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

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Meet

CQC meets for another session this Sunday, the 25th of December. The quiz is to be conducted by Vignesh KR from Amrita (aka 6'2").

Location: PSGIM
Time: 3.30 PM

The Kakapo Returns

So last Sunday saw the return of the Big Man, Jun. Here are the ppt's for those who missed them (and from what I hear, there were a lot! Self included.)

#Edit: Some problem with Slideshare. so I'll just link you guys to the ppt's. Copy and paste the link onto your browser. I've enabled download, as usual.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Book Quiz

The Coimbatore West Rotary Club Book Fair is on from the 23rd of December at Suguna Kalyana Mandapam, Avanashi Road. In connection with that, Anjan aka Toodles is doing a book quiz on the 23rd. Teams of two, open to all school and college students only. Decent prizes. Quiz starts at 5 PM. Spot registration from 4. Come one, come all.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Results of Megawhats

The team representing Coimbatore in the National Finals of KQA's Megawhats is:

Tirupur Tughlaqs +2
1. Ashok
2. Senthil
3. YoPai
4. Natty

They scored 37 points.

Congrats to the winners, and all the best!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kurukshetra XCeed Biz Quiz

Mail sent by Rohit Suresh.

Kurukshetra Xceed is now on its way to Coimbatore.

Kurukshetra, College of Engineering Guindy's annual inter-collegiate technical festival, is organizing Xceed. The Biz Quiz (sponsored by Eaton) being one of the premier events at the fest itself, it is fitting that it is brought to Coimbatore as well. As it is making its debut, we look forward to seeing a huge turnout.

Apart from sizeable prize money, the added bonus for all you participants is that the winners get a free ticket into the national finals of the inter-collegiate Biz Quiz at Anna University, Chennai conducted by renowned quizmaster, Mr. Gopal Kidao. If this doesnt get you going, nothing will.

Team size : 2
Cross-college teams allowed.
Date : January 29, 2012
Venue : PSG Institute of Management
Time : 2.00 p.m.

Contact : Rohit. S - +91 90039 25929

Prize money details will be enclosed in a separate mail.

Please come. Thank you.

Note : Although the date is quite close to the actual fest date (which is February 1 to 4), we would be unable to book tickets for the winners. It is the responsibility of the teams to book tickets. However, we shall be reimbursing the one-way ticket cost as promised. This is in addition to the prize money.

Edit: People who are worried that it will clash with QuizTrac, relax. QT is tentatively scheduled to be held on the 22nd of January.
As usual, I will post a reminder a week before the event. But find your partner accordingly.

Reminder: Megawhats 2011

Hello. Remember us? :)

This post is a reminder concerning Megawhats, KQA's flagship quiz event.

Venue: PSGIM
Date & Time: December 11th 2011 (Sunday) at 3 PM.
Teams of 4 each, open to all. If you haven't formed teams, please do so immediately. Chances of coming to the venue and looking for teammates are minimal.
The winner will represent Coimbatore at the National finals held in Bengaluru next year.

Check out for more details and register there as well.

Looking forward to a good crowd. See you there.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Kriya, PSG Tech

The Association of Serious Quizzers (ASQ), the quiz club of PSG College of Technology brings back Kriya, coinciding with the 60th anniversary celebrations of the college. There will be 3 quizzes as usual, and the quizzes will be held over the weekend.

1. The Kriya Open Quiz - 3 PM @ F-Block Assembly Hall, PSG Tech and NOT CODISSIA on Saturday, 26th November, 2011
Open to all.
Teams of 3.
Prize money:
1st - either Rs. 15000 or 12000
2nd - either Rs. 12000 or 9000
3rd - either Rs. 9000 or 6000

2. SpEnt Quiz - 10 AM @ Y-202, PSG Tech on Sunday, 26th November, 2011
Open to colleges.
Teams of 2.
Prize money:
1st - Rs. 4000
2nd - Rs. 2000
3rd - Rs. 1000

3. Lone Wolf - 1 PM @ J-214, PSG Tech on Sunday, 27th November, 2011
College level.
Single participation. 
Prize money details will be mentioned at the venue.

There is a chance of prize money increasing for SpEnt. Come there to find out.

Facebook users, please RSVP to the event at
For further details, please contact:
Vidyuth @ +919894277566
Dwarkesh @ +919500446358
Hariprasad @ +919566582021

See you guys there.

Mega-Whats 2011

The Karnataka Quizzing Association's flagship event is back. Mega-Whats is a National Open Quizzing Championship, and and will be held in Coimbatore once again, apart from other cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Guwahati, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Mysore, New Delhi, Pune, Thrissur, and Thiruvananthapuram.

Date: 11th December, 2011 (Sunday)
Venue: As usual, PSG IM Avanashi Road.
General quiz, open to all.
Teams of 4 members or less.

Register at

You can also find further details about the quiz at the site.

Looking forward to seeing a good turnout!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

What a turnout!

The CQC celebrated its 3rd anniversary in a grand manner. Prof. Rangarajan, as usual, put on a great show for the masses. And masses it was! The hall was brimming, and what's even more impressive is that most of the audience decided to stay back and watch the finals. It more than made up for the appalling lack of participation during the recent informal sessions.

