Myriad people. Few similarities.
Kovakkai, Kongunadu and Quizzing.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

On behalf of the CQC, I'd like to wish everyone a very happy new year.
Here's to a 2011 of great quizzing!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

OQ #45

Questions contribution: Sourabh

1. What's been blanked out?

2. Connect the following songs:

i) Title: Kalimba
Artist: Mr.Scruff
Album: Ninja Tuna

ii) Title: Maid With The Flaxen Hair
Artist: Richard Stoltzman
Album: Fine Music, Vol.1

iii) Title: Sleep Away
Artist: Bob Acri
Album: Bob Acri

Monday, December 27, 2010

Answers OQ#44

1)Hotel Keralafornia parody of Hotel California :D
 Cracked by Shtud,Karthik, Anjan, 2D and Senthil sir. Partial cracks by Sticky and Meena and Mudu

2) Anton LaVey . Famous for starting the First Church of Satan, writing the Satanic Bible and so on. Cracked by Shtud ,ET And Senthil Sir.

Saturday, December 25, 2010


"On the road to Trivandrum
Coconut oil in my hair
Warm smell of avial
Rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance
I saw a bright pink tube-light
My tummy rumbled, I felt weak and thin
I had to stop for a bite
There he stood in the doorway
Flicked his mundu in style
And I was thinking to myself
I don’t like the look of his sinister smile
Then he lit up a petromax
Muttering “No power today”
More Mallus down the corridor
I thought I heard them say
This is a parody of a famous song. Identify the original and give me the name of this song.

2)Identify. Famous for starting the first something.

Friday, December 24, 2010


OQ #43:
1. Beatallica, which plays mash-ups of The Beatles and Metallica.
cracked by Sticky, Shtud, Calibre and 2D.

2. The Indian Standard Time is calculated here.
cracked by Arjun M, Mithun, Sticky, Shtud, Meena, Sundaram, 2D and Calibre.

3. He did this:

cracked by Mithun and Shtud. Part points to Sticky. Perfect cracks by Meena and Sundaram.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

OQ #43

Questions contribution: Anju

1. The following are members of which band?
Jaymz Lennfield - vocals, lyrics, songwriting, rhythm guitar
Grg Hammetson - lead guitar
Kliff McBurtney) - lead bass
Ringo Larz- drums

2. Mirzapur is a city in the heart of North India, nearly 650 km between Delhi and Kolkata and also equidistant from Allahabad and Varanasi. There are loads of facts about Mirzapur, but frankly, most non-Mirzapurians don’t really care about most of them. However there is a small clock tower in the center of the city which is important to every single Indian and also to the global population. Why?

3. On New Year's Day in 1976, Danny Finegood and some friends “altered” a famous landmark, using only rocks, rope and four sheets. Members of the media were notified in advance of the unveiling, and photographs of the stunt later ran in newspapers across the globe.
Finegood said he was making a statement about the state's new marijuana law, which changed the charge of possession of marijuana from a felony to a misdemeanour. He was also an art student at Cal State University Northridge at the time, and he used the stunt as a project for his environmental sculpture class (reportedly receiving an “A”). What did he do?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Very Two-Dimensional Answer

Xbox limited editions.

In order of appearance in the ppt:
1. Clear Black Limited Edition
2. Kasumi-chan (from Dead or Alive) Blue Edition
3. 50 Cent Limited Edition
4. Panzer Dragoon Orta Special Edition
5. Hello Kitty Crystal Edition
6. Halo Special Edition
7. Mountain Dew Limited Edition
8. Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Special Edition
9. Hulk/Pepsi Limited Edition

Cracked by Omi (got it at slide 3), Sticky and Ashok (at slide 5) and Praveen (at slide 7).

Sunday, December 19, 2010

OQ #42: A Very 2D LVC

LVC contrib: 2D

  • 9 slides
  • Non-exhaustive, finite list
  • The list is in random order.
  • Answer is very specific.
  • Slides aren't numbered, so please note the the slide at which you crack, and mention it in the comments.
PS: 42nd online quiz win!


OQ #41:
1. Golf it is.
Cracked by all who attempted.

2. Stewardesses
cracked by Meena and Sourabh.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

OQ #41

Questions contrib: YoPai

1. Which game is described as such Winston Churchill's words on the subject. "It is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose."?

2. Which is the longest word that you can type on a typewriter with only your left hand, ie., without the left hand crossing over to the other half?


OQ #40:
The world's costliest book: Birds of America, by John James Audubon.
On 7 December 2010, a complete copy of the first edition was sold in London at Sotheby's for £7.3 million.
cracked only by Kartik.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

OQ #40

Just the one for today. Question contrib: Omithehomie again.

Claim to fame of this book?


