Sunday, July 29, 2012

Question 1439 : What's in a name ..

Why have the above venues been renamed for the London 2012 Olympics?
Answer: As a benefit to the sponsors,naming rights for Olympic venues is another big opportunity for sponsor marketers. 3 London Olympic 2012 venues will be temporarily renamed for the duration of the Games – The O2 Arena (North Greenwich Arena), Sports Direct Arena (St James’ Park) and the Ricoh Arena (City of Coventry Stadium).


Friday, July 27, 2012

Question 1438: "ZION"

Book covers of biographical books based on the lives of the two respective persons. More recently to commemorate their pioneering work, certain entities have been named after their individual endeavors which are supposedly firsts in their categories.

What am I talking about?

(Hint: The two adopted names are right there on the covers somewhere)
Answer: 1.Dr. William Penny Brookes, Olympic revivalist-London 2012 Olympics Mascot is named Wenlock after Much Wenlock(Shropshire)in England where Dr. Brookes conducted the Games which inspired Baron Pierre De Coubertin to set up the International Olympics Committee(IOC). 2.Sir Ludwig Guttmann, founder of the Paralympics-The 2012 London Paralympics Mascot is named Mandeville after Stoke Mandeville Hospital for Spinal Injuries in Buckinghamshire(England) setup by Sir Guttman.He conducted the Stoke Mandeville Games for the disabled which led to the Paralympics.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Question 1437: Jai-Veeru

Well the person A is quite famous for portraying the iconic character of Hanuman quite unlike the person B who has fruitlessly tried to walk into the same shoes in various ventures.

(no points for A of course)
Answer: A: Dara Singh and B: Vindoo Dara Singh, his son


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Question 1436: Amen ..

The name for the practice 'X' comes from the Latin for "knowing, in its complete meaning" and the Greek word for "study". 'X' comes to be defined as "the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes, and other life."

In 1901, Allen Upward first coined the term "as a disparaging term, to indicate a blind, unthinking acceptance of scientific doctrine" although it is not evident that the present reference for the word was based on this first coinage.

Separately in 1934, philosopher Anastasius Nordenholz published a book that used the term to mean "science of science".

The symbol for 'X' resembles the Christian cross but has extra diagonal rays to represent the eight dynamics of 'X' (Self, Family, Society, Humankind, Life forms, Matter, Spirit, Infinity or Supreme being) as its eight points.

What am I talking about?

Answer: Scientology


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Question 1435: Buttoned up

A "_____ putter" is a specific type of putter that is so-named because to use it, the golfer anchors the end of the shaft against his or her stomach. It has a longer shaft (41 to 44 inches) which is anchored against the golfer's _____ , serving as a fulcrum for making the stroke.

"_____ putters" have been somewhat controversial since they first started showing up on professional tours because with all other golf clubs, the only part of the body touching the club is the golfer's hands. But they are fully "legal" under the rules of golf, although some argue that it should change.

Well the debate has again sprung to life because of recent happenings.

FIB. Why is it making news again?
Answer: 1. Belly putter
2.Golf Championship organisers are examining a ban of use of 'belly putter' used by Ernie Els and Adam Scott at 'Royal Lytham' recently where they were winner and runners-up respectively.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Question 1434: Triomphe

What's missing in the list?
Which list?

Answer: Tour de France


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Question 1433

Claim to recent (global) fame?

Answer: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur. Few scenes of The Dark Knight Rises were filmed here.


Friday, July 20, 2012

Question 1432: Funda?

The first pic shows Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak during the founding days of Apple.
The second one is a still from the upcoming bio-pic on Steve Jobs named "jOBS".

Ashton Kutcher- Steve Jobs
Josh Gad- Steve Wozniak


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Question 1431

This person is the brains behind an Indian organisation which works to promote human rights, environmental sanitation, non-conventional energy and waste management. With the establishment of this organisation in 1970, he has succeeded in combining technical innovation with humanitarian principles. He has received global recognition for his work, being awarded the Padma Bhushan, Stockholm Water Prize, Energy Globe Award among others. Which organisation?

Answer: Sulabh International.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Question 1430

Just a heads-up, she's not in the entertainment business. Identify.

Answer: Marissa Mayer, the new Yahoo CEO.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Question 1429

 Name the elements identify the blank face & CONNECT :-

Answer: An uncracked question after many days!
All of them are the only 4 female music directors in Bollywood. Jaddanbai, Saraswati Devi, Usha Khanna and the last being the recent Sneha Khanwalkar.


Question 1428


Answer: Jon Lord, founding member and keyboardist of the band Deep Purple who passed away yesterday.


Monday, July 16, 2012

Question 1427: Sahib, Biwi and the Gangs

'X' and 'Y' entered Bollywood almost around the same time in the early 1990's. Both, hailing from north India, are known for their involvement in a certain genre of rugged practical and vehement brand of cinema. Having had their own struggles through the industry their acquaintance has turned into a close knit friendship of late.

Noted filmmakers in their own regard, recently 'X', on the behest of 'Y', has ventured into a new avenue through the movie 'Gangs of Wasseypur'. On the outset it seems to be a case of returning of favour, as 'Y' is known to have played a cameo in the 2011 movie 'Shagird'.

'Y' has quipped, "I will not do what 'X' did to me. I have given him the most important role in the film!"

What am I talking about?

X: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Y: Anurag Kashyap
Tigmanshu Dhulia plays the role of the main villain in 'Gangs of Wasseypur'.


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Question 1426

In politics, a X is a situation in which a seat in a deliberative assembly is vacated during that assembly's term. Such a situation arises through the death, resignation or disqualification of the sitting member. Xs have the effect of eliminating or reducing representation for the member's constituency. Accordingly, many jurisdictions provide by law for the speedy filling of these vacant seats. Xs can also occur in non-governmental assemblies, such as boards of directors and committees of voluntary organisations.

What 2-word term is X? Its been quite in the news recently.

Here's a hint:

Answer: X: Casual Vacancy, the title of J.K.Rowling's new book. Tom Hollander(pic) has been chosen to read the audio-book.


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Question 1425

A more famous alternate version of the below painting claims to be one of the first of its kind in the world. Identify the painter.

Answer: Francisco Goya


Friday, July 13, 2012

Question 1424

This practice may have begun as early as the 1930s, according to witnesses, and continued annually until 2009. Each year, at dawn on January 19, an all-black-clad person, face covered by a scarf or hood would enter the burial ground in Baltimore. At the site of X's original grave, which is marked with a commemorative stone, he would raise a cognac toast and place three red roses on the grave marker, along with the unfinished bottle of cognac.

On several occasions, this person left a note often expressing devotion. There have been instances of cryptic messages too. In 1999, a note announced that the original person had died the previous year and had passed the tradition to his son. Subsequent eyewitnesses noted that after 1998, it appeared to be a younger individual. The 2001 note referred to the Super Bowl of that year between the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Giants. Never before had the note referred to current events.

2009 marked the bicentenary of X's birth; despite this milestone, the crowd was smaller than in past years, and no note was left. In 2010 the person failed to appear. A witness who was present every year from 1976 on had no explanation, but did speculate that if the person intended to end the tradition, the 2009 bicentennial would mark a logical ending point.

What practice is this? (I am looking for a specific 2 word term)

Answer: The Poe Toaster, a person who, for over seven decades, paid an annual tribute to American author Edgar Allan Poe by visiting the stone marking his original grave in Baltimore, Maryland in the early hours of January 19, Poe's birthday.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Question 1423

Connect the following to a song.

Answer: Connect: The Spirit of Radio by Rush.
1. The song's name was inspired by Toronto radio station CFNY's slogan.
2. The final lines of the song ("For the words of the profits were written on the studio wall.../Concert hall/And echoes with the sounds of salesmen") are an allusion to the famous final lyrics from the Simon and Garfunkel classic "The Sound of Silence": "...the words of the prophets/Are written on the subway walls/And tenement halls/And whispered in the sounds of silence."
3. The song is on the album "Permanent Waves", the cover art for which comes from a photo, taken by Flip Schulke, of the Galveston Seawall in Texas during Hurricane Carla on September 11, 1961.
4. Marconi, inventor of the radio.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Queston 1422

On 5 November 2011, at the annual fireworks display at Edenbridge, Kent, a 12 metre tall bonfire effigy shown in the image was unveiled. To what event was it a direct reference to?

Answer: This is an effigy of Mario Balotelli. Balotelli and his friends set Balotelli's house on fire when a firework was let off in it, and later that week Balotelli was unveiled as Greater Manchester's ambassador for firework safety. The next day, he celebrated his goal by unveiling a shirt with the words: "Why always me?" on it.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Question 1421

First created by the UK Government during the onset of WWII,  it's sole intention was to boost the morale of the nation in light of the invasions. Due to it's limited distribution, it was little known until 2000, when a number of private companies started using it(or variants) for advertising/publicizing their products. It has created numerous other product ranges including parodies. Its message has also been felt relevant to the recent recession and has been adopted as an unofficial motto by many organisations. Since its copyright expired after 50 years, it is can be used by anyone publicly thus increasing its popularity.

It is the last version in a series of three. The first one is titled "Freedon Is In Peril. Defend It With All Your Might." while the second one is called "Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory".

What am I talking about?

Answer: The "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters.


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Question 1420

Simple science comic question.
Id the blank.

Answer: Polar.


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Question 1419

What's their connection?

Answer: The sons of all the Beatles. Clockwise from top left, sons of Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison.


Friday, July 6, 2012

Question 1418

The following is a short parody of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's famous poem Kubla Khan. The poem, written by X takes pot-shots at Y and describes X's experiences of co-scripting one of the greatest films of Y's career.

For MGM did Y, ____
A stately astrodome decree
While Art, the s.f. writer, ran
Through plots incredible to man,
In search of solvency....
So twice five miles of Elstree ground
With sets and props were girdled round...
A savage place! as eerie and enchanted
As ere beneath a flickering arc was haunted
By child-star wailing for her demon mother...
For months meandering with a mazy motion
Through stacks of scripts the desperate writer ran
Then reached that plot incredible to man
And sank, enSCUBA'd in the Indian Ocean.
And midst the tumult Y heard from far
Accountants' voices, prophesying war!

Identify X and Y.
Answer: X: Arthur C. Clarke Y: Stanley Kubrick. (The film is 2001: A Space Odyssey)


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Question 1417

X is a horror fiction novel by Susan Hill which has been adapted into a 1989 made-for TV film, a 2012 film and also a stage play. It is the second longest-running play in the history of the West End, after The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie.

In the 1989 television film, the main protagonist of the novel was played by actor A while the same role was portrayed by B in the 2012 film adaptation.

A and B are more famous for portraying a father-son pair in one of the highest grossing film series of all time and remains both of their careers' most famous role till date.

Solve for X, A and B.
1 point for X. Half points each for A and B.

Answer: X: The Woman in Black A: Adrian Rawlins B: Daniel Radcliffe


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Question 1416

"Live Scenes from X" is a live album by a certain American band. The album was recorded live in August 2000 in the city X. The album cover was based on an earlier album cover that depicted a heart in flames. As the live concert was held in the the city X, they changed the heart in flames to depict something else. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the band was forced to recall the album and re-release it with an alternate album cover.

Original cover art

Why was the band forced to recall the album?
(No points for identifying band/album)

Answer: The covert art depicted the skyline of New York, including the World Trade Center in flames and the album was co-incidentally released on 11th September, 2001 thus forcing the band to recall it.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Question 1415

Possible origins of the name of a certain fictional geographical entity are:

1) The author, the creator of this fictional entity created the word from root words from the Algonquian language. Experts have said that the author based the name on a river in Massachusetts called the Housatonic river and some others say it's derived from the name of a tribe descended from the Native Americans of Massachusetts.

2) The name is formed when you drink one too many whiskeys and tonic and ask the bartender for just one more, and then when he fails to apprehend the meaning of your words, you try to write it on a cocktail napkin, but the W comes out upside down somehow.

This name is also shared with a valley and a University in the same fictional universe.
What name?

Answer: Miskatonic, the author being H.P. Lovecraft.


Monday, July 2, 2012

Question 1414: Crikey! That’s a big one!

'X' and 'Y' (both local names) are two kinds of creatures of the ________ order found in India.

The scientific name for 'X' literally translates to "the ________ of the marsh". The local name 'X' is a corruption of a Urdu word which means "water monster". This is in turn is derived from makara, the Sanskrit word for ________.

'Y' originates from the Hindi word for a clay pot with a long neck, much like the snout shape of an adult male in 'Y'. Scientific reference is probably a misspelling of the word 'Y' and it also reflects the nativity to the Ganges. 'Y' is one of the longest of all surviving ________.

X? Y? (all blanks same)

X: Mugger (magarmach)
Y: Gharial
Blank is Crocodile or Crocodilia (order).