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Pablo Picasso’s Portrait of Gertrude Stein
(1905), When someone commented that Stein
didn't look like her portrait, Picasso replied, "She will“
Nearly 20 years later, Stein wrote "If I Told
Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso" in
response to the painting. The audio is a
reading of the poem.
2. The American-Jewish short story writer, novelist (X),
described the writer on the extreme right (Z) as “our Y”
to describe her subjects and her writing style, such as a
reliance on narration to describe the events in her books.
Name all three
X – Cynthia Ozick
Y – Anton Chekhov
Z – Alice Munro
Thomas Sterry Hunt was an analytical chemist and started
becoming familiar with chromium-containing minerals. In
1857, while he was a professor at McGill University in
Montréal, he proposed the use of Cr2O3, also known as
chromium trioxide for a specific purpose. He sold his
invention to the United States government, which has
been using it from 1862. This usage has given something
its distinctive nickname in the US ever since.
What did he come up with and what’s the nickname?
4. The Kaparot rite consists of taking a chicken and
waving it over one's head three times while reciting the
appropriate text. The fowl is then slaughtered in
accordance with procedure, and its monetary worth
given to the poor, or, as is more popular today, the
chicken itself is donated to a charitable cause.
Why is this done and when is it done?
This is an Orthodox Jew ritual; Kaparot means
All your (past year’s) sins are transferred to
Performed (ideally) on the day before Yom
5. Found in Grover’s Mill,
New Jersey, what
performance from the
1930s does this
How was ventriloquist
Edgar Bergen’s Chase and
Sanborn Hour, a comedyvariety show responsible
for the impact of this
- The Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) opened fire on the
crowd at a Gaelic football match in Croke Park, killing
fourteen civilians on 21-Nov -1920
- events of 22 January 1905 in St Petersburg, Russia,
where unarmed demonstrators marching to present a
petition to Tsar Nicholas II were fired upon by soldiers
of the Imperial Guard when approaching the city
- an incident on 30 January 1972 in the Bogside area of
Derry, Northern Ireland, in which 26 unarmed civilrights protesters and bystanders were shot by soldiers
of the British Army
7. In 1995, after talks with the Cuban
government, the Clinton administration came to
an agreement with Cuba that it would stop
admitting people found at sea. Since then, in
what has become known as the “___ ____ __
___" policy, a Cuban caught on the waters
between the two nations would summarily be
sent home or to a third country. One who makes
it to shore gets a chance to remain in the United
States, and later would qualify for expedited
"legal permanent resident" status and, eventually,
U.S. citizenship. Name the policy
8. Whose letters of encouragement and
admiration? To whom?
I have just finished The Cosmic Connection and loved every
word of it. You are my idea of a good writer because you have
an unmannered style, and when I read what you write, I hear
you talking. One thing about the book made me nervous. It
was entirely too obvious that you are smarter than I am. I
Three loud cheers for X and Ann
Who today have become woman and man.
Be your lives bright as day
As the broad Milky Way
As the Big Bang with which all began.
9. This is the definitive book for business writing
styles and is known by the surname of the
authors. In 1982, this iconic businessman, in an
internal memo to his employees on effective
writing, gave this as commandment #1 “Read the
X-Y book on writing. Read it three times.” Name
the authors and this businessman
Most of the pieces in this book began their life on
Radio Four's quiz show, "The Write Stuff“, where
the author is a team captain, but have been
adapted for the printed page. What is the subject
of this book by Sebastian Faulks?
Faulks is in the news for a recent book, which has
resurrected a famous fictional duo. Who?
• Protesting misuse of privileges by businessmen
and other by illegally having a rotating
emergency flashing blue light called a migalka
on their cars
In June 2013, the city council of the town of Almogadro in
New Mexico approved a deal for film production company
Fuel Industries to dig up a landfill and document their
findings as a film, within six months.
The decision has certain hobby enthusiasts all excited, as
the landfill here is the topic of an urban legend in this
hobby’s history, dating back to 1983.
What urban legend?
• Supposedly, Atari buried millions of copies of
the failed ET video game here
1 Albert Hill (GBR)
3 Lawrence Shields (USA) 4:03.0
4 Václav Vohralík (TCH) 4:04.6
5 Sven Lundgren (SWE) 4:06.3
15. Who is missing from this list of athletes from
the 1924 Olympics and why is he significant?
