Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Question 705

FIFA Fever refuses to die down, so here's another soccer special:

X was born in the state of Rio de Janerio, in 1933. His father was an alcoholic, a problem which X would inherit. He had several birth defects: his spine was deformed, his right leg bent inwards and his left leg six centimeters shorter and curved outwards, none of which impeded his ability to play football at the top level. The word X itself means wren(a little bird).

He is one of a few players to have scored direct from a corner, a feat he managed to do 3 times in his career. He is often credited for having been the inspiration for the bull fighting chants of "ole" to be used at football grounds initially during a game in Argentina where he constantly teased and went past his markers to constant ole's from the crowd.

FIFA considers him the best Brazilian player ever after Pele; He is also widely regarded as the best dribbler in football history. In the Estádio do Maracanã the home changing room is known as 'X', whereas the away changing room is known as 'Pelé'.

Answer: Garrincha. Cracked by all!


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Question 704

Id which country's flag is this. Also tell why is it in news recently.

This flag is of Kryghzstan. It;s in news for the radical change in its Constitution, which now also makes it a democracy.


Question 703

Who was captured (1) from his hideout described in (2)?

Answer: Saddam Hussein. Cracked by all, excellent response!


Question 702

What fictional structure shares its name with 1 and is inspired by 2?

P.S. People, there are unanswered questions below.

Answer: Marlinspike Hall, Captain Haddock's residence in Tintin comics inspired by Chateau de Chevererny


Monday, June 28, 2010

Question 701

Identify the logo.

Answer: Van Halen it is!


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Question 700

Back in 1980, Tim Paterson, a 24-year-old programmer at Seattle ______ Products, spent four months writing C. Meanwhile, X was on a hunt for a ____ _____ that A could license to B which had the money and factories to build ______, but not the _____ ____ to run them. X bought C for a pittance: $50,000. When Paterson's company figured out what it had let slip through its fingers, it accused A of swindling the company by not revealing that B was its customer; A settled by compensating an additional $1 million in 1986. Identify X, A,B and C.

Answer: Bill Gates(X) bought DOS (C) from Tim Paterson who wrote it while working for Seattle Computer Products and Microsoft(A) licensed it to IBM(B). And as they say, the rest is history!


Question 699

Name the two places shown in the maps: (Hint: They are complimentary like the North and South Pole)

Answer: The Oceanic and Continental Poles of Inaccessibility. Goes uncracked. Check Wiki for details.


Question 698

Identify the man in the chair.

Answer: R.L. Stine, the phenomenal author of Goosebumps, Fear Street and other such series which made us laugh more than afraid.


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Question 697



Friday, June 25, 2010

Question 696: 23 June 2010

Id the blanks and explain.

Answer: Jerome Boateng(Germany) and Kevin Prince Boateng(Ghana)became the first two brothers to play for two opposite sides in a World Cup match.


Question 695

X, in his fictional book on the life of Y claimed that Y was the first man to achieve the feat which is now credited to Z and his partner. As a result, Z saw it it as an insult as there is no proof of Y achieving the feat and all the evidence suggests that Y did not achieve it. Identify X,Y and Z. Explain all you can.


Answer: Jeffrey Archer(X) in his book The Paths of Glory based on the life of George Mallory(Y) claimed that the British was the first person to set foot on Mt. Everest in the 1920s which remains a much-debated theory as Malory died during the expedition wthout leaving any evidence of his achievement(or not) and today Sir Edmund Hillary(Z) is credited for the same.


Question 694

Sitter!!! Id the logo.

Answer: Uninor or to be more specific Telenor.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Question 693

Which thriller movie's poster?

Answer: Vertigo


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Question 692

Connect these generic images in the order in which they appear:

Answer: The photos on the reverse sides of Indian currency notes from Rs. 5,10,20,50,100 and 500 respectively.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Question 691

X named after a Greek goddess was supposed to be a remedy that would cure all diseases and prolong life indefinetely. It was sought by the alchemists as a connection to the elixir of life and the philosopher's stone.

A X is also a literary term to represent any solution to solve all problems related to a particular issue.

In Greek mythology, X was said to have a potion with which she healed the sick. This brought about the concept of X in medicine. A river in Thrace/Moesia was named after the goddess, and is still known by the name. Identify X.

Answer: Panacea


Question 690

The first prototype was given the initials MP5 and baptized "Paperino," the Italian name for Donald Duck, a nick-name given to it by the workers because of the strange shape it had. Enrico X did not like the design and asked D'Ascanio to redesign it—which he did with a more aeronautical-derived aerodynamic look.

When the second prototype called MP6, was shown to Enrico X and he heard the buzzing sound of the engine he exclaimed: "Sembra una Y!" ("It resembles a wasp!") The name stuck.

Y is both Latin and Italian for wasp—derived from both the high-pitched noise of the engine, and adopted as a name for the vehicle in reference to its body shape: the thicker rear part connected to the front part by a narrow waist, and the steering rod resembled antennae.

Z, is Italian for bee. This was the three-wheeled variant used for commercial purposes.

Identify X, Y and Z.
Answer: X-Piaggio Y-Vespa and Z-Ape


Question 689

Identify both:
Here's a cryptic clue:

Answer: Michael Jackson and his pet monkey Bubbles. The 2nd picture is of canadian singer Michael Buble.


Monday, June 21, 2010

Question 688

X was born on 10 May 1960. He grew up in the Northside suburb of Glasnevin. His home was a typical three-room house, with the smallest room his bedroom. During his childhood and adolescence, he and his friends were part of a surrealist street gang called "Lypton Village". The gang had a ritual of nickname-giving. He had several names: first, he was "Steinvic von Huyseman", then just "Huyseman", followed by "Houseman", "Bon Murray", "X Vox of O'Connell Street", and finally just "X".

"X Vox" is an alteration of a Latin phrase which translates to "good voice." Initially, he disliked the name. However, when he learned it loosely translated to "good voice", he accepted it. He has been known as "X" since the late seventies. Identify X.

Answer: U2's frontman Bono aka Paul David Hewson.


Question 687

X manufactured by 1 is name after 2 and has the logo 3. Identify X.


Answer: Blackberry Smartphones developed by the company Research in Motion


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Question 686

Connect the following gurus:


Question 685

Identify the man and what is being depicted in the photo.

Answer: Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn in as the President of U.S.A. immediately after John F. Kennedy's assassination.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Question 684:Eccentricity

Sitter(but don't sit on this one):
X has made several expressions of his feelings for Y to the media, most notably the "Z incident" which took place on the _____ Show of May 23, 2005. X "jumped around the set, hopped onto a Z, fell to one knee and repeatedly professed his love for his new girlfriend."The phrase "jumping the Z", fashioned after "jumping the shark", is used to describe someone "going off the deep end" in public in a manner extreme enough to tarnish his or her reputation. It enjoyed a short-lived popularity, being chosen by the editors of the Historical Dictionary of American Slang as the "slang term of the year" in 2005 and by the nonprofit group Global Language Monitor as one of its top phrases for the year.
The "Z incident" was voted #1 of 2005's "Most Surprising Television Moments" on a countdown on E! and was the subject of numerous parodies, including the Scary Movie 4, an episode of South Park and an episode of Family Guy. Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, "Lesson learned: Tell, don't show."
Too easy, I guess.Nevertheless, name this very popular and extremely crazy incident.

Answer: X is Tom Cruise, Y is Katie Holmes, Z is couch and the famous Oprah Winfrey incident.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Question 683

"Vintery, mintery, cutery, corn,
Apple seed and apple thorn,
Wire, briar, limber lock
Three geese in a flock
One flew East
One flew West
And ______________
Simple:Identify guy in second pic, fill in the blank and connect.

Answer:Quoting Chandramohan, "'And one flew over
The cuckoo's nest' is the blank.
First pic: JACK NICHOLSON (Actor) Lead role in the Movie 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest'
Second pic: KEN KESEY Author of the Novel 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest'"


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Question 682

XY was an ethnic industrialist of German nationality born in Moravia.He is credited with saving almost 1200 Jews during the holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunitions factories, which were located in what is now Poland and the Czech Republic respectively.He gained ownership from a bankruptcy court of an idle enamelware factory, renamed the factory Deutsche Emaillewaren-Fabrik or DEF.With the help of his accountant Itzhak Stern,XY obtained around 1,000 Jewish forced labourers to work there initially.He was later appalled by the murder of many of the jews who worked for him and went out of his way to take care of those working in his factory.Identify XY and connect with first pic.

