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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


OQ #81:

1. LA Lakers. The blank refers to lakes.
2. The city of Mumbai
3. Quid Pro Quo, made popular in the film The SIlence of the Lambs
4. Appatakkar, of "Avlo periya Appatakkar ah nee?" fame
5. Holy water.

Sudhan gets qn 2 right.
Adhithya gets 1, 2, 3 and 5 
Aravind JK - 2, 3, 4
Unknown visitor - 3 and 5
Mohsin - 1 and 2

Sunday, January 22, 2012

OQ #81

And the final set. Thanks for the participation folks!

1. Their name came from their home state being the “Land of 10,000 _____”. However, in 1960, they moved to a new city in a different state, but retained their name even though their new home city had no _____. What am I talking about?

2. Catherine of Braganza was the Portuguese queen consort of England, Scotland and Ireland who married King Charles II in 1662. What was given as the dowry in this marriage?

3. _______ most often means a more-or-less equal exchange or substitution of goods or services. People often use the term to mean "a favour for a favour" and the phrases with almost identical meaning include: "give and take", "tit for tat", "this for that", and "you scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours". This phrase was extensively used in a famous 1991 movie. Give me the phrase and the movie.

4. Amritlal Thakkar was a famous social reformer. The Government of India even issued a stamp in his honor in 1969. He was a very knowledgeable person and an expert in many fields, to such a level that he would promptly answer any question that was fired at him. Why is he famous to us/What is his popular nickname?

5. Coin vending machines  are  very  popular today from dispensing beverages to checking weights. But  what was the first  coin vending  machine created  to dispense?


OQ #80
1. X: Vishwanathan Anand, Y: Chess
2. Moonwalk, Michael jackson's autobiography
3. BSNL Sports Quiz
4. Rajnikanth’s acting classes
5. Calvinball, from Calvin & Hobbes
6. Gregory House, House, M.D.
7. Subramaniyam Swamy

Vignesh KR gets 1, 2, 3 and 4 right.
Aravind Subramanian - 3, 4, 5, 6
Adhithya gets them all. So does Ashwin Murali.
Aravind JK gets 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
Vignesh S - 3 and 7
Surya Narayanan gets 1 right
Anon. gets 2, 3, 4, 5, 7.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Reminder: QuizTrac 2012

Sorry for the late post folks.

Rotaract Club of PSG College of Arts and Sciences organizes one of South India's largest Open quizzes, QuizTrac yet again. Prizes worth 60k are up for grabs. There's a Junior QuizTrac as well, for school students. Teams should consist of 2 members each.

Date: 22/01/2012 (Sunday)
Time: 11.00AM (Junior), 2.00PM (Open)
Venue: GRD Auditorium, PSG CAS, Avanashi Road
Quizmaster: Prof. M. Rangarajan

Please come earlier so as to register. Prizes for the best college team, family team, corporate team and girls team will be there, as usual.

OQ #80

Yet another set...

1. X recalls this incident to be the most significant moment of his life. X was once travelling in a train when a fellow passenger asked him about his profession. X replied, “I play Y for a living”. The other man replied, “To earn a living out of Y, you must be X” not knowing who X really was. This incident was also made into an advertisement recently. Who is X?

2. Relatives of Doubleday employees were hired as couriers, to deliver portions of this book from the company's head office in to the printing plant. At the printing plant, the book was given the code name ”Neil Armstrong”. Which famous book?

3. X made its debut in the year 2002 on the occasion of  the Football World Cup. The Programme was conceived, devised, planned and first produced by Shri. P.S. Parameswaran, . The show has on an average received calls from more than 30,000 viewers and also 3,000 e-mails per show. It reaches around 83 countries. X has now entered the Limca Book of records as the longest running weekly ____ show on television in India. X?

4. Raja Bahadur used to be driver on the bus route  from Srinagara to  Majestic Circle in Bangalore. He used to supplement his income by running a dairy business. Every month, he used to send Rs.200 towards a cause. What? Exact answer please.

5. Other kids' games are all such a bore!
They've gotta have rules
and they gotta keep score!
X is better by far!
It's never the same! It's always bizarre!
You don't need a team or a referee!
You know that it's great,
'cause it's named after me!

The X Theme Song… X?

6. Two famous fictional characters’ address is 221B Baker Street. One is Sherlock Holmes. Who is the other? PS: The answer is not Watson.

7. If 
Swami and Friends : R K Narayanan
Swami and Friends – A Few Enemies Too : ?


OQ #79:

1. Sachin Tendulkar
2. Up. Animated feature films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar
3. "I’ll pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today" - Wimpy, from The Popeye Show
4. Corleone
5. X - Chewbacca, Y – Indiana Jones
6. Sujatha’s Vasanth and Ganesh

Vignesh gets 1, 2, 3 and 5 right.
Sudhan - 1 and 2
Omi - 3, 4, 5
Adhithya - 1, 2, 4 and X from 5 
Senthil - 1, 3, 4, X from 5 and 6.