OQ #39:
1. DNA
cracked by Anju, Shiva, Sticky, 2D, Sundaram.

2. Bing.
Anju, Shiva, Praveen, Sticky, 2D, Sundaram and Meena get it.

3. Lyrics.
Cracked by most of you.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

OQ #39

Questions contibooshan: Omithehomie

1. Genentech Inc. is the world’s first biotechnology company, founded in 1976 by a venture capitalist Robert Swanson and a biochemist Herbert Boyer. What was its ticker symbol on the NYSE? Note: It was acquired by Roche Ltd. in March. So, it now trades under the Roche’s ticker ROC.

2. The name of this product/service was selected because it was onomatopoeic. The word typically represents a sound of arrival or conclusion, such as the sound made when an elevator arrives. The company felt that it was memorable, short, easy to spell, and that it would remind people of the sound made during the moment of discovery and decision making. What is the name?

3. What common word originates from the fact that ancient Greek poetry was usually recited with the music of the lyre?


OQ #38:
1. Green Day's Mike Dirnt.
cracked by Omi, Kartik, Two-D and bagri.

2. Jacob's Ladder, the ladder to heaven.
cracked by Arjun Murali and YoPai.

Monday, December 13, 2010

OQ #38

Questions contribution: Sourabh Banthia

1. Michael Ryan Pritchard (born May 4, 1972) is an American musician, better known as Mike X is the bassist, backing vocalist and co-founder of the American rock band _____. While at school, he would play "air-bass." While pretending to pluck the strings, he made the noise, "X, X, X," so his schoolmates started to call him "Mike X".

2. What is this scientific phenomena commonly known as?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Results of Mega-Whats 2010

1. Sheilendra Bhansali, Shivram Lakshminarayan, Arjun Mohan, Swaminathan Dixit
2. Aditya Sriram Sankaran, Anjan Srihari, Aravind Ramachandran, Vidyuth Anand
3. Yogesh Pai, Arul Saravanan, Senthil Kumar, Vishal Balasubramaniam
Best school team: Sourabh Banthia, Prasad, Jose Thomas, Shabir Ahmed (Lisieux MHSS, Coimbatore).
Special mention to the school team which travelled all the way from Sivakasi to participate!

The CQC congratulates the team of Shtud Boy, Jun, Sheilen and Soopy for having won the Coimbatore edition of KQA's Mega-Whats 2010. All the best for the finals in Bangalore!


OQ #37:
X: Metropolis
Y: Superman
cracked by Sticky, Bagri, Meena, Sunil, Shtud, Kartik, Ashok and Omi.

2. "cut to the chase".
cracked by Bagri, Ashok and Omi.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

OQ# 37

1)  On January 21, 1972 DC Comics declared X  "Hometown of Y". On June 9, 1972 the Illinois State Legislature passed a resoultion declaring the same. Among the ways the town celebrates the character are a large statue in the city, a small museum, and an annual Celebration. Also, it has a local newspaper, known as The Planet and the bank says advertises its "Super Financial Services". ID.

2)  A possible origin for this English phrase is from printing presses. The letters were aranged in a wooden frame called the phrase. The completed phrases were put together in a larger frame called the ___. Once the phrases were finished it was time to X . X meant that the type was ready to be printed.

Wikipedia differs however.It says this English phrase originated from the silent movie era .Giving out more would make it obvious.


OQ# 36

1) The South Vietnam Evacuation by the United States.
Cracked By Dwarkesh, Sri Ram  and Kartik

2) The Picture says it all :D
     Cracked by Ram, Sri Ram and Yo Pai

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

OQ# 36

1) Operation Frequent Wind is considered to be the largest evacuation using helicopters in history.  50,493 people were evacuated . Pilots accumulated 1,054 flight hours and flew 682 sorties throughout Operation Frequent Wind. Where did this take place and why?

2) X, An Indian politician, met Obama in 2008 before his election as a president. He discussed about a book being authored by him on Obama and lauded the Democrat for his dynamism ."Your dynamism and charisma have touched the hearts of people in remote corners of the world, crossing the barriers of the continents," he said. The draft of the book, Yes, We Can also earned an autograph from Obama, who signed, "X Yes, We Can" . Identify.


OQ# 35
1)Miss Nicole Faria from India. Miss Earth 2010.
Cracked by Praveen, Nithy and Sundaram.

2) Madura Veeran.
Cracked by Praveen, Sundaram, Ashwin Murali and Rahul.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mega-Whats 2010

Notice from Senthil Sir:
It has been decided to hold the Mega-Whats (A national team championship quiz from KQA) in CBE. There would be a School and Open level quiz (both written). Teams of 4 should be made up and registered with me on by Tuesday Dec 7. Winning teams get to participate in the national round to be held in Bangalore to challenge for Wing Commander Mulky Trophy.