• Pakistan, Iran, Mauritania and Afghanistan
• Four Islamic Republics
Give a one-word connect and who created these
500 years ago?
- Fundamental sequences to get the feel of melody
- Forceful sequences that facilitate adding weight
and majesty to the voice
- Higher octave sequences
- Lower octave sequences
- Zig-zag sequences
• Rembrandt’s Storm on the Sea of Galilee
• Stolen in 1990 from the Isabella Stewart
Gardner Museum in Boston, which has an
empty frame hanging in its place till today
20. An aficionado of finery in all
its forms, he had a special
passion for gastronomy — a
lesser-known aspect of the
icon’s life, obscured by his
musical fame and role in gay
culture, and yet very much a
vital undercurrent in both.
Besides the seven pianos in his
Hollywood mansion — he also
had seven dining rooms in the
house, a symmetry bespeaking
the two parallel loves of his life:
music and food. Who?
I. M. A. Ayyangar
II. Sardar Hukam Singh
III. S.V. Krishnamoorthy Rao
IV. R.K. Khadilkar
V. G.G. Swell
VI. Godey Murahari
VII. G. Lakshmanan
VIII.M. Thambi Durai
IX. Shivraj Patil
X. S. Mallikarjunaiah
XI. Suraj Bhan
XII. P.M. Sayeed
XIII.Charanjit Singh Atwal
Which post have all these
people held? Who is the
incumbent, seen in the
Probir Sen – only keeper to get Bradman
stumped (was in a first-class match)
Lala Amarnath – only bowler to get Bradman Hit
It was the third brand produced and
manufactured by M&M/Mars. When first
introduced in 1932, a package of _______ candy
contained small, separate bars: one chocolate,
one vanilla, one strawberry. Rising costs and
wartime restrictions saw the phasing out of the
vanilla and strawberry pieces. The first brand
extension in 75 years was introduced with the
launching of _______Mint in the summer of
2007. What brand?
This word is part of two English phrases. In one
case, it comes from a French term meaning
protective gloves, and is used in the context of a
challenge posed by someone.
In the other (now metaphorical phrase), it was a
military punishment in which a soldier or sailor had
to pass between a double row of comrades armed
with cudgels. In this context, it is unrelated to the
"protective glove" meaning, but is instead derived
from the Swedish for "street run“
Give both phrases
He formed "Rajkamal Kala Mandir" after
leaving Prabhat Studios
They trace their descent from the Gaharwars who ruled
Benaras, and came to set up their capital at X in 1048
A.D. when Muslim armies overcame the Ganges valley.
Their capital is described thus in the local tourism ad:
Begin your tours at the domed pavilions of Jehangir
Mahal, built to welcome the Emperor Jehangir. Savour
the colourful murals at the adjoining Raja Mahal… Go
rafting in the river Betwa and watch the beautiful
Chhatris pass by. Do attend the evening aarti at the
Ram Raja temple before you head to the exotic temples
Who were they, and which place became their
The Bundelas after whom we get
Orchha was their capital.
General Motors used the term in the 1970s in its
localized jingle “Braaivleis, rugby, sunny skies, and
Chevrolet” to advertise their cars in SA, equivalent to
their US slogan “baseball, ___ ____, apple pie, and
Chevrolet.” There is a Braai Day, celebrated annually by
South Africans across the world on 24 September.
What is this social custom popular in South Africa,
Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and
What is the blank?
Barbecues - Braaivleis is Afrikaans for “grilled
meat.” A braai is a social occasion. The men
gather round the braaistand (the grill) outdoors
and cook the meat.
The blank is Hot-Dogs
Story 1: It can be found in Poems and Songs Relating to the Late Times,
published in 1662. Shortly after Oliver Cromwell died, it was used to regret
the occasion of Cromwell driving certain ladies (of questionable repute)
out of the town:
But ah! It goes against our hearts,
To lose our __________ and our tarts.
While more influential quotations came later, this one was the first use.