Friday, January 13, 2012

OQ #79

Another set from one of the wildcard rounds:

1. Which great cricketer’s first outing in the international arena was as a substitute for Pakistan XI against Cricket Club of India Golden Jubilee XI at the Barbourne Stadium in 1988-1989?

2. If Disney’s The Beauty and the Beast was the first, what was the second?

3. This is one of his favorite catchphrases. He uses it when he doesn't have money to buy food. It first made an appearance in 1932. This phrase is now commonly used to illustrate fiscal irresponsibility and still appears in modern comedies such as The Drew Carey Show and The Office.
The good phrase?

4. X is a small city of around 12000 people in Italy. After the Arab conquest of southern Italy, the town was dominated by Arabs, who gave it the name Qurlayun. The town’s people were known as “Courageous Civitas” because of its position on the front line in all wars. The town was also infamous for its numerous criminal activities. The town became famous in 1969 when _______ used this in his works. X?

5. The character X’s creation as a "gentle, hairy, .............." was inspired by George Lucas seeing his own Alaskan Malamute dog sitting up on the passenger seat of his car. The dog also inspired the name of the lead character in another series of films, Y.
X and Y please.

6. The main characters are based on James Hadley Chase’s Vic Malloy and Jack Kerman. Some of the actor’s who portrayed them include Jaishankar and Rajnikanth as X. Vijay Athiraj and Y.G Mahendran as Y. But the widely concluded statement is that none of them portrayed the characters to their actual greatness. The best suited personality for X and Y are said to be Oviyar Jeyaraj’s creations.
Who am I talking about?


OQ #78
1. Aliases of Frank Abagnale, Jr., made famous in the movie Catch Me If You Can
2. The four suits in Cards
3. Venezuela (reminded him of Venice)
4. Googly. Never
5. @
6. Fido Dido, 7Up mascot
7. the Captain of a ship
8. Harley Davidson motorcycles
9. 7 heads of Ananta, the snake

Rajshri gets 5, 7, 8 and 9 right. Come on people, more participation, please.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

OQ #78

The next few online quizzes will be from the Wildcard round conducted by the Association of Serious Quizzers (ASQ), PSG Tech's resident quiz club, as a part of the general quiz for Intrams 2012, an intra-collegiate event. Most questions are rehashes of old ones, so bear with us.

1. Connect these personalities: 
Teacher of sociology at Brigham Young University for a semester: Frank Adams
Chief resident pediatrician in a Georgia hospital: Frank Conners
Pan American airways pilot: Robert Black
Louisiana general attorney: Robert Frank

2. How are the 4 classes of the Feudal system (viz. Clergy, Warriors, Merchants and Peasants) immortalized in the world of gambling?

3. Which country was named by Amerigo Vespucci after he saw the native homes on stilts in the Maracaibo Lake?

4. When was the only time Brazil won a football gold in the Olympics?

5. This symbol is known in different languages as monkey’s tail, pickled herring, elephant’s trunk, pig’s tail, ear and snail. What?

6. In a New York City bar in 1985, as photography business owner Joanna Ferrone and art director Sue Rose sipped after-work drinks, Rose found herself doodling on a napkin. The fellow who appeared exuded guileless confidence, inner wisdom, and a free spirit. Ferrone named him ____ and gave him a belief in the benevolence of the universe to provide (albeit in often unexpected ways).

7. Priest are usually ordained to perform Baptisms and Funerals. But apart from them who else is authorized to perform these two rituals?

8. In a landmark agreement between US trade Representative Susan Schwab and Minister of Commerce Kamal Nath on April 12th, 2007,what was allowed access to the Indian Market in exchange for the export of Indian Mangoes to the USA?

9. Lord Venky of Tirupathi is called the Lord of the Seven Hills.What are the seven Hills supposed to represent?


OQ #77:

A - Quentin Tarantino
B - Inglourious Basterds
C - Jean-Michel Basquiat
D - Andy Warhol
E - David Bowie
F - Nikola Tesla
G - The Prestige
H - Thomas Alva Edison
I - War of Currents
J - Christopher Nolan
K - Memento
L - Jonathan Nolan
M - Following
N - Anne Hathaway
O - Halle Berry
P - James Bond
Q - Die Another Day
R - Uma Thurman
S - The Bride / Beatrix Kiddo
T - Kill Bill
U - Pulp Fiction
V - John Travolta
W - Vincent Vega
X - Reservoir Dogs
Y - Michael Madsen
Z - Vic Vega

Sharan gets 23, Aravind gets all 26.

MindSweep 2012: Where was everybody?

Ten people turned up for the MindSweep quiz. Where were the others? Time to buck up, people. Anyway, results.

