Sunday, April 29, 2012

Question 1401: 100 + 200 = 300

The product depicted was one of the first major products from the company 'X' which then (in 1946) specialized in fabrication technology. Named after the Japanese word for the 'finger ring' it allowed it's wearer to smoke a cigarette down to it's very nub which had become a habit in Japan owing to post war economic slump. The product was completely manufactured on a simple lathe and soon became a hit. The profits from this invention provided the capital to make the company what it is today.

In 1949 taking inspiration from the first business show in Ginza, Tokyo, a new product was designed by 'X' to substitute the existing mechanical gears system with electronic circuits. Launched in 1957 with a revolutionized key-pad and display, the product soon made 'X' a reputed name in computing.

Which company?

Answer: Casio


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Question 1400: Wolverine...

The firm 'X' came in to being as subsidiary of a Swedish ball-bearing manufacturer 'SKF' in the 1920's.
It takes it's name from the latin word 'to roll' signifying the original ball bearing business. SKF registered the trademark with an intention of using it for a special series of ball bearing before incorporating it into an independent company.

'X' product are designed to withstand Sweden's rough terrain and cold temperatures. As of today it stands world's second largest in one of it's domain with extensive presence in Europe, America, Asia (specifically India) and Australia.

Interestingly few models from 'X' have become synonymous in India with words referring to ' the mythological tusker carrying Lord Indra' or even 'the mythical bird or bird-like creature depicting an eagle in Hindu mythology'.

X? Funda?

Answer: X- Volvo
Airavat (KSRTC) and Garuda (APSRTC) are inter-city volvo bus services.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Question 1399: The Vampires

pic 1-Dr William Lorenzo Moss
pic 2-Jan Jansky
pic 3-Karl Landsteiner

All of them were serologists who devised various methods to classify blood into various types.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Question 1398 : And That's how I earn my money.

Connect The Following: List is not exhaustible, more may be added in the near future.

A] Identify :
- Blond.
- No nose, fingers or ears.
- Naive.
- Artificial birth.

B] X was awarded an honorary doctorate of Amphibious Letters on May 19, 1996 at Southampton College, New York, where he also gave a commencement speech. He is a lso the only Y to have had the honor of addressing the Oxford Union. A statue of Z and X was erected on the campus of Z's alma mater, the University of Maryland, College Park in 2003.
X was also the grand marshal for Michigan State University's homecoming parade in 2006.

C] Connectception : Connect the following to get the element for the outer connect :
- A X opening is a chess opening played by White and typified by play on one or both X's (the portion of the chess board outside the central d and e files). White plays in hypermodern style, attacking the center from the X's with pieces rather than occupying it with pawns. These openings are played often, and 1.Nf3 and 1.c4 trail only 1.e4 and 1.d4 in popularity as opening moves.
*- Monaco has 68
Belgium has 44
Street Fighter has 1, 3 or 5
A fat guy has 1.


D] What is being done here? (Girls, there's more than meets the eye.)
E] Connectception Part 2 : You know the drill.

F] A part of some of the following, when taken, will give a series. Direct elements have been stated.Identify the missing element. *Order is important
- Arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, chromium, copper, mercury, manganese, nickel, lead, tin, and thallium.
- Generic term for
- 5th to 15th centuries.
- Direct element.
Meaning :
1. A confused mass; a jumble
2. Confusion; turmoil.
1. To wallow, roll, or toss about, as in mud or high seas.
2. To lie soaked in a liquid.
3. To roll and surge, as the sea.
- What is missing?

-Direct element
X ;---- le missing element for the sub question.
- Direct element
ds This completes the elements. For the WHOLE question. I understand this to be very long and hard (that's what she said.) so if any of you think that this is going a bit out of hand, or just want to humiliate me on a global scale, please leave a comment in the shoutbox, or whatever it is now, and I shall add an element that will lead you to the answer a bit more easily.