Date: 12/12/10 (Sunday)
Venue: PSG Institute of Management
Reporting time: 2.30 PM
Starting time: 3.00 PM
Duration: 100 minutes (approx.)
Number of questions: 60 (approx.)

Notice from KQA:
This is to announce the second edition of Mega-Whats, our National Open Quizzing Championship.
The quiz will be held across nine cities simultaneously. Apart from Bangalore , we have venue confirmations from Chennai, Hyderabad , Goa, Thrissur, Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi and Kolkata. More information on venues soon.

The details:
Date: Sunday, 12 December 2010
1. General quiz, open to all.
2. Teams of FOUR members (or less).
3. Prior registration is essential.
4. To register, please email with Mega-Whats 2010 in the subject-header.
5. Please provide the names of the four people who comprise your team in the email-also indicate whether you are taking part in the school, college or open categories
6. Email registrations will close on Tuesday 7th December 2010. Centre coordinators will allow entries after the cut-off date at their discretion.
7. Please note that the quizzing community in your city may charge an entry fee to meet venue and equipment hire expenses.
8. The school category is open only to teams comprising students from Std. VIII-X .
9. School teams ( Std. VIII-X) are allowed free entry. A school may field ONE team.
10. Please report by 1430hrs at the venue in your city. Since we need to ensure a coordinated start nationwide, the quiz will start at 1500hrs sharp. The doors will be closed five minutes before we begin.
11. Contesting teams will answer in writing a quiz of six sections and about sixty questions, inclusive of audios, videos and visuals.
12. Answers and scores will be announced immediately after the event-prizes will be given out for Best School Team, Best College Team, and Best Open Team.
13. The prizes aren't small--they are insignificant.
14. We will rank the top 100 teams across the country-this list will go up by the 25th of December.
15. The rankings will be announced after adjudication. The decision of the quiz-masters will be final and binding on all participants.
16. The city-winners will face off in June 2011 as part of the KQA 28th Anniversary.

Gen + Astro = Gastro?

Today's CQC session bore witness to an Astro quiz, conducted by Vidyuth and a gen quiz by the CQC mascot, Jun. Here are the ppt's for those who missed them :)

OQ# 35


2) X is believed to be a great warrior who lived when the Nayaks ruled parts of Tamil Nadu. He was the son of a King. His consorts were Bommi and Vellaiyammal.  His bravery and talent earned him a chance to enter the army as a Commander. To curb robbery, made a law saying that a theif who was caught would have his arm and leg cut off. His enemies made the king to believe that he was also a robber and must be punished. The king who was already jealous of  X sentenced him to the same punishment. He died as a result of this. Later the King realized X's innocence and regretted his act. X please.

Friday, December 3, 2010


OQ #34: Ashes
1. Quoting Senthil Sir's perfect answer: They were part of the ladies group that presented the original Ashes urn to Ivo Bligh, the visiting English captain. He had earlier in the year lost a one-test series to Australia and symbolically a bail was burnt to signify the death of English Cricket and filled in the urn. As an aside, Ivo sailed to Australia to not only reclaim the series but also his love, Ms. Florence Murphy.
also cracked by Bagri and Ram

2. A label containing a six line verse is pasted on the urn. This is the fourth verse of a song-lyric published in Melbourne Punch on 1 February 1883:
When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn;
Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return;
The welkin will ring loud,
The great crowd will feel proud,
Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn;
And the rest coming home with the urn.
cracked by Senthil and Bagri.

3. on the England team: "They can't bat, they can't bowl and they can't field." referring to the 1986 tour to Australia.
cracked by Sticky, Senthil, Sourabh, Sundaram, Ashok, Bagri and Ram.

4. Jardine's comment about Bodyline directed at Nawab Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi.
cracked by Sticky, Senthil, Ashok, Bagri.

5. ODI's.
cracked by Senthil, Sundaram, Ashok, Arjun, Bagri

6. Hat-tricks in the Ashes, the latest one being Peter Siddle.
cracked by Sticky, Senthil, Praveen, Sundaram, Ashok, Arjun, Bagri and Ram.

7. Mick Jagger.
cracked by Ashok, Bagri and myself.

8. Shane Warne's Ball of the Century to Mike Gatting, wicketkeeper being Ian Healy, in the 1993 series in England.
cracked by Sticky, Senthil, Praveen, Sundaram, Ashok, Arjun, Bagri and Ram

9. Boxing Day Tests in the Ashes.
cracked by Ram alone.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

OQ #34: Ashes Special

Few questions contributed by members of VIT's Donkey Balls Quiz Club.