Yogesh Pai

Aditya Sriram Sankaran


Friday, January 6, 2012

Reminder: Mind-Sweep 2012

KQA's inaugural Mind-Sweep 2012 is set to take place in PSG IM this Sunday, the 8th of January, at 10.00AM. Those who haven't registered, do so at

If the online registrations are closed, don't worry, land up there and we'll take care.

Please note your register number while coming. Thank you.

Monday, January 2, 2012

OQ #77

Been a while since we had one of these (4 months, to be exact :|). Anyway, thanks to Sticky's magnanimous efforts, I've decided to post the A-Z round he had for his farewell quiz as the question for today. This is a treat for those of you who missed seeing his quiz. For those who didn't, well, tough luck :D


When __A__ was asked why he decided to spell __B__ as such, he said it was a __C__-esque touch.

__C__ is known to have collaborated with __D__, who has a very unique unit named after him.

__D__'s workplace was called 'The Factory' and the character of __D__ was played by __E__ in a 1996 movie named after __C__ (It was a Biopic of __C__)

__E__ has also played the character of __F__ in a 2006 film __G__, about a rivalry and an ultimate 'trick'.

__F__, in real life is known to have had a major rivalry with __H__, termed __I__.

__H__ holds 1093 US Patents in his name.

__J__ is the Director of __G__. He has also directed a movie __K__ based on a short story written by __L__.

__L__ has also made a special appearance as a policeman in __J__'s first film __M__.

__J__ is set to release a film in 2012, in which __N__ stars in a role, that has previously been played by __O__, who won a Razzie for the performance.

__O__ has been played an ally to __P__ in __Q__, one of the __P__ series of films. This role had __O__ rated the 4th toughest girl on screen of all time (according to an ITV News Poll). Topping the list was __R__, who acted as __S__ in the __T__ films directed by __A__.

__R__ has also played a role in __A__'s 1994 film __U__, for which she was nominated for an Oscar.

__A__ won the Best Oscar for Screenplay for the movie __U__, which also got __V__, who played the role of __W__ a nomination for Best Actor in a leading role.

__A__ has also directed another movie __X__, that released in 1992, and was screened at the Sundance Film Festival.

__Y__ played the role of __Z__ in __X__.

The characters __Z__ and __W__ have later been confirmed to be brothers by __A__, who has ben trying to work a movie with both brothers in it, however, the project remains unrealized.

Quizzes galore

More holiday cheer for you guys! Boy, when I start looks like I can't stop eh :D

Details of upcoming quizzes (in chronological order)

1. Coimbatore Open Business Quiz

As part of Coimbatore Vizha, CII is pleased to announce the CBE Open Biz Quiz. 

Date: 4th January 2012 (Wednesday)
Venue: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, DB Road, RS Puram
Time: Registration: 0930hrs - 1000hrs
          Prelims: 1000hrs
          Finals: 1045hrs
Eligibility: Open to all (schools, colleges, corporates, mixed teams)
Teams of 2
Format of Quiz: General, Business and Coimbatore related questions
Conducted by: The CQC (Sheilendra Bhansali)
Attractive prizes to be won!

CQC quiz, so be there! And yes, CQC members are allowed to participate.

2. Mind-Sweep 2012
The Karnataka Quizzing Association (KQA) launches its inaugural International Solo Quizzing Championship, titled Mind-Sweep. The quiz is split into 10 sections of 20 questions each, 200 questions in all to be answered in 2 sessions of 60 minutes each with a 30 minute break in between for corrections.

Date: 8th January 2012 (Sunday)
Venue: PSGIM, Avanashi Road
Time: 1000hrs - 1300hrs

Check for more details, and register there as well.

3. IIT-Madras Open Quiz 2012
IITM's flagship Open Quiz event ( is back, and it promises to be bigger and better.

Date: 8th January 2012 (Sunday)
Time: 1330hrs
Venue: Students Activities' Center, IIT Madras
Contact: Suraj Nair (+919500117837) & Swarun Krishna (+919840743747)
Weekly prizes to be won on

There's a lot on our plates the coming week!

Happy New Year, fellow quizzers :)

The CQC wishes everyone a very happy new year! May the Force be with you.

Sticky's Kthnxbye quiz

Happy holidays folks! Here's a gift for you guys.
Sticky managed to scrounge up the ppt for his LeavingToFranceTataByebye quiz, FINALLY! So here's the link to the ppt :)


Santa Claus is comin' to town...

Looks like the Christmas quiz wasn't done by 6'2", but by BJ2 Kartik Shankar (if you wanna know what BJ2 means, please feel free to ask in the comments :D). Here's the ppt for those who missed it. Enjoy!

It appears Blogger hasn't fixed the bug. Copy and paste the link to view on your browser.

#Edit: Apologies, Vignesh did the quiz along with Kartik. The ppt's for Vignesh's bit (beginners' quiz and main) can be found here: