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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