Friday, December 31, 2010

Question 966 to 980: Yearend Special's

Happy New Year's Eve to all the avid quizzers out there, here's something different for today as a special for the end of the decade. I have compiled some logo variations of the opening sequences of some famous and some not-so-famous movies. The variations made in their respective original logos(20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Walt Disney, Warner Bros.,etc) are somewhat characteristic of the movie. You have to identify for which movies are the following logo variations seen: (Some of them are for a specific film of a film franchise, for such images you can just give them film franchise instead of the exact name)















Happy New Year and Merry Christmas to all!
See you next year!
Answer: An almost zero response for the question set. Nevermind, its my duty to post the answers nevertheless.
1. Ice Age
2. Garfield
3. Wimbledon
4. The Flintstones
5. The Simpsons Movie
6. Robots
7. Back To The Future
8. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
9. American Pie
10. Men In Black
11. Mirrors
12. Where The Wild Things Are
13. Cat in the Hat
14. Inspector Gadget
15. Matrix


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Question 965: Garfield is not

Connect: (in no specific order)
1) Jeroboam, the first king of Israel
2) Rehoboam, son of Solomon, the first king of Judah
3) Methuselah, a biblical leader reputed to have lived 969 years
4) Salmanazar, an Assyrian king
5) Balthazar, noted for serving wine at a great feast
6) Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon
7) Melchior, one of the Three Wise Men

Answer: Different sizes of wine bottles


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Question 964

Explain what these overjoyed Englishmen are doing.

Answer: The sprinkler dance it is!


Question 963: Bouncers

X is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes. The genus was named in 1735 by Carl Linnaeus after the Greek god who could change his form at will, because Xs have such different forms. Xs attracted the attention of botanists visiting the Cape of Good Hope in the 17th century. Many species were introduced to Europe in the 18th century, enjoying a unique popularity at the time amongst botanists.

The Y is a medium sized brown and white gazelle that can reach running speeds of up to 80 to 90 km/h, and can leap 3.50 m and can long jump of up to 15 m. Its Latin name derives from a pocket-like skin flap which extends along the middle of the back from the tail onwards. When the male Y is showing off his strength to attract a mate, or to ward off predators, he starts off in a stiff-legged trot, jumping up into the air with an arched back every few paces and lifting the flap along his back. Lifting the flap causes the long white hairs under the tail to stand up in a fan shape, which in turn emits a strong floral scent of sweat.

Connect X and Y.

Answer: X: Protea Y: Springbok, nicknames given to South African national sports teams.


Question 962

Which band is performing live?

Answer: Rainbow.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Question 961

Another astronomy question:

X is a persistent anticyclonic storm, 22° south of Y's equator, which has lasted for at least 180 years and possibly as long as 345 years or more.The X rotates counterclockwise, with a period of about six Earth days or 14 equivalent Y days. Its dimensions are 24–40,000 km west–to–east and 12–14,000 km south–to–north. It is large enough to contain two or three planets the size of Earth. At the start of 2004, X had approximately half the longitudinal extent it had a century ago, when it was 40,000 km in diameter. At the present rate of reduction it could potentially become circular by 2040, although this is unlikely because of the distortion effect of the neighboring jet streams.

Infrared ata have long indicated that X is colder (and thus, higher in altitude) than most of the other such phenomena on Y. Furthermore, careful tracking of atmospheric features revealed the X's counterclockwise circulation as far back as 1966.

Identify X and Y.
Answer: X: The Great Red Spot Y: Jupiter


Question 960

X died in a car accident while on the Tanami Road northwest of Alice Springs, Australia in July 1997. On July 31, 1999, some of his ashes were carried to the moon by the Lunar Prospector space probe in a capsule designed by Carolyn Porco. To date, he is the only person to have been buried on the Moon.

The brass foil wrapping of X's memorial capsule is inscribed with images of Comet Hale-Bopp, the Barringer Crater, and a quotation from Romeo and Juliet reading

"And, when he shall die
Take him and cut him out in little stars
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun."

Identify X.
Answer: Eugene Shoemaker


Monday, December 27, 2010

Question 959

Identify this place/structure which is the largest of its kind:

Answer: Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the largest Hindu temple in the world.


Question 958

The Book of Ezekeil is a book of the Hebrew Bible, and also recognized as canonical by most denominations of Christianity. The book derives its name from the prophet Ezekiel, a prophet of the 6th century BC. Ezekeil 25:17 reads:

"The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and goodwill shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee."

What is the significance of this passage in popular culture of cult films?