The prelims were on paper, and 6 teams were selected for the finals:
Team No. 1: Ashwin and his dad Bala from Brookefields
Team No. 2: Vishal and Bharadwaaj from Amrita School of Engineering
Team No. 3: The Tirupur Tughlaqs, YoPai and Senthil
Team No. 4: Anjan and Vidyuth
Team No. 5: Sheilen and Govind
Team No. 6: VSSR (Varun Subramaniam and documentary-maker Sarat Rao)

5 nicely framed rounds of pretty awesome quizzing and super guesses followed, and the results were:
1. Tirupur Tughlaqs, Yo and Senthil
2. Anjan and Vidyuth
3. Sheilen and Govind

Prizes were sponsored by the Coimbatore Public School.

After the quiz, the members gathered round for an informal "adda" type session on account of Sarat Rao. You can also follow his progress on his documentary on quizzing, aptly titled "Furiously Curious", by visiting his blog @

All in all, a good day. Thanks to the people who made it happen!

As a side note, it's fitting that this post should be the 250th post of the blog. Cheers!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The CQC Anniversary Quiz

The Coimbatore Quiz Circle is celebrating its third anniversary this Sunday, and in honour of that, we are conducting an anniversary quiz.

Open to all.
Teams of 2.
Time - Prelims start by 2 PM followed by finals.
Date - 16/10/11 (Sunday)
QM - Prof. Rangarajan
Venue - PSG IM
Teams can also register at

The quiz is sponsored by the Coimbatore Public School and attractive prizes are to be won!
Spread the word and bring your friends.

And, CQC members, do wear your CQC t-shirts as Mr. Sharath Rao, a documentary film-maker is making a film on the quizzing scene in India.
People in need of a t-shirt can contact Senthil @ 09363225581. The cost would be either 250 or 300 Rs., depending upon the size.

See you there!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Ashwin's "Slightly pop-culture" quiz

Today came the turn of Ashwin of Brookefields Mall to do an informals. Better turnout than last time, definitely. But a crowd is still lacking. Please show more support and attend more meetings, everyone.

Here's the link to the ppt, for those who missed it (for some reason Slideshare is not allowing me to embed):

PS: The CQC is celebrating its third anniversary this year, and we are planning to conduct an anniversary quiz. Tentative date would be October 16th. Block the date on your calendar.

Reminder: Biz Trac 2011 is next week (25/09/11), at PSGCAS Auditorium. Refer the previous post in the blog for more details.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Biz Trac 2011 (copy and paste the link onto your browser to view the poster)

The business quiz is back with bigger and better prizes.

Venue: PSG College of Arts and Sciences
Date: 25/09/11 (Sunday)
Registration - 11.30 AM
Prelims - 2.15 PM
Finals - 4.00 PM
Quizmaster: Prof. M. Rangarajan
2 per team.
Open to all.

Total prize money of Rs. 35000 up for grabs, along with gifts.

Special prizes for:
Best school team
Best girls team
Best faculty team
Best family team

Be there!

Informal, 18/09/11

Starting now, the blog will post details about forthcoming CQC meetings as well.

Date: 18/09/11 (Sunday)
Time:  3.30 PM
Quizmaster: Ashwin Balasubramaniam, Brookefields Mall
Venue: Regular classroom, PSGIM

There will be a school quiz and a beginner's quiz as well.

People, once you're done with the quiz, please mail them to me (
Please do contribute questions to put up on the blog as well.

For further details about the informal, contact Anjan at +919791803837.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Jaago CQC, Jaago.

Today the CQC witnessed an unprecedented rush of people for the Lone Wolf quiz, it was quite amazing, there was barely enough space to fit everyone into the hall!


40 copies of the question paper of the Lone Wolf quiz conducted by BITS, Pilani were taken, thinking there'd be a minimum of 30 in attendance. Surprise, surprise. There were only 6 people in the hall who turned up, 4 of whom were college students, 2 in the open category, out of which 1 was the organizer and participated non-comp.
Terrible showing. The last two weeks have been evidence of it. The numbers have just been dwindling, and it's highly disheartening. An appeal to all members: Please do attend more CQC sessions in the future. Otherwise, what is the point? Reasons may be dime a dozen, but at least try coming for events such as this.

You can all expect a thittu mail from Senthil sometime in the near future.

Anyway, results of today's quiz:

Open winner: Ashwin, Brookefields Mall.
College winner: Vidyuth, PSG Tech.

On another note, the CQC blog has hit 25,000 page views. Woohoo :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Some Random Quiz.

Last Sunday, CQC witnessed a very Dwarkesh Bagri aka Choco Cake Bakery aka Dwageshwar Pandian aka Poota Case quiz. Here are the ppt's for those who missed them. Enjoy!

PS: To those who expected Sticky's quiz to be put up, apologies. it seems to have gotten lost.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

BITS Pilani: Oasis Quiz (Lonewolf) - Coimbatore edition

BITS Pilani is conducting a lone wolf quiz as part of their culturals Oasis '11. The Coimbatore Edition will be hosted by the Coimbatore Quiz Circle on the 4th of September 2011 (Sunday). The venue is PSGIM and the time is 11 Am. There will be prizes for both college and Open category winners from the city. However prizes are at CQC's discretion. Also college category winners will be invited to Pilani for the national finals.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Brahma 2011

Brahma '11 is the annual inter-school and inter-collegiate quiz conducted by Quiz Club of Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore. This year its on September 11th, 2011 (Sunday). For school quiz - prizes worth Rs.10000 to be won. For college quiz - prizes worth Rs. 30000 to be won. Teams of 2 members. Mixed college teams allowed. Id cards are mandatory. Registration starts at 9 30 am.

