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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.