Answer: Samuel Jackson's character "Jules" in Pulp Fiction recites this Bible passage to every victim of his before he shoots them


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Question 957: Be Quick or Be Dead

Theatre poster providing notification of "no late admission" policy for which film?

Answer: Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho"


Question 956

X is a U.S. citizen and holds a Ph.D., in computer science. He graduated first in his class of seven million at 'Caltech' — Calcutta Technical Institute — going on to earn his doctorate at the Y Heights Institute of Technology. X began working at the Z during his college years to pay off his student loan, but stayed afterward as he had come to enjoy his job and the friends he had made. He remained an illegal immigrant until the Mayor of Y proposed a municipal law to expel all undocumented aliens. X responded by purchasing a forged birth certificate from the Y Mafia that listed his parents as U.S. citizens Herb and Judy Nahasapeemapetilon, but when he realized he was forsaking his origins, he abandoned this plan and instead successfully managed to pass his citizenship test with help from the most famous residents of Y. Thus, he refers to himself as a "semi-legal immigrant".
X, Y and Z?
Answer: X: Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Y: Springfield, Z: Kwik-e-Mart.


Question 955: Burnt to the ground

The frequency of sports questions on Quizlexic is less, so here's one:

When this player received a letter from a fan which conveyed: "Why did God have to select you for such a bad disease?" X replied: "Listen. 50 million children around the world start playing Y(the sport). 5 million learn to play Y. 500,000 learn professional Y. 50,000 come to the circuit. 5000 reach the Z. 50 reach X. 8 reach the Quarterfinals. 4 to the Semifinals. 2 to the Finals. When i was holding it, i never asked God: Why me? So why now in pain should I be asking Him: WHY ME?

Identify the player. Give X, Y and Z too if you are in the mood to waste time...
Answer: Arthur Ashe, need I say more?


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Question 954

Identify this iconic ship.

Answer: The Mayflower


Question 953

What is the mythological significance of this place?

Answer: Mahabodhi tree (Sacred Fig) next to the Mahabodhi Temple, the spot where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, attained enlightenment.


Question 952: Mute Sheep

A still from Martin Scorcese's film Taxi Driver. Identify the child actress.

Answer: Jodie Foster, and sorry for the obvious title.


On A Festive Note

Hey all,

We realize most of you might be packing your bags for vacations, but we cannot allows ourselves that luxury. However, keeping in mind your situation, we have decided that all the questions posted from today onwards till the year ends will remain open till 5th Jan. So do not worry about missing any questions when you are "in absentia".

Do not fail to see the post I am going to be putting up for 31st December.

Happy Holidays to all,


Friday, December 24, 2010

Question 951

Connect to an author who died this year:

Answer: Robert John Bardo(assassin of Rebecca Schaeffer), Mark David Chapman(assassin of John Lennon), John Hinckley Jr(assassin of Ronald Reagan-assassination attempt failed), all of these assassins were "inspired" by J.D. Salinger(the author)'s famous and controversial book "The Cathcer in the Rye" to carry out the respective attacks.


Question 950: Santa Banta

This product was originally invented by Max Keith in Germany 1940 when World War II made it difficult to get a certain syrup to Nazi Germany. It was originally made from byproducts of cheese and jam production. The name comes from the German word for imagination because Max Keith thought that imagination is required to taste the fruit(which is the principal ingredient of the product) from the strange mixture. Which product?

Answer: Fanta


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Question 949

X was an unnamed highway robber who used to rob people after killing them. Once, the robber tried to rob the divine sage Narada for the benefit of his family. Narada asked him if his family would share the sin he was incurring due to the robbery. The robber replied positively, but Narada told him to confirm this with his family. The robber asked his family, but none agreed to bear the burden of sin. Dejected, the robber finally understood the truth of life and asked for Narada's forgiveness. Narada taught the robber to worship God. The robber meditated for many years, so much so that ant-hills grew around his body. Finally, a divine voice declared his penance successful, bestowing him with the name "X": "one born out of ant-hills".

Y is a central and revered figure in the majority of Hindu traditions. He is the scribe of both the Vedas, and the supplementary texts such as the Puranas. Y is also considered to be one of the seven Chiranjivins(long lived, or immortals), who are still in existence according to general Hindu belief. The festival of Guru Purnima, is dedicated to him, and also known as X Purnima as it is the day, which is believed to his birthday and also the day he divided the Vedas.

Question: X:A::Y:B Explain and indetify.


Answer: X: Rishi Valmiki Y: Ved Vyasa A: Mani Ratnam B: Prakash Jha. Mani Ratnam directed Raavan, a modern adaptation of The Ramayana(written by Valmiki) and Prakash Jha directed Raajneeti(a modern adaptation of the Mahabharata)


Question 948: Like MTV Bakra?

