Q U I Z Z I C A L The General Quiz Conducted by Satyajit Chetri.
Round 2: Tick Tock In which we proceed clockwise 12 times.
1 Located on the southeastern shore of Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables range of mountains are one of only two mountain ranges in the world which run directly north to south. High points in the range include Double Cone (2340 metres) and Ben Nevis (2330 metres ). Which famous sporting venue overlooks this mountain range?
4 The very first one was held in 1982, it became an annual event, by 1998, it was receiving 30 lakh entries per year, and was added into the Limca book of Records, which led to the a foundation being started. This foundation now organises 24 regional exhibitions in all 4 regions of India with prize money of 1,50,000/- in each exhibition. The winners of these exhibitions are eligible for selection to a fabulous trip to Europe (5 days each in London and Paris). What am I talking about?
5 Wade Davis, a Canadian ethnobotanist, presented a pharmacological case behind X in two books - The Serpent and the Rainbow (1985) and Passage of Darkness(1988). Davis investigated X in 1982 and claimed that X could be made by the ingestion of two special powders - coupe poudre, the key ingredient of which was the pufferfish toxin tetrodotoxin (TTX), and the second of dissociative hallucinogens that held the person in a will-less state. What is X?
7 The equipment originally employed by his predecessor consisted of one 36" 1000-pound Cary theodolite damaged in two seperate mishaps, a zenith sector by Jesse Ramsden, whose micrometer screw was worn out and had not been calibrated in 25 years, a Ramsden 100 foot steel chain, and a chronometer. To further complicate matters, he carried out work in the middle of a terrible illness. His work was extended and used by Andrew Waugh, his successor in the post, who named something after him. Who?
8 Back in the eighteenth century, Eton College had a grammar book which listed a set of words from Latin which all meant “of little or no value”. In order, those were ___, ___ , ___ , and ___. The first recorded use is by William Shenstone in a letter in 1741: “I loved him for nothing so much as his ___-___-___-___-___of money”.
9 This company, founded in 1881 capitalised on its expertise in wood manufacturing during WWII by completing a number of contracts under the British govt in the years 1939-1945, including rifle butts, handguards, Machetes, Lanchester SMG Machine Gun Carbine butts, Detonator caps etc. It is more well-known as one of the longest unbroken sporting sponsorships in history. Which company?
10 In France, he is called "Oui-oui" (Yes-yes) due to the gesture for approval that he follows. His name is sometimes used as an adjective to describe something as small or childish, for example a "____ bus" being a single-decker omnibus, or a "_____ guide to electronics" being a simplified primer.
11 "When I went to see the last Dirty Harry movie, The Dead Pool, I was disgusted. I went out and said, "this is not a Dirty Harry movie, this is nothing, this is a pale sequel." But I walked out and said, "that's not the last Dirty Harry story, I will show you the last Dirty Harry story." He created his story using his own characters and gave one of his favourite female characters Harry's surname. Which work?
12 The word means "little tails" in Spanish, but the reference in the song was to the tip or bud of a marijuana branch, where it is more potent and with more sap (said to be the best part of the leaves) and has a “warm smell”. What word?
Interlude: Vox Populi In which we ask the audience.
This was originally a 500 acre farm established in 1861 by S. E. Toof, the publisher of the newspaper the Commercial Appeal and was named after his daughter X. Dr. Thomas D. Moore and his wife Ruth, who was X’s niece, commissioned a house to be built on the estate. Later the property was sold for $102,500. Name X.
An Arabic word meaning an official expounder of Quranic law in a city lends itself to an English word. The word probably arose from the resemblance that the apparel ( a flowered dressing gown and a tasselled smoking cap) worn by off-duty officers bore to the stage get-up of the Islamic representative. What word?
In the English version, the names mean – • a concise yet comprehensive compilation of a body of knowledge • an opium derivative • a place where water-dwelling creatures are kept in captivity. • A small amount of liquor. • What am I talking about?
Round 3: Topical In which one learns to be topical.