Story 2: In 1949, a United States Coast Guard named Robert Moseley
made a weekend tourist visit to Hollywood. Moseley was spotted by an
alert agent, renamed as Guy Madison, and given a movie chance. He
appeared shirtless in his first movie in 1944. This drew thousands of letters
from women. A columnist Sidney Sklosky picked up on this, and helped put
out an expression in the public arena.
What is the blank, and what did Sklosky do to complement it?
The blank is Cheesecake, the term used for
women models. Sklosky came up with
Beefcake for male hunks.
The situation in India has of course improved several-fold
in recent years. But for many years in the days when the
national carrier Indian Airlines held monopoly, flights for
the most part took off in the wee hours of morning (4 am
thereabouts), or well into the night. Why?
To avoid bird hits
Planes had to take off before dawn, or after
sunset, to avoid birds flying into the engines.
Many Indian airports are surrounded by
rubbish dumps etc., making it a big problem.
Arnott is a popular Australian brand. In 1958, the owner
Ross attended the Kentucky Derby, and was so impressed
by the winner that he decided to name one of his new
brands after the horse.
The ____ Slam, ____ Shotgun or ____ Bomb, is a practice
of drinking a hot beverage using this product. Other
products such as the Penguin, Breakaway and Twix can
also be used, but ____ are said to be the best.
What is the ____ and what is the practice?
Opposite corners of the Tim Tam are bitten off,
one end is submerged in the beverage, and the
beverage sucked through the biscuit. The crisp
inside biscuit is softened and the outer
chocolate coating begins to melt.
1st May 1840: ___A___
1st May 1843: Zurich 4 and 6
1st August 1843: Bull’s Eye / Brazil
1st October 1843: Double Geneva / Switzerland
1st July 1845: Basel Dove / Switzerland
1st July 1847: ___B___, ___C___ / United States
What are these? Identify all the blanks.
Order in which postage stamps were issued
Seneca, a Roman who was a contemporary of Jesus,
wrote: “Some day there will arise a man who will
demonstrate in what regions of the heavens the _____
take their way.” In ancient times no one knew how far
away they were, where they came from and where they
The answer to that puzzle was solved by these two
gentlemen. What puzzle, and who are they?
Where comets come from
Jan Oort, after whom the Oort cloud is named
Gerard Kuiper, after whom the Kuiper Belt is
It originated in an Oyster Bar in Poultry Street, London,
owned by X in 1840. It is often thought of as the number
two English drink, after tea. The owner rapidly built up a
chain of restaurants, and sold his creation in tankards. By
1859, it was on sale outside of the restaurants and in
1865, the company was sold to Frederick Sawyer and the
first bottle of X was sold for 3 shillings.
The first X’s bar opened in 1971 at Y, and every year over
80,000 pints of X are sold to spectators. What are X and Y?
X is Pimm’s Fruit Cup and Y is Wimbledon
Pimm's No. 1 is a gin-based drink invented by James
Pimm. Pimm's numbers 2-6 were based on Scotch
Whisky, Brandy, Rum, Rye whiskey, and Vodka,
He was a 4th-century bishop who was one of the
fathers of the early Christian church, and he gets
his named from the Greek for ‘king’. He lends his
name to some medieval cathedrals, the prototype
for which were large oblong halls with double
colonnades, used in ancient Rome as a court of law
or for public assemblies.
Who and what architectural name do we get from
A 2010 John Newbery
Medal honoree, this book
is a biography of
Claudette Colvin. Through
her actions she did not
make as many headlines,
as did another person for
an incident that took
place nine months later.
What did Colvin do?
In 1955, she was the first person arrested for
resisting bus segregation in Montgomery,
Alabama, preceding the better known Rosa
Parks incident by nine months.
Tune 1 was composed by Malcolm Arnold in 1957 as an
orchestral counter to Tune 2. It appears several times,
including once in the finale. It is played by an off-screen
Tune 2 appears twice, once when the entry to a prisoner
of war camp is shown, and again towards the end of the
feature. It was written in 1914 by Kenneth Alford.
Mitch Miller recorded them together as one tune, and
people who don’t know this fact often confuse one for
the other. What are Tune 1 and Tune 2?
X – River Kwai March
Y – Colonel Bogey March
Miller recorded the two together as "March
from the River Kwai - Colonel Bogey".
There are eight people from Maharashtra who have been
awarded the Bharat Ratna. We all know who the 8th person
is. List the other seven.