One theory for the origin of this term is that it may be an alteration of the word "coney" used for rabbits. Another theory suggests that the animals were brought to Europe by way of a particular place, leading people to think they had originated there. The place was also frequently used in English to refer generally to any far-off, unknown country, and so the name may simply be a colourful reference to the animal's foreignness. Which animal?

Answer: Guinea pig


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Question 947: Tri Tri but dont cry

Connect them or more specifically, connect their achievements:

Answer: Newton gave Three Laws of Motion, Isaac Asimov gave Three Laws of Robotics, Johannes Kepler gave Three Laws of Planetary Motion. So basically the connect is Three laws. I dont know how some guys thought of Inertia, the question title(Tri Tri) seemed pretty indicative.


Question 946: Flying Tigers

A sports trivia question after many days:

Connect in order, and identify them too:

Just some clarification: The third one is NOT a vulture.
Answer: The names given to underpar golf scores: Eagle, albatross, condor and ostrich.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Question 945: Lip Service


Answer: The face masks and the corresponding nicknames of the band members of the American heavy metal band KISS generally used in their live concerts. Starchild: Paul Stanley, Spaceman: Ace Frehley/Tommy Thayer, Fox: Eric Carr, Catman: Peter Criss/Eric Singer, Ankh Warrior: Vinnie Vincent, Demon: Gene Simmons


Question 944: Will never be

Identify, was in the news recently.

Answer: Richard Holbrooke, US envoy to Afghanistan-Pakistan, who recently passed away.


Monday, December 20, 2010

Question 943

A capirote is a headgear of Spanish origin. It was historically worn by the condemned during the Spanish Inquisition. A modification of the capirote where the outer fabric of the hat extends past the shoulders, covering the face and neck while leaving a pair of holes for the eyes, was worn by some Spanish brotherhoods during Easter. In spite of its origins, with which group of people is the capirote associated?

Answer: The Ku Klux Klan(KKK)


Question 942


Answer: Connect to all images is "Scream". Clockwise from top left: Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream", Ghostface, the psycho killer from the Scream movie franchise, Ozzy Osbourne's album Scream which released this year and siblings Michael and Janet Jackson, in their single Scream's music video.


Question 941: Connect

Well what's common to all these? (though the 1st pic is generic, the list is very very specific n i'm also looking for a extremely specific connect!!)

Answer: Dabur Amla and Good Knight have been endorsed by both Rani Mukherjee and Vidya Balan who are now appearing together in No One Killed Jessica


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Question 940

X is a tabloid newspaper feature consisting of a photograph of a female glamour model, usually printed on the paper's third page. Women who model regularly for the feature are known as X girls. X is a registered trademark of News International Ltd, parent company of The Sun tabloid, where the feature originated in 1970. Similar features are found in competing British tabloids and in other newspapers around the world.

The Indian newspaper "Mid-Day" features pictures of models, known as Mid-Day Mates. Also in India, lifestyle supplements of leading newspapers like Times of India and Hindustan Times cover socialite parties and fashion show parties and feature them on X, so they are commonly known as X photos in India. Connect X and the following images:

Answer: Page 3(X), Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji(a song from Ishqiya), Fashion, Jail, Traffic Signal. Films directed by Madhur Bhandarkar.


Question 939

This song is Australia's most widely known bush ballad, a country folk song. The title of this song is Australian slang for traveling by foot with one's goods in a "X" (bag) slung over one's back. The song narrates the story of an itinerant worker, or swagman, making a drink of tea at a bush camp and capturing a sheep to eat. When the sheep's ostensible owner arrives with three police officers to arrest the worker for the theft (a crime punishable by hanging), the worker commits suicide by drowning himself in the nearby watering hole, and then goes on to haunt the site.

The original lyrics were written in 1887 by poet Banjo Paterson. It was first published as sheet music in 1903. Extensive folklore surrounds the song and the process of its creation, to the extent that the song has its own museum in Queensland.

Which song/X?

Answer: Waltzing Matilda


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Question 938

She was born in Boston, and grew up mostly in Massachusetts and New York. Her father gave his children a Buddhist upbringing, and she is named after an Dbuma Chenpo(in Tibetan, "db" is silent, in Sanskrit, meaning "Great Middle Way"). Regarding religion, she now calls herself agnostic. She has three brothers, Ganden, Dechen and Mipam, and a half-sister named Taya from her father's previous marriage. She and her siblings spent time in Almora, India, during childhood, and the Dalai Lama sometimes visited their home. Who?
Answer: Uma Thurman


Question 937

A pie-chart depicting what data?