A is Bubbles(from powerpuff girls)
B is Kermit the Frog.
C is Meat; the sub connects being Flank, Round, Plate and Chuck respectively.
D is Condoms
E is Lace; the sub connects being Tape, Bobbin, Needle and Knot, which are types of lace.
F is Feather; the connect being the various classes in boxing arranged in descending order of weight.
They are,
Heavy weight (Heavy metals)
Cruiser-weight(Cruiser bikes)
Middle-weight(middle ages)
Light-weight(the missing civilization from Duelmasters; it was workable.)

These are all materials constituting Lady Gaga's clothes on numerous occasions.
If you think this question was too vague, please leave a comment, and I shall read it.


Question 1397: Mash up

Quite some time since we have had a multiple element long connect, here's one:

The song A was written by B in 1975 and released as a part of the album of the same name. The song is about B's relationship with C ten years before, although C is not specifically named in the song.  B in fact told C that the song was about her ex-husband, which was obviously not true.

 In her memoir, B records a conversation with C:
"You gonna sing that song about robin's eggs and diamonds?" C had asked me on the first day of rehearsals.
"Which one?"
"You know, that one about blue eyes and ________..."
"Oh", I said, "you must mean 'A', the song I wrote for my husband, ______. I wrote it while he was in prison."
"For your husband?" C said.
"Yeah. Who did you think it was about?" I stonewalled.C
"Oh, hey, what the f*** do I know?"
"Never mind. Yeah, I'll sing it, if you like."

After a couple of years, the band D covered the song A with changed lyrics. This cover is a heavier version of the original song which had primarily folk roots. It often features on the live setlists of the D. In recent years, D have been performing a mostly-acoustic version of the song that is more similar to the original than the heavier version.

The band D is one of the oldest, most influential bands of their genre. The band takes its name from a song E by C. Another Swedish punk band is also named after the song E.

Identify A,B,C,D,E.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Question 1396: For Guy Fawkes

Connect the actor/director in 1 to the Nobel laureates in 2:



Pic 1-Sheldon Leonard
Pic 2-Robert Hofstadter/Leon Cooper

Their names served as the names of the main characters of "The Big Bang Theory" i.e Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter.


Friday, April 13, 2012

Question 1395: The blank mix

Recent news. Claim to fame?

Answer: Instagram- recent photo-app acquired by Facebook.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Question 1394: Every rose

In an interview, acclaimed director X commented on the many rip-offs of his film Y. "I think it was fabulous. Of the many rip-offs (of Y) I loved this one, Z. The best part is, you have Indian guys coming to the US and looting a US bank. How cool is that! I was truly honoured. And these guys are played by the legends of Bollywood."

In fact, X actually felt that Z had more flexibility in its narration, than Y. He says, "Here I am, watching a film that I've directed and then it goes into each character's background. And I'm like, 'Whoa'. For, I always write backgrounds and stuff and it always gets chopped off during the edit. And so I was amazed on seeing this. I felt, this isn't Y. But then it goes into the warehouse scene and I am like, 'Wow it's back to Y'. Isn't it amazing!" X had some special words of praise for "the big beard guy… the famous guy in Bollywood". The big beard guy whom X was referring to is none other than Amitabh Bachchan, who starred in Z.

Identify X, Y and Z.

X-Quentin Tarantino
Y-Reservoir Dogs


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Question 1393: False advertising

Connect all these groups:

A) Aldrin, Chlordane, Dieldrin, Endrin, Heptachlor, Hexachlorobenzene, Mirex, Toxaphene, Polychlorinated biphenyls, DDT, polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans.

B) Saddam Hussein, Qusay Hussein, Uday Hussein, Taha Yassin Ramadan, Tariq Aziz, Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, Sabawi Ibrahim al-Tikriti, Watban Ibrahim al-Tikriti, Ali Hassan al-Majid, Izzat Ibrahim ad-Douri, Aziz Saleh Nuhmah and Mohammed Amza Zubeidi.

C) VR Franko, M Vladek, RT Jefferson, VL Pinkley, S Gilpin, S Posey, T Wladislaw, SK Sawyer, R Lever, TR Bravos, JP Jiminez, AJ MAggott.

