Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Question 1367: Nice try

What connects the following?

Answer: JD Sallinger, Morarji Desai, Bear Grylls
All have subjected themselves to urine therapy.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Question 1366: Numero Uno

Persons 'A' & 'B' have held a particular office during their lifetime.
'A' was preceded by (1) and succeeded by (2).
'B' was preceded by (2) and succeeded by (3).




Persons 'A', 'B' along with another 'C' also share something distinctly common.
A? B? C?
Distinction shared by A, B, C?

A: C. Rajgopalachari
B: S. Radhakrishnan
C: Dr C V Raman

A and B were Governer General/President of India

A,B and C were the first recipients of the Bharat Ratna in 1951

2:Rajendra Prasad
3:Zakir Hussain

28th Feb is celebrated in India as Science Day in memory of C.V. Raman's discovery of 'The Raman Effect'.


Questioin 1365: The name of the rose

The denier was a Franksih coin created by Charlemagne. This system and the denier itself served as the model for many of Europe's currencies, including the pund, lira, peseta and dinheiro. The name denier was derived from the name of the Roman coin denarius.

This following is a denarius/denier issued by Louis the Pious, during his reign:

What is its current day significance ?

Answer: The new Indian two-rupee coin issued by RBI in 2006 resembles the denarius leading to an outrage amongst Hindu Nationalists.


Monday, February 27, 2012

Question 1364: Signs of time......

Question dedicated to Quizlexic founder and an eminent quizzer, Rohan Danait, who celebrated his B'day yesterday. Cheers!

TIME magazine cover commemorating what? Funda?

Answer: The 1993 WTC bombings which was the first attempt to bring down the twin towers.
Well it happened on 26th Feb 1993.


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Question 1363: Child's play

What fits in? Funda?

Answer: Justice League of America
The Marvel Comics movie 'The Avengers' releases in 2012 in attempt to emulate the success of DC comics Justice League.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Question 1362: Big egos

In a certain film franchise, 1 has played the character X in all the films of the franchise. In the first film of this franchise, 2 played the character Y. The character Y doesn't appear in any of the following sequels until he makes an appearance in the last film of the franchise. However, in the last film, Y is instead played by 1. (1 plays both X and Y only in the last film)


Identify X and Y. (Pseudo bonus for the actors)

1: Warwick Davis
2: Verne Troyer
X:Prof Flitwick


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Question 1361: War & Peace

Following list shows various code-names adopted for certain war-time activity 'X'.

1. British Army: 'Boniface' (X as Forecaster of good future; benefactor)
2. U.S. Army against Japan: 'Magic' (mysterious and powerful nature of X)
3. British Military against Germany: Y (referring to X's 'most secret' nature)

'Y' eventually became the standard designation among western allies in WWII. As is evident the name 'Y' arose because it was considered most important than that designated as highest by British services.

Winston Churchill famously remarked "It was thanks to Y that we won the war."

X? Y? Funda?

Answer: X: Enigma code decrypting
Y: Ultra


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Question 1360: Salvation lies within

Put funda/connect.

Answer: Wayne Mclaren or the Marlboro Man. After developing lung cancer due to smoking, became an anti-smoking activist till the time of his death.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Question 1359: Double flip

This is a 1486 Botticelli painting which depicts the goddess Venus, having emerged from the sea as a fully grown woman, arriving at the sea-shore. It is currently displayed at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. What fictional character was inspired by this painting and conveyed both a sense of raw mechanical power and femininity?

Answer: GLaDOS, short for Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System, a fictional artificially intelligent computer system used in Valve Software's Half-Life video game series and the main antagonist in the video games Portal and Portal 2.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Question 1358: Draco's mom will hear about this

 Identify this super dude and what's so special about this tattoo.

Answer: Stephen Gilchrist Glover
The tattoo is his own picture


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Question 1357: Windows are always open

While filming one of his films in 2006, actor X came up with the idea for a simple wordplay site where people could respond to a daily wordplay topic in an attempt to "one-up" each other in the cleverness of their response. However, as he knew nothing about the web, the codes or design, he turned to his first cousin 1 for help. So although the basic idea behind this website is X's, the site was designed, built and is run entirely by 1, who worked as Social Design Strategist at Y and hence, the userbase of this website is built solely off Y. X also shares another special connection with Y's founder.

Identify X and Y.

Answer:X- Jesse Eisenberg
Y- Facebook


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Question 1356: Adoption was the best option maybe

X started his career performing stand-up comedy and did a number of national tours. Soon after, he landed a role in the sitcom Full House, which became a huge success through family viewers. He then became the original host of America's Funniest Home Videos until 1997. He was also roasted in 2008 as part of the Comedy Central Roast. His co-star from Full House, John Stamos was the roastmaster. More recently, he has a important role in the sitcom Y although, he has never made an onscreen appearance in the series and has not been credited for this role.

Identify X, Y and the role he plays in said Y.


Answer: X-Bob Saget
Y-HIMYM where he plays the role of the future Ted Mosby.


Friday, February 17, 2012

Question 1355: In Glory Lies Pride

Poster of a 1978 Italian war-movie by Enzo Castellari. It was later released under the name '________ _________', a name that it closely shared with an unrelated though similar 2009 movie X.

The plot of the Italian movie is set in WWII France where a group of American soldiers while being taken to a military prison are hit by a German air attack. Most prisoners die though five surviving ones manage to escape. As they are planning their escape they end up in a mission to steal equipment of the Nazi V2 rocket. They are to sneak into a 'damned armored train' in German territory, make the hardware steal and bring it back to their French allies.

