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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.