Recent Deaths Literary connects Islands Bollywood Absolut Ads B-movies Phrase origins Album sequels Topics
Round 4: Tock Tick In which we proceed anticlockwise 12 times.
1 He developed a scale of proportions based on Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man", the work of Leon Battista Alberti, Fibonacci numbers, and the double unit. He described his innovation as a "range of harmonious measurements to suit the human scale, universally applicable to mechanical buildings." in his published work Modulor and Modulor 2. What architectural activity in India was this scale applied to?
2 This was a 16th century game resembling backgammon. The word also came to be used in a number of card games to denote a score in which the winner was far ahead of the opponent; in the card-game cribbage this word meant only scoring 31 against an opponent's score of 61. The term came into wider usage later. What common expression is derived from the above?
3 Mennen's flagship product was released in 1991, with the names Sweet Strawberry, Cool Coconut, Berry Blossom, and Shower Fresh. With catchphrases like "Made for your generation", it attained a market niche for itself with teenage girls in the early 90's. Soon, Mennen was bought out by Colgate Palmolive, after which sales began to deteroriate steadily. Which product?
4 “Man is distinguished, not only by his reason, but by this singular passion from other animals, which is a lust of the mind, that by a perseverance of delight in the continued and indefatigable generation of knowledge, exceeds the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure.“ Where would you see these words?
5 As of September 2006, there have been 635 of X. The income for the regular X is supposedly $25,000 and the annual X, selected by a poll, receives an additional $100,000 plus a car. Everyone is eligible to submit recommendations for X and they earn a $2,500 finder's fee if their submission is selected. Also, events are held regularly in major U.S. cities to offer X opportunities. The designation of X is, according to the organisers, a lifetime one - "there is no such thing as a former X, once a X always a X". What?
6 It was founded in 1970 by University of Michigan doctoral candidates Karen and Gerald de Groot and financed by the Hanso Foundation. The aim was to bring together "scientists and free thinkers" from around the world at a "large-scale communal research compound" to conduct research in various disciplines, including meteorology, psychology, parapsychology, zoology, electromagnetism. American psychologist and Walden Two author B.F. Skinner is cited as an influence on the de Groots' work. What am I talking about?
7 The Joginath community from Moladband village on the outskirts of Delhi are considered descendants of Guru Gorakhnath, an incarnation. They have recently been inundated with offers from HMV Saregama, including a world tour. Every presentation made by this community costs 1 lakh, and Delhi’s Bhakti Utsav, due in April will be inaugurated by their performance. What?
9 What does this list signify? 1985 – Balu Natarajan 1988 – Rageshree Ramanathan 1999 – Nupur Lala 2000 – G A Thampy 2002 – Pratyush Buddiga 2003 - Sai Gunturi 2005 – Anurag Kashyap
10 Which musical innovation was supposed to have originated in Central Asia, with the fact that the Huns and Mongols were horse-mounted archers being cited as evidence?
11 Polysiloxanes are inorganic-organic polymers that have been used as sealants in North American as well as the Israeli nuclear reactor buildings in an attempt to firestop openings to prevent the spread of flames and smoke from one room to another. Also in common use to seal gaps, joints and crevices in buildings. What is the most popularly known usage?
12 They are the only invertebrates considered to be Kosher food by the Jews. But the tradition for identifying which sub-species were and were not kosher has been lost among all Jews except the Jews of Yemen. One hypothesis links them to the Biblical manna which was provided as food for the Israelites in the desert. What?
1 What organisation was formed in this structure on April 7, 1979? This structure is an amphitheatre that was once used by the local kings for games and festivals.
2 The original was supposed to resemble the ziggurats in Sumeria, while Pieter Brueghel's influential portrayal is based on the Colosseum in Rome. The later conical depictions (as depicted in illustrations by Dore) resemble much later Muslim artifacts observed by 19th century explorers in the area, notably the Minaret of Samarra. M. C. Escher depicts a more stylised geometrical structure in his woodcut representation. What?