walter
Pitkin published a self-help book where he stated:
____ ______ __ _____. This is the revolutionary
outcome of our New Era. Today it is half a truth.
Tomorrow it will be an axiom.
Pitkin’s book was the cause of which phrase
becoming part of the language, said as an
encouragement to those reaching middle age?
*20. The Westinghouse logo is clearly visible just
under her arm, and the badge on her shirt collar
is the badge employees wore on the plant floor,
including an employee number. She is not
identified by name. That came later in Norman
Rockwell’s May 29, 1943 cover for the Saturday
What J. Howard Miller creation is being
What word variously means:
- The sound of a hound on the scent
- A horse of moderate reddish colour
- Small Mediterranean evergreen tree with small
- To utter in deep prolonged tones
Moneylife is a print magazine and website edited
by Debashis Basu and his wife Sucheta Dalal.
Ms. Dalal received the Femina Woman of
Substance Award in 1993. She was awarded the
Padma Shri in 2006.
For what events that came to light in 1992 is she
Sucheta Dalal was the first to bring to light the
Harshad Mehta scam
If “Heir Apparent” is someone who will definitely
inherit if (s)he survives the one whose property is
to be inherited, what is the term for someone
who will inherit only if no better choice for an
heir is born?
A person who expects to inherit but whose right
can be defeated by the birth of a nearer relative
His movie set designs heavily inspired cinema
theater architecture in the late 1930s through
1950s. Among the more classic examples are the
Loma Theater in San Diego and The Crest in Long
Beach and Fresno.
Who is this winner of 11 Academy Awards for
Art Direction, second only to Walt Disney?
The man who is credited with designing the Oscar
There is a story related by Socrates of the
daughter of Aeolus the wind god, who was
widowed and she threw herself into the sea.
She was transformed into a bird. Alkyonides
hemerai is a term that has come to mean a
particular short period around the winter solstice.
How do we know this period better, one that was
made so the bird could breed without trouble?
Halcyon – that we know as a term for peace and
The bird was believed to be the Kingfisher (genus
Aeolus’s daughter was Alcyone
The Persian word lahzward refers to the Afghan
province Badakhstan, which in ancient times was
the main source of a precious stone known for its
intense colour. The word was adopted into French,
and the initial consonant ‘l’ was taken as an article
and the colour became l’_____.
Tell us what colour came about thus, and the
name of the precious stone.
Lahzward became l’azure and gives us ‘Azure’
The stone is Lapis Lazuli
Phil Ramone is the archetypal Man with the
Golden Ears and he has produced several
outstanding rock records in a career spanning six
In 1962, his steady hands were at the mixing
console in Washington D.C., capturing what
celebratory rendition, for which jazz pianist
Hank Jones was the accompanist?
“Happy Birthday, Mr. President”
Marilyn Monroe singing to John F Kennedy (JFK)
This ninth century structure was built by the Pope
after the sack of Rome of 846 by Saracen invaders the only time that Rome has been sacked by
Muslims. It encloses the rione* of Borgo.
Named after the Pope, what is this structure, and
what else will you find within it?
* rione: a subdivision like ‘municipality’
Leonine Wall after Pope Leo IV
The Vatican is located within the wall.
It's cricket's answer to Galatasaray's Ali Sami Yen
stadium, with a journey to this ground truly
representing a trip to hell for Test sides across the
world for the last 25 years. So much so that the
game’s lovers Down Under refer to it with a
portmanteau that includes a building where animals
are butchered. The Aussie record here is Tests 52,
Won 32, Lost 8 Tied 1, Drawn 11
Don’t need the name of the ground, but give the
term that the locals use.
Compiled by a Local Studies librarian in Croydon, it
is a database culled from oral tradition in the
English language from all over the world. Every
entry is given a number. Others have attempted
similar collections in the past. But they were tiny
compared to this one. Francis Child for example
made a set of 305 songs in the 19th century.
The Gypsy Laddie is #1, "Bonnie Annie" or "The
Banks Of Green Willow” is #172 and so on.
What are we talking about?
The Roud Folk Song Index, a database of nearly
200,000 references to nearly 25,000 songs
It was his last studio album, but he died before
completing it. The name of the album was
derived from a style of vocal-based R&B music of
the 1940s, and a type of jazz originating in the
1940s and characterized by complex harmony
Who and what was the name of the album?
It was announced recently that an unreleased
black-and-white set by the late Helmut Newton
will be used next year. Originally intended for
the 1986 issue it was never published due to a
production error. It features three models
cavorting around Monte Carlo and Tuscany,
albeit with clothes on.
What is celebrating 50 years in 2014?
Cody Wilson runs a non-profit organization
promoting so-called “Wiki Weapons”. This guy is
named in a list of 15 of most dangerous people in
the world, by Wired magazine, a list list includes
nice men like Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the
don of Ciudad Juarez.
What does Mr. Wilson do?
His company Defense Distributed develops and
publishes open source gun designs suitable for
It is a type of biscuit which is traditionally made
from one part white sugar, two parts butter, and
three parts flour. It is so named because of its
crumbly texture (from an old meaning of the
word _____), a result of the fat inhibiting the
formation of long gluten strands.
What is it called?