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Our sincere thanks to
Dr. M.S. Siva Kumar, Dr. L.S. Ganesh,
Ananth Sundararaman, Vishal
IIT Madras Quiz Club
Our sincere thanks to
Baradwaj Rangan (The Hindu)
Time Out Chennai
• 30 questions for 30 points.
• Questions numbered 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 are starred.
• In case questions have multiple parts, part points are
• All electronic devices to be switched off
The four books shown below share what apt four word title?
Dr. Fill is a computer program designed to solve American
crossword puzzles, such as the one in the New York Times. It
takes part in the annual championships and constantly places in
the Top 100.
An early name for Dr. Fill was a play on another computer
program, which was first developed at Carnegie Mellon
University, and relied primarily (and somewhat successfully) on
brute force algorithms
So, what was Dr. Fill called earlier?
Whose first public appearance a few days ago, was to receive the
Arthur Ashe Courage Award during the 2015 ESPY Awards?
The reason given - "Because she has shown the courage to
embrace a truth that had been hidden for years“?
The Cucumber Growers Association had estimated that more
than seven million cucumbers would be needed this year, and
requested farmers to grow a second batch in April and May to
meet the demand.
Apart from the primary usage in sandwiches, these cucumbers
are components of a major summer tradition, one which sees
more than 20,000 sold a day.
Also sold at the Henley Regatta and the Glyndebourne Opera,
what is being talking about, that has the CGA in such a knot?
Stephan Lichtsteiner is a Swiss footballer who plays club
football for Juventus. An attacking right back, he is known for his
energetic runs down the right wing and his athleticism.
This has resulted in him earning a nickname borrowed from the
world of entertainment where a similar character was known
for his constant running.
On the next slide is a screengrab from the opening game of the
2003 Cricket World Cup held in South Africa, when the hosts
played West Indies.
Identify the man in the screengrab, who was talked about in the
commentary box about his experience as a captain at such a
global event, and later feted at the event.
When Stan Wawrinka won the 2015 French Open, he dedicated
the victory to his coach of two years.
The dedication was particularly apt as the coach, a former
World No. 2, was a losing finalist at the 2000 French Open, when
he lost to Gustavo Kuerten.
In 1909, the Automobile Club of Monaco started planning an
event at the behest of Albert I, the Prince of Monaco. It was to
start at points all over Europe and converge on Monte Carlo. In
January 1911, 23 cars set out from 11 different locations and
eventually, Henri Rougier was declared the winner.
What term was used to describe this event, referring to the
format, and deriving from the French for ‘to unite’?
www.thnk1994.com is the website for an unofficial museum
created by two New Yorkers, which is essentially two sides of a
hallway lined with memorabilia in their apartment.
(image on the next slide)
To what/whom is this an unofficial museum for?
When Delhi Daredevils played Kings XI Punjab in an IPL match
on May 1, 2015, they played in the strip shown, as a
collaboration with one of the players’ foundation.
Name the foundation or why the jersey?
Prior to the 1968 Olympics, red cinder was used. It was through
the efforts of Bert Bonanno, who had been hired to help the host
nation's athletes prepare, and Jesse Owens (hired by 3M), that it
Technically, it is a trademarked all-weather synthetic surface
(though the name has been genericized), made primarily from
polyurethane and was an improvement over earlier attempts
which involved the use of rubber shavings. The name can be
considered to continue the Scottish naming tradition at 3M.
What am I talking about? A two-word term is required
75% of Indian market demand is met by production in Uluberia
in West Bengal.
This cottage industry cluster has 150 units and an annual
production capacity of 7.5 million units. Raw material is
primarily smuggled in from Bangladesh, and in an attempt to
prevent this, the Block Development Office has collaborated
with the Directorate of Animal Husbandry to set up farms to
satisfy the demand.
What is Uluberia the hub for?
Following a brain tumor, Seve Ballesteros made his first public
(re)appearance in 2009, where he jokingly said he would
change his name to Seve _______, referring to the fact that he now
had been given another shot at life.
Fill in the blanks
In 2000, he returned to his 'home ground' of Newlands Cricket
Ground, Cape Town to be honored as one of the 10 South
African cricketers of the last century (image on next slide).
Who is this?
Clovis Acosta Fernandes, seemed, as the Independent put it, “on
the verge of trudging back to his house and burning everything
yellow and green”.
However, he handed the object he had brought along to a girl
nearby, reportedly saying, “As you can see, it is not easy, but you
deserve it, congratulations!”
So, how is Clovis Fernandes better known?
Prior to the CWC 2015 quarterfinal between West Indies and
New Zealand, Darren Sammy likened the game to a 1990 event
which pitted the underdog against the established favourite, but
saw the underdog winning anyway.
Sammy believed his team could play the underdog foil to
perfection, and hence the analogy
So, what event was Sammy referring to?
James Buster Douglas beating
Shown in the image is the patent design for a hydraulic helmet
lined with eight plastic bags of oil and a sponge layer with a
resilient plastic outer shell to dissipate the force of energy and
protect the head. This helmet reduced shock by as much as a
third to a half.
The scientist behind this, an assistant professor in Gainesville,
was also responsible for discovering the effects of high
carbohydrates in major sports events.
Who is this scientist/What is his most famous invention?
The Golden Bagel Award is an annual award that honors male
tennis players who have handed out the most "bagels" (sets won
6–0), than any other player on the circuit for that year.
In the year 2007, since David Ferrer and Roger Federer were
tied at 7 bagels for the year, the organizers had to count 'fries' to
break the tie.
What are ‘fries’/’breadsticks’, named after their appearance?
Johnny ‘Red’ Kerr was a former NBA All-Star, Chicago native and
the first ever coach the Bulls had. He took Chicago’s expansion
team to the playoffs in their first year, a feat that hasn’t been
replicated in the 43 years since.
In the late 1980s, Jordan started a particular practice just to
annoy Kerr; Kerr would laugh it off and at times feign coughing
as well, jokingly complaining how his coffee got ruined because
So what did Jordan start doing, that has since been appropriated
by someone else?
Tossing chalk dust before the
This Olympian owns a men’s leisurewear and sportswear line
named ‘5G’ which was started in partnership with the Ruia
Which Olympian and what is the reason behind the name?
Sir Steven Redgrave; 5 Olympic
This, on the next slide, is the logo for the US Soccer Federation,
which is also used by the US Women’s National Team at
international tournaments. The three monochromatic stars
above the crest denote the 3 FIFA World Cup wins.
What do the stars within the crest denote?
(The number of stars is inconsequential)
Complete the exhaustive list, and what common achievement
connects them? The years in parantheses correspond to the
Mike Hailwood (1961, 1962, 1966)
Phil Read (1964, 1968, 1973)
Valentino Rossi (1997, 1999, 2001)
_________________ (2010, 2012, 2013)
Winning the overall
championship in 125cc, 250cc
From the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
What are they performing?
_____ ___ ___ ______ is a book written by
Tom Rodwell in which he goes to
unlikely places and plays cricket there.
The title is a play on a 1958 book
written by Graham Greene.
Fill in the blanks.