Answer: XY is Oscar Schindler who was the basis of the book "Schindler's List" written by Thomas Keneally which was later made into a film.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Question 681

X is a viscous liquid secreted by the mucous membranes of mammalians. Its definition is limited to the mucus produced by the respiratory system, excluding that from the nasal passages, and particularly that which is expelled by coughing(sputum). X is in essence a water-based gel consisting of by glycoproteins, immunoglobulins, lipids and other substances. Its composition varies depending on climate, genetics, and state of the immune system. Its color can vary from transparent to pale or dark yellow and green, from light to dark brown, and even to dark gray depending on the constituents. Connect X with this pretty lady(huh?):

Answer: X is phlegm and the actress is Clemence Poesy famed for playing Fleur Delacour a.k.a. Phlegm in the Harry Potter film series


Saturday, June 12, 2010

Question 680

Identify him.

Answer: Bobbie Riggs


Friday, June 11, 2010

Question 679: Hi, I Am You

Identify both and put funda:

Answer: Leonardo diCaprio(L) plays Frank Abagnale Jr.(R) in the movie Catch Me If You Can. Frank Abagnale Jr. was a fraudster and later turned consultant for the FBI. The movie is a Biopic on his life


Question 678: The Namesake

He is a doctor of medicine, a rare achievement for a professional footballer. Even rarer is the fact that he earned the degree while concurrently playing professional football. There are persistent rumours that he turned out for the University College Dublin. He is also noted for being an intellectual (he holds a doctorate degree in philosophy), a heavy drinker and smoker, and for his height (193 cm, 6 ft 4 in). Who?

Answer: Socrates(lived up to his namesake)


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Question 677

Identify the flag.

Answer: Esperanto, the universal language


Question 676

Id these two men and put funda.

Answer: Syd Barrett came up with the name of Pink Floyd from the given names of two blues musicians that he had in his record collection—Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.


Question 675: This Time For Africa II

Explain the graph.(Click to enlarge)

Answer: Number of goals scored in each edition of the world cup(FIFA).


Question 674: This Time For Africa I

As soccer fever sets in...............2 questions to pump your adrenaline:

A X, sometimes called a "lepatata" (its Setswana name) requires some lip and lung strength to blow and emit a loud monotone like a foghorn or an elephant.

Originally made out of tin, the X became popular in ________ in the 1990s. Well-known Kaizer Chiefs FC fan Freddie "Saddam" Maake claims to have invented the X by adapting an aluminium version as early as 1965 from a bicycle horn after removing the black rubber to blow with his mouth. He later found it to be too short and joined a pipe to make it longer. Maake has photos of him in the 1970s and 1980s at local _______ games and international games in 1992 and 1996. He says the instrument was banned as authorities ruled it a dangerous weapon, which prompted him to find a plastic company that could manufacture it.

Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso had also called for a ban, the latter saying the X make it hard for players to communicate and concentrate while adding nothing to the atmosphere.
President of FIFA Sepp Blatter opposed banning the X, saying "We should not try to Europeanise an African World Cup," Blatter has said. FIFA ultimately decided to allow the instrument for the 2010 World Cup.

Id X.

Answer: Vuvuzela


Question 673: One-Trick Pony

Identify him and the remarkable feat that he achieved.

Answer: Goran Ivanisevic, the only player to win the Wimbledon Championships as a wildcard(in 2001)


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Question 672

Election symbol of which political party?

Answer: All India Trinamool Congress Party which is headed by Mamta Banerjee


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Question 671

XY (pronounced as one word) was founded in the autumn of 1905, by XY Lisesi (a high school founded in 1481) students. Their first match was against Kadıköy Faure School and they lost this match by 6-1. There were discussions about the name, in which some suggested Gloria (victory) and others Audace (courage), but it was decided that its name would be XY.

The name XY itself comes from that of XY Lisesi, which in turn takes its name from XY Enderun-u Hümayunu (X Palace Imperial School), the name of the original school founded on the site in 1481, and which in turn took its name from the nearby medieval Genoese colony of X. XY translates directly as 'X palace'.

Their first president after whom their stadium has been named:

P.S. There are a few unanswered questions below.

Answer: Galatasaray S.K.


Monday, June 7, 2010

Question 670

Id this man hated by most Indians, and whose extradition India seeks from US.

Answer: Warren Anderson, CEO of Union Carbide, responsible for Bhopal gas tragedy.


Question 669

Simple: Poster for what mega-event?

Answer: The Woodstock Music and Art Fair.


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Question 668

Id and Explain.

Answer: The Tamil version of Raavan called Raavanan where South star Vikram plays the role Abhishek Bachchan plays in the corresponding Hindi version i.e. of Raavan. Vikram also plays Ram in the Hindi version.


Question 667

Which legendary person's statue is shown here?

Answer: The Swiss national hero William Tell.