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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?


OQ #51:
1. Pietro Ferrero Jr., joint CEO of Ferrero SpA which owns Ferrero, Nutella, Kinder, etc.
The revolutionary product I was talking about referred to his grandfather making paste out of hazelnuts in order to be different from the crowd.
cracked by Sourabh, Sheilen, Sivaram, Sticky, Praveen and Ashmur.

2. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize winner for Non-fiction for his book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.
Cracked by most of you.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

OQ #51

Just the two for today. Been following the papers?

1. One of Italy's richest men died in a bicycle accident in South Africa on Monday, while on a business trip. He was 47. Who am I talking about? He was heir to an extremely popular F&B company founded by his grandfather in 1942 who invented a revolutionary product in terms of their industry which made it a global leader.

2. Identify. He joins an elite list of Indians to have done what?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


OQ #50:
(please mention your name if you crack questions)

1. CNNIBN's husband and wife journo team of Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Ghose
cracked by Shiva, Senthil, Bhattu, hello12345, Sivaram, Sundaram and Ashwin.

2. Domino's
cracked by most of you

3. Lady Antebellum, the country music group which won 5 Grammies including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Need You Now".
cracked by Sticky, Kartik, Omi, Bhattu and Sivaram.

Thanks for quizzing and make sure you vote tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

OQ #50 (w00t)

1. He was born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, to a Goan father, who was a former Indian Test cricketer, and a Maharashtrian mother, who was an activist in Mumbai and former head of the Department of Sociology at St. Xavier's College. He attended University College, Oxford, getting the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Bachelor of Civil Law. He also represented Oxford University Cricket Club in county cricket and played 7 matches for them as a batsman in the English summer of 1987. As a student he was an extremely active member of Christian church choirs.

She received her bachelor's degree in History from St. Stephen's College, Delhi. A recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship, she has a Bachelor's in Modern History from Magdalen College and an M.Phil from St Antony's College at Oxford. In 2004 she became the first woman to anchor the popular BBC show Question Time India. She is also the author of the novel The Gin Drinkers, published in 1998. Her second novel Blind Faith was published in 2006 by Harper Collins.

Who are they?

2. In 1960, Tom Monaghan and his brother, James, purchased a small store in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The deal was secured by a US$75 down payment and the brothers borrowed $500 to pay for the store. Eight months later, James traded his half of the business to Tom for a used Volkswagen Beetle. As sole owner of the company, Tom Monaghan renamed the business X in 1965. In 1967, the first franchise store opened in Ypsilanti. The company logo was originally planned to add a new dot with the addition of every new store, but this idea quickly faded as X experienced rapid growth. By 1978, the franchise opened its 200th store.

3. On the BBC Radio 2 Drivetime Show on 9 August 2010, the band XY explained to the host that the name Y comes from when the group were photographing "Y" homes. The architectural style describes the large plantation homes in the American South. "Y" more commonly refers to pre-Civil War America, especially the pre-Civil War culture in the slave holding southern states. While photographing the houses one of the group said that there's a great band name in there, and they adopted the name shortly after.
Identify the band. Recently in the news.


OQ #49:
1. Sitter it was. Robin Hood.
Kartik, Omkar, Gowtham and Sivaram get it.

2. Paul McCartney
Kartik, Omkar and Gowtham.

3. The connect is Hotel Rwanda (the man being Paul Rusebagina). Watch the movie if you haven't.
Good cracks by Omkar and Sivaram.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

OQ #49

Apologies for the infrequency.

1. A retired University of Leicester lecturer named David Baldwin has made claims that he has unmasked the true identity of someone, saying that he was in fact a yeoman peasant named Roger Godberd. Whose identity?

2. Whose words?
"Here's the deal: my father was born in Everton, my family are officially Evertonians, so if it comes down to a derby match or an FA Cup final between the two, I would have to support Everton. But after a concert at Wembley Arena I got a bit of a friendship with Kenny Dalglish, who had been to the gig and I thought 'You know what? I am just going to support them both because it's all Liverpool and I don't have that Catholic-Protestant thing.' So I did have to get special dispensation from the Pope to do this but that's it, too bad. I support them both. They are both great teams, but if it comes to the crunch, I'm Evertonian."

3. Connect.


The CQC met, one day after India's EPIC victory, with Atulaa's first quiz for the open category, on current affairs, and a short 10 question cinema quiz by Thyagarajan, ILS Pune, as well as Kartik Shankar's quiz (which we didn't get to see fully as yet, for want of time). Might I add, participation in quizzes is getting stronger by the day, owing to the end of exams in schools, and the complete lack of entertainment options in the city :D

Here are Atulaa's and Thyagarajan's ppt's. Kartik's will be up after the next meeting (on the 17th).

Here's to more active participation from the Coimbatore crowds!