Contact details:

Vishnu - 9894034457

Divya - 9894748108

Sriram - 9043583352

Divya - 9884629289

Email at

Visit and

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Book Quiz

Date: 21/08/2011 (Sunday)
Time: 4.00 PM
Venue: Handloom Grounds, Nanjappa Road
Quizmaster: Prof. Rangarajan
Teams of 2.

80% of the quiz will be on Tamil literature.
Attractive prizes to be won.
Come one, come all.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

WIO, Inc.

Last week saw CQC witness a business quiz, conducted by Mr. Joseph Francis of Karunya University. His quiz was aptly named WIO, an abbreviation for Work It Out. Response was quite amazing we hear, and Mr. Francis dedicates this quiz to his quizzing buddies back home in Pondicherry.
Here's the ppt for those who missed it. Enjoy!


OQ #76:
1. Mr. Bond and Dr. No.

2. Clint Eastwood. it was a musical.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

OQ #76

A continuation of the previous quiz.

1. FITB and identify the guy quoted:

You are right, _________. That is just what I am, a maniac. All the greatest men are maniacs. They are possessed by a mania that drives them towards their goal. The great scientists, the philosophers, the religious leaders – all maniacs.”

2. Paint Your Wagon is a 1969 musical which has a song “I Talk to the Trees, But They Don’t Listen to Me.” Which unlikely star sang this song?


OQ #75:
1. The Coppola family. Nicolas Cage is the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola and Talia Shire, who are siblings.
cracked by Sundaram and YoPai

2. The only instance when a Nobel prize-winning author (Ernest Hemingway) was adapted for the screen by another Nobel-winning author (William Faulkner).
nobody got it.

3. according to, the most number of goof-ups in films.
cracked by Asok

Thursday, July 28, 2011

OQ #75

A Hollywood quiz, courtesy Senthil.

1. Connect.

2. To Have and Have Not (1945) is a movie with a unique distinction that may never be repeated, what?

3. What list? (only the top 5 shown)
  • Apocalypse Now (1979) - 390
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) - 296
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) - 289
  • Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) - 267
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) - 262.


OQ #74:
Indeed, it is Anders Behring Breivik, prime suspect behind the horrific Norway blasts. Interestingly he claims he is inspired by Hindutva ideologies.
cracked by Shtud and Sundaram

Monday, July 25, 2011

OQ #74

Just the one for today, and a simple one at that.

Identify the businessman at the left, seen here with his half-sister and mother.


OQ #73:
1. Eleanor Thornton, who modelled for the Spirit of Ecstasy, the flying lady on the hood of a Rolls-Royce.
cracked by Kartik and Shtud.

2. Google+
cracked by Shtud

3. RD Burman, and the book is RD Burman: The Man, The Music by Aniruddha Bhattarcharjee and Balaji Vittal.
cracked by Kartik and Shtud on second attempt

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Quiz of High Caliber

What more can one expect from the man named Shyam Kumar? :)
Shyam's quiz, conducted today.

Here is the ppt for those who missed it.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Crucible winners, yet again.

The CQC congratulates the Tirupur Tughlaqs, Yogesh and Ashok, for pulling off yet another win of the Coimbatore edition of Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz.
Hat-trick it is!

Jun's Farewell

Arjun Mohan, secretary of the CQC, is off to Pune to do things at Symbiosis University. These are the ppt's of his farewell quiz, conducted last Sunday, for those who missed it. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to conduct the quiz due to some prior commitments, so it was mastered by Toodlechu.
All the best, Jun!

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OQ #73

Yes, yes, I know there've been no posts for a while. The moderator apologizes, yet again :|


1. The lady in the picture was an inspiration for a famous logo, and was created by an English sculptor in 1909. Identify the lady and the logo.

2. Recent funda: Which project was initially named Emerald Sea?

3. "Today, modernity and dignity have become an either/or matter. But you don't have that in X's music. His music is modern, cool and has a certain dignity; there is nothing cheap about it."
excerpt from Javed Akhtar's foreword of a particular book. Who is he talking about, and what is the name of the book?

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Of X's, Y's, Z's and @'s

Today's CQC session saw Anjan aka Toodles run a (predominantly) lit-ent quiz (with a little bit of mythology and sports thrown in). 40 questions and an LVC. Here is the ppt for those of you who missed it. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 30, 2011


OQ #72:
Apologies for the delay, once again :)

1. Hogenakkal Falls (from Kannada Hoge and Kal)
cracked by Ashok and Senthil.

2. HG Wells and Orson Welles, before the latter's radio screening of War of the Worlds.
good answer by Sundaram.

3. Unfortunately nobody got it :(
Champagne and Brandy
Popsicle and Ice cream cone
Cornflakes and Chocolate chip cookies
Stainless steel

Connect: (lesser known) Accidental inventions.

Friday, June 24, 2011

OQ #72

Apologies for the delay.

1. The name of this geographical feature derives from two words of a certain Indian language which mean "Smoke" and "Rock". Identify.