D) Bob Breunig, Pat Donovan, Thomas Henderson, Mitch Hoopes, Percy Howard, Randy Hughes, Scott Laidlaw, Burton Lawless, Herbert Scott, Randy White, Mike Hegman, Roland Woolsey.

Also, if you've been watching new Bollywood releases, this might piss you off.

Answer: All are called The Dirty Dozen.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Question 1392: Starting up a posse

This symbol (linked to X's alleged interest in the occult) is said to have been originated in 'Ars Magica Arteficii' (1557) by Gerolamo Cardano, an old work about alchemy and magic. It has been identified as a symbol comprising of zodiac signs. It also appears in 'Dictionary of Occult, Hermetic and Alchemical Sigils' by Fred Gettings.

X has often had this symbol embroidered on his clothes among other zodiac symbols during his public appearances. X has also been known to have owned an occult bookshop in the 1970s as well as a publishing house in London, which was eventually shut down.

What am I talking about?

Answer: X-Jimmy Page
The Zoso symbol.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Question 1391

Glaucoma is an eye disorder in which the optic nerve is damaged, permanently damaging vision in the affected eye(s) and progressing to complete blindness if untreated. It is often, but not always, associated with increased pressure of the fluid in the eye (aqueous humour).

X suffered from this condition, and after getting it treated through a surgery, he started using protective goggles while playing. Identify X.

Answer: Edgar Davids


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Question 1390: Donnie DARKO

Give me a two-word phrase that connects 'A' to 'B'.



Answer: "Hello Andheron!"
The theme song for the Avengers movie in India. Composed by Agnee featuring Aditi Singh Sharma & written by Abbas Tyrewala.


Friday, April 6, 2012

Question 1389: Vmen....

Connect the four images!

Answer: Viva!
The Indian pop group formed by channel V.
A:Seema Ramchandani
B:Pratichee Mohapatra
C:Neha Bhasin
D:Anushka Manchanda


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Question 1388: I want that fridge

 After a successful career as a drummer and drum teacher of drum technique, X, an electrical engineer by profession, started selling drums, cymbals and drum-related accessories in London. Musicians like Ritchie Blackmore(Deep Purple), Jim Sullivan and Pete Townshend(The Who) suggested he should sell guitar equipment too. As a response, he came up with a product(pic 1) which revolutionized live music and music in general. Identify X or the company he subsequently started.


Answer: Jim Marshall and Marshall Amps.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Question 1387: Cats and dogs

Juroon is an important pre-wedding ceremony native to the Indian state of Assam. During this ceremony the groom’s mother gifts the bride with lots of presents. This ceremony is an exclusive women affair, though some men may be present.

A special canopy structure, called ‘morol,’ is built for the occasion using banana or mango leaves. On the day of the ceremony, the groom’s mother along with other female relatives visits the bride’s home. They are greeted by the bride’s mother, following which they are lead to the morol. The bride is summoned and asked to sit in front of the morol. She is gifted with presents by her future mother-in-law and other members of the groom’s family. The groom’s mother applies a ‘sindoor’ (vermillion powder) on the bride’s forehead while gifting her.

What is so unique about this ceremony only practiced  in Assam?

Answer: The answer I was looking for was that it is the only known Indian practice which mirrors the Western tradition of "Bridal shower".


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Question 1386: Tweet limit?

A small controversy was stirred up when this photo surfaced of Ronald Reagan's 1988 visit to Russia. Who was at the centre of this controversy?

Answer: Vladimir Putin, who was a KGB spy at that time, met US President Ronald Reagan disguised as a tourist.(The one with the camera around his neck to the left in the picture).


Monday, April 2, 2012

Question 1385: Not the end of the world

What connects the following entities?

Answer: Picture1 shows mathematician Edouard Lucas who invented the 'Tower of Hanoi' puzzle which is also known as tower of Bramha, who is shown in the second picture, while the third picture depicts 'Emblem of Hanoi'.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Question 1384: Fart in the wind

This is the cover art of a certain album by American rapper Bishop Lamont. Identify the album.

Answer: The Shawshank Redemption