1. Lady Clarke and Ms. Florence Murphy were the most notable members of this group. Which group are we talking about and what is the connection with the Ashes?

2. Melbourne Punch(2 August 1855 - December 1925) was an Australian illustrated magazine formed by Edgar Ray and Frederick Sinnett, modelled closely on the London Punch. How is the Melbourne Punch related to the history of the Ashes?

3. Martin Johnson, in of the greatest quotable quotes of all time said this “ There are only three things that are wrong with this team ________, _________ and _________. Fill in the blanks

4. “ I see that his highness is conscientious objector” This was a rather sarcastic remark made by Douglas Jardine. About whom and what was the reason?

5. The washout at Melbourne in the ashes of 1971 led to an invention in cricket that many believe has led to the degeneration of the game. What?

6.The below mentioned is an exhaustive list. What connects them?
Spofforth F, Australia
Bates W, England
Briggs J, England
Hearne J, England
Trumble H, Australia
Warne S, Australia
Gough D, England

Clue: There was one more edition to this list after the first match in Brisbane in this year.

7. This is a very rare photograph of a huge cricket fan taken during the ashes series. ID the personality.

8. This picture was taken by the famous photographer Steve Lindsell. How do we more famously know the happening?(If possible, ID both players)

9. This usually happens once in 4 years and the years this phenomenon has happened are:

What phenomenon?

Monday, November 29, 2010


OQ #33:
1. Phoolan Devi it is.
cracked by Ram, Ashok, Sourabh, Shiva, Sundaram and Sticky

2. The Google homepage in Klingon.
cracked by Ashok, Sticky, 2D and Shtud. part points to Sourabh

3. Osibisa, which came to Coimbatore as part of The Hindu's November Fest.
Ashok, 2D and Shiva get it.

4. Who else but Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi, the Indo-Pak Express, for their message "Stop War, Start Tennis".
cracked by Sticky, Sundaram and Ashok.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Soopy quiz: 28/11/10

OQ #33

1. Sitter: In 1972/73, when X was ten years old, her cousin, Mayadin, became the head of the family. He sent workers to cut down the neem tree (which was effectively the family's nest egg, in the village of Gorkha ka Purwa, UP) and sell the wood, intending to keep the proceeds for himself. Although her father saw no use in protest, X confronted her cousin. She taunted him, publicly called him a thief, and with her older sister staged a sit-in on his land. Even after violence against X—knocking her out with a brick—she wouldn't relent. In an effort to rid himself of the little nuisance, Mayadin arranged to have her married to a man named Putti Lal, who lived several hundred miles away. Putti Lal was in his thirties; X was eleven. She claimed in her autobiography that he was a man of "very bad character". In 1979, Mayadin accused X of stealing from his house. She denied the accusation, but the police arrested her anyway. In those three days in jail, she was beaten and raped repeatedly, then left in a rat-infested cell. She knew that her cousin was behind the injustice against her. The experience broke her body but ignited her hatred for men who routinely denigrated women.
Whose history?

2. Put fundae.

3. The name of the band was described by the band members as meaning "criss cross rhythms that explode with happiness" but it actually comes from the Fante word for highlife. They were one of the first bands from their continent to become hugely popular, leading to claims of their founding World Music. Identify this band.

4. During the recent ATP World Tour Finals in London, the pair of X and Y received the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year award for spreading their message. Identify X and Y, and what was the message?


OQ #32:
1. Grammy winning violinist Joshua Bell.
for the video related to the experiment:
(comment about the second video: Even Chuck Norris shed a tear. watch and you'll know why.)
cracked by Praveen and Jun

2. The Last Breakfast
cracked by Praveen, Sticky, Meenam, Sourabh and Shiva.

3. Satyendranath Bose, after whose name the sub-atomic particles Bosons are named.
cracked by Praveen, Sticky, Sourabh, both Arjun's, Shiva. Part points to 2D

4. Officially, the world's dullest days.
Quoting Hindustan Times:
It was the year the Queen became the first reigning monarch to visit Australia and Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio, but 1954 also boasts of having the most boring day of the 20th century — April 11. After feeding 300 million facts into a new search engine, experts have announced there were no key news events or births and deaths of famous people.
"When the results came back, the winner was April 11, 1954 — a Sunday. Nobody significant died that day, no major events apparently occurred...," William Tunstall-Pedoe, founder of the new search engine True Knowledge, said.
According to BBC Radio, April 18, 1930, was the dullest day of the 20th century after an announcer informed the nation in the 6.30pm bulletin, "There is no news."
Cracked only by Shtud.