Answer: Categories of articles on Wikipedia


Friday, December 17, 2010

Question 936: Dance of Death

Aerosmith's album Nine Lives' coverart is inspired by which Indian mythological event?

Answer: Krishna dancing on the snake demon "Kaliya"'s head


Question 935: Ask Horlicks

Henry Didon, a inhabitant of the Dominica Island used these words while teaching his disciples to excel in different games. It was Cubertin, Didon's friend who was particularly influenced due to these words and used them worldwide in one of his most prestigious ventures. What are these words of Latin origin?
Answer: The Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Parting Ways

Hey all,
I need to inform you all that co-author on Quizlexic and one of my best friends, Aditya Karve is parting ways with Quizlexic by mutual consent. He is now posting questions on his individual blog, Scratch Thy Head as he is finding it difficult to co-author 2 blogs.

For those of you who are unaware about his contribution to Quizlexic, here are some of his best questions:
Question 283
Question 288
Question 290 (my favourite)
Question 300
Question 327 (another great question)
Question 347
Question 593
Question 645
Question 647
Question 660
Question 682
Question 683
Question 684
Question 707

For more of his questions, check out


Question 934

Apparently, in the Australian cricket team Brett Lee once batted below his brother (Shane) Lee and (Ian) Harvey. When the captain Steve Waugh was reading out the batting order from his sheet, he is said to have read Lee, Harvey... Then somebody in the ranks shouted, '______'. And so Lee was 'shortened' to ______.

Fill in the blank and explain why.

Answer: "Oswald". In the order, it was read as Lee, Harvey, Oswald. Lee Harvey Oswald was the assassin of John F Kennedy


Questoin 933: Tees Maar Khan

Section X of the Indian Penal Code has become a slang reference for a confidence trickster. Such criminals are called X in popular culture in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan(countries which have adopted the IPC). The section deals with the cases of cheating and awards punishment of fine and/or jail up to 7 years.

A X is a person acting fraudulently to cheat somebody out of their belongings. Section X of the Penal Codes of both India and Pakistan cover such activity. The Penal Codes of both countries are inherited from the IPC of 1860 instituted by the colonial government of the British India, which then included the present-day countries of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. X?

Answer: "420" (Chaar-sau-bees)


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Question 932


Answer: The only two instances when neither the Nobel Peace Prize winner nor one of their representatives has attended the Nobel Ceremony. Carl Von Ossietzky(1935) and Liu Xiabao(2010)


Question 931

The now famous X was first associated with the A's in 1828 during Andrew Jackson's presidential campaign. His opponents called him an"X" and Jackson decided to use X as a symbol of will-power on his campaign posters. Later, a cartoonist used X in newspaper cartoons and made the symbol famous. The same cartoonist also invented the Y associated with the B's. In a cartoon that appeared in Harper's Weekly in 1874, he drew a X clothed in lion's skin scaring away all the animals at the zoo. One of those animals B was labeled as "B".
Solve for X, Y, A and B.

Answer: The Democratic(A) donkey(X) and the Republican(B) elephant.(Y)


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Question 930

The Matterhorn is a mountain in the Alps on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Its summit is 4,478 metres (14,692 ft) high, making it one of the highest peaks in the Alps.

The Matterhorn has become an iconic emblem of the Swiss Alps. Since the end of the nineteenth century, when railways were built, it attracted more and more visitors and climbers. Each summer a large number of mountaineers try to climb the Matterhorn via the north-east Hörnli ridge, the most popular route to the summit. Which food brand is influenced by this peak?

The Tobelrone chocolate bar shape. See the shape here.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Question 929

Question from Rishi Raj(his first textual one):

"The miracle is this- the more we share, the more we have." said X, who is an American photographer, director, actor, poet and musician, born on the 26th of March, 1931. He is known for his roles in old movies like "The Invasion Of The Body Snatchers" and "Them!" and TV series like "Get Smart", but is most famous for playing Y in the Z series. He has written two autobiographies, "I am not Y" in 1975, and "I am Y" in 1995, which deals with his very existence as shared between Y and himself.
"I went through a definite identity crisis. The question was whether to embrace Y or to fight the onslaught of public interest. I realize now that I really has no choice in the matter. Y and Z were very much alive and there wasn't anything I could do to change that."

X, Y and Z?
Answer: X: Leonard Nimoy Y: Captain Spock Z: Star Trek


Question 928: The Valey's full of it

Just explain what you see.

Answer: Artificial silicon implants