2. Identify the 2 gentlemen, and tell me what is happening.

3. Visual connect (whether it's long, medium or short, you decide.)
Please mention which slide you cracked it on in your comment.

Monday, June 13, 2011


OQ #71:
1. Uriah Heep
2. Abraham Zapruder, common man who inadvertently caught JFK's assassination on camera, explaining the shot.

cracked by way too many of you guys. :)

Friday, June 10, 2011

OQ #71

Well what do you know, I managed to find some questions after all.

1. X is a character created by Charles Dickens in his novel David Copperfield. The character is notable for his humility, servility, and insincerity. His name has become synonymous with being a yes man. He is the central antagonist of the later part of the book.
Much of David Copperfield is autobiographical and scholars believe X's mannerisms and physical attributes to be based on Hans Christian Andersen whom Dickens met shortly before writing the novel.
A British band is named after the character, in fact their debut album (Very 'eavy... Very 'umble) references the character's signature phrase. X?

2. Identify the guy on the right, and what is he describing?

Thursday, June 9, 2011


OQ #70:
1. served as a model for Eustace Tilly, mascot of The New Yorker magazine.
cracked by Omkar, Ramki and Sticky.

2. Steve Jobs, self-confessed Beatles fan.
cracked by Kartik, Arjun M, Ramki and Omkar.

3. One of Arthur Conan Doyle's earliest books, written when he was struggling to establish himself as a novelist and a physician. Unfinished, it is set to be published soon.
Cracked by Shtud, Kartik, Omkar and Ramki.

Will be back as and when I get more questions. Till then, happy quizzing! :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

OQ #70

Googling spoils the fun. Don't be evil!

1. This is an 1834 caricature of 19th century French amateur artist Alfred d'Orsay (aka Count of Orsay). What did it inspire?

2. My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each other's negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts. Great things in business are not done by one person, they are done by a team of people.
Whose quote?

3. The Narrative of John Smith is a novel which tells the story of a 50-year-old "opinionated Everyman" confined to his room by gout, laying out his thoughts and views on subjects from religion to war and literature through the conversations he has with his visitors, from a retired army major to a curate.
Who wrote it, and why is it currently in the news?


OQ #69:
1. Rajinikanth himself :)
good crack by Ashwin.

2. Namrata Goyal, daughter of Jet Airways' Naresh Goyal. What is unique about the production is that it is composed entirely of Jet Airways employees.
went uncracked

3. Who else but Baba Ramdev.
cracked by all who attempted

4. It was one of the earliest instances of the Ponzi scheme.
went uncracked.

Monday, June 6, 2011

WQC 2011 - Coimbatore Results

The results of the Coimbatore edition of the World Quizzing Championships (conducted on Saturday) are as follows:

1st place: Brijesh Nair (98)
2nd place: Ramakrishnan V (88)
3rd place: Sujith E (72)

College: Aravind R (60)
School: Atitya Raghul (38)

Category-wise winners:
Entertainment - Brijesh Nair and Ramakrishnan V (9)
Culture - Brijesh Nair, Ramakrishnan V and Sujith E (9)
Lifestyle - Ramakrishnan V (18)
Science - Sujith E (13)
History - Brijesh Nair (14)
Media - Brijesh Nair (21)
Sports - Ramakrishnan V (14)
World - Brijesh Nair (14)

Worldwide results can be viewed here.

UPDATE: Questions for the 2011 edition of the World Quizzing Championships can be found here.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

OQ #69

4 for today.

1. Murattu Kaalai is a 1980 film directed by SP Muthuraman starring Rajini. The movie featured songs such as Podhuvaaga Yen Manasu Thangam which became a superhit, and the film established itself as one of the early blockbusters in Superstar's career. Interestingly, the film had an actor play the role of Lord Krishna (the only time he played the role) although those scenes were cut from the final theatrical release. Who is the actor?

2. Black Comedy is a 1961 play by English playwright Peter Shaffer. The title of this post-war farcical comedy is a pun, because all the action takes place in a flat in London during an electrical blackout as a dinner party is going on and the effect it has on the eight members present. A couple of months back, it was brought to life in India (it was the director's maiden theatre venture), touring the country with many shows. Who is the director of the play and what is unique about the production?

3. Do-not-google.
In July 2009, when the Delhi High Court gave a verdict under decriminalizing homosexuality in Delhi, X called a press conference and said, "This verdict of the court will encourage criminality and sick mentality. This kind of thing is shameful and insulting to all of us. We are blindly following the West in everything. This is breaking the family system in India. Homosexuals are sick people, they should be sent to hospitals for treatment."X?

4. Little Dorrit is a serial novel by Charles Dickens published originally between 1855 and 1857. It is a work of satire on the shortcomings of the government and society of the period. My question is, the novel describes one of the earliest instances of which notorious operation?


OQ #68:
1. Jean-Dominique Bauby, subject of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
cracked by Sundaram, Omkar.

2. Wheelchair tennis player Esther Vergeer, who is currently on a winning streak of 418 matches, winning 37 Grand Slam titles. Novak who?
part cracks by a lot of people.

Friday, June 3, 2011

World Quizzing Championships

The 2011 edition of the World Quizzing Championships conducted by the International Quizzing Association will be held tomorrow in Coimbatore. Details below:

Venue: PSG Institute of Management, Avinashi Road
Reporting time: 1530 hrs. Quiz starts by 1600 hrs sharp.
60 minutes, 120 questions.

