Monday, October 31, 2011

Question 1272: Barr.

What list is this? Specific name which I'm looking for.

P.S. Googling will spoil the fun. So avoid it.
Answer: The original 31 flavours of Baskin Robbins.


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Question 1271: Among thieves

Identify the person in the middle and what connection he shares with the Hollywood actor to the left.

Answer: Carl Maxie Brashear - first African American to become a U.S. Navy Master Diver in 1970, Cuba Gooding Jr potrayed the character in the movie Men Of Honour in 2000.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Question 1270: For the lesser good

Teams X and Y both have groups A and B. Team X's group A and team Y's group A have something in common. Similarly, team X's group B and team Y's group B have something in common too. For both X and Y, group B is a proper subset of group A. Do not identify X and Y, it is pretty self evident from the players. No need to identify all the players either.

Put funda regarding this. I am looking for a very spiecific 3 word phrase or something that describes it.

Team X

Team Y

Answer: The Battle of Nuremberg. It is the nickname of a football match played in Round 2 of the 2006 FIFA World Cup between Portugal and the Netherlands at the Frankenstadion in Nuremberg on 25 June 2006. Russian referee Valentin Ivanov issued a FIFA World Cup record four red cards and an unprecedented 16 yellow cards, setting a new record for cards shown at any FIFA-administered international tournament. Team X is Portugal while Y is Netherlands. Group A is players who were yellow carded and B is players who were red carded(2 yellows) Details:


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Question 1269

Identify the blanks.This was an inspiration for whom to develop what?

Answer: Minix by Andrew tannenbaum. Inspiration for Linus to make Linux.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Question 1268

 Sorry for the absence folks ..
 Simple Connect the elements..

Answer: When the Wind Blows, comic, song from the Iron Maiden album and the book.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Question 1267: Path of glory

Okay, it is quite apparent what the guy is up to.

 Question: Person and structure. Identify both.

Answer: Alain Robert, the "Human Spider" climbing the Burj Khalifa.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Question 1266

Simple trivia. Identify the guy in the middle and the guy to the right.

Answer: This was a sitter. The guy in the centre is Tobey Maguire and the guy to the right is Leonardo DiCaprio.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Question 1265: Can't get high on this

On 30 November 1939, the Soviet Union launched a war against Finland after a futile year and a half campaign to persuade the Finnish government to cede territory to the Soviet Union and give up some sovereignty by conceding specific military and political favors. The Finnish Army, facing Red Army Tanks borrowed the design of XY that had been used for the first time in the just-concluded Spanish Civil War (July 1936–April 1939).

During the Winter War, the Soviet air force made extensive use of incendiaries and cluster bombs against Finnish troops and fortifications. When Soviet People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs X claimed in radio broadcasts that the Soviet Union was not dropping bombs but rather delivering food to the starving Finns, the Finns started to call the air bombs X bread baskets. Soon they responded by attacking advancing tanks with XYs which were “a _____ to go with the food”.


Insanity wolf FTW!

Identify XY. No half points.

Answer: XY: Molotov Cocktail


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Question 1264: If you don't even get this, then .........

Easy! Id the logo? Be specific.

Answer: The Sahara Force India logo for the F1 team. Read Adi's comment for the details.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Question 1263: Given up

Sorry for the absence folks! Ill start with a sitter;

WX was born 6 February 1966) is an English singer-songwriter,Musician,radio personality. He is known around the world for a song that became a blockbuster in 25 countries.X holds the record for being the only male solo artist to have his first 8 singles reach the Top 10 in UK and by retirement in 1993 had sold approximately 40 million records worldwide.
After retiring from the music industry in 1993, X made a "comeback" in 2007 for which he was voted "Best Act Ever" by Y users at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

Name WX and what is so special about his relation with Y.

Answer: WX: Rick Astley Y: Internet. Rickrolling is an Internet meme involving the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up". The meme is a bait and switch; a person provides a hyperlink seemingly relevant to the topic at hand, but actually leads to Astley's video. Persons led to the music video are said to have been rickrolled. The meme has helped to revive Astley's career. Wiki for more


Monday, October 17, 2011

Question 1262: Li8!

0. ______ : -26.74

1. ______ : -1.76
2. Canopus : -0.72
3. Arcturus : -0.04 (var)
4. Regil Kentaurus : -0.01
5. Vega : 0.03
6. Regal : 0.12
7. Procyon : 0.34
8. Betelgeuse : 0.42 (var)
[non-exhaustive list]

FIB. Funda for the 'peculiar' ranking?