5. Roadrunner it is.
cracked by 2D, Sticky, Sundaram, both Arjun's and Shiva.
Added funda: According to Chuck Jones's rules for the show, there is no dialogue, except for "Beep, beep" and Wile E. Coyote yowling in pain.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

OQ #32

1. Funda contribution: Atulaa
In a curious experiment initiated by Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten, X donned a baseball cap and played as an incognito street busker at the Metro subway station L'Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C. on January 12, 2007. The experiment was videotaped on hidden camera; among 1,097 people who passed by, only seven stopped to listen to him, and only one recognized him. For his nearly 45-minute performance, X collected $32.17 from 27 passersby (excluding $20 from the passerby who recognized him). Weingarten won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for his article on the experiment. Identify X.

2. Question contribution: Rammohan
What is this painting called?

3. Funda contribution: Rammohan
In 1924, while working as a Reader at the Physics Department of the University of Dhaka, X wrote a paper deriving Planck's quantum radiation law without any reference to classical physics and using a novel way of counting states with identical particles. This paper was seminal in creating the very important field of quantum statistics. After initial setbacks to his efforts to publish, he sent the article directly to Albert Einstein in Germany. Einstein, recognizing the importance of the paper, translated it into German himself and submitted it on X's behalf to the prestigious Zeitschrift für Physik. As a result of this recognition, he was able to leave India for the first time and spent two years in Europe, during which he worked with Louis de Broglie, Marie Curie, and Einstein. Why is he famous today?

4. May be slightly arbit: Connect the two dates.
April 18, 1930
April 11, 1954

5. Identify the bird.


OQ #31:
1. Gonzo Journalism
Cracked by Omi and Praveen

2. Zahara and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Suri Cruise.
Children of Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie and Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes.
cracked by Omi and Sundaram.

Friday, November 26, 2010


OQ #30
1. The guy in the pic is Roger Penrose, who, along with his father Lionel, created the Penrose stairs or the impossible stairs.

cracked by Sticky.

2. Cafe Coffee Day, started by VG Siddhartha Hegde, SM Krishna's son-in-law.
cracked by Ashok (credit for pointing out that funda), Sticky and Sundaram

X: Jolyon Wagg
Y: Herge
Z: Capn. Haddock
cracked by Sticky and Devang Ghia

4. Time displayed on all ads.
Explained by some big shot from Apple: "We design the (product launch) keynotes so that the big reveal of the product happens around 40 minutes into the presentation. When the big image of the product appears on screen, we want the time shown to be close to the actual time on the audience's watches. But we know we won't hit 40 minutes exactly."
cracked by Omkar and Sticky.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

OQ #31

Two for today.

1. The word X was first used in 1970 to describe an article (The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved, for Scanlan's Monthly) by Hunter S. Thompson, who later popularized the style. The "X fist," characterized by two thumbs and four fingers, was originally used in Hunter S. Thompson's 1970 campaign for sheriff of Aspen, Colorado. It has become a symbol of Thompson and X journalism as a whole. What am I talking about, and what is the significance of this journalistic style?

2. Question contribution: Sticky
Who these be?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

OQ #30

Questions contribution: Arjun Murali

1. Connect the guy with a recurring motif occurring in the film.

X has its headquarters at Chikkamagaluru, Karnataka.
The first X was opened in 1996 on Brigade Road in Bangalore.
Today there are more than 1000 Xs in 141 cities.
X has even tied up with WorldSpace and Microsense to enable its Xs with satellite radio and Wi-Fi, respectively.
Now X is expanding into Europe by opening two Xs in Austria.

X is an insurance salesman working for Rock Bottom Insurance.
He often tries to sell other characters insurance.
Y based him on a salesman who came to Y's door and invited himself inside.
X is a gregarious, simple, and overbearing man who enters the story by barging in uninvited.
Z finds X frustrating, although X remains cheerfully oblivious and believes himself a great friend of Z.
X often quotes his Uncle Anatole's stories, to Z's irritation.
X is portrayed as a clueless tourist in the exotic places.
X is generally seen as a more modern character, as opposed to the older archetypes that inhabit Y's earlier works.
X? Y and Z become obvious then.

4. If it is is 9:42 for the iPhone and 9:41 for the iPad, what is it?


OQ #29:
1. Funktionide is basically an advanced robotic pillow which responds to your mood by changing it's form depending on the way you hold it. Ulrich says that this is the first step in robots replacing humans as potential life partners. Go figure.
cracked by Ashok and Shiva

2. PETA campaigns against fur and fishing/hunting as sport, targeted at children, which came under heavy criticism for its portrayal.
cracked by Ashok, Shiva, Meena, Sticky and Sourabh,

3. Aamir Khan (or as Ashok sir said, Mrs. Aamir Khan)'s Dhobi Ghat.
cracked by Senthil, Ashok, Meena, Sticky and Sourabh

4. The Shorty Awards, honouring top form content creators on Twitter. That's the Fail Whale at the back.
Senthil, Ashok, Shiva, Sticky and Sourabh get it

5. JKR's map of Hogwarts
most of you get it right.

6. Bulgari (stylized as Bvlgari)
cracked by Senthil, Ashok, Sticky and Sourabh.

7. Julian Assange, of Wikileaks.
cracked by Senthil, 2D and Arjun Murali.

Monday, November 22, 2010

OQ #29

1. This is something known as Funktionide, created by German designer Stefan Ulrich. What exactly is it?

Picture 1 depicts something that was released in 2003. Picture 2, in 2005.
Put fundae.