Visit for more details.

See you there.

OQ #68

1. The guy in the pictures was the subject of a film by American artist, sculptor and filmmaker Julian Schnabel (he went so far as learning the language, which was earlier foreign to him, in order to get a feel of the characters). What movie?

2. Identify the lady in the wheelchair, and give me her claim to fame.


OQ #67:
1. Tamil Songs sung by people of Non-Indian origin. Thee Thee is by Chinese singers named Caroline and Noel James and Dol Dol features ethnic vocals by Shahin Badar, UK based Arabic singer.
went uncracked

2. Frank and Nancy Sinatra. Song is Something Stupid
cracked by Kartik, Jun, Meenakshi and Divya.

3. Mickey-Mousing
cracked by Divya and Jun

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

OQ #67

Qns contribution Shtud

1. Unique connect. Thee Thee from Thiruda Thiruda and Dol Dol from Ayudha Ezhuthu (Citation Needed)

2. In 1966, C. Carson Parks and his wife Gail Foote recorded this song for an album called "San Antonio Rose". The popularity of the song shot sky high after the duo of X and Y sang and released this song as a single. The song came under controversy due to the intimate nature of the song, making people to name this "The Incest Song". Song, X and Y.

3. X is a film technique that syncs the accompanying music with the actions on screen. The term comes from the early and mid-production of Y's films, where the music almost completely works to mimic the animated motions of the characters. X-ing may use music to "reinforce an action by mimicking its rhythm exactly. X is also used to criticize that a visual action is - without good reason - being duplicated in accompanying music or text, therefore being a weakness of the production rather than a strength.

Friday, May 27, 2011


OQ #66:
1. Mats Wilander and Sting.
went uncracked.

2. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
Arjun Murali and Kartik Shankar get it

3. George Mallory and his wife Ruth (Thomas Gray wrote the poem Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard, the title of Jeffrey Archer's book Paths of Glory is from here, the book is based on Mallory's life.)
cracked by Kartik Shankar and Arjun Murali

a) Eric Clapton
cracked by Kartik and Omkar

b) Audrey Hepburn

c) Bonnie and Clyde
uncracked, surprisingly

d) Jimmy Page
Kartik and Omkar.

OQ #67 will be up in a couple of days. See you guys tomorrow at Mahaquizzer :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

OQ #66

1. He traded his French Open trophy with someone and got a Grammy award in exchange. Name both the fellows.

2. Complete the list. More people can be added.
John Hunt, George Lowe, Alfred Gregory, Tom Bourdillon, Charles Evans, X & Y.

3. Continuing on a similar vein as the previous question, identify the people in the picture.
Clue: Thomas Gray.

4. Open theme: Famous people in their younger days.






OQ #65:
1. They all voiced Mammy Two-Shoes from Tom & Jerry.
cracked by Jun and Shtud Bhai.

2. He is the only person to take a hat-trick in both the innings of a test match/Only player to take two hat-tricks in the same match. Took both the hat-tricks during the same day (28th may, 1912) against SA in the First test of the famous Triangular Tournament.

3. Kamala Das/Kamala Surraiya.
cracked by Jun, Meenakshi, Ashwini and somebody named Nobody :-/

4. Airtel.
cracked by Jun and Shtud alone, surprisingly.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Reminder - MahaQuizzer 2011

The seventh edition of MahaQuizzer, KQA's flagship event, is scheduled to be held on Sunday, May 29th at PSG IM. The quiz will start at 10 AM sharp and will continue for an hour and a half. There is no entry fee, and the quiz is open to all. Lateness will not be tolerated, so you might have to end up getting back home disappointed. Make sure you come early!

The quiz will be an individual event and in written format (150 questions/90 minutes).

Prizes up for grabs: Best Quizzer, Best Woman Quizzer, Best College Quizzer and Best School Quizzer (Note: school according to the KQA is upto the Standard X, XI and XII will be counted as college).

Limited entries are available for spot registration. Register via email ( to avoid disappointment. Entries close by 9.30 am at the venue.

PS: CQC t-shirts will be available for grabs at 275 each. Available in small, medium and large sizes.

Contact Arjun Mohan @ 9944709086 for more details.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

OQ #65

Qns contrib Arjun Murali and myself

1. Connect the three women

Lillian Randolph

Thea Vidale

June Foray

2. The person in the pic is Jimmy Matthews, who played cricket for Australia during the 1911-12 season. He is till now the only person to achieve something in the game. What did he do?

3. She was born in Thrissur in 1934. Her father was a former editor of Mathrubhumi. When she wished to begin writing, her husband supported her decision to augment the family's income. She would often wait until nightfall after her family had gone to sleep and would write until morning."There was only the kitchen table where I would cut vegetables, and after all the plates and things were cleared, I would sit there and start typing". Her first book was Summer in Calcutta in which she wrote chiefly of love and betrayal. She died on May 31st, 2009.
Who this be?

4. Once again, easy one to finish with.
Which company's symbol was named the Wave after a 6 month online contest? The winning entry was by Mukesh Chauhan, a Delhi engineer.


OQ #64:
1. She outed Arnold Schwarzzen-whatever-his-spelling-is's scandalous affairs. Some say that even Tiger Woods is no match for Arnie's sexploits.
cracked by GSK, Ameya, Meenakshi, Omkar.