Note: Unit of given numbers is magnitude (m)
{could be used as a hint!}

Answer: 0.The Sun and 1. Sirius. These are the brightness of stars as viewed from earth. The list is mainly for stars visible in the night sky. So Sun is at the '0' position.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Question 1261: What you gonna do when they come for you?

Sorry for yesterday's no show. Here is today's question:

Tom Swift is the protagonist in five series, totaling over 100 volumes, of American juvenile science fiction and adventure novels that emphasize science, invention and technology. Most of the various series focus on Tom’s inventions, a number of which anticipated actual inventions.

X was a NASA researcher who developed the tool/weapon Y in 1969. By 1974, X had completed the device, which he named after his childhood hero Tom Swift(specifically the book Z).

X with his invention Y
What weapon Y?

  Answer: TASER short for Thomas A Swift and his Electric Rifle.


Friday, October 14, 2011

Question 1260: There's space for everything!!

ID. What will it possibly replace in the near future?

Answer: The James Webb Space Telescope which will most probably replace "The Hubble Space Telescope".


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Question 1259: He should've written it down

The first ad of this ad campaign ran on October 29, 1993, and featured a hapless history buff receiving a call to answer a radio station's $10,000 trivia question, "Who shot Alexander Hamilton in that famous duel?" The man's apartment is shown to be a private museum to the duel, packed with artifacts. He answers the question correctly, but because his mouth is full of peanut butter and he has no ____ to wash it down, his answer is unintelligible. The ad was directed by Michael Bay.

The slogan of the campaign(which is essentially the name of the campaign too) was licensed in 1995 to use on their celebrity print ads, which, since then, have included celebrities from the fields of sports, media and entertainment, as well as fictional characters from TV and film such as The Simpsons, Batman, Mario, and SpongeBob SquarePants.

 Hint: He claimes to have invented the slogan:

Which ad campaign?

Answer:The "Got Milk" ad campaign.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Question 1258: The detective road

A X's Y contains 1 unit more than the standard Y. The earliest reference, but doubtful explanation for the term X's Y dates to the 13th century when Xs who were found to have given a less quantity to customers were punished severely. To guard against such a punishment, Xs would give 1 unit more in whatever they were selling, to ensure not being known as a cheat. More importantly, the practice of making 1 item more was insurance against "short measure", on the basis that one of them could be lost, eaten, burnt, or ruined in some way, thus making it an original legal Y. Thus the origin of the term and the practice.

2 methods of packing for X's Y

 Identify the term "X's Y". No half points.
Answer: XY: The Baker's Dozen. It consists of 13 items instead of the 12 in a regular dozen.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Question 1257: no more hints in the title.

Above are two album covers. Who has been blanked out in both? (same person has been blanked out in both pics). What's so special about these albums?

Answer: QUoting gks, "Jagjit singh. Both albums were ghazal renditions of AB Vajpayee's poems." Moreover they are the only publicly released albums with AB Vajpayee's poems!


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Techfest National Open Quiz, IIT Bombay

Techfest National Open Quiz

Techfest 2011-12 shall host the largest inter-institutional quiz in India, The “Techfest National Open Quiz 2011-12”. With a prize money of INR 1,00,000 for the grand finale and much more interesting prizes this quiz aims to bring together the best quizzers from across the nation. The quiz will be held at Pune, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Guwahati, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai and the winners of all the cities will finally clash during Techfest 2011-12 to claim the title of the Techfest National Open Quiz Champions.

Quizmaster: Rohit Nair
Note about quizmasterRohit Nair, the young and popular Quizmaster, has hosted numerous quiz shows including multi city quiz events for Mahindra, Government of Karnataka, IBM among others. His distinctive style, humour and passion make his quiz shows memorable. Co-founder of Quizworks, he heads the Content Architecture, New Service Design and Online Initiatives there. Much admired by the youth, he is also a national winner of the Young Leader contest hosted by Career Launcher. His brain child is the most visited quiz blog in India.

Flavour: General

Format: Written prelims; Stage Finals with 6 teams. Winners to be invited to Techfest, IIT Bombay in January for the Grand Finale. Two members per team compulsary; No cross institutional teams strictly; Registrations on also on the spot registrations; No entry fees

Pune: 11 am, 15th October,College of Engineering, Pune

Ahmedabad: 3 pm, 18th October, IIM Ahmedabad

Delhi: 1 pm, 22nd October, St Stephens, Delhi

Guwahati: 11 am, 30th October, KBR Hall, Cotton College.