3. "In the teeming metropolis of Mumbai, four people separated by class and language are drawn together in compelling relationships. Shai, an affluent investment banker on a sabbatical, strikes up an unusual friendship with Munna, a young and beautiful laundry boy with ambitions of being a Bollywood actor, and has a brief dalliance with Arun, a gifted painter. As they slip away from familiar moorings and drift closer together, the city finds its way into the crevices of their inner worlds."
Official synopsis of which film?

4. The first awards were held on February 11, 2009, at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, NY. Approximately 300 people attended the event and dozens were turned away. The event was hosted by CNN anchor Rick Sanchez and featured an in-person guest appearance by MC Hammer and a video appearance by Shaquille O'Neal. The second awards were held at the Times Center in the New York Times building in Manhattan. Awards are usually presented in 26 official categories.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is the primary sponsor of the awards. The awards are organized by the co-founders of the Brooklyn-based startup company Sawhorse Media.
Identify the awards, and tell me who they honour.

5. Hand drawn map of something drawn by whom?

6. sitter for all the Crucible quizzers out there: The name of this company is derived from the surname of the company's Greek founder, Sotirio Voulgaris, who began his career as a jeweller in his home village Paramythia, where his first store is still seen. In 1877, he left for Corfu and then Naples. In 1881 he finally moved to Rome, where in 1884 he founded his company and opened his second shop in via Sistina. The current flagship store in via dei Condotti was opened in 1905 by him with the help of his two sons, Constantino and Giorgio. (unrelated to question: During the Second World War, Costantino and his wife Laura even hid three Jewish women in their own Roman home.) The store quickly became a place where the world's rich and famous came for the unique, high quality jewelry designs combining Greek and Roman art. What?

7. Identify.


OQ #28:
1. Kaka. Players on EA's FIFA covers.
Cracked by Bagri, Sticky, Ashok and Arjun Murali

2. it was used as Unobtanium, in Avatar.
went uncracked.

3. Willem de Sitter
Bagri, Sticky and Meena get it right.

4. Sparta's reply: "If."
cracked by almost all of you.

cracked by Ashok, Shtud, and Meena.

6. Mark Zuckerberg, on Facemash.
cracked by bagri, Sticky and Shtud boy.

congrats to Sourabh for representing Coimbatore in the Aqua Regia finals at Chennai today! The CQC wishes you luck. Thanks Mudassir for the info.

OQ #28

Questions 1 through 5 contibution: Sourabh Banthia aka SoBan

David Ginola - 1997
Beckham, Ginola, Lassiter, Moller, Raul - 1998
Dennis Bergkamp - 1999
Eddie Pope - 2000
Paul Scholes - 2001
Thierry Henry - 2002
Ryan Giggs, Roberto Carlos, Edgar Davis - 2003
Theiry Henry, Alessandro Del Peiro, Ronaldinho - 2004
Patrick Viera, Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Morientes - 2005
Rooney, Ronaldinho - 2006 to 2009
Theo Walcott, Rooney, Lampard - 2010
____, Rooney - 2011

List is exhaustive. Connect and FITB.

2. Galena is the natural mineral form of lead sulfide. One of its earliest uses of was as kohl, in Ancient Egypt. It also found use in early wireless communication systems, and in contact junction rectifiers (popularly known as "cat's whiskers") which were used as detectors in early crystal radios, till World War II. In 2009 however, it became world famous for its use as something. Put fundae, and id what it was used as.

3. Willem de X was a Dutch mathematician, physicist and astronomer. He co-authored a paper with Albert Einstein in 1932 in which they argued that there might be large amounts of matter which do not emit light, now commonly referred to as dark matter. He came up with the concept of the de X space and de X universe, a solution for Einstein's general relativity. He was also famous for his research on the planet Jupiter. Gimme X. Sitter.

4. An anecdote has it that when Philip II sent a message to Sparta saying "If I enter Laconia, I will raze Sparta to the ground", the Spartans responded with the single, terse reply: "X". What?

5. 'We love Hollywood. We just have a funny way of showing it.' Tagline of?

