Saturday, April 30, 2011

Question 1102: God Save The Meme

In the very first episode, _______ addresses X as "X Foreman", as this is the surname X's granddaughter Susan goes by, and the junkyard in which they find him bears the sign "I.M. Foreman". When addressed by Ian with this name in the next episode, X responds, "Eh? Y ? What's he talking about?" Later, when he realises that "Foreman" is not X's name, Ian asks Barbara, "Who is he? Y?" (In an ultimately-unused idea from documents written at the series' inception, Barbara and Ian would have subsequently referred to X as 'Y', given their not knowing his name.)

ID Y, the blanked out face. Right Click -->Open Link in new tab to expand the picture.Answer: Doctor Who.


Question 1101: Tetrapacked!

X is a theorem which is yet to be proved, although it is one of the major theorems to have a computer-assisted proof (not counted as a REAL proof). It was first put forward by Francis Guthrie, whose brother then took it to De Morgan.

Illustrations of the theorem:

Answer: Four Coloured Theorem. It states that any planar graph/map can be filled with a minimum four colours such that no two adjacent spaces are filled with the same colour. In short, see the pics.


Friday, April 29, 2011

Question 1100: Walking on a thin red line

And we reach 1100 questions! HURRAY!

What does the thin red line signify?

P.S. Lots of unanswered questions below. They will remain open for another day or so.

Answer: Royal Wedding route London 2011


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Question 1099: I AM THE SWOORD MASTER!

This kid's in the news and on memes right now. ID the blanks.

Answer: World Of Warcraft.


Question 1098: Cry me a river

Identify the trio and put funda.

Answer: Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael C. Williams of The Blair Witch Project fame.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Question 1097: Ji Haan

What is the link between all these companies?

Answer: Companies involved in 2G scam - Videocon, Unitech, DB Realty, Kalaignar TV, Reliance and Swan Telecom.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Question 1096: Whichaka!

X is named after Johann Baptist von ____, a German naturalist who discovered the species. The species is critically endangered, and extinct in the wild. There are only 85 Xs in captivity now.

X has now starred in a recent film. Id X and the film.

Answer: X- Spix's macaw. The title is how the mating call of the bird apparently sounds. The film is Rio! I have to see the movie, darn it.


Question 1095: Pickled greens?

You will see such images making the rounds of the internet a lot these days, here's a funny one.

What have I blanked out? (Its given in Devanagri, but you could give the English phonetic alternative :P)

My apologies to those who can't understand Hindi, you will have to pass on this one. OR you can always give a shot using TinEye...

Answer: BHRASHT it is! BHRASHT-ACHAR or in English "CORRUPTION"


Monday, April 25, 2011

Question 1094

Combine the three images to the name of a company and do elaborate.

Answer: 1) Mosaic Art 2) Iron Maiden's album Killers 3) Godzilla. The name was created as a portmanteau of the words "Mosaic killer", hinting that Netscape Navigator would be the end to the (then only) competitor browser, Mosaic. The logo was a reference to the name of the fictional monster Godzilla. Hence Mozilla is MOsaic-killer godZILLA


Question 1093: Hard on

Plain and simple for today, identify.

Answer: Ed Wood in Glen and Glenda. Dont bother to see the movie, but do check out his Wiki article.


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Question 1092: Why The?

Identify X and Y and connect.



Here's a very cryptic hint, but don't spend much time on this guy...

Answer: "Baba O'Riley" is a song written by Pete Townshend for the English rock band The Who(thus the cryptic clue in Hu/Who Jintao). The title of the song is derived from this combination of the song's philosophical and musical influences: Meher Baba(1) and Terry Riley(2).


Friday, April 22, 2011

Question 1091

OK after a long time.....sitter again i think
ID rank 3. ........
(if it is considered to be) 

Answer: Number of Facebook users! Keep it up people


Question 1090: Balancing act

A pictorial representation of what famous claim? Made by whom?

Answer: Archimedes' work on levers caused him to remark: "Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth."


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Question 1089: CCD's eye candy!

The above figure is an illusion first described by X. The illusion's effect was first seen by a chap in X's lab and its name is the same as the place it was first observed by the said chap.

Id X and the name of the illusion.

Answer: X- Richard Gregory. The observant chap in his lab was Steve Simpson who first observed it on the wall of a cafe in Bristol, hence called the Cafe Wall illusion


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Question 1088: Poirot's backup Plan B

X was an avant-garde metal band (now gone defunct), one of the many projects cooked up by Dan Swanö, a Swedish musician,vocalist, guitarist, bassist and drummer and a songwriter. As a multi-instrumentalist he is regarded as influential in the underground Melodic death metal, black metal, progressive metal, death metal, progressive rock, power metal communities.

The band released only one EP "Sbrodj" in its tenure which featured three tracks:

1. Plan 714 Till Sydney
2. Den Svarta Ön
3. Den Mystiska Stjärnan

On what lyrical themes did this band write their songs? Identify X and its connection to these lyrical themes.