Chennai: 2pm, 1st November, Dr MGR University

Hyderabad: 3 pm, 3rd November, ISB Hyderabad

Mumbai: 2pm, 6th November, IIT Mumbai.



Phone: Rohan (98901 06884) Email: rohan.k[at]
           Arindam (97695 85892Email: arindam[at]



Award and Certificate policy

  • The finals in Techfest during January shall carry prize money of INR 1,00,000
  • The winner of each city shall be provided both sides travel to come to Mumbai for the finals 6th-8th January for the finals.
  • City rounds in shall have prizes worth INR 10,000.
  • The grand finalist, semifinalists and all final round qualifiers of the city rounds shall be awarded certificates of excellence.


Question 1256: Pepe's diet

Seen in many places in mainly South-east Asian nations. What is blanked out? And why is the said object not allowed?

Answer: Durians, the fruit which has a offensive odour.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Question 1255: Connect

A: ________ means "explosion" or "burst" in Spanish, when used as a noun.In the vernacular, it is also used to define a very large party or a night town. It also refers to the action of shoving or pushing and in sense of an adjective or for use as a proper noun, it means "he who seems to be about to burst"

B: The word __________ refers to a particular breed of fighting bulls. Literally it means anything that is fine, splendid or even noble. It is also used with reference to bravery, more specifically in Queen's English for a person who has joined the military which is a brave thing to do.

C:____________ was a Navarra fighting bull known for having survived 28 sword strikes in an October 5, 1879 fight against Rafael "El Lagartijo" Molina Sanchez, at the Coso de los califas bull ring in Cordoba, Spain. It's name means 'bat' in Spanish.
_____________ fought with such passion and spirit that the crowd called for his life to be spared, a rare honor which the matador bestowed.

D: ________ simply refers to devil in Spanish.

E: _________ is the dark shape and outline of someone or something visible against a lighter background, especially in dim light. It is a representation showing the shape and outline only, typically colored in solid black.

F: ________ is an exclamation of astonishment in the local Piedmontese language. The expression difficult to translate without offending someone! It is the sort of thing a north Italian male might say to express appreciation for a particularly attractive female and apparently translates to "Holy s**t!"

G: ___________ is sword in Spanish. It is also a metonymic occupational name for a swordsman (or even an matador who uses a sword). It comes from the original Latin word spata, from Greek spathe, denoting a broad two-edged sword without a point.

H: _______ refers to Don Eduardo _______ Fernandez who owned one of Spain's most famous cattle ranches. The ranch is located at the Zahariche estate in the province of Seville. the estate, which has been occupied by the _______ since 1842, encompasses over 600 hectares, and houses several hundred bulls, oxen, cows and calves. The ranch is presently presided over by Eduardo and Antonio _______, sons of the late Don Eduardo. According to Eduardo, the ranch aims to "breed quality, not quantity"

A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H are specific in regard with what is given above. But all of them (except F) also refer to a tradition in various ways. Obviously the connect indirectly relates to this tradition.

Answer: a. reventon b. gallardo c. murcielago d. diablo e. silhouette f. countach g. espada h. muira all are models of lamborghini sports cars named after bulls (or types of bulls) except the countach


Friday, October 7, 2011

Question 1254: HAZMAT

What product is named after the fictional television character most famously portrayed by the actress (1)?


Lemmy the Legend

Answer: Daisy Dukes, the short denim jeans which were named after the character Daisy Dukes of the show Dukes of Hazzard.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Question 1253: Dx (ball?)

Okay, identify the painting. Specific name please. The painter is self evident.

Answer: This is NOT the Persistence of Memory. This is the "Disintegration of Persistence of Memory" by Savador Dali, it is a take on Persistence of Memory obviously. Only Persistence of Memory won't get any points.


May his soul rest in peace

                                                      Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me ... Going to bed at night saying we've  done something wonderful... that's what matters to me".- Steve Jobs


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Question 1252: Frost bites

This phrase originates from a specific way to serve food to an unwelcome guest. The phrase literally refers to offering an inferior piece of meat to an uninvited guest, contradictory to a hot piece that was right out of the oven to an invited guest which was the practice at that time. This gesture was a direct and at the same time, subtle way to inform the guest that his presence was not welcome.

How the particular piece of meat(mutton in this case) is cut

What phrase?
Answer: The term "to give a cold shoulder to" (from cold shoulder) which literally means to ignore someone intentionally.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Question 1251: Why so cheap?

What is so special about this car?
Answer: Tata Nano customized by Dillip Chhabria. Can cost upto Rs. 1 crore.