6. “Yea, it’s on. I’m not exactly sure how the farm animals are going to fit into this whole thing (you can’t really ever be sure with farm animals…), but I like the idea of comparing two people together.”
Who, on what? Specific what.


OQ #26:
1. Vladimir Putin. I leave it to Shiva to explain the funda as a comment :)
cracked by Sticky, 2D, Omkar, Meena and myself.

2. NASA's 4 Great Observatories (all of which are space-based) are named after them.
a. Subrahmanyam Chandrasekhar
b. Edwin Hubble
c. Arthur Holly Compton
d. Lyman Spitzer
In chronological order of launch, Hubble-Compton-Chandra-Spitzer.

cracked only by Sticky.

3. Venky's Chicken buyout of the Blackburn Rovers.
cracked by Sticky, Sundaram, Arjun and Omkar.

OQ #27
1. Etiquette Angels, or Asian Angels, whose job is to escort VIP's to present the medals to the winners at the ongoing Asian games.
cracked by Praveen, Sundaram, Mudassir and Arjun Murali.

2. Director Raja, who rechristened himself Myshkin after the character Prince Lev Nikolayevich Myshkin from the novel The Idiot.
cracked by Sourabh, Sticky, Sundaram and Shtud boy.

1. Hermaphroditus, the Greek deity of bisexuality and effeminacy.
2. Draco the Lawgiver, the first legislator of ancient Athens, known for his harshness.
3. Harold Pinter, the playwright.
4. stamp representing Thespis, the first person to appear on stage as an actor (according to Aristotle).
5. Monty Python
6. Mercury, Roman god of trade.
7. Nicolas Chauvin, the possibly fictional soldier in Napoleon's army.
8. Gargantua, from the Life of Gargantua and Pantagruel, 16th century novel series written by François Rabelais.
9. Niccolò Machiavelli.
10. Satan.
11. Bronze statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, at the Plaza de España, Madrid.
12. what's blanked out: Thomas Bowdler.

Answer: Sources of eponymous words.

1. Hermaphrodite (a plant or animal that has reproductive organs normally associated with both male and female sexes)
2. Draconian (qualifies a rule as being of great severity)
3. Pinteresque (reminiscent of the plays of Harold Pinter, noted for their equivocal and halting dialogue)
4. Thespian (an actor)
5. Pythonesque (derived from the humour of Monty Python)
6. Mercurial (changeable, volatile, erratic)
7. Chauvinism (fanatical patriotism)
8. Gargantuan (of immense size)
9. Machiavellian (characterized by cunning, deceit, duplicity)
10. Satanic (extremely evil or cruel)
11. Quixotic (exceedingly idealistic, unrealistic, impractical)
12. Bowdlerize (emove material that is considered improper or offensive from a text or account, with the result that it becomes weaker or less effective)

went uncracked.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

OQ #27

Just the two for today. Answers for this and previous quiz (along with LVC answer) will be up tomorrow.

1. simple one: What are they called? Specific term. Also tell me what they do.

2. Connect.

Friday, November 19, 2010

OQ #26: Long Visual Quiz

3 visual questions + 1 LVC.

1. Question contribution: Shtud boy
Identify the guy with a camera round his neck, on the extreme left.

2. Question contribution: Two-D
Connect. Very specific. Exhaustive.

3. Simple one. Connect the two. I want specific names. No part points.

All one-step connects.
Please mention which slide you cracked the connect in, in your comment.


1. Mascot.
lone crack by Bagri.

X: Top Gun
Y and Z: Maverick and Goose
Cracked by Bagri, Shtud boy and Sticky

3. Elvis has left the building.
cracked by all those who attempted.

OQ #25: Textual Healing

1. The word has been traced back to use in Provence and Gascony, where it was used to describe anything which brought luck to a household. Suggestions were rife that that the word is derived from the Provincial French word for "concealed" , but thus is improbable. The word was first popularized in 1880, when French composer Edmond Audran wrote a popular comic operetta (the title of which is a direct reference to it). However, it had been in use in France long before this, as French slang among gamblers, derived from an Occitan word meaning "witch", and also another one meaning "spell." Audran's operetta was so popular that it was translated into English, introducing the word into the English language with its current definition.

2. The success and resulting cultural influence of the film X has spawned many references. The use of the nicknames (used in the film) in masculine communication, particularly "Y" and "Z", is often replicated or parodied. The masculine theme of the film has been the subject of humorous examination, with the homoerotic subtext examined in a monologue by Quentin Tarantino in Sleep with Me. X has also been spoofed in the 1991 film Hot Shots! starring Charlie Sheen, and liberally borrowed from in the 2004 Bollywood film Agnipankh. A quote from the film is one among AFI's 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes, which is directly referenced in a successful game franchise. Identify X, Y and Z.