P.S. For more music related questions, pay a visit to Another Blog In The Wall.

Answer: X: Karaboudjan. Their lyrical themes are Tintin comics. Plan 714 Till Sydney is Flight 714. Den Svarta On is The Black Island and Den Mystiska Stjarnan is The Shooting Star. Karaboudjan is the name of the ship in one of the Tintin comics.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Question 1087: Can-dy(e) for chocolate

X, founder of Y came up with the idea of Z during the Spanish Civil War. Z is named after X and another chap from Hershey's since they had control over rationed chocolate. During World War II, Zs were exclusively sold to the military.

There are five characters of Z, their names being their colours but get different ones when they act as 'spokescandies':
"Gimme a break" - Billy West
"Inside everyone there's a little nut" - J. K. Simmons
"I melt for no one" - Cree Summer
"Never let 'em see you melt" - Rob Pruitt
"I'm a dead man" - Crispy

Several Z themed games have also been created. And its chocolate candy has also been named the official candy of the millenium due to Zs appearance as a 'number'.

Answer: X- Forrest Mars Y- Mars Z- M&M
To think I haven't tasted them yet!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Question 1086

___, ______ and ______sang their vocal parts for X continually for ten to twelve hours a day. The entire piece took three weeks to record, and in places featured 180 separate overdubs. The various sections of tape containing the desired submixes had to be cut with razor blades and assembled in the correct sequence using adhesive tape. ___ recalled placing a tape in front of the light and being able to see through it, as they had been recording so intensely. It was the most expensive single ever made and remains one of the most elaborate recordings in popular music history.

The waveform view of X illustrating the vast differences between the sections of the song.


Answer: Bohemian Rhapsody


Friday, April 15, 2011

Question 1085: One does not simply X into Mordor

X, which was created by Benzido in 2008, begins with the lines " You are X, our small nation's sole representative in the Olympic games. Use the X keys to move your legs. Ideally you will run 100 metres...But our training program was under-funded. Remember, it is not about whether you win or lose." As Bennett Foddy (the developer) describes the setting, “X is the local sporting hero of a prosperous country in the Scandinavian alps. Unfortunately, it is too cold there for an outdoor track, and X has come to the championships without completing his training!”

ID X, which soon turned into an internet meme due to it's notorious difficulty.

Answer: The game is called QWOP.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Question 1084: Quack quack Cusack

This is one of the earliest Chinese inventions used for what purpose? Nowadays, it has been replaced by more accurate devices.

P.S. There's a new theme round starting on my other quiz blog Another Blog In The Wall. Do check it out.

Answer: The first earthquake detecting/measuring device invented by Zhang Heng from China. Now replaced by the seismoscope. More about the device here:


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Question 1083: Whose factory?

XYZ (Name has three parts) is an Indian nuclear experimental physicist, though he is presently working on nanocrystalline magnetic materials and alloy systems. He is also, however, interested in Earth Sciences like extinction boundaries and meteorites.

X sometimes talks about India's cultural values and ancient heritage . He is an avid Hindi poet. But most of all, he is best known for two of his works that has changed the lives of a lot of young people in India.


Hint: This question might irritate Rohan. ;D

Answer: Harish Chandra Verma!


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Question 1082: I am France!

X may or may not have looked like this. Infact, X may or may not have existed. The legend says that in his days of service, he was severely wounded as much as 17 times. He is also said to have been presented the Sabre of Honour by Napoleon himself. X became particularly known through the play La Cocarde tricolore in which he says, 'Je suis Francais, je suis X'. (for those of you who dont know French, please use Google translator....or you could just see the title)

Y is a term, etymologically derived from X. It originally gave the idea of patriotism but the current meaning is more extreme.

ID X and Y.

Answer: X- Nicolas Chauvin Y- Chauvinism-->


Monday, April 11, 2011

Question 1081: Cue for an ashram's power.

So... connect to some place.. actually a city

Answer: Jabalpur. Birthplace of snooker, Osho was born in a village near Jabalpur and also did his higher studies there, Shaktimann trucks rolled out of Vehicle Factory Jabalpur. No correct answer...I guess it was a bit vague


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Question 1080

The following pictures connect to which famous physicist?

and now you know what happens to me if I start studying.
Answer: Heisenberg!! For those of you non-science students...Heisenberg is best known for his uncertainty principle which states that you cannot determine the position AND momentum(or velocity) of an electron in orbit around the nucleus at any given time.


Question 1079: Finger colours

The following island, X is generally very beautiful and green. Y was very inspired by the landscape and decided to use it as the background for most of her books, the most famous being Z.

The farmhouse below and its surroundings are the more specific settings for Z.

ID X, Y, Z.