2. Wafah Dufour (orig. Wafah bin Laden, she took her mother's maiden name), one of the 300 nieces and nephews of one Mr. Osama bin Laden.
cracked by the same people.

3. Mick Jagger and AR Rahman, the connect being the band Super Heavy.
cracked by the same people again

Monday, May 23, 2011

OQ #64

1. The lady in the picture is 50 year old Mildred Baena, mother of four. Question is, why is she in the news currently?

2. NSFW? Identify, and give me the name of her world-renown uncle.

3. Easy one to finish with.
Dave Stewart, Damien Marley, Joss Stone, X and Y. Complete the list, and connect.


OQ #63:
1. Jordan Mechner's brother acting as a model for the original Prince of Persia game. Mechner used videos like these to implement the movements to the character in the game.
cracked by Sticky and Shtud.

2. Visha-kanyas
cracked by Sticky and Asok.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Jun's turn

22/05/11 found Arjun Mohan aka Metal Gaad aka Fat... (wait, this is a family forum) make his way as QM. Here are the ppt's for your viewing/downloading pleasure. Enjoy!

don't forget, OQ #63 is still up for grabs!

OQ #63

Two questions contributed by Arjun Murali.

1. Video. What is happening?

2. Indian epics talk about this practice. It has been said that, during the rule of the king Chandragupta Maurya, there was a practice of selecting beautiful girls and administering poison in small amounts until they grow up, thus making them insensitive to poison. These maidens were called X. It was believed that making love with X can result in death of their partners, hence they were employed to kill enemies. X?


OQ #62:
1. Gaddafi stadium in Lahore (1987), Eden Gardens in Kolkata (1996), Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai (2011).
cracked by Sticky alone. pat points to Sundaram and Arjun M.

2. Daniel Day-Lewis
cracked by Sticky and Meenakshi

Friday, May 20, 2011

OQ #62

Questions contrib: Rammohan

1. Only 3 cities have had the honor of hosting both the semis & finals of the Cricket World Cup. Id all 3.

2. first video question on blog :)
Video from Richard Attenborough's Gandhi. Identify the tall bully. It's his first speaking part in a feature film.


Sorry for the late update folks.

OQ #61:
1. Mohd. Yousuf (earlier Yousuf Youhana), the connect is they are the only Christian people to have represented Pakistan in the cricket team.
cracked by Rohit and Toodles.

2. X - Elu, Y - Eelam, the blank being Eezhu.
cracked by Toodles, Rohit and Sundaram.

Monday, May 16, 2011

OQ #61

Questions contribution: Goutham Sankara Krishnan

1. Complete the list: (exhaustive)

Wallis Mathias, Antao D' Souza, Duncan Albert Sharpe, _____

2. The word X is mentioned in Mahavamsa as "______ Nagu". X language is called "Kodunthamizh" or harsh Tamil and quality Tamil is "Senthamizh" and the former X subsequently changed to Y and hence the word is in use now. X and Y?

PS: 200th post win!

Sunday, May 15, 2011


OQ #60:
(at the time) Happy Friday the 13th everybody.

1. That's make up artist Tom Savini applying make up to Ari Lehman for his initial concept of Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th.
cracked by Saagar and (comprehensively, leading one to think that Tineye helped) Desertwind

2. Frigga, after whom Friday is named.
cracked by Saagar, Desertwind, Omkar, ET and Farzana

3. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley from House.
cracked by Saagar, Desertwind, Omkar, Dwarkesh and the Robinator(?)

Friday, May 13, 2011

OQ #60

1. What is happening here?

2. She is the wife of Odin and foremost among the goddesses in Norse mythology, and is the queen of Asgard. Who is she?

She attended Newton North High School in Massachusetts, and Sarah Lawrence College, New York.
Her middle name is Beauregard.
She had a mother named Anne and has a father named John.
She had an unnamed brother, whom as was recently revealed, she euthanized.


OQ #59:
1. Billy Wilder. "Nobody's perfect", a line from his movie Some Like It Hot.
cracked by Sivaram and Toodles.

2. Khan market
cracked by Sticky and Toodles

3. Hermann Tilke, GP circuit designer.
cracked by Sivaram, Sticky and Toodles.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

OQ #59

Questions contribution: Shivram aka Shtud bhai and OmitheHomie

1. Gravestone of?

2. X market is is the costliest market shop in New Delhi. It has been ranked as the costliest retail location in India. it was rated as the world's 21st most expensive retail high street by real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield and is consistently ranked as one of the costliest high end streets. Originally this place was allocated to immigrants from ________ after the partition. Hence they named the place X market. What the place?

3. Michael Griffin writes: "He killed the Hockenheimring, and will probably be pleading with Simon Gillet to do the same to the Kraner Curves at Donington. Sepang is just ridiculous, Bahrain is similar to Malaysia and has only two or three good places. Shanghai again has four good places, but only if you are on an overdose of brave pills. Valencia is an absolute failure in terms of racing action. Abu Dhabi is meant to be a street circuit that is ridiculously wide, and has silly run-off areas like Bahrain. He is on a mission to obliterate Formula One, and maybe the new aero rules next year can be the only thing to save the art. Is he slowly killing Formula One?"
Who is Michael Griffin talking about?