The movie was also alternatively issued as Hell's Heroes and Deadly Mission on Television.

Which movie? F.I.B. (and hence the movie X as well!)

Answer: The Italian movie is 'Quel maledetto treno blindato' or 'That damned armor train'. It was released in English in the US under the name 'Inglorious Bastards'.
The 2009 Tarantino movie X was named 'Inglourious Basterds' which uses incorrect spellings.

P.S. The title of the question made the answer pretty evident!


Question 1354: When you see it, you will...

X was the 10th son of an impoverished family in western Denmark. He trained as a carpenter and started making wooden toys in 1932 to make a living after having lost his job during the depression. In 1942 a fire broke out at the factory forcing them to rebuild. Initially, he made miniature versions of the houses and furniture he worked on as a carpenter, but in 1947 moved onto using plastics. By 1949 he had produced over 200 plastic and wooden toys.

What famous invention is credited to X?

P.S. One of our friends Roopak has started a new quiz blog Quiz Pro Quo, check it out.

Answer: X: Ole Kirk Christiansen
Invention: Lego


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Question 1353: Friends with benefits

'X' & 'Y', both popular musicians of their times, are also famous for the close association they shared and the influence they had on each other's music. Coming in contact through the band "The Byrds" in the 1960's, the association lead to the peculiar record of the song "Norwegian Wood (The bird has flown)" paving way for the raga rock trend in western music.

X's association with 'Y' greatly increased X's popularity and Ken Hunt of Allmusic stated that 'X' had become "the most famous Indian musician on the planet" by 1966. 'Y' is also known to have visited 'X' in Srinagar for lessons during which a documentary film about 'X' was shot by Howard Worth and released in 1971. In 1967, The Beatles won the Grammy Award for The Album of the Year for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band which included a song by 'Y' that was influenced by Indian classical music of 'X'.

The two also worked for a concert aimed at raising international awareness and fund relief for Bangladesh in 1971 and an album 'X- Family & Friends' in 1973. 'X' and his family also performed in 2002 for a concert organised in memory of 'Y'.

X? Y?


Answer: X: Pandit Ravi Shankar Y: George Harrison.


Monday, February 13, 2012

Question 1352: No lag in between

This is a caricature titled "Darwinian Evolution" from a satirical magazine. Identify the person. Pseudo-bonus for funda behind this caricature.

Answer: Richard Wagner, the German music composer who, it was speculated, was of Jewish ancestry.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Question 1351: Why this......?

Very much overdone ...(why ?) Part lyrics of the song . Give me 

One plus one
Two-u two-u

If not __X__
Who-u? who-u?
28 states
Glue-u glue-u
Nothing else to
Prove-u prove-u

Hey you are our pride-u

Hey roller coaster ride-u
Every player’s guide-u
We are your side-u

We unite.. in your name  __X__ ....

Answer: Dhanush's Sachin Anthem.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Question 1350: Die to Remember

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The first page of a story written by Jonathan _____, which first appeared in Esquire Magazine's March 2001 issue.
Which story? Which movie did it inspire?

Answer: 'Memento Mori' by Jonathan Nolan, brother of Christopher Nolan who adopted it for the movie Memento. Memento Mori stands for "reminder of death" in Latin.


Question 1349: Zor ka Zhatka!

Pic shows person 'X' making notes below the machine ___________, which he supposed would be the most valuable of all his inventions. His work on the matter lead to a an open rivalry with another prominent scientist 'Y' working on similar issues.

Some sources have claimed that because of their animosity toward each other neither was given the Nobel Prize in Physics, despite their scientific contributions; that each sought to minimize the other's achievements and right to win the award; that both refused ever to accept the award if the other received it first; and that both rejected any possibility of sharing it.

The character 'X' appears in a 2006 movie 'Z' which also features some sort of a prototype of the machine ___________, albeit used for different purposes. The film also portrays the above mentioned rivalry to considerable extent.

X & Y? What invention? Which movie?

X: Nikola Tesla
Y: Thomas Alva Edison
Pic shows Tesla's Magnifying Transmitter.
Tesla and Edison were popularly engaged in the 'War of currents'!
Movie 'The Prestige' shows glimpses of it.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Question 1348: The 'Dj' war

Well QUIZLEXIC inescapably was around a slow corner for the past few days. Failing to see new questions coming up might have been disheartening to all the avid followers of the blog. But then we have only one thing to say - WE R BACK!

Following is a sequence of snapshots featuring prominently Novak Djokovic. Apparently, during a particular match, when the referee called a crucial ball "Out", Djoker entered the arena and convinced the referee otherwise. Which match? Funda?

Answer: The match is from the music video of the song 'Hello' by Martin Solveig and Dragonette. The video filmed at the Stade Roland Garros shows Solveig facing off against Bob Sinclair, another DJ, in a tennis match involving the cameo by Djoker.



Thursday, February 2, 2012

Question 1347: Just like the rock

We all know the guy to the left. Identify the other guy.

Answer: Miguel Nadal, Rafael Nadal's uncle and former football player for Spain.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Question 1346: Strange days have found us

There's a certain connection between the following world leaders. Put funda.

Answer: All are South American leaders who have been diagnosed with cancer, resulting in Hugo Chavez(one of them) to propose a conspiracy that this might be a plot by USA/CIA.