3 point per answer + 9 point bonus for getting all seven
Sachin Tendulkar is the latest recipient
The others are, in the order in which they were
Dhondo Keshav Karve
Pandurang Vaman Kane
Pt. Bhimsen Joshi
Sperm Whales secrete an oily fluid Ambergris,
to protect their stomachs from the sharp
backbone of the cuttlefish and the sharp beak
of the squid on which they feed.
Ambergris is a key ingredient in many
Yavin is a gas giant planet with 26 moons. It figures in an
important battle in the 1977 release, where the Rebels
fought the Emperor and destroyed the first Death Star.
What significance does this battle have for Star War
Because of the battle's significance, fans used
it as a dating system for other events in the
Star Wars universe, dating them Before the
Battle of Yavin (BBY) or After the Battle of
Yavin (ABY). This later became an in-universe
calendar system used by the New Republic.
A company Thanko has come out with a new mouse pad
with a USB-heated cover to keep hands toasty during the
winter days. What are these modelled after?
The Kotatsu heater tables used in Japanese
Influenced by the sinking of the RMS Titanic, Leadbelly
wrote a song singing about the racial differences of the
____ ____ want to get on board,
Captain said, "I ain't hauling no coal,"
Cryin', "Fare thee, Titanic, fare the well,"
Who was Leadbelly singing about, a person who was
nicknamed the Galveston Giant?
On the left is some text: “I pressed the fire control… and
ahead of me rockets blazed through the sky”. The lefthand panel also shows a fighter plane shooting a missile.
The right-hand panel depicts the missile hitting its target,
a second plane, which explodes into flames, with some
What, and by who?
Who talking about what, the basis for which is a
Persian garment literally meaning “collarless shirt”?
“When I first designed the ____ ____, I took a cue
from Chanel, which was reduce, reduce until you get
the essence. A normal Western shirt may have a cuff
and a placket but I realised that I did not need all of
that… I developed this sort of shirt in 1991 and I wish
I had done a patent of it because now, the whole
world seems to have taken it. Today you can find it
on the roadside in Janpath and in a high fashion
boutique at Christian Dior.”
The oft seen/spoken about instance is the one that
took place on September 2, 1945, but there were a
series of others too, on a smaller scale.
• Hatazō Adachi, in New Guinea, with Horace
• Kaida Tatsuichi and Shoji Minoru at Timor
• Rikichi Andō, in Taipei
• Masatane Kanda on Bougainville Island, Papua
What incident and how do we recognise it best?
To later synchronize the video and audio
When filming a movie, the pictures and sound are
recorded separately. The picture is recorded on
film in the camera, and the sound gets recorded
on a separate tape. Because they are recorded on
two different devices, you need a way to
With older manual clappers, the visual of the
clapper clapping was sync-ed with the "clap"
sound it made on the tape.
X is a small glass or earthenware dish, built to withstand
high temperatures, as they are frequently used in ovens.
In Dutch it is called a ‘cheese dish’ and that gives it its
Y is named after an amphibian that was believed to be
immune to fire.
What are X and Y? What dessert typically served in a X
also needs the use of a Y for the finishing touches?
X is a Ramekin
Y is a Salamander
The dessert is Crème Brulee, French for ‘burnt
Once upon a time there lived two of them in the Baltic Sea.
These beauties eventually got bored of the life aquatic and
one day they both decided to come ashore. The first one
headed up to the Danish straits. The other swam first to a
port from where she swam the river Vistula to its end.
#1’s appearance is docile compared to #2, who armed with
a sword is said to protect the city where she came to rest.
Who are we talking about, and where do we find them?
The first is of course the Mermaid in
Her sister ended in Warsaw. She is also
featured on the city seal.
In the past, gunpowder quality was rather unpredictable.
Sometimes the powder inside the gun only smouldered.
This made the weapon dangerous for one didn’t really
know when the remaining portion of the powder would
ignite and possibly explode. This led to an expression to
mean to keep something pending.
In 1981, thanks to a song by The Rolling Stones, it acquired
a slightly different meaning — to relax or chill. “In the
sweet old country where I come from/ Nobody ever works/
Yeah, nothing gets done/ We …”