MahaQuizzer 2011

MahaQuizzer 2011, the seventh edition of the National Solo Quiz Championship by the KQA will be held in 14 cities across India (and in the UK & US) on Sunday 29th May 2011. As usual, the quiz will require takers to answer 150 questions in 90 minutes. Participants are requested to be at the venue latest by 9:30AM to ensure an on-time start! Anyone arriving after 10AM IST is strictly not allowed to participate (whatever be the reason!).

Prizes in each city for best School, College, Lady and Open entrant. The School Category is defined as per the Karnataka Quiz Association as students upto Standard X. Standard XI, XII are counted as College.

Please use the link ( ) to register for Mahaquizzer 2011. If you have already registered via email, you do not need to fill out the form.

Venue - PSG Institute of Management

Time - 9.30 to reach venue and quiz from sharp 10 to 11-30.

Registration and contact -

Arjun Mohan - 9944709086

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The ASQ Marathon

Today, the regular classroom at PSG Institute of Management bore witness to an epic attempt by the Association of Serious Quizzers, PSG Tech's quiz club: a quiz marathon of sorts. 5 quizzes spanning over 10 hours, and it was awesome, to say the least.

A brief gist (for those who missed it): The ASQ Marathon was basically conducted as a kind of a farewell to the seniors of the club, who are passing out this year.
  1. We had Loki, who opened the day with a Cameo quiz, which he called The "Slightly Orbit" quiz, the funda being, if you cracked a question, you got a pack of Wrigley's orbit gum :D
    12 questions. Short and sweet :)
  2. Then came Farzana Unnikamu (Edathodu?) who wowed everybody with a kickass medical quiz, which also happened to be her first quiz for a non-medical audience. Certainly did not seem like it. All questions were crackable, and it was thoroughly enjoyed :)
  3. We had honorary ASQ member Shiva aka Shtud Boy enthralling his audience (:P) with an awesome quiz.
  4. After lunch was myself (Vidyuth, and I wouldn't like to comment on my own quiz). Now for want of time I wasn't able to do 2 rounds, which I have retained and shared in the ppt below. Please to be seeing the rounds and commenting.
  5. PS: Any non-attempts at lynching me for the LVC will be much appreciated ^_^
  6. Lastly, we had Goutham, fellow ASQ member ending the day with the ultimate India quiz.
All in all, it was an awesome day. Thanks to all the QM's for making it happen, and thanks to the participants especially. You guys rocked.
Special thanks to PSGIM for having borne with out noise and let us use their classroom for the entire day.

Here are the quizzes, in the order in which they were conducted. Enjoy!


OQ #58:
1. People who have won Oscars for non-speaking roles.
Cracked only by GP.

2. "Black Money"
went uncracked.

Friday, May 6, 2011

OQ #58

Just the two for today.
Qns contrib: OmitheHomie

Connect the following roles.
  • Jane Wyman in Johnny Belinda
  • Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker
  • John Mills in Ryan's Daughter
  • Holly Hunter in The Piano
2. "Debased silver minted in France and circulated in England, until it was banned by the Government of England."
Which phenomenon/term originated from the above?


OQ #57:
1. The Sri Lankan Premier League.

After ALL that hullaballoo in the guava orchard that they created about how country cricket is more important. Hypocrites.
Cracked by Sundaram, Asok, Kartik and Arjun M.

2. Simple Engrish really. Reverse mentoring is the concept by which older businessmen learn stuff like the latest technology from younger ones.
Cracked by Shtud Bhai, Asok and Sourabh.

3. Duet, and none other than Kadri Gopalnath and Rahman. cracked by Shtud and Kartik.

4. translated, "Osama bin Laden, Enemy Killed In Action", the code used by the CIA commandos to inform the POTUS of their epic victory.
cracked by all who attempted :)

5. Vicks VapoRub it was :)
cracked by Biz God Asok, Kartik and Sourabh (was that a guess young Padawan? :D)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

OQ #57

Mixed bag.

1. Proposed logos for?

2. Currently, business firms are employing a technique known as Reverse Mentoring to stay in the game, ahead of competitors.
A book of the same name by Earl Creps (written about the concept being applied in a church scenario) is also a bestseller in the Amazon market.
So what exactly is Reverse Mentoring?

3. The movie is based on the French play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. It has the tagline "My Fair Lady" and stars the youngest woman to be crowned Miss India (at age 17, in 1981).
X, who is now an icon in Indian instrumental music got to public fame after this album. He once said (about this album), "I played some 30 ragas for Y. He wasn't satisfied. Finally I played Kalyana Vasantam, and he said, "Thats it!"".

4. A mandatory Been-reading-the-papers? question.
"Geronimo EKIA."

5. The flu epidemic of 1918 increased sales of this product from $900,000 to $2.9 million in just one year. It is marketed as "The only thing more powerful than a mother's touch."

Answers. More participation needed!

OQ #56:
1. The Maltese Falcon was based on a novel of the same name by Dashiell Hamett. Its protagonist, Det. Sam Spade was a chief influence of Raymond Chandler's character Det. Philip Marlowe, who was the protagonist of The Big Sleep. The obvious connect was both were characters played by Humphrey Bogart.
went uncracked.

2. That's Bogart as Fred C. Dobbs from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
Cracked by Arjun Murali, part points to Sourabh.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Toodles' Amrita Quiz

This was a quiz conducted by Anjuchu for Aitreya 2011, an inter-Amrita lit fest, which our resident Quiz God Sticky ran for last week's CQC session. enjoy!

OQ #56

1. Connect the films The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep. Don't give me the obvious.

2. Who playing what character?


OQ #55:
1. He worked at Guinness Breweries and started the Guinness Book of World Records.
cracked by Tolstoy, Asok and Ameya.

2. Sivappu Mazhai, produced by and starring Suresh Joachim. The movie holds the Guinness Record for being completed in the shortest time (11 days, 23 hours, 45 minutes).
comprehensively cracked by Ameya, part points to Asok.

3. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter novel here.
cracked by all who attempted.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

OQ #55

Questions courtesy Sourabh Banthia.

1.On 4 May 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, then the managing director of the X, went on a shooting party in the North Slob, by the River Slaney in County Wexford, Ireland. He became involved in an argument over which was the fastest game bird in Europe, the koshin golden plover or the grouse. That evening at Castlebridge House he realised that it was impossible to confirm whether or not the golden plover was Europe's fastest game bird. This led to the formation of X, and the rest is history.

2. Which movie's plot is this? And what is its claim to fame?

The film revolves around Nandhan (X), a Lankan youth who kidnaps Meera Jasmine, a Minister's daughter and a television journalist.
The Minister (Suman) is helped by the Director General of Police (Rajeev) and his subordinate (Bose Venkat) to rescue Meera. Things take a turn when they get an interesting demand from Nandhan seeking the release of a Lankan national detained by police. Why and for what the demand is forms the crux.

3. Sitter. Funda behind the place?


OQ #54:
1. Scene taken from "William and Kate: The Movie" starring Nico Evers-Swindell and Camilla Luddington as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
cracked by Meenakshi

2. Transylvania
cracked by Sivaram and Meenakshi

Friday, April 29, 2011

OQ #54

1. This scene is taken from a made-for-TV movie (that is according to a reviewer, "So bad it'll probably be a smash hit") directed by Mark Rosman. Identify the movie.

2. What place name derives from the Medieval Latin word for "beyond the forest"?

Thursday, April 28, 2011


The ppt's for the school quiz prepared by Sourabh and the general quiz done by Arjun Murali. Enjoy!


OQ #53:

1. Paranthewali Gali, in Chandni Chowk.
part points to Meenakshi.

2. Mohun Bagan after defeating East Yorkshire Regiment 2-1 in the IFA shield in 1911
cracked by Two-D and Sivaram.

3. Deepak Chopra
Good crack by Meenakshi.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Why So Serious?

Kartik Shankar's quiz, which was conducted over a span of 2 CQC meetings.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

OQ #53

All questions contributed by Toodles.

1. Establishments founded by Pandit Gayaprasad Shivcharan (1872), Kanhaiyalal Durgaprasad Dikshit (1875) and Pandit Babu Ram Devi Dayal (1888) still survive of the original nine establishments that gave this location its name. These three outfits continue to draw tourists. Which location?

2. It is said that when the team was returning to the club with the Shield, a Brahmin pointed to the Union Jack atop the Fort William & asked - " When will that come down ? " Somebody replied that " It will come down when _________ _________ will win the shield again." It is probably coincidental that _______ ________ won it again in 1947, the year of Indian Independence.
Fill in the blank and identify the context.

3. In 1985, X met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who gave him an invitation to study Ayurveda. In that same year, X became the founding president of the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, and was later named medical director of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center for Stress Management and Behavioral Medicine. He was initially the sole stockholder of Maharishi Ayurveda Products International, but divested after three months. He has been called the Transcendental Meditation movement's "poster boy" and "its leading Ayurvedic physician". In 1989, the Maharishi gave him the title "Dhanvantari (Lord of Immortality), the keeper of perfect health for the world".
Who it is?


1. Yesteryear Bollywood actress Helen
cracked by Sivaram, Kartik, someone with no name, and Sundaram.

Pic a: Wayne Cochran
Pic b: Pearl Jam
Last Kiss was an original single by Cochran, covered by Pearl Jam.
Surprised nobody got this.

3. Vilayanur Ramachandran describing the Phantom Limbs phenomenon (excerpt taken from his book Phantoms in the Brain).
cracked by Sticky, someone with no name, Sundaram and part pooints to Sivaram and Kartik.

Friday, April 22, 2011

OQ #52

1. Question contrib: Toodles
Her diplomat father went missing during World War II. She traveled to India with her mother Marlene Richardson and eventually made her breakthrough with a number titled 'Mr. John ya Baba Khan, Lala Roshandaan' in the film Baarish. Identify.

2. Question contrib: Jun
Connect the two pictures.

3. Question contrib: Toodles again
“I placed a coffee cup in front of John and asked him to grab it. Just as he said he was reaching out, I yanked the cup away. "Ow!" he yelled. "Don't do that!" "What's the matter?" "Don't do that", he repeated. "I had just got my fingers around the cup handle when you pulled it. That really hurts!" Hold on a minute. I wrench a real cup from _____ fingers and the person yells, ouch! The fingers were illusory, but the pain was real - indeed, so intense that I dared not repeat the experiment.”
Identify the observer of this experiment and what observation in neuroscience came about as a result?