3. simple one: The first time the phrase __________ was used was after X performed a concert in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1954, by announcer Al Dvorin. It was then used by promoter Horace Lee Logan on December 15, 1956, to plead with concert goers not to leave a concert hall to try to see X as he exited, and instead remain to see the other acts on the bill. The full quotation was "Please, young people... __________. He has gotten in his car and driven away.... Please take your seats." Who is X and what is the phrase?


OQ #24:
1. Docomodake, of NTT DoCoMo
cracked by Sticky, Shtud, Sundaram, Subramaniam and Arjun Murali

2. Virender Sehwag and Chris Gayle, the only batsmen to have scored two double centuries in tests.
Cracked by most of you

3. The fake headline "Dewey defeats Truman".
cracked by Sticky, Shtud and Meena

4. The first two pictures refer to the town of Limerick, and the third picture is that of Edward Lear.
Limericks is the connect.
cracked by Sticky, Sundaram and Meena

5. Barack Obama it is.
cracked by Sticky, Shtud, Subramaniam and SoBan.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

OQ #24: Images and Words

Another visual quiz for today.

1. X is the hero of a Nintendo DS game, Boing! X DS, which was released in Japan, North America and Europe. He has a wide variety of merchandising such as cell phone straps, keychains, and plush dolls. He is one of the most recognized characters in Japan. Identify.

2. Such a sitter I'm not even sure why I'm asking: These two players are part of an elite list. Who are the remaining two members in the list?

Memory test.
"This one is for the books."
Identify the headline, and put fundae.

Pictures 1 and 2 are the flag and the coat of arms respectively, of the third largest city in Ireland.
Picture 3 is the photograph of an artist, illustrator, author and poet, a popular figure in 19th century Britain.

This is somebody's high school yearbook picture.
The caption says "We go play hoop" and the inscription reads "Thanks Tut, Gramps, Choom Gang, and Ray for all the good times". Choom is slang for “pot smoking”.
Who is this not-so-infamous person? (apologies for bad picture quality)


OQ #23
1. Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn posing with the ICC WC 2011 to mark the 100 day countdown to the event.
cracked by most of you, with perfect answers by Sheilen and Govind.

2. most of you got this right as well: refudiate.

the Google Internet Bus Project.
cracked by Sheilen, Atitya, Mudassir, Govind and Shyam

Good show guys. continue reading the papers!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

OQ #23

Alright people, let's see if you're still reading the daily paper.

1. This picture was taken on November 9th, 2010 at the Dubai Mall Aquarium. What has been blanked out? Also identify the two guys.

2. 2010’s ‘Word of the Year’, named by the New Oxford American Dictionary, was coined by Sarah Palin, who introduced the term into US lexicon last July when she used it in a tweet about a proposed Islamic cultural centre near the WTC site in New York: “Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls _____”. Oxford University Press has defined the word as a verb “used loosely to mean ‘reject’.” What's the good word?

3. This is the route map of something currently in our fair town. What?


1) Copyleft. 
   Cracked by Vidyuth,Sticky,2D,Praveen, Shiva.

2) Richard Stallman A.k.a GOD of Free and Open Source.
    Cracked by 2D, Sticky,Vidyuth and Shiva.

3) The GNU logo. GNU -GNU's Not Unix. Its a recursive acronym.
   Cracked by 2D,Sticky,Vidyuth

Other fundae being Stallman started the GNU project. and wrote the first copyleft licence called the GNU General Public Licence. 


OQ #21:
The awesome Thillu Mullu.
Cracked by Arjun murali, Ram, Sundaram, Praveen and Meena
Namdhapa National park
Mass crack by Vignesh KR
Audava raagam
Cracked by Praveen and Meena
Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Thierry Henry.
All 3 cracked by Arjun Murali and Sticky

Monday, November 15, 2010


Here are three tribute questions.All these are related to each other.

1) X is the practice of using copyright law which gives users right to distribute copies and modified versions of a work and requiring that the same rights be preserved in modified versions of the work. In other words, X is a general method for making a work free, and requiring all modified and extended versions of the program to be free as well. What is X.


3)Identify Again.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

OQ #21

Small questions for today.
Questions contribution: Nishanth Sampathkumar

1. In what film did Kamal Haasan make a guest appearance, with all his dialogues being from his films?

2. This is the only national park in India that has the tiger, leopard, snow leopard and clouded leopard. It is located close to the Myanmar border, near the Patkai ranges. The Himalayan black bear and the Red Panda which are found only in high altitudes are seen here. It is the only park in the world which has different heights at different levels and the altitudinal variation is as much as 4300 meters. Name it.

3. When a raaga has only 5 notes what is it called?

4. pretty easy: Identify the footballers.