Answer: X- Prince Edward Island, Canada Y- Lucy Maud Montgomery Z- Anne of Green Gables


Friday, April 8, 2011

Question 1078: The sun's going down

The author of these books got his nickname, which turned into his real name, from his elder sister when he was a week old. At one point of time he also considered joining the Indian Army. He lives in a barge moored by Battersea Bridge on the River Thames, England, and alternately in an island in North Wales.

Who is he?

Answer: He is Bear Grylls, christened Edward Michael Grylls.


Question 1077

New guest question from Sudipto Guha aka wheelsandwings.

He asks you to connect these four people.

Send us your guest questions to along with the complete answer and your name!

Answer: People with a finite Erdos Bacon Number (which measures the
"collaborative distance" in authoring mathematical papers between that
person and Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdős—and one's Bacon
number—which represents the number of links, through roles in films,
by which the individual is separated from American actor Kevin Bacon.
The lower the number, the closer a person is to Erdős and Bacon, and
this reflects a small world phenomenon in academia and entertainment)

Picture 1: Stephen Hawking
Picture 2: Danica Mckellar (Winnie Cooper from Wonder Years)
Picture 3: Carl Sagan
Picture 4: Natalie Portman


Bring BQC Back!

Let's Bring BQC back!

Childhood friends and a nostalgic conversation over tea brought all kinds of latent memories to the surface and interesting conversations to the table. Right from old flames and tree-houses that we built, to TV shows watched together amidst shrieks of excitement. In fact, the one that usually got us the most excited was the Bournvita Quiz Contest, a TV show with a purpose. I still remember the healthy competition it brought out between us: we pretty much had our own BQC session at home. Now that I think about it, that session was what encouraged us to pay attention and learn so that we would know the answer the next time. I wonder why they stopped the show. It was such a sure-shot way to get children to develop their mind without it seeming like too much work. I really would enjoy it if the BQC returned – better for us and better for the next generation.

At a time when television programming has hit an all-time low, the world seems to think they’ve hit jackpot – the profusion of shows that clutter today’s TV are taken to mean variety and superior programming. What people fail to realise is that the actual content of these shows is mediocre at best and quite terrible if you tell the actual truth. They seek only to entertain, not impart any kind of knowledge. I think, like always, we should look at history to replicate success and engineer learning at the same time. An immediate example that comes to mind is the Bournvita Quiz Contest, a show that amply demonstrates programming that is beneficial to all viewers. The BQC had a simple format: student participants were asked quiz questions by a dynamic host. But it served its purpose so beautifully because it served to entertain and educate at the same time: edutainment! A celebrity was thrown in on every show for excitement, while the question-answer session brought in the teaching element. If you ask me, that's the kind of programming that kids need today: interactive learning on a mass scale. Any idea how to revive the BQC?

Derek O'Brien has joined our movement now its time you do your bit in taking this movement ahead and bringing back intelligent viewing on television. Derek O'Brien's letter to Cadbury! 

The fans have taken this movement to another level! This started off about 2 months ago and the response has been amazing, with almost 120,000 people wanting BQC Back. It started off as something simple - an experiment of sorts. They are also sending out banners to people who want them - so far 70 people have written in asking for them. If you want your banner or if you have any suggestions on how we can spread this movement together you can email them on

I definitely want BQC back - Come join in the movement!
It was  started about 2 months ago & on our Facebook page  we're targeting everyone who watched the show, likes to quiz & is smart! The goal is to Bring BQC back.

Let’s start the golden days of BQC again! 

(on behalf of Bring BQC Back)


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Question 1076: Har Har Har!!!

Connect to a guy.. explain.

Answer: Quoting Sharon (coz i'm too lazy to frame it myself),"Harald "Bluetooth" Gormsson was a medieval King of Denmark. Since he played a part in uniting various tribes into a single kingdom in his reign, an English version of his name was used to name a technology that did a similar kind of uniting of communication protocols in one standard protocol - Bluetooth Technology. His initials in ancient runes make up the symbol of Bluetooth.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Question 1075

Connect these images to an internet security program which also cleverly helps to digitize books, newspapers and old time radio shows.

The slogan,

The meme,

and the concept.

Answer: It's ReCaptcha, a captcha service which stands for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart". This uses the reverse Turing test so as to prevent machine generated responses for the sake of security. What ReCaptcha does, is takes the distorted words from old books in an effort to digitize them, one word at a time.


Question 1074: Just-in Competition?

Easy. Who are these memes referring to?

Answer: Rebecca Black and her shit song Friday, shitty lyrics. Most disliked video on Youtube. Check it out, if you got the guts...lots of memes coming out on it recently...


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Question 1073:

ID this Pulitzer Prize winning author whose recent work is under much controversy

Answer: Jospeh Levyled, author of the newly released book on Gandhi which has raged a debate on the sexual orientatino of the Mahatma.


Question 1072: Its gonna be a bumpy ride

Okay, here's a clip from How I Met Your Mother's season 2 episode. Which famous movie scene is being parodied here?

Answer: The Pulp Fiction bloody car scene, for those of you who can't make heads or tails about